The Cub Scout beach day was anafternoon at the beach cooking, eating and playing. It was a rather hot day and the shade of a brightly-colored umbrella was a good resting and daydreaming spot. The afternoon is not the usual time we are at the beach, but anytime is good beach time. Normally, we go in the morning: less crowding and less heat. This means less sunscreen and shade required. This particular day was especially warm, unusual for the California coast.
We shared this gorgeous day with what felt like half the population of the town. While this was certainly not the busiest beach we’ve visited lately, we saw a good bit of human traffic that day. Although parking was scarce, and the taco stand line was long, sand space was still plentiful and the waves were uncrowded. The cabana rentals seemed to be a brisk business as they were all full.
There was a good-sized private event also in the afternoon. Many people stood line at a food truck waiting for what looked and smelled like tasty barbecue. There was also volleyball, along with various other ball and disc throwing. Walking around required occasionally dodging although a random missile. This was in addition to the usual surfing, sunning and sand building also going on so it was busy. Fortunately, the sun was never-ending and there was enough beach and waves for all. It also made for something else to watch besides the water.
The kids spent the day running about in small groups playing in the sand and water, mixed with daydreaming and rest. Even their boundless energy flagged after a while in the hot sun. While they dashed about, they created their own mini-culture. While the older boys usually decided the activities, they changed leadership as needed by the task. They often would break into smaller groups, then reform into larger ones. These had different kids influencing the activities, even the younger ones. Each time we gather them together, they continue to build their communication and persuasion skills. While the outdoor skills may be the most obvious ones the kids gain, it’s these less easily defined ones that may be the greatest thing they learn.
The sand city takes shape as we add layers of structures across the beachscape, incorporating shells, rocks and kelp to give it texture and interest. The youngest builder is our main architect and holds the plan. Once completed, the cat royalty would inhabit the tiny spaces, create their city and culture with a feline viewpoint and write their history in meowish language. These are either cats who enjoy the beach, unlike most I have met, or perhaps they feel safe from the brilliant sun and wide open spaces, in their enclosing city spaces despite the bright sun.
These are just a few of the many baroque windows of Buda Palace. There are some gothic ones as well. The palace was originated in the 13th century but was repeatedly built and torn down and the current version is a modernist reconstruction of the medieval and baroque periods. As you may expect, this causes some architectural confusion but it does not detract from the overall sumptuous effect. The views are amazing and the layers of history are fascinating.
While the whole castle district is apparently somewhat rebuilt, it remains full of atmosphere and beautiful to visit. There are some shops, an art/souvenir market, Matthias Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion a romantically designed fortress and a handful of restaurants. And the view. Sweeping across the city on both sides of the Danube River, studded with spires and filled with the variety of roof forms produced over the last several hundred years.
Budapest is busy with tourists and the castle area is very popular. Everyone brought their cameras and took pictures of the views, each other and themselves. I took many pictures also… it’s almost impossible not to. It seems anywhere you look is a potential photo.