We had a wonderful breakfast to start our day of sight seeing, a choice of almost whatever you wanted. The sun was shining brightly as we set off first, to get my transport tkt. ( Hyw goes free ) and then in opposite direction to catch the tram that would take us to the Buda side of the river. We transferred off the tram to the 16a bus for the final leg of the journey which took us into the old citadel. It got progressively hotter as the day wore on but fortunately we were there fairly early in the morning before it became too crowded. We saw the views across the Danube of Pest and had drinks in a colonnaded bar before heading for Buda Castle and the national art collection. There was an excellent exhibition of the Impressionists set side by side with Hungarian painters. There were lots of paintings we hadn’t seen before, mostly lent by the Israelis.
After seeing all we could take we went out into the sun again and caught the 16 bus over the bridge into Pest again. We were slightly confused as to where we were but it didn’t really matter as we called in at a bar and took a route that took us via the Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Eventually we made it back to the hotel and after a quick shower, and sleep for Hyw, we went back out to the Octogon, to eat. The Octogon is much like the Cours Saleya in Nice, full of restaurants. I had a lovely duck dish followed by a wonderful plum pie with cinnamon ice cream and copious amounts of wine, including a Tokay, which was wonderful. Hyw got into conversation with some Germans but sadly I couldn’t really hear what they were saying as I had a guitarist playing right behind me!
We staggered home, via another cafe/ pub for a last coffee and wine before turning into the hotel.