Budapest, Hungary

"It's beautiful here.  They said that of course, that Budapest is beautiful.  But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful."
- Anthony Bourdain

Budapest, formerly the capital city of a dual monarchy when Austria and Hungary were one, became a single city in 1873, merging the areas of Buda and Pest.   It is a beautiful city, especially at night when a blanket of darkness contrasts with the stunning architecture, showing it in its full glory.

The spots in the dark sky are not bad photoshop or lens dirt, but birds!  All of the birds flying over were lit up.  It was pretty amazing to see in person so maybe you should consider going to Budapest sometime and walk down to the Parliament Building at night.  It is well worth it, even on a cold October night. 

The spots in the dark sky are not bad photoshop or lens dirt, but birds!  All of the birds flying over were lit up.  It was pretty amazing to see in person so maybe you should consider going to Budapest sometime and walk down to the Parliament Building at night.  It is well worth it, even on a cold October night. 

I feel like I do not have a full Budapest experience to share with you for we were only out exploring for a couple of days and one night before both my son and I came down with bad colds that lasted until our departure.  Hopefully, the photographs I was able to make during those first few days will speak for me even though it is a very limited taste of what this city has to offer.

Walking along the Danube toward the Parliament Building.

Walking along the Danube toward the Parliament Building.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge.  For centuries only a pontoon bridge connected Buda and Pest.  Legend has it that Count István Széchenyi (1791-1860) came up with the idea of constructing a permanent bridge across the Danube in December of 1820 when he received news that his father had become ill and then died in Vienna.  Because of the hard winter, the pontoon bridge was out of use and he was stranded on the Pest side, unable to be at his father's side.  He then vowed he would finance construction of a bridge over the Danube, regardless of the costs, so that no one else had to suffer that kind of pain.  Another legend says that he had a mistress on the other side that he wanted to be able to visit more freely.  Others say maybe he just wanted to boost the economy but, of course, the legends are far more interesting.  

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge.  For centuries only a pontoon bridge connected Buda and Pest.  Legend has it that Count István Széchenyi (1791-1860) came up with the idea of constructing a permanent bridge across the Danube in December of 1820 when he received news that his father had become ill and then died in Vienna.  Because of the hard winter, the pontoon bridge was out of use and he was stranded on the Pest side, unable to be at his father's side.  He then vowed he would finance construction of a bridge over the Danube, regardless of the costs, so that no one else had to suffer that kind of pain.  Another legend says that he had a mistress on the other side that he wanted to be able to visit more freely.  Others say maybe he just wanted to boost the economy but, of course, the legends are far more interesting.  

Assisi Szent Ferenc Plébánia Templom, Bakáts tér.

Assisi Szent Ferenc Plébánia Templom, Bakáts tér.

Matthias Church, Mátyás Templom, Szentháromság tér

Matthias Church, Mátyás Templom, Szentháromság tér

The stunning and monumental Mátyás Templom (Matthias Church).  The church was closed for a wedding on the day we were there so no one was allowed to go in.  Fortunately, the exterior is magnificent enough.

Fisherman's Bastion Halászbástya

Fisherman's Bastion Halászbástya

There were so many things that we were unable to see in our limited time and, to add to its already great appeal, the people in Budapest were kind, patient with tourists, and always happy to help when needed.  From our experience while there, I can tell you that it is a city to put on your bucket list.


Anthony Bourdain, quoted above, is an American chef, author, and television personality.  

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