Visiting Szeged, Hungary: My Favourite Photos

Szeged is a city in the south of Hungary, close to the border with Serbia. It is Hungary’s third largest city and is home to a well-regarded university. The influx of students gives the small city an international flavour. I often heard English being spoken on the streets and in the shops. English comprehension amongContinue reading “Visiting Szeged, Hungary: My Favourite Photos”

Summer 2016 in Budapest: My Favourite Photos

I was able to spend the month of August in Budapest, Hungary. It’s a city that I know very well, having already spent a year there through 2014-15. It was fun to return and explore some old haunts, catch up with friends and even discover a few new hidden gems. Here are some of myContinue reading “Summer 2016 in Budapest: My Favourite Photos”

Visiting Esztergom and Štúrovo

For many centuries, Esztergom was the most important city in Hungary, acting as the capital from the 10th till the mid-13th century. It was here that the coronation of Saint Stephen of Hungary took place, in the year 1000 or 1001. With his ascension to the throne, Esztergom became the political, cultural and religious centreContinue reading “Visiting Esztergom and Štúrovo”

Christmas Time in Budapest

I am back in Canada for the Christmas break but I wanted to share a few photos of Budapest during the month of December. Christmas markets pop up in squares throughout the city, with little wooden huts selling traditional foods, hot wine and gifts. This was my first time in Europe during the winter months.Continue reading “Christmas Time in Budapest”

Szent Istvan Fireworks in Budapest – August 20th, 2014

As mentioned in my previous post, August 20th is St. Stephen’s Day, a National Holiday marking the Foundation of Hungary. The main event for the people of Budapest is the annual fireworks show, which lasts about 30 minutes. I made my way down to the shores of the Danube river to watch the show alongContinue reading “Szent Istvan Fireworks in Budapest – August 20th, 2014”

St. Stephen’s Day Celebrations Begin Early in Budapest

August 20th is‚ St. Stephen’s Day, a National Holiday marking the Foundation of Hungary. It’s Hungary’s Canada Day or Independence Day. Many stores will be closed, there will be ceremonies throughout the day, including at the Cathedral which bears his name. In the evening there will be a spectacular fireworks show along the banks of theContinue reading “St. Stephen’s Day Celebrations Begin Early in Budapest”

The $44 Ticket to Freedom

On Tuesday afternoon I had to make a purchase. I left my apartment with my passport in my pocket and headed south along the grand boulevard adjacent to my street. My destination was a Metro station. I got to the busy intersection under which the station lies and ducked down the stairs into the undergroundContinue reading “The $44 Ticket to Freedom”

Photo: Is This The Best Parking Spot in Europe?

While out for a walk with my camera, I spotted a single car parked along‚ the banks of the Danube River in Budapest. Across the river is Hungary’s magnificent Parliament Building. I thought it made for a pretty neat image. Quick Facts about the Hungarian Parliament Building Inaugurated on the 1000th anniversary of the country inContinue reading “Photo: Is This The Best Parking Spot in Europe?”

Budapest: Eastern Europe’s Gem

When researching my trip, I heard nothing but good things about Budapest. Hungary’s capital delivered in a big way, living up to the hype. Often called the Paris of Eastern Europe, the comparison is justified. Budapest offers the aesthetic beauty of the French capital, at a fraction of the cost and without the Parisian seedinessContinue reading “Budapest: Eastern Europe’s Gem”