Budapest – Day 2

We woke up pretty early and we were very keen to ‘get going’, so we set off around 9:30 in search of breakfast! We knew we wanted to visit the Dohany Street Synagogue, and luckily, we found the nicest little cafe right opposite. After being shown to the cutest little ‘window stage table’, we ordered some toasties and juice. It was so tasty, and just what we needed before heading off to the Synagogue.

The interior of the synagogue was absolutely amazing! It was so grand and golden and I honestly don’t think they could have found anymore places for another Star of David. It was gorgeous and I am so pleased with the pictures that I took. We sat for a while and just took it all in before leaving and going round to the Jewish Memorial Garden. This is a beautiful garden that has been put together to remember the 6,000 Jewish Hungarians that were murdered by the Nazi’s in WWII. Each one having their name of a black marble gravestone surrounded by trees and plants. It was lovely. We then walked around towards the Emanuel tree.

After seeing the Emanuel Tree (top right picture),we spotted a ‘dead end’ sort of a bit, so we went down there to have a look. It was basically all of the grave stones that families that put down for their families members straight after the war. They were later replaced by the black marble ones in the memorial garden. This was probably the saddest part of all of it because to get their loved ones a head stone after the war would have cost them a lot of money, that they probably didn’t have, and they were just, sort of, hidden away. I thought it was really sad.

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After this, we went to St. Stephen’s Basilica and had a look at the interior of this building. It was amazing! Having been in the Jewish Museum, it felt right to light a little candle in the church. I’m not religious, but I thought it would be nice as a sign of respect. We looked around and took more photographs, before going along the River Danube. It was quite a rainy and cold day, so we went to Starbucks to warm up, before heading back to the hotel to get dry and get ready to go out for dinner.

Peace and love, Polly May xx

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