Budapest, Hungary

 

 

The building you see to the left of the photo, light up in the background, is an engineering university.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was built in 1839. The stone lions are situated at both sides of the bridge, 1852. At the Buda end of Hungary, their plinth contains the coats of arms of families Széchenyi and Sina. There is an old legend about them not having tongues, although they actually do have them.

On the Pest side of Budapest, there is a tunnel. The length of the tunnel is almost identical to the length of the bridge, moment for another old tale that an old friend of mine told me, actually. “When you cross there is a tunnel ahead, across the water. He told me that when it rained in Budapest, the people would move the bridge int the tunnel so the bridge wouldn’t get wet. I, like a child, believed him. We had a good laugh.

This place seemed familiar to me actually. Perhaps it reminded me too much of my favorite childhood movie, Matilda. Where Miss, Trenchbull would look her up as punishment…. Seems more like a horror movie but I promise it was a wonderful movie! I found this building next to the place where we went ice skating with some friends, we also had some mulled wine there….. they measure in deciliters!

Kürtőskalács, also known as Chimney Cake, is a traditional Hungarian dessert hand made on the streets of Budapest.

These reminded me of Trdelník, “Old Bohemian”, a similar sweet pastry I tried in Prague, Czechoslovakia in Old Town Square.  The process of cooking the Trdelník is similar to Kürtőskalács, as they are baked on a coal fire in a tube shape. It’s so delicious they even have a National Trdelník Day! Celebrated on the first day of the full moon. BUT history has suggested it to originate from the Hungarian kitchen, or perhaps Slovakian, SO back to the Kürtőskalács! (But I will most definitely include Trdelník photos and videos in my Prague project!).

 

A train ride away from the center of Budapest. We explored the snowy whites of Hungarian winter.

 

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