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Day 3 continued: We arrived in Budapest in the early evening, and after checking into the hotel, didn’t feel like going far or fancy for dinner, so we just ate at restaurant we found randomly walking along the river. Kenji had goulash, which he really loved a lot. Unfortunately, his cold was getting worse, probably due to the rainy cold weather that had blown in, so we didn’t stay out or do much.

Day 4: In the morning, Kenji was still not feeling well, so I went out to get some breakfast for him, and also just walked around for about an hour until he was feeling good enough to get up. Once he’d gotten ready, we took the tram down the river to the Great Market Hall, where we shopped for souvenirs and got some lunch. After that, we walked up Gellert Hill to see the monument and citadella at the top, and for some fantastic, if misty, views of Budapest. Finally, we walked back the other side of the river and back around to the hotel for a break before dinner.

This was our first “so-so” day, I’d say mostly because Kenji wasn’t feeling well, and the weather wasn’t great. But the views of from our hotel were really beautiful, especially that evening as the clouds finally started to clear and we got a nice sunset!

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Kenji’s goulash

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Central Market Hall

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Gellert Baths at the foot of the hill

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Gellert Monument, at the start of the walk up the hill

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Lots of stairs

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But great views when we got up there!

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Had some hot wine to warm up

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On the way down

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Greek for dinner! I had really been craving it!

Day 5: This day wasn’t a full day in Budapest… we could sightsee into the early evening, but then we had to get to the train station to catch the overnight train to Bucharest, Romania by around 7pm. We spent the morning walking over and around Buda Castle, and also visited the Fisherman’s Bastion and the awesome Matthias Church. After a break at the hotel and a so-so lunch, we walked to St. Michael’s Cathedral, got some amazing rose-shaped ice cream, then also looked at the Parliament building, before heading back along the river to the hotel to grab our bags and head to the train station.

Not only was this day so much nicer in terms of weather (though still cold), I really loved the beautiful Matthias Church a lot! The inside was painted really wonderfully, but it was hard to capture with our cameras all the colors and details! I also liked the rose-shaped gelato we had at the Cathedral… if they brought it to Japan, it’d be an instant hit!

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Heading across the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle

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Views of the Parliament building from the bridge

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Buda Castle… we didn’t go in to see any of the museums, but the outside was nice!

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Guards guarding… something

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Smoothie snack on the way to the church

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Walking along the streets of Buda

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Matthias church with its amazing roof

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And beautifully painted insides!

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Fisherman’s Bastion

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So-so lunch at a random cafe, but we did get to try the (very strong!) Hungarian palinka alcohol drink! I can’t remember which flavor we got though…

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Awesome rose-shaped gelato, you could choose 2-3 flavors. I got salt-biscuit and pistachio, mmmmmmm

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Parliament building up close

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Along the river back to the hotel

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Intercontinental Budapest

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Hungarian forint! Our first non-Euro currency

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Train to Bucharest

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Our sleeping cabin

Our night on the train wasn’t bad… the food in the dining car wasn’t great, but we had some snacks and water provided, so it wasn’t horrible either. We didn’t get the greatest sleep during the night, and were woken up by passport control as well, but the next morning was pleasant.

Day 6: My original plan was to get off the train before Bucharest, in the Transylvania region of Romania at a town called Sinaia, to see some castles. However we decided to just rest up during the morning and head strait to Bucharest. The train was a bit late, so we didn’t get to the hotel until around 2pm. That story will be continued in the Bucharest post next!