we retraced the walk on the "Mohács island" that is not an island, remember the mosquitoes? Well, none of them this time, just general dilapidation of all those holiday homes on the Danube bank.
still enjoyed the ferryboat (free for Alan!) the drink in the little also seen-better-days canteen and landlady still on the other side of the river.
Lovely sunny if at time chilly days, the busó festival was mad and noisy, the little hotel comfy enough (and should be for the rather large seasonal price, who cares) hope to put fotos on the blog one of these days. If new laptop cooperates. just back home, Alan is out chasing sheep that fancied the greener grass on the path. xxx
(Some history as requested) The monument on the way to Szigetvar is of the sultan Suliman, the Magnificant about the greatest of Turkey.
And the one he'd overcome, that of Zrinyi Miklós (who famously "run out" of his Szigetvar and got heroically slaughtered rather than giving up, like a realistic person would)
He, like most Hungarian heroes in fact was of a different ethnic origin - croatian. The only real ethnic hungarians are the ones the Austrians claim their own, like Liszt Ferenc.
Going on to kifli, it is actually comes from a German
word, kiffel or some such, so it was probably Viennese origin as you said, as the turks were beaten back from there successfully. Not like the Hungarians, who as you know, couldn't get themselves together at and after the catastrophic defeat at Mohács. Also the Mohács "busójárás" festival/carneval was started by the Sokac
people (type of Croat) who were settled around Mohács in the 17hundreds, quite a bit after the turks gone - probably brought it with them rather than inventing it.
So again, it was not heroic hungarians frightening the turks away with their satanic masks... still, it is very good fun.
I bet they'll stay friends with you, like everyone tends to who spends even a few hours with you!! Even if you are basically a curmudgeon, together with my awful husband, who is doing his morning round outside in the unseasonal beautiful not even cold sunshine. He dug up the garden with his little machine that started easily this year, and I can see he is bursting with the pleasure of doing some onion planting today... the pigeons are probably eyeing his effore twith interest. We got a really noisy cockerel, well, we have two, but the boss is obviously the noisy one.
often starts 4am - even did it in the middle of winter when the sun was at least 3 hours away yet dammit. It's too beautiful creature
and seems appreciated by the hens, otherwise it would be for the pot.
ps. never believe anything of Alan stories, you should know that by now!!
A few Budapest/Kassa/Venice fotos got mixed in the Mohács ones just to confuse you.