Tag Archives: Hungary

Rebuilt riding hall in Buda

Photographs of progress on the riding hall and stables of Buda Castle, on the Buda side of the Danube in Budapest, raised my spirits this holiday season. Almost complete, the reconstruction seems a good way to express hope in the … Continue reading

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Nine minutes in Budapest

Budapest was listed No. 60 out of 80 cities ranked by “elegance” in the survey of the world’s top elegant cities by the international marketing firm Zalando (see my last post, “Beauty vs. elegance in cities“). Tel Aviv, famed for … Continue reading

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“No tears for tankies”

Here, from way out in total left field, is something completely off the radar of this blog. Yet I found it so perversely fascinating that I had to post. Last time I posted on a subject from the Charnel-House blog, … Continue reading

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Buda + Pest = Budapest x 3

Here are three videos of Budapest, “Gay and Beautiful Budapest” from 1938 of 10:28 minutes in length; the second a Rick Steves travel TV episode from 2004 of 26:08 minutes; and, finally, from 2014, “AMAZING Walking Tour!!!” of the Hungarian … Continue reading

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Buda? Pest? Which is best?

Commenter Seth Johnson, a Cincinnati photographer whose fine work may be seen here, wonders which side of Budapest, which spans the Danube in Hungary, is better? Buda is old and Pest is … well, not as old, more populous, more … Continue reading

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Lukacs on winter in Budapest

I skip over a paragraph laden with dark history and continue with John Lukacs’s description of winter in the Budapest of 1900: And then, one morning – it would come as early as in the third week of November, and … Continue reading

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More Lukacs on Budapest

My heart lifts at news that four Hungarians this morning have “viewed” my post of historian John Lukacs’s description of Budapest in 1900. To reward them, here is more from that passage: Summer was hot, hotter than in Vienna, sultry … Continue reading

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John Lukacs on Budapest

This post is a naked attempt to get Hungary onto the list of nations provided to WordPress bloggers to give them an idea of where their posts are being read. I am a quarter Hungarian and my wife Victoria is … Continue reading

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