Budapest 2003



Budapest - Art'otel



Matyas Church



Fisherman's Bastion



Fisherman's Bastion



Fisherman's Bastion









Gellert Monument



Castle Area



Castle Area



Central Market



Margaret Island







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.











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