21 April 2012
After breakfast the tour group were shown around Budapest for 3 hours by coach.
We went to Heroes Square, over the Chain Bridge, past the old Palace which is now a Library, Museum & Art Gallery to Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion and Parliament House.
|Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest|
|Matthias Church, Budapest|
|Old Palace - now Art Gallery, Museum & Library|
|Heroes Square, Budapest|
After lunch we took a 4 hour tour "Communist Past of Budapest". We went to Statue Park where a collection of statues from the Communist rule are found. Budapest did not want to destroy them as they are part of history. A 1 hour 30 minute visit to "House of Terror" where terrible things happened during WW11. Many were executed there. A walk along the Danube where a bronze shoe memorial representing the shoes of those Jews who were shot and fell into the icy waters of the Danube.
|Jewish Shoe Memorial by River Danube|
|Statue Park at Budapest|
|We boarded "Imagery" later in the afternoon for our 7 day cruise of the Blue Danube|
|Peter on board "Imagery"|
|Joy on board "Imagery"|
|Peter & Joy on board "Imagery" with Parliament House behind|