Dramatic architecture, river views and lovely people, Prague and Budapest share more than a mutual history. Last week I spent a whirlwind 36 hours in each marveling at the magic and opulence of the cities.
This trip was my first time to eastern europe and so I was so excited to explore the art and history of Prague and Budapest for the first time. With plenty of sunshine we started off the trip walking up to Prague castle from the airbnb in the Old Town. Red and teal roofs filled the skyline with a gorgeous array of color. In pretty pastels and grandiose style the castle itself was definitely worth the tour. Our walk back down was considerably easier, perhaps due to the hot spiced wine we sipped from paper cups. A stop for schnitzel at the glamorously art deco Cafe Savoy and a visit to the John Lennon wall carried us into the afternoon. Crossing the Charles Bridge, the afternoon light bounced off the water, bringing the sunnies out of my bag. Feeling a bit peckish we popped into a bakery for some Trdelník, pastry cooked around a spit and dusted in sugar and walnuts. With treats in tow we heading to the Old Town Square to watch the hour turn on the astronomical clock as the golden hour washed over the city.
The following day we hopped on a train, picnicked on cheese, bread, grapes and dark chocolate as we looked out onto the czech and slovakian countryside speeding by. Our airbnb was perfect for exploring the beautiful open plazas and delightful boutiques and restaurants of the Parliament District. Between the Jewish Quarter, the Basilica, the Parliament and the ruin bars we spent most of our time on the Pest side of the city. My favorite moment was hiking the many steps up to Buda Castle, walking around the grounds we could see the whole city laid out on a bright clear day. No trip to Budapest is complete without a foray to the baths, perfect for soothing some weary traveler's muscles and gorgeous with blue pools and white tile. Our full day in Budapest finished with a brilliant meal at the wine kitchen Borkonyha, with its michelin star it certainly made two university students feel very sophisticated without breaking our budgets. My dessert of passionfruit cake, with coconut and mascarpone ice cream approached divine.
As my taxi winded through the streets of Pest to take me to the airport, too early for most to venture from their homes I felt wistful for more time in this enchanting part of the world. Guess I'll just have to go back xx