We had the same tour guide that we had the day before! Lazslo was really good, and we enjoyed yesterday’s tour, so we were happy to see him again. This time, we think there were more than forty people on the tour though, so it was a little too busy for our liking. But we still enjoyed the stories he told so it was a worthwhile couple of hours that we spent wandering around.
Sorry, another view of Matthias Church. This time with a blue sky. Couldn't help myself!
Statue of King Stephen, the first king of Hungary.
Our tour group.
Not often you get to see a photo of the Buda side where people live. It's typically a little more expensive to live on this side of the river.
After the tour, Ruth and I went back to Matthias Church because we wanted to see the interior. It’s a little pricey, at 1,800 forints ($8.10) for the two of us, but we had been told that it was fantastic. We ended up with mixed feeling. On the down side, there was still a lot of interior renovation going on, and the ticket sellers should have told us that it wasn’t up to standards. So we were a little disappointed with that. On the other hand, it was interesting seeing the renovation work being done.
It was interesting seeing the work being done.
Much of the castle district was damaged during WW II and then rebuilt, but also, a lot of it wasn’t rebuilt. They had begun excavation several years ago on an area behind the main palace but it was stopped for whatever reason and now it looks like the area remains in limbo until somebody decides what to do with it. They had a bit of a display showing some of the buildings before and after the war.
Ruins of the castle district.
We just happened to be at the right place and the right time for the 2:00pm changing of the guard.
Part of the castle.
And then it was time to start heading back to the hotel to collect our bags. We had vacated the room in the morning and they had put our bags into the holding room for us to get later on. We said goodbye to our hosts at the Casati Budapest Hotel, and made our way to the airport. We had to take the metro subway from downtown to the last stop on the line, and then a bus to the airport. Total time from downtown was almost an hour. We thought that was a pretty fast considering it’s a city of 1.7 million people!
Our flight went well (more about that in another post) and we arrived in Manchester, England at around 10:30pm. Our train to Hereford doesn’t leave here until around 7:00am and we couldn’t justify the cost of a hotel just for a few hours of sleep, so we are set up on one of the benches in the airport for the night. Did you know that there is a website for finding the best spot in an airport for passing the night?