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Friday, May 27, 2016

Meeting a Fascinating Global Family & Concert In St Anne's Church

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. and I enjoy meeting new people. However it is a rare treat for us to encounter an extraordinary family. The threesome sat at the next table where we were having lunch. Overhearing their conversation in Spanish, I took the initiative of approaching them. The family was on a Viking River Cruise en route  to Vienna. Lilia, the mother, is from Columbia, Eric, the son lives in Chile and Knud, the father is a Dane. He has a business in Nyborg, Denmark.

We visited Cartagena and Santa Marta, Columbia last year. Our younger son was baptized in Randers, Denmark. We would love to visit Patagonia National Park in Chile sometime in the coming years. Talk about an interesting coincidence!  As to our lunch at Hungarian Hell's Kitchen, I had the best goulash soup so far.  

In the nearby Great Market Hall, I found a replacement shoulder bag. Here are the vendors, Georgia and Gabriel.

The two of us walked to St Anne's Church for the Duna String Orchestra concert. Five violins, two violoncellos plus concert master, Gabora Gyula and the soprano, Zsuzsanna Skoff, gave powerful, inspiring performances. Baroque style Ronan Catholic Church, St Anne is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Budapest. 

Great music evokes a strong emotional response. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as our hearts soared with music. 

Budapest on Friday night at 8:30 pm is alive and full of life! Cafés, bars and restaurants were packed. Amazed at the number of people enjoying the warm evening, J.J. and I took our time strolling back to our apartment. This was indeed a glorious, unforgettable day!

Aloha -- Cathi