After starting a new job in October 2015, I had a few days holiday to use before January…so what better way to spend 5 days holiday than in BUDAPEST with your favourite travel companion.
It was a super spontaneous trip. We met at Luton airport early in the morning. We started the holiday with the compulsory glass of wine & whiskey that is required at all airport bars… and even more so for two friends that hadn’t seen each other in a whole year ! We deserved it !
We stayed at Pals Hostel which was absolutely perfect ! It was right in the centre of town, only steps away from the christmas markets and the most beautiful church, which I think was called a Basilica. The above picture was taken from the balcony of the hostel ! The room in the hostel was amazing and became our little sanctuary for the week. I stole this picture from their website as I didn’t take any of the room myself, but I loved the room so much and don’t ever want to forget it! The room felt so safe, and most days we wouldn’t even bother locking the door and would just push that chest for draws in front of the door as a make shift lock(…probably because we were drunk for the majority of the trip and couldn’t figure out how to lock a door between us !) The stairs were also so cool. We had to walk up like three flights of spiral stairs to get to our room. Singing Adele in these big echoey stair wells made me sound like Adele !! I am sure Arv would disagree, but I think I sounded impeccable. haha !
We did too much to write everything down here, so I’m just going to go through my highlights.
One of my favourite parts about the trip was that it was just before christmas, so the place had a lovely warm but cold feel about it. If that makes any sense at all. The place was filled with log cabins, warm glowing christmas lights, fake snow, constant cups of mulled wine and friendly people. We spent a lot of time wrapped up warm , wandering around the markets of Budapest trying out food and just roaming around without the pull of anywhere to be except for just there.
On our second day in Budapest we woke up early and walked across the old stone chain bridge to the other side of town, where we had breakfast at this lovely french cafe on the river.
We started the days with eggs bacon and alcohol ! – We really were dreadful drunks on this trip. The person that served us in the cafe was soo lovely and pretty much made an itinerary for us that we could do for the day. After breakfast we walked up this hill to a huge castle/art gallery combo called Buda Castle.
We spent the whole morning walking around this amazing galley full of Hungarian Art. The whole place was so still and quite. I think we went round every single piece in the galley and asked each other what our own impression of it was and gave each other really pompous arty interpretations of what we thought the art was trying to show. Most of the paintings were huge, sometimes covering whole walls and mostly depicted historical images of wars or religious events.
It was so amazing to be able to get so close to such intricate paintings and look at all of the smaller details which made up the whole thing. We found ourselves obsessing over the smallest of things, like the detail on a persons cape, or the patterns in the carpets, the blood on someones hands. It was filled with such AMAZING work.
My favourite painting had to be this woman, who clearly has her shit together. I imagine his last words were ‘go make me a sandwich…’, ‘OK Honey !’.
Arv’s favourite ones were probably this man kissing a mermaid, and the cheeky couple in the cow shed having a little flirt. – Typical man !
By the time we got to the top floor we were soooo exhausted from spending so long in there and probably became a bit delirious from all of the rationialisattion that we tried to give the art.I think we turned a bit loopy and just found everything funny.
When we were done, we got some random passersby to take a picture of us together, because Arv was not a fan of the selfies…he wouldn’t even let me get my selfie stick out without running away ! This was taken by this adorable Asian lady. Arv assumed she spoke mandarin, and started speaking to her, and she had NO idea what he was saying. It was SO funny.
Once she took the picture she sort of fell in LOVE with Arv and started clapping, and nodding and looking at me like all goo eyed. I think she thought we were a couple and she was congratulating me on my ‘catch’. I am also pretty sure I took a picture of Arv and her afterwards. She is probably somewhere in the world telling her friends about how this weird tall man tried to speak to her in Mandarin !
After the art gallary we went to another little cafe next to the Buda Castle and sat in the most perfect spot. We were right in front of a big bright open window looking right out over the amazing views of the castle and people watching. We planned on staying there for lunch, but we ended up staying for too many large glasses of wine and whiskeys. By the time we left we were well and truly tipsy.
We somehow ended up in Hooters…Now, I am not sure how we got there, but we did. We had more drinks there and we were having such good craic with the girls that worked there, I ended up deciding that I was a hooters girl and got a Tshirt !
Later we went to a really cool ruin bar. Again, not sure how we got there, than god Arv is like a walking Garmin. He was the SatNav for the whole trip, as always. The bar was soo cool and unlike anything I had ever been in before. It was called Instant ! The only reason i remember this is because we kept saying it to ourselves so we didn’t forget the name of it. The rooms were so incredibly cool. Just look at that decor! It was like falling down the rabbit hole into wonderland.
The next day we were insanely hungover, we managed to crawl out of bed for some half assed breakfast somewhere or other.This is Arv holding his hang over well… the opposite side of the camera was not such a pretty sight. The Red Bull did NOT work.
We thought it would be a perfect day to go to the amazing outdoor baths that they have in Budapest. We went to the Szechenyi Baths, which were quite far out, but we got told by lots of people that it was the best, and they really weren’t lying. – It was amazing. I wish I could have a hang over cure like that after every night out.
The outside area was un like anything I have ever experienced before. It was winter while we were there and the hot water mixed with the cold air made the steam from the pool a thick mist around you. It was almost impossible to see further than a few meters in front of you clearly. The atmosphere was so relaxing. This was by far my FAVOURITE part of the whole trip.
That night we ate the most BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN. I have no idea what it was called, but my god was it gorgeous. I think I introduced Arv to Justin Beiber for the first time that night without him knowing who it was. Needless to say he was a Beliber without even knowing it.
We tried to get into the Opera to see The Nutcracker, but could only get rubbish seats. We were so disappointed, so I suppose we will have to go to Prague on our next trip and watch it !!
We spend one day walking round religious monuments for the day. We spent a good hour in the Basilica just sitting there silently. The inside was so beautiful and so ornately decorated.
We also went to a Synagogue where Arv had to wear a little hat and we saw a silver tree in the garden… We are convinced that we pissed off one of the gods that day because we got super bad luck for the rest of the day. I blame it on him not wearing his paper hat properly.
That is all I can remember for now. ( It is 2am on Friday, so I have done well to get this much down.) This was me being grumpy at the airport because I had to get back to reality and fly home to work the next day !
It was an amazing trip. I have got some amazing memories !
I fell in love with Budapest 100%. It was magical, although I am not sure if the magic would be the same the second time around. Nothing ever beats that first experience.