today i stepped out of the apartment in mid-afternoon. a gust of wind met me on the sidewalk wrapping my skin in the perfect temperature. i stayed close to home because i read that some of the public transportation wouldn't be running due to the big holiday.
i love this square where the apartment is located. i spun a dial and it landed me here. on this street. in this neighborhood. by this church. it pleases me to no end when i get lucky with the big wheel.
come closer. for me the beauty in everything lies in the details. so many of the buildings in budapest look like the work of a pastry chef with a pastry bag of pale icing and dozens of decorating tips that squeeze out ribbons and leaves and floral motifs.
and when the eye needs a place to rest there is the gingerbread tile and brickwork.
here is my building. last night i did my duty and placed the flag in its pole without incident.
i wonder what the entrance looked like 75 or 100 years ago. i am convinced it could not have been more beautiful that it is right now.
late at night when i stand on the balcony and peer through the leafy shadows on the street below i think i can here a horse clicking its way down the street.
someone coming to collect me!
i wonder if i should bring the flag...
oh the excitement and perils of time travel!
but anyway back to my square. a building on one corner has a lovely onion dome...
and thickly iced panels under the windows. sigh.
i basked in the light & air & beauty of my stroll through the neighborhood today. absorbing everything i saw and heard. old men walking dogs, women pushing strollers, talking couples on benches, a grandfather and his little grandaughter skipping ahead down the street singing.
are you kidding me?!
now i understand the romanian woman in a kansas city department store who said about budapest:
prepare to be amazed.
i'm more than amazed. i'm in love.
i missed the 10,000 slice mega birthday cake. a recipe selected carefully each year by the national guild of hungarian confectioners.
but i didn't miss the fireworks tonight over the danube.
well, not the danube per se. but a grove of trees next to the danube.
and all that my friends, is a true story!