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Word for the Travel Wise (10/27/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (10/27/06) Iva touched on Central Europe's woes last month around this very same time and if you're the revolutionary type student protest and shady government scandal could make Hungary, Poland or the Czech Republic your destination of choice. On the flipside for those of us who don't...

Budapest Diary

Budapest Diary A rather old, but none the less interesting little video over at Google called Budapest Diary. Having spent a couple of days in Budapest myself way back when, I have to say I rather enjoyed this, although I do wish it had been produced a bit more recently. Still there are...

Red Corner: Art Nouveau Budapest

Red Corner: Art Nouveau Budapest I first fell in love with Art Nouveau architecture while living in Prague. I've never liked the Art Nouveau paintings and thought that this artistic style had nothing more to offer. But the buildings, oh my the Art Nouveau buildings are fantastic! There are a handful of...

Central Europe in Trouble?

Central Europe in Trouble? If you missed 1989, now is a good opportunity to sample the "revolutionary, yet peaceful" spirit of Central Europe once again. Head over to Budapest. Hungarian students have been protesting the new socialist government of the Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány for a...

Red Corner: Budapest vs. Prague

Red Corner: Budapest vs. Prague On Sunday when The New York Times printed an article titled, Budapest Is Stealing Some of Prague's Spotlight, I just had to smile. I've debated many times with fellow travelers over which is the better city, Prague or Budapest? One thing I've learned is that those who...

Word for the Travel Wise (08/27/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (08/27/06) Okay, this news is a bit dated, but when I saw the headline I laughed out loud. Seriously. Pestiside.hu has a small blurb on some new traffic rules being enforced in the country which they claim plans to turn Hungarians into US-style safety sisses. How comical is that? I've...

Balkan Odyssey Part 22: Hungary?!?! That's not in the Balkans!

Balkan Odyssey Part 22: Hungary?!?! That's not in the Balkans! Sometimes when you travel by the seat of your pants, things work out wonderfully. Other times, they don't. I usually have a pretty good idea of the places I plan to visit on any given journey. But as my Balkan Odyssey was winding down, my girlfriend and I found ourselves...

Balkan Odyssey: Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Balkan Odyssey: Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation Today begins a short series on a long trip from which I've just returned. As you can tell from the title, my journey took my through the former Yugoslavia. Fifteen years ago, the majority of my trip would have been a visit to a single country. But today, after far too many...

Word for the Travel Wise (05/22/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (05/22/06) Even with June just ahead interested participants can still make the Old Buda Summer festival taking place in Budapest from June to September with the right amount of speedy planning. The summer long event will feature traditional chamber concerts and organ recitals in the...

Red Corner: The Blue Danube

Red Corner: The Blue Danube While I'm not a big fan of big ocean going cruises, there is something entirely different about boarding a much smaller boat and cruising down a river-especially when it's the Danube. David Wickers of The Sunday Times (UK) recently spent a week leisurely touring the...

Red Corner: Hungarian Wine, Unique and Enticing

Red Corner: Hungarian Wine, Unique and Enticing There are so many wonderful little wine regions throughout the former Soviet Empire which sadly remained anonymous to the West during communism and today, are only slightly becoming known. A few weeks ago we posted about the yummy wines of Georgia, the former Soviet Republic...

Red Corner: Hungarian Troglodytes

Red Corner: Hungarian Troglodytes There is simply nothing worse than discovering something wonderful about a destination long after having left it. This is how I felt when I came across a recent article in The Budapest Sun about a marvelous system of caves lurking directly beneath the city of Budapest....

Word for the Travel Wise (04/14/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (04/14/06) It is a firm belief of mine that I will one day return to Budapest. I'm setting my hopes high to reside in the city for at least one year, but I'll surely settle for a quick jaunt if it's the only way to explore my beloved Budapest at least once more. To prepare for the day...

Roller Coasters, Theme Parks, Cultures & More

Roller Coasters, Theme Parks, Cultures & More Call me out of touch with the whole amusement park business, but "Dude! Where's My Passport?! 2005" doesn't strike me as a likely film title for theme park reviews. Am I alone on this one? The new DVD by Don Garrison and Monica Jack showcases 15 parks across Europe...

Red Corner: Famous Budapest Baths to Allow Women

Red Corner: Famous Budapest Baths to Allow Women To go where no man has gone before is not so much of a challenge. Far more difficult, is for a woman to go where no woman has gone before-but men go to regularly. For the last 70 years, the famous 16th century Rudas Baths in Budapest have been an all-male domain. Women...

Red Corner: Communist Statue Parks

Red Corner: Communist Statue Parks Yesterday's Red Corner post discussed the handful of Lenin statues which remain standing in various corners of the former Evil Empire. Most were simply never pushed over and stand today in the same spot in which they were erected so many years ago. If you are interested in...

Word for the Travel Wise (01/25/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (01/25/06) A few years back when I was spending more time in Romania, but had some time to spend in Hungary and enough time to get lost in Budapest alone I found myself in several exciting places. On my way to Statue Park I got a little turned around, but once back on the right course...

Hungary's Robin Hood

Hungary's Robin Hood I don't check out Salon Magazine as often as I should largely because I get sick of waiting for the long ads to show as I enter Salon Premium. But I should check it more often. The articles are always quite good. Snarky, but informative. I guess I'd go back a LOT more if...

Budapest Blog

Budapest Blog Budapest is either a city you fall in love with instantly and count the reasons why or a city you fall in love with and have no real explanation other than "because." It's a beautiful city located on the Danube bursting with history and rich cultural experiences waiting to...

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