Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter.
It’s great fun, and essential as well, to take our Joyinmovement on the road, over the pond, and out for an adventure. I did just that in April, spending some time in both Budapest and Vienna. So if I MAY, with this month’s newsletter, I’d like to share some of my Joyinmovement travels with you.
It was my first time in both cities and I can whole heartedly recommend them both. They are beautiful places filled with history, culture, great food, and PLENTY of opportunities for movement. No matter what your sport, both cities have ample options. My trusty pedometer told me I averaged 8 miles a day of walking!
I’m very picky about hummus because I make my own. However, hummus was quite good in Europe. Hummus seems to be popular and there’s a restaurant chain called The Hummus Bar. I love their logo!
Here’s an example of a hummus and eggplant lunch plate. Delicious, and it came with homemade pita bread as well.
In Budapest there’s a place called Margaret Island. It’s a a pedestrianized recreational island on the Danube. It’s an amazing area and I’ve never seen anyplace quite like it. It has swimming pools, sports fields, tennis courts, many paths through the woods, and a running/walking path on the outer loop of the island. This path that you see in red is soft so that it gives way while you run or walk. It’s ideal for running.
I have no idea what a “fitness croissant” is, but it sure caught my attention. Interesting marketing though, and if it’s anything like all the other bread I ate it would be delicious and hearty.
Me taking a break from all the hills. Budapest, particularly on the Buda side of the Danube, is hilly. I stayed on the Buda side. It was wonderful fun to walk the cobblestone hills and enjoy the beautiful views looking over to the Pest side.
Interesting exercise-your-feet sandals I saw in a health food store window. Then again, one could just go barefoot on the cobblestone streets of Budapest.
If you can read Hungarian, this will explain all the benefits of those sandals!
OK, there have been 6 photos already and I know what you’re thinking…..where’s the coffee and famous Viennese pastries? Well here they come! My breakfast, a strong cappuccino and a golatche, which is not a sweet pastry but rather is filled with raisins and cheese.
Sacher torte, anyone? And directly from the Sacher Hotel. Yes, I ate my own, how could I not?
Not quite spring in Vienna yet, though some outdoor food markets were open. These may have been the most gorgeous artichokes I’ve ever seen. I love artichokes!
Alongside the artichokes were mushrooms.
Much to my surprise, there are many varieties of strudel in Vienna. I went with the apple. Of course, it was freshly made every morning and though I’m not much of an apple eater, this is my new favorite way to eat apples!
were all over both Budapest and Vienna. Both the horse and I needed a rest!
STEPS are everywhere in these old world cities. I could send a newsletter out with nothing but photos of steps! These are the steps outside the Albertina Museum in Vienna. If I hadn’t been averaging 8 miles a day in regular site seeing adventures, I surely could have used these steps for a workout during the quiet morning time.
It was a fascinating trip! I enjoyed all the sites, both Hungarian and Viennese traditional food, and the incredible cultural offerings of such old classic cities.
And I am especially grateful for my healthy strong body and my incredible stamina. I am truly blessed!
I hope you’ll be taking your Joyinmovement for an adventure sometime soon! Thanks for joining me on mine.