European Festivals: Hungary

Hungary loves its festivals.  There are festivals throughout the country and throughout the year.  There are reasons nearly every month for Hungary to celebrate with a festival. Fall is a very big season for festivals, including the Wine Festival, the Folk Festival, or the Sweet Days Budapest, chocolate festival.

szentendre festival

In autumn, the town of Szentendre celebrates local artistic talent with an annual art festival.

basket making

A wonderful memory to take home is a hand crafted item you watched being made.

hungarian wood carver

At European festivals you will find artisans and incredible food. In winter you will find  Christmas markets pop up around Hungary and they are filled with local food and handcrafters, such as the Hungarian wood carver  pictured above.  What a great celebration of the season.

chimney bread

A staple at Hungarian festivals is Chimney bread, as pictured above. Chimney bread originated as a treat made from leftover dough.  At festivals, dough is baked on a rod over a wood fire. The hot dough is then brushed with butter and covered with toppings, including cinnamon and sugar, dusting chocolate, and cinnamon and nuts. It is truly delicious.

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At most European Festivals and Hungarian festivals  you will see beautiful handcrafted lacework. This photo captures a display of hand embroidered Hungarian seals as well as hand crafted lace items.

Easter

Hand painted Easter Eggs in Budapest.

Religious festivals are prevalent in Hungary, starting with the countrywide festivals at Easter and continuing throughout the year with holidays such as St. Stephen’s Day in the fall. St. Stephen’s Day is one the most celebrated days of the Hungarian year with processions, an outdoor mass,  a festival atmosphere and fireworks.

St Stephens procession

No matter which season you visit Hungary there is sure to be a festival in which you can experience the warmth of Hungarian culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One shoe, two shoes, red shoes, blue shoes….

One would think if I went into 15 shoe stores….

I could leave with multiple pairs of  beautiful pair of shoes.

Instead, I left with a headache.

 

 

 

I saw shoes like this.

high heel shoes

 

 

And shoes like this…..

high heel shoes

 

 

I found boots like these, which I really like, though they are completely impractical.

shoes

 

Or, there are these, that aren’t that attractive. Three months into living in Europe, they appeal more than they originally did.

flat shoes

These cost approximately $119 US dollars.

 

There are also shoes like this….

high heel shoes

These are impractical. They are not my taste and cost $202 US Dollars.

 

I walk on this…..

cobble stone walkway

Photo credit: ilovememphis

Or I ride on this.

Budapest

 

 

I don’t drive this.

car

 

Photo Credit: Nicoretro

 

I may consider these, a bit of Texas in Budapest.

cowboy boots

 

Maybe not these….

boots

 

Do I really have to consider these??? They are fashionable in Europe, but not my taste at all.

shoes

 

I visited one of the largest malls in Budapest,  and I walked for over two and a half hours. I went to at least 15 stores, maybe more.

I walked out with  NO shoes and a headache.

Clearly I’ve discovered the necessity that will drive me nuts while living here in Budapest.

There is always one illusive product that pushes you to your limit when shopping and living abroad. I’ve found mine, shoes. Now if I could find a pair that are not impractical, the wrong color, ridiculously high or as ugly as something the dog drug in I’d be  happy.

Maybe next week, there’s always hope, or maybe a shoe fairy.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Night Time in Budapest

Chain Bridge Budapest

 

The Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest.

Margit Bridge (Margaret) Budapest

Margit Bridge

A walk across Margit Bridge (Margaret Bridge) from the Buda side to the Pest side of Budapest.

View of Margaret Bridge

A panoramic view from Margit Bridge.

This is a beautiful walk that allows you to take in the 360 degree view  the bridge offers. The walk is enjoyable, though the movement created by the trams as they cross the middle section of the bridge can be a bit unnerving the first time. The bridge is one big photo op. Everywhere you look the view is gorgeous and you can stop anywhere along the bridge walkway to take photos. There were also two benches for those who would like to rest along the way.

 

 

Architecture of Margaret Bridge

A crown atop Margaret Bridge.

Budapest

A view of Parliament from Margaret Bridge.

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My walk on Margaret Bridge in Budapest.