United Kingdom, Hungary · 5 Days · 21 Moments · October 2017

Laura's voyage in Hungary

13 October 2017

Day 5 Fri Another great night’s sleep and decided to take a warm bath and breakfast in bed. Checked out and caught tram (cheap and frequent) to the nearest Gellent Spa. Got to say NOT disabled friendly!!! Had to get a wheelchair as tiles were slippery and staff were rather abrupt; we were a menace!!! Sat in the thermal 38 degrees pool for over an hour then swam. Got told off for not wearing a swimming cap 😱 Tram back and guess where we ate lunch near our hotel - our favourite . Fabulous tuna salad with rocket snd poached egg and Abs had burger. the dessert was heavenly, a Hungarian turogombic, . sour cream dumpling with grit and sugar. Relaxed at hotel then taxi to airport. A definite must see city.
Day 4 Thurs Woke up to brilliant sun so good day for walking around. Walked over Chain bridge , bus to Heroes Square then walked back down the boulevard into the fashion part of the city. Enjoyed a drink in the Square, Thai massage and shopping. Bought a lovely white winter jacket from Desigual, my favourite Spanish store. Back to hotel to change and dinner at our favourite restaurant opposite the Deryne Bistro. A wonderfully old bistro-cum-brasserie with a horseshoe bar and lots of old-fashioned charm. French classics sit alongside a few Hungarian dishes. It's open for breakfast, they have their own bakery. Fabulous Brazilian music and wonderful staff. Would return just to visit this place. French onion soup, lasagna and Wiener schnitzel. In heaven

12 October 2017

Day 3 Part 2 At Heroes Square Abs had a nap under the tree while I wandered round admiring the architecture. This square is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders. Joined the Night tour and enjoyed Budapest lit up. Back to hotel for goulash soup, hot bath and well deserved sleep 😴
Day 3 Wed Part 1 After Breakfast and Voltaren, we walked to bus stop for the Giraffe hop on and off. The best value ever as we then did our free river cruise and continued walking around. Walked to a very powerful memorial: The Shoes on the Danube Bank, a memorial in Budapest. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honor the people who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. Hard Rock Cafe for Sex on the Beach and shared a platter sitting by my idol’s tribute, Stevie Nicks.

11 October 2017

my baby ❤️❤️
Day 2 Tues Part 2 Headed back to the hotel for a quick change. We then attempted to catch the City night tour from Buda Castle, taking a short cut walking tour. Ten minutes the map said but it failed to tell us up stairs for half a mile. Needless to ssy my hip couldn’t manage that so we ended up walking three time the amount of time up the main steep hill to the beautiful castle. Ironically, after all the wait, the red bus passed us so we ended up getting the 16 local bus but the WRONG way. Ended up catching the reverse bus the right way and ended up where we started!!!!!! A learning curve. Ate at a nearby fabulous local restaurant, Deryne Bistro. Great reviews, goodfood, super staff and smbience and live music. Enjoyed my Wiener schnitzel, mashed potatoes and Abs ate beef cheek. Short hobble home to a hot bath. Roll on my new hip!
Day 2 Tues Part 1 After breakfast walked to the bus stop to catch the red Hop on and off Bus. Always the best value tour option in most destinations. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. Visited the Great Market Hall. Restored neogothic hall for traders with grocery produce on the ground & souvenirs on the 1st floor. Heroes Square is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Enjoyed a Hungarian rose wine outside the Food Hall people watching. This is what retirement’s all about. Luxury of time. So much to see in this lovely city.

10 October 2017

9 October 2017

Day 1 Mon Feeling relieved to be on our way to Hungary after 5 days of being bed bound with flu! Looking forward to some Hungarian goulash; the best medicine. After a 2 hour Jet2 flight safely arrived in Budapest and had a drink at the Mercure Buda Hotel bar, in the Buda part of town. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Enjoyed a goulash soup; seemed to sooth my cold. Ironic how Nottingham was being shown on TV featuring the Castle, Robin Hood and Torvill and Dean - can’t escape my roots!!!