Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Here is a collection of Milka chocolates in their traditional purple packaging. It's made in Austria so it made sense that the Budapest airport lounge had these goodies for us. Milka comes from a combination of two words " Milch (milk) and Kakao( cocoa). It's a German brand and the bigger bars carry their purple-cow-logo.
These chocs were yummie, I had 3-4 without stopping before moving on to nuts ( equally unhealthy) and felt ill as a direct result of my greediness during the first leg of the trip back to KL. It was worth it!
Here is a traffic light I saw by chance. Pretty cool. I'm not a fan of cycling. Reminds me of the first year in university. A friend remove my mud flaps and I had mud on my bag and coat at the end of the day. I also fell off the bike once with a heavy knappsack behind me. I ended up like an upside down turtle and *cringe* had to be helped back upright.
I'm pretty happy driving about these days. And I can park just about any spot. And can drive different made of cars:)
Friday, November 22, 2013
This was taken from the conference level floor of the Intercontinental Budapest!
Righto..next instrument to consider...is a cello!
This is Cafe Gerbeaud near HRC Budapest and in Vörösmarty tér 7. It is a famous traditional coffee house in Budapest. I didn't get a chance to go in. ( Bummer) On the upside, I'm still able to wear my jeans comfortably.
Post address: 1364 Budapest Pf. 211.
Opening hours: Mo - Su: 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday, November 21, 2013
That's a whole lot of countries. When I got back from Budapest, my dad asked me " so was the Danube blue?" Anyone who's ever had to take piano lessons as a child would have certainly played a song called " The blue Danube". It's a waltz by the Austrian composer Strauss
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Pssst the alcohol content may vary from 37% to 86%
The brand "Palinka" is protected by Hungarian and EU law and can only be made from healthy fruits by distillation.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
My mum is a cross stitch fan and she has done a lot over the years. The house is filled with evidence of what a patient and determined individual she is. Today's her birthday. I've put a link on her ipad to my blog but I suspect she rarely visits.
Happy Birthday Mummy. May God continue to bless and look after you. Love you loads.
While we're on the birthday note, FB friends reading this would know...we celebrated my paternal grand aunty 's 97th birthday on Saturday. 4th Ee Poh is a lovely lady. we had a gathering of aunts, second cousins and nieces and nephews all united in the great love we share for this special lady.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
So we will never know what this represents. And who did the sculpture. Boohoo
* this picture was taken somewhere near Intercontinental Hotel Budapest. I can't remember the street
Budapest has a few more Bronze sculptures littered intermittently around the city. This was the first which caught my attention. I did so want to pose with this policeman but sadly there weren't many people about at 7:15am. The sweeper was busy doing his job I didn't have the nerve to interrupt him to ask for a picture.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This was taken at a shop along Vaci Street.( main shopping street where prices are definitely higher than the great market.)
The traditional nesting doll design is one of a young Russian woman dressed in her native costume with a scarf on her head. Can you spot on in the picture?
If you're dying for one...you can buy it on line:) I 've come across from pretty lovely nesting dolls for sale. tempted. Very tempted.
That evening, the temperature dropped to 13 degrees so our walk back from the great market hall to the hotel was brr brr brr cold. The next two days were crisp and gloriously cold.
My tartan tights made its debut on Day 3. Bought at the street market in Hongkong during last year's APSR meeting. ( I knew it would come in useful eventually)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We had initially walked up the hill. But it was dark and some parts were a bit too dark for my liking so we opted for this faster ride uphill.
The view from the top was nice but it would have been much nicer during the day. On the up side, there wasn't a crowd and no long line for the ticket and for the ride up and down.
We'd walked across Chain Bridge from the Intercontinental Hotel....with many photo stops en route.
The funicular was opened in 1870. Like most things, it was destroyed during World War 2 and eventually reopened in June 1986.
Note: Funicular is a cable railway that moves up and down a steep slope
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When you google Budapest, you're quite likely to see pictures of either Chain Bridge or the Parliament. So here is my picture taken late in the evening. Using the G12 and rather unsteady hands because I was cold.
The Hungarian Parliament building is the largest and ( I googled) tallest building in Budapest. It is also the same height as St. Stephen's basilica.It lies on the bank of the Danube. And I got a good look at it during the rather pricy night cruise we took on the last night in Budapest.
This picture doesn't do it justice. Truly it looks amazing close up. Like a perfectly symmetrical intricate model. It is built in a Gothic revival style. It is the 3rd largest parliament building in the world. It has 691 roms, 20 km of stairs ( ouch)
I can't remember exactly what it is, but the building is built in such a way that the temperature is constant through the year.
I've been looking through my pictures. I realise it would appear that I had a lot of time for sight-seeing. Which isn't true. I felt like Alice in Wonderland running after the white rabbit. Such a rush its only coming back and looking at the pictures that I truly get to admire the parts of Budapest I saw.
Gresham Palace is now known as The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. It opened in 2004.The site was originally a palce called Nako House but when the London Gresham Life Assurance Company bought it, they demolished Nako house and built this current structure. Why Gresham? It is named after Sir Thomas Gresham the 16th century financier to Queen Elizabeth the first. It is a fine example of Art Nouveau ( French for new style) architecture in the world. I want to stay here!!!
Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest - District V
Roosevelt tér 5-6
Getting there: Tram 2 to Roosevelt tér
Tel: (36 1) 268-6000
Fax: (36 (1) 268-5000
Four Seasons Gresham Palace website
The castle is built on the tip of Castle Hill. And to get to the top, we took the Castle Hill Funicular. ( Thankfully they accepted creditcards cos I didn't have a single forinth on me the duration of the trip) This poor castle has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It currently houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. No chance of entering as we made it there well after 7pm.
Interesting face: The labyrinth of Buda Castle can ( and has) housed as many as 10,000 people. How amazing is that?
Monday, November 11, 2013
I saw these midway through my journey of the lovely souvenirs on the 1st floor of the market in Budapest. I wished I had had more time to browse. I think during the summer it must be packed with people. We had a good unhurried time browsing through the stuff.
Aren't these eggs cute? I like the sign especially. "Not Fragile". Imagine for a moment, your Christmas tree decorated with many of these eggs. That would make it one unique tree indeed.
The word Millennium signified the 1000th year the Magyar tribe settled in Hungary. The picture is of one of the stops along Andrassy Avenue. I'll post another picture of the metro above ground. It's pretty silent as it chuggs along the road. I saw at least 2 cruising along. I didn't get the chance to sit in it. NO Forinths and they do not accept Euros and I wasn't too keen on changing money because we had such limited time here.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
The bridge is Chain bridge and in the background you may well make out the tower of a church. This is the Matthias Church. The official name is the Church of Our Lady. But it is popularly named after King Matthias. He liked this church so much, he held two of his weddings here.
Interesting fact: It was designed by an English engineer and it was the first bridge linking Buda and Pest.
Gellért tér (at the foot of Gellért Hill, with the Gellért Spa and Hotel Gellért)
Fővám tér (with the Great Market Hall and the nearby Budapest University of Economics).
This picture is taken on the Pest side....en route to the Great Market Hall.
Paprika is the symbolic spice of Hungary. It is produced by grinding dried deep red paprika pods of the pepper plant..
Interesting fact: The plant was brought to the country by the Turks in the 16th-17th century.
I walked here on a crisp sunny morning when the temperature was 2 degrees. This was taken around 7:13am. Just look at the gorgeous sky. Behind this cathedral is the start of Andrassy Avenue (Andrassy Ut) which is an iconic boulevard in Budapest.
Interesting fact: The preserved right hand of St Stephen is kept in a shrine in the chapel of holy Right.This mumified hand is paraded in the streets on August 20th.
I tried getting the girl at the shop to explain the function. She tried. But I'm still clueless. So if anyone knows what this is for...please leave a comment.
Also seen in Budapest embroidered blouses galore. These ones were plainer and I can't seem to find the more elaborate ones with the rich kalocsai hand richelieu embroidery in my stash of pics. ( May have been too enthralled odd-ing and agh-ing at them )
Although they are traditional, I wasn't so much in awe of the peasant blouses.They look suspiciously like some found at our local stores in Malaysia.
Apparently Hungarian embroidery dates back to the middle ages where the number of embroidered cloth you had was a mark of wealth. Floral patterns are big. And I think they're called "Kalocsa". If you see the picture above, the flowers and leave are prominent with bright clear colors which work well together.
Interesting fact; the oldest embroidery in Hungary is the robe of the first King of Hungary Stephen the first and it can be found in the national museum. Apparently his wife helped embroider the robe. Well done to her!!!!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The real Matryoshka dolls are a set of wooden dolls which have one doll inside another. As you remove them and set down aside, their sizes decrease until you finally come to a single weeny one. The more nested dolls in the set...you more you'll have to pay.And they're all made from a single block of wood. Interesting yes?
The Russians ruled over Hungary for many years. So its inevitable we see a strong influence in their culture and souvenir:)
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
This many explain why there were more than a few T-shirts being sold with the "Trabant" on it.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
HRC is located in a nice old building along Vaci Street andVörösmarty square. It is housed by a UNESCO Heritage building. ( You can see it best from this angle) It first opened in Budapest on the 14th of December 2011.
CLick here HRC Budapest for a much nicer picture found on another site.
Here is the address:
1051 Budapest, V. district,
Deák Ferenc street 3-5