Few talk of Budapest as they talk of Rome, Paris or London. Even I wouldn’t have been aware of this city had I not visited it. It feels nice to know of a not-so-famous city that turned out to be so good!
On my Ryanair flight from Milan Bergamo airport to Budapest, I had no idea what to expect. For starters I was panicked since my ATM and credit card did not work at the airport. I had no local currency (Forints in this case) and was carrying only some euros to last me a day. This was also a useful lesson for me to be more prepared during travel. Luckily, a young lady helped me in reaching the city centre without taking any money for the ride. She herself was taking a flight to Africa but her parents who had come to drop her gave me a ride in their car and also got me a tram ticket for free. I am now connected with her through Facebook and hope to visit her someday in her home in Africa and/or Romania. Bless her and her folks!
Once I reached the city and settled in my room, I realized my card worked in the city. So thank god for that! I was also pleasantly surprised by what I saw around me. Not only was Budapest a gem of a city filled with wonderful things to do but is also home to stunning Neoclassical and Gothic architecture. Having been through a lot of destruction during the World War II, Budapest has fought back to keep itself on the high. It definitely shows the resilience and power of its people.
For those who don’t know, Budapest is divided into parts – one is the Buda side and the other is the Pest side. The former is laid back, residential and quieter while the latter is the “happening” side of the city. As a famous side of Eastern Europe, Budapest is a financial centre and is also ranked as one of the 7th most livable city of the continent. I think it deserves attention, a lot of attention and you will see the “why” in the posts to follow. For all the 5 nights I was there, I felt this every single day…..more people should visit Budapest!
What did I do there all those days?? I walked and walked around the city, ventured into different bookstores and cafes, a historic library, food festival and also drank lots of beer!
Sunsets on the Danube were surreal and the magic of Budapest came alive at night. I clicked several pictures from my phone camera and was wondering what the effects would have been if I had had a DSLR. So if you are there this year don’t miss the opportunity to get some great shots with a good camera. I got 2 of mine printed for my room.
I will be writing more about Budapest in the coming posts. For those who are traveling in the summer it will be easy to refer to the posts, while for others- why don’t you take a trip to Budapest??
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