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Hungary, 1997

When Sarah and I arrived in Budapest I felt like we had returned to civilisation. The buildings were new, the air was warm and I no longer feared for my personal safety.

We headed to the large winding Danube River and saw the oldest bridge in the city- the Szechenyi Bridge and the interesting Margaret Island which is connected by a bridge to the mainland. We also went to Varhegy Hill – a self-contained medieval town to see the Hungarian Crown Jewels in the Matthias church.

Crossing the river, we visited St Stephen’s Basilica where the church courtyard was under restoration. As we walked along the river, we saw the iconic red rooved parliament buildings, the green Szabadsag Bridge which reminded me of Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver and the uplifting Liberation Monument of a bronze lady holding a palm leaf on Gellert Hill.

Walking down Andrassy Ut- Budapest’s most famous street- we saw the odd sphinx at the opera house, a real life brass band and Heroes Square at the end. We found Vajdahunyad Castle which is a beautiful island in the middle of the city park. The nearby lake was turned into an ice rink for winter and they were testing cars on it.

My favourite place in Budapest were the white washed patio’s and towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion with it’s gorgeous views over the city; and the restaurant where I devoured an entire plate of gnocchi- my first proper meal after two overnight trains through Eastern Europe.

Next stop- Vienna!

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