Nights in Budapest are just amazing. This view is one of the things that add to those great nights. The city is very safe at night, and very vibrant, there are people everywhere.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Klotid Palace is located in one of the main arteries on Pest side of Budapest, it also located near one of the bridges. It is a hotel/bar. It was the first building I saw after exiting the metro station. It was a great introduction to the city and its Austro-Hungarian architecture that is prevalent throughout the city.
Chain bridge at is commonly know, is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. It also a very important landmark in Budapest. I will talk more about the bridges history in future post. The lions at both ends of the bridge are called the guardian lions. Modeled after lions found throughout england, they are meant to be protecters of the bridge and its guardians. The lions a very large and they tower over the pedestrian walk, which rally gives a sense of how large powerful they are.
On the right side of this pic you can see a very large castle looking building, that is Saint Matthew's basilica. I would personal encourage people to visit chain bridge at night, there is something that gives it a more majestic feel.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
The Budapest Metro is the second oldest in the world only proceeded by the London subway. It currently has 5 lines that service the whole city of Budapest. Lines 2 and 3 are very deep underground, I believe they where made that deep to be used as bomb shelter in case of war. This pic was taken on line 2. You see how the deep the metro is.
I flew from Athens to Budapest on one of the most unique airlines. It was a budget airline called wizz air. Yes you heard me right, wizz air. There where no assigned seats and the checking in was a nightmare. It seemed like the company only had 5 employees. But on the plus side the tickets where very cheap.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In total I spent ten days in Greece more then imagined when I first planed my trip. But it turned out to be unique experience. Staying for such a long time give me a unique view of Athens, that many people might not have. The one of the first things I notice in my first couple of days in Athens, was that the city was not the prettiest. It was somewhat dirty and it just looked like it was not very well taken care of. But I do realize that Greece is going through some hardships. During my time their I wondered how the city would have looked like a couple of years before the economic hardships. I also noticed some things that I did not experience in any parts of Europe. I think a lot of them where related to the economic hardships. Everyday I would go to the same gyro place for lunch. But everyday the price changed or I would not get the correct change this also happened in other places. I also want to a military history museum but when I went it was empty, it felt like a ghost town. All of the museum that I visited in Europe had visitors. Also the city did not feel very safe. It was especially unsafe at night. Some of the guest in place where I was staying suggest not to go out at night.
But of course there was great things about the city as well. The food was amazing, It was a real treat. Great shopping, some really unique stores filled with things that I did not see in any place in Europe. Also ever corner was filled with history. I also got to meet some very cool people in the hostel where I stayed. I recently graduated Harvard student doing research, a brother and sister traveling the world, and British computer engineer. The best part of any trip is the people you meet, and this was the case in Athens.