Showing posts with label Budapest summer 2015. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Budapest summer 2015. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Have you heard the amazing choir at St. Stephen ' s Basilica ?


Well here it is . Recorded while attending mass in May this year , be forewarned that it's quite shaky. 

Just click on this link below.



Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Procession before Mass at St . Stephen ' s Basilica


Had always wanted to attend an indoor mass in Europe , yes everybody loves Europe , but I never expected my first attendance would be in St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest , Hungary.
That's what free and easy travel can accord oneself. But it takes a bit of planning as well as knowledge which nowadays can be so easily gleaned off your smartphone.



Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gelarto Rosa - Svent István Tér 3


Don't ever leave Budapest without trying this beautiful gelato .
It's not just hype although it does look like a gimmick what with everybody holding a cold but colourful rose in their hands while posing for selfies with the end product . Both flavour and consistency is really good.


Two Hungarian brides in a day


Because of the current state of affairs the country is going through , I dug through the old memory card for more happy pics to remind me of lovely Hungary.

In this one I was just sitting on the steps outside St. Stephen's Basilica , when a newly wedded couple quickly walked from the right hand side of the church, down towards the Danube.
Hope you can spot the radiant bride in white. 
As well as the female cyclist looking wistfully in their direction. 


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Rainbath at Széchenyi


Széchenyi thermal baths..... no matter how touristy they tell you it is , I tell you , this is an absolute must do.
There are 2 entrances and at first I went to the smaller one by the side nearest to the underground exit.



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Kacau-ing the guards at Sándor Palace


Though the name Viktor Orbán lies on the tip of every ladies tongue , ( he's so hot till even this alien from the Malaysia knows who he is ) , he does not live here . 
For that , ladies, you'll have to go camp somewhere else . 

And while Sándor Palace is also known as the Hungarian Presidential Palace...this is also a place where there are guards for you to look at. Guards whom seem to be very kacak and kacau-able. Or so I seem to think. 
You can pitch your tent back in now girls. 



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Misadventures in the rain



So , I read on one forum , that the rain in Budapest does not last very long. Just sit it out and it will pass . 
Can't believe I took that at face value . And that is why this dragon seemed to be snickering at me.



Sunday, 5 July 2015

Panorámia Café & Bar - Halászbástya


It's been a cold day today and in a way it so reminded me 
of the wet weather I encountered at the Fisherman's Bastion. 
Fresh off the no.16 minibus , the weather up in hilly Buda
was so much more colder and windier than flat Pest.


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

150 ml Coca - Cola can from Hungary


Coke sold in Hungary IS good.
Here's what a small can looks like.



I had a small can once onboard a Middle Eastern airliner and my goodness that was so flat and tasteless .
Enjoy the pics all you Coca - Cola fans out there.
The can is so cute btw. 

Mammut and Mammut II


As a regular mall rat , Mammut and Mammut II were next on my hitlist . 





Sunday, 28 June 2015

Prima Falatok - CBA


This is basically a working class eatery. Sort of like a public canteen where workmen and office ladies go to. Since Hungarian food is reputed to be good , plus there seems to be such a wide range of interesting authentic selections , let's go and get something to eat !



Friday, 26 June 2015

Tailed from Nyugati Pályaudvar into West End Mall



 Wood Green , Leylelaan , Termini and now Nyugati Pályaudvar.
These are all the names of all the train stations , I've been tailed heading towards or out from . 

The scariest is a close fight between Wood Green and Leylelaan.
On the other hand , what occured here is just a bit annoying as there were still plenty of people around. The person who followed me again had some white hair and walked with a limp somewhat similar to the old guy at Vajdahunyad.
 What's up with this group of seniors ? Geez.



Thursday, 25 June 2015

The immigrant protest


Hungary is not like other EU countries .
 It's gloves off, when it comes to asylum seekers and immigrants entering Hungary unhindered. 
Words like terrorism and Christianity merge into a single socket to justify the detention and deportation of these people.

After having been overrun so many times , you can't blame them for having a deep rooted fear of foreigners invading the country and taking over their jobs eventually. 


Established immigrants and Hungarian sympathisers , decided to protest in Deák Ferenc ter , as I munched on a danish liver puff from Princess Pékség 




Wednesday, 24 June 2015

From Váci utca to Vörösmarty Square



One day it was sunny , then the next, it was cloudy even though it was supposed to be summer but it was at times, so cold it could have passed off for autumn. 
Trust your travel agent when they tell you it is still cold and make sure you bring a waterproof hoodie you can use in the rain. 

That's Liberty Bridge behind and it will soon be dusk so let's get a move on. 
How'd I get this tanned ?



Monday, 22 June 2015

Vajdahunyad Castle - the Scribe with the Golden Pen


The Vajdahunyad Castle is said to be an exact replica of Corvin Castle aka Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara, Translyvannia , where Vlad the Impaler was said to have been imprisoned . The original badazz Vlad ok, not Luke Evans .

The person who designed it, also cleverly incorporated  different buildings from four magnificent eras into one  . Because it is essentially rojak , some of you might start insisting that this looks Germanic, French, Gothic, Dracula-ic , Harry Potter and very Twilight-ish ....you know what ? everybody is right because it is a bit of everything put together. 
  
  


    
Coming in from Heroes Square, you will have to cross this bridge. Another 3 bridges can be found in this area because it is actually an island called  Széchenyi island . 
Keep right, you can't possibly miss the castle .

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Heroes Square , Millenium Monument and Michael Jackson


Once upon a time, a gigantic polysterene 
statue of Michael Jackson stood here, engulfing this column, as film prop for the History video.
But even though he's not Hungarian, the fact that he picked Budapest as the venue for his extravagant vid , and so soon too after the Iron Curtain fell, earned himself a place as a hero in their hearts. 


Friday, 19 June 2015

The Slovak and his Turkish coffee


Here I was in Eastern Europe.
Where I least expected to see a young man fuss over the gas stove just to make a good cuppa of Turecká Káva or Turkish coffee.
Yeah that long handled copper pot they call džezva or cezve . He brought this precious cargo with him all the way to Budapest. 
Hope it is very obvious to you up to this point , that I did not read up on Balkan history. 



Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Hungarian ghost lady caught on my phone camera !


Right, first of all, lemme start by saying that I totally, totally did not expect this shot to pop up.
I'm heading underground because the sun is burning and there's practically no wind . Want to hop onto M1 line on the a Földalatti at Vörösmarty utca. 




Monday, 15 June 2015

Tacky tourist in a gift shop



With regards to the gift and souvenier shops found at the Great Synagogue , some find it tacky.

On the contrary , there were a few firsts which I had never seen before such as these rows of Kippah