Day 4 – Final Day at the Budapest Christmas Market

Boarding the Viking Baldur. Will sail west on the Danube River.
Boarding the Viking Baldur. Will sail west on the Danube River.
Kari, Peggy and Mikaela boarding the Viking Baldur
Kari, Peggy and Mikaela boarding the Viking Baldur

Today we boarded the Viking Baldur. This is a rivercruise boat that will take us from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany. We arrive in Nuremberg on Christmas Day!

imageKari and Mikaela wanted to visit the Budapest Christmas Markets one final time. That didn’t bother us because it was another chance to sample the food that Eastern Europeans enjoy during the holiday season.

Cabbage Roll, stuffed with duck meat.
Cabbage Roll, stuffed with duck meat.

Yesterday I instagrammed a large cauldron of rooster testicle stew and a Budapest Travel Agency responded to me that “it’s good”. I passed again on it and choose something that many people had on their plates. They were shaped like tamales and I discovered that they were stuffed cabbage with a side of sauerkarut. This vendor had them stuffed with either duck or pork.

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After seeing the available options, Peggy, Kari and Mikaela selected Hungarian flatbread. Hungarian flat bread is deep fried. After placing it on a vertical rack, they add various toppings. The end result is like pizza except that the toppings aren’t baked.

Upon looking at all of the available food, I saw two different cabbage rolls.

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Hungarian Mulled Wine
Krampampuli
Krampampuli

Peggy ordered “punch” for herself and the girls. This is the non alcoholic version of the mulled wine drink (a warm fruit drink with spices). Both Kari and Mikaela seemed to enjoy it. Bryan selected krampampuli. This is a hot drink made with red wine, rum, nuts and raisins.

Other food offerings that weren’t previously mentioned included:

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After boarding the ship, an announcement was made that they would have a brief city tour of the “Pest” side of Budepest. I was up for it because I felt that I might see something new. Everyone else seemed to be content with remaining on the ship.

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