Budapest - Art'otel
Ann & I had a break in October 2003 in Budapest. The hotel we stayed in was very smart, right on the Danube on the Buda side. Unfortunately - but not surprisingly, the weather was very cold.
The view from our bedroom window of the imposing Neo-Gothic style Church on the hill behind our hotel.
This is an early 20th Century folly. Silly & useless, but good views over the Danube & the Pest part of the city.
It was a brilliant but freezing day. Ice on the steps made it treacherous to walk along the Bastion.
The Danube in the background.
The Parliament building is massive - the largest building in Hungary. Another building not as old as it looks - completed at the beginning of the last century.
Early evening, with a cool, clear winter light.
Bishop Gellert was martyred a thousand years ago by being put in a barrel & thrown from the top of this cliff into the Danube below. It is lit up at night & easily visible from the city below.
I thought all these medieval-looking houses looked well-preserved. The area was flattened in WWII & everything rebuilt since.
Even if they are modern, they are still very charming.
This market was massive - on two floors. There were many such Paprika stalls.
This island in the middle of the Danube is a large pleasure ground where the locals (& tourists) go to relax.