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Monday, 11 July 2011

Two Quintas for the summer solstice, Hungary and Bulgaria

Elizabeth Empress of Austria, was married to the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. Too much of a private person to enjoy court life she stayed away as much as possible. She had a fondness for Hungary and spoke the language fluently. She was influential in the re-establishment of the Hungarian constitution which led to the Austrian Empire becoming the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary. Clearly her feelings for the Hungarian people were reciprocated, as an area in Budapest, Erzsebetvaros [Elizabethville], part of the old Jewish quarter, has been named after her.

20/6/11 - Budapest

The streets in Erzsebetvaros

have a familiar echo -

monochrome dipped in fierce sunlight -

footsteps, a songbird -

all feels like home

21/6/11 - Neseber, Bulgaria

it gets dark so quickly -

the sun plunges to its next assignment

where it has a pact today

with a meridian, before it shifts its angle,

and begins to turn away

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