The Budapest bars that would be illegal anywhere else

A great foodie post about Budapest, if you are thinking of visiting, these places sound fantastic

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Szimpla was Budapest's first ruin pub Szimpla was Budapest’s first ruin pub

I remember the thought that flashed through my mind when I walked into my first ruin pub in Budapest.

This is an OH&S disaster, you would never see this in Sydney, or London, or possibly anywhere else for that matter!

That’s because ruin pubs, as the name suggests, lie within dilapidated shells of abandoned buildings. They predominantly sit in the old Jewish quarter which was left to decay after WWII. In any other city there would be a wrecking ball around the corner, but in Budapest some inspired drinkers decided they might be good for something and slowly they have turned into drinking and party meccas.

instant_1 The owl at Instant looks over the crowd protectively if not a little weirdly

This neighbourhood now includes dozens of ruin pubs, all characterised by flea market furniture, psychedelic interiors and an intense feeling you’ve just fallen down the rabbit hole.

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Wordless Wednesday : Resting By the Danube

Attila Jozsef, Poet

By The Danube

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 19 of 2016

Budapest

Ornate buildings in Budapest

This week I am combining two challenges – Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture and Norm’s Thursday Doors, as I have some wonderful doors and buildings from Budapest.   Not only are the doors full of interesting textures and decorations, but so are the statues and carvings around the doors.

Here are a few more:

 

 

Silent Sunday : Which Way Today?

Budapest Street signs

Budapest

Having a quiet time outside the Museum

Hungarian National Museum

Enjoying some quiet time

The Hungarian National Museum in Budapest is a very impressive building, built in 1802, with classical columns, and lots of steps leading up to the entrance, but I was really impressed by the colourful wooden benches placed on the steps, where one can sit and rest, and have a little solitude, after walking around looking at all the treasures.

Hungarian National Museum

Springtime in Budapest

Linked to Daily Post – Solitude

 

Thursday Doors : 28 April 2016 : Budapest Doors

Budapest in Hungary has fantastic buildings, most of them in perfect symmetry, and most of them with wide doors, dating back to the time of horses and carriages, when the doors had to be wide enough for the horse and carriage to drive through to the courtyard, and possible stables at the back.   In fact, I have seen cars driving through some of these very wide doors,to their own private parking space!   As I took so many photos of doors for Norm, I am attaching some in a gallery.

You will notice that a lot of the doors are flanked by statues, holding up the floors above.  Actually, a lot of the statues were of women – who says we are the weaker sex!!

Don’t forget to vist Norm for more Thursday doors

Wordless Wednesday : Grand Designs in Holy Places

Budapest Baroque Church

Baroque Church in Budapest

Tuesdays of Texture : Week 18 of 2016

Budapest

Budapest Cathedral

The cathedral in Budapest is full of interesting artistic sights, columns, archways, gold leaf, carvings, statues, each one more detailed and intricate than the next.    It is the same with the outside of the buildings, everything has been done by the craftsmen of the past, with great attention to detail, as you will see from the outside of the Hungarian State Opera House.

Budapest Opera

Opera, Budapest

Check out more Texture on Narami’s page

The Liberty Statue in Budapest

The Liberty Statue in Budapest stands on the highest hill overlooking the city.   It is a 14m bronze statue of a lady holding a palm leaf, and is on a 26m pedestal, so can be seen from many parts of Budapest.

The statue itself has a bit of mixed history.   Initially, it was constructed in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of Hungary from the Nazi regime by the Soviets in WWII.  However, that was before Hungary realized that their “rescuers” had no intentions of leaving anytime soon, and that they (the Hungarians) had to endure the Communist ideology that the new bosses imposed.  The original inscription on the statue read :

“To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes [erected by] the grateful Hungarian people [in] 1945”.

The Soviets finally left Hungary in 1991, Hungary went from Communist rule to democracy,  and the inscription on the statue now reads :

“To the memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and success of Hungary”

Liberty Statue, Budapest

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge : Week 22 : Group

Graben, Vienna

Stephensplatz, Vienna

Vienna on a Saturday is the place to see groups of people, making music, having coffee, singing, strolling around, or just people watching.    We were staying in an apartment right above the square, which was the perfect place for watching all the different groups below us.

Jewish Synagogue, Budapest

Tourists in Budapest

Outside the Jewish Synagogue in Budapest, there were lots of people waiting to go inside and enjoy the beautiful building.

Visit Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge for more photos.

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