You scared the heck out of me.
I have never thought I had to tell you only Japanese ( always found in big groups), Americans and nuts walk around with their camera hanging from their neck... it is a NO NO
Sorry to say but you just invited to be robbed... being American is equal to being a big valet - true or not- to a lot of people and then there is the American politic - true or not, is not a matter
Did you wear a Hawaii shirt too
Here is for Muslim and part Muslim towns: Long pants and no bare shoulders, not for men and not for women and no gold or fake gold.
A few years ago mu DD and I were on the center market in Budapest around midnight, in front of us an American couple went for a short cut to their 5 star US hotel - all tourist guides warn you against the alley , she was loaded with gold - my DD noticed 3 men were watching them so we hurried up to warn them.. the men followed them in the shade... when we got their attention, we explained the situation and the woman started to laugh.. al her jewels were fake so she did not have to worry... we could not tell her we could not see it and neither could the men, she did not understand at all
Her husband had more sense and forced her to walk the few steps back to the market place and take a cap. The cap driver noticed the situation between the man and the woman and asked for 60$
We stopped the man rather rough and got it for 20.. at that time he had managed to get his wife into the car... think $ 2 would have been a fair price.
I love Budapest, but I know it is one of the most dangerous cities in Europe.. if you do not think