Month: March 2015
A special request – Szentendre
I have been asked by Chris to upload some more pictures of this delighful village. So here we are. Those photographs that are crystal clear were take by Chris, whilst mine may be a bit “foggy”!
There may be some duplications from the previous post. Chris is a superb photographer and showed me the finer points of taking snaps with the iPhone.
A Day in the Country near Budpapest.
The area where Szentendre is today was uninhabited when the Magyars arrived. In the 9th century, Árpád’s companion, the sacral prince Kurszán, settled here. He renovated the Roman fortress that had fallen into ruin and re-established a settlement on the remains of the Roman building. Little is known about the history of Szentendre between the 9th and 10th centuries.
My comment : If you read the preceding paragraph in a cursory way, in all probability, you missed this questionable use of english : “Árpád’s companion, the sacral prince Kurszán, settled here…” Now if Arpad was a male, then it is possible that Prince Kurszan may indeed have been his sacral companion, but I rather suspect that the correct adjective is ‘sacred’.
The city was largely depopulated in the Turkish era. According to a 17th-century census, only one family and their service staff remained here at that time… one family!
After the Turks were expelled from the area, foreign settlers moved to the settlement. Today evidence of the town’s prosperity in this time can be seen in the baroque style of the houses, the Mediterranean atmosphere of the town’s architecture, its beautiful churches, the cobblestoned streets, and its narrow alleys.
There was also considerable Dalmatian immigration. The Dalmatian families settled on Donkey Mountain where Dalmát Street preserves their memory today. Even in the 1980s, this street was inhabited exclusively by descendants of the original Dalmatians.
But I can’t say that I saw any, which begs the question “How do you spot a Dalmatian”? I know terrible pun! So rather than bore the reader with words, here are some pictures of Szentendre.
Idle conference jottings
Some unrelated jottings during a couple if boring conference sessions.
Back to the Present
In the morning I walked along the Danube to the wondrous architectural masterpiece, the national Parliament. Imagine my surprise when 4 young soldiers materialised on the steps and proceeded to give a precision demonstration of genuine sabre dancing. Now this is what Marilyn should introduce at her establishment. I made a brief video and if I ever discover how to upload it, I shall include In the meantime a picture of the parliament.
That evening I had made a booking at the Aranyszaras restaurant which I had stumbled across on my day walk. It had a fascinating menu, a “Michelin Recommended” sticker in the window and excellent reviews in TripAdvisor. I am an adventurous diner and as with my custom to attend local musical concerts, I will seek out local eateries and ask the staff to help choose a menu of local fare.
This reflex is elicited by lightly stroking the inner thigh with the 3rd finger. The normal response is an immediate contraction of the cremasteric muscle that pulls up the ipsilateral testis….”
Having uncrossed my legs, here are pictures of the Hungarian dishes that the waiter recommend.
Budapest in 5 easy walks.
3 Home Truths
A Day Walk around Budapest
Despite being in the European Union, Hungary still insists on using its old currency. It is back to monopoly money and a frustrating insistence on cash rather than plastic pay wave. Psychologically a coffee costing 400 Forint is bloody expensive compared to 1.5 Euro! I won’t go on about the atrocious coffee. Flat whites are non existent and an ‘American Coffee’ is simply percolated or drip coffee. But I am more addicated than I care to admit and still drink the stuff.
The Budapest Central Markets
The Budapest market is located in a marvellous wrought iron and glass structure that is a cross between a palace, a 19th century railway station and a botanical garden glass house. It has the same feel as our own Adelaide Central Market with similar stalls especially food.
The Jewish Quarter of Budapest.
Who is the odd man out? Tony Curtis, Graham Norton and Estee Lauder? Lets analyze this. All three used the same makeup foundation. One passed away two years ago, the other two are alive. Two are Jewish and one is a gentile. Two are circumsized and one is not. Two donated zillions to the Great Synagogue in Budapest after the Hungarian Revolution for its restoration. So the correct answer is “Graham Norton” who despite circumcision, did not donate zillions to the synagogue.