Posts Tagged ‘Hungary.’

The 3rd Déryné Theater’s Festival – Sátoraljaújhely


Five days, eleven locations, more than seventy free programs in between July 19 – 23, organizing the Déryné Festival for the 3rd time. Fond of culture programs are welcome in and around Sátoraljaújhely with free theater performances, family programs and concerts.

An overview of some programs:

Concerts: Ungvári Borterasz: July, 20. Csík orchestra – Tárkány Művek – Kaláka – July, 21. Budapest Jazz Orchestra – Swing Girls – DÁNIELFY – July, 22. Besh o droM – Aurevoir – Keleti Brass Band – July, 23. Bohemian Betyars – Balkan Fanatik – Hutchky & Stars.

Theater performances: July, 19. Déryné Company – Lajos Kossuth Cultural Center
Valley Theater: July, 20. 8.30 p.m. Forrás Folk Dance Ensemble: Masterwork
TheaterWagen moving stage – Mancsi Puppet Theater – July, 20. Hollózáza – 6 p.m. For the little foolishness.

Family programs: July, 22. Széphalom
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kenderkóc Folk Playhouse, 11 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. – Creative music playshop – 4 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Naninski and Figaro: Flying acrobats. – 5 p.m. – 5.50 p.m. Concert by Eszter Kárász and the fairy-tale band Eszter-lánc

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

The slogan of the evening … “Have a barrel of fun!”

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Saturday Night Live wasn’t a live broadcast … but indeed was Live Barrel Pig exclusive VIP beer night!

 As the night slowly appeared, the guests arrived for an exclusive beer tasting to the new series of HopTop unique beers. It was held in the tasting room of the wonderful wine shop of WineHub. Were able to taste continuously  6+1  beers, but may also tasted 3 special IPA beers as to warm-up ourselves.  The premium beers selection were terrific: Surprise beer – Rudeboy – Sex on the barrel – Fear of the dark II. – Canadian Lover – Fear of the dark I. – Mental trainer.

Unfortunately, Ali Rawech Szami – owner of the HopTop brewery had to leave earlier. We, the audience heard interesting facts about the Barrel Pig beer from László Szilágyi – head of marketingÁdám  – brewing masters. Talked about the special flavors given from the wooden barrels.  During the ongoing tasting were initiated about the Barrel Pig project and overall made the audience spice up a bit with the features of the new series as introducing the 6 items for tasting. As it turned out, they had been at the brewery continuously tasting  from the start of the first barrel-aged beer and its flavors for a year.

Each of the HopTop beers are matured in a special barrel. The whiskey barrels bought from abroad gave the taste to these special new beers. Indeed … no wonder the resulted superb beers. For each batch, the Barrel Pig is aged from the aroma and flavor gained from the previous life of the wooden barrel.  There are rum, bourbon, whiskey and even maple syrup barrels. Within these the aromas extracted from different barrels that can be tasted the characteristics of dark chocolate combined with soft-creamy and vanilla notes.

What really dominates are Imperial Milk Stouts and Multigrain Barley casks. Imperial stouts with the unicorn pig barrel logo and a barley wine rested primarily in the Kentucky Bourbon barrels, maple syrup barrels and a Barbadian rum barrel. The beer called Sex on the Barrel kept various periods of time and bottled when deemed appropriate. There is no addition to the beers. The outwardly look shows something different by the color of the cap draining wax.  Stands as a crown making it truly special and elegant.   Mouthwatering were the sublime fruity and spicy flavors.  These HopTop beers really deserve to be served outstandingly and now reached their best form.

Going to another level and watching with high eyebrows  – shining eyes came to be really in the mood to the mental training taste. Indeed looked as all liked what tasted. Was told next we are tasting the Milk Imperial Stout (11.8%), which was aged for 1 year in a Kentucky Bourbon barrel to extract all the aromas from it. The end result was a real, creamy Mental Trainer! The reason why the “Milk” stand on some of the beer label is a reminder for those to know it is not lactose free!

At the Winehub which gave the platform to the exclusive beer tasting is an awesome wine shop which is usually operating as a bistro.

Entering their store sight catching venue welcome the visitors. The guests were perfectly cared and led to the tasting tables by  Péter Lakatos – experienced Sommelier with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Heard about the enormous  “plant” one the spot where more than 500 wines from nearly 60 Hungarian and foreign wineries were out on display. The wine center is also unique on an international level.  May connect all players of wine making and the wine world without restrictions. They provide countless services that are not too much different on the Hungarian wine market. They are wholesale partners, but in their wine center they also offer tasting rooms, meeting rooms and special sales points. They pay attention to the wine-drinking community. They offer much more than an online and offline wine space. In addition to their wine shop and web shop, they welcome guests with continuous training, courses, tasting events, tasting rooms. Not to mention, a well arranged comfy community space, where grooving on the 60’s-’70s music with friends along a smooth wine. They have a bistro and a fine dining restaurant for those who want to immerse themselves also in the world of gastronomy.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The Danube Art Ensemble Concert – Folk Music


The folk band of the Danube Artists Ensemble, the Göncöl group, has released an independent album.  The folk music collections is of  Zoltán Kallós –  two-time Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian ethnographer from Transylvania.”Turn, my dear horse” – title album will be released on Spotify’s music sharing channel, and their related teaser concert will be held on …

Tuesday, May, 16. 2023. – 7 p.m. @ the House of Tradtion – Theater hall (Hagyományok Háza.) Venue: District I., 8. Corvin Square – Budapest. 

Ágnes Enyedi –  Junior Prima award-winning folk singer, Balázs Mezei – dancer of the Duna Art Ensemble and the dancers of the Duna Art Ensemble will take part in the concert.

The aim of the album is to present the life and outstanding personality of Zoltán Kallós by selecting from his most important folk music collections, which will be made even more perceptive with video and audio interludes and photo projections during the concert.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Herald News … HBO Max … Documentary May 2023 Donna Summer … Queen of the 70s Disco Era!


HBO Original Documentary … The Unexpected And Intimate Portrait Of “The Queen Of Disco” Will Have Its World Premiere At The Berlin International Film Festival

HBO Original documentary LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY, DONNA SUMMER, directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated,” HBO’s “The Apollo”) and Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer, debuts May 2023 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Synopsis: Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY – DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

Credits: HBO Documentary Films presents a Polygram Entertainment presentation, a Motto Pictures production, in association with One Story Up and Federal Films, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER. Directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano; a film by Roger Ross Williams; produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Roger Ross Williams, David Blackman; co-producer: J. Daniel Torres; edited by Enat Sidi, Jon Stray; consulting editor: Jean Tsien; executive produced by Brooklyn Sudano, Bruce Sudano, Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, Monte Lipman, Brett Alperowitz. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Sara Rodriguez. A/M released by Warner Bros. Discovery – Asheba Edghill -Director Media Relations.
Summer amassed a total of 32 chart singles on the US BillboardHot 100 in her lifetime, including 14 top ten singles and four number one singles. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1976 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period.
So sad she went ahead too soon … her voice can be discovered anytime … a superb talent!
Even those folks who didn’t grew up in the 70s and missed the Disco era will be seeing something their parents jig/shake their boodies … And of course the elder ones may relive those days again.
Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Guide to easily prepare shape-friendly delicacies at home.

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More than 20-year career as a fitness trainer, Balázs Czanik always emphasized that doing something well is not enough for a healthy lifestyle; exercise, eating, resting, as well as pretentiousness and correct self-assessment achieve goal in joining EverDerm’s mentoring program to started the path of lifestyle is to change together.

Nowadays, many people struggle with food allergies and intolerance, perhaps they want to lose weight or just take care of themselves, so it is essential to eat with fresh ingredients, free of lactose, milk or gluten, and with few carbohydrates. Whether it’s a casual lunch or a nice festive dinner, everyone will find something suitable for the occasion and their taste in my new recipe book. Because from the special pumpkin cream soup with quince, to butter fish fried with smoked salt, to cherry panna cotta, you can prepare a divinely delicious and visually pleasing dish – in a healthy way.
The chef who contributes to the creation of the dishes says: you don’t need a huge routine to be able to prepare the dishes at home.

“It’s often said that healthy and shape-friendly foods don’t taste good, and they don’t look very good either. This is often true, but we are now refuting it. Because we have brought so many gourmet dishes, which are healthy, easy to prepare and very attractive. With a little skill, cooking and eating will be a real experience. For us, it clearly was,” adds Zoltán Oláh, chef at Hotel Castellum in Hollókő.

The dishes in the recipe book can be made even healthier, more special and tastier with MagMaxx crystals. Using German-Hungarian technology, the MagMaxx team condenses freshly picked, hand-selected fruits and vegetables into crystals, which preserve their nutritional value and thus nourish the human body in a natural way. In their mixtures, they pay attention to combining fruits and vegetables in the right proportions, so that the ingredients completely complement and support each other’s absorption. (More information here.(external link))

More than 20-year career as a fitness trainer, Balázs Czanik always emphasized that doing something well is not enough for a healthy lifestyle; exercise, eating, resting, as well as pretentiousness and correct self-assessment achieve goal in joining EverDerm’s mentoring program to started the path of lifestyle to change together.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

Results to the Telekom Vivicittá Half Marathon 2023.

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Every year, the event is surrounded by ever-increasing anticipation, which excites the running public not only in Hungary, but also from Europe. At the race 1300 foreign runners from 83 countries started.

Around the world 4 times: the finishers covered a total of more than 180000 kms during this year’s 38th Telekom Vivicitta weekend.

Exercise lovers celebrated spring in an impressive environment, beautiful sunny weather and a real running atmosphere at this year’s 38th Telekom Vivicitta. During the two days of the weekend, a total of nearly 20000 people moved and played sports on 10 distances. In addition to the community experience, the participants of the event also served a good cause: they supported the work of 11 charitable organizations with ten million Hungarian Forint.

Here are the results of the 38th Vivicittá running race festival:

Vivicittá, results – Half Marathon MEN: 1. Thomas Percy (British) 1:11:28 hours, 2. Iván Levente 1:12:43, 3. Galasiewicz Jakub (Polish) 1:13 :25

During the 2 days run race attended all together by almost 20000 people in Budapest.

According to the information of the organizer Budapest Sport Bureau, the British athlete completed the 21-kilometer distance in 1:11:28 hours.

Anissa Weibl from the City Győr was the first among the women.

The sports event was also attended by Anett Bősz, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Máriusz Révész State Secretary responsible for Active Hungary and Balázs Németh CEO of the Budapest 2023 Athletics World Cup Organizer Ltd.

All participants received a discount coupon for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest!, entitling them to purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount for the evening programs to the World Championships.

Final Countdown Results:

Half Marathon MEN: 1. Thomas Percy (British) 1:11:28 hours, 2. Iván Levente 1:12:43, 3. Galasiewicz Jakub (Polish) 1:13 :25

Half Marathon WOMEN : 1. Anissa Weibl 1:25:03, 2. Réka Bátai 1:27:29, 3. Anna Bor 1:28:37

MEN 10 km: 1. Tamás Tóth 31:57 minutes, 2. Clément Ringard (French) 32:25, 3. Gábor Józsa 32:31
WOMEN 10 km: 1. Ohn Kinga 36:07, 2. Bukovszki Tünde 37:23, 3. Karolina Horváth 38:11.

Between August, 19 and 27, 2023, the biggest sports event in Hungary’s history, will be held the World Athletics Championships. With the Fan Club discount coupon, participants can buy tickets for the evening programs of the Athletics World Cup at a 50% price, and in the morning can admire the superheroes.

Source: Futanet

Update by Aggie Reiter

World Sensation – Thirty Meters High Above the River Danube!


The “Átmentem” … “I Crossed” production organized by the Capital City Circus was the highlight of the opening day. The breathtaking production of László Simet Jr high up 30 meters, the audience see live from the quay between the Elizabeth and Freedom bridges. He undertook the uninsured crossing between Buda and Pest on a rope stretched over the River Danube in his hometown of Budapest. (Photos by  Ádám Urbán)

The performance is to start at 4.30 p.m. starts, but on the Belgrade quay next to the 18-19 point exit, the event begins  at  3.30 p.m. with the Danubia Orchestra’s program. The Orchesra played throughout the circus art production.  The audience not only saw high above the unbelievable production, but at the same time also to heard some of the works of the greatest Hungarian composers, such as Erkel, Kodály and Bartók.

The artist László Simet Jr., who was awarded the title of meritorious artist, testified to the miracle of human ability. What a superb production to the opening program of the 10th Theater Olympiad. undertook the uninsured crossing between Buda and Pest on a rope stretched over the Danube in his hometown of Budapest.


 Despite … come rain … come shine … upon the perfect moment László Simet Jr.  successfully achieved his mission.


László Simet Jr.  Is A Hero Not For Just One Day.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Rambo is Back in Action @ the Hungarian Cinemas


Digitally restored 4K version.

The Pannónia Entertainment screenings starting during the second half of spring with a limited-time re-presentation of Sylvester Stallone’s classics.
Having a list the characters played by Sylvester Stallone by name,  would certainly mention the two R’s, Rocky and Rambo, without them being not in order. The screenings begins from April 13-19. starting with 1982’s Rambo – First Blood, which does not include its Vietnam veteran protagonist in its original title. Most of the screenings will be dubbed, but at the Cinema MOM will also offer subtitle version for those who prefer it in the original in English language.

First Blood is a more restrained, progressive, less big, but nonetheless memorable action-enriched cat-and-mouse play with a thriller in some places, which holds an actually deep drama behind it. These are precisely the strengths that made it permanent. Rocky IV is even more illustrative of the decade, but how slapstick became action movies with the two ’80s episodes is another story.

The 1985 Rambo II. program week will be from April 20-26. and the 1988 Rambo III. also will be shown from April 27 to May 3.
Either those who already fell in love with the “super soldier” in the VHS era, or those who would like to see -to get to know  Stallone now may watch as looking at the time capsule of the 80s is their place to be.

Screenings will take place at Budapest’s  Lurdy Cinema, Cinema MOM, GOBUDA Cinema, Pólus Cinema.

Update by Aggie Reiter

In Hungary, those preparing for construction or renovation have to expect high price increases in the coming year!

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The annual press conference of Mapei SpA was held in the gorgeous environment @ House of Hungarian Music Budapest

Before the press conference, the representatives of the invited media were invited to the local Dome, where we took part in a Crossover-Classical-Contemporary-Electronic on an audiovisual journey.

After that awesome journey, about 50 people continued to their seat to the press conference hall. First, the CEO of Mapei SpA, Veronica Squinzi, talked about the background of the company which was founded by Rodolfo Squinzi– In the early days, it manufactured colored paints and materials for building coverings. In 1978, Giorgio Squinzi graduated in industrial chemistry, began internationalizing the company, both commercially and in terms of production, and opening their first small factory in Canada after supplying adhesives for installing the rubber surfaces used for the athletics tracks at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Over the following decades the company expanded into Austria, United States, France and then the rest of the world, opening new branches and taking over other important brands, starting with Vinavil in Italy in 1994 and most recently culminating in its latest acquisition of Fili & Form. This growth strategy is connected with the need to manufacture adhesives and chemical products for the building industry within a 400–500 km radius of building operations to keep transport costs sustainable. MAPEI SpA currently operates 90 subsidiaries in 56 countries, operating through 83 manufacturing plants in 36 countries and each with its own quality control laboratory, and 31 research centers (including a corporate center) and in 20 countries employing 11,000 people. It operates a total of 100 representative offices.

After the general introduction, she turned to speak about Mapie’s today by saying the sustainable development is the most important of Mapei’s four pillars, which the company set as a goal in 2010. Q.: “The goal is to use high-quality building materials to create buildings that are as durable and sustainable as possible. This requires the development of many more recycled materials, all with maximum consideration of energy efficiency aspects. The company’s zero cold cladding product line fits into this line, which covers the entire range of cold cladding through adhesives and grouts in a sustainable manner, carbon dioxide emissions without.” Overall Mapei SpA expects the sales increasing of more than 6% this year.

Following Ms Veronica Squinzi’s presentation, Mr. Béla Markovich – managing director of Mapei Ltd., presented the company’s results for 2022 and plans for 2023. According to Béla Markovich, there is still a cochlear phenomenon on the market. In order for clients to avoid pitfalls when issuing construction/renovation works, they must be much more conscious when selecting specialists. He presented a website at where a customer can find professionals who have created beautiful and handy things in the past and who can be trusted. This site may draw the customer’s attention to the honest professionals in need. How to choose a contractor so that you don’t go wrong. According to the executive, one of the company’s most important goals is to find good professionals and entrust them with construction work, therefore ensuring construction dreams to come true and not to become nightmare. Spoke about the situation here in Hungary regarding the wages Q.: “Upon Mapei’s information, the 8636HUF per square meter price already corresponds to European-level wages.” According to Béla Markovich, this slows down emigration, with such wages not worth for the majority of professionals to go working abroad. However, if demand continues to decrease, despite the high wages, without work, there is fear that the emigration of skilled construction workers will increase again. Around 43% of professionals perceive no difficulty in the supply of building materials. Only 53% experience minor difficulties, and 3% perceive significant difficulties. Most of them experience supply problems in the field of wood, insulation and tile products.

Just a picture in the frame … The larger job means the waiting time is longer. This time for minor repairs is 46 days on average, for minor constructions and renovations 56 days, for medium investments 66 days, for large investments 71 days. The general contractors have to wait most this year up to 75 days on average. A mason can work for 70 days, a tiler for 65 days. The minimum commitment period for water and gas fitters is 27 days, for building mechanics 33 days, and for electricians 40 days.

In response to one of the media’s questions Ms Veronica Squinzi said Q.: Despite the war in Ukrain, Mapei is not giving up on the Ukrainian market, where it has been already a distributor for many years. The company’s plans include the establishment of a production factory, but the armed conflict in the country delayed the investment. Mapei intends to participate as an active actor in the reconstruction of the country.

Last but not least, the representatives of the media were provided with thorough information covering many aspects of the Mapie pillars.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Miracle Rabbis & Jewish Cemetery at the Village of Mád.

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Namely you may already know that the City of Tokaj gave its name to … The Wine of the Kings – The King of Wines. Here using century-old technology, the basis of which is the late harvesting of dried grapes and the subsequent special winemaking process. Even more special than assú is Tokaj essence (a.k.a. nectar or natural essence), which means a very thick juice that flows out and is captured under its own weight during the storage of assú grains.)

Here whereas the landscape of the River Tiszta meets the River Bodrog is the subland with its hills. The path leads for the way of themore of the Miracle Rabbis and Jewish Cemetery at the Village of Mád, whereas situated the miraculous Rabbi’s Grave a.k.a. respected place of pilgrimage is the still functioning synagogue. Pilgrims from all over the world come to a MÁD – Hungarian village to visit the tomb of the miracle rabbi. Tombstones from 200 to 300 years old can be found in the well-kept cemetery surrounded by a stone fence.

In the 16-17 century, Jewish families took over the distribution of wine from Greek merchants. They played a major role in the modernization of viticulture and wine production, and in the distribution of the kosher wines. In the rest of Hegyalja: the religious community was usually established in the 18th-19th century, and as it grew stronger, synagogues, baths, houses of worship, and schools were built – however, all of these were not revived after the Holocaust, and in many cases the buildings were not even saved, however, there are exceptions. In Tokaj, at the cost of a decade-long struggle, the synagogue, Tarcal, became a cultural center – retaining its character – by the new owner, who saved it, renovated it and made it open to the public as a gallery. In Bodrogkeresztúr, only the mass of the building remained, and it was at the service of nature conservation. At the same time, today the only functioning Jewish house of worship in Hegyalja can be found in Tokaj. At Bodrogkeresztúr each guard the graves of several well-known rabbis. The most famous is certainly the latter: at the top of Dereszla Hill, admirers – not only Hasidic – make a pilgrimage to the “ohel”– protected grave of “Reb Sájele”, or Rabbi Jesá Steiner, who is revered as a miracle rabbi. His former house, where they always cooked for fifty people so that no one left the rabbi hungry, is now open to pilgrims again.

Here are the graves of the religious community’s famous rabbis: Ábrahám Schwartz DPOB 1824-1883 – Mád, was one of the leading Hungarian rabbis of the 19th century. Wrote only one work titled Kol Aryeh, but it has influence on the rabbis of Hungary and religous foregniers. The Kol Aryeh synagogue in Mád is located in the heart of the village, in an easily accessible location. Mordeháj Winkler, who died in 1932 is also buried here. Pilgrims from all over the world come to a MÁD to the Hungarian village to visit the tomb of the miracle rabbi. To approach The Kol Aryeh synagogue in Mád is located in the heart of the village, in an easily accessible location.

Mád the village is not only famous for its stunning surroundings and gastronomy, but also excels in culture and traditions. Mád’s Jewry … The Jewish ethnic group arrived in the area at the beginning of the 17th century and immediately got involved in local public life, as well as in the grape and wine trade. The Catholic, Israelite and Protestant population lived together peacefully, but the Holocaust completely put an end to this. Only 40 of the 230 Jews of Mád returned. They created the community in 1947 and elected a rabbi. Over time, however, fewer-and-fewer people remained in the area, until finally, in 1994, the last Jewish resident of Mád died.

The Synagogue in Mád was built by Italian masters in 1795 in a baroque style, and the interior is well decorated with Polish-Lithuanian influences.

Mád is still a prominent meeting point among Jews. Kol Aryeh SynagogueMád already had a

in 1771, but the religious center, the unique Baroque style is considered one of the most beautiful synagogues in Hungary, was built in the settlement only in 1795 by Italian masters. The 130-seat building has four supporting columns and a beautiful dome above the lake reader. After the number of local Jews decreased by 90% due to the Holocaust, the council created apartments in the rabbi’s house and left the synagogue to waste. The building was not only neglected, but also ransacked, and the books and furniture found there were burned. Thanks to the Jewish Heritage Grant program of the World Monuments Fund in New York, the restoration work of the building, which had been completely destroyed by then, could begin in 2000, in April 2004, the beautiful synagogue, which can still be seen today, was handed over.

The professional retouching of the place won the Europa Nostra diploma in 2005. Approach The Kol Aryeh synagogue in Mád is located in the heart of the village, in an easily accessible location.

The beautiful Baroque Synagogue served the local Jewish population for over 150 years. Restoration of the building was completed in 2004. The carpenters carved to leave their mark with the Star of David to each row of benches as a sign of their respect.

Had excellent two tour guide at Bodrogkeresztúr about Steiner Sajele miracle rabbi tomb by dr. Szonja Komoróczy, by Mariann Frank – Head of the rabbinical house of Mádi presentation on the Mádi rabbis and Yiddish correspondence. The tour ended with a kosher solet lunch by Eszter Fűszeres.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter