Budapest

This hungry lion was waiting for us on the Chain Bridge in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, but Karen was smart enough to keep her distance.

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Our first exploration was in and around the Fisherman’s Bastion, on the Buda side of the Danube.

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Here is the Matthias Church with its beautifully tilted roof, a typical feature of many historical Hungarian buildings.

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The leaves in Budapest were just starting to turn for the autumn.

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Here is a graceful picture of Karen in the Castle Hill area.

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We couch surfed with a German gentleman named Mario (he was also part Italian), who moved to Hungary with the company he works for, and loves the sunny weather. He says, “I tease my German friends back home. I say ‘I don’t know what a cloud means. I have to check Wikipedia.'” He took us on a boat ride up the Danube, from which we viewed the spectacular House of Parliament, on the Pest side of the river.

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And here’s the Chain Bridge from below.

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We disembarked from the boat and walked to St. Stephen’s Basilica, which was gorgeous inside and out.

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Later, we visited this big empty square where the Soviets used to have parades.

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Nearby was a unique castle / museum which was pieced together from many different styles of architecture.

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On our last day we soaked in one of Budapest’s many hot springs, and later visited the huge indoor market.

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A few sketches. The one of Parliament is one of Ryan’s best, he thinks, the style he’s been trying to achieve all along.

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Budapest was grand and huge, and, contrary to Mario’s praise of the weather, gave us our first real day of blustery autumn. Next up…Prague!

-k&r

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