The first of summer had been a whirlwind of adventures. I had just spent a week after spring finals in Morocco with my friends, and right after, I flew to Hungary to meet with my cousin, Alessa, and our friend Jocelyne. I had no idea what to expect, since we were only staying there for three days but we ended up LOVING it! It was so gorgeous, and not so crowded, with incredible food. Another bonus, it’s so affordable! Despite the gloomy weather, I really enjoyed exploring Budapest. The architecture, the culture, the people… everything was just so ornate. Having lived in Europe for a couple of years, it was something new and exciting. It’s truly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!
On our first day, we decided to have brunch in Gundel. It has been open since 1894 and it is one of Budapest’s most famous restaurants. It’s quite expensive due to its lavish reputation, but hey, when will you be in Budapest? We wanted to treat ourselves right, and a delicious brunch in Gundel was just about right.
After, we headed to the Széchenyi Bath, where they have thermal pools to relax. It’s the largest medicinal bath in the whole of Europe, built in the 19th century with a Secessionist style. I didn’t expect anything, but the atmosphere was lively and social.
We wanted to see the iconic monuments in Budapest with the short amount of time we had. And I think we were able to see most. The architecture in Budapest is so compelling. We saw Saint Stephen’s Basillica, Fisherman’s Baston, among others.
Our nights were simple. We went out try hungarian cuisine and experienced a cruise on the Danube River. It’s an amazing experience. Aside from getting a drink of your choice, you see the city come to life, with all the lit-up buildings like the Parliament. You get a different perspective of things in the dark, and some buildings were absolutely breathtaking.
I really enjoyed the way the Museum of Applied Science looked, as well. All of the elements, such as Viennese, Indian, Persian, Hungarian influences. There is a beautifully colored stain glass skylight when you look up, as well as stain glass windows. It was so refreshing to see the craftsmanship of the hungarians, something I’ve never seen before.
Jocelyne, Alessa and me at the Museum of Applied Arts.
I wish I could have stayed longer in this magnificent city. It really felt as though I was in a fairytale. Oh wait…
Oh, Budapest, thanks for a great time.