It would be easy to label the burgeoning creative scene in Budapest’s District VII as merely just another hipster fad. In fact many do. Yet when walking around District VII (the old Jewish neighborhood) in this eclectic metropolis, one becomes aware of two things: young Hungarians are an incredibly creative bunch, and the proliferation of funky shops and bars here is more a a case of working with what you’ve got than a passing trend. Last week I took a tour of this ever-changing neighborhood with BudapestFlow….
The water wasn’t quite what I had expected. It was luke-warm, not luxuriously hot like the thermal springs in California. After about two minutes though, this didn’t matter one bit. It was 2005 and my first visit to Hungary. Anita, my girlfriend at the time (now my wife), had been eager to show me the Miskolc-Tapolca Cave Bath—I soon found out why. There we were, gazing up at the white limestone cliffs soaring out of the water. Gaping passageways beckoned, carved into rock by thousands of years of flowing thermal water. Beneath a massive glass atrium people of all shapes and sizes lay about on lounge chairs, swam in the healing waters and gazed in awe at the caves….
Lake Tisza is the largest man-made lake in Hungary, and the second largest lake behind Lake Balaton. The Tisza River was dammed in 1973 and by the 1990’s a 127 km2 area was completely filled with water. Located in eastern Hungary, in Heves County, Lake Tisza has become a popular vacation spot for Hungarians and foreign tourists alike….