Category: Travel


Őrség

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Meadow Hungary

It was a hot day.
We packed our stuff in the car and we hit the road, direction Őrség national park, in the western part of Hungary.
After three hours drive, we arrived in front of a traditional house that was surrounded by green tall grass. The key to open the entrance door was the size of my hand and it felt like entering a secret place in a fairy tale.
Inside, the thick mud walls kept the air cool, the kitchen had an old wood burning stove and the door frames were large and low. It was like stepping back in time.
We unpacked and got familiar with this rustic house, our base to discover the region.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Countryside Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Cheese Platter and National Park Forest© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Window & Wild Blackberries© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Hay Rolls
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Apples and Bike in the Meadow© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Apples and Kitchen Tools© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Countryside Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Walking Through the Meadow

This journey will be remembered as the days we cycled up and down hills on small country roads from one village to another. As the region where apple trees laden with fruits were commonly found in people’s garden or by the side of the road. As the place where meadows filled with wild flowers were beautiful, specially at sunset. And as the area where we spotted a herd of szürke marha lazily resting in the shade, a stork going back at dusk to its nest perched on a chimney top and countless of butterflies everywhere…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Reed Plant and Thatched Roof © 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Pityerszer Szalafő
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség  Hungary Traditional Pattern Carved in Wood
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség  Hungary Szürke Marha - Hungarian Grey Cattle
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Dry Corn & Bogrács© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Grapes and Hazelnut © 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Green Walnuts
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Meadow Hungary
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Pottery
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Fresco Velemér Church
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség  Hungary Local Pottery
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Hungary Velemér Church

Besides the bucolic landscapes and tranquil atmosphere, the medieval church with its frescoes in Velemér, the ethnographic open-air museum in Szalafő and the traditional pottery added a cultural touch to our discovery of the region.

After spending most of our holidays in cities – Fehérvar, Paris and Budapest– this escape in the country was good.
Őrség was a lovely place to end our European journey.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Őrség Countryroad Hungary

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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 !

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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