Budapest, Hungary, Part I: Have You Ever Seen Buildings More Beautiful?

“My house in Budapest
My, my hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo
You. For you, I’d leave it all.” ~ George Ezra, “Budapest”  
What we saw:
  • Great Central Market
  • Hipster street food market
  • Szimpla Kert ruins bar
  • Pastle/calace hill (No. 5)
  • Szechenyi baths (No. 2)
  • Maze of darkness (No. 3)
  • St. Stephen’s basilica
  • The Parliament
  • The Opera House
  • So many beautiful cafés
  • St. Matthias church and the beautiful Fishermen’s Bastion
  • Far too many weddings to count
  • A very out-of-tune violinist attempting to woo a lady at Starbucks with a D minor scale (romantic, no?)
  • Great Synagogue
  • The Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial
  • Gellert Hill (No. 1)
  • A gorgeous fountain on Castle Hill (No. 5)
 What we did:
  • Walked many a mile
  • Crossed many a bridge
  • Ate mostly cake: breakfast, lunch, dinner (No. 4)
  • Climbed so many stairs to make up for cake intake  (No. 1)
  • Went through the Labirintus and the Maze of Darkness! (No. 3)
  • Lounged in the baths (No. 2)
  • Went to Castle Hill in a downpour
  • Hiked up Gellert Hill for the sunset and the lights at night (No. 1)
  • What I did: laughed until my stomach hurt, all weekend long, at Jacob’s crazy stories and general quips.
  • Went inside both St. Stephen’s Basilica and St. Matthias Church
  • Wandered around the beautiful Fishermen’s Bastion and discovered the magic of the silhouette picture
  • Tried to find mulled wine. Found instead Strongbow cider. Called it good enough for now.
 What we ate:
  • Hipster street food for pretty much most meals: Langos, pad thai, every variation of cooked cheese (fried! In a sandwich! Breaded! In a soup! With fries! With jam!)
  • Georgian food at Hachapuri! (Which is a bit like Turkish food, but with the addition of lots of cheese)
  • All the cake: Torte, Honey-Walnut Cake, Chocolate and Espresso (No. 4)
  • A poppy-seed Tivoli pastry that we weren’t sure if we liked or not
  • Cinnamon plum gelato
  • Strudel at the Great Central Market
  • The most wonderful meal at Larus: marinated chickpeas, minestrone soup, white fish with arugula, red, yellow, and green tomatoes, vanilla and lemon crepes with cream and raspberry sorbet.
  • Strongbow cider and sparkling wine at the Szimpla Kert bar

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