Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

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The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romansque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.
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From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill.
Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.
The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.
A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King's life.
(Source: Wikipedia)
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Szabó Marzipan Museum, Budapest


The famous Szabó Marzipán's international pastry exhibition is found at Buda Castle, in the immediate vicinity of Matthias church, and Fischerman"s Bastion, in the halls of Buapest Hilton.

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Te numerous countless marzipan showpieces include Queen Sisy's life size statue, Matthias church, Fishrman's Bastion, Kalocsa lace, gobelin furniture, as well as the cactus forest, unique in the world.

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The fairy tale scenes of childhood can be admired, along with many other heartwarming and visually pleasing marzipan creations, all prepared with consummate expertise.

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In addition to the exhibition, a café and pastry shop offer visitors sandwiches, pastries and ice creams. Of course in the store, the brand-packaged, excellent quality products of Szabó Marzipan available for purchase as well.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn in Reichenau (Austria)

Reichenau an der Rax is a market town in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, situated at the foot of the Rax mountain range on the Schwarza river, a headstream of the Leitha.

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Even though the town of Reichenau might seem at small at first glance, as a historically noble spa location of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy, it certainly has many historical and cultural sights on offer.

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