22 December 2015 Tuesday
Amasonata would be reaching Budapest around 1030 hrs. We had long breakfast while waiting to sail into Hungary Capital.
Naughty Creation of Ugly breakfast…
at 1000 hrs, Budapest was in sight.
The iconic Budapest Parliament Building was a small faceless silhouette on the horizon…stylist and mysterious…..closing in.
The parliament building is Majestic. Passing the Parliament building… the cruise ship was sailing towards the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge.
Going under the chain Bridge
Budapest Statue of Liberty…
Budapest is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest…The Buda Side.
The Pest side…
Amasonata anchored at the Pest Bank. Everybody went ashore to explore the city.
The cruise manager, a 2 m tall gentleman, giving direction to the Central Market
The central market is about 200 m away from our Cruise ship.
The Central Market was fairly crowded with locals.
The Central aisle was well decorated with Christmas lighting.
Wide varieties of stuff were sold in the markets.
Hungary and Russian Dolls were sold in many stalls.
Surprisingly… the food stuff looked like those seen in South East Asia.
Exit from Central Market, we walked along Vaci Street… this is one of the Central shopping street in Budapest. Century old buildings lined the street with Autumn Trees… lovely.
Well decorated for Christmas…no lights as yet.
Sea Salt from Black sea… good for complexion…
We were back to Amasonata for Lunch.
After Lunch, we were on a guided tour around Budapest. The bus crossed from Pest to Buda via Liberty Bridge.
from Buda to Pest via Elizabeth Bridge
From Pest, back to Buda castle Hill via Chain Bridge.
Our Guide walked us through Buda Castle Hill district.
Silhouette picture at the top of Castle Hill.
The first thing the guide pointed to us was this plastic car (Trabant) from East Germany … a note on the car suggesting tourist to make a donation.
The buildings were medieval and given a lovely modern touched.
Matthias Church and the Monument by the church.
Lovely close up… from different angles
Matthias Church from Fisherman Bastion
Danube from Fisherman Bastion
The side of Fisherman Bastion facing Danube
Our next destination was Hero’s Square. The stunning Monument sits on very spacious mosaic groundwork.
The semi-circular colonnade..
The Millennium Column
We had a short stop over at the Budapest Christmas Market…it was extremely crowded.
The stall sold almost every possibles Christmas Goodies.
A lot of food stuff were prepared at site…
Back to Amasonata, after a little wash up… we had our fine dinning while enjoying Budapest night scene. The chef was preparing the food at site.
The prepared specialties
The Night scene while we dine…
End of Day 10….Our first impression of Budapest – it is a wonderful city. We both love Fisherman Bastion very much. The night scene is stunning and spectacular.
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