We are big into Budapest today – Palace tour, Heroes Square visit, terror museum, Communist statue park, folk meal and entertainment tonight. We started with one of those “small world” happenings. Here are four people on our tour, who live in Steamboat Springs, CO…the folks on the left have had our son, Mike, to build 3 pieces of furniture that they have in their home. Thank you, Dennis and Sally Frostic.
There’s a story about this Raven, the ring and St. Steven (who converted the Magyars to Christianity)…too long to tell. The bustling square outside the church was full of entertainment, too.The falcon guy had the hooded bird and the musicians were making people smile.
Next was a trip up the main drag, Andrassy Ut to Heroes Square, where they celebrated the Millennium of Hungary’s founding in 1896 (how about this place and real history).The Arch-Angel Gabriel guards the square wight east-meets-west double cross.Our tour guide, Gabriella, features some Hungarian shop specialties – decorated eggs and kid’s smocks.
The afternoon bus group went for the Communist education…first stop was a place outside the city where they dumped all of these bad statues in the 90’s after the Russians left. It’s better to put them in this grubby field than to throw them out, but they used to be in very prominent places throughout Budapest. The boots are from a Stalin statue that the people tore down.Lenin had to get some time, too.
The Terror Museum on Andrassy Ut was next…the former HQ for the German, then Russian secret police. Chilling exhibits. Here’s a Russian tank that came back into the capital about 10 days after the Hungarians kicked the Russians out in 1956. This one is surrounded by the names of the victims of that time. The flag without the Hammer & Sickle became the symbol of the revolution of ’56.