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Day 1 in Budapest: Funicular, Castle, climbing Hills and Labyrinth. (part1) [Jan. 21st, 2014|12:10 pm]
Thursday 16 January

The day started with a walk around the river (mostly due to taking wrong turn) still we got to see what we will be climbing later.
The Castle Hill Funicular, was a cute little thing. The line was opened in 1870 .

views of where we are going through the early morning mist

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We had a wander around the Buda district castle (mostly museums)
Fishermen’s Bastion is very pretty white fortication on a hill and cute twirly stairs

 just a weird cute madonna
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View of Parliament
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there a very nice looking restaurant in top tower (but very pricey)
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Matthias Church was quite spectacular on the inside, busyness and colours just as I love my religious buildings, some section mixed Morris and psychedelic. Stunning.

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We then went to visit the Labyrinth, not as exciting as the original sounded (sadly closed) but another version. This was really lots of interconnected series of cellars and natural caves with random selection of historical masonry exhibits, some dummies enacting scenes from some ball and a Dracula "grave stone". Just weird but quite atmospheric.

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Perfect timing as we return into daylight we caught the Change of the Guards which was quite a fun affair to watch with lots of gun twirling and had a wander around the castle.

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spidery gates :)
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Royal Palace ( was totally destroyed in 1686), now host  the National Gallery , the Budapest History Museum  and National Széchényi Library
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Down one hill to climb another, this time Gellert Hill

The  Bishop Gellert's statue wasn’t quite as fancy as postcard due to winter lack of vegetation and no waterfall but quite a trek up hill to the Citadel and liberation monument.

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my photo were just too murky or dark

looks like this with water and foliage

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and back down :)
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Back down to visit the Cave Church, that was quite fantastic as a lovely candlelit church inside the rock. It has a unique setting inside a natural cave system formed by thermal springs, a lot bigger than expected , as it is filled with little chapels. One chapel has incredible wood carving furnitures and hotel, very unusual .
Found a lovely slightly Alice theme cafe for yummy hot chocolate and snacks
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he was just super cute especially his feet :)
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alcoholic white hot chocolate :)
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part 2 coming :)

[User Picture]From: vampyresheep
2014-01-21 12:50 pm (UTC)
wow, the church looks stunning. Think I really need to add Budapest to my list of "want to/must visit"
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[User Picture]From: morbidfrog
2014-01-21 01:23 pm (UTC)
it is perfect mixture of swim and sightseeing..perfect for a few days away. if you decide to go i have all my notes and maps ready :) and they do very big pretzel for rob
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[User Picture]From: vampyresheep
2014-01-21 02:12 pm (UTC)
Still hinting to Rob that its our 20th anniversary this year, conveniently close to my birthday in November, so he should take me somewhere special! - my list is currently Vienna, Budapest or St Petersburg.
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[User Picture]From: morbidfrog
2014-01-21 02:15 pm (UTC)
he should ..i had the same 3 on my list then i saw the baths picture and budapest was a bit cheaper than vienna so it won :)
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