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1. ‘The old soul of Hungary being devoured by the new Budapest’


  • ‘The most colourful roof tiles by far’
  • ’Don’t brush up against that 300 year old stone wall, it may fall apart’
  • ‘This trains interior looks like it’s a 70’s advertising lounge’

Many things approached my mind as i landed in Budapest and I was more relieved to step out of the cramped cabin of a plane than think I’d just landed in a country where I don’t speak a word of the language.

But this is a city that won me over with it’s tenacity. It’s work on rebuilding itself as best as possible while tourists wandered around in a daze. From either side of the Danube the pristine facades are interspersed with the the fallen ones. The evidence of a Soviet invasion of many years ago still haunt the streets while a new Metro line seemed to be being built by a single tenacious Hungarian with a front end loader.

Local Transit Overground

Or underground

The Main Train Station …

… and the work on the metro outside

But the city is thriving, building and escaping it’s shackles. It’s reliance on the tourist dollar is limited only to the central circle and the locals look on those speaking only English with a little bit of pity and some reluctance (or at least that’s what it seemed)

The Danube

With local wildlife

Beautiful protected buildings

And those not as lucky

I didn’t feel I fell in love with Budapest as I have with other cities but I think we can stay as friends. My best memories of the first two nights of travelling by myself would be wandering in the evenings on cobbled streets by streetlight or being assisted by a local stall holder at the Great Market Hall and buying preserved strawberries.

The roads by headlight

Or by streetlight

The Astoria

And lit up like a Christmas tree

These are only a small selection of my photos, I’m happy to immerse myself for hours but I must keep going. I better jump on the train to Prague.


2. Cobble stones and tramways of the Czeck Republic

Index of the Trip


  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful life and history filled photos, what an amazing experience. Friends is a good start :) Thanks, I so needed a travel fix X

  • Thanks Lisa,
    Prague is up next and it’s giving me a good excuse to relive my trip all over again.

    – Michael Alesich

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful images! Thank you so much for sharing a city I have never seen. I now get to see it through your eyes and its a magical place. =)

  • Thanks Jemima, I hope it captures it at some level. It’s never easy to compress 48 hours into 10 or so images but I’m trying to give you a bite of the towns without boring you out of your minds.

    – Michael Alesich

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    I want to thank you for sharing this. Just a very interesting post and lovely shots as well. Enjoyed it very much.

  • Thankyou Donna, I’m trying to give myself some form of structure for retelling the trip without makine everyone roll there eyes and sleep. I’m glad you’re finding it interesting.

    – Michael Alesich

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Definitely enjoyed the journal and the images.

  • Thankyou F.A. Keep reading when I post the next one.

    – Michael Alesich