Tag Archive: family travel in Europe

May
21

Six Awesome Day Trips In Hungary

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We have been housesitting in the small town of Erdőkertes, about an hour North of Budapest. While public transport here is still good, it is time-consuming and inconvenient to take busses to explore all that we wanted to see. Because of this, we decided to use the money we are saving on accommodation and rent a …

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May
17

The Beautiful City of Székesfehérvár

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Don’t you just love the name Székesfehérvár? It is one of those typical Hungarian names that people who are not Hungarian look at and wonder how on earth it is pronounced.  After a lot of coaching from our new-found family, I can tell you it is pronounced Say-Kesh-Fair-Har-Var. Easy right? Székesfehérvár is less than a one …

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May
11

One Month in Budapest

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It is hard to believe our one month in Budapest is already over. It seems like we have just arrived and it is already time to leave. We loved the apartment that we rented for the month with it’s soaring ceilings, large open rooms, enough beds for all of us, and not one, but two …

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Apr
24

One Of Our Best Travel Days Ever

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We specifically chose to come to Hungary because of our ancestry. Or rather, Mike’s ancestry, although I am equally as interested. You see, Mike’s father was in born in Hungary and he immigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old. We were keen to come to Hungary to see where Mike’s father was born …

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Apr
16

Visiting the Vatican Museum (Without buying tickets online)

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OK, OK, you have heard me tell you this before. We are cheap thrifty. We are here in Europe for three and a half months and we need to be careful with our Euros! That is why, against all online advice, we decided to not pre-purchase our tickets for the Vatican Museum in Rome. In …

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Apr
10

Visiting the Colosseum on Free Day

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We were a little nervous to visit the Colosseum on their monthly free day. The Colosseum is the most popular tourist attraction in Rome and it is busy on any given day. Were we crazy for trying to visit it on the first Sunday of the month when all visits were free? Maybe, but it …

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Apr
08

Wandering Rome With Rick Steve’s Audio Guides

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When I posted in a traveling family Facebook group asking for advice on what to do in Rome, I was told about the free Rick Steve’s audio guide walking tours. Oh my, I wish we would have known about these in Barcelona! We downloaded all of the guides for Rome and we did almost every …

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Mar
30

The Graffiti of Barcelona

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When we first got to Barcelona, we started to wonder if our neighborhood was a bit rough. Graffiti was EVERYWHERE. I’m not talking a little bit on abandoned buildings and under bridges, I am talking on almost every single building. We soon realized that the graffiti was not limited to our neighborhood, it is all over …

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Mar
26

Four Awesome Day Trips From Barcelona

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After spending three of our four weeks in Barcelona, we decided it was time to get outside the city and see what we could get up to in a day trip. We soon realized that, because we are a family of four, it would actually be cheaper to rent a car for four days than it …

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Mar
21

Parc del Guinardó, Barcelona

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We have been trying to intersperse our Barcelona city explorations with days at parks. While our family really enjoys visiting cities, we are not city people. To maintain a healthy balance for our one-month stay in Barcelona we have been seeking out areas of the city where we can get a dose of nature and …

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