Day two featured yet more walking, but also the use of the various public transport options available as well, to save our legs. We caught the bus to Batthyany Ter from our hotel. We then got on the yellow tram, number 19 or 41, to Clark Adam Ter. Cross the road to a car park, which you walk through to Lanchid U. Turn right and just before the roundabout look for the ‘Zero Kilometre Stone’ on the left with the funicular behind, as shown below. The zero kilometre stone is where all distances to or from Budapest are measured from.
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The funicular is 19th century in origin and saves walking up Castle Hill.
And the Museum of Fine Arts We did not go in either museum unfortunately, as we wrongly thought both were art galleries, which we are not really fans of. Mark walked a little by the lake behind Heroes Square, and took a photo of what he now knows is Vajdahunyad Castle. He thought it was closed for renovations, due to the fencing seen in the photo. By this point both of us were getting a little tired and thought it best to go back to the hotel. We went through Heroes Square, over the bridge spanning the lake, turned left and immediately took a diagonal path to the right. This path leads to Széchenyi fürdő mertro station on yellow line M1. This line goes back to Deak Ferenc ter metro hub. We have a lot of regrets about the city park, it has so many attractions which we missed out on.
Széchenyi fürdő (baths)
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The Museum of Transport
The Aviation Museum
Museum of Hungarian Agriculture
This list makes us think we did not research Budapest very well in 2003, could of done with the visitbudapest website, ah well never mind. We have stated before, Budapest is a vastly underrated city, go before it gets ‘discovered’ by the masses.
Hungary For Tips? (these titles are getting more corny with every post)
1. Buy a Budapest Card if you are staying for two or three days, especially if you are visiting a lot of museums.
2. Want to spend a penny in Budapest? Public toilets (if you can find one that is) charge a fee to use them. Ladies need to look for ‘női’ and gents are looking for ‘férfi’.
And now for something completely different, as they used to say on the BBC to announce ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. Even Mark will not be able to generate enough moaning rants for the ‘And Another thing….’ section of the blog indefinitely. We are attempting to preserve his sanity (that horse has bolted, tee, hee) by introducing a semi-regular, see how it goes, you never know your luck, it might become popular, topic to supplement ‘And Another Thing….’ So here it is, in all it’s glory.
Thanks For The Memories…. (Or if you are not old enough to remember the item in question, what is it? Or these days – WTF?) The title needs a bit of work.
The British Visitors Passport
This was a quick and easy alternative to getting a ‘full’ passport from the Passport Office. Just pop down to a main Post Office with your birth certificate and twenty five countries were available to travel to. Saved the hassle of finding a ‘professional’ who would countersign a photo of myself. A doctor, for example. So much for the so called classless society we were promised. Very handy if you needed a passport immediately.
A BBC history of passport’s.
A 2009 article in the Daily telegraph newspaper explains the changeover to the ‘red’ passports due to the threat of terrorism. And also a rise in price above the rate of inflation to pay for it. At least the Government and their greed never seems to change.
How I miss the old ‘blue’ hardback passport. I much prefer it to the new ‘red’ version. I love the handwritten update of Miss White’s marital status.
Thanks for reading,
Mark & Yvette