2017 River Cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam
Gate 1's Monarch Queen at the dock in Budapest, a view into the stateroom and a view out towards the door of the stateroom.  
It was pretty comfortable, all in all, with a smallish bathroom and a nook & table for the TV and pocket sundries etc.
During our pre-cruise extension we visited Vadaspark, a family-owned restaurant which offers "folk" dinners.  It was a great
evening with another couple, Julie/Steve and Gary, our very funny and knowledgeable tour guide for the entire 21 days.  Here's
an outside web link for further info on
Vadaspark just outside of Budapest.
Touring around in Budapest; Heroes Square, Fisherman's Bastion, and the
Parliament Building are just a few sights to see. Really beautiful city and clean!
The following pics are from around Vienna and the fabulous Schloss Schonbrunn,
the former imperial summer palace.  The glamorous couple on the right appeared
to be getting married?  Quite a beautiful girl and handsome man.
Took a bus tour through the Austrian countryside near the Alps, through the area
known as the land of the lakes, heading for a tour of the Salzburg Castle.  What a
beautiful country and what a fantastic rest stop cum deli/restaurant!!
(exerp'd blurb) "The Wachau Valley is an Austrian region near the Danube River, west of Vienna. It’s known for its rolling hills,
vineyards and fortresses. Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle above the town of Dürnstein. Highlights of nearby
Gottweig Abbey include its lavish baroque church and views across the valley. Melk Abbey is a vast monastery also with an
opulent baroque church".   What a beautiful, sleepy area. So peaceful for a walkabout, lots of flowers, vineyards and cute shops in
the small, cobblestoned hillside town.
Welcome to Salzburg where you will see the "lock" bridge where couples put a lock on the chain link to
pledge their love.  Also the Red Bull World shop is here with a full-sized F1 car hanging on the wall.  The
view of the city from the castle battlements is stunning as the Salzach River meanders through.
How about this deli/market?? Awesome.
...to be continued