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!