Posts tagged ‘plants’

October 21, 2017

when summertime is done

by ada

November 8, 2015

Budapest – Gül Baba rózsakertje (the rose garden of Gül Baba)

by ada

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November 2, 2015

the flowers of the Břeclav Jewish cemetery

by ada

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June 28, 2015

why make so much of fragmentary blue

by ada

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June 21, 2015

follow with May’s fairest flowers

by ada

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June 17, 2015

Burg Liechtenstein

by ada

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June 16, 2015

Maria Enzersdorf

by ada

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June 13, 2015

I feel as if the grass were pleased

by ada

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May 20, 2015


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May 17, 2015

Easter Monday

by ada

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April 14, 2015

Klosterneuburg – 10. Internationale Orchideenausstellung

by ada

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April 13, 2015

at the violet hour

by ada

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April 9, 2015

I open wide the portals of the spring

by ada

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March 23, 2015

I lift my heart as spring lifts up a yellow daisy to the rain

by ada

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March 11, 2015

I was born, I suppose, like anyone

by ada

Well, actually yesterday, but I can’t keep up with the changes in my life anymore, haha.


February 27, 2015

life has loveliness to sell

by ada

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January 25, 2015

Wien – Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly House)

by ada

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January 5, 2015

Budapest – the plants beneath my feet, a retrospect

by ada

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November 27, 2014

I grow old, I grow old, the garden says

by ada

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November 26, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), the succulents

by ada

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November 18, 2014

Budapest – Budai Arborétum, the upper garden

by ada

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November 17, 2014

Budapest – Budai Arborétum, the lower garden

by ada

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July 25, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I last posted in this series. That tells tales about my circumstances lately. I’ve failed miserably with my New Year’s resolution of sharing more of my life here anyway – not that I don’t have a life because I rather do, but it seems I’m not good at getting personal. What I’m good at is taking photos of buildings and flowers, so this place has inevitably became kind of a travel blog, but without the joys and excitement of actual travelling. You know, something like an unofficial Budapest Guide for Weirdos (and for all who enjoy looking at dead butterflies and old medical instruments). This is a lose-lose situation, I’m afraid.

But there are still the small things, like…

…this super cheap waffle place and their raspberry mousse that tastes just like I remember it from my childhood.

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…pretty bees on pretty flowers.

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…visiting museums.

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…doing small trips.

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…summer food.

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…thrifted summer clothes. Too bad I’m seven kilos overweight (oh well, waffle place, hello).


…the first outdoor swim of the year at Vadaš Thermal Bath in Štúrovo, Slovakia. (Okay, it happened more than a month ago. I’m actually  writing this post since years weeks. I hope one day – if life allows me – I can get back to real-time blogging.)

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…going on a holiday! I haven’t been on a summer holiday since 2009 (ten days at the Bulgarian coast. I’m still dreaming about it). (I usually do budget travelling, that means Venice in February, Prague in October and that epic Moravian road tour in December. I haven’t felt a cold that freezing in my entire life than I did at a bus stop in Moravske Budejovice at 22.30 pm last winter.)


July 7, 2014

Vácrátót – Nemzeti Botanikus Kert (National Botanical Garden)

by ada

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June 19, 2014

the woods are lovely, dark and deep

by ada

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June 5, 2014

Budapest – Orczy-kert

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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May 24, 2014

spring was like a call to me that I could not answer

by ada

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May 1, 2014

Tata – Angolkert (English Garden)

by ada

The English garden in Tata was constructed in 1783 and was intended to be a palace park for the Esterházy family. Unfortunately, their residence itself lies two lakes further on the other side of the town, so this garden was somewhat out of reach. This fact caused some discomfort which was solved in the typical Hungarian way of generous extravagance: instead of setting up a park near the palace, they had a new summer residence built in the far away park. English gardens were considered to be modern and fashionable right back then, and since we had the deep desire to keep up with European standards (which desire we’ve already given up since then), it was clear it must be an English garden with all its accessories. So what do you need for a well-equipped English garden?

  1. Plants. And high trees. Plenty of them. Check.
  2. Some water, preferably a lake and/or fountains. Check. Both. Unfortunately, the fountains do not work anymore, but honestly, what is still working in Hungary? You see.
  3. Cute bridges over said water. Check.
  4. Ducks. Check.
  5. A greenhouse with exotic plants. Check.
  6. Some ruins. If you do not have any ruins, don’t give up. You can build your own. From parts of original ruins situated somewhere else. The result will be somewhat eclectic in style but very romantic. So, ruins, check.
  7. The same with caves. If you don’t have them, build them. Check.
  8. Religious place where you can worship God(s)/Mother Nature/Goddess Diana. Or in this case, Allah. Hungary was part of the Ottoman Empire for more than 150 years and those years didn’t pass without a trace. We got used to the Turks and their exotic ways (and their coffee. Definitely their coffee). We got mixed with them. They took our women for their harems and our children for their army. They grew to love us and, according to my Turkish friends, they still do love us. It’s an unrequited love though, because we Hungarians never ever value anybody else but ourselves. That’s what makes us the sympathetic and friendly people we are. Haha. But we still want to show that we are a hospitable nation and that Turks are always welcomed at their former residence country. That’s why we built a mosque. But it’s also important to show that they are supposed to stay only for short periods. Definitely not for another 150 years. And only in manageable amounts. That’s why we built said mosque so small that only five people fit in it if their rugs are spread on the floor. And that’s also why we keep this mosque closed all the time so that even those five people can’t have access to it. I’ve told you that we are a nice, hospitable nation.

Anyway, the English garden is beautiful even without an insight into Hungarian history.

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