We’ve spent the last two days roaming far and wide around Budapest; hop-on hop-off buses, a short river cruise, and lots of walking. Carmel complained when I said we should take the Metro home from the city centre after dinner to our hotel in the Buda area, but it was really quick and easy! As usual, here’s a random selection of pictures from our travels:

Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge, joining Buda and Pest , was the first permanent bridge across the Danube; it opened in 1849. It was blown up on 18 January 1945 by the retreating Germans during the Siege of Budapest, with only the towers remaining. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1949.

Liberty Statue

The Liberty Statue is a monument at the Citadel on Gellért Hill in Budapest. It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. It is 135 metres above the river level; we got here on the hop-on hop-off bus – but we walked down!

Brass band concert

A short concert by a brass band in the gardens on the Buda Castle.

Uncle Charlie

“Uncle Charlie” is a bronze of a Budapest street policeman in the 1920s. Rub his tummy for good luck!

Yet another guy on a horse!

Yet another guy on a horse! Very popular with the Europeans; both at home and in countries they have colonised.

Protocol Guards at Parliament House

The Protocol Guards do their show at Parliament House. Pretty good, and nice flashy swords; but not quite as showy as the Greeks in skirts and pom-pom shoes!

What a waste!

Why bother travelling??? Just stay home and stare into a mirror!

Mist Fountain

In the late afternoon, this “mist fountain” was turned on in the square outside Parliament House.