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Balaton, a diagonal slash of blue on our map and the largest lake in Central Europe, one of Hungary’s most popular tourist destinations was pretty much deserted by the time we rolled up to its shores early in September. With the main holiday season ending in August the ‘kiss me quick’ resorts were closed, the swings hung motionless and the calm waters had taken on the silver grey hue of the sky. I found this little boat at the Tihany Peninsula, where you can almost reach out and touch the opposite shore, and felt it summed up the Balaton for me on that day. (All images are copyright to Noeline Smith

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