Beloved Bridge

Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Elisabeth Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

This absolutely beautiful postcard of the Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest, Hungary comes from Edit. After embarrassingly mistaking it for Chain Bridge, I have had to edit this post quite substantially. Oops. One similarity though, is the fact that both bridges cross the Danube to connect Buda to Pest. The bridge crosses the narrowest part of the river and spans 290 meters. It was originally built between 1897 and 1903 and was named after Elisabeth of Bavaria. It’s absolutely beautiful, thank you Edit!

Where’s My Lake?

Lake Balaton, Hungary

Lake Balaton, Hungary

This awesome cut-out postcard of Lake Balaton came to me from Laci. It’s a type of postcard that I have never seen before, which is pretty awesome. Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, with a size of 592 square kilometers. It’s also one of the premier tourist destinations in the country. The Northern shores of the lake are known for both its history and as a major wine region, while the southern shores are known for its resort towns. At its maximum length, the lake spans 77 km and at its maximum width it spans 14 km. The average depth of the lake is not too deep at a mere 3.2 meters and a maximum depth of 12.2 meters. Seems like an excellent place to go and as such, Laci also tells me that it’s the best place in Hungary. Now I have something else, besides Budapest, to go and see once I go to Hungary at some point in my life.

Beautiful Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Definitely one of my most beautiful postcards ever comes to me from Nárcisz, who lives in Budapest, Hungary. Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a bridge in Budapest that connects the 2 parts of the city over the river, from Buda to Pest. The bridge was the first permanent crossing in Budapest across the Danube and was completed in 1849. It is also the landmark that I most closely associate with Budapest. The bridge was upgraded in 1914 and during World War 2 it was severely damaged. Luckily it was rebuilt and reopened in 1949, otherwise this amazing postcard would never have found its way to South Africa. I thank you Nárcisz for this absolutely amazing postcard!

Hungry for Hungary

Mátra, Hungary

Mátra, Hungary

Gyöngyös, Hungary

Gyöngyös, Hungary

Julia from Gyöngyös in Hungary sent me these 2 lovely postcards showing where she lives. I must say that I was so glad when I got them as both Julia and I thought that they had gone missing after taking over 3 months to reach me. The postcard at the top shows Mátra, which is a mountain range in the North of the country. The country’s peak at 1014 meters is found in this range. The area at Mátra has a number of volcanic cones which reach between 250 and 400 meters high. Most of the land is also cultivated for agricultural purposes. At the bottom you’ll see the town of Gyöngyös which is home to about 34 000 people. The name of the town means “Made of Pearls” and a different way to interpret it would be the Hungarian word for mistletoe, which can apparently be directly translated to “wood pearls.” This only makes sense if you take into account that mistletoe is abundant in this area. Mistletoe, check… Now to find some pretty girls to take with me… Anyway, thank you Julia!