Budapest - the Buda side

posted Oct 19, 2010, 10:45 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 27, 2010, 7:07 AM ]
The Hilton West End is a 10 minute walk to the Danube River.  We made our way to the Parliament buildings and it is unbelievable how large and ornate they are, they are quite jaw-dropping.  We crossed the Chain bridge with its huge lion statues guarding the entrance to this beautiful bridge.  It leads directly to the base of the Budapest Palace grounds which are 1.5 kms long in entirety.  We walked up the steps through the park which is a bit of a climb.  The views are glorious at the top and there is much to explore.  Dax’s little legs couldn’t make it to the churches at the far end but we did do quite a bit of discovery of the palace and found an out of the way balcony which wrapped around one of the palace buildings which hung over the castle wall.  I still don’t even know if we were supposed to be there or not?

Dax eventually needed a break and we came upon a delightful smell and we followed our noses to the Hungarian funnel cake maker.  It was a nice reprieve from walking and Dax was thrilled.  He ended up eating his dessert before his lunch that day; what the heck we are on holidays.  We found an outdoor cafe overlooking Budapest and I ordered their specialty of Hungarian goulash and bread.  I am not much of a dipper but I dipped all of the 4 slices of bread in that goulash and was so full I rolled back down the hill.  All of these outdoor cafes come with blankets over the chairs to wrap around your legs and they are quite necessary because in October it can get quite chilly just like Canada.