Another Go Round in Budapest

There’s a lot about Budapest that reminds me of Louisville.  First there’s the weather.  Yesterday it was steamy hot.  Around 90 degrees and the humidity had to be close to 100%.  And then today it was breezy and cool with sporadic rain.  Sounds like back to back days at home.  Then there’s the location on the river.  Though the Danube appears much less dirty, but there isn’t much of a riverfront to enjoy.  With the rivers comes bridges.  Budapest has an array of lovely bridges the stretch from Buda to Pest.  Louisville has been deciding on new bridges for nearly 30 years now.  And that’s where the similarities end.  The following will help illustrate such.

Metro 1- the first subway in all of Europe

Metro 1- the first subway in all of Europe

Cool collection of buildings on the Danube

Cool collection of buildings on the Danube

Elisabeth Bridge

Elisabeth Bridge

The Chain Bridge with great Budapest in the background

The Chain Bridge with great Budapest in the background

This bridge is Liberty Bridge

This bridge is Liberty Bridge

Inside this marvelous building was an even better market

Inside this marvelous building was an even better market

The Opera House- stipulations kept it from being bigger than Vienna's- that doesn't mean its not nicer

The Opera House- stipulations kept it from being bigger than Vienna's- that doesn't mean its not nicer

The ceiling mural and chandelier

The ceiling mural and chandelier

The grand staircase

The grand staircase

Definitely the nicest opera house I’ve been in.  I considered buying a nosebleed seat for tonight’s performance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Than I realized that I had enough trouble following that play reading it at my own slow pace, let alone as an opera in Hungarian.  Monday brings sights of Prague.  Check back!

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