Castle Hill, Soviet Memorials, and Looking About

Trip Start Aug 28, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2005


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Monday, October 24, 2005

Today was a super-sightseeing day as we decided to leave for Romania tomorrow. Up early. We walked through Pest (the east side) by the river and the Parliament building, a national icon, and the largest parliament building on the continent (London being an island and therefor not on the continent) and then crossed the Chain Bridge over to the Buda (west of the river) side and continued on to Castle Hill, the remains of medieval Budapest. Basically we toured the whole hill, passing the old Matthias Church and its Trinity Square, the old Royal Palace (now housing two museums), and the area surrounding both places and the hillside. Then we busses out to what was described as the "can't miss" Szobor Park, a park displaying Soveit relics that commerorated Sovire liberators, leaders and socialist ideals (when most other countries were released from Communism, the people destroyed all the statues and Soviet relics...here they decide to keep a few for display or remembrance or whatever). regardless, the park was a definitely "CAN miss" place as it was tiny with only around 20 statues. I mean, some were cool or interesting, but the park is far away and then we had to wait an hour for the next bus and it just wasnt worth the time we spent. On the way back to the hostel we stopped in the impressive neo-Baroque St. Stephens, but unfortunately it was too dark by that time to get any good photos of the beautiful and decorated interior. Budapest was cool, but we can't wait to get to Transylvania!!
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