No Direction Home

This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Back to Budapest

October 13, 2013

 photo 167_zpse52db1c3.jpg

 photo 083_zpsa8c88ebb.jpg

 photo 034_zps248bede5.jpg

 photo 020_zpsd97a071f.jpg

Back to Budapest

We had a couple of final days back in Budapest after having really enjoyed Vienna it was nice to be back in more familiar territory. We did stay at a totally different hotel, the cool boutique hotel called the Buddah Bar hotel which is located just on the Danube at the Elizabeth bridge. The hotel is funky with an Asian theme and really unique atmosphere. We were upgraded to a suite, which was very nice, especially since we would be spending our tenth anniversary there. It was huge and had a humongous bathtub that could easily fit 6-8 people.

 photo 137_zps1aeafc83.jpg

 photo 130_zps374c3400.jpg

 photo 022_zps8f2c9286.jpg

 photo 004_zps1aec3302.jpg

 photo 002_zps92acbe01.jpg

The location was awesome as well, just off Vaci Utca and with-in easy walking distance of most of what we still wanted to do. One of the things, we still needed to do was shop for a few gifts for people and we spent part of a day back at the central marketplace shopping. We also went for lunch at the fabulous and famous Central Café.

 photo 086_zps18a9b7aa.jpg

 photo 044_zpsbdef3bd7.jpg

 photo 009_zps8c106599.jpg

The Central Café is known as the cream of the crop of Historic old world coffee houses, the best in Hungary and one of the best in all of Europe since opening in 1887. Coffee houses were once an important aspect of daily Hungarian life, meeting places for the intellectual movers and shakers. Most were destroyed during the communist era, but a few survived including the grand Central Café which has been restored to its traditional historic opulence.

 photo 019_zps71ada085.jpg

 photo 017_zps63fa73ec.jpg

 photo 012_zpsdfe6f1ad.jpg

We also found another great restaurant that is more of a locals hangout than a touristy place, the Café Kor where we had traditional Hungarian cuisine with modern twists so that it both honors the tradition of Hungarian food, yet makes it more accessible to a younger and more willing to experiment generation of Hungarian foodies. It was a wonderful find and we really enjoyed both the food and atmosphere of the place.

 photo 229_zps91c7a44d.jpg

 photo 226_zps0440280f.jpg

 photo 225_zpscff2b215.jpg

 photo 221_zpsa543c0ed.jpg

One last thing that was one our must see list in Budapest was Margaret Island. Margaret Island is a 1.6 mile long island, 550 yards wide, 238 acres in area in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. The island is mostly covered by landscape parks, and is a popular recreational area. Its medieval ruins are reminders of its importance in the Middle Ages as a religious center. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the Árpád Bridge (north).

 photo 078_zps4774909e.jpg

 photo 081_zps81e89217.jpg

 photo 065_zps2c156b7c.jpg

The park is equivalent to Central Park in New York for Budapest and is a fantastic place to visit. It is heavily utilized by both locals and tourists alike and has a wide variety of sports fields, ruins, a small zoo and all the beauty and serenity to make you forget that you are in the middle of a busy city.

 photo 027_zps3ae2f056.jpg

 photo 049_zpsf02202f9.jpg

 photo 073_zps0d6ef674.jpg

Kathy and I rented a four wheel bike to explore that island and just rode around checking out the sites under the beautiful fall foliage on a perfect crisp beautiful fall day. It was a magical way to wrap up our visit to Budapest, exploring the park where my mother used to play and swim during her youth and which is still wildly popular. Visiting Budapest with all my family was really the trip of a lifetime, so wonderful to experience a little of our family heritage with loved ones.

 photo 041_zps0fcb8643.jpg

 photo 033_zps099f7c9e.jpg


Post a Comment

<< Home