National Geographic : 1962 Jun
KODACHROMESBY JAMES P. BLAIR C) NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SCItlIY too tired to go out at night. Husbands and wives must both work to support a family. We can't play until midnight and be on the job at eight. Besides, there isn't enough money. We have friends in, or visit them at their homes." Night life may have disappeared, but the spirit has not gone from Budapest. This is a city that can joke about anything-and does. There was a pork shortage when we arrived, and housewives had to stand in line for hours in the hope of getting a roast or a bit of ham. Budapest created a riddle: "What is ten yards long, has a terrible dis position, and eats potatoes?" Crusaders Battled Byzantine Warriors on Yugoslavia's Sava River Though inspired by reli gious fervor, Peter's legions lacked money and supplies. Hunger often turned them into marauders. When the cross-bearers reached the Hungarian Kingdom outpost of Ze mun, they met their first major resistance from townspeople. In fury, the pilgrims sacked the town and killed thousands of its citizens, then built rafts to cross the Sava. In mid stream, Byzantine merce naries attacked with ar rows. The Crusaders rout ed the bowmen, but not before many had drowned. Once across the Sava, Peter's band found Bel grade deserted, its resi dents having fled in panic. The Crusaders pillaged and burned the city. Open-air market in Ze mun spreads beneath flow ering trees. Men in high, soft hats and women in kerchiefs display the fruits, vegetables, and flowers from Serbian farms. The answer: the queue outside a pork store. There was no shortage of foodstuffs in gen eral, however. In fact, Tom and I ran into an argument when he attempted to picture a line of housewives waiting to buy country fresh chickens in back of the well-stocked central market. An angry group of women left the queue to protest. "Why don't you want pictures taken here?" we asked. "Because we don't want people in America to think we have only chicken to eat," came the surprising answer. I explained that eat ing chicken wasn't regarded as a hardship in America, but the housewives were adamant.