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Budapest, Pearl of the Danube

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Saint Stephen Basilica Budapest Hungary

It’s been over a week now. Paprika and I are back in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Time flies…

More than once during these holidays I thought how marvelous it could be to have a way to record a moment. Not only visually. But to have a piece that would capture what all my senses have been moved by at a particular moment.
I would keep that memory in a jewellery box, because it would be so precious. And sometimes, I would carefully open the box. And I would have again the full sensation of this moment…

Summer 2012, Budapest, Hungary.
There’s this warm breeze that caresses my skin.
And while Paprika and I stroll in the streets, my nose is constantly up, looking at the architecture.
We hear a melody… Someone’s playing piano.
Like in a movie scene, I follow the music. I stop in front of a renaissance style building and I stare at the open window where the notes come from.
The bells of the church nearby resonate and bring me back to reality.
We keep walking.
We don’t really know where our steps lead us…
We stumble upon an old synagogue in renovation…
Discover a photo exhibition featuring rarely seen photographs of Kertész and Brassaï.
Rest in a cafe that bring us back in time with a decor that reflects the splendor of the past.
Sneak a peek into the peaceful atmosphere of udvar -courtyard- hidden behind the massive carriage doors.
Everywhere we go, I see, feel and smell History.

It’s the end of the day. The sun sets behind the hills of Buda and the magic light makes everything glow…
I am grateful for being here and having the chance to live it all with my dear Paprika…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Lanchid & the Castle by Night Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Ethnographic Museum Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Synagogue & St Stephen Basilica Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Gerbeaud Budapest Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Cafe Andrasi Utca Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Rose Shaped Icecream & Nightlife Budapest Hungary© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paprika Garland & Promotional T-shirt Budapest Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Market Hall Budapest Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Udvar & Lamp Post Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Udvar Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Street Sign Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Statue and Architectural Detail Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Mathias Church By Night Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Facades Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Architecture Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Detail Door & Staircase Shadows Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - View From St Stephen Basilica Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Tram Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Playing with Shadows Budapest Hungary

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Parliament Danube Budapest
All images © Viviane Perényi

Special thanks to Zita for her food recommendations in Budapest. It was a pleasure to dine and chat with you and Vera as well !

La suite en français…

The Simple Way

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne Beetroot Salsa and Mint Tartine

Sometimes the best things are the simple ones.
Simplicity is underrated.
We live in a world that feels like a constant and endless auction and where less is more is not the mainstream.
Yet there’s a kind of beauty in simple things that more often than not attract me.
And what I share with you today is definitively easy. Yet tasty.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne Beet Salsa Tartine

I initially intended to prepare the drained yogurt to eat it in a savoury way. Which I did. Generously spread on sourdough toasts topped with a beetroot salsa and fresh mint.
Lunch, the simplest way.
It was afterward that I thought of having something sweet. And that’s how came the idea of another kind of truffle. Made of plain drained yogurt, nicely coated with pistachio and served with honey.
An effortless dessert made with a twist…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Pistachio and Labneh Truffle with Honey

Yogurt and Pistachio Truffle with Honey or Sweet Labneh

250g yogurt drained overnight in a muslin cloth (makes about 105g)
30g pistachio, freshly grind
2 tbsp of honey

With a melon bowler scoop the labneh and roll it gently between your palms to form a little ball. Roll each ball in the ground pistachio and place in a shallow plate. Pour honey on top before serving.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Labne with Pistachio and Honey

Dans les Rues de Paname

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Notre Dame

Our time in Paris has been synonym of retrouvailles.
We got reacquainted with the city and familiar places, that invariably brought back memories from the part of our life in the capital.
Our journey was also an occasion to meet family and friends we have missed for years.
Unbelievable how in such a short time frame as five years, so many things can change…
As a lovely coincidence, we returned on the exact day in the city where Paprika and I officially celebrated our union five years ago.
And to top it all, Paris gave us beautiful days…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Window Display Paris

During our stay, we walked. A lot. And we enjoyed cycling too. We liked how each way gives different perceptions of the city.
The architect in me rejoiced in that urban environment. Old or contemporary. The perspectives and details. The contrasting atmosphere from one quartier to another. And how the face of the city changes when comes the night…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Facades Quais de Seine Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris in Black and White
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Street Haussman Architecture
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Institut du Monde Arabe
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Bistrot Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Details floor and door
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Passage du Grand Cerf
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Street Tag© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris By Night Pont Neuf

It felt good to sit at the terrasse of cafes and watch passers by; drink apéro with friends while telling stories of our life; step into a boulangerie and bite into a good crunchy bread or a fresh viennoiserie; browse around market stalls for fresh fruits and vegetables and feast our eyes on pretty little cakes before having a taste.

All simple little pleasures…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Confiserie Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sweets in Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Fruits Candy and fresh
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sourdough Bread Paris
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Market & Chouquettes

Time went by too quickly, but we had a lot of fun.

Unexpectedly, this trip was like an eye opener and pushed us to reflect on our life and what we want out of it.
Yes, travel broadens the mind…

Au revoir Paris…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sign Paris© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Old Peugeot Car

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Sign Paris© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries Fair© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries & Rivoli
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Paris Tuileries
All images © Viviane Perenyi

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