On my second trip to Europe I was excited to find that we would be spending Easter in Budapest. This was the first family holiday where I would be away from parents and instead would be spending it with Aaron in a foreign country. Wanting to make it special I heard from an Aussie in London that his favourite thing he’s done in Budapest was cruise the Danube River.
With that in mind I found an Easter cruise that went down the Danube, served wine, food, had a live band and an amazing view of the Hungarian Parliament building lit up. Sounds pretty magical right?
When we arrived in Budapest the Easter Markets were on and the streets were filled with people in the festive spirit. Hungarian Folk bands were playing, warm wine and Hungarian dishes were being served in the market stalls and had crafted gifts and souvenirs being sold.
I found a Lango station and made Aaron try one after having one when I was there for the Christmas Markets. They have to be the most fattening thing ever but they are so worth it. Warm fluffy dough with a crispy outside either sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar or topped with sour cream, cheese and garlic. We opted for just cheese and garlic and had no regrets. They also have bread langos with can be topped like a pizza. I had one that was cheese and mushroom and onions.
During the night we watched the live bands and had so many beers that the market stall lady didn’t even asked what we wanted and handed us our drinks.
On Easter morning it was a bit rainy but we made the most of it and enjoyed ourselves eating at my favourite coffee shop, Cafe Mosaics, and then walked around parliament with my floral umbrella. After readying our bags for the morning, we got dressed in our finest clothes we could find in our suitcases, and strolled by Erzsébet Square and heading towards St. Stephen’s Basilica where we met with our cruise guides at Danube Palace. The rain had only just stopped when we left our hostel.
Let me say I was more than impressed with the cruise. I don’t know if it was the smell of warm food or the free champagne but I was happy. The entire night cost us about $50 CAN each and we got complimentary champagne, a lovely window seat, and buffet that had amazing vegetarian options (which were all delicious) and we also had a live Hungarian band play. After dinner we were welcomed to the top deck where we sipped more champagne and took in the nights beauty. The Hungarian Parliament building was even more beautiful then the photographs.
The cruise ship made its way past the Fisherman’s Basilica and Buda Castle and towards a sparking bridge that I had no idea was even there where we looped around and headed back to the pier. The trip took about an hour and a half.
It was a perfect first Easter away from my home.
Where are you spending Easter? Are you going somewhere for it?
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