The next morning/afternoon, we headed out into Budapest again, with the goal of seeing the inside of the Parliament building.
As many of you know, the Clouds and the Hillard families are very musical and we sing a lot. Lilly said it was like traveling in a musical with us, since we are always singing. We all wandered around, laughing and singing. It was great. It feels like we've known their family for forever!
We bought our tickets, then wandered around the area with the Parliament building before our time slot.
The bridge to the right is a statue of a man named Imre Nagy, who was a Hungarian communist, killed by the Soviet communists following a revolution.
Here's the parliament building from afar.
A little history about the building:
It's one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, built in the late 1800's. It's the largest building in Hungary and the tallest in Budapest.
1000 people helped build it, using 40,000 bricks, 500,000 precious stones and 88 pounds of gold.
It's symmetrical and has identical parliament halls inside. Transylvanian leaders and famous military people.
Of course we couldn't take a picture of it.
This was, I believe, the conference hall. Look how beautiful it is!
They can't do that anymore.
We missed the boat, so we just walked along the river, which was very nice.
We took a lot of ridiculous pictures, most of which were photobombs and will be in the photobomb blog.
Here is a statue of a dog.
Anna just decided to get in front of all the pictures.
I think these pictures were from a different day, but I forgot about them since they're from my phone.
We all chatted for a long time and ate BBQ. It was great! We discussed everything, including Rick rolling which I had never heard of. Allison played the song and Peter immediately recognized it as Rick Asley. Adrienne discussed all the people she's rick-rolled. pretty hilarious.
This is the wonderful carrot/garlic/mayo/mustard/cheese bread spread that I cannot even explain to you how wonderful it is.
Blurry steep escalator.
Below is more of the neighborhood. The last few pictures got all mixed up, but that's ok.
We had a wonderful day and a wonderful dinner later! It was great.
The Clouds headed home the next morning and we had one more day in Hungary, before heading to Vienna! More to come, soon hopefully. My aunt and uncle will be here this weekend, so there might be a bit of a break again before the next one. I'm trying my best! It's a little overwhelming!