Budapest is one of the few cities that I know I could quite happily live in. It is beautiful and lively with a stunning architecture and a dark history.
After the problems with the van we decided to have a treat and bought a 'hop on, hop off' sightseeing bus ticket. Budapest is quite spread out so this ended up being a great way of seeing everything and deciding which things to see in more detail.
We ended up seeing some fantastic sites, but one of the things that will stick in my head is the Terror exhibition which sounds dreadful but the way it displays the information and artifacts is so unusual it is a completley absorbing and compelling museum. It is based in the building which once would have been Gestapo head quaters but then with the advance of communism was turned over to the KGB. It's very difficult to describe the experience you are given within the building. The use of music, film and interaction is unique. It's more like being in an art installation than anything else.
Budapest is full of parks which at the moment are full of lovely autumn leaves and unusual sculptures. They have a huge sand timer which takes precisely 365 days for the Sand to fall to the bottom. Every new year they have to use pulleys and people to turn it 180deg so it can start again!
Off to Prague next and very excited as could be meeting up with other human beings!