Day 16 10/8/12 still in Budapest (Velma)

Wow – the weather has changed! It’s chilly and windy, but the sun is shining as we head out for our last day of sight seeing. We thought we would try to take in the Parliament tour and maybe the zoo. But when we got there we discovered all the English tour tickets were sold out. So we wandered.

Thanks to the great education we got from the House of Terror and our tour guide earlier this week I wanted to have my picture taken with the memorial to the 1956 revolution.

Then we walked in a bracing wind along the Danube. Here we found the Shoes memorial. The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. It honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Crossmilitiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. (Wikipedia)

I wonder if it was a sunny cold day when those monsters in the Arrow Cross did this?

We kept walking, thinking about all the history and the sad/bad things. Needed to get some distance from it so went into town. The stores were open and the city was bustling.

Mike tried on the leather version of our Viking team hat – but it felt way to “WWII-like” so we passed.

After lunch we jumped or hopped back onto the tour bus to take in the Yellow line. It drove past the Great Synagogue – but didn’t have time to get off.

And then I spotted what must be the ugliest building in Budapest!

What were they thinking?

Dinner was late because we first did a wine tasting at the Faust Cellars located in the basement of the Hilton. In the original caves of some old monastery. The walk down to it has archeological objects displayed, parts of columns and big stones. Walking down is cold because it is exposed to outside, but the wine tasting room was heated, thank goodness!

The somellier gave us a map and explained about the wine regions of Hungary. We tasted the reds – very nice.

After another great dinner we decided to pack up our stuff and get ready for our journey home.

One last look across the Danube…

Good Morning Budapest 09OCT2012.

We will be following the sun all day – I hope to get a shot of the sun setting as I arrive in San Francisco. Can’t wait to be home!

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One comment on “Day 16 10/8/12 still in Budapest (Velma)

  1. Charlotte Vandeweghe Scott says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANk YOU
    I enjoyed all the pictures and posts. Steve and I have long wanted to take a river cruise and this may spur us on.

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