History, food and wine in Budapest
A beautiful and evocative city, with wide boulevards and grand buildings, Budapest was Lara and Terry's next stop on the Grand Tour after Istanbul. A brilliant city to stay in a holiday rental and settle in for a while, Budapest offered the Grantourismo team the chance to slow down and connect with the locals. From their splendid apartment
, located on one of the city’s most elegant streets and a World Heritage Site, Andrássy Avenue, they learned more about Budapest's rich history, as well as its tasty food and less known wines. Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to Budapest
Slowing down in Budapest
After going grocery shopping
, one of the first things Lara and Terry did when they arrived in Budapest was to wander around their local neighbourhood
and just slow down, admire the beautiful architecture and observe the locals go about their daily life. However, to get a better insight into this unique city, the couple also did a retro period walking tour around Budapest
, which took them on a fascinating meander through the city's history, as well as its trendy shops and funky bars.
After 11 months of their grand tour and ten foodie walks with local food experts, Lara and Terry have concluded that a market tour should be the very first thing travellers should do when they arrive in a place and especially if they are settling in for a while. In Budapest, the couple did a tour of the beautiful 19th century Central Market Hall
with author and journalist, Carolyn Bánfalvi
, which gave them a taste of some of the local specialties like Mangalica pork, pickled vegetables and pork crackling.
Largely unexplored, Hungarian food and wine is not limited to goulash, paprika, Bull's Blood red wine and Tokaji sweet wine, as most people would think. During their two week stay, the Grantourismo team discovered one particular detail about the well known Hungarian goulash, while cooking pörkölt, the stew formerly known as goulash
and they also learned more about the 22 wine regions in Hungary through a tasting of Hungarian wines
with Gábor Bánfalvi of Taste Hungary
- Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home
' in Budapest was a beautifully refurbished two-bedroom apartment located on the prestigious Andrássy Avenue, within walking distance of the main tourist sights like the Opera House, St Stephen's Basilica and Deak Square. The property is on the top floor (lift available) of a magnificent period building facing South and hence it is very sunny and quiet. All rooms have air conditioning and there is a romantic fireplace in the sitting room.
The property is available to rent on HomeAway.co.uk (Property 451852). Read Lara and Terry's full review of the property in Budapest
Next stop ... Austria, stay tuned!
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