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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mid-month Theme: Subway Day

Right on, this time I make it with the Subway Day!
Végre, most nem késtem le a Metró Napról!

This beautiful station in Budapest is called Battyhány tér (=square), in Buda, just opposite to the Parlament, accross the river.
Ez a gyönyörű metróállomás Budapesten a Battyhány tér, Budán, pont szemben a Parlamenttel.

They recently renovated the red subway line (also called #2, but I think it's much easier to remember these lines by their colors). At a few stations they decorated the walls with these giant photos.
Nem olyan régen újították fel a piros vonalat (2-es metrónak is hívják, de szerintem sokkal könnyebb rájuk emlékezni a színük alapján). Néhány állomást ilyen óriásfotókkal dekoráltak.

This is how the Battyhány tér looks like, viewed from the Pest side of the Danube.
Így néz ki a Batthyány tér, a Duna pesti oldaláról.

Subway art, Budapest 2

And this is the Parlament:
Ez pedig a Parlament:

Subway art, Budapest 1

Aren't they beautiful? However, it's extremely pity that when I was there last time, this scene was messed up with all kind of huge advertisement billboards. Now, Instead of a beautiful, upscale subway in Budapest which should attract more tourists just by its aesthetics - now it's a cheap looking, tasteless, messy one, because somebody thought they would make a couple of quicks bucks with the ads...
Hát nem csodaszépek? Viszont igen nagy kár, hogy amikor legutóbb arrafelé jártam, az egészet nagy hirdetőtáblák rondították el. Így most egy csodaszép, magas színvonalú metró helyett, ami pusztán az esztétikájával vonzana több turistát, egy olcsó kinézetű, ízléstelen valami van, mert valaki úgy gondolna, hogy szívesen keresne pár gyors forintot a plakátokkal...

Subway Day is a mid-month theme shared by the following blogs:
A hónap közepi Metró Napban a következő blogok vesznek részt:
Budapest by Andrea Gerak New York City Daily Photo Peter's Paris stockholm by pixels


Per Stromsjo said...

Now this is what I call a red line. Beautiful!

Happy Subway Day, Andrea! Good to have you with us.

Peter said...

So, this subway theme, gav me a good reason to find your blog! I will be back!

I undertand your comments about the ads. As you say, it's really a pity to hide these nicely decorated walls! In Paris I guess we are now so used to it that we don't really think about it - also, our walls are mostly just white tiles and I believe there was space prepared for ads already from the very beginning - around 1900-1910.

Ming the Merciless said...

Yes, they are beautiful indeed. And so clean!!

Welcome to the Subway Day theme group.

claude said...

Very nice subway station.
I met Peter and Raindrop in Paris in last april. Peter is really a good man. Later he took for me several photos of some places I knew in Paris when I was little and young girl and I do love.

Per Stromsjo said...

I wonder what's coming up from the Budapest subway on Tuesday... ;)

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