Falling in Love with Budapest: Buda

The views of the river continued to improve as we made our way across the Chain Bridge. From here Castle Hill and the rest of Buda came into sharper focus and Hungary’s Parliament building began to appear. We were lucky and were treated to the most beautiful sky – the sun came out in full force and the early morning fog began to burn off.  Budapest is an absolutely beautiful city and it was views like this that made us fall in love with it.

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Falling in Love with Budapest: Pest

Budapest! The second stop on our grand tour of Central Europe and possibly our favorite. Getting around this region by train is easy and cheap, so we hopped an evening one from Bratislava and arrived in the capital of Hungary less than three hours later. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this train had actual compartments – with plenty of power outlets! – and we managed to snag one all to ourselves. I got to pretend I was on the Hogwarts Express, which made working on my papers for school while traveling a little less painful.

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Getting Off the Beaten Path in Bratislava, Slovakia

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Just a couple of weeks after we got back from Belfast, we had a week-long break from school, so despite the papers and projects that filled our to-do lists, we of course decided to travel. High on our European bucket list were the Central European cities of Prague and Budapest and since everything looks deceivingly close together when looking at a map, we decided that we’d tack a couple more countries onto our itinerary. As you do. So instead of just seeing the two Central European heavyweights, we decided we’d fly into Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia (it helped that this was the cheapest flight into the region), then take trains to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, where we’d fly back to Edinburgh. So to Bratislava it was. Continue reading