Monday, 17 September 2012

Budapest Travel Diary [Day 1]

So, if you've got me on Twitter you'll probably have an inkling that I've been in Hungary for the past six days, Budapest to be precise. I thought that I'd share with you my experiences and places that I've visited in case any of you ever go to Budapest and don't know what to do or see. The trip was important to me on a personal level as I have family living in Budapest who I have never met, and many of my Hungarian ancestors lived in Budapest including my Great Grandma who was killed in her apartment during the German bombings in the Second World War. So yes, I was curious to meet my relatives and find out a bit more about them and our family history.

My first day involved a nice lie in followed by a bit of site seeing - I looked like a right tourist with my camera snapping everything I could haha. We visited St Stephen's Basilica first which is a beautiful building near to the Chain Bridge. After seeing the beauty of the exterior of the building, I had high hopes for the interior and I definitely wasn't disappointed! As you can see from the photos below, a lot of hard work (and money) went into the design and construction of that building. We spent quite a bit of time there and I'm glad we did, as it is a beautiful building. Definitely worth a visit! After that we had a mooch around and came across a 'boutique bistro' called Nad'or which is where I experienced my first ever taste of GOULASH. Well it was a goulash soup, not a proper main course goulash, but it was still delicious! And pretty good value for money! Think it cost the equivalent of about £3. After that we had a mooch around the streets near to St Stephen's Basilica and then headed back to our hotel (The Carlton Hotel, situated in the Buda side of Budapest) to freshen up.

That evening we were invited to Egon and Arabella's house (Egon is my second cousin and his wife is called Arabella - they also have a little boy who is also called Egon!) where we experienced some interesting Hungarian dishes including fruit soup, seasoned potatoes and grilled chicken. Culturally, it was really interesting to see where they live and what food they eat, as well as seeing their wedding photos which highlighted some interesting cultural differences between our weddings in England and Hungarian weddings. For example after midnight on the wedding day, the bride and groom wear red clothes to symbolise that they are a new husband and wife. I also noticed that wedding rings are worn on the opposite hand to us. There are other cultural differences too but I'll save those for another blog post. After all, this is one of five haha. Lucky you ;)

My Grandad (who is Hungarian), myself and Pat (my Grandad's partner)
St Stephen's Basilica
St Stephen's Basilica
The beautiful interior of the basilica
Chain Bridge


  1. I love blogposts like this. I'm thinking of travelling Europe next summer, so this post was really interesting for me. Can't wait to see some more :)

  2. I really want to go round Europe next year and Budapest will be on my list of places to visit. Excited for the rest of the posts :)


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