High point: Seeing the Szechenyi baths in full swing on a Sunday afternoon
Low Point: Finding out Budapest is not one of those places that is easy to show up and find an inexpensive place to stay
Local food/flavor: Budapest has a wide variety of international cuisine available, but local dishes include goulash and paprika chicken. We also discovered Hungary has some very nice wines as well.
Unique Sights: Realizing that Budapest has a "buda" and a "pest." Buda, which is on the west side of the Danube River, is hilly, green and quiet. Pest, on the east bank of the Danube, is flat and filled with businesses, shops, cafés, traffic, and anything else you can imagine.
Things we did:
Soaked in the thermal pools at the Szechenyi baths
Walked along the Danube River to the Parliament building
Ate, drank and simply enjoyed the well known Andrassy Street. Andrassy street contains shops, cafes, outdoor restaurants and is the "main" street of Pest.
Caught a bird's eye view of Budapest from Fisherman's Bastion
Explored the grounds of the Budapest Castle
Toured the House of Terror, a museum chronicling the horrors of the Nazi occupation and communist regimes in Hungary
Toured the Dohany St. Synagogue, the largest active synagogue in Europe
We spent a lot of time in various Budapest cafés planning the next leg of our trip