Novel Places – Ottoman Buda

Turkish Bath - Budapest

Slowly, the women’s chatter faded away, until only the sound of the water lapping the sides of the pool remained. Steam swirled around her in fanciful shapes calling to her mind dervishes spinning in their devotional trances. The soft blue and green light from the windows above caused the pool to shimmer in patterns that threatened to entrance her as well.

Novel Places – Budapest

Budapest Street Sign

A bell jingled as Adam opened the door and entered the antique shop. The smell of old books and dusty furniture mixed with the perfume of the flowers from the shop next door and the scent of fresh rain. He hesitated in the entryway, not certain how to proceed. A maze of objects from hundreds of lifetimes filled the tiny store—tables, chairs, books, silver, china—leftover now and separate from those lives.