Kent and I left just after 9:00 to go shopping, leaving Brynne still asleep. We took the tram to what I thought was the Pesti Vigadó, but it was the Gresham-palota/Gresham Palace, home of an English insurance company, named for the financier Sir Thomas Gresham who founded the Royal [Stock] Exchange in London. We walked down to the Vigadó, a concert hall and ballroom started in 1858 that took seven years to build. Its façade was very ornamented in Art Nouveau style. Walked behind it to the large Vörösmarty tér with a statue of poet Mihály Vörösmarty, carved in Carrara marble. The pedestal supposedly contains a coin left by a beggar beneath the inscription. We went to the Swiss Emile Gerbeaud Confectionary (here since 1870), but it was closed. Walked down the pedestrian street of Váci utca, and unknowingly passed the corner of Türr István utca with a white line in the pavement marking the site of a medieval wall, pulled down in 1789.
|Váci utca/street, a pedestrian street|
|Tanyacsárda Farm with a székely/carved wooden pole|
|Magyar Szürke/Hungarian Gray Cattle|
|Horses and a crane well|
|Horses, Brynne and Kent|
|Brynne and Kent|
|Thatched roof and broom|
|Wine press and vineyard|
Next: Lake Balaton.