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(March 18-28, 2010)

Peter A. Barnes


Viktor Balogh

Ráday street

Budapest, Hungary

March 27, 2010, 14:51 UTC (15:51 local time)

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© 2010 Viktor Balogh, All Rights Reserved.

For every WWP panoramas I try to select a location with a personal relevance, what also matches with the current theme. This time I chose the Ráday street in Budapest, which is a famous street with full of pubs and restaurants - that's the connection to the topic "food". In november 2009 me and my girlfriend started to look for a flat on sale, and in december the decision was made finally: we bought a 45 sqm flat in this street.

Ráday street, found in the 9th district of Budapest, is one of the most popular and most visited places of the capital. The intimate street which offers a treasury of leasure activities, cultural and gastronomical opportunities is popular with the inhabitants of the capital city as well as with tourists from the country or abroad. Due to the numerous festivals organised here, in the year 2000 Ráday street turned into a so called "cult street".

Each year Ráday street awaits the public, that is susceptible to culture and is willing to spend its free time in a top class environment. From April to October in the course of "Ráday cult street" about eight fetsivals are organised here. From among the mentioned festivals the following are the most popular: International Poetry Festival, Plein-Art Contemporary Art Festival, Reformed Music Festival, Summer Games in Ferencváros, Ferenc Day Fair. Besides this three galleries, a Bible museum and the previously mentioned library awaits the art lovers.

No matter if we end up in Ráday street in the morning or at night, it is never deserted; there are always some people sitting at the cafés or restaurants and their terraces. Among many others it is due to the some 14 cafés that can be found here. Ráday street can be devided into two strikingly detaching parts; the boundary is Bakáts Square. The Saint Ferenc Catholic Church can also be found here. Heading towards Boráros Square from here the view is slightly less attractive; it is the other side, the one towards Kálvin Square is the actual pedestrian precinct. Most cafés are found here: the starting point is Jaffa Café, and the line of cafés ends with a retro bar called Cha-cha-cha that is found in the subway at Kálvin Square.

Because of it being much frequented the government of Ferencváros - the building of which is also situated here - is consistently working on transforming Ráday Street into a solely pedestrian precinct. Today cars can still run along the street in one direction, however the traffic is kept reduced so that the people visiting this place can have fun and relax undisturbed.

Europe / Hungary

Lat: 47° 29' 12.08" N
Long: 19° 3' 49.07" E

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Canon 300D with a rectilinear Tokina 12-24mm @12mm, Manfrotto tripod & SPH panhead

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