Before November of 1873, Buda and Pest, the West and East banks of the Danube respectively, were separate cities. Today, they are unified by the city limits of Budapest, yet their styles remain distinct.
Buda is a labyrinth of fairytale scenery. It is a game of chutes and ladders made of iron and ivy, cement and canopy. Stairways and doorways, the sound of little feet and soft knocks.
Buda is for pedestrians.
Doors are built,
So that keyholes can be carved.
And stories found.
Pest is the relatively urban side. Wildlife is much better hidden on this more geometric side.
(This is the Nyugati train station, built by the Eiffel Co. in 1877)
While Buda has been conserved, Pest has been renovated.
Each can still be a reminder of the rich history of the city.
(The Opera House)
Communists used to have meetings here. We chose to dance.