17.06.2011 - 17.06.2011 32 °C
One thing the Hungarians love (besides paprika) is cherries. We’ve seen them everywhere! It’s fantastic of course, as we both love them and this morning we found it in pastry. What we discovered were some sort of dough loaded with cherry filling magic! They were deceptively large, and must weight a half pound each! We devoured it walking down the street while hot cherry filling dripped down our hands. After breakfast we found our walking tour. It was another free one of course, but once again did a good job with a large group.
After the tour the guides told the group about a cafeteria style restaurant they frequent just down the street. “Food like my grandmother makes!” they proclaimed. How could we say no? A large group followed them upstairs. They translated the menu into english and ordered the food for us in Hungarian. It was very cool! The food was fantastic and our entire meal (we couldn’t finish) cost 10 euros.
St Stephen's Basillica
After lunch we walked home and rested up out of the heat. We heard that the world’s most beautiful (and second busiest) McDonalds was located here in Budapest. There was to be silverware and plates and a dessert bar! We walked over and as I took out my camera to photograph the fantastic building a security guard rushed over and told me not to. It’s McDonalds for crying out loud! We were thoroughly disappointed, there was nothing but your standard McDonalds inside a wonderful old building, with the exception of three security guards walking around. We ate there disappointed.
After dinner we took a long walk home. Along the way, in the Elizabeth square in the center of the city, we saw piles upon piles of people. There was a free concert (as there is every weekend,) this time it was a swing band and the dance floor was full of people thoroughly enjoying themselves, all in their own space dancing swing. It was quite fun to watch! We retired early, for the heat had drained us.