If you come to Budapest you'll read about all the regular tourist stuff to do, but you might want something a little further afield. Something not in most of the big guide books.
Somewhere out in the Buda Hills say…out in Zugliget. You can catch the #291 bus from Széll Kálmán tér (formerly Moszkva tér). Take it all the way to the end and look for signs for the Libegő (chair lift) ascending János hill – tallest in Budapest!
The bus rambles through the hills bumping you along in a most pleasant way until you feel like you're far out of the city. Only you're not. Not exactly.
Don't expect any long-winded safety instructions. Nope. You stand on 2 yellow circles and before you can say "maybe this isn't a good idea" the chair lift comes speeding towards your arse and just like that…
you're in the air.
Sister was instructed not to move, laugh, shake the chair, put arms out, or breathe. She ignored me and immediately started fooling around. I was…well the truth is, I was a little bit terrified. And the ride lasted 15 minutes. And we had a round trip ticket so that's 30 minutes. And the way back was super steep and the ground was a long way down.
I got her back good yesterday by dashing on the tram and leaving her behind. ha ha Okay it was an accident and she caught up with me at our usual tram stop. But still.. ha ha.
Eventually I relaxed enough to enjoy the lush green woods and take a few pictures. Mostly we traveled through the woods, but there were a few cool houses close to the bottom of the hill.
Sister continued with her hijinx.
Afterwards we rambled back down the hill on the #291
Stopping for lunch of course. More fizzy lemonades. Mango lemon for me and kiwi lemon for Sister.
Sister's fast asleep now. Her flight leaves first in the morning and she will rise before dawn to head to the airport. I think I'll go stick a tic tac in her mouth.