Budapest was originally two towns, Buda and Pest. We start the day touring the Pest side to the east of the Danube River.
Looking past an older tram train to the Buda side.
Royal Palace, on the Buda side.
The tour book guide said there's no story with this kid, just a whimsical statue along the Danube.
A tourist "can't miss", the Chain Bridge, although for us we can't stroll it, it's under refurbishment.
A newer bridge, with Communist era stuff at the top of the hill.
A photo of McDonald's, what, but it's the first one to open in and during the period of Communist eastern Europe.
This building, ugh, so, very, heavy.
I was going to toss this picture, but, then I noticed, wow, that post is holding two full street traffic signals, four street lights, and a traffic camera.
Dannaryis, pigeon whisperer. We watched this scene, and determined she's doing nothing to attract the attention of these flying rats, but they followed her around this park for several minutes - here she's just waiting for her dog to finish up on important business, and patiently holds the take away bag to close out the transaction.
A close-up of the earlier scene - sometimes Hungary seems to ignore or erase it's recent unwanted Communist past and sometimes they just leave it out there to maybe contrast it with a hopeful better future.
The tour comes to an abrupt end, the rain begins, with wind - here we wait for a bus on the newer bridge to whisk us away - we have an appointment at a brewery at the edge of town.
After a bus transfer, and just under an hour later, to the east, we arrive in an old brewery complex, now occupied by several modern small craft breweries. We met an American, married to a Hungarian, Nathan, at a small brewery just a few minutes from our lodging, on our first night in Budapest. He works for another brewery, Horizont, as its lead marketer and business promoter, and invited us to a behind the scenes personal tour and tasting at his workplace in this amazing old complex.
Portable freshly fermented beer in a rolling large volume "flask" - second time we've seen one of these, the first in Slovakia next door.
Nathan shows off some of their barrel aging "fleet". They have barrels acquired from the U.S. (whiskey), France (wine), and rum barrels from the Caribbean.
We were offered many world class, diverse and interesting, beers - they even have an accomplished artist to decorate the labels.
This was a seriously good time, Tim's face is proof and testament.
Some rustic Fiats on the property.
We headed to Budapests' "Chinatown" for some good eats. Here are some cool decorations at a restaurant we found.