Day 11: City of the Dead
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The final day of our holiday. After breakfast, we checked out and left our luggage in the hotel. We made our way to the Keleti Pu train station and then walked to Kerepesi Temeto, Budapest's cemetery.
I have a thing with cemeteries. They are often beautiful, architectural gems, mostly overlooked by visitors and only briefly, if even at all, mentioned in guide books. Père Lachaise in Paris and Highgate in London are quite famous, but still, few people actually visit the places. Kerepesi Temeto is no exception. We had it all to ourselves.
The place is huge and filled with gorgeous graves, obelisks and monuments from a bygone time and age when, the more important and rich you were, the bigger your tombstone was.
Lajos Kossuth, Regent-President of Hungary in 1849 for instance, got one Hell of a Mausoleum.
We spent the better part of an hour walking around the cemetery and then headed back to the world of the living and a much needed lunch at Anna Cafe on Vaci Utca.
Another stop at the market for some hungarian saucises and pastries, a drink on a sidewalk cafe and then it was time to head back to the hotel and pick up our bags.
We took the subway all the way to Kobanya Kispest and then got on board of the Airport Bus 200 to Ferihegy Aiport, Terminal 2, a trip that took about 25 minutes.
And then we waited for our plane to take off and take us back to Brussels, after 11 wonderful days in Eastern Europe.
We agreed on the plane that we would be back... and we already missed the pastries.