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Crowns and Buses

Crowns and Buses

Happy Tuesday ladies. I’m pretty sure it’s Wednesday here. We are ensconced in Budapest and busy seeing the sights. It’s vacillating between bright sun and torrential thunderstorms so I’m glad I packed for all occasions.

I traveled wearing black ponte knit pants, white no-iron shirt, tweed sweater/blazer, and sport sandals. I did have a small malfunction while traveling but it wasn’t with my wardrobe. Right before we boarded our second flight, I bit into a lifesaver and cracked a back crown in two.

I wasn’t blessed with good teeth. #understatement. Over the course of my adult life, I’ve needed multiple implants, root canals, and crowns. The last time I destroyed a crown, I was in Mexico. What is it with vacations and my teeth? Luckily, this one’s in the back and doesn’t hurt so I assume it’s on a tooth that has already had a root canal.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life on grand staircase of Corinthia Hotel in Budapest wearing Chico's blazer and shirt.

By the time we finally got to our hotel, my hair was trashed more than usual. I have a theory on that and am putting my thoughts together for a post. I pinned it up with a classy banana clip, switched my earrings, swapped the necklace for a scarf and changed into closed toe mules for dinner out.grand staircase in Corinthia Hotel in Budapest

We were blurry eyed from being awake for 29+ hours (I can’t sleep on planes) so dragged ourselves to the Caviar and Bull, which is attached to our hotel.

Today we took the hop-on-hop-off bus around town to stay dry and save our energy. Yup, we’re those folks that take this bus in many cities we visit. Cheesy as it may seem, it gives you a broad overview so you know what to zero in on later. danube in budapest

This is the Danube but that’s not our cruise ship. Tomorrow we hope to wander around on foot when we’ve got some energy back.

Can you sleep on flights? How do you do it?

I hope to get better outfit pictures going forward. Today I wore the same no-iron white shirt as yesterday (no-iron is fabulous stuff) over a black tank and black jeans with a pink silk scarf and black sneakers.

Have a great one ladies.

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63 Comments

  1. May 28, 2019 / 11:27 am

    My husband loves those buses. The other day he suggested we take one where we live. lol You look lovely (in spite of the hectic travel.) Enjoy your trip!

  2. Linda
    May 28, 2019 / 11:36 am

    I’ve only been on two long flights (to Hawaii & back to ATL), and sleeping was a problem. An eye mask did let me get about two hrs of sleep, though. I sort of curled up and laid my head on the left armrest. We were in 1st class so my husband was on the aisle seat and I felt ‘safe.’ That is a major part of the sleeplessness issue.

  3. May 28, 2019 / 11:43 am

    You do look very nice despite all the weather and the tooth issues. Had a trip awhile back where we visited Budapest, Prague and…..trying to remember! Alas! I remember the bridge crossing between Buda and Pest, and some buildings with bullet holes with plaques noting WWII. Interesting places. I remember one other thing that kept a mark on me…..the sadness in the faces if many if the people we observed, as residents not tourists. It was a but eerie.
    On sleeping on planes I don’t either. I do try, but it never quite happens! I need to sleep flat out. Cramped in a seat just doesn’t work! I really don’t enjoy the first full day of arrival unless I can nap. That rarely happens either. Still each trip is a learning experience. In that area you may find some deals on garnet jewelry…if you like garnets.

  4. Kay
    May 28, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    How exciting! I take a dental kit I buy at the drugstore that has some dental “cement” in it to stick the crown back on temporarily. I have needed it more than once, unfortunately. I am the envy of everyone I know because I can zonk right out on a plane and sleep for hours. It’s a gift. LOL.

  5. Katie
    May 28, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    We have been on the river cruise from Budapest to Prague .. loved it, if you get a chance to have a drink or the like at the Boscolo Hotel, it is gorgeous. Also, the market in the center of town is great. We also take the Hop on Hop Off in cities we visit to get a good overview of everything. I dont have the ability to sleep on a plane either so I feel your pain.
    You look great – enjoy your cruise and I look forward to seeing your pics and thoughts – am fresh off a hip replacement so will travel with you vicariously.

  6. Elaine
    May 28, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I can’t sleep either on planes 😕. Also agree with you on the ho-ho buses. Great way to relax and get your bearings. Have not done a river cruise so enjoy seeing your posts. And.. you look fabulous.

  7. Celeste
    May 28, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    Lots of good dentists in Hungary in fact many people from UK travel there for implants crowns etc as even with travel and hotel cheaper than private treatment here.

  8. May 28, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    You look great! I’ll be interested to read more about your journey. We’re taking a river cruise from Linz to Budapest in July and spending a week in Prague beforehand, followed by a week in Budapest afterwards. How was the restaurant?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:38 am

      I highly recommend the restaurant. It was delicious and such a cool atmosphere.

      • Celeste
        May 29, 2019 / 6:07 am

        But not Hungarian food

  9. Heidi
    May 28, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    Budapest is such a beautiful, fascinating place. So glad you have time to see it before your river cruise leaves. I LOVE your pink polka dot scarf with the pink tweed blazer. A cool, fun look! Enjoy your trip and keep posting pictures.

  10. Janet
    May 28, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    I’ve only taken one very long flight – Toronto to Rome with a stop over in Montreal. I couldn’t sleep and the seats were uncomfortable. It was the best vacation ever but the flight was miserable!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:37 am

      It’s horrible to arrive feeling so exhausted.

  11. Mumbai
    May 29, 2019 / 1:23 am

    bus hopping but better walking is a priority when you visit a city for the first time . If you get problems with your
    teeth , Hungary has very good dentist clinics and are cheep too. For a long haul flight I will recommend 1 sleep pill.
    Anyway you look quite relaxed after 29 hrs . Enjoy your cruise.

  12. Barbara
    May 29, 2019 / 4:18 am

    It’s taken years to figure out how to make myself comfortable on a plane. An eye mask and ear plugs to make it as dark and quiet as possible, a good neck pillow but also an inflatable foot pillow. It gets your feet off the cold floor but more importantly, relieves pressure on your back.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:20 am

      Great tips! I need one of those neck pillows. I’ll have to find an inflatable one because I don’t want to travel with it around my neck the way I see so many people doing in airports these days.

  13. Laurie
    May 29, 2019 / 4:43 am

    I’m anxious to follow your trip! We are on a cruise from Bucharest to Budapest during the last 2 weeks of June. I’m still debating my travel wardrobe – it all depends on the weather! We are stopping over in Paris for 2 nights on the way to Bucharest. We like to have a day or two to acclimate to the new time zones. And, I like to plan a stopover if the flight is really long. And, well, Paris! The best I can manage on a long flight is to rest, I never really sleep. My husband travels with Ambien and I usually borrow one when we get to our destination.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:28 am

      We planned to spend some time in Paris but really need to get home to move. Have fun! Paris is always wonderful.

  14. May 29, 2019 / 4:56 am

    Girlfriend, stay far away from those lifesavers! They are deadly! You look great for being on such a long flight. I too cannot sleep on the plane. When we went to Ireland last year we immediately checked into the hotel at the airport to sleep after arriving at 7am. We slept till noon, had lunch, and just relaxed. We found this helped us get back on track after not sleeping. Funny you are in Budapest! We have friends on a Viking cruise that starts in Budapest, and goes through a lot of spots in Germany, and I think ends up in Prague. That would be a hoot if you are on the same cruise! Don’t worry about your hair! Mine was a mess in Ireland.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:26 am

      I won’t be eating lifesavers again. I can’t believe that’s all it took to crack this crown. There are so many Americans getting on Viking ships here, it’s amazing.

  15. Georgia
    May 29, 2019 / 5:10 am

    Go shop at Vaci Utca and definitely go to the market! And to the church on the top of Buds. Buy some paprika.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:23 am

      On our list! Thanks

  16. MP
    May 29, 2019 / 5:11 am

    I always book the window seat. On the day of a long flight I get up early and workout more than usual so I’m tired on the flight. I avoid alcohol and sleep the flight away 🙂

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:22 am

      Great ideas. You’re so lucky to sleep on flights.

  17. Gail Schwartz
    May 29, 2019 / 5:16 am

    My crown broke the day before Thanksgiving. It’s never easy! We try to accumulate enough frequent flyer points to book seats that lie down flat on overseas flights. Those you can sleep on. We slept all the way to China. Your posts are helping me organize my wardrobe for our Baltic cruise at the end of July

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:22 am

      We adored our Baltic cruise!! It wasn’t warm (we went in the summer) so bring layers.

  18. Linda B
    May 29, 2019 / 5:31 am

    Almost all our vacays are long-haul flights and we never go less than business class — we decided a few years ago that if we ever can’t afford at least business, we’ll save up until we can because long-haul economy is torture! I also swear by: 1. a good set of Mack’s ear plugs (the foam ones are useless); AND 2. a hat for when we arrive (you simply can’t get decent rest if you’re worried about the condition of your hair). Cheers!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:29 am

      Well, I did have the hat!

  19. Karen
    May 29, 2019 / 5:31 am

    Jennifer, I share your grief with regards to teeth. I also have multiple implants, crowns, root canals etc. I get most of my expensive work done in Costa Rica, at less than 25% of US cost. I bet if you googled, you would find the same in Budapest! Get the crown fixed while you’re there! Just be sure to ask the dentist if they have an in house lab and if they can complete during your trip. Crowns in Costa Rica are $500 and my dental insurance covers at the same rate as if I were in the states. Enjoy your trip!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:31 am

      Wow! Crowns from my dentist cost 4 times that. I’m going to have to think about your idea. Dental work is so expensive.

    • Cheryl
      May 29, 2019 / 12:25 pm

      How do you find good dentists in Costa Rica? I ha e a crown that needs replacing

  20. May 29, 2019 / 5:43 am

    The last time I flew to Paris, I was in the center row and had all three seats to myself and still couldn’t sleep!
    I think the bus tours are a great way to see a city you are unfamiliar with, especially if you’re still getting over a long flight. It sometimes helps me acclimate and know where I do want to walk and explore.
    And I feel your pain on your dental challenges. Just happy you aren’t feeling any dental pain on your trip and can enjoy your travels. And, as always, you look great!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:32 am

      I did see folks all stretched out across multiple seats. I don’t think I could sleep like that either. Thank you

  21. Gretchen Waas
    May 29, 2019 / 6:26 am

    We are currently researching hotels in Budapest for an October trip before our river cruise. I would love to hear any pros and cons about your stay. Thanks in advance!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:18 am

      We love the Corinthia. It’s beautiful and the service is wonderful. And the beds are SO comfortable. I highly recommend it.

      • Gretchen Waas
        May 29, 2019 / 5:01 pm

        Thank you, Jennifer.

  22. Cindy
    May 29, 2019 / 6:41 am

    We’re taking that same Viking cruise in October. We love Viking and did the Rhine a couple of years back. We’re also bad plane sleepers and take the hop on off bus our first day as well as it keeps us awake until we can crash after dinner. Enjoy every minute!

  23. May 29, 2019 / 6:54 am

    We have done the hop on/hop off buses in cities like NYC and Sydney. They are pretty fabulous. We love them. I can’t sleep on planes either. My husband is usually asleep before the seat belt sign goes off. I bring knitting and get a LOT done on long flights…

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 7:15 am

      I’d I could find my knitting, I would have brought it. I love knitting on planes;)

  24. Darlene Hegel
    May 29, 2019 / 7:21 am

    Jennifer, you look smashing and I love the jacket on you! Thank you for sharing your travel wardrobe with us, it will be super helpful for me in the future. And, as for Hop on, Hop off buses…no they are not cheesey, they are the best insight into a city. And many times, you get the most entertaining and knowledgeable bus driver ever that has a real passion for his home! Wishing wonderful travels!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 30, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks Darlene. We’ve always felt that way about hop on hop off buses too.

  25. Mary McCoy
    May 29, 2019 / 7:34 am

    Jennifer,
    Your hair looks really good put up. I was thinking that when I first saw the picture before I read your comments. You should wear it up more often!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you Mary. It’s not my favorite because my hair is so thin. Then again, it’s better up and thin than down and scraggly.

  26. May 29, 2019 / 7:50 am

    I fly often and I can’t sleep sitting up. Never could. On such long flights from CA to Europe I sometimes stop somewhere for a 4 hour layover and nap at the airlines luxury lounge for about $50. Or I rest at the airport chapel. Finding a quiet place on the ground helps. Also noise canceling headphones. Without sound. Just getting rid of the dull roar.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      Those are clever ideas Marian. I’d never thought of them.

  27. Joan
    May 29, 2019 / 7:59 am

    Sorry to hear about the crown problem and hope it doesn’t cause you problems during the trip. Eager to see your photos. I’ve always wanted to take a river cruise.

  28. Susan
    May 29, 2019 / 9:50 am

    We just got back yesterday from a month in Croatia and the Balkans. 11-hour flights! My advice for sleeping on planes: collect a good set of “props.” Foam earplugs (get used to them before you leave — the feeling is a bit weird), an eye-mask with molded foam cups so they don’t press on your lids, an inflatable pillow with a soft cover and a snap/clasp that lets you fasten the two sides together so your head doesn’t fall forward, crew socks and Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats so you can take your heavy shoes off, and a soft cardigan that you can wear backwards to keep your torso and arms warm. Use an extra jacket or pillow to cushion the hard armrest. If your seat headrest has this feature, curve the adjustable sides forward to cradle your head. We find it so worthwhile to invest a few hundred dollars in the Premium Economy seats. The extra leg room makes all the difference!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Those are brilliant suggestions Susan. Getting used to the feel of these “props” is such wise advice. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Ellen
    May 29, 2019 / 10:01 am

    I finally learned to sleep on planes by covering up with one of those travel blankets. (God Forbid the airline ones, even if they deign to offer you one) Something about covering up, I guess, that makes me thinkI am in a bed???? It works, anyway.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to update us on your adventures, your outfits, your teeth 😫, and everything else.
    You look great, too. Have fun!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      So wise. Covering up does signal my mind that it’s time to sleep. The airline blankets are so cheesy, I seldom want to use them. I should have brought out my cashmere wrap to cuddle under.

  30. May 29, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Heard about the terrible boat accident and praying that you are safe.

  31. May 29, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    I look at the flight as the price you pay to go have a fun adventure. I also look at it as time relax, read and watch movies that I never seem to take the time to do at home. Plus, someone else is fixing the meals and doing the dishes. Then, if I get sleepy, great! Trying to sleep always leaves me feeling frustrated. Seems I do much better with something to look forward to instead of something to dread.
    A friend broke her tooth on a flight to Paris. Fortunately she was able to get in to see a dentist the 1st day and was able to get a crown in 3 days. The dentist very apologetically said he was very sorry he would have to charge her as she was not from the EU. Her bill….? 25 Euros.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 30, 2019 / 9:40 pm

      That’s a crazy price for a crown. Wow. American dentistry is so expensive. You’re right about the movies on the plane. I watched 4 that I would never gotten to see in a theater.

  32. May 31, 2019 / 10:08 am

    I cannot sleep on planes either. Can’t wait for your travel posts, this is the trip I’m wanting to do.

  33. May 31, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    I don’t sleep on planes either. Wish I could! We’re just back from 3 1/2 weeks in Europe and I’m feeling severely jet lagged. Trying to stay awake until a suitable bedtime so that I can hopefully get back into a normal sleep/wake routine as soon as possible. I’m very interested in your cruise. Are you doing Budapest to Amsterdam? Which cruise company? We’ve looked at doing the Viking cruise between those two cities.

  34. Shirley Garwood
    June 2, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Just back last night from 3 weeks in Europe. I don’t sleep on planes either. My crown cracked and half of it came out on Memorial Day! Such luck. Will be calling my dentist tomorrow. Safe travels.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 2, 2019 / 11:34 pm

      Good luck at the dentist!

  35. Konda
    June 2, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    To sleep on a plane I use Ativan. I used to get very claustrophobic so have a prescription for it. Helps to relax and sleep with headphones, relaxing music and eye mask. I have a similar mouth with you. Dental implants, numerous root canals and crowns. Also an apicectomy. Don’t volunteer for it, but it has kept a tooth for an additional 3 years. 😑 . And yes, often flares up before a trip. Have a great one!!

  36. Ginger
    June 6, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    I would love to see how you put your hair up in the banana clip. My hair is a little longer than yours but not long enough to put into a ponytail. I have been on a 6 week vacation in the humid south in our 5th wheel. Many days I wished I could get my hair off of my neck. Enjoy your trip!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 9, 2019 / 8:26 pm

      I just wrap it around my finger like a french roll then crimp it against the back of my head. It’s not glamorous but keeps it off my neck.

  37. Sandi
    June 18, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    I started reading the inflight magazine and would feel drowsy. I would wake up when were taxiing or lifting off. After making sure that we were in the air, I would fall back to sleep again. Sad to say that reading, even though I like it a lot, puts me to sleep.

  38. Tensil Clayton
    June 22, 2019 / 6:29 am

    What brand is your white no iron blouse? Love it. Going on same Biking Cruise in September- so I appreciate all your photos and descriptions. Also love your hat – what brand? Thank you for all advice!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 23, 2019 / 12:10 pm

      My hat is by Helen Kaminski last year. Here is this years version. I have several no-iron white shirts. The one I wore most often on this trip is here.

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