Pest to Buda: The Road to Yesterday

71 thoughts on “Pest to Buda: The Road to Yesterday”

  1. As usual, lovely photos and evocative prose. I first went to Budapest in 1972! I didn’t return until 1992, but this time on business, to find it much changed in parts. I’ve been meaning to return and will probably have an opportunity later this year when my dear Hungarian friend marries her long-term French boyfriend.

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    1. Whoa 1972 would have been a different Budapest! I would love to read your perception of the changes that have taken place from your previous two visits and your impending one (I like the when and not if this time :-)) Thanks Sheree. xx

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  2. It is an exquisite city and it has a bloody past. So many do. So long as we heed our history though, we can progress. Your pictures really do the city justice and your prose is deeply affecting. Why then is it the spatzle that calls me … don’t answer that wink ? ? xx

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      1. Nay …. I was there for two weeks then back to France at the end of last week. A trip to Switzerland this week and now back in France. I do have the red wine though – natch ? xx

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  3. Fabolous post with gorgeous photos of a beautiful city, Dippy-Dotty❣️My first visit to Budapest was in February more than ten years ago and you have brought back happy memories of great tours, the opera, the food and drinks and hot chocolate and lovely people … ❤

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    1. Thank you dearest Dina. I bet your photos of the city would be something to watch out for. Budapest must have changed a fair bit in the last decade. I would love to read about your experiences in the city and see snippets of it alongside 🙂 xx

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  4. there is a beautiful view of the river from up on the hill by the church. did you pay to use the walkway behind the church? I did. it wasn’t that much and I had some wonderful views. I was there during the day but you night shots of the church are wonderful.

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    1. As far as I remember at night it was free, Jim, and moreover it was not peak season. Apart from a handful of people, we pretty much had it to ourselves. Did you visit during summer? I have missed out on daytime photos of Buda and that of the Parliament under clear skies.

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  5. What a beautiful post. The architecture is stunning. I love visiting places that feel different, rather than carbon copy skyscrapers that could be anywhere in the world!

    That line of shoes is so sad though…

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    1. Thank you and with you there, Josypheen. The architecture makes all the difference and if I could I would love to remember the many stories behind each and every stone structure. The shoes…they make your throat choke especially on a
      winter’s day because the victims would have been shot into the Danube in such freezing climes.

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      1. Urgh. It is really hard to imagine people acting like that to each other… and then you see things about the wall in the US, and Brexit in the UK. I hope we never get to that point again, but monuments like those shoes are a good reminder to stop us moving in that direction!

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  6. You write such beautiful descriptive narrative. A city with such a sad history (the shoes will burn in my mind forever) but hopefully better present even with the bomb scare (shudder). Would love to visit one day! But which? Buda or Pest? Maybe Pest because Lex can be one sometimes 😉 Neek

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    1. Ahahaha well both Buda and Pest nonetheless, I will say. Adi falls in the same category but I daresay we cannot do without them (since this is the age of campy love, also because the Malbec is warming me up nicely). Thank you Neek. The city has disturbing history…but if you think of it which nation does not. Our world is built upon this vast foundation of history that warns us about the road not to take. xx

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  7. Those shoes are a haunting reminder of the dark stories of the past. But we need to remember them so that history never repeats them. Long ago, I had a penpal who lived in Pecs, and this post made me think a lot of her. What an incredible city she lived in! It is a delight to read yoru posts.

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    1. Thank you Amanda. The shoes were startling. The stories become more and more hideous with every bit that is revealed to the curious mind. The point is indeed to remember, something that someone mentioned to us at Auschwitz-Birkenau (I could never forget her words). A penpal there, hmm I wonder what she would have to tell us. xx

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  8. Very moving – that monument with the shoes. Your story reminds me of long ago trip to Prague – it was so cold, and the so icy, we stumbled from café to pub, stopping every few meters to eat dumplings and drink something hot. We could not stand to be outside. You are made of braver stuff!

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    1. We were more mulish in our endeavour to see as much as we could. Really quite batty. You know, it is that café-pub-café tripping that makes it even more special. If I could, I would make a home inside a café! Also, in Budapest, hot wine ran in my veins. Along with a healthy dose of palinka. xx

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  9. Ohhh man…the shoes!! All my near and dear ones know that I am strangely very much interestingin and addicted to the discussions, movies and books revolving around the holocaust. I don’t know what it is but I strongly believe I have some past life connection to this shocking chapter of history. Just the thought of visiting these sites makes chills go down my spine and I never even want to venture close to them. It seems incomprehensible to me that we let this happen to millions of our own kind in such an inhuman manner. These shoes will be haunting me for days now and they should haunt the world to remind us that humanity stooped so low once upon a time.

    On a cheerier and ironical note….Budapest is so high on my bucket list these days! It will definitely get a strong vote from me when we begin planning our next vacation! xx

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    1. You will find Budapest worth the talk and planning you know. It bedazzles.

      The many memorials to the Holocaust — I could not bring myself to write a post on Auschwitz-Birkenau yet. It is a disastrous memory for the human race to come to terms with and yet it still carries on around the world in its many manifestations. We never learn. xx

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  10. Oh man, I didn’t think there was any way to make me want to go there even more than I already do but you have done it! ? Love the history component event is it’s a a grim one. It reminds us of our mortality and the terrible things we can inflict on others.

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  11. Excellently written post. So evocative and so different from our experience. We set off from Viennese blizzards and arrived to blue skies, sunshine and alfresco dining by the river one February! Two different climatic zones, I concluded.

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  12. Budapest sounds like a very interesting city! History is so sad, but I’m glad we don’t forget it and live with the memory (even if it sounds like it has been slightly …adjusted in certain memorials). Loved this post – it made me crave some of that hot chocolate!xxx

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    1. Hiya lovely, thanks! I can see you in Pest making the most of its carefree personality, so do go if you get the opportunity…the memories ah they can never be washed away and that is a good thing. We need perspective.
      The main ingredient that made the hot chocolate exquisite was Cold. xx

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  14. “Ludicrous baroque beauty that renders all adjectives redundant. ” My favorite phrase.

    Thank you for including the remembrance of the holocaust massacre on the Danube. Chilling.

    Poor Adi, he looks ccooooolllldddd! Brr!

    xx

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    1. Why thanks 🙂 Just that sometimes words cannot do justice to the beauty of our surroundings. It is difficult for the past to be wiped away because we humans like to remember (though we tend to forget as easily).
      Hah the photos of Adi and Vee by the Danube make me roar with laughter. xx

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  15. Magical photos of a city I have yet to visit. The memorial with the bronze shoes is powerful and chilling.

    As nice as the architecture is, you got me with the goulash and spätzle…two of my favourite things.

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    1. Why thank you, Bhavna. So happy to hear that you are heading to Budapest soon. For some reason this comment of yours landed in my spam folder and I just saw it. I will swing over to your blog and browse it. Krakow is a lovely place to live. Cheers.

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