Our hotel is just a few steps from Andrassy Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in Budapest. It is a magnificent stretch of road, with beautiful buildings, classy shops and restaurants, colourful flower beds, parks, gardens and monuments lining both sides of the avenue. The famous opera house and several museums are also located on Andrassy Avenue.
Our walk took us to Heroes’ Square, where soldiers were drilling. We watched them for a while, but I could not take my eyes off the magnificent statues of the Magyar warriors atop the columns and surrounding the pillar. I love the way the individual faces and clothing are crafted to ensure each warrior is lifelike and expressive. My dad, who sculpted in clay, would have loved seeing them.
The City Park, Varosliget, lies just beyond Heroes’ Square. Vajdahunyad Castle is situated within the park. It was closed today, so we were happy to just walk around it and admire its picturesque surroundings.
Nearby we visited the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. This was quite an experience. The water was 28 degrees C – too warm to stay in for too long, so we just sat on the side of the pool with the water up to our waists for an hour or so chatting to a couple of ex-teachers from Byron Bay. It was relaxing and refreshing. We wandered back along the avenue to our hotel, stopping for lunch along the way.