boodapesht | four

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Monday saw us getting up bright and early for a chilly stroll to The Central Market Hall. The cold proved the better of us, so we hailed a taxi. Four of us girls jumped in, leaving the other two girls and our resident kiwi blokes jumping in another. Turns out, our friendly local friend ripped us right off and charged us nearly triple what our fellow gender split pests were charged – the downside of being female travellers…

Situated in the 9th district, Nagycsarnok is the largest indoor market in Budapest and was designed and built by Samu Pecz around 1896. As we entered the markets we noticed the the huge variety of stalls on offer, some inviting, some….intriguing. Continue reading

boodapesht | three

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8 Kiwis, 8 huge hangovers, in the “City of Spas” – there was a light at the end of our self-inflicted dark tunnel.

Thanks to the city having more thermal and medicinal water springs that any other capital city in the world, Budapest has held the title of “The City of Spas” since 1934. There are 118 springs which provide 70 million litres of thermal water – per day! Budapest’s thermal waters were enjoyed by the Romans as early as in the second century, but it was only during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century that the bath culture they are now famous for really flourished. Today, there are 15 public thermal baths in Budapest, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 78 degree’s Celsius – quite a contrast to the minus two degree days we were experiencing. Continue reading

boodapesht | two

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Despite a few headaches and some tired dancing legs, we got up bright and early and walked down towards the Danube River. Pretty quickly we discovered exactly why the Danube’s panorama is a Unesco World Heritage-listed site.

On our way to the river, we came across the Hungarian Olympic rings in Olympia Park, which was built as a memorial in honour of the Olympic Games. Hungary has competed at every Olympic Games since 1896, apart from 1920 after World War One when they were not invited to attend due to their alliances with the Soviet and communism. Continue reading