Open These #Thursdaydoors And Take An Amazing Trip To Budapest On The Orient Express!

How To Open A Door!

Well, if you are a crazed Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”, perhaps. But for the rest of us, a door is to be opened, revealing wonders inside or outside…or maybe just down my upstairs hallway…

My Blogging friend Robbie Cheadle sparked this look at doors. In fact, she and other Bloggers look at doors every Thursday – it’s called:


You see, Robbie shared a bunch of door pictures she took in Budapest, like the one you see above…if you want to see more of there photography, you can go to there website to see this story here:

I told her I was going to take part this week, and since my wife Alex and I had been to Budapest on our anniversary in 2018, I looked for some pictures of Budapest doors as well…and this is what I found:

Hmmm…but then it made me ponder something: sometimes a doors hides a secret – in this case, an amazing sight was right behind this fairly drab entrance: you see, this is the door to the iconic Gellert Spa in Budapest, where you “take the waters!” Once you pass through this nondescript door, this is what you see:

As you can see, they didn’t waste money on the entrance, choosing to make the interior truly spectacular…if you’ve never “taken the waters” in Budapest, you can click here for a tour:

My wife and I arrived in Budapest by train – thanks to the Venice-Simpson Orient Express!

When walking down the hall of this legendary train, you only have to find your door and open it to reveal your slice of paradise:

This train trip is incredible, and if you want to see more, you can click here for more pictures and video:

Oh, and the doorway into the bar car was NEVER CLOSED – and always packed!

We also met the Head Chef, who cooked incredible dishes like this:

Everything about the trip is topnotch – literally a “trip of a lifetime…”

You can click here to see more of the incredible food served onboard the train:

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I look forward to taking part in more of the “Thursday Door” challenge…there have been so many around the world that I’ve been lucky enough to walk through – no matter how nondescript they may seem at first!

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15 replies

  1. That is a wonderful place. I really enjoyed reading your post. thanks

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  2. I’m so glad you were on the Orient Express. What a perfect trip for Thursday’s Doors.

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  3. I am fascinated by doors , and what an amazing anniversary! I love traveling by train

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  4. These are fabulous doors, John. I’m so glad you joined in. We didn’t actually make it to a spa in Budapest as we were only there for three days. A gorgeous city. Thanks very much for the shout out. Appreciated as always.

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  5. I’m still envious of your Orient Express trip, John. Glad to see you participating in the doors posts too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. What a great adventure for you two! A wonderful anniversary–I’m quite green!
    Very nice. Are you two gonna go on the China train trip to tibet one day? I’d love that one.
    Or the one crossing Canada.

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  1. #ThursdayDoors – St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest

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