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11 Apr 08 Today we've hopped on a train and we're in Esztergom, Hungary. On the right in the photo is the Castle built on a Roman fortress and Esztergom's Basilica (Hungary's largest) finished in 1856 after decades of work.
11 Apr 08 Again, Esztergom's castle and Basilica.
11 Apr 08 A tiny chapel on a hill facing the Basilica. (We took the previous photos from this hill.) The Chapel is dedicated to St Thomas Becket of Canterbury, England.
11 Apr 08 There were several 4x5 foot reliefs and some statues on the trail down from the chapel looking across to the Basilica. This is one of the reliefs.
11 Apr 08 Hiking up the hill to the castle and the Basilica.
11 Apr 08 Inside Esztergom's Basilica showing the enormous painting behind the altar and the 120 foot high ceiling painting over the altar.
11 Apr 08 A portion of the ceiling painting over the altar, representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
11 Apr 08 Lori with ages-old engraved stone plates at Esztergom's castle.
11 Apr 08 Peter with the engraved plates.
11 Apr 08 We're back to Budapest at the Nyugati train station. Here's the train station with tram stop in front of it.
11 Apr 08 We're back home. This is outside our apartment door in Budapest. Not much of a moon, but can you see it?
15 Apr 08 We took a train to Eger, Hungary. Here's Eger's Basilica.
15 Apr 08 This is one of the Eger Basilica's secondary domes.
15 Apr 08 Looking down the aisle of the Eger Basilica.
15 Apr 08 Again, a portion of one of the secondary domes.
15 Apr 08 A portion of one of the secondary domes.
15 Apr 08 From the Eger Castle wall looking down into a part of the inner wall of the castle.
15 Apr 08 From Eger's Castle, looking west over Eger.
15 Apr 08 A street in Eger.
15 Apr 08 An early 1600s stone relief from the cathedral in the Eger Castle.
20 Apr 08 This is the Jak Chapel at Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest.
18 Apr 08 Statue-reliefs like these are typical of those often seen holding up buildings in Budapest. These statue-reliefs hold up the arch of a courtyard gate.
20 Apr 08 Stone carvings adorn the door arch of Jak Chapel.
20 Apr 08 Lori with a lion guarding the entrance to the Jak Chapel.
20 Apr 08 Bronze statue of "Anonymous," an unknown chronicler in the history of Hungary.
20 Apr 08 Lori with an old Rendorseg (Police) vehicle in Budapest. We attended a police-sponsored event, to include attack dog and helicopter swat team demonstrations. The helicopters flew over and over at only 80-100 feet over our heads, as the Swat team fired at targets on the ground. We don't think we'd get this close to the action in the U.S.
22 Apr 08 It's our 3rd wedding anniversary. We're on a train on our way to Pecs, Hungary for the day. We visited more burial chambers and burial chapels from the 3rd and 4th centuries.
25 Apr 08 With John & Kathy, we visited the "Terror House" museum in Budapest. The museum shows a building, used by the Nazis and the Soviet regime that followed, to hold and interrogate enemies of the "State." The histories of these regimes were shown with drawings, movies, photographs, artifacts and detailed write-ups. In the basement were the cells and torture tools used for interrogations.
25 Apr 08 We had friends John and Kathy of Tennessee visit us in Budapest. Here we are in front of the Central Market House.
26 Apr 08 We went to lunch at a restaurant in Liszt square with Zoli & Ami, our landlord and landlady. This is a bronze statue of the famous Hungarian composer and pianist, Franz (Ferenc) Liszt. Liszt was known for his flamboyant music and performances.