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arriving at the Keleti train station...
arriving at the Keleti train station...
...for our first visit to Budapest in ten years
...for our first visit to Budapest in ten years
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951151.uDOqyJ3I.jpg the architecture is as spectacular as we remembered!
the architecture is as spectacular as we remembered!
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in the 7th district, near our hotel on the Pest side of the Danube
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951165.9obsQatA.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951166.b0mtrQcU.jpg a lovely park near the National Museum
a lovely park near the National Museum
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951169.kcHGJHVX.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951170.ELf9eDmh.jpg the Doheny Street synagogue, around the corner from us
the Doheny Street synagogue, around the corner from us
in the Jewish district
in the Jewish district
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another of the large Moorish-design synagogues
another of the large Moorish-design synagogues
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a Shoah memorial
a Shoah memorial
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951218.h7janAnV.jpg heading back up Wesselenyi Street
heading back up Wesselenyi Street
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in the Opera district, off Andrassy Street
in the Opera district, off Andrassy Street
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951222.ewb6Xhcx.jpg the compact but gorgeous Opera house
the compact but gorgeous Opera house
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friends take us inside for a performance of Carmen!
friends take us inside for a performance of Carmen!
the next day, after a tasty breakfast of eggs and lecso...
the next day, after a tasty breakfast of eggs and lecso...
...we head onto the streets again
...we head onto the streets again
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hmmm... seems like they might have the book Jay is looking for
hmmm... seems like they might have the book Jay is looking for
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a visit to the National Museum
a visit to the National Museum
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951234.7UjCfBN3.jpg a room filled with children and gombocs!
a room filled with children and gombocs!
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951237.keY9imcK.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951238.Zu1Kb9mm.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951239.IYqQHWBp.jpg back on the streets, behind the museum
back on the streets, behind the museum
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951241.gukBe5VS.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951242.eNbaQKtc.jpg now we're at the huge central market hall, near the Liberty bridge
now we're at the huge central market hall, near the Liberty bridge
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peppers and more peppers!
peppers and more peppers!
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951364.o691BlFn.jpg walking around the north neighborhoods of Pest as evening comes
walking around the north neighborhoods of Pest as evening comes
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and the next morning we are off to the Buda side
and the next morning we are off to the Buda side
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951372.6Nfe5ofZ.jpg Marla finds a memorial to a favorite author, Sandor Marai
Marla finds a memorial to a favorite author, Sandor Marai
now we're up on the castle hill
now we're up on the castle hill
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951376.dEOloq2C.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951378.g7FhrJpY.jpg quite a view toward the river
quite a view toward the river
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among the tight streets of the castle district
among the tight streets of the castle district
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951386.AXsvtxeG.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951387.dOkSPUDW.jpg now we're taking the light rail north to the Obuda area...
now we're taking the light rail north to the Obuda area...
...and back in time to the Roman settlement of Aquincum
...and back in time to the Roman settlement of Aquincum
foundations and artifacts from several very large villas and an entire city were found here in the 19th. century
foundations and artifacts from several very large villas and an entire city were found here in the 19th. century
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951393.6CZ66eWh.jpg it's a vast complex with every urban facility
it's a vast complex with every urban facility
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951395.GewE7ydo.jpg the necropole here had some huge tombs and covers
the necropole here had some huge tombs and covers
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951397.L14HWnxe.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951398.oUWvi13V.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951501.BuK5gQ75.jpg a few mosaic floors (and ceilings!) remain
a few mosaic floors (and ceilings!) remain
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951503.TTwObPiZ.jpg in the site museum, a collection of some (very old) locally-crafted items
in the site museum, a collection of some (very old) locally-crafted items
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951505.L4KIrwpN.jpg and a very unusual find: a near-complete portable brass pipe organ!
and a very unusual find: a near-complete portable brass pipe organ!
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from the amphitheatre, we head back to Pest
the Hungarian Parliament building
the Hungarian Parliament building
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951512.w9rEFAZW.jpg monuments surround the Parliament
monuments surround the Parliament
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we're heading out for a river cruise with friends... but not like this
we're heading out for a river cruise with friends... but not like this
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951516.JgqfZ6gF.jpg sharing a glass on the boat with our friends...
sharing a glass on the boat with our friends...
...while Marla victoriously battles motion sickness
...while Marla victoriously battles motion sickness
the sun is setting over the Buda hill...
the sun is setting over the Buda hill...
...lighting up the Pest side
...lighting up the Pest side
the famous Gellert baths
the famous Gellert baths
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back in town, Gabor Szarvas is honored for his work on the language (still pretty cryptic to us!)
back in town, Gabor Szarvas is honored for his work on the language (still pretty cryptic to us!)
in Pest again, on some large and small streets near the Elizabeth bridge
in Pest again, on some large and small streets near the Elizabeth bridge
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we get a sneak peek inside the now-empty, historic Paris Gallery
we get a sneak peek inside the now-empty, historic Paris Gallery
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951564.xhwymh6k.jpg walking up Vaci street
walking up Vaci street
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we've taken the Metro out to the huge City Park
we've taken the Metro out to the huge City Park
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951569.7ApHTwpY.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951570.PJHMKSIF.jpg at one corner of the park, the Transport Museum
at one corner of the park, the Transport Museum
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951572.mjA8iO9K.jpg Hungarians are especially proud of their contributions to Eurpean rail transport
Hungarians are especially proud of their contributions to Eurpean rail transport
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951580.XCQrpdBZ.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f142951581.CtGs1JNt.jpg now back across the park to the Fine Arts Museum for an interesting photography exhibit...
now back across the park to the Fine Arts Museum for an interesting photography exhibit...
...and then a last glimpse of Budapest before we head back to Krakow!
...and then a last glimpse of Budapest before we head back to Krakow!
a panorama from the castle
a panorama from the castle