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Budapest - What a Wow!

sunny 11 °C

With tree lined boulevards rivalling the grandeur of the Champs-Élysées in Paris, an opera house as splendid as that of Vienna and a Danube riverscape as iconic as London's Thames, Budapest is truly one of the great capitals of Europe. This is Hungary's parliament on the Pest side of the river...
The massive baroque building may only be a little over 100 years old but it has survived being bombed and assaulted during two world wars and many violent scuffles with Hungary's neighbours Serbia, Czechoslovakia and Romania. It then suffered years of neglect and abuse at the hands of the Communists. It has been restored beautifully...
And this is the Royal Palace across the river in Buda...
The views of the city from its wide terraces are simply stunning on a sunny autumn day...
Millions of tourists from around the world flock to this once forbidden city to gaze at its splendid architecture. This is the Budapest Music Academy founded for one of Hungary's best known musicians – Franz Lizst ( Known as Lizst Ferencz in Hungarian)...
And this is the cathedral, The Basilica...
The other cathedral in Budapest is the expansive and elegant market hall. A building dating from the late 1800s when Budapest was at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire...
This building was, and still is, the centre of worship for lovers of fine Hungarian foods – especially the exalted Hungarian paprika...
There are side chapels catering to veggie worshipers and alters for those who idolise the great Hungarian sausage...
But, whatever your taste, there is no doubt that Budapest has something for everyone. We can honestly say that Blissful Adventures highly recommends Budapest and we will certainly return one day.

Posted by Hawkson 04:12 Archived in Hungary

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What a feast for the eyes and for the taste buds I would imagine. Will you get to hear some music?

by Sue Fitzwilson

And those cloudless blue skies. More Bliss weather, eh?

by R and B

If you are still in Budapest, do go to the Gellert Thermal Baths for a swim etc
A experience, never to be forgotten and the beauty of the place is a bonus.
Having a nice visit with R.
Leaving Nanaimo on Monday.

by Christine lloyd

Did you see the horse meat?

by Linda

I recommend visiting the Dohany St. Synagogue for a piece of history that is not often told. Then to see the bronze shoes on the Danube - a memorial to the Jews who were marched to the river, shot in the back so they fell into the river.

by Janet Vickers

Been following you for years as a Nanaimoite, but you very rarely mention your mode of transport from day to day ? Bus train car rental OR ??
Thank you for sharing

by steve m

Great images, as always, I would recommend that you MUST have a Hungarian gulash, preferably accompanied with some original Hungarian Czardas music, played by gypsies. You may want to bring some "medium strength" paprika and sausages for your neighbor and friend :-)


by Gottfried Mitteregger

You seemed to have loved Budapest as much as Helen and I did.

by kEITH Myers

Wow. Marvellous architecture. Inspiring city. I never had it much in mind when I think about European travels, but that will change now. Like the shot of the market from above. Looks like it must also be a city of bridges - always a draw for me.

by Tom Whalley

Budapest is amazing! We enjoyed it very much even though the weather left something to be desired. I hope one day I'll be proud to say that I've visited 90 countries. All the best and a lot of sunshine on your way!

by Polish girl

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