Budapest

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Night and Day hostel, Zagreb

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Budapest is a lovely city. Grand architecture and beautifully set on the river Danube (which is more a murky green than blue). We stayed in a great hostel in an ornate building designed for a noble man. Even had stained glass windows. It also houses a girls Colledge. However, we were on the third floor........that means 115 steps( I counted then) from the courtyard. I think my legs are getting stronger......more effective than a step machine.

We visited art galleries and parks and had a wonderful Hungarian meal in a restaurant beside the river. We went to the House of Terroe. This is museum set up to remember the murdered and disappeared during the communist oppression. There is extensive information in each of the rooms. Some of the displays are so culturally based that we couldn't understand their signifigance but by the end we had a very clear understanding that the Hungarians do  not like either the communists or the socialists. The really 'terroising' thing was that the museum was the actual house for the communist police. Around the building people have left candles and there are small cameo pictures of murdered loved ones. The outside resembles a shine. In the basement are the actual prison cells and execution rooms. This museum really lives up to its name.

Also there were map showing Hungary's modern history. The thing that got me was how the country's borders kept changing.....now Hungary is this big....now only this bg......now extends further west......now is only small.... It means that the people who live at the edges are .......now we are Hungarian.....now we are Yugoslavian.....now we are Croatian....now we are Hungarian....  Who ca live like this???

St Stephen's cathedral is one of the main sites, and the tallest structure in Budapest. ( the palace is higher but they cheat by starting on a hill.) W attended a concert there. It was lovely, although the acoustics are not as good as the Sydney Opera House.......too much hard marble.

We went for a cruise on the Danube (a trip in a ferry) and met a really nice Serbian couple in our dorm. On a very hot day we went to the famous thermal baths. ( I know that sounds crazy but it was one of the famous things in Budapest. There were so many people that they had closed the baths. We just got on the train and came back.....disappointing.

The people were friendly but a little reserved. It's like all of this history is weighing down on them. I don't get the same feel of optimism that I got from the Turkish.
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Dee on

No Julie, my legs never got used to the 171 steps we had to scale to get out of our villa in Santorini. Trip looks fantastic.....wetting my appetite for next year!!

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