As an acquaintance I met at the conference put it, Budapest seems to have preserved its dignity in a way many other Central European capitals haven’t. There’s a whimsical, wedding-cakey "National Style" building every few blocks, and the natives are handsome-looking and friendly. Here’s a female traffic cop overlooking Heroes’ Square:
Here’s the rally she was monitoring, held at a giant square built in 1896 to commemmorate Hungary’s millenium anniversary:
In this reliquary shrine, draped with strips of bejeweled cloth, you see the 1000-year-old mummified right hand of St. Stephen, Hungary’s patron saint and founder:
The Hungarian Parliament building, also erected in the millennium building spree:
Some amusing German from the entrance kiosk to a funicular railway:
A reception in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts:
The entrance hall of the Gresham Palace, a massive Art Nouveau confection built by an English insurance company in 1905 and recently renovated and turned into a Four Seasons Hotel:
That’s all for now. Will post more later as official duties die down.