I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had heard good reports from friends who had previously visited Budapest in Hungary, so this is where we eventually decided to go.
One of the main advantages we found of traveling into Eastern Europe was that our money went quite far. For less than we would normally pay to stay in a two star hostel in Barcelona or Paris, we managed to rent a private apartment in the centre of Pest. The cost also included the cost of someone meeting us personally at the airport and driving us back to the apartment (although we did have to pay a little extra for a ride back to the airport at the end of the holiday).
My initial impressions of the city were that the shops and fast food establishments were getting very westernised (with branches of M&S and Burger King found across the city), but the styles of many things seemed to be a bizare blend of both 70's and 90's fashions.
I've included a photo of a telephone box I found in Buda. How many colours are there? The telephone handle is pink, the telephone's body is blue, while the telephone box itself is green and yellow!
During our stay, we managed to take in quite a few trips. One of my favourites was up into the Buda Hills. I've included a short video clip.
We set of by taking the underground metro from Pest into Buda. We then transfered onto a tram to take us to the base of the hills. Next we took the cogwheel railway up into the hills.