"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on October 29, 2016 by Sioux under General
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My brother has lived with his wife and children in Hungary for many years. I have long threatened to go and visit – and finally got there!

 

On the train trip from Vienna I was again treated to the most beautiful scenery, with some surprises too – we went past a windfarm, with so many turbines that I stopped even trying to count. It took the better part of 5 minutes before I stopped seeing the turbines, so the quantity must number well over 100. 

Once back home, we walked around the area they live in, the kids excitedly showing me their schools and interesting things in the area. Back home my sister-in-law made an exciting find – a hedgehog! I’ve seen them in photos but never in real life and was surprised as it was a lot bigger than I expected. Days were filled with exploring; nights were filled with family time. Quality time with family is the best kind of time! 

My brother fetched me at the train station and then it was home to meet my littlest niece and get to know my older niece and nephew better. Before dinner, we drove around the area they live in, and then went to his in-laws for dinner and a walk around the dam that borders the house.  

These wine cellars in Százhalombatta were also used during WW2 as bomb shelters and temporary homes for the locals. 

The area of Budapest in which my brother and his family live is called

Százhalombatta (saz-halom-batta), a town in Pest County, Hungary. The name of the town

literally means “One hundred tumuli” referring to the tumulus field (burial mounds) at the edge of the town.

 

Groups of people settled in this area four thousand years ago in the Neolithic Age. On the plateau stretching over the Danube

River in the Old Town, a Bronze Age population settled, their defence assisted by the river in the northeast, the deep valley in

the south and a rampart in the west. The area was inhabited for almost six hundred years. The layers of the settlements deposited on top of one another now amount to a depth of up to six meters. This settlement is now called Százhalombatta-Földvár.

 

Excavation and management of the site is part of an international project on Bronze Age Europe. In the 7th-6th centuries BC the eastern branch of the Hallstatt culture  appeared in the region. Significant people from the culture’s population are buried in the tumulus graveyard (burial mounds – now looking more like small hills than anything related to a graveyard). The six-hectare territory presently functions as an archaeological park. It is in this prehistoric open-air museum that a 2,700-year-old tumulus was excavated, reconstructed and inaugurated in April 1998 by the President of Hungary, Árpád Göncz. In the tumulus, the remains of a crypt can be viewed, as well as authentically reconstructed Bronze and Iron-age dwellings, ovens and outbuildings, portraying the everyday lives of the people inhabiting the area at the time. 

Százhalombatta St. István church 

 

2 responses to “Budapest – family time”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    Aaaahhhhh, isn’t he cute.
    Sounds like you had an awesome time there too ….

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    and the Cubic(?) – didn’t you just want to go up and play with it?

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