HUNGARY FOR A TOUR OR/AND FOR. THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
But N. Wales is as Much Fun as Anywhere BY EXPLORATOR It may seem a little premature to write about Hungary as the choice for the Eucharistic Congress of 1938 already, but I shall have occasion to revert to Hungary and the Congress between now and
next May. Moreover, there is no harm in people paying a visit to Hungary this summer, for there is no safer way of ensuring their return for next year's Congress. To know Hungary is to love Hungary.
This honour is particularly fitting in 1938, too. as it will he the nine hundredth anniversary of the death of St. Stephen, Hungary's ruler and patron saint. The Eucharistic Congress will he followed by a series of festivals and rejoicings culminating in August in the national celebrations in honour of St. Stephen.
All who know Budapest and have already witnessed any religious festival celebrations in Hungary will realise the incompatible setting of the next Eucharistic Congress. The illuminations on the Danube at night beggar description and Budapest has every qualification for such a Congress. The Hungarian record of loyalty to the Church is second to none, four-fifths of Hungary being Catholic today, and Hungarians are past masters when it comes to pageantry, colour and ceremonial. It is certain that all who attend the Congress of 1938 will carry away with them unforgettable memories of wonderful scenes of beauty and devotion.
But Hungary will be a magnet for tourists all through next summer-indeed, those who are unable to attend the Congress which will be held at the end of May will be in some measure compensated as it will be easier to secure accommodation later on. This summer. of course, will be better still from that point of view.
If possible, try and arrive in Budapest at nightfall by Danube steamer. You will never forget your first view of Budapest from the river. The myriad twinkling lights and the castle on the rock overlooking the Danube, together with the floodlit buildings, are unique.
But there is not only Budapest, Hun
gary's stately capital. There is the immense, wide pusera or plain. with a charm and character all its own. There is immense Lake Balaton, with a hundred and one agreeable bathing resorts. I can particularly recommend Siofok, by the
way, for an attractive holiday. • Don't forget, too, Hungary's rich, highly spiced and most delicious cooking mul the celebrated Tokay (very potent, let me warn you!). And " above all there are the Hungarians themselves, the friendliest and most hospitable of races. You will hear political propaganda -there, but forget it. Hungary is far too attractive for politics! A holiday in Hungary is a novel and delightful experience and I can guarantee a warm welcome to all -British tourists. (No visa is required now, by the way, for British subjects).
And Back to Wales It is a far cry from the rolling plains of Hungary to the rugged coast of North Wales, but there always seem to be fresh spots at home to explore. North Wales offers such a wide variety of attractions, too, that its beauties are inexhaustible. For those who want the best of pure air, good bathing and a jolly time there are such far-famed resorts as Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. These resorts are deservedly popular and their delightful situation and surroundings will continue to win them new friends.
Surely, however. Snowdonia is the district that dominates North Wales. Those glorious soaring mountains seem to form a perfect background to every familiar view. For climbers and even ordinary lovers of wild mountain scenery it is a real paradise and the range offers every variety of walk and climb from the mildest to the most hair-raising. Good accommodation can be had at Ogwen, Llanberis and Capel Curig.
Further still to the west lies an enchanting area, one of the typically Welsh parts of Wales. The Nevin peninsula is still very unspoilt. but is rapidly becoming more and more widely known. So far it remains ideal for an unsophisticated and unconventional holiday. Glorious coves and rock scenery. sands and firstclass bathing are all to hand. Quaint little fishing villages brighten the landscape, and Port Meirion, the semi-Italian locality created by Mr. Clough WilliamsEllis amidst beautiful foliage and scenery, is well worth a visit.
The Nevin peninsula is not very easily accessible by train, but that is perhaps among its great charms. Nevin, Pwllheli, Tremadoc, Criceieth, with its castle-these are all names worth remembering. And, remember, the rainfall isn't really as big as it's often painted in this part of tne world !