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Oct 17, 2012 06:12 |  #5806

As I mentioned above the weekend was primarily about drinking and catching up on over 4 years of gossip from the UK but my wife and I took a stroll down the River Danube on Sunday morning, it was pretty grey an miserable but here are some shots.

This is one of Budapests more quirky tourist busses, it picks you up in the city then drives down to one of the slipways on the Danube and ploughs straight into the water and does a trip down the Danube. As you can see conditions were not exactly the best for it!

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This was the only bridge that we walked passed that was not shrouded in grey and drizzle, it is the recently refurbished Margit Bridge.
IMAGE: http://bjonesphotography.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Nifty-ON-tour006.jpg

This is the dome on the Hungarian Parliament building.
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Street lighting in Budapest is very elaborate and made of cast iron and all cast with the Symbol of Hungary.
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Possibly the most sobering and toughing memorial I have ever seen anywhere in the world is this on the banks of the danube, created in 2005 Gyula Pauer and Can Togay and sits in a fairly unassuming position on the banks of the River Danube between the Parliament building and the Chain Bridge. It honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II, after being ordered to remove their shoes they were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away.

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Oct 17, 2012 11:55 |  #5807

Stunning shots llareggub!
I have really enjoyed the tour of your part of the world.
You have also been a wonderful host and given us insight
into your part of the world.

Gotta love a bus that plows into the water for a tour of the Danube.
.. and that memorial is stunningly sad and sobering.

Happy Birthday to you beautiful wife! Hope this is a fabulous year for her.


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Oct 18, 2012 03:26 |  #5808

I have also thoroughly enjoyed your photos.
I have only been to Hungary once, but didn't make it to Budapest.
I just looked, It is not that far from here. On Google maps it would only take me 7 hours to drive to Budapest!


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Oct 18, 2012 06:14 |  #5809

akiwi wrote in post #15137248 (external link)
I have also thoroughly enjoyed your photos.
I have only been to Hungary once, but didn't make it to Budapest.
I just looked, It is not that far from here. On Google maps it would only take me 7 hours to drive to Budapest!


Thanks, I have a few more to put up from a local town that I will try and get round to soon, Budapest can be spectacular and is well worth a visit. As you say definitely doable from Munich but I would certainly advise parking out of town and getting a bus or a train in, driving in that City is not on anyones bucket list ;) Fortunately public transport is properly hooked up and runs incredibly frequently!


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Oct 18, 2012 06:16 |  #5810

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Stunning shots llareggub!
I have really enjoyed the tour of your part of the world.
You have also been a wonderful host and given us insight
into your part of the world.

Gotta love a bus that plows into the water for a tour of the Danube.
.. and that memorial is stunningly sad and sobering.

Happy Birthday to you beautiful wife! Hope this is a fabulous year for her.

Cheers Joayne :)

Only wished I could have got out and shot more, loads of places I could have gone but my spot on the roster came up at a busy time for me, but that is the lottery... Greatful to get the chance to share our corner of the world with other folk :)

The Danube bus boat has never appealed other than for novelty value, I prefer to walk or get a tram along the banks of the Danube rather than being stuck on a bus.


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Oct 18, 2012 11:19 |  #5811

Budapest was originally 2 cities, was it not.. Buda and Pest, on either side of the river.
One had more Moorish influence ? I can't remember the details, but it is a city I wish I could have seen when I was in Europe..
Couldn't go to Hungry then without a special Visa... long, long ago ;)


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Oct 18, 2012 11:48 |  #5812

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Budapest was originally 2 cities, was it not.. Buda and Pest, on either side of the river.
One had more Moorish influence ? I can't remember the details, but it is a city I wish I could have seen when I was in Europe..
Couldn't go to Hungry then without a special Visa... long, long ago ;)

Entirely correct, Buda is the grander of the two cities and has structures dating back to Roman times with loads of Moorish influences in many of the Spas, Pest used to be a lot more industrial but has become much more "blingy" since it opened up to the west (which incidentally happened before the fall of the Berlin wall and was instrumental in the falling of the wall)... Oddly enough I rarely venture into Buda, it has become a tourist honey trap with most places costing 50% more than their equivalent on the Pest side. It is a City with a very checkered and fascinating history pretty much like the rest of the country and we have only scratched the surface. I wanted to try and take Nifty around our local Communist Era airbase whilst he was here but could not get anyone to escort me, it is only 20km away from home but was the largest Soviet airbase outside of the USSR and have been there a few times before and it is an amazing place.

We rarely go into Budapest any more, we used to go every 6 weeks or so when we first moved here but now we are firmly ensconsed country bumkins and get overwhelmed when we are anywhere with a population over 10,000 ;)


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Oct 18, 2012 11:57 |  #5813

I don't blame you.. Large cities are interesting for a while, but a home in the country is most fulfilling.


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Oct 22, 2012 21:12 |  #5814

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Thanks Joayne! Nifty is now in transit to Sokol.

And Nifty made the trip to Oklahoma safe and sound. Gonna hit the river trails this week and show him how we do it Okie style lol.

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Oct 22, 2012 21:22 |  #5815

Glad to hear it, Chris. Can't wait to see what you show us.


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Oct 22, 2012 21:24 |  #5816

Love how Nifty's a world traveler!

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Oct 22, 2012 23:45 |  #5817

Well, I can't help but notice that this is your second post in just a bit over 6 years! Woot!

Interesting website ..


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Oct 23, 2012 01:06 |  #5818

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Love how Nifty's a world traveler!

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Ha, Agreed.
I reckon you win the medal for the least posts per day that I have seen.
I also checked out your site.. Some nice photos there


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Oct 23, 2012 14:52 as a reply to  @ akiwi's post |  #5819

It's been cold and snowy around here, but Nifty still managed to get out.

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Oct 23, 2012 17:38 |  #5820

Brrrrrrr.. Looks like you got some fresh snow Big Bull
Beautiful, crisp shots..
Man you live in beautiful country, but that looks so cold,
especially compared to here ;)


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