In December we went on a mini city break to Budapest, we got a great deal and thought it would be a nice time to visit. We knew it would be cold but I don't think I was quite prepared for the temperature to be around 1 or 2 degrees. So at all times we were super wrapped up from head to toe.
Budapest seems to be very different on each side of the river, it used to be divided in to Buda and Pest but now is classed as one city. We stayed on the 'Buda' side and this seemed a little run down, the buildings were quite dilapidated and it didn't look like much had been updated in the last 30 years.
One place that sticks in my mind was a hairdressers a few doors down from our hotel, the window display was so old, and had giant faded photos with hair styles from the 60's and a few pine cones and conkers thrown in for good measure.
The buildings which were quite incredible and well kept were the government buildings, they were all clean and quite fancy.
We did lots of walking around, but our hotel was quite far out so we got the metro a little nearer to the centre, and in most cases to the other side of the river. The metro and travel in general was so cheap, I think it worked out about 60p per ticket.
As well as travel being cheap we just couldn't get over the cost of food and drink - we did find the currency difficult to work out so I used a converter app on my phone - drinks were often under £3 and we had a three course meal with drinks for under £25. The food was really good and there were so many places to choose from.
One of our favourite places to drink was Szimpa Kert - a ruin bar, it was really strange, but in a good way. It was full of knick-knacks and weird upcycled pieces.
The one time were weren't wrapped up was at the baths, it was a little crazy but we were running round in swimming costumes in 1 degree temperatures, but when we got in the 40 degree water is was amazing, so much that it was really upsetting when we had to get out.
We made a little video of our time in Budapest, because I think you always get a much better impression of the place viewing the video that through photos, I love watching it back - its such a lovely memory to have.