Up at 7:30 to iron, pack, and shower. We assumed we could change Forints into English pounds, but learned it was hard to get rid of Hungarian “soft” currency, which is not wanted in the West. So we hopped on a tram to the Vigadó in hopes of seeing the market with leather goods, but not open today. Took the tram back, and let Brynne use a playground while Kent went to buy some of the local juice boxes to take back as souvenirs for kids in the neighborhood. Back to the Ls’ apartment to await the minibus to the airport, due between 12:20-12:30. We left our Forints with the Ls, except for what we needed to pay the minibus driver. We saw the bus on the street at 12:25 and went down on the lift with Brynne in charge of pushing buttons. Piled in the minibus and had our last view of Budapest on the way to the airport.
|Last view of Budapest (Royal Palace)|
Then we followed signs to the hotel courtesy bus and waited 10 minutes. There were dozens of hotel and car rental buses. The Sheraton Skyline came and went on the winding, looping hotel route, and then our Sheraton Heathrow, which was a low concrete building with red décor in the lobby. Checked in with our reservations, and took the elevator to the 2nd floor, which really was the 2nd floor! The room had a queen bed, with a cot to come later. Nice tiled bath.
|Kent and Brynne at the Sheraton Heathrow|
|Houses of Parliament|
|Tower of Big Ben|
|Kent and Brynne at a telephone booth|
|St James Park respite for Kent as well?|
|Buckingham Palace Gates|
|Bubble bath for Brynne at the Sheraton Heathrow|
|Really bubbly bath|
|Bubble bath beard|
Wednesday, July 7, 1993
|View from our Sheraton Heathrow room|
|Heathrow Airport Beefeater Billboard plus|