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We toured the facility and met many of the magical beasts. The history of the school and the lives they give the horses as well as the riders was truly amazing to encounter.” As mentioned earlier in this article, river level is paramount for cruising on the Rhine and Danube. Because of the low level, we traveled by bus to Budapest, Hungary, missing the famous water entry by ship. However, we stayed in a beautiful hotel overlooking the Chain Bridge, the first span to ever connect the two halves of the city, Buda and Pest, when it opened in 1849. Budapest is a beautiful city. Lisa Faria captured the spirit of this jewel when she noted, “Walking through the amazingly beautiful and historical city of Budapest at night was truly amazing. After a day of viewing the city and learning the history, the true magic was at night. The city is lit up and the river runs calmly. The people in the street were fantastic.” Our river cruise itinerary was Amsterdam to Budapest; however, there was interest in visiting Prague, in the 102 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019