Take A Breath: Tuesday Photo

Take a Breath Tuesday Photos began with my realization that we all need to just stop, take a breath and rest. The photos I use for this series will reflect beauty or serenity, relaxation or a spot to lose ones self in the moment.

One of four distinctive lions that watch over the Chain Bridge in Budapest.

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This full view shot of the Chain Bridge was taken from Buda Castle, which overlooks the Danube River.

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A view of the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Bridge)

Budapest Views from the Citadel

Budapest Views from the Citadel

Budapest Thermal Baths: Lukacs Baths

Budapest is known as the city of restorative thermal waters. There are ten public thermal baths throughout the city. Lukacs Thermal Baths and Spa is found on Frankel Leo utca on the Buda side of Margaret Bridge. The spa has been in existence since the Middle Ages.

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Plaques of thanks at Lukacs Baths.

The architecture of Lukacs Baths.

Centuries of Healing Waters
The spa contains three indoor medicinal pools, three outdoor swimming pools with a small jetted relaxation area, and a very small wave area. In addition the wellness area of the baths contains an additional two indoor pools and two outdoor pools for treatment.

Sauna, Steam and Massage
There are also free steam rooms and saunas within the baths. For an additional fee you can have one of several massages, including an aroma relax massage, a chocolate massage, or a sole reflex zone massage.

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The entrance of Lukacs Thermal Baths

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One of three outdoor pools at Lukacs Thermal Baths.

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a jetted relaxation area at Lukacs.

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The hottest of three indoor thermal pools. This one is kept at 40 degrees celsius.

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Two women drinking the restorative water of Lukacs in a relaxation area.

Though Lukacs Thermal Bath and Spa is on a smaller scale than others in the city, it’s very clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. My first visit was a little daunting as I found my way around. At first it’s very maze like, but with one visit you will have a clear understanding of where the indoor and outdoor pools lie. You’ll also easily sort out where the lockers and changing rooms are, as well as where you can find each of the restorative heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. The cost of a day at Lukacs is 3,000 forient (approximately $13,50 US). For an extra 2,800 ft (12.75 US) you can have a private changing room and a 2o minute massage.

Take A Breath: Tuesday Photo

Budapest Baths

Taking moments for ourselves, taking time to rejuvenate our spirit and body is precious. Today’s photo is from St. Lukacs Thermal Baths in Budapest. This is one in a series of pools where the temperatures progress from warm, to hot to cool and cold. These thermal baths are considered to have medicinal healing properties for the body. After a day spent at the baths my skin feels softer and my body feels relaxed. I wish for each of you to find a special time for yourselves today.