This weekend, I went to Budapest by myself. You’ll get a blog later this week sharing my thoughts on my first (very, very) short solo adventure, but safe to say, it wasn’t lonely, or scary, or weird. It was actually really great.
Part of the reason I was excited to go away by myself was that I could take pictures to my heart’s content. When I’m away with other people, it’s not good travel companion etiquette to make everyone else wait while I photograph one building for twelve minutes straight. Since I was alone this weekend, I could do whatever I wanted. Buildings of Budapest, you were not warned.
Despite the next two weeks of weather in Budapest being pure sun, the weather this weekend was very changeable. While there was plenty of sun and blue sky, I was also treated to rain, clouds and one actual thunderstorm. I love pre-storm skies and a few black clouds did nothing to ruin my mood or my photos. It was, fittingly, most stormy while I was out at Memento Park, the plot of land where all the old communist-era statues have been rehoused, some six miles from the city centre. There was something about the brusque Stalinist statues and communist-era music that made storm clouds feel appropriate for the scene. There were also amazing storm clouds yesterday evening, which would have looked awesome as the backdrop to the bright yellow buildings of the thermal baths awash with the evening light. However, I was unable to take a picture of this golden scene because my camera was in my locker and I was submerged in a thermal bath – yeah, not too sad about missing that shot.
I took a lot of photos of Budapest’s buildings, as I love the architecture of Eastern Europe. I visited Budapest for the first time in April 2017 and distinctly remember loving the wide, bright buildings. I have since travelled to Eastern Europe a few times and remain enamoured with the architecture of these cities. I spent a good few hours wandering around the streets, taking photos from all angles with a host of different settings. The most impressive building has to be the Hungarian Parliament, which is the most gorgeous collection of burgundy domes and cream spires. I didn’t make it across the river to Buda this weekend to get the full wide shot – the building is 265m wide! – but I did walk all around the building to get as many good pictures as I could from the Pest side. I also really like a few of the pictures I got from the train station as I tried to find my way to Memento Park using the metro, a train and two buses.
Speaking of Memento Park, which will get its own post later this week, this Get Snappy also contains a few pictures of the old communist statues. Given that this is the second collection of abandoned Soviet statues I’ve gone out of my way to visit this year, I might just have to accept this as a weird facet of my personality. Oh well – at least it gets me some good photos!
Here are this week’s pictures. Which one is your favourite? Do you have any feedback for me?!