woensdag 27 juni 2012
Thermic baths & coffee houses
When in Budapest at the end of May, we saw lots of impressive places. One of them was the Széchenyi baths. a thermal complex with spa and wellness treatments, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The architecture of the building is amazing: the neo baroque baths, tiled ceilings and walls and enormous statues. In contrast I liked the wide hallways inside, with 1960s and 70s furniture. Although the weather was perfect for relaxing in the water, we did not take the plunge. We will definitely have to go back and do so next time!
The photo's below were taken at the museum of Ady Emlék, a famous Hungarian poet. If you want to have a museum all to yourself and see how Ady lived, go and see. Although very small, the house is worth visiting. If only for the 'experience'.
When in Budapest, you almost stumble over coffee houses. The one grander than the other. We walked through the New York café, had a look at café Gerbaud, but sat down in a little less well know café, a bit out of the way, run by a family for years. We loved it. The kindness of the people and the taste of the cakes are still vivid in my mind.
If you like antiques, I can advice you to go to Czene Tamas, an antique shop at Pal utca 7. It is filled to the brink with paintings, porcelain, glassware etc. It's the place to find the perfect souvenir to take home with you. The father and daughter who run the store, are really nice and can help you in your search.
The exotic looking photo's in between, were taken at an Indonesian restaurant at the end of the Andrassy ut, while walking in the direction of the park. It's on the left hand side. I tried to find the name on the internet, but alas..... When you enter through the front garden, you walk past a row of huge bamboo trees and elephants. In the restaurant tea is served in the most beautiful Hungarian porcelain. The back garden is like a dream....
Well, that's it for today. Have fun!