Having lived in 50 minutes from London my whole life, it’s shameful to say that I’ve never entered some of the most iconic monuments in the beautiful capital city. My sister is a chef and she recently did two weeks work experience at Windsor Castle, so to keep up the royal theme and see where she could ended up working in the future, we took a tour of Buckingham Palace for my mum’s birthday.


The Tour Facts

Tours of Buckingham Palace only take place in the months that the Queen isn’t in residency. This means that you can usually enter the palace each year in August and September while Queenie is visiting her private residence Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

There are a few different tours that you can do and each vary in price. We opted for the “State Rooms Tour” which is approximately £20 and covers 19 of the beautiful state rooms with an amazing audio guide (one of the best that I’ve ever had – it didn’t drag on and definitely kept your attention the entire time).

Unfortunately photos aren’t allowed inside the palace, so I don’t have much to show of the interior. The two above photos show the back of the palace and also the immediate garden you see as you exit the palace. Unfortunately it started raining just as we got to the garden, so we didn’t spend too long exploring and instead headed to the fantastic gift shop!

However if you want to see some photos head over to the Google Images page to see what sorts of things you’ll be able to see!

Got time to kill? check out my tips below for things to do while you’re waiting  for your tour!




Buckinghaam Palace

The Palace

While I was waiting for my tour I heard a Welsh girl say “I can’t believe that THAT is it? Buckingham Palace is so disappointing”. What was she expecting? Fireworks shooting out of the flagpole? I have heard that a lot of people have been disappointed with the palace and I can’t understand why!

The palace is HUGE. While the aforementioned Welsh female wasn’t impressed, I really love the ornate gates, the traditional guards and the real sense of grandeur.

The palace is usually heaving with tourists, but if you manage to visit at the right time and there are fewer tourists around, you’ll be able to creep to the front of the crowds for the iconic photo in front of the gates!

Buckingham Palace Guards
Buckingham Palace Guards

Changing of the Guards

The changing of the guard ceremony happens at 11.30 every morning and lasts for about 45 minutes. Prepare for the streets to get seriously busy. However, I think that the hustle and bustle adds to the atmosphere. These guards are very disciplined, you won’t see a foot out of line! Plus… who doesn’t love a man in uniform.

St James Park
St James park Buckingham Palace

St James’ Park

If it’s a sunny day, head over to St James’ Park for a wander. The park is right next to the palace, so you have no excuse to not pay a visit! If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, why not rent a bike to explore the park? While it’s not the most interesting park that London has to offer, it’s nice to have a little bit of time to relax somewhere peaceful in the hustle and bustle of the city.




Memorial Gates, Wellington Arch and various other War Memorials!  

If you walk in a straight line between Buckingham Palace and St. James’ park you’ll stumble across Memorial Gates, Wellington Arch and an abundance of other war memorials. I am a bit of an absolutely massive nerd when it comes to anything related to the two World Wars. So I love roaming around looking at the memorials and getting to grips with the history. So while you’re waiting for your tour of the palace, you’ll find me being a nerd and reading all of the war memorial plaques!

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In September, I embarked on my first ever solo trip to Slovenia and I am far too excited to share my pictures/stories from this trip with you. Flicking through my camera photos from this trip made me very nostalgic, Slovenia is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. Over the next few weeks, I will be uploading a series of blog posts about Slovenia and what there is to do in this beautiful country. First things first, the city of Ljubljana!

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and while it may not have the most tourist attractions or take very long to see, it’s definitely worth your time on a trip to Slovenia! The city is oozing with charm and I could have spent hours just wandering the beautiful streets.

It’s never a very good idea to arrive in a city without a clue on how to pronounce the name of said city (this led to a very awkward conversation with a taxi driver) – so FYI, it’s pronounced Lube-li-ana.



Triple Bridge 

If you’ve seen a photo of Ljubljana, it’s probably taken from Triple Bridge looking up at Ljubljana Castle as this is one of the iconic sights of the city. Triple Bridge isn’t the only riverside location you should check out, make sure that you take a stroll down the river, visit the other bridges, look into the cute independent shops, sample the amazing food and generally soak up the relaxed riverside atmosphere.


Preseren Square

Preseren Square is the main square of Ljubljana and is adjacent to Triple Bridge. The square is the home of the famous “pink church” formally know as Franciscan Church (Franciskanska Cerkev). This is a great place to relax, use as a meeting point or just explore – the church is definitely worth your time!



Cathedral of St Nicolas 

The Cathedral of St Nicolas is a beautiful cathedral indeed. Even the door is to die for. It’s definitely worth peeking inside (while there isn’t a service obviously) to soak up this beautiful architecture. If you can, try and join a walking tour or visit the church when a walking tour is about to go past, the history of this building is very interesting!



Metelkova

Metelkova is an “alternative” social centre. The buildings are crazy, colourful and you won’t know where to look, there’s too much going on! The area is made up of ex-army barracks and was squatted in 1993. There are plenty of bars, art galleries and small concert halls within the area, I’d love to come back and see the place light up at night!




Ljubljana Castle

Up on the beautiful hillside of Ljubljana stands a picturesque castle. The walk to the top is steep but the views are well worth it (walk round to the back of the castle for a beautiful view over the outskirts of the city). The castle itself has a small entry fee and there are always small exhibitions in some of the rooms – when I visited a very dark exhibition on torture devices was on!

Central Market

Ljubljana’s central market is a situated in the city centre and is perfect for browsing if you have some spare time! It’s mainly fresh fruit and vegetables that are sold on the stalls, so perhaps not the best if you’re only in the city for a day. But it’s nice to immerse yourself in the local culture, you’ll find a lot of Slovenians doing their food shopping here on an early morning!



Walking Tour

Ljubljana is only a small city, and can easily be seen in a day or two. However, I love to take a free walking tour when I arrive in a city and Ljubljana was no exception despite it’s size. Not only are these tours are great way to learn where things are within the city, my inner history nerd becomes unleashed as I love finding out about the history and culture of new cities!


Explore the Beautiful Streets & Adorable Shops

The streets of Ljubljana are beautiful. The buildings and architecture are colourful and reminiscent of the streets of Budapest or Prague. It’s a great city to get lost in and take all the sights.

Eat All the Ice Cream

Italy is known for its beautiful ice cream, so given that Slovenia is only a few miles away (some tour companies even offer day trips to Venice from Ljubljana), you’d expect that Slovenian ice cream is just as good! Slovenia gets particularly hot during summer and Cacao Cafe is a must-try. There’s an overwhelming number of flavours to choose from – go wild and at least try a few!

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Prague is a bea-uuuuu-tiful little city with plenty of things to see and do – a city that should definitely be on your list of places to visit for a few days, whether it be a short city break or a stop off point on a Europe adventure.

We travelled to Prague in May 2015 and experienced a small heatwave which was unexpected and the city wasn’t overfilled with tourists. Some of my friends who have visited more recently in the Summer months have complained that the city was too busy to really enjoy it, so I would definitely recommend May as the perfect time to visit.

Whilst it may be known for being “The Stag-Do Capital of the World” (that’s a bachelor party for all of you that aren’t from the UK where we like to say things differently and be awkward!), we barely encountered any rowdy behaviour apart from one harmless group of men (obviously from the UK because “Bad Brits Abroad” didn’t become a TV show for no reason!) and therefore I definitely wouldn’t let this current stereotype put you off visiting.

Without much further ado… here are the top 10 things you MUST do on a trip to Prague!


1) Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral!

Wait, does that count as two things? Oops! Prague Castle is roughly the size of 7 football fields, therefore you could easily spend a day exploring inside! While one of the girls I was travelling with was disappointed with the “castle” as it isn’t similar in any way to the stereotypical castles that we have in England, France, Germany etc. it is beautiful and is definitely worth your time! One of the main attractions inside the Castle wall is St Vitus Cathederal which has the most incredible exterior and equally fascinating interior. We actually took a guided tour of the Castle District with Sandemans New Europe  and would recommend this option if you have some spare cash to play with, the stories about the stained glass windows, the palace occupants etc. are all really interesting!

2) Visit a Beer Garden!

There are a few beer gardens dotted around the City, however we chose to visit Riegrovy Sady which is located in Praha 3 and is apparently one of the more popular beer gardens with the locals. We visited on a Sunday, so it was really quiet, however that was nice as I can imagine it gets super busy in the summer months! The beer garden is located in the middle of a park at the top of a hill, so if you want to go for a walk (or rather… a stumble!) around the park, then you’ll find fantastic views of the city. Do not be deterred by the fact that you may have to walk through some dodgy areas of Praha 3 to get there! And if beer isn’t your thing, there’s a cocktail bar there too! Although when beer is less than the equivalent of £1, you just have to try at least one!


3) Get Lost in the Gorgeous Cobbled Streets!

Prague is one of those cities that you could easily just wander around and get lost in for hours. The beautiful cobbled streets (that do start to hurt your feet after a few days!) and picturesque decorated buildings provide the perfect backdrop for just wandering around and getting lost. In doing so, we actually stumbled across the Wallenstein Palance (the fountain is pictured above) which for some reason doesn’t appear on any tourist maps or feature highly on any review websites. You’ll be bound to stumble across some hidden gems of your own!


4) Eat on a Boat and Watch the Sunset Over the Castle!

This was perhaps one of my favourite moments of the trip. We had just had an amazing day exploring the city, it was our last night and we had more cash left over than we expected, so we decided to treat ourselves. A few days earlier we had seen the Marina Grosseto Ristorante and automatically dismissed eating there as the location would mean that it would be SUPER expensive – we were wrong! Although it is obviously more expensive to eat here than in one of the authentic Czech restaurants outside of the centre of town (also all delicious), a 3 course Italian meal with Prosecco cost us little over the equivalent of £20. If you compare that to what it would cost to eat on a boat on the River Thames in London, that is an INCREDIBLE price. While it’s an Italian restaurant so you wont’ find any Czech delicacies here, the staff are incredible, the food is delicious and the view of the sun setting over the river is to die for.


5) Take a Day Trip! 

Don’t get me wrong, Prague is beautiful and there is plenty to do in the city. However, sometimes it’s nice to get away and see other places within the country to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We decided to take a trip to Khutna Hora and experience the UNESCO listed town and Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a the Bone Chapel!). You can see a detailed post on my thoughts of the area here, although I can summarise it for you in one word – BEAUTIFUL! I had been personally recommended to visit the Sedlec Ossuary by a friend,, so this was the obvious choice. Since my trip, I’ve see a lot of bloggers raving about Cesky Krumlov which is slightly further away from Prague but looks beautiful also, see Brooke’s raving review of it here. Is that an excuse for me to go back to the Czech Republic?!


6) Chill Out In The Old Town Square

If you’ve seen photos of Prague, it’s more than likely that you’ve seen a high up aerial shot over the river and cute little buildings, or you’ve seen a picture of Old Town Square. The Square is home of many of the “must see” buildings in Prague such as the “Church of Our Lady Before Tyn”, the “Astronomical Clock”, and “St. Nicolas’ Church” – to name a few! You could easily spend an hour or two wandering around the Square and the surrounding streets that are lined with cute little shops (be warned that anything “touristy” will obviously be more expensive the closer you are to the square). There are also plenty of restaurants and places to sit and relax with a drink while you watch the world (well… the people of Prague) go by!

7) If Shopping Is Your Thing… Head To Wenceslas Square!

At the top if Wenceslas Square, you will find the incredible National Museum which while we didn’t have time to enter, is beautiful from the outside! The rest of Wenceslas Square isn’t so much a “square” but more of a shopping boulevard. The further you head away from the National Museum, the more things start to look commercialised and you lose the historic, beautiful feeling of Prague, but don’t worry, that feeling is just around the corner! The Square is also in a great location to use as a meeting point/place to get your bearings and work out where you’re going! For some reason apparently I took no photos of this area… I was probably distracted by a pretty dress in Zara…


8) Take a Stroll Down Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is always on the lists of “top things you should see in Prague” and rightly so! The bridge is adorned with beautiful statues and the views of the river on a sunny day are unmatchable! You’ll also find plenty of street vendors selling everything from tourist souvenirs, to paintings to jewellery. Although, given that this is a very touristy area, make sure that you’re not being ripped off!

9) Visit The World Famous Astronomical Clock!

A small disclaimer is needed here as many people have coined this as “one of the most disappointing attractions in Europe”. But as it is one of the most famous attractions in Prague and it’s located in the Old Town Square, you have no reason not to visit! My main problem is that it is very crowded with tourists, and the dial is quite high up, so you aren’t able to analyse it in great detail.  I stumbled across a similar astronomical style clock inside a church in Sweden and we stood for the best part of an hour analysing the detail and working out what each part means – such intricate and beautiful work. Every hour, the mannequins on the clock “perform” a little song and dance. It’s over within a matter of seconds and I’ll admit, this “performance” is a let down… but watching all the disappointed tourist’s faces is worth the wait! While you might be disappointed with the appearance of the clock, I find the history to be interesting – did you know that the creator of the clock had his eyes gauged out and tongue cut off under the order of the Prague Councillors so that he couldn’t repeat his work anywhere else? Fun fact of the day!

10) Take a Walking Tour for Some Surprising Game Of Thrones Style History!

I won’t lie, my knowledge of Czech history was lacking before my trip. I couldn’t remember it featuring highly in my school history lessons about the Cold War and the Sandeman’s New Europe Free Walking Tour cleared up why. Hitler LOVED Prague. That’s how beautiful it is – a notorious dictator didn’t want to harm it because it was beautiful. Wow. His right hand man Reinhard Heydrich spent a lot of time in Prague and became to be known as the “Butcher of Prague”. If you want to rewind back a few hundred years, the history gets a lot grimmer. Most people on our tour coined it as “sounding like a real life Game of Thrones storyline”. A word you might need to learn is “defenestration” which is the act of throwing someone out of the window – you’ll be hearing a lot about that!

Have you visited Prauge? What would you recommend people do in this beautiful city?

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This is perhaps one of my favourite things that I’ve done during London in the Summer. I love London, and having lived 60 minutes away in rural Essex my entire life, it’s shocking how little I have explored it in comparison to some tourists.

I work for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Covent Garden and for the firm’s 70th anniversary, we hired a boat (The Silver Sturgeon) and spent a ridiculously sunny afternoon cruising down the River Thames. Soaking up the sun, eating a delicious barbecue on board and demolishing the contents of the ice cream trolley – perfect.

Not to mention that this is an amazing way to see a few of London’s most loved tourist attractions without the hustle and bustle of actually visiting the sites themselves. You will get to see the London Eye, Tower of London, London Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the Walky Talkie – just to name a few!

You’re right, this sounds expensive (and no doubt it was!), I wouldn’t have ever spent the day on a luxury boat if it wasn’t paid for by my amazing employer. So how can you have this experience on a budget you ask?!

The answer – The Thames River Boat Service. This is basically a regular boat service that operates from various points of the river and run to Greenwich. This option often gets overlooked when the London underground system is so convenient – however, who wants to be stuck in a hot sweaty tube with nothing to see when this is another beautiful option?!

If you were to travel on the London Underground from central London (zone 1) to Greenwich (zone 3), it would cost you £3.30 and you’d lose some sweat in the process. The River Boat Service price ranges from £4.88 to £7.00 depending on your starting destination and it is a much nicer way to travel, especially in summer (unless you need to be in Greenwich quickly, in which case I’d probably take the tube!).

Alternatively, there is the Thames Clipper services which are slightly faster and more luxurious boats but they appear to have less outdoor area (a hindrance if you want to get good photos but probably a better option in Winter!).

And what to do when you get to the other side? EXPLORE GREENWICH! Greenwich is a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site and is definitely worth exploring!

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This was a particularly special trip to France for my family and I. My great-great-great-grandfather was killed in the battle of Arras during the first world war in 1917. So we surprised my grandmother with a trip to France to see where her Grandad had fought and also his name on a memorial.

If you live in the UK, Arras and Vimy are easy to reach from the Euro Tunnel. If you are going for a “short stay”, i.e. a trip to France for less than 5 days, it will cost £55 per car for a return ticket on the Euro Tunnel! Which is amazing considering that you can generally fit up to 5 people in a car – £11 return ticket each!

Our first stop was the Canadian National Vimy Memorial – a great tall two pillar tower built in honour of the Canadians that fought for their country. It is a really beautiful memorial and it’s SO well maintained. The site is truly picturesque. I recommend climbing the stairs of the memorial and walking to the other side, there’s a viewing platform where you can see for miles (the memorial is on the top of a hill).

Also located at the memorial are trenches that you can explore (although some parts are still protected from public access as there are undetonated war explosives… eeek!). Guided tours of the underground tunnels are available (you aren’t allowed down there unassisted), however we weren’t aware that you had to book in advance and our group was too large. Apparently, this is really interesting however!

Next, we drove to the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery in Arras. When I tell people that we spent a lot of time in a cemetery, people usually wrinkle their nose and ask “why on earth would you want to do that?” and the simple answer is that the French maintain these cemeteries so well that they are really peaceful, beautiful and interesting to explore.

The walls of the Cemetery have names of 35,000 service men from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between 1916 and 1918. That’s right… thirty-five thousand people in two years. My great-great-great Grandfather was one of these names and it was an honour to see him be commemorated among all of the other brave names. If you do your research beforehand, you can find out exactly what area of the memorial a certain name is – saves you trawling the walls through all 35,000 names!

We spent the night in Arras town centre for dinner. The town centre looked really lovely and a I wish that we had more time to explore, however we were only in France for 2 days!

The next day we headed to The Wellington Quarry which was really amazing! The adventure starts with a short documentary outlining the Battle of Arras and the conditions that the soldiers faced (a few tears were shed in my family!). You are then taken 20 metres below ground to explore the underground quarry and tunnels. It’s a guided tour and I would recommend it to anyone. Nothing gives you a better idea of what the war was like for soldiers than exploring where they spent their time.

This was a really special trip for me and one I would definitely recommend to others that have ancestors in a similar situation.

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Whilst on a trip to Prague last month, we found ourselves with a spare day and didn’t know how to fill it. Luckily, a friend of mine had mentioned a “bone chapel” to me a few months before, so we looked into it and stumbled across day trips to Kutná Hora.

We had a fair amount of CZK left and it was our last day in the Czech Republic, so we decided to sign up for a driven tour from Prague to Kutná Hora and it was really incredible. In fact, I think that this was the highlight of the entire trip for me personally.

However, if you want to see Kutná Hora in the cheapest way possible, trains run from Prague main train station (hlavní nádraží) every two hours in the morning and early afternoon and every hour starting from 3pm. The trip takes about an hour and costs 100 CZK per person (one way). More information on local trains and changes can be found here.

Kutná Hora is extremely beautiful and a lot greener than you would expect a city to be. I could have easily spent a whole day exploring the area and getting my bearings.

Before reaching the centre of Kutná Hora, we stopped off in Sedlec to see the amazing UNESCO world heritage site of Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a the bone chapel). I’ve never seen anything like it and was stunned at how strangely beautiful the chapel was, despite being decorated with human bones.

Next stop was Kutná Hora! The outside of St. Barbara’s Cathederal is really beautiful. The inside is rather average in my opinion but the outside and the surrounding areas make up for this. Apparently I couldn’t be bothered to take pictures properly at this point because I have no good photos of the inside or outside (stupid Danielle!).

We then went for a wander around the quaint city, you could tell that our guide was as in love with the area as we were all becoming. He took us to the best view points and gave a good insight into the history of the area. If you do want to take a day trip, be aware that many tour companies only do this trip on certain days. We used Premiant who were the only company we found that ran this tour on a Monday (in fact, they run it every day!).

All in all, this is a really picturesque little city and is definitely worth a visit, even if only for a day trip from Prague!

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I booked my trip to Budapest with very few expectations. I actually spotted a cheap “Groupon Getaways” deal and fell in love with the photo of Budapest. From that one photo alone, I decided that I HAD to go. While I didn’t book through Groupon, I used the same hotel that they were offering and had the most amazing experience. I travelled with 3 friends who are currently at university in the UK and don’t have too much money to flaunt – Budapest is absolutely incredible for a cheap trip and has firmly reached the top of my list of favourite cities. So without much further ado… here are my top 10 recommendations for Budapest:

1) Watch The Sunset From Fisherman’s Bastion

Sitting on the steps of Fisherman’s Bastion overlooking the Danube/parliament building while the sun sets was one of my favourite moments of the entire trip. The city as a whole is beautiful and this is the perfect viewing point – at sunset particularly! While it’s an amazing place for viewing the rest of the beautiful city, Fisherman’s Bastion itself is a gorgeous white fortification that is worth exploring. There are a few cordoned off areas that you need to pay to enter – don’t bother! The views from the rest of the area meant that we didn’t feel it was necessary.

2) Stay At All4U-Apartments

I never thought that I would be including a hotel within my “Top 10 Things To Do” within a city but honestly, I can’t recommend this hotel enough. Located in the city centre, you’d expect high prices and lacklustre service but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I haven’t seen this hotel listed on any booking websites and only managed to find it because of a Groupon deal, so I feel like I’m letting you into a little secret. Four of us stayed in a “2 room apartment” and it was HUGE (as well as beautiful, clean and filled with all the amenities you could ever need). The grand total for 3 nights in March was EUR 108 (between four of us, this was a measly EUR 27 each). This included a free transfer from the airport on our arrival, assistance in booking activities, maps, free Wi-Fi and free coffee. I could honestly write about this hotel for hours, but I’ll leave you with a link to the Trip Advisor page so you can see just how much everyone else loves it too. Bookings can be made here.

3) Take A Guided Tour of The Parliament Building

You will without a doubt have seen the incredible Parliament building in photos, however I haven’t ever stumbled across photos of the inside. Luckily, guided tours are available and are definitely worth it. Tours run in multiple languages and at various times throughout the day. The only downside is that you have to pre-book online (we didn’t realise this but luckily our amazing reception desk at the hotel printed the tickets for us!). Prices vary depending on whether you are from the EU, a student, an adult or a child, but I’d say that the tour is very reasonable. It cost us around 5 GBP which when compared to the British parliament tour in London which costs 25 GBP and isn’t as impressive of a building, I was very happy to pay this cost!

4) Take a Guided Walking Tour of the City

Central Budapest is fairly compact and won’t take you too long to cover the areas that you want to see, I’d therefore definitely recommend taking the time to have someone else show you around and explain the history. Budapest is so rich in interesting history that it would be a shame not to learn about it. We did this tour on our first morning in the city and it was a great way to get your bearings and decide where we wanted to visit in more detail during the rest of our trip.We took to TripAdvisor and decided to give three hours of our day to this tour – big shout out to Bridget who was the loveliest tour guide! They also hand out a VERY useful tourist map that highlights all the must-see areas of the city – this practically became the holy bible of our trip!

5) Visit a Thermal Bath

Budapest is dubbed the “city of baths” and rightly so as there are SO many baths to choose from. Hungary is a land of thermal springs and Budapest is the only capital city in the whole entire world that is rich in healing thermal waters. The two more famous baths are Széchenyi and Gellért – we chose to visit the latter, however if we had more time in the city, it would have been great to visit both! Széchenyi has a large outdoor pool area that would have been great in the summer, however we were visiting in March and we were won-over by the elegant Art-Nouveau interiors of the Gellért. We had done some SERIOUS exploring of the city and were very very tired by this stage, so a morning in a spa was very welcome! We even took advantage of the full body massage on offer (oops!). The waters are apparently meant to be “healing” and while I was dubious, I can confirm that they definitely healed a particularly bad knot in my leg!

6) Take a Look Inside St. Stephen’s Basilica

There is one word for this inside of this Basilica – “wow”. Having visited many churches and cathedrals across Europe, I think that this is one of my favourites. The inside is simply beautiful and shouldn’t be missed. We visited early on a Sunday morning and many people were starting to arrive for their Sunday mass as we were leaving, it’s lovely to see it still in use and see the locals going about their daily routines.

7) Visit the Shoes On The Danube

I’ve heard a lot of people shun this memorial as being “boring”. It’s true, there are very few signs that tell you the importance of this memorial, so many people may walk away without understanding. However, if you do your research into the history, it’s one of the more horrific stories that Budapest has to offer and therefore I find the memorial very harrowing. In brief, the shoes honour the Jews who were killed in Budapest during World War II. The victims were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away creating a blood-stained river. Located just behind the parliament building, I would recommend a quick visit.

8) Enjoy the Cheap Food and Drink! 

Budapest is known for being a very cheap city – especially for a European capital. Hungary is also well known for producing good quality wine. Hey presto, you have got yourself an amazing meal with beautiful wine at a very cheap price. I’d recommend wandering outside of the city centre to get the best deals. We were lucky as there were many lovely places to eat located by our apartment, so it wasn’t too far to roll home with a full stomach!

9) Wander Across Chain Bridge (Especially at Night!)

Without a doubt, Budapest is a beautiful city and Chain Bridge is a great place to see the city and take it all in. Budapest is particularly beautiful at night time when everything is lit up and “twinkly”. If it’s a good enough location for Katy Perry’s Firework video, then it’s good enough for me! It was while strolling across the bridge on our way back from watching the sunset at Fisherman’s Bastion that one of my friends randomly said “I think this is my favourite day ever” – this sums up how much we loved Budapest!

10) Stroll Down Andrassy Street to Hero’s Square – Stopping at House of Terror

I won’t lie, Andrassy Street is LONG and will be a trek if you’re already tired from a day of walking and touring the city. However, hero’s square is a beautiful memorial at the end of the road, as well as Széchenyi Baths and Vajdahunyad Castle (which gets a very honourable mention and almost made this list). On the way, I would recommend stopping at the House of Terror. Pictures aren’t allowed inside, but it is a really harrowing experience and is a must-see for any history-buffs!

I think from the amount I have rambled on this post, you can see that I LOVE this city. Let me know if any of you have fallen in love with this beautiful city as much as I did!

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