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Trip Report A Fabulous Easter Weekend in Budapest!

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Bikerscott and I spent a lovely weekend in Budapest this past Easter weekend.

It was mostly beautiful weather and we enjoyed some sun and relaxed. Here is a short trip report and some pics:

Friday 2 April 2010

Rise and shine bright and early and started out for the 2+ hour trek to Gatwick airport. It was time to begin our Hungarian Adventure! We left the kids with Kevin, our dog sitter, and jumped on the plane heading east. The flight itself was uneventful, which is how we like them, and land around 2:45pm Budapest time.

On the very strict instruction of our B&B hostess, we went outside and got a ticket for the Zona taxi. Apparently the taxi drivers in Budapest are a bit skilful at fleecing tourists and the Zona taxis are the most reliable. At 5000 HUF (about 15GBP) it was an efficient way to get into town. Unfortunately, the taxi driver we got was quite grumpy. Well it may have helped if we hadn’t offended the driver by not understanding his English when he asked if we knew where the address was that we had given him!

We pulled up at Bellevue B&B (www.bellevuebudapest.com) around 3:30pm. We were met by Judit, the B&B hostess and proceeded to listen to her instructions about the way everything in the B&B worked. We weren’t expecting Hungarians to be mean, but we did expect them to be very direct, and Judit didn’t disappoint. She was very thorough and very direct, but VERY friendly and helpful. I think she was used to older, slower guests as her suggestions for transit included using the bus a lot, but we preferred to walk, even up all the hills.

Our B&B was steps away from Fisherman’s Bastion and Mátyás Church, perfect location. Some rooms had lovely views of Parliament over the river. We chose to go with the basic room at 50Eur a night, the price was right, and it was fine. It had a nice balcony that would be great in the summer. We prefer to spend our cash on food and drink, so this was fine and we would go back. Breakfast was typical Eastern Europe breakfast of tomatoes, meats, cheese, and bread with your choice of boiled eggs.

After our orientation with Judit we headed straight up Castle Hill to get some photos in the sunshine! After admiring the beautiful views we wandered around and then decided a snack was in order. We settled onto a patio and ordered a plate of Hungarian cheese in olive oil and Hungarian wine and beer. Definitely what we needed...and CHEAP!!! A glass of delicious wine was only a few GBP! Yes, we are going to love Budapest!

Once in the shade we got a bit cool so decided to go for another walk. We walked down Lord’s St and enjoyed the Baroque and Gothic facades. We ended up at Ruszwurm, a pastry shop that has been selling cakes since 1824 (http://www.ruszwurm.hu/a_menu.html). We had a delicious coffee and ordered cake! I had a delicious cherry strudel and Scott had a Kirsch cake...so good!!

We had dinner reservations for 8:00pm...yes we ate dessert before dinner! We had made dinner at Restaurant Alabárdos (http://www.alabardos.hu/) and arrived to be seated right on time. We started off with some Hungarian champagne as we reviewed the menu. I started off with a lovely stuffed tomato in a cold tomato soup; Scott had a trout/perch tartar. Both were fantastic. We followed that up with a lovely pan fried trout for me and a rib eye steak Hungarian style for Scott. Of course no Hungarian meal would be complete without some Pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy). Fantastic food, at ridiculously cheap prices. We rolled back to the B&B and enjoyed a final glass of wine before hitting the sack.

http://picasaweb.google.com/jamie.a.shearer/BudapestDay1?feat=directlink

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