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Boiling in Budapest

sunny 35 °C
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"I love travelling in a sleeper on a night train. You just go to bed, and wake up and you're in another country! Only way to travel!!" - Lisa

Foodie moment

On a recommendation from Trip Advisor, we went to a cafe called Suelto Cafe and Grill.. We ordered some not very traditional Hungarian but delicious, comfort food; a bacon cheese burger and chicken quesadilla.


Then for dinner we went to a local pub and had some actual traditional Hungarian food. We ordered beef stew with dumplings and garlic chicken. Traditional Hungarian dumplings are not the type of dumplings we normally think of, they are more like a grated pasta thing, delicious never the less.


Cultural moment

There is an island in the middle of the Danube river known as Margaret Island and on it is a pretty spectacular musical fountain. Around it, the locals sit with their feet in the water and wait for the show to start. We were lucky enough to nab a couple of the remaining chairs to watch the show. There were two pieces of music, one modern and the other classical that were played over loud speakers while the fountain put on an aquatic show with jets, bubbles and mists of water that shot out in time with the music. It was really awesome to watch and refreshing getting sprays of water because of the intensely hot weather.


Wow moment

Budapest, being quite a big city, has a lot of amazing sites to visit. The first one we saw today was the Great Market Hall. It has multiple levels which include meats, vegetables, clothing, souvenirs and traditionally cooked foods.


The next site we visited was the Dohany Street Synagogue, which displays some very impressive architecture. We didn't go in however as there was an entrance fee.


Finally, we hiked through the previously mentioned Margaret Island. Other than the fountain, it is filled with gardens, old ruins, swimming pools and touristy things like being able to rent pedal cars, which we actually did. Due to our strict budget, we opted for the cheapest car and therefore the hardest to pedal car. It was a little retro car, and had the worst suspension ever! We had a time limit of 30 minutes and got to the far end of the island in 20. So we had our work cut out for us on the trip back, but with a lot of hard work and sweat, we made it back right on time!


What we learnt today

What we learnt today is actually from the experiences of the night before. We had a long trip over to Budapest from Brasov and the best way to get there was via train. The trip is around 14 hours, so we opted once more for a night sleeper. Learning from our experiences in Spain, we splashed out a bit extra for our own private cabin and we are glad we did! It was an amazing experience to have a glass of wine while watching the Transylvanian countryside wizz by illuminated by the glow of a full moon. We even had our private en-suite with an (unfortunately) non functioning shower!


Posted by travellinglise 09:24 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest

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