This is where our week in Budapest Hungary started. We arrived Sunday evening, and Monday morning we met up with a guide that my husband knows from earlier trips to the town; Anna Soltecz. She is a music teacher who has studied the Danish language in Denmark. So she could even talk with our kids in Danish! What a luxury when abroad. A very good guide. Contact me if you want her email address!
Well she took us by metro and bus up to the Johannes mountain. On the photo we see her and our eldest daughter Lava strolling along the gravel path. The sun was shining like crazy this 2. of November Monday. The autumn leaves were swirling lazily down from the old, tall treetops. Pure poetry.
Our youngest, 3-yearold Linus-Ferdinand, soon found himself a big “sword”, which he dragged along with him for about twenty minutes before he gave up on taking it home! He is standing next to a tree that has a signpost that says that this particular tree was planted in the honour of a famous opera singer. It is a tradition they have. To plant trees in memory or honour of someone who has done something special for the city.
This tree was planted in honouring memory of a man who has done a lot for environmental care, Anna explained.
A hollow treetrunk. Some little being could spend his or her winter quite comfortably in there… It is kind of heart shaped, the opening, isn´t it. Quite to my liking.
On top of the Johannes mountain there was this tower, loads of stairs leading up to it. A tall one!
Here you can see how far up we were. See the people and the car at the foot of the tower, there? Quite nerve wrecking actually. Especially with my little kids running and jumping around… not that they could fall down. It just felt a bit overwhelming to keep an eye on them two whilst also keeping an eye on the view waaaayyy down there….
You can see all of Budapest from up there. 2 million people live in the city. Twice the amount of Copenhagen.
When we came back down all those stairs again (I could still feel that climb in my leg muscles the following day)!… then Anna was waiting for us, sitting enjoying the sunshine in front of a poster showing the chairlift we were going to use to come down from the mountain again… :
We climbed on board. Like a ski lift. A really wonderful, soft and easy glide through the forest down the hill…. what a brilliant idea!
Lava and Anna in the chair in front of ours…
And then the four of us in the next one! Pretty unnerving to shoot a selfie whilst holding him on my lap and holding the phone mid air in the Johannesmountain bush. Had I dropped it there… But. Win some, lose some. Or. No risk no gain. Or something. 🙂
And yes. Ofcourse I managed to make a little movie as well for you blog readers… Enjoy…. 🙂
Hehehehe…. scoundrel son of mine…. Ruining my recording… bless his cotton socks. There is a time to record and a time to just be present and put the camera away. For sure. 🙂
Well. When we came back down to earth, Anna wanted to take us to a renowned restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. It´s called Line 58, and used to be the end stop of an old tram route through town… renovated…
Here is the old tram itself, now in use as a reception office for a camping site:
I just love it when people use old things creatively like that… seeing a new use for something, instead of destroying it or throwing it away… Love it.
Here´s the end station, now restaurant… Line 58… :
A closer one:
Alas, we found out that it was not open. It´s open Summer season and winter season. In winter, one can skate on ice just outside the restaurant… !
Love how they have put up old photos in that tunnel… here´s the tram back when it literally did run on horse power… :
And check this out; the locals seem to know how to throw a party as well. I NEED to go back to Budapest and experience its beauty in the Summer and in the winter season… both the beauty of nature and the beauty of cultural ways and traditions…
After we found this restaurant closed, Anna took us to another great one, but that was closed as well, either due to it being Monday or being November, she wasn´t sure. But in the end we found one that was open, and ordered the famous meat soup gulasj as well as the famous pancake dishes both sweet, and with melted cheese… a lovely meal indeed.
We walked through a shopping mall on the way to the metro home, and took this photo on our way through:
Budapest by night. Only 7 pm but. November fashion.
This was the first day of our holiday in Budapest. A fantasticly memorable day in the sun.