Alexandra Shelley

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Selected Travel Writing


"SoHo on the Danube: An Artist's Village"
By Alexandra Shelley
The New York Times

In Hungary, SoHo is west of the Danube. It is the small town of Szentendre, less than an hour from Budapest by ferry, train or taxi. Its meandering cobblestone streets and steep alleyways lead to over a dozen museums and galleries revealing the scope of 20th-century Hungarian art....

"Behind the Facades, Surprises in Budapest Courtyards"
By Alexandra Shelley
The New York Times

Behind the iron gates of Budapest, in courtyards buried within unassuming apartment buildings, offices and universities, a traveler can find forgotten treasures of art and architecture, and footprints of the wars and revolutions that have marched across Hungary for the last millennium....

"The Art Nouveau Glory of Szeged"
By Alexandra Shelley
The New York Times

In the Hungarian city of Szeged, they call it "The Big Water." In spring 1879, a dike on the Tisza River burst, and the flood destroyed all but 300 houses in what was a prosperous town of 60,000 souls. The good news for posterity is that Szeged, near the border with Romania and Yugoslavia, was almost entirely rebuilt over the next few years, resulting in a remarkably unified cityscape, a quilt of leafy squares and gracious ring boulevards that remains today....