Saturday, October 14, 2006

Beautiful Budapest

Pest side of the Danube. Pest means plains and on the flat side opposite the cliffs and crags of Buda (which means water) a 19th century commercial center has grown up. The buildings are full of waves, ruffles and flourishes so that your eyes can hardly take it all in. More than 1.7 million people live in the city.

Hungary, by the way, has nothing to do with starvation and also nothing to do with Huns. The name derives from the 7th century Turkic alliance of On-Ogour, 10 arrows, or tribes.

The full view of St. Mathias and the square it dominates atop Castle Hill

A pretty sign marks the entrace to the labyrinth that connects the underworld of the Castle District

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