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Published: October 2nd 2016
Day 11 - Sun. Oct. 2 - Budapest
Our last full day in Budapest we walked up Andrássy Street to the Párisi Nagy Áruház (Paris Department Store) one of the city’s first department stores. The building was constructed in the early 20th
Century and was a popular shopping location, even through the period of communism. It was also at one time a library, which was of professional interest to us. The store closed down and vacated the building leaving it empty for years. The Alexandra bookstore chain rescued the building and turned the first two floors into a superb bookstore, office space and on the second floor they restored the Lotz Hall, a sumptuous space where they installed an excellent café. We had our lunch there before heading out on our walk to the Great Synagogue.
Unfortunately, due to Rosh Hashanah, access to the Synagogue and its museum was closed so we could only admire the exterior of the structure. Luckily railings in the protective fence at the rear of the building were wide enough to permit one to capture photographs of the Tree of Life. This is a sculpture, in the form of a
willow tree, which was erected in 1990 and its metal leaves are etched with the names of Holocaust victims.
Following our return to the apartment we had the opportunity to connect with our family back in Canada via Skype.
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