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Hungarians were spoiled by our superb swimmers at the European Swimming Championship in 2012 … whereas the 9 Gold, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze were in our swimmers neck before the London’s Olympic  Games. That was the BEST Hungarian performance ever said, never-the-less …

We all wished to be spoiled again in 2014!

 Where: Baltonfüred (Lake Balaton) – Hungary

When: During during September, 5 to 7. 2014.

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) unfortunately had to change venue from Eilat – Israel because of the unsteady situation at the settlements in the Israel. Balatonfüred – Hungary was awarded this year to organize the World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. Also added it was overwhelming to hear this  result as Balatonfüred having beating behind countries as Dubai – UAE,  Setúbal – Portugal and Barcelona – Spain .

This new situation was out just 40 days  previously to the World Cup, but the organizers were optimistic that the championship will be like floating on smooth waters said Tamás Gyárfás – president of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, FINA Vice President opened words were at this morning’s press conference.  Quote: “It is heartwarming to have the waresome champions on the spot  here to-day at the press conference at  the Margaret Island – Thermal Hotel and having high hopes to have same great  swimmers in the future generations. Continued …  “It was an enormous value of having present the recently winning 3-3 European Championship gold medals in both the long László Czech and Katinka Hosszú at Debrecen.” Katinka said,  she does not wish to predict in any numerical predictions, but she will be up to do her best. László Czech treble is not basically the goal, but will do his best  to ensure to outbreaks of the series reached since 2004 receiving and continuing in having in the gold in the coming days at the German capital. With Daniel Gyurta talked through a telephone connection and   there were other excellence at the press conference. Gyárfás  added: Quote “We can be proud and show the examples to the young ones heading into the pools in having their dreams come true.”

Tamás Gyárfás emphasized that it was a huge advantage in decision in  having  the Junior international Swimming World Cup in Hungary after the awesome success at the water polo European Championship in Hungary, whereas d the FINA superiors of eight  visited  the venue a month ago and already learn the success housing the European Association’s second series of the open water swimming Europe Cup. Therefore  managed to quickly reconcile István Boka – major of the city of Balatonfüred.

According to László Kiss, the swimmers coach admitted, five gold medals is a result to be satisfied. The goal is to maintain their place in the medal table at the leading edge, after all, the Euro-ken regularly managed to close down in the top three which also was reached  recently in 2012 Debrecen … straight out of the lead in the Hungarian national team.

On the Lake Balaton will be 21 vessels, including the  water policing and rescue vessels will be  are watching  over the Lake.  Insuring the health care, the Oxyteam’s  senior doctor  Dr. Tibor Nagy  will be present throughout the swimming games,  said István Bóka – major Balatonfüred.   Impressing view will be supported by The Telekom with giant projectors placed on the coast to spot more and more what is happening at Balatonfüred at the Lake.

Gábor Gellért – open-water coach announced at the press conference junior swimmers from Australia onwards from Syria to Italy, including the Chinese,  Kazakhs and  Americans are joining the event.

The junior’s will be divided in two age groups (14-16 years and 17-18 years), boys and girls will take the plunge in races of 5km for the youngest category and 7.5km for the oldest.

Entries deadline date: August 10, 2014.

Apart from individual events, a 3km Team Event composed of three swimmers will be also organised for both age categories.

Last but not least, Gyárfás noted that the purpose of the competition is also a  kind of test to treated as if  it would be the great World Cup year of 2021. Also those who return home from leaving Hungary say: “Hungary was fantastic hosts and might want to come back more frequently to be at prestigious events!

 Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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Badacsony is a place at the Lake Balaton, where once-upon-a-time volcanoes lava and smoke-filled the valley,  there are many faces of the  lake-side,prehaps for many still aren’t familiar with its beauty. So here goes some places, whereabouts that may be of interest:

The media representatives were invited to join a  study tour and  were taken around the Badacsony area on the regional tourist bus, organised by the Badacsonyi Guild Tourism Association. Rolling along, not just us but the visitors to may also hit the road on the tourist bus, watching this neat city in comfort, without having recourse to fatigue, see the region’s sights and learning where to stop by … to stronger your energy by a sip of local pálinka or visiting the regions wine cellars! This was a two-day study tour, but I only join them on the second day,therefore my update stands for the time being.

Visiting  the József Egry Memorial Museum

Our road led us to a villa, the former home, to-day open as a memorial museum of the famous József Egry, the painter who was obsessed by the shades of the reflections of the lake and the hazy lights, the shades of the water, the countless points of view, as the humans are changing their mood, the Lake Balaton also has its moody days. Beside the Egry images at the Memorial Museum, the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory’s work of art in the same building are also out on display.

Káli Basin on the Uplands Visiting the Folly Arboretum, at Badacsonyőrs

There lays one of the world-famous botanical collection of cedars and cypresses, like the species cedar, cypress species, Syrian juniper (Juniperus drupacea), Sabine pine (Pinus sabiniana) giant pine (Pinus Coulter), coastal giant redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) all collected from their original growing land. Dr. Gyula Folly started to install the plants in the year 1900. Since then the collection had grown over the decades. The beautiful botanical garden, beauty lays in the tradition of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren whom also follow the founder of the garden in protecting nature and showing all these beautiful trees to the visitors who come by to see the world’s cedars and cypresses all at one plantation. Two see it by your own two eyes … 25 Chapel Valley Rd. (Kápolna-völgy út) Badacsonyőrs at Badacsony Northern territory of Lake Balaton.

Out on the Farm

Wish to bring attention to two Hungarian breed animals. One is the Hungarian Duck and here the animal species in a nutshell: this type of  ducks were probably domesticated during the Roman times, but it is also possible that the Greeks or the Chinese were already involved in domestication. The Hungarian duck is considered to be indigenous in the Carpathian basin, its ancestor must be the mallard. It’s existing in white and wild color. Resistant and has a good “seeking habit” that’s why it has juicy, delicious meet.

The other Hungarian animal species is the Mangalica pig and in a nutshell: the Mangalica swine developed in the mid 1800’s in HUngary. In lard production it was the first in. Because of the demand of the fatless pork meet the mangalica became endangered. the whole world. Three variety exists: blood, black and red mangalica.

Pálos Monastery ruin at Salföld

… Just like a fairy tale …Once upon a time a splendid edifice built-in a Gothic style in honor of Mary Magdalene for the Pálos order. The excavation work began in the 60’s, whereas the whole monastery was revealed. There is a charter from 1307 which refers to it as a monastery, at the area of “Köveskút”. The original monastery was destroyed during the invasion of the Turks. probably, the monks took possession of the existing Romanesque chapel, which was subsequently extended by building around their needs. The rebuilt church has unique architectural of the Pauline style.  The church building is orientated to the east, north to join the monastery.  The  full history of the 700 yrs. old Pailine monastery can be followed at:

Visiting the  Istvándy Family owned Winery

They organize professional winery visits for a friendly gathering, family celebrations, combined with the wine tasting. On the spot the visitors may get acquainted with the craftiness of wine making and see the grand landscape of the vineyards with the far ahead Lake Balaton. As we were told, advance booking is needed for visiting the winery and cooking for gastronomy events. All-in-all or on the bottom line the  Istvándy winery is not only engaged with their high-quality, but as the French chateaus or Australian wineries hold wine tastings at the high-level professional events, and their aim is to boost the wine tourism to prosper. Beside the smooth Istvándy wines, they thought about the kids sweet tooth, they prepaid 100% grape nectar. The home-made lunch prepared by Ms. Csilla Istvándy was more than excellent, we were all K.O. Very much enjoyed their 100% care and hospitality.  During our stay we were also told about their family backgrounds … The Istvándy family history has over 200 years history behind them. Way back in the 1800s the family lived in the rural farming area and started beginning to produce grape and wine products which mainly covered their livelihood opportunities. Their Grandpa was a winemaker, his father an agronomist, all had their place at their plantation and jointly worked together.  In the beginning the wines were not bottled with brands, only gave them as a present to  friends. The Istvándy two son and daughter  believes their family is committed to the site’s past and being worthy of its reputation. Emphasis its place on the Badacsony growing wine region, whereas  the unique Kéknyelű grape varieties and characteristics of this region the Grey’s friend and Riesling are like nowhere else in Hungary.

What a marvellous day the Badacsony Tourism had organized for the press and media representatives … Culture … Art … Breathtaking Landscape  … Wine and heavenly food … alittle Garden of Eden … famous Pálinka distillery at Badacsony. These places must be visited, of course not squashing the programs into one day…take your time and enjoy the welcome and hospitality at Badacsony, at the Northern side of Lake Balaton. The region offers locals, tourists, foreigners working, staying in Hungary who love to take a rural holiday, relax, feel the closeness of the nature can meet all these at Badacsony and its surrounding area and gain experiences to remember for a lifetime.

Reaching the final station to the day’s study tour … Renaissance Pálinka House

The Renaissance Pálinka House at Badacsonyőrs reached its success with its magnificent fruits after two years of design work. It is a small family business, by hard work of the husband Tamás and his wife Kati who both operates the manufactory. The Pálinka House construction started in August, 2011 and by March, 2012 have had prepared their own premium spirits.

Even though the Pálinka workshop is considered young in age the Renaissance is all about revival of the flavors, emotions and rebirth of perfect harmony. The magnificent beauty scenery of Badacsony captivated them during one of their holiday trip  to this area and at once they both decided to achieve their wishful dreams by creating their pálinka house. The technology they use is well-known in Hungary, but the Renaissance is about rebirth in  this sence. They use a special technique by which the fruit flavor is even more intense in One senses the spirits enthusiasts.  The grapes and its spelt origin from the vineyards around the territory of the Badacsony Mountains. The distillery procedure can be viewed by the visitors on the spot upon prior arrangement, whereas the superb distillery equipment can be seen in operation during harvesting time and at special orders of wage-cooking.

The couple also holds sales and by pre-reservations having pálinka tasting days-or-nights. They have wide selection pálinka, as fruits as pear, wild pear, apple, quince, ground elder, plums, cherries, apricots, „Irsai Oliver” grapes, these pálinkas are hitting the 40degrees, while the wine base pálinkas are 45degrees. The Badacsonyi Grey Monk Spelt is a real hot-shot with its 55%degrees.

Before we left the Pálinka house Tamás  was glad to say word about the foreigners who have had already visited his House of the Rising Pálinka. Quote:   “Two groups coming from abroad who visited the Renaissance  Pálinka Distillery at Badacsonyőrs was … a group from a Travel  Agency from London,(UK) came especially to the Renaissance Pálinka Distillery to explore and learn about this place, to advertise at the UK travel agencies our pálinka house. They sip samples of the local distillery and of course brought as gifts to take back home. The other foreigner group was from Moskau, the Moskau Gazetta. It was a study tour for the group and made the schedule in advance to stop by this place.  Even knowing their national drink is not a soft drink, but the tough Vodka, they had  made up their sleeves for the “job” in tasting through the distillery’s collection of Pálinka. They admitted  the tasted Hungarian Renaissance Pálinka has several levels that leads up to the RigorMortis, but until reaching that point  the GRAVELYill, EMBOMBed” are still levels one can reach. They seem to be satisfied and jolly well and at farewell they said they are glad they spotted this place at home to be visited and even if only for this one purpose it was really worthwhile to visit  Badacsonyőrs at Lake Balaton, Hungary.

Think, there is no more words to be said … having own experience is the best approval. Worthwhile to drop by, to soak up with the beautiful surroundings and the pleasant fruity taste of the local pálinka and last but not least enjoy, discover the flavors of the real Hungarian kitchen home-made on the spot.  Reservation  in advance is needed (at the moment no English language description can be seen on their website) … so you have to rely upon this update  🙂

Address: 3, Füredi Road, Badacsonyőrs, Lake Balaton – Hungary

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter




Saturday, July 13.  2013.

7  p.m.

In Budapest and three spots around the Lake Balaton …

Balatonlelle, Balatonfüred and Zamárdi.

The Metropolitan Circus  in Budapest will  highlight the mood on the night with its Circus Maximus show. A gladiator among 5 tigers,  elephants and an adorable clown trainer, beautiful rubber girls, air acrobats and the Khadgaa group will step on stage.

At 11 p.m. the Hungaricum Orpheum vaudeville comedians, dancers, music and song will entertain the audience.

Just a hint of what is to come … a bunch of world-wide enchants with a viewers: 16 meters high above the walking artist, a trainer of 10 lions in a cage, hair-raising stunts, world-renowned Italian composer clowns, hilarious horse show, lions, camels, llamas, Grey and Scottish beef. The sensation of the night will be for many grandparents seen this in the past as kids and kids of to-day an act to wider their eyes as to see  the World Number 1 attraction in the CIRCUSLAND … „THE SHAVING ELEPHANT” . This act is kept from the golden age of Circusville,  a real traditional act which is mostly missing in the Circus show of to-day. Mind you,  being a volunteer for a shave  you have to be brave person. Don’t give up the elephant won’t as well… enjoy the ride!

At Balatonfüred  (the Northern area at Lake Balaton) 35, Fürdő  Rd. (along the side of the Annagora Aquapark . The visitors may see the Eötvös Cicus show. A great timeout for the kids, face painting and riding on the pony, having fun with Duda the clown.  The Eötvös Circus singer, Fasy – Kratelly Josephine will be on stage.

At Balatonlelle (the Southern area of Lake Balaton)  at 297, Rákóczi Rd.  the ground will be enchanted into a circus field. The „Circus Night” show will be worthy to visit for those circuslovers who don’t too often travel to Budapest to see the artists of the Hungarian National Circus.  Just a hint of what will be going on. The guest artists from Spain Duo Alambria will  be  walking 16 meters  high  and on tip-toe on a connecting cable on marquee pillars.

At Zamárdi (the Southern area of Lake Balaton)  at  the St. Stephen’s Road, the Military Park,  the Florián Richter and his team of 50 artist  will entertain and provide a memorable night for the audience. Beside the high starry sky, down here at Zamárdi the stars of  highly appreciated horses will be galloping in the sand  at the Horse Show.  The Richter group  in 2004 won the award-winning artist in riders and dancers at the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival of Gold and Silver Clown.

It’s going to be the “CIRCUS NIGHT”  all  in capital letters …  with the magic in the air bringing unforgettable sights-and-sound for the audience …  so check your smarty pad, don’t miss to be there  on the night like this at one of the scenes in Hungary.

Update Aggie Reiter