Naples: Sunsets and Memories

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We made it back to our favourite spot once again. It was a much needed pause especially on my end because I was so busy filling my mind with new experiences, people and conversations.

It made me happy going back there despite Christmas being very different that year. Our hearts felt heavy with memories but we were able to release some of them with a smile with every sunset we saw.

Sand trickled through my fingers as we talked. We were quiet sometimes, not because we ran out of things to say but because we didn’t have to. We spent time together preparing ourselves for 2015 and rebuilding our lives around the events of the past year.

I was eager to get back to what I was doing and S said something which I thought and said that I understood at the time. It actually took several months after that day for me to take his words to my heart and really realize what he actually meant.

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The Best Panoramic View of Budapest from the Fisherman’s Bastion

This was our second time in Budapest, and instead of driving to Hungary from Switzerland we flew over this time. We arrived on a sunny afternoon, and we were very eager to embrace our week-long tourist identities right away.

One of the first places we visited was the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya). I think it’s the best place to get a panoramic view over the entire city.

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That stunning architectural wonder you can see at a distance in the picture above is the parliament building. It’s even more impressive inside. I’ll post about it soon. Read about it here.

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The Fisherman’s Bastion is built like fortified defence wall with seven towers representing tribal leaders. This place used to be where the town’s fish and grocery markets were held in the Middle Ages. The Bastion was built years later between 1895-1902.

This major staircase will lead you down to the river eventually, but there are a good network of busses running until quite late into the night.

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There are also stairs at each ends of the wall. You can walk along the top and also go into the towers, but you have to pay a fee during the day. The barriers remain closed after peak hours but not locked, so you can just push through and get free access up there during the evening. Woot!

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Just behind the Fisherman’s Bastion is the Matthias Church a.k.a. The Church of Our Lady. Can you believe that this was once turned into a mosque during the Turkish occupation in Hungary? For those interested, its history is well worth a read!

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We hovered around here until we could catch the sunset.

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The weather was closing in on the other side but we didn’t care because Budapest welcomed us with a great big rainbow as if to say, “it’s ok, stay“.

Near Perfect: Naples, Florida

Sometimes I dream about leaving where I live now for somewhere else, somewhere far away, somewhere with warmer weather, waves, sand and a lot of stars in the night sky. Not for forever but a prolonged stay – maybe for a few years then return again with a newfound appreciation for things that have become invisible due to habit.

That place as it exists in my mind is not a tropical island type of isolated getaway, but a sophisticated seaside town not far from urban life. It’s similar to where I grew up in New Zealand, only much larger and located not so far from the rest of the world.

I unexpectedly found this place I’ve been envisioning on our recent trip to Florida. I know some of you might raise an eyebrow at this, but Naples had me in a heartbeat.

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I stood on the pier and fell in love with what this place implied.

I didn’t mean to Benjamin Button my Florida trip for three months. I’ll end it with this post to forever remind myself and S how happy our time here in Naples made me.