With a great recommendation from the Swiss Embassy in Budapest, I was privileged to host 8 Swiss gentleman for a half day CurioCity programme in our beautiful capital on the first real sunny day of the year. We started our day on a speedboat on our beautiful river for about a whole hour. While enjoying the sun, the breeze and the speed we even bumped into a desperate boatman whose motorengine gave up and was floating down with the river, further and further away from the “mother ship”. After saving his life by trailing him back with our beautiful speedboat now we could lay back and enjoy, knowing we are done with our daily charity 🙂
As good guys go to Heaven I took them up to the Castle to see the most beautiful church with of the city and walked around the area while having a look of the beautiful view over the city.
Look but it wasn’t just the view which was stunning 😉
After the “exhausting” programme all of us got hungry and we were driven to the restaurant where my favourite Hungarian writer’s famous waiter-character works himself 🙂 Not just the view was unforgettable but this way the service, the wine and all the 3 courses including the crispy duck confit with braised red cabbage.
But because all of us likes wines and because I was the Hungarian embassador for this day, I had to prove my guests that Hungarian wine indeed deserves to be in in a leading position of international competing scene … so we also did not miss the chance to taste 6 different excellent wines in the tasting restaurant of an internationally acknowledged, many times prize winner winery.
21st May 2016.
How do indepent book stores and editing companies work in today’s Budapest? Believing in quality, beauty. Sticking to values, working hard to ascertain that generations grow up not forgetting our rich literary heritage, giving space to new voices of writers not serving blindly the mass production. During this evening bike tour we have visited 5 bookstores, among which Pagony- mainly occupying with literature for children and young adults, Gdansk- a ‘harbour’ offering books in mainly Polish and also Hungarian language, Filologos- a Christian bookstore where we can find works of religion and philosophy, Latitude a French bookstore and A Hely- which offers antique and used books in an amazing setting of a cellar system, with the remains of a Second World War bomb shelter. During the tour we could get a taste of the programs organized on this special night, and we have also evoked the turn of the nineteen hundreds, with its literary cafés, stories about writers and their muses, while admiring the evening light of the beautifully lit riverbank along the Danube.
Outside and inside of Pagony bookstore, a very nicely designed place with a pleasant café. Check out the ceiling!
Gdansk apart from being a bookstore also has a bar where you can eat Polish pickle -herring, and they have their own beer as well.
Great experience! Thank you for participating!
We organized a very special program for the participants of an international conference in a form of a guided tour which included the guided visit of the beautiful building of the seat of the Academy of Sciences of Budapest. For a couple of hours we found ourselves in the 19th century, in the Reform Period, when in Hungary great political, economical and cultural changes took place. We also took a nice walk along the Danube Promenade of Pest where the tour ended and the group after having satisfied their thirst for stories about the history and culture of our beautiful Capital, could actually have a few glasses of wine and a very pleasant dinner on one of the ships harboring on the Pest side of the Danube. It was very nice to guide you guys! Hope to repeat it one day!
In the Picture Gallery of the Academy, with the greatest men of our history! 🙂
The best feeling in the world for a tour guide is when you see your tourist smile It means that you could give something to her. Not something you could buy, but something that she will never forget, or noone can take away from her: an EXPERIENCE. That’s what makes us tour guides keep on going, at least me. It makes me feel that I did something and that I have given something to someone and made the world a little better place.
This is why I am grateful to Marjo because she had smiled the whole time through that we spent together and the biggest acknowledgement for me nothing more but this. Wherever I took her, whatever I had shown her she truly appriciated everything and shared her gratefulness with me.
We had been to the Hungarian Parliament and looked out of its window to the river, we had a Lángos and later also a coffee and a lovely cake in my favourite café.
I honestly believe that the most enthusiastic tourist I have ever met was Marjo from Finland.