03.06.2016 - 03.06.2016 23 °C
We headed over to Mammut shopping centre and wandered the shops for a while. Louise found heaps of cool shoes but didn't buy any so we didn't blow the budget. Eventually we contemplated what to have for lunch and after evaluating prices decided on a couple of large slices of pizza which only cost $1.05 each. With the day escaping us we headed over to the opera house to book a segway tour nearby. With the only option being 6pm we had a couple of hours to utilize. Reeling from the closeness of the previous nights escape room we figured out where other nearby escape rooms were and plodded their way. After getting lost and refinding our way we finally found the first one which was frustratingly closed. We googled and found another one and Uber'd it there only to find it closed as well. With time running out we crossed the road looking for something to eat and drink. We wandered in to an establishment that looked popular and ordered a couple of drinks. By the time we had paid for them we found out that this was solely a drinking establishment and sold no food of any kind. We downed our drinks and headed back to the Opera house to begin our tour.
The segway tour was a lot of fun. We headed out zooming between pedestrians and got to see a lot of the famous sites including St Stephen's Basilica and Liberty Square and crossed Margaret bridge before doing a tour of Margaret Island. St Stephens was preserved during WWII only due to the fact that the bomb, that plowed through it's dome and into the church below, did not explode. The church also has a mummified arm and leg in it apparently. Another interesting fact or two is that no other building in Budapest could be / can be higher then the Basilica church or Parliament buildings. The Soviets however put two red stars up - one on top of the dome and one on top of parliament to show that communism was above the church, state and everything else!
On the way back we passed by Parliament whose design was based on the British parliament and looks quite magnificent!
Despite our misfortune in Prague I was still motivated to try some local cuisine so we stopped off at a Hungarian restaurant which turned out to be a bit over priced. We ordered the tasting platter for entree and I guess the waiter thought that was all we wanted as he took our menus away. Having completed the tasting platter which sported Hungarian salami, fried livers (we didn't finish those), goose crackling, cream cheese paste, tomatoes, cucumber, cured ham, butter and bread we weren't hungry enough to order a whole main each so I ordered an apple strudel and Louise got a sour cherry strudel.
We then headed to a ruin bar called Instant. Ruin bars are abandoned buildings in the downtown area that are so called not safe for residential living but OK to run a bar out of. Instant is like a whole three story building with interconnected rooms which are set up differently but still using the old building. i.e. the bathroom has been gutted, pipes capped off and a couch put into the room. All the rooms have mismatched furniture and random designs. They had several eating areas, a bar upstairs and downstairs, foosball tables, lounge rooms etc. incorporating the whole apartment building. After a wander through we headed home for a well earned rest.