We live in a gentrifying neighborhood of Vienna and while we are not really part of the local art and food Szene, we do enjoy the weekly Saturday’s farmers’ market on our doorstep. I just could not resist the tulips (three bunches for four euros) after buying our usual bread, fish and vegetables. They perfectly match our living room decor, don’t they?
Spring is finally here. It feels like we have been magically transported from winter to summer overnight.
Someone aired their winter clothes before storing them away for the summer in the yard of our Budapest building and the square under our Vienna window was instantly filled with life at the first sign of spring last week.
I took these photos last Wednesday morning in my Budapest neigborhood (a.k.a. the Jewish quarter). I could not believe how much it had snowed overnight. And still no sign of spring…
1. Orthodox synagogue, Kazinczy Street, 2. Kazinczy Street, 3. Kazinczy Street, 4. Madách Imre Street, 5. Kazinczy Street, 6. Rumbach Sebestyén Street (with synagogue), 7. Gozsdu udvar (courtyard), 8. Kazinczy Street, 9. Holló Street, 10. Orthodox synagogue, Kazinczy Street.
One June morning last year, I stepped outside my building in the heart of Budapest to find myself in an unexpectedly unfamiliar neighborhood … of Moscow. It was, in fact, not a strange dream but the pragmatic/desperate reality of regularly renting out and closing off central areas of the city with its eclectic architecture and dilapidated grandeur to Hollywood film crews. Budapest has stood in for Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow and, well, Budapest. What I stumbled upon this time was the wrapping up of the overnight shooting of a scene from the new Bruce Willis movie A Good Day to Die Hard on Madách square.