i have endeavored to ride as many forms of public transportation as possible here in budapest.
i began yesterday. without the benefit of this handy map.
not one to let small details like this obstruct my plans, i used my tried and true hop-on-hop-off method. this generally works well.
better if your logic & reasoning skills are in alignment with the system as a whole.
best if you speak the language, or can use context clues to scrabble your way through.
and if all of the above fail, it is at least nice if the marked metro stops correspond with the actual posted stops on the actual train.
naturally, at the end of the day when i really felt i needed to get home quickly and collapse.
naturally that is when my metro stop disappeared.
this is the public library. grand inside and out. with reading rooms you need a special card to enter.
i've been studying the locals. people here seem to take inordinate pleasure in reading. on benches, at restaurants, walking with a book in hand.
there are many green squares with shaded benches. i stopped at many and looked about. budapest is a city of trees.
for lunch i went to don leone's as recommended in the vast menu of apartment information. i ordered the goulash soup with homemade noodles, a few small hunks of meat, root vegetables. i dunked my bread in the hot soup and got to work. everything was delish including the potato croquettes. fortunately, i didn't get a single drop on my white blouse.
i lapped up my bowl of red soup. occasionally pausing to glance out at the square.
there is a dizzying combination of architectural styles throughout the city. ornamental doorways with detailed lacy ironwork. faded evidence of grander times. it's all here.
the tall ceilings of overlapping leafy boughs make it easy to avoid walking in the hot sun.
i stopped at nandori csukraszda (pastry shop) on my trek home. put the nespresso machine in the apartment to work and settled in for a first rate sugar coma.
it didn't disappoint.