Buda and Baths

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March 31st 2017
Published: September 30th 2017
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Woke early and worked more on paper and on submission to IRB. Kyla arrived around 1pm. We dropped her stuff in the hotel room, then went outside into the gorgeous day. Sunny and in the low 20s. A bit of a breeze. We walked across the Chain Bridge then up in to hills of old Buda (the funicular wasn't working but we didn't care). We were looking for lunch but not inspired. Still, loved the view from the church at the top of the hill, looking back to the Parliament building.

Spent most of the afternoon at the bar along the river, having a very late lunch (but our first meal of the day) and enjoying the people-watching. And just chatting and catching up!

We then got our bathing suits and went to Széchenyi Baths. We had a long walk, but it was up a gorgeous boulevard, with grand old houses, many of which were in the process of being renovated after a period of severe disrepair. On much of the residential street, after leaving the shops behind, there is a sidewalk, separated from the pavement by a bikepath, lined with trees. Lovely! Lots of Baroque architecture, with classic orders on the pediments. A few magnolia trees were in bloom, but otherwise it felt like spring but didn't look like spring. We were still thoroughly impressed with the walk.

We enjoyed about an hour at the Széchenyi Baths. Some English signage made it fairly easy to figure out, although we were slightly confused about the "cabin" – apparently it's a changing room, although you have access to lockers. In any case, we enjoyed standing in the warm water and watching all of the people in this amazing Rococo setting. Though I am sorry we didn't try to current bath. But it looked crowded.

We walked back, passing first along the Vajdahunyad Castle, which I gather is a fake castle created in the early 20th century replicating other true castles throughout Romania and Hungary. In any case, we found it charming. We walked through some quiet residential streets, back to the hotel. We then chatted with Paul and headed out for an evening stroll. We went through old Leopoldville, past the Parliament, then down to the walking street, where we found a small Italian restaurant where we could sit outside and enjoy a bottle of chianti classic. We wondered why they were shuttering up so early, until we realized it was midnight.

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