Category Archives: Stories of my trips to Hungary

City of Érd,Part 2

City of Érd, Part 2 Please read Érd Part 1 first at http://sheilabali.com/wordpress/?p=323 How does one find a cousin in a foreign land? On that crisp, cold, sunny day, my husband and I headed for Érd’s information center. Unfortunately, a … Continue reading

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City of Érd, Part 1

The City of Érd, Part I After Vienna and Sopron, I had one final destination before our trip to Hungary came to an end—the city of Érd, a word derived from “forest,” where cavemen once lived. By mid-morning, my husband … Continue reading

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Has Anybody Seen Cary Grant Naked?

Has Anyone Seen Cary Grant Naked? The air in Vienna was sweet with the delicate perfume of pastries. My husband stood at the door of a quaint Viennese café while customers came and went and I pressed my face into … Continue reading

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The City Of Music

In Sopron, my husband and I spent half a day visiting ancient ruins and the many colorful ethnic shops. Later, we figured we would drive into Vienna to sample its famous strudel, for Austria is renowned for its pastries. The … Continue reading

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Revisiting The City of Sopron

Revisiting the City of Sopron The city of Sopron had beckoned me to return for a visit. It plays a vital part in my novel, but my mental pictures of it had waned, or were full of inaccuracies. Being close … Continue reading

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Katona József Theatre

Katona József Theatre Katona (Soldier) József Theatre, a splendid construction in neo-baroque style, designed by two renowned Viennese architects at the turn of the nineteenth century, is near the center of Kecskemét. I was anxious to check out its sumptuous … Continue reading

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Kecskemét City Hall

Kecskemét City Hall It had taken us over an hour to drive from Budapest to Kecskemét, and by the time we arrived the sky was cloaked in darkness. I had things to do and see. My cousin—my generous escort—suggested we … Continue reading

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The Story of Kecskemét

The Story of Kecskemét This week I want to share with you my stop in Kecskemét, the eighth largest city in Hungary, situated almost dead-center in the country and surrounded by a great plain. My father’s military base was located … Continue reading

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Music at St. Stephen’s Bascilica

Music at St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest At the end of a long day wandering the sites of Budapest, I went to St. Stephen’s Basilica in the square that bears his name. I had heard that St. Stephen’s resembles St. … Continue reading

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Lost in My Purse

Lost in My Purse. While riding the escalator out of the subway in Budapest, I got lost in my purse, searching for the ticket stub I needed to exit the metro. I had purchased the ticket only a half hour … Continue reading

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