Budapest Journals

Budapest June 2013 - part two

A June 2013 trip to Budapest by koshkha

Shoes on the Danube Photo, Budapest, Hungary More Photos
Quote: Five days in Budapest - continued

Museum of Applied Arts

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Attraction | "Art for function rather than just form"

Museum of Applied Arts Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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We spotted the Museum of Applied Arts when we were travelling to our hotel. The building was just so eyecatching that as soon as we got to hotel and checked in, I had to find out what it was. We discovered it was the Museum of Applied Arts and that it was only a couple of stops down the Metro line from us. We had got lucky and arrived in Budapest on a very special night – the annual ‘Night of Museums’ or Muzeumok Ejszakaja. To celebrate mid-summer and the shortest night of the year, hundreds of museums across Hungary open late into the night for visitors who’ve paid a single, much-reduced fee to see as many museums as they can manage.Hungarian is one of the world’s strangest languages i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2013

Museum of Applied Arts
Ulloi ut 33-37
Budapest, Hungary 1091
+36 1 217 5222

Govinda Vega Corner

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Restaurant | "Curry on the Corner"

Lunch for two Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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My husband found Govinda advertised on one of the many free maps supplied by Budapest’s Hop-on-hop-off bus operators and decided that we should go in search of the closest branch to try out their vegetarian Indian food. There are three or four Govinda restaurants in the city so we were convinced that the food surely couldn't be too terrible or they’d never have expanded past the first store. Mind you, the first time I went to Budapest there was only one McDonalds in the whole of Hungary and now they’re on every corner. I checked the various locations and the one which fittest best with our tourism plans was Govinda Vega Corner on Papnövelde Street in Budapest’s District 5. The restaurant sits on a cor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2013

Shoes on the Danube

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Attraction | "When the Blue Danube Ran Red"

Shoes on the Danube Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Can you imagine that a human life could be worth less than the old, worn shoes a person is wearing? By displaying life-sized casts of shoes, the Shoes on the Danube memorial in Budapest represents a small number of the many Jewish inhabitants of the city who lost their lives at a time when the life of a Jew had no value but his old shoes were worth keeping.Hungary had a tough time in the Second World War and nobody suffered more than the Jewish population of Budapest in the final months of the conflict. Initially Hungary and Germany were allies and Hungarian Jewry had not been a priority for the Nazis to attack in the early years of the war. When the war started, the Hungarians had a tough choic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2013

Shoes on the Danube
Andrássy Way 60
Budapest
06 1 374-2600

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It’s a well worn cliché that travel broadens the mind and parents who take their children to far flung places will often labour the point that it’s not so much a holiday, as "a real education". The kids, they claim, will "get so much out of the experience". I pondered the educational value of travel when we found ourselves in the Metro station closest to the Hungarian parliament building, standing in line behind an American family with two children who were probably around the ages of ten to twelve years. We were waiting to buy a book of 10 Metro tickets, having learned that it wasn’t always easy to find somewhere to buy individual ones when you need them.Mother wa...Read More