Walking in the rain … again

Another day, another rainy morning. So what to do when the weather leaves a lot to be desired?
How about another long breakfast this time already with a glass of sparkling wine. It was a holiday after all and it set the mood for the day.IMG_9017IMG_9018IMG_9023

And then another bus tour, this time on the yellow line though. When we arrived at our station we found out that the bus would take another 45 min to get there since we were station No. 19 on this line. One of the bus hustlers told us to walk a couple of blocks to get to station No. 4 where buses would go every 5-10 minutes. Was so not true, because we ended up waiting at least 20 minutes again. Never mind, we were in no rush at all, just a bit on the cold side.

Finally on the bus we started another tour with annoying music and little information. At least this time everyone had a window seat.IMG_9064

Another round of sights, again from the bus. Please enjoy.IMG_8928IMG_8935IMG_8937IMG_8942IMG_8946IMG_8947IMG_8952Remember this bridge? We were back at the Chain Bridge below the Buda Castle.
IMG_8968Another train station called the west station or something because the trains are coming in from the east.

Near St. Stephen’s Basilica we got off, having decided on the spur of the moment to visit the basilica. Ok, not true at all. We wanted to lángos at the Christmas market but when we passed the church on the way there we decided to go in. It was beautiful inside, impressive and breathtaking. It also shows in a side room the right hand of the saint. The hand or better the “Holy Right” is in remarkable condition, especially when you consider that he died almost 1000 years ago.IMG_8971IMG_8972IMG_8974IMG_8976IMG_8978IMG_8979IMG_8980

When outside we headed directly to the lángos place to try this real traditional dish. It was a greasy as the Austrian version, maybe a bit better and definitely with less garlic. Still, not something to talk about.IMG_8985IMG_8992IMG_8991IMG_8990

From here on we only had one more stop at the supermarket to buy some provisions for the train ride (prosecco and such things), another one at a stall for chimney cake were we bought two right from the griddle (if you can call it that) and then found out the the locals are buying it cooled off. And with good reason because when you buy it hot, it tastes under baked. Another waste of good calories. Culinary wise Hungary was not really abundant, just rich in calories.

Back at the hotel and after a short discussion on how to get to the train station, we decided on the metro again. Quick and cheap, or “slumming” as my friend Tici likes to call it.IMG_9002IMG_9003IMG_9004IMG_9007

And with two bottles of sparkling wine, sweets, chips from the journey there, water and cold chimney cake we were well supplied for our way home. Traveling in style I call that.
Yours, Pollybert

Walking in the rain

Waking in up in our room in the Palazzo Zichy we still heard the rain. So apparently it hadn’t stopped during the night but was keeping a tight hold on the city. At least the view from the window showed a lighter sky than in Dublin.IMG_8758IMG_8757
Therefore breakfast turned into a lazy affair since we decided to forget about the free walking tour in Budapest. After my experience in Dublin in the rain I was not in the mood to repeat it right away. We settled on making a bus tour with the Hop on Hop off bus and enjoy breakfast a bit longer.IMG_8755 One glance up and we knew there was no chance for the rain to let up.IMG_8756

We bought our bus ticket at the reception and then asked which way to go (we are fast learners after all!). The bus station was just a couple of blocks away and we walked through another Christmas market to get there.IMG_8760IMG_8763IMG_8764IMG_8765

Not Yeti but a priest I think. At least it seemed so because he had some religious books in front of him and an instrument. So maybe he was not a priest after all. Thinking about it now…the instrument, a fagot maybe? Whatever would he need that for?

The metro station we passed looked as if a space ship landed on top.IMG_8766

Earlier on we decided to take the red bus which should bring us up to the castle, but since the yellow one arrived first we needed to change again at Deák tér (former bus station for all buses from Vienna).IMG_8769

After a short 20 minute wait the red bus finally arrived. And here are the best pictures from this bus tour (sorry, the window was dirty and wet).IMG_8775IMG_8783IMG_8784IMG_8787IMG_8796IMG_8804IMG_8802IMG_8800IMG_8799IMG_8798IMG_8806IMG_8807IMG_8808IMG_8810IMG_8812

This is Budapest in the rain, still impressive and with beautiful buildings but also not very inviting. Nonetheless we left the bus at the Buda Castle one of the few things we wanted to see up close despite the rain. We took a leisurely stroll underneath our umbrellas around the castle area and trying to enjoy ourselves.IMG_8815IMG_8819IMG_8820IMG_8825IMG_8826

A group picture at Fisherman’s Bastion rain defying without the umbrella and more pictures from above.IMG_8831IMG_8842IMG_8837IMG_8834IMG_8832

By then we had enough of the castle and were ready to turn around again and get down the hill. The funicular was our preferred mode of transportation, in the end we walked because it made for nicer pictures and we wanted to get some appetite.IMG_8848IMG_9062IMG_9052
It does look spectacular, don’t you find?
Yours, Pollybert