Prague Czech republic
Standby airline ticket , we left Istanbul for two weeks , originally this period was for our Iran trip .
First stop Budapest , Hungary . A turbulent and sad history before its independence and freedom .One our memorable visits was the house of terror museum , which was witness to two shameful and tragic periods in Hungary ,s past-
1944 this site was the ” house of loyalty ” for the Nazis headquarters and between 1945 and 56 it was the location of the notorious communist terror organizations.
It’s a very sad museum to be expected requiring a uplifting pilsner afterwards !
The museum is now a memorial to the many victims with the area outside a shrine covered with candles , flowers and family snaps .
The architecture of the city is amazing,hostels we have stayed are cheap and located in centuries old buildings.
The city is really up and coming , great bars , restaurants as well as many options for tourists . Wines are plentiful , good quality and reasonably priced. Quite a few hospitality concepts with amazing designs . Eating out is great value with prices being the lowest so far. Other places of interest to visit include ,Andrassy Avenue , Pest Broadway and Liszt square . There are some excellent bookstores also along Museum street .
Bratsliva , a quaint city in Slovakia , we spent two nights here on the way to Prague . We stayed in the old town , where most of the attractions and famous sights are located . It’s worth the stopover , 2 days being sufficient enough .
Prague is probably the most beautiful city we have visited . Best seen on foot with street food aplenty and consider its winter quite a number of visitors. Taxis are to be avoided at all costs with the underground and tram service frequent and very reasonable.
We visited the National museum , however under refurbishment ,so was a disappointment , on what was on display .
The Prague clock tower , the oldest working clock since 1400,s , turn up on the hour mark to witness the chimes and if you’re lucky you might see Christ and his apostles pop out the trap door .
We happened to be here for the Irish / Italy rugby match , a tortuous game , but the pub with satellite tv is located opposite the Irish embassy , must be one of the best locations for an embassy .
We left Prague on St Patricks day, and arrived that night in Budapest , parties in both locations . We visited Becket’s bar , packed , plastic glasses and terrible sound system , so we left and headed next door for a few Jameson’s and a few beers.
A few more days in Budapest before returning to Istanbul .
We also visited the Jewish museum and the Dohany street synagogue , the second largest synagogue in the world ( second to New York Emanu -El ) . This is a very sacred site , with a sad past , while the museum is informative it also has section relating to the Holocust . The synagogue is listed as a world heritage site , great design , murals and architecture.There are guided English tours included in the entrance fee . We were lucky also to view an art exhibition of artists living in Hungry prior to world War 2 .