En route to Ljubljana

Slovenian countryside seems to fit the typical idyllic European picturesque. These were all taken from within the bus, after we’d crossed the border.

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Post-Concert, Pre-City Tour: Dohány Street Synagogue

Instead of having lunch, a few of us elected to visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world.

The group on the steps

Front row: Amie, Sarah, Judy
Back row: Richard (Sarah’s husband), Jen G., Diane, Marguerite, Allan

I’m not included because I took the photo. You can imagine me standing next to Judy if you like.

Synagogue Steps

And then they went up the steps.


ceiling & dome

The interior, like the exterior, is colorful and very beautiful, but it felt more like a cathedral than I expected it to. This is because, apparently, it was designed by a man who was not himself Jewish and had never been in a synagogue in his life. Mind you, neither am I nor had I before today, so I don’t really have room to point fingers.


Connected to the synagogue is the memorial garden, very green and full of pigeons. And beautiful as well, of course.

On a completely unrelated note:

One of the trollies that run through Budapest

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Arrival in Budapest

I can’t speak for anyone else, but personally I feel kind of like falling over and kind of like running around like a headless chicken. I shall compensate with pictures.

It doesn’t look terribly impressive, but this is Heroes’ Square, where those of us who felt like braving the heat got out and admired the statues and nearby buildings. I have no idea what those are yet, so they’ll have to wait.

A few of us standing around and talking. The guy with his back to the picture is our tour guide.

Rachel apparently decided to take a picture of a group of us — it probably turned out similar to the one above, only more densely populated — and I decided to take a picture of her doing so.

… We’re all a little punch-drunk right now. As I write this, it’s been nearly a full 24 hours since we first arrived at RDU, and in that time I don’t think any of us have had more than a couple hours of sleep.

Anyway, after Heroes’ Square, we piled back into the bus and headed towards Gellért Hill. We caught a glimpse of St Stephen’s Basilica, where we’ll be singing tomorrow, on the way:

It looks more impressive from Gellért Hill.

The Parliament Building (Országház) was also visible.

And so was what our map calls the Budavári Palota, or the Buda Castle Palace.

Lisa Oskardmay got some photos of us in transit; her photos can be found here.

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