Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’

Hungary: …More tidbits

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

View of Buda

I recently posted a series about adventures in Hungary.  If you read those, you might be interested in these two pieces from the internet.

Hungary, because of its location in central Europe, has been at the crossroads of migrations between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – amongst them being Jews fleeing westward.  Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary; before the Second World War it was home to one of the largest concentrations of Jews in Europe.   To this day Budapest has one of the largest synagogues on the planet.  So it was not surprising to find the following travelogue about Budapest from a Jewish perspective.  Enjoy!

Of course where there are Jews, there are also anti-Semites – and Hungary is no exception.  So it wasn’t surprising that one of the most wanted living Nazis was arrested in Hungary as well, particularly in light of the fact that Hungary was under Nazi occupation during WWII.


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Hungary: Ancient History

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Our history shapes and defines us.  We cannot know who we are, where we are, where we belong, or where we’re headed unless we understand our history.  This is true of every person, every nation, and every culture.  A culture that ignores, forgets, or attempts to redefine its history is doomed to extinction.

As I was traveling in Hungary, I found two interesting, notable bits of history that shed a unique light on today’s Hungarian culture:

Orosháza Monument

Orosháza is a small town in the southern part of Hungary.  The entry to Orosháza is dominated by the view of a church; this is reasonably common practice in small towns.

But as I entered the town, a memorial in front of a school on my right caught my eye.  I had to stop.  Read more…

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Hungary: Cave Bath (Barlangfürdő)

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

In my previous post I wrote about Budapest’s famous mineral baths but provided no pictures.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll write very little and let the pictures do the talking in this post.  But first a bit of background.

There is a very unusual bath in Miskolc:  The Barlangfürdő.  It’s unique in all of Europe. Read more…

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Hungary: Mineral Baths

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

[Written Sunday June 3]

Last night I went to Franklin Graham’s Festival of Hope at the Budapest Sports Arena.  It was a classic evangelistic event.  There was great musical worship, prayer, and a proclamation of The Good News.  Thousands upon thousands came forward at the end to receive Christ Jesus as their personal Savior.  As a result thousands upon thousands will be experiencing perfect eternal life with their Creator:  Not just life without end, but life without sorrow, pain, suffering, discord, sickness, and death.  The life that we all seek but can’t find here on earth, because it simply doesn’t exist here on earth.  We must lose our lives to find it, Jesus teaches.  (John 12:25)

This morning I had the opportunity to experience one of Budapest’s many delightful treasures.  People come from all over Europe and from around the world for this experience. Read more…

Hungary: Franklin Graham’s Festival of Hope (Reménység Fesztivál)

June 23, 2012 1 comment

My trolley arriving with hills of Buda in background.

Finally!  I had finally made it to the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope a bit early – in spite of all the difficulties encountered earlier in the day.  The trolley ride was uneventful, but there was one more hurdle to overcome:  I didn’t have a ticket.  Fortunately the door was opened to all comers about 15 minutes before starting time; I found a seat and settled in.  The seat wasn’t optimal, but I was in.

I had found out about the whole event quite by accident:  I simply saw a billboard in Budapest, and thought it would be interesting to attend.  I had no idea what to expect; I had never attended a Billy Graham event before. Read more…

Hungary: Budavári Libamájfesztivál (Goose Liver Festival in Buda Castle)

June 22, 2012 Leave a comment

As I visited Budapest I saw widespread advertisements for a Goose Liver Festival.  Huh?  Are they serious?

But I admit it.  I’m a secret liver lover.  I do enjoy a good chicken liver spread or fried liver – be it chicken or beef.  And I do know that goose liver is a delicacy almost as expensive as caviar.  Furthermore goose liver is a signature Hungarian delicacy.  So I really wanted to check out this Goose Liver Festival they were advertising. Read more…

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Hungary: What’s in a Name?

June 22, 2012 1 comment

Budai Krémes

The French, it seems, invented everything delightful in this world.  After all we have French fries, French toast, French cut green beans, French milled soap, and much more.  They even gave us crepes and Napoleons.  Yes, crepes – those paper thin pancakes rolled or folded and filled with some kind of delicacy.  And Napoleons are those delightful, flaky pastries filled with custard.  Suddenly I’m getting hungry… Read more…

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