…and Hungary

We’ve chosen to live in Budapest, at least for the time being. It is a beautiful city, often rated one of the most beautiful in the world for its eclectic architecture. Many interesting sites,  museums, shops, bars, and restaurants sit alongside an often troubled history. Like all cities, it has its problems and its detractors, but for us it is a home from home and we love it. So we write about Budapest and Hungary quite a lot.  While we hope these articles will be useful to visitors, many are just about life in the city, and those of people we meet. If you plan to visit Budapest (as you should) don’t ignore the rest of the country. There are some hidden gems, fantastic food and wine, and wonderful festivals. Enjoy.

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The proof is in the passion

For me, wine falls in to the same category as music and art:  I know what I like and what I don’t like. I have friends who delight in wine, who have made it their business to educate themselves about the various grapes and vintages. They…
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2017 Grateful 50

In trying to find a word to describe a friend of mine recently, I had occasion to Google the term 'giving people'. And once I'd stopped trying to remember how I'd found similar information before Google, I started to think. Three things struck…
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Shutting up

I've been overdosing on West Wing, the old TV series starring Martin Sheen as President of America that ran from 1999 to 2006. The writing is clever, the dialogue witty, the characters eminently likeable. I'm addicted. We can go through anywhere…
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2017 Grateful 51

You don't have to look very far on Facebook and other social media to see people's reaction to the current cold front that is sweeping Europe. It's bloody freezing. Perishing. Mind-numbingly cold. And for those of us who have homes to go to,…
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My travel tree

Many, many moons ago, in an effort to cure myself of the habit of buying touristy tat when I travelled, I hit on the idea of a travel tree (along the lines of my travel bracelet). Before I can buy anything else, I have to buy a silver charm…
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A silver lining in a feathered cloud

Walking down Teréz körút today, I noticed that it was trying to snow. It was bitterly cold. I'd just gotten off the tram and was heading to meet a friend for lunch. I was well wrapped in my designer-labelled, black, knee-length down jacket…
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2016 Grateful 3

I'm gullible. I can be easily persuaded and often times find myself committing to stuff I really don't want to do. Take last week, for instance. I had something to do and some place to go on Friday but I let myself be talked into going to a…
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The gift of music

I’m easily confused. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to regular readers or anyone who knows me. But in my defence, I try hard to replace that confusion with a modicum of certainty, if possible. If not, I simple give up and relax into the…
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2016 Grateful 4

Sometimes, life gets a little overwhelming. Twenty-four-hour days aren't nearly long enough to do everything that needs to get done. And when my to-do list spirals out of control and spills over onto a third page, I have a tendency to sing my…