Marie-Pierre Granger

Name: Marie-Pierre Granger

Title: Associate Professor in the Departments of International Relations and Legal Studies, and CEU's School of Public Policy

Number of years at CEU: 11

Home city/town & country: Lyon, France

What’s your favorite Hungarian food?

töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage)

Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?

The architecture of Budapest buildings, in particular the Bauhaus and Secessionist styles. I am always looking up to check details out, including whilst walking and cycling, which caused me quite a few accidents ... (oops!).

What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?

Modern Greek

What’s your favorite quote or idiom?

Tök jó! (Cool!)

What do you like to do best on Sundays?

Running up and down the Buda hills with crazy Ironmaniacs. In winter, sledging down the Buda hills (that is, in the old days when we had snow in winter). In summer, sitting in the garden, drinking with friends and neighbors, dozing in the sun or playing games with kids or friends.

Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

There are too many to pick one, but I still love the Szechenyi baths, and my favorite hangouts are Kisuzem on Klauzal ter and I have fond memories of Kertem (when we used to live on the Pest side).

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Horseriding in the Buda Hills. I do not have enough time for it though...

What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?

Facebook, to keep in touch with old friends, and Budapest Beacon for the daily intake of Hungarian (bad) news...

Name one adventure you'd like to have:

Riding five horses in the Hungarian Post style. I was 8 when I first saw pictures of it, and I promised myself I would do it one day. I am still to pay a visit to the Puszta and get a proper coach, but I have not given up!