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On the Bridge to Freedom

On the Bridge to Freedom

By the mid 1950’s the Hungarians were tired of the oppressive Soviet Rule. A failed revolt (it lasted only two weeks) was lead by Imir Nagy. Unfortunately he died during the revolt. It wasn’t until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s...
Bridge of Shoes

Bridge of Shoes

As we wandered through the city of Budapest I was stuck by the number of Holocaust memorials. One of the most well known are the shoes on a bridge overlooking the Danube. On the path just below the Parliament, you will see sixty pairs of shoes, cast in bronze. lined...
Chairs of the Ruin Bar

Chairs of the Ruin Bar

In Budapest there are lots of decaying buildings. Damaged in the war, or simply through years of neglect under the communists. Expensive to tear down, they sit empty and vacant. At the same time, good real estate is expensive so it can be difficult to open a bar,...
There’s no place like Gnome

There’s no place like Gnome

This lovely little fellow sits on the water outside an old building in Prague.  I gimpsed him though the fence as I was trying t photograph a series of locks on the brdige.  By zooming in on him and blurring the locks, the effect was quite magical.
John Lennon is a Hero in Prague

John Lennon is a Hero in Prague

On a wall alongside the French embassy you will see drawings of John Lennon.  It began right after his death in 1980.  At the time, The Czech Republic was comunist, and forbit songs about freedom and peace.  His music was banned, so you can imagine how hard they...