I took this photo of Budapest around sunset, the sun illuminating this beautiful city. The Danube river is the heart of the Budapest, the liquid highway that brought it wealth and a cosompolitan connection to the outside world. It also linked the city with Vienna, which Hungary was soldered at the hip to during the reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Hungary was not a great nation that created impressive monuments or extensive landholdings. Rather it was a nation that had an intense wealth of folk culture, demonstrated in a kaleidoscopic range of folk costumes and handicrafts, strange pentatonal songs and a zest for the countryside.
The true shining accomplishment of the Hungarians reached its apogee in the creation of much of modern physics and mathematics in the 20th century.