by Chris Ryall

Chris is an avid traveller who loves immersing himself into the local culture. He has been fortunate to do just that in more than 80 countries. His camera lens focuses not only on stunning landscapes but on the faces of the locals at markets and going about their daily lives.

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Castle district

Located on the Buda side is the city’s cultural and historical Castle District and home to the Buda Castle. Walk (it’s a steep walk!) or hop on a bus, funicular or segway for the ride up to the top of Castle Hill. Here Budapest and Hungary’s rich culture and history intertwine. Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard held every hour in front of the Presidential Palace. Learn about Hungary’s turbulent history and significant arts contribution at Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery.

Danube river cruise

Relax in comfort, sip on your favourite beverage while enjoying a scenic Danube River cruise. Budapest offers numerous choices from basic sightseeing 60-minute cruises to elegant evening dinner cruises with live bands. As you cruise down the river observe Budapest’s architectural and design marvels from the Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Citadella, Mt. Gellért, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge and Margaret Island. Budapest is especially beautiful at night when the lights on Parliament and other buildings are illuminated. Most river cruises offer narrated multilingual audio guides.

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Quirky museums

Budapest has numerous traditional art and history museums but it likes to show off its quirky side too. Fond of magic? Check out the House of Houdini, and learn what tricks magician Harry Houdini (who was born in Budapest) had up his sleeve. Chocoholics can satisfy their cravings at the Szamos Chocolate Museum featuring a scale model of Budapest’s Parliament Building. Think you are a Pinball Wizard? Get your flippers going at the Budapest Pinball Museum equipped with more than 130 vintage pinball machines.

Central Market Hall

A feast for your eyes and your taste buds are waiting at one of Europe’s most beautiful indoor markets. Built in 1896, Central Market Hall in Pest is an architecturally and foodie pleasing marketplace serving up the freshest produce, meats, fish, and distinctly Hungarian paprika, wine from Tokaj, goose liver and more. On the upper level, pick up some local handicrafts and grab a bite from vendors selling inexpensive mouth-watering chicken paprika, goulash and sausage meals. Culture tastes good.

Budapest baths

It’s always bath time in Budapest! Home to 118 natural springs ranging in temperature from 21 to 78 Celsius, visiting the baths is a ritual for locals as is a daily morning cup of java.

Enjoy the therapeutic benefits in one of Europe’s largest bath complexes, Széchenyi Bath with its thermal pools, saunas, steam rooms – you can even have a private beer bath! Rudas Bath has been the destination of bathers since 1520 and has a skyline view of Pest. For traditionalists Lukács Bath is a great choice with stunning centuries old architecture and a local favourite. It’s best to call ahead as some baths have male and female only days. Bring your own towel, sandals and robe to save a few dollars.

Canadian Rockies Hot Springs,
WestJet takes you there

A few kilometers from Calgary, in Banff, you can also visit the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs.

And in addition, you can earn or use Flying Blue Miles on WestJet flights to Calgary.

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