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SzΓ©chenyi thermal bath, Budapest

Szechenyi Baths in Budapest is now on my fantasy European pool/spa itinerary. Built in 1913, this pool is “the most visited and much praised attraction in Budapest: relaxing, fun, affordable and, at night, romantic.”

Apparently those Hungarians even like to hang out and play chess in the pool (when they’re not making out πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ).

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Puente Nuevo

The picture below features the Puente Nuevo, towering 390 feet over the GuadalevΓ­n River in Ronda, Spain. This is the “new” bridge, meaning it was completed in 1793. The old one was built in 1616. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I think it’s safe to say that Ronda is on the list if I ever get to Spain. 🀩

You may be wondering what that room in the middle of the bridge is for. Among other things, it has served as a prison and a torture chamber during the various civil wars and inquisitions in Spain. Apparently even the torture chambers are beautiful in Spain. πŸ€”

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From rebel outpost to Silicon Docks

The story of Boland Mills in Dublin is sort of the story of modern Ireland itself.

In 1916, the mills stood as a rebel outpost for an independent Irish state. Now it’s part of a high-end residential development in that independent Irish state. See the post for more. πŸ‘‡

This looks like an interesting stop on my upcoming trip to Ireland. ☘️

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The Cerne Abbas Giant

Next time in England, it would be fun to visit some of the ancient geoglyphs etched into chalk in the hills there.

The Cerne Abbas Giant, for one, is 180 feet tall and has a 26-foot-long, uh, thing. People visit it for fertility. πŸ€”

πŸ‘‰ The Mysterious Origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant (The New Yorker)

And there are plenty of others with odd stories. Always a good excuse to get out to some otherwise random English countryside.