Monthly Archives: November 2013

Syria opposition says Assad must go

ISTANBUL, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Syria’s Western-backed opposition agreed on Monday to attend planned peace talks in Geneva but said President Bashar al-Assad could play no part in a transitional government aimed at ending the 2-1/2-year-old civil war. Bashar Hafez al-Assad (born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria, General Secretary of the Ba’ath […]

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Kékestető

A Wild Majesty The idea of the Hungarian landscape as mind numbingly monotonous is a misconception. Yet there is a comparative lack of mountains if we compare Hungary with the seven nations that border it today. All the neighboring countries have peaks that are at least 1,900 meters (6,200 feet) in height. In Hungary the […]

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

The frontal view of Budapest’s Fine Arts Museum The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, also known as Szépművészeti Múzeum in Hungarian is located at Heroes’ Square, facing the Palace of Art. The collection that the museum is displaying contains international art, other than local. Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog were the architects that had […]

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Gyöngyös

Tragedy, Irony, Fate It seems in Hungary you cannot escape fate. Talk to a Hungarian and they are quick to point out their exceedingly difficult history of conquest, occupation, revolution and independence. Even places that avoid this difficult history during one era seem to eventually succumb to dark historical forces. Take for instance Gyöngyös, a […]

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Csókakő

Imagination and Reality Is there anything more entrancing than a hilltop castle. Towering above its surroundings, a fortress perched high above a village has a timeless appeal. It is a magnet to the eyes, allowing the imagination to wander back in time to an age of chivalry and honor. It is as though the defenders […]

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Somló

Lineage and Legend Somló is a paradox. It’s a small place with a long history. It lies along the slopes of a dormant volcano with a fertile micro climate. Fabulous white wines (and only whites) come from the varieties of grapes grown along its precipitous slopes. Out of Hungary’s 22 distinct wine regions, Somló is […]

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Szentendre

The Power of Belief On the corner of Lazár cár ter (square) in Szentendre there is a monument topped with a cross. It is placed in a rather inconspicuous setting, beside a restaurant. The throngs of tourists that come to visit this historic town often overlook it. Nonetheless this monument and the place where it […]

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