4) Discover beautiful things
Ok, so I might not have been to that many cities, but I don’t care, I will say it anyway. At least so far, Budapest is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. She has the elegance of an old lady, once wealthy, who while still stunningly beautiful, has had to learn to live with less jewels and pomp, and is gently showing her age. Another reason why I love her so much is because I’m passionate about Art Nouveau art, architecture and interior design, and Budapest is simply bursting with examples from the period, though some of them may be hidden beneath a thick layer of soot.
The Lonely Planet City Guide to Budapest has some excellent walking tours for every section of the city which focus on all those pretty buildings I couldn’t get enough of, but simply walking around is enough to stumble upon them. Here are some shots of my favourite ‘beautiful things’ in Budapest:
Elegant structures like the Gellert Hotel, still used and loved today;
The quirky exterior and gorgeous interior of the Bedo House, a cafe/museum dedicated to Art Nouveau furniture and home decorations;
The exquisite tiled roofs of some of the buildings, such as that of Matthias Church;
The Palace Complex on Castle Hill;
The View of the City from Parliament, reflected 0n the Danube;
I could have spent weeks simply roaming Budapest’s streets and taking photos of all its wonders, but alas, I ran out of time, and I’d give anything to be able to go back.
If you have visited Budapest, what are the most beautiful things you came across there?
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-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @ www.theartofslowtravel.com