Category: ‘Travels’

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 8

May 11, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Nephew Robert took us out to dinner and took us a crepe place for lunch: Nagyi Pali. Everything was terrific there! Here is another shot of the Parliment Building. I guess that during Robert and my mom’s walk there early in the morning the fog was rising off the Danube and here is a photo of that.

Here is the Opera House, a stature of the composer Liszt and some shots of its interior. Mom bought a music box that played a Franz Liszt composition.

We then took the subway to Vajdahunyad Castle and ambled around the grounds. I don’t know who this sculpture of a bearded man was, but he reminded me of my husband. Robert commented that the entwining of these fishes’ tails seemed x-rated to him. LOL! I told him that it couldn’t be, since it is in a public park.

Suddenly, like a flash, a Yorkshire Terrier pup ran into and out of my camera frame.

Here we are at the Széchenyi thermal baths, which is only a short walk from the Castle. The cement block is a steam vent and lets steam escape into the air. In the winter, there is a huge cloud of vapor here. The interior was highly decorated, with a marine theme. The first mosaic is of Poseidon with his two sons who are Ichthyocentaurs. In the second mosaic, mermaids assist Aphrodite as per Homer:

Of august gold-wreathed and beautiful
Aphrodite I shall sing to whose domain
belong the battlements of all sea-loved
Cyprus where, blown by the moist breath
of Zephyros, she was carried over the
waves of the resounding sea on soft foam.
The gold-filleted Horae happily welcomed
her and clothed her with heavenly raiment.

A large urn is decorated with abalone, scallops and other sea shells. A small mosaic of a mermaid. A tile detail with mermaid and mermen faces plus waterlilies. The floor tiles are also decorated with a fish motif. This metal radiator has a dragon motif that must be related to the heat theme. Are these innocent children bathing, or is that a note of shame in the boy as he is hiding himself? This must be none other than Apollo driving his chariot across the sky. Clerestory windows are the source of much of the lighting in the building. Finally, we have two street shots of the baths. We never did go on to bathe, if we had, we would have seen the wonderful outdoor bathing areas.

Across the way, there is the zoo. And we just wanted to get some shots of the bactrian camel that we saw there on our first visit. And so we did!

The day that mom and I were on our own, we went to the Great Market Hall to shop for more souveniers. It was interesting but not as interesting as the open markets in Asia, were there are huge areas to buy fresh fish and such. Mostly it was for foreigners to buy trinkets at a market rate.

This guy with his huge bread loaf was posted all over town, and my mom got a laugh out of it. So here it is mom, just for you!

This is a chestnut macaron I had at Le Meridien the night before we left. Sigh. Am I back there yet???

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 7

May 7, 2014 Posted by suefairview

Actual date April 6, 2014

We had transferred from the Viking Legend to our hotel, Le Meridien. There we met up with my nephew Robert who is taking his junior year of college to study math in Budapest. It was always my mom’s wish to visit her grandson in Budapest, maybe even on a Viking Cruise. When Robert arrived, we all hugged him and were so glad to see him! We hit the street and got onto the cable car heading up to the Dohány Street Synagogue. But of course it cost money to get in and so we deferred.

The building across the street was quite interesting though as it had gold leaf on the frescos and oranate architecture. Fragola is Robert’s favorite ice cream shop and became ours as well. It featured to die for flavors such as Lavender Chocolate, Hazelnut and Carmelized Fig. These ice creams are rich like the gelatos in Rome.

More unique buildings that typify Budapest. A tattoo parlor! Back at the open market, some red fox pelts are for sale. More and various pelts for sale. I don’t know what was cooking in that old wood stove, but it smelled divine!

Mom went for a rest, so Robert and I went out by ourselves. Here we take the cable car and I shot a photo of what it looks like inside. We took the cable car across the Freedom Bridge and got off. Robert pointed out the CET Building, which my husband who is an architect told me to look for. Notably, it is shaped like a whale and incorporates two historic wharehouses into one space. There are numerous photos of it.

This building is where the Technical University should be, but says something about a Music Studio on it. Oh well.

Looking north up the Danube we can see the Freedom Bridge and the Freedom Monument. Looking across the Freedom Bridge. This little gate building is growing over with weeds.

We are at the top of the citadel of the Freedom Monument. Look at the view from up here! There is Buda Castle! The Chain Bridge is clearly seen!

Here are two gentlemen with cute Jack Russell Terrier dogs. Four photos.

TANKS! A real soldier cleans his rifle. Yikes!

This figure is supposed to be a young man defeating fascism, but some interpret him as being Hercules. The lighting was not right to get a good photo of the Liberty statue. Here are two views of Pest from the Citadel. This figure is supposed to represent progress.

A group of international students was having a get-together at the statue and it looked like fun!

This was a lovely large dog who gave me a big kiss!

Here is a puli – the National dog of Hungary.

It was a beautiful day and we decided to walk back to the hotel. I snapped photos of more interesting buildings all the way back, including a Budapest Library. It was quickly approaching dinner time and Robert had plans for us!


Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 6

May 5, 2014 Posted by suefairview

So, back on the ship, we were having another wonderful repast and our tablemate, who was from Scotland, had a black beer and I took a photo of it!

The Captain had agreed to take us out of port again to see Budapest all lit up, since it is so spectacular. So, here are my photos; some taken at the table and later, I went up on deck.

Then I went back to our stateroom and snapped some photos of the luxury we were enjoying there!

Back at the lounge, there were some Hungarian Folkloric Dancers and a band! We were never short of entertainment in the evening at Viking River Cruises and this group was no exception. I was a bit worried that the ceiling was too low for them, but they managed, even with bottles of wine on their heads!

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 5

May 4, 2014 Posted by suefairview

The bus tour only took the morning, and then I had to take my nap. Mom went out exploring right after lunch. So when I woke up, I looked for her, but could not find her. I decided to venture out on my own. I was so excited!

Armed with a map, I set out. I first came upon this pinwheel of pansies that were just a profusion of color! I don’t know what this building is, but it looks very important. This gated and decorated doorway is just incredible! Look at the art deco wrought iron awning over this doorway! Very nice! I came upon this open air market near a modern glass building. I was drawn by the wonderful smells of paprika and peppers! But right away I came upon a stall selling fur hats, gloves, mittens, pelts, et cetera. I have always been drawn to these, but I don’t know why. I took two photos. I found it unusual to see people astride Segways in the center of Budapest. Ah! Here we go! The source of the great smell! Let us see what we have here… Rooster testicles! Yum, yum! This merits a close up! Here is a look down another street. Everything this man was selling was made of horn. I bought a spice spoon. Roasting whole pig anyone? Here are two photos of a pig snout next to a delicious sandwich! Gorgeous felt rabbit dolls, kittens, and pulis, the national dog of Hungary. More clever and adorable felt throw pillows. Budapest’s Hard Rock Café is right here. Another fur vendor. I was amazed by these horn bowls; how can they be so large when horns are so small?

Here is your meat. Who wouldn’t buy a sausage from this serious young man? Woof!

Indulge me here. I took 8 photos of this dog that reminded me of Francesco’s Benji. But it turns out, he is a cousin of Benji, who is a rat terrier, in that he is a smooth fox terrier. Beautiful dog, huh?

Three shots of a wine vendor’s area. Note how the red wine in inside of a container in the white wine. Cool isn’t it? An intricately decorated storefront on the streetscape.

I was very impressed with this gentleman’s Dogue de Bordeaux. He posed with it and told me about it, but didn’t want it to be petted. Perhaps it is trained as a guard dog.

Holy cow, a sex shop! Old and beautiful buildings are everywhere! A quick look down a side street gives a feel for the city. Note the quaint lamp posts.

At the foot of the Railway Bridge [aka Elizabeth Bridge], we are in the courtyard of the Inner City Parish Church. Across the river, we can see Buda Castle. Traffic crosses the bridge and in the background we can see the Freedom Monument. The Inner City Parish Church and its front door.

Six photos of a whippet puppy just 9 months old. The brindle pattern is so becoming on its face. To die for cute!

A modern sculpture outside of the church depicts Roman soldiers on Marcius 15 TER.. A sculpture of Sàndor Petofi, a Hungarian poet, in the city.

All I knew was that I wanted a rubbing of the Armenian Genocide Victims Memorial, when I saw it in Szeged Christian solidarity park. It was so enchanting! But how sobering is it to think of the lives taken and lost.

The Danube river walk and looking back in the other direction. Here is another extremely beautiful building, that must be something, like a university, but I cannot find out what it is [two photos].

A man plays with his two daughters near the chain bridge. Traffic crosses the Chain Bridge; Mattias church can be seen across the Danube. Gresham Palace looks quite stately as do all of the embassies adjacent to it.

So, finally I reached the Shoes at the Danube river. I expected to be very moved, but I saw this rambunctious Vizsla puppy being held by two girls that could hardly control her! I snapped four photos before I knew what was happening. Then I took a look at the shoes. The poor souls that wore these shoes were told to take them off before they were machine gunned into the water to save the soldiers having to bury their bodies. Shoes were worth good money then. The shoes are fashioned out of iron. I focused on the children’s shoes in my closeups. People at this memorial were lighting candles and leaving flowers. I was quite moved. What monsters had perpretrated this slaughter and others like it? All we can do is try to stop other slaughters like it that happen around the world.

I returned to the Viking Legend.

Duna Keringőt: Budapest vagy bust 4

May 3, 2014 Posted by suefairview

The tour bus zipped by the Great Synagogue too fast to get any great pictures! But I did manage three and found the gold leaf on the black onion domes to be very impressive. Here is more beautiful architecture on a building. Here is another square with a statue of a woman bearing two amphorae. Another pretty church. another pretty corner building. More beautiful architectural buildings in a street scene.

The Liberty Statue looms above the city and beneath it is the stop for the funicular. Now we are at Buda Castle. Note the bullet holes in the castle walls [two shots]. The statue of the Army in 1849, occupying the Castle was in honor of freedom fighters. We saw a Russian Lada on the street and everybody took photos of it. The tourist shops sold beadwork that was pretty. A street scene of the tourist shops. A brand new Miska jug on sale. This colorful restaurant building is actually a historical landmark, as indicated by the sign in the next photo.

Here we can see the steeple of the Mattias Church. The steeple looms over all of Budapest. Here is a very obdient Yorkshire terrier waits by the door for its master. Here is the Holy Trinity Column in memory of the 600 victims of plague [two photos]. A look across the square to the King Saint Stephan’s statue. The entry to Mattias Church. A close up of King Saint Stephan’s statue. A street performer was working with an eagle and I was mesmerized [three photos]. The view from Buda Castle’s bastion. Back the eagle performer! Mattias Church was painted inside with geometric decorations rather than frescos. Sixteen photos try to capture the beauty, but it must be seen in person to be appreciated. It was simply stunning. Here is the Great Snyagogue from the bastion. This is the back of Mattias and the modern building next to it. I know that great discussion was given to how these two buildings would look togther side-by-side. I’m not that happy with the result. What do you think? A parting shot of the eagle. A look down the street at the tourist shops. A pram full of dolls. A display of beaded bags. Handmade lace placemats are typical in this area as are embroidered blouses. More lace was everywhere in this shop. Pretty stained glass windows added to the atmosphere in the shop. On our way out of the town, we began to look at table cloths. We spotted a pretty one with lavendar asters embroided on it, but the woman wanted $200 for it. I countered for $50 and she would have none of it. So we walked out. Then we came upon tablecloths with lace and ribbon sewn into them. I loved them! Again, the woman wanted $200 and I countered with $50. We settled for $80 and I paid in Forints. Which was great because I actualy paid only $78!!! Isn’t the table cloth beautiful; here is a detail. Two more photos looking out over Pest.

Next, I take a walk around Buda!