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    free internet

    by halikowski Updated May 16, 2014

    Favorite thing: Most places like Macdonalds and most cafes offer their customers free wireless internet. I had problems, probably because I was using an old computer with a poor outdated wireless receiver. Otherwise, you can find free internet services in the youth hostels like the Kollegium on the river-side of Raday utca. Even better is the Goethe Institut on Raday, open 2pm-7 Monday to Thursday, then 11-4 on Friday and Saturday mornings. You can either use wireless or their own computers (although I had difficulties opening multi-paned email systems)

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    INTERESTING DOORS & GATES

    by balhannah Written Mar 18, 2014

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    Favorite thing: In the old parts of cities, I love the doors and their door - knockers. In modern times, we have nothing as an attractive as the beautifully carved doors of years gone by.
    Dragons, flying Horses, Peacocks, Lions, Bulls and all sorts were found. Most of the gates were made with fancy wrought iron work, very attractive! As Budapest is known for its Art Nouveau, I found some unusual works of art.

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    ART NOUVEAU LAMP-POSTS & LAMPS

    by balhannah Written Mar 18, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Outside the Hungarian state Opera House, I noticed some wonderful Lamp - posts. I call them art nouveau, as the base was made up of three legs, each leg having an ugly face and what looked to be claws.
    I really loved the pair of lamps I saw on the side on an entrance door to a building. [photo 1]
    Keep an eye out as your walking around Budapest, as there are quite a few of these lovely lamp-posts in different designs that go so well with the Art Nouveau architecture of the buildings.

    Art Nouveau Lamps Lamp-post by Opera House Lamp-post by Opera House Lamp-post
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    ARE THESE TOILETS?

    by balhannah Written Mar 17, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Look at my photo ......
    Do you think they are Toilets? I am not sure!
    I didn't think they were, that is until I saw the outline of a lady on the door.
    If they were, they are quite an attractive Toilet block
    Nothing was written in English only Hungarian.
    HOLGYEK = LADIES
    FERFIAK = GENTS

    The best place for Toilets are fast food chains,shopping plazas and in restaurants and café's if your dining there. The underpass Toilets are usually not the best or cleanest.

    These were in the Budapest Broadway area, where all the theatres are.

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    IS HE MAD?

    by balhannah Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    Favorite thing: We were waiting at a very busy intersection, when I noticed a man race to the front of the queue of cars stopped at the traffic lights.
    To my surprise, he started juggling in-front of the queue - He was good too!
    Off he raced to the side when the lights turned green, then when they turned red, he was back again. I was intrigued - Never seen this happen before, only window cleaners.
    I wondered if anybody gave him money, if so, what a dangerous way to earn it!

    I wondered if it was against the law as it is in my home country.

    Spot the Juggler

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    POLICE IN BUDAPEST

    by balhannah Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I did see Police on the beat in Budapest. They certainly didn't look frightening, in fact, just the opposite. Most of them looked quite young and friendly, some one I wouldn't hesitate to ask for help.
    Three young girls in my photo were having a good time with them. The young Policemen looked rather embarrassed when asked if he could take their photo, even so, he did it for them amongst much laughing!

    Please, Will you take our photo? Yes! Budapest Police
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    Useful Web Links

    by antistar Updated Oct 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: ...

    Caboodle

    If you want to find a good restaurant, bar, shop, or pretty much anything in Budapest or Hungary, then this is a great site for you. It has a very up to date directory of almost everything, along with user ratings and reviews. The great thing is that it's written by expats, so it's all in English.

    Chew.hu

    A sister site to the above, focussing exclusively on food. Its Top 33 restaurant list is well regarded as a benchmark.

    Pestiside

    An insider's guide to Budapest. The nightlife guide is particularly good.

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    History of Budapest

    by grayfo Written Oct 16, 2013

    Favorite thing: Budapest is really the result of three towns merging; Buda, Óbuda and Pest. In 106 AD, the Romans occupied the Celtic city of Aquincum in the north-east corner of the Danube, the Romans remained until the 5th century, after which the city changed hands various times. The next major influx was at the end of the ninth century when the Magyars arrived. They were descended from a Finnish-Ugrian tribe with roots in Siberia. The Magyar city, with its palace and ring-wall resulted in Buda, Aquincum was later renamed Óbuda. On the other side of the river was a settlement that later came to be called Pest. In 1867 Hungary was elevated to an equal partner in the Austro-Hungarian double monarchy and Budapest became one of the most important ports on the Danube and soon also an industrial centre.

    Map of Budapest - 1868
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    Budapest Districts - District VII

    by johngayton Updated Jul 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: It was great having my own personal guide for a very short (between bars) tour of this district and believe it or not Tim I took in every word.

    Budapaest VII is the city's historic Jewish enclave and from the late 1800's until the early 1930's the area was a prosperous residential and industrious one. During this period the neighbourhood took on its present-day appearance with its five-storey apartment blocks built around central courtyards, along with a trio of major synagogues including the Dohany Schul.

    On the run-up to World War II, as the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party came to prominence and Hungary joined the German Axis alliance, anti-Semitism reared its ugly head and the 1938 Nuremberg Laws officially defined Jews as second-class humans.

    Ironically in the early days of World Was II Hungarian Jews fared much better than most of their European fellows. Despite the fact that they were severly restricted, and many of the men conscripted into forced labour battalions, the Government refused to allow their deportation.

    As well as the Hungarian Government's refusal to deal forcibly with its Jews (apart from the 20,000 plus who died in forced labour camps) the Government had entered armistice negotiations with the Americans and British. In March 1944 the German Army invaded the country, installing their own choice of Prime Minister and taking control of the Hungarian Armed Forces.

    Adolf Eichmann was sent by Hitler to organise the deportation and control of the Jewish population, a task he seems to have taken to with relish: within three months of his appointment almost half-a-million Hungarian Jews had been sent to be executed in the concentration camps, mostly to Auschwitz.

    Of the Jews remaining in the city, those not deported, and who didn't have some kind of diplomatic protection, were later rounded up and forced to move into the walled ghetto in the area around the Great Synagogue where conditions of overcrowding and lack of food and medicines resulted in further tens of thousands of fatalities.

    A sizeable minority managed to evade both deportation and ghettoization due to efforts of the Swedish and Swiss Diplomatic Legations: in particular the individual efforts of Raoul Wallenberg and Carl Lutz who issued safe conduct passes and set up houses under the protection of their respective Embassies.

    The Russian Army liberated the ghetto and its estimated (by then) 70,000 inhabitants in Jan 1945. With the 20,000 or so Jews who emerged from their various safe houses and other refugees brought the city's immediate post-war Jewish population to about 100,000, about half of what it had been in 1941.

    Fondest memory: The modern Budapest VII is no longer solely a Jewish area but still has its three synagogues, several Kosher restaurants and some interesting little shops. Most of its buildings are survivors from its pre-war heyday and whilst some are a little down-at-heel many have recently been given serious makeovers and others are in the process.

    There are several trendy-looking bars, restaurants and some upmarket shops but these are balanced by just as many little characterful places such as Kak Rosa where Tim and I enjoyed a very pleasant, and extremely reasonably-priced, lunch and the little camera shop which Tim pointed out where nothing was newer than maybe the original Polaroid.

    Dohany utca, where the synagogue is, is a street of bars which tempt a serious mini-pub crawl and where the price of a "korso" (large beer) starts from 290 Forints and doesn't look as if it ever exceeds 400.

    Yep definitely a place which needs a serious revisit next time I'm in town.

    Tim Vale Giving Me The Guided Tour Former Ghetto (From Viewpoint To Tower On RHS) Ghetto Building Carl Lutz Memorial Summer Bar and Me Waiting For It To Open ;)
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    Calvin's square - Reformed church

    by katalin Written Jul 8, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Budapest air Calvin Reformed Church Reformed Church in the first and most famous church in the capital. The church building is now a listed monument.

    The church in classical style, from 1816 until 1830 was built. Architectural curiosity that was originally designed with two towers. The never-built two towers are actually two separate base is ready, and the tower in the middle of these two special fund based on the internal edges.

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    MEMORIES OF THE COMMUNIST ERA

    by DAO Written Feb 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing:
    I was here in 1986 and this was still solidly behind the Iron Curtain. My group had already been through Yugoslavia and we didn’t expect things like good tasting beer and shops with food in them. In fact they had great beer and the shops had wonderful sausages, cheeses and breads. We kept worrying the Communists might put a stop to this! On a trip that included (over 6+ week) the sights of the Soviet Union and East Germany – Hungary came out completely on top for food.

    The only other vague memories I have of Budapest was that the only shops they did have were food shops, most building were derelict and the city tour guide kept pointing out bullet holes of from the 1956 uprising.

    I still think Hungry was ahead of the curve on the collapse of Communism just a couple of years later.

    By the way the photos were taken by my Mum in 2010.

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    Navigating Budapest: Oktagon

    by antistar Updated Jan 21, 2012

    Favorite thing: Oktagon is one of the beating hearts of Pest. It's in a strategic position on the Metro 1 line, and the tram 4/6 line, which is a major artery of the city. It's also on glamorous Andrassy Ut. It's the focal point for a number of classy bars and restaurants, but it's not so touristy as some places. So if you get off the tram or metro here, you'll quickly find yourself somewhere nice to eat or drink. A good place to start hunting is grassy little Jokai Ter, hidden around the corner from Oktagon about 10 meters away.

    Oktagon, Budapest Oktagon, Budapest

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    Smithsonian's Life List

    by csordila Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Smithsonian Magazine January 2008 came up with an exclusive list of 28 places in 7 categories, the Smithsonian reader might wish to visit before ...it's too late.
    I have been to 7 of the 28 places of Smithsonian's Life List:

    Feats of Engineering : – Pyramids of Giza near Cairo
    A Matter of Timing: – Iguazu Falls by the light of a full moon in Argentina and Brazil
    Triumphs of Vision: – The Louvre in Paris and – Uffizi Gallery in Florence
    Scale New Heights: – Grand Canyon in Arizona
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?: – Venice in Italy
    In the Presence of Gods: – Parthenon in Greece

    Unfortunately, in 1 categorie, Portals into the Past, Mesa Verde – Pompeii – Tikal – Petra.
    do not have any experiences, but I never forget, that experience is the name we give to our mistakes.

    In the Presence of Gods.- Parthenon in Greece
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    Sister City of New York

    by csordila Written Oct 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: After years of delay and controversy, reconstruction at the World Trade Center site is now well underway. Both One and Four World Trade Center are on track for completion and occupancy by 2013. The 9/11 memorial is complete, with the museum set to open in 2012. Two and Three World Trade Center, as well as the Transportation Hub, are also making progress, set to be finished before 2015.

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    One of the historic sister cities of NYC.

    by csordila Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Have you ever heard that New York City has ten historic sister cities? If yes then you surely know, the Sister City Program of the City of New York was restructured and renamed New York City Global Partners, Inc. in 2006 with the aim of expanding the City’s interaction with foreign cities while maintaining its historic ten sister city relationships.

    Budapest New York City

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