Blogs from Central Hungary, Hungary, Europe - page 4


Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 29th 2013

Hello all..... sorry I have been so slack, but I have been having a great time drinking champagne in the air and around Europe... I have tried 5 so far and think that Bollinger is the front runner for favourite at the moment (others are Chandon, Laurent Perrier, Pommery and Marquis de la Tour). I left you last in Bath and so far have also visited Edinburgh, York, Oxford (for Lunch with Uncle Ray) and back to London.... I am writing this from my hotel in Budapest (Buda on one side of the Danube and Pest on the other) The hotel is actually in Pest, but we looked at both sides this morning. With regard to the other towns I have visited... I am going to send you to Greg's blog (His blog name is being ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 25th 2013

Rano pohodove vstavanie este v mojej posteli, naranajkovanie, presun k miriam vytlacit si este jeden eticket na bus a potom este zamenenie 3000forintov. Tie som nakoniec dostal az v posldnej banke,tatrabana. Uni,vub nemali a v csob chceli poplatok za zamenenie. Asi pol hodinu pred odchodom mi konecne prisla sprava od prveho couchsurfera, uz som sa chystal, ze budem spat v hosteli, bo sa mi dva tyzdne nehlasil. Poslal mi komplet rozpisanu cestu, boli tam 2 prestupy. V plane mam ist 2/3 pesi, bo budem mat kopu casu. Tada a je to tu, moze sa vyrazit. Nakoniec nejdem zo Serede ale az z Galanty kam ma miriam odviezla a taktiez nejdem hned rano,bo co som kukal v budapesti prsi. Na galantskej stanci som cakal este 20.min. Kupa listku prebehla bez problemov.Ako je uz zvykom na tejto stanici ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest November 13th 2013

So, I am in Budapest after getting a lovely 'bus' (car) from Cluj. I am staying in Pest (the east of side of the river) in a huge hostel in district VIII. This morning I went along to the Grand Synagogue on Dohany Street. The synagogue is one of the largest in the world, and quite different in style to other synagogues. It looks like a catholic cathedral. Which wasn't an accident. The synagogue was built by the Neolog Jews who were trying to show how integrated they were in Hungarian society. Hungary has always been (comparative to other European states) more accepting of Jewish people. Dohany Street Synagogue was designed by a (non-Jewish) Viennese architect and was built in the Moorish Revival style (based on buildings like Alhambra in Spain), and from the outside this ... read more
Dohany Street Synagogue
Weeping Willow
House of Terror

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda November 2nd 2013

Budapest looks like a fascinating city but unfortunately we woke to a foggy and cloudy day, so it wasn't looking its best. The day started with a bus ride around Buda then across the Danube to Pest. We visited Matthias Coronation Church, a very ornately decorated church with a long and interesting history. The original building was constructed in the 11th century and it has been destroyed and rebuilt on a number of occasions. It was a mosque for a period when the Turks occupied the country but for most of its existence it has been a Catholic Church. We also did some sightseeing on both sides of the river including Parliament House, Fishermen's Bastion, Royal Castle, Heroes' Square and many other interesting sights. The weather was very ordinary, so we stopped for a very nice ... read more
Budapest - Buda
Budapest - Buda
Budapest - Buda

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest October 28th 2013

Hungary for more... After Kiev we had nothing to look forward to (in a travelling capacity anyway), however in September we found an awesome deal for 4 days in Budapest. Early flight out, 3 nights, late flight back for £160 in a fancy hotel. So without further ado we booked and began our research into things to do. I'm melting I am definitely a Winter person. I wear shorts well into November and put them back on in January, so imagine my surprise when we landed and it was 23 degrees C. Bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, time to take that waterproof and hoody off. We caught the Airport bus to Kobanya Kispest and I was pleasantly surprised that this bus was not like the one in Kiev which was about 40 D/C ... read more
Behind the Iron Curtain
Heroes square


Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budakeszi October 25th 2013

I am stupid happy right now. You know when you get in those moods where you're so happy that you don't know what to do with yourself? Well today is just the BEST day. I woke up at 5:30 am after a night of very little sleep. I made a double espresso with my BRAND NEW espresso machine and was out of the flat by 6:30. I went to school in darkness while reading Jane Eyre (finally getting around to it after not reading it in high school). I got to school, put on my mouse costume, and got ready for the party. I dressed up as Ruby from Happy House for my kids' Halloween party. Happy House is my English curriculum, and the students have met a ton of characters (including a mouse named Ruby). ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda October 13th 2013

I’m loving Budapest. So far it’s up there with Paris and Barcelona. The wine and food are amazing, but the stars of the show are the architecture and views of the city. Today I took a bus tour of the city…one of the hop on, hop off type. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but you can learn quite a lot from it and then get a feel for where things are. I went all the way around, then decided to start on the Buda side of the river. The Danube River divides the city in two. Buda is on the hilly side and the city of Pest is on the other. The Buda side contains the Buda Castle, the largest in Europe, I think. It also has St Mathias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. ... read more
Gellert Hill
Fishermans Bastion

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda September 22nd 2013

They have a festival for everything here. EVERYTHING. So when Darcy and I didn't go to Serbia, we went home and slept. Probably the first weekend night we haven't gone out since we've been here. We woke up the next morning, lamented over Serbia some more, and decided to check out the chocolate festival that was walking distance from my flat. It's a really hard life here, you guys. It cost some forints to get in, but oh my god chocolate. Thick chili hot chocolate, chocolate palinka (not the best), chocolate truffles, brownies, gelato, etc. So amazing. A girl's dream. I ate everything. Woops. I had a chili chocolate brownie, a passion fruit truffle, a champagne truffle, some rosemary chocolate, some 85% cacao bar, and gelato. The gelato was pretty much the best thing I've ever ... read more
Tools made of chocolate
Nom nom brownies
Pretty truffles

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 21st 2013

Kuume oli laskenut. Olin jo pakannut pääosin. Koska Ryanairin politiikka matkatavaroiden suhteen on tiukka, kävin tavarani vielä läpi ja heitin menemään sellaista, jota olisin ehkä aiemmin tuonut Suomeen. Olen monesti säästänyt runsaasti kuitteja ja esitteitä. Nyt säästin vain joka kaupungin kartat ja kuitit luottokorttimaksuista sekä matkaliput ja kuitit majoituksista. Asuntoon jäi kulahtaneet sortsit, Irlanti-T-paita, saippua, melkein tyhjä hammastahnatuubi, käsivoidetuubi ja Prahasta ostamani pikkupyyhe. Lähtö asunnolta oli klo 11. Päätin mennä joukkoliikenteellä, koska aikaa oli runsaasti ja 72 tunnin lippu ostettuna. Vähän huimasi aluksi, mutta hyvin meni, varsinkin kun istua sekä metrossa että bussissa. Reppu painoi 6,5 kg, eli jonkin verran paino oli lisääntynyt. Unohdin maihinnousukortin lähtöselvitykseen. Onneksi se löytyi kun palasin ja oli s... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda September 20th 2013

Perjantain ohjelma oli täysin odottamatonta. Aamulla oli nimittäin sairas olo. Aamupalan jälkeen ohjelmana oli löytää ensimmäinen apteekki, joka olikin viereisessä korttelissa. Ostin sieltä kuumemittarin: lukema 37,9 C. Kävin apteekissa kysymässä, missä olisi lähin lääkäri. No se löytyi samasta korttelista kuin asunto. Lääkäriasema oli menossa kiinni klo 12 - 16. Aseman työntekijä ei osannut englantia, mutta yksi asiakas tulkkasi vähän ja soitin vuokraisännälleni, joka keskusteli työntekijän kanssa. Minulle jäi epäselväksi, millaista palvelua siellä olisi tarjolla, osaisiko lääkäri englantia ja miten laskutus toimisi. Raahauduin sitten puolen kilometrin päässä olevaan nettilään ja selvitin yksityisiä lääkäriasemia haulla 'Budapest doctor english', aikaa meni noin klo 13 asti. Asunnolta soitin vakuutusyhtiöön, ja sieltä kehotettiin m... read more

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