by Allan Tudzin, March 29, 2011
March 15th marks National Day in Hungary, commemorating the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. It has traditionally also been the day that Hungarians can count on warmer weather. Last weekend, donned in my usual winter garb (scarf, hat, gloves, and down coat), I hit the streets and snapped off a few shots under the clear blue skies of late winter. Though still very cold in the high 30s fahrenheit, I did spy a few hints of spring, which means any day now I can switch my coat for a sweater. Yes, seasons change rapidly here, and soon we’ll be hitting the 50s and easing into 60s. But most important, it means cafe society will soon be back in Budapest.
(feature image by Scott Warren; others by Jessica Tudzin)
One of the first signs that spring is approaching Budapest is when tables and chairs (draped with blankets) begin to appear outside local cafes. When spring hits full swing, the sidewalks will completely transform to accommodate the cafe society.
Another sign is the sudden appearance of street performers.
The first half of March is still very cold. But the clear blue skies often tempt flower shops into outdoor displays. By April, flowers will fill the city, both from the shops and in the local parks.
While we see tour busses in Budapest all year long, we begin to see an influx of visitors around this time. Rarely, however, is the city overrun with tourists so often found in other European cities. Budapest is definitely Europe's best kept secret.
When the weather begins to change, Budapesti's get their work-out on. Pictured are joggers along the Danube.