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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest April 10th 2018

Today we revisit the Central Market when the doors are open. We have been there before but it’s worth a return visit and is the cheapest place, with the greatest range, to buy traditional linen and crocheted articles in Budapest. Taking the escalator to the first floor, you realise how large the market is. In 1896, 5 markets were opened simultaneously in Budapest. Four of these markets supplied their local area, whereas the Central Market No1 was designed to supply a greater range of goods for the Budapest region. It covers 10,400 square metres indoors and its location was chosen due to its proximity to road, rail and river transport. There was a 120 meter tunnel joining the Market to the Danube to facilitate the easy movement of goods from boats. The ground floor is dedicated ... read more
Peppers And Paprika

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest April 9th 2018

It was a busy day on public transport today; trams and buses zigzagging across Budapest for Natalia’s last day here. The Ruin Bar, where we were meant to go last night but it was too busy, was abuzz with activity. It turns out it operates a very eclectic market of food, artisan produce, and home grown arts and clothes, before morphing into a very popular target at night. All the inviting colours and smells of the cheeses, salamis of all sizes, shapes and origins, combine with the ‘Free Bread’ stall to compile a visual sandwich that has your mouth drooling; and it’s calorie free. It turned out the bread was gluten free, not really free. It’s a little intimidating at first as there’s so much random looking paraphernalia suspended from the ceiling, and various oddities wired, ... read more
 Szimpla Market
The Market House
The Central Cafe

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest April 7th 2018

Breakfast was on the house today and it was the full blown sausages, bacon, eggs, various cheeses, cereals, 3 types of bread, salads etc. etc, and juice, tea and coffee; just as they like it in Europe. After eating Chimney Cake late last night I was still coming down from a sugar overdose, so breakfast wasn’t high on my priorities . It’s a Hungarian specialty consisting of sweet dough, rolled into a coil, wrapped around a wooden spindle and rotisseried until golden brown. It’s then coated in butter and sugary flavours and served hot. My favourite is cinnamon sugar but it’s a treat to eat sparingly. It’s basically sugar. Stepping from the sanctuary of our appartment into the slowly waking lane dividing Gozsdu Court, I am suddenly in the world of early morning market stalls setting ... read more
The Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda
Has Darryl Kerrigan Moved To Budapest?
Changing Of The Guard At Buda Castle.

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest July 10th 2017

It was a short day for us today as we had an overnight train departing at around 7pm and once we'd had a little lie in, showered and packed it was getting close to 11am. We also had to sort out dropping our bags and booking some tickets to get to the station for our night train, which in our noobish attempt to save ourselves a EU rail travel day (something we didn't need to do we later realised), we had booked our reservations for the overnight train from a station 45mins away from Budapest instead of a central station. We lugged our bags, which seem to be getting fuller and heavier each time I repack, to Keleti station in Budapest and, despite the totally inaccuracy signage, found the left luggage lockers. We had an even ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 29th 2016

We had a later start this morning, which was much appreciated. After a leisurely breakfast we met a small group of fellow travelers for the 1/2-hour drive to Szentendre, a colorful artist's colony in the scenic Danube Bend. This settlement became a creative center for artists to gather in the 1920s. Today, this quaint village has many craft shops, galleries, and charming boutiques. We had an informational tour and entered many shops where Peter, our tour guide, explained the different techniques of some of the artisan's. One man demonstrated his woodworking and carving skills on a music box, but it was more than a music box. In order to open it one had to go through several intricate maneuvers to find the key to unlock it. If you bought one, it came with instructions. Very interesting. ... read more
Szentendre
Side Street
Quaint little town in the scenic Danube Bend

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 28th 2016

Today was a bittersweet day as this was the last day of our cruise. We had to have our luggage out in he hall by 7:30. After a leisurely breakfast, we left the ship for the last time at 8:30 a.m. and boarded our bus to be dropped off at the Hilton. We are staying 2 extra days in Budapest while others are staying 1 extra day and they are staying at another hotel. Some people made their own arrangements and others were traveling home. Once we got to our hotel those of us who signed up for the Jewish Interest Tour boarded a bus to take us to the Jewish Quarter. Once again, we had an excellent guide. She had been doing this since 1979 so was very knowledgeable. Our first stop was at the ... read more
Jewish Synogogue
Jewish Cemetery
Hollocaust Memorial

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 23rd 2016

We took a morning train and after a very uneventful journey got to Budapest shortly after noon. Then a few metro stops and soon after we were walking along the Danube towards our apartment. No rain here for days it seemed... and no rain and clouds for the next few days either... Temperature in the high 20sC... I liked it here already. The girl from the apartment was already waiting for us in front of the building and a few seconds later we jumped on a dodgy elevator and got off at the 4thfloor... It was definitely a one of a kind elevator - it was surrounded by the staircase and when you stepped inside, it felt as if the bottom of it dropped down a good few centimetres... On top of that you were not ... read more
Sun setting over Budapest
My favourite sculpture in Budapest
Beautiful river side in Szentendre

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest August 6th 2015

Wake up early and the sun is shining. We have just passed a little town with as usual, a church spire and other buildings close to the river. Up to the top deck and the river is as flat as a tack, great water skiing territory.... Breakfast is very nice, again, too hard to knock back. We are approaching Budapest and now there are quite a few on the deck. Prime positions have been grabbed already, but still lots of room. We get a broadcast of the sights on the way in. Different viewpoint of the town from the river. We glide past the Parliament building and then down past all the city bridges and do a U turn, made to look easy even though this ship is over 178 m long. Back to our docking ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest June 22nd 2015

It was nice to come back to Budapest for a visit before embarking on Croatia. It's a place located by the river Danube with Buda one side and Pest the other. Before you say it, obviously I am in the 'Pest' side! :) My accomodation this time is a very petite 2 storey apartment where I can actually live normally for a few days. By this, I mean I've put a wash on, cooked my own dinner and done the dishes. Strangely it felt nice for a change. My location again is pretty central with the Budapest Eye and St Stephens Church minutes from where I'm located. The church won this time and I'm really glad it did. Like all religious buildings, it is wonderfully decorated with amazing statues and murals. However the really lovely thing ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest April 15th 2015

That title could be taken so many ways, especially with no context. But if you understand that I'm in Budapest, and that on one side of the Danube River is the old town of Pest, while across it sits the old town of Buda, then maybe that'll help. Today was definitely not as jam-packed as yesterday, as I woke up this morning to realize that I'm still on vacation, and Iget to set my own hours. So I did what I felt like doing, and it was good for me. I slept until after 8AM, which is kind of a miracle. I normally don't sleep that late in hotels, even after being on this trip for over a month. I've got probably the best blackout curtains of the trip, too, so maybe that has something to ... read more
The writing on the wall of the synagogue
The Szent Jobb reliquarium - the mummified hand of St. Stephen all lit up
Interior of the Basilica of St. Stephen




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