"It's beautiful here. They said that of course, that Budapest is beautiful. But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful."
- Anthony Bourdain
Budapest, formerly the capital city of a dual monarchy when Austria and Hungary were one, became a single city in 1873, merging the areas of Buda and Pest. It is a beautiful city, especially at night when a blanket of darkness contrasts with the stunning architecture, showing it in its full glory.
I feel like I do not have a full Budapest experience to share with you for we were only out exploring for a couple of days and one night before both my son and I came down with bad colds that lasted until our departure. Hopefully, the photographs I was able to make during those first few days will speak for me even though it is a very limited taste of what this city has to offer.
The stunning and monumental Mátyás Templom (Matthias Church). The church was closed for a wedding on the day we were there so no one was allowed to go in. Fortunately, the exterior is magnificent enough.
There were so many things that we were unable to see in our limited time and, to add to its already great appeal, the people in Budapest were kind, patient with tourists, and always happy to help when needed. From our experience while there, I can tell you that it is a city to put on your bucket list.
Anthony Bourdain, quoted above, is an American chef, author, and television personality.