Budapest, Part 1

I have been blogging for more than a year now and I have not written anything about our country’s wonderful capital Budapest.

A couple of weeks ago I took BB#1 on a trip to Budapest, just the 2 of us. A little one-on-one time ๐Ÿ™‚

He has only been to Budapest a couple of times, and we always just went to IKEA, so it was high time to show him something else ๐Ÿ™‚

We took the train to see Hungary’s countrside:

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The train ride takes 2 hours and 22 minutes. It was interesting that since I was travelling with a child (who has to pay for the train above the age 6, but gets a 50% discount) I also got a 30% discount on my adult train ticket.

An friend of mine (who happens to be a guy) picked us up from the train station and took us to the ZOO. Right next to the zoo is the famous:

The Gundel Patisserie ๐Ÿ™‚

The Gundel restaurant has been one of the most famous restaurant in Hungary for more than a century. However only few people know, that Kรกroly Gundel created wonderful desserts and cakes too, among others the Gundel crepes and the famous Gundel torte. This heritage is now being continued in the Gundel Patisserie.

So first we had some coffee and cakes:

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They even make a coconut ball look exotic ๐Ÿ™‚

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I had some baked cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

It was really nice to catch up with my friend, but he had to go to work so we entered the zoo.

The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is the one of the oldest in the world.

It has 1072 animal species.

The zoo opened its doors on August 9, 1866. The park has 1โ€“1.1 million visitors every year.

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First we took this bus around the zoo, because it started raining.

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You could pet kangaroos ๐Ÿ™‚ We only looked at them ๐Ÿ™‚

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The butterfly house was very exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

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At the zoo even the plant pots have lions on them ๐Ÿ™‚

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BB#1 with the piranhas ๐Ÿ™‚

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I never knew a brown bear was this huge!

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This is how big the heart of a Blue whale is!

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And we ended the day at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

The zoo is huge! So we only saw like half of it, so we will have to go back ๐Ÿ™‚

Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or just simply SANTA

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(Our Advent calendar)

Santa in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on the night before Christmas, December 24. However in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6.

In Hungary, children typically leave their – preferably well-cleaned – boots on the windowsill on the evening of 5 December. By next morning Nikolaus (Szent Miklรณs traditionally but more commonly known as Mikulรกs in Hungary) leaves candy and gifts if they have been good, or a rod (Hungarian: virgรกcs) if they have been bad (most children end up getting small gifts, but also a small rod).ย 

So we put out our boots on the night of december 5th, and voila Santa filled them:

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Blackberry #1 was very happy with his Transformer robot and chocolates.

We also went to the mall to see Santa!

They had a Thomas the Tank engine train to ride ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blackberry #1 had to sing to Santa to get his present ( a chocolate and a long flexible pencil)

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Do you celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day?