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Vaci Utca
Today we got a late start, we wanted to sleep in a little bit and wait for family to meet us at our hotel. Again we walked to through the Vaci Utca and ended up having lunch at the Great Market. The third floor has a food court serving some very traditional Hungarian meals and great beer. We got a few plates full of food and decided to share. The best meal was the stuffed cabbage with mashed potatoes. The kids enjoyed the sausage and French fries. Whatever your tastes are, you won’t be disappointed.

We walked to a gelato stand on the Vaci Utca and people watched as we enjoyed our desserts. One thing that amazed me about Hungary was the countless gelato stands within short distances. They are so close together and competing for the same customers that it’s a surprise that they stay in business.
Walking across the Chain Bridge
Regardless, they do serve some very tasty gelato.

We went back to the hotel and decided to walk across the Chain Bridge. Although the walk isn’t too daunting, we wanted to take the trolley. The trolley’s path is right along the Danube and drops you off at the foot of the bridge and everyone visiting Budapest should take at least one trolley ride. Walking across from the Pest side gives you an outstanding view of the Budapest Castle. It’s about a 15 minute walk and it’s worth it. You can see the Danube for miles, the other bridges that connect the two sides of the city as well as the wonderful architecture of the bridge itself.

During the evening time we went back to Franz Liszt square, specifically to Café Karma to listen to some music and have a few beers.
The "Hole"
We met up with a friend who took us to the “Hole.” The “Hole” is a site that was excavated in order to build a national theater.
However, those plans failed and it is now a place where young people go to hang out. This place was amazing. It was packed with people having beer and wine, smoking cigarettes, talking and having a great time. The stairs that lead to the building are packed with tables and chairs. If you are lucky enough to find a spot there, you may want to stay for a while, as they are hard to come by. Upstairs by the sidewalk is an outside kiosk that sells beer and wine. Downstairs there are a few areas that serve alcohol. Inside the building are the bathrooms, with super long lines so don’t wait until you really, really have to go. Also inside are live performances. Depending on what day you go, there may be a live band or two or there is an area where the young people dance traditional Hungarian folk dancing. It’s trippy to see something like that and a lot of fun to experience. We were fortunate to get a table and stayed for a little too long and had a little to much to drink. Even when we left, about 2 am, the place was thinning out but still really happening.

We stumbled back to the hotel and passed out.

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Vaci Utca
Vaci Utca
Walking across the Chain Bridge
Walking across the Chain Bridge
The Hole
The "Hole"
Statue at the Vaci Utca
Statue at the Vaci Utca
Outside the Great Market
Outside the Great Market
Statue at the Vaci Utca
Statue at the Vaci Utca
Going to the Buda side
Going to the Buda side
Looking at the Pest side
Looking at the Pest side
My favorite tunnel
My favorite tunnel
More trams
More trams
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photo by: Chokk