Part 1: Budapest
At the beginning of March, I went on a three day trip to Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg. This was one of my less eventful and exciting trips, which I think can be attributed to the repetition of big, old cities. Out of the three, however, Salzburg was my favorite. Sound of Music, anyone? But first let me take you briefly through Budapest.
Our walking tour began with a beautiful synagogue,
|hi I'm a beautiful synagogue|
|showing some cool show|
The main attraction of the day was St. Stephen's Basilica in central Budapest! Not to be confused with St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna - but I'll get to that.
|she's a beaut|
|"I am the way, the truth, and the life"|
Lots and lots and lots of gold:
|^ this guy though|
This was super cool though: this reliquary (read: box) houses the Holy Right Hand of Saint Stephen! It was withered and decrepit (think: Dumbledore in the 6th).
|better than any of my gingerbread houses|
This somewhat recent monument depicts an eagle (symbolizing imperialism) swooping down and snatching Hungary out of the hand of Gabriel the Archangel. This was supposed to be in remembrance of the victims of the Nazis, but is seen more as a rewriting of history showing Hungary as innocent in the Holocaust.
For this reason, there were several small protests at the base of the monument.
and of course, Ronald Reagan??? :)
Don't even get me started on the people who didn't recognize him.
The last bit of Freedom Square is Imre Nagy, the Communist leader of an uprising to free Hungary’s Communist project from the Soviet Union.
|I just think he's cute|
|lol @ split cars|
|coming for ya!|
|ugh what a pest|
Pest wasn't as cool as Buda, I think.
|Matthias Church (Catholic!)|
A Hungarian police car, too cute to be taken seriously.
|the horse in the square|
|cute little salt turrets!|
|is this a postcard?|
Oh yeah, here's proof that I was there.
|awkward hands: a memoir|
|clearly my photo skills are sublime|
I did, however, purchase a very nice memento from a little market!
|Jack Daniels, anyone?|
Also that night, we went to the famous hot springs in Budapest! This is the metro we took to get there, complete with NYC subway tiles.
|Gothic, as usual|