Tuesday, 12th August – At night time

On the way back to the apartment we had a couple more stops to make on the Pest side.

St Stephen’s Basilica is a Catholic Church named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary. Another amazing church with the most incredibly decorated ceilings.

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Virtually everywhere you look in Budapest there is an amazing building or statue to look at, this is part of a journey you can’t plan. The walk back to the apartment took much longer than it should have because we just kept stumbling across amazing things. Including the Book Cafe Lotz Terem, looks like a normal book shop until you go to the cafe on the top floor 🙂

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Finally reached the apartment, in time for a quick shower and then off we went to our night cruise on the Danube. We made it just in time for the 8pm cast off, it was only an hour long cruise but the beauty of it was that we went in a loop and were lucky enough to see the progressive lighting up of the city. We thought Budapest was amazing by day, we were blown away by how different it looks by night. The lights on the old buildings were amazing and it looked like they were made from gold!

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What an incredibly huge day, we didn’t want it to end. As mentioned we have fallen in love with this city and could have stayed forever 🙂

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Tuesday, 12th August – The Buda Side

Ok so we walked across the Chain Bridge to the Buda side and consulted the map, the majority of what we wanted to see was up a very huge hill, we could either spend an hour walking up the hill or take a 5 minute taxi – no brainer we got the cab 🙂

We reached our first destination the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. The Bastion was a huge castle surrounding the Church. The views from the top of the hill over to the Pest side were incredible. We had a good look around the Bastion including the statue of St Stephen.

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By this stage it was definitely time for a beer/cider and a bite to eat. We decided to be massive tourists and eat at the cafe in front of the Matthias Church for two good reasons, one because this guy was playing the most awesome instrument (a type of chordophone called a Cimbalom – it just looks like an open piano where instead of hitting keys the player uses beaters to hit the strings) and two because of the incredible view!

We scored a table by the window and just stared at the view, it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments 🙂

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So after outstaying our welcome at the prized window table for nearly an hour (there’s only so long you can stretch out a beer, a cider and a shared panini.. lol), we lined up paid our entry into the church and had a look through. The stained glass windows were fantastic, and at first it was a bit overwhelming, hard to know where to start!

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We spent the rest of the day wandering around this side of the city, there was heaps to see and many beautiful buildings and parks to take in, including the Budapest History Museum.

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We’d been walking around for six hours by this stage and had plans for the night so decided to head back to the apartment.

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Tuesday, 12th August – The Pest Side

After a really nice relaxing evening we woke up feeling super refreshed and excited to explore!

Our day in Budapest was so huge, so we’ve split it into three parts.

[Note: We do not apologise for gushing about Budapest, we both are so in love with this city and have decided we will definitely be coming back for a couple of weeks].

The city of Budapest is split in half by the Danube River. The west bank of the river is the Buda side – the older and more historic side. The east bank is the home of the Pest (pronounced Pesht) side which is the newer side housing the political and business side of the city. Together, the city is called Budapest.

We started exploring the Pest side first, starting with the train station and then parliament, along the Danube past the Margaret Bridge.

Train Station:

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Margaret Bridge:
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We had heard that the Parliament Building was amazing, but were definitely not prepared for the size of it! It was huge and so beautiful. We took ages walking around its perimeter and having a good look at the gothic architecture.

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We continued our walk along the Danube until we reached the Chain Bridge. By this stage we had already seen a hint of what was to come on the Buda side of the city. These photos were taken on the bridge as we walked across.

The bridge itself was incredible, everything in Budapest seems to be on a massive scale we felt very small as we walked across it taking in the view, enjoying the beautiful breeze of the water.. It sounds like a movie and we felt like we were in a fairy tale. This city has an incredibly happy feel to it and we found ourselves grinning like fools at each other and well.. loving our life sick 🙂

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This was shaping up to be one of the more memorable days of our European adventure 🙂

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Monday, 11th August

It’s getting to be about a month and a half since we started this journey and if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that we haven’t rested for a second – but have been going full on the whole time.

Today we decided that we were just getting burnt out.

We slept in, left at a reasonable hour and then took the shortest route possible from Roznava to Budapest to catch up with the person giving us the keys to the accommodation.

We didn’t get into Budapest until around 1pm, had some lunch at a nearby pub and got the keys to the apartment at around 2pm. We did some washing, shopping and bought some drinks to have at the flat. By the time we had done this, it was getting well into the evening.

The executive decision was made to catch up on admin and have an early night – that way, we could manage a full day seeing as much of Budapest as possible the next day.

Because of this, we actually didn’t take any photos at all, so there are none to post! However, we’ll more than make up for it tomorrow – we promise! 🙂

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