Margaret Island: The king's wager of his daughter


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May 20th 2018
Published: May 22nd 2018
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Dancing fountainDancing fountainDancing fountain

A large many-spouted fountain was programmed to synchronize to music. It was fascinating to watch it dance to whatever tune was playing. Here you see the pirouette of just one spout.
King Bela IV promised God that if his kingdom survived the Mongol invasion, he would offer his daughter as a nun. As a consequence, Princess Margaret was sent, at the age of 9, to live out her days in a Dominican convent on the island in the Danube at Budapest. She is said to have performed many penitential acts and died at the age of 29. Thanks, Dad.

Due to suggestions from friends who had already visited Budapest, we made sure that we visited Margaret Island, which is now a huge park for recreation.

What a change it was from looking at building exteriors in medieval towns! It was a great change of pace and a delightful afternoon.


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Dancing fountain 2Dancing fountain 2
Dancing fountain 2

Spiralling upward with the thrust of the music
Dancing fountain 3Dancing fountain 3
Dancing fountain 3

Keeping up with the beat. Constant pleasing variations.
Relaxing chairs placed roundabout for anyone to useRelaxing chairs placed roundabout for anyone to use
Relaxing chairs placed roundabout for anyone to use

The whole island is now for relaxation and fun.
Gosh! This is the name of the restaurant.Gosh! This is the name of the restaurant.
Gosh! This is the name of the restaurant.

Is this Budapest or Vermont?
Herons, ducks, geese, chickens, and moreHerons, ducks, geese, chickens, and more
Herons, ducks, geese, chickens, and more

Ah, our chicken-loving hearts are stirred.
The saintly Margaret, her father's wager.The saintly Margaret, her father's wager.
The saintly Margaret, her father's wager.

I can't help noticing HE didn't have to go to a monastery.
The crown of Princess MargaretThe crown of Princess Margaret
The crown of Princess Margaret

Not much use to a penitent in a nunnery.
Another church on the island. It wasn't only nuns living there.Another church on the island. It wasn't only nuns living there.
Another church on the island. It wasn't only nuns living there.

There were various religious groups on the island.
One of the water parks on the islandOne of the water parks on the island
One of the water parks on the island

Can you see the statue at the front?
Statue in front of the water park.Statue in front of the water park.
Statue in front of the water park.

Does this mean there's no need for a swimsuit here? Or is it a warning that your suit might strip off in the waterslide?


24th May 2018

Offering his daughter as a nun
How dare he? What right did the poor girl have? If we could bring him back to life I'd give him what for! M xx

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