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The boys and I went on an adventure to Budapest this past week, just us, and a couple other Homeschool mom/kid combos. When we got to town, the first thing we did was head to check out the free walking tour downtown (awesome idea, R.!). I had never gone on one of these walks before, but I am so glad we did!
Budapest is actually two cities, separated by the Danube river. Buda is on one side, and is covered in hills (our tour guide said, “like Buddha”) and the Pest side is flat. Our hotel was on the Pest side of the river, and that is where we started for the walking tour.
I loved the walk because we got to see a little bit of all the wonderful things Budapest had to offer:
Saint Stephens is a roman catholic church. Saint Stephens has the “incorruptible” right hand of Stephen I in it’s reliquary. The kids and I didn’t get to go in while we were in town, because every time we came by, it was closed. (In other news, Budapest is not friendly to “morning people”- nothing opened early!) It looks much older than it really is, it was built in 1905. Much of Budapest is “young” by European standards, thanks to it’s difficult history.
This bridge is beautiful, and also gave me a heart attack. It has large openings along the pathway, large enough for a small child to fall through were they to mess around. Mr. Man isn’t always the most still child, so after walking across it on this tour, I tried to avoid is as much as possible. Color me paranoid, but it’s something I would rather admire from a distance!
After crossing the bridge to the Buda side of the city, we headed up toward Buda castle, and stopped to see the changing of the guard at the “Hungarian White House” (I am not sure of what this building actually was, but this is what the tour guide called it).
From there, we headed to the Fisherman’s Bastion, which sits high above the Danube. It was originally built in the early 1900’s, then practically destroyed in WWII. It was restored again in the late 1940’s- and is another example of something that looks deceptively old in Budapest. It’s still very, very beautiful, and was my favorite thing to photograph in the city.
I have so much more to share with you about Budapest and our adventures. I am so glad to have had the chance to go with my friends and boys!
If you end up in Budapest (we took the train on a Europa Special for BEANS- head to the Bahnhof, and ask about their deals!), I can not recommend this walking tour enough. It leaves daily from Elisabeth square at 10:30 am, and is free. Afterward, the tour guide can take you to a local restaurant for Hungarian food, so don’t run off as soon as it is over!