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A Budapest long weekend

A Budapest long weekend

Old Sep 24, 2023, 2:03 pm
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Iíve gone for what is far too much food, three meze plus a main course but having had nothing but a langosh in the last 10 hours we will see.







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Old Sep 24, 2023, 2:05 pm
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A Ďlittleí amuse bouche of zaatar bread!




And this excellent Chardonnay


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Old Sep 24, 2023, 2:11 pm
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We have the spicy potatoes, hummus with meat, and kibbeh, plus some pita bread





This could be a challenge even before the mains arrive!
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Old Sep 24, 2023, 2:59 pm
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And the schwarma




all of the dishes were very good. The spicy potatoes were very spicy and made a great foil for the grilled beef. The Kibbeh would be the one dish that disappointed slightly, and only because it needed a sauce. It was perfectly cooked and spiced but fell apart and you ended up chasing ground beef around the plate where a sauce would have tied it all together.

Very reasonably priced, with a beer and two glasses of wine the total bill came in well short of £50.

It now 11pm and just finishing off another glass of the excellent Chardonnay before heading to bed. A lazy start tomorrow as I donít need to leave the hotel until close to noon
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Old Sep 24, 2023, 3:35 pm
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A dark and moody photo to close the day because for some reason the phone has decided that this is bright enough and no flash required. In any event, a Remy Martin XO and an americano will see the night out nicely
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 12:27 am
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A reasonable but not great nights sleep due to a very noisy air conditioner. Fiddle with the controls as I might I could not get it to shut down. Around 2am I got up to see if there was an idiots guide to the seemingly simple but ineffective controls, and then I noticed a second controller in the bedroom almost completely hidden by the TV! Silence ensued but return to sleep took a while.

This morning is once again gray and overcast but there are occasional breaks in the cloud so maybe a little sun is on the way for my final few hours





The breakfast offering in the lounge is identical to that at the weekend so it is time to settle in with a coffee and watch the world go by.
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 12:55 am
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This morning there will just be enough time for a little retail therapy before my airport transfer. There was a very interesting chocolate shop that was closed when I passed by yesterday, and I also want to have a longer wander up past the chain bridge.
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 3:10 am
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Chocolate acquired, bags packed, just time for a quick coffee before my airport pickup. Next stop, Budapest airport.
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 4:49 am
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Quickly through the airport, security was empty, passport control likewise, and up into the lounge all in under 15 minutes.

Departure board is currently showing the flight as on time but Iím getting all sorts of doom and gloom updates from flightly and TripIt so expecting that to change
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 4:57 am
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Very nice observation deck up at the lounge level






I must admit that my heart sank a little bit when I saw that it was a plaza premium lounge but Iíve been very pleasantly surprised









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Old Sep 25, 2023, 5:09 am
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Oh well, more lounge time 😆


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Old Sep 25, 2023, 7:24 am
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Spent the last couple of hours in the lounge chatting to a lovely Spanish lady about anything and everything.


15:20 local time, weíre all onboard and the plane is buttoned up but now are having to remain on stand for 10 minutes. Starting to get a little nervous about meeting my next flight given that I need to transit to T5 so may have to get my hustle on.

Seat 1F, clear skies, hoping for some good photos as we clear Budapest.
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 8:15 am
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Thank you - I've really enjoyed reading this excellent report. I think it's time for another visit to Budapest, the last time we went, we flew with Malev!
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Old Sep 25, 2023, 10:17 am
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And weíve landed, roughly 40 minutes late. At a remote stand with the buses waiting for us! BA taketh, BA giveth back, my LHR-NCL flight is also delayed 40 minutes so now no need to hustle to get to T5.

Cabin crew were great this flight, and service was faultless. Still trying all the various special meals, I had opted for the Muslim meal and itís the best meal I have had in CE so far. The curry had just the right amount of heatÖ Iíll be ordering that one again


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Old Sep 25, 2023, 11:59 am
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Originally Posted by Harper50505
Thank you - I've really enjoyed reading this excellent report. I think it's time for another visit to Budapest, the last time we went, we flew with Malev!
Thanks! Really enjoying doing them. Definitely should have Budapest on the list, absolutely amazing city!
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