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27 September 2019Appleby Arts Society Budapest Trip September 27th - October 1st 2019
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Appleby Arts Society Budapest Trip September 27th - October 1st 2019
Friday 27 September 2019

This was a terrific trip in all respects. Budapest is a beautiful city and we saw it at its best due to excellent and specialist guides, beautiful weather, great organisation and congenial company.

The city tour coincided with the Budapest Marathon which made an interesting backdrop to Heroes Square, St Mathias Church and The Fisherman's Bastion aloft on Castle Hill. The Danube divides Ancient Buda, high on Gellert Hill and flat Pest the "Newtown" whose first building rose when Hungary separated from the Hapsburg Kingdon and became an independent nation in 1866 with its own monarch King Ferenc Jozsef. For the next sixty years Hungary prospered and built the new town in mainly Neo-classical style and then Secessionist (Art Nouveau) style from 1900. There were countless magnifcient examples of both styles everywhere we walked. One of the buildings a bank had ceramic bees climbing up its outside walls to reach honeypots (moneypots of course) at the top and later in the week we went inside the the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau to see more detail.

It was most interesting to see that the Parliament building was built as a result of a competition in this period. It bears similarities to our Houses of Parliament - it is new-Gothic, most Puginesque and hugely grand inside and out. It dominates the Pest side of the Danube. The second and third prize winners were also built across the square from the winner, on grandly Neoclassical and the other solidly baroque.

Another highlight was a visit to The Franz Lizst Academy which houses a magnificient Concert Hall built in pure Art Nouveau style with rippling mosaics in the entrance and gorgeous stained glass windows everywhere - we were listening raptly to our guide when an orchestra arrived to practise for its evening concert. It was Beethoven and we didn't want to leave....

It was really fascinating to hear about and see some Hungarian paintings. There are no famous names but some lovely examples of Hungary's own Gothic, Renaissance and Impressionist periods. In a second gallerywe saw more well known European painters - Fra Lippo Lippi (Botticelli's teacher) Ghirlandaio (Michaelangelo's teacher) and Durer and El Greco as well.

Another day we rode out into the countryside to see a beautiful gem of a place, Szentendre, a tiny town which specializes in sculpture and we rounded off the few days with a trip in our own boat to see the lovely city from the water. Two of the group managed to squeeze in a couple of hours at the Gellert Baths to sample Budapest's spa waters.

We are most grateful to our Chairman, Felicity Arrowsmith with Tailored Travel for organising such an inspired few days.

Angela Davis