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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Walk On The Chain Bridge and Visit To The Hungarian National Gallery

Aloha Everyone,

Today's main activity was to cross the historic stone bridge known as the Chain Bridge which spans the Danube between Buda and Pest. This is one of the most visited and easily accessible landmark by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle. The walk across took us about 8 minutes.

There were love locks or love padlocks fastened to the bridge. Some had customized printing with their names, initials, place of origin and dates. The keys are thrown away to symbolize their unbreakable love. J.J. and I wish the lovers luck!

We took the funicular up to Buda Castle where Magyar Nemzeti Galéris commonly known as the Hungarian National Gallery is located. Immense and extraordinary collections in all genres of Hungarian art. Many of the national artists studied and worked in Paris, Vienna, Florence, Munich and other western cities where the arts flourished.

Special Picasso Exhibition was in another part of the castle, but after 2 1/2 hours of viewing, J.J.
has "museumed-out."

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace on Szecherny Square faces the Chain Bridge. It is hard to miss. For those of you who are interested, their standard room rate starts at US$475 and $4,000 for the Presidential Suite.

Tasty Hungarian Goulash soup for me and goulash stew for J.J. at a cute little restaurant on our walk back.

Well deserved afternoon nap was refreshing. Happy and grateful that our apartment's WIFI works very well. Had a wonderful face-to-face conversation via Zoom with Jeff, our son in Honolulu, on the occasion of his birthday.

Aloha -- Cathi