I have just returned from a 7 week trip around Europe , UK and Ireland. Whilst in Budapest we had the good fortune to visit the Buda Castle Area which is very interesting and not at all what I expected. Budapest was a very pleasant surprise and this area if you ever visit is a must not miss experience. On our travel we found a quaint little Gift Shop called Yulla Creatives in an area know locally as Fortuna Passage and they were selling genuine hand crafted Hungarian Ceramic products that were not only beautifully hand painted but of a very high quality. Some of the Christmas decorations were exceptional and it made me feel very sad that Australians are so limited to cheap overseas reproductions when for the same money and in many cases less it was possible to buy absolutely beautiful items originally made and handcrafted. Why do we accept rubbish over quality ? The gentleman who runs this shop is called "Marko" and he is funny , witty and entertaining and if you actually bother to spend time in his shop you will find he knows an awful about the area as well. There is also an exceptional restaurant and bookstore adjacent to the Gift Shop. Just beware the area does have cobblestones so come well prepared with good walking shoes. The views from this area are spectacular and musicians play instruments I have never seen before (a piano like instrument played with sticks ) so it certainly opens up your senses and broadens the mind about what exists on the other side of the world.
For all the Australians contemplating a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest or vice versa make sure you visit this area and be sure to drop in and see "Marko" and don't just walk in and walk out - that's very rude and a bit ignorant - have a chat to him and ask questions about his products and the area in general and I will be astonished if you do not walk out with at least one item.
I rate this part of our trip right at the top and we brought back some beautiful hand painted plates and a couple of Christmas Tree decorations and in all our travels we have seen nothing else like it.
Anyway Budapest is special. If you can also get to see their Parliament - its truly magnificent.
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