Palóc House is one survivng example of an old village house with a thatched roof, an echo from the past.
The lady in the adjoining modern house opened her gate for us, and told us that her family had been in the straw handicraft buisiness for generations. She showed us a collection of beautiful objects made from straw, from wine-bottle-jackets to various toys. Sadly, she said, this traditional craftsmanship is dying in today's world of mass production.
Johák Asztalos was a well-known local woodcarver; a collection of his works is on display in a gallery near the center of the village. The wooden sculptures are very life-like, and portray typical Hungarian figures. Most of them are displayed in one hall. The small building looks like it served the fire brigade in former times (there is even an old fire-engine in the adjacent hall).
After some asking around we reached the place, only to find it closed. After some more inquiring we were directed to the private home of Asztalos's widow, who promptly and willingly took her bicycle, rode it to the gallery and opened it for us.
The sculptures are very impressive, as, I hope, you can see in the photos.
The local people of Parád recommended this restaurant to us when we were looking for a nice place to have lunch in the area. We were in the mood for a good gulyás soup, and we were not diasppointed. The landlady brought us a big pot full of hot "Paloc", the local goulash soup, which was very tasty and filling.
The palacsintas (crepes, pancakes) were also good, but we later had better ones in Miskolc...
We sat outside, on the porch, which was very pleasant. The landlady who served us had a big smile and tried her best tp speak a few words in English. The menu is written in both Hungarian and English.
Favorite Dish: Paloc goulash soup!