|In July 2002 we traveled to Budapest, Hungary,
to visit our grown daughter, Bethany, who worked there that summer with the legal rights
organization, European Roma Rights Council. While with her we also visited Zagreb,
Prague and Vienna, plus some smaller towns in Hungary and the Czech Republic. A few
notable images resulted.
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|So here's the story: Patricia (my wife), Bethany and I were on the train from Budapest to Zagreb. Seated across from us was this deliciously beautiful Russian girl, on the way I presume to the clothing optional beaches of the Dalmatian Coast. She was wearing this lovely, slinky, diaphanous black dress. Had I been alone, I would have asked without hesitation to photograph her during the entire journey. As it was, she had pity on me and closed her eyes long enough as we approached Zagreb that I surreptitiously snapped this portrait of her.|
While in Budapest
I encountered the 7th European Youth Theatre ensemble in a number of performances
in the city's central square. I took a number of photos of several of the individual
performance groups, and the best show youthful intensity and beauty at their best.
I sent a CD containing all the photos (there were over 500 of them) to the organizer of the event. Some time later I received the following gracious note from Josef Hollos in Vienna:
|While in the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest, I saw this girl who appeared to be as exhausted by the multiple galleries and hard marble floors as was I.|
|A walk through one of the largest of Budapest's parks brought us to the famous statue of "Anonymous," the medieval scribe who recorded much about Hungary in the Middle Ages but neglected to give us his own name.|
|A young Croatian girl in native costume, a dancer in one of the troupes performing at the International Folk Festival in Zagreb while we were there.|
|Panorama of Pest, including Parliament buildings along the Danube, from the hills of Buda.|
|While in Prague we took in a delightful marionette performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni. I've overused the description, but what the heck: we found the performances a bit wooden, but the voices were lovely. The performers all lip-synched, however.|
|Seen hanging around over Prague, Czech Republic, near sundown. This was taken with an effective focal length of 480mm (because of the D30's 1.6x multiplier for lens focal lengths), so the fact that it is in fact a work of art is more apparent here than it was to us when we first glanced the "man" dangling over one of Prague's Old City streets.|
|The entry gate to the Charles Bridge over the Vltava (Moldau) River in Prague. Taken at night, obviously, before we walked to the next bridge south to take the panorama of the Bridge shown next.|
|Nightime panorama of Prague's Castle and the Charles Bridge.|