Hungry for Hungary

The refreshing breeze that gusted over the Szabadsag Bridge from the River Danube last night made it the coolest place in town. And that wasn’t just because of the sizzling temperatures. The royally crowned rafters were perched with row upon row of happy sitters. A grandstand between the lights of Buda on one side and Pest on the other, the bridge supported the celebration of local couples sharing a bottle of wine, a meeting of the couch surfing fraternity and infatuated visitors like Sean and I, filled with the vitality of this extraordinary place. In town to scout locations for our feature film – a thriller – scheduled for shooting in late January, this town is an unexpected treasure trove of open armed hospitality. New flavors and colors, new markets (!) and new tastes. And that’s just day one. So stand by. Tomorrow we are off to scout old palaces, Turkish baths from the Ottoman Empire, and by complete contrast a champagne distillery built largely underground. A whole new adventure is in the making…

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8 Responses to Hungry for Hungary

  1. 💖💖💖😘😘😘

  2. Peter says:

    Dear Gabrielle, it was lovely to hear your voice from Budapest(-Pest) this evening (your time). I write from a very cool Canberra residence and noted the very warm conditions you have there. I wish you and Sean all the very best with your filming. It was nice hearing about your film and your enthusiasm for the film and for life was infectious. All the very best. Peter.

  3. Chrissy H says:

    What a THRILL-eh!! looking 4ward to the next instalments,,,xx

  4. Amanda says:

    Sounds devine. Enjoy

  5. Ken Barrett says:

    A wonderful city. Has been a few years since we last visited but your photos bring back many fond memories. Ken

  6. solongbonus says:


    Looking forward to all the updates Gabrielle!

  7. James Belton says:

    How lovely! Enjoy your time in that most wonderful of cities. If you can find the time…visit Lake Balaton. Do it for the joy..think of it as a reckie for the film!!!

    • Thank you James. Actually we did go to Lake Balaton – or at least saw some of it when we visited Keszthely Palace. What a spectacular area! Apparently the original royal inhabitants kept yachts on the lake. But we will definitely be going back as there are a number of locations we could use. And hey, doesn’t ‘doing a reckie’ give you an excuse to go to all sorts of interesting places?!

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