Snapshots from Budapest

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Budapest, it’s a beautiful and versatile city, easy-going, slightly rugged and worn out from some corners.

The bridges crossing the Danube flowing through the city, the banks of the wide river in the evening lighting, the iconic Hungarian Parliament Building, the numerous cafes  and terraces  and  the old yellow trams of which I for some reason just had to take countless pictures.

We spent a weekend in Budapest in early October. We walked and walked some more (I’m a passionate walker): across the Chain Bridge from the side of Pest to verdant Buda and to the top of the Gellért Hill and next to the Fishermen’s Bastion. The views are gorgeous. And the wine glasses plentiful: we decided to have a little day wine from a wine stand on the top of the hill and well, let’s just say that it was adequate.

We enjoyed a pot of rich goulash and shared a piece of a sweet apple strudel for lunch in the busy and lively Central Market Hall (Vámház krt 1–3). Market halls and sea shores are two of my favorite places in new cities. The stands sell vegetables, breads, foie gras, meat and sausage dishes, lace and Russian dolls. We also marveled at the heavy Hungarian street food treat, langós (deep fried flat bread topped with sour cream and grated cheese) and the grocery stores where the entire assortment is placed in the shop windows. We finished our walking tour in  the pioneer of the ruin pubs of Budapest, Szimpla Kert (Kazinczy u. 14).

Budapest, you were good to us.

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