Budapest’s Beautiful & Creative Street Art

All throughout the streets of Budapest are some of the most beautiful pieces of art I really have ever seen painted on the side of buildings! 

The aim of the Budapest street art was too ensure that the rejuvenation of their streets was successful in making the area more welcoming and also spruce it up a bit, making it more lively.

I wish I had taken a day to do the map but they offer a map of Budapest and all of its street art and where in Budapest you can find them! IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, DO IT because some of the pieces are really really beautiful and impressive!

So I’m not going to talk much more in this post, My favourite piece of street art I will post at the top, after that I will leave you to scroll through the photos of the art and appreciate it!

LET ME KNOW WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE!


This Piece is my favourite, I will very much be getting her tattooed onto my leg, sorry family! 

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Here are some of the other pieces of art that we saw dotted around the spectacular city!

Let me know what your favourite piece is.

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Stay tuned!

J x

Budapest – Sweating even MORE of the Sights!

So I couldn’t fit in all the sights into one blog post, that is how you KNOW ya girl an boys got a lot done on this holibobs.

FIRSTLY, sorry for being so AWOL and not posting in a long while. Its my final year of university so my dissertation is biting my ass BIG TIME. But less on that, more on Budapest!

So the sightseeing continued throughout the trip because as you can imagine 10 days is a long time and enough time to do and see plenty more! 

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So to cure a hangover we decided that we wanted to go to the Budapest waterpark, Aquaworld! It was a huge indoor water park with a couple of slides, a huge pool, a wave pool that didn’t work and an outdoor pool as well. It was enjoyable for the way we were feeling, really refreshing. Some of the slides are really fun and its not too expensive to get in either. Naturally the only picture I managed to get was of me and Brad as I didn’t even want to risk taking my phone in. It was only a short taxi ride from the centre, 20 minutes at most and not to expensive either. Definitely worth the trip if you’re not feeling any sightseeing and just want to have some very psychocentric fun!

 

small *reminder* to always use the FO Taxi app when booking Taxis in Budapest!! Don’t get caught out!!

Another beautiful and architecture filled sight was beside the Fishermans Bastion is the Matthius church and the Holy Trinity Statue! The roof of the Matthius church is beautifully patterned and so colourful compared to the rest of the building. With the ceiling being red brown and multicoloured and the rest of the church white as a sheet the colours really stand out. Its a beautiful building with a beautiful sculpture/statue of the holy trinity stood prominently outside the church and bastion. 

One place I wish we had spent more time on was Margaret Island. Smack bang in the middle of the Danube Margaret Island holds its own, with a zoo, thermal spa, bike rentals, a musical fountain and huge areas of parkland and cafes with food. It was a really cool place, not to mention the Budapest sign!!

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So we wondered around the whole of Margaret Island just soaking up the sun, looking at the animals and just seeing what the island had to offer. When we arrived at Margaret Island the first thing we could here was bassline. For a group of 4 bassheads what more could you want? So we followed the noise and it lead us to the funkiest bar with the fattest tunes and we had a couple of drinks there before exploring the island! I’ll let you in on the name of the bar in my next post about which bars and restaurants to visit!

We accidentally wondered into a tour group when we discovered Liberty Square, also known as freedom square. The square itself is a symbol of repression after it used to be a huge army barracks. It is surrounded by the US embassy, Stock exchange building, the Hungarian national bank and the soviet monument. I don’t even think we realised we had walked through the area until we reached the end where the group was! 

The Thermal Spa was something I only wanted to touch on in this blog post because I actually went to the Szechenyi Thermal Spa during Budapest. So I saw some of my favourite artists whilst I bored around the thermal spa with a drink in hand! It was a really beautiful building, my only concern is that it really did stink of urine. 

IMG_20180830_140341Close-by to Szechenyi thermal spa was Hero’s Square! Or in Hungarian, Hosko Tere. With a huge moment taking centre stage the surrounding moments are statue after statue of the Hungarian leaders, 7 chieftains of the magyars and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Its a breathtaking monument which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site as well! 

Budapest Zoo was also really enjoyable. Admittedly im always a little bit hesitant with Zoo’s and their treatment of animals but this place was alright! I really enjoyed the day and we did the entire zoo in just under 3 hours I believe! The only thing I really didn’t like was the Polar Bear. I didn’t even have to look at it to know considering I was warm in 27 degree heat, I can’t imagine how horrible it must have felt. It certainly made me feel horrible knowing i’d help fund it.

Within the same grounds as Hosok Tere, Budapest Zoo and the Thermal Spa was the Vajdahunyad Castle! the most GORGEOUS building I saw the entire trip. The castle was grand, had a moat with a fountain and a huge gate. The architecture of the building itself was phenomenal and I LOVED how the ivy came all the way down the buildings. Next door to the castle was a small church which is known for weddings and I believe also a museum of architecture, which makes total sense being situated where it was. There was also a statue of a man known as ‘Anonymous’ who was a chronicler. 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. Those were all the sights we managed to get around in our 10 days in Budapest! Well, 7 because you definitely have to take away the festival days, we didn’t breath until 4pm those days #Hanging. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, next up will be which restaurants and bars we visited on our trip as well as more to come like the street art also! I enjoyed the street art a lot so will probably do a post on them first, I never had an appreciation for it until I went to Budapest. Now I can’t get enough of it! Expressionism people!

Anyway, till next time, next to come is the street art and food!

J x 

South Africa – Robben Island

When we went to South Africa, Cape Town, we visited the Dark Tourism and heavily emotional site that is Robben Island. Robben Island is known as the Island that Nelson Mandela spent years imprisoned before being released.

Robben Island is a national heritage site, but it is also where political prisoners were kept and was a gruelling prison for others. Mandela was imprisoned here for 18 years before his release. Robben Island is literally no larger than 2 miles and to reach it involves a boat trip!

Naturally the weather when we visited wasn’t all that nice. SO this boat ride was like something from hell for me. The water was So choppy I was terrified and nearly in tears whilst my family laughed at me of course. It really wasn’t that bad which is why they laughed at me, I’m just a wimp.

I didn’t take many pictures but considering the experience it really didn’t bother me. Once we arrived at Robben Island it was incredibly bare or covered in greenery there was no in-between. There was also barbed wire fences in most area’s indicatig where the outer edges of the prison were.

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Once leaving the mini port they had to reach the island we walked and jumped on a coach. This coach took us all around the outskirts of the island with a guide telling us little bit of information about the area before we reached the main prison. We were taken to a little cafe area also where we could look out back to the mainland and have a quick snack. Then it was back on the coach and to the actual prion building.

When we arrived at the building we all piled off and entered a large square room. We knew we’d entered the prison because of the barbed wire and bars across the windows of the rooms we were in. Now a gentleman greeted a small group of us and it was until he had introduced himself that we realised we would be taken around the prison by an ex prisoner! It was something that I was absolutely blown away by and made the experience all that more moving and better because we got it from the point of view of a prisoner who used to spend his time there.

imagesSo we started the tour around the prison and we were taken around the entire prison ground by our ex prisoner tour guide and it was incredibly fascinating but harrowing. We were taken to the yard where they would spend their time in the day, all of the cells and also where they would eat which was also sometimes their cells.

We were taken to see Nelson Mandela’s cell that he stayed in whilst he did his time on the island and it was so small. It amazes me how prisoners cope with such small cells, but then realistically they don’t (I watch too many prison shows). So the cell was pretty small, he had a bed with a pillow and blanket which was set up on the floor, a table with a small bowl, one barred window and a toilet. I did take my own picture of the cell but unfortunately couldn’t find it for this post so i’ve found a picture which is exactly what his cell looked like to give you an idea.

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Overall the experience at the prison was something that was eye opening and harrowing but also incredibly fascinating at the same time. I left the island in a somber mood and reflected in my mind quite a bit about the conditions and wondering how they were treated.

I would definitely recommend visiting this site as it will leave you with lots of different thoughts for sure.

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(Photo creds to google as I didn’t take my own bar one which I couldn’t find)