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Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3, 1014 Hungary
Sometimes the ordinary rises to extraordinary heights. This picture, taken in the Buda part of Buda-Pest, was such an event. A young woman, relaxing in her window, with a mysterious figure behind her, conjured up an endless speculation about her...
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Budapest, Csengery u. 57, 1063 Hungary
Director Pail Feig took long walks around Budapest when he wasn't working on his 2015 movie, Spy. He'd start at his hotel, move to Castle Hill, and then pass through the popular shopping avenue. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Budapest, Andrássy út, Hungary
The main road Andrássy avenue is closed over the weekend for markets. Many food stands, wine shops and craft shops are setup along the street. You can stroll down the street, taste different food, and burn the calories by walk more. It's miles...
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Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd, 1051 Hungary
Nothing's more romantic than strolling across a bridge with a beloved, but this bridge means more than just amor—Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first structure across the Danube in Hungary, built in the mid-1800s and, as a suspension...
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Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
An edgy crowd gathers at Szimpla Kert, a wacky ruin pub in the old Jewish Quarter. On entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the maze of rooms, where you might find recycled computer monitors, towering piles of books, hookah pipes, or live...
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Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
It's an unforgettable experience: Getting up at the crack of dawn in mid-winter, walking through the large municipal park on the Pest side of town, checking in to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (mostly with Hungarian pensioners because tourists...
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Budapest, Vámház krt. 1-3, 1093 Hungary
The Great Market Hall in Budapest should be any visitors first stop in order to get acquainted to the people, goods and grub of Hungary. The market is one of those strange places that caters to both locals and tourists alike without losing its...
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Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary
Fisherman's Bastion was built in the late 1800s on Buda's Castle Hill not to provide protection, but rather as a lookout point—and this fairy-tale castle site, with its seven spired towers representing the seven tribe of Magyar (Hungarians)...
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Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
If you happen to be meandering through Budapest, and have the urge to do a little sightseeing, St. Stephen's Basilica is definitely a sight to see. The structure is named in honor of Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, his right hand...
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A huge dolomite rock rising up from Hotel Gellért at its base marks one of the earliest inhabited parts of Budapest. The citadel atop the hill was built by the Austrians in the mid-1800s to better control the unruly Hungarians after...
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Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary
The splendor of this neo-Gothic parliament building—the third-largest parliament building in the world—is obvious from the outside, but consider these facts: This place has 691 interior rooms, 10 courtyards, 88 statues of Hungarian...
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Budapest, Hősök tere, 1146 Hungary
One of Budapest's most history-laden spots, the enormous Heroes' Square is framed by art museums near the City Park. But the main focal point here is Millennium Memorial, a tall column and colonnade structure completed in 1900 that commemorates...
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Budapest, 1085, Baross u. 4, 1085 Hungary
I was informed by a fellow traveler (in a charming Australian twang, no less) that the best bagel in the world was right here in the capital city of Budapest, mere steps from the café in which we were conversing over a beer and a ginger-mint tea...
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073 Hungary
Bock bistro is a dinning experience to be had. The staff is beyond friendly, food amazing and over 250+ bottles of wine and over 60 by the glass. You cannot go wrong.
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Budapest, Váci u., Hungary
Locals and tourists alike converge on busy Váci utca, a boulevard full of shops, restaurants, and some bigger name retail stores. The street also leads to Vörösmarty Square. Day or night, Váci utca is definitely a street worth exploring.
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Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11, 1073 Hungary
The New York Café was reputed to be ‘the most beautiful cafe in the world’ at one point and well worth a visit. The interior is incredibly opulent with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and magnificent frescos.
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Budapest, Lánchíd u. 13, 1013 Hungary
Start with breakfast at the pastel-colored Marvelosa Kávézó near the foot of the Chain Bridge. Getting up to the Castle from here is a short trip on the funicular or an uphill hike.
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Old Town, Slovakia
I mainly stopped off in Bratislava to take an afternoon break between Vienna and Budapest, but Bratislava Old Town really surprised me. Old Town was filled with street art and statues. This street performer was imitating a bronze statue found near...
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Old Town, Slovakia
One of the main shopping districts in the downtown area of Bratislava. A charming mix of fancy and historic.
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Bratislava, Slovakia
As you stroll the new Danube promenade, you'll see this modern bridge. Often overlooked for the more famous Bridge SNP, this structure was opened in 2005 and named after an old oil refinery that used to be situated between the Old Bridge and the...
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811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
This spot has been occupied for thousands of years as a central point to the region, even before the Bratislava or Slovakia even existed. This castle was first built in the 10th century, and saw it's own experiences of different rulers, different...
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811 06 Bratislava-Old Town, Slovakia
I've posted an image before of this bridge, but it was on a dismal, cloudy day. On this particular day the sun came out and gave a beautiful vision of Bratislava as we visited the castle. Next trip I will go to the top of the main tower and grab a...
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811 06 Bratislava-Old Town, Slovakia
It's a shame the castle was under renovations that day (all covered in scaffolding). I did grab this nice HDR shot of the entry gate as we made our way up to the top.
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811 06 Bratislava-Old Town, Slovakia
One of the best parts of cruising on the Danube River during the holiday season is sampling the grilled meats and sausages available at the Christmas Markets. Each country along the route has a different way to season the meat, which makes...
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Michalská 390/22, 811 03 Bratislava, Slovakia
This gate opening once stood as part of a wall surrounding the city of Bratislava (it was a much smaller city of course). Today it's just a lovely piece of historic architecture as you walk through Old Bratislava. My fiance told me that you should...
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Rudnayovo námestie 1, 811 01 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia
Standing in Bratislava since 1452, the cathedral is a historic centerpiece of Bratislava and of Eastern Europe. During the Ottoman Empire days when Hungary was conquered, St. Martin's Cathedral became the coronation church for Hungarian kings.