Alex arrives in Budapest

Marcia’s cousin, Alex (Alexandra), joined us in Budapest.  Everyone was happy to see her. It was a breath of fresh air to add to the mix.

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Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, is between us and the Museum of Fine Arts in the background.
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The famous Chain Bridge connects Buda (on the left) and Pest (on the right). Great numbers of pedestrians, cars, buses, and trucks use the bridge. 
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At first glance it was hard to tell why it was called the Chain Bridge.  I was expecting to see massive conventional chain links.  It is actually more like a bicycle chain without a roller between the links (or plates as labeled in the image below).  The links are greatly elongated and instead of a pin, there is a big bolt and nut.
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Imagine 11 plates going each way without the rollers in the middle.
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The girls missed American food.  Alex made their day by bringing Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
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A take-off on Hey Jude.  We thought of Alex’s mom, Hey June! 
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The grandeur of the buildings throughout BudaPest was a function of the materials and the thousands of hours of labor that went into building them. 

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Can you tell which building was constructed during the Soviet era?  I failed to get a picture of the post-Soviet era Marriott and Sofitel, which also failed to capture the character of the city.

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