Sunday, July 26, 2009

Budapest Day 2 - Another scorcher!

Day 16 Thurs. 23. July
It was just as hot again today so I decided to go to a museum that would be at least cool inside. I chose the Museum of Applied Arts which was within walking distance and had a beautiful building with all these moorish columns and mosaic tilework around it.

They had a special exhibit of Hungarian architecture which was great and upstairs there were some really nice Art Nouveau pieces as well as earlier things - decorative arts type stuff.

Then I took the subway to Heroes Square which is a memorial to all Hungarian Heroes past and future.

It is ringed by the most important Hungarians to its history, starting with St. Stephan the founding king. The whole square is very large. Behind it is a big city park that includes another thermal baths complex and

a castle, a zoo, restaurants and a lot of grass and trees.

There was a section where old men were playing chess and an area next to the water that had deck chairs attached to the ground.

I went back to the hostel and after visiting with some of the people, went out to eat dinner with this guy from Toronto who is now on his way through Croatia and southern counties to Turkey, Syria and Israel.

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