You probably know by now that Budapest is named for the two halves of the city on either side of the Danube River: Buda and Pest. The city has several bridges linking its two sides, the first and most-photographed of which is the Chain Bridge.
During the entire trip, I was so lazy, and Budapest so hot, that I would look at Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge from the window of our hotel room and feel like it was a million miles away. I wondered if I would ever cross that bridge and ever make it to Buda! Still, it felt like a total cop-out to visit Budapest and only really visit Pest. So on our last Friday afternoon in Budapest, when the day finally cooled enough, I finally did it. I finally crossed that bridge!
As far as I could see, the Chain Bridge is happily padlock-free, although it doesn’t make it any less romantic.
A glowing sunset reflected on the Parliament building…
… and boats sailing down the still-blue Danube do more to create a romantic atmosphere than declarations of love from a hardware store.
Of course, having the right company also adds to the romance. The fact that a busy husband makes it a point to take a day off from work to be with his pregnant wife is as romantic as day-to-day married life gets!
On the other side of the Chain Bridge was Buda. Hooray, I made it! We immediately took a cable car up Castle Hill…
for sunset-shaded views of Pest, including the Danube and Chain Bridge, of course…
… as well as Budapest’s famous Parliament Building right next to Margaret Island and Margaret Bridge.
This is as far into Buda as I got: watching the rays of the setting sun wash over a patchwork of rooftops, as it disappeared behind the rolling green hills.
From this brief glimpse of Buda, I could immediately see how different it looked and felt from Pest. Maybe I’ve only seen half of the entire picture that is Budapest, but what a pretty picture it’s been.