Europe Day Five. Exploring The Streets And Neighborhoods Of Budapest
I awoke Saturday, my second morning in Budapest, to find a heavy rain falling. The rain continued for a few hours so I had a good breakfast at the hotel, drank some coffee and edited some photos. Around 9 a.m. the rains ended. The skies were still cloudy and threatening as I left the Hilton Budapest atop the Castle Hill.
I only decided to make this trip about a week in advance so I didn’t do mu usual research on this historic city. And, I was walking fast hoping to see as much as I could in case the rains started again.
I made my way into the Jewish neighborhood where I did want to see the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the entire world. Unfortunately, it was Saturday, the Sabbath, and closed.
near a nice lake. Despite the threat of rain many people strolled this area. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my walk to Hero’s Square. Europe Day Five Hungary Budapest walk to zoo June 4 2022.
I am not a big fan of zoos, after seeing animals live free. and knowing how much they enjoy their freedom . But this was a nice zoo with polar bears, gorillas, lions and many more animals. I don’t usually photograph captive animal, except in nature reserves., sorry, However, as I walked through, seeing many of the animals I was so blessed to see in the wild, I reflected on how I may be one of the last people to have seen so many animals lining in the wild, We are quickly destroying this beautiful planet with our greed.
and came to the hot baths which Budapest has been famous for since Roman times. I had to visit, and it took some explaining that I didn’t want to use the baths, but just to tour them, but I finally got a ticket.
I exited by walking past the large heated outdoor pools. I was surprised to see the large crowd considering the weather and the COVID pandemic. All of the folks were enjoying themselves and loud conversations and a lot of laughter filled the air. i am told the Hungarian people love the thermal spas that are common in their county.
I returned to the vast Hero’s Square . I had walked over eight miles. In my younger days I may have walked back the five miles to my hotel. Not any more, I took a taxi back to my room It was a great morning exploring historic and beautiful Budapest. Here is a link to some more photos of my visit to the Budapest zoo and baths, Europe Day Five Hungary Budapest zoo June 4 2022.
“Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.”