BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: 1884

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A woman sits on her beautiful balcony in the morning and has a smoke and a chat on the phone. 

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Anti-corporate/politically-minded Australian street artist CRiSP providing commentary as he eyes McDonald’s in the foreground on Bacso Bela utca.
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The annual Színes Város (Colorful City) Festival is being held right now (through September 24th) and here are some artists in progress on what clearly looks like is going to be a beautiful mural…

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“Will you marry me?” A man prepares the stage for a traditional Hungarian folklore show being held later that evening at the Opera House.  

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The gorgeous Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház). Neo-Renaissance style. Opened to the public in 1884. Interestingly enough, that’s the same year that the Budapest Keleti Train Station opened, so Budapest was HOT and modern that year! 

9sep17 Budapest, Hungary

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BEIRUT IMAGES: DOWNTOWN TOUR

I’ve been going on a lot of tours with Nakhal (they’re really good, efficient) and last Saturday morning, I went on their quick morning tour of the city. I really just wanted to get my overall bearings, so it was well worth it.

The first place we stopped was the financial district with all of these high-rise modern backs, but between them you would see excavation sites. Turns out every time the city plans to build a new building, once they start digging, they run into ancient ruins and it is illegal to build on top of them, haha:

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A glimpse through the window of Amir Mounzer Mosque, 1620:

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Beautiful architecture:

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A vacant walkway which is usually teeming with tourists when there’s not an imminent threat upon the country:

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Bullet holes from the 15-year civil war still evident on the surface of the beautiful buildings:

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Parliament:

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The majestic Opera House, left half refurbished as the city has run out of funds for restoration:

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More beauty from this lovely city:

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28JUL13. Beirut, Lebanon.