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Millennium Memorial in Hero's Square

I added a couple of videos from our dinner. A sightseeing city tour of Budapest included HERO'S SQUARE, and only driving by House of Parliament and the Royal Palace. Hero's Square is next to City Park and in the center is Millennium Memorial. The statues are leaders of seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century. There are also statues of important statesmen in Hungarian history surrounding the memorial in a semi-circular arcades. The Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of Art are beside it. From here we passed the sights of Parliament, the Danube and Margaret's Island, and many different buildings. We walked up Castle Hill and viewed Monastery of War with its' numerous bullet holes and then to FISHERMEN'S BASTION and MATTHIAS CHURCH.

Palace of Art or Hall of Art's main entrance
This is on the hilly buda side of the Danube and was built between 1895-1902. The 7 towers represent 7 Magyar tribes that settled in 896. Matthias Church is also here and had scaffolding over the front that made for "zoom in on certain areas" pictures! There was a man sitting with a bird who was charging people about $10 USD to get a picture with it. No thanks. The area was crowded but still pretty and had lovely views of the Danube and pest side.  

We were later dropped of on VACI UTCA which is a large shopping area for tourists. We couldn't decide where to eat so we opted for Burger King. Yes I know, sometimes you just crave food from back home. Plus, we didn't have to pay for the bathroom and we would be having traditional Hungarian food later. It was really hot walking the streets and about 90 degrees F! There was more scaffolding over many buildings.
Hero's Square, statesmens statues
What a disappointment! On the bus coming back from Szentendre, Suzi, Sharon from Australia and Ying from England bought Hungarian shirts and Suzi convinced them to wear the new purchases to our Hungarian folklore dinner excursion tonight. Back at the hotel, I purchased a white shirt with red trim at the hotel because I didn't want to feel left out. I was very happy with it; so comfortable!

Ready for the dinner, when we got on the bus, we were met with cheers and woos from the crowd and were told how nice we looked! Suzi and I sat with Mick, Kerry, Paul and Sharon from Adelaide, Australia and we had a blast! We were greeted with a strong welcome drink in a green little man. GOULASH was the aperitif and of course was tasty.
Is this the "pest" view or what!
 A man came around with 2 long glass tubes that held red and white wine and he never missed the glass, no matter how far away it was! :) Next came the huge traditional plate of turkey, beef, pork, pasta and cole slaw that the 6 of us shared. While we ate, we were entertained by Hungarian dancers with colorful costumes. As promised, Tunde, our guide danced for us on the stage in which she got a big applause from the entire audience.

The 4 of us got our pictures taken together in our shirts and then Tunde joined us. Our evening ended at 11pm which was one of our later nights! haha To top the night off, Franco our bus driver played DISCO music on the way back and had the lights flickering! Thanks, Franco! :) This ended up being one of my favorite dinners and excursion!

Money paid for the Bathroom today- 0.0

Aditu says:
That was one damn tasty dinner!! That was a great night, great food, great company, disco, flicking lights and that cool bar you had to walk down the steps thru the coffin, lol. Plus, are super sweet shirts, :)
Posted on: Jul 28, 2007
lauro says:
hahahahah what a blast! :D hey - youre counting the pay toilets :D i was also doing that when i was new here - but now, i just let it -im used to it :D glad you enjoyed the goulasch :DDD
Posted on: Jul 28, 2007
lauro says:
the blog ive been waiting for is back :D
Posted on: Jul 28, 2007
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Millennium Memorial in Heros Squa…
Millennium Memorial in Hero's Squ…
Palace of Art or Hall of Arts mai…
Palace of Art or Hall of Art's ma…
Heros Square, statesmens statues
Hero's Square, statesmens statues
Is this the pest view or what!
Is this the "pest" view or what!
Heros Square
Hero's Square
Palace of Art is next to Heros Sq…
Palace of Art is next to Hero's S…
Heros Square, more statesmen stat…
Hero's Square, more statesmen sta…
Rakoczi Ferenc This was my favorit…
Rakoczi Ferenc This was my favori…
Leaders of the 7 tribes-Millennium…
Leaders of the 7 tribes-Millenniu…
Looking at the Royal Palace
Looking at the Royal Palace
Streets view of the House of Parl…
Street's view of the House of Par…
House of Parliament
House of Parliament
Across the Danube
Across the Danube
Across the Danube
Across the Danube
Parliament, again.
Parliament, again.
St Annes
St Anne's
too close for comfort!
too close for comfort!
Monastery of War near Castle Hill
Monastery of War near Castle Hill
St Matthias Church
St Matthias Church
Fishermans Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion
Fishermans Bastion and the statue…
Fisherman's Bastion and the statu…
Statue of Stephen I
Raising the d…
Statue of Stephen I Raising the …
The bird you werent allowed to ta…
The bird you weren't allowed to t…
Matthias Church:the scaffolding ma…
Matthias Church:the scaffolding m…
Fishermans Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion
Looking at the pest side of Buda…
Looking at the "pest side" of Bud…
a windows view
a windows view
another view from Fishermans Bast…
another view from Fisherman's Bas…
Fishermans Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion
Fishermans Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion
Budapest
Budapest
Széchenyi Chain Bridge 
or Széc…
Széchenyi Chain Bridge or Szé…
View from the Chain Bridge
View from the Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge
closer shot
closer shot
Buda Castle aka Royal Palace on th…
Buda Castle aka Royal Palace on t…
Flowers
Flowers
Our starter- Goulash at the 
Hung…
Our starter- Goulash at the Hun…
Interesting way to fill up our dri…
Interesting way to fill up our dr…
Our shared dinner plate
consisted…
Our shared dinner plate consiste…
Showing off our Hungarian shirts
Showing off our Hungarian shirts
Ying, me, our wonderful Hungarian …
Ying, me, our wonderful Hungarian…
Entertainment 
at the Hungarian d…
Entertainment at the Hungarian …
Bye bye Budapest
Bye bye Budapest
This is from my Central European …
more from our dinner excursion in…
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