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The 33rd International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

July, 7 – 9. 2017.

Hungary’s largest celebration event at the unique and credible historical environment indeed will be showing a slice of Hungary’s medieval history, commemorating for 33 years. Replaying the 1335 Visegrád kings meeting, when Róbert Károly called the Czech and Polish rulers to the courthouse where was held a huge celebration with medieval dances for the guests and their entourage. This was one of the most important events of medieval Europe.

Calling Hungarians and foreigners to travel back in time for almost 700 years, as around 1,000 people from almost 10 countries in Europe dressed in traditional costumes appear at Visegrád. During the three days kings, battlefields, street comedians and dancers overwhelming the streets. The event also holds three different international tournaments, which will be held 10 times during the festival’s 3 days in the original course of the Royal Palace. On horseback tournaments, Europe’s best traditions show battle scenes, horse and pedestrian battles, falconer and archery shows, dance shows, and also traditional canals such as costume archery and live racing. In addition to the knights tournaments, there are more than 100 programs in the city that await visitors during the event. On the open-air stage, era’s music concerts, medieval dance shows, comedy shows and a children’s puppet theater are waiting for the audience between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and handicraft fair with more than 100 merchants ont he spot. Throughout the day, street enthusiasts and comedians entertain the guests all day, and as in the past, they will also be able to showcase craftsmen’s shows. On Friday and Saturday, after the evening torch tournaments, the Royal Wine Yard will host a party at 2 p.m., where concerts and dancing parties await guests. The V4 street, where the countries of the Visegrád Co-operation are presenting themselves, promise to be a specialty in the cozy piano line.

Visitors with only one ticket can enter and view the exhibitions at the Royal Palace and the Solomon’s Tower, the colorful programs taking place there, and the programs of the Wine Yard’s open-air stage, the fair and the city park. To the knights tournaments need to have a special entry ticket.

Visitors can enjoy a number of ticket discounts: ticket sales and tickets for knight tournaments as well as pre-announced group ticket purchasers are provided free of charge by day-ticket organizers. The same is true of those who wish to travel by on boat to Visegrád can take an excursion boat on the River  Danube to the International Palace Games of Visegrád (any three days). During the festival there will be free parking in the city area, but keep in mind those interested to visit the venue better to arrive early.

The International Visegrád Palace Games were held for the first time in 1985. Today, the festival has become to be a massive performance, attracting international attention to the most important historical sites of Hungarian culture and European culture. In the history of the festival, it is an important milestone that the Royal Heritage of Visegrád was awarded the European Heritage title in 2009 as one of the most important historical monuments. The prize is a priority in European history that has played a prominent role in the European dimension of buildings, memorials and cultural goods. In 2015, the International Festival of Visegráds won the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) award for the best festivals in the European Union’s most important cultural and artistic event. Performers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Transylvania and Russia will attend the event. According to surveys for tourism, the festival is the second best known attraction in Visegrád. The Visegrád International Fireworks is organized by Pro Visegrád Cultural Service Provider Nonprofit Ltd. The main sponsors of the event are: International Visegrad Fund, National cultural Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, OTP Bank Ltd., Gambling Nonprofit Kft.

For a detailed program of Visegrád International Palace Games and ticket information,  visit http://www.palotajatekok.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

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

Competition – European Nation’s Best Cheese in Hungary – 2016.

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This year has started for the fourth occasion the Nation’s Cheese Contest organised by the SZEGA Foods based at the Budagyöngye. At the press meeting was announced, that this year 14 internationally plus 1 Hungary recognized countries in cheese makers will be in the ring to win the award of the Best European Cheese 2016.The French Jury President Roland Barthelemy formerly cheese maker said … Q.:”It was a great success in the domestic semi-final, but this does not mean the others in competition failed with the Hungarian cheeses. They brought very diverse cheeses which were tasted and experienced the good quality. Arriving as jury member to the cheese contest, the world-famous French cheeses knight, Roland Barthelemy’s visit is not the only important to as to judge the best Hungarian cheese. He  also is known as an extraordinary “diplomatic on cheese” and takes the news of the best Hungarian produced cheese to many countries around the world. As he said it is a great pleasure and honor that he could be here and take part in the jury which took 3 hours at the semi-final. Finally, the three-member jury judged the best Hungry’s cheese to compete with the other 14 nations cheese and the first place was awarded for  Hungary’s Ranolder cheese that is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

The cheese knight added, unfortunately, the Hungarian cheese has not received the well derved role in the international field, but now here experiencing the products made he is sure that the change will come.  Next June (2017) at the World Cheese Contest 150 kilometers from Paris, at  Tours  among the other Hungarian cheese their place is there to be beside the Ranolder cheese and will also be represented. Last but not least, he said Q.:”This competition is a great opportunity, because finally Hungry’s cheese may reach its worthy place of this fantastic country.”

“This is a character special cheese, which is due to receive a unique bacterial flora bringing the characteristic flavor. There are prepared in different stages of ripening. Hungary’s winning cheese will be on store shelves after nine months of maturation. The Ranolder cheese goes with almost any food. It is excellent to serve as a cheese platter or any food as seasonings” said Mrs. Mária Tóth Tamásné.

The winning Europe’s finest cheeses will be announced on September, 11. at the 25th Budapest Wine Festival – Buda Castle – Budapest said Ádam Gábossy – Managing Director – organizer SZEGA Camembert Ltd. Sample box of the cheese in competition can only be purchased … where else than at the SZEGA Food Store.

The voting started today … Have you vote for your favorite? … Go as you please and pass your votes at the website: http://www.nemzeteksajtversenye.hu/en/contact/index/

The Hungarian organizers aim is to give an opportunity to introduce the locals and foreigners the major cheese producing countries by introduce themselves. Where else than at the SZEGA Foods. Previously, the Hungarian Food magazine spread the news as Budagyöngye Shopping Center –  SZEGA Foods – “Independent supermarket” The Year’s Best Shop – 2016. The SZEGA Foods has the rich selection of premium deli products and was found most worthy of the award.

Here are the 15 European nation’s cheese participating in the contest:

Greece – Manouri (PDO) … The ancient Manouri cheese is prepared by the sera of feta or kefalotiri. This cream and white manouri has a texture of cottage cheese pie up to a light. The cheese has fresh, milky, slightly lemon flavor and it melting in the mouth. The taste is slightly sour, like fresh yogurt. From Sheep and goat’s milk also can be produced in various forms.

Netherland – Reypenaer V.S.O.P. … The Reypenaer V.S.O.P. is made in a traditional way by a small cheese factory. After this, the cheese is historically ripened for 2 years in the unique micro climate in Woerden (Holland) with natural differences in temperature and humidity. The cheese has an extraordinary intense taste with surprising mineral crystals and complex aromas: caramel, light chocolate and toffee.

Ireland – Porter beer Cheddar … This handcrafted cheese, produced using Guinness-brewer Porter is smooth in texture with a distinctive marbled pattern which is the most attractive part of the cheese. This cheese is perfect as an hors D’Oeuvre when sliced and served with a tossed salad. It is equally as good when served as a center piece on an after dinner cheese board.

Hungary – Ranolder … The Hungarian Ranolder cheese is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

“The specialty of the Ranolder cheese is originating from the simplicity and tradition and craft-making techniques. According to the preparation of the cheese we use only locally produced fresh milk. The cheese has a special characteristic flavour and aroma, a slightly hard but crisp substance, which is about the first quality milk, the unique bacterium flora, and for the long, bark maturation happening on more monthly air. The taste of our best quality cheese is because we are maturing them in Merlot Wine, which makes it even more complex, harmonious. A special cheese taste, character and full, highly diverse, well; structured and long. The cheese flavors aromas is the most intense between of 15-20 oC. Next to the initial slightly sweet and salty flavor of the cheese appearing the cashew nuts, and from among the dried fruits onto the fig reminder flavour tickets” added  Ms Mária Toth Tamásné.

Germany – Bördespeck … The Bördespeck has been manufactured in Germany since 1879. Following the old traditions they using the same recipe to make the cheese. Because smoked on juniper berries and oak the taste of the cheese is salty and slightly smoky. Its taste the distinct flavors of hazelnut.

Italy – Pecorino Romano (DOP) … Probably the most popular pecorino is Romano, which is made in province Lazio. The cheese is produced between. It matures in 12 months, and develops a characteristic flavor: salty and fruity. The older is more spicier. It’s an aromatic hard cheese, which is excellent for grating.

Spain – Tetilla (DOP) … Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “small breast”, which describes the shape of the cheese. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scattering of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in color Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavors surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.

Switzerland – Vecherin Fribourgeiols (AOC)… Vacherin Fribourgeois is a Swiss semi-soft cheese made with raw cow’s milk. The milk for the cheese is sourced from Fribourgeois breed of cows that graze on the Alpine grass and wild flowers all the way through the late spring and summer. As early fall arrives, the cows are brought down to graze on grass and summer hay. This traditional cheese making process ensures that Vacherin Fribourgeois has a pleasant nutty flavor.

Slovenia – Tolminc (OEM) … Tolminc cheese with a protected designation of origin is today one of the most recognized Slovenian native cheese. Tolminc cheese was first mentioned in the thirteenth century: at the time tax was paid with cheese for the landlord. The cheese is matured for at least 60 days. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy.

Update and snaps Agie Reiter

W!ZZ AIR ALREADY LAUNCHES ITS WINTER SCHEDULE 2014 – HUNGARY!

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COLOR YOUR DREAMS!

Many may say … winter days  … gosh give me a break  … but before heading back to the cold winter days here is the latest …

NEWSFLASH from April, 29. 2014.

One of  W!ZZ AIR’s most popular flight is en route from Budapest to Dubai which will increase up to four weekly flights … and another good news for travelers, planning, ahead to Dubai, previously was announced that no visa is needed for Hungarian citizens anymore to travel to Dubai. Services to Moscow will be on weekly base, operating 10 times.

Even though we still have a summer to come and enjoy, W!ZZ Air has already announced its winter flights from Hungary to Alicante in Spain. Also to Kutaisi with two weekly flights and  Thessalonike with  weekly flights can be already booked now to be aboard as hitting the http://www.wizzair.com

Many Hungarians spend their vacation in Barcelona and with the weekly 4 flights and its low airs it makes the planning more easy and comfy.

These flights are coming by beside the already 29 flights to 18 different counties in the W!ZZ AIR’s Hungarian route network.  All flights operated on Airbus A320 aircraft, with 180 seats.

MANY MAY KNOW ALREADY AND HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCE … ANYWAY HERE IS A REMINDER …W!ZZ AIR  is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe … which means their flights are to and from the following regions: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

SHOW YOUR COLORS AT THE FED CUP TOURNAMENT IN BUDAPEST 2014.

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The Tennis Court is one of the World’s top sporting and cultural events.

The Fed Cup is the alternative tournament of the Davis Cup just for women.

After the ISU European Figure Skating, the Syma Sport and Event Hall (1. György Dózsa Rd. Budapest )went through a huge mission in rearranging the venue from the skating rink to transform into a cosy tennis court and welcome the tennis ladies participating to the Games of Europe Africa Zone Fed Cup.

Monday, February, 3. was the day of practise on the match court, whereas each team received 3 Hs and 30 minutes for practise . During the early afternoon hours  the Hungarian ladies had their practise time. The the balls flew high and hitting sound of the rackets were already giving the feeling of fabulous time to come in the following days.  At the court  were Timea Babos, Ágnes Bukta, Réka Jani and Szabina Szlavikovics.  Ágnes said: Quote.”The Romanian tennis players are in the top 100 and their figures says a lot. Robson from the Brits tennis group isn’t coming after all, but still the Brits are very good. Concerning the Latvia team … hopefully the tennis court will be in favor for us. Our aim is of staying in match! Regarding to the Syma’s tennis court, this is an indoor hard court, which is not a fast court, and it’s in favor for me. Hoping many Hungarian cheering fans of tennis lovers will come”.  During the afternoon, seen beside the Hungarian team, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovenia teams were also on the practise field.

In Budapest already arrived the Euro-African Zone I’s group: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Great Britain, Israel, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine team, so even the ranking second in place of Victoria Azarenka, the 2013 mascot year, including the WTA event in Budapest triumph Simona Halep and Wimbledon semifinalist admire Kirsten Flipkens play well. Hungary have had twice been Fed Cup quarter finalists in 1963 and 1985.

FED CUP schedule in Budapest 2014.

Tuesday, February, 4.

10 a.m. Belgium Luxembourg
10 a.m. Croatia Netherlands
4 p.m. Belarus-Turkey
4 p.m. Bulgaria Portugal

Wedesday, February, 5.

10 a.m. Ukraine-Israel
10 a.m. Austria Slovenia
4 p.m. Great Britain Latvia
4 p.m. Hungary Romania
4 p.m. Belgium Netherlands
4 p.m. Croatia Luxembourg

Thursday, February, 6.

10 a.m. Belarus Portugal
10 a.m. Bulgaria Turkey
4 p.m. Ukraine Slovenia
4 p.m. Austria Israel

Friday, February, 7.

10 a.m. Belarus Bulgaria
10 a.m. Portugal Turkey
4 p.m. Belgium Croatia
4 p.m. Netherlands Luxembourg
4 p.m. Great Britain Romania
4 p.m. Hungary Latvia

Saturday, February, 8.

10 a.m. Ukraine Austria
10 a.m. Ukraine Austria
10 a.m. Slovenia Israel
4 p.m. Great Britain Hungary
4 p.m. Romania Latvia

Saturday, February, 8., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hungarian Tennis Day at the Syma Center Hall “C”. Door opens at 9.45 a.m. The entrance to the Fed Cup games are free of charge. The Play and Stay mini tennis game between 10.30 a.m. until noontime with Mónika Szeles and Andrea Temesvári, previous Hungarian Fed Cup and Davis Cup tennis players. Also presenting a special performance by Ágnes Szávay. Also on the day Monika Szeles will be holding a signing sessions between noon and one o’clock. junior team presentation of U12 and U14. Entry only wearing sneakers.

Sunday, February, 9.

PLAY OFFS

10 a.m. 1A- 1D – 4A- 4D – 4A- 4D – 2A- 2D – 3A- 3D

4 p.m. 1B- 1C – 4B- 4C – 2B- 2C – 3B- 3C

The idea for Fed Cup can be traced back to 1919, when Mrs Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman came up with the concept for a women’s team competition.

When this was rejected, she instead presented a trophy in 1923 for an annual contest between USA and Great Britain, who were at that time the strongest tennis-playing nations. Mrs Nell Hopman, wife of the legendary Australian Davis Cup captain Harry Hopman, later took up Wightman’s original idea.

In 1962, when a British resident of USA, Mary Hardwick Hare, presented a dossier proving that support for such an event was overwhelming, the ITF was persuaded to organise a team championship played over one week in a different venue each year. It had taken 40 years for Wightman’s concept of a women’s version of Davis Cup to become a reality.

The ITF, the world governing body of tennis, launched the Federation Cup in 1963 to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary. Open to all nations, not just USA and Great Britain, the much awaited competition became a resounding success.” source: Fed Cup.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

3RD. DIPLOMATIC CHARITY FAIR IN BUDAPEST 2013.

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Intercontinental Hotel – Budapest

Sunday, November, 24.

The Association of Diplomatic Spouses Budapest DSB (Diplomatic Spouses Budapest) organized for the third time this year the Diplomatic Charity Fair. The family fair was opened to  everybody who wished to join this event. The main purpose is to raise money for charities was also supported by the Hungarian DSB.

Organizations supported by the DSB: Special Educational and Development Institute (SOFI). The Brothers of the Good Shepherd (victims of violence for women and kids).  The Esztergom Our House (the community center for disadvantaged children and families in need of services). The entry ticket fee was 500HUF which as a donation also was offered  to the organizations  supporters.

The official opening and welcoming words were given by  Biljana Griovska, President of the DSB club, deputy mayor of Budapest and H.E. Mr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Apostolic Nuncio. 

Mrs Anita Herczegh, the spouse of the President of Hungary was the guest of honor.

During the fair the national stalls of different countries presented their yummies, folk art, music and dances but souvenirs can buy small gifts for visitors. Was alike as having a trip in a wink abroad in just minutes away from one nation to the other. There was a „kids corner”, crafts, self-made silver and art jewelry, rainbow colors of pashmina stoles, hand-made painted silk exotic food/spices, gifts, cloths, home furnishing and ayurveda products from India. Thai and Indonesian food and spices, wooden gifts, exotic fresh veggie and fruit drinks, hand-made sweeties, Dolce Vita Beauty supplies, organic drinks … far from knowing the existence of these drinks by the Hungarians.

The entertainment programs of the day were awesome, having the present the preformances of the ExperiDance show, the splendid Korean and Indian dance shows, Children music group from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Music performance represented by Andre Goodfriend and Karen Posner Mullen from the U.S.A. Embassy in Budapest, brought the eye-catching Iberoamerican artists on the  stage, grand show with 16 dancers show by the Folk group from Serbia, Hungarian Opera singers, Italian musicians. Second-hand cloths … mostly brand new and various accessories all in good condition. The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest.

The charity fair have had become so popular compared to the previous two years, there was no question to hold again the third diplomatic charity fair this year with the participation of the representative embassies. The countries were: Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, UK, Belgium, Slovenia, Macedonia, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Qatar, Jordan, Thailand, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt,Serbia, Latvia, Angola, Philippines, China, Russia, Turkey, Switzerland, Ecuador, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Albania, Kosovo.

During the late afternoon hours, the giant raffle draw took place with sophisticated prizes awaiting the lucky ones … Just to mention the most wanted ones … trips offered by the participating countries to their homeland was the most popular beside the 28 prizes.

Even though the program started at 10 a.m. and officially ended at 4 p.m., seemed like nobody wished to leave the place, feeling good and enjoying the each others companies.

This international gathering absolutely proved  peace and harmony is in everyone’s heart.  This good vibration should be propagated around the world. Happy people filled with warm hearts.

Thumbs-up to the organizers …  Even though on a day called Sunday, the Sun was missing, raining throughout the day … for many it was a bright and sunny day at the Diplomatic Charity Fair!

Last but not least, here goes two videos to show the brilliant preformances:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kUXfjRbGvk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CJxwKeSGcc

Updated, snaps, video by Aggie Reiter