Monday, May 16, 2011


We were only in Milan for 3 hours because we had a layover but I don't want to go back because it's not very pretty (and because the Milan soccer team had just been named #1 in Italy).  We took a taxi to the main square where it was CRAZYwith fanatic soccer fans celebrating their victory).

I did see this though, the primary church in the city.

My lovely parents

Fisherman's Bastion, where fishermen used to sell their fish they'd just caught out of the Danube River.

Quite the wedding cake, its made out of marzipan.

Second largest synagogue in the world in downtown Budapest.

Parliament building along the Danube

Not exactly what I would expect to see in Hungary

Last night we had an amazing dinner at a cafe--very beautiful, good food, and lovely music

This string quartet played classical music with a Hungarian flare, I loved it. One of the guys played a string instrument with hammers but it sounded just like a piano.

This is a memorial to the Jews who were killed in WWII here in Hungary. Before the war there were hundreds of thousands of Jewish citizens in Budapest.  By the end of the war there were 247. This memorial honors the Jews who were lined up along the river, shot point blank and simply dropped into the river.  Very powerful memorial to walk alongside.  It was a rather gray and drizzly morning which matched the mood we felt as we visited this sight.

Parliament House in Budapest.

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