Budapest is one of my favorite cities in Europe (that I’ve been to, anyway.). It feel distinctly different from major Western European cities, but these blaring differences are simultaneously difficult to put your finger on. Perhaps it’s the buildings, with their Eastern-esque architecture and deeper shades that make for such a stark contrast with Paris’s uniform, romantic whites. Maybe it’s layout of the city, with the impressive castle perched royally atop the Buda side of the Danube, with the flat Pest spread out at its feet. Or it could simply be the language difference, Hungarian being unlike any of language in the world (it has similarities only with Finnish, but each is still distinct from the other). Whatever the reason, Budapest left a lasting impression on me.
My sister and I were there for her 20th birthday in early May, so Europe wasn’t yet summery and warm. For Erica, coming straight from Southern California, it was a tad too cold to be comfortable. We were both glad to find 80 degree weather in Budapest, which was an amazing change of pace. We spent our first night there enjoying a picnic at a park next to the Danube, looking up at the sunset behind Buda Castle. So magical.
[To be continued]