6th March 2015 – Budapest, Hungary
The Danube divides a city of historic proportions so finely. While one side thrives with the lustful and gluttonous sins, Its the other side that casts a fresh perspective on the river. All through a couple of statues holding sickles and pigeons.
Budapest is a lot similar to Istanbul. While the Bosphorus divides Istanbul into Asia and Europe, the Danube divides Budapest into, well, Buda and Pest.
I am staying in a hostel on the Pest side, so today I crossed one of the many bridges on the Danube, and walked around on the Buda side. There is the gigantic castle hill and then the other hill with St. Gellert statue, but I decided to climb the hills some other day as I still had many more days in Budapest. So, today I explored the region between the 2 hills.
While much of the Buda castle is on the castle hill, the Varkert Bazar was built at the foot of the castle, close to the Danube. The Varkert Bazar, or the Royal Garden Pavilion, was built by Miklos Ybl and features a series of stairs, towers and statues of people holding everything from sickles to pigeons.
And between those statues, there is always a fresh perspective of Danube to be had.
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