Tour of Budapest

Started at the main city square called Heroes Square which features figures of Hungarian history:

Budapest was originally two cities, Buda and Pest. We’re staying on the Pest side which is land reclaimed from river swamp. The Buda side is very hilly. We went up to Mattais church on the Buda side:

Great views across the Danube river:

Went back to the Pest side where we walked to St Stephen’s Bascilica. Stephen was the Hungarian king who converted the country to Christianity. For that, he was made a saint:

Here he’s offering the crown to Mary which is why the patron saint of Hungary is St Mary:
Walked to the WWII memorial for people thrown into the river:
Then looked at the front of the Parliament building:

Walked to the old Jewish ghetto area for lunch (salad and sandwich) with Hungarian wine:

Looked at the old Jewish quarter:

including the largest synagogue in Europe:

Had a Hungarian wine tasting with food for dinner:

Hungarian white above; Cabernet Sauvignon below

Tokay, a sweet wine

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