Some are of the city of Budapest which will perhaps be more interesting to those who have never been there, but others are of my family and that is what is the most interesting to me.
Alice is home now with Stephen, one year old Stephen who never quite adjusted to the time change in ten days! Something she did with Em and her family was visit a Tanz Haz, which means “Dance House” and is a huge public event in a large public place where there are dance performers and demonstrations, and classes and lots of artisans selling handmade traditional gifts. Lots and lots of fun. Sofia and Clara received “folk” style skirts and were thrilled to dance in them as you can see. I think they are also wearing blouses and aprons to go with them.
Sofia and Clara have each one of the very lightweight 3 wheel kid vehicles which every child in Budapest, pretty much, has to ride on. Here is a typical street car. Or trolly? Em and family live on the hilly Buda side of town. Buda and Pest were separate cities until the late 1800s. Pest is flat, the beginning of the great plains of Hungary.
Here is a shot downriver, toward the Citadella, the old fortress, and a few of the wonderful bridges I love. Most were destroyed at the end of WWII and one, the Margit Hid, has only been restored since the last time I visited. I can’t wait to see it. In some sense I miss the city as I first saw it with Paul, (Walls on some buildings still had bullet holes all over from that war) but I can hardly expect the Hungarians to not fix things now that they are able, just to satisfy anyone’s nostalgia!
This older building is the place where Sofia and Clara go for swimming lessons. When Emily and Alice had swimming lessons in 1984 during our first sabbatical they swam in an amazing bath from the Turkish times, a pool in a room with a domed roof overhead with a hole in the center, and some lovely tile work.
My last picture for today is going to be this one of the typical stairways in Buda which run between two streets on different levels. No wonder people are slim who get such workouts every day walking around this city!