My favourite city on mainland Europe
Back to Budapest!!!! Twice in one year. That is how amazing this place is!
I have actually officially upgraded this city. It is my favourite city on mainland Europe. The only reason it doesn’t win Europe as a whole is because of London. For me comparing the two is like someone asking you who your favourite relative is. Of course it is your mum! But out of the relatives that you actually choose to invite over more often, it is your cousin Budapest. Your cousin that is attractive, and smart, and amazing. They are in fact so awesome that you don’t even feel inferior around them. THAT is Budapest!
Downside, I was there on Christmas Eve. That is a wonderful time to be in Eastern Europe, don’t get me wrong! But you see they seem to love their families a lot more in Europe than I am used to in Australia, and…. Well…. Everything is shut. The museums, the supermarkets, the lot.
The Christmas markets and a lot of the outdoor activities stayed open for a limited amount of time, so I got some great shopping done. After that, I spent the rest of my time exploring the parts of the city that can’t close. The river, the castle, the palace, the statues along the river, hero square, and parliament. This city will steal my heart every time, I just know it! Also check out the ruin bars. They are quirky, eclectic little places made up of abandoned furniture from after the Second World War, and are probably the coolest bars that I have ever been to.
I did something quite unexpected and surprisingly amazing during my visit. Some of my friends from the tour that I was on were religious, so they decided to go to the midnight Christmas mass at St. Stephen's Basilica. I am not a religious person myself, but I have grown up with a lot of respect for religion, and it is a beauuuutiful church, so I decided to go along. The Catholic service was in Hungarian and was actually run by the Hungarian Cardinal. It was surprisingly moving to be with everyone at Christmas. I am really glad I have that memory; it was a really special night.
I have another post about Budapest on this blog that has some more sights in it, so check that post out as well. This post is me shamelessly gushing about how much I am in love. My final comment is this, Budapest has the second best markets that I have come across in Europe (narrowly beaten by Bosnia and Herzegovina). They are cheap and unique so get some shopping done.
I think I am off for now. Till next time!