Sopron and Vienna

1 07 2009
Sopron

Sopron

After a busy week in Budapest we headed to Austria. On the way we stopped in Sopron, Hungary for one night and spent another night in Vienna. After all the nice weather we had in Budapest we started to get some rain which turned into a major storm system across central Europe, but we didn’t let that stop us from seeing the sites.

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A week in Budapest

18 06 2009
Buda Castle

Buda Castle

We spent a nice week in Budapest seeing the sights of the City.  Our apartment was along Andrassy street, which leads down to the Danube River and the Szechenyi bridge (Chain Bridge), and over to the hill-top Buda castle (Budapest is the combined cities of Buda, on the west side of the river, and Pest, on the east bank).  Budapest is a gritty, yet elegant city with artwork and statues sprinkled around the streets and parks.  Read the rest of this entry »





Budapest, Hungary

15 06 2009
Our apartment on the square

Our apartment on the square

We arrived at the apartment rental in Budapest (which is on a nice square) and Alexa’s mom and her aunt Linda made it the next day.  We have done some walking around the city and will post more photos as our week in Budapest continues.  The apartment rental is a treat from Alexa’s mom for us (our chance to live like civilized people), and we will see the city with them and then head to Austria next week. Read the rest of this entry »





Eger, Hungary

11 06 2009
Eger

Eger

Eger is a town in northern Hungary, known for its castle and location in a wine producing area.  The castle is famous as an important fortress during the Turkish invasions of Hungary.  In 1552, during the legendary of the Siege of Eger by the Ottoman Turks, Istvan Dobo and 2,000 people (including women, who are memorialized for pouring boiling water and pitch on the attackers) are said to have held off a Turkish force of 80,000.  Another legend says that Dobo fortified his defenders with the red wine that comes from the region.  The legends says the defeated Turks claimed the defenders were drinking bulls blood when they saw their red stained beards and encountered stiff resistance from the defenders.  Thus the local wine is now called Egri Bikavér (Bulls Blood).

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Pécs

7 05 2009
Zolnay ceramic fountain

Zsolnay ceramic fountain

After Romania, we headed to the city of Pécs, in the southern plains of Hungary. Long ago, during the Roman times, there was a Roman settlement called Sopianæ here in the ancient province of Pannonia. We visited some well preserved Roman ruins beneath the city that were impressive and enjoyed the unique blend of architecture here. Pécs has been designated the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2010, so they are busy touching up most of the famous landmarks, and the artist community is thriving here. Read the rest of this entry »