I am having a fabulous time traveling in Hungary and Vienna, Austria with one wonderful day spent in Slovenia. This part of the world is absolutely beautiful and filled with castles and art but also the tragedies of WWII and the communist invasion. I am on this trip as part of a photography workshop with Profundo Journeys. There are ten of us in the group and I am also learning to use my Canon SLR digital camera the proper way, not on the automatic setting! And I am proud to say that not only can I operate my camera manually but I also know what every setting in the Menu is for. My plan is to learn to take better reference photographs for my own artwork. I am writing this from Vienna, Austria but I will begin with a little bit about Budapest and Hungary. We spent four days in the Pest side of Budapest (main part of the city) with two side trips to the Buda side.
Much of the city has been rebuilt but there are still signs of destruction from the Nazis during WWII, this building is damaged from bullets and mortar shells. The Nazis left in 1945 and Budapest was under communist rule until 1989. We had dinner with a young couple and the husband talked about living in Budapest under the communist laws. Homes and buildings were divided up into apartments, residents were allowed to have only so much space. He said you had to apply for a passport in order to leave the country and residents were only allowed to leave once every three to five years. He recalled a time when his mother was leaving on a trip and physically pulled off a train and sent back home because it was believed she was going to flee.
St Matthias, Buda, is a beautiful church with beautiful tile roofs and a variety of architecture styles.