Snowy Day in Budapest
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
14Trip End Dec 30, 2009
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DH went out and got us some pastries for breakfast. They were super yummy. I liked the cinnamon one best. Then we put our layers on and braved the cold, walking towards the parliament building. When we got there, I thought it was a church, it was so ornate. We considered getting tickets for the English tour, but there was a line to get the tickets (they let two people at a time walk across the open space to the parliament building to purchase the tickets), and there were only three English tours per day.
So we perused the tiny Christmas market right there and rode the little train (for free!) that took us along the river and around a few blocks and back. Although you could still see your breath inside the train, it was warmer than outside and allowed our faces to thaw.
From there we walked to the Academy of Sciences, but it was closed for some sort of function they were having. We went across the street to the Four Seasons to get something to drink. The hotel is gorgeous. The kids got these big shakes, DH got an Irish coffee, and I got a cappuccino and a plum Palinka. We were the only ones in the lounge; it was very warm and relaxing. It was well worth the arm and leg we paid for the drinks.
When we came out of the hotel, it was snowing heavily. We walked down the street to St. Stephens Basilica and went inside. It was very dark, but we could still see the ornate architecture. St. Stephens is the biggest church in Hungary and is named for its first king. Somewhere inside the church is the king's mummified left arm. Creepy, but cool.
As we left, DH bought tickets for us for a concert for later in the evening.
We then walked back to the Four Seasons to catch a taxi back to the apartment. Everything was completely white. After we got "home" we warmed up the leftover pizza from last night and finished off the sandwiches from the train for lunch. It's so nice to be WARM.
After a good rest, we took a taxi back to St. Stephens. The snow was really coming down. There was a soft blanket of snow covering everything now, and it glistened and sparkled when touched by light. We got to the church pretty early, so we had front row seats for our section (B), which was the second section from the front.
The concert was fantastic, and the acoustics were amazing. Afterwards, we went to dinner in the square outside the church at a restaurant/bar called BOB (Bacardi Original Bar). It was very trendy, but in a comfortable way, and the people were really friendly. They had a fantastic, diverse menu. I had green curry chicken with jasmine rice that was incredible, DD had gnocchi with spinach and cream sauce, DS had chicken wings with two sauces, and DH had lentil soup. He wasn't feeling very well.
We walked to the main street and grabbed a taxi. This car in front of us slid and swerved in front of us on the icy road. The taxi driver goes, "Snow, no problam. Eeets da drivor." And pointed to the car with an upturned hand. LOL I'm glad this guy knew how to drive in snowy, icy conditions 'cause he was driving fast.
We got home, and DH promptly barfed. Great.