Looking over these pictures makes me so happy. I’m so glad I stayed for 2 days. I could easily come back and stay for a week or more and just live in those baths. I just might.I started the day visiting the Parliament building. My book said to get there very early in the summer to book a tour or they’ll sell out. Unfortunately I could not get my ass out of bed in time and the next tour in English wasn’t for another 3 hours. If I had taken that it would have killed my day, so I just asked what the next open tour was. They had one in German beginning in 20 minutes. Sold. I won’t understand anything, but I’ll get to see it.Das ist die schone Parlamentsgebaude.Das sind die Treppen.Das sehr verzierten Decke.Die Wachen und die ungarischen Kronjuwelen.Die ungarische Krone.I’d just be beating a dead horse at this point. The statue on the bridge is of their old Prime Minister who is now always watching Parliament.
The Hungarian Jewish WWII Memorial.Oh hey, Ronnie! Funny seeing you here! We should have more squares in America. New York has a bunch – Times Square, Union Square, etc. – but we need more.That looks magnificent right about now.I love that this is a thing there.St. Stephen’s Basilica… just wait to hear what they have inside.They have a pretty interior and alter and….… a decrepit hand in a box. Lovely. What the hell is it with European churches thinking it’s ok to display ancient body parts/blood? It is called the Holy Right Hand and here is the description on the plaque:
“History of the Relic, Hand of King Saint Stephen Founder of State: King Stephen died on 15th August, 1038. On 15th August, 1083 he was canonized in Szekesfehervar. His right hand found intact has been highly esteemed by the nation ever since. It had an adventurous fate: it had been kept in Bihar (Transylvania), Ragusa (Dalmatia, now Dubrovnik), then Vienna, from where it was brought to Buda in 1771. In 1944 it was carried away to the west, it was returned to Hungary on 19th August, 1945.”
How ridiculous. The adventure of the creepy, shriveled hand. AND just like with the blood of Jesus in Bruges, you have to “donate” 2 euros (or whatever they have in Hungary) for the lights to turn on so you can see the hand. Unbelievable. Luckily, someone else paid and we all snapped pictures. Here’s a closer look from the side, but skim over it if you think it’s too creepy.Ew.After my wonderful time visiting hands in Pest, I took a bus up to the Pest side to see Buda Castle and this beautiful view.Prettiest gelato you’ll ever see. How bored was the first person who made this? Very, very bored.So, so incredibly beautiful!!Buda CastleTeeny-tiny Trevi Fountain. Not really, but close.A building with gunshots still left from WWII.St. Matthais Church. It’s up on the Buda side near the castle.Fisherman’s Bastion. I absolutely loved this spot. Here’s a reason why:It had such a beautiful panoramic view of the city.There were all these cute columns, towers, and walkways you could explore. But they all pretty much just led you to the same view. They used to be watch towers.After my second day walking around, I decided to go to the other very famous baths, Gellert baths. Rick Steves said these were more traditional but not as great as the one I went to the night before. I really liked the other one but still wanted to go to the more famous one.This is the picture I saw in a lot of books before going. This whole process of renting lockers and where to go was very, very confusing. Seriously don’t go to Budapest without Rick Steves’ book. He walks you through exactly what everything means and where to go.They didn’t have a “fun pool” outside, but they did have an insanely powerful wave pool. This was no Big Surf wave pool. When those waves start you are thrown around. This would never fly in America because someone would sue them. Another reason why I love Europe.
I had a lot of fun in that wave pool, but Rick Steves was right. Go to the other one. It has much more to do that you could (and want to) stay a whole day there. I splurged (not even that much) on a massage at the Gellert Baths which was really nice though. I wish I had more time to spend at the baths, but I think I’ll go back someday.
After my time at the bath I wanted to take some pictures of Budapest at night. I knew it would be beautiful and I wasn’t wrong. Like always. When I was on the tram here, I had my first lonely moment. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it would have been nice for someone to experience the baths and Budapest with because I loved it so much. Not 1 minute later I hear someone call my name. It was one of my Scottish hostel roommates, Marianne! She was on her way back after the baths too! I told her that I wanted to go and take pictures and she wanted to join me. It was so great. We walked around on the promenade and talked for quite a while. She had recently become fed up with her life and job in Scotland so she sold her car, got rid of her apartment, and moved to Spain to teach English. She’s done with that for now and just traveling around until she decides what to do next. I love that!! I love that she had the guts to change her life when she was unhappy. It’s amazing. She was so incredible and it ended up being a perfect night. Buda Castle again, just prettier.Gresham Palace that I saw the day before looked so fantastic at night.We walked across the bridge because I wanted to take a picture of my favorite building:Marianne and me with the Parliament building. I still message back and forth with her. She’s back in Spain still loving life. It was so nice to meet another girl traveling alone.
To sum up Budapest: it’s amazing. I’ve convinced myself I need to go back.