After making arrangements from at home, Gabriella met us at our hotel to start a tour in her immaculate SUV. Our first stop by the river was a sculpture of shoes running at least 300 yards symbolizing the execution of victims who were ordered to remove their shoes before being shot there and falling into the river. It was an eye opening start to a great tour. We were impressed that despite the road being closed for construction, she was still able to bring us to this area.
We were then taken to three different synagogues. The first was from medieval times. It had grave head stones from this era. The second was a beautiful construction with of all things Islamic designs. The third was the second largest synagogue in the world that was recently restored through the fundraising efforts of Tony Curtis, the actor. That had a Holocaust remembrance area outside that was quite lovely.
In between we visited Jewish areas including a stop at a well known bakery for some sweets, a drink, and a rest. This area is becoming a favorite hangout for drinking and grazing at night for the young. We also made a brief stop at the House of Terrors which tied into the Holocaust when people were arrested and tortured.
All in all our experience with Gabriella was very positive. With her guidance we discovered another side of Budapest after spending an entire day there of sightseeing without her She was very professional and happy to accommodate all of our requests.
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