|Pest from the Buda side|
Nicki and I flew over with Jet2 for the first time, direct from Edinburgh. We arrived around lunch and met Felicity who had come in from London. It was easy to get a taxi from the airport using the taxi stand, and we headed straight to meet the person at our airbnb apartment for the next 4 days. This was the one we stayed at and it was a great location for everything we wanted to see. It was my first experience of airbnb and it was so nice to stay in a proper place where other locals live. The apartment was in a old building with a courtyard in the middle and I fell in love with it right away.
|Outside our door|
|Other apartments on our level|
|Walking down the stairs to the courtyard|
After settling in we went for lunch at one of the places recommended by Fecility's friend, Pesti Diszno which gave gave us a chance to try some Hungarian food for the first time, like goulash, cottage cheese and duck. We checked out Szimpla, the most famous ruins bar, had some Thai for dinner and relaxed at the apartment for the night and Victoria arrived from London!
|Inside Szimpla Bar|
|The Elizabeth Bridge over to Buda|
Friday saw us getting out and exploring some of the city. We headed to a couple of the Christmas Markets that had just started up, one outside St Stephen's Basilica. Victoria and I also had some delicious chimney cake, a Hungarian specialty which is actually called Kürtőskalács. So delicious!
|Walking past St Stephen's|
|St Stephen's Basilica|
|The roof leading in to the church|
|One of the Christmas Markets|
|Sauerkraut and pork nom nom|
|Chimney Cake being cooked|
It was Nicki's birthday so we decided to relax and later in the day headed to the Szechenyi Baths, one of the many old baths around Budapest. It's a stunning place with hot pools surrounded by old architecture both inside and out. Definitely worth a visit especially in the cold and we went as the sun was setting as well which was awesome.These baths have been around permanently since the early 1900s. We used the baths inside and out and the steam rooms and saunas for a good few hours.
|Walking through Hero's Square|
|Prominent figures from Hungarian history|
|Monument in the middle of Hero's Square|
|One of the outside baths|
|The building surrounds the outside baths|
|Nicki just before we left|
|The entrance to the baths|
That night we went to Kolor for Nicki's birthday dinner, which I would highly recommend. Delicious food for really decent prices and a huge cocktail and drinks menu in a funky atmosphere. We stayed for quite awhile making our way through the cocktail list before heading back to Szimpla.
|Nicki and Victoria|
|Tuna steak and sushi for less than 5 pounds!|
|Turns out 6 shots meant 6 shots, not a cocktail with 6 shots in it!|
|Victoria and I outside|
|Looks gross, tastes delicious|
|Jewish memorial - iron shoes on the Danube|
|People had left mementos and candles|
|The shoes were designed in 1940s styles|
|Walking across the Chain Bridge to Buda|
|On the Buda side with Castle Hill in the background|
|Walking across the Elizabeth Bridge, looking back to Buda.|
|Nicki walking across the Elizabeth Bridge|
|This wine was pretty good...|
|Hungarian beef stew and dumplings|
|The weirdness inside Instant...|
|Walking to Buda|
|The Chain Bridge|
|Cute cafe full of stuff|
|Cafe just below Matthias church|
|Panoramic from Matthias Church area|
|Looking through thee monument area to Parliament|
|Me sitting in the monument area by the church|
|Near Buda Castle|
|View back to Pest|
After that it was off to the airport and home to Edinburgh! I loved Budapest. I pretty much spent the whole weekend eating and drinking a lot of wine and seeing some awesome old sites, all on a fairly cheap budget. Couldn't ask for more really!