Sunday, November 15, 2015

BUDAPEST - Free Walking Tour

We had a long weekend in October and I went with Carrie, a teacher from school, to Budapest. It was a great trip! I enjoyed exploring the city even though the weather wasn't the greatest. We were actually lucky that it turned out to be not quite as rainy as predicted.

We arrived to the airport close to midnight on Friday. The next morning, we got up and started with a free walking tour of the city. Carrie and I went on the same type of free walking tour in Barcelona two years ago! I love the concept -- the tour is free and you can just walk up to join at the meeting spot each day. You are then asked to tip whatever you think the tour was worth at the end. I enjoyed the tour in Barcelona a bit more but this one was still a great way to see the city and get a general concept of the layout.

This bronze Little Princess Statue is along the Danube Promenade.
You can rub her knee as you pass by for good luck. 

There was another well-known statue in the city is the portly policeman seen below: 
You can rub his belly to supposedly be lucky in love (but our tour guide said that the little princess is the most photographed statue in Hungary).

Standing on the Pest side of the city looking at the more hilly Buda side:

We walked from the Pest side to the Buda side along the chain bridge seen below:

A lovely view of the Parliament building:

Matthias Church is in the Castle District of the Buda side of the city. 
We ended the tour near the beautiful church.

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