Budapest - an all too brief visit
May 17, 2005
Budapest-very romantic and cosmopolitan. Sadly I only spent two days here and this was the only place in Hungary that I had time to visit. The Danube divides the city into two parts with the hilly, historical Buda on the West and the bustling and lively Pest on the East. I spent most of my time in Pest going across the river to explore the monuments, palace and church briefly. I loved the Statue of Liberty, it towers on the hill next to the citadel over looking the town. It is a very large statue of a woman in a powerful stance holding a large palm(?) or olive branch. Feeling Hungry (pardon the appalling pun) I headed off with the same group of Aussie girls from Cesky and two new British friends. Sick of Stodgy food we went in search of a Thai restaurant that one of the girls had seen the night before. We all tucked into Pad Thai - so much for Goulash! It was also wonderful to visit the bath houses and wash off all that backpacker grime. There were two massive outdoor pools and a series of indoor medicinal pools of varying size and temperature. The sauna was just far too hot, but it was really exhilarating to go from the extreme heat to the 16 degree plunge pool.