Eurotrip – Budapest, 22 October 2013

We took today relatively easy. A nice walk around the castle district, not in any particular hurry. We got to see the old Soviet monument to the *cough* liberation of Hungary, as well as buildings in the castle area with period bullet holes (the city was well-defended and the seige lasted for months).

There were some nice views from the hilltop of the rich areas of Buda (the part of the city on the Western bank) and an impressive church with highly-decorated wooden interiors. Even the National Archives building was amazing, with roof painted in an apparently characteristic Hungarian style (triangular patterns, almost like Maori patterns but using browns and oranges rather than red and black).

Dinner at Spinoza on Dob St in the Jewish quarter was pleasant, I had goose breast with potato dumplings and Rhonda had a stew. They had a pianist going quite loudly near our table, but on the other hand we had turned up without a reservation and been seated without hassle, so I shouldn’t complain. (Sidenote: why are the former Jewish quarters the most happening parts of town? Horrible thought: years of neglect, and the fact that the original residents are murdered or gone, means that prices are low which attracts creative types, bars and restaurants…)

 

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New Zealand librarian and music fan, living in London.
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