Portraits from Pest

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  1. “…the more you travel, the more you see this underlying thread of similitude…” Couldn’t agree more!

    I’ve seen so many pictures of New York Cafe and have long dreamt of making my way there. You captured its magic beautifully here 🙂

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    1. Hiya Lynn, thank you…you know what I gab on about at the end. Thank you for the appreciation. May you find yourself sitting within its gilded interiors soon, sipping daintily and nibbling on a slice of something heavenly. xx

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  2. Ah, District VII is just so much fun, it has its own distinct vibe. I did the same thing as you – lived a stone’s throw away from the area – and lapped it up over and over again !

    Also loved your description of Szimpla Kert 😀

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    1. Hiya Anushree, you know what I am talking about here. It is the best place to stay I think, right in the heart of the action so to say. All for the cause of stumbling back home 😉 Thank you for the lovely comment and Szimpla Kert was trippy as you must have experienced. xx

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  3. Poor Gellért Sagredo! What an awful way to go. Loving the wonderful nighttime photos of an extremely cold night. Hope you kept yourselves warm enough! Who can say no to carrots? Especially the ones nestled in a ring :-P. Lovely post – Neek

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  4. Yes, it looks cold to me. I have to admit that when we travel, we don’t take long walk in the cold especially at night. Get warm staying in the bar in between walks sounds like a good idea. Your photos are excellent. The lights on the taxi are funny.

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    1. Ain’t that taxi something? It stopped for me to get my photos and then had to move but it was the perfect moment. A fairylight laden taxi passing through the silent streets of the Jewish quarter 🙂
      I think my friend Vee would have heartily agreed with you about the long walks on frigid nights in winter, especially by the river. xx

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    1. Hi Tracey, hah now there you have got me. I am an idiot who chose not to go to the baths *sheepish look. I hope to remedy that when we return to Budapest. Our friend Vee did and he recommended it highly even though he froze when he had to get out the baths.
      I believe it was an alternate universe (ref: where girls sell carrots). What would your best bet be? xx

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  5. Not sure if compliments have been had enough yet, but I can’t help but comment on your style. You possess an uncanny ability to drag and draw readers right into the scene, up to the point where you start yelling at the narrator to now go to that bath and get warmed up for heaven’s sake! The description of Szimpla Kert is so vivid that I practically see myself peeking up the stairs to see what’s behind the next corner. Thoroughly impressive.

    By the way, the social media buttons in the left-hand side menu aren’t connected to your profiles, you might want to change that. I can’t seem to find you again on Twitter?

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    1. I shall check my social media buttons right away. But I do see that we are connected on Twitter. Thanks for retweeting my post by the way. I am quite so lazy at tweeting!

      Thank you again for the wonderful words Lars. Always a pleasure to read such generous comments. Szimpla Kert is exact that and you have got the gist of it after ‘peeking up the stairs to see what’s behind the next corner’ 🙂 Cheers.

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  6. Wonderful! This drew me right in and I even felt a little chilly reading it. Loved this line, “And oh, those vintage clothes boutiques where it was difficult not to sigh over the warmth and prices of sable coats, pieces of decadence that demanded deep pockets”.

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  7. Seeing and reading your wonderful post makes me feel rather ashamed of my shoddy efforts to wander and catalogue the city of York. 😦
    Loved those photographs. I think I am a true believer in night photography now. 🙂
    Loved the line “where old men sit and drown their loneliness in glasses of whisky.”
    Keep up the excellent work!
    Kindness – Robert.

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    1. You are not doing a shoddy job at all, you are showing us York as a local. I thought I had seen a fair bit of it but a visitor can see only that much.
      Europe is transformed at night, so I would not give night photography a miss even though my fingers threaten to disown me. Thank you for the kind words, Robert.

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  8. It’s so magical-looking there! But so cold, too, eh? What took you to Budapest, Dippy-Dotty Girl? What adventurers you are. It reminds me a little bit of my visit (only visit so far) to Florence when my older son was doing a study-aboard there, November of 2001. They didn’t quite have all the holiday decorations up, but I remember there were already Advent Calendars in the little stores, and I even brought one home for my daughter, an Advent Calendar that had small compartments with tiny decorations you could put on the tree. 🙂

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    1. It as cold as it is hot in summer I believe, Theresa. Friends of mine were there in summer that same year and they found it too hot for them to enjoy anything. Budapest was on our minds for sometime, Theresa, and the lure of the excellent Christmas markets was too much to resist.
      Your older son studied in Florence? Sigh. It is the stuff of dreams. How memories make all the difference, is it not? Like your reminiscences about the Advent Calendar which sound cosy and pretty especially when teamed up with the warmth of home. xx

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  10. Buda and Peshtt look so magical! I lament that I was not able to visit on my last trip, even more so for seeing your photos. What architectural treasures. Your writing also added an extra layer of enjoyment to reading this post! Well done! Beautiful descriptions.

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    1. Thank you Amanda 🙂 They are. Maybe you can figure out a trip next time? It is quite fascinating. The world, its people and its history — we are blessed despite all the evils we live with. xx

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  11. Haha, in the first of your favourite photos it looks like the two of you are frozen in place. There’s something about the winter cold that makes exploring a beautiful city like this all the more romantic (for me at least).

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