Budapest was so sophisticated in comparison, it was under Communist Rule but it was so much freer than we thought it would be, we had a fair bit paperwork to fill out at the border and were only given 48 hours but the whole atmosphere was one of happy people in a free country.
From the 1960s to the late 1980s Hungary was often satirically referred to as 'the happiest barrack' within the Eastern Bloc, and much of the wartime damage to the city was finally repaired. Work on Erzebet Bridge, the last to be rebuilt, was finished in 1965. In the early 1970s, Budapest Metro's East West M2 Line was opened, followed by the M3 Line in 1982.
a Francois Boucher Portrait of Marie-Louis O'Murphy (Nude on a Sofa), 1752 which is found in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.) on a piece of 'ivory'! Well we never believed that so we either didn't understand her or she got the words 'ivory' and 'plastic' mixed up or she actually said she'd painted it on 'ivory plastic'... anyway I took it apart today for the first time and it's painted on a piece of thick plastic!
I love Francoise Boucher's paintings and he certainly loved his voluptuous nudes! He painted lots and lots of them as well as some Portraits of Madame de Pompadour who was his illustrious patron.
The original is below, Margit didn't do a bad job did she, although the head and face are different. I cannot remember how much we paid for Margit's little painting but it wouldn't have been much and I've never regretted buying it for a minute.