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April 1st 2017
Published: September 30th 2017
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We were up around 8am but lingered for a while. Walked to the walking street to get coffee and yogurt. It is another sunny, cool-but-getting-warm day.

Our main walk was across the Chain Bridge then up the stairs to the Royal Palace. We went into the art gallery, which had entirely Hungarian art. We spent most of our time in the room with the artist Mihaly Munkaczy, who had a range of styles over the years. We particularly liked "Dusty Road #2". They have a large gallery with many altarpieces, which we didn't really visit too closely. Also a quick turn through the modern art (where we think the guard was a performance piece in herself).

After leaving the gallery, Kyla had a low, so I ran back and bought orange soda (all they had) for her. At least she had a carb bar. We then wandered through the old town till we came upon a restaurant by Jamie Oliver … where we ate. We each ordered a half carafe of wine so lingered, enjoying the sun and the conversation.

After lunch, we visited the Matyas Church, which is not considered especially historical but was very beautiful on the interior, decorated with beautiful floral and geometric murals. I think William Morris received his inspiration from this church. We walked up through the upper gallery, with a good view of the floor below. Lovely visit! Exit through the gift shop.

From there, we walked down the hill and along the waterfront then across half a bridge to Margaret Bridge. This is mostly landscape parks, and most buildings appeared, as usual around her this time, to be under construction. We didn't stay long, as it was getting late but continued on our way to the other side, across to the buildings of Parliament. Turned back to our hotel, we passed the iron shoes on the river bank, commemorating the thousands that were executed along the river during World War II, their naked bodies falling in to the river. It was very moving.

Back at the hotel, we went to the sauna, pool, and steam room for a while. The sauna was a wonderful 90degrees C – hard to make it 15 minutes. We also booked appointments for tomorrow.

A small dinner and drinks in the bar down stairs, where the pianist played love songs from movies. Still, very pleasant. Then up to the room to read and sleep


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