Budapest: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
I snapped these photographs on December 5th, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary the day before we were to join Viking River Cruises on a memorable Christmas Markets Cruise.
I’m going to guess the temperature was around 50º, and the town square was filled with tourists and locals bustling about shopping at the myriad of booths hawking local crafts, food, hot mulled wine, and chestnuts!
The minute I walked into the square, the aroma of chestnuts roasting on an open fire filled my nostrils and my mind was instantly transported back to the mid-70s where I had my first encounter with roasted chestnuts in Paris, I think.
It had been 40+ years since I’ve enjoyed a roasted chestnut. However, as my wife and friends can attest, when I got a whiff of them, I disappeared as quickly as the road runner in the cartoons of old. Meep. Meep.
Can I give you a little tip?
River cruises are a wonderful way to experience Europe. But, if you can get there during the Christmas Markets season, do it! It’s very festive and all of the towns are beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.