A city of striking architecture.
31.05.2013 - 31.05.2013 20 °C
Yes, this is a great apartment. But! The bed is THE HARDEST BED that we have ever slept in. I woke up in the middle of the night and noticed that Red had evacuated the scene and was asleep on the lounge - which was actually really comfortable. A shame that the lounge doesn't accommodate two! Tonight I will sleep on an arrangement of pillows, cushions, doonas etc. - on top of the mattress - so that hopefully I'll get a decent sleep.
We had a really quiet morning - catching up on some down time. We left home around mid-day looking for a supermarket to buy a few supplies for the next couple of days. We had a bit of trouble getting our bearings in the area ie. we went the wrong way! Heading back in the direction from which we came, we finally found a supermarket and fresh food market.
After lunch we walked the short distance to the Metro Underground that runs underneath Andrassy Avenue. We bought a 24 hour ticket each for about $8 AUD which allows us to jump on the Metro as many times as we want in a 24 hour period - good value. Budapest's Metro System is the second oldest underground railway in the world. Running since 1896 it was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002. It's full of character and efficient. Trains run every couple of minutes.
We caught the train and travelled about 4 stops to check out the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. They are apparently the best in Budapest. We weren't able to go inside without purchasing a ticket, which seemed pointless when we were only going to have a look and not a swim. But we did go inside the main entrance - a very ornate foyer indeed - beautiful!
The weather this morning was average - threatening clouds coming and going. But this afternoon the sun shone, which made our walk through the parks and gardens in the area - really pleasant and relaxing. We passed some beautiful buildings - unique architecture. We also passed some sort of a trailer being ridden by a guy on a bike, and the trailer was a bar with guys sitting around it drinking beer. It was hilarious! Brilliant if dangerous idea! It was called "The Beer Bike". I've included a photo below.
Back on the Metro to our apartment. We got changed and went back out again to meet a friend from our Croatian Tour for dinner. Melanie is from Canada and is in Budapest for a few days before she moves on to Poland for a week. It was great to catch up with her and chat about all our travels since Dubrovnik. After dinner we walked with her back up Andrassy Avenue until we parted ways - wishing each other safe and happy trails.