In 1994, while visiting a friend who lives in Bratislava, we drove for Budapest for a day.  On that trip, we drove around the city and my friend pointed out various interesting buildings and sites.  The only place we stopped was at Buda Castle on a hill overlooking the city.  Ever since that day, I have wanted to return to see more of the city — and was looking forward to doing so on this trip.  However, we ended up spending very little time in Budapest.  In fact, the only place I went was Buda Castle!  We did plan to go to the Parliament building, but arrived just after the morning English-language tour and weren’t able to return for the afternoon tour.

I enjoyed this trip to Hungary because I was able to get out of the capital and see so many places out in the countryside.  By staying with a family, I was able to see a side of Hungary most tourists don’t get to see.  So I don’t regret that I still haven’t seen much of Budapest.  After all, it gives me a reason to go back to Budapest again!

The Danube River flowing through Budapest

The Danube River flowing through Budapest

The Parliament building viewed from across the river.

The Parliament building viewed from across the river.