Buzzing City + Mercury hitting 40+ degrees C
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
18Trip End Aug 23, 2013
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To our horror, the train trip to Budapest (3 hours) was even more excruciating than getting to Bratislava. With temperatures soaring above 40 oC (local reading in Budapest was 45 oC!) Again there was no air conditioning in the train, stifling heat, very hard to breathe, lots of sweaty people in wet clothes. Fortunately this time we were prepared with several litres of water! So glad to get off (when we finally did, it was cooler outside than in!) Again, we arrived late in the day so did a little bit of shopping, cooked and ate in on our first night. We also started what was to be the first of four loads of washing which we did in our apartment!
The next morning we headed straight down to the Danube to go on a River cruise
After our trip on the river we decided to go back to the hotel as it was too hot to do anything! Even walking a few metres in the sunlight was very hard work (we are still under the red-spot heat warning on the weather map!). We made the rest of our pasta that we had brought the previous evening and began planning the rest of the afternoon
Since our time in Budapest was quite limited and the weather was so hot, we decided that getting tickets for the hop-on-hop-off bus was the best way forward as we didn't really feel we would cope well with walking around Buda and climbing up the hills in the heat! It also allowed us to see all of the main sights quickly so we could choose what to come back to. The bus tour was very informative, it came with headsets that told you about the history of the city and its sights as you were driving around. The view from the Citadel hill looking over the Danube when you can see both sides of the river with the historic cities of Buda and Pest was one of my favourite views of the trip so far.
In the evening we undertook to experience one of Hungary's more traditional leisure activities: public baths! We went to the Szechenyi Baths and Pool for an hour or so to cool off - it was so refreshing and a very enjoyable experience!
On our second day we headed off early in the morning for a tour of the Parliament buildings that we had booked before leaving the UK. The buildings are huge, grand and rival some of the palaces that we have seen so far
Since we had cooked all our meals in the room so far we decided to treat ourselves to lunch out - Hungarian style! We tried traditional Goulash Soup (yum) and Emma had a Paprika chicken and egg noodle dish which was delicious. (Tom opted for the safer choice of grilled chicken and fries). We then headed back to the station to catch our train to Vienna - very excited and with fingers and toes crossed for air-conditioning in the train!
Lots of Love,
PS: Tom's gag for Budapest: 'Emma, you put the 'pest' in Budapest!'.
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