Little known facts about Budapest…

Jul 14, 2007 by

Well, I’m not sure how many little-known facts I have learned, but here’s at least one. Budapest is actually made up of two cities, Buda and Pest. Most of the famous historical structures are in Pest. Really, I had no idea.

We went on a wonderful biking tour of the city yesterday (4 hours) on really comfy bikes (translate that to cushy bike seats). It was a nice temperature for a ride around the city and I think we pretty much saw all the great Budapest sites in the process.

Here are a few pictures from Heroes’ Square. Of particular note (another interesting fact about Budapest). There is a Hasya Yoga group that meets in Heroes’ square. They provided an interesting audio backdrop of “Hee-hee Haw-haw” as you strolled the square looking at all the statues of important historical figures. If you chant “hee-hee haw haw” while you look at these photos, you will get the right atmosphere. I think (after visiting the Terror museum today) that the citizens of Hungary could’ve really used laughing yoga during the years of communist oppression.

This is the statue that represents Peace.

This is the statue that represents War.

This is one of the famous Kings of Hungary that was famous for his love of books (got to take a picture of that one).

The statue of Anonymous in the park behind Heroes’ square. If you touch the pen of the statue, it is supposed to make you a better writer. So, I had to take advantage of that. Here is Jan becoming a better writer.

The agricultural museum.

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  1. ohiochemengr

    I did know about the not-so-twin-cities thing from Rick Steves’ show. See quote below from 2004.

    Budapest: The Best of Hungary
    Rick Steves’ Europe: Episode # 311

    “Budapest, once Vienna’s partner in ruling the Austro-Hungarian empire, feels like the capital of Eastern Europe. It’s actually two cities-busy Pest and noble Buda-straddling the Danube and laced together by mighty bridges. Capitalism has taken hold with gusto as shopping boulevards thrive and stone Lenins and cast iron Stalins litter a theme park at the edge of town. Today Gypsy orchestras feature smoking violins, venerable mineral baths are the rage, and 19th century coffeehouses enjoy a renaissance.”

  2. ohiochemengr

    I’m afraid the cloaked Anonymous statue looks like the Grim Reaper (who’s always after Kenny) without his scythe.

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