Hey hey heyyy! “Back in town”. Literally… back in Budapest. For the second time! I am not that kind of traveler who always wants to explore new places and doesn’t return in a place already visited before. If a place it’s nice, I will definitely and gladly return! For example, Budapest… Actually it was more fun now that I already knew the city and didn’t waste any time on finding the places I wanted to see. But let me tell you more!
This was actually mom’s idea because she wanted to visit our relatives in Timisoara for Christmas and then she said that it would be nice to go to Budapest as well for a day! Mom doesn’t usually have good ideas but this one was quite ok hahaha. So here we are: me, husband, mom and my stepfather going on a trip together!
DAY 1. This time, we traveled by car: Bucharest-Timisoara-Budapest. There are 540 kms until Timisoara, so we spent the first night at our relatives’ place. Which was perfect because we managed to have a quick stroll through Timisoara as well. The weather was freeeeezing!!!! Brrrr
And because it was freezing, a hot wine was required! But now let’s move on to Budapest, coz the title of this blog post is about Budapest and I am still showing you pictures of Timisoara :))) OOOPS.
DAY 2. The very next day, we woke up early in the morning and traveled 315 kms more. What was really nice is that the weather was beautiful, the sun was out and the temperatures were definitely milder. You know I am weather-sensitive and for me a good day always implies the sun in the menu! This is why I would never ever be able to live in the UK for example. No way!
Once we reached Budapest, we went to the accommodation to check-in and to let our baggage upstairs. We parked the car under the Elisabeth Bridge, which is free during the weekends and during national holidays! Awesome!
About the accommodation… what can I say… it was perfect! Found the Váci Fashion Street Apartment (rated as “Fabulous 8.7” on Booking) and we paid 60 euros for 4 persons / 1 night. It was decorated in a vintage style and what I liked the most is that the apartment is situated on this pedestrian street right in the middle of the action. I mean, the street has a lot of shops and restaurants and it is super lively. Furthermore, the girl who handed us the keys of the apartment also offered as a bottle of wine as a greeting! Good job, Budapest! Good job! Totally recommend this place!
So we just went out to show mom and my stepfather the city. I took them on the Gellert Hill just because I knew that the view over Budapest from there is spectacular. But my mom complained a lot during the climbing and I was always lying to her by saying that there isn’t much left until getting on top! She believed me every single time. So cute, right?
Mom wanted to wear my sunglasses just so that she can be cool! She is cool, right? Now moving on with the story, after we enjoyed the view from the Gellert Hill, we then went to find a restaurant where we could eat something because we were STAAARVING!
So we wandered through the city for a bit and found a very good place to eat. Too bad that I definitely don’t remember its name! I know I am always saying that I will start writing down the names of the restaurants so that I will be able to include them in my stories but then I think I am literally too careless about where exactly I DO EAT. I just need food, people! That’s it! :))))
I do remember though that I had some chicken with a carrot salad and I loved it! We paid approximately 10 Euros each for this meal + a beverage. It was ok… Btw, the currency here is Hungarian Forints (HUF) but it’s too complicated to keep track of the money if I am calculating the amounts in HUF. Anyways, 1 Euro = 308 HUF. You do the math!
Afterwards, I dragged husband, mom and stepfather all the way up until the Fisherman’s Bastion. This is my favorite place in Budapest because from here you actually have the best view over the Hungarian Parliament. The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most beautiful buildings I had the chance to see by now! Like really! I love it.
I wanted to reach this place at sunset so that I could photograph the Parliament building in that superb red light. However, because things might not always turn out as planned… the truth is we didn’t manage to be there at sunset, of course! :))
Anyways, afterwards we decided to go back to the accommodation but by walking on the other side of the Danube just so we can give the Parliament a closer look! The next bridge we had to cross looked pretty close but in reality… it was quite far. Hmmm
I can still hear my mom and stepfather complaining about their feet. We literally had a lot of stops and relaxed on some benches over there many times. When we finally arrived to that bridge, we realized that we were super tired and wanted to take the subway back until the accommodation. BUUUUTTTT because it was Christmas, the subway wasn’t functioning at that hour. We realized that after waiting for it for like 20 minutes at least hahaha.
By the way… almost everything was closed during that time in Budapest. I don’t know guys, but in Romania people intentionally keep shops and kiosks open even non-stop because they know they will be surely making money! Here instead… the vibe was a little too quiet for my taste but meh.
We then took the tram for 1 station to cross that bridge because I think that if we would have continued to walk, my mom would have been trying to commit suicide just like Rose was doing in the Titanic movie :))))
At the Parliament building there was this Christmas tree which I find it to be one of the cutest Christmas trees ever seen. Loved these all little lights!
This is the St. Stephen Cathedral and this is also the place where we actually found a bar opened (hallelujah!!!!) so that we can buy something to drink and also go to the toilet! I thought my bladder was literally going to explode that night :))). We didn’t buy anything to drink because there wasn’t any hot wine served in there but we DEFINITELY used their toilet!
Moving forward to our accommodation, we managed to find a Christmas market still open at that hour and bought ourselves some hot wine eventually. This was my 1st time drinking white mulled wine, coz in Romania people usually drink red mulled wine. And I have to say I liked it better. We also ate a curry wurst that seemed to be a specialty of theirs. It was the best dinner ever :))
DAY 3. Because I wasn’t satisfied by being at the Fisherman’s Bastion when there wasn’t any natural light, you can imagine that the next day I got up early in the morning trying to convince husband to go outside for another walk. Mom and stepfather didn’t want to hear anything about taking another walk with me though hahaha. Enough is enough, they said!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous that day and I am so glad that we went out for another stroll before leaving the city.
At the Fisherman’s Bastion you’ll also find the Matthias Church which was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no archaeological remains exist. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. Looks quite amazing, isn’t it?
Then we just took the subway until the Szechenyi Baths… not to have some thermal baths (coz my “summer body” is not ready yet to be exposed hahaha) but to actually photograph the Vajdahunyad Castle!
FUN FACT: husband and I forgot to get out from the train when it stopped at the last station and we had to wait for the driver to switch parts of the wagon so that we could go back in the opposite direction. This didn’t last much at all, but we did have a good laugh about it!
Mom was calling me on the phone because it was time to return to Timisoara so we just took the subway back to meet them. However, we didn’t leave the city without eating this Lángos which is actually a deep fried dough with sower cream and cheese. NOM NOM NOM!
So… after 315 kms we were back at my grandma’s place in Timisoara. Huuuurrray! She was expecting us with some traditional Romanian food meaning “sarmale” + some steak + some soup + some cake + some cookies + some wine. Yeah, we all know our grandmas!
“Sarmale” are Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls traditionally served on Christmas and New Year’s Eve but also served throughout the year at weddings, baptism parties, and other large celebrations. Ground pork is mixed with sauteed caramelized onions and rice stuffed in a cabbage leaf or grape leaf.
DAY 4. We actually didn’t do anything on this day. Just woke up, ate something and off we went to Bucharest. We still had to go another 540 kms until back home so yeah, it was going to be a pretty loooong day.
However, I want to show you this sunset I witnessed on our way back! I would say it was quite beautiful! ^^
These being said… I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip in Budapest and I should definitely go to bed now coz it’s 2 AM and tomorrow it’s a working day! However, art requires sacrifice, right? Heheee.
Until next time,
- Our trip in Timisoara and Budapest: 23.12.2017 – 26.12.2017
- Bucharest -> Timisoara -> Budapest and back: 1700 km in total – 200 Euros gasoline
- Accommodation: Váci Fashion Street Apartment – 60 Euros per 1 night
- Total: 260 Euros / 4 persons
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