Every summer for the last 3 years, I've been to Budapest for a little festival called Sziget. This year, as well as continuing this now-tradition, we decided to give Budapest in the winter a go. Having been once before in December, we prepared for bitterly cold weather and mountains of snow - we got neither! Instead, it was mild, grey and just perfect.
We stayed near Andrassy Avenue, a beautiful street filled with gorgeous (and sadly unaffordable!) shops and twinkling Christmas lights.
Christmas markets are always a treat, and these were no exception - Vorosmarty Ter, a square in central Budapest, fills yearly with lovely little stalls selling everything from local crafts to the slightly more dubious Rooster Testicle Stew. We didn't try this, but did fill up on plenty of mulled wine and cinammon bread!
The evenings consisted of visiting new bars, one of which - Szimplakert - included bathtubs for chairs and upside down tv's held together by many, many cables. I can't recommend this place enough...live music, great atmosphere and quirky decorations.
We also managed to fit in some culture in the form of a few art exhibitions - one of Banksy's work, and another of Cézanne's - before going ice skating on the most massive rink I have ever seen, next to Hero's Square!
Now I'm sadly back to reality, and attempting to finish all my Christmas shopping in time for the big day - definitely will not be ready for Tuesday! I hope you're all a bit more organised than I am!
Labels: Christmas, holiday, lifestyle, travel, winter