When we first got to Budapest we were quite shocked. The place was very run down, like it literally has not recovered from the wars. Boarded up windows, abandoned buildings, it was really surreal and we didn't really know what we had got ourselves into.
However by the time we got to our hotel- which was lovely, and we had settled in we ventured out into the torn city. The very first stop was the Schexzy Hot springs.
Apart from the staff being incredibly rude and unhelpful by the time we found the outdoor pools we were very relaxed. There were 3 pools outside, we chose the 2nd warmest first.. it was the closest one plus is had a whirlpool inside it so it was the most entertaining.
The weather coming into Hungary was pretty bad, a lot of cloud cover and a bit of a nip but by the time we got into the hot pools, the sun came out to play making this place beautiful.
Repairs would definitely be needed, paint was worn and cracks were showing but this place when it was bathed in sunlight was amazing. perfect. it was the only way that i wanted to spend the afternoon, easing all my aches and pains in sunlight that has been ever so distant in London.
We had a pretty early rise that morning so instead of making the most of our night.. we went straight to burgerking, grabbed a meal, stopped at the supermarket, got some lollies. eat showered, read our books and went to bed at 8pm. it was exactly what i wanted and needed. a holiday which was an actual holiday.
The next 2 days were tours an exploring.
Monday was Raining and it made the trip slightly worse. its not the best time when you are cold and wet trying to see a city.. we still managed to get a lot done, Budapest isn't the largest city so a few days there was more than enough to see everything that we needed too.
I would recommended Budapest. It is one of the most beautiful cities i think i have come across.. its only fault would be the reception we got from the locals. The were rude and not just one or two but all of them. Every time we ate out, which was 3 times a day the staff were unpleasant but if you put that aside it was a wonderful trip, the skies opened up once more on the last day and we enjoyed a few good hours basking in the sunlight eating what i can only describe as a cone of heaven. A hot pastry cone rolled in cinnamon. my mouth is watering as i write this.Just like anywhere you need to see it to understand, i can say something is beautiful but at the end of the day you will never know what it was like to see it.. case in point, the Parliament building. a photo will suffice but its something you will need to see for yourself to understand the sheer beauty of it.