Budapest

The first weekend of December my friends and I ventured out to Budapest, Hungary. One of the boys from our program, Philip, is Hungarian so he gave us a list of things to do and see, in the perfect order. We took the first flight out of Milan and got into Budapest just in time for lunch. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

We ate at Tom George Italiano, it was delicious and by far the best Italian food we had abroad haha. After lunch, we went to a few Christmas markets by the St. Stephen's Basilica. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

Then we headed over the Chain Bridge. Fun Fact: Budapest used to be 3 separate cities Buda, Pest, and Óbuda. So we walked across the bridge from the Pest side to the Buda side. On the other side of the bridge, there was a funicular that we took up to the Buda Castle. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

After looking at the castle, we walked over to see the Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion. The church had the coolest roof and the Bastion had the prettiest view of the Hungarian Parliament Building. After the sunset, we walked back across the bridge and ate dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and did a little shopping. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

The next morning we got breakfast at the prettiest cafe called Café Garbeu. I had lavender hot chocolate that was to die for! 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

After breakfast, we took the metro out to Heroes' Square and walked through City Park which was right behind it. In the park, there was the most charming little castle called Vajdahunyad Castle. Past the castle was the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog
Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

The baths were the whole reason we decided to go to Budapest and they were very interesting. I think the crowd that was there was the most interesting part of the experience, but it was definitely a once in a lifetime thing. Once we had enough of the baths, we took the metro back into the city center, and then took a cab up to a restaurant called Busulo Juhasz. It had a beautiful view of the Danube river and the city center. 

Budapest Hungary // Samantha McNeil Blog

xx, Samantha