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24hours in Budapest
 
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 budapest grand market

budapest grand market

Long awaited— Budapest Story
is finally here!

I guess I should mentioned that I actually had multiple drafts about this story because I wasn't satisfied about the look? 
Paris is snowing again, I decided to bring back some sunshine in my little space. 

A little reminder— not much research was done prior to this trip. I had big names in my mind while googling when I was there. 

We got out early that day, and the first stop was actually the Grand Market. The original plan was to potentially have breakfast there, but we were too early! A lot of stalls were closed besides the real kinda-wet market: selling fruits/veggies and meat.

 
 
 budapest: Hungarian parliament

budapest: Hungarian parliament

 
 
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Parliament House

So after a sunny break at Starbucks, we headed to The Parliament House. The sky was in a beautiful shade of blue, which also spelled out how warm it was during summer. By noon, my shoulders were already toasted.

The building looks majestic in every angle. I was quite glad to pick a red dress for this sunny day out, I stand out perfectly and  matched the skies (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

 

Outfit

— Dress / Mango (options: 12 , 3 )
— Shoes / Fratelli Rosetti (options 1, 2 )
— Bag / Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

 
 
 budapest: Hungarian parliament

budapest: Hungarian parliament

 budapest: Hungarian parliament

budapest: Hungarian parliament

 budapest: Hungarian parliament

budapest: Hungarian parliament

 Hungarian parliament, change of guard

Hungarian parliament, change of guard

 budapest: Hungarian parliament

budapest: Hungarian parliament

 
 

After 10000x photos, we were told that we could actually visit the interiors! A friendly guard directed us to the side door, and we were instantly greeted by the insanely long queue. So naturally, this was what we missed ( iдi )

The Parliament was surrounded by other beautiful buildings, such as the Museum of Ethnography. My curious mind would have been delighted to go in for a tour, but you know, museum tours are absolutely the kind of stuffs that my parents hate. And now, unfortunately this museum is closed till 2020 for moving! 

How times fly!

 Budapest Museum of Ethnography

Budapest Museum of Ethnography

 
 budapest 

budapest 

 
 
 budapest danube river memorial
 

A Memorial

Not too far off the Parliament house, you'd be able to spot the Danube River Memorial. Some people brought flowers, some people seemed to "toy" around the shoes (°o°;)

If you're not familiar about the story, these shoes belonged to victims who were killed by Arrow Cross Militiamen during World War II. They were shot by the edge of the river bank so the waters would carry their bodies away when they fall (ಥ﹏ಥ)

I never really understood the necessity of cruelty in the olden days ●︿●

 

 
 budapest chain bridge

budapest chain bridge

 
 
 

After a depressing moment, we drove up to the Castle hill, I wasn't too sure about the castle, because after x-number of castles they all start to look the same: Castles / museums / or even Parliament House. But on top of the hill, it offers a higer land to peek at the whole city on the other side of the river.

Which by the way, do you know that Budapest is actually made up of two cities?! (∩╹□╹∩)  I never knew that! I always thought that it was a random joke made up by my dad. 

Anyway, there's lots of things going on in this "hill", a couple of cute restaurants and we managed to get our lunch. There were little souvenir shops and post office to conveniently send your postcards ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡

 budapest castle hill
 budapest chain bridge
 
 budapest turul statue

budapest turul statue

 
 
 
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 budapest change of guard

budapest change of guard

 
 
 budapest history of art museum

budapest history of art museum

 
 
 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 
 budapest hero's square

Hősök Tere

By the end of the afternoon, we got to Hero's Square! As you can see, I was totally burnt! My shoulders were aching, any bag straps could leave painful markings. We took our time here, as we were waiting for the sun set. We wanted hike up the Citadella for the bro to take night shots, and tried to ventured towards the back of the Square, a forest park where you'd be able to find the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle and the Közlekedési Múzeum ( Transport Museum). 

One of the disappointments in the trip would be not attending the baths. But it was summer, 33ºC was too warm to be being with. Going to a hot bath, didn't make any sense either (*ノ_<*)  We took a cooling walk in the forest instead and checked out the Japki Chapel next to the Vajdahunyad Castle because they were already closed for the day. 

 
 
 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 
 
 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 budapest hero's square

budapest hero's square

 
 
 budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

 budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

 budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

 budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

 
 

Citadella

Dad drove us to the closest stop to the peak, and then we had to hike up. It wasn't exactly easy to find a parking lot, so do take note if you're planning on driving. There were lot's of people and huge tour buses. Eventually, where we parked were also the furthest place where the bus let tourist off. 

Along the way up there were some snack and trinket shops. Just follow the human flow, you'd reach the end point where you'd be able to see the Liberty Statues. Lots of human traffic, and local youngsters sitting in groups. 

If you're up for night photography, it'd be a little difficult, because— there isn't really a good spot to see everything. Unless you get a drone perhaps. While I didn't walk a full 360º around the Citadella, there were a lot of trees blocking views and some rowdy unpleasant tourists acting up.  

 budapest citadella

budapest citadella

 
 
 

I'd come back to this city again!

There's so many fun things to do, besides tourist attractions. I'd definitely want to come back when it's all cold and white. I'd have to try out the outdoor thermal baths. But I guess it'd be sans the parents ( ╹ਊ╹) so that I'd be able to check out the museums, and probably include all the interesting bars/clubs (^3^)~♪ And all the food! (jump to below), I always thought that to know a city, it's best to café hop and all the different characters would appear magically. Plus 24hours is too difficult to squeeze in 7 meals.

 

THE

FOOD ADDRESS

 
 
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MENZA

Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2, 1061 Hungary

 
 
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Menza ***** 

Through the recommendation from my brother's friend, he brought us to this wonderful retro-deco restaurant. 

All of us were super hungry after a long night. Somehow most of us were very interested by their salmon pasta. 

I personally, got the love-a-first-sight plat when I saw those words foie gras. Pan-seared no less! Plus it was unbelievably affordable. That magnificent plate of yum-yums was only at 13+€ (if my memory is well), that comes with 4 pieces of foie gras! (●♡∀♡) 
FYI, for that 1.5 piece of foie gras in Paris, it's probably at least 20€. If you go to a slightly more than average restaurant, it's gonna cost you at least 27€. But I gotta admit that at the third piece, it was very very filling. 

The overall ambiance of the restaurant was great! However the serving was quite slow and we were starving. So maybe it's thing to consider if you're too hungry. But the food is definitely worth the wait! (*´﹃`)

 
 

 
 

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Budapest by Night
 
 Premier outlet shopping

Premier outlet shopping

 

Vienna to Budapest was around 2h30 drive. But being the shopaholic me, we had to check out the Premier Outlet along the way. Premier Outlet is part of the McArthurGlen group, so most of the brands are quite the same, such as Gucci, Prada, Furla. Price wise— I wasn't too sure. I didn't find anything that attracted to me, yet somehow, we spent quite a bit of time there. By the time we got to our Airbnb in Budapest, it was nearly 4,30pm in the afternoon. 

Chic & Cozy Airbnb

Previously, I had my biggest Airbnb experience. This round, was a chic and cozy apartment. It has a huge lounging space. We were 5, so one of the sofa's was converted into a bed. There was another bedroom with 2 beds. Best part was, this apartment was equipped with fans! Halleluja! It was right in the middle of July, so you can imagine that it was warmmmmmmmmmm around 33º celsius.

A little tip, if you don't find me being too extra. I love Muji fans. I usually use it in my office because we don't really have air condition. Yet whenever I travel during hot places, I'd always bring it with me because I have this terrible habit of being unable to sleep when it's too warm at night. Sometimes, I leave the fan on (USB attached to my iMac) overnight in winter, so I'd have a breeze since my desk is near my bed. While traveling, I'd just attached it to my portable charger and it works like MAGIC! So yep, this fan saved my nights in Airbnb apartments when there's no fans available :P

 
 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space

 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Second bedroom

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Second bedroom

 Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space / Bedroom

Budapest cozy chic airbnb: Lounding space / Bedroom

 
 
 
Collect moments
not things.
 
 

Checkin, unpacked, rest—

Then time to head out and explore the city. Our Airbnb location was superbe. It was only 2 mins drive to the Hero's Square. But first stop was to the main high street and check out whatever important monuments for a quick peek. Then the secondary and most important reason, was to find food. 

Our timing was neither here nor there. It was too early for dinner but Saint Stephen's Basilica was already closed for visiting. They had some musical event going on. We continued walking and we found a pretty crowded restaurant and decided that it was our dinner location.  

 
 Budapest STATE OPERA

Budapest STATE OPERA

 Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

 Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

 Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

Budapest SAINT STEPHEN'S BASILICA

 Budapest

Budapest

 BUDAPEST Zrínyi u.

BUDAPEST Zrínyi u.

 BUDAPEST Zrínyi u —  @TORYTORYDOR

BUDAPEST Zrínyi u — @TORYTORYDOR

 

Aurum Bistro

It seems like eating in Eastern Europe is one of the best things I enjoy. I mean, after seeing X number of castles and churches, they probably look the same. Like I've mentioned, no research was done previously. The terasse had a nice crowd and ambiance, so we just went in and had a cozy corner table for the 5 of us. 

I can't remember much of the names of our dishes. But it was a great dinner. I had duck fillet risotto, some confits, there was some sort of "curry" macoronis which I couldn't remember the name. Potatoe soup with bacons and I absolutely loved the veggie soup. We had giant glasses of "home-made ice teas" and our bill came up probably somewhat -40% of what it would have been if this was a restaurant in France. So I highly recommend this place if you're not sure what to eat. The waiters speak English, so communication wasn't much of a problem.

p.s. I can't remember if we gave a tip or not though

 
 
 budapest: WHere to eat : aurum bistro

budapest: WHere to eat : aurum bistro

 
 budapest :&nbsp;aurum bistro

budapest : aurum bistro

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CALORIES DON'T COUNT

 

DURING HOLIDAYS

 

 budapest :&nbsp;aurum bistro

budapest : aurum bistro

 budapest :&nbsp;aurum bistro

budapest : aurum bistro

 budapest :&nbsp;aurum bistro

budapest : aurum bistro

 
 

Evening Stroll

After being fed, we decided that we needed to walk around a bit for digestion before heading back to our apartment. It was a great idea to eat earlier so that the stroll later could be so picturesque when the sunsets and the lights were on. We weren't exactly early so we kinda missed the "golden hour". Nevertheless, it was still pretty. 

Oh, a creepy crawly episode— I mean the bridge is all old / rustic / cool but er- it's filled with tones of spiders of all sizes. So take note before you decide to put an arm over at the railing or even learn against it!

(┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻

 
 budapest four seasons hotel

budapest four seasons hotel

 
 
 
 
 Budapest Chain Bridge—  @TORYTORYDOR

Budapest Chain Bridge— @TORYTORYDOR

 budapest river cruise

budapest river cruise

 
 
 Budapest Chain Bridge

Budapest Chain Bridge

 
 
 

Keep calm and enjoy

watching city lights and

don't freak out when

you see spiders crawling all over

 Budapest Chain Bridge

Budapest Chain Bridge

 
 
 Budapest Chain Bridge

Budapest Chain Bridge

 budapest imperial palace

budapest imperial palace

 

Budapest

by Night

 

 

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Schonbrunn Palace

Super random, but I was quite surprised that KFC in Austria were served in pretty paper plates, and sells yummy garlic mayo. Yep, it wasn't free. By pretty, i mean hideously-laminated-&-massively-repeated-logo plates. It was one of the KFC along the highway before we reached the city. On the first day, we checked into our biggest Airbnb. I think it's the biggest flat I've rented till date. Mom was super pleased. The apartment has high fluffy beds, a huge living room space and 2 bathrooms. Great when you're traveling in a large group. However there was only one WC. From the results of my googling. The apartment has german toilets. If you're not sure what is it, this would probably explain a lot. Basically, the toilet is shaped in way that it collects all your poop for inspection before flushing it. All of us were so not used to it and often exploded into crazy laughter whenever someone comes out from the loo. 

We reached Vienna city quite late in the afternoon. Our Airbnb location wasn't central, it didn't really bother us as we drove around. We had a warm welcome from the owner who gave us lots of tips. He highly discouraged driving around the city because it wasn't easy to find a parking. However lady luck was with us, we got around fine. On the first day, we just randomly explored our neighborhood on foot and didn't really find anything interesting. 

Day 2

Fresh new day after a comfty rest in fluffy beds, we left for the Schönbrunn Palace early. Since we were told that it was extremely difficult to find parking, which turned out fine in the end. There were indeed a lot of people. Lots of touring busses, a huge long queue to get the tickets— which we ended up not buying the Palace tour ticket. We decided to drop the Palace visit and explored the gardens. Even then, 1 day tour isn't enough. The gardens are huge, there was a zoo that took up a huge portion as well and we didn't have enough time to cover everything, much less the Palace. So if you plan to see everything, you'd probably need 2 days.

The weather's perfect! Maybe a little too warm to stay under the sun for too long. I assure you, I've got sun burns all over my shoulder, even my feet got toasted pretty bad. Luckily, there were a couple of ice cream truck / corners so you can stay chilled and hydrated. Plus seriously, those Oreo sticks were super worth the calories :P

Food wise, since we didn't really explore the Palace side, which I am sure would have more food options. We were already pretty far out in the gardens by lunch. The simplest option was to dine at the only restaurant located at the Gloriette. The food was very plain and average, not really something I thought they'd serve in such an amazing place. Or maybe there were too many people. Opting to be sitted inside gives you a superb view of the building and the panoramic view.

 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Privy garden

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Privy garden

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Privy garden

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Privy garden

 

There's not only 1 garden, but many

Which means access to certain gardens are not free. We didn't buy any package since we did not visit the Palace. So we took individual garden tickets. The cost of a ticket vaires from 3 to 6€.
I went in to the Privy garden for 3,80€ which I thought wasn't really worth it. A fee to the gardeners who takes care of the place perhaps? There wasn't much to see, besides walking under mossy tunnels. However there's a little elevated stage which allows you to have an overview of the "backyard" of the palace. 

I've also paid another 3,80€ for the Orangery Garden which was even more disappointing. Walking areas were very limited, you couldn't really get upclose to any lemons either. I hardly saw any oranges either. 

I was looking forward to the Maze, but it was much smaller than I expected. There's 3 different mazes and the ticket for the entrance is around 5,50€. And no surprises, it was flooded with quite a lot of children.

 
 
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Life is 

always 

better

 

with

 

Ice Cream

 

 
 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Najaden bassin

 
 
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 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Neptune fountain

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Neptune fountain

Neptune fountain

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Gloriette

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 
 
 
 

 My toasted feet

Featuring my favorite flats from Fratelli Rossetti

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 
 
 

If you don't mind the sun,
this could be a perfect picnic spot

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 
 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — SCHONBRUNN BERG

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — Gloriette

 

The Maze

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

 
 
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Life is a maze

 

Don't just gaze,

 

Change your pace,

 

to win the race

 

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

#boo

 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The maze

 
 
 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

 Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna — The palm gardens

 

By late afternoon, we finally reached the Palm House Gardens but everyone was tired and no one was interested to go in. It was another ticket to purchase and my parents were definitely bored of seeing more plants. So I could only peek through the front door. 

Oh do take note, if you're a student, please don't forget to bring your student ID! No pass no discount. I met some not so friendly cashier when my brother was fishing for his ID while I tired to pass myself as a student. Clearly it didn't work. It wasn't as simple as the Mucha Museum in Prague! And that's it for the Palace. 

 

 BELVEDERE MUSEUM

BELVEDERE MUSEUM

 

Belvedere Museum

The next stop I headed to the Belvedere Museum to check out Gustav Klimt's exhibition. Only Jean and I went. Klimt was one of the artist that I enjoyed when I was studying. I had to do some artworks inspired by him, thought I have no idea where are my own works now ;) Anyway, if I hadn't mention Belvedere Museum, you may mistaken the building above as part of the Schonbrunn Palace. All of these iconic buildings seems to look quite a like. 

The period I visited the place, they had some renovations going on. The museum was split into Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere. (Omg, typing so much Belvedere constantly reminds me of the vodka :P) The Lower Belvedere was under construction and we arrived quite late; so the lady at the counter recommended us to simply visit the Upper Belvedere where all their main collection and Klimt's collection were at. It took us an hour to see everything. I didn't take a lot of photos either, I was too pre-occupied looking at the artworks and studying the detail. 

*** Don't forget your student IDs for discount! 

That's it for Vienna! Everything's relatively cheaper than France. I'm sure it's could be a good city for upcoming shopping trips. Till then! Cya!

 

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