Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day in Budapest and so we decided to get on one of these Hop On/Hop Off bus tour things around the city. We managed to see some amazing sites including:
- The Citadel
- Buda Castle
- Freedom Statue
- Chain Bridge
- The Opera House
- A load of beautiful buildings which I can't remember the names of
- Some other interesting bridges
- A view over the whole of Budapest
During the bus tour I realised that there is an interesting (and somewhat terrible) history of Budapest and Hungary in general which I've never really known about. It's better there now however there still doesn't seem to be a lot of wealth in the city. I mean don't get me wrong, the living costs are lower than England, however Budapest's inhabitants work long days for not very much money, and from what they do earn a lot of it is taken by the tax man. It made me realise how lucky I am to not have to struggle like that, but it also made me sad that my relatives have to endure hardship. I definitely won't be complaining about England as much as I used to!
|A view over Budapest|
|The Opera House|
|Another view over Budapest|
After our bus tour we decided to mooch around near the Opera House, here we found a pretty cafe called Komedias Kavehaz. The cafe was very traditional decor-wise with dark wooden furnishings and golden trimmings here and there. Because we were sat outside the waiter asked if we wanted blankets to wrap around us which was lovely. In fact I wish they did that a bit more in England! The hot chocolate at the cafe was amazing and probably the BEST hot chocolate I've ever had. The liquid (if you can call it that) had to be eaten with a spoon as the chocolate was that thick. It was basically molten chocolate in a cup. Amazing.
(Though I'm paying for it now as I've got a nice big spot on my chin! Oh well, it was worth it.)
|Stopped for a Hot Chocolate @ Komedias Kavehaz (The Comedian Cafe)|
|Thickest hot chocolate ever!|
|Menu @ the Comedian Cafe|
Later that day we met up with more relatives who had travelled three hours from the depths of Hungary to come and visit us. They'd cooked food and brought it with them and that evening we had a big feast featuring cherry soup, goulash, paprika chicken, apple and cinnamon cakes, and coconut sponge cake. It was lovely to meet them all and it made me feel lucky that I have family like that, who would travel three hours to come and see you for a few hours and then go back home again. A six hour round trip altogether. All in all it was a great evening, spent with great people!