On our second full day in Budapest, we had the morning off, then an afternoon rehearsal with orchestra, then 2 hours off for dinner, and then a performance. The rehearsal and the performance were all in Matthias Church, on Buda Castle Hill, where the bus can’t go, so when we set out, we had to have our performance clothing with us, and carry it up the hill from where the bus dropped us off. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the bus was too big to fit in the medieval streets on Buda Castle Hill. This also meant that we had to eat dinner on the hill.
Photos for this post are in the gallery More Budapest. If you’d like to enlarge any of the photos please go look at them there.
But about that morning off: the Lion’s Garden Hotel was about a mile from Heroes’ Gate, and in the same area there’s Budapest City Park (with lake), the Vajdahunyad Castle (in the park), a huge mineral water bath (which we didn’t visit, sigh), and the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. We bought transit passes from the hotel and walked over to the main tram line to pick up a car. As we walked, I got the idea that the Lion’s Garden Hotel isn’t in the best neighborhood; the buildings were shabby, with some graffiti. I remember passing one dingy little door with an inscription in Hungarian of which I only understood the English word “striptease”!
Here’s a view of the park and its lake. We didn’t really explore the park much, as we wanted to see the Castle.