Hungary
Buda

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  • Day5

    St Mathius Church & Fishermans Bastion

    December 17, 2017 in Hungary

    Well we set off today with the objective of investigating Buda. So we went out and got onto the big bus and headed across the river to Buda, we got off at the end of the chain bridge. Here we bought tickets for the Castle Hill bus which is just a small electric bus which carries about 12 passengers. It is also a hop on-hop off service. We went up to the first stop which was Matthias Church. This was really ornate, very tall and and located above Fishermans Bastian. Unfortunately the church was closed so we could not view the inside. This church was built during the 19th century and completed just after the turn of the century in the very early 1900s. It is supposed to be a replacement for the original church in which the first Hungarian king was married and built on the same location.Read more

  • Day5

    Fishermans Bastion

    December 17, 2017 in Hungary

    From Matthias Church we went to the viewing platform and took some photos of the Pest side of the river and Parliament House and then proceeded down to the lower areas of the Fishermans Bastion The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen’s guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen’s Bastion.

  • Day6

    Music

    July 29 in Hungary

    Steve here:

    Ferenc sent me a message. 'We usually set up at 7:30, start at 8:00 and end at 11." I thought that sounded rather rigid for a Jam session, but when in Rome...

    I brought a guitar on this trip. Traveling with a nice guitar can be well worth the risk and worry if the main focus of your trip is music, but an awful distraction if you are traveling for other reasons. I bought a very inexpensive parlour size guitar for this one. As soon as amazon delivered it i grew attached, but my worry about it's demise is not a $5k worry.

    It was getting late in the afternoon, so we caught the bus and rode down the hill, back across the river and jumped off at a stop that was within a mile of our hostel. A brisk walk, a quick shower and a quick cab ride got us to the place at 7:31. Not bad. I walked in and saw a gypsy guitar with a stimer pickup resting on the piano. Good. We had the right place. A minute later a guy walked up, saw my guitar case, smiled and stuck out his hand saying "Hi - I am Ferenc. You must be Steve. Welcome to Budapest".

    The restaurant was French and pretty upscale. There was a nice dining room, a bar and an outdoor terrace. 3 stools were set up in a large opening that connected the inside and outside. A violin and bass player materialized and we headed outside and across the street to a little park to talk and have a smoke. I asked if this was a gig or a jam session and they sort of said "eh - we have fun", and then told me the start and end times of the 3 sets we would be playing. So it was a gig then... Great!

    We talked a bit more and I mentioned some of my favorite artists, including Tcha Limberger and Stocello Rosenberg. "Ya - we play with them when they come to town". Me: "Like on stage , performing?!?!?". Them : "yes". I realized I was with some serious players and got a little nervous.

    We re entered the restaurant through the back, not the front. There was an older guy near the back door whose job, it seemed, was to grunt and push a button that opened the door.

    We took our places. I was worried they would call a tune I didn't know, but it turned out that all knew the same repertoire. They were so kind and welcoming that, despite being 5000 miles from home with 3 people I had just met about to play in a nice restaurant, I felt right at home. Ferenc called the first tune, Coquette.

    We started, and within four seconds I knew I was in the right place, with the right people. It immediately clicked. The rhythm was swinging. It felt good and it sounded good.

    It's been said before but it bears repeating that music is a universal language. All the little nonverbal nuances that happen when I'm playing with my band back home were happening here. The little nod when passing a solo, trading fours, and my favorite: everyone looking at each other right before the end of the song trying to figure out "which ending should we choose?". This last piece usually results in one of 3 or 4 stock endings that we play back home, and the exact same thing happened in Budapest. At times I would look down and really get lost in the song, then look up and realize where I was...

    Did I mention these guys were good? They were top tier players and I was lucky to keep up, but they were generous and I'd put my time in so it worked. After three, 45 minute sets, we were done.

    Colton had eaten a nice duck leg confit and I'd eaten a beer and 2 cigarettes, so I was starving. We said our goodbyes, jumped in a cab and headed back to our 'hood for some Doner Kebab and sleep.

    I hope Ferenc, Thomas and Martin come to visit Chicago some day.
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  • Day4

    Walking tour through Budapest

    November 23, 2015 in Hungary

    Amazing views. We started in Pest at St Stephen's Basilica. Crossed the Chain bridge to Buda. From Castle Mountain, we looked out over Pest. We finished at a local café where we had some mushroom paprikash.

  • Day19

    Castle Hill - Fishermans Bastion

    June 28, 2016 in Hungary

    Winding cobblestone streets and leafy promenades of Castle Hill lead past baroque houses, attractions include Buda Castle, a palace which has been razed and rebuilt over centuries, now home to the Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. The turrets and terraces of Fisherman’s Bastion offer views over the Danube and Matthias Church.

    Fisherman's Bastion has seven towers representing the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 895. The panoramic view of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and Gellert Hill can be seen from the terraces and towers.

    The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen's guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen's Bastion. Other people say, it got the name from the part of the city, which lies beneath the tower. The guild of fishermen was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.

    A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King's life.
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  • Day19

    Matthias Church

    June 28, 2016 in Hungary

    Matthias Church is over 700 years old. The church was the scene of several coronations, including that of Charles IV in 1916, the last Habsburg king. It was also the venue for the great Hungarian King Matthias' two weddings, hence its name.

    The history of the church serves as a symbol of the city’s rich past. The eastern gate of the church was built in the 13th century, when Buda was founded following the Mongolian invasion. The central part of the church was built around 1400, and from the 14th century, monarchs were crowned here as kings. In the 15th century, King Matthias’ royal wedding was also held here. During the Turkish conquest, soon after Buda was captured, the church became the city’s main mosque. The walls were whitewashed and covered with carpets. After the Turkish occupation, Buda lay in ruins. In the 17th century, an attempt was made to restore the church in Baroque style.

    Towards the end of the 19th century, a major reconstruction took place, and the building was restored using many original parts and regained much of its former splendour. The roof is covered with the famous ceramic tiles, making the building even more beautiful. Today, Matthias Church remains one of the city’s most prominent buildings.
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  • Day12

    Beshlemek görpgork

    November 4, 2016 in Hungary

    Heute gingen wir erst auf eine lange Pilgerreise zum alten Ostbahnhof und kauften uns Tickets für die Weiterreise. Im Podma Café tranken wir hervorragenden Café und Tee und gingen dann über die "Margaretebrücke" (wie uns ein sympathischer Opi auf deutsch erklärte, der uns hatte reden hören). Dann gingen wir hoch zum Schloss. Da war es auch schon wieder 13 uhr und Zeit für ein Mittagessen: Zwiebelsuppe im Brot und hervorragendes Hühnchen mit Pilzsoße. Schmul, Daniel und ich machten es uns auf der fisherman's Bastion bei herrlichem Panorama bequem.Read more

  • Day4

    Die Mathias Kirche

    November 1 in Hungary

    Heute starteten wir mit der Besichtigung der Mathias Kirche. Das Dach der Kirche ist mit seinen bunten Ziegeln wirklich beeindruckend. Auch von innen ist die Kirche sehr schön. Highlight war definitiv die Besteigung des Glockenturms. 197 Stufen Aufstieg wurden mit einem tollen Ausblick belohnt!📸

You might also know this place by the following names:

Buda, Boeda, بودا, Budin, Буда, Budín, Budim, ブダ, 부더, Будим, บูดอ, 布达

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