Budapest, Christmas 2016

img_3626We all are aware that we went to Budapest for my Birthday, but coincidentally we were there for Christmas also.  We were only in Budapest for five nights, and from about 2pm on the 24th until at least the 27th Budapest is pretty much closed.  With us leaving early on the 28th, we didn’t get out and about as much as we may have liked, but we still managed to pack a bit in!

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Memento Park -“In the Shadow of Stalin’s Boots”

img_0130Each time we choose a city, I realise more and more how much this is done really at random.  We learn so much about each place a few days before we arrive, and many times our initial plan for the trip deviates.  Memento Park was one such deviation.  Boxing Day in Budapest had the sun shining, and a purely tropical 8 degree temperature, we decided to explore this intriguing concept of a park.

It was moving, and intriguing, and I think the best way I can explain it is by the poem found in the Visitors Guide.

“One Sentence about Tyranny”

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40th Birthday in Budapest

You may recall beginning of this year we made a decision to head to New York for my 40th Birthday, and as you may recall, that all changed a few months back.  Today was my actual birthday, and I awoke to snow flurries in Budapest.  We headed to the Gellért pools for a massage and a soak, and then wandered around the Christmas markets eating gigantic sausages and drinking Krampampuli – all in all, a very very successful Birthday!