Monday, July 24, 2017

Budapest, a cultural overload.

04h40!
I had crossed the Danube from Pest to Buda during my morning walk.
I tried to be up early most mornings that we were on our trip
in order to get images that did not include either locals or tourists.

04h30...
And not a soul in sight, except for the homeless and the city cleaners...
and, of course, me.

I found these buildings near the Danube.
They reminded me of a row of houses that could possibly feature in a horror movie,
or perhaps a period drama

The Danube...which is approximately 2400km long.
The river is used for the transportation of goods, and cruising.

Sunrise over Pest.
The ship moored on the side of the Danube is one of the
 river cruise liners that have become popular with International tourists

From another early morning walk.
These buildings, reflected in the almost calm waters of the Danube caught my attention.

You might think that I was fixated on this stretch of the Danube.
Truth be told, there is just too much to see in the short time that I was here,
that I had to concentrate on parts rather than the whole of the city.
The large red roofed building is just one of the many Spa's in the city

The Budapest Railway station...or part of it.
The building is enormous and has a total of 17 platforms.

The main market.
A shoppers paradise. But be warned it only opens at 09h00 and it closes at 18h30 exactly.

A view of both sides of the city from a lookout point on the "Hop-on,Hop-off" bus route.
The tour stops here for about 20 minutes to give everyone a chance to take pictures.

This is the Dohány Street Synagogue
Construction started in 1854 and was completed in 1859
The building seats 3000 worshippers and when it was inaugurated,
it was the largest place of Jewish worship

While wandering the streets, I stumbled upon this apartment block.
That is part of why I enjoy walking through towns and cities,
you never know what you might discover

Seen from a river cruise that we did on our final evening.
This was included in the price of the "Hop-on, Hop-off" bus ride we had done earlier.

Scenes from our city bus tour...

This copper roof caught my attention as it looked so new.
Perhaps part of repair work done recently?

There are trams that seem to run in every direction.
Public transport in Europe is superb and is very easy and reasonably cheap to access.

Street lights...

And church spires
One of the MANY churches that I walked past.
As time was  of the essence here, I did not get to see the interiors of any

This building looks like it could be used for the balcony scene
of "Romeo and Juliet".

On the Danube.

It was ironic that I found this sign outside the airport as we were LEAVING.
We had come in by coach, but were flying back to Amsterdam before our return leg to Johannesburg.



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and a seat that reclines further than the regular economy seats. 
An absolute bonus on the Long leg from Jhb- Amsterdam and back. 


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