Peter and Fiona Boman's @absinthemindedswede is one of our favorite Instagram feeds to follow for beautiful travel photography. They have a particular knack for acknowledging small details that might otherwise go unoticed, like a charming doorway or a restaurant manager with stunning blue eyes. Their Budapest #FathomTakeover was an especially captivating look at an enchanting city that seems to be a recent addition to every serious traveler's must-visit list.
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Budapest is a fascinating, almost hypnotic east-meets-west city with the Danube running down the middle. It's gritty and romantic, young and old, tranquil and majestic, crumbling and rejuvenated. There are reminders of its belle époque grandeur as well as the communist and fascist rule at more or less every turn. You see polished luxury hotels and ruin bars in equal measures. It has some of the world's grandest thermal baths and an abundance of culture. You can almost feel the ghosts of Korda, Curtiz, Lugosi et al. holding court. And then there's the food: the cakes, the coffee. There seem to be great restaurants, cafes, or bars everywhere. Yet, it's very apparent that this city is not interested in foodie trends. Rather, Budapest seems to be as curious about contemporary cuisine as it is tremendously proud of its native fare. Thanks for coming along for a tour of the magnificent city.