DAILY PHOTO: Not Your Usual Herend Porcelain

Taken in December of 2016  at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest

Taken in December of 2016 at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest

 

Taken inside the Hungarian Parliament Building

Taken inside the Hungarian Parliament Building

DAILY PHOTO: Vörösmarty tér Lepény Vendor

Taken in December of 2014 in Budapest

Taken in December of 2014 in Budapest

This is the finished product.

This is the finished product.

Lepény is a Hungarian street-food that some might call a folded over pizza and others might call a flat-bread sandwich. It’s bread (like pizza crust) topped with cheese and various vegetative and / or meaty toppings and cooked on a grill. (I just realized it could also be considered a fancy grilled cheese that starts from a ball of dough and not from pre-made bread.)

 

Anyway, there aren’t nearly as many lepény vendors as there are for say Kürtöskalács (the cylindrical sweet bread that is so very, very awesome), but the vendor at the Vörösmarty tér Christmas market always had a massive line. (We did discover that part of the long lines had to do with the temperamental nature of the wood-fired grills they used and the long time it took to cook one if they let the fire die down too much.) Still, people stayed in line, and that speaks somewhat to the tastiness of this treat.

DAILY PHOTO: Vörösmarty Tér Light Spheres

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Taken on December 23, 2014 in Vörösmarty tér in Budapest

Taken on December 23, 2014 in Vörösmarty tér in Budapest

These spheres of light, ostensibly designed to mimic glittery ornaments, were hung throughout the trees on Vörösmarty Tér during Christmas season in Budapest.

I have to say, I’ve never seen Budapest’s Christmas markets thriving like they were in 2014. Granted, my last holiday visit was in 2008 (bad times all around), and my first time was in the mid-90’s (Hungary was still trying to get its post-Cold War feet under it.) I have been a few times in between, but this year was clearly in a different league from previous years.