Visite guidée en groupe de la Normandie

Petit groupe de 4 personnes, Quentin et ses amis de la table ronde française.

On a commencé la tournée sur l’avenue Andrássy, “les Champs-Élysées de Budapest”, mais en fait ça ressemble plutôt à l’avenue Foch à Paris.

Je leur ai montré le 7eme arrondissement, le quartier juif avec la plus grande synagogue d’Europe.

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On s’est promené dans l’ancien ghetto historique, jusqu’au mur même du ghetto dans la rue Király (rue du Roi).

Le quartier est également connu pour les bars improvisés dans des ruines ; on a visité en particulier le plus ancien, Szimpla (Simple).

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Après on a pris un cappuccino dans un des plus beaux cafés de Pest, le Lotz Café dans la “Gallerie marchande de Paris” sur l’avenue Adrassy.

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Avant d’aller à Buda, on a vu la Basilique où se trouve la main droite momifiée de Saint Étienne, le premier roi chrétien de la Hongrie.

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On a visité le château aussi avec l’église Saint Mathias où l’Impératrice Sissi et François-Joseph ont été couronnés en 1867.

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À la fin du tour on était allé voir la place des Héros et les bains Széchenyi où je les ai aidés à réserver les tickets et le massage “extra royal” après 4-5 heures de promenade à Buda et Pest.

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01.04.2016.

Show Us Places that We Would Never Find on Our Own!

I spent a really special half-a -day with two Swedish guests offering them a combination of our Art Walk and Beyond the Big Boulevard tour. We have walked around basically the Eighth and the ninth District, visiting places that only  a local person can show you.  🙂

We popped into the home studio of Marcus Goldson, who apart from his paintings inspired by his Kenyan memories where he was born and brought up, paints everyday scenes of Budapest, capturing in a genius and funny way the ‘feeling’ of also these two districts.  He paints in bars, parks, street scenes on the spot mainly. He is a widely known artist in the Budapest art scene. He is a very nice guy and we had a great conversation in his flat and studio where he kindly showed us around.

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Of course we also had to stop at the Museum of Applied Arts that is the most spectacularly ornamented peace of architecture of Ödön Lechner, who was our greatest Art Nouveau architect, since it was on our way to Gólya, a community house/pub/café which operates on a cooperative basis in the VIIIth district of Budapest. Very exciting initiative quite hidden beyond the Big Boulevard in Joseph Town.

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Time went by so fast! We conversed about minorities living in Hungary, immigration, gentrification and a lot more.

Thank you guys!

School Trip with 25 Macedonian Highschool Students

Last weekend we showed around the city a class of high school students from Macedonia. Walking around the City Park we found ourselves in the middle of the Easter Gastro Market where of course we couldn’t resist tasting the delicious products calling us from the various stands. At Heroes’ Square we took adventure of its spacious beauty to make a group photo.

 

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Of course a lot of selfies were also taken! The girls were well equipped with selfie sticks 🙂

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We spent a nice day together, and at the end of the day Budapest showed us its breathtaking evening lights. I accompanied the girls to their boat where they took an evening cruise on the Danube.

Hope to see you again guys! We had a great time together!

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