Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Budapest Christmas

I haven't posted a tram or train photo for a while. Jane and Lance mentioned to me about the decorated christmas tram that runs in the streets of Budapest when I posted some photos of Melbourne's decorated christmas tram. I must say, it is a fine effort by the authorities in Budapest. You don't have to watch much of the video to see what the tram looks like.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! Now this is something quite special! We all should have such trains.

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  2. Hello Andrew:
    Yes, the Number 2 tram is a wonder of the world we think. Best of all, however, is the splendid route that the tram follows. It runs alongside the Danube with spectacular views of the river, the Parliament building, the Chain Bridge and the Castle.

    How the government affords all this whilst the country is just about bankrupt[ the national airline, Malev was formally declared bankrupt just this week!] is anyone's guess!!

    Such a pity that the tram only looks like this at Christmas since it would be rather jolly to be like this all year round!!

    Thank you so much for the mention and the link. We have been absent from the keyboard for the past week and so have some serious catching up to do!

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  3. the BudaPest tram is lovely and Chrismassy.
    Do you recall all the painted Melb trams by Leunig and MirkaMora etc?
    Early 80's ?

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  4. That's some tram, Andrew. And I agree with AnnODyne, what a pity it's not a year round event, or more than once a year to celebrate celebrations and to help keep some of the economic misery at bay.

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  5. Rubye, quite so. Public transport does not have to look boring.

    JayLa, it must be a lovely trip along the river, day or night. I hadn't heard about the airline, in fact I'd not heard the name before. I've thought a little about being able to affording to light the tram. Fistly, I should think the department is allocated an amount from the government budget, and they can spend it as they see fit. Also, look at me in Australia posting a video of a tram in Budapest and readers over the world appreciate it. That is something that is very hard to price but it must be good for Hungary.

    Ann, of course I do. I think I posted a photo of the Mother Knows tram once. Was that the one with the red circular symbol that looked like the Japanese flag? The diggers objected and it was painted over. I won't say a website exactly, but there is an online resource with the photos of the various painted trams. I can't recall where it is at the moment.

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  6. Elisabeth, yes much can be done cheaply to cheer the public to stop them rioting. From my observations, New Zealand does public art and decoration much better that we do it here.

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  7. Yes Ann, Melbourne's decorated trams were wonderful - Leunig and Mora each have their own special sense of whimsy.
    Wasn't there also some brouhaha over a Tandberg? ad [or some such] on a tram; an ad for equal opportunity? I think it featured an employer telling a job applicant "I wouldn't hire an epileptic in a fit!".

    But I digress. An impressive looking tram for any season, and what looks to be an impressive route.

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  8. It's so sparkly!
    I wouldn't mind seeing Adelaide's trams done up like this at Christmas. (it'll never happen...)

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  9. FruitCake, I don't remember that one. I try to remember to check it out. Sorry, I laughed at quote.

    River, write to the letters page of the Advertiser telling how other places with trams decorate them for christmas.

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  10. Looks spectacular especially seen from across the Danube.

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  11. Victor, maybe I am being silly, but I really like the look of Budapest. Maybe Prague would be similar.

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  12. I liked what we saw of Budapest and Prague was particularly charming.

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  13. That's a good idea! May I save your photo and use it as evidence?

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  14. I am sure they are Victor. Any hot guys cruising around?

    Of course River. I am not hung about my photos. How can you be when you put them on the net? But it is nice to be acknowledged.

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  15. Andrew, there were lots of gorgeous men around in Prague whilst we were there. The weather was very hot which meant lots of scantily dressed men too!

    Oddly enough our main guide in Prague not only appeared to be gay but he was the spitting image of my closest gay friend in Australia (after you, of course!).

    We spent less time in Budapest but the weather was hot there too and I got the sense there were plenty of attractive men about.

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  16. Certainly on the bucket list then Victor.

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  17. ooh I like the decorations. I think we should do that to our trams here!

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  18. And Fen, it is a fairly cheap to do really.

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