Hungary: Would You Go Hungry?

Food, glorious food! I love nothing more than eating local cuisine when travelling and when I visit most places there is always a signature dish that I look forward to trying – pizza in Italy, pad thai in Thailand, dhal curry in Sri Lanka. However, prior to visiting Budapest in Hungary I wasn’t aware of any popular Hungarian dishes or even what the basis of their cuisine was. It wasn’t until I arrived in the country that I learnt that traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheeses. Apologies in advance, this…

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Hungary: Danube Evening River Cruise, Budapest

Having spent three days wandering and exploring both the Buda and Pest sides of this fascinating city we thought we had seen the sites from all viewpoints – how wrong were we? As it was our wedding anniversary on our last day in Budapest I wanted to treat Mr ESLT to something to remember. After a bit of research I decided on an evening River cruise on the Danube River. I booked our river cruise via Viator. Here, I found a number of options i.e. wine tasting river cruise, cocktail river cruise, late night river cruise etc. I finally decided…

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Hungary: budaPEST

Pest is located on the East bank of the Danube River and together with Buda make up Budapest, the capital of Hungary. We stayed at the fantastic Palazzo Zichy hotel which is located in North Pest and in walking distance of all the main sites. Pest makes up two-thirds of Budapest therefore there is a lot to see and do on this side of the river. As we only had 3 and 1/2 days to explore this city we chose the quick option and bought hop on, hop off bus tickets. Mr ESLT and I do like to wander but…

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Hungary: BUDApest,

Buda is on the west bank of the Danube River and together with Pest on the east bank makes up Budapest, Hungary’s capital. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to explore Buda and its beautiful buildings. Even though our hotel was on the Pest side of the city we still had the opportunity to cross the river and see what the ‘other’ side had to offer. The bulk of the attractions and things to see are on the Pest side of the city however that doesn’t mean you should neglect Buda. Unfortunately, Mr ESLT and I didn’t have…

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Hungary: The Bridges of Budpest

Did you know that Budapest has eight bridges that join Buda to Pest over the Danube River? I didn’t. It wasn’t until my recent visit to Budapest that I found out about them and got the opportunity to see them all with my own eyes. Each bridge is unique, built at different times and has a different story behind it. 1. Lagymanyosi Bridge – This bridge is the most southern and second youngest (built in 1995) bridge in Budapest. To be honest we didn’t walk down that far to see it is out of the city centre however at the Pest…

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Hungary: Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest

Here you will not find the dandy Ralph Fiennes and the ever determined to please Zero as this is of course NOT The Grand Hotel Budapest however it is A grand hotel IN Budapest. Mr. ESLT and I have booked and subsequently had to cancel our visit to Budapest and this hotel specifically on a number of occasions for various reasons. Therefore, when it was confirmed that we were staying here for 3 nights for our fourth wedding anniversary in June 2015 I could not been happier. Trusty Tripadvisor was consulted to triple check that this was the right hotel.…

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