Day 10: To the Market!
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Another day in sunny Budapest. After the marathon walks of the previous days, we decided to take it slow today.
We had some of that heavenly strüdel in the subway, before heading down to Déak Ter to start our little excursion of central Pest. Since our previous walks had all kind of overlapped each other, we mostly stuck to the pedestrian shopping street of Vaci Utca, which mainly caters to tourists, yet at the same time wasn't too crowded... yet.
At the end of the street was something we were really looking forward to explore: Nagycsarnok Market.
This steel and glass construction, designed and built by Samu Pecz, somewhere in the 19th century, is Budapest's largest indoor market. Here you can find stalls selling fruit, meat, spices and pastries.
We walked around some more, basically aimlesly, exploring the side streets of Vaci Utca, walking along the Donau, and then headed to the Jewish Quarter and Andrassy Utca.
Here we took the subway to Heroes Square, where we had left off the previous day.
We had to take advantage of a traffic jam to get there and wait again for the cars to come to a full stop to leave again. Even then I almost got run over by one idiot who decided to pass everyone at supersonic speed. It was a good thing Isabelle was paying attention and grabbed me by the collar in time.
We headed back to Vaci Utca and had an early dinner at one of the restaurants that offer the 'tourist menu'. It's the same everywhere and prices are also about the same. For about 1990 HUF per person, you get Goulash Soup and Paprika Chicken. We washed it down with a nice Borsodi beer, did some grocery shopping and retreated to our hotel to pack.
One more day to go.