Xbox commercial filmed in Hungary


Xbox has filmed its newest (2013) commercial in Győr, Hungary


Blue Ribbon Regatta

In the traditional Blue Ribbon Regatta, boats sail the entire length of Lake Balaton. Rooted in tradition this 200-kilometre race is the longest round-the-lake competition in Europe; it is organised annually in the middle of July.

Szémann Tamás

(photo: Szémann Tamás)

The Blue Ribbon Regatta has been held on Lake Balaton since 1934. Before World War II it was held every even-numbered year and always took a different route. Today's route, Balatonfüred-Balatonkenese-Siófok-Keszthely-Balatonfüred, was first sailed by participants in 1940; it is about 200 kilometres long. The race was re-established in 1947 and since then this competition for trophy awarded to the fastest boat was held every odd-numbered year. Since 2001 it is organised every year.

Barakonyi Szabolcs
(photo: Barakonyi Szabolcs)

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting is widely considered to be one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Chinese painting today is known as Guo hua, meaning national painting. As its name, the Chinese painting is painted with the same techniques as Chinese calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink on rice paper or thin silk.

Chinese painting has a very long history. The earliest work which still survived today is a painting on silk of human figures found at a tomb of the Warring States Period (475-221BC). At much more earlier times, the Chinese people used minerals to draw simple pictures such as animals, plants on rocks or potteries. However, few survived. Later in Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), after the invention of paper, paintings on paper appeared and silk was gradually replaced by.


On painting techniques, Chinese painting has two main techniques, Chinese Gong-bi painting and Chinese ink and wash painting. Gong-bi means meticulous, paying close attention to details. It is often highly colored and usually depicts figurative or narrative subjects. Ink and wash painting, which is named shui mo hua(水墨画) in Chinese, is quite a lot different from Gong-bi. Ink and wash painting is freehand style.

The Chinese painting possesses a unique character that is the poetry in painting. Instead of following the principle of realistic portrayal or perspective of central focus, the Chinese painting is given more freedom on the structural composition. Chinese painting is a method for the painters to express their feelings and thoughts. And Chinese painting softly touches people’s heart.


Somlói galuska

Somlói Galuska (pronounced as: "SHOM-LO-I GAL-OOSH-KAH") is a popular and well known Hungarian dessert. It is made by layering chocolate and vanilla sponge cake with vanilla custard, raisins, walnuts, chocolate sauce, rum and a generous topping of whipped cream.

My somlói recipe is a very special and funny one. I made it in only one case :) Well, once the sponge cake I made was unsuccessful, then I added it to some grained walnut, some chocolate and vanilla cream, raisins and rum and I served it with whipped cream. Maybe it's not an authentic Somlói recipe, but the result is just as delicious, so try it! But if you don't want to prepare it by yourself, you can also taste those made by one of the Hungarian confectioners.

According to the legend our Somlói galuska got the name from a Hungarian master confectioner's wife who was born in Somló region. This dessert was created at first for her by his husband.

Somló region is the smallest wine region of Hungary, but it has excellent white wines. Somló hill is located in the Western part of Hungary, 100 km from the Alps of Austria and 40 km from Balaton which is the largest lake in Europe. The history of wine-growing in the region dates back to the Roman empire, some 2000 years ago.

Originally uploaded by Ajka_Hungary.

The Somlói Juhfark (Somló Sheep's tail) is the most famous wine of Somló Hill, and a favourite of gourmets. Harvested late and a relatively sensitive type of wine, it is full of passion, character, masculine, elegant and with a high level of extract. In good vintages, it stands out with its moderate acidity and excellent quality. Fermented in wooden casks, the wine absorbs a unique and harmonious background fragrance from the wood.

Somlói Juhfark is my personal fav, but just after Tokaji. :)

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Have a nice week!


Newcomers Gab: Annie from Great Britain

- Which part of Hungary are you living now?

Taking off from the Castle
(all the photos in this article are from Annie's Flickr photostream)

- Why did you choose to come to Hungary ?
I lived in Poland for two years and for Paris for a year after that. When I was choosing my next place I decided I would quite like to try some-where else in Eastern Europe and Budapest was where I got my job.

- For how long have you been living in here?

8 months

- What are you doing/working as now in Hungary?

I work as a teacher in an International School

Synagogue doorway

- What is your impression of Hungary after living here for this duration?

I think that it takes time to feel really familiar with a new place and while I really like the city, Budapest doesn't feel like home just yet. I feel that I am only just starting to get to grips with using some Hungarian and getting the little cultural quirks.

- Was it difficult to arrange your travel to Hungary with all your belongings?

Easy, as this was my third move I have learnt to travel light.

- How did you manage the route, planning, timing, temperature, luggage preparation for your travel during the move?

I flew over with one suitcase and a piece of handluggage, one month before I started work. A couple of friends came with me, which was great as we had a while to explore before I had to start my new job.

-If someone were to come from where you used to live, considering to live in Hungary/Budapest the next time, would you encourage anyone to travel in this way?

Living and working overseas is just as amazing and just as difficult as you would imagine. There are times when everything feels totally alien and there are times that you find yourself connecting with little things that make you feel like you belong. Most days swing between the two. I would encourage anyone to come to Budapest, living here is nothing like being a tourist in the city.

-Did you find any difficulties in accessing to anything during the first month upon arrival?
I was lucky that my work sorted out my apartment and residency permits and stuff like that, but I did have problems getting travel tickets for the metro and trams, there seemed to be hardly any places to buy them from.

-What kind of food/beverage have you tried in Hungary?
Pogacsa, gulyasleves, Bikaver wine, kolbasz....there must be too many others

-Which are the locations that you like the most here that you would recommend?

I love the VII district, which is where I live. There are loads of characters around here and the buildings still bear the marks of the history of the area, which is fantastic and very humbling.
I am also a huge fan of Margit Island, which must be the summer saviour of every-one who lives in and visits Budapest.

Rooftops of the Jewish quarter, originally uploaded by Pinkannie.

-What tips or advices would you want to share with our readers?

Always take a bag with you when you go shopping in Hungary, you hardly ever get given them in shops. Also, Hungarians never expect foreigners to speak Hungarian, so a sweet smile and a kozsonom will go a long way.

Esterházy Palace - Fertőd

As a part of our excursion to Sopron we visited the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd. Its really pretty close, just like 20 km to the north-east, by car it didnt take more then half an hour.

Esterházy Palace - Fertőd
(photos: Zsolt)

One of Hungary's wealthiest aristocratic families, the Esterházys had their splendid palace, the 'Hungarian Versailles' built between 1720 and 1766. Today the centre for Hungarian Haydn research is a museum and an important cultural venue.

Apart from the Baroque theatre, the building complex of this resplendent palace has remained intact. Much of the exhibitions in the museum housed here conjure up the building's heyday under Miklós Esterházy Fényes (1762-1790). Rich gold-plated halls, period wall paintings, lacquer plates brought from China, 18th-century furniture with embroidered upholstery and porcelain display the fashion of the period, befitting of a Baroque-Rococo princely court.


The great Austrian composer Joseph Haydn lived and worked here for nearly half of his active period, namely from 1766 until 1790. An exhibition and a room in the palace commemorates him, while concerts held in the summer and the plan for a Haydn Centre are to evoke the spirit of the era.

Palace Museum

Visitors may become familiar with the architectural and interior design characteristic of the 18th-century palaces of the aristocracy. An exhibition introduces the history of the lavish palace and its park, as well as the work of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).

Esterházy Palace - Fertőd

Among the luxurious furnishings brought from throughout the world, the then fashionable Chinese porcelain is worthy of special mention, along with the French and Flemish gobelin upholstered seating and various items of furniture decorated with marquetry.

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The architectural history of the palace and its park is displayed in two rooms along with a collection of original faience ceramic stoves of the palace.

Three rooms house the exhibition introducing the works of Joseph Haydn. In addition to enjoying an opulent lifestyle and entertainment the Esterházy court also played a significant role in the contemporaneous musical life. Thanks to the efforts of Joseph Haydn - who spent the most productive of his creative years in the service of Duke Nicholas - operas, operettas and symphonies were born during this period in Esterháza, now called Fertőd. Thus the Haydn exhibit is a natural part of the palace's history.

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Szentendre is a riverside town in Pest county, Hungary, near the capital city Budapest. It is known for its museums (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum), galleries, and artists. Due to its picturesque appearance and easy rail and river access, it has become a popular destination for tourists staying in Budapest. There are many facilities, including souvenir shops and restaurants, catering to these visitors.

Szentendre , originally uploaded by zsoolt.

Hungarian National Waterpolo team

The Hungarian National Waterpolo Team has a chance to win its 4th Olympic Golden Medal in London 2012. All our support to the best waterpolo team of the world:)


waterpolo, originally uploaded by zsoolt.

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Pure air and lush green meadows provide a relaxing environment for visitors and also offer exciting outside activities such as horseback riding, fishing, guided tours, and trips to one of the educational centres for protection of the environment.

Environmental and renewable energy jobs

Hen Soup

Couple of weeks ago I've shared with you the Hungarian palóc soup together with the related legend. Today, I would like to share with you another typical Hungarian soup with the related legend of course :)

originally uploaded by Nóra

The meat soup is well-known in all over the world, but you can see this view only in Hungary. When the vermicelli are "swimming" in the soup, beside slices of meat and carrot :), I really love this view! It's not only beautiful, but it's also very delicious.

The meat soup is a very important dish in Hungary, you can always find a wide choice of the meat soups in most of the Hungarian restaurants' menus. Commonly, this is the first dish in Hungarian wedding receptions, but certainly just after the aperitif :)

The meat soup in a Hungarian wedding reception :)

originally uploaded by zsoltika

Among the meat soups, I like the hen soup the most. We have a popular hen soup with a special name, called Újházy Hen Soup, you can find it in the menu of most of the Hungarian restaurants too. Újházy hen soup got the name from Ede Újházy, who was a well known actor in the beginning of the 20th century. The legend says that Ede Újházy used to make this soup by himself and one day he revealed his special recipe to the chef in a restaurant, which was one of the most famous in Budapest at that time. At the next occasion, the chef waited for Ede Újházy with the delicious hen soup which he cooked exactly as the recipe given by Újházy. "This soup can restore to health the sick and the healthy can be in bloom from this soup"is what the legend used to say about this soup.

The legend was noted by Gyula Krúdy.

My Hen soup is a little bit different from the authentic Hungarian Újházy hen soup, because Újházy hen soup consists of more ingredients, for example tomato, mushrooms and green peas.

Ingredients for my hen soup:

• 3 pound hen (or chicken) (parts disjointed, sometimes I like to remove the skin)

• 4 or 5 carrots, whole

• 1 whole parsley root with greens on top

• 1 or 2 onions

• 1 kohlrabi (when in season)

• 2 or 3 ribs of celery

• 2 cloves garlic

• 4 qts. of water

• 1 1/2 Tbls. salt

• 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

• slice of savoy cabbage

• little slice of green paprika


1. Wash and clean the hen pieces, and pot in a large pot with water, skimming the scum off when starting soup to boil.

2. Clean and cut up the vegetables.

3. Put all the vegetables and spices in the pot.

4. Cook under a low flame until the hen is soft.

5. Serve with cooked vermicelli.

Bon apetit!


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