I recently had the utmost pleasure of visiting Budapest, which I can wholeheartedly say is the most beautiful country that I have laid eyes on. Instantly I was obsessed. Within a couple of hours of arriving (and after a couple of glasses of wine) my friend Charley and I had decided that we wanted to drop out of school and never come home. Of course, we didn’t, but after our degrees who knows…?
Here’s a run down of some of my favourite things we did and some of my favourite things that I wore.
First of all, please forgive me for how un-blogger like the chipped nails are…frankly I don’t care enough to fix them. Those loafers however? Possibly my best sale purchase ever. I’m not sure if they’re still there, but check out the New Look sale section if you’re interested, I paid £6.
Our first day was spent with Charley’s family who are absolute angels, truly some of the most wonderful women that I have ever met. We cruised around town in an open-top bus and saw some of Budapest’s stunning architecture, including a stop at the top of the Citadel to see the jaw-dropping views.
Later we headed out for an incredible buffet at the Trófea grill buffet (£15 all you can eat & drink, including alcohol!!!) which was simply beautiful. We headed to an Irish bar after this and to be honest I was a little too messy to even take pictures, so have another picture from in the day hehe…
Y’know those outfits where you feel the absolute bomb and want everybody in the world to see? This was mine, the best bit is how cheap it was. The denim skirt I picked up in a charity shop for £2, the turtle neck was another new look sale buy at £3 and I usually pick up really cheap tights in the market. I threw on a basic pair of black trainers for comfort, then this really cute Floozie bag from Debenhams (£29) and this incredible My VIP Wardrobe monogrammed scarf (£50) for a touch of luxury.
The next day was spent nursing sore heads at the Rudas baths, an absolute must for anybody visiting the city. There is a hot tub on the roof which provides beautiful views over the river (not this view, I didn’t take my phone in and the spa is on the other side).
We later headed out for food and I was so excited to get to wear this floral number from apricot (search: White hibiscus flower print bardot blouse at apricotonline.co.uk) and beloved skirt from one of their previous collections. I very happily worked my way through my fourth burger of the day for dinner and as of yet don’t regret it.
Last night all together ❤ … Here’s a shot with all the lovely ladies, before they unfortunately had to depart the next morning.
So the next day after saying our goodbyes we headed over to the Carpe Noctem Vitae hostel where we spent the next two evenings. Despite my initial princess-like meltdown at this, it was actually lovely and I must confess I was just being a diva…sorry Charley!
That day we visited the incredible House of Terror museum which was incredibly sad and eye-opening. But most definitely worth a visit and with highly affordable admission prices.
After the museum, we headed to Edison ink and bar for tattoos, like you do, right? Then we went out to hunt for pizza, but ended up eating more burgers in TGI Friday’s. I’m not complaining though because of these incredible (virgin lol) cocktails.
Whilst we’re on the topic of going out for drinks, can we appreciate the sleeves on this Anita & Green dress and my highlight game that night??
The next day we headed to look around the Parliament building as well as seeing the shoes on the Danube which once again was an incredibly sobering moment. I can’t recommend the shoes on the Danube, the House of Terrors and the memorial at the parliament building enough if you are in Budapest as it’s so important to remember the victims of those terrible crimes. If you don’t know much about these, they’re definitely worth googling and reading about – you can never know too much!
Enough of the deep and emotional though…Once again, we ate burgers for dinner (are you sensing a trend?). The scariest thing happened that evening though, we didn’t check out a taxi properly and ended up in a taxi (apparently) ran by the Hungarian mafia. Luckily, we only got ripped off, but the experience was nerve racking none-the-less. TOP TIP: Only get in taxis with a company name on, even if its a yellow one.
On a cheerier note – here’s a cute picture of Charley by the Danube:
Our last day was spent with very heavy hearts strolling around the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, which of course were absolutely stunning. The Fisherman’s Bastion gives an amazing view over the river for a small entrance fee, 400HUF (approx £1.10) I believe. There’s also a lovely little cafe (although a little expensive) if you’d rather spend your money on a drink and get a very similar view.
I can’t put this picture here without talking about these Shutica shoes (www.shutica.com , £139, search blush off the rose 10). I couldn’t recommend them more as quality is great and they’re stunning, although I would definitely size up as I’m usually a 5 and the 5 was very tight at first. Even better, they match amazingly with the Koko Couture Darcy bag (£22).
Then, eventually the time came…to go home 🙁 I was too sad for outfit pictures that day, so here’s a picture from on our way out in my trusty Topshop Joni jeans in black (£36), a cute gingham shirt also from Topshop (£29, search Gingham Mutton Sleeve blouse), my favourite boots from Zara which I unfortunately can’t find on the website right now and a very cute borrowed suitcase (hehe).
*Please note that some items in this post were gifted in exchange for a feature, however all opinions are my own and I would never talk about something which I don’t really like.*