“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 3)

April 20

Our last day alone in Budapest for the six of us.  Hide the women and children!  It made for such an action packed day, I have to present it in two parts.

[So, something we didn’t do last year, walk across Chain Bridge and take the funicular to the top.  Pam and Tom lead the way.  As you can see, a bit of a chilly, but beautiful, morning.]

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[And we’re there . . . ]

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[Going up . . . ]

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[The building directly beyond the bridge on “our” (the Pest) side of the river is the Four Seasons Hotel (originally Gresham Palace) (a scene from the recent movie, Spy, was filmed there).  Beyond that is St. Stephen’s Basilica.]

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[The view back to Pest from the top of the Buda side.  Our Marriott is right center, and larger in the following shots.]

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[Across the bridge again at the Four Seasons and St. Stephen’s Basilica.]

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[Looking east, the Parliament and Margaret Island.]

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[And now at Buda Castle . . . ]

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[Such a day!!]

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[There’s Liberty in the distance.]

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[The Castle now hosts the Hungarian National Gallery.  Come along with us . . . ]

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budapest museumof fine arts

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[Beautiful place . . . I tried to get a good variety of paintings and sculptures.]

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[This was probably my favorite painting – I thought the young girl’s face exquisite.  I had to look really close to make sure it wasn’t a photograph.  Ha!]

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[Madam, I’m Adam.  (The original palindrome?)]

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[I thought this guy was an NFL linebacker?]

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[And this, of course, is my high school classmate, Brad Anderson.]

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[Making “art” in an art museum?  My shot outside framed by the window frame.]

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[Then turning 90 degrees to where Helen and the Super were admiring real art.]

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[Something about the faces?]

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[John figuring out the storyline.]

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[Nazi helmets?]

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[Helen and the Super enjoy the epitome of the classic museum/gallery room.]

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[OK, where do we go next?]

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[Oh my!  Poppyseed pastry!]

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[When I first glimpsed, I thought . . . Rodin!  I didn’t know the piece but I got it right.]

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[Here’s our trip favorite again, Danubian Wind.]

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[The group consensus – Meryl Streep.  But, of course, like everything else of the time, the title is aptly descriptive.]

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[John taking five.  A perfect example of why you have to do this stuff when you can walk pain free in places not subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (they didn’t build these things with elevators and escalators in mind).  John has back and hip issues that are troublesome for him when he has to alternately walk, then stand, and on and on.  I was having that same problem with what the chiropractor thinks is front left thigh sciatica (I’d never heard of that).  Both of us were fine walking – the just standing was tough.]

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[The “end,” so to speak, of Part I.]

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Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Up Next:  The holiday weekend?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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