Alert! Alert! The Harding-Davis family has arrived in Budapest, Hungary!
This is our friend Andy’s, birthplace, so we met our Swiss buddies, Andy and Ara, here for some more of our European experience.
If you didn’t know, Budapest is the capital of and the largest city in Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union.
Now, I think that you should see your thirst to learn, unless you are already Hungary for more (get it?)
Our first night, Andy and Ara brought us to experience a medieval restaurant called Sir Lancelot. It was everything that you would imagine a medieval restaurant would be:
Fire eaters, sword fighters, suits of armor, and even some drunk people singing happy birthday.
There were some dancers standing on tables, and people slamming plates on the wall like cavemen!
No silverware at this restaurant!
So, we decided to be crazy, too!
One big advantage we had is that our apartment is right next to the Danube River and the Parliament Building, as well as bikes, trams, boats and the metro for transportation.
Many thanks to Andy’s family – you may remember they are Hungarian-Swiss. And we got to call their Parliament Apartment home during our time in Budapest!
it was an awesome, safe, and quiet place to be!
We loved coming home to a nice comfortable apartment and to air conditioning!
The Parliament Building is lit up in a very beautiful way, and the light attracts bugs, which means that there will be birds diving and sweeping all around. At night it looked really cool.
The restoration of the building took many years, but we got to see it completed. It is beautiful — at night and during the day, too.
During our first few days, we decided to take another hop on and hop off bus tour, so that we could get to know the city.
We passed by many famous sites such as the opera house, the castle, and the well-known market hall.
Since it was so hot every day, we stopped to get ice cream.
Andy and Ara knew of a place where we could get ice cream that is shaped like a flower.
I wonder how long it takes to train and make this amazing shape of an ice cream cone?
There was a second day as part of our bus tour, so we took another route to see more of the city.
There was also a deal that was provided as part of the bus tour where we could rent bikes on Margarit Island.
We enjoyed touring the island with Andy and Ara. Margarit Island is beautiful. There are fountains, similar to the Bellagio; that dance to music – although they didn’t do the same things or go quite as high as the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
All of the trees, grass, and water made the scene very pretty.
Boy, what a great way to spend our first few days with our buddies in Budapest!
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