As I said, we weren’t supposed to go to Rome. I got a call from Orbitz that my connecting flight from Rome to Budapest had been cancelled. Due to the fact that my travels were taking place on Thanksgiving week, I knew I needed to get out of the United States so I wouldn’t be affected by all of the crazy Thanksgiving travelers; but for about 5 days, we were at an impasse. They were happy to refund me my money, but I was adamantly opposed to that action as a crazy deal cannot be reduplicated with 3 weeks out, if ever! So after several back and forth calls, it got resolved. We flew on our original itinerary and stayed in Rome until the next flight out on the same carrier. We had fun in Rome, but my friend was waiting for us in Budapest. He had flown in to see me with his family from St. Petersburg, Russia. I had invited him. We have a long friendship and have visited many places together. We met in 1993 in Moscow, not the Idaho one. When Budapest was in peril, that didn’t only affect me + my four, but 4 other people. Luckily, I had miles to get there if necessary on my own, but I didn’t want to do that as I wanted my entourage and I didn’t have a “million miles” by any means for 5. Our families were meeting for the first time; though I knew and was good friends with his first wife, now I would be meeting wife #2 and he would meet my family for the first time ever. From my perspective, it went well. Upon arrival, we had some dinner with all 9 of us. If you have ever done family travel, it is super annoying trying to eat with a lot of people. Luckily, it was past the regular meal time as we nearly filled the restaurant. Considering the name of my blog, I then told Igor I wanted to go walking. They had been there for a few days so I counted on him to already know where everything was located. All of the little kids needed to go inside and sleep, but I was ready to go. I made my tween and my #1 walking sidekick come along with us as I wanted to go see the Beautiful Blue Danube but, she was highly reluctant. Back in the day, I had fiddled a song or two about this river and I was ready to see it! We walked and walked around beautiful Budapest until we retired at midnight with plans to do it again the next day. Note: Buda and Pest are separate sides of the river and we went to both, but I never really figured out which one was which. These night shots were taken by my husband the next night much earlier in the evening. The views were magical.