Lani – Kona, Hawaii
After we finished our lunch, We went to the castle of Visegrad. We parked the car at the parking lot, and hiked through some kind of forest. It was a bit difficult because Angela (Tibor’s wife) had to carry her youngest son. He didn’t want to walk, so finally Tibor and Angela took turns carrying him.
(1) the direction
(2) part of the castle
(3) what a wonderful view looking down from the castle
(4) diorama inside the castle
(5) some pictures and a story on the wall
(6) soldiers in that era
If you want to know more about the history behind the Visegrad castle, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegr%C3%A1d
(7) part of the castle down below
(8) The panorama, and houses, across the river from the castle
(9) This is the wax museum inside the castle
(10) More from the wax museum
We had to leave the castle because they close at about 5:30pm. Our journey continued, going to my friend’s apt complex. On the way to his apartment, he drove around the downtown area. I took this picture of parliament building. I would have liked to visit there the next day, but all the ticket were already sold out, so my friend and I could only look around from outside the building.
(11) The parliament building in downtown Pestt
I was so happy to have the chance to visit his apartment.
(12) This is apartment complex where Tibor and the family are living.
(13) They served sweets with tea or coffee. I had mine with cappuccino which Angela made for me. This is the living room of their apartment.
A little bit of the story about this apartment complex where my friend lives. It is 8 floor stories building, with underground garage. Each floor has 7-8 apartments. My friend’s family apartment is on the 5th floor, and his is the biggest on the floor. All together the complex, Kondorosi, has 420 flats/apartments. It has the same name as the road where the apartment complex is.
Finally, we had to say goodbye to Tibor and his family. He gave us a ride back to the hotel. I’m very happy to finally have gotten a chance to meet him after being a pen pal for about 15 years. I hope we can see each other again, either in Hawaii, or back in Budapest.
Thank you, Tibor, for your kindness, your help, and for everything while I was in Budapest.
September 9th 2013
Today I continued my trip around Budapest with my friend who came to meet me in Budapest. We took the metro back to downtown Budapest.
I wanted to explore more, and wanted to visit the famous grand market which I saw on the travel channel.
These are the pictures I would like to share with everyone.
(14) the pictures from the Nagycsarnok (the grand market) on the Vamhaz ter, it is near the Danube at the Szabadsag bridge.
In this grand market, you can find everything: groceries, crafts, traditional clothing, T-shirt/shirt, hat, shoes, famous Hungarian embroidered clothes, food, all kind of nick-knacks, bags, jewelry and much more.
(E) You can find any color, any style, of bags in this grand market. To me, everything is different, interesting and beautiful.
(J) you can see how creatively and artistically the store owner arranged the chili peppers.
(K) This is another artistic display: dried red chili and garlic
(M)This store sells all kinds of sausage
(N) more sausage
(N) another one
(P) we met a couple of tourists from the Netherlands, father and son. We sat down, and had some coffee and sweets. They ended up paying for us, what a lucky day!
To be continued…