Sometimes un-successful revolutions are the ones worth remembering...
11.22.2009 - 11.24.2009
The train from Vienna was only a few hours long so we arrived in Budapest in the early afternoon. There was a ton of construction going on by the train station and somehow was unable to find where the metro was, so we ended up walking down the street to the following metro stop in order to catch it to our hostel.
Our hostel was located up three flights of stairs with an open plaza in the middle, it was pretty cool. As soon as we arrived we were given a map, a glass of wine, and shown where to go to explore the city.
We headed straight to the market place, three stories of produce, meat, souvenirs, and shops.
From there we went in search of a place to eat. We ended up at this little cafe and enjoyed some Goulash and Sausages with sauerkraut.
We ended up taking a little mid-day nap before exploring more of the city during the evening.
The next day was a national holiday - Republic Day - it commemorates the unsuccessful 1956 revolution against the Russian communist regime. We headed to the House of Terror museum which explains some of the things that happened during WWII under the Nazi's and what happened after the Red Army took over putting Hungary behind the Iron Curtain in the Communist regime. So many of us think about all of the horrible things that happened during WWII and under the Nazi's, but forget that the terror for so many people continued as they were taken over by the communist party.
Here's a picture showing what you see as soon as you enter the museum:
These are all faces of victims that were hung in gallows in the basement of this very building during the communist era
After the museum we walked up the street to a large square with statues and a city gate where people were setting up a stage for shows, in which we can only think that it is for Republic Day.
From there we wandered to the Jewish district and saw a beautiful Synagogue:
Then walked to the Cathedral
We ended up eating lunch at this fast food pizza/pasta place, it was kinda cafeteria style, but fancier. We both ended up getting huge bowls of pasta and we could choose our sauce and if we wanted it spicy or not. We both got peppers added to ours for extra spice :-) It was yummy.
As we walked around we noticed there were more police out than anyone else, apparently there had been riots previous years on Republic Day, so they were being extra cautious in case something did break out they would be ready for it. Nothing happened, no riots or anything, at least that we're aware of.
We were told by many people that if you're in Hungary you have to go to one of the bath houses. So we walked across the bridge from our hostel and went to the Gellert Bath House.
It was a neat experience, but it was basically an indoor swimming pool with warmer baths in other rooms. I guess its really cool in the summer, they have an outdoor pool and a wave pool which were closed because it was pretty chilly outside. Sorry, no pictures of Darren in a Speedo.
That night we ended up just getting a couple things from the grocery store for supper, since we were still full from the huge lunch.