Tuesday, 16 October 2018

T Stands for....a testing day in Budapest!

As promised some pics from our last day in Budapest, which was a day of highs and lows! 

We started our day with a walk to the Parliament to see if we could buy tour tickets - unfortunately it had been busy morning for English speakers and all of the tickets had gone...
 ..we did get to see this though - which we had seen from a distance - the mist sprays.
 This fellow stands near the entrance to St Stephens square, where there was a sweet festival - it was nice to look but I didn't touch!!!

We bought a donut to eat while we walked around though!
We were ready for coffee but were destined to wait quite a while before we found a cafe. We had water with us so we had that!

We were headed for the market across town.....until I remembered the Shoes on the Danube - we asked for directions...which sent us back in the direction of Parliament along the river.
The path became sandy and gritty which irritated my toes until they really hurt. By the time we found the shoes we were almost back to where we had started!
The memorial was so sad to see - tributes are left and candles burned.

It is the site where Jews were rounded up and shot so that they fell in the river - the shoes are cast in bronze and it is just as if they had stepped out of them - a truly sad sight! Here is a link for you if you wish to read about it. 
We walked around a corner to get back into the town and came across this - all made from drink cans!

By now we were hungry so found a lovely square to have a snack.
We had fruit lemonades, water and shared an ice-cream bowl - it really was too hot for coffee and by now it was quite late! Hubby is smiling but only because I was teasing him about his grumpy face.
Of course I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for Tea Stands For Tuesday!

I spotted this - just for Elizabeth!
Off in the direction of the market and we spotted this church...
Yes did get to the market...

 ...just as they were shutting...but I got my Paprika

After this we went to a restaurant my son had recommended but we found it to be a disappointing experience!
I will save that for a TSFT post in the future as next time we will be heading for Vienna.

Thanks for looking, Chris


Meggymay said...

Wonderful photos Chris, it certainly is an interesting city to visit.
I was also moved by the Memorial on the riverside and will go to read the link you added
Happy T day wishes Chis, I hope you enjoyed your shared yummy ice cream,
Yvonne xx

Divers and Sundry said...

How fascinating it all is. It makes for a full trip, with so many different kinds of sights. I'm enjoying your photos and descriptions :)

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Chris-I loved your travel post very much, so nice that you and your husband can enjoy this trips. wow and I love the rocking horse-made me smile Elizabeth will love it.
Happy T wishes Kathy

Let's Art Journal said...

What an amazing visit! I loved seeing your photos and I found the memorial so moving, I had a tear in my eye seeing all those shoes and reading the link. The can tin sculpture is fabulous and your ice-cream is perfect after all that walking too 😁. Sending you happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

Linda Kunsman said...

I am so enjoying all your travelling photos and stories! That church is amazing -wow! And oh, what a sad shoe memorial - even thinking about it still makes me so sick inside. Glad you were able to refresh with that lovely ice cream dish- and thanks hubby for the smile:) Happy T day!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a fab and informative post, I did not know the story behind the shoes so sad to learn of but an incredible monument to those fallen. Worth back tracking on yourself to go find them.
Hope you enjoyed your time away? Always good to end the day with a shared ice cream.
Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx

My name is Erika. said...

Budapest looks like a really fascinating city. Those shoes make a very touching memorial. It is amazing how something so simple can send such a powerful message. And the fish are just plain whimsical and fun, aren't they.But that ice cream looks really yummy and a good holiday treat. Thanks for sharing more of your adventure. And hope it was a good T day. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic impressions of Budapest! It's long since I visited there, there are many new things to me!
Thank you for sharing dear Chris! Happy T-Day!
Hugs, Susi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I apologize for being so late, but the electricity on my block went out many hours ago just as I was commenting on Lisca’s post. So anyone who linked after Eileen gets this apology message.

OIMGosh. I want that rocking horse. I am having serious withdrawals after seeing it. Thanks for taking a photo of it.

My internet friend Sami spent three weeks in Budapest a few months ago, and she explained about the shoes. I think sad is a KIND word. I think horrific, painful, atrocious, and sadistic when I see those shoes. I feel for every one of those victims, and even though I have only read the story and seen photos, I am moved to tears. The artist who came up with the idea for this sculpture truly knew how to tug at your heart strings.

To walk around the corner and see the lighthearted and gay drink cans is almost seemed out of place.

Your lemonade drinks and ice cream look tempting. Thanks for taking us through parts of Budapest and sharing these wonderful photos as well as your drinks with us for T this Tuesday, which is now Wednesday. BTW, this is probably my favorite photo of T I've seen.

Sharon Madson said...

I had never heard of the shoes on the Danube memorial. That is so sad, as was the whole thing! I liked the fellow at St Stephens square. Great photos; thanks for sharing. Your snack looks delicious! Have a great week!

Rita said...

The shoes are so sad. A stark reminder.

Chocolate guns and eggs and corkscrews--how odd.

Lovely architecture! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Lisca Meijer said...

Thank you so much for the potos of Budapest. The monument is very poignant. I have just gone to see the website that you linked and hubby and me bot read it and contemplated this atrocity.
But the indoor market was fab. Even the building itself is beautiful.
I totally understand you losing your sense of direction. That's why I alsways get a Little tourist map of the city, usually provided by the hotel reception. Then I list all the things we want to see and we make a 'route'. But you did manage to see what you weanted.
How cool is that ricking horse! Elizabeth will be thrilled.
The fish made out of drink cans is fun and a good way to recycle the stuff.
I loved the photo of the train at the end. I ñlove trains and love traveling in one. Lucky you. Was it an overnight trip, or is the Austrian border not far?
Your drink and ice cream look very yummy. You must have been sooo tired!
I hope you will have more potos next time. I love arm chair traveling.
Happy belated T-Day,

Mrs.B said...

Lovely photos Chris (we're off there at the beginning of November) it really is a beautiful city, there's always lots to see. Thanks for sharing.
Avril xx

Dianne said...

So many stunning photos! The shoes are first I thought they were real, and wondered why they were there. To read your explanation that they are memorial bronze sculptures was a surprise, and very sobering. The fish made me smile did the rest of your pics. Looks like a wonderful trip. Happy belated T day!

johanna said...

i´ve never been there but should think about going... this shoe memorial really is moving... i like the rocking horse:) have a good time in vienna!!
all the best, johanna

Helen said...

those shoes are a beautiful, poignant tribute. how awfully sad. am sure Elizabeth was delighted you found her a rocking horse! Great photos of your day in Budapest; it looks so beautiful.

Kate Yetter said...

Again, I loved seeing more of your trip to Budapest. Loved that bronze statue. Those shoes are really a wonderful tribute and yet so sad. But it good to remember.
Happy Belated Tea Day,