Hungary
Budai vár

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  • Day19

    Hungry

    August 5, 2017 in Hungary

    Our last night in Hungry. Went to a Hungarian restaurant and ate hungarian food and drank hungarian wine. Yummy. Reminds me of my mums cooking. Not as good but still yummy. Ainsley and Graham had stuffed cabbage. I had chicken paprika with gnocchi. John had a pork dish. Gizi and Anna Marie had a fish dish.
    We board our boat tomorrow to start our cruise.

  • Day236

    Day 237: Exploring Budapest

    October 9, 2017 in Hungary

    Woke up early, feeling excited and ready to tackle this great city! It's such a huge place, and the world heritage listed area is quite large so we knew we were up against it, but figured we'd give it out best shot. First stop though was a cafe nearby where we had some breakfast (omelet or toasted cheese) - proper Budapest prices too. It's more local over this side of the river, fewer tourists around.

    So off we went on our long day. First stop was the nearby Fisherman's Bastion, with its excellent views of the Danube and back across to the Pest side. Filmed a few things here, though lots of people were around and it was difficult. Got stopped quite a few times by American tourists wanting to pat Schnitzel as well! Filmed outside Matthias Church but decided against going inside this time, we'd been in last time and neither of us felt like revisiting.

    Wandering around the upper parts of the castle and did a little more filming, before heading down the ramparts and across the Chain Bridge to the Pest side. Filmed a bit on the bridge as well, since it's such an important step in the city's history (it was the first permanent link between Buda and Pest, and the city was unified about 20 years later).

    Checked out the Parliament district, then headed down to the old town where we had lunch at a local salad place - tasty, healthy and relatively cheap. More wandering around the old town, looking at a few different squares and streets we hadn't explored before, then eventually walked up to Andrassy Avenue, the main street running north-east out of central Pest.

    This is actually a specific part of the WH site, as well as the underground railway that runs straight below it - the oldest in continental Europe! It's got these awesome belle epoque style stations that haven't been updated in 100 years and it just looks amazing.

    We caught the train up to Heroes Square, where we hoped to wrap up in the shadow of famous Hungarians (and the location of revolutions in 1956 and again in 1989). But unfortunately for us, the entire plaza was blocked off and occupied by lined-up police cars! It looked like there had been a commemoration or memorial day or something, as there was a dais set up for VIP speeches and so on. Disappointed, we wandered around a bit then filmed as best we could away from the humourless police.

    By now night was approaching, so rather than head home we headed to one of Budapest's more unique features - a ruin pub! These are pubs that started up illegally in abandoned buildings back in the 1990s, and since then they've gradually been legalised and are now probably the most important part of the city's nightlife scene. We'd been to one last time, but this time we headed to the most famous one - Szimpla Kert. Had a few drinks downstairs next to the Trabant that's sitting there for some reason, then later headed upstairs to their burger bar where we had some fantastic burgers.

    Satisfied, we decided to head home around 8pm after an exhausting long day! Thankfully we could catch the metro most of the way, the only thing required from us was to purchase a chimney cake for dessert!
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  • Day6

    Night River Cruise

    December 18, 2017 in Hungary

    Before we had dinner but after it was dark the ship made a lap up the river and back again to the dock so we would get a nighttime river cruise. This enabled us to see the highlights of the city under lights. We then docked again and the evening meal was served. Evening dining is very much a quality restaurant affair. There were five courses, soup, entrée, main, sweets and cheese and coffee. This was accompanied by as much beer and wines as you wanted to consume. Very nice evening. First night I’ve been able to stay awake past 6:00 pm.Read more

  • Day237

    Day 238: Relaxing in Budapest

    October 10, 2017 in Hungary

    Having finished all of the filming we needed on our busy day yesterday, today was basically a day to relax and enjoy. We headed down the street for breakfast at a new place which had great coffee, then headed back to the apartment where we stayed for the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon as well.

    Mid-afternoon we decided we'd go and check out Gellert Baths since we hadn't seen those baths last time in Budapest (we'd only been to Szcenyi instead), so we caught the tram a few stops to the south.

    It's fairly expensive, something like 20 euros each plus you have to have a swimming cap to swim in the largest pool, but definitely worth it. There's this real sense of old-world grandeur and charm in the baths that you just don't get any more. Budapest is located atop several hot springs, and the hottest pool here was actually outdoors, at 42 degrees! Enjoyed it for a while, had a brief sauna and a quick plunge in the cold pool before relaxing in the other, not quite as hot pools.

    By the time we left it was dark and dinner time, so since Schnitzel wasn't with us we decided to eat at the sushi restaurant nearby where we hadn't been allowed the other night. Delicious food, Japanese done well, though my katsu don took ages to emerge because of some "problem with the rice". Oh well! Back home where we relaxed a bit more and prepared for our return to the road.

    And in ominous news, slowly over the day I'd been developing a tickle in my throat that I knew was probably an oncoming cold. Hoping that it isn't, because it's a pretty inopportune time to get sick! But it's been nearly 9 months of solid travel now without getting sick, so my run had to come to an end some time.
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  • Day2

    Budapest by night

    August 7, 2016 in Hungary

    Quel était ce fameux rendez vous de 20h30? Un escape game bien sûr ! Budapest en étant le berceau, nous ne pouvions manquer ça !
    Nous avons testé deux salles d'un même lieu : "1984" et "Heaven or hell" et on a adoré (et en plus on a gagné !

    Parmi les autres "must do" on a aussi testé les "bars de ruines", sorte de bric-à-brac en plein air qui servent à boire dans une ambiance décontractée.

    Et comme on a adoré le Parlement de jour et bien nous sous sommes sentis obligés de repasser côté Buda pour voir le Parlement de nuit!
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Budai vár, Budai var

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