Friday, 11 January 2013

An Artist's Colony In Hungary, Szentendre

< Szentendre or Saint Andrew >, an artist's colony, which located in Pest county, Hungary is approximately 30 minutes drive north from the capital city Budapest, Hungary, is a riverside town along the breathtaking Danube River ( Click Here ). It's renowned for its historical appearance and background. Apart from enormous museums, galleries and artists, Szentendre offers many facilities, including souvenir shops, restaurants, catering as well as a range of breathtaking scenery. Hence it has become a popular destination for tourists staying in Budapest

Here we arrived the historical artist's colony < Szentendre >. The weather was amazingly great with clear blue sky and ....scorching sun >.< ( in fact I hate sunny day, however it was happened to be Spring day, what can I say? ). We could immediate to be reveled in its characterized South European atmosphere with much baroque architecture, churches of various faiths, narrow sidestreets, cobblestone roads, colorful houses...Apart from that, a bustling market squares and postcard-perfect scenery are something never gonna be missed. 

Shopping time. It was great to enjoy a day of shopping without hustle-bustle of being in the big capital city of Budapest. An overwhelming souvenir shops can be found both side of the path, handicrafts, hand-carved wooden stuffs, leather goods, native dolls, embroidered clothing and Hungarian wine.

Aren't they lovely. The national Hungary doll is a "Must Buy" souvenir regardless. I love their tradition dress.

( Bottom Left ) Despite the pottery has very unique design, artistic and best-known in the region, yet I couldn't buy it and bring them home owing to they are rashly to be broken. >.<
( Right ) Leather goods, one of the souvenirs they sell in Szentendre..However buying or wearing the leather goods are dis-encouraging, we should have protected those poor animals and against wearing animal's skin, my friends. :-)

There is a huge range of lovely embroidered tablecloths, linens and clothing...

Since the beginning of history, Szentendre has been the home of many generation of Hungarian artists since early 20th century, hence there are enormous of artistic works can be found every nook and corner in the region regardless of souvenirs or architecture. 

This lovely historical town with a population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants gives a feeling like stepping back to medieval times, with its fascinating Baroque-styled churches, ornate iron works and white washed buildings with thatched roofs.

Enchanting splendid flowers all over the nooks during Spring time :-)

The historical town is overwhelmed with tourists from other districts of Hungary itself or other vicinity European countries. On the contrary Asian people like us are barely seen. :-)

One of the special sight of Szentendre is the decorated shop windows along the path. Most of the shop windows are decorated distinctively with their merchandises, it can be clothes, dolls, wine, pottery,  or.....dried spices. They look remarkably fascinating :-)

Due to stroll under a very scorching sun all the way, we needed something to chill down our heat. Ice-cream is absolutely the only thing for gratifying your need. By the way, I've forgotten to take the photo of the stall, hence can't recall its name. >.< 

< Carte D'or Ice-Cream >

< Vanilla-Chocolate >

Mmmm....The ice-creams were yummylicious!

Kept on our journey....

The ambience of the town indeed was really great. Strolling along the pedestrian street.....Despite overwhelming tourists, it gives a feel of peaceful and relaxing to me....

< The Main Square >

We were heading to < Serbian Orthodox Church >

< Serbian Orthodox Church > located fairly above the level ground which needed to be reached through a narrow winding road with staircases.   

Instead of an unobstructed overview, all I could see was numerous of rooftops especially the fairly lofty <Tower Of Preobrazsenszka Serbian >.

Despite the scorching sun, the beautiful clear blue sky completely enhances the fascinating surroundings in Spring time.

< Serbian Orthodox Church > as our backdrop. Looks imposing ^^

( Above ) You may overview the vista of the region from fairly high altitude position at < Serbian Orthodox Church > especially the lofty <Tower Of Preobrazsenszka Serbian >. ( Bottom ) A distinctive angle of perception....Magnificent!

Took some shots....


Haha...My honey looks dashing in this candid shot...

Despite Springtime, it gives very Autumn's sense after all...perhaps was due to the withered trees around us :-)

Can you spot the <Tower Of Preobrazsenszka Serbian > as our backdrop? It looks august in any angle....

Awe-inspiring scene...

Wuhoo...I look taller from the lower angle :P

< Kereskedohaz  Cafe & Restaurant >, the restaurant which we have our lunch that serves very authentic Hungarian cuisines.

Feel tired or exhausted after a long day stroll? Or in the mood for some authentic Hungarian foods? Then you won't be disappointed with the choices in Szentendre, there is more that two dozen restaurants, cafes and confectionery stores to tantalize your tastebuds. Isn't it be so relaxing and great to stop your paces for awhile at any al fresco cafe sipping a mug of beer or refreshments watching a stream of coming and going passer-bys? 

< Kereskedohaz Cafe & Restaurant > serves a range of authentic Hungarian cuisine. It was beautifully renovated. We were served the lunch in the cellar as well, a very newly and unprecedented experience. :-)

We were served a traditional Hungarian meals started from appetizer, soup, main course, drink to dessert. Mmm...I couldn't really figure out if they tasted delicious, due to they all are totally too newly to me regardless of taste or texture, hence all I can say is they are really SPECIAL and worth trying. In fact there are many culinary treasures in Szentendre indeed. 

After lunch, it was time to leave for our next destination, another shopping spree in capital city, Budapest. :-)


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