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It's been years and years since I went to Budapest (Hungary, that is) for the last time. I think it was in my mid 20's, so I guess my visions of the city (and also the purpose of the whole visit) were slight off-course. Anyway. We had a long weekend here due to some holidays so we planned a short jump to Hungary. Ricky, Iggy and me. It was an instant thing. I looked up the apartments on the internet, found something suitable (and as it became clear later, with a lot of space and with a perfect location within the heart of the city) and off we went. There's only a good four hours drive from Ljubljana to Budapest, so it was an easy thing to do.

City, at least its historic centre, is - in one word - wonderful. Really wonderful. Magnificent architecture from Austro-Hungarian times, a lot of money invested in restoration and renovation and the legacy of well planned and immense sings of good urban planning in the past all make Budapest a real treat. We even got a (crowded) taste of city's famous thermal spas and a taste of really excellent beef goulash. And we got some sun and some rain and some fog and some pleasant day-time and not so pleasant night-time temperatures.

So... Budapest. A wonderful city, really worth the visit, but - for me - it's missing something important. Maybe it was due to short visit, maybe it was due so Autumn kicking in, but I didn't feel the soul, the esprit, that specific spark really good cities have. It's all wonderful and polished and all, but for most of the time, it felt like an exhibition, a museum even. But... I will surely give it another go soon. Who know, maybe I will find a fairytale place filled with fairies next time. No pun intended. :)

So, as it is... I am offering you a few night pictures here, a much larger set can be found on flickr.

Happy 2 in Klaasz
Pleasant times.

And more Klaasz
A rare occurrence. Ricky with some sort of alcohol.

Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge.

Royal Palace on the Castle Hill
Royal Palace on the Castle Hill.

Reflections, Take 1

Matthias Church on Castle Hill
Matthias Church.

The Parliament from the Fishermen's Bastion
The Parliament from the Fishermen's Bastion.

Fishermen's Bastion - Leaving
Fishermen's Bastion.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow T!!!!
Those are some amazing photos!!! Beautiful!!!!!
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! It was one of those nights :)
Nov. 5th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Beautiful shots and such a beautiful city it seems!
The night shots are great! What was the general setting you used for those night shots of the bridge and buuldings? Manual or another setting?
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
No, I always do stuff manually, I never use automatic.
Nov. 5th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
What a stunning series. Fishermen's bastion looks like an Escher engraving come to life.

I've heard really fabulous things about Budapest... and Istanbul, too...

Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Budapest is pretty, yes, and Istanbul is yet to come. Soon, I hope.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I've heard for years how beautiful Budapest is. I might not make it there next time we're in Europe but someday I'll see it. Great pictures.
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
It really is beautiful, but it's lacking that little extra.
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Wow! Amaizing city!
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
It is. :)
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Love the reflection photo & the first one:-)

After going back to Flicker and seeing the rest, I must say the lighting for all of those were just great!

Edited at 2012-11-05 01:43 pm (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a crispy washed evening. :)
Nov. 5th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm with the others....those are stunning photos.
I was showing them to a colleague at work who is quite the photographer - he loved the nighttime shots too. Had me pull up the photographic metadata on Flickr for some of them.
I think he'll be looking into an EOs, and he covets the quick 2.8 lens you use.
I'd like a new camera too, but, *sigh*...
not in the card$ right now.
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
2.8 is divine. and I want to use 1.4 more often. Imagine those shots with that lens. Pornography. :)
Nov. 9th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
It's so good to see you and Iggy again. :)

Love the Reflections. :)

At least it's a beautiful "museum". :) But I do understand what you mean.

Edited at 2012-11-09 01:03 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's lacking that special something.
Nov. 10th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Fookin gorgeous.
Lovely images.
Nov. 10th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
The city is really pretty. :)
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