Then Dana drove us down the mountain in their trusty red van. We dropped him partway down the mountain at the site where he is working on a bike trail with another team, and Fr Tim took over at the wheel. It was heavily loaded with all our bags, but we made it safely to the parking lot at the base where Brandi and the kids were waiting with Adi for the drive to Petrosani. Adi drove the van and Brandi came along in her car with Fr Tim and the kids.
In Petrosani we boarded a coach full of other travelers most of whom went the whole way to Cluj with us. It was hot and most of us dozed.
The next morning we were up by 5 to catch the 6:45 to Budapest. That was a beautiful ride.
Our first walk through the city was exciting. It was a great contrast to Bucharest. It reminded us of Paris too, but this city is more prosperous and larger.
It was a warm evening and perfect for a ride on the Danube. We spent about an hour making a loop on the river with Zoltan pointing out the famous buildings. After the stress of the previous two days, it was a relaxing way to meet Budapest.
We met Zoltan's wife Andrea at the restaurant and chose Hungarian specialties from the menu. We all had a fabulous dinner and felt truly welcomed to this city.