Budapest – August 21st, 2009
After a good 3-4 hour sleep I’m up and at it. Not particularly but I do trudge to the grocery store and grab some food for breakfast. I then decide I’m gonna go and climb a hill. Not exactly smart when still hungover.
I walk across the Independence Bridge and across to the bottom of Gelert Hill. At the bottom of the hill, right above the bridge is this little cave. I shall call it the cave church. Its a church maintained by monks and is quite unbelievable to stumble across.
I then start my ascent. Stupid mistake. Its boiling and I forgot any form of water. Idiot. But the views on the way up of the Danube and Pest are pretty fantastic.
I then make it to the top where a massive monument is. There used to be a massive Soviet statue up here, but the fall of the iron curtain saw it relegated and a new Independence Monument placed on top. The views are amazing. And the water I buy gets sucked back eagerly.
I walk around towards the fort thats perched up here and see a bow and arrow game that is a bit of fun before heading down to make my way up to the castle. Which is on another hill. Sucker for punishment really.
I get a bit hungry in hungary so try to find a decent restaurant on the walk over to the castle. Though I dont find anything remotely cheap or decent until I hit a sandwich shop. Coulda made my own. haha.
Anyway I walk up the hill and have two options – Castle or Fishermans Bastion. I go to the Fishermans Bastion. The Bastion is a neo-arcade built a long time ago. But the views and the architecture make it a most visit.
There is also a massive statue with a horse and gigantic balls – apparently if you rub the balls of it you’ll have good luck in the sack. There is also an impressive church called the Matthias church – some amazing spires.
I then go down to the castle. Unfortunately I cannot really go into the Castle grounds – there is a massive folk festival on there and they want 10 quid to go in. Bugger that. So I sneak into the art gallery bit to have a peak.
I then head off down the hill and cross the Lions Bridge also known as the Chain Bridge. Its massive lions guarding who goes across. I then walk down the high street and chill out at a coffee shop before heading back to the hostel. Its getting late so I get some food before heading up to it.
The night is a quiet one. After last nights effort I choose to just cruise and have a few beers with some fellow travellers, watch a few movies and enjoy a quiet night in.