Barry and Rachel Seddon - while on their trip around Europe - were spending some time in Budapest so I decided to take a trip down to see them and Hungary. Flights were a little pricey into Budapest so I flew into Vienna, spent the night and caught the train to Budapest the next day. Vienna was still in the back end of the Summer and so I had a quick wander round. The Austrians were getting ready for Winter though with a ski ramp built outside the Rathaus.
Eventually arrived in Budapest after the 3 hour train journey and checked in the Sofitel right next to the Danube. On a side note we bumped into Tony Curtis on the Monday as he as doing his annual promotion of Hungary (he's Hungarian originally) and he really is still one of those original Hollywood actors. Top bloke and the way he tret everyone one fantastic, especially the cameramen as if he worked for them. Anyway, had a couple of hours before I met the Seddons so went on a walkabout with camera to take some shots during the day.
Here's a panorama I stitched together taken from the Citadel on the Buda side looking across to Parliament, the Chain bridge and Pest
Met up with the Seddons and I think this is the only photo I have of Barry (sorry Rachel) as we were too busy drinking, chatting and watching the football/sights in the bar. I can' t remember the name but it was good and wet so after a few and before dinner I nipped out and took some night shots around the Danube with Avtar's camera before I broke it. A number of photos are taken with my phone camera which explains the low quality.
Had to take a photo of the interior of the Sofitel as it has this aeroplane suspended in the atrium which all of the rooms are around, impressive! It was a short visit but good to see the Seddons, Budapest and Tony Curtis. Got the train back on the Sunday and spent the last night in Vienna as I started. The lit up building is the Ledererhof which is a great restaurant near Hoher Markt, although the Mailander you'll only get in Krah Krah. The horse I'm not too sure about but they popped up all around the city and Europe I think later!