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I did intend on getting all of these Budapest posts up straight after I got back to England, but in all honesty, it was just too depressing to have to go back to the daily grind while constantly thinking about how lovely our break was.
Trying to sort and edit the hundreds I photos I took also made me want to grab my passport and immediately jump on a plane.. so it’s taken a little while to get here but here’s our first full day in Budapest.

We took a stroll from our apartment through the streets of Pest, stopping to browse the souvenir stores and take in the sights, on the way to our intended destination, the Great Market Hall.
We came to a square of beautiful gardens surrounded by the most amazing architecture.

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great market hall budapest

My mom and I always love shopping when we’re away, especially browsing the local markets so the Great Market Hall was at the very top of our To Do list.

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The ground floor is full of local produce, an amazing selection of stalls full of fresh fruit and veg, meats, fish, salami, paprika, cakes, pastries and anything else you could possibly desire.
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The balcony floor has hundreds of Budapest and Hungary souvenirs, from shot glasses to traditional dress.

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We bought a few bits and pieces for lunch and created ourselves a little picnic in the gardens outside before taking in the views over the Danube from the nearby Liberty Bridge.

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With arms full of goodies we popped back to our apartment for a quick rest before dinner.. I’ll tell you all about that in the next post.

Want to read more about my trip to Budapest?
Arriving in Budapest

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Nimmo and the Gauntletts – Others
I’m not normally attracted to female voices, I’d say my music collection is 90% male singers. This band are too cool to ignore though. They’re a London indie/disco pop band and have a very Florence and the Machine-esque sound and this song is suuuper catchy.


Ezra Vine – Celeste
Not sure where I first heard this. I tend to Shazam songs when I hear something I like then go on a downloading spree from my tags list. Pretty sure the claps at the start sound like they’re from an advert? Anyway, love the vibe of this one, something cool and laid back for late summer, cute video too.


Bootstraps – Revel
When I first heard this song I could have sworn it was Jose Gonzalez, who I have a massive soft spot for. If you like ethereal, heartbreaking indie jams (Bon Iver etc) then you’re gonna love these guys.

July 30, 2014

Arriving in Budapest

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On Monday, my mom and I traveled to Budapest for my birthday trip.

I like to be away for my birthday and have managed to do so for the past few years. This means I haven’t actually got any older in England.. that’s how age works, right?
Travel always makes the best birthday present too.

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After probably the smoothest flight I’ve ever had, we arrived at Budapest Ferihegy Airport and were greeted by our absolutely lovely host, Klara, before making our way to the apartment we’re renting.

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I’ve heard so many rave reviews of Airbnb that we decided to forgo the traditional ‘European City B&B’ option and go DIY. I found a beautiful apartment right in the city center, on the same street as the Four Seasons and St Stephens Basilica.
It’s a little bit like fort knox to get into (literally never seen so many doors in my life) but it has a real ‘home away from home’ feel with the comfiest beds ever and the most amazing showers.
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Klara was sweet enough to give me some gorgeous flowers for my birthday.
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After settling in and unpacking we popped out for dinner.
I’d seen a suggestion on Beki’s blog about a restaurant called Burger & Love, as it was just around the corner from our apartment we couldn’t resist.
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We both went for the Classic Burger which was delicious and cooked to perfection plus the most amazing rustic cut chips I’ve ever tasted.
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I finished the meal with a homemade lemonade.
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And the bill? That came to a grand total of about £10 for both of us.

Budapest, you and I are going to get on juuuust fine.