the embroidery, the funicular and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge

the embroidery, the funicular and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge

[Sept. 2010] On the day we took a walk on the Buda side of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, another purpose of the day was to find nightwear.

This trip was not well prepared and I had a lot of things left behind.

at a souvenir shop in Budapest
the dolls wearing the Hungarian costume

I looked for a T-shirt and a pair of tracksuit bottom, but while there were plenty of T-shirts with logos in souvenir shops, I could not find anything to wear underneath.

So although I thought it was not very appropriate, I bought a cute embroidered blouse and a white cotton skirt sold at a souvenir shop instead of nightwear.

The embroidery in the town of Kalocsa, about 140 kilometers south of Budapest is very famous and it has become a staple of souvenirs throughout Hungary.

The blouse and skirt I bought are great for summer loungewear and look great at the beach.

They are good souvenir from Budapest.

the view from the funicular in Budapest
the Szechenyi Chain Bridge seen from the funicular

We took a funicular down from Buda Hill for the first time.

This funicular first opened in 1870.

It had been out of service for a long time after being blown up in World War II, but it has been reopened in 1986 and continues to this day.

If you want to ride this, you have to be in the front car.

We were on the last car and could not see the front view.

So although we weren’t well-behaved, we got on the bench, then we finally saw the view of the window.

the tunnel underneath the hill of Buda
the historic tunnel in Buda

It was only about 95 meters long, so it was quick, but it was a lot of fun to see the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in front of us.

After descending to the lower world, we glanced at the tunnel through the hill.

The tunnel is older than the funicular, built in the mid-19th century and was designed by a British man.

Then we crossed the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and returned to the Pest side.

the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest
the Szechenyi Chain Bridge with its lion

This bridge is said to be the oldest bridge over the Danube in Budapest, and the same British who designed the tunnel oversaw the construction.

Szechenyi is the name of a Count in Hungary, who was the founder of the construction of the bridge.

Not only is this bridge the oldest, but it is also said to be the most beautiful, and it was certainly a photogenic bridge.

At the foot of the bridge, there were also a magnificent lion statues.

After we finished crossing, I was thinking of going over to Heroes’ Square, but we were tired from walking around, so decided to have a rest at a nearby cafe.

the Parliament Building of Budapest from the Szechenyi Chain Bridge
looking at the Parliament Building from the Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Another reason was that I wanted to go to the toilet.

I thought we should first take a seat, go to the bathroom and then order, but the bathroom door did not open.

The receipt of the item we bought had the magic number to open the toilet door, and it was a mechanism that would not open without it.

Hungarian people seems to have the strong will not to let people use toilets free, and we had similar experiences later in our holiday as well.