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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Premiere in Hungary: Rakuten Viber – instant money transfer service powered by Mastercard

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So it was announced at the Bestia Budapest Restaurant the new service, named “Moneytou”, which had been developed in Hungary and will initially operate with cards issued in Hungary, rolled out from October, 3. 2019. Easily send money to each other using a brand new feature available in the Viber mobile app.  and  within plans for it to be out in other markets as well as on a global scale. The new feature, which leverages Mastercard’s Send technology that is a result of an exceptional cooperation of Rakuten Viber and Mastercard allows users to send and receive money immediately through the app in a secure, fast and easy way. The innovative service behind Moneytou has been developed by NeoPay with the aim of making the service available to customers of most Hungarian banks from the very start.

Ms Cristina Constandache – Chief Revenue Office at Rakuten Viber said: Q.: “We’re happy to announce the upcoming launch of Moneytou, a strategic project launching in Hungary, which will offer a unique payment solution for all our users in the country. Partnering with Mastercard and NeoPay has enabled us to offer Hungarians the ability to easily send, receive and transfer money to friends and family with just a few taps. Continued saying Q.: “Our mission has always been to bring valuable solutions to our users by opening up our platform to allow for partnerships with innovative companies. We are excited and eager to roll out Moneytou in more countries by the end of the year.”

Customers will be able to benefit from the speed of transactions, with funds being transferred within a matter of minutes, including evening hours and weekends. As Saturday’s are the Party Time for many young adults, this service will most probably be number1 to gain money in just a wink in use of this transfer mood with special discount on Moneytuo. This discounted rate ends at the end of 2019. On these days transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 49 HUF and for higher amounts it will be 49 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF. From Sundays to Fridays the transfer fee for amounts within 3000 HUF will be 79 HUF; while for higher amounts it will be 79 HUF + 1,5% of the sum above 3000 HUF.

The transferred amount will appear in the recipient’s balance and is immediately available to spend by card or withdrawn in cash. To launch the app feature, consumers will need to tap a separate Moneytou icon within the Viber app. Once they have done this, they’ll be able to send money to friends or family members without having to use their bank account number or waiting for the transfer to go through. For easy trouble shooting the feature’s online chatbot is always ready to help.

“Leveraging Mastercard Send technology and NeoPay’s new service, Rakuten Viber’s customers will be able to benefit from near-instant money transfers, meeting the consumer demand for an always-on payments network. Whether customers want to split a bill, pay back money to a friend or put their children’s pocket money directly onto their card, Moneytou can enable this instant transaction in an easy and secure way for all Viber users” said by Gabriel Ghita, Vice President, Business Development at Mastercard.

 “The good thing about Moneytou is that is works incredibly easily: users only need to register once, and from then on, money is “just one of the many things” that they can share within Viber. The transaction takes place between the cards of two private parties which means that Moneytou is not a “wallet” application. Our company’s goal in the first phase of expansion, is to also appear in more than 25 million Rakuten Viber users’ apps in Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria” outlined by Gergely Benda, NeoPay’s founder-executive.

The service’s financial and technological background is provided by Libra Internet Bank and Wirecard with the use of Mastercard and VISA instant payment systems. This kind of partnership is perfectly suited for our organization, as we are highly customer oriented, agile and digital intensive” said by Emil Bituleanu, CEO Libra Internet Bank.

“The cooperation of these outstanding partners and the innovative payment technology developed by NeoPay have attracted GB & Partners Investment Management. The Exim Crossborder Fund managed by GB & Partners invests in NeoPay thus providing the financial background for the launch of Moneytou first in Hungary and then potentially in neighboring countries” added Gábor Bürchner investment director of GB & Partners.

Rakuten Viber’s groundbreaking money transfer feature is now available for consumers, adding another really important application of payments to our innovative range: peer-to-peer transfers” commented Endre Eölyüs, Country Manager of Hungary and Slovenia at Mastercard.

Source: Press Release

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