Budapest!

Bonjour again, my faithful friends. My older daughter is spending a semester studying in Madrid, and having a child in my time zone has made me very happy. You know what else made me very happy? Meeting her in Budapest for three glorious days of sightseeing. I am not sure why I had relatively low expectations for Budapest. Maybe I had cast it with the dull pall of Communism and thought it would be dingy and in a state of disrepair. How wrong I was. Budapest was beautiful. In many ways it reminded me of Paris. It’s divided by a river (the Danube) and connected by several pretty bridges. The city is built of a creamy white stone similar to that of Paris. Many of the buildings are adorned with pretty carved embellishments like those found on so many Paris structures. Also, there were cafés and coffee houses on almost every street. I felt very much at home.

Our first morning we took a three-hour bus (and a little walking) tour with Viator tours. It was a great way to get an overview of the city and figure out how things worked.   The first stop on the tour was Heroes’ Square, commissioned to commemorate the country’s 1000th birthday in 1896.  This grand square is home to statues of fourteen of Hungary’s most famous leaders. It’s an impressive place, and also marks the entrance to Budapest’s sprawling City Park. IMG_5310

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Our next stop was a gorgeous hilltop view of the city.

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We crossed the river to Buda and walked around the impressive Matthias church, which is next to a beautiful terrace offering more views of the city. IMG_5335

Matthias church

Matthias church

Fisherman's Bastion- beautiful terrace by Matthias Church

Fisherman’s Bastion- beautiful terrace by Matthias Church

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Hungarian Parliament, modeled after the British House of Parliament

getting my artsy on After our tour we visited an old covered market which reminded us of the market we liked so much in Madrid. The Great Market Hall is enormous, covering three floors. The ground floor is for produce, meats, and other foods. Upstairs you will find souvenirs and hot food stalls. The cellar is reserved for fish and pickled things. Lots of pickled things.

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exterior

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IMG_5361   Many of the stalls had been in the same family for generations. Often there was a glass case containing memorabilia of the family’s history in the market. IMG_5351
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so bummed I didn't buy any honey

so bummed I didn’t buy any honey

or paprika

or paprika

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but I did buy one of these local delicacies- a langos- deep-fried dough with cheese and sour cream

but I did buy one of these local delicacies- a langos- deep-fried dough with cheese and sour cream

we gotcha pickled

we gotcha pickled

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Can you tell we loved the market? It’s well worth a leisurely visit.

That’s all for today, folks. Enjoy the rest of your day, and don’t get fooled!

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Budapest!

  1. Laura

    Thank you for the “Wish I was there with you tour” Great pictures

  2. Alison Bowen Lee

    Simply ‘Buda’ful! Thanks as always for sharing. Helen and I loved the market shots. xoxoxo!

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