Running in: Budapest

Budapest

Budapest was actually two cities, divided by the Danube River and joined together in 1873. Budapest is on the left (in the map below) and Pest is on the right. There are several very grand bridges that connect the two.

We wanted to run from our place in District VII, (the old Jewish quarter) of Pest to Buda but we got extremely lost. Budapest was the first country we'd been to on this trip where neither of us spoke the language, plus, we dropped our map in a big puddle while we were running. (tip: Running with a map in your hand is a great way to signal "I am a tourist!") We did eventually make it over to Buda and found the Turkish bath we were looking for, Kiraly.

It's dark inside and virtually unchanged from what it looked like in the 16th century.  We took showers in the locker room (presumably a modern addition) before getting in -- don't worry.

It's dark inside and virtually unchanged from what it looked like in the 16th century.  We took showers in the locker room (presumably a modern addition) before getting in -- don't worry.

We ran over that bridge to get there.

We ran over that bridge to get there.

In contrast to Vienna, where I had to work most of the time, I had a long, workfree weekend in Budapest. I don't know what I was expecting, but it was my very favorite place. And so photogenic:

 

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Mustaches 

Mustaches 

King Stephen I, WITH his hand

King Stephen I, WITH his hand

It cost money to turn the little light on inside to make the hand light up.

It cost money to turn the little light on inside to make the hand light up.

Inside the Szechenyi bath,

Inside the Szechenyi bath,

If you ever wondered what happened to those old monitors from twenty years ago.

If you ever wondered what happened to those old monitors from twenty years ago.

Wooden scaffolding

Wooden scaffolding

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