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Bulgarian Cousins to Transylvanian Szeklers

Posted by Pat on June 8, 2019 in Travel |

8 June 2019

We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship. Here, in the whirlpool of European races…What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?…Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race; that we were proud; that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers, we drove them back? Is it strange that when Arpad and his legions swept through the Hungarian fatherland he found us here when he reached the frontier…And when the Hungarian flood swept eastward, the Szekelys were claimed as kindred by the victorious Magyars, and to us for centuries was trusted the guarding of the frontier of Turkey-land….” – Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula

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Castles and Cities of Danube Bend

Posted by Pat on June 8, 2019 in Travel |

7 June 2019 I really have no desire to leave lovely Budapest. A cafe and beer along the Danube beckons. But, for someone who loves fortresses and medieval castles, a trip to Visegrád is a must. Just 25 miles north of Budapest, at the very center of the Danube Bend, lies King Matthias’ Royal Palace. An […]

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Exploring Buda in 2019

Posted by Pat on June 7, 2019 in Travel |

6 June 2019 What do Harry Houdini, Tony Curtis, Estée Lauder, and Béla Lugosi have in common? Stay tuned.

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Exploring Pest in 2019

Posted by Pat on June 5, 2019 in Travel |

5 June 2019 In the next 2 miles, I will pass six World Heritage Sites as we motor across the Chain Bridge to the banks of Pest and down Andrássy út which links Buda with the Városliget or City Park. Andrássy is a broad and elegant boulevard which dates to 1872 and lined with spectacular […]

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Budapest – July 1995

Posted by Pat on June 4, 2019 in Travel |

I return to Budapest. The last I visited Budapest was in the summer of 1995. It was a time of change as the Soviet Army had left the country just four years earlier. I arrived by ferry via the Danube from Vienna. My lodgings were in a friend’s “little communist efficiency apartment” surrounded by brutally […]

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Stately Ruins and Castles, Lush Gardens and Shallow Lakes

Posted by Pat on June 4, 2019 in Travel |

Magyarország. –  4 June 2019 A day trip in Magyarország (translate as Hungary) takes me east of Budapest to the small town of Zsámbék. Zsámbék has been inhabited since Paleolithic times when stone tools were first used. It has been home to Celtic, Roman and Avar peoples and is an archeologist’s dream. Churches have been […]

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From National Parks to Palaces

Posted by Pat on June 4, 2019 in Travel |

Hortobágy National Park and Sissi’s Place  –  3 June 2019 There probably couldn’t be a better introduction to Hungary than visiting a national park with a nature-loving biologist. My destination is the Puszta region of northeastern Hungary and its lovely Hortobágy National Park. Puszta is known for the presence of several endemic breeds of animals. […]

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