Hungarian Baggage

A few bottles that jumped out at me at Budapest airport last week. Any thoughts, suggestions, notes, and/or observations would be most graciously appreciated.

– Bock Villanyi Royal Cuvee 2004
– Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszu Eszencia 2000
– Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2003

I’ve read lots of ‘wows’ about this bottle from Dereszla. According to Wine Spectator, only 415 cases were produced, and in their June 2004 review (94 pts) wrote that it’ll last nicely through 2025. (I’m extremely patient, but that’s really pushing it.)

The Bock is a cab sav, cab franc, merlot and pinot noir blend from the southern Villanyi region. The Royal I knew very little about.


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30 second Budapest sex shop advisor.

Here’s an insightful yet breezy survey of Hungary’s sex shops where, embarrassment on the part of shoppers, is a thing of the distant past. (One reported exception was a young man “who froze stiff when he recognised an acquaintance in some gay pornography.”)

Among the highlights noted are defective or non-functioning vibrators that can be had at a sizable discount, with HUF 3000 (EUR 11.85) buying a model originally priced at HUF15,000 (EUR 60), and that customers prefer a hands-on approach, with very little interest in web shopping.

Shop owners told us that customers liked to feel the objects in their own hands, and they wanted to receive individual, expert advice.

12-year stroll reaches 40,000th km

Hungary’s MTI reported that Canadian Jean Beliveau, who’s taking a solo walk around the world, passed kilometer # 40,000 on Saturday in the village of Rakoczifalva, where his reception committee included the mayor and the village drummer. His stroll, in conjunction with UNESCO’s 2000-2010 International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World, will ultimately cover 76,000 kilometers. He left his home in Montreal on 18 August 2000.

Hungary was country #41; his current itinerary calls for 69 in all.

His homepage, WWWalk, is here. LOTS of photos.