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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
Reflections.

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.



Comments

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texwriterbear
Nov. 4th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow T!!!!
Those are some amazing photos!!! Beautiful!!!!!
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! It was one of those nights :)
thisisdavid
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?
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
No, I always do stuff manually, I never use automatic.
leafshimmer
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...

paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Budapest is pretty, yes, and Istanbul is yet to come. Soon, I hope.
putzmeisterbear
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.
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
It really is beautiful, but it's lacking that little extra.
ailuropoda_m
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Wow! Amaizing city!
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
It is. :)
coffeeguy777
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)
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a crispy washed evening. :)
dan4behr
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.
paterson_si
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. :)
tilia_tomentosa
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)
paterson_si
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's lacking that special something.
ubermunkey
Nov. 10th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Fookin gorgeous.
Lovely images.
paterson_si
Nov. 10th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
The city is really pretty. :)
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