Palinka

I can’t leave Hungary without mentioning one last thing: Palinka. Shortly after arriving in Budapest, we were introduced to the Hungarian fire water. I wrote in an earlier post about “Nalewka” in Poland; mostly home made alcoholic concoction, very liqueur like, mostly based on some sort of a fruit. Palinka seems to be a Hungarian…

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Lake Balaton, Hungary

With surface area of 367 square miles, Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe. Because Hungary is landlocked, it’s been often referred to us the Hungarian Sea by the locals. But to the three of us visiting the lake… we’d just say that it was “ehh”. Maybe it’s the fact that I lived…

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Danube Bend, Hungary

Our second day in Hungary was spent sightseeing the beautiful Hungarian countryside. One of the stops along the Dunabe Bend was the Esztergom Basilica. Interestingly enough, at 100 meters (328 feet) it just happens to be the tallest building in Hungary. It is also the 18th biggest church in the world. All this according to…

Budapest, Hungary

From Prague, we drove to Budapest. A city unified in 1873 from two (technically three) separate towns on either side of the river; Buda and Pest. The third is the variation between Buda and Old Buda. But for all intents and purposes, two cities on either river bank came together to form the modern day…

Nalewka

Nalewka (Polish term) or nalivka (Russian term) is a traditional Polish and East Slavic category of alcoholic tincture. The alcoholic beverage is usually 40 to 45% alcohol by volume and is made by maceration of various ingredients in alcohol, usually vodka or spirit. Among the ingredients often used are fruits, herbs, spice, sugar or molasses.…