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  The Chatter Box : Travel
Budapest by geordiegirl on 2 October 2008 3:05pm
Well, firstly, Geraldine,we were first there in '87 and as far as cleaning up the buildings go, it's changed for thec better. Likewise the Hungarian National Art Gallery - a curator told me this time, that, after '89 a huge clean-up of the building and conservation/repair of the paintings was put into being, and has really just finished. But it has one of the significant Old Masters collections on Europe now, I'd say.

The FOOD. Oh it's partly why we go - the basic cuisine is just wonderful (not for veggies, though, never see so much naked meat on sale ANYWHERE else. I think it's very tourist-marketable.There are some amazing (sometimes ludicrous) restaurants: the 'best' in town has more waiters than in the Mr. Creosote sketch and three of them do a Bread Procession to your table - one for the rolls, one for the butter, one to brush away any crumbs. And all food is served with a flourish-removal of silver salvers.

(There are enough good, small unpretentious ones around too).

Thermal baths. Possibly the best in Europe again - (well Linda thinks so! And she lives there!) - very sophisticated water-treatments for all ailments & many different types of water available. And it's just huge fun swimming in thermal water, hanging around in warm pools, playing in jacuzzis, whirlpools & watching people play chess in the warm pool - plastic board etc. balanced on a stone shelf -and all around you the buildings of the massage-rooms etc. are designed in a Hapsburg-Palace style.I've never felt so healthy after a basic no-frills swimming session- it'll cost about 7 times as much at the thermal-bath in Bath next year. More thermal-hotels are being built all the time, so I think the place is well known for its treatments, which is good.

The Museum of the Occupation of Hungary (by Nazis & communists) was shocking and moving, too (MP noted this when he visited. No getting away from a lift journey (down to the cells where the real horrors were done) where you are forced to watch & listen to an eyewitness account of the physical details of a hanging which starts and finished just as the lift opens & closes.

The architecture. Pest is completely flat, so even I can walk for ages admiring the Art-Nouveau-ish aparftments blocks, offices, shopping galleries, etc.

Castle Hill (Buda). A must-do, despite Tourist hell occasionally (The Downtown Folk-Art Craft-Fair, anyone?)- it's the really old part of the city. Many galleries & museums.

Coffee-houses everywhere, of the Viennese type (serious cream cakes).

Have visited Szentendre & Estergom, Patty - lovely places both. This time we did Godollo - Hapsburg Summer Palace nicely restored.(And the provincial town with just as good restaurants, coffee-shops as in Budapest).

So, I think there's something there for an awful lot of people - and thanks to anyone who has reached this far!

Linda. (If anyone wants more specifics, I'll try).

Re: Budapest by mrsteabag on 3 October 2008 2:43am
*sigh* thanks, Linda! I'm very happy your trip went well!
Re: Budapest by suzulu on 3 October 2008 2:40pm
Thanks, Linda. It sounds an interesting trip.
Re: Budapest by elina on 5 October 2008 12:34pm
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing!

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