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As with any ‘classic’ city, Budapest has an incredibly eclectic mix of architecture. In the east, the sharp angular lines of the innovatively styled cornice of the House of Terror, both a museum and memorial to those who suffered within its walls during Hungary’s dictatorial regimes of the 20th century, are enough to set your nerves on edge even before you enter.  Whilst on the west bank the Fisherman’s Bastion, with its panoramic views across the river, is the antithesis of this with fairy tale clusters of towers, stairways and cloisters that glow warm in the afternoon sun.  It also provides the perfect setting for the dazzling Matthias Church.  Back eastward, the super slick Cigar Tower, part of the luxury Kempinski Hotel, sells …. you’ve got it ….. world renowned cigars!  Finally, I’m afraid I can’t remember the name of either of these buildings 😦 but it’s a shot no photographer can resist! (All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

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