Hung [a] ry for some Goulash
Sorry about the pun, I’m sure you saw it coming.
It was a surprise when I found out I was visiting Budapest in Hungary last week. I was kept in the blue until I got to the airport and I was little excited when I found out as I had made no plans or preparations and was thinking most of time, if I had packed the right stuff. My mind was more like, forget everything else, did you pack a swimsuit? It wasn’t until we got off the plane and got picked up to our hotel then it finally hit me, I’m Budapest!! 😀 😀 😀 . Even though we arrived after midnight, I could still see the beauty the city had to offer as the house of parliament was all lit up and looking incredible beautiful even in the dark.
We stayed at the Hilton Hotel which is located in Buda– the west and hilly side of the city. Our breakfast room window looked out to the Fisherman’s Bastion, one of Budapest’s top attractions. It’s a viewing terrace/lookout tower offering the best panoramic views of the city and oh, it has fairy tale towers too like the ones you see in Disney movies. As matter of fact, the whole building looks like Walt Disney’s logo. Of course, one had to make the most of it (since it was literally on our doorstep) and take the chance to do a photoshoot there. Post coming on Monday so stay tuned. In the mean time, here I am, daydreaming in my castle.
After brekkie, we headed into the city to explore our surroundings [ view slideshow below ] and made our way into Pest– the east and flat side of the city and separated from Buda by the Danube River. This is where you’ll find most of the city’s tourist attractions such as The Parliament House, Hero’s Square, the Andrassy Avenue and Fashion Square– the shopping street in the centre of the city.
We were pretty on foot the whole day and walked down the hill from the Fisherman’s Bastion, crossed the Chain Bridge, made our way to Hero’s Square, took the metro somewhere ( can’t remember lol), stopped for lunch and visited Margaret’s Island and headed back home, on foot.
We could have taken the cable car or bus to get back up to the top of the hill but we just carried on walking and suffered the consequences the next morning. Pack your Converses, you’ll need them!
Our second day way was full of photoshoots back to back. Individual posts will be up soon. We spent the afternoon and the rest of the day at Emile, a beautiful restaurant in a quiet residential area in uphill Buda. We had Afternoon Tea and stayed for dinner that evening. It’s such a relaxing place to just chill and hang out with friends and rest our poor feet after all that walking we did the day before. I won’t give too much about our visit to Emile away in this post as there’s a lot to discuss so I’ve scheduled a separate post for that next week. Trust me, you’re going to love it.
[view slideshow for more pictures ]
I don’t know what I’ve done with the my other SD card holding pictures from our last day and when we visited the Synagogue, took more pictures from the viewing terrace at Fisherman’s Bastion, all the food we ate and evening views of the city. I hope to find it in time before this post goes up if not, I might have to do a part two of this post. I do apologise for that.
I’m going to have to leave this post and sign off here. Budapest was so much fun and reminds me a lot of my second country Austria ( I was born and raised in Ghana). Great architecture and colourful buildings. Budapest is one of the best city breaks Europe has to offer. It’s beautiful itself and very clean too. People here were very friendly and seemed approachable too. We were rest assured crime there was very low in general and the city is very safe for both tourists and locals but you’d still need to watch things and yourself when in busy and touristy areas like everywhere else. The food here was very similar to what we have here in England, we did sample a few local cuisines ( Chicken Paprikash and Wiener Schnitzel ) and enjoyed both dishes very well. The weather was fantastic too with degrees reaching up to 26 and beyond making it ideal for summer holidays.
I truly enjoyed Budapest and looking forward to going back soon to visit one of their Thermal Baths but for now I’ll just sit here and top up my tan.
Thanks for joining me and hope you’re having an awesome weekend so far.