8.29.2013

::Budapest, Hungary (Part III)

Let us now shift to my favorite parts of our Budapest trip: a Danube River cruise and a walk around 'Buda'. We took so many fantastic photos in these places that it was hard to choose which ones to post!
This cruise was my absolute favorite part of the trip because of three main reasons:
1. I didn't have to walk anywhere for about two hours. (fabulous. my feet hurt. bad.)
2. Free stuff - travelers get free beer, as well as an audio guide to hear facts about the buildings as they pass.
3. This is, hands down, the best way to get a photo in front of Parliament!!

Here is a look at some of my favorite shots from the cruise. Enjoy :)
I love the beams of sun in this photograph.
Remember when Ariel from The Little Mermaid came out of the water in that purple, sparkly dress? I feel like that just might happen here. 
(The yellow building houses the Gellert Thermal Baths)
Gellert Hill - many people do hike this hill, we just ran out of time (and energy).
Locals call this The Whale Building because of its shape. 
A castle carved out of the hill
This is Budapest's Statue of Liberty.
 Now, for Parliament (get ready for a sea of blue sky pics).
 
I believe the top of the crest in the flag showcases the Hungarian Crown Jewels - if not, it is just a coincidence because that is exactly what they look like ;)
After our cruise we were back on dry land.
We then walked the Szechenyi Bridge (otherwise known as the Chain Bridge) from Pest to Buda.
After crossing the bridge, we had arrived in Buda! This side of the city has a more medieval feel to it when compared with Pest. So worth experiencing. (It was so hot and my husband was so exhausted, I pretty much had to drag him here but I am so glad I did.)
Instead of hiking up the hill, we took the funicular up to the top. I actually really enjoyed the minute-long ride and even captured some great shots of Pest while on it.
Once at the top, we encountered (wait for it...) more construction!
What a great view (insert sarcasm). My instruction to my husband was, "Shoot up so you don't see the construction." Hopefully, the lady to my right has better luck with her photo ;) 
Anyways, the church behind me is Matthias Church and the roof of this church is unbelievable. (Tiled in a way that reminds me of St. Stephen's in Vienna, Austria). Just stunning.
 
We ended up spending quite a bit of time here in Buda. After the church, we walked over to Fisherman's Bastion which is an area of Buda that is full of charm, complete with great views over Pest.
Our trip to Budapest concluded with a walk back across the chain bridge... 
A last look at the design surrounding the hotel...
And a funny twist on the "Hell(o) Budapest" Sign.
All in all, a great trip to a great city in Central Europe. If you have the opportunity, take a few days to explore 'Buda' 'Pest.'

xo.

Be sure you have read the first and second posts about our entire trip to Budapest.

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