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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

St Stephens Cathedral and Superb Georgian Cuisine At Hachapuri

Aloha Everyone,

This morning JJ and I took a 5 minutes stroll from Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 25, our apartment, to Stephen's Basilica. This Roman Catholic Cathedral is dedicated to St Stephens (István)  the first Hungarian Christian King. The church had 3 prominent architects but only József Kauser was able to see its completion in 1905.

Our friends, John and Pat mentioned about the relic of the mummified forearm of St Stephens. In order to view the relic, one needs to deposit 200 HUF, then the interior of the display case will light up for 2 minutes. We were not that interested and passed. 

Balàzs (pronounced Beaularjé) at City Sightseeing Tour Hop On Hop Off learned English in school and also when he went to work in Northern Ireland.

We stopped at Hacgapuri (means cheese and bread) for lunch. The place turned out to be a Georgian restaurant. Our appetizer, steamed dumpling stuffed with spinach was huge - about the size of my palm. When J.J. picked up his fork and knife, our waitress quickly stopped us and gestured for us to use fingers.

My choice of skewered beef was outstanding both in presentation and taste.

Here's J.J.'s grilled chicken.

Our charming waitress, Antol Ria Marianna told us that she is from Ukraine and has been living in Budapest for 7 years. Here she is joined by other staff, Buda Istuàn on left and anonymous young man who volunteered to pose with our Flat Granddaughter.

Aloha -- Cathi