CITY OF BATHS
In his latest editorial instalment for SSENSE, photographer Maxime Ballesteros travels to Budapest to capture Lilla, Dóra and Bianca Berenyi in the cold Hungarian winter. On their way to the capital, the group stop in at the floating, stilted fisherman’s houses of Bokod, on the Lake Bokodi, which never freezes over on account of being used as a cooling pond for a nearby power plant.
From there, they visit Bianca’s neighbors in the town of Csákvár, who live a quiet life across from a cemetery, producing their own wine. This place is eerie, and beautiful; quaint though energetic. Once arriving in Budapest they relax at the historic Széchenyi spa, hosting the largest thermal bath in all of Europe. An impressive Neo-Baroque palace circa 1913 looms over the water, the type of anachronistic architecture that lends the city so much of its charm. A group of old men play chess in the pools, pleased to have Lilla and Dóra observing their match, upping the stakes of the tournament.
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