Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
33Trip End Feb 08, 2011
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Eger, located about 2 hours drive, a gentle North-East of the capital, is one of Hungary's provincial gems. The beautifully preserved baroque architecture gives the town a relaxed, almost Mediterranean feel - and amidst the stunning colors of Fall and a gorgeous sunny day it made for a picture-perfect experience.
As we neared our destination we looked out across fields and fields of vineyards and sunflowers, at the close of their glory days and yet still displaying a majesty to look on in wonder. It was here in Eger, we discovered, as we wandered up the cobblestone lane to what remains of the once foreboding castle, that the Hungarian fore-bearers fended off the Turks for the first time during the 170 years of occupation, back in 1552...much of their victory attributed to the women of Egers' crucial role of pouring boiling oil and pitch on the invaders from the ramparts
The town was all so cute and quaint with gorgeous little nooks at almost every turn and wonderful cafes lining the streets...One of whom displayed a temptingly indulging sign out front for 'Chocolate Soup'. In my fascination I asked one of the waiters what were the components that made up the delicacy and he just looked at me and stated "Well, it's Chocolate....Soup!" ...dah, foreigner, so obverse!! I had to smile.
We arrived back to the city in time to join in the party Marie was hosting at her apartment that evening. What fun! There were delicious h'ordeuvres and great laughter over games - completed with Marie's signature: Chocolate Fondue. Mmmm...
We've been so incredibly blessed with countless opportunities to connect and hang out with many other young adults from all nationalities during our time here. How rich an experience diversity affords!
There are theaters abounding in this city, showcasing an impeccably high standard of the arts ~ our first ever experience of a Ballet was inexpressibly wonderful.
And it is not just reserved for the wealthy in Budapest
I was loaned a dress to wear for the occasion and we began our evening, joined by Rosie & Akup, with the perfect cafe indulgence: steaming hot drinks and an incredible assortments of cakes to choose from ~ enjoyed over the rich melodies from the grand piano in the corner, and in the light of some spectacular chandeliers matching the absolutely stunning interior with its detailed fresco ceilings.
But exceeding even this, the State Opera House was breathtaking ~ and the perfect setting to drink in the wonder of the chosen ballet: "Romeo & Juliet". I was completely mesmerized. Such beauty, such grace and poise so elegantly performed...and yet so tragic in its romantic narrative. It was truly stunning and every minute loved.
To add to the repertoire, we made a switch to a happily-ever-after ending and took great pleasure in re-living the childhood favorite, Tale-as-Old-as-Time, musical of "Beauty & the Beast". It was fascinatingly captivating and wonderfully done with great sets and equally wonderful characters so as to absorb you in the fairytale
Coffee House has certainly become quite a highlight to our week here.
From the beginning, I was very quick to put my name down for the available slots of volunteering to bake for Friday nights. Among which, I’ve enjoyed whipping up trays (…and trays…) of mini Chocolate dipped, Cinnamon Meringue Kisses and good ol’ slices of Ginger
Crunch from that monumental Kiwi icon, the Edmonds Cook Book.
These past few weeks the place has been really buzzing, with so many people coming and going each evening, giving the place a dynamic hum - and keeping us avidly busy amidst the spin of it all.
As well as the cooling weather, it seems the more tables Samuel and Peter manage to fix, the more people pour in, packing it out until we are bursting at the seams ...
Autumn here is absolutely stunning...the leaves so richly infused in an array of colours, beautifully displayed as on an artists pallet of warm Fall tones ~ and it lasts a good while!
...But as the cold winds blow in the vibrancy is beginning to yield; giving way to the dormant chills of winter. Time to add another layer...