Saturday, June 15, 2013

Budapest, Hungary

From Vienna, we drove to Budapest. This is a place that I have wanted to go for a while and it didn’t disappoint.  I think Budapest makes the list for one of the top places we’ve visited. 


St. Stephen's Basilica

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Dohány Street Synagogue


Castle Hill in the background


Parliament building

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House of Terror! Sorry, they wouldn't let us take pictures inside. It was here where people were detained, tortured and killed during the Hungarian Revolution


Heroes' Square


Vajdahunyad Castle-Built in 1896 for the Millennial celebrations, this large complex houses 21 exact replicas of the most magnificent and historic buildings of Hungary

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Fisherman's Bastion


Views of the City from Fisherman's Bastion

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Matthias Church


The Hospital in the Rock.This hospital was used when Budapest was under siege from 1944-45 and in 1956. It was upgraded and extended to a nuclear bunker in the early '60s because of the Cold War. They just made it known to people in 2002. They wouldn't allow up to take photo's on the tour


From this location we walked down the hill and across the Chain Bridge


I LOVED the Lions at the beginnings of the bridge


Why they call is a chain bridge

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This thing was delicious! Dough that was placed on a wooded rolling pin like thing, the set in a rotating oven, then covered in Cinnamon sugar...they had other options as well. They call them Kürtőskalács, if you are in Budapest, get one!


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Such an amazing city!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vienna, Austria

After Croatia, we took a few days off and went back home to Italy before heading to Vienna then Budapest.  It was very cold here, but we liked the city.  At first I felt it was too big and too modern, but once we started exploring the old palaces, that went away.

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We went all over, museums, crypts, palaces, churches and can’t forget the zoo!  I bet the palace gardens are much more beautiful in the spring/summer, but I’m glad we got to see Vienna!