I don’t like to start off on a negative slant, but that is how Budapest presented upon arrival at the train station. No signage. Dark. Dirty. Raining. Walking from the train station to our hotel was utterly lacking in charm. Poor Budapest has an old forlorn decay about it. Buildings have some architectural interest, but minimally, and are worn, peeling, and tired. That being said we have enjoyed our time here. Ed\Charlie is masterful at figuring out the transit system and lazy me is happy for it.
Three days is never enough. Here are some highlights from Monday:
After Parliament we happened upon a riverside shrine to the Jews and the Holocaust. It’ll always make me cry. I had not heard of te Arrow Cross Party before.
After a refreshing break of cake and a cortado (for me) and beer (for Ed) we descended into the underground world of the labyrinths.
The labyrinths lay under the Buda Castle complex (14th century) and extend for several miles in all directions. Initially, naturally formed by rushing thermal waters, they were used as shelter and for food storage and as a water source. Nowadays you can wander them looking for buried Turkish treasure (supposedly) or hoping for an otherworldly experience. While most is dimly lit, there is a section that is completely, I mean completely, dark. You feel your way by fingertips. Crazy spooky fun.
A bit of Budapest at sun down:
Okay, last thought for the night: lots of people here are wearing heavy winter coats. Fur collars and cuffs. Wool. Mega heavy sweaters. I wonder. What the hell are they wearing when winter actually descends?!
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Hello and Many Thanks, For presenting a travelogue worthy of Conde Nast and such nice photos that you probably wouldn’t see in that mag. But what is the ever-so-pale underground snake awaiting in the catacombs for an unsuspecting passer-by? Creeeeepy ! And what are you having for dinner? Crisp apple strudel ? Schnitzel with nudel ( for visual rhyming purposes?) Goulash with, of course, paprika ? Thanks for showing us Prague …..Hungary for more !Susan
Hi, Susan! We appreciate your response! I don’t know about the snake; I’m just glad I didn’t run into it while we were exploring in the pitch black section. Of course it was so dark I wouldn’t have seen it! Delectable pastries we have had. And lots of paprika. My favorite dish in Budapest was tender chicken in a peppery paprika cream sauce with noodles. Tried fried marrow last night. Delicious. And goulash. Also delicious. Hungarian wine is particularly good! I liked the visual rhyme!