2nd day of Balkan Adventure Budapest Hungary

2nd day of Balkan Adventure Budapest Hungary September 11 2011

2nd day of Balkan Adventure Budapest HungaryThis is day 2 of the Balkan Adventure. Wake up this morning and head downstairs of the hotel for a morning breakfast. Sit with some of the Intrepid group . Breakfast is kind of a mystery. The hot stuff like eggs and bacon is full of grease and kind of gross. The fruits and cereals are ok. But the juice is fake like a Tang and the coffee is instant liquid coffee. So start of a great adventure. Afterwards it is off to a morning orientation with Ivan. Head off with Manuella and Mieka. Ivan points out some really neat stuff in the city and goes off about the history of this amazing city. We then split off to enjoy rest of the day. I think Mieka was off to the hop on and hop off bus and Manuella was off to a museum. I head back to hotel to meet up with Rachelle another member of the Intrepid crew. We then head out in town to find the museum called the House of Terror. We get lost on the way but end up seeing other parts of the city to enjoy.

After a little back tracking we end up at the House of Terror.

The house of terror is a good museum of a history lesson of Hungary. Tells about the WWII and Nazi take over and the days of communism when the Russians took over.

Here is a better description below.

House of Terror is a museum located at Andrássy út 60 in Budapest, Hungary. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.

The museum opened on February 24, 2002 and the Director-General of the museum since then has been Dr.

Mária Schmidt.

With regard to communism and fascism, the exhibition contains material on the nation’s relationships to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It also contains exhibits related to Hungarian organizations such as the fascist Arrow Cross Party and the communist ÁVH (which was similar to the Soviet Union KGB secret police). Part of the exhibition takes visitors to the basement, where they can see examples of the cells that the ÁVH used to break the will of their prisoners.

Much of the information and the exhibits is in Hungarian, although each room has an extensive information sheet in both English and Hungarian. Audio guides in English and German are also available.

The background music to the exhibition was composed by former Bonanza Banzai frontman and producer Ákos. The scoring includes the work of a string orchestra, special stereophonic mixes, and sound effects.

Visitors may not take photographs or use video cameras inside of the building. There is no reduced fee for ICOM members.

Overall it was a very good museum that really gets your attention to think much about the past and everything that happened during those time frames.

2nd day of Balkan Adventure Budapest HungaryFrom here head down the street to meet up at Heroes Square. This is one of the most amazing areas of Budapest Hungary.

HÅ�sök tere (meaning “Heroes’ Square” in Hungarian) is one of the major squares of Budapest, Hungary, rich with historic and political connotations.

It lies at the end of Andrássy Avenue (with which it comprises part of an extensive World Heritage site), next to City Park.

HÅ�sök tere is surrounded by two important buildings, Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Palace of Art (or more accurately Hall of Art) on the right. On the other side it faces Andrassy Avenue which has two buildings looking at the square — one is residential and the other one is the embassy of Serbia (former Yugoslavian embassy where Imre Nagy secured sanctuary in 1956).

The central site of the hero’s square, as well as a landmark of Budapest, is the Millennium Memorial (also known as Millennium Monument or Millenary Monument) with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history (see below). The construction of the memorial was started when the one thousandth anniversary was celebrated (in 1896), but it was finished only in 1900 and the square got its name then.

It is a very important site in the city and so many people go there and take their photos.

From here I make it to the city park and walk around. See a bike polo competition going on and lots of people in the celebrations

Come across an interesting car display of four cars together like a checker board.

Walk about more in The city and take in all of its atmosphere. I end up down by the Danube river and visit the Jewish Memorial. Its a bunch of shoes lined up at the river. Very well done and very power display is all I can say.

I walk across both of the bridges in the area and a enjoy the amazing views of the city once. More. Wished I had more time to stay in this wonderful city as I could spend a week here. Very impressive.

From here I grab some Coke and beer from local store and take it back to the room for some refreshment.

To take note this day was September 11 2011. So it is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This place is the safest place to be in. Turning on the TV to CNN is the memorial services going on back in the USA. Over and over all day long.

Stay tuned for the 3rd day of the Balkan Adventure.

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