Following our glorious time in Romania, we spent a few days in the gorgeously chaotic Budapest. I wish we had had more time to explore Hungary overall, but Budapest had so much to offer that we remained there after promising ourselves a future trip to see the country as a whole.

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This was the luxurious stop within our whirlwind four-country trip, and we stayed in style at the fabulous Hilton Hotel on Castle Hill, overlooking the river and Hungarian Parliament Building. Every morning we left our hotel and strolled through the surrounding gardens and past the presidential palace, and down the stairs via the gallery. We then crossed Elizabeth Bridge, constantly stopping to look back at the view behind us and take in the splendor of Buda Castle in the early morning light.

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Besides a lot of walking, and a lot of shopping, we stopped by every antique book store we saw. Our cultural education culminated in an Opera at the grand Budapest Opera House, where we saw Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. That was truly an experience to remember.

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My memories of Budapest are of comfort and indulgence, and everything is tinted with the brilliant golden hues that we took in daily when the sun set over Castle Hill. Hopefully, my next trip to the country will take me far beyond the bustling city and into towns and villages so that I may take my fill of what Hungary truly has to offer.

~ Lamice


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