Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

December 8, 2017 at 8:49 am 6 comments

Fat Policeman

Location: Budapest, Hungary
 
He stands along Budapest’s Zrínyi Street close to St. Stephen’s Basilica.

I confess I missed him on my first visit to Budapest. But last month, I finally met him.

He’s referred to as the Fat Policeman with a round belly.

In other countries, he’d symbolize a cop who indulges in corruption and abuse of authority for personal gain.

In Budapest, however, he represents a love for hearty Hungarian cuisine such as the goulash, which has become one of my favorites.

It’s said that rubbing his belly can bring good luck, especially in love. Small wonder that it has become shiny from all the rubbing from tourists and passers-by.
 

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  • 1. Christine Goodnough  |  December 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    What an interesting tourist attraction. I wonder if anyone’s ever done a follow-up study on that good luck story? 😉

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  December 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      christine:

      it was built in the 18th century. so far, no one has come forward attesting to the good luck angle. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Cheeky: Bench Mark 2 – What's (in) the picture?  |  December 9, 2017 at 1:42 am

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      chris:

      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 5. galeweithers  |  December 9, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Cute story and of all the cheek of that policeman! Well I never! LOL 🙂

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      gale:

      perhaps his cheeks should be rubbed to for good luck. 🙂

      Reply

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