Basilica of St. Steven
We embarked out into Budapest
after waking fairly early and treating ourselves to a cold shower. It was only approaching mid-morning and yet the temperature was soaring. Our plan for today was to take in the sights of Budapest in the morning before the sun became to unbearable. So we set off in search of the Basilica of St. Steven. This building made for some great photo opportunities, which we endulged, before going inside. The interior was equally fantastic and reminded me of the Duomo Di Milano. After browsing what the inside of the Basilica had to offer, we made our way to the roof for some great views of the city.
Next stop, after a spot of lunch, was a visit to the Széchényi Spa.
We made our way to this particular Budapest bath via Heroes Square, which showcased the
Basilica of St. Steven
statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary. After a brief stop for photos we made our way into the baths. The Széchényi Spa contained several steam rooms and pools of varying temperatures inside, as well as a huge outdoor pool with jet streams. We started off in a nice pool and the conversation swung between the World Cup and the fine Hungarian women walking by. All we needed was an ice cold beer and that would be us sorted! Next up was a steam room that I could only stand for about 2 minutes, breathing in very hot air isn't that relaxing for me!
The rest of our time in the baths was spent outside in the huge outdoor pool playing chess.
We had a decent game going before an elderly gentleman told us the board belonged to him and he was leaving. Rather than just taking the board, he gestured to me that he would take my place and battle head to head with Dave. Two moves later and he had won. We just stood there bemused and agreed we should stick to cards. It was time to leave the baths for now, but not before we stupidly decided to settle the chess game by stuffing our shorts with ice shards, in an attempt to see who could last the longest. After both lasting about 5 minutes, we did the sensible thing and declared a draw, much to the relief of our frank and beans.
Our last tourist stop for the day was the Terror House museum. A museum dedicated to Hungary's struggle and survival following the occupation and subsequent regime of the Nazi's and then the Soviets.
This was certainly the best museum we had visited on our trip so far and I highly recommend it to any visitor to Budapest.
A really good day should really be rounded off with a really good night. Although we had decided not to go out on the booze, we had plans to dine at Fatal restaurant. This place more than rounded off the day nicely. A restaurant for anyone who loves there meat, Fatal serves up a huge plate of great food. I opted for the steak with Devils sauce, which comprised of a huge steak accompanied with far too many roast potatoes, covered in a rum and red wine sauce. After our best meal of the trip we headed back to the hostel for a couple of beers and some cards before hitting the sack.