jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 79 [18 Apr 09] – Budapest

Posted in Budapest by jn82 on April 18, 2009

Today was dedicated to exploring as much of Buda as we could, leaving tomorrow for Pest. We tried to take the metro to Moszkva tér in Buda, but got off one stop past the stop that we needed to transfer to the other metro line. Due to the nature of the tickets and the metro system in Budapest, we could not go back in the other direction without buying another ticket for 290 forint, so ended up walking for pretty long along the river Danube to get to the starting point for our walking tour of Castle Hill in Buda. The walk itself was okay in the end as we got to see some of the important landmarks of Budapest such as the Royal Palace and Parliament from the river.

The Royal Palace on Castle Hill.

Parliament.

The Chain Bridge, one of the nine bridges linking Buda with Pest across the Danube River.

Once over in Pest, we went to Vienna gate, the entrance of Castle Hill, and walked around the old city. The old city looked pretty much like most of the old cities we have seen so far, with cobblestoned streets and historical buildings, however certain areas such as Fishermen’s Bastion were overflowing with tour groups.

New model Hungarian automobile.

Fishermen’s Bastion.

View of Pest from Fishermen’s Bastion.

After finishing walking around Castle Hill, we headed back to the hostel for a very short rest, and then to this place called M Restaurent (recommended by the hostel) for dinner. It was this cute little place in a back street which had brown paper with hand drawn stuff for wallpaper. The food was pretty good also, and the price was very reasonable.

Chicken ragout soup with tomato and dill.

Pangasius (shark catfish) fillet with mashed potato and dill.

As you can see, we are clearly eating better, because of the lower cost of stuff in Budapest.

We decided today that we will not be heading to Russia and onward to Siberia and Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian for reasons of personal safety and also that we might be bored to death on the long train ride. Instead we will spend about a week more in Scandinavia, and an additional one and a half weeks in China and maybe explore Yunan, Hangzhou, Suzhou or Sichuan, so the remainder of the trip will be much less rushed so that we can enjoy it more. It is a bit disappointing yes, but the schedule was looking very packed at the end and it would have been close to impossible to see everything at a pace we were comfortable with.

Today’s pictures here.

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