<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14946963/?claim=p7xrnf7smrm”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> We all want to go to a beautiful, fascinating, relaxing place, but wouldn’t it be great if that could be one of the cheapest places as well? There are such places – more than you might think. The only reason we can afford to travel at least once a year is because we find the cheapest places. Since we live in Canada, we tend to travel during the long cold winter and we look for the best and cheapest places to go. Even on those years that I have said to my husband that … More… →
We’ve travelled to over 30 countries, and each one had something special, unforgettable and memorable. But upon careful review, do we have any travel regrets? Have we travelled to any places that we wish we had not gone to? There are a few that stand out above others as the best with no regrets whatsoever, like Tonga, New Zealand, Uruguay and Venice, but then there was also China, and Ireland… oh, and Croatia, and Scotland… and France and Mexico and Hungary… there are so many incredible memories, and so many fantastic places! So… ummm… let me … More… →
If you would like to travel cheaper, save money and have fewer travel issues, these tips for Europe will help: 1. Forget super-expensive Western Europe (England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy). It’s hard to enjoy travel when you are aghast at the costs of everything. 2. Focus on cheaper Central Eastern Europe: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia with a quick 2 day side trip to Venice, a must-see in Europe. 3. Croatia and Slovenia are both as beautiful as France at a quarter of the costs for food and accommodation, and has an amazing coastline with hundreds of islands, as … More… →
I was so excited to return to my favourite small town in Hungary: Gyor. Near the border of Slovakia and only an hour and a half to continue to Vienna, it’s a pleasant two hour drive from Budapest to Gyor… Gyor (pronounced “Dyur”) is packed with charm, and has a quiet community atmosphere with the storybook river Raba running through it… E and I had spent a lot of time here several years ago when she lived in Gyor. She had a pretty little apartment just off downtown. Since I was there in winter, I … More… →
Get a load of this! Cars parked inches apart! This is the way parking is all over Europe’s cities. Space is at a premium so no parking spot is too small… In Budapest the view from my friend, E’s, balcony up and down the street in provided ample example of the tight parking… This type of parking is prevalent everywhere we went in Europe and cars whiz down narrow alley streets and between cars on narrow streets with inches to spare. We came to the conclusion that they are much better drivers than we are in … More… →
In Budapest, we took a Danube Riverboat Cruise down the river to a little town called Szentendre. We enjoyed great views of the bridges and Parliament Buildings as we cruised slowly down the Danube… Jaws dropped though when we saw a bus floating in the river… Oh My God. A few minutes later we realized that it was a bus boat! Hilarious. After a nice cruise down the river, Szentendre came into view… Szentendre was a charming little town… But what really was unique was the Marzipan Museum. Yes, marzipan, the almond paste that can be … More… →
How many times have we said we don’t like something, only to find that an authentic first-hand experience of that very thing astonishes you, and you come away with a complete change of mind… and so it happened with us in Budapest. First of all, Budapest is an extravagant and exciting city, ranging from magnificent to modest. Architecturally, it is beautiful. Many original historic buildings have been maintained, and these elegant structures seem to be valued much more in Europe in general, than they are in North America. Much of the charm of Europe is in the magnificent … More… →
Hungarian food is simple and hearty, offering wholesome soups, stews and goulash but there is one traditional item that is not to be missed: Langos. It’s available in many markets, malls and family events. Think of a luscious king-size fresh fry bread topped with garlic butter, sour cream and loads of cheese! One Langos is a meal in itself… The absolute best hot chocolate ever is at the Napos Oldal Cafe, in a quiet area of central Budapest, on Jokai Utca 7 at the end of Zichy Jeno Utca. Napos Oldal is an owner-run specialty cafe with many vegan items, healthy desserts, coffees, a … More… →
One day I was out shopping at the mall in downtown Budapest at West End City Centre Mall… It’s a huge five-level mall! Not without its charms… A bit disgruntled that I could not find a single thing I particularly wanted to buy, I was equally tired of walking and walking back and forth on five endless levels with no palpable results. Perhaps I should have been happy to save my money, but I was looking for things I thought I needed (you know how that is). Finally, peeved, I stepped outside a back entrance … More… →
It seems that Hungary sits over a steaming inferno of water… Hungary has a reputation for having the best Roman Turkish bath houses in Europe. People from all over Europe, as well as from other parts of the world, visit their famous medicinal hot springs. Thermal baths are literally spread all over the country. There are over 140 registered thermal baths in Hungary and over 1300 thermal springs. The city of Budapest holds the title of having the most thermal and medicinal springs than any other city in the world. The Roman Turkish bath houses are … More… →
With the River Danube running through the centre of the city, Budapest is a spectacular city! Did you know that there are two separate cities that make up Budapest? Buda is on the West side of the Danube and Pest (pronounced Pesht) is on the East side of the Danube. One of the most impressive things about Budapest is its diverse architectural buildings, ranging from Gothic to Soviet-era, to Baroque to Roman Ruins to Art Nouveau. This is a result of Hungary being invaded an unbelievable number of times! Hungary’s history goes back to over 350,000 years. Considering … More… →
In a few days we will be landing in Marseilles, France. It’s a little surreal that you can be on the French Riviera in Europe on the other side of the world in just one day, your whole environment completely changed in a few hours. We are house sitting near Toulouse for a few weeks (4 dogs and 4 chickens), then driving down the picturesque coast of Southern France, then taking the train to magical Venice, Italy. Next we’ll drive through Slovenia and Croatia to the 16 cascading lakes at Plitvice Falls and back up the Croatian coast of … More… →
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