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Budapest - Day 11 Sunday February 18

Goodbye AmaMagna


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After our final breakfast onboard, we disembarked the AmaMagna at 9:30 AM. We, along with our luggage (which is heavier than when we arrived and we may be too), were loaded on a bus to be taken on a “Hidden Budapest” tour, promising "fascinating sites lesser-known to the average traveler." Here are a few of the sites we passed along the way:

The Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)...Budapest’s magnificent suspension bridge connects the Buda (West) and Pest (East) sides of the city, arching over the River Danube. The bridge opened in 1849, and was destroyed in January of 1945 by the retreating Germans during the Siege of Budapest; fortunately, the towers remained. The bridge was rebuilt, and reopened in 1949, guarded by the lions.

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The haunting "Shoes on the Danube" continues to be one of the most moving tributes to the victims of the Holocaust.

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Our first stop was the Aquincum Museum of Roman ruins.

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On the outskirts of Budapest, in the area that was Obuda, are the remains of a former military garrison of the Roman province of Pannonia. Since the ruins of a three-level aqueduct were discovered here, archeologists have unearthed evidence of a large complex, that included markets, homes, public baths, and even central heating!

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The "Painter's House" recreates what might have been the typical home of a Roman officer.

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And....WAIT FOR IT.. they found remains of two amphitheaters, one that held 1,600 spectators! Now we can go home, for there is no European adventure without an amphitheater. The theater section of the Aquincum amphitheater is actually larger than the Roman Colosseum.

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Fun Fact: Our guide told us that the Hungarian language is different from any other European language, as it is Euro-Mongolian based. Perhaps only the Finns could understand a few words.

This square commemorates the assassination site of the Hungarian Prime Minister who attempted a revolt against the Communists. The building nearby bears shell damage from the Communist response.

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Returning to the historic center of Budapest, we visited Liberty Square. Our guide did an amazing job of helping us to understand the history and the political contrasts in this area. For example, when the Hungarians threatened the removal of this Russian memorial (which not coincidentally had been erected like a middle-finger salute in the sightline of the American embassy), the Russians stated that they would exhume and desecrate their war dead in Russia. Not wanting that consequence, they instead planted trees to block one side of the monument and placed statues of American presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan nearby. In addition, this is the only memorial that is unlit at night (the ultimate insult).

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Another artist placed Kermit the frog outside the Communist controlled broadcast company, as if he had escaped the iron gates.

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Here is a memorial to victims of the Holocaust.

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We passed St. Stephen’s Basilica...

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...and so many other beautiful buildings.

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After our tour, we checked into Matild Palace, which will be our last home on this journey. This place is stunning and has a fabulous location.

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As our room was not ready, we went around the corner and shared Hazi Lecso, a vegetable stew with sausage while we waited.

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Here is our room for the next two nights:

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After a little nap, we went to dinner with Chad and Brianna from our cruise at Beerstro 14, a three-minute walk from our hotel. Amazing food: Foie Gras, steaks, and a shared dessert. YUM!

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Photos are tagged Magna and Budapest_2024

Posted by Cybercsp 13:58 Archived in Hungary Tagged magna budapest_2024

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Room is beautiful - makes me a little less sad you left the ship! My Aunt raves about Budapest! xo

by Daniella

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