Budapest, Hungary

 

June 30, 2016

Budapest, here we come!

 

The interior of Hotel Sofitel, Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

 

Ms. Lee's hotel window view of the city, including the famous Chain Bridge

 

Ms. Lee posts with a bronze sculpture on the river bank of Danube

 

Our lunch was how much?!

 

This gypsy band plays a fantastic mini concert on the street

 

A waterfall under the Döbrentei tér in the city of Budapest

 

Where are we now?

 

The Metro stop near Hotel Sofitel

 

The Franz Liszt wine

 

Buda Castle at night

 

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July 1, 2016

Window workers hanging from the roof outside of the building

 

The view of the Chain Bridge from the Buda Castle

 

WWI statue on the street to the Buda Castle

 

The Buda Castle has a Picasso Exhibit in the summer

 

Picasso Exhibit

 

The entry to Picasso's studio exhibit

 

"Lament" by Gyula Donath, 1903

 

The Buda Castle court yard

 

A different view of the Buda Castle Courtyard

 

The Buda Castle fountain

 

Looking up to the Buda Castle

 

The Fisherman's Bastion, another 13th century castle

 

The water truck spreads water on the streets to keep cool

 

Ms. Lee at the head of the Chain Bridge

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July 2, 2016

Pacific Chorale performs in the St. Stephens Basilica in the Old Town Pest

 

Ms. Lee going to a rehearsal

 

The Interior of the St. Stephens Basilica

 

St. Stephens main organ

 

Scripture on the wall of St. Stephens Basilica

 

Cars for rent!

 

The front entrance of the Budapest State Opera House, Hungary

 

The statue of Franz Liszt next to the entry of the Budapest Opera House

 

The entry Hall of the Budapest Opera House

 

The Opera House Grand Stairway

 

One of the Opera House Hallways

 

The Interior of Budapest State Opera House

 

The red velvet seats in the Budapest Opera House

 

Detail wood work on a column inside of the opera house

 

An opera box, room for seven people

 

 

 

Looking from the Opera Box onto the stage

 

Amazing stairway inside of the opera house

 

Ms. Lee on the Opera House balcony

 

One more grand staircase inside of the opera house

 

Ms. Lee in the opera house

 

Another look at the Budapest Opera House

 

A parade in the middle of the Old Town Budapest

 

On the way to performance, Ms. Lee standing with a bronze statue of a policeman

 

Children playing in the huge bubbles at the St. Stephens Basilica Plaza

 

Ms. Lee going to the first concert performance in Budapest, Hungary

 

Pacific Chorale performing in St. Stephens Basilica, Budapest, Hungary

 

A view of the St. Stephens Basilica at night

 

Late night view of the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge

 

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July 3, 2016

The entry to Magyar Castle in the northeast area of Budapest

 

Inside of the Magyar Castle

 

A garden in front of the Magyar Castle

 

A church on the Magyar Castle's ground

 

A gathering of drummers at the Hero's Square for a peace prayer

 

Ms. Lee in the Hero's Square

 

Drummers at the Hero's Square

 

More people came to the gathering started to pray and chant

 

Pickle jars in a folk fair next to the Hero's Square

 

Beautiful tree-lined walkway next to Andres Street, the most famous street in Budapest

 

Ms. Lee stands outside of the Kodaly Institute

 

A Zoltan Kodaly plaque on the wall in the Kodaly Institute

 

A plaque for Franz Liszt on the street near the Kodaly Institute

 

 

A section of the Berlin Wall displays in front of the "House of Terror" in Budapest

 

The plaque accompanies the section of the Berlin Wall

 

Part of the Iron Curtain

 

A closer look at the Iron Chain Links

 

The House of Terror shows events and vistoms of several major wars

 

The artifact at the entrance of the House of Terror

 

The plaque that explains the purpose of House of Terror

 

The Metro stop called "Opera"

 

ANother look at the Opera House in Budapest

 

Ms. Lee and Liszt are inside of the Budapest State Opera House

 

What's in the name?

Where are we going?

 

A panoramic view of the city of Budapest

 

A horseman statue right outside of the Church in the Rocks, up on the hills looking at Danube River and city

 

Hundreds of stone steps lead to the Liberty Monument statues

 

Sculptures can be seen on the way to the Liberty Monument

 

Bullet holes cover the Citadel wall in Citadel Park in Budapest

 

The Liberty Monument at the Citadel Park

 

"Freedom Fire", one of the statues at the Citadel Park

 

A sculpture found on the grounds of Citadel Park

 

Looking at the Danube from Citadel

 

The front end of the Mattias Church, Pacific Chorale's second concert hall

 

The back side of Mattias Church

 

The horseman statue between Mattias Church and Fisherman's Bastion

 

Parts of the Fisherman's Bastion

 

A statue at the Fisherman's Bastion

 

A walkway at the Fisherman's Bastion

 

A 7-inch long grass hopper found on one of the columns at Fisherman's Bastion

 

A view of the parliament from the Fisherman's Bastion

 

Ms. Lee with a stone dragon

 

Ms. Lee in front of a side door at Mattias Church

 

A working door handle on one of the doors at Mattias Church

 

Looking at the Parliament from across the Danube River

 

A stone sculpture of a crown as decoration on the Margit Bridge

 

A panoramic view of the City of Budapest on both sides of the Danube River, from the Margit Bridge

 

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July 4, 2016

The statue marks the downtown Metro stop 1 in Budapest

 

Handmade creatures for decorating your planters

 

The Central Grand Market of Budapest

 

A busy butcher shop sells all kinds of sausages and cold cuts

 

Look at all the smoked goods, ham, bacon, turkey, and even cheese

 

A veggie stand with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables

 

A spice shop has all kinds of ingredients for cooking

 

A toy shop handles all kinds of Rubik's cubes and other puzzles

 

Colorful candy creatures in a candy shop

 

Crocodile shoes for sale

 

A stand selling dolls and puppets

 

A music store sells everything but sheet music

 

The interior of the Central Grand Market

 

Ms. Lee, wearing red, white, and blue for 4th of July, found a marble sculpture of a scooter rider

 

The wisemen statues on the wall at Fisherman's Bastion

 

Fisherman's Bastion in the sunset

 

Fisherman's Bastion and the Parliament in the sunset

 

Between 14th century stone columns, there are 20 century steal and glass buildings

 

This sculpture of saints was made in the year of 1235

 

Ms. Lee at the alter of the Mattias Church

 

Choral seats for church choir in the Mattias Church

 

Ms. Lee in the choral seat waiting for the concert to begin

 

The Mattias Church organ

 

The organ keyboards

 

Check out these organ pedals

 

These organ stops change the tone quality of the sounds of the organ

 

A bronze model of the Mattias Church

 

Audience are in a line to get into Mattias Church for the Pacific Chorale concert

 

The interior of the Mattias Church

 

The underground area used as the green room for concert inside of Mattias Church

 

The stone stairway inside of the Mattias Church

 

Beautiful under ground tunnel leads to an automatic restroom

 

Pacific Chorale performance at the Mattias Church

 

This concert includes Hungarian music written by Zoltan Kodaly

 

The back side of Mattias Church in the sunset

 

The beautiful roof top of the Mattias Church

 

"Marian Gate", stone arch that was placed above a doorway in the church before the 14th century

 

Mattias Church in the sunset

 

Another view of the Mattias Church in the sunset

 

 

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July 5, 2016

Chain Bridge at sunrise, our last day in Budapest

 

Where are we going?

 

Fields of sunflowers on the way to Vienna, Austria, on our bus ride

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