Europe, Hungary, Szentendre

The Doors of Szentendre, Hungary.

October 28, 2011

A lot of travel bloggers would try to pull you in with a cliched quotes about doors. Humor me for a moment and let me do the same:

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Or how about this one?

The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before thee.” – Akhenaton

Don’t such quotes induce a certain level of vomit? Would you like a sick bag? I know I do.

I’ll be honest and admit, I’ve opened with quotes in the past even when it made cringe because I thought it was just the thing that travel bloggers should do. However, I’ve come to realize as of late that I need to write more more honestly and in my own style. I think I’ve been doing a good job of that in recent posts. I’m especially fond of the Losing My Virginity … To Tapas post and my Weird and Wonderful series (specifically Prague Part 1 and Part 2).

My promise to you is that no more cliched quotes will ever appear in this blog again unless it actually makes a post more funny.

Anyway, it’s time for for Twitter’s #frifotos event … and for me to tell you all about the doors of Szentendre, Hungary.

I love doors. I love taking photos of doors. I love to stand there and admire the architectural details. I love try and imagine what’s behind them.

Szentendre

I never really cared much for doors before. Really, who does? Growing up in Canada, it seems that everything looks similar, massed produced and generic. In fact, with the exception of major city centres and certain affluent neighborhoods in them, most places look exactly the same. It’s boring and even thinking about it makes me sleepy.

Then I came to Europe. And I started to notice doors, windows and all the pretty details. Obviously buildings are much older here and invoke much more history. But it’s not just the castles and cathedrals that are beautiful and majestic, it’s store fronts and residential buildings. My building in Berlin has an art deco facade, an entrance that makes me smile whenever I come home. It’s this that I love and one of the many reasons why I never ever want to leave Europe. There’s a romance here which is lacking at home where you see chain stores, suburban neighborhoods and skyscrapers.

Spending 2 days in Budapest last year gave me an opportunity to visit Szentendre, a small town not far outside city limits. Unfortunately, the cuteness of the place and it’s numerous galleries, museums and abundance of local artists have turned it into a tourist hot spot. Fortunately for me, it was December and hardly anyone was around.

Dark, overcast and foggy, it was a perfect opportunity to wander around town with my camera in hand happily taking photos …

Szentendre

Szentendre

Szentendre

Szentendre

Szentendre

Szentendre
After looking at these photos, can you understand the quaintness of the Szentendre? If you’re in Budapest, it’s an easy day trip and worth the visit. Even better if you can make it there in the off-season! This place is just reason 1,236,789 as to why I love Budapest so much.

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11 Comments

  • Reply fotoeins October 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Mmmmmm … Türen, Puertas …

    “Only” 1,236,789 reasons? Come now, you’ve got to get back to Budapest and find some more! 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      @fotoeins – Ha ha. I will be back soon enough if it’s the last thing I do!

  • Reply Andrea October 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Great collection of doors! I like them too =) Some of the more fortress-like ones in Europe aren’t so welcoming,though!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      @Andrea – thanks! I’m also quite obsessed with windows. 🙂

  • Reply Sophie October 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love photographing doors and windows as well. They can be so picturesque or so mysterious. Or even forbidding and oddly inviting at the same time. Haven’t been in Szentendre in many, many years. Thanks for the look back 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      @Sophie – No problem! I hope to post more about Szentendre in the future as well. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica October 31, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I started photographing doors when I was in Greece, and now I notice their interesting details everywhere I travel.

  • Reply Laurel October 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Great shots and I agree that everything is prettier in Europe than in North America – including doors.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard October 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      @Laurel – Thanks! This is why I’m staying put here as long as I can … I do miss home a lot, but I love it here so much.

  • Reply Christy @ Technosyncratic November 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Beautiful doors add so much character to a building! And a city, for that matter. I particularly like ones with unique carvings or bright colors.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

      @Christy – agree! Love love the architecture in Europe. My love for this continent grows on a daily basis.

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