An Opera Performance...
Here on these photos, I shall share with you guys some amazing first time experiences for me seeing the Classical performances !
It was great !
My host Alain accompanied me in the 2 Opera Theaters that he took me.
I am no opera fan but sooner or later I would discover it anyway, thanks to friends; We learn new things from friends right?
In Budapest, I got a free ticket seeing the performance of an opera. First at this theater where people were singing (with that great big voice !), standing like Pavarotti...The photo shows the end of the show where the performers bowing down to the audience...
Great way to explore Budapest and enjoy its street scenery is to ride its yellow trams. They are historic, and not only that they bring the nostalgic old mood of urban transport but some lines offer nice views as well while others connect the most important buildings. Tram lines no. 2 and 2A are usually cosidered the best if you want nice views of the Danube, the Castle hill and the Gellert hill as they pass along the eastern embankments of the river.
Tram lines #4 and #6 ride along the second ring road (the Nagykörút) and connect the Moszkva ter via the Margaret bridge with the Nyugati station, Oktogon, Blaha Lujza ter and further southwards along the Ferenc Jozsef street.
There are also trams running along the third ring road (Hungaria krt.) that cross the northern bridge of the Margaret Island and connect some old parks (Varosliget, Népliget), old buildings like the impressive Népstadion as well as some areas of recently built office and commercial buildings in Budapest.
The Zrinyi street
I start my Budapest street tips with this lovely street with begins at the Roosevelt square (Pest bridgehead of the Chain bridge) and goes straight into the Szent István square (the basilica).
This was the first street that has been completely pedestrianized recently as part of the project whose purpose is trasforming the city centre a liveable place with more green, more pedestrian areas and less cars. This project`s name is Budapest`s heart project and we are only at the beginning: within c.ca 10 years hopefully we can see a completely different city centre.
Since it`s transformation and since the car traffic was banned (still I see some cars parking there, dunno why) the Zrínyi street is one of the nicest places in Budapest and I think it is a very positive sign for the future.
This isn't just a...
This isn't just a normal dance party. This is a two day long cultural event, art and electronic music festival two times in a year (june and october). First day is easy (jazz, nujazz, ambient), but second day gets harder (trance, drumandbass, breakz) with well-known hungarian Dj's. Full with wonderful slideshows, lights, fire... It's open air event in the night, at the top of a hill, so get your warm clothes with you. If it's necessary.
Walkabout in Budapest finding hidden gems
Budapest is the kind of place that if you just
take a detour away from the regular touristy
places and walkabout some of the streets in
the central districts of Budapest round the area
where I live and close, you will discover unusual
shops, small cafes, 'Cukrazda' (ice cream and cake shops),
working class 'Kocmas' (bars), restaurants, beautiful old
buildings, wonderful small details and statues on buildings,
parks, markets and a whole host of places that make up
the life and soul of the city of Budapest.
Picture of the famous Jegbufe where one can get
cakes made to order in 1 day or ready made a variety
of cakes, in sizes 8 slices,12 and 16.
First you have to ask what they have,
ask for what you want and how much,
then go to the cashier and pay, then
return to the cake counter and give the
reciept. This is the system widely used
in lots of shops under communism.
I know after living 5 years in Russia,
2 of those under communism.