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European office of Turkic Council opens

The 10th Extraordinary Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Turkic Council was hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary…

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Four-star innings

Where to go and have a look first? Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of the sport, which is right next door to the hotel? Or…

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Concise look at a complex history

Andrew Robinson’s book covered a whopping four millennia of Indian history in concise fashion when it was first published in hardback in 2014. Now it…

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The other Balaton

I’m writing this from Balaton. Not the Balaton but the one and only Balaton in the United States of America, a small town in southwest…

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Gentle as a lamb

Lamb are an English electronic music duo from Manchester, consisting of producer Andy Barlow and singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes. They achieved commercial success with the hit…

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Ghost bring Death

Following the coveted Special Guest slot on Metallica’s 26-date summer European stadium tour and a 32-date autumn headline arena tour of North America, Swedish hard-rock…

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Ostalgia on wheels

The Trabant was as affordable and modern as cars got for most people in the Eastern communist bloc. It rolled off the production line at…

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Unwanted but not unloved

Herosz Animal Welfare Association takes in orphaned or abused animals. Only with the help of volunteers can it keep going. Mónika Hörömpöly has been assisting…

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The powerful warrior princess

Long red curls, fair skin, a petite nose (which would make Cleopatra jealous), freckles and green eyes – at first glance Stephanie Andrews looks like…

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Let battle commence

Hungarians will go to the polls on October 13 to elect mayors and municipal councillors. Surveys suggest that governing Fidesz will lose a few seats…

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The brief history of the month (September, 2019.)

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'Priority number one' to stop Russian aggression

Ukraine’s celebration of its Independence Day each August 24 was taking place this year after presidential and parliamentary elections that had resulted in the country…

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Still time to enjoy Capital of Culture 2019 festivities

Picturesque Plovdiv in central Bulgaria and second city to the capital Sofia, is a past wonder and present-day splendour: an eternal city immersed with volumes…

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Fish out of water

It’s a late summer day in Vancouver, Canada, the kind of day where you can feel the seasons shift. A trick of memory and I’m…

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Silent film comes alive

Elaine Loebenstein is an Irish classical pianist who has honed her craft as a silent film accompanist. She composes each score live, in concert, and…

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New manager to lead into the 2020s

InterContinental Budapest’s new General Manager is a Dutch national, an avid traveller and a tourism industry expert, Peter Pottinga. He succeeds Claus Geisselmann, who held…

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Feeling well, after heading for the hills

Body and soul both need a touch-up from the sensory overload of the city sometimes. It can all become a bit much: pizza-delivery mopeds with…

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They visited, we follow

The concept is simple enough: historian Peter Furtado has compiled various writings through the ages about 38 significant cities. All six continents are represented but…

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Tango time on Andrassy

Tango is included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists of neighbouring South American countries Argentina and Uruguay, and this is the explanation for the…

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A thrill a page

The editor Paul Duncan is a film historian with literary pedigree, his Taschen books having included “The James Bond Archives”, “The Charlie Chaplin Archives”, “The…

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Dane has won top awards

Danish Academy Award-winning director Bille August will be guest of honour at the 16th Cinefest International Film Festival in Miskolc between September 13 and 21….

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A surprise in every corner

Mystery Hotel is a name that cannot be ignored or misunderstood. It makes other hotel names sound commonplace (mention no names, spare their blushes). Powered…

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Death of an ogre leaves no one sorry

We read somewhere once, and we just wish we could remember where, that the final “Maigret” novels weren’t so good. It was probably in one…

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In abstraction

On 20 August, Hungary celebrates its foundation and remembers St Istvan (St Stephen), its first king, who was inducted into the ranks of Hungarian saints…

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A touch of France

The scent of French baguette, the sight of colourful macarons and the smell of freshly baked croissants – whose mouth doesn’t water? Nerella Chauvin-Némethy –…

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Black and white days

Three hundred-plus photos from the popular Fortepan digital photo-archives have gone on display at the Hungarian National Gallery in an exhibition called Every Past Is…

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Pathway to safer cycling

Cycling in the Hungarian capital? Even experienced cyclists sometimes do not dare to take their chances between all the cars and buses. János Árva’s company…

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Captain back in custody

A Budapest court has ordered the Ukrainian captain of the cruise ship that collided with a sightseeing boat on the Danube by Margaret Bridge in…

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Hungary 'still NATO ally'

The United States can continue to count on Hungary, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, has said in response to an…

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The brief history of the month (August, 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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It’s a free country

The Hungarian nation today has the political and economic means to protect itself and preserve its independence, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on July 27…

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UK Embassy helps spread environmental message

Hopefully, the 2019 Sziget Festival’s paper straws, reusable paper tents and cups, solar-powered showers, water-efficient toilets, selective waste collection, biodegradable cleaning products, green electricity, eco-laundry…

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Close-up look at colonial rule

The United Kingdom’s still-roiling Brexit controversy, with the referendum’s most fervent supporters boasting of an unleashed Britain recapturing imperial-era glory, has tended to leave the…

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Another onslaught on Nazi Germany

Previously, Hans Helmut Kirst was the only German novelist known and admired by us as a chronicler of the horror of the Third Reich. It…

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Kingdom 'credible and key partner'

This year’s National Day of the Kingdom of Morocco marked the 20th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Mohammed VI,…

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Colombia 'progressing every day'

Colombia celebrated the 200th anniversary of its Proclamation of Independence with a reception in the Museum of Military History in Budapest on July 25, 2019….

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Morocco pushing ahead politically, economically

For Morocco and Hungary, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Morocco has a separate celebration, on…

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Feminist icon or misguided exhibitionist?

This new book from a Karachi-based journalist investigates the controversial life and violent death of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first social media star, who entertained thousands…

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Diplomat shares beauty of paintings, sculptures

As an art enthusiast, diplomat János Kollár has visited such prominent world galleries as The Louvre in Paris, the Tate in London and the Metropolitan…

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Masters at work

And so, Penguin Books has reached number 70 in its ambitious reissue of the 75 Maigret novels, one a month chronologically since 2013 and newly…

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Car rally symbolises unity

For its sixth edition, Europ’Raid, the first raid adventure in Europe, will cross Hungary and stop in Gödöllő for the night on Monday August 12,…

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One woman, five men in a Simenon sextet

It’s fair to say that Georges Simenon was obsessed with sex. As his son John recounted: “At the end of a novel, any novel, dead-tired,…

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Adding some Scottish to the mix

French philosopher Voltaire is reputed to have said “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”. Presumably he was talking about the French….

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Italian to the very core

Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and Gérard Depardieu – they have all visited. We are not talking about a bar in Hollywood but about a restaurant…

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Just like in Grandma’s kitchen

Located in the heart of the Castle District, the Pest-Buda Bistro is a top location for all lovers of Hungarian home-style cooking, from goulash soup…

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Fun with or without sun

Lake Lupa, a former mining lake now transformed into a beach and water sports centre, is in its third season and has a wider range…

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Coins, culture on show

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the launching of Chinese-Hungarian diplomatic relations, two exhibitions have opened for people interested in Far Eastern culture,…

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Hot music, global warming

There will be nine headliners in seven days on the Big Stage (Nagyszínpad) with Jane Goodall speaking and a message from Al Gore in the…

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Bursting out of NY subway

Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in New York City in 2006. The band’s intensity is fuelled by…

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'I am not his widow; I am his envoy'

After the death of her husband, Zsolt Erőss, in May 2013, Hilda Sterczer published a book about her relationship with the first Hungarian to climb…

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Life in a slower lane

If you like to look back to your younger years or if you would like to see something special from before your time, then visit…

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Shoulder to shoulder to win

Gergely Karácsony, the Budapest mayoral candidate of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance, has won the primary process organised by some opposition parties ahead of the October municipal…

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The brief history of the month (July, 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Discovering highlights of the Valletta Trail

With its wealth of gold-stone architecture, magnificent 16th-century fortifications, world-class galleries and grand Baroque cathedrals, it’s clear to see why Valletta, also known as the…

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Yoga for a relaxed life

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Death or 'dishonour'

A sense of dread permeates German writer Florian Huber’s book from the very beginning. It is April 1945 and the Red Army is closing in…

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Going with the flow

This is a side of Vienna that we hadn’t seen before. On half a dozen previous visits we had been in the iron grip of…

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A celebration remarquable

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Moving in mystical ways

“Hol van Gul Baba Turbe?” My Hungarian dictionary saved my skin again. I’d spent an hour that summer morning memorising the translated question: “Where is…

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Giving back to the Earth

This year’s annual InterContinental Budapest Summer Party was a special “Green Edition”: if the many guests who enjoyed the hospitality at the hotel’s Corso Restaurant…

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New approach aims near but high

What was once Peppers restaurant is now DNB Budapest in the Budapest Marriott Hotel. While the name Peppers reflected the Mediterranean influence in its culinary…

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Two hotels, one manager

The Croatian and Slovenian Kempinski hotels, only a few kilometres apart each side of the border, have appointed Kai Behrens as Cluster General Manager for…

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A new perspective on an old enemy

Mark Smith has written a fluent meditation on Russian history, a gallant attempt to reason with those who believe that Russia is condemned to an…

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International support for Pride festival

Thirty-three embassies and the British Council in Hungary have issued a joint press release on the occasion of the 24th Budapest Pride Festival, supporting members…

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Two Veronicas, side by side, face to face

When Verónica Chahin and Veronika Bernhardt first met, they discovered that they had more than a Christian name in common. This introduction to each other…

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A friendly nation built anew

Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Hungary Aleksandr Ponomarev told guests at an Independence Day celebration in the Castle District on June 27, 2019…

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Georgia hosts classical music festival

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Mind bending and eyeball slicing

Works by the foremost artists of the surrealist movement comprise the exhibition “The Surrealist Movement from Dalí to Magritte. Crisis and Rebirth in 1929” in…

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Ancient art enjoyed again

The Japanese peformance art of Imayo was popular among the country’s aristocrats between the 8th and 12th centuries then declined during the 12th century, and…

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'Ghost town' may reopen

The Council of Ministers of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has taken steps to open for settlement the closed city of Maraş, a resort…

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Kempinski ignites awards

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has been voted Hungary’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards for the fifth time, with the hotel’s Royal Suite Corvinus winning…

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A new chapter begins

Restaurants can rarely be seen newer, brighter, airier and more stylish and colourful than Episode Restaurant in District XIII’s Danubius Hotel Helia. And that’s just…

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Reward will finance foreign exhibition

Ani Molnár Gallery has announced that its artist, Sári Ember, is the winner of the Leopold Bloom Art Award 2019. The award is aimed at…

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Writer on firm ground and at sea

Belgian author Georges Simenon didn’t count the popular Inspector Maigret as his most significant fictional creation. On the other side of the divide from these…

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Disputes far outweighed by positives

Good neighbourliness, strong cultural exchange and profound friendship between Croats and Hungarians remain the fundamental building blocks of the two countries’ overall relationship, Croatia’s Ambassador…

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Ordinary people fighting back against violent neighbour

The “Alive” photo exhibition that opened at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Budapest on June 13, 2019 shows Ukrainian veterans who have defended their…

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Forget the troubles and enjoy

Kyiv, in similar vein to Budapest, is also an enticing river city. Both Dnieper and Danube carry similar airs and graces with the passing of…

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Hungarian companies travel to US investment summit

United States Ambassador to Hungary David B. Cornstein travelled to Washington DC this week, beginning June 10, 2019 to lead a delegation of Hungarian business…

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UK PM: Our contribution to climate change will end by 2050

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Farmhouse romance in middle of city

A homely restaurant where the waiters always have a smile and they serve creative dishes from local ingredients along with a selection of the best…

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“Let's keep it up!”

Twelve restaurants – two of them in collaboration with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver –, two hotels and a few luxury apartments – when it…

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An Englishman in Budapest

Cherrytree Management say that Sting: My Songs will be a rollicking, dynamic show focusing on the most beloved songs written by Sting and spanning the…

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Totally awesome

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As…

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Higher life for elite

Balaton Sound, one of the main music festivals of the summer season, is improving the VIP experience this year with four such areas for the…

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Bowie's 'My Way' failure

In the 1960s, British or American music publishers often picked up a European hit and commissioned someone to write an English lyric. “You Don’t Have…

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All on the same page

A book. A café. One mission: discussing an exciting novel together. Readers from many countries gather for this reason at the English-speaking Budapest Book Club….

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Yoga a journey from 'me' to 'we'

Eighteen cities and towns across Hungary will enjoy a series of cultural events from 21-23 June, 2019 organised by the Embassy of India, Budapest, to…

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Off-track island has its treasures

Csepel island must be the least-known part of Budapest. At surface level, it is still very reminiscent of the 1990s. Whenever rare mention is made,…

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'Breath of fresh air' for city

Journalist and television personality Olga Kálmán will bid to become Budapest mayor as an independent candidate with support from leftist Democratic Coalition (DK). Powered by…

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Families to fore again

Finance Minister Mihály Varga has submitted Hungary’s 2020 budget bill to parliament. Before presenting the document to Speaker of Parliament László Kövér, Varga said the…

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'New era' in European politics

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hailed his Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance’s win in the European Parliament election in May as an “epochal victory”. Fidesz secured 52.14 percent…

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The brief history of the month (June 2019.)

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Turbulent events through eyes of people who lived them

Five years ago, Russia rolled into Crimea, orchestrated a swift and one-sided referendum, and annexed the Ukrainian territory. The West was blindsided by the attack…

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Detective in troubled waters

The majority of the “Maigret” mysteries are naturally set in Paris, where the Detective Chief Inspector and his homicide squad keep order in the Departement…

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US Embassy sponsors historical journey

The United States Embassy in Budapest has launched a thematic walk designed by Imagine Budapest on how American cultural influence impacted Hungary and Hungarians under…

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Spirit of hospitable village elder lives on

Everyone around the Italian village of Legnaro knew and loved the elderly widow Angiolina. When they were passing her ancient house she welcomed them with…

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Reliving pleasures of Habsburg aristocracy

Landlocked Hungarians love their “inland sea”, the mighty Lake Balaton. But for the real thing – for the tang of brine and a wider horizon…

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Two men of one mind, sort of

Although we have read at least half of the 75 “Maigret” books, “Maigret’s Memoirs” is one that we actively avoided after reading somewhere that Georges…

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The Golden Keys

I was a fan of the 1980s American TV series Hotel, which opened with establishing shots of the legendary San Franciscan hotel The Fairmont. I’ve…

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Inspector in handcuffs

Just a week after we returned from our little side-trip with Maigret to Tucson, Arizona, we find ourselves off again away from his regular beat…

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Keeping composer’s legacy alive

In a few years, Miskolc’s opera festival has made the city an important stronghold of the opera scene in Central and Eastern Europe. The event…

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Deeds not words in bitter battle for vote

Three newsreel cameras captured the shocking moment on 4 June 1913 when Emily Davison, a suffragette, ducked under the railing and onto the racecourse at…

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Comedian to be sworn in as Ukrainian president

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky will formally become the country’s new president at a ceremony in the capital, Kyev, on Monday, May 20. 2019. With no…

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Simenon works his magic

Damn that Simenon. He was a crafty blighter. The fellow was a conjurer of words, juggling his plot and characters like balls in the air….

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Throwaway society in action

Should the lomtalanítás come to the attention of shrieking tourists, curious onlookers or concerned expatters new to town, they will rightfully ask, as I have…

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From miradouros to promenades: Lisbon's best running routes

The best hotels have their USPs, an acronym that puzzled us when we first saw it but which deep research revealed to stand for Unique…

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A poisson out of water

The 27th book in the series was “Maigret in New York”, and the 32nd, “Maigret at the Coroner’s”, might well have been titled “Maigret in…

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Highs and lows riding the rails

Armchair travel has its attraction. We can’t go everywhere we want, so it can be a worthwhile substitute to read about it by someone who…

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Living on a battery

Eons ago, I hung out with a guy who, as a teenager, lost the use of his legs in a shooting in New York. Wrong…

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Serving up a real culinary adventure

Are you looking for a secret tip for a Budapest restaurant that combines international taste with traditional Hungarian gastronomy? Give the Frankó Kitchen a chance….

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Gastronomic spring herald

Although it’s not only for girls, Gisell Café & Aperitivo Bar clearly has a feminine touch. It is a meeting point for anyone who wants…

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Paprika, bread heels and beer main themes of Gourmet Festival

A two-star chef from Vienna, the daredevils of Korean, Russian and Albanian cuisine and the best Italian champagne – you will find all this and…

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From Presley to Puccini

Juan Diego Flórez is an opera singer from Peru who used to sing Elvis Presley songs in a Lima pub as a child. Today he…

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Enhance your experience

Muse has been heralded around the world for their incendiary and ground-breaking live shows, and their current tour, which has been called “the greatest show…

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“A world-class facility in your own backyard”

As the Director General of ELI-Delivery Consortium (ELI-DC), Allen Weeks has a lot on his plate. We spoke to him about interesting laser facts, the…

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Change the person, not just their lot in life

Nobody really knows the merits of the Salvation Army in Hungary. What does their community work look like? How can you do good in a…

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Hand in hand with Salvini

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini expressed agreement on the importance of strong nation states, preserving Europe’s Christian culture…

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The brief history of the month (May 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Becoming a Nazi

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Public art installation Think Freedom opens in Veszprém

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1989 regime change in Hungary, Veszprém is hosting Think Freedom, an urban spectacle and multi-disciplinary art installation by…

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