Day 2 in Budapest
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I got up early on day 2 and headed for the massive Parliament building right on the Danube in Pest. The building is impossible to miss, but as I got closer I couldn't believe how big it was. I couldn't even get the whole thing in any of my pictures. The architecture of the building is absolutely beautiful, though. I wandered through the area and came to the entrance of the building. There was a tour leaving in 5 minutes, so I ran into the office to get a ticket (in actuality, there are guards telling you exactly where to stand and where to go - only 2 people in the ticket office at a time, and you can't go in until the previous person is out of there). By the time it was my turn (and the line was not long), it was too late to catch that tour.
I wanted around the site a bit and took some pictures. I met 2 girls from somewhere in the US who were on my tour and we decided to see the Parliament building together. Once we were inside (finally!), we were taken via tour through the building, into the rooms we were allowed to see. The building was probably even more magnificent on the inside, it was HUGE! We got to see the crown jewels of Hungary, the crown, scepter, and some large metal ball thing of King Stephen. The guards watching the items looked ready to kill at any moment. You really have to take the tour to appreciate the building, but there was a room covered in gold leaf, we got to see the main assembly hall, and learn about the history of the place.
Upon leaving the Parliament building, I parted ways with my new friends and headed toward St. Stephen's Basilica. This was another incredible incredible (yes, I know I typed it twice) building in the city, both inside and out. Check out the pictures, this is definitely another building worth checking out. St. Stephen's more or less sits on the beginning of Andrassy Utca, which is a famous road in Budapest. This road runs along several great sites, including the Opera house, before terminating at the Millenium Monument and the park behind it. This monument was constructed to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Magyar Conquest.
I thought it would be a good idea to rest my weary bones in the bath, so I went inside. For a very reasonable price, I was in one of the warm water pools with massaging jets in no time. I spent a couple hours there just relaxing...believe me, it was a nice break. I quickly snapped a photo of the bath, which I probably was not supposed to do, but I did it for you all!
After drying off, I headed over to the zoo to see what it was about, but it must have been expensive, because I did not end up going in.
That evening, I walked around the town with some of the people from the hostel. We ended up back on Gellert Hill (had to climb all those stairs again), and none of our night shots really came out.