Pálvölgyi & Szemlőhegyi Caves (Budapest)

Pálvölgyi & Szemlőhegyi are two caves in Budapest, Hungary. (more…)


Lake Balaton Region: Veszprém & Tihany

Here, as promised, are the rest of the photos from my June 2007 trip to Lake Balaton, the biggest lake in Central Europe and standard Hungarian vacation destination. The featured towns this time are Veszprém & Tihany (the latter located on the Tihany peninsula in Veszprém county). (more…)

Nyírbátor & Máriapócs (Hungary)

Nyírbátor & Máriapócs [click here to see the album] are two towns close to each other and to Nyíregyháza (where I lived for a few months), in the northeast of Hungary.

One of Nyírbátor’s claims to fame the Minorite Church with its carved wooden altars, particularly the one depicting the Passion of the Christ. It was indeed impressive, but I was equallly enamored of the scrap-metal dragon statue at the pond nearby (and the other metal statues, the pretty trees and benches, etc. It also has a more austere church, the Calvinist church (pictured above). Máriapócs is famous for its Greek Orthodox Basilica, a famous pilgrimage site because it is home to a weeping Madonna painting. Well, actually, technically they now only have a copy of the painting, but don’t worry; they say the copy weeps too.

“Little Moscow” – Abandoned School


No one in Kalocsa (the little town I lived in in Hungary for half a year, in 2006) ever talked about “Little Moscow” until my apartment-mate Jon discovered it one day: A bunch of abandoned school and apartment buildings for the Russian settlement that used to be there. Since I hadn’t been to Ukraine yet, wandering around these old buildings was, for me, the closest thing to being in Russia.

FULL PHOTO ALBUM IS HERE. I doubt there are many other photos of this place on the internet. P.S. My Russian is terrible, but I’m pretty sure that poster says “Study/learn for five (years?), work for five, defend/protect the motherland for five!”