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Crossing the Danube

If Liam reads this - here you have it - Buda on the left; the Danube in the middle and Pest on the right.  It is a tale of two cities that merged in 1873 and is today known as Budapest.

Since the week is about bridges, I will continue with that subject.  The white bridge in front is the Elizabeth bridge, a suspension bridge completed in 1964.  It is name after Elizabeth, Habsburg empress and queen of Hungary. She was known as Sissi and reigned as a beloved monarch in the second half of the 19th century.

The next (middle) bridge is the Szèchenyi Chain Bridge, the idea of Count Szèchenyi (a democratic style nobleman) and built under supervision of a scottish engineer Clark Adam.  When the bridge opened in 1849 it was the first link between Buda and Pest.  Another first by the bridge is that the nobility, who was exempted from tax had to pay toll like everybody else.

The bridge in the distance is the Margaret bridge with Margaret island just behind it.  St Margaret (1242 - 71) was daughter of king Bèla.  The island housed turkish harems during that occupation and today part of the island still houses working girls.

comments (29)

Beautiful photo. It's great to get a look at Budapest and the Danube. About how far apart would you say the bridges are?
Louis: Thanks Red Pen. I believe the bridges are roughly a mile apart - the nearer two may be somewhat closer.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 01:02
The bridge does a good job of glowing in the gloom. This is a good postcard shot.
Louis: Thanks Martin. Postcards don't have storm clouds - only sunny weather smile
  • alex
  • Idaho, USA
  • 23 Jan 2008, 02:47
my kind of shot, louis. very nicely done. a lot of interesting things going on in this one.
Louis: Thanks alex. There is a lot going on and a lot to experience as well.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 23 Jan 2008, 05:58
My kind of shot as well, Louis. This is one place I've never seen with my own eyes, so thanks for the teaser. I wonder where you were standing, of course!!! What a view on my kind of day!
Louis: Thanks Ginnie. It was very warm that day and the brewing storm added humidity. After walking a lot across the city I continued along the Danube on the further side from the middle bridge to the white one and then up this very steep hill with the name Citadella. Excellent for overview pictures.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 23 Jan 2008, 06:41
beautiful scene Louis with a wonderful compositionsmile
Louis: Thanks for this comment tim.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2008, 07:07
Een wondermooi perspectief - we volgen zoals een vogel het verloop van de brede rivier over drie bruggen heen en dan terug over de oude en moderen gebouwen en de kerken heen - wondermooi en "Sehnsucht"-wekkend want ik heb Budapest helaas nog nooit bezocht.
Louis: Bedankt Philine. Budapest mag je graag bezoeken. Een belevenis, beide gebouwen en mensen. Een sjieke winkelstraat ook nog smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Jan 2008, 07:08
Thanks for your very informative explanation, too!
Louis: Thanks again Philine
  • Nig
  • Gym
  • 23 Jan 2008, 08:00
Well shown off, excellent view.
Louis: Thank you Nigel
Brings back my memories of my time here back in the early 60's. Same river, same bridges (apart from the new one) and memories of life in a communist country in my formative days. cheers richard
Louis: So you are a Hungarian by birth. I would never have guessed - your name is so proper english. Thanks for the sharing Richard.
Very nice composition Louis. What a view. I like the atmosphere
Louis: Thanks Richard - it was a warm day and then the afternoon storm added humidity before breaking. Quite an atmosphere.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 23 Jan 2008, 09:41
Gorgeous photograph- perfect angle.. and so much history. Thanks for filling us in.
Louis: Thanks Gale, it is a pleasure.
Nice view and a beautiful picture.
Louis: Thanks for commenting Frank
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jan 2008, 10:29
I think you got it all here, Louis...very fine land...city...skyscape, and chockablock with interesting detail.
Louis: Thanks you ray - a very interesting place to be.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:02
This is a great view point Louis.
Budapest is on my travel list and your shot as just pushed it further to the topsmile
Thanks for the info too..smile
Louis: That's my pleasure Tracy and I am sure you will enjoy it when you make the trip - don't just stick to Budapest. There is so much to see and experience in Hungary and most of all endless photographic opportunities.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:04
Great photo louis and thank you for the information about the bridges
Louis: Thanks vintage - sharing the info is my pleasure.
  • 10cr
  • France
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:29
Très beau cadrage, cette courbe du Danube, la couleur dans le ciel, vraiment bien !
Louis: Le vrai tournant dans le Danube est juste 30 kilomètres loin. Il tourne de coule l'est pour couler au sud. Je lis que Budapest est référé à comme le Paris d'Europe d'est.
I hope my french makes sense - it is very long since I took classes smile
  • Ferdi
  • 23 Jan 2008, 13:38
Please don't pick me for the paint job ! smile Great photo Louis !
Louis: No Ferdi, we will need workers and not photographers smile Tahnks for your comment.
Wow! Without being a panoramic one she is great a panoramic one. I do not know if you understand to me? wink I like!
Louis: Thanks Josè-Angel. It makes complete sense to me smile
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Jan 2008, 16:54
This is just lovely Louis, I really, really like the picture - the scene, the colours, the lot!
Louis: Thanks Ellie - this is such a great place to visit. Great people, and many photographic opportunities - and so is the rest of Hungary.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 23 Jan 2008, 17:39
nice...like the way youve handled the green tones...
Louis: Thanks for noticing PhotoSam - I did spend a few moments on it as I thought it will balance the picture.
Fantastic vista. So much to see, and all shown within the reality of a grey day. (:o)
Louis: Thanks Rosalyn. It was not a grey day, but sunny and very hot - what happened here is that a storm took a couple of hours to move over Budapest and it did provide good photographic background. The storm was a local affaire and that is why you can see the open sky in the background.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 19:59
And trust you to know where the workers were smile Boy you get around don't you ! I had no idea Pest was as flat as it is here and I really do like the atmosphere of this shot.

Louis: Thanks johnny - I believe that when I visit a place that I have to understand the place as quickly as possible. So in a total innocent way I discover their wherabouts as well smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jan 2008, 21:36
Beautiful panoramic Louis!
Louis: Thank you Scarlet
  • Astrid
  • The netherlands
  • 23 Jan 2008, 21:51
This is just a fabulous picture, thank you so much for the explaning text with it, I would love to go there and see with my own eyes...thanks for sharing my friend.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. If there is one thing I envy the europeans, then it is that you can get in your car and drive to places like Budapest. If you are me, then it is a plane ticket and the worst is getting a visa.
  • Rafael
  • Suriname
  • 23 Jan 2008, 23:36
Beautiful shot smile
Louis: Thank you Rafael
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 26 Jan 2008, 10:44
I missed this one. There it is then. Buda and pest. Thanks Louis. Superb shot showing it too! For me the best shot of this week

I like that part about taxing the rich smile
Louis: Thanks for that liam. Thought you would like to see what I meant last about the two parts of the city.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2008, 01:29
Very nice landscape shot. The colors are perfect - vibrant without being distracting from the overall scene.
Louis: Thanks Jewlya. I guess it would be because of the storm clouds' cover.
  • Aksel
  • Sweden
  • 28 Jan 2008, 19:34
I like the sky when a small part of the horizon is in a beautiful colour and the rest is more grey....don't know why, but I like the mood....
Louis: Thanks Aksel. Stormy skies are moody.
Very well done, A great cityscape Louis smile
Louis: Thank you Imaginerf - interesting that Budapest gets compared with Paris.

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