Posts tagged ‘Danube’

November 29, 2017


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November 5, 2015

Budapest – Red Bull Air Race 2015

by ada

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October 18, 2015


by ada

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December 2, 2014

done laid around, done stayed around this old town too long

by ada

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December 1, 2014

Budapest – Várkert Bazár

by ada

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November 27, 2014

Esztergom – the pre-exam visit

by ada

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Esztergom blue house 1

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blue houses

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July 4, 2014

Esztergom – part 2

by ada

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Esztergom castle wall

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July 1, 2014

Štúrovo (Párkány)

by ada

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June 30, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

by ada

The river Danube forms a 143 km long natural border between Hungary and Slovakia. There are three bridges where pedestrians can cross over the Danube and pass the border: the Erzsébet bridge between Komárom (HU) and Komárno (SK), a (noname) bridge between Vámosszabadi (HU) and Medve (SK) and the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom (HU) and Párkány/Štúrovo (SK).

The Mária Valéria bridge was built in 1894-95, and was blown up two times: in 1919 by the Czechoslovakian army and in 1944 by the fleeing German troops. It wasn’t reconstructed again until 2001.

I started out in beautiful Esztergom, which is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its history goes back to Celtic times, and it’s also the birthplace of the first Hungarian king, István.

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I walked over the bridge…

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… while admiring the architecture…

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…and some picturesque shadow patterns.

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The basilica of Esztergom is beautiful…

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…and so is the Danube.

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I arrived in Štúrovo (or as it was originally called for some hundred years before Socialist times, Párkány).

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Slovakian people are ready to give you some ancient life advice.

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I passed the harbour (shall we call this tiny dock harbour?) and looked back at Mária Valéria bridge…

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…and over the Danube. Hi Hungary!

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I spent a (sunny and hot) afternoon at Vadaš termal bath where I ate lángos and drank kofola


… and walked over the bridge again. Goodbye Slovakia, until next time.

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June 17, 2014

Budapest – route D12: from Erzsébet híd to Margitsziget

by ada

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June 16, 2014

Budapest – route D12, from Petőfi híd to Erzsébet híd

by ada

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June 13, 2014

Budapest – route D12: trailer

by ada

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May 30, 2014

the month of May was come

by ada

Oh, well. I totally saw this coming: the month without books. I dutifully read my two sentences every morning at 5.50 am, before closing my eyes in the hope of gaining 20 more minutes before having to get off the bus and face my job the world outside but my heroic efforts clearly weren’t enough. Next time. Or not. Whatever.

Here are some May photos instead of my usual unimaginative documentation of book titles. Because looking at poppies feels good.

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April 25, 2014


by ada

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Komárno green house

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April 24, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

by ada

One of the places where you can “officially” leave Hungary, is the Erzsébet-bridge between Komárom in Hungary and Komárno in Slovakia. It was built in 1892 an is named after Romy Schneider Empress Elisabeth of Austria, because we Hungarians have always loved our Sisi, even during her lifetime, which is a rare phenomenon and is not very characteristic for the Hungarian collective spirit. Usually we first appreciate people after their death (if at all, haha). While it’ s definitely not the most charming spot on Earth or even in Hungary, it’s still a border, and I love borders. So here is a guide on how to cross them.

1. Walk up to the bridge.

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2. Keep walking.

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3. Look back at Hungary (yes, I did shop at that Tesco. I was that hungry).

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4. Admire the Danube (not a particularly breathtaking sight for somebody who is such a mountain person like me but, in my opinion, the second best thing after mountains is water, so I’m okay with this less than exciting view).

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4. Walk until the middle of the bridge.

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5. Look down.


6. Look up. Welcome in Slovakia!

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April 21, 2014

Budapest – Easter Monday in monochrome

by ada

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April 21, 2014

Budapest – Easter Monday

by ada

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February 10, 2014

swan story

by ada

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February 10, 2014


by ada

Through a wet lens. In dusk. Definitely not at its best.

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February 9, 2014

poetry of departures

by ada


February 9, 2014


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February 9, 2014

Budapest – Shoes on the Danube Promenade

by ada

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February 9, 2014


by ada

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December 2, 2013


by ada

Szentendre Fő tér Christmas tree

Christmas ornaments

Szentendre streets

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Szentendre view with church

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Szentendre church with shadow

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April 19, 2013

sometimes life is bearable

by ada

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February 5, 2013

bridges and between

by ada


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December 21, 2012


by ada

Christmas groceries shopping and the sun above the Danube.



April 2, 2012


by ada

The dome of the Parliament goes blue for World Autism Awareness Day.

March 26, 2012

love letter to the Danube

by ada

March 26, 2012


by ada

Today I visited Kopaszi-gát, a small dam on the Danube. It’s quite a new place of recreation, with a modern playhouse for children and cafés and clubs that are being built right now. I have never been there before, because it became very quickly too fashionable and trendy for my style. I like old and abandonned places that are out of fashion. Being “trendy” is also so horribly important in Hungary. I have never experienced this hectic urge and fear about Zeitgeist in any other country I’ve lived before, and I simply just cannot get used to it. I automatically go defiant if I notice anything being forced on me under the name of fashion, but well, being “not trendy” is also trendy in other subcultures, so trying to avoid being banal is a hopeless attempt in the Hungarian society.

Anyway, Kopaszi-gát, despite of its reputation, is a cheerful little place, so I’m glad I visited it.

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