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The Best Light Painters Are Coming To Pécs – Hungary

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Pécs brings the highlight of autumn!

Attended at the press conference organized at the Cella Septichora Visitor Center @ the City of Pécs where a full overview  was given to the upcoming Festival of Light presented by Csaba Ruzsa, Deputy Mayor of Pécs. Péter Bleszity – festival organizer Zsolnay Heritage Management NKft. managing director. Tapodi Gabriella – Festival Director of Zsolnay Light Festival. Tamás Zádor – Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition professional partner – Burning Bulbs
Serbian Light Beings – Mirror Crew

Was told … The Zsolnay Light Festival @ Pécs arrives between September, 30.  to October, 3.  with nearly 150 programs, including breathtaking attractions not found anywhere else in the country. The best light painters in the world compete with each other, and their international competition reveals who can best enchant the Cathedral of Pécs.

 Was told that the Zsolnay Light Art International Light Painting Competition attracts tens of thousands of audiences every year, three-dimensional light creations come to life on the façade of the Cathedral. The festival will feature the top 10 light artists, including Japanese, Italian, Ecuadorian, Spanish, French, Romanian, German and Hungarian artists. They receive a prize of € 1,000 to reach the finals, and the € 5,000 grand prize and the audience prize will also host the competition.

The country’s first and only light festival will be shown upon 23 venues @ Pécs, features dazzling light paintings and light installations, which form the Way of Light, which takes visitors into a dazzling fairy tale world during the festival … Day &  Night. 

After New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Toronto, the grandiose work of light entitled Talking Heads will make its debut at the Zsolnay Light Festival in Hungary, in the fountain in front of the Theater Square! The two human heads of 4,000 LEDs communicate with each other with light – providing an astonishing experience.

For the first time, there will be a Path of Light station outside the city center: in cooperation with the University of Pécs, a 6-meter-high light installation will be seen on the new campus of the Faculty of Medicine (12 Szigeti Rd.), forming a detail of a neural network symbolize the flow of information between.

The works come to life at the Csontváry Museum …The spectators can can see of leaves on the branches moving of the lonely cedar … a breathtaking vision bringing it to life.

The lightwork of the award-winning Italian fuse * art studio depicts the eternal birth and death of parallel universes through its spectacular light installation. The installation of László Zsolt Bordos invites the visitor to a meditative experience of three-dimensional Space and Time. In addition, the visitors can admire the magical garden of light, walk on the carpet of light, control illuminated mandalas with a touch, see a rainbow slide and there will be a “foliage coronation” that shows how to organically interweave forms of nature with light.

Exciting programs await visitors not only in the evening, but also during the day: concerts, street art productions, acrobatic circus performances, as well as breathtaking performances by international street theater, dance circus and fire juggler companies.
Peruvian-Brazilian Equilibra has already performed in more than 20 countries, a fire show reminiscent of a love story, spiced with a rope dance.
We have already met Papito, the diaphragm-moving clown, at previous light festivals, this time he sees his previous success as coming with his partner, Pepe.
Arriving Joli Vyann Company  – UK, creates an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theater performances; and the first variety company of Pécs, Savage Works, is also introduced; their latest performance, MAZE, leads you into a maze.

Thoughout  the Light Road – (Fény út) free to visit according to the current  health regulations, the Zsolnay Light Art Light Painting Competition, street art programs and concerts  will require a certificate of protection.

Most of the programs are free of charge, but the Light Path Extra locations can be only visited by redeeming an armband.

Riport & snaps: Aggie Reiter

 

 

Wind Gate Park @ the Millenary – “Musical Budapest” Closing Chord – 2021

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Sunday, August 29 – Millenáris, Wind Gate Park
District, II.16-20 Kis Rókus Str. Budapest

Herald News: … 7 years, 12 venues, 2 months, 350 concerts were performed this year – the end of the seventh season of the “Zenélő Budapest” – “Musical Budapest” free program series brings the historical and cultural past and present of the capital to life in a unique way in the world; concert series. This year, the musicians of Zenélő Budapest gave 350 concerts in the cult venues of the capital, crowning the rich program with an unforgettable closing chord. Children are also welcome with colorful programs

On August 29, they will say goodbye to the 2021 season as part of a full-day closing event hosted by Millenáris, Wind Gate Park.

During the all-day free program, brass players in hussar costumes, popular classics will be sung by the string quartet, as well as the greats of Hungarian romance and the evergreens of the swing era. The closing concert of the evening will be performed by Micheller Myrtill – Tibor Pintér “Voice and Guitar” duo formation and Götz Saxophone Quartet gives.
Artistic director: Nándor Götz
Brainstormer: Béla Götz
The concert series is supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.

Update: Aggie Reiter

India 2021 Republic Day ceremonies were different this year.

Most probably not new information about India for many, but let’s go for a flashback to a little geography overview … India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since their Independence. Is is the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Republic Day has been celebrated every year in India on January, 26, since 1950 honoring the date. This year the country marked its 72nd Republic Day. In 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect. India was a colony of the British for over 200 years and thenafter, it became independent from the rule of the British Raj following the struggle of the Indian independence movement.

Overview: The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949 and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic. Was chosen the date January, 26. as the date for Republic day because it was on this day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

January, 26 India celebrated R-Day by hosting the national flag, the parade of Defence and paramilitary forces, several festivities like parades are observed, which honours the Indian military forces and their cultural heritage. Each year the R-Day parade celebration starting point begins at Rajpath in New Delhi holding its way through from Rashtrapati Bhavan and end at India Gate. Unlike every year when the Republic Day parade are attended by thousands of people, this year celebrations were toned down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the first to be organized amid the covid-19 pandemic which meant celebrations had to be taken with many changes, including a shorter route for the parade and much less public participation around the events.

Each year in he past were invited foreigner chief guest. However, this year’s celebration of Republic Day as a/m looked a little different due to the coronavirus. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited UK PM Borish Johnson for the 72nd Republic Day to be the chief guest but he called off his India trip due to the mounting covid-19 cases at home caused by a virulent variant of the SARS-CoV2 strain that triggers covid-19.

The last time the parade did not have chief guest was in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM on January,24 after the demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

India R-Day 2021

The ceremonial parade started off in the morning hours with the Presidential Guard escorting President Ram Nath Kovind from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the saluting dias. But this year, the parade … which usually start off from Vijay Chowk and winds its way down to the Red Fort and covers a distance of 8.2 kms … to terminate at the National Stadium. This meant that it was covered just about 1/3 or and distance cca. 3.3 km.

Missing this year at the parade were the veterans’ contingent that consists of ex-servicemen and women. Were absent the motorcycle stunts by troops of the army and the Central Armed Police Force personnel.
Each member of the contingents were wearing their mask – as per the protocol laid down by the Indian government to prevent the transmission of covid-19. In keeping with the social distancing rules, the six-day Bharat Parv – showcasing cuisines of various states – usually organized on Rajpath lawns from  January, 26-31 was neither to be held. 

A new additions to this year’s parade was including the Territorial Army contingent of the Madras regiment from Andaman and Nicobar islands – the first time the island chain is being presented at a Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

© Aggie Reiter

Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1

It was and is nice to have you around. Don’t know how many of you have tried to make your own mouthwatering “Cook Show” with the soups during last week post. Whether your tummy was full of the results of your wonderful taste … will not stop here, cause the traditional Hungarian main foodies yet to come.

As the situation around the world by coronavirus (COVID-19) the numbers of infections are high and low, it is a great preoccupation to enloose your mind by occuping yourselves a little and enjoying the pleasure of cooking and deservedly eat the delicous soups made unsubstituted.

Now lets talk about Hungarian food that local and foreigners are fond of without mentioning Goulash which already is a crusine landmark in-and-out of Hungary. A couple of soups, meat dishes, veggies, sweeties have had already wrote about at the previous: “New Theme on its way – “Q” & “A”.

This week starting with 

Chicken Paprikash with Nokedli – Hungarian egg noddle-dumplings – Nokedlis Paprikás Csirke

Chicken in sour cream, which is not only by locals but as well touched by the flavor of foreigners after the most favorit the Hungarian Goulash soup.

“Q” Is it a stew?

“A”  Not exactly … the chicken cooked in cream and paprika along with olive oil and bell peppers.

“Q” What is the role of the paprika?

“A” Most of the Hungaian stews do not rely on flour or roux for thickening. Paprika takes over the power in thickening. Also is in use in many kitchen to add color, flavor to the dish.

“Q”  What does it taste like?

“A” The paprika as the main ingredient gives it a piquant hotness. If you’re not into chilies, be careful with this!

Good to know … The first use of the word “paprika” in English is from 1896. It came from the Hungarian word “paprika” which was a diminutive of the Serbo-Croatian word “papar” meaning pepper. Hungary is a major source of paprika and it is more commonly used.

Paprika is likely Hungary’s most popular spice, and these are a series of dishes in which it’s the star ingredient.
Paprikash is composed of a creamy, paprika-rich sauce added to a number of different options: chicken, catfish, or
mushrooms are the most common variations. Garnish Nokedli (Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings), and the meal is complete. This is comfort food at its finest, very easy, flavorful meal … but caution … should not have read this with an empty stomach.

Ingredients for 4 person, preparing time: 60-90 mins.

4 pieces of chicken legs, 2 small onions, 1 and a half tbs sweet red papreika powder, 1-2 tomatoes, 1-2 Hungarian sweet yellow paprika. 200 ml sour cream, 2 tbs flour, 2 tbs oil or lard. For the Noodles – Nokedli: 2 eggs, 411 flour, salt 300-350 ml water for the batter, 1 tbs oil and a pan for water  for cooking them.

Cooking: Sauté the finely chopped onions in a little oil until “glossy”, remove from the heat and stir in the paprika powder, watch out not to get it burned. Season it with salt and pepper. Mix well and add a touch of water and simmer. Add some water if it is getting too thick, not too much only not to burn  chicken. Add the cut chicken pieces and return the pan to the stove, leave the skin on c aíuse  by this it will not fall apart by cooking and the end may peel it off, if not prefer to eat it.  Now add pepper and tomatoe. Place the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer chicken until tender. Next, using a bowl, mix into the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Take some of the gravy mix it to the sour cream mixture and repeat it two times until homogeneous.  Before puring the  sour cream into the the pan, remove the chickens. Add the sour cream mixture  to the sauce. Mix it well then put the chicken back and simmer for ccya 4-5 mins. … Now this ain’t too complicated receipt… right 🙂

Now come the most loved by Hungarian and foreigners the cooking of Nokedli Hungarian egg noodle-dumplings.

In a deep bowl mix flour, salt, eggs and  water. Bring 4-5 liters of water to boil point in a large pot for cooking the Nokedli – dumplings.

Mix 1 tbs oil in it so that you get a batter that is easy to stir but not to be sticky and careful not to make it too loose. This will be perfect by experience. Form little dumplings  from the batter and cook them in the salted boiling water. The Nokedli will rise to the top cca. 2-3 mins as boiling, drain and rinse with cold water. Add cca. 1 tbs of oil and mix well. toform the Nokedli place alittle pasta on a cutting board and with a dipped knife cut a little one-by-one put in hot water.

May also achieve a further increase in taste by adding on top of the ready chicken a spoonful sour cream, as you please. Have a great experience cooking!

© by Aggie Reiter

Kashmir @ Kupwara District Receives Electric Current – India

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The Kashmir’s Kupwara District Gets Electric Current Power for the First Time Since Independence.

Last village along LoC ( land of Control

The Keran village is cut off from the district for nearly six months every year due to the heavy snowing- heights of nine to 12 feet during the harsh winters, and the COVID-19 lockdown. The Kupwara district administration connected 3 villages located along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran area to the national electricity grid, ending a wait since Independence for power supply. The tasks  ere not easymcaused by the  shortage of manpower for the work after restrictions of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is an arduous five hours journey to Keran on a fair-weather road that meanders through apple and walnut orchards of the Kashmir Valley and the Pherkian Pass at 10,000 feet in the Shamasbari Ranges.

A power grid has been installed. This will now provide the village with electricity for 24 hours. It will also help residets get rid of noise and pollution caused by the diesel generator set in the area. With the electricity project nearing its completion, the local administration constructed and improved roads in the area.

The government has also given the go ahead to plans to construct 100 new panchayat offices adding to repair another 100 buildings.

For three hours of electricity, the Keran area, with a population of 14,000 in four panchayats, was till recently dependent on three old diesel generator (DG) sets, for which fuel was transported from the district headquarters.

Installed over decade back, the three DG sets were prone to frequent breakdowns further disrupting the meagre power supply, more so in winters when conducting repairs are next to impossible. In 2012, the area’s residents were hopeful that a solution to their power problems was found. The plan was to extend power lines to Keran and establish a grid station. But hopes started to with as no substantial progress was made on the project for nearly seven years, apart from the installation of some solar lighting systems that had limited efficiency even during the summers for some villagers. Not being directly connected to the national power grid threw Keran into extreme backwardness with lack of industries and limited access to medical facilities and television.

All the essential commodities, especially food items and essential drugs are stored in advance for an year in the area to cater to the winter requirements during the cut off area. It was among 112 districts of the country that were chosen for quick and effective transformation.

The Kupwara district administration swung into action deploying multi disciplinary teams to ensure corridor clearance for the entire stretch of the electricity line, that passes through several villages, steep slopes and dense forests.

It may seem as a  small project for the district, but has hugely triggered revolutionary changes in the lives of the common masses starting from switching on a television set as and when they want, to better healthcare, water supply, lift irrigation systems and impacting almost every walk of life now dependent on power supply. The people who were living on the zero line are very pleased for the change to come.

Cultural heritage of Kashmir is multi demensional as the variegated backdrop of its phyisical exuberance which has nursed and inspired it all along. Its sanctity and evergreen stature can be conveniently inferred from the chast shimmering snow, with its virgin top to toe, adorning the towering peaks of its mountainous periphery. Rosy blush lending perennial health to our warbling brooks, roaring waterfalls and sedate and solemn lakes. To crown all, this verynectarine glow has most meanfully groomed out metal  attitude to glean unity  amidst  seeming diversty.  It is a nonstop mental journey with no mile-posts to cool its heels upon. This is a Happy Valley..

Adding Culture – Tradition – Dance, Craftworks and Cuisine.

Culture and Traditional … Jammu’s Dogra is very different from the Kashmiri culture. The Dogra culture is instead much similar to that of neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Traditional Punjabi festivals such as Lohri and Baisakhi are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm throughout the region, along with Accession Day, an annual holiday which commemorates the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to the Dominion of India.

It is important to note that Kashmiri culture is predominantly followed only in the Kashmir valley and Doda of the Chenab region. Jammu and Ladakh have their own distinct cultures that are very different from that of Kashmir.

Handicrafts … Handcrafts have been the main-stay of the State’s Economy since Centuries. The dawn of modern era of industries least affected the viability of the crafts that always had the capacity to hold sway in even International Markets. The Wanvun, Roaff, carpet/shawl weaving Kaleenbafi and Koshur Sufiana forms a very important part of Kashmiri identity.

Traditional Dance … The Dumhal is a famous dance in the Kashmir valley, performed by men of the Wattal region. The women perform the Roaff, another traditional folk dance. Kashmir has been noted for its fine arts for centuries, including poetry and handicrafts.

Cuisine … holds a unique place among different world cuisines … having  good resources of  water spread area in the shape of streams, rivers, springs and Irrigation sars. Thus has tremendous  scope for development in fisheries  sector both in trout and food fisheries. Also keeping up with the tradional the Salted tea or Noon Chai also called Sheer Chai is the traditional drink and is cooked in a Samavar, a Kashmiri tea-pot. Kashmir has been noted for its fine arts for centuries, including poetry and handicrafts. Kehwa, traditional green tea with spices like cardamom, Saffron and almond, is served on special occasions and festivals. Kashmiri weddings are regarded incomplete without the Kashmiri traditional food known as Wazwan, which is typically spicy food cooked by the traditional cooks (Waz). Wazwan is a multi-course meal in which almost all the dishes are meat-based.

Kashmir a.k.a. witnessing many spiritual gurus who migrated from their homeland to Kashmir.

© Aggie Reiter

 

“Q”&”A” Jewish Delicious Food – @ Hungarian Cuisines – Journey Through the Taste Buds

The Hungarian Jewish cooking may be rooted in the past, but its recipes aren’t staying there!

Don’t have to be Jewish to love the Jewish cuisine, it is enough to be a gourmet.

 

There is hardly a culture in which Jewish food and its preparation are not known in the world.

Just a little insight into the countless inherited and localized Jewish food at Hungary

The first Jewish cookbook was published in Hungarian in the 1880s, followed by several other, practical, kosher recipe collections. Due to the dispersion of Judaism, as many communities, as to many food choices and tastes.

Of course, Hungarian Jewry cannot be an exception. The borders of East and West, the typical Hungarian countryside, or even Budapest’s Jewish circles distinct types of food have become popular with a variety of ages.

The Old Jewish Food, was first published in 1984 and presented traditional Eastern European Jewish food, with the aim of preserving Hungarian Jewish dishes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the first half of the twentieth century. The food descriptions are a bit concise compared to the recipes, the author entrusts the method of preparation partly to the imagination of the chef or cook.

The Hungarians make many spice mixes at home, most of which include cumin, a few cloves, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, seeds, leaves, mint and, of course, salt, pepper, and the essential peppers, but of course the climate in Hungary is not favorable for all of them. cultivation.

From this abundant gastronomic offer here is one of a good … but  heavy crunchy-munchy

Goose bump with red onion

Goose bump It can also be considered akind appetizer. The Hungarians eat it with alot or without red onion.

(Good to know to avoid smelly onion in the breath, eat a tsp of fresh parsley, also when having garlic and its gone.)

Ingredients: cca 1/2 kg of goose skin, little water.
Cooking: The goose skin is carefully peeled off the meat (usually from the breast and back) … usually Hungarians buy at the market goose  bump …  cut into 2 x 2 cm cubes and then placed in a pot. Add enough water to cover it and cook it on a moderate fire, stirring sometimes. By the time the water evaporates, the crumb will turn nice yellow. Bake for a few more minutes, then pour a cca. 2 tbs of water into the fat and squeeze the lid of the pot. This will make the crackling crispy. Filter and pour the goose fat into a jar  and let it cool, later place it in the fridge and can be in use for cooking ie meat soup  by adding 1 tsp to richer the flavor.
Carefully pour the water into the flag fat, it is advisable to pull away from the oven.

 

Another yummy appetizing … Chicken Breast Bags with Rosemary

Ingredients: 600 g chicken breast, 16 slices of bacon, salt, pepper, rosemary thread

Instructions: Cut the bacon slices in half. Slice up and tenderize the chicken and put salt, pepper and rosemary on it, then cut it into 16 pieces.
Roll each piece into two slices of bacon and fix the whole thing with a piece of thread. Fix a piece of rosemary on each little bag. It will intensify the mouth watering smell of the dish. Place the bags on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Hungarian lunch is not lunch without soup on the table.

Meat soup with matzo dumpling

In Hungary, matzo dumplings are not so much made of mace flour, but there are those who make a mixture of coarsely crushed mace. Adding ginger and parsley is the secret to good matzo dumplings. Here is the recipe for mace.
Ingredients: 250 gr mace, 6 eggs,, 4 tbsp goose fat,, 2 bunches of chopped parsley, 2 heaped tsp. ginger powder, black pepper, salt and to make it more  a mocha spoon of soda bicarbonate as well and will be more lighter.
Cooking: eggs are mixed with the fat and the same amount of water is added to it as the amount of egg mixture in deciliters. Add the hand-crushed Passover, the finely chopped parsley, and then season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and lots of ginger. Once kneaded, place in the refrigerator for at least 60 mins. By hand form balls the size of a ping-pong ball out of it and cook it in hot goose soup or it can also cooked in the beef soup or chicken soup.

Stewed cabbage with smoked goose leg

It is very popular … heavy meal … by the Hungarians, but rather cooked in the season of winter.

Ingredient: 2 smoked goose legs, 3 tablespoons goose fat, 40 dkg barrel cabbage.

Cooking: Wash goose legs thoroughly with warm water and soak for an hour or two. Melt the goose fat and heat it over your thighs. Then add the washed sauerkraut and the whole thing, stirring occasionally, just simmer until soft.

Can almost hear the “Q” … where is the famous Jewish cholent? Not missing!

Goose leg and beef meat with boiled egg

Most probably many people have had already tasted the real Jewish Cholent, but maybe only a few have not cooked it yet. So here is a Hungarian cholent guided tour:

Before the recept … First things First …

“Q” Where does the name Cholent come from?

“A”  The word of uncertain origin …  it is a Jewish Sabbath meal consisting of beans mixed with meat, peas, or a mixture of beans and rice, or pasta. The Jews are forbidden to cook on Saturdays, therefore this food is placed on the embers of the closed stove on Friday, where it is cooked until Saturday.

“Q” How to cook cholent
“A” In a ceramic pot, iron pot or enameled pot.

“Q” Making it on a stove or an electric hob?

“A” The point is to put the dish in the oven, it should be well closed to bare cooking for long hours , also to prevent evaporation.

Ingredients: 40 dkg brown beans 40 dkg beef (for soup), 2 goose thighs, 40 dkg of smoked meat (smoked goose leg or breast is best), 1 small head onion, 1 tsp red pepper, 3 tbs oil or 2 dkg goose fat, 1 tbs flour.
Preparation of brine:
Fry the chopped onion on the fat, sprinkle with the red pepper, add the beans and smoked meat soaked the night before and thaw for approx. With 2 liters of water .Add the meats and sprinkle on top of the flour we mix. Cover the whole thing and bake in the oven until the garnishes are completely softened. Usually in large pots it is good to prepare and make sure the water at the beginning covers all. You only need to salt if the smoked meat in it is not salty enough. Many people put gerslit in the brine, but it is excellent without it. During cooking the water is absorbed by the beans and meats, if so it is recommended to add a little water, but it should be served with short juice, it should be dense.

Life is sweet but better to make it really sweet non the other way than baking Flódni. It is also prepared for some famous event or celebration. Its essential ingredients are all symbols of abundance: poppy, walnuts, dense plum jam, wine and apples. the most famous cake of Hungarian Jewry.

Flódni

Ingredients: 1/2 kg of flour, 1/2 kg of sugar, 1/2 kg of walnuts, 1 kg of apples, 3  tsp of honey, 3 egg yolks, 1 dl of oil, 1 lemon grated peel.

Baking instruction: Knead the flour, oil, egg yolks and a spoonful of honey. Divide the dough into three and then roll each out to the size of a baking pan. Oil the baking sheet and put in the first sheet. Lubricate it with oil, water it with honey and sprinkle it with the nuts mixed with half the sugar.  Lay the second sheet on top, oil it, water it with honey and sprinkle with half the grated apple mixed with sugar. May bake with other ingredients as listed a/m. Put the last plate on it, water it with oil and honey, smear it on it, and then bake it ready in the oven. Baking time 50mins.

Hopfully, the Hungarian Jewish delicacies cuisine took you on a yummy tour.

©Aggie Reiter

“Incredible Construction” World’s Highest Railway Bridge – Connect @ Kashmir With the Rest of Incredible India

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Kashmir has often been referred to as “Heaven on Earth.” The heart of the area is the fertile “Vale of Kashmir” (The Valley), which lies between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range.

The world’s highest railway bridge in India over river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir will be completed by December 2021, and will connect the Valley with the rest of India by rail for the first time.

The construction work of the bridge was accelerated in the last one year under the direct supervision of the top echelons of the central government. It is most challenging task in the 150-year-long history of the railways. 

As seen above the massive arch-shaped structure, being constructed in hostile terrain. Had been in use over 5,462 (18,379 ft) tonnes of steel  above sea level on the India side of Kashmir and will be 359 metres above the river’s bed level. The bridge has a central span of 467 metres. The height of Qutab Minar – Delhi 72 metres and that of the Eiffel Tower – Paris  324 metres.  The maximum designed wind speed for the bridge is 266km/h.

Designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 266 km/h, 1.315-km-long, by withstand Blast, Earthquake of Intensity 8. An incredible “Engineering Marvel”!

The Srinagar Leh power transmission line 220 KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil–Leh power transmission system have also been completed. Ladakh now stands connected to the national grid. This has ensured grid connectivity and reliable quality power supply to the Ladakh region in winter and surplus power can be evacuated from there in summer, reducing reliance on diesel, boosting economy and protecting environment. The semi ring road in Jammu will be completed also by next year and all land acquisition and related hurdles have been removed. In this project, 30% of the work has already been completed. Major roads like Jammu–Akhnoor Road, Chenani-Sudhmahadev Road works has been accelerated and also has been earmarked for rebuilding of health institutions.

The Udhmapur-Katra (25 Km) section, Banihal-Quazigund (18 Km) section and Quazigund-Baramulla (118Km) section have already been commissioned. The last remaining section, the 111 km Katra-Banihal section is currently under execution. The 126 km out of 174 km of tunnels on this section has already been completed.

There has been a greater push in the last one year for implementation of various projects, practically every sector and provides for massive investments in basic infrastructure also  meant for strengthening socio-economic infrastructure and balanced regional development of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is the India’s longest road tunnel under construction in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The 9.2 km long road tunnel is a major road tunnel project in Northern India and biggest of the country. Chenani-Nashri road tunnel is also known as Patnitop Tunnel also one of the longest tunnel in Asia. The Shivalik mountain range of the great Himalayas will host the India’s longest 2 way traffic road tunnel

Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir witnessed the worst-ever floods in 2014 therefore a number of projects have been taken up to prevent floods. The Jhelum recovery project was a key one aimed at increasing the carrying capacity of the river Jhelum and the flood spill channel.

Further might be  of interest:

Tallest … Fastest … Longest Railway Tunnel … Under Sea Level  … High Speed Rail in India.

Tallest: Since 2019, the tallest building in India has been Lodha The Park 1 in Mumbai at 268 metres (879 feet). Multiple taller buildings are under construction as well as multiple taller buildings are on-hold. Mumbai has the highest concentration of high-rise buildings in India.

Fastest: The ambitious “bullet train” project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is set to be a test of the credentials of the country’s infrastructure prowess. India’s first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is likely to be completed by 2022, the year marking 75 years of India’s Independence. Also incated that the project would be completed by 2022, much before the earlier deadline of December 2023. The foundation stone of the project, which will get a soft loan of Rs 88,000 crore from Japan, will be laid on September 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Longest: India is the fastest growing industry of mega structure of Civil work,whether its bridges, amazing cloverleaf or elevated freeway in Indian cities. Indian road and rail network are one of the largest transport network in the world and bridges,Tunnels play a major role to complete the connectivity across the country. There are many longer tunnels under construction in the Himalayas ranges as part of Indian railway. Most of the tunnel in India are located in Western Ghat and Himalayas ranges. Maliguda Tunnel is the highest broad-gauge railway tunnel in India and the second highest in the world.

Under Sea Tunnel for India’s bullet train project to be conclude by August, 2022.
Presently both Japanese and Indian professionals are working diligently on ensuring to build a tunnel inside
the creek near Thane/Mumbai.

The dfference between tall and high bridges can be explained in part because some of the highest bridges are built across deep valleys or gorges. For example, (as of 8 February 2020) the Duge Bridge is the highest bridge in the world, but only the tenth tallest. This bridge spans a deep river gorge. The bridge’s two towers, built on either rim of the gorge, are 269 m (883 ft) tall, but due to the depth of the river gorge,
the deck height of the Duge Bridge is 565 m (1,854 ft).

Longest Railway Tunnels of India: The 11.2 km long Banihal railway tunnel is India’s longest railway tunnel and and Asia’s 2nd longest railway tunnel. The great tunnel is located on the highest mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal range in middle of Himalayas. Indian Railways is closer to finish the work on India’s longest transportation railway tunnel. The longest tunnel of India is successfully pass its train trial run through Pir Panjal tunnel being the longest rail tunnel in India. The Karbude tunnel is 6.5 km long and one of the India’s biggest engineering marvels is located on the Konkan Railway route near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Karbude tunnel is known to be the longest rail tunnel on Konkan railway line situated between Ukshi and Bhoke station.

Last but not least … For many, when they hear the word KASHMIR, Kashmir shawls, women’s top garments and shoulder bags would slip through their mind. Many may know they are ancient Indian industry products in the Himalayan mountains, lower Kashmir province. Even today, many people know and are looking for these special products … and now @ Kashmir also to be known about the World’s Highest Railway Bridge.

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Countdown is still on – Vote to Best Christmas Markets in Europe – 2020

Press Kit …

1. Budapest – Hungary

More than 280,000  have voted for the best Christmas markets in Europe.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary,… are waiting for your votes.

Beautiful Christmas lights, a gigantic Christmas tree, local and tasty food, mulled wine and gingerbread, a beautiful ice rink, original and handmade Christmas gifts, Christmas concerts, here are the ingredients for your next  Christmas holiday, with family, friends, alone or with your loved one.

If you do not have a flying magic sled, book your flights at the best price for a dream Christmas in Europe. We also offer millions of accommodations such as a magical stay in the Santa Claus Village in Finland and the best winter activities such as Christmas Markets tour in Vienna.

Want to make the most of your holidays? Discover the 100 most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, the most beautiful Christmas lights but also the most beautiful Christmas trees and the sunniest Christmas destinations in Europe.

Who will succeed Strasbourg (3 wins), Zagreb (3 wins) and Tallinn (1 win)? Discover the 20 best Christmas markets in Europe.

For many travelers the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been their favorit Christmas market in Budapest – Hungary for a long time, but it’s official now… Budapest number 1. The Advent Feast at the Basilica is the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe!

Treat yourself to a fun afternoon on the ice rink and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and traditional Hungarian cuisine. Do not miss the lights show at night: it’s the biggest 3D light show in Europe!

In addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the Advent Feast at the Basilica deserves the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas but also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market.

Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and preserve the environment by using  eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled.

Nearest airport flight to Budapest from Vienna takes two and a half hours … Hit two birds with one stone … Visit Vienna’s Advent Venue and thereafter visit the Advent Fair at the Basilica on the Saint István Square in Budapest.

Not a question where to stay because there are plenty of hotels in the neighboring area around to the Saint Stephen’s Basilica to discover the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe.

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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.

for reservation – birtok@bazaltbor.hu

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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: boldoggizella@gmail.com

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.

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