After the tour, we walked across the famous Chain Bridge. We could not believe how perfect the weather was. It could not have been a more beautiful day.
At the end of the bridge is the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel. It looked beautiful from the outside, so we went in to look around and order a drink (so it was slightly less tacky that we were creeping around in there). It was very pretty!
I ordered a drink with Unicum (a Hungarian liquor) and plum. It was delicious, but cost more than my entire three course dinner the night before. I don’t belong in a Four Seasons Hotel.
Ashley wanted to check out a local market to look at pottery, so Sari and I went back to the apartment to gather up Doug and call our parents for Thanksgiving. The three of us met back up with her at the Aria Hotel for drinks at sunset. I am so glad she suggested it because it was a great view of the city.
I ordered a Budapest Mule (no idea what was in it), and it was one of the best mixed drinks I’ve ever had. Totally worth every Hufflepuff (the Hungarian Forint is listed as HUF everywhere, and saying “Hufflepuffs” is easier to remember than “Forint” because I’m a lazy American).
I was planning to go back across the bridge to take some pictures of the city at night, and since Doug hadn’t got to see anything in Budapest, he came with me while Sari and Ashley went ahead to the Christmas market. I really wish we had been able to go on a dinner cruise down the Danube, but it just didn’t work out this trip. It was SO GORGEOUS. Like jumping up and down shrieking and crying with joy on the side of the river gorgeous.
We rode the train back over to Vörösmarty Square to meet the ladies for dinner at the Christmas market. Our tour guide earlier in the day had suggested we try rooster testicles stew since it’s his favorite dish, but I chickened out and didn’t do it. I just really wanted some goulash in a bread bowl with mulled wine, and I was too low on Hufflepuffs to spend it on something unknown.
We were really cold and tired, so we went home by six and were all passed out well before nine. We stayed in this apartment which was located directly next to the Opera House and we loved it. It was spacious, clean, and extremely convenient to travel from via tram, bus, or metro. We also found navigating around Budapest to be very easy (I still feel personally offended by the hard time we had in Paris) and I used the BKK Futar app to help. People were extremely nice and helpful despite our inability to speak their language. I love Budapest so much more than I could have ever imagined, and I cannot believe that people go to Paris when they could go there. I think it’s even more beautiful, was far less crowded, and is significantly more affordable. Budapest has risen to the top of my favorite cities list, and I cannot wait to visit again.