Szentendre was founded in the 14th century by Serbian refugees who fleeing from the Turks. Most of the Serbs left during the Habsburg era which made the town loose it's commercial importance and now is just another quiet little town on the Danube. In the early 20th century it began to attract many artists who have suceeded in putting the town back on the map this time as a place to paint and sell your arts and crafts to day trippers.
If this was once a town that time forgot, it was only a temporary amnesia. The tourist influx of the last decade has created a series of contrasts that open the mind's eye. Stout peasant women in babushkas lick cones of gelato, over the door of a restaurant advertising "O Magyar" (Olde Hungarian) cuisine hangs an American flag, and the driver of the horse carriage for hire listens to rap music -- all but drowning out the rhythms of village life.
Absolutelly lonely streets, I met about 5 tourists in tottal, despite wondering around all old city center. Feels like time stucked there, if dont mind parked cars (many trabants eh eh ). It was cold and raining, and some cozy cafes with awesome hot wine saved us. No regrets of going there in bad weather at dead season, this city deffinatly has its own spirit, despite beeing a very touristic spot.
Asolutelly no people on streets, met in total about 5 tourists, though, walked around all old city center. Feels like time stucked there, if not mind parked cars (many trabants eh eh) . It was cold and raining, and few cozy cafes with awesome hot wine saved us... No regrets I went there even at bad weather, this city deffinatly has its own spirit, despite beeing a very touristic spot.
This tip could apply to almost anywhere you visit. I always enjoy walking through cities and seeing where people live and how their houses and gardens look. I am amazed at how many really lovely little gardens there are wherever you go.
This building is quite attractive, particularly the entryway. It is on a main street and sadly anywhere in the world it seems that you have to secure your home. I love the decorative grillwork they have used on the windows. They have managed to secure these portals and at the same time add to the attractiveness of their home. Of course I also love the roses and other blossoms in the garden. Private small gardens like this always inspire me to return and work on mine.
As we made out way from the train station into town we encountered a small but colorful and enthusiastic parade. There were young people in bright costumes holding a large bunch of grapes at the head followed by decorated horse drawn coaches with older people also in costume and having an obviously good time. Then I saw the reason for the very happy mood. One of the ladies had a huge jug of wine which she had obviously been enjoying and she was offering it all round even to the gawking tourists. Of course I went over and she gave me a small plastic glass. I don't know what the wine from this region is called, but it goes down pretty well.
At the end of our visit, on the way back to the train, we saw a dance in progress which I think was the culmination of the day's festivities. It didn't look like Hungarian folk dancing - more like swing or Zydeco but they were obviously having a great time.
pilisszentlaszlo again in winter is really beautiful.
But the roads can get blocked to Visegrad for months.
Pilisszentlaszlo is an old Slovakian village where you can see street names in
Hungarian and Slovak.