Loving Budapest

We first visited Budapest seven years ago and loved it immediately. Because it was making a noise as the dental capital of Europe at that time, H and I decided to come to this city and put all our trust into Dr Szabo and his team to give my dental health a new lease on life. We were not disappointed, seven years later, we are back for another bout of treatment.

It was a blessing in disguise. We not only found a dental health paradise, we also discovered an incredible city and the most kind-hearted people in what probably is one of the most European cities in Europe! Yes, Hungarians are genuinely welcoming, polite and gentle, they make every effort to make your stay in their country as comfortable as can be. Let’s also mention the gastronomical fare, the arts and culture, the amazing architecture that earned its name “Paris of the East” and it’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list for cultural and architectural significance. By the way, it’s just been voted by Conde Nast as the Second Best City in Europe after Florence, Italy.

I have other reasons for loving Budapest and they are not the tourist attractions, it’s the hidden surprises in every corner! Sculpture, eclectic architecture and the old fashioned charm. You feel like you are living in the fifties where old interiors of establishments, old signages and end of the 19th century underground metro stations are still intact. And yet, the infrastructure works well; it’s definitely cleaner than Paris and way, way more charming than London.

I could live in Budapest in a heartbeat!

Hungarian sausages

I always dreamed about living in a very old apartment that survived the Communist era. Well, my wish was granted! Notice the Art Nouveau grills. The wooden elevator (not seen) was probably built in the sixties.

Bullet holes etched into building façades tell some of the tale of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising against their Soviet-backed government

Paprika (hanging above) is the national spice of Hungary.

 

Budapest is a city of statues

The facade of most buildings may be crumbling but their glorious past is evident that you cannot help picking your jaw up off the ground!

 

Relief sculpture in the building where we are staying…

Metallic door

Mailbox

The neo-classical St Stephen’s Basilica, named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose right hand is housed in the reliquary.