Europe’s Coolest Baths: Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

Europe’s Coolest Baths: Széchenyi Baths, Budapest

If you are in Budapest, a trip to the Széchenyi Baths is an absolute must.

Built in 1913, the baths are the biggest of their kind in Europe with 15 indoor pools and three outdoor pools with varying temperatures, and 10 therapeutic saunas/steam baths.

The water to the baths is supplied by two thermal springs with temperatures at 74 °C and 77 °C. The water includes a mix of calcium, sulphate, magnesium, bicarbonate among other elements. Which means, the baths are as medicinal as they can get.

Named after the Hungarian minister Count István Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék, the entire complex is housed in an old neo-baroque styled exquisite palace.






Back then, Hungary was known (it still is) as the country of baths – the very first baths were built by – surprise surprise! – Roman settlers. Later Turkish settlers added to the ‘pool’ in the 16th century.

Courtesy: Marukh Budhraja
Courtesy: Marukh Budhraja

Today, the  baths also  host Budapest’s finest ‘Sparties’.

Entrance to the baths cost around ‎€ 15 approximately with access to lockers and shower rooms.

Once inside, you can visit any pool or any steam bath.

Our trip to the baths was like a visit to an amusement park. The 20-something’s we were suddenly found ourselves frolicking around from one pool to another – we also joined a limbo that consisted of both the old and the young.

Best part of the trip. (Courtesy: Marukh Budhraja)


I think it was by far the best part of our one and a half days in Budapest.



Cairo’s Camels

Cairo’s Camels

Cairo’s Camels

The Pyramids of Giza at Cairo, one of the seven wonders of the world, draw millions of tourists each year.

A major part of that attraction are the Bactrian camels that wander around, heads held high while their owners try courting curious travelers.

Camels at the Pyramids at Giza sport the most colourful saddles.
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A camel waits outside the Great Pyramid.
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A little boy waiting for passengers outside the pyramids.
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A camel owner seen in the complex.
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A faithful camel stands next to his master who rests under a makeshift shelter while a mule and his owner watch on.
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Camels aren’t the only mode of transport; the pyramids are home to the occasional horses too.

Also read: The Nubian on the Nile 

Italy through Snapchat

Italy through Snapchat

Italy, in all its glory, is full of its rich culture and history.  But as Esther and I came to see, it was also a great canvas for some Snapchat art. 

Here is some of our best and worst CRASS, HORRIBLE art on art.  


We were at the Galleria dell’Academia in Florence, home to Michelangelo’s David.

What a HUNK!

Very unabashed.


Then at Piazza della Signoria


The Uffizi Gallery 

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The Forum in Rome

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Conclusion: Two history students. Too very tired.