Saturday, 22 January 2011

A city of two halves, one soul

After the picturesque highlights of Buda, the next day was concentrated across the river in Pest. Home to the parliament, bustling Christmas market, main shopping streets and bakeries from which delicious smells wafted their way towards us at every turn, if Buda had the more tranquil atmosphere, Pest was definitely the life of the city.

We set off on a sort of 'walking tour', following the river from our hostel up to Parliament, then working our way back slowly, stopping briefly at the pointed spires of some of Budapest's many beautiful religious buildings, catching glimpses of statues dotted around, and stopping just a few times for some snacks and warming hot chocolate or wine (as an aside, I would never really have connected Hungary with hot chocolate, yet it was the hot drink of choice at many cafes and street stalls and was absolutely divine).

After another amazing dinner in the evening (every meal we had was incredible...), we escaped the cold and snow and made plans for the next day.

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