Friday, October 30, 2015

2015 - Eastern Europe Day 15 (Budapest)

Today is another rain filled day and our plan is to visit the cave church and the market today.

The cave church was our initial destination but unfortunately, it was closed when we arrived, so we headed to the market and got there by 11:00am. We wandered the market for about an hour and got food there. There aren't a lot of seats upstairs, so time your meal accordingly, we got some random items from the shops. The food was okay, probably should have lined up at the more busy shops. The market itself I think it definitely worth a stop. There are lots of fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, meats, fish, kitchen items and lots more. The main floor is for meat, fruit and produce, upstairs is more food stalls and souvenirs and in the basement is fish.

Cave church.
Nagycsarnok, Budapest's Great Market Hall.
There were a lot of people here, probably due to the rain. So it was really busy everywhere and some crazy person actually brought out a tripod to take pictures, crazy! All in all, it is a cool stop and we finished by 1:00pm.

Meats at the market hall.
Dolls at the market hall.
Matryoshka dolls at the market hall.
Toys at the market hall.
Masks at the market hall.
Market hall.
After the market, we wandered around town a bit, had a snack at a random food stall with a sausage that doesn't make sense in terms of how big it is. We stumbled upon the Little Prince statue after and took some pictures as well.

I found a cow in the city!
Random fountain.
Me with the Little Princess Statue with the National Gallery in the background.
Big sausage!
How do I fit this in my mouth?
We headed back to the funicular for a langos and this time we got the chocolate one and I must say, this one was much better and would make me want to get more in the future. So, do make sure that you try chocolate first before the other ones.

Chocolate langos.
We decided to hang out at the hotel after since we were pretty much done with Budapest and we were just waiting for our overnight train to Prague. In the end, we ended up going back to Pizza Eataliano for dinner and got the same level of service as last time, but the food is just as good as before, so I can't really complain, bonus for being able to use our coupon from last time. The waiter even gave us back the coupon for future return visit. It cost us 7,800 Ft this time.

Two pizzas, a salad and lemonade from Pizza Eataliano.
With dinner out of the way, we took the local train to the train station and got ready for our overnight train. We had paid a bit extra when we arrived at Budapest for a private car for the three of us and this meant that our train car actually had more security. There was a conductor that checked all tickets as you boarded the car and I noticed that most of the passengers were female. When it was full, there was only two other males in the entire car and the rest were female. The room itself is very small and allowed for a maximum of three people (so we lucked out). There is a sink area along with bottled water for brushing your teeth, bottled water for drinking and croissants. There is a shared bathroom and shower at the end of the car if you needed it. It was my first experience on an overnight train and I must say, it wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be. It is a very tight space, so don't expect to be wandering the room and you can't sit up either. Me being 6', I was almost too tall for the area, so do be aware of that. There were wall outlets if you needed to plug anything in, however, as a group of three, you were pretty much forced to entertain yourself since it was hard to do anything in such a small space. Overall, I wouldn't have an issue doing it again. Note that this train is from Budapest to Prague overnight, and there were two times where someone checked our passports, so you won't be sleeping the entire way. Both times, they asked for our passports, saw the Canada emblem and left; they didn't even take them to look inside, odd.

Me standing in our cabin.
Tomorrow, we check in to our hotel and wander Prague, the last leg of our Eastern Europe trip.