Húsvéti üdvözlet!

I love Spring and Autumn….

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Here are some lovely kitsch German and Hungarian postcards I found in Hungary.

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can't read

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can’t read

Things have been quite quiet on the music front but we had a great session with little Richard.  Mark calls him young Richard. His real name is Richard Moore.  He played with Nigel Kennedy the same night after he had done our session at Ronnie Scotts but sadly he couldn’t get me in. I’m pleased with this beautiful melody he has written on a song called ‘Turn Me On’.

Richard in Studio March 2015

Richard in Studio March 2015

The album is pretty much there. I could see it performed if there was demand and I can see it visually. We’ll have to see.  Here’s Mark Vernon at the piano.  I’m very excited whatever about this album.  I plan to perform at a special event in June.  It’s given me something to aim towards.

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Hungary was a wonderful place to visit.  I swam twice a day.  As I swim mainly underwater I admired huge bodies through my goggles in the lovely pool that was attached to the hotel which was the inspiration for the film Grand Budapest Hotel.  I sat in the hot thermal baths.  Faded grandeur, under the shadow of its communist past.  My guide book was from the early 80s I got it because of the photographs. I didn’t realise it at the time it was that old.  Here is the guidebook to Communist Hungary.

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

This restaurant doesn’t exist anymore neither does Maxim’s or the casino

Casino Budapest and Maxim's Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

Casino Budapest and Maxim’s Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

But you can go to Momento Park (didn’t quite make that)

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

But you can have the most amazing breakfast at the Gallert Hotel ….if you haven’t got poisoned in the bar the night before.  Tip: Avoid whatever looks like champagne/ prosecco.  Whatever it is it isn’t ….

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Have beauty treatments:

Hungarian Shop front February 2015

Hungarian Shop front February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or buy a souvenir:

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or you could hang out in the cafes…

Self portrait by Lettie

Self portrait by Lettie

Or see a wonderful exhibition at the House of Photography Mao Mano and buy a beautiful book…

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

And of course hide a doll…

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

You can buy lots of things at the flea market in Pest…

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

You could find the kitschest book you could find at the flea market in Pest…

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

And look at its wonderful images…

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

My most precious thing though that I bought at the flea market was an 80 year old Hungarian bear who I have been talking to tonight…he has told me the most hilarious joke…

Lettie and her 80 yr old Hungary bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her 80 year old Hungarian bear

Why do communists only drink herbal tea?  Because proper tea is theft!

I was going to sell him but after tonight I just don’t know how I can considering all he’s been through and he can still make a joke about it all…

Happy Easter!

xXx

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Part time artist based in London
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