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Oct 2, 2017 - Dubai /Budapest

Talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous – 40+ degrees with 80% humidity in Dubai – 6 hours later 10 degrees, windy and raining hard. Ugh. Now for Budapest – Buda on one side of the Danube and Pest on the other. Bus from the airport and easily found our AirBnB in Belvaros (meaning inner town) – smack in the centre of the old part, row after never-ending row of baroque, neoclassical, eclectic and art nouveau apartment buildings, churches, museums, hotels. Almost every building has something unique – beautiful wrought iron...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Sunday Flea Market and House of Terror Museum

Today was my second Sunday trying to locate the largest flea market in Central Europe called Ecseri Piac. After a bus long trip out to the country, many wrong turns, and bad directions, I succeeded. The selection was quirky and varied but the prices were quite high, maybe due to the obvious, I look like a foreigner. Next I went to the House of Terror Museum, a torture history lesson. This mansion was once headquarters of the AVH secret police before and after World War II. Activists were taken here for interrogation and torture. The walls...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Royal Palace of Godollo

We took a train to visit the Summer Palace in Godolllo, 18 miles from Budapest. This was the favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth, affectionately called Sisi and the wife of Franz Joseph. Sisi loved riding and spent a lot of time in the country away from state affairs in Budapest. She enjoyed a lot of freedom for the times and loved to travel incognitio. It was on such a trip that she was assassinated at age 60 in 1898 in Switzerland by an Italian anarchist. Godollo is a restored Baroque palace, the 2nd largest in Europe after Versailles,...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Sebastiao Salgado and Shoe Magic

Sebastiao Salgado (1944- ) Brasil GENESIS 245 photographs divided into 5 geographical sections mirroring nature's functioning: the South of the planet, natural sanctuaries, Africa, the North of the planet, and Amazonia. From 2004 to 2011 Salgado made more than 30 different trips into the distant corners of the globe to capture nature in its original state. He writes: In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen. mirroring nature's functioning. --Sebastiao Salgado You can see many of the photos I saw...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Rudas Baths

Sorry, no photos allowed. Tuesday is ladies-only clothing-optional day at this historic Turkish bath built in 1550. The main pool is an octagonal plunge pool in the center of the room with 4 small corner pools with thermal water of varying temperatures. I took advantage of three saunas, each progressively hotter and hotter. This was an interesting experience and I'd say most of the bathers were Hungarians, not tourists.

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Sep 17, 2017 - The Big Reveal

Because our friend Lauren from Paris was coming to visit for a week, I asked our airbnb landlord Tamas if he had another rental where I could stay. Tamas offered a couple of nearby options but then he had another idea. It seems he'd opened a unique bar called Seuso earlier this summer but it wasn't very successful due to payoffs and competition and it was located on nearby Nyar Utca right in the heart of the entertainment district. As soon as he showed me the place, there was no question where I would spend the next week while Lauren...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Flipper Muzeum and Chocolate Museum

The Flipper Muzeum was my first stop of the day. There are 130 machines in this basement arcade and I soon heard rattles, chimes, bleeps, and laughter. People of all ages were playing the machines billed as Europe's Largest Ongoing Interactive Pinball Museum. Some had flippers and others had digital scoreboards but almost every vintage pinball machine was in use and the queen of them all and my favorite, the bowling machine, was in the back room. Thanks to my expertise, I rarely paid for a draft beer in college. I won them all playing...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Sweets Days Fair

There's a chocolate and sweets fair this weekend in front of St. Stephen's Basilica. I toured the cathedral where Hungary's most unusual relic is housed. The first Hungarian Christian king St. Stephen or Istvan's mummified forearm is kept in the Chapel of the Holy Right Hand. Hungarians love their sweets and there are vendors selling everything from realistic chocolate sculptures to Chimney Cakes to marzipan creations and plates of grilled boar (mangalica). Note sign for cow meat and carbage (beef and cabbage).

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Sep 14, 2017 - Red Letter Day

This was a long but entertaining day. I met a new friend for coffee and pastries at the Szamos Kafehaz. Sue Bonace Loranger grew up in Sarasota and lives in Budapest with her husband George. We had coffee, tea, and pastries before noon. This afternoon I spent hours at the History of the Shoe exhibit at the Ethnography Museum, properly called Neprajzi Muzeum. I was in no rush and thoroughly enjoyed the examples of the sandal, the moccasin, and the boot through the ages. Later I went out for drinks with old friends Bonnie and Ed Tohid who I...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Shoes Along the Danube

Dick and I left Barbara at home to rest today. We took the tram to the Parliament Building. We walked a few yards from the huge Parliament complex (all 601 rooms) to stand on the banks of the Danube. There is a memorial to the Jews who were herded from the ghetto to the river where they were exterminated, leaving their shoes behind. The artist portrays this horrifying event with shoes of all types in cast iron.

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Sep 12, 2017 - Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter

The tour of the Great Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial followed by a self-guided walking tour to the Jewish Quarter was a sobering experience. Jews have been in Hungary since the 9th century AD. However, after 1941 anti-Semitic laws required Jews to wear a yellow Star of David and in 1944 a ghetto was created in this neighborhood. Then began the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps including Auschwitz. The Soviet Red Army liberated the ghetto in January, 1945. The Synagogue is the second largest in the world and even boasts a...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center

Back to Andrassy Ut to visit the Robert Capa Photography Center. The Elliott Erwitt Retrospective was on exhibit. No cameras allowed here. I had no idea so many Hungarians figure into the world of film and photography. Robert Capa (1913-1954) is one of the most famous. He left Hungary in 1931 and eventually made photo history with his war reportage of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and in China and Vietnam. His slogan was, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” In 1947 he founded the photo agency Magnum in...

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