I love exploring a city on my own and Ed teased me about wanting to ride on one of the little yellow trams that run along the Danube. Yesterday I rode one to Parliament for 350 HUFs (about $1.50) and felt, for a moment, like a resident.
Today was our last day in Budapest and we spent it touring the Buda side, which Ed and I had done partly our second day. First we drove to Gellert Hill, once the location of the Hapsburg's sinister citadel because it does tower 460 ft. over Pest. Today it is a park with a fantastic view of the entire city (Buda with the Palace on the left and Pest with Parliament on the right) the Danube and Margaret Island in the far background.
Then we went to Castle Hill and walked around the Palace and the old streets.
Then we walked to the Fisherman's Bastion, so-called because the village where the fishermen lived was right below it and they were expected to defend that part of the city.
Our last stop was Matyas Church, named after King Matyas and built in the gothic style in the second half of the 14th century. set up a kitchen in the sanctuary. The communists did not treat it much better. Today the church is almost fully restored, thanks to generous support from the European Economic Union which sees the value in art and heritage as well as tourism. The one thing that struck us was the fact that every inch of the walls are covered in what looks like Moorish designs, which is so ironic considering its one-time use as a mosque.
By 6 pm we were leaving Budapest behind, but taking in some great last minute close-up sites of the Palace, the old Buda buildings and Parliament.