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Old Jul 7, 2008, 2:27 PM   #11
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Hi Richard,

It is the Matthias Church - or in another name: Coronation Church - on the Castle Hill, under renovation at the moment. I like it very much, too.

Did you know that it was the Turkish who built the baths theywere staying here for 150 years?

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Thanks for the information.I agree, it is a magical place that has an amazing history.

A great culture that has a lot to offer.



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Hi Richard,

Thank you for the compliments for our city:-)

Did you like the food or did you find it too greasy?

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Margarita,

I cannot remember exactly what I ate, but I remember that it was tasty and the portions were huge.

In addition, I also remember a huge carnival type of atmosphere the week that I was there. Down town, at the main plaza, they had a huge parade with live music, dancing and many happy people.It seemed to be a yearly event. Is there anything that is celebrated during the latter part of July?


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Hi Richard,

It seems it must have been Budapest Fiesta although it is kept at the end of June. On August 20th we have a great celebration, too, the day of the founding of the state. Or rather it must have been Budapest Parade - if you could see people dancing on trucks. This tradition derives from the Germans' Berlin Parade.

The Budapest Parade is the 3rd biggest Rave/Techno event in the world. With more than 500.000 visitors the parade is directly behind the Street Parade in Z├╝rich with 650.000 visitors and of course behind the Loveparade in Berlin with around one million visitors.
By now there are more than 50 trucks playing music sponsored by local clubs, radio stations or big national names like mobile operators, energy drink producers and so on.
The organizers of the Budapest Parade are the same like the organizers of the European biggest rock event the Sziget Festival.

As I saw it on theinternet, last year it was cancelled and they are not going to organize it this year, either. Maybe because Sziget (Island)Festival took its role. It's a week long event with concerts on a Danube Island.

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Thank you for the update.

I know where I am going to be next June.It sounds like too much fun to pass up.

Any pictures?



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Old Jul 9, 2008, 1:35 PM   #17
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Hi Richard,

I must admit I bought my Canon camera 3 weeks ago but whenever I hold it in my hand I get confused by the settings. I am reading the 2nd book on digital photography as I don't want to be the'just pushing the exposure button in automatic mode' . I tried to take picture in automatic mode with the orginial setting - but that was just a tral.

I am quite askillful amateur photographer of traditional cameras - but now I am at a loss :-)

How long did it take you to get used to the digital cameras?

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Margarita,

It took me quite some time.I was able to take some pictures, but as a perfectionist, I needed a lot of practice to get it right.

I am sure that many others are the same when it comes to taking the perfect shot.



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Oh, it is very comforting :-), Richard. How did you start practising?

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Old Jul 9, 2008, 4:00 PM   #20
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Margarita,

The best bit of advice is the old method of trial and error.

At least we do not have to go through 20 rolls of film to learn how to do it.


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