One of Europe’s nicest bridges.
Absolutely. Our room at the Gellert looked directly at it. I never tired of it.
Another town by a river buda and pest are on my list! cheers
A great city.
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Is that the World Vodka Drinking Championships (first photograph)?
It could well be John, thanks.
I first visited Budapest in 1972 and while it was a dismal, grey place you could see it had great bones. I subsequently visited in 1980s and 1990s on business and thereafter for pleasure. It’s a delightful place, on a par with Prague, but IMHO still below Paris.
I had two days in Budapest, the first was grey and miserable but the second had this wonderful blue sky. I have been back and I prefer it to Prague I have to say. I prefer Madrid or Lisbon over Paris.
It’s okay Andrew, I know you’re not a fan of Paris.
It isn’t about landmarks or architecture or sightseeing. Paris is ok for that sort of thing it is Parisian smugness I don’t like. I always get the impression of superiority and looking down their noses. Other cities like Madrid and Lisbon. are so much more welcoming.
I have never ever gotten that feeling when in Paris, or indeed anywhere in France.
Really? I like France but find it intimidating, Awash with arrogance. I was in a hotel once in Castres, I was trying my limited French. The waiter sneered and said ” shall I speak English, it is easier”. I was trying, I thought they liked that. I have never forgotten that rebuff, They adopt an aura of superiority that they are not entitled to.
I’m sorry that your experiences in France with the French have not always been positive. My husband speaks excellent French albeit with an obviously English accent – which, by the way, the French adore – so occasionally someone will speak English to him. He just powers on in French and compliments whoever it is on their excellent English.
I wish I could speak French.
Speaking the language in any country does help
Just so long as I can order a beer!
Absolutely essential in any language
A fine set. I guess you even took the last one 🙂
Thanks Derrick, I certainly did.
Those boots are intriguing!
They are Stalin’s boots. Under Soviet occupation there was once a statue. When it was toppled and removed the boots were left in place as a symbolic gesture.
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Quite clever, that!
Is the man in the first photo making music with those glasses? It looks to me as though he has arranged them as a glass armonica.
Exactly. He was a real artist.
According to the Händel Museum in Halle, Germany, the first glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1762. https://operasandcycling.com/handel-house-and-music-museum/
Missed Stalin’s boots! Thought we had seen everything (we were there for a week).
So, you will need to go back.
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