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your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is, as if everything is a miracle."

--Albert Einstein

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Research is currently under way to gather useful information throughout Europe - for those of you who are interested in vacationing or relocating.

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Travel

As I chose to retire in Hungary - I can tell you about what I know.

Those over 65 may use public transportation free of charge. This may or may not thrill you - but let's be honest, who doesn't like getting something for free.

That takes care of domestic travel. But before we move past it with such careless charm - why not detail a few things.

Yes, Hungary is 1/3 of her former self (post Trianon) but it is still a magical place in a small area. Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Europe and if you are a wine lover - you want to take notice. The north shore with its volcanic soil grows ordinary grapes with extra ordinary flavor. And that is only ONE of the wine regions. Reds are more your type? Sopron and Eger are your destination. Tokaj is forever coupled with the dessert wine: Tokaji aszu.

I don't care for sweet wines so that does not excite me but the region finally woke up and decided to cater to those of us who prefer our wines on the dry side. They are publicizing the dry whites from Tokaj and I must say they are excellent.

Four years ago I visited a wine shop in Los Angeles and asked the clerk if she ever sold Hungarian wines. I swear, she RECOILED. :) That is no surprise if she heard only of the wines that were exported during the communist era. I used the Egri Bulls Blood (available in the US around $3 a bottle) as vinegar.

I suggested to her to try again as the vineyards are being privatized and the wines are returning to their excellent calling. I don't know if she did, but it is quite OK if she did not.

My favorite, Demeter Cellars in Eger produces drinkable velvet named XY. When I purchased several bottles in 2003 - 2006 they were around 5,000HUF/bottle. I checked recently they are now 20,000HUF. Oh, yes - I still have some in my storage.

Hungary is blessed with more than a fair share of mineral waters beneath its soil. Budapest alone has a handful of spas with beautiful architecture - that are medicinal as they are pleasant.

The same goes throughout the country. Name the ailment and find the matching waters to help it.

I'm fond of the Danubius hotel chain and make an annual visit to the waters in Heviz. Yes, there is the warm mineral lake that many use, but why leave the hotel when the same water is available there with all inclusive catering and I don't have to move an inch?

Egerszalok has amazing outdoor facilities, Miskolctapolca a new cave pool, Gyula, Zalakaros, Hajduszoboszlo and many other places that are equally helpful, beautiful and enjoyable.

Now let's talk about international travel. Italy is my first love - and if I believed in previous lives, I would swear that I was an Italian. We shall never know - but I do visit frequently. Train? an overnight train with a bed is delightful if going to Venice. You board at night and arrive in the morning. I've visited often enough that a one day trip is just fine. I depart on the evening train back to Budapest.

Local airlines like EasyJet, WizzAir will take you by air. Orangeways.com will take you by comfortable busses. Trains with a bed are wonderful because you can walk around.

Where do you want to go? When would you like to go? There is no limit and you do feel like a kid again.

Questions? Please ask. I've organized tours to Hungary back in the 80s - would be happy to help.

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The following list of on-line cookie recipes was making the circuits a few years back in Christmas mailers. I was fascinated by it then and still am so I thought I would share it with those of you who love cookies.

Chill the milk and let's begin.