A big cemetery filled with hundreds of graves, some HUGE. Some of the sculptures there were fantastic. More of those when I’m back.
Rushing around most of tomorrow before my night flight. I want to pop back to the markets and then squeeze in a museum and maybe some wandering.
Matthias Church and Nagytétényi Palace, Budapest.
So many great buildings, so little time!
Museum of Applied Arts.
Brilliant building. And an exhibition of Bigots. Yep.
Also an annoying combo-ticket, which bargain-hunter me couldn’t resist, where you get the temporary and permanent exhibitions at this and 3 other museums thrown in.
Because no one would do all four.
So that’s tomorrow decided - up early to dash to the other side of Budapest to a palace, then back to the other two (Eastern Asiatic etc in those).
I like to think I manage to stretch out every inch of value when they sell me these sort of tickets. I WILL DO ALL OF THE THINGS.
Like, the 72hr Budapest Card? 7 free museums and discounts at others as well as free transport and 2 walking tours available? 8 museums, one walking tour and a billion train/tram/bus trip done and enough time to get 20% off when buying the Applied Arts combo bucket.
And all this with Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon written off with migraine. Bam.
Central Market, Budapest.
Loads and loads and loads of food and lace and tacky tourist things.
I’m definitely bringing some tokaj back - it’s ridiculously cheap here vs anywhere I’ve seen it in England.
I’m off to the big flea market tomorrow morning, hoping to find a couple of gifts and to (hopefully) get an old camera or three.
Maybe not the best view in the house, but not bad for around £2!!
I’ve learnt my lesson from the opera last night and read up on the storyline.
Except apparently Puccini gave up on this one because he ballsed up the story too much…
A favorite sweet in Hungary, apparently.
Soft cheese covered in chocolate.
It’s a bit like the cheese part of cheesecake, but not.
It’s not bad at all.
And yes, this is as far as my adventuring has gone - I had a nasty migraine on the plane and ended up sleeping most of the afternoon.
I’m around the corner from the Opera and from the Liszt Academy and about a 20 min walk (if you go slow) to the Chain Bridge.
Proper outings tomorrow.
An afternoon of soldering.
The ones of the left are good headphones that you can make better with a quick mod (Google HD555 soundstage mod) and whilst I was at it, I decided to recable them.
The ones on the right are Vic Firth isolation headphones and they sound a bit rubbish. They cut out external sound well, but otherwise were naff.
So. A broken pair of Philips O’Neill kindly donated their drivers and along with a recable they now sound… ok. Ish. Less like listening to a telephone, anyway.
The drivers from the Vic Firth are now going spare. I’m thinking of buying some ear muff things, like you wear on building sites, and bunging them in there. Mostly for the novelty…
Sunbeams in a church on Christmas day.
A great way to get paid to escape the family on that dreaded day…
And always interesting to see the once a year Christians turn up.
Not so packed as Christingle, though, with its flood of flailing, wailing younglings bringing the average age south of retirement, and the bellowed lessons from readers and priest.
If anything could properly put you off religion, it’s religious celebration, religious people, and working for them.
Testing using a card reader with my phone.
Have to say, it’s rather cool to be able to do this. I think I could even plug a hard drive into it. Wizzo, what.
I got a new camera. Or rather, I got an old camera. It’s from about 2002, the Sigma SD9
I’ve only managed these few snaps to test it was working so far, but I think it does quite well for such an (relative) camera!