Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas in Budapest Pt. I

This year we spent Christmas in Budapest, a city far more beautiful than I had ever imagined. We visited St. Stephen's church, managing to catch it when it the sun was perfectly shining through the nave, illuminating the basilica in a heavenly golden glow. We later returned for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, ushering in the holy day with hundreds of other international visitors (and at least a few locals who were able to sing along in Hungarian).

This being only our second Christmas together, it was our first opportunity to turn last year's activities into official traditions. Away from home, it was challenging to replicate much of our previous Christmas celebration, but we did manage to celebrate with a delicious brunch at the Four Seasons again, this time at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace (below). Though Gresham Palace never actually housed royals, the building was certainly palatial in look and feel and a beautiful place to celebrate together on Christmas morning.

Christmas evening saw us strolling along Andr├íssy Avenue to Heroes' Square, which honors the leaders of Hungary's seven founding tribes. We ended the night with friends, dessert, and live music at the beautiful early 20th century Callas Cafe before packing up the next morning and returning to Hamburg.

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