Budapest, Hungary

•October 12, 2010 • 3 Comments

 

 

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Did you ever wonder where this term came from? Here in Central Budapest we saw this statue which honors the writer. Legend has it if you touch the pen you will become a famous writer. I touched it 20 times…so??? Guess I have to wait a little longer…

Opposite the entrance to Vajdahunyad Castle is one of Budapest’s most famous monuments — the Statue of Anonymous by Miklós Ligeti. The figure represented in the statue was a chronicler to King Béla, and is thought to be responsible for chronicling the history of the early Magyars. However, as there were several monarchs called Béla in the 12th and 13th centuries, it’s difficult to determine exactly who he was and when he lived.

Fast food, Hungarian style…the langos were great and very filling!!!!

 

The Not So Blue Danube

 

 

Tree of Life - The Holocaust Monument...a gift from Tony Curtis

 

Within the confines of Budapest’s Great Synagogue exists the Tree of Life Holocaust Memorial, funded by the Emanuel Foundation, in memory of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who were murdered by the Nazis. The tree, which is made of stainless steel and silver, is fashioned to look like a weeping willow. The shape of the tree resembles an upside down menorah. Inscribed on its 4000 metal leaves are the names of Hungarian Holocaust victims. And on the top of the black granite double archway that sits in front of the tree, a Hebrew inscription asks: “Is there a bigger pain than mine?”

 

Inside the New York Tea Room...very Baroque!

Hope you enjoyed these photos! Next stop Danube River Cruise and Vienna…

 

Prague, Czech Republic

•October 4, 2010 • 1 Comment

The following pics represent a small portion of our Prague photographs. Every time we went around a corner and down another street, the buildings were incredible. Thankfully Prague had been spared from the bombings of WW!!.

First a little history lesson…LOL

Situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1,100 years. For many decades during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

The city proper is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million.[5]

Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, making the city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.1 million international visitors annually, as of 2009[update].[6][7] Prague is classified as an alpha-world city.

Ultra modern streetcars

Statue of Wenceslas...interesting that the Czechs had no idea what the popular Christmas carol was all about!

One of the many artist stalls in Old Town. We ended up back here on our last day and bought two prints which are now framed and hanging here in Progreso.

Picturesque Karlsteyn at the foot of the castle.

Yes, it is referred to as the "Ginger and Fred" building a tribute to Fred Asaire and Ginger Rogers. Actually it is the Perle Restaurant.

Post Communist art installation. If you look in the foreground, there is a whole man. Over the years his body deteriotrates under the oppression of Communism.

Paris Part 1

•September 26, 2010 • 1 Comment

One week in Paris and way too many fotos, so I am breaking these down into two groups. Unfortunately this was some of the worst weather we encountered in the entire six weeks.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Thinker at the Rodin Museum

The Musée du Louvre (French pronunciation: [myze dy luvʁ]), or officially Grand Louvre — in English the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre — is one of the world’s largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. It is a central landmark of Paris and located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).

The Louvre by night

Larry meditating at The Louvre (in a quiet corner of course)

Mayan Stellae

Bonus points for anyone who knows from where this stellae was taken?

Cinque Terre, Italy

•September 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

Approaching Monterosso through the vineyards

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What follows are some of our photos of this incredible region…

Postcard Perfect Vernazza


You did not think we would walk back, did ya?

We decided that the best way to go back was by train. Rather than just going back to Vernazza, we went to Rio Maggiore, the furthest town. From there we would hike the Via Della Amore back to Manarola and then take the boat back to Vernazza as it was threatening rain AGAIN!

The incredible murals of Rio Maggiore

Via Della Amore

If you look very closely you will see that the rails are covered with padlocks. The custom here is for lovers to put two locks together on the rails or wherever, to signify their love for each other for eternity. They then throw the keys into the ocean. This spot on the Via was half way between Corniglia and Manarola…a place where the young teenagers would meet their boy or girlfriends away from prying eyes of their parents. You have to remember that in these small villages everyone was your cousin…your potential mate always lived in another village!

Manarola...where I unthinkingly asked Larry if I could have my drink "on the rocks"!

I meant "WITH ICE"...not on top of the rocks, silly...

The adventure continues next time with a trip back to Corniglia…stay tuned…

Photo Highlights of Rome

•September 12, 2010 • 2 Comments

Since I was unable to send very many photos while we were travelling, I am going to send a few photos each week of different places we visited in addition to those you have already seen. Hope you enjoy them. I will start today with Rome, then next week Cinque Terre, Italy.

Things were looking up at the Sistine Chapel!

Inside the Colosseum

Lending a hand at the Capitoline Museum

Lending a hand at the Capitoline Museum

St. Peter's and the Vatican

European Adventure 2010

•June 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

CAUTION!!!

I am apologizing in advance for this Power Point production of 100 of our favorite photos from the trip. I have no idea how long it will take to upload. Use your discretion. Let me know if you try this as it is my first ever attempt at such a thing…

Reg and Larry’s European Adventure

European Links FYI

•June 10, 2010 • 2 Comments

Here are the links I promised from our trip. Hope they might be of value to you in planning future trips.

ROME

www.romestudiorental.com (apartments in Rome)

www.villadestetivoli.info (info on Villa D’Este)

www.througheternity.com ( Through Eternity Tours)

www.zimberto.it (Zi’Mberto Restaurant)

www.enotecaferrara.it (Wine Bar in Trastevere)

PARIS

www.fattirebiketours.com (Fat Tire Bike Tours to Versailles)

www.musee-orsay.fr (Orsay Museum)

www.monuments-nationaux.fr (St. Chapelle Chapel)

www.musee-orangerie.fr (Orangerie Gallery of Monet)

www.galerieslafayette.com (Galeries Lafayette Mall)

www.louvre.fr (The Louvre)

www.parismuseumpass.fr (Paris Museum Pass)

www.musee-rodin.fr (Rodin Museum)

PRAGUE

www.escapetoprague.com (Prague Apartment rentals)

www.prague.cz (Prague tourism)

www.discover-prague.cz (Prague Walking Tour)

BUDAPEST

www.paprikavendeglo.hu (Paprika Restaurant)

VIKING RIVER CRUISES www.vikingrivercruises.com

VIENNA

www.schonbruun.at (Schonbrunn  Palace)

COLOGNE

www.koelner-dom.de (Cologne Cathedral)

BRUGES

www.artandsoul.be (B and B)

www.visitbruges.org (Flanders Fields Tours with Nathan)

www.halvemaan.be (Bruges Brewery)

www.devlaamschepot.be (Vlaamsche Pot Flemish Restaurant)

AMSTERDAM

www.rijksmuseum.nl (Rijksmuseum)

www.vangoghmuseum.nl (Van Gogh Museum)

www.oldquarter.com (Hotel Old Quarter)

www.boomchicago.nl (Boom Chicago Dinner Theater)

www.amsterdamboatclub.com (St. Nicolas Boat Club  canal tours)

www.afsluitdijk.org (Afsluitdijk north of Amsterdam)

www.sampurna.com (Sampurna Indonesian Restaurant near Flower Market)

www.historichsloten.nl (Sloten Village north east of Amsterdam)

RICK STEVES TRAVEL WEBSITE www.ricksteves.com

Well that is about all there will be on this blog. Hope you have enjoyed it. My intention is to put together a “Best of Europe” photo collection. Hope to have it ready by Christmas…once I get all 3200 photos organized…LOL.

Hasta luego…adios.

Reg and Larry