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R&R Family. Entertainment. Travel. ON LEAVE


Visitors to Budapest, Hungary (left), can enjoy attrac- tions such as thermal baths (above) and the Great Market Hall (below).


Travel to Budapest for Old-World Charm H


ungary is solidly Euro- pean in terms of culture, history, and architecture.


Just go for a night stroll on the twin-towered Szechenyi Chain Bridge that connects Buda and Pest across the Danube or tour St. Stephen’s Basilica. If you visit Budapest in the


winter, the Széchenyi thermal bath in City Park is especially magical. Naturally hot spring water meets the cold air, result- ing in clouds of steam so thick that, at times, the imposing neo- baroque building facade resem- bles a mere apparition. Café Vian, a French bistro on


the scene since 1998, feels like home after a long day wandering


around Castle Hill or the Royal Palace. Try the chicken papri- kash — and stay for a drink, or three. Rush is not in the lexicon. A ride on the metro


or streetcar is a must. The M1 line, the sec- ond-oldest underground railway in the world, dates back to the 1890s. It’s difficult to feel anything but joy when the doors close to carnival music. Budapest’s Great Market Hall


offers a respite from the typical. Stock up on produce and cured meat staples, and get a look at


32 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018 flavor is here. If you, like many visi-


tors, find it difficult to imagine fascism and communism here, set aside an afternoon for the House of Terror.


— By Willow Nero For related xxxxx stories, visi PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK (FROM TOP, MOMENTE, TTSTUDIO, ELLA SARKISYAN)


PLAN YOUR VISIT


pig snouts, caviar, and paprika. Hand-embroidered linens, or- nately painted eggs, and Com- munist-era fur hats are on offer upstairs. But save room for a lángos from the up- stairs kiosk. These deep-fried dough puffs can be found all over Europe, but your best bet


for unadulterated Hungarian garlic


Check out the Museum of Military History for uniforms, medals, flags, and weaponry dating from be- fore the Turkish conquest of Hungary. Exhib- its focus par- ticularly on the 1848–49 War of Independence and the Hungar- ian Royal Army from 1918-43.


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