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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

Go West – Go Key West … Rolling Onward & Upward!

Key West – Florida – USA

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day the United States of America Embassy  partnership with the Discover America Hungarian Committee (DAC for short), organized a workshop on Florida Keys and Key West tourism in Budapest. The DAC  was founded in 2010, as the mission of the Discover America Hungary Association to actively support American tourism. The association widely promotes the amazing tourist attractions and activities offered by the United States of America, inspiring travelers to explore the country. DAC works closely with the Budapest’s US Embassy’s Office of Commerce and the US as a tourist destination marketing organization, Brand USA.

The Florida Keys and Key West representatives held previously similar workshop in two countries, earlier in Belgium and Austria before coming to Budapest. They said, last year the number of entries significantly, more than 15 percent increase from Hungary, so they see more potential for local entrepreneurs to Hungarian tourists. The Hungarian invited guests were introduced to the sights, activities and hotels and Florida’s famous Overseas Highway, undoubtedly breathtaking Seven Mile Bridge, or 7 miles (which is actually 6.79 miles, or 10.93 kilometers on trans-sea pillars connecting crowds of tourists to visit the small Island of the population of cca. 28,000.

A while ago was the Annual World Tourism Day.  It’s non better time to plan and visít, escape from the cold winter weather heading to  the “Bracelet of Islands” to a little paradise on our Globe from Hungary.

During the presentation we took an imaginary journey, with video, map sheets, booklets which really made the appetite for many to visit Key West right away. A place full of adventures, with a large scale of venues and to stay at one of the magic hotels at six ideal locations.  By-the-way here are around 527 hotels and other lodging accommodations, so having plenty from 3 to 5 stars for a perfect vacation. Traveling across the bridge arriving to the cities the Island offers unique experience … Colonial-style chalets, palm trees, bars, tropical archipelago, soft breeze. Key West is also called the southernmost settlement of the United States and the only “Caribbean island”.

In brief a couple of venues not to be missed … Key Largo accomodations are tailored for everyone … boutique lifestyle hotel – the Gates Hotel Key West – relaxing in lush tropical gardens, also having entirely smoke free stay, cozy and standard rooms to family cottages with kitchens or enjoy – the Waterfront resort Key West – right on the Histroic Habor. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West Aquarium and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary venues fun for everyone, not just for kids. The Key West is also notable for its landmarks like Mallory Square, Southernmost Point. Though Key West is not well-known for its beaches, there are a few charming areas where both travelers and locals can completely unwind while sunbathing, skipping in the white sand beach and enjoying fun water sports. Have a close look on the Duval Street and enjoy Fort Zachary Taylor. The Mallory Square located on Wall Street in Key West’s historic Old Town, just west of Duval Street Islamorada – Divers Paradise … History of Diving Museum – featuring one of the world’s largest collections of international diving helmets and artifacts, this museum is a must stop for anyone who love to scuba dive. Watch the Caribbean sunset at the still waters off the coast, jam to the Island beats by live musicians. As the sun goes down hundreds of locals and tourists gather to watch the beautiful sunset and also to enjoy exhibits of arts and crafts and street performers like clowns, jugglers. The Hemingway Home & Museum is a must-see landmark, especially for literature aficionados and certainly is  one of the top visited venue at Key West, Florida with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture mansion built in 1851 from rock, native to the area. A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park with its spectacular 19th Century Fort Jefferson and to drop over to Vandenberg where the former United States Navy ship was intentionally sunk in 2009 to create an artificial coral reef. The Turtle Hospital – Sea Turtel Center – rescue – rehab – release  – will most probably steal the hearts of the visitors on the Island of Marathon. This hospital is dedicated since its opening in 1986 specifically to the treatment of sea turtles. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a marine sanctuary, there is also a mock-up of the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory called Aquarius. Taking adventure off the coast of Key West by sailing on a katamaran choose the glass bottom boat from the Island and watch dolphins swimming and jumping alongside. Keeping eyes wide open enjoy in the shallow-water snorkel above and the coral reef.

There is no better way to get closer to a new place than rolling BY FOOT around its beautiful streets and alleys gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of its charming Caribbean architecture.There are many interesting houses built out of coral-rock or salvaged ship-boards that will amaze every history and architecture enthusiast. Discover the Island BY BIKE explore the cool spots. Renting a bike would be a fantastic idea to explore alone, if the visitors prefer driving around the island in getting closer to the past and the present of Key West. The Island is rather small in  terms of driving.  BY DRIVE the whole landscape can be seen in one day, of course rolling on the 2 or 4 wheels. For those who don’t want to explore it alone by guided tour. BY FLIGHT to Key West first of all, getting to Key West is easy and depending on how long your vacation is going to be. In addition, there is also BY BUS to take you from Miami to Key West … the rolling wheels takes around 4 hours.

Make a Key Plan to Key West surely will be remembered as a lifetime holiday. Yes, but to have it, first to make that trip to cherish the memories.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hearld News: Temples of Art Series – The Prado Museum – Film Premiere @ Budapest

Temples of Art: The Prado Museum – Collection of Miracles
color subtitled Italian educational film, 90 minutes, 2019
Director: Valeria Parisi

Premiere – Tuesday, October, 8. 2019. – 8 p.m. – Uránia National Film Theater – Budapest

The entire history of art are all in one extremely amazing Halls at the PRADA Museum in Madrid. Many may have been to the PRADA Museum in Madrid or perhaps many may have not. This film surely will take the audience right into  PRADA without taking a step out from their seats, instead stepping into the Halls at the breathtaking PRADA Museum.

On the 200th anniversary of its existence, one of the most visited museums in the world  now comes to Budapest to take a special tour through the halls of the eminent institution, presenting their history and secrets in the frame of the Temple of Art series. Journey through the history of beauty and art with Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons guides viewers through.

At the premiere the guest of honor, Dr. Joan Molina Figueres (University of Girona, Department of Art History), curator of the premiere screening of the film in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the Cervantes Institute.

The film is screened in original (English, Spanish) with Hungarian subtitles. and out at major cinemas throughout the country’s regions from October, 10. 2019. Tickets on the spot at the ticket booth.

Upon Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Update Aggie Reiter

First International Beatles Festival @ Budapest 2019!

Just in case if it slipped out of mind!

Are you extremely fond of the Beatles? Wish to purchase a couple of Beatles relic? If you say yes to at least one out of two then your place is nowhere better place to be on the first weekend of October at Analog Music Hall and Hard Rock Cafe in Budapest! Organizers will bring a huge slice recalling the Lads from Liverpool to Budapest as part of the first Hungarian Beatles Festival!

Previous Herald News:



Here are the planned programs and the performances:



2 p.m. – Doors open

2.30 p.m. -Official Opening – The BlackBirds, Sergey Radchenko, Egri Road Beatles Múzeum, VOX

3 p.m. – Sergey Radchenko (UA) – storyteller – Ambassador of The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool). Where does genius come from and how young John Lennon found the key to his success, s

4 p.m. – Petruska – Acoustic concert with Petruska. Little known songs by The Beatles.

5 p.m. – Helen Anderson (UK) – designer from Liverpool, creator of the iconic Lennon hat talks about John Lennon’s school years and the times they spent together.

6 p.m. – Intermission

6.30 p.m. – Raffle (FREE raffle with entrance tickets.) Prizes include VOX harmonica with Beatles sheet music, radio, promotional gifts, Hard Rock Cafe gifts, official APPLE and Beatles Museum Merchandise sponsored by Egri Road Beatles Museum.

7 p.m. – The BlackBirds (Hungarian Beatles & Solo Years Tribute Band) feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol) – Abbey Road full album LIVE – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Abbey Road album with The BlackBirds, feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol).

8 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) – (top John Lennon tribute act from Chicago) From Please Please Me to Double Fantasy – John Lennon songs from the first Beatles LP to the last John Lennon solo album.


3 p.m. – The winner of the Beatles Weekend’s Talent Contest.

4 p.m. – Márton András (drummer of KFT) talks about his book Yesterday, his translation of Beatles lyrics.

5 p.m. – Zoltán Czutor (Belmondo, Nyers) talks about his love of The Beatles and plays his favourite songs.

Other events all day long:

Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe & Bar – hot and cold  yummies.

RomKafé  – exclusíve Beatles Specials – hot chocolate in 3 different flavors: Honey Pie, Savoy Truffle, Strawberry Fields Forever.

VOX exhibition – vintage and new amplifiers, guitars, pianos, harmonicas.

Official APPLE Beatles merchandise and CD’s available in Egri Road Beatles Museum’s shop.

Beatles Fair – vintage record (vinyl) market – Official Beatles Weekend Shop

Alcoholic & soft drinks at Analog Music Hall’s bars.

DAY 2 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER, 6. 2019.

Hard Rock Cafe is exclusive to Beatles Weekend all Sunday afternoon.

Extra day for the biggest Beatles fans. Special event with original Hard Rock Cafe Beatles relics.


2.30 p.m. – Doors Open

3 p.m. – István Mikó actor talks about the Beatles and the legendary Beatles Forever stage play.

4 p.m. – Intermission

4.30 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) & The Blackbirds: Unplugged. Best Lennon ballads and rare Beatles songs.

6 p.m.  Oh Boy … Now you missed the Beatles Week-end Budapest 2019 – THE END

Update Aggie Reiter

HERALD NEWS: All that’s Jazz @ Jazzy Festival 2019.

Get set – Go – Follow the Beat is Rhythm!

MOM Cultural Center
District, XII., 18. Csörsz Str. Budapest

The Hungarian 90.9 Jazzy radio awaits fans of stylish, passionate and quality music every fall. Ain’t different this coming weekend. Brings the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center starting at 7.30 p.m.

The Jazzy Festival is a festival of stylish and sophisticated music. This year’s festival is organized jointly with the Palozik Jazz Picnic.

Jazz rhythms can be heard from some of the best representatives on October 4-5 at the MOM Culture Center – Budapest. The Jazzy Festival  annually organized as a festival of stylish and sophisticated music.

On October 4, Bálint Gájer will be performing in a band with an orchestra. His show has long range colorful music, from the classical swing through Latin acquisitions beats up to the well known pop songs.

Thereafter, the Club Des Belugas feat takes the stage bringing on a mix of jazz-swing-Latin rhythms. Also joining the band will be by Anna Luca – Swedish-German singer, one of the newcomers to the international jazz scene, who performed already several times with the Club des Belugas. Anna Luca in her unique way, representing the jazzy world of the genre Nu Jazz combine electro, lounge and Nu Jazz styles of Brazilian beats, swing and African-American music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.

On October 5, Kraak & Smaak Live Band mixes acid jazz with house music. The Dutch trio within a couple of years have reached great career. The band have had already played at major festivals around the world, such as the Coachella, Bonnaroo and Sziget festivals. During their concerts, they mix live music and DJ sets.

Before the Dutch Concert, The Blue Rabbit Hammond Band plays a unique line-up of organ int he field of jazz-funk-blues on the Hungarian scene. Mátyás Premecz – leader of the band on keyboards – his trademark complemented Hammond organ  and by Andy Hefler‘s characteristic vocals  makes it special. Within their program consists of own compositions, which will complete the processing of some classic tunes.

Ticket can be purchased on the spot as well and/or … for Friday October, 4.:

and for Saturday, October, 5.:

Mind you for the Saturday’s concert there are only seats to be purchased for the concert.

Only VIP tickets are available for the gallery!

Update Aggie Reiter

Part1 – OMÉK – An Appertizer to the “Catch it!” Booth – Hungexpo

The National Agricultural and Food Industrial Exhibition and Trade Fair (OMÉK – ’79) – venue HUNGEXPO. still until Sunday, September, 29. 2019., not worth to miss!

Giant aquarium and a show kitchen “Catch it!” Booth – Hunexpo – Budapest

The appetite maker to the “Catch it!” Booth is in the “A”pavilion, 104/Stand)

The Agricultural Marketing Center (AMC) awaits visitors to the booth at the 79th National Agricultural and Food Exhibition and Fair (OMÉK) with a twenty-thousand-liter giant aquarium, visual kitchens and tastings. September 26-29, 2019 between fish consumption in the areas of HUNGEXPO not only serve the audience with fine cuisine and delicious fish dishes framework of incentives “Catch it!” campaign, also made professional presentations representatives of the fishing industry. Twice Michelin-starred chef Jenő Rácz  makes  fish finger foodies by his own recipes and the visitors may have a taste on the spot.

The OMÉK on the campaign rumbles on in promoting fish and fish dishes with a show kitchen twice a day on the spot  so said Péter OndréManaging Director of the Agricultural Marketing Center.

Ferenc LévaiMember of the Board of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Trade Union (MA-HAL), drew the attention of visitors to the booth for some programs that are of interest to the professional and the general public. Among other things, visitors can learn about freshwater fish found in Hungary.

Update Aggie Reiter