Helen in Europe travel blog

'Shoes on the Danube Bank' gives remembrance to the 3,500 people, 800...

Catching up with long distance BFF Sue Macdonald who now lives in...

Bust of my host's mother in law

dancing figures at the Hungarian National Gallery

After settling in to my delightful Budapest homestay, I headed off for a coffee and then to meet with Sue at the Secessionist museum. Unfortunately, Maria, my host did have a coffee machine but did not know how to use it. So I was really keen to get out for my first coffee. My second one was consumed in the delightful cafe of the museum, which seemed part antique shop, part cafe, part museum. Sue and I paid our fee and then the lights were switched on for us and we perused the Art Nouveau furniture, artworks and ephemera on two floors. Budapest is a great city for walking around; it's pretty flat and there is beauty and intrigue on every corner. And walk we did, 15.3 kms according to my app. We visited the huge and comprehensive Hungarian National Gallery, and some smaller folksy places too. We saw the renowned Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to those who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. The victims, mostly Jews were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

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