Budapest, St Stephens Day
Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
30Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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People had already begun to line the Danube to get a good view over the river where the air races were being held, so it was all a little manic really. We caught a bit of some helicopter doing some tricks, and then some little planes doing their own tricks, then took in the parliament building, which apparently was built in the image of the Houses of Parliament. Obviously with so many potential photo opportunities my camera battery decided it wasn't playing, and proceeded to die. Argh.
The chain bridge across the Danube was roped off, so we took a walk down to the next one so we could head over to Buda (or Buddha as I kept calling it)
We tried to get up to the Palace on Castle Hill, but there was some folk festival on with a rather expensive entrance fee to get in, so we just had a peer over the wall. After a walk along the Danube in the opposite direction to what I didn't realise was the only open bridge of the main ones, we had to walk all the way back....... cue walking for another hour through crowds of people..... By this time it was gone 4pm, and I was keen on checking out what would be happening with the Holy Right. Arriving at the Basilica, there were loads of people already gathered, with some sat in special seats outside the church. Due to the ridiculous amount of security guards it was difficult to really get close enough to see what was going on. After listening to the priest for a bit, the heavens well and truely opened and the rain lashed down, which put an end to the ceremony for me, with no shelter from the torrential rain to be had anywhere in the Basilica vicinity. Shame.
The fireworks in the evening were amazing, and drew big crowds all along the Danube. It had been a busy day for sure, and I reckon I must have clocked up at least 5 hours of walking, so when my head hit the pillow, I was fast asleep in literally seconds.