November 23, 2007

A Bright Spot

Have you had enough of the grey and dreary for now? I have. How about a couple of summer shots from the bank of the Danube. This beauty of a building below is the Pesti Vigado. This is a building used for concerts, offices and restaurant. The outside had been sandblasted and the interior at the moment is being renovated so it is vacant. By the way, do you see the statue by the flower pots? It is a figure of a sitting girl playing with a dog.
From the Vigado looking across the Danube is the Royal Castle building which now serves as a museum. The grounds are used annually for the wine festival - a most noble venue for such noble substance. The very chic boat on the Danube is one of the River Cruise boats traveling between Budapest and Germany.

24 comments:

Andrée said...

gorgeous! I keep visualizing the old world monarchs in the castle.

Luke said...

great architecture! I like the statue in the first shot and the boat in the second!

Jim said...

Beautiful building. It must be a fabulous museum.

Nikon said...

I love the building, very impressive ( & I like your cats!).
Thanks for your visit :)

Lara said...

beautiful sunny photos, and great architecture too!

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Lovely views, Isadora. Wine festival? That sounds very interesting! You mean, like in France and Italy?

Keropok Man said...

the pink and reddish flowers in the photo is such a nice contrast to the whole photo!

what a good capture!

that building will look so good inside and outside when it is done!

Ričardas said...

Beautiful pictures brought back to me nice memories of the visit to Budapest couple years ago. I loved it.

Isadora said...

Fenix - did you know that the California wine industry was started by a Hungarian gentleman? There are more than a handful of STRONG wine regions in Hungary that produce wines equal in quality to the French, Italian, German and Spanish wines (Australia is a strong market coming up), but the fact that it was government owned so far made no use of marketing it. The Tokaj brand is now a guarded Hungaricum and may only be used for wines from the region of Tokaj (the same with the French wines and particularly Champagne)

There are some tremendous wines here: Heavy reds in the Sopron, Eger and Szekszard region; the best dry whites from the Badacsony region on the north shore of Lake Balaton and the dessert wines Tokaji Aszu from Tokaj - but they also make tremendous 'szamorodni' that is closest to what the world knows as sherry. Truly a nectar.

nazzareno said...

My child that has been a little while ago Budapest, has spoken to me of a very beautiful city. I understand from your photos how much true is.

Dan said...

Isadora, that first pic is just gorgeous. I love the contrast in color between the building and flowers. Their beauty on the other hand draws them together.

Gwen said...

What a museum that must be :)--what kind of collection.

claude said...

I visite sometime Budapest through Andrea Gerak 's blog. Thansk for your coming to mine. Budapest seels ti be a beautiful town.

Lori said...

The pesti vigado is gorgeous! What an impressive building. (I like the statue too!)

Mike said...

I love that sculpture. Thanks for pointing it ot.

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Bucefalo said...

Congratulations, nice palace and nice snapshot.

MedaM said...

Wonderful photos and impressive as well! Great architecture and so many beautiful details

Oswegan said...

Wow, that's a very grand building.

~Oswegan

Me said...

Well, those were definitely a couple of bright and cheery shots. I would love to be able to see those buildings in person. And a ride on the river cruise boat would be great! Yeah, and the statue is very cool.
Thanks,
Wayne

Vie Lipowski said...

I think this is a great way to travel to Budapest. You have lots of great photos here.

Thanx a lot for visiting my blog.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Love that architecture. I would love to ride on that boat and see all those wonderful buildings along the way.

Jan Parrish said...

Incredible. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Amrita said...

They are like dreamland fairy castles

zakscloset said...

whoa!!! so beautiful! i am absolutely speechless!