Budapest and Vienna October 2013

Recently Conde Nast Traveler ranked Budapest the 2nd best city in the world and Vienna the 7th, so I’m delighted to report that I too am in full agreement.  What a pleasure to feel the cool Fall weather, view the foliage and stand looking upward in awe at each and every building with the most amazing architecture.  Hilary has been a wonderful host filling my time with adventure, sightseeing and meeting wonderful new people.

Lion standing guard on Chain Bridge

Lion standing guard on Chain Bridge

 

Danube River cruise boats - hope to try this travel option sometime soon Danube River cruise boats – hope to try this travel option sometime soon

First photo below is a view of the Parliament buildings where all sorts of construction work is going on around the perimeter. They are constantly maintaining the buildings by cleaning, patching and repairing the walls.

The following two shots are of Fisherman’s Bastian – note the detail on the church roof.

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On our first outing we toured the city for over 6 hours from Hilary’s apt. centrally located in the city centre across Chain Bridge, past the funicular to the Palace and Fisherman’s Bastian with incredible views across the Danube of the Parliament building.  That evening we attended an Octoberfest celebration at a co-worker’s home in the hills of Buda, which gave me an opportunity to meet some lovely teachers from American International School of Budapest.  The following day we went to a local market to do some shopping, have a cup of coffee and then watch the Budapest marathon under the Margrit Bridge and cheer on three of her fellow teachers running in the marathon.  There’s something about seeing masses of people in all shapes, sizes, pushing a disabled friend or guiding a blind friend that touches one’s heart and makes you admire such passion, dedication and perserverance.  Having completed only three quarters of a marathon I know how grueling the event can be. We completed our day with a hike through the hilly mountains of Budapest in a park where I was able to purchase the famed chimney cake or funnel cake, which my co-worker from Hungary said I must taste. It’s quite interestingly made over hot coals – it’s basically a dough wrapped around a rolling pin type of mechanism and then coated with cinnamon sugar or other options such as cocoa and not sure what the others were as I couldn’t read the Hungarian text. 

A closer view of Fisherman’s Bastian 

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On Monday I wandered on my own back to the grand market that was quite busy and closing when we had visited on Sunday. It was filled with food, produce and meat stalls on the ground floor and on the second floor was a huge amount of booths selling all kinds of souvenirs and items from Budapest. I then wandered along Andrassy Street to Heroes Square and the castle and once again gawked at the historical buildings around me. On my fourth day I went into Hilary’s school, American International School of Budapest, which has been in its present location for ten years now and it’s outside of the city set on acres of beautiful hilly land. I was most impressed with their library and IT facility. I turned green with envy when I saw their collection and the amount of Mac computers in the library, the IT rooms and the computer trolleys available for the classrooms. I was able to go to a co-workers home near the school who sold pottery from Poland – great opportunity to start my Christmas shopping.
The next two days I spent in Vienna, traveling by train to get there which I quite enjoyed seeing the Hungarian/Austrian countryside. Hilary and the primary librarian from her school joined me for the first day when we visited Vienna International School and I was able to see a librarian friend who actually presented at St. Andrew’s school for a PYP librarian’s conference in 2005 where we hosted in our new library/IT centre. I spent the night with Ingrid in her lovely chalet style home and she then gave me a whirlwind city tour of Vienna. All in all it was a fabulous holiday and I certainly fell in love with Budapest.
Apologies for all the photos posted, but it was difficult to pick and choose from the hundreds that I took. Additional apologies for the initial large images in this post. I’m still struggling to work out the idiosyncrasies of this blog platform – and don’t ask me why some text is underlined and some is not!

Heroes Plaza in Budapest

Heroes Plaza in Budapest

One of the arches in Heroes Plaza

One of the arches in Heroes Plaza

Memorialized hero atop the tall monument between the arches

Memorialized hero atop the tall monument between the arches

Museum near Heroes Plaza

Museum near Heroes Plaza

Entrance to Castle grounds

Entrance to Castle grounds

Church entryway near castle in Budapest

Church entryway near castle in Budapest

Bath House in Budapest

Bath House in Budapest

Turret of  bath house in Budapest

Turret of bath house in Budapest

Home on Andrassy Street in Budapest

Home on Andrassy Street in Budapest

Tributes to fallen fighters

Tributes to fallen fighters

Intricate door designs

Intricate door designs

Opera house in Budapest

Opera house in Budapest

More details on side of building

More details on side of building

Beautiful window scene under arched portion

Beautiful window scene under arched portion

Sunset lights up the gold inlets on the Four Seasons Hotel

Sunset lights up the gold inlets on the Four Seasons Hotel

Hues of Fall

Hues of Fall

View of the valley below from a hilltop view at a park in Budapest

View of the valley below from a hilltop view at a park in Budapest

Chimney cakes being made

Chimney cakes being made

Yes that's steam rising out of my delectable chimney cake

Yes that’s steam rising out of my delectable chimney cake

Budapest Marathon runners under Margrit Bridge

Budapest Marathon runners under Margrit Bridge

Local market goodies

Local market goodies

Another building in Freedom Square

Another building in Freedom Square

Ronald Reagan in Freedom Square

Ronald Reagan in Freedom Square

Synagogue off Andrassy Street

Synagogue off Andrassy Street

A building near  HIlary's place that she would love to buy and renovate

A building near HIlary’s place that she would love to buy and renovate

Memorial for Jews persecuted in WW II, all the names are printed on silver leaves.

Memorial for Jews persecuted in WW II, all the names are printed on silver leaves.

Grand Market from the outside

Grand Market from the outside

Grand Market on the inside

Grand Market on the inside

Always amazed at the details on the buildings

Always amazed at the details on the buildings

All kinds of hats for sale

All kinds of hats for sale

Such detail on every building, a church near Fisherman's Bastian

Such detail on every building, a church near Fisherman’s Bastian

Cool reflections of light from a glass building

Cool reflections of light from a glass building

One of the towers on St. Stephen's Basilica

One of the towers on St. Stephen’s Basilica

DSC02836A view of Chain Bridge from the Buda side of the city.(above)
St. Stephen’s Basilica (below)
St. Stephen's Basilica

Jester sitting on the bench overlooking the Danube

Jester sitting on the bench overlooking the Danube

Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar

Another lovely tiled roof building

Another lovely tiled roof building

Bridges abound in Budapest

Bridges abound in Budapest

Home in the hillside... yes please

Home in the hillside… yes please

Night view of Fisherman's Bastian

Night view of Fisherman’s Bastian

Lovely lighting of the spire at Fisherman's Bastian

Lovely lighting of the spire at Fisherman’s Bastian

Night view of Parliament building

Night view of Parliament building

Parliament building with a full moon

Parliament building with a full moon

Stephenplatz spire in Vienna

Stephenplatz spire in Vienna

Memorial to victims from the plague in Austria

Memorial to victims from the plague in Austria

Royal Lippazzana made of chocolate

Royal Lippazzana made of chocolate

 'candy lady' made only from candy

‘candy lady’ made only from candy

View through the gate of parliament

View through the gate of parliament

Parliament building in Vienna

Parliament building in Vienna

Never know what's down an alleyway

Never know what’s down an alleyway

Rathaus where a lovely Christmas market is held yearly

Rathaus where a lovely Christmas market is held yearly

Belvedere palace in Vienna

Belvedere palace in Vienna

View of Belvedere Palace from the rear

View of Belvedere Palace from the rear

Maybe one day I'll have these...

Maybe one day I’ll have these…

Vibrant ivy on the walls

Vibrant ivy on the walls

Fun fountains on palace grounds

Fun fountains on palace grounds

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Summer 2013

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More of the old city sights

the turret of a mosque in the old city

the turret of a mosque in the old city

 

very interesting sculpture

very interesting sculpture

Details prior
Details prior

 

Back of head

Back of head

 

amazing detail

amazing detail

 

Display of traditionally shaped tea cups with chai or tea being the national drink

Display of traditionally shaped tea cups with chai or tea being the national drink

 

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