Month: August 2018

Discovering The Great Market Hall

Discovering The Great Market Hall, Budapest

Where : The Great Market Hall, Budapest Discovering The Great Market Hall.  It’s a huge central market located on the ‘Pest’ side.  As you may or may not know, the city was amalgamated years ago from Buda and Pest.  It now forms one mega city, the one we all know as Budapest.  Originally, Buda was located on the East side of the Danube and Pest on the West side. Now back to the Market.   It’s a beautiful building from the 1800’s that sell all kind of foods.  You will find an abundance of fruits, vegetables, local dishes, meat products, pastries and the famous “Paprika”!  No need to rush and purchase the first paprika package you find, there is plenty of

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Discovering Heroes Square

Discovering Heroes Square, Budapest

Where : Heroes Square, Budapest Discovering Heroes Square. We weren’t lucky with the weather. It was raining a lot when we visited Heroes Square.   That said, it was hard to take pictures or even to look at the huge statues.  According to Wikipedia, the square is known for its iconic statue complex featuring the “Seven Chieftains of the Magyars”.  As well, other important Hungarian national leaders, like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Accessibility. The Heroes Square is centrally located in “Pest”.  If you are coming from Buda (the other side of the Danube), as we did, you can take a bus from “Chain Bridge” or the metro.  The traffic was unbearable on the bus, so we spent more than

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Discovering The Chain Bridge

Discovering The Chain Bridge, Budapest

Where : The Chain Bridge, Budapest Discovering The Chain Bridge.  When we finished visiting the Buda Castle grounds, we made it a point to cross the Chain Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that links Buda and Pest. According to Wikipedia, the Chain Bridge is the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary and it was opened in 1849. Unfortunately, the original bridge was blown up on January 1945 during World War II.  It needed to be rebuilt and later reopened in 1949. As we crossed the bridge by foot, the details left us in awe.  The linking loops acting as chains all the way across the river.  The  giant Guardian lions and the amazing views from Danube River.  Also, the

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Discovering Fisherman's Bastion

Discovering Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

Where : Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest Discovering Fisherman’s Bastion. When you visit Budapest’s Matthias Church and the Castle hill you will see a beautiful terrace closest to the waterfront.  Seems like a boardwalk decorated with seven Castle towers.   Well, that’s the “Fisherman’s Bastion” !  Above all, it offers gorgeous views from Danube River and Pest. What next ? We were expecting a little more.  We paid $3.79 CAD to enter and we were a little confused once we entered. There wasn’t much to discover besides waterfront views.  Our consolation prize, it was a small value for a great view.  It was really nice to see the historical architecture and structures, which according to Wikipedia were built between 1895 and 1902. Accessing Fisherman’s

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Discovering St Matthias Church
Discovering : Best Adventures

Discovering Matthias Church, Budapest

Where : Matthias Church, Budapest Discovering Matthias Church. Europe, with all its history, have some of the most beautiful churches ever.  Independent of religion, we think everyone should take some time to visit them because of all art work combined inside of their wonderful constructions. A little history If you are still not excited to visit all of them, then at least a moment to visit Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary! This is a gorgeous Gothic style church which was originally named Virgin Mary during 13th century.  It was later named after King Matthias in the 19th century.  According to Wikipedia, the King ordered the transformation of its original southern tower. Additionally, it has some of the most beautiful colors inside

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Discovering The Király Baths, Budapest

Where : Király Baths, Budapest Discovering The Király Baths. We asked a work colleague, originally from Budapest, about what to do when in Budapest.  They immediately told us about the famous Hungary Thermal baths, which are also considered medicinal. This got us researching online to try and find the right one for us.  Some are really touristic with huge swimming pools outside and others or more historic.  We decided on Király Bath, because it felt authentic and less touristy. According to Wikipedia it was the first bath built in Hungary, from back in the 1600’s.  Today, it still retains many of the key elements of a Turkish bath, exemplified by its Turkish dome and octagonal pool. This thermal bath is located

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Discovering Neptune's fountain

Discovering Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, Salzburg

Where : Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme Discovering Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme. We quickly visited the beautiful ‘Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme’ square as we left the Salzburg Cathedral.  Actually, it’s also quite close to Residenzplatz and Mozartplatz, so feel free to check these out also. A few things make this square stand out from the rest.  First of all, there is an amazing view from the “Neptune and sea-steed” fountain.  Secondly, there’s a really picturesque view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and mountains in the background.  ‘It felt like a view out of a magazine!’  Lastly, you’ll surely notice ‘Sphaera’ which is a 9 meter high ’emotionless man’ on top of a golden sphere.  The statue at the top gave us the impression he was gazing at

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