Europe is in such an interesting place right now with most of the countries entering the European Union. One of the biggest changes is that all the borders within the Union are now completely open. You can drive between countries without being stopped. Now the border patrol stations are now abandoned.
We made it into Budapest and arrived into a pretty nice hotel right on the Danube river.
In the afternoon we did a driving tour around Gellert Hill to see the city from above.
From up there, we could see everything. Buda is on the left of the river and Pest is on the right. The Danube river separates the two. The two sides eventually merged to form Budapest.
Shortly after, we drove to the Fisherman’s Bastian. I remember this vividly from my visit to Budapest in 2003. It was a place I knew Irving would love too.
It’s so exciting to come back with him now and share it with him.
I couldn’t choose between pictures to show you. It was all so gorgeous I had to share a few more. Doesn’t it look like a giant sand castle?
For dinner, we chose to do the Danube River Cruise optional excursion. It was a great way to see the city and the food was pretty impressive.
They had quite the spread of traditional Hungarian food including Paprika soup, stuffed cabbage and paprika chicken. (The Paprika soup was to DIE for!)
I ate largely vegetarian on this trip and ate this tomato and feta salad in an avocado. However afterwards I realized that it may have been tofu? I’m not sure but it was good either way!
Budapest is illuminated with lights at night and the best way to see it is from the river.
And the crown jewel of it all (literally) is the Parliament Building. Just stunning at night.
What a great introduction to what will become one of our favorite cities in Europe.