Glitter floors and Festive Grog in Budapest!

Mags and Teri recently had a weekend trip to Budapest Christmas Markets in Hungary to sample the sights and sounds (and smells and tastes!), of this wonderful festive destination.....

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You are not going to go hungry at the Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square in Budapest! Set just a few minutes walk from the banks of the Danube, the square is a picture postcard scene with the stalls selling all manner of Christmas paraphernalia and gifts. We could have filled a couple of suitcases with quirky gifts for everyone from children to grannies but we were on a flying visit with hand luggage only.

In the central area of the square there are more food stalls than you could possibly get around in a day – or a week - selling everything you can think of... plus some things no-one should ever think of –

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We flew RyanAir form Stansted (don’t get me started on the daft new layout for the shops there – it's as if they don’t want you to buy anything at all.) and were picked up by a cab sent from our hotel, the Gerloczy Rooms - what a lovely, quirky place. Really friendly, helpful staff and in a great location. Our room had a lovely old bath - claw feet and old style mixer taps - and a black floor with glittery bits. The attached restaurant/cafe does a good breakfast and we also had lunch there - but it is a French cafe style place, not 'proper' Hungarian. The staff are very helpful and everyone, but everyone, seems to speak perfect English (better than mine most of the time...)  

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A must see is Buda Castle – you can walk across the Chain Bridge and take the funicular railway or, as we did, take a taxi and walk the route back down. There are spectacular views over the city and along the Danube. There's a very poignant memorial of the Holocaust on the bank opposite, nearby the parliament building on the Pest side. It's called simply 'Shoes On the Danube Bank' and is just that – it's really quite moving.  Apropos of that, a walk around the Jewish quarter is worth doing, taking in along the way the covered side street Kazinczy utca where all manner of stalls and 'ruin pubs' (the term for a pop-up bar/restaurant in disused shop premises) can be found.

The best, but not exactly cheapest, coffee and cake stop is to be had at the Café Gerbeaud – very grand, chandeliers and furniture made from exotic woods. We had a great, if short, weekend city break in Budapest and I'd recommend it to anyone – just ask Magsie and she'll tell you all about it, then book it for you!

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