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Europe » Hungary » Central Transdanubia » Tata June 30th 2021

Today’s virtual two was in two parts, the first a cycle ride which I had taken before but it was still enjoyable although for Adam our virtual guide the high temperatures made cycling quite difficult. Tata is not a large town but it has so many interesting things to see - we started the tour in front of a beautiful twin tower church, next was the newly renovated Esterházy Palace where we could still see areas that still needed refurbishment. Quite a contrast between the Habsburg Yellow and the new Hapsburg Porcelain. Tata Castle, built in the mid 14th-century now a museum and we ended the tour overlooking a beautiful lake where we learnt Tens of thousands of wild geese and ducks spend the autumn and the winter on the lake. The tour was perfectly paced, ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 7th 2021 3rd- 9th May This certainly is a hidden gem. Zsuzsi will be discovering the island in 3 parts Margaret Island is a 225-acre of land on the Danube River in the middle of Budapest, Called Margit-sziget in Hungarian, it is named after Margit, the beautiful daughter of a 13th-century king. The island is shaped like an art nouveau teardrop, an emerald jewel set in a river bordered on either side by the bustling city. Among the island’s century-old oaks and poplars are the ruins of a Dominican convent where the princess lived. Margit—known to the world as St. Margaret of Hungary—became a legend here, beloved and pitied. It was within the convent walls that she, as a teenager, defied her father’s order that she marry a neighboring king. Instead, she devoted herself to God and ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 27th 2021

24 March - Palace Quarter - Budapest. #heygo Adam our guide was a bit late arriving, he made us smile saying he had been bombed by a pigeon and had to clean himself up. With many beautiful buildings in Budapest, this trip was around the old Palace District which forms an inner part of Pest. Known until the communist period as the ‘Magnates’ Quarter’. The two-metre great flood of 1838 caused the collapse of 900 buildings with only 250 surviving. The few buildings in the Palotanegyed which survive from before 1838 include the Chapel of St Roch - the patron saint of plague sufferers built in 1711 in the hope of warding off the plague then devastating Pest, on the site of an early Christian, possibly 4th century, chapel. The oldest known building in the ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 17th 2021 16th March - Pest Castle area at night I had seen this tour before but during the day so it was nice to revisit at night-time and enjoy the glowing images. We started the tour by the Pest Castle looking down onto the famous Chain Bridge that will be closed shortly for a 3 year renovation. It was lit in green to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on 17th. The Chain Bridge was built between 1839 and 1849. The main driving force behind the project was the Hungarian Count István Széchenyi. He visited England in 1832 to get ideas for bridge design and particularly admired Hammersmith Bridge in west London. Hammersmith Bridge engineer William Tierney Clark was then hired to design and build the Chain Bridge. The Chain Bridge physically united Buda – the ancient capital of ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Szentendre February 15th 2021 15th February - Szentendre, Hungary RETURN TRIP PHOTOS IN JUNE NOW ADDED. http:// Szentendre is 23Km north of Budapest. We started our tour on the shores of the Danube river at the gate of the Danube Bend. It was interesting to note the different levels of the river bank that act as flood defences. The last big flood of the town was in 2017 and many of the houses overlooking the river were flooded out. For a few years the town gas become a town of the painters. Every summer artists representing different styles, go on a pilgrimage to Szentendre in large numbers. Arriving early in the morning they sit down to a corner of a dilapidated house, and begin to paint a detail of the town. Galleries were closed due t... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda January 27th 2021

You may or may not recall the song by Campbell and Ledbetter: Well, when I was a young man never been kissedI got to thinkin' it over how much I had missedSo I got me a girl and I kissed her and then, and thenOh, lordy, well I kissed 'er againBecause she had kisses sweeter than wineShe had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine(Sweeter than wine)Well, it is time to discuss some sweet wines, perhaps you know them as dessert wines. Some can be consumed any time you want. Some are destined for th... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 25th 2021 25th January Another visit to Budapest, this time with Adam and to the area of the Parliament Building. A couple of years ago we went on a Danube river cruise and I remember as we sailed into Budapest the sight of the beautiful Parliament Building was truly amazing and then in the evening seeing it all lit up was even more magical. I had been on another of Adam’s fours and remembered his he was so full of knowledge and had what he called micro stories to tell, interesting facts about Budapest that are not necessarily in any tourist book. We were on the Pest side, the skies were full of clouds ranging from white to menacing black ones which all added to the atmosphere as we started our journey. A very moving installation was ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 24th 2021 23rd January Our tour commenced at The Citadel in Budapest high above the city & the Danube River on top of Gellert Hill. To the left Buda and to the right Pest. The Citadel is a U-shaped 19th century fortress of about 220 metres long, 60 metres wide, and 4 metres tall, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress was turned into a lookout tower / stronghold. We took in the magnificent views and then stopped at the Statue of Liberty, erected by the communists to celebrate Budapest’s liberation from the Nazi troops – and then its suppression by the Soviets? The strong female figure of the Statue of Liberty – characteristically of the Socialist-realist art – is also a woman of hard work and strong muscles rather than the Greek – Roman ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 23rd 2021

14th January Our tour today was with Zsuzsi around the Heroes’ Square area of Budapest. The gateway to Budapest’s City Park, Heroes’ Square is a huge semicircular colonnade with 14 statues of men whose lives had major impacts on Hungary’s history. We learnt about about the different Magyars & Hungarian National leaders. There are altogether 7 kings, 7 chieftains and 7 statesmen immortalised in bronze. Not quite so historical but Michael Jackson used the monument for the opening of the video ‘History’ - The one with the gigantic King Kong sized statue of Michael that engulfed the archangel tops. We continued through the gateway and headed towards Vajdahuntyad Castle passing an area that in the Summer is a boating lake and in Winter an ice skating rink, although currently closed due to Covid. Vajdahuntyad Castle was ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest January 22nd 2021

30/12 Budapest at Christmas We started our tour in the heart of Budapest on the banks of the Danube, across the water the Beautiful buildings looking very splendid all lit up. Zsuzsi, our guide, pointed out the famous chain bridge which I recalled when we visited Budapest a few years ago on a Danube river cruise. We stopped to view the exterior of the Vigado Concert Hall, The Vigadó Concert Hall is the second largest Concert Hall in Budapest, which was inaugurated in 1865. It was destroyed during World War II and was not re-opened until 1980. It has been wonderfully reconstructed as a Classical Building and Concert Venue. We continued to Vorosmarty Square, The most famous building on the square is the Gerbeaud-ház built in 1858-1862 in art Nouveau style. The first floor is the ... read more

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