I'm sure everyone was dying for part 2, so here's my first blog of 2014! Hopefully by 2015, I will have completed all my blogging about this summer's trip!
After walking down the hill, we headed across the chain bridge to the other side of the Danube.
This is the Chain Bridge, named because it has chains.
It opened in 1849 as the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest. (After living in Vienna, I have a really hard time calling the Danube the Danube, instead of the Donau.)
It was considered one of the world's greatest engineering feats at the time and is still recognized as important throughout Europe. It's made of cast iron. It was damaged during WWII but reopened again (obviously).
The lion does not look like he has a tongue. How unfortunate that he can't taste his food.
Here's Lilly and Nora's in the background.
The view in the other direction.
Looking back at the palace we had just left.
A statue. Of a man.
It's a Roman Catholic church named after King Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Apparently, until 1920 it was the 6th largest church in Hungary, but now it's the 3rd largest.
In other news, King Stephen's hand is in the reliquary. Unfortunately, I was unable to see his hand. Apparently it is incorruptible.
The Parliament building and the basilica are exactly the same height and nobody can build a building in Budapest that is higher than them.
Here we are standing in the shadow of the basilica.
We then headed down Andrassy Avenue, which is a famous street in Budapest.
Gyula Andrassy was the Prime Minister of Hungary at the time the street was built. He supported the building of the street.
The first subway station was built underneath this street and opened in the late 1800's.
The street was renamed 3 times during the Cold War era. It was Stalin Street beginning in 1950, then changed to the Avenue of Hungarian Youth in 1956 after an uprising. The communist government changed it the next year to the People's Republic Street. After the communists left Hungary, they restored the name to Andrassy Avenue in 1990.
Lilly joined in.
Throughout our walk, I saw many different owls on the ground. By different, I mean they were exactly the same just in different locations.
There are statues of the 7 leaders of the tribes who founded Hungary, as well as other important men and women. It was built when Hungary was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so the 5 on the right were previously Hapsburgs: Ferdinand I, Leopold I, Charles III, Maria Theresa and Franz Joseph). The Habsburgs were replaced after it was damaged during WWII and rebuilt.
This is the left side. The men depicted are John Hunyadi, Matthias Corvinus, István Bocskay, Gabriel Bethlen, Imre Thököly, Francis II Rákóczi and Lajos Kossuth.
Stephen I of Hungary, Ladislaus I of Hungary, Coloman of Hungary, Andrew II of Hungary, Béla IV of Hungary, Charles I of Hungary and Louis I of Hungary.
If you'd like to, follow the links to the wikipedia pages of each person. There are too many to summarize in this blog.
You may be wondering why Adrienne was punching Anna in the face.
It's so that the picture below could be taken. It's amazing. The first attempt didn't work out and Adrienne's arm was broken up into many little tiny arms.
After completing our walk, we headed back to the house for dinner, where we ate an amazing stew and had crepes for desert. The pot of stew was enormous but between all the people (10 in all) we finished it. We then all chatted for a long time and headed to bed.