Tales from the River – Budapest, Hungary, Oct 13, 2011

The Parliament House

Close-up of the beautiful building, right on the Danube

Chain Bridge, the oldest bridge still standing, has become a symbol of Hungarian liberty.

Our morning of cruising down the Danube

Crossing the Danube, taken from the bus

This is Gellert Hill, topped with Liberation Monument, honoring Soviet soldiers that freed the city from the Nazis during WWII.

Fixing roofs seems to be a global activity!

Statue overlooking Budapest near St. Matthias and the Fisherman’s Bastion

Bullet holes are still visible from WWII

Leather Cowboy boots and pants, Cowboy hat, and singing country songs

Yes, he spoke Hungarian but he played American country-western songs.

Our tour guide in front of St. Matthias

The original stained glass window was broken during WWII. This is the replacement.

Very peaceful

No, he’s not praying for the trip to end, in the side chapel

View from the Fisherman’s Bastion

Standing in Buda, the hilly part, taking a picture of Pest, the flat part of the city

The grocery store in what was once called Fisherman’s Town

This is the other aisle of the grocery store

Most of the cars are nice but there are still old cars from the Russian regime

Friends Sandy and Pat from a Washington island near Seattle

The crowd wasn’t big but they sure were enthusiastic.

The professional ship musician, Robbie

“Cry Me a River” seemed a perfect choice as my last song

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