Friday, 21 November 2014

On the move again!

Warning!!! I will ramble!!!
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


Julie Ann Lee said...

What great pics! I love the buildings all lit up! I'd really like to visit Hungary actually! I do enjoy hearing about your travels. It feels as if I'm there with you experiencing it all! xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are truly living the LIFE, dear friend. I love these beautiful photos and have had a wonderful time joining you on this trip. Everything is beautiful.

I've never heard of PORK Filet Mignon before. That was a new one to me. But I could get fat just seeing all the tasty eats and treats you enjoyed. Thanks SO much for sharing your holiday and for taking me with you.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, amazing photos Chris! I love all the night shots and the ones of the cathedral are gorgeous! Your pork photo is making me very hungry, lol! Great journal page my friend! big hugs :)

Lindsay Mason said...

Great photos, even better descriptions and I love your journal pages.So glad to know that you are having such lovely experiences...even though I'm a teensy bit jealous!!! Hope to see you before too long xxx

butterfly said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip with us - what great photos, and a treat to read too. The film star bathroom is outrageously fabulous, and I love all the pictures of the city by night. Your travel journal page is outrageously good too!!
Alison xx