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Parliament @ Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) is a magnificent neo-gothic structure completed in 1902.  It is located on the eastern bank of the Danube River and you won’t miss it as it is the largest building in Hungary.  The building is easily seen from many points whether you are hiking up Gellert Hill, strolling about Castle Hill or cruising on the Danube.   Continue reading

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Gellert Baths Review @ Budapest, Hungary

The Gellert Hotel is well known for their thermal baths and swimming pool, with a total of 12 pools to indulge in. Built in 1912 – 1918, the Gellert Baths draw thermal water from natural springs in Gellert Hill that is right next door. The water is rich in minerals and thought to be therapeutic. If I had not tried the Gellert Baths (or Gellért fürdő in Hungarian), I would not know I could be so water-loving.

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Temple of Heaven 101 @ Beijing China

DSC_7250 The Temple of Heaven ( 天壇 Tiantan) was where the Emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped and prayed to the heavenly gods.  The emperors visited the temple twice a year, once during winter to worship the heaven, and again during spring to pray for a year of copious rain and an abundance of crops.   The Temple of Heaven takes up a monstrous area of 237 hectares with multiple buildings in the compound including Hall of Prayers for Good Harvest (祈年殿), the Imperial Vault of Heaven  (皇穹宇), Circular Mound (圜丘坛) and Fasting Palace (齋宫).   If you’ve been to the Forbidden City and thought it was a gigantic place to walk around, the Temple of Heaven is 4 times the size of Forbidden City, so be prepared to walk! 
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