Empress Sisi and a giraffe, or how did the Budapest Zoo receive its first long neck mammal?

  Exactly 155 years ago, on 9 August 1866 the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert), Hungary’s oldest zoo, opened its gate for the very first time. Back then Budapest didn’t even exist, the zoo was (and still is) located in Pest, at the City Park. There might be a question: how … More Empress Sisi and a giraffe, or how did the Budapest Zoo receive its first long neck mammal?

Loyal to Myself

I took part in a writing contest where our task was to create a story about an imaginary life of Empress Elisabeth and about what would have happened to her if she hadn’t marry Emperor Franz Joseph. Since my story won the contest I thought I would share it here, on my blog. We could … More Loyal to Myself

Tükröm-tükröm, mondd meg nékem, ki a legjobb Sisi a vidéken?

A bejegyzés a Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the best Sisi of all? című angol nyelvű bejegyzés magyar változata. „Tükröm-tükröm, mondd meg nékem, ki a legjobb Sisi a vidéken?” – kérdezhtené valaki, aki arra lenne kíváncsi, hogy melyik színésznő játszotta legjobban Erzsébet királynét. De van egy valaki, aki a legjobb volt? Össze kell … More Tükröm-tükröm, mondd meg nékem, ki a legjobb Sisi a vidéken?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the best Sisi of all?

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the best Sisi of all?” One can ask this question if they are interested in seeing which actress had played Empress Elisabeth of Austria the best. But is there a best? Should we compare the many ladies who performed Sisi? The answer is short: no! A few days … More Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the best Sisi of all?

Sisi and Diana, or the 19th century Diana and the 20th century Elisabeth

There are several similarities between the lives of Empress-Queen Elisabeth of Austria and Diana, Princess of Wales, and people like to recognise this. Now I would like to show these similarities and that how two fairy tales ended with tragedy. Elisabeth is being called “the 19th century Lady Diana” by lots of people, actually I … More Sisi and Diana, or the 19th century Diana and the 20th century Elisabeth

Sisi és Diana, avagy a 19. századi Diana és a 20. századi Erzsébet

Erzsébet (Sisi) császárné-királyné és Diana hercegné élete között sok párhuzam található, és ezt az emberek szeretik is észrevenni, felemlegetni. Ezúttal én is arra készülök, hogy bemutassam, hogyan is lett két tündérmesének induló történetből tragédia. Erzsébetet sokszor a „19. századi Dianának” hívják, és bevallom, ezt az elnevezést annyira nem kedvelem, habár az egyértelmű, hogy miért használják. … More Sisi és Diana, avagy a 19. századi Diana és a 20. századi Erzsébet

The Coronation Ceremony: Éljen a király! Éljen a királyné!

8 June 1867 was a very busy and exciting day for Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, since that was the day when they were crowned as King and Queen of Hungary. The day started so early – the coronation march left Buda Castle at 7 o’clock a.m., and stopped at Holy Trinity … More The Coronation Ceremony: Éljen a király! Éljen a királyné!

“Our sweetheart is an angel in the heaven yet.” – the death of Archduchess Sophie, the firstborn of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth

On 4 May 1857 the Emperor and Empress of Austria, Franz Joseph and Elisabeth arrived in Buda for their first tour of Hungary as a married couple. Their two little daughters, Archduchesses Sophie and Gisela came along with their parents. Archduchess Sophie, the Emperor’s mother didn’t want to let the girls with their parents to … More “Our sweetheart is an angel in the heaven yet.” – the death of Archduchess Sophie, the firstborn of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth