48 Hours in Budapest
|Chain Bridge from Buda side|
|View of Buda Castle|
|This is seriously good, even the hot pepper and tomatos are fresh|
|Pork, foie gras, mushroom over creamy dill noodles|
After snoozing for a bit we go back on the boat, but not before trying out a traditional Hungarian street snack, Lángos, in other words...fried dough. What's not to love.
|Typically, this is topped with cheese and sour cream, but I'm content with the plain version.|
From here you have a great view of Pest including the magnificent Hungary Parliament, which could definitely rival UK's Parliament.
Realizing we haven't eaten yet, we stop by a local cafe on the hill for coffee and a snack. I'm really craving a cold iced coffee.
Jess: do you have iced coffee?Waiter: yes, it's on the dessert menu here (points to a picture of a milkshake sundae)
Jess: but do you just have plain cold coffee?
Waiter: ......(confused look)...yes this is iced coffee, comes with 2 scoops of ice cream
Jess: ok... I'll have that... (feels strange yet excited)
This decision is later justified when two old ladies next to me are each happily slurping on the same thing.
|Notice the average age of the clientele.|
Lunch consists of spicy Hungarian sausage, a wedge of camembert cheese and a huge loaf of bread. Eating this out in the sun with a big diet coke from Burger King (yup), makes me ever so aware of my surroundings.
It's a hot day, so what better way to cool down than with some relaxation in the Szechenyi Baths. This is also one of Budapest's top attractions. How many other cities boast an enormous pool complex as a top attraction? I'm beginning to like this place. This large complex consists of 15 pools of varying temperature including three that are outdoors. It feels a bit like Vegas, but here it's just the community pool. Of course there are no pictures because I lose the camera here (fail!).
Sad about the missing camera, we go for a hearty dinner at Paprika, a traditional Hungarian Restaurant near City Park. We order the goulash and instead of the thick stew I envision, this goulash is thinner and served with little dumplings that tastes like gnocchi. We also order roasted legs of lamb infused with rosemary, served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. This is a man's meal. To make it more manly I tried a Hungarian liquor that tasted just like Chinese baijiu...potent.
Being thoroughly stuffed, we decide to walk home only to be caught in torrential downpour. At least it's an exciting send off on our last night in Budapest.