A few more photos from Budapest. People often marvel about the architecture in Budapest and how the colourful symmetrical buildings look like something out of a Wes Anderson film, particularly the funicular and the Szechenyi thermal baths. Although surprisingly, as we found out on our walking tour, the Grand Budapest Hotel was not filmed locally and the city is often used as the backdrop for many other cities such as Berlin and Paris. Interesting, huh?
I’m off to watch the Wes Anderson back catalogue now. Also of interest is the Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson.
So. Much. Inspiration.
A few photos from the very start of January, when Dom and I headed off to Budapest for a few days. After not really leaving the house for an extended period of time over the Christmas break, it was great to get out and exploring again. Budapest is a charmer of a city, it’s incredible walkable, the people are friendly and the architecture is beautiful. I highly recommend a free walking tour of the city, exploring the Jewish quarter particularly for ruin bars and restaurants and head over to Buda (the other side of the Danube to Pest) and check out the castle district and the Fishermans Bastion. And finally don’t forget to do as the locals and take a dip in the thermal spas dotted about the city.
Places to remember:
Szechenyi thermal baths
St Stephan’s Basilica – climb up to the top for great views!
Parliament Building & the Holocaust shoe memorial
For more in depth city guides check out Carrie’s and Kristabel’s.
When we chose to visit Majorca for our summer adventure, the only thing we really knew about it was that, despite the reputation of Magaluf, the rest of the island is unbelievably beautiful.
I’m happy to report that is 100% the case.
We based ourselves just outside of Port de Pollenca in the north of the island, with the idea that we would use our hire car to explore as much as we could. We probably didn’t do quite as much as we set out to but the beaches and clear blue sea were just too tempting.
Most nights we headed into Pollenca town to have a look around and find somewhere to get some dinner. It’s quite different to the port, with lots of cobbled alleyways and old crumbly buildings, but each more beautiful than the last.
If you’re feeling fit you could hike up the 365 Calvari steps to the small chapel at the top for a spectacular view. We did this at night, after dinner, which probably wasn’t the wisest decision but at least it meant we were in need of a gelato after! I also sadly don’t have any photos from the top, as it was dark by this point (I must work out all the settings on my camera…).
There’s plenty more to see in Pollenca, with lots of little shops to find some gems in. I was on the hunt for a basket bag that are all the rage this year. I wanted one that was under 20 euros and unfortunately came away with nothing. That’ll teach me for being a cheapskate.
If there’s one thing I love to do when travelling, it’s head to a local market. It’s just not something that I frequent when at home. Sure we have a local farmers market on a Saturday morning, but it’s just not the same as wandering around a beautiful old town and seeing what wonderful things are on offer.
Alcudia is a great example of this. On Sunday mornings from about 9am, local farmers and producers set up shop inside the beautiful old walls of Alcudia old town. Anything from local fruit and veg (not to mention the chilli’s available!) to leather goods and trinkets are on offer.
Wander around, explore and try something new. We came away with the biggest bag of dried mango for about 3 Euros, which no doubt would have cost us a lot more at home.
Once you’ve had your fill of the market, take a stroll around the rest of the old town. Pop into the little local shops and when you’re ready, stop for a coffee. I sometimes find it tricky to judge mealtimes in Europe. By mid -morning we were ready for a little break in the shade and an ice coffee to revive us, but all around there are people having a bite to eat, most with beer or wine, and others having full blown meals. That’s one of the great things about little independent restaurants abroad, they cater for everyone, no matter what you’re after at all times of day and night.
After a morning of exploring and snapping photos in the Spanish sun we were ready to head to the beach for a dip in the sea, but there’s more to explore in the Port de Alcudia, if you wanted to make a day of it. As I mentioned before this trip was quite a change of pace for myself and Dom, but we definitely got used to being about to read on the beach and have a leisurely swim in the sea mid-afternoon!
More Majorcan adventures coming soon.
All photos taken on iPhone
I’m fresh from a week on the sunny island of Majorca. It was a long, long awaited week in the sunshine. A few weeks earlier while I was busy counting down the days until the weekend I realised the last time I had a week off was Christmas. So I was very much looking forward to putting the out-of-office on and signing off for a whole seven days straight.
After a rather bumpy start to the week, including delayed flights, a 40-man stag do joining us on Ryanair, more delays and then our hire car that had gone walk about (thanks for that rentalcar.com…) we finally got to the hotel in Port de Pollenca at roughly 2.30am. The next morning we stumbled down to breakfast and floundered over what to do with all our time.
That was the beauty of Majorca. It’s not the type of destination that I normally head for – it’s normally more of a rush around a busy city in a flat-out three days. So to head to a place where one of the biggest attractions is lying on the beach was a massive change of pace for us. But Majorca is more than just a beach destination, although we also took advantage of those, but there’s gorgeous little villages and mountain towns, plus being surround by beautiful clear water provides a whole lot of opportunities.
More late summer sunshine coming soon…