As mentioned before, I've made tons of photos in Budapest (and later on in bigger regions of Hungary). Up till now, I kind of managed to group those pictures along thematic lines, but since this is only a selection of what I've "shot", I can't keep that thematic thing going. Hence the "random" in the title of this post.
Whereas the "part 1" is considered: there's two more posts to come on my 2015 visit to Budapest. After that I'll continue to other places and other times.
The fountain on #1 is right in front of Gellért hotel, well known for its baths and built at the foot of Gellért hegy (Gellért hill), which dominates the city.
The rather weird wagons on #2 are what is called the Budavári Sikló (Budapest Castle Hill Funicular), a "funicular railway", which links Adam Clark square and Széchenyi Lánchíd (Szécheny Chain Bridge) with Budavári palota (see this post). It was opened in 1870, destroyed in WWII, and reopened only in 1986. The Sikló was the second funicular railway in the world (the first one being the Lyon, France, one of 1862).
The lady on #3 is of course the wife of the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I, empress Elisabeth, or in Hungarian Erzsébet. Although married to an in Hungary not particularly loved member of the Habsburg family (remember what I wrote here on the Habsburg statues on Heroes Square), Erzsébet was very popular among the Hungarian people and became a romantic icon (thanks to, amongst others, the three Ernst Marischka movies starring teenage Romy Schneider as the empress: Sissi, Sissi - die junge Kaiserin, and Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin) under her nickname Sisi (or in Hungarian Sziszi).
The fountain on #4 can be found on a square named after the empress. Lots of things in Hungary are named after the empress, albeit not necessarily all the time. In 1946, under communist rule, the square was renamed after Stalin, in 1953 after Engels (during the destalinisation under Krushchev). The fountain on the other hand has not changed names - it was and is called Danubius kút (Danubius fountain), representing the Hungarian rivers -, but it did change locations. Originally it was on Kálvin tér, when it was rebuilt it was moved to Erzsébet tér.
And then #5: Vespa scooters in the rain. Something quite special as a matter of fact. Hungary during summer is pretty hot. Temperatures in the city reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (that's 104 Fahrenheit degrees), but it's - as Jeff Dunham would say - a dry heat ("August in Phoenix, Arizona" :-D). Dry, thus very little rain. Except for that one afternoon. Then it was raining cats and dogs. "Shot" a lot of people dressed in little nothings, getting wet to the bone. And these Vespas :-)
As always: I do not repost all my previous Flickr photos to Photoblog, but ... I have all my photos on another medium too: Pinterest. You'll find all my Budapest 2015-pictures here.