July 16-21, 2014
AJ on the way to Hungary - you Walking with one cane in Peto Institute during Pig Ragout Soup with Dumplings. The soups here
can see he's pretty excited! his assessement on July 18th are outstanding!
Stairs in Metro - the subways are old but extremely Ascending the stairs with Daddy
efficient and beautiful.
Outside Historic Szechenyi Subway station Entrance to the Thermal Bath - stunning Inside the Baths - comprised of over 14 outdoor and
architecture - this buiding is a marvel located and indoor baths, whirlpools and several saunas -
in the centre of the city, at Heroes Square really incredible public facility.
Another shot of Szechenyi Baths - must see MJ and Alexander in one of the Baths - this The column directly behind MJ/AJ is caked
if you ever get to Budapest. bath was 91 degrees and was also a with Mineral deposits - the streams coming
mineral bath - very relaxing. out of the column act as a massage.
You can see how expansive this structure is Behind this bird is a cold water lap pool.
it's like swimming in the courtyard of an 18th Hungarians are very serious about swimming
century Palace. it dominates the culture like Cdn hockey culture.
This is inside Szechenyi - this is a thermal whirlpool with minerals - they turned it off because the place was closing
Subway shot - this kid was tired! Budapest is clean, safe and very beautiful
the end of the street is the Danube - the Green
you see in the distance is the other bank of the Danube - the
Buda side where we are staying. The Pest side is more lively
Hungarian restaurants specialize in some of the best duck dishes including duck liver pate with cherry and pesto on the far left and duck breast with cottage cheese dumplings on the far right. We went to a highly recommended restaraunt called Gepard Es Urhhajo on the bank of the Danube - literally translated it means The Cheetah and the Rocket - it was superb I had the lamb (best ever) and Aj had Asparagus Risotto - Hungarian cuisine is superb!
This next series of pictures is from another bath house called Lukacs. There are over 300 Thermal Bath houses in Hungary - more than anywhere else in contintental Europe. Hungary was ruled by the Ottoman Turks for over 150 years and the Turkish influence is still very much evident today. These baths are frequented by the young and old alike and they are a great place for families, dates or singular exercise. Hungarians are very fit and active people. I was amazed by the fitness level of many older Hungarian women/men who in some cases swam tirelessly for hours.
This is a current pool - AJ loved this thing - again the water is minerlized and very warm. You can see that this building is very accessible (this building is about 100 years old) - the chair you see in the 3rd picture is for the disabled. Hungary is benchmark for its accessibility and the social inclusion of people with disablities. We have had no problem here getting AJ around. The people here are extremely accomodating and empathetic. Hungarians are a respectful and dignified people. They are not terribly warm but they are extremely polite and very formal. They are not won over easily but they will vacate their seats or move quickly to help when they see you on the tram, subway or struggling on the street.
This is Princess Margit Island - located in the middle of the Danube - it was largely unihabited until the 19th Century - the first two pictures are a water/light show to classical music - it was truly spectacular - the picture with AJ and I was the bridge back from the island, with the Suspension Chain Bridge in the background.
July 22-25, 2014
First day of Peto Institute Summer Camp - this is the courtyard - this is a Soviet era building - but it's the original place where Andreas Peto developed Conductive Education in 1957.
Hungarian beer is really good - especially Barsodi - we stopped for a pint after our first day of camp.
Facade of the Peto Institute - this place is packed with wonderful people MJ is being taught to massage Sage cream into AJ's muscles before class -
who genuinely care about our children. This place is about a 7 minute this increases flexbility. There are 5 kids in his group they are all lined up in a row
walk from where we are staying beside him - most of them are teenagers.
Third day - plenty of sleep and he is ready Equipment for walking program inside the Peto
to rock! Institute
Side stepping with conductor - wonderful people AJ leaving on Friday afternoon
Menu for 21 Magyar Vendeglo - great restaurant in Goulash soup.......unreal! - the wine is similar
Castle district - highly recommended by lonely to a Sauvignon Blanc
Great view of the street - oldest part of Budapest some of the buildings are 900 years old This is Fisherman's Bastion - great view of the whole city
Great shot of our boy!
July 26, 2014
July 27, 2014 AJ on the Tram Veal in a Stroganoff style with dumplings Bugoc style pork medallion tower with homemade
potato pancake with hot peppers and pickles - unreal!
July 28, 2014 Rainy day reading on our porch
We visited the labrynth under Buda Castle - Dracula was imprisoned here for 10 years
To watch a video of Alexander standing independently, visit http://youtu.be/jeWsv9XfJpY A little Jeidi Knight training - this kid kicked my ass.
AJ on stretch apparatus after program This is our pool - the weather changes quickly here from torrential rain to sunshine - AJ and I got caught
July 29, 2014 Ferris Wheel located in the heart of Pest - great views of the city
AJ loved this thing............Daddy not so much.
July 30, 2014 MJ was also scared
Liberty bridge from the Buda side - this bridge is old Daddy doing the pole trick - AJ loved it - the locals........not so much
AJ wants a turn Really cool outdoor eatery in Pest
This is outside Buddha Bar - we ate here - they serve sushi and it is really great - the decor in this place was outstanding - Check out the 20' Buddha
Great shots of the Royal Palace on the Buda side - the weather is always unsettled - makes for a nice picture though
Shot of the Danube Mathias Church - one the most impressive Churches in Europe
These are all shots of Mathias Church - This is situated above the city - it is really clean, easy to get around and chock full of restaurants
Behind MJ are the Hungarian Parliament Buildings this is a really stunning building to behold
Historic chain bridge - construction started one year after the Brooklyn Bridge - MJ and I have walked over this bridge a lot
Pike/perch from Lake Balaton - Hungarians aren't big fish eaters but this was quite good This was a walnut paste pancake covered in bitter chocolate
MJ on the Szechenyi Bridge AJ with one of the assistant conductors - this gal loves my kid
Buda is really hilly MJ pushing AJ up our street This is AJ walking with one cane on our side porch
our back yard - with pool - it is very private AJ in the Cabana
There are a set of rings in the Cabana so we like to horse around - we swim play chess and do chin ups......why wouldn't we?
Outside Castle Hill - great views of this city Parliament buildings
Cool monument outside the palace Archery set up beside the Palace
MJ was really good at this Entrance to the Labrynth - where Dracula was held and WWII bomb shelter
This is a memorial to the Jews who were murdered by the Nazis - these are bronze shoes - Jews were shot in this very spot and fell into the Danube - this is to
honour the victims of the Holocaust.
We are surrounded by Plum trees - we pick them and eat them why wouldn't we? Waterfall by the Citadel - this is right off the street
Look out we walked up a mountain and got a great view of the city - you can see we are quite high above the city - spectacular view
AJ kissing his Aunty Julie over skype
We went to our new friend Laszlo's house - he is a friend of our friend Robert Annau - his wife made sour cherry
and apple strudel from scratch and we ate goose legs and duck breast with pickles and beets - it was awesome!
Me and Laszlo - we are drinking his father in law's home made Palinka AJ knocked a tooth out he fell
made with plums - it taste like grappa only better
This is the Church in the cave - dedicated to Saint Estevan pictured right - the communists shut this Church down but they worshipped here
in secret - this Church stays 20 degrees all year round
Gellert Hotel - we went swimming here this is a really famous Hotel on our way to Lake Balaton
This is the town of Balatonfured - located on Lake Balaton - largest lake in continental Europe The desserts in this country are sensational
this is a cottage cheese cake - outstanding!
Boulevard at Balaton on our way to beach AJ tipping these fantastic musicians - the lady on the violin was great
Lake Balaton - also known as the Hungarian Sea - they forbid any motorized vehicles - Hungary gets a good deal of its fish from this lake
I have never seen such a swath of humanity in my life - people everywhere Smooch for the old man
winning dice roll swimming in lake Balaton - the water was about 25 degrees
The Prince of Siam Train ride home from Balaton
This train took 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back to Budapest - long day and the goofiness set in
AJ at institute after class We are seeing good improvement on the canes
There are giant snails here and they are all over the sidewalks - they
don't eat snails here - they leave that for the French.
Gellert Hotel - very famous nice facade - the rich and famous used Boat ride on the Danube - this is actually part of the city public
to frequent this in the 19th Century transit
these are shots from the back of the boat - we sailed down the Danube well past our stop
the three of us on the boat great shot of the parliament buildings from the river
shot of AJ Shot of mommy and AJ sitting on floor
Another boat back downtown Look at this crazy!
us dancing outside the Buddha Bar - they play great music at night - this place rocks and it is located in the heart of Pest - it is close to our
bus stop back to Buda
AJ making new friends very famous coffee house on the Pest side must go! Heros square on motorized scooters
Shot of Buda from the bus at night St. Basilica - this Church took about 60 years to build
Other Peto families enjoying Palinka - big Arsenal fans Pints with other fathers on a rickety old boat bar on the Danube
Shot of Danube from bicycle we rode to old Village of Szentiendre - very cool - right on the Danube
look at this masterpiece - the owner lives on this boat - the beer was ice cold
Here is a video of Alexander Learning Isolated Movements
This video shows Alexander Learning To Fall