Budapest, Hungary.

I love cities. I love their vibrancy, their display of human achievement, endeavour, culture and history. There are some some wonderful cities in the world, but Budapest is the one which seems to have captured my heart and fascination. I believe that cities have personalities and Budapest has a personality that straight away felt like an old friend. It is youthful, it is old, it is sophisticated, it is vibrant, it is guarded and subtle yet at the same time it is loud and brash and exuberant. I have become completely smitten. The images below depict a small (an oh so small) selection of my explorations of and time with this wonderful old capital.

Sadly, Hungary seems to be turning increasingly right wing, or at least, its government is. The amazing Labyrinth (in photo #7 below) was forcibly closed by riot police in 2011. You can read more here https://goo.gl/uBa9Gu. I am grateful to have been able to visit when I could.

Still do go and visit though. It remains a beautiful, rich and soulful city.
  •  St Stephens Basillica. Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    St Stephens Basillica. Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Night tram, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Night tram, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Subway, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Subway, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Varosliget-Jak Church, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Varosliget-Jak Church, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Tree below the Transformer Building, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Tree below the Transformer Building, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  The Labyrinth, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    The Labyrinth, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Lamps, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Lamps, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Botanic Gardens, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Botanic Gardens, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Museum exhibit, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Museum exhibit, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Oven, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Oven, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Ccastle District, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Ccastle District, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Castle District, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Castle District, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Botanic Gardens, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Botanic Gardens, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Woman with dogs, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Woman with dogs, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Trabant, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Trabant, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Lost shoe, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Lost shoe, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Surveilance, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Surveilance, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

  •  Metro, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift

    Metro, Budapest, Hungary | Tangible Presence | Photography by Lynden Swift