OMG. You guys. You will NEVER guess what happened to me in Budapest!!! We were walking down a pedestrian street near our hotel — actually one of the most beautiful pedestrian shopping streets in the world — ranked 7th out of 16 among shopping streets in Paris, Milan, and Amsterdam. It’s renowned for it’s atmosphere and attractiveness, and is one of the most popular sites in Budapest. It was right by our hotel, so we walked down this street multiple times a day.
I looked up at one of the many colorful outdoor cafe awnings lining the street, when to my complete shock I saw MY HANDWRITING. Like, my ACTUAL HANDWRITING on a restaurant awning in Budapest!!! How totally amazing is that??!
They had it on banners and signs all over the restaurant…
They even had a flat screen TV where the logo would occasionally pop up with my handwriting. See “The Italian Kitchen in Budapest”??! That’s my handwriting! You can download it as a font here.
Earlier this year I took a “What Font Are You?” quiz on Buzzfeed and also got MY handwriting. So crazy!! I feel like I’m in an episode of The Twilight Zone!! :)
Then later at an outdoor market, I found magnets with another one of my fonts! That funky Budapest font is another font I made, Rebekah’s Birthday. So crazy! I love seeing the fonts pop up everywhere!! :)
If I didn’t already love Budapest, I totally would now!! :) We had such a fun time in this city. It was so beautiful and we loved how not crowded it was. Plus the food was amazing!! Keep an eye out for my post on the food!! :)
On our first day there, we took a walking tour with Discover Budapest to see the sights and learn some of the history of Budapest. Did you know the Rubik’s Cube and the ball point pen were invented in Hungary?
Above is St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s the tallest building in Budapest — tied with the Hungarian Parliament building — representing that church and state are equal.
You can go up to the top for an incredible panoramic view of the city!! From here you can see all over Budapest… Buda Castle, Matthais Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion…
A peek at the Budapest Eye… Budapest’s giant ferris wheel.
All the way to the red domes of the Hungarian Parliament Building and the vibrant green tiled roof of the Hungarian State Treasury.
We also got a peek at one of Budapest’s famous Turkish bath houses, the Széchenyi Spa. The water is supplied by two hot springs, and it’s the largest thermal bath in all of Europe. Going to the spa is totally a thing in Budapest! :)
Heroes’ Square was one of my favorite historic monuments in Budapest. It was built in 1896 to celebrate the 1000-year anniversary of the founding of Budapest. Behind the tall column are two matching colonnades, each with seven statues featuring famous figures of Hungarian history.
Next up was the fairytale-like Vajdahunyad Castle. It’s one of the most beautiful attractions in Budapest. During the summer and fall, you can take a romantic boat ride around the lake, and in winter it turns into an ice skating rink.
Vajdahunyad Castle hosts various festivals and events throughout the year.
We just happened to be there during a food festival! We were in heaven running around to all the different booths checking out the local fare.
After walking around all day we popped in for a short break to rest our feet and get some free WiFi at the famous New York Cafe in the Boscolo Budapest Hotel. This is not your typical coffee shop! How fun would it be to spend an afternoon here with a pastry and cup of coffee and chat with a good friend?
On the way back to the hotel, we walked down Váci Street, the pedestrian shopping street I mentioned earlier.
How fun is this colorful cafe with it’s hanging lanterns??
Okay, we could not leave Budapest without checking out a ruin pub! Szimpla Kert is Budapest’s oldest and most famous ruin pub.
Ruin Pubs are one of Budapest’s most unique attractions. They are bars that pop up in formerly abandoned buildings and are decorated with a hodgepodge of retro decor. Their live music and unique atmosphere make Budapest’s ruin pubs extremely popular hot spots!
Of course we went at like 2pm on a Sunday afternoon (because we’re wild and crazy like that) so the party was not quite hopping yet. Haha.
I thought the texture of this wall was so unique. I immediately thought of you guys and wanted to offer it as a full-size download for anyone who wants to use it to create textures or anything crafty like that. Let me know what you do with it! I’ll link to it here so everyone can enjoy. :)
Be sure to check out my first post on Budapest for more of Budapest’s must-see sights.
Stay tuned for the AMAZING food we found in Budapest!! :) You don’t want to miss it!! :)
Have a great weekend!! :) xoxo