19-23 Rick Steves' Guidebooks

I wondered why I was not been reading as many books this year when I realized I HAD been reading books for my European Grand Tour Travel books .count too! So, I am counting these on my 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge. I called it "homework":

This was my reading for most of April and into May, but I wished I had brought the Rick Steves' Books with me! Thank you Malcolm and Linda for loaning us your books when we were there! 

These guidebooks were SO IMPORTANT. My only regret is that I had checked them out of the library and read them prior to coming. (I am so cheap sometimes!) Thankfully, there were people (thanks Malcolm and Linda) on our boat who had the guidebooks with them and were kind enough to let me reread them before we went out on the town! Next time, I will buy them and tear out the relevant parts when I walk around the cities. I love how Rick Steves rates each thing. 

A highlight for us was our final afternoon/evening in Budapest when we walked down the famous Andrassy Avenue to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths! Our guide told us there was no way we could walk there, and even the walking map said it would take 2.5 hours! But we did it in 50 minutes, and there were so many sites along Andrassy that I am glad we did not take the metro and missed it by being underground!That local guide does not know that the Weavers walk a lot!

Swimming with the locals was a treat, and the 38 degree centigrade waters were a great and relaxing way to prepare for a long plane trip home. 

The locals really do play chess in the water at the
Széchenyi Medicinal Bath's in Budapest
See me looking on (some call it a "photo bomb")

On our way from Bratislava, Slovakia
to Budapest with the "Oregon Eight"

Parliament Building along the Danube in Budapest
Early morning view of the Buda Hills of Budapest from our boat

I highly recommend these guidebooks and Rick's informative videos too!
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