**photo above by ami vitale of nat geo
since we didn’t bring our camera in to bathe!^^
we found ourselves in budapest for a rainy few days, making the
traditional baths all over the city seem even more appealing.the weather had been so severe it had knocked out power through the
city the day we arrived, so everything was slower-paced for our visit.
we mostly ate lots of kebabs, soaked in the thermal baths (széchenyi
and rudas), walked the bridge at night to see parliament all lit up, ran,
and relaxed here. i will have to come back someday to get more of the
sights + city vibe, but we definitely enjoyed & got a taste of the culture.
one thing i learned about budapest is that it’s technically split into two towns:
buda, and pest. buda is the traditionally older & richer side up on the hill,
while pest is the younger, more modern and flat side of the river. who knew?
most visitors will likely stay in pest since there are more hotels and more
things going on. our hotels were on this side, and we stayed in two sister
hotels to experience different parts of pest. hotel parlament had us situated
right next to … you guessed it … parlament! that building is shockingly grand
and ornate, and sits right on the river with views of the city. i was amazed by it.
our second hotel (under the same ownership as the first one) was hotel palazzo
zichy. it was even more comfortable, and definitely in a more local neighborhood.
pretty hotel decor in palazzo zichy ^^
this green bridge was my favorite of budapest’s multiple grand bridges
spanning the danube. i kept finding excuses to walk across it.
the famous chain bridge was another favorite.
i went on a run across both major bridges one morning while chase
took a work call, and i thought my run title on strava was pretty clever :)
ps do you use strava? it is an exercise tracking app that is sort of like social
media for your workouts, ha! you GPS track your run/walk/hike/bike etc…
then it records distance + time + route and you can upload photos and name
your adventure. my entire family uses and it’s great since we are all spread
out across the world…it connects us to see what everyone is doing each day!
my dad is the most creative guy and loves clever puns / plays on words, so his
strava titles are always the best…he also does the longest and craziest bike rides
so we just try to keep up with him on our workouts and naming them :)
sorry for the tangent, not a sponsor or anything .. just love this app! find me!
like my run title said, “now i’m HUNGARY!” :) so i met up
with chase with a goal to try some hungarian food.
for a taste of traditional hungarian food we dined at haxen kiraály étterem.
all i can say is if you find yourself in budapest, go straight here. it was chase’s
favorite meal of the trip, and in my top 3. we had no idea what to expect
when it comes to hungarian food, so i think that’s why we were so pleasantly
surprised. make sure you ask for zlato to be your waiter, because he was
hilarious and recommended every single dish flawlessly for us.
every country has a signature dish that i always want to try, and
in hungary it is goulash. when done right, it is so tasty and hearty.
this restaurant does it well…and it was even better on a rainy day.
the whole place feels authentic and cozy, and the food matches it.
^^ zlato, our #1 guy! we made fast friends with him and he basically ordered for us.
every single thing he brought out was amazing, and then he would smile
and back away from the table with his arms out like he just scored a 3-point
shot in a basketball game, so proud. haha we could not stop laughing!
some post-lunch bathing at rudas baths – a smaller and more local
bath right off the river. this one was even more entertaining than the
well-known széchenyi thermal baths, because rudas was basically
really only locals. széchenyi is great, but it has a lot of tourists so
you don’t feel too out of your comfort zone. at rudas, you
definitely will :) but it’s an experience that you won’t forget!
sorry that a lot of these photos are dark due to the weather, and due to me
having my iphone with me more than my camera because of the rain..
and because i was a little bit under the weather here so i got lazy with photos.
one of the best feelings is just to wander in a new city and
see what’s around each corner. we did a lot of that here.
we had countless kebabs as well, because they were extra delicious here.
kebab stands are EVERYWHERE in europe, and i used to love them living in france.
chase has been introduced to them this summer and he is more obsessed than i am!
this was us, wandering around in our swimsuits and sweatshirts
because that’s exactly how lazy we felt in budapest ^^
i am literally wearing a sweater over my swimsuit top ^^ as we walked back
from the baths –– haha, i can’t believe i’m sharing how lazy we were being,
not even getting dressed or ready. that’s what 3 months on the road will do!
budapest is also really lively and modern, with the younger generation
creating new restaurants and companies on the pest side. for our last
meal of hungary we stopped into farm, a newer restaurant that is
very hip (am i a grandma for saying that??). it is a modern twist
on hungarian food in the coolest setting with farm-themed decor, and
we basically licked our plates clean here. the farm-fresh focus on food
reminded us of california, and we were so impressed with the quality here.
we went for non-alcoholic versions of their cocktails, because the owner
has a true talent for drink creations and we couldn’t miss out on the flavors..
just did without alcohol! :) they were so delicious, flavorful, and fresh. ^^
the smoked sausage & cheese plate packed so much flavor and
heartiness into one dish. chase ordered it, but i ended up reaching
across the table over and over for more bites before he just gave it to me.
their charcuterie plate knocked it out of the park with local hungarian
meat & cheese. the menu is simple, but very high quality.
farm is a must-visit to experience the newer, younger side of hungary.
good things are coming to this already spirited city!^^ via ^^
for more, see 25 best things to do in budapest or check lonelyplanet!
as chase wrote in the guest book of our hotel,
“budapest was buda-ful!” haha – he signs every single
guest book everywhere, but this was one of my favorites.