I started this morning doing some research on places to visit.
Then I went and had a quick breakfast at the hotel.
My plans started to unravel. My first stop, the museum of applied arts was closed – apparently for over a year now. I saw an interesting church on the map – when I got there it was covered in scaffolding.
I continued on, almost forgetting where I was going… the Central Market. I walked along the Danube taking photos of the Liberty bridge and saw the rock church I wanted to go visit. This is when I almost forgot I was going to the Central Market.
Photos along the Danube:
Photos of the Central Market:
After resisting temptation to buy cheap shirts I walked across the bridge and took some more photos. I realized (I had to use my binoculars) that my ship was docked in this area.
Photos of the rock church:
After visiting the rock church I decided to hike up the hill to Citadella. I’m not a fan of hiking, just nice views. And this hike had great views of Buda Castle and Pest (not a great angle for the Parliament).
After I got to the top I chose my next destination…. the Railway museum. But since my apps said it was all buses all the way there I decided to stop at Keleti (East train station which is quite nice) and catch the bus from there.
The railway museum had a large amount of old historic trains. I’m surprised the communists didn’t melt down the steam engines for the iron – but I think one was actually operating until 1983 – crazy I know. There were some that were 100% communistic in design, I think they must have thought anything they designed had to look ugly otherwise people would think they cost too much. There were 2 turntables, both of which had roundhouses, but only one roundhouse was still standing. The one roundhouse was interesting because it had a pit so mechanics could work under the train.
I even took a ride on a turntable…
After the Railway museum I took a bus back to Keleti and the metro back to where the ship is docked to get some more sunset photos. This time I got some with Buda Castle.
It looked like it would rain so I went back to the hotel, left my camera and went for some food. I decided to try and find some decent Hungarian food. I went to a place called ‘Ghetto Gulyas’. I had bone marrow to start, Dreher (Hungarian beer), and Alfoldi style goulash. The bone marrow was good, but not as good as in Lyon. The goulash was very good, the vegetables and beef were all very tender.
When I left the restaurant it was raining, so back to the hotel I went.