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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, May 27, 2019

Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre

On Wednesday, October 24, it was again full congress day for husband Pieter and I could join the ladies in the different buses. For me no problem for joining the English, German or French speaking group.
Pieter later would have an excursion to the state owned Duna in Csepel. 
But we were going to Szentendre...
The first city you reach in the Danube Bend; Szentendre (St. Andrew).
This was once a popular place for immigrated Serbs who fled for the Turks, and that is still visible in the many Serbian Orthodox churches.
A beautiful Serbian Orthodox Church
Wooden frescoes of St. Constantine and St. Helene.
Paintings throughout this Church by Mihailo Zivkovic, with eyes that seem to follow you...
Blagovestenska Church at Fo tér 4, is the only one of the town's several Serbian Orthodox Churches that will be fairly sure open.
The tiny Church (as in above's card), dating from 1752, was built on the site of a wooden Church from Serbian migration of 1690.
Lovely Baroque-Rococo design!
Check on my Pinterest link for information in regard to the Plaque Cross, seen above to the right. 
Click here and then enter from there.
Folklore Center Scentendre... I did find a lovely, hand embroidered Hungarian blouse here.
You will see it later in a post...
This is from a brochure but their work is stunning!
Szentendre is only 20 km away from Budapest!
A Nostalgia Café at the back of a Folklore Gift shop.
We first got offered an aperitif and then we ate lunch there.
Above the bar they had all kinds of money bills, also Dutch Guilders and US Dollars...
This was the Restaurant
In the Danube Bend we did visit the 13th Century Esztergom Castle and had a great view from there.
Click to see it on my Pinterest: Esztergom Basilica and Castle and this is the very place where husband Pieter in 1974 visited... see post below.
Esztergrom is the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church and this is the largest Church in Hungary.
The first Hungarian King, Saint Stephen, got coronated here and it was the Capitol till the 13th Century.
Back home to the Congress Center in our little German speaking bus, via Margaret Island at 17:15.
A gem in the middle of the Danube, with Margaret Bridge reaching it...
Click here to find out more via my Pinterest.
The men got home from their excursion to the Duna by 19:30.

For me it was a lovely day, with lots of impressions!
Just pondering if the Belgian Mrs. Jacquemin in my bus, would be related to the Jacquemin in my post (see below) about the1958 tragedy in the caves... We meet so many people in this life!

Stay tuned for the next chapter...
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Related link:
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Driving to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part I - Mayerling | previous post by me
Husband Pieter's 1974 Visit to Esztergom, Hungary during Communism | post where Pieter was in Eszergom
1958 Tragedy for Pieter's Mushroom Friends in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium | previous post in which I mentioned mushroom friend Jacquemin...


  1. Dearest mariette,
    oh, visitin this Folklore SHop/Museum, must have been great! I really like this kind of handcrafts! The nostalgic Cafe looks great too! Thank you for sharing those interesting memories with us!
    Wishing you and Pieter a lovely week!
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes, that Folklore Shop was a fabulous place to shop and it was all for sale, not a museum.
      Both of us love Hungary and its entire culture, including its music.

  2. Liebe Mariette,

    herzlichen Dank für deinen schönen Post.

    Sonnige Grüße

    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Aber gerne und Danke.
      Liebe Grüße zurück,

  3. Hello Mariette, It is so interesting to explore the highlights of a special country or place like this. I would have like to spend more time on the riverfront, and looking for older buildings, but I suppose that this wasn't allowed or encouraged.

    1. Dearest Jim,
      No, there was not much freedom for roaming around freely and this was just part of our ladies program but still we enjoyed it!

  4. Such beautiful sights! I like the cozy and historic look at the Plaque Cross. And Nostalgia Café. Looks like a nice place to stroll around. The view of Margaret Island is magnificent indeed!
    It's really nice you can go with any of English, German, or French groups. I learned French in school but mostly forgot!

    Have a wonderful new week, Mariette! xo

    1. Dearest Tamago,
      So many beautiful sights, Budapest and its surroundings has endless gems of architecture, handicrafts and more.
      Often I've enjoyed understanding in different languages, it makes the world more or less borderless for me.
      Sending you hugs,

  5. Hi Mariette! How interesting the day has been!

    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes indeed, that was quite an unusual and very interesting day!

  6. I haven't visited churches from hundreds of years ago in decades, but could easily catch the travel bug again. What a charming town to get to know a little. With the fall of communism, I hope Hungry has a bright future yet always maintains its history and charm. They have not always had an easy time of it.

    1. Dearest Debbie,
      You are so right about Hungary having always preserved its history and charm and it is open now to the world for exploring it and falling in love with it.
      Indeed, may they come to enjoy lots of success with tourism in the coming years and that many enjoy the beauty of this unique country!

  7. Beautiful church interior as well the other monuments. Nice memories of your trip to Hungary.

    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, this was a beautiful Church interior and you too have explored parts of Budapest yourself.
      Hungary has so much to offer.


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