The Danube Bend
North of where the Danube divides Buda and Pest it winds through a valley that many consider the loveliest part of its length.
The parliament building on the Pest side of the river.
The town of Szentendre was settled in medieval times by Serbs escaping the Turkish invasion.
This was the best day I had in Budapest, and even at that, it was a three hour town stretched into a five hour excursion. It is a lovely little (touristic) place.
This boy was using his mom like a horse. So fascinating to see Hungarian children play the same games as American ones.
You've gotta have a statue like this in every Eastern European town.
This pump actually worked. I spent quite a while (on and off during the day) sitting in this square people-watching and so many of them tried the pump and were delighted when water came gushing out.
A picture of the post office for my dad.
And the Christmas store for my mom.
This guy was all, "Tourists again! Bah Humbug!"
A Roman Catholic church (there were actual monks there) from the 13th century.
Random fresco painted on a house.
Famous Hungarian paprika - it can be spicy or sweet and is a fundamental ingredient of Hungarian cuisine.
They are not puppets; they are HANDPETS!
There were just a couple of guys with a huge grill in the middle of the street. So I bought lunch from them. It was delicious.
How cute would little Gretta look in one of these? (Answer: SO CUTE!)
This picture doesn't quite capture how beautiful the sky was. It looked like an oil painting.
Narrow alley...one of many.