Why I Started My Budapest Novel a Year Later

Last year, September to be precise, I went on a solo trip to Budapest. I wish I could say I went to Budapest for some deep purpose, like I’d always read about it in stories or I’d seen films based there and felt like I had to go. Reality wasn’t that glamorous. The truth was…

Venus in Exile Sample

Four or five men around the bar were talking about the next EU elections. They were foreigners living in Budapest. Christopher watched Cassandra’s fixed stare. She watched them, her eyes acrobatically following their lips and hands as they gestured. She wants them, Christopher thought, she wants any one of those men, in a way she…

Budapest Skies

  The whole city felt like it could fit in the palm of his hands. The darkness of night was interrupted by a honeycomb of lights. He recognised every street, every dome, every reflection in the river’s black mirror. The piercing spires of the parliament looked like burning stalagmites. St. Stephen’s Basilica wore a skirt…

The Four B’s of Budapest – IV – Buzz

Are cities defined by their people or are the people defined by their city? It’s a hard question to answer. Almost as hard as the nature vs. nurture question. It is most probably a mixture of the two. The city and its inhabitants are bound in an unbreakable dance that shapes and moulds each in…

The Four B’s of Budapest – III – Buda Castle

    A Medieval castle built in the 13th century that was renovated into a Baroque behemoth in the 18th. Buda Castle is the landmark that is most prominent on the banks of the Danube. It controls an eye-catching hill, just across Chain Bridge, and at night is a fortified beacon of soft pride. Nowadays,…

The Four B’s of Budapest – II – Beauty

  “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka   It seems to me, that throughout its history, Budapest has kept the ability to see beauty. Indeed, even now as Hungary enters another millennium of existence, it can…

The Four B’s of Budapest – I – Buildings

    Budapest was once an important city in a powerful empire obsessed with luxury. Walking through its streets today, you can still feel it. Imagine walking down Rome and feeling surrounded by the glory of Ancient Rome, or London and its Victorian heyday. Budapest easily ranks amongst those cities that combines an opulent history…