Ruin Tour

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to get food on November 1, 2011 before the free walking tour.  The bread lángos stall wasn’t open yet, so we got a pumpkin seed pretzel.  It was rather tasteless though. 

We went to meet at Vörösmarty square up for the free walking tour.  Our guide was a man named Andrew.  Budapest is divided into two parts: Buda and Pest.  Buda is hilly while Pest is flat. 

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The tour took us to many places like József nádor Square, Erzsébet square, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Matthias Church.  I love walking tours since it covers all the best sites in the city. 

There’s a Lock of Love tree in Erzsébet square. 

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If you love somebody, you put a lock on this tree.  Very cool idea!

We walked up a big hill and got a great view of the city.

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The tour ended near Matthias Church. 

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Our guide told us tips and recommendations for the city.  When you pay for your bill in Budapest, don’t say thank you – because if you say thank you, they will think you don’t want any change back.  Andrew recommended a few ruin bars and bath houses. 

The guide had a R2D2 belt.. I told Ivan anybody with an R2D2 belt is cool with me. I love Star Wars!

We stopped by a lookout that was free right by the Matthias Church.  Ivan and I took a few pictures there.

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Ivan and I walked to the bread lángos stall.  We each got one with cheese on it.

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Lil Dave got cheese and added his bananas on top.  I love these bread lángos!!!  We also got a trdalnik, the sweet pastry, with cinnamon.

We walked back to the apartment.  Ivan used the internet while I worked on the blog.

Later, we walked to Klassz for dinner.  It’s a great restaurant.  Ivan and I shared roasted smoked paprika soup, pumpkin salad, goats cheese lasagne and fairy ring risotto.  Lil Dave got banana soup and a banana lasagne.  The food was quite tasty!

We wanted to do a pub tour, but nobody was really there.  Ivan thought we should try to do it tomorrow instead.

We walked to the ruin pub Instant

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Ruin pubs are old abandoned buildings that have been transformed into cool bars filled with weird art. 

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It was a really quiet night with very few people inside.  There are many rooms including a few bars and a place for live music.  We stayed for a short time since not much was really going on.

Source: Instant bunny art installation picture

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