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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Budapest...


I'm off for a short break tomorrow: going to Budapest with Pete. Has anyone got any tips about good places to go see while we're there?

I'm... wait for it... Hungary for knowledge (geddit?! Hungary? Hungry? Oh, please youselves!)

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:58 am

    in the centre of the city, actually not far from the Marks and Spencer's shop there is a club called 'Angel' - or at least there was 3 years ago. It's a cavernous little place and one can - could - pick up/take back to the hotel/etcetera, a young guy for around, what was then, £20....... spunky f******! We, the three of us, had a great time.

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  2. Anonymous2:35 am

    .....codicil (sic) to previous entry......

    The young man who was 'paid' £20 (and almost all the contents of the hotel mini-bar) was exceptionally willing. It was such a joyfully erotic menage a trois and My! I still feel a surge in my packet and smile contently, years later, whenever I am prompted to recall the encounter. An almost farcical hotel room experience - one of us was in a sling - his manipulation of the little refrigerated drinks cabinet holding the overpriced miniatures with one hand, and our eager cocks with the thankfully spare other one....utterly charming dexterity. And all the time eager, dying, to get to Loooondoooon [for pronunciation advice - think Lugosi]. If someone told me he was now 'operating' - for a hellavu lot more than a miniature I'd expect - from The Village, Soho, I'd be reaching for my invisible pearls, aghast at the bravado and I'd be offering upwards of £200! Positively willingly. He said his name was Bella.

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  3. richard2:48 pm

    Picture this - Budapest 1989, before the wall came down. I remeber cheap, buning alcohol, that tasted the same, no matter what bottle it came from. Of the many baths I think there was called Gelert or someting similar on the Buda side of the river by the Elizabeth bridge. It was a strange mixture of municipal and ancient with tiny stained glass lights perforating the domed ceiling over the central bath. Not the least bit plush but it felt 'right' somehow. It was a long time ago and I'm sure everything has changed. I remember walking round a sculpture park on an island in freezing cold with the thickest hoar frost on every twig of every tree - quite beautiful and possibly the coldest I've ever been. There was also a very strange miniature railway run by children up in the Buda Hills. Funny what stays in the mind. Hope you have a great time.

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  4. "Spoon" - highly recommendable restaurant ... on a boat !

    also another restaurant whose name escapes me, up in the old town (will see if i can dig the name out ... but it's off one of the cobblestone streets, with lots of medieval heraldic decor inside)

    don't bother with the Four Seasons hotel restaurant - overpriced, over-rated, over it

    the catacombs in the old town are quite fun

    hiring bikes and riding around Margit-sziget

    Coxx Bar/Chaos for the homo-thing

    there's enough to keep you busy !

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  5. Thanks, guys. All good advice. Had fab time!

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