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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Budapest Day 6

The next morning we bought tickets on the Hop On Hop Off bus. It took us on a tour around town past the memorial square and past the theater, the Red light district and we got off at the foot of the hill where Buda Castle was located. We walked up the steep steps and garden which had beautiful views of the city. The Castle was a series of buildings on the top of the sprawling hill. Buda was more hilly than the Pest flat side but just beautiful. We walked around the streets near the castle. We went to go into the beautiful Matthias church there, then we noticed a small poster on the ticket office window that warned that there was renovation in progress so you could only view one quarter of the cathedral for the same price...well no  thanks to that. We then continued on and enjoyed the sites until the next bus came to our stop. We took the bus up to the highest point the Citadel. From there we could see past the castle across the Danube river at the Pest side of the city where the beautiful parliament house stood on the river bank. It was a lovely day too so we could see for miles. We had an amazing day of enjoying what Budapest had to offer. We had lunch at a lovely place near Mathias Church.
At 5pm we were meeting our friend David whom we knew from Muscat and had moved on to Egypt and now Budapest. We met in front of the Basilica at a lovely restaurant in the corner there and it was lovely to catch up with David again. We had a really good laugh and his stories of being stuck in Egypt during the revolution were scary and hilarious at the same time. I could just picture him telling his grand-kids that one... queue old man voice " I survived the Egyptian Revolution, you know you kids have no idea...." It was so good to see him again and that he seems happy and Budapest City has something to do with that. We all agreed that Budapest is probably Europe's best kept secret! Everyone knows about Prague but not many would make the trek to Budapest but IT IS worth it.

The Old Theatre

Beautiful Streets of Pest

Overlooking the Parliament house on Pest side from Buda Castle.

The Chain Bridge from Buda Castle

St Mathias Church

Hubby's work: Through the arches on Buda Castle

From Buda Castle overlooking the Danube River and Parliament house

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