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Discover Downtown – The boy king’s mummy and treasures @ Komplex – Budapest

Without flying from Budapest over to Egypt … take your time and be a time traveler to this captivating itinerary as it begins and ends in Budapest. Visit  “The Valley of the Kings” the stupendous and unrivaled collection of pharaonic priceless artifacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king recovered from the tomb of KING TUTANKHAMUN.

The Pharaoh ruled Egypt for approximately ten years (around 1336-1327 BC).

Commemorating the centenary of the discover that captivated the world, exhibits the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s greatest golden treasures ever to travel out of Egypt will open at: Komplex Performance & Event Venue  – District, VI., 26.  Király Street .

 November, 8.  2019 – March, 1. 2020.

In November, 1922, from the ancient dark hole came to light during the exploration by British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon in discovering Tutankhamun’s near-intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The king’s mummified body in his golden coffin was found surrounded by precious grave goods. To-day, Tutankhamun is known the most famous ancient Egypt’s pharaoh. In just a wink the legend of Tutankhamun captured imaginations globally and became a worldwide sensation, public fascination surrounding the boy king, the only Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. Over the years the attention has not stopped, having worldwide exhibitions, drawing record crowds where ever Tutankhamun – The Golden Pharaoh – have had been laid in his coffin.

Find out how much do you really know about the boy-king? During the visit to Budapest’s exhibition there will be much to see and hear so much of the lesser-known facts about him.

Go on a fantastical voyage, a once-in-a-lifetime insight into the archaeology of ancient Egypt and experience the burial chambers and treasures of the King exactly as they were discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. The exhibition offers the visitors a unique experience with tracks of original venues, photos of the reconstructs over 2200 m2 and the beauty of the treasures of the era.

Update Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Gastronomy Time – Laposa Wine Estate @ Badacsony

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Laposa Wine Estate is one of the most popular wineries at Badacsony in Northern Upland of Lake Balaton. The family basically deals with traditional, local grape varieties which are located in the best-suited sites of the surrounding volcanic buttes. Their love for the surroundings all started in 1978, on a train crossing the Lake Balaton Uplands and in while the whole family moved from Budapest to Badacsony. This is how the Budapest-based Laposa family from the cooper trade was united with the wine-making local Barabás family.

In the early of the ’90s the winery started to grow. The parcels are dispersed among Badacsony, the Szent György mountain, Csobánc, the Köves mountain and Somló. To this day, these plots form the backbone of the Laposa Wine Estate, which has by now expanded to 17 hectares. The Laposa winery produces mostly white wines, using traditional, local grape varieties typical of the Badacsony wine region: a total of 120000–150000 bottles of wine are produced yearly comprising: Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Pinot gris, Kéknyelű, Furmint and Juhfark. In recent years extended their range of hospitality by opening a new place in each year. These were: Gábli – a brunch spot inside Liliomkert market of Káptalantóti,  the Kis Hableány opened in the centre of Badacsony. The frissTerasz located on the Badacsony mountain – these all serve the purpose of providing stimuli to the life of Badacsony and its surrounds.

Highlights to the forthcoming events taking place at Badacsony

At Gastrohegy  – Hableány (Mermaid) Fish Supper – October, 26. The  Hableány  (Mermaid) will play a role on Friday night with an exclusive supper party. On the menu geese and new wines at Hableány – Mermaid: Balaton bistro dishes, with harmonious wine pairs with this year’s first wines from the cellar.

“Martin’s Day” Wine Dinner – Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – “Badacsony Flying”  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich in taste white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

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Autumn Festival of Museums @ Veszprém – PartTwo – 2019.

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Autumn Festival of Museums – October, 8. – November, 10. 2019.

This year the Blessed Gizella  Archdiocese Collection will be implemented during the Autumn Festival of Museums nationwide program series. Keep in mind that four outstanding Italian centerRome, Kingdom of Naples, Bologna and the Republic of Venice painting exhibition can be viewed in the Blessed Gizella Collection, from the 17th and 18th century collection showing Italian Baroque painting and graphic material, the works of Luca Giordano and Solimena of Naples, Piazzetta of Venice, and masterpieces of Roman caravaggist artists.

In addition to the huge material selection of arts, can be seen other historical art collections barrowed from other Hungarian museums.

The Right of the Bishops of Veszprém to Crown the Queens!

The bishopric of Veszprém is presumably the oldest of the ten bishoprics founded by St. Stephen and it is certain that it existed as early as 1001.The Cathedral of Veszprém was founded by Queen Gizella, and her crown was kept in the Cathedral until 1207. Queen Gizella came from Bavaria. Her crown was kept in the cathedral, but King András II took it with him when he went on a Crusade to the Holy Land in 1217, and he sold it in the course of his travels.The right of the bishops of Veszprém to crown the queens was an ancestral right sanctioned by tradition. The bishops of Veszprém were also the Chancellors of the Queen, and they listed this among their titles until 1946. Between 1392 to 1773 the bishops were the Lord Lieutenants of Veszprém. Her crown was kept in the cathedral, but King András II took it with him when he went on a Crusade to the Holy Land in 1217, and he sold it in the course of his travels. The right of the bishops of Veszprém to crown the queens was an ancestral right sanctioned by tradition. Until the 16th century, the coronation of the queens was performed by touching the queen’s right shoulder with the Holy Crown. Later, in the Habsburg Era, the so-called domestic crown and the Hungarian Holy Crown were in use.

Following the submission of a proposal by the Blessed Gizella Archdiocese Collection, in 2014 the committee of the Municipal Value Inventory Committee of Veszprém declared the right of the bishops of Veszprém to crown the queens as part of the intangible cultural heritage of the city of Veszprém.

In 1772, the precentor János György Tejfalussy (Milchdorfer) had built the Tejfalussy canon house to the immediate north of the Franciscan monastery. The main Baroque building, the arched rooms and staircase of which show the original condition, was constructed on the double castle wall, presumably on the site of two earlier Baroque buildings. The building has three stories, while on the street front it is two-storied. The ecclesiastical treasury, which is the second richest collection of the Hungarian ecclesiastical treasuries, consisting of around 5,000 pieces.

Blessed Gizella Archdiocese Collection – The Saint George Chapel …According to the medieval chronicles, Prince Saint Imre took a vow of chastity in the round, Romanesque-style chapel, which was built in the 10th and 11th centuries. The relic of the head of Saint George, which King Saint Stephen was given by the Byzantine emperor, was also kept here. The chapel was also a chapter house, and indeed according to a charter that was issued in 1417 it was also the site for the elections of bishops. It was also a place of pilgrimage, to which Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg traveled in 1401.

Within the Blessed Gizella Archdiocese Collection “From Naples to Venice” two centuries of Italian Baroque paintings from the 17th and 18th Century can be discovered at the exhibition held between May, 7. to November, 10. 2019. Time is certainly short, but those in interest to these breathtaking arts and painting be sure to make previous provisions at the Archiepiscopal Palace ( 16. Vár Street) for the Tejfalussy Cannon House ( 35. Vár Street) – Info:

One of the symbols of the town stands on the highest peak of Veszprém, the  Fire Tower – The Castle’s one and only tower from medieval times, the so-called Barbican … the present Fire Tower.  The Fire Tower firstly built as a watchtower, but later was rebuilt to alarm in case of fire. Climbing up to the top on a narrow, spiral stairway is worthwhile to have an unforgettable view on the city. Every hour the clock of the tower plays ‘conscription music’ composed by the Veszprém composer Antal Csermák. There is a wonderful view of the landscape of Veszprém from the balcony of the tower. Permanent exhibition introduces the history of the Fire Lookout Tower. Visitors can see copies of the documents found after the renovations  held between 1814 – 1891. Exhibited the original metal document storage cylinders and the coins found there, as well as other interesting photos and descriptions about the history of the monument. The entrance ticket to the Fire lookout Tower is valid for this exhibition, too.

There is so much to see, that a full day is needed to admire treasures of the History Arts at Veszprém.

Last but not least, thanks to the professional experts who led the way to explore, taking part in the adventure of these two  major cities Székesfehérvár and Veszprém. This kind of joint cultural festival with all its programs is suitable and encourages everyone to get on the road in any city of the country … look in a museums … seek a hidden treasure and when leaving need not have to have a second thought that Hungary is the source of miracles.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter




The Museums Autumn Festival – PartOne – Székesfehérvár & Veszprém – 2019

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September 23 – November 10. 2019.

It was the most gorgeous fall day with 24C and sunshine. Drove a little less than 2 hours to get to our destination and have taken of the most beautiful  snaps from these 2 cities.  We walked on the highest points and „climbed” down to the lowest points. Cannot stay enough about these cities, so put on your walking shoes and go visit!  Our first stop, arriving to our first venue went inside the Welcome Center and then headed for our day trip.

Midway through the open-air event series of the Ethnographic Museum and the Hungarian Tourism Agency. This time we got a taste of famous museums and programs in Veszprém and Székesfehérvár. The purpose of our study visit was to get to know the sights and history presented of the Museum Autumn Festival in the countryside.


During the morning, The exhibition of the graphic artist László Réber,  prize winner of the “The Exhibition of the Year” Museum’s Pedagogical King Museum in the morning hours.  The „Hetedhét” Toy Museum in the historical center of Székesfehérvár, in the Hiemer-Font-Caraffa building block. The permanent exhibition is made in two collections. Collection One Éva Moskovszky and her mother, Erzsébet Auer, whose unique collections of civic toys are recognized throughout Europe and the graphic legacy – László Réber. CollectionTwoThe combinations of objects containing thousands of small game devices almost without exception a baby’s room, which was originally staged at the collectors themselves and equipped with some kind of story and meaning.


After that venue, we visited the “Country House of the Year” homemade pasta workshop in the Bakony House. The Bakony House, one of the first Hungarian open-air ethnographical museums. The house used to be a home for a Calvinist lower-gentry family. The three-part building thatched-roofed and soil floor represents the most advanced type of that time. Inside lifestyle typical of the region are displayed (pots, pans, bowls, dishes, ring-cake makers, cups, spoons, and forks). The potteries were made by potters of Veszprém, Szentgál, Nemesleányfalu, Sümeg, Tüskevár, and Kapolcs. Main room displayed with old-style, angular arrangement of furniture. See slideshow: To the right of the entrance there is a green tile or flap-tile stove with a crown with lace-ornaments on the top made by a Veszprém stove-setter and potter in 1854. There is a wooden arm-chair called the “chair of sorrow”, a seat for the oldest man of the family neoclassic chairs from the 19th century with carved back with empire-style ornaments. Also two chairs with Baroque-style carved backs dating from 1704.

A few steps further is the 1925 built, 100 year-old county museum the “Palace of Culture,” built to the public interested in historical treasures the Dezső Laczkó Museum, that show lives from the past, the present, and the future. The first finds of the oldest and most significant collection of 330000 items in the county from 1903 which deals with ethnography, archaeology, history, fine and applied arts, literary history of Veszprém and Veszprém county, and there is a remarkable collection of numismatic  collection as well. Int he museum the „Spirits” remained in the objects. It makes visitors travel in time and space everywhere in the county during the ancient times to the modern age, from the Avars to our grandparents. The oldest archaeological findings date back to 5th century B.C.  At the Library and Treasury of Knowledge is a home for ancient prints, antiques shows several hundreds of years old, first editions of Hungarian fiction and non-fiction books from the 17-19th centuries. In addition visitors can watch archive and contemporary films on about Veszprém county itself. The Treasury of Knowledge a superb and unique education program in the heart of museum.

Before  heading to our next venue had lunch at the Gusto13 – Székesfehérvár … Bouillon, veggies, noodles …Wild boar, green pea puree with grilled vegetables …  also for vegetarians – steamed vegetables … dessert – Thai pannacotta. Excellent food and service – Highly recommend this place.

In the afternoon went down to reach the deepest point of the city -3 floor of the renowned Prison. This program, namely: “Up in the Sky, Down in the Deep” showed the dark shadow of the past, we got a picture of the lives of convicted ex-prisoners, mainly because of their political views in the jail. Had a look at the memory cell of the Hungarian Prince Cardinal József Mindszenty.  Was the bishop of Veszprém and imprisoned in the castle prison between November, 27.  – December, 22. 1944. The Mindszenty Memorial Room commemorates the activities and imprisonment detailing the arrest and detention. He was jailed on Xmas in 1948., charged , sentenced to life imprisonment in 1949. He was liberated during the 1956 Revolution and fled to the US Embassy – Budapest after the suppression of the War of Independence. He stayed at the embassy until 1971, when he left the country and moved to Vienna. According to his will he was buried in 1975 in Mariazell – Austria.

There were also left hand marks of the Bakony outlaws who were imprisoned here also on the -3 floor. Were told a brief history of some of major Bakony outlaws. The rumor of the outlaws survived of which the door of their cell where taken away and exhibited as a memento in the new prison at the Veszprém County Prison.  Born in a shepherd’s family  (real name Jóska Papp)  Jóska Sobri the high-profile robberies were associated with his name. He had several robberies on his account, mentioning here the Hunkár castle’s robbery  at Szolgagyőr, gained booty and was  finally captured in 1836 sentenced  and hanged.

To be continued … PartTwo

Update and snaps  Aggie Reiter

First Pálinka Series by Gábor Simonyi – Kaposvár

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 Gábor Simonyi – Managing owner  of GáBor and Pálinka House – Kaposvár.

This riport covers some of Gábor’s pálinka and calls to visit Kaposvár to see the landscape of its rich history left behind from the past.

The back side to Gábor’s first name has a combination … Gábor is Gabriel in English, but in Hungarian the Gábor name can be split into two. The second part spelling  “bor” stands for “wine” in English. So all in all i.e. GáBor Wine and Pálinka House.

Gábor is the vice-chairman of the Wine and Pálinka Muster Organisation. His ambitious goal is to elevate the amazing Hungarian Pálinka. Gábor as a native Kaposvár inhabitant, strive to give folks of Kaposvár the opportunity to enjoy Pálinka from their region.

The different fruit trees grown on the sunshine plan at  Somogy county and are closed into the bottles of flavoring in rich tasty pálinka. It’s no secret and has to be mention, Gábor’s pálinka were superb and really delicious.

Gábor fruits are taken to the Brill Pálinka House for wage distillery and Gábor is present at every step and supervision. Around 12 different pálinka were out to taste at the last day of the OMÉK 2019 Hungexpo Fair and were extremely popular by the visitors during the day.

 In brief  as Gábor said: Q.: “The recipe to a good pálinka is of wonderful tastes and scents, a combination of the carefully picked fruit, the well made mash, the competence of the destiller expert and last but not least the passion”

Sour Cherry Pálinka 42 % – The base is the fully ripe deep red colored grape sour cherry from Újfehértó…its fresh ripe sour cherry fragrance with the craggy core characters of the marzipan, a truly deep, masculine relish a favorit among many ladies. Quince Pálinka 44 % – Three different types of quince fruits are responsible for the smack of this wonderful Quince-Couveé…the combination of Leskovaci – , Vranja and the one with huge fruits: Cydora Robusta provides a long and thrilling aftertaste. Golden Apple  Pálinka 42% – Its elegantly moderate sweet taste carries citrussy characters…The golden peel gently tasty. Bedded Golden Apple Pálinka 41%“Gábor’s liquid gold”  that is how the colleagues call it…amazing Golden Apple Pálinka with raw apple slices, with several exchange of the bed during the process,its taste lasts for a long time. Vilmos Pear Pálinka 44% – The ripe yellow fruit beautifully appears in the sweet odour of this pálinka…It is a characteristic and harmonic drink with a sweet sour relish, which was awarded „best of the series”. Packhams’s Triumph Pear Pálinka 44% – Spicy redolent, from the ripe yellow-green juicy melting butterpear…Comes with a sweet sour taste and its long lasting, spicy smack is enchanting. Fétel Apát Pear Pálinka 44% – Pear with a French origin, its snow-white fruit pulp is juicy… its sweet and spicy taste charms… perfect for an autumn sunset. Wildpear Pálinka 44% –  It is mildly spicy, has a sourness that is typical for wild fruits, has a gentle seed smack, a long lasting aftertaste. Hungarian Apricot Pálinka with its 42% – Pálinka made out of Hungarian apricot from Gönc, its ingratiating fragrance and taste has a reminder of the scent of an apricot tree flower.

Basically the Hungarians are fond of the Apricot and Plum pálinka, but beside these two, other fruit pálinka are getting more attention and popular. Naturally, his invitation does not go out only for the Hungarians, but as he said the foreigners living, staying in Hungary are more than welcome to visit Kaposvár and will not be not disappointed for time being spent there, also dropping by GáBor Wine and Pálinka House and enjoying the sips of several fruity pálinka and/or wines in between whilst looking around the sights of the city.

A word or two about the city of today named Kaposvár … According to the legend of Kaposvár … the city was founded on seven hills (like Rome and Lisbon). The area had already been inhabited by 5000 BC. From around 400 BC, Celtic tribes populated the area. From 9 AD to 107 AD, the city belonged to the Roman Pannonia. In the subsequent years, many people lived there. Mainly German and Illyrian tribes were in that place. In 900, the conquering Hungarians found Slavic and German villages in this land. After the conquest of the Hungarians, the tribe of Koppány settled down in Somogy.

The European railway line from Budapest towards the Mediterranean leads through Kaposvár, so easy rolling on the railways to track Kaposvár.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

John Lennon Called The Beatles Member „Loser”

Annie Liebovitz – Lennon

For those Beatles and especially John Lennon (R.I.P.) fans, recalling memories written and shared by Mike Mazzarone.

The official Twitter account for late The Beatles icon John Lennon tweeted out the following quote. John Lennon’s widow brutally described his death. The quote is in reference to a particular track by the band, “I’m A Loser”, which was off of The Beatles’ fourth studio album entitled “Beatles for Sale”. This John Lennon ‘Violent’ threat before his death was recently revealed. This particular quote comes from an interview in which Lennon was asked by a journalist about Bob Dylan’s apparent influence in regard to sound and lyrics. It can be viewed below:

‘That’s me in my Dylan period. Part of me suspects that I’m a loser and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.’ (laughs)

In other news regarding The Beatles, fans on the official subreddit of the band have been discussing their thoughts about the newly released fiftieth-anniversary reissue of Abbey Road:

tuesday8 replied: “I’m mostly deaf in my right ear, and man what I wouldn’t give for perfect hearing. Usually, I just turn on the setting that turns stereo into mono but I can really tell I’m missing out. I do have a slight hearing in my bad ear and always wear a headphone over it since it adds something. I turned stereo back on, slid the balance over towards the right, and cranked the volume––and it was actually pretty cool to experience stereo through headphones since I normally get the effect only from speakers. Although it was cool to hear the stereo, it’s just not the same as I really can’t hear clearly out of my bad ear, even with the volume cranked. I just wish I could experience this mix as it is, because I can tell it’s something special and that I’m not experiencing it fully– especially with I Want You (She’s So Heavy), one of my favorite songs.”

Update Aggie Reiter

Europe is Going to the Cinema – 2019.

The 4th European Art Cinema Day – October, 13. 2019.

The initiative, successfully launched in 2016 by the CICAE  (International Confederation of ArtHouse Cinemas)  in partnership with Europa Cinemas, reunited more than 650 cinemas spread in 39 countries in 2018.

To-day more than 700 cinemas across Europe, including almost all members of the Art Cinema Association and 28 Hungarian cinemas, have joined the international event organized by the CICAE and Europa Cinemas.

The Hungarian program aims to highlight the diversity of European cinema and the importance of art cinema as a cultural and community space. It is enriched by five award-winning European co-productions, and feature two new Hungarian films.

Also special programs the will be organised just for the young audiences on Friday the 11th and on Monday the of 14th October.

From film drama to contemporary youth film, comedy and crime, to animated Hungarian family film, five new European films and three Hungarian works will be screened in various genres, most of which will be screened before their national premieres. These movies will be screened at 9 Art Movie Theaters in Budapest these venues are at: Urania Movie Theater, Corvin Cinema, Kino Cafe Mozi, Puskin Cinema, Toldi Movie Theater, Tabán Art Cinema, Premier Kult Café, Artist Cinema, Art & Cinema.

Beside the Capital Cinemas, 19 National Region Cinemas throughout Hungary are also joining the 4th European Art Cinema Day on Sunday, October, 13. 2019. in screening art films.

 Update Aggie Reiter