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Budapest - like Vienna, only less so

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Budapest was a lovely city, but our experience there started on a rough note - we pulled in at 8pm without a hostel booked, and everything closes early there - tourist information and most things around the train station were closed by then. We ended up finding a super-cheap hostel right by the train station, but it wasn't great (the guy running the place was really jumpy, the shower I took was cold, no window in our room, room was connected to another room with a wall that didn't go to the ceiling, so it was loud). After checking in we tried to get dinner, but everything near the station was closed and the locals generally looked suspicious.

We started the following morning at the top, at Heroes Square and the park surrounding it.

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Then we went to the main area, B3 on the local map, near the Opera House. The was almost not at all mentioned in Lonely Planet Eastern Europe, whereas the local tourist information maps focus on it as the heart of the city. Lonely Planet loses this match.

Here's a fat guy in that area, next to a statue. The view is up Andressy St, a UNESCO world heritage site ending at Heroes Square.

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Budapest is cool because it's split in two parts (Buda, with the castle, and Pest, with everything else) by the Danube river, so walking along the river we can see the skyline to half the city, including

Buda Castle
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Parliament (basically a white Big Ben)
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The Four Seasons we didn't stay at
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and more
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In the castle complex (which was big, but with no dominating castle-shaped building) we saw an outdoor performance of Hungarian dances by young dancers,
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On the way home - here is St Stephens church by night -- that night was the bluest night sky I've seen, and it's captured fairly well (though a bit grainily) in this pic
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Posted by chrisvasil 16:33 Archived in Hungary Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

布达佩斯 (Budapest)

sunny 35 °C

游玩维也纳之后,来到布达佩斯的感觉就像是见到了维也纳的落魄的兄弟。同样雄伟的宫殿,教堂和纪念碑,昭示着它同样良好的出身和品位,然而成年后的落魄却让这个城市失去了高贵的气质。(可能是由于我们住的旅馆的那个区在第一天晚上给我留下的印象太差,以致于我对这个城市的评价并不十分地客观。在我整理完布达佩斯的照片之后发现这个城市其实很丰富,也很美。所以希望我的帖子不要误导其它去匈牙利旅游的人!)

在中国的时候听过这样一个言论- 将来的世界是中国人的世界,因为中国人聪明,勤劳,所以不管去哪里他们很快都会变成当地的富人。当然,在国外多年,见过无数的国人因为语言和习俗的不同,在国外始终不能融入主流社会,过着温饱的日子。我一直以为,那只是国人的意淫而已。然而在匈牙利,我却不得不相信这个被我摒弃的言论。我们到达布达佩斯已经是晚上8点了,找好旅店放下行李,我们便沿街寻找饭店。走过8.9个街区,几乎所有当地人开的饭店都已经关闭,而亮着灯营业的都是中国的快餐店。在火车站附近的一个大街,最漂亮豪华的建筑竟然是一个中国的武馆。回到旅馆,常住在那里的一个匈牙利作家在得知我是中国人之后,也更证实了我的发现。他夸张地说:总有一天匈牙利的所有店铺都会被中国人。我不知道是该骄傲还是悲哀 - 为什么中国人占领的永远都是劳动力密集型的行业?为什么国人不能赚一些聪明钱而不是辛苦钱呢?

独具特色的鲜花水果铺
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英雄纪念碑 - 看amazing race的可能记得,上一季在布达佩斯的其中一个任务就是让他们用匈牙利语念出所有英雄的名字。
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圣史蒂夫大教堂。
这个教堂还有一段渊源。当时的国王名叫史蒂夫,其他的事情没有怎么干,只打过一场胜战。在他的儿子死了以后,他开始建这个教堂,并让全国信仰叩拜圣母玛利亚。于是在他死后,他便被当时的宗教界封为圣人,而这个教堂也以他命名了。更有意思的是,他的右手被做成了木乃伊,至今还成列在教堂里面。
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我和大肚子将军。

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蓝色的多瑙河 - 说句实话:近看河水不怎么蓝,景致不怎样。只感叹小约翰·施特劳斯太有音乐天赋了!
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桥的一边是布达,一边是佩斯
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桥头的狮子头像
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在布达的城堡拍摄的多瑙河上的链条桥以及佩斯。是这个城市的高潮!
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布达的城堡
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晚上在城堡剧场观看的少儿当地舞蹈演出。
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Posted by suevasil 08:46 Archived in Hungary Tagged tourist_sites Comments (1)

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