the Hungarian countryside about an hour north of Budapest, near the Slovakian border, where the kids' dad Marcel has a summer house
entrance to Marcel's house
Tim, Liese, the kids' stepmother Inge and their father Marcel
charming square in Debrecen in eastern Hungary, near the Romanian border
the yellow building is the church and everybody climbed to the top
Marcel and his kids get ready to check out the famous
therapeutic mineral waters of one of Hungary's many spas.
"taking the waters" along with LOTS of old people, says Tim...
Marcel and Tim in the garden
the friendly next-door neighbors, "Polibaci" and Mrs. Polibaci
when I asked the kids what they liked most about Hungary they both said "the people!"
they were very friendly and unlike western Europeans, do not hate Americans (yet)
gathered under the grapes
the table at Polibaci's...that's his homemade wine they're drinking
Liese pets the bunny...almost all the Hungarians they met
in the countryside kept chickens and rabbits for food.
Hungarian trains, covered in graffiti
Tim and Liese at a small train station
kids said they stood out in their American clothing...
Liese's pre-ripped jeans were a particular source of amusement...
Liese watches the countryside go by and Tim snoozes on the train to Budapest
sightseeing in the capital with the other tourists...
Liese holds up a column in Budapest, that's the Danube in the background
view of the Danube winding through Budapest
the Danube separates Buda and Pest...that's the Hungarian Parliament on the far bank
church in Budapest
Liese by a landmark in Budapest
Marcel's Beemer, which the kids got to drive
Kids in a restaurant in a small town
Liese enjoys a beer in the local pub...the man at the left is a
very smart member of the Hungarian parliament and friend of Marcel's.
He was giving Liese a lesson in Hungarian history.