Thursday in Budapest 9/25/14

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.  DSC_5028Thank you, Dennis and Sally Frostic.

We headed with a gang of about 15 up the Buda Hill and went to the Fisherman’s Bastion today; near the Castle where were yesterday.  Big Church up there…beautiful inside and out.DSC_4996DSC_5000DSC_5011DSC_5009

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.DSC_4993The falcon guy had the hooded bird and the musicians were making people smile.DSC_4986

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).DSC_4949The Arch-Angel Gabriel guards the square wight east-meets-west double cross.DSC_4966Our 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.DSC_0027DSC_0028DSC_0025Lenin 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.  DSC_0050   DSC_0062

More tomorrow.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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