We decided to check out early so that we could see the station area and pick up a sandwich to eat on the train.
This turned out to be good idea as I was able to find some crafty little bits in a shop right next to our choice of sandwich maker!!
I was rather disappointed to find that we only had a view from one side as we were right by the luggage rack.
The views were interesting as we travelled away from mountains and into quite a lot of flat terrain.
We reached a border town…. by this time we had been joined by two Swedish girls who had been travelling through Europe for nearly a month - it was great to hear about their adventures - in perfect English - put us to shame!!!
Finally our destination - Budapest! This was to be an overnight stop - Richard, from Cities Direct, who had booked everything for us had found that a flight to Manchester was cheaper from here so we had a bonus!!
Here was a chance for a very short experience to visit somewhere that had never been on any of the lists we had made of places we wanted to visit!
We came slightly unstuck when we came across road works and took a wrong turn but were soon put right by a cafe owner when we stopped for a coffee!
The hotel was quite modern and very close to some beautiful buildings so off we went to make the most of our 22 hours!
|The entrance to the State Treasury|
|This shop drew me in for a better look (and a table runner!)|
We went to St Stephen's Square and were able to go inside the cathedral.
|One of the most beautiful cathedrals we have visited!|
Time flew and we were getting hungry, there are lots of international eating choices in Budapest but we wanted to try typical Hungarian food!
|A lot of people were eating outside - it was very warm - but no room for us!|
I was so glad we went inside - the vintage touches around the room were fabulous!
The food was delicious - we both chose the same -
|I have found a recipe for this and made it at home too!|
While we were eating a party of people came into an adjoining room and a while later I looked through and saw this….
We, and the group of Mexicans beside us, had a sneaky peek at a strudel making demonstration! (The strudel we ate there was delicious too)
The treats weren't over though, I had to visit the toilet, hadn't noticed on the way in but when I came to wash my hands this was the hand basin
Okay so I'm weird!! I don't know if you can see, but the whole room seemed to be devoted to film stars
We headed down to the river and the Parliament buildings,
|This over the other side of the river…|
and this on our side
|I bet this looked great from the other side!|
Then it was time to walk back to the hotel
We had plans for the next morning…
If you've got to here Thank You so much for staying with me, I'll be back soon with last installment! Chris