Budapest – a trail of two cities

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Across the square there is more than monument, there are lessons that every school student comes to learn, the founding stones, or monuments of Buda and Pest. To the left a court and their right a museum, but every town square along the inside waterways has a pile of these stones. There is a stone tower in the middle of this square capped with a figure of the archangel Gabriel. The angel both gaurds and guides the way.

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Across the river it is easy to see the democratic vistas of a nation through the arches. No fast food here. No angels. Only arches framing history in the present.

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Across the skies the spyres of cathedrals sparkle in the autumn sun. The stone washed clean for a season till the nitrous oxides of European diesel emission allowances take their toll on humans and buildings.

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Across the room an organ and a piano await the fingers of Casaba Kiraly. For an hour he played piano and organ and introduced us to history by bringing it into the present, keying a doorway to jazz improvisations and the meditation of raindrops. Each monument time-travelled to our present — a gift of history.

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