Isonzo Valley Memorial Tour commemorating the Great War heroes
Author: Attila Vámos-Hegyi club member
At the end of April 2018 30 adults and 6 children travelled by 15 Big Cats from Budapest to Slovenia and Italy in order to visit the Hungarian memorial places of the Great War (World War I). The Hungarian Jaguar Club organized this journey and a 5 days approx. 1,600 km (1,000 miles) tour was ahead the great variety of cars (420G, XJ6, XJ12, F-Type etc.) and their passengers through mountains until the Adriatic coast and backwards.
After the first day’s pleasant upland stopover at Kranjska Gora we crossed the 1611 m high Vrsic pass taking its 50 turns and reached the valley of the surreally green and romantic mountain river Isonzo (in Slovenian “Soča”). Along the river – where more than 100 years ago the bloody battles of the Great War took place between the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and Italy for several years – one can find now the marks of them as military cemeteries, memorial chapels, museums and monuments. We experienced some of them in order to know more about our ancestors’ cruel struggles and to pay tribute to the heroes and victims in thefield.
Among the war memorial sites we visited, remembered and placed wreath at the military cemeteries in Bovec, Tolmin-Loče and Fogliano and at the Hungarian chapel at Visintin. We looked at the exhibitions of the Kobarid (Caporetto) and Monte San Michele museums (partly open-air), watched the heroic Italian war memorial at Redipuglia and crossed the famous Doberdo plateau as well.
In addition to the war memorials – starting from our accommodation point at Gorizia – we visited some beautiful Italian heritage sites, including the ancient Longobard church “Tempietto Longobardo” at Cividale del Friuli, the enneagonal medieval city of Palmanova and the Basilica of Aquileia. The Adriatic coast was reached at the town of Grado and then we had a great dinner together with the Italian JEC leaders in a restaurant at the Isonzo river mouth. On the way home from Gorizia the adventurous club members stopped and went to see the huge and magnificent limestone cave at Postojna. Our five day journey with memories and experiences will remain memorable for all of us.
Jaguar Club Hungary Kalocsa week-end, 2018
The Jaguar Club Hungary organized its June week-end tour to Kalocsa and surroundings. Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary is situated near the left bank of the Danube River and is the Episcopal see of one of the four Catholic archbishops of Hungary. The present archbishopric, founded about 1135, is a development of a bishopric said to have been founded in 1000 by King Stephen the Saint.
Club members and families met in the Hotel Pilvax Friday evening. Saturday the group visited the Archbishop's Treasury and the Archbishops Library, which is based on the legacy of archbishop Ádám Patachich. It boasts 150,000 volumes which includes numerous partitives, codices, incunabula and bibles. The Archbishops Cathedral standing in the middle of the Holy Trinity Square, was the next place visited.
After a Pic-Nic launch at the bank of the river Danube, the cars went to Hajós wine cellar village, where over 1,200 press houses are built in village structure. Here the taste of the ripening fiery wine in the coolness of the cellars are offered by this region. Before driving back to Kalocsa, the group visited the Archbishop’s Hunting Palace and Museum, built in 1739 by Archbishop Patachich Gábor.
The residents of Kalocsa and its wide-spreading communal lands are chiefly employed in the cultivation of paprika. Nowadays it is one of the most characteristics spices of Hungarian cooking. History and importance of paprika, the "red gold" are displayed in the Hungarian Paprika Museum.
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