Budapest sightseeing, round three. (My feet cry Uncle!)

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Parliament building.
(A quick blog again today, as all this writing is interrupting my Olympic game viewing and my time in Slovenia!)

Budapest is huge, with sooo many things to see. We have accepted the fact that we can't see everything we want to see here (had to skip Memento Park, for example. This is where the communist statues came to live after being pulled down from around the city). Today, our last day, we did have another good day of covering the city on foot and saw most of the remaining things from our "list."

1) Walked from the hotel to the Great Synogogue. It was restored with donations from around the world after being desecrated by fascists. There is a museum and memorial as well as the synogogue, which costs about $15 to visit (not covered with our Budapest Card).
Got to be careful in doorways if you are gonna wear a hat like that... Museum of Ethnography.
We just looked at the building itself, which is the largest synogogue in Europe. Good.

2) Took the subway to the extry-fancy gothic Parliament building. Peaks, points, spikes...very cool.

3) Went to the Museum of Ethnography. (You may think I am some kind of museum freak, we have visited so many here in Budapest. Not the case at all. It's because our Budapest Cards cover the admission :^) This one was really interesting! Showed the lives and development of the people here, including how Christmas is celebrated, how farm houses were arranged, how weddings were performed, etc etc etc... this museum was really well done and interesting.

4) Walked south, along the Danube. It was super hot out and it wasn't a very nice walk at all, until we got to the famous Chain Bridge, where the cafe-lined promenade (Korzo) started.
Produce at Central Market Hall.
We had lunch at the first place that looked good, and was it ever fantastic! We had a wonderful pizza and fresh salads. The Budapest food scene has turned a corner for us at last.

5) Hopped on the tram to get down to Vasarcsarnak (Central Market), which is a collection of food stalls and various vendors under one (very large) roof. The building is 19th century, completely renovated, reopened in 1994. We strolled the halls but did not buy anything...I am just not interested in the lacework and embroidery that is so prevalent here. The produce looked fantastic though, and the locals were out buying their groceries here.

6) Made the loong walk back to the hotel from there, stopping for a delicious gelato on the way home.

Spent the rest of the evening relaxing in the room (my feet are under protest: no more walking!) and had McDonald's take out from around the corner. That's embarrassing. to say..but it was an easy option and their salads were surprisingly fresh and good.

Back to the Olympics...I am addicted.




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Parliament building.
Parliament building.
Got to be careful in doorways if y…
Got to be careful in doorways if …
Produce at Central Market Hall.
Produce at Central Market Hall.
Distracted on our sightseeing by t…
Distracted on our sightseeing by …
The Great Synagogue ...largest in …
The Great Synagogue ...largest in…
Escalator to the subway. Its long…
Escalator to the subway. It's lon…
Parliament building detail.
Parliament building detail.
Inside the Museum of Ethnography. …
Inside the Museum of Ethnography.…
Ceiling detail, Museum of Ethnogra…
Ceiling detail, Museum of Ethnogr…
Special photo exhibit at the Museu…
Special photo exhibit at the Muse…
Me. Pictures. Museum of Ethnograph…
Me. Pictures. Museum of Ethnograp…
They look hot! Museum of Ethnograp…
They look hot! Museum of Ethnogra…
If that doesnt keep you warm, I d…
If that doesn't keep you warm, I …
Great photo at Museum of Ethnograp…
Great photo at Museum of Ethnogra…
Budapests Chain Bridge, with Cast…
Budapest's Chain Bridge, with Cas…
Entrance to Chain Bridge.
Entrance to Chain Bridge.
Promenade.
Promenade.
Lunch! Every bit as good as it loo…
Lunch! Every bit as good as it lo…
All done!
All done!
Castle Hill.
Castle Hill.
Meat vendor at Central Market Hall.
Meat vendor at Central Market Hall.
Cheese for sale at Central Market …
Cheese for sale at Central Market…
Central Market Hall interior.
Central Market Hall interior.
Our hotel.
Our hotel.
Budapest
photo by: Chokk