CERN, Amsterdam and Budapest
I take a solo trip to Amsterdam, and we visit Budapest, and experience record floods of the Danube in Budapest.
|At CERN, a special festival was held to inaugurate a bike trail - Passport Big Bang. The kids did a lego contest||With a backdrop of the CERN underground in the background|
|We did an orienteering course that took us all over the grounds||Coming home from dinner in old town||I took a 2 day trip to Amsterdam completely on my own. A few pictues from the Rijksmuseum - lots of famous paintings there. This is a dollhouse from, believe it or not, 1676||Cute windshield for kids on bike||I liked these postcards - nice patterns||On my way to the Quantified Self meeting||The meeting was held in a facility that also has some ongoing art projects||The kids would have loved this huge swing||On the ferry, headed north of Amsterdam. I rented a bike, and had a lovely ride||Self-portrait||Lots of dikes||There was a separate bike path on most roads.||In the town of Holysloot||I believe this is in Ransdorp||On the way to Broek in Waterland - houseboats along the dike||Each with their own individual cable crossing||Headed back to Geneva||In Budapest - we managed to hit the weekend where the highest flood, EVER, was predicted to peak in Budapest. We, along with the rest of Budapest, indulged in a lot of "flood tourism".||The Parlimen building is normally quite a bit higher up from the river!||The metro tunnel was very well protected||I thought this milk packaging was neat - it's all a plastic bag, but there's actually a handle for pouring, made by inflating a little closed tube on the side||A very fancy McDonalds at the Budapest train station Hero's square, from a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.||At castle Hill||The changing of the guard||We're about to have a real thunderstorm here||We hopped out of the taxi that was taking us back to our hotel, because we could walk faster||Water, bubbling up from cracks in the street||Extra sandbags reinforcing the defences of the Metro station||After this, the river area was blocked off||The parking garage of our hotel||Water is beginning to seep through||I learned online that these heavy buses and trucks were brought in to keep the subway tunnel underneath from rising up - never would have guessed that!||The road is getting pretty seriously wet from seepage here||Filling sandbags||Strange one-person benches in Budapest||Hero's square||At the Szechenyi thermal bath - nicely warmed to 34 degrees - just perfect||The staff of one of the hop-on, hop-off tour buses helping with sandbags||Taking the tram to the Children's Railway in Budapest||...up a cogwheel track||... and onto the Children's Railway, where kids ages 10 to 14 sell tickets, check tickets, and fulfill various other duties||Apparently it was once run by the Young Pioneers, a communist youth group||We tried to find the ruins of a medieval monastery, but had no luck as the signs were very obscure and I can't make head or tails out of Hungarian.||Peter took a picture of me with some flowers he picked||On the Erzsebet lookout tower.||A monster beetle||A fancy Hungarian restuarant for Eric's birthday dinner||This section of sandbags had buttresses for extra strength|