18.08.2010 - 19.08.2010 30 °C
After a leisurely morning, we headed out to Pest in the bright sunshine and warm weather, the newer side of town. Much of this is in the process of being restored so you have the dingy and the beautiful all mixed together. After visiting the main church where a baptism was happening, we wandered down the main snooty shopping street, took a quick look in the beautiful opera house before stopping off at a nearby cafe to indulge in champagne and cake. I had a local one that was very yummy indeed and the Hungarian champagne (who knew they even made it?) was very nice too. We then headed to the indoor market, which was also restored within the last 10 years and I bought some traditional hand made small tablecloths with hand embroidery on them. With that closing up and dinnertime rapidly approaching we wandered the back streets to near the Franz Liszt music academy and had dinner at a local restaurant.
My last day here, we stayed on the Buda side of river, the older side dating back to medieval times. Again the weather was warm and sunny. We walked up the steps to the Castle precinct (Dawn, think Tor - about 2/3 the distance all up continous steps) which gave a great view of the city and river. Lots of tourists there which we tried to avoid by stopping first for a drink in a cafe overlooking the city and then in a traditional cafe with again lots of yummy cakes to choose from. Good thing I was only here for two days - far too many nice cakes to tempt me!
Then it was time to head out to the airport and the cool London weather.
Today has dawned overcast but a bit humid so hope it doesn't rain just as I am about to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace!