Saturday 9 July
After twenty-eight hours of travelling we arrived we were a little tired but it had all gone smoothly. The miracle was that our baggage arrived with us. We had had security checks at all the airports but Customs at Budapest we were told once we had our bags to just walk through the 'Nothing to Declare' gate and keep walking which we did. I guess that they are used to tourists. We then met the APT rep and four of the tour party from Adelaide - Gloria and Neil and Fay and Max. On the road from the airport we passed lots of depressing looking dull square or rectangular buildings, often covered with graffiti, quite depressing, but once we reached the main part of the city it was an entirely different story. We were taken to the Sofitel Hotel but had to wait until 12 before we could go to our rooms for a shower and change of clothes. We therefore explored the area of Budapest around the hotel and by the river.