Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Contemporary Hungary. The Arts. Shooting flames: Katy Perry "Firecracker" Video Filmed in Budapest

Contemporary Hungary
1.  Katy Perry sings: Firecracker. Featured is a scene with a tunnel below, the dark area going up a steep hillside to a fine set of buildings at the top, the old Castle District; video at
Meet Budapest at dusk.
The bridge in the video is the Chain Bridge, seen here from the Castle District side, above the tunnel:
The videographer missed the most inspirational part of Budapest, however:  the Turul Falcon, symbol of the Magyar people:


Look for the Katy Perry video reference at, a vertical search engine focusing on references to Hungary.  We did not find it. Find an overview of Miner at Everyman's encyclopedia,  The travel way of life is not listed as a topic, nor is history; that limits its scope.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Old Town and walking the interior; Poet of the Szozat

Magyar Migration Memorial, Budapest, Hungary

 Wars and nationalism. One group using the first to thwart another's second. Then the tables turn.

The large monument is at Vorosmanty Square, the Poet of the Szozat, or Mihaly Vorosmanty, poet of Budapest. He wrote of 9th century Hungary, Magyar heritage, and lived in the 19th century. He is known for his inspirational heroic epics, and narrative poems. See

And the quiet of just wandering about a square. No schedules. Nobody telling you where you are supposed to look.

Old town square in Budapest has the splendid cafes and shops surrounding an open area, and our feet were sore, but I did not take a picture because the charge for a beer was going to be $10 so we politely got up and smiled ruefully, and strolled to a less pricey area.

Keep your wallet currency converter handy. See Europe Road Ways - How We Do It.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Boundaries. Hungary in WWII; History of Expansions, Territory Gained, Lost

Hungarian-style house, Croatia. Historically fluid migrations.

Any travel to Eastern Europe highlights the fluidity of boundaries and conquests of neighbors as well as outside invaders.  This is also seen in the architecture.

The histories of rulers show much back and forth as nationalities emerged, identified and coalesced. Here is a Hungarian house in Croatia.

See other Hungarian houses and populations in  Romania Road Ways, and Romania Road Ways, Vlad Tepes sites.

There find a history of rulers and interactions and influence by Hungary throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe that are just barely echoed now in modern Hungary, focused as is now for the tourist at Budapest.

Janos Hunyadi. John the Hungarian.

In particular, meet Janos Hunyadi: The ruler who raised Vlad the Impaler from a child to adulthood, as part of a child-rearing hostage situation, as was not unusual at the time, and later killed Vlad's father, and his castle in Romania at Hunedoara. See Romania Road Ways, Hunedoara.

"Hungar! Hungar!" would spit out a friend's Romanian parent, at the reference to Hungarians.  No decent person would associate.  Times do not change.  Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungarian invasions elsewhere, others' invasions into Hungary. No answers to how to live together.

Pride in history and heritage.

Houses. See the blends. Hungarian houses are wooden and distinctive in Croatia, even near the capital of Croatia, Zagreb: this one at Sisenik. Many Croatian homes are stone, stucco. The wooden ones do stand out. I also recall that the Venetians and others used Croatia as a timber source for their ships and buildings at home. So much is deforested. Balance that concept with the fact that other countries that could use the abundance of wood to build homes, did so with fine decorations, borrowing from each other, and the fluidity idea grows. See Poland Road Ways, Traditional Zakopane.

Location, location, location.

Hungary served as a buffer against the Ottoman Empire's expansion, at a time when the rest of Christendom was not paying attention, too involved with other intrigues - see See also the overview of Muslim expansion in a quick summary at Europe Road Ways, Themes, Muslim Expansion. This massive defense effort further developed superior military skills - Hungarians were already legendary horsemen - but also a depletion of other resources.

Losses remembered, the drive to recoup.

Read about Hungary as an Axis force in WWII at :// So much war is about regaining lost turf. If that is so, is stability ever possible so long as there is memory.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Universal Architectures. Eastern Europe, Eyelid windows - Design moving West

Rural poor. Architecture as global. Hungary.

Rural Hungary is like any other rural area - some poorer, some more well-to-do. Bifurcate this multe-family house, and this coudbe Ireland, anywhere.

This neighborhood was in a village on the way, as we drove cross-country, from Budapest back to Slovakia. Ethnic group? Unknown.  Perhaps settled gypsy?  We considered that, because of the quick movements behind curtains, people left their yards as soon as we stopped to get our bearings.

See the eyelid windows below: no sharp eaves to leak.

Architecture: eyelid windows, in eaves, at roof areas. Eastern Europe

Look at the blue roof there. Watching. Eyelid windows are seen often in both traditional and modern houses - and in Romania (especially in Sibiu, to us - Sibiu windows -  where roof eyes follow you everywhere) and many other countries.

They are coming here. See also in the Hartford Courant 1/31/07 at the Money and Business section, D-1, by Robin Stansbury and photo in newspaper by Stephen Dunn: upscale homes with architectural features including these eyelid windows, as a way of opening up attic and eaves to living space with light. Nothing new.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Understandin Hungary's Past. Magyar and Khazar. Site for History of Central Europe; Tatar and Hussar.

 The Unknown Hungary, for many of us in the West

Our visit was brief. We need to go back to find out more.  Think Austro-Hungarian Empire. Who ad what is Hungary, apart from other empires. The nation is located at such a crossroads of invaders and trade, that much is unclear.  If you are a tourist, you just listen to the guide, perhaps. For free-lancers, issues and connections just beg to be explored.

1. History. Hungary and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. See The History of Central Europe, at // For Hungarian history, see ://

2. Tatars. In particular, read of the Mongol invasion of 1241- Mongols were also known as the Tatars. We learn that the Magyars, the Hungarians, learned then that they had to fortify. Apparently the famous Hussars, Hungarian light cavalry, were Polish, but were hired at that time by the Hungarians. When did the Hungarians then develop their own Hussars?

3. Hussars. Here is a site that has Hungary claiming the Hussars, at :// "Hungarian light cavalry units, called Hussars (huszars)...."

We may have a negative idea of mercenaries, but in those times, they were the professionals. There was no issue of cheap opportunism, out for hire. The site says that many units deserted the Austrians, once they were far away from Hungary; and fought for the Prussians. But they wore a costume of red and gold trim, not the leopard skin and winged back apparatus of the Polish Hussars? See the Polish Hussars at Poland Road Ways, Hussar.

Who rightfully claims the Hussars? Poland, with that "winged cavalry" that saved Vienna from the Ottomans, or Hungary? History is complex. See fine images at // - but still no wings as on the Poles.

The "Thousand Years" site also mentions Hussar service in the French. There were even Hussars in America at the time of the American Revolution. And the Civil War!

And with Garibaldi in Italy.

Poland, make your case. Promote a military genius. See Poland Road Ways, Hussars.