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Isonzó Express – The Path of Peace … from the Alps to the Adriatic

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July, 16-20, 2017.

The journey time is 5 days / 4 nights.

To-day was announced at the Western Railway Station’s Royal Waiting Hall  the coming Isonzó Express journey to take place this year between July, 16-20. The MÁV nostalgia launches a historic special trait – back in time – which is not only important for those individuals to have an opportunity to pay  commemoration to their fallen great-grandfather on the front,  but to present the patronage of to-day’s generation, to get acquainted with historic venues where Central European‘s  soldiers fought and died during the First World War.

The train runs along  the Semmering Hage through the world’s first high-mountain railway line, which was handed over in 1854. During the journey, the train pass through 14 tunnels, 16 viaducts and more than 100 stone bridges and gateways  fitting  into the mountainous landscape.

During  rolling on the tracks, photo exhibitions and traditional military demonstrations can be seen. The lectures of the historians of the First Great War are complementing the program. At the Orpheum car,  János Csík with his friend musicians will be playing  those soldiers  songs, sang during  the war.

Ticket Reservation: www.mavnosztalgia.hu

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s largest tourist parade at HUNGEXPO –TRAVEL 2016.

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DAY1 ... Even though the data are under processing on the opening day showed the tourism trends show that the visitors are mainly looking at inland offers. Never-the-less there is still 3 days to go for visitors to look and see what the foreigner exhibitors can offer them.

Many foreign exhibitors were here last year and having good experiences with their offers, came back this year aswell.

The list would be extremely long to mention having from 28 countries with 399 exhibitors of domestic and foreign exhibitors, but a short note to see a couple of offers at their stand can be learnt. On the first hand, Budapest – Hungary as the City of Guest of Honor, with its slogan “Budapest hosts Hungary”. In 2016., the Budapest Summer Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival offering this year within the spirit of Romanticism assembled cultural activities and including for tourists special packages to book also available during the exhibition on the spot. At the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Hungarian and International artists will be on stage  such as: Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Támas Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, Hawk Dominic. Welcoming foreigner stars on stage will be Yuja Wang- Chinese pianist, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guez, Giuseppe Filianoti, James Valenti – opera singer, Stacey Kent – jazz diva, guitarist – Stanley Jordan and London’s Globe Theater and the Monte Carlo Ballet. As a novelty 3 Tenors opera gala  and  there will be Virtuosi festive variety show, circus and concerts as well.

On the second-hand, a wide variety of foreigner exhibitors arrived this year aswell to make the Hungarians wish to spend their holidays abroad, and most probably if they really want to know a country’s cultures then certainly will learn through its gastronomy. As mentioned, more than two dozen foreigner exhibitors are present, so here is a couple mentioning to visit their stand.

Austria – Offering  unforgettable entertainment and loads of fun at the Wiesn Festival – September,22. – October, 9. 2016. (More info  to come)

Israel – The israeli stand was opened by His Excellency Ilan Mor Israeli Ambassador to Hungary, by saying Israel is a place to visit once in a lifetime, these were the first welcoming words. Take a journey through the ancient Holy land, learn, discover the authentic Israel with family, friends or fellow travellers. Whatever the season experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, customs and places that are unique.  Hear more about the travel opt. on the spot. There is a huge of holiday offers that will surely catch the eye.

Turkey  – A place where nature, Sun and Sea,  health and wellness, sport, culture  can be all  reached having vacation at Kemer/Antalya with family or friends.  There are many hotel just by the Sea where the spectacular mountains and sea view of the Mediterranean can be perceived on the spot.

Malta –  Is closer from Budapest than many may think. It is a small countries with marvelous places to visit, for instance: Popeye Village, the Grand Fort and during the fall holds the Birgufest – Candlelight event at Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) – which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities.

Cyprus – Was a good reason for the visitors by telling, Cyprus can be visited any time of year that suits you.  Many places rich of ancient ruins can be found there and also very handy is a “free” weekly guided tour, I was told.  Was highlighted to visit Pafos Archaeological Park. It is at the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from far back in time in the 2nd century B.C.

The visitors strolling around  the stands were pretty surprised by the sight of Mr. Piano Man rolling along  the pathways…

Coming up  more adventure at the Travel 2016. Hungexpo – Budapest

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Final results of the Nation’s Cheese Competition – Budapest – 2015.

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 The SZEGA Foods this year organized its III. Cheese Nations competition, having  17 countries race.One Hungarian and 16 internationally acclaimed cheese manufacturing countries competed in the traditional specialties.  Namely the competition was to select, vote for “Hungary’s favorite cheese” .

The qualifying round was held between  August, 24. 2015 until September, 8. At the SZEGA  market, district II.,  121 Erzsébet Ave. – Budapest  those folks interested to taste  fine cheese  could have voted on the spot or  may have shown their favorite cheese by visiting the store’s internet site. Was kind of challenge to really choose and vote for their favorites  from the 17 countries cheese.

After the first round the voting continued between  September, 9 to 13. By then many local and foreigner individuals selected  their kind of cheese. So the competition kept on running to receive  the title of best, most tasteful cheese of 2015 in Hungary. Day-by-day at the SZEGA Market the climbing up votes appeared  at the local display screen and followed on the internet.  The winner(s) were announced at  the venue of the 24th Wine Festival – Royal Castle on September, 13. 2015., The competition ended with an award ceremony.

Here are the result of the competition receiving  awards: 1st Pater – Hungary, 2nd Sartori Merlo  – USA , 3rd Provolone – Italy,  4th Comté – France, 5th Dubliner – Ireland.  6th Belgium –  Hervé La Bière, 7th Switzerland  –  Appenzeller .

This year for the first time, the United States of America,  as a guest nation,  also entered the Nation’s Cheese competition and the voter showed  surely their appreciation of the fine „Sartori Merlot„ cheese.

Unfortunately, even though the nations cheese were very flavorful,  yet excluded from the award, but still the audience very much enjoyed their cheese … Spain – Idiazabal,  Netherlands  –  Edam Balls, Portugal  –  Sao Jorge, Estonia – Forte Classico, UK -Leicester Red, Denmark –  Danbo, Germany  – Limburger, Greece –  Kefalotiri,  Austria – Mölltaler Almkäse,  Czech Republic – Zlata Praha.

Well it seems like for a year to the completion 2016 had come to an end, but for those who missed to taste these delicious cheese during the period in time, may not have to be down, because all year around at the SZEGA Market these Nation’s Cheese can be purchased.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

HERALD NEWS … In just 9 Days to come … 47th Árkád KÉKSZALAG „Blue Ribbon” GP

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Great Awards and Festival  …  All in One – Balatonfüred – Hungary – 2015.

The press conference was held this morning at Balatonfüred, where Dr. István Bóka – major of Balatonfüred, Lajos Kollár – chairman – Hungarian Sailing Association (MVSZ), Zsuzsa Pócs – Audi Marketing Manager – Porsche Hungaria, András Holczhauser –  secretary-general – Hungarian Sailing Association (MVSZ), Sándor Bagyó president – Professional Water Rescue Service of Hungary were present. Lajos Kollár – chairman  said: “The KÉKSZALAG in itself is major sport performance!”

Covering a distance of 155 kms. to and from:

Balatonfüred – Kenese – Siofok – Tihany – Keszthely – Balatonfüred.

Between Balatonfüred and Zamárdi  7kms. starting line up to 600 boats.

Not only in absolute competition prizes will be distributed, but the fight with every boat in class ranking position.

The major said: Balatonfüred is the Northern capital of the Lake Balaton, which offers more than a dozen cultural programs, professional hospitality and eye-catching scenery with its wine hills around and hopefully, many Hungarians and foreigners will be interested to see the sailors race and also to get to know the landscape of Balatonfüred and all what is happening during the race.  Also added, if the weather condition will be as bright and the strength of the wind as to-day, then it will be a very tight race to come.

András Hotczhauser – secretary general said: The applications are still open … for locals and sailors from foreigner countries to join the race with any kind of sailing boats in the KÉKSZALAG except dinghies or multihulls under 25 sqm. of sail area. Also added: many may know that the KÉKSZALAG – „Blue Ribbon” is Europe’s longest distance and oldest lake passing around competition. Way back in 1934 anyone could enter and float off by any boat to be in the race. The goal or the real challenge was and even to-day goes for the sailors and their boats to beat time, to be first sailing around the lake within the race time of 48Hs.

To this day Austria and Sweden sailors already indicated their participation to the race. More foreigner competitors will be known as soon as the registration float in.

Joined the meeting was the most succesful Hungarian skipper by 11 wins in the KÉKSZALAG „Blue Ribbon’s” history, the helmsman Litkey Farkas sailing on his Lisa name boat. Litkey announced to have offered a prize which he named after his father to be Bence Litkey Cup.

Zsolt Király – sailed around nine times around the lake with a monohull ship and finished twice the second place. He is considered as the best sailor on the lake. Both said they are very much looking forward to a great sailors competition.

While the sailors will be working at their best to struggle against the challenges to complete the race, to be the first to cross the finish line, on the Tagore Promenade the audience may watch them rolling in.

Donation  received by the sponsors will be transferred to the charity foundation. Hungarian Hospice Foundation, where professional care aims in improving the patient’s quality of life, minimize pain and provide emotional support for the family. The LáriFári Foundation primary objective is to support children and their families, who have temporary difficulties in their lives, first of all, but not only for a disease but also to keep the affected families together and the Breast Cancer Association. At the press conference the director of Land Rover – Hungary offered one million HUF in supporting these  foundations  to support the needy.

The world-class competition promises a pleasant stay at Balatonfüred and most surely fulfill the audience and visitors with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Was said by the sailorman, if the weather condition will be as bright and the strength of the wind as to-day, it will be a very tight race to come.

All the side programs are free of charge.

Within the competition the organizers thought of all the visitors at the KÉKSZALAG  – „Blue Ribbon” race,  to stroll along all sorts of programs happening in one huge harbor … music, kids programs, crafts,  having a sip of VinCe Balaton wines and to join the gastronomic festival and many more activities

For those who have somehow missed to get acquainted with this international sailors race and pulls up their eyebrow and wonder why KÉKSZALAG – „Blue Ribbon blue”? Here’s what can be said about it in simply three words … have no idea! … but do know, it is one of the most popular sailing race in Hungary and known by many foreigners countries.

The organiser stuff arranged after the press meeting for the media representatives an unforgettable sailing boat tour to show what is it like sailing in the middle of the Hungarian Sea.  It was an awesome experience  floating in the gorgeous weather and with the summer breeze it surely made our day …  so no wonder the sailors all are addicted in cutting the waves.

Here is a wink into the previous update:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2015/06/10/the-47th-blue-ribbon-race-start-off-thursday-july-2-2015-9-a-m-balatonfured-lake-balaton-hungary/

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

7TH TENNIS CLASSICS … YOUNG TITANS ARE COMING TO TOWN

7th tennis classics

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER, 18. 2014.

4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

LÁSZLÓ PAPP  BUDAPEST SPORT ARENA

District XIV.  2. Stefánia  Road – Budapest

 

The long-awaited day is coming along this year as well, when the stars of world tennis again will holding the rackets and shooting their balls in Budapest at the 7th Tennis Classics. After 6 years in a row of the World’s Classics Tennis players fulfilling the hearts of tennis lovers in Budapest, the 7th year will be about time to show the audience the future’s next generation of high-profile young players.

Upon information at the 7th Tennis Classic 2014 games will be Fabio Fognini, Ernests Gulbis, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem. They are all have privileged places in the tennis world rankings, as the Young Titans – may well be Worldwide the next generation of high-profile.

The tournament participants one-by-one are known since some time. The draw of parings has happened already. On the tennis court ground on November, 18.,  the semifinals pairs will be the Canadian – Austrian, Italian – Lithuanian, from the young tennis classics generation.

This year, Budapest welcomes again the great tennis court player Mansour Bahrami and most probably if not for one reason but will be the highlight of the evening the showman of tennis Mansour Bahrami and the Hungarian women’s tennis star Timea Babos  will “battle” for the ball.

More updates soon to come … in the meantime better to purchase your tickets, if you wish to be more closer to where things really happen.

Tickets: www.tex.hu For more information reach: www.tennisclassics.hu

 

Update  by Aggie Reiter