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Coromandel

Otama Beach Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I hope you had a great time during the holidays and that you welcomed with joy this brand new year of 2013 !

Paprika and I went up north for a couple of days, in beautiful Coromandel.
We traveled the peninsula from East to West. We truly enjoyed the relax atmosphere, the beautiful beaches, alfresco lunches under plum trees and the fresh seafood locally produced.

Sunset and Sign Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pottery Studio Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pottery Studio A.Rhodes Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

We visited Alan Rhodes pottery studio and gallery.
Yes, I like to have a look at artist workshop… Alan told us about his craft and how he uses the clay extracted from his own land to create the glazed pots.
I could not help, but have one of the pieces myself, a pretty blue bowl.

Macadamia Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Macadamia Orchard | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Hen and Fresh Garlic Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Feijoa Bloom and Garden Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Gardens Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I also came back from our journey with macadamia nuts. The orchard located nearby the renowned cathedral cove can be viewed. The nuts usually harvested in winter were hanging on the branch of the tree still young and green.
I have already made a good use of the nuts. Ground and mixed with shredded apple they made a good filling for this year galette. A tasty twist to the usual frangipane.

Cathedral Cove Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Pohutukawa Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

And of course Coromandel is all about the beach. More often than not fringed with pretty pōhutukawa, in bloom at this time of year. We visited the popular and touristic Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, but preferred the charm and the tranquility of many others. Specially Otoma beach, the East end, is worth the drive on the gravel road.

I wish you all a beautiful year 2013 !

Cathedral Cove Coromandel New Zealand | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

We liked the food at:
Pepper Tree, Coromandel town.
Colenso Cafe, Whenuakite.

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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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