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The Szabadság Bridge, from the castle gardens

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The The Erzsébet Bridge, also, from the castle gardens.

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For me a trip isn’t complete without exploring the bridges. And since Budapest is literally two cities spanning the Danube River, it has some wonderful bridges. The Szabadság Bridge, which was built in the 19th century, is a blend of elegance and history. Ornate design, guardian lion statues, and city vistas make crossing it a visual treat. The road is completely separate from the pedestrian pavement, so it is surprisingly peaceful to run across.

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The Erzsébet Bridge, built in the 1960’s is far more modern (and busy). The functional design still has some lovely lines though, and its quite astonishing how thick those cables are when you get up close.

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A nice route to run is to cross the Erzsébet Bridge towards Buda (the castle), climb the stairs and run around the castle gardens, then head back to the river on the Northern side of the castle, and run back to Pest along the Szabadság Bridge.

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An innovative artist has added some colour to some of the electricity and fibre maintenance boxes in Muizenberg. I think it’s rather cute and brightens up the area just a little. I hope other areas follow this idea. If you park at Surfer’s Corner or in Palmer Road and walk around you’ll find some of these robots.

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A hidden table in a hidden cellar underneath a restaurant in Budapest.

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Having weathered World War II, the Dohány Street Synagogue serves as a poignant memorial to the Holocaust, offering a solemn space for reflection. The synagogue complex also houses a very interesting Jewish Museum, an interesting collection describing Jewish heritage in Budapest.
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The architecture is magnificent, and you are free to walk around most of the Synagogue complex.

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Note is it an active Synagogue, so you need to dress modestly, and men need to wear a yamaka, but you are provided with a paper yamaka at the entrance if you don’t have one.

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Its hard to describe the eclectic Ruin bars. They are formerly abandoned buildings that are now adorned with mismatched furniture, coloruful decor, and graffiti. They are great to visit, with interesting rooms, stairs and alleyways. But they are overpriced and full of tourists. But I would still go back. Because they are quite fun places to visit.

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We found this lovely bar on the outskirts of Budapest, the sort of place a local would frequent. We know this because it is in fact the local pub of the guide that took us there.

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I am not quite sure what I would do with powdered fish?

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A visit to Velddrift would not be complete without a visit to Bokkomlaan. Bokkom’s are small fish that are sundried and eaten as a local delicacy. Personally they are just a little too (umm) fishy for me. But it is an eclectic road to wonder on, there are few restaurants, some interest art and pottery studios, and of course lots of fish drying in the sun.

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Bokkumlaan shops

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There are a few art studios that you can visit

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Bokkom’s drying in the sun

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House-boat on the Berg River

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One off the many small restaurants on Bokkom Laan

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The churches in Greece all seem to have a similar style, a large dome in the middle with four sides pushed tightly up against it.

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Roadside church

 

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Church in the middle of Athens

 

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The Holy Church of Saint Demetrio on Philopappos Hill dates back to the 9th century. Its about a 5 minute walk from the main entrance to the Acropolis.

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The Temple of Poseidon is on a stunning cliff overlooking the Aegean sea. Temple of Poseidon, of course was the ancient Greek god of the see, and the temple can see far out to see. And I’m sure if you’re on a boat heading in the general direction Turkey, would be able to see the temple for a very long time before you disappeared over the horizon.

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