Sunday, 6 March 2011

Welcome to Budapest, home to the Lords of the Underworld universe!

As you know in March the Book Bloggers Anonymous are discussing The Darkest Night (Book #1 in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter) at the BBA Goodreads Group all through March, swing by and join us.

Today I would like to take you on a virtual tour of Budapest, capital of Hungary, country located in Central Europe (next to Austria) where the LOTU universe is set.

And as a born and raised Hungarian from Budapest, who could better show you the beauties of the city than me? So sit back comfortable and ejoy the tour!

"Budapest was a place of majestic beauty, old-world charm and modern pleasures..."
-- The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter 

1. The Buda castle 
Photo credit: Bacsa Áron
Just as Rome Budapest is situated on 7 hills, and on one of them is built the Buda Castle. It has been badly damaged in the world wars, and this is its most modern look, but at night with all the lights reflected on the Danube can you say it is not a magical setting?

2. The Chain Bridge (Lánchíd)

Was the first bridge constructed to connect the two banks of the city (Buda and Pest) separated by the Danube.Still today it is one of the most beautiful and beloved bridges of Budapest, I bet you can understand why:

by day:

and by night:

The Protector Lions up close:

3. Fishermen's Bastion

Isn't it beautiful with its gothic lace towers? Again situated on a hill and looking out on the Pest side of the Danube.

4. The Hungarian Parliament:

Now that you have seen some of the most beautiful buildings and sights, it's time for you to soak up the athmosphere of the city. So ready?

5. View of the Pest side of the city from the Gellért Hill and the Citadelle:

View of the Parliament and Marguerite Island:

6. Andrássy avenue:

This is the Hungarian version of the Champs Élysées of Paris (it was originally constructed after them): it is the grandest boulevard/avenue of the city, with breathtaking villas on each side:

(the Hungarian Opera House and Ballet Institute are also on this avenue), and the most expensive and elegant shops: be it Gucci, Louis Vuitton or Armani, you can find them all on Andrássy út:

7. Life in Budapest:

Budapest is full of street cafés and restaurants:

and Christmas fairs:

and pubs and nightclubs:

and spas:

and Turkish baths:

Ok, I think this might be enough for our first little stroll, don't want to tire you all out. I hope you liked discovering some sights of Budapest, and if you are ever in Europe, do stop by, it is a beautiful city with tons of amazing things to see and do, I truly do love living here :-)

Join the events, share the LOTU love and have fun!

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