DAILY PHOTO: Lego Lion and the Tunnel

They are refurbishing Budapest’s Chain Bridge [Széchenyi lánchíd,] which features prominent guardian lions. To keep the city from feeling unprotected, they’ve installed a Lego lion that consists of more than 850,000 pieces and weighs 2.8 tons.

The Buda Castle Tunnel is in the background.

DAILY PHOTO: Hungarian Parliament Building: Two Views [Human- and Kukac-eye view]

DAILY PHOTO: Flowers w/ Church, Budapest [Felsővízivárosi Szent Anna templom]


DAILY PHOTO: Klotild & Matild Palaces

These twin buildings, seen from Ferenciek tere [Franciscan’s Square,] were built in 1902 and were commissioned by Princess Klotild [daughter-in-law of Archduke Joseph] and were designed by Floris Korb and Kalman Giergl. In the background are the Elisabeth Bridge [Erzsébet híd] and one spire of the Inner-City Our Lady of the Assumption Church [Budapest-Belvárosi Nagyboldogasszony Főplébánia-templom.]

Tiny Tank [Free Verse]

Someone put a tiny, limp-gunned tank 
on Danube west bank --
in Budapest, opposite Parliament.

Unsubtle symbolism, indeed,
but worth noting:

The might of violence
made feeble in the face of democracy,
and all that.

So true,
and yet so few
seem to believe it.

We seem to believe
that matching savagery
is the key to strategy
in opposing the extreme,

but then we've really just made more
extremism, haven't we?