The Cordova McCarthys looooove Budapest!
After some delicious coffee, we headed out to explore the city.
We must first give credit to Veronica who figured out the family 24 hour public transit pass. The time has come that they may understand public transit better than us.
With our pass in hand, we headed up to Fisherman’s Bastion. It was a long set of steps up to the top with rewarding views.
We decided to ascend the tower of St. Matthias and unlike Munich, the winding staircase was very narrow and steep. V thought she might need to turn around a few times and I was so proud of her for making it to the top- and for everyone making it back down (actually scarier).
After all that climbing, we had a delicious lunch.
Next, we headed to a Labyrinth where Dracula was imprisoned. This proved to be a family fail.
We decided to next head over to Gellért Hill to climb up to Citadella. The Liberty Statue sits atop the hill and commemorates the liberation of Hungary during WWII. The kids were, for the first time, declining to climb another mountain on this trip. Thankfully, our Airbnb owners guided us to the best way to ascend which included several wonderful parks.
We could not believe the views.
We stayed for a long time because we all enjoyed the atmosphere so much.
But it was time to head down to the Central Market Hall for souvenirs and authentic food.
On the way, V had to urgently use the toilety, and although we advised against it, she waltzed right into a dental office and sweet-talked her way into using their bathroom. We are impressed by these kids every day.
Our next destination was the Ferris Wheel. Ryan and I were the only takers for that one but Ryan was really excited to do it.
And the end of the night brought, once again, traditional chimney cakes. They certainly deserved a treat after the crazy amount of walking, playing and climbing today.
Tomorrow we are planning a family-friendly thermal baths and visiting the castle and parliament.