Six years ago when I went to Glacier National Park, many people old me that I better be ready for the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. It made me a bit nervous, as I felt that it wouldn’t be able to live up to my expectations. Fortunately, it far exceeded what I was expecting.
Coming to Budapest has been very similar…everyone had told me that it’s wonderful, so I’d braced myself to be a little unimpressed.
I’m happy to say that as I rolled into the city at dusk, my mind was blown.
This is, by far, the most beautiful city I’ve ever been too. Prague is probably second…and a fairly distant second. And that’s saying a lot, because Prague is no slouch in this department.
My original plan didn’t have me visiting Budapest. I was going to go from Poland to Romania, then head south, bypassing Slovakia and Hungary, but at this point I’m fine with my decision…I’m sure either route would’ve been great.
Ok, here are a lot of pictures…hopefully your AOL connection is strong and no one picks up the phone while they’re loading.
St. Stephen Basilica
I almost didn’t enter, thinking it would be the same as the countless other huge cathedrals in Europe…but no…this place was incredible.
The one thing that frustrated me about entering was that they were collecting what seemed to be a mandatory “donation” for €2 to get in, which helped cover the upkeep on the building. Maybe the Catholic Church wouldn’t need the cash if they weren’t spending so much on the lawyers defending child molesters. Ok, regardless of my thoughts on that, this place was something to see.
It was built in 1896 as part of a millennial exhibition, celebrating 1000 years of Hungary. It was meant to show many various architectural styles that are seen throughout Hungary…also, note the royal hockey rink
As I approached this statue, I was curious to see who the Washington-looking Hungarian was. Turns out it’s actually a statue of George Washington