by Watson Crawford
Nine members plus six spouses/partners went on the trip. We stayed in a hotel right in the centre of Budapest which gave us excellent access to the city and its many photographic opportunities. The weather was warm and sunny, about 24C for most of the trip. We could sit outside at night for our meals.
Much of the architecture is classical in design and is well showcased at night by excellent lighting. The setting sun gave great opportunities for Golden and Blue Hour photography.
The interiors of the Hungarian Parliament and the Synagogue (the largest in Europe) were equally impressive. The walls of the city on the Buda side of the Danube gave great views across to the Pest side of the city, especially from the Fisherman’s Bastion where a wine or beer could be consumed as the cameras on tripods took the long exposures.
The Communist legacy is still seen with the chilling museum dedicated to the Hungarian victims of the 1956 Rebellion, slaughtered by the Soviets. Bullet holes can still be seen in the walls around the square. Zoe and Lorna visited a park with the old communist monuments which once adorned the city but are now removed well away from the city centre.
Budapest was a very photogenic city. Well worth the trip.