Today we took the train from Budapest back to Vienna because tonight we had tickets to a concert at the Vienna Opera House. The concert was by the opera singer Edita Gruberova.
The performance was quite extraordinary. I enjoyed it immensely. Here you can see the people in the standing room section. You can’t buy standing room tickets in advance. People line up the afternoon before the show.
Ms. Gruberova sang a variety of songs for 35 minutes. Then there was a 25 minute intermission. She sang for another 30 minutes or so and then there were at least 6 encores.
Afterwards we took the subway back to our hotel.
It was a lovely Spring day in Budapest. The temperature was in the 70s. We took full advantage of it and had a great day sightseeing. We visited St. Stevens Basilica. It is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals I have ever seen.
St. Steven brought Christianity to Hungary. This reliquary contains his mummified right hand!
We also went to the top of the Basilica and enjoyed an expansive view of Budapest.
The Big Bus hop on hop off package that we bought yesterday included options for a walking tour and a boat tour on the Danube. We took the walking tour this morning. Our guide, Thomas was entertaining and very knowledgeable. I think his tour alone was worth the cost of the ticket.
Here he is telling us about one of the very few Soviet era monuments that is still in place. This one commemorate the Russian soldiers who died liberating Budapest from the Nazis.
Do you recognize these two guys?
We took the boat tour tonight. These are the Houses of Parliament.
After the boat tour we went to the Opus Jazz Club for dinner and a show. A Canadian singer, Melissa Lauren was singing with a quartet.
It was a great day and a lovely last evening in Budapest. There are several interesting sounding things that we didn’t do here. We will have to come back.