It's cliché to refer to a place as hauntingly beautiful, but Budapest is simply that. You can almost feel the city's turbulent past as you walk the narrow streets of Buda (the western shore) and Pest (the eastern shore). Despite its past, or more aptly - a likely product of it - there is also a certain vibrancy to the people and places you encounter here. Not quite a living contradiction, but close. It almost seems fitting that Budapest is essentially two cities connected by a common name - as the city itself seems to grapple with its own identity still. Somewhat fittingly, the chain bridge over the Danube River, which connects both east and west, provides a vantage point to experience the two cities which are Budapest.