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On these pages I will deal with two of my hobbies
I like to travel and I like to take pictures and visiting all
those places, I see many visiting people doing just the same
things, travelling, visiting and taking photos or movies.
I already have a fairly comprehensive travel page, listing
most of the places my family
and I have visited, but on these new pages I will
try to list them in a more chronological order
and spiced with
some background information here or there.
I have many photographs and I have visited many, many other
places that I can't at this stage anyway, categorise.
One of my first significant travel and photographic undertaking
was in 1978.
I have saved up for many years for this trip and it was also
to go back to Hungary.
I was born there, but had to leave after my participation in our
1956 Freedom fight, when it was brutally put down
by the Soviets.
My daughter, Sarolta and I took off on a four months of journey
Full of excitement and expectations we took left New Zealand
to visit most of the countries of Europe, including Hungary and
a few other communist countries, where communism taken a more human
face on by than.
On our way to and back from
we had 3 days stopover in
Come, enjoy our journeys.
Our itinerary in
included a sightseeing bus trip around Singapore, visiting a few attractions
like a crocodile farm/factory/shop, where you could choose a live crocodile
and have a boot or handbag made to your requirement (Ah, ah, the year was
1978, remember!), gold, diamond factory/shops and many other souvenir shops
etc of course.
Singapore was a buyers paradise for bargain electrical, photographic and
In our spare times and at nights we took long walks around the
Singapore shopping streets, Orchard Road and 'Boogie Street' (Which was
very different from the 'Boogie Street' of late. Those days, you went
there to see people and things, you may not see everywhere).
At that time Singapore was just starting to develop.
We had about four weeks to travel around
mainly on our Britrail Passes.
And another three months we spent travelling around Europe on a
Three months Eurail Pass visiting most of the larger cities and
towns especially the ones with history, significant sights or
just because I have heard, read or had some knowledge of.
Those days an Eurail Pass included many other attractions and
transport, such as ferries, boats on the Rhine, local transport
in some cities and many other 'goodies'.
After our arrival in
we spent about four days travelling and walking around London, using
a four day 'London Pass', which allowed us unlimited use of
London's Underground, local trains and buses, ferries etc.
We got on all the 'Tubes' lines and went from station to
station popped our head up have a look around and go to
the next station.
I remember the first day we walked so much during the first few
hours, including Marble Arch, The Mall, Buckingham Palace,
and the Birdcage Walk, that in the end I could hardly walk
because of the large blisters on my heels, my 'new, comfortable'
I had to ask a 'friendly Bobby' on horse back, "where's the
nearest Woolworth's" to buy another pair of shoes.
To my embarrassing surprise and great relief a shop was
just across the road and managed to find a very good
pair of sport shoes and the shoes' heel missed the blisters
and my blisters had time to heel and the shoes lasted for many
So we 'moved on' to have a look at Westminster Abbey,
Saint Paul Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, Kew Gardens,
Soho, Kensington, Banks and Bridge, The Tower, all the
'Circuses' and most of the squares.
Finishing with London for the time being, Sarolta and I
took an Intercity train to
where our relations
were waiting for us to whisk us to their home in
about 30 km away (correct me if my memory is wrong), where we spent
a few days, exploring Billingham, the
York (North) Moors,
and the surrounding area,
and many other interesting places.
Soon we had to move on and heading up north to
in north Scotland and exploring many other cities
and sights on our way.
just to mention a few.
In Inverness I think we were lucky enough to see and photograph the famous
Loch Ness Monster
Back in those days colour slides were just as popular to show
off to family and friends as photos were.
I haven't found a way to get reasonable photos for these
pages from my slides.
So my record of our explorations not as good as it
Finishing with Thurso, we made our way down through
Walking back from Landsend we caught the next train from Penzance to
and back to London.
We spent another couple of days in London,before we caught
another train to
and we went on a ferry to
Arriving in Boulogne-sur-Mer, we started our explorations of
We made our way to
to check out The Notre Dame,
Seine, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triumph, Opera
House, Sacra Ceur and many other sights.
and the little principality of
and the capital, Andorra la Vella, hiding in the Pyreneeses, between
France and Spain, before we returned to
was our next major stop with
The Ceuta in Africa, ferry trip was part of the Eurail ticket
and again paying a short visit to many other places on
Back to Madrid and moving onto
than Lisbon and back to Madrid again trying not to miss any city or
town of any importance, size or fame on our way.
were some of the places we visited before we reached
Milan and than
were our some of the other stops.
We went back back to
Italy again and
Messina Ferry Terminal,
Villa San Giovanni Ferry Terminal,
before we returned to
again and visited or revisited
Here we turned around again, because we used our
trains as hotels.
At night we choose a city some distance away, to have a
good sleep (We had first class passes, and couches
around here were superb, you could either take the three
seats or some of the later couches each seat could be
converted into a comfortable bed and ones
you shot the door, you didn't get disturbed very often.)
Our next stops were
Nice, and than to
and a few other cities on the way to
where we spent a few days again to see the eternal city's many sights,
the many Basilicas, the Coliseum, Roman ruins, Apian way, Catacombs, by conducted
tours and on foot or using other means of transport.
Than we went to
where we caught a ferry to
(Again the Brindisi - Patra ferry ticket was included) and onto
(Acropolis, Agra ruins etc) for a few days and visiting a few
other cities on our way too.
From Athens we took a train to
Istanbul, where we explored the
that was not recommended but you could do it with the Eurail Pass
(The Greeks and the Turks are neighbours, but not the best of
The trip to Istanbul was very interesting, - we
noticed, that trips to the extremities of Europe
were the most interesting ones - (Lake Ness and
monster, Istanbul, warring neighbours, Fatima and
your wishes could be granted, Narvik, broad
daylight with sun and all in the middle of
the night, going through two communist countries
from Istanbul, to Trieste in Italy (Really you
could only do it with the Eurail Pass in
those days.) and many other similar
experiences, including Syracuse.
Caught a ferry up the Bosporus and walked on the bridge
linking Europe to Asia (I always wandered how can that bridge hold the two major continents together, with so many 'plates' shifting all the time all over
were our next major stops before
After Trieste we went to
and onto Austria and
in Germany and back to
for a few days and to
in Austria and went to see my home town and
for another few days.
In Budapest we admired the Danube River,
Royal Palace, Old Buda, Körtér, Budafók,
Saint Stephen Basilica, Amusement Park,
Parliament, Aquincum, Margit Island,
Kelenföld, Gelért Hill, Citadel, Cog-wheel train, Children Railway.
We spent another few days visiting some of
the memorable places from my younger days, like
From Miskolc, we nipped over to
Kassa (in Czechoslovakia in those days, where
we had had some unusual experiences again,
we had to get some passport photos and apply
for a new visa to re-enter Hungary).
Back in Hungary, we went to
Back to Hungary and to
After Budapest we went back to Vienna and Italy to visit
perched top of a hill, near Rimini in Italy,
and than back to Austria, Vienna, Germany,
We spent some days in West Berlin, to look at the Reichstag,
Berlin Wall, Bombed Church, Russian Memorial and a day trip into
which was another outstanding experience, with all the
checkpoints and searches.
We entered East Berlin by Underground, that went
above ground all the way, except the
Our day in East Berlin was in real contrast to our
experiences to practically anywhere in Europe, although
as I came from a communist country, didn't surprise
We had to fill out forms with many, many questions
on our way in and out.
We had to declare everything we were taking out
whether souvenir or else, apart from the fact
that you hardly weren't allowed to take out
anything, not even small coins.
We were surprised when we wanted to walk towards
the Brandenburg Gate and seen an enormous crowd
heading our way, about 700 metres away.
Not knowing what was going on we retraced our steps
and went to visit some of the other sites, before
we caught the Underground back to the 'friendlier'
We were also surprised, how many buildings, many
previously important ones were still in ruins.
A long train trip through East Germany from West
Berlin to West Germany,
for a few days before taking a ferry to
Exploring Helsinki for 2 - 3 days by
before we took a
From where we took a 'corker' little 'chug along' train in the
Arctic Circle, doing some unexpected speeds, stirring up dust and
fallen leaves behind it, as it rushed towards
in Sweden, at an unexpected sort of "rush", I was wondering
whether we going to stay on our tracks, but I suppose the
driver have done this trip many times before and known well
the capabilities of his "little train".
The 'corker' little chug along train stopped a
couple of times with it's whistle blowing,
to draw our attention, when we crossed the
Arctic Circle and a couple
of the times when some arctic "Reindeer"
wondered thankfully close enough to our
In Haparanda we had to wait for another little train to take us to
in Sweden and
We have spent about 5 days in or near the Arctic
Circle and it was 'broad' daylight all the time.
(We chose our time well.)
Travelling down Norway we have seen many beautiful
towns, fjords, long tunnels and many other beautiful
sights on our way to
where we stayed a couple days again.
From where we went to
Next on our list were
Gent or Ghent
before we returned to
It was time for us to return to England from
and Auckland, New Zealand.
Of course there were many other places and
sights we have seen and visited and it was a
thoroughly beautiful experience.
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