Budapest is a hugely underrated city. At least I’d never heard much about it. Jonathan’s family visited it a few years ago, and they liked it. But they were the only ones I know who’ve been there.
When we first got in, it was quite late, so we went straight to the apartment we rented. I will say that my first impression was not the greatest. But, what do you expect from a big city late at night?
Our apartment was great. It was in a really good location, and it was massive. I think it was about the size of the house we lived in in The States. All for the great price of: $43 / night.
The next morning we decided to walk around and see the sites.
We started at St. Stephen’s Basilicia. St. Stephen is credited with bringing Christianity to Hungary.
The basilica is beautiful.
But, why most people go there is to get a glimpse of St. Stephen’s right hand. Yep. His hand is right there on display for the whole world to see.
From there it was a short walk to Parliament. The Parliament building is big and beautiful. In fact, it’s the the largest building in all of Hungary.
We walked all around the building, and then (quickly) ran across traffic to the riverbank so we could get a glimpse of the other side.
Walking along the riverbank, of the Blue Danube (that really isn’t so blue anymore), we saw the Jewish Memorial.
I’ve seen quite a few memorials to those who perished in WWII, but this one is my favorite.
It’s very emotionally moving. It really evokes some strong, and serious, feelings of despair, sadness, loss, and so much more.