Thursday, September 29, 2011

BUDAPEST–HUNGARY– Another city, another Metro

Budapest was the first city on the continent to have a underground train system and they are still using it.

Our hotel is the Mecure Metropol and has a train theme – the elevator is decorated to look like an old train carriage.

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The oldest metro line is really cute, little yellow timber carriages, a bit like trams.

And the stations are beautiful, timber and tiles. The line only runs just under the road, down one flight of stairs and you are right on the platform. Just because they are old doesn’t mean they are slow, they hurtled along hen stop suddenly at a pretty vintage station. ( reminds me of Willy Wonka’s boat – ‘There's no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going’)

The other line is newer, with battered blue carriages which look like they have been around since 1950. But clean with art deco light fittings and doors that shut so fast that you would DIE if you got caught in one… SNAP.

There are LOTS of people checking tickets, when you get on, when you get off, yeech.

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So today we went over to the Buda side of the city to look at the views and the old castle.

Buda is one side of the Danube and Pest is the other.

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We visited the Mathias Church, which is beautifully painted with stencils  inside and has the most wonderful tiled roof.

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Then this evening we went out for dinner (with vegetables) as a belated birthday dinner for Graham.

The outdoor restaurants give you little blankets to throw over your lap in case it gets chilly.

Its actually been warm and sunny, about 25 degrees. Its hot in London 29 degrees and Rome is in the 30’s. I’m lugging this coat around just in case the weather turns.

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We then finished the day with a walk by the river at night, which has the most spectacular lights.

 

Until next time, Red heartRed heartRed heart Kim

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