Monday, May 28, 2012

Floating down the Danube…




Evan and I are home from our travels.  Both of us agree that of the three cities we visited, Budapest, Vienna and Prague, we liked Budapest the best.  The others are no slouches, mind you, but there was something very charming about Budapest.  I’m not sure if it was the beautiful (and sometimes stunning) waterfront, the easy subway accessibility or the friendly people that did it for me, but I really enjoyed being there.

We got in around 11 am their time after flying all night.  So after checking in to our hotel and taking a brief nap, we figured the best way to spend what we could manage of our first afternoon was to take a boat ride.  We actually enjoyed the boat ride so much, that we went back on our last evening there and cruised through Budapest in the dark.  So to get started, here are some pics I took as we floated down the Danube admiring the sights in Budapest.


This is the Liberty Bridge built in 1896 for the Millennium World Exhibition.

The Margaret Bridge has an unusual Y construction.  One branch goes to  Margaret Island.

The spectacular Parliament Building glowing in the evening light.
The Chain Bridge at night.
The Liberty Bridge at night.
The Parliament Building at night.

Evan and I are celebrating that we actually managed to negotiate our way down to the boat with two hours of sleep.

22 comments:

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Another wonderful series! Have a great week!:)

Sandra said...

fighting a fit of envy here. love those night shots. the bridges are fantastic. super photography of wonderful history

Tammy said...

These are stunning. The lighting so wonderful!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow! What beautiful pictures. I love the ones taken at night.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

These pictures are awesome. Thanks for bringing us right into the scene. Also, thanks for your warm Memorial Day message.

Keep enjoying your blessings.
xoRobyn

Barbara Franceschini said...

wowwwww!!!!
I love all of these shots!!!
In particular the first one with the flag!!! well done!!! :)


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Betty Manousos said...

hi barbara,
love your night shots!

they are all gorgeous! the bridges are stunning.

blessings!

Diana Cooper said...

Great pictures. Looks like you had a good time. Have a wonderful day!

Christian Udarbe said...

Stunning images!

Eko said...

Hienoja näkymiä - mahtavaa arkkitehtuuria - mainiosti kuvattuja.
Kiitos vierailusta blogissani...
'Melkein-Kesäterveisin' - Eko
Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Hi Barbara, these are some truly stunning shots. you have captured that city in ways that i bet the locals would even love to see.
Have a great week
Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

Robert Geiss said...

These are amazing images. Thank you for this beauty. Please have a good Tuesday you all.

Ginny said...

Oh my gosh these pictures are stunning, I would love to go there, and I love this first picture that you started the blog with, very artistic. How long were you there?

Debbie said...

WoW, beautiful bridges and amazing night-time images.

i do like the toast, it looks refreshing and like it was much needed!!

Perrine Renoir said...

above composition, i have to applaud you for your decisiveness. composition saves everyone, even a first time camera holder from being crap and flop.
but decisiveness, knowing what to shoot and what to ignore, knowing the right moment and the right atmosphere, that i guess is what defines the word "innate".

want to go there too, but i guess i'll just look at your pics the second time around.

Perrine Renoir said...

above composition, i have to applaud you for your decisiveness. composition saves everyone, even a first time camera holder from being crap and flop.
but decisiveness, knowing what to shoot and what to ignore, knowing the right moment and the right atmosphere, that i guess is what defines the word "innate".

want to go there too, but i guess i'll just look at your pics the second time around.

Perrine Renoir said...

above composition, i have to applaud you for your decisiveness. composition saves everyone, even a first time camera holder from being crap and flop.
but decisiveness, knowing what to shoot and what to ignore, knowing the right moment and the right atmosphere, that i guess is what defines the word "innate".

want to go there too, but i guess i'll just look at your pics the second time around.

Gaia said...

Perfect picture, amazing!!!!

Kerri said...

Oh how fun! Your captures are amazing!

Chatty Crone said...

You are so lucky and you get the photos as an extra!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Rick!

Would love your email address so I can write back to you.


Love, sandie

karen said...

I take a trip on a boat everywhere I go too...I love the water, sea, lake it doesn't matter. I even went on a boat when I was in Vegas....Lake Mead...love these pictures.

Tamzin Wanderings said...

beautiful scenes with wonderful light, fabulous:)