Busy, busy, busy day. I’m going to rattle them all off fast.
Started with the Great Synagogue. But it was closed for Passover.
Sculpture on the side, memorial to those lost.
We got into another synagogue down the street. Impressive interior.
The Swiss were helpful in saving thousands of Hungarian Jews. A sculpture depicting that help.
Painting on the side of the building made it difficult to forget that the Rubik’s cube came from Hungary.
Next stop was the Great Market Hall. It is one of the few things I remember from our trip many years ago. Colorful and fun to visit.
After lunch at the Hummus Bar, we set off towards Parliament, where we had a tour at 3pm. Along the way, we saw this recent memorial to Hungarian victims of WWII. But it is thought to blame Germany and wash over Hungary’s own atrocities. So people have added to create their own memorial.
Who is the patron saint of defeating communism? Ronald Reagan, of course!
Parliament building was amazing. Said to be third largest in the world. The outside is impressive.
The inside, even more so! Loved that when they used to be allowed to smoke inside, they had numbered cigar holders so they could go inside to the chambers and then come back to find their cigar.
We then took a tram and subway up to the Szechenyi Bath, the largest and most popular of the Budapest baths. It had a huge outdoor pool that we loved, and several baths and saunas inside.
Dinner we found walking back down Andrassy Street, Klassz. Ellen had perch, I had a lamb shank, figuring that was appropriate for the start of Passover, which I officially start tomorrow, keeping to Eastern Time.
Tomorrow we visit the SOS Children’s Village in Kecskemét.