BUDAPEST

First stop on our fall break tour of Europe was Budapest. Before going, I never knew that Budapest is actually two cities: Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube river in the middle. We stayed in a hostel on the Pest side, but ventured to the other side of the river to see the Buda Castle and other attractions on that side of the river.

Day 1

We're broke college students, so we took a cheap cheap airline to get there. It was a bit of a rough landing.
We’re broke college students, so we took a cheap cheap airline to get there. It was a bit of a rough landing.
As small people, Lily and I are always being picked up.
As small people, Lily and I are always being picked up.
Pest side of Budapest.
Pest side of Budapest.

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Entryway of St. Stephen's Basilica. We climbed to the top of the church tower to see the city.
Entryway of St. Stephen’s Basilica. We climbed to the top of the church tower to see the city.

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Best view of the city.
Best view of the city.

 

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Interior of the Basilica.
Interior of the Basilica.

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That night we rented a "Pedal-Bar". Those pictures are terrible, so here's the aftermath: exhaustion and hunger.
That night we rented a “Pedal-Bar”. Those pictures are terrible, so here’s the aftermath: exhaustion and hunger.

Day 2

We took a morning walk to the Central Market.
We took a morning walk to the Central Market.
Market interior.
Market interior.

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Next we went to the Buda Castle. They took the little train cars up, I took the steps. The hand emerging from the window of the car is Adler’s.

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Bellas in front of the gate.

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The Buda Castle Houses the Hungarian National Gallery, which offered some pretty some pretty amazing artwork.

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My favorite period in art? Probably the one where they still weren’t quite sure how to portray those under the age of 15 so instead they just painted them as weird small adults.

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As the sun went down, just as the lights turned on.

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Hungarian street food, a long piece of dough that is wrapped around a long cooking device, which is then rotated over a spit until crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Mine was dipped in chocolate. Apparently it's called a chimney cake.
Hungarian street food, a long piece of dough that is wrapped around a long cooking device, which is then rotated over a spit until crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Mine was dipped in chocolate. Apparently it’s called a chimney cake.
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The place where I got my chimney cake.
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Chain bridge at night.

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Day 3

Courtyard of the cute little hostel where we stayed.
Courtyard of the cute little hostel where we stayed.
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Hungarian Parliament Building.
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Cuties.
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Shoes on the Danube.
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Incredibly moving yet disturbing to see.

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For my papa.
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Heroes Square.
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Pickin’ a statue’s nose.

After that we walked to the thermal baths.

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Thermal bath ceiling.
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Outdoor thermal bath.
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Thermal bath interior.

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The baths were our last stop on our three day tour of Budapest. That night, we hopped on an overnight bus to Prague. Bye-bye, Budapest!

10.23.2015-10.25.2015

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