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Taking a Break at St Michael’s in Budapest


Downtown St Michael’s Church, Belvárosi Szent Mihály-templom, Budapest, Hungary On the bustling pedestrianised shopping street of Váci utca is the dainty baroque church of St Michael.  It’s not exactly the sort of place you’d expect to find among the stores selling Hungarian dolls and various fabric objects with ‘Budapest’ emblazoned across them.  And it’s a nice break from all that.…

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Something For Everyone at Lyon’s Museum of Fine Art


Museum of Fine Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France Knowing that Lyon is one of France’s most culturally significant towns, I had high hopes for its Museum of Fine Art. The museum is housed in an important former abbey, which has its origins in the 6th century.  In 1659, the abbess Anne de Chaulnes began construction of the Royal Abbey…

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Magnificent Art in Lisbon – Part One: Portuguese Art


National Museum of Ancient Art, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal Sometimes I worry that maybe I’ve become a bit jaded – maybe I visit too many museums, and maybe that’s why I don’t always find them as exciting as I hope. But no.  It’s not me: it’s them. Before going any further, I should clarify for the English…

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A Sunny Day in Little-Dubrovnik: Day Trip to Cavtat


Cavtat, Croatia Fancying a short-ish (and cheap) boat trip, we decided to go to the coastal town of Cavtat south of Dubrovnik.  It’s a popular tourist destination itself, with lots of hotels and eateries.  In early April, when we visited, it was very quiet and pleasant – not bustle-y and much more relaxing than Dubrovnik had already become with its…

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