Budapest

    Budapest is made up of Buda on one side of the Danube and Pest on the other. When we were there, the Danube was in full flood, which was quite impressive, but threw a spanner in the works of the people taking the boat trips.

    The Parliment was interesting. Hungary use to have two houses of parliment, but one was disbanded after World War II, so there is only one chamber in use. The actual building was built in the late 19th century. They held a competition to come up with the plans and liked some of them so much, they built three houses of parliment. One they use as a parliment and two others.

    We also took a trip out to a town on the Danube Bend. I really liked it. Sure, parts were a tourist trip, but get behind the plethera of craft shops and you can get a feel for the place. Little laneways and nooks and crannies to poke about in.


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Coming into Budapest
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Cute cop cars
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The Danube
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Closeup of the Danube in flood
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Yeap, the Danube was high
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Nothing like a demon to hold up a lamp
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Palace of Art
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Hero's Square
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Hero's Square, the statues are figures from Hungarian history
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Archangel Gabriel, The Millennium Monument
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Detail at the Museum of Fine Arts
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Museum of Fine Arts
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Leaders of the founding tribes of Hungary
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Detail of the Millennium Monument
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This statue represents knowledge and glory
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This statue represents war
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Another shot of the Fine Art Museum
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Millennium Monument
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Looking up the main avenue
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Millennium Monument
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Hero's Square
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Palace of Art
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Hungarian Opera House
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Front of the Opera House
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Parliment House
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Door Detail
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One of the Bridge lions on Szechenyi Chain Bridge
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This building was near Matthias Church, it stills shows war damage
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Monument near Matthias Church
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Matthias Church
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Statue out the front of Matthias Church
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Matthias Church
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Horsies!
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The guy who renovated Matthias Church had a raven as his family symbol
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The church
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Inside the church
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The main alter
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Detail of the walls
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Pulpit and window, Matthias Church
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Window detail
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Another shot of the alter
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The ceiling
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Stephen I of Hungry, near Fisherman's Bastian
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View of Budapest from Fisherman's Bastian
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Another view of Budapest
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Stephen I again
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Buildings up near Matthias Church
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Hungarian Parliment from the other side of the river
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Building detail
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Another of the lions, I liked them
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The Passing building
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The parliment building
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National dress
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Parliment building
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Inside parliment
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Staircase inside parliment
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Now this is a stairway!
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Another shot of the stairway
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The dome
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This was the room for members
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The main chamber
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Outside parliment again
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Ethnographic Museum
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St Stephen's Basillica
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Dome of St Stephen's
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Chair detail in St Stephen's
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Square in front of St Stephen's
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St Stephen's Basillica
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Apparently Gundel is famous for their pancakes
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Gundel's!
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We did a trip out to Szentendre on the Danube Bend
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Poking my head into people's backyard
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Looking over Szentendre to the Danube
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Rooftops
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Lots of alleys and backstreets
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Part of the dining room of the hotel
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The Danube was so high we needed a special walkway to get to the boat
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Buda Castle
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Buda Castle again
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Liberty Bridge and Corvinus University
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Liberty Bridge
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Parliment Building
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Other side of the Parliment Building
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Light in the hotel
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The Technical University
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Both Hungary and Poland are dotted with communist era buildings like these
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No idea what this sign actually says
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A special cow
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This ski resort was our lunch stop
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