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There are places where one can feel every inch that someone is all the time around, sits beside sometimes and whispers quietly. The spirit of the place can not be aroused by artificial implements, it can not be forced either. But in places where it feels comfortable, one can perceive the genius loci even with blunt sensors.


We were on the road in August near the Slovenian-Austrian-Hungarian triple border in the greenest part of Hungary (Őrség region), and pitched upon a few astonishing places. Pajta Bisztró in the center of this region was one of them. We went for a good coffee, but we were just stuck there. Of course, with film cameras.

Pajta is not only a high quality bistro dedicated to slow food gastronomy, but an event center rebuilt from a 100-year-old barn, where the owners are welcome to receive traditional hungarian dance houses, exhibitions, and they organize weddings as well. A real authentic living place designed by a well-regarded hungarian architect, Gábor U. Nagy. The main house was built in 2005, and the barn was rebuilt in 2012. There are no words for how beautiful landscape surrounds this reborn barn. While sitting on the terrace and sipping a cup of coffee, deers glide beyond the garden. Pajta is an ideal place to be present.

Ferenc and his girlfriend, Flóra moved here from the surroundings of the capital, Budapest to run this business and to leave their urban lifestyle behind for this timeless tranquility. Pajta’s kitchen focuses on seasonality, they buy everything from primary producers, and food is made ​​from local ingredients. Specialities of the region are pumpkin seed oil, goat cheese and red berries. After an unusually rainy summer in Hungary woods and fields were full with delicious mushrooms. Just when we were there, a colourful mushroom shipment arrived as a sign of the forthcoming autumn.


Text: Réka Muray-Klementisz

Mamiya 645 Pro, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 800 | Nikon FM3a, Fuji 400h  | Dev/Scan: Carmencita Film Lab

Őriszentpéter, Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography

Beyond the hills, at the end of the road somewhere in the westernmost part of Hungary, on the Slovenian-Austrian-Hungarian triple border there is a fabulous little village, Orfalu. Dóra and her husband, Gábor set up their home there years ago, and what they painstakingly constructed is even more then a hidden shelter with deeply healing power.

MoHa is a goat farm, a cheese manufacture, a local crafts shop at the same time, and the belonging herbs storage and teahouse is a public and meeting space for locals and passersby run by this nice couple. An oasis for those who long for stillness. We came their way by accident while being on the road in August, and spent such a blessed afternoon with them!

Orfalu (Őrség region) has 60 inhabitants including settlers as Dóra and Gábor, a renowned hungarian architect, who earlier gave up their comfortable urban life to restart a slower, more autchentic life here. Dóra’s children were born already here, and she started to deal with animals here as well. She lives among her beloved goats, wakes up very early in the morning, solves them late in the evening and during the day loves watching the flock as they graze peacefully. She can never get tired of this, she says. Dóra knows every single goat even by name.

She produces goat cheese, delicious soft and mature ones.

The center of their little slow-empire with a herbs storage and a teahouse is a renovated old building designed by Gábor. In ancient times it worked sometimes as a school, sometimes as a pub, but now the house constitutes an important message. The courage to live with an advanced spirit and yet authentic.

Text: Réka Muray-Klementisz

Mamiya 645 Pro, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 800 | Nikon FM3a, Fuji 400h  | Dev/Scan: Carmencita Film Lab

Orfalu, Hungary

© Gabor Muray Photography

We got to know this warm and loving irish man in a small town, Tiszakécske, Hungary a few weeks ago where he took part on an incredible meeting of IVCA (International Veteran Cycle Association). There are few bicycling resumes more impressive than the one Peter Matthews has lived for the last 80 years.

At his Dublin home he has completely renovated a collection of bikes, much of which date back to the late 1800’s. However what Peter stands for is far more than the tale of a builder or collector of things pedalable. This beautiful “bike” was originally made in 1868.