Saturday, February 12, 2005

Budapest, the city

Budapest is made up of two cities; Buda and Pest. The Buda side is where we spent most of our time. It is hilly and quite dramatic. Pest is the other side of the Danube and is flatter. The market is on this side as well as many of the Western hotels. Many shops and the red light district is also situated here. As mentioned earlier, Budapest is a public transit friendly city. No need to rent a car or get into a tour bus. Since we stayed here over 3 weeks we bought a weekly pass that gave us unrestricted use of the system. At less than $9, a real bargain. It even included the water taxi routes on the Danube.

We dined every night at fine restaurant and because of the money exchange, we ate very reasonably. Most restaurants are rated with stars. The best rating would be 5. But we ate in 3 and 4 star restaurants.

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