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First Pest, Then Buda

Probably the first thing you learn when you’re traveling to Hungary is that Buda and Pest were two cities, divided by the Danube River, and became a single city in 1873. Buda means “water” and Pest (pronounced “pesht”) means “hot hole.” Can you guess why? Of course, because of their famous spas! I spent my…

Hungary: Heart of Europe

Nestled prominently in the City Park of Budapest, is a magical castle. Vajdahunyad was originally built from cardboard and wood for the Millennial Exhibition of 1896, but was so popular it was rebuilt from stone and brick about ten years later. What makes it magical is that it’s composed of different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic,…

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