Budapest .. a little paris
In Budapest we have a beautiful apartment:
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Budapest is the capital and the largest city in Hungary. With a population of 3.3 million in the broader area, this is not going to be a quaint European town but the historic centre were we stayed certainly has charm. The city has the Danube River run through it and is a designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are many and include the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Gresham Palace and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to name a few..
Known as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe", the city reflects 1,000 years of history. There are actually two cities: Pest side on one side and is noted with the the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses. Buda sits on the other side and has the famous Buda Castle.
As we did our research, it became evident this is a city of many thermal baths. I did decide I could not be in Budapest without visiting one of the large baths. Since I knew how to get there, Metro Line 1, I went to the Szechenyi Thermal Baths - the largest in Europe with three outdoor and fifteen indoor pools.
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I bought packs of Metro tickets so it was easy to take a tram or the metro to various areas of the city.
We were impressed with the architecture, however, must had been destroyed duering World War II, Infact, all the bridges were destroyed by the Germans, although the stone lions that decorate the Chain Bridge survived. What became aparent as we learned more was how relatively recent some of the major changes were.
In 1949 Hungary was declared a communist People's Republic. The new Communist government considered the buildings like the Buda Castle symbols of the former regime, and during the 1950s the palace was gutted and all the interiors were destroyed.
The Hungarian Revolution occured in 1956. Solviet military occupation only ended in 1991.
At the end of our stay in Budapest our friends Mike and Margot headed up to the UK to visit family, and Karen and I travelled to Paris.
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