Commenter Seth Johnson, a Cincinnati photographer whose fine work may be seen here, wonders which side of Budapest, which spans the Danube in Hungary, is better? Buda is old and Pest is … well, not as old, more populous, more cosmopolitan, and perhaps less venerable. Perhaps one is best because from it you can see the other. I have not been to Budapest so I cannot answer Seth’s question. Somehow I get the impression that John Lukacs, author of the passage I’ve quoted in my last three posts, likes Buda best but I’m not sure. I have not asked my in-laws, who are Hungarian and escaped during the uprising in 1956, or my wife, who visited once years ago. I am a quarter Hungarian myself, but that entitles me to no special knowledge of the matter, only a special yearning to know, and to go.
So, if any reader has an opinion about whether Buda or Pest is best, or better, or worse, or maybe equal, please send it (your opinion) here. Thank you!