Category: ‘Moi’

Camp Mommy Report

August 17, 2014 Posted by suefairview

A good time was had by all on my week off at Camp Mommy.

There is a wonderful Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt trail that is 20 miles long:

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I rode from Old Bethpage to the Southern State and back. What a great trail!

We saw the Broadway play KINKY BOOTS and I loved it!

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We were going to go to Jones Beach, but it was actually too cold or too wet!!!!

We survived the DELUGE and mom had about 8 inches [20.3 cm] of rain! The all time high rain was reached in Islip, where 13.27 [33.7 cm] inches fell.


Its always great to get together with mom!

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 8

May 11, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Nephew Robert took us out to dinner and took us a crepe place for lunch: Nagyi Pali. Everything was terrific there! Here is another shot of the Parliment Building. I guess that during Robert and my mom’s walk there early in the morning the fog was rising off the Danube and here is a photo of that.

Here is the Opera House, a stature of the composer Liszt and some shots of its interior. Mom bought a music box that played a Franz Liszt composition.

We then took the subway to Vajdahunyad Castle and ambled around the grounds. I don’t know who this sculpture of a bearded man was, but he reminded me of my husband. Robert commented that the entwining of these fishes’ tails seemed x-rated to him. LOL! I told him that it couldn’t be, since it is in a public park.

Suddenly, like a flash, a Yorkshire Terrier pup ran into and out of my camera frame.

Here we are at the Széchenyi thermal baths, which is only a short walk from the Castle. The cement block is a steam vent and lets steam escape into the air. In the winter, there is a huge cloud of vapor here. The interior was highly decorated, with a marine theme. The first mosaic is of Poseidon with his two sons who are Ichthyocentaurs. In the second mosaic, mermaids assist Aphrodite as per Homer:

Of august gold-wreathed and beautiful
Aphrodite I shall sing to whose domain
belong the battlements of all sea-loved
Cyprus where, blown by the moist breath
of Zephyros, she was carried over the
waves of the resounding sea on soft foam.
The gold-filleted Horae happily welcomed
her and clothed her with heavenly raiment.

A large urn is decorated with abalone, scallops and other sea shells. A small mosaic of a mermaid. A tile detail with mermaid and mermen faces plus waterlilies. The floor tiles are also decorated with a fish motif. This metal radiator has a dragon motif that must be related to the heat theme. Are these innocent children bathing, or is that a note of shame in the boy as he is hiding himself? This must be none other than Apollo driving his chariot across the sky. Clerestory windows are the source of much of the lighting in the building. Finally, we have two street shots of the baths. We never did go on to bathe, if we had, we would have seen the wonderful outdoor bathing areas.

Across the way, there is the zoo. And we just wanted to get some shots of the bactrian camel that we saw there on our first visit. And so we did!

The day that mom and I were on our own, we went to the Great Market Hall to shop for more souveniers. It was interesting but not as interesting as the open markets in Asia, were there are huge areas to buy fresh fish and such. Mostly it was for foreigners to buy trinkets at a market rate.

This guy with his huge bread loaf was posted all over town, and my mom got a laugh out of it. So here it is mom, just for you!

This is a chestnut macaron I had at Le Meridien the night before we left. Sigh. Am I back there yet???

Decrease in posting due to drowsiness

May 9, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Dearest readers – I am in the process of changing my anticonvulsant therapy from Topomax to Keppra and am finding that the Keppra is making me quite drowsy. This side effect is expected and should last about 4 weeks. I am doing this because the Topomax is making my hair fall out. Needless to say, I am sleeping quite a bit and am having trouble putting thoughts together. I am not driving at this time, nor will I be for the next 3 months or so. I am hoping to get back to regular blogging as soon as the drowsiness wears off.

Thank you for your patience.

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 7

May 7, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Actual date April 6, 2014

We had transferred from the Viking Legend to our hotel, Le Meridien. There we met up with my nephew Robert who is taking his junior year of college to study math in Budapest. It was always my mom’s wish to visit her grandson in Budapest, maybe even on a Viking Cruise. When Robert arrived, we all hugged him and were so glad to see him! We hit the street and got onto the cable car heading up to the Dohány Street Synagogue. But of course it cost money to get in and so we deferred.

The building across the street was quite interesting though as it had gold leaf on the frescos and oranate architecture. Fragola is Robert’s favorite ice cream shop and became ours as well. It featured to die for flavors such as Lavender Chocolate, Hazelnut and Carmelized Fig. These ice creams are rich like the gelatos in Rome.

More unique buildings that typify Budapest. A tattoo parlor! Back at the open market, some red fox pelts are for sale. More and various pelts for sale. I don’t know what was cooking in that old wood stove, but it smelled divine!

Mom went for a rest, so Robert and I went out by ourselves. Here we take the cable car and I shot a photo of what it looks like inside. We took the cable car across the Freedom Bridge and got off. Robert pointed out the CET Building, which my husband who is an architect told me to look for. Notably, it is shaped like a whale and incorporates two historic wharehouses into one space. There are numerous photos of it.

This building is where the Technical University should be, but says something about a Music Studio on it. Oh well.

Looking north up the Danube we can see the Freedom Bridge and the Freedom Monument. Looking across the Freedom Bridge. This little gate building is growing over with weeds.

We are at the top of the citadel of the Freedom Monument. Look at the view from up here! There is Buda Castle! The Chain Bridge is clearly seen!

Here are two gentlemen with cute Jack Russell Terrier dogs. Four photos.

TANKS! A real soldier cleans his rifle. Yikes!

This figure is supposed to be a young man defeating fascism, but some interpret him as being Hercules. The lighting was not right to get a good photo of the Liberty statue. Here are two views of Pest from the Citadel. This figure is supposed to represent progress.

A group of international students was having a get-together at the statue and it looked like fun!

This was a lovely large dog who gave me a big kiss!

Here is a puli – the National dog of Hungary.

It was a beautiful day and we decided to walk back to the hotel. I snapped photos of more interesting buildings all the way back, including a Budapest Library. It was quickly approaching dinner time and Robert had plans for us!


Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 6

May 5, 2014 Posted by suefairview

So, back on the ship, we were having another wonderful repast and our tablemate, who was from Scotland, had a black beer and I took a photo of it!

The Captain had agreed to take us out of port again to see Budapest all lit up, since it is so spectacular. So, here are my photos; some taken at the table and later, I went up on deck.

Then I went back to our stateroom and snapped some photos of the luxury we were enjoying there!

Back at the lounge, there were some Hungarian Folkloric Dancers and a band! We were never short of entertainment in the evening at Viking River Cruises and this group was no exception. I was a bit worried that the ceiling was too low for them, but they managed, even with bottles of wine on their heads!