I find cities utterly captivating, not your everyday tourist ‘must see’ parts of the city, the hidden parts, the ones that take a little exploring to find.
Budapest for example, a city with many different personalities, a surprisingly cosmopolitan side with some of the finest dining I’ve had the pleasure to experience Onyx, wonderfully luxurious shopping on the tree lined Andrássy út with its exquisite historic architecture basking in dappled sunlight.
On the other side, Budapest also has an overwhelming darkness to it, at night it changes into a different beast, an excessive city in all forms, but here’s the thing, that’s what helps make a city great - contrasts.
Immersing yourself in hidden neighbourhoods and daily life, side streets and local restaurants all help give you a unique sense of place. Take time to see the city, really see it, the details, words and displays in independent shop windows, ruins and faded architecture, the sights and smells that make it unique allow you to feel a city.
Everything hidden but all in plain sight.