Friday, 29 October 2010

Gifts, souvenirs and palinkas

Váci Utca

Love shopping? Here's the place! Starting from Vörösmarty Square, where it is pedestrianized, this leads to the Great Market Hall (Nagycsamok) near Fővám Tér.

Walking down the street, you'll be intrigued with a variety of souvenirs shops, as well as designer shops with hefty price tags. Many bar, cafes and restaurants line the street offering a place to relax and grab a bite to eat or an alcoholic beverage, including some excellent local fare. 

Some of the souvenirs bought :

Went into the first souvenir shop and that's where we grab all the stuffs. It was really funny when Michelle was fidgeting with a box and wondering how to open it. Thereafter, the shop lady came over and perform the 'box opening' ceremony. Lols! We were as intrigued as monkeys!

Big mummy and her little girls

Bought a bag. The shop lady even recommend which colour I should take. So awesome la this lady!

A small cup for decoration

A real egg wrapped around with handcraft 

Kar Lai's egg =P

And one for each of us!

We even got discount from this lady since we bought quite a number! No need to bargain!

Bought a pretty handcrafted ring at Bratislava for 2 Euros only

The palinka I bought

And a local alcoholic beverage. Cute looking one. =)


Monday, 25 October 2010

Foods for no thoughts. Just order and enjoy.

Foods that I've not mentioned throughout the trip...

Restaurant #1

Beef goulash

Eggs with something underneath. Not bad a dish.

Beef goulash with mini noodles (their pellet size was really cute, and nice to nom on!) 

Huge big sandwich with lots of stuffing

Beef, bacon, cheese, ham on grilled stick with grilled potato

Desserts were not really nice on this account...

Restaurant #2 - Along Váci Utca

Lamb ragout
- Nice nice nice NICE? 

Mediterranean fish soup 
- Huge crabsticks but the soup tasted really fishy >.<

Poultry consomme with pheasant meat and dumplings (in short, Chicken soup with dumpling)
- Tastes a little like ginseng chicken soup which was very very good!

Mangalica (special Hungarian breed of pig) spare rib roast with rosemary grilled green pepper and mashed potato

Roast veal tenderloin prepared with Mozzarella cheese in creamy sage sauce served with wild rice
- Wild rice was...weird and veal tasted like pork? 

 Tenderloin ragout with chilli and soy served with home made croquette potatoes

- Made to perfection

Buda Castle

Local specialty - Hungarian funnel cake 

Spaghetti like carbonara with a strong scent of cheese

Pancake with a slap of cheese on top

Another type of spaghetti with lots of onions

And of course, HUGE sausages!

Coffee break @ California Coffee Company 

Restaurant #4

Marsall is in and between the posts for Budapest so do check them out here - Day 1 and Day 3

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Bratislava Day 4

Woke up early in the morning to catch the student bus from Budapest to Bratislava
(So cheap at only 4 Euros per person)

Sunny but don't be deceived, it was cold.

Was waiting here just to realized this was not the one.

Arrived in Bratislava after about 2 hours - to a city of no man. 
Behind us is the University of Bratislava.

First thing first, off to find a place for lunch

And we settled in for this, not much of a choice.

And I've no other smaller change other than a 200 Euro note!

Walked around a little and ended at the Magistrate court (or was it not?)

Saw a well and went OIiiiiii...

(I know, things are a little...SLOW. That's because there isn't anything at all to do here!)

We then decided to take off early to the airport to wait instead of walking aimlessly..

Took a tram to the main train station

The radio station.
Michelle wanted to come here but it was a long walk. Somehow, we passed by while in the tram and thus, we've been here as well!

Main train station - Hlavna Stanice

Just to realize...

Main train station? You serious? Where' the people?

Double seriousness...

Triple the seriousness..

Fourth...Give up..there's no one. We get it.

Took this bus from Hlavna Stanica to the airport.

This bus has indeed return me to my hometown for a second. Haven't seen such buses for a very long time.

And thus, the end of the double date trip 

East Midlands - Budapest Ferihegy - Bratislava - Gatwick Airport London - Nottingham