Second Day in Budapest, Observing The Style of Architecture
Second day in Budapest. T and I woke up in the cloudy morning. I was still not aware where I was, till I realized that we’re in Hungary. I had no idea why my thought told me as I was still in Germany. We got up, and made some coffee for ourselves. The landlord provided us some tea back and coffee in the kitchen. We did not have anything for breakfast, since we wanted to get one at the restaurants nearby.
While enjoying our coffee, T and I had chit chats, more about our old days at university. The drizzle started to come, made the morning even more cloudy. I started to have a doubt that Europe probably has no warm sunlight at all. However, we did not want to loose our spirit. We do not care, even if the storm would come. We would enjoy Budapest to the fullest.
At 9 am, we left the apartment. Fortunately, due to strategic location where we stayed in, we could find many nice restaurants nearby. We stopped at one of them, and ordered pancake for ourselves.
That day, again, we did not have particular place to visit, but doing the sight seeing only. We agreed that we would use the hop on hop off bus to discover the city, since the bus passed most of touristic places. So, we would not bother ourselves with the possibility to get lost somewhere. Not far from our apartment, there was one hop on hop off bus stop. We bought the ticket for two days. In the next five minutes, the bus came, and we hopped on the bus.
As the time passed by, the weather was getting warmer, as it understood our needs. We stopped at the bus stop, closed to the Chain Bridge. From here, we could see the magnificent Parliament Building. We walked slowly through the bridge, then returned to go uphills to Buda Castle. From here, the view was tremendously stunning, as we could see the whole Pest city from the top (I thought I explained on my previous post, but if I did not, Budapest is consisted to two different city, namely: Buda and Pest). Despite the place was full with the tourist, we enjoyed our peace at one of the corner. We did not get into the castle, instead we continued our trip by hopping on the other hop on hop off bus.
We arrived on the top of the hill. The bus stopped, and we were allowed to stop for thirty minutes (or more, if we want to get the next bus) to take pictures, or just to do some shop. There were many souvenir shops around, but T and I did not buy anything. We went to one point where we could see the whole Budapest. Here, we could see how Buda and Pest are connected through the famous Danube River. The rain had stopped, but it was too windy for us. After thirty minutes, we hopped on the bus, and continued our journey. We stopped at one point, I did not remember the exact place, and got our late lunch there. After got chicken wings plus sweet potatoes for my lunch (T, ordered pasta for herself), we continued to discover the city. From here, we decided to take some walks, instead of go with the bus. Moreover, when we saw on the map, our apartment was just few kilometers from here.
I really love Budapest with its beautiful buildings, mixing various architecture styles. When it comes to architecture, Budapest is like a living museum. What do you look for? Gothic and Neo-Gothic? This type of architecture includes the pointed arch, the ribbed vault, and flying buttress. Visitors may found them at Parliament Building and some buildings in Buda Castle Hill. When we walk further, the Baroque style that designate the dominant style of art in catholic countries appears on some buildings. One of the great examples is the Royal Palace. Furthermore, some Classicism buildings put the emphasis on symmetry, proportion, and geometry. The Hungarian National Museum represents this style. At the other side, The Great Synagogue represent the romantic architecture that stresses the aesthetic appearance and the use of irons. While, when we got closer to our apartment, Renaissance style that also emphasizes on symmetry, proportion and geometry, with revival of certain elements used in Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture. We found them on Budapest Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica. And do not pay attention less to Art Nouveau, the Roman, and Ottoman Style, and Communist Buildings that dominated the country during 20th century.
It was late afternoon when we finally arrived at our apartment. We were super exhausted. After having the quick dinner, we returned to our apartment, got a cup of nice tea, and slept like a baby.