from Budapest with love

Good Morning Lake Worth Blog Followers         IMG_1682                                                                                             from                                                          a very frosty but crisp and rather beautiful England…Southend on Sea to be more precise. Unlike the rest of the country which currently has snow and weather which is really not at all pleasant unless you are either a polar bear or a penguin! They keep threatening us with snow down here by the Thames but it has not arrived! I see that your weather is setting to take a small dive in temperatures, still sounds lovely to me.

Of course, the children are very anxious that it does snow and they can then dig out the sledges and have some fun…….and who can blame them! I will keep you updated on the weather front and supply lots of photos if it changes!

There is so much going on in Lake Worth that I can hardly keep up with it all but what a wonderful community it is and how everyone pulls together to make it work……it takes but a plea for help in any shape or form on facebook and up pops help beyond expectations….I love it! And of course, it is when you are looking at it from the outside that you appreciate it from the inside, same with everything I guess, we have the cold weather and it makes us appreciate the sun, we are ill and it makes us appreciate good health……image 6

As I mentioned last week, I took a trip to Budapest for 6 days and loved every minute of it! What an absolutely wonderful city t is, quite the best city break we have taken in Europe and we LOVE to take city breaks whenever we can as Europe is so accessible and very reasonable in price to get there. One of the things that we always do is to take the bus tours, the hop on, hop off is the best where you can take note of what you want to see and then just get off and on again when you have done it. It also gives you a sense of where you are and how to get to places by other modes of transport, mostly walking!image 7

What was hugely impressive was that all seniors over 60 went free on public transport, even those from, other EU countries, so that was a huge bonus. Their transport was good, very regular and very basic but who cares when you do not have to pay and buses and metros come every few minutes.image 2

The history of other countries is interesting and these people suffered hugely and there are monuments and statues and tributes to the past everywhere which ensures that those who died to gain freedom for our generation are never forgotten. Very often pictures were used rather than words, a powerful tool and extremely emotional. I loved Hero Square which was huge and flanked by the most exquisite buildings such The Rembrandt Museum and the outdoor ice skating area.

Budapest has a whole underground system of hot springs and these rise up in the form of steam and vapour on ponds and rivers making the whole place look very magical indeed. We of course, went to the thermal spa which is still the original building and went into every single bath available inside. This Szechenyi thermal bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe and the water is supplied by two thermal springs.image 4

The water contains sulphate, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of fluoride and metaboric acid. Very good for joint problems and inflammation apparently. Doctors give prescriptions for patients to use the baths on a regular basis and it works! The 15 indoor pools temperatures range from 40 degrees down to 20 degrees, and yes, we did go into the coldest one at the very end, apparently it then closes all your pores.image 3

Then we headed outside, now considering the temperatures was something like -2 and we were just wearing swimsuits and it was 5pm, we ran out and straight into the outside pools, it was amazing and it is very well known for men sitting out here playing chess in the pool… was true. The outside pool ranged from 34 – 38 degrees……..lovely!

We also tried every single sauna and steam room…….at times the smell was not as pleasant as it could be due to the minerals in the water which at times also affected the colour of the water. We ended the day with a luxury massage, the only way to do it really. I can also recommend the Gluhwien (mulled wine) which is available everywhere…..gorgeous.  The end to a great break!image

Their currency is huge, with something like 1000 Huf converting to a dollar…….mind bogglingimage 5

Back here in the UK saw my attendance at a dinner with my fellow governors from school, something that we have started again recently, a nice thing to do with colleagues because you get to know the real people as opposed to the people you just sit in meetings with. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found out some amazing things about my colleagues.

And now the last celebration pantomime has finished, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Christmas really has gone for another year.

Now life gets back to normal and I shall keep you updated on what is going on over here. We have elections coming up just like you and things are really hotting up politically with all parties vying for pole position, promising all kinds of things to apparently make life easier but at the end of the day not really saying anything very much at all, it is difficult to make choices.

Following the dreadful happenings in Paris everything here is on high alert security wise, and the presence of security at the airports and in Central London is very much heightened. Amazingly enough there are still people who complain because it takes a little longer to get through security, I find these people hard to understand as safety is paramount and if it takes longer, so be it.

So my friends, that was my week and I LOVED every minute of it as I hope you did yours. Enjoy the days to come and have huge fun in the wonderful sunshine as I continue to crunch through the leaves underfoot and enjoy the magic of frost on the trees and buds just starting to appear.

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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