Travel Guide: Prague

Prague completely stole my heart when we visited in January. It is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited – the gothic architecture makes you feel as though you’re in a fairytale. It’s home to some of the best-kept architecture in Europe and it’s wonderfully charming. Between the gorgeous castles and cathedrals, the fantastic restaurants and its rich history, it’s no surprise that Prague attracts thousands of tourists each year. Here’s all my recommendations for what to see, where to eat and where to stay in Praha!

GETTING TO PRAGUE & WHERE TO STAY

Prague is a really short plane ride from London – we flew via Stansted Airport straight into Prague. Wheels up at 7am, we arrived in Praha by 9am – ideal timing for an entire day of exploring! From the airport, we grabbed a taxi and drove 20 short minutes to our hotel. It is brilliant driving through the Old Town and up a narrow, winding cobbled street to our hotel, the Hotel Golden Star, that sits right beneath Prague Castle. It is truly like something out of a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale book.  It’s worth noting that Prague is a really cheap city overall. Our cab to our hotel from the airport only cost about £18.

As we arrived to our hotel, the snow was falling and I was just in awe of the sheer beauty of the city. The Hotel Golden Star, which I have previously written about, is a fantastic hotel to stay at. Located in the heart of the Castle District and right underneath Prague Castle, it is a wonderfully affordable option in a spectacular area of town. The hotel concierge is incredibly accommodating and even let’s you have your choice of room. Once we checked in, we enjoyed a glass of welcome bubbles and admired our insane view. The hotel costs around £70 a night depending on when you go and that includes welcome champagne and a full on breakfast along with bottomless prosecco should you wish. The rooms have been newly renovated to a very high standard and they have all the amenities you could want for a few days stay.

WHAT TO SEE: THE ESSENTIAL SIGHTS

Our first full day in Prague was spent seeing as much as we possibly could. There is so much to see and do in Prague that very shortly after we checked into our hotel, we set off on foot to explore. We had no real itinerary in mind, but we knew a lot of the spots we wanted to definitely see.

The Charles Bridge – Prague’s most iconic bridge is a must-see for any first timer in Prague. Commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, the stunning bridge spans 16 arches and is lined with 30 baroque statue of religious figures. The bridge is lined with cobblestones and has the most fantastic views of the Vlatva River. It’s a real cultural melting pot that meets together at the bridge – think painters, dog walkers, food vendors, and musicians – all gathered together day in and day out. If you want to beat the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful experience of the Charles Bridge – head there at dawn and watch the sunrise! Something I wish I would have done!

The Old Town & the Famous Clock – On the other side of the Charles Bridge is Prague’s famous Old Town – best known for the Astronomical Clock. It is a breathtakingly beautiful area of Prague, but be careful of falling into tourist traps, and overpriced food stalls! Keep reading for my food recommendations below.

Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral – One of the most enchanting castles and cathedrals I’ve been to, you have to pop them both on your Praha bucket list. St. Vitus Cathedral is located within the Prague Castle complex and is the grandest gothic cathedral I have ever seen. Give yourself plenty of time to walk around the castle’s complex, where you’ll find yourself walking down winding cobblestone streets to surprises around every corner.

Josefov – Prague’s Jewish Quarter is one of the best insights into the rich Jewish history you’ll find in all of Europe. I highly recommend a visit to the Jewish Museum, taking a walk through the Jewish Cemetary and visiting the Old New Synagogue. While it is a bit of a sobering experience, I am really glad that we did the tour as I learned so much about Jewish culture that I didn’t previously know.

WHERE TO DRINK

Prague is best known for its Pilsner Lagers – and truth be told, beer is cheaper than water. There are plenty of drinking dens to hide out from the crowds of bustling Prague and we found a few great ones I’m happy to share with you guys.

Svaty Norbert Strahov Monastic Brewery – We happened to stumble across this 17th-century brewery that was restored and reopened as a craft brewery in 2000. They serve a small, but outstanding selection of craft beers that they home-brew. In fact, it’s some of the best beers I’ve ever had. The food is also quite good – simple, hearty Czech food – think sausages, dumplings and bread. We came for the beer, not once but twice during our three days in Prague. It’s really close to Prague Castle, so after you’ve done a tour, unwind with a pint of dark beer. Also, the Strahov Library is a short walk away and apparently gorgeous inside.

Tygra – The Golden Tiger – this hidden gem was recommended to us by one of Ciaran’s colleagues who is from Prague. It is located right in the centre of Old Town, so we were a bit worried it would be totally touristy but we were wrong! Hidden behind an unassuming green door on the street – you walk in and are led down a long corridor until you hear the sounds of laughter and lively conversation coming behind another door. Walk through and you’ll be met by a crowd of friendly bartenders and regulars. Take a seat (if you can find one) and breathe in the Czech atmosphere of the pub – oh and don’t worry about queuing to order a beer – the awesome bar staff will welcome you with a round of beers and will keep topping you up til you leave. They tally up the amount of beers you’ve had on a receipt that you bring up to the front when you leave. Oh and apparently, Bill Clinton has frequented this mythical place. It’s worth finding and staying for a really fun evening. PS. It’s cash only.

WHERE TO EAT

Chimney Cakes/Trdelník – These are the most sinfully delicious treats that are really popular in Eastern European countries. I first came across them when we went to Budapest, but they are all over Prague. You can get them in all different flavours – chocolate, vanilla, almond, etc. You can also get them filled with ice cream or savoury fillings like ham and cheese. Bottom line, they’re delicious and they are sold on pretty much every street corner, the perfect snack to enjoy on-foot whilst traipsing through the city.

 Hergetova Cihelna-if you want a more upscale restaurant, this beautiful spot right on the river is just for you. It is one of Prague’s best restaurants located on the bank of Prague’s Vlatva River with spectacular views of the Charles Bridge. The food is equally as stunning – featuring out of this world dishes like fluffy dumplings with pulled pork, saddle of deer and slow baked wild boar. The setting is utterly romantic and the service was impeccable.

Bellavista – What can I say – I am a sucker for an incredible view and Bellavista is such a special restaurant nearby Prague Castle that has some of the very best views of the city. Even in the winter, they have heated tents so you can sit outside and take in the gorgeous views whilst warming up over delicious Czech food. The pumpkin soup was the best I’ve ever had and the turkey schnitzel – dreamy. Bellavista was wonderful in the winter, but I can only imagine how fantastic it would be in the summertime with a beer or glass of wine in hand sitting out over looking the city.

WANDER AROUND

We were only in Prague for 3 short days and I would without a doubt go back. It was magical seeing it in the winter with a blanket of snow over the rooftops, but I would love to go back in the summertime and experience it again. Let me know if I’ve missed anything off of this list that I can save for the next time I visit. Have you been to Prague? What’s your favourite part?

Happy travels!

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Hotel Golden Star, Prague

 

Our flight took off at 7am from Stansted Airport in London and we arrived in Prague around 10am – nice and early for a day’s worth of exploring! We grabbed a cab from the airport and headed to Hotel Golden Star, our home base for the next few days! Located right underneath Prague Castle and just a short walk from the Old Town, it’s the ideal spot to stay. The hotel itself has been newly re-constructed and is located in a magnificent baroque building. You get all the modern comforts with old world touches like the 270 year old staircase and wooden beamed ceilings throughout the hotel.

I really can’t say enough lovely things about the staff at Hotel Golden Star. They are incredibly accommodating and ensured we were very well taken care of throughout our stay. As we checked in, we sipped on a complimentary glass of prosecco as they let us choose between two rooms on the top floor. The entire hotel itself is beautiful, but the view from up top is something rather spectacular. We went for the smaller room that had one of the best views of the city.

Waking up to this view every morning makes you giddy inside. It looks particularly enchanting when you wake up, look outside and all of Prague is under a beautiful blanket of fresh snow…

The rooms feature a large King Size Bed with soft linens and fluffy pillows for a wonderful night’s sleep.

The marble bathrooms are lovely and clean with a large waterfall shower to warm up in after a day of exploring Prague in the snow.

The rooms have everything you’d need for a few night’s stay – a hairdryer, toiletries, a mini bar stocked with wine, beer and water, a kettle with coffees and teas, etc. There’s free wifi throughout the hotel and the complimentary breakfast in the morning was superb. Fresh, homemade omelettes to order, warm pastries, cereals, granolas, fresh bread and cheese, fruit, yoghurt, Prosecco, Nespresso coffee – you name it, they had it! Perfect for fuelling up before braving the cold and exploring Prague.

There is a restaurant in the hotel as well that is great for grabbing a Pilsner and some snacks before heading to dinner. In the summertime, they open the terrace outside so you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Lesser Town with drinks in hand. I definitely want to make a trip back in the summer – I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be.

Hotel Golden Star is a fantastic and affordable hotel option if you’re visiting Prague for a few days. The service cannot be beat and the hotel itself is quite charming. The location is ideal – right underneath Prague Castle and just a short walk away from Old Town. There’s tons of bars and restaurants in the area if you want to stay close to home. I would definitely choose to stay here again the next time I visit Prague.

Hotel Golden Star | Nerudova 48, 118 00 | Prague |1-Malá Strana | Czech Republic | Book Now 

 

American Gal’s Guide to Paris

Growing up in the US, a trip to Paris always seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that I never thought would become a reality. One of the greatest parts about living in the UK is the ability to travel to some of these places I’d always dreamed of going as a kid because they are now so much closer and easier to travel to.

paris-graphicWhen Ciaran surprised me with a trip to Paris for my birthday last month, I was so incredibly happy and couldn’t wait to explore as much of it as possible. Paris is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever visited and there is so much to do. We were there for two and a half days and did so much sightseeing, which was great, but we didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all that Paris has to offer. I want to share all that we did with you and hopefully it will help any first-time travellers map out their itineraries.

1.Visit the Eiffel Tower 

_r015534Kick off your trip to Paris with a walk along the Seine over to the Eiffel Tower. You’ll be giddy with excitement the first time you see the beautiful landmark. It is truly spectacular and one of the most breathtaking structures I’ve ever seen. You can take a tour up to the top, but be prepared to wait in some serious queues. Tip: You can either take the elevator or you can walk all the way up, the latter having a shorter line, but tougher on your legs!

2. Walk Over to the Arc de Triomphe  

Arc de triomphe The Arc de Triomphe is the most monumental of all triumphal arches in the world. It is a Paris landmark that must be seen while you’re visiting. After visiting the Eiffel Tower in all its glory, we walked over to the Place Charles de Gualle, located really close to the Champs-Élysées to see the beautiful building. The architecture of the Arc de Triomphe is remarkable and it was built to honour all of those who fought for France.

3. Walk down the Champs-Élysées

_r015544-2The Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world. If you love to shop, be sure to take a stroll down this beautiful avenue, filled with luxury flagship stores such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc. We went into the Cartier shop to have a look at some of the watches and jewellery and it is one of the most elegantly decorated shops I’ve been in. Swoonworthy doesn’t even begin to describe it. I must note that the Champs-Elysees is very crowded and whilst I thought it was stunning, I couldn’t spend long periods of time walking around. If you’re like me, and aren’t a fan of big, touristy crowds, make a plan to go into a few shops, call it a day and go grab a glass of wine and fromage to unwind!

4. Aperitivo Hour on the Seine 

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_r015563-2After a long day of sightseeing, there is nothing better than a crisp glass of wine to relax and unwind. The weather was marvellous during our time in Paris – sunny and hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30C (90F). After walking down the Champs Elysees, we crossed the bridge Pont Alexandre III, which connects the Champs Elysees quarter with the Invalides quarter. Once we got to the other side of the bridge, we found a really cute boat to have a few libations on before our dinner reservation. In Paris, everyone seems to flock to the banks of the Seine for picnics and drinks, so we decided to do the same! There are quite a few great boat bars along the Seine, so just pick one that takes your fancy, have a seat and enjoy!

5. Dine with a View 

_r015568-2 For my birthday and our anniversary, Ciaran made reservations at Chez Francis, a fantastic brasserie with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. Chez Francis has a marvellous terrace, which we were lucky enough to sit in and enjoy our dinner with a beautiful view. The food was lovely, but if you go to Chez Francis, you are paying for the stunning view. It’s worth it, trust me. If you go to Paris, definitely book a restaurant with a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower. There is nothing like clinking glasses as the day comes to a close and the Eiffel Tower is lit up and twinkling.

Chez Francis | 7 Place de l’Alma | 75008 | Paris | France

6. Eat a Crepe (lots of them) 

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_r015566-2I fell in love with crepes while we were in Paris. They are delectable and the ideal snack to have whilst traipsing around the city. There are creperies nearly on every corner and there’s all different types to choose from – lemon and sugar, ham and cheese, Nutella, berries, peanut butter, jam, whatever takes your fancy! They’re great to grab while on the go for a little pick me up. Try one – you’ll love them.

7. Visit The Notre Dame Cathedral 

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_r015715-2It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, the Notre Dame Cathedral should be on your Paris bucket list. Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) is located in the fourth arrondissement of Paris and is one of the most gorgeous cathedrals I’ve ever seen. Building began in the 12th century and it took more than 300 years to finish. The architecture is French Gothic and is stunning – you could honestly marvel at its beauty all day. You can go inside the Cathedral but photos are prohibited and there is usually a very long queue to get in, so it’s worth getting there early. You can also climb all 387 steps to the top of the Cathedral,but again, the line for this is also really long. If this is the ONLY time you are likely to travel to Paris, then by all means, brave the queues and see it all, it’s definitely worth seeing.

8. Walk to Hotel de Ville Quay

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_r015733-2After visiting Notre Dame, we walked across a small bridge over to Hotel de Ville Quay, also in the fourth arrondissement. We grabbed a couple of beers and more crepes (yes, we ate a lot of crepes), sat by the river and took in the gorgeous views. All of Paris is stunning and there is charm everywhere you go. I’ve never been to such an all-around beautiful city before. It was so nice to relax for an hour and take it all in. It was one of my favourite areas we visited.

9. Visit the Tuileries Gardens & The Louvre 

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_r015663-2Like I previously mentioned, everywhere you walk in Paris, you will be swept away by its sheer beauty. Walk through the Tuileries and Carousel Gardens and check out the Louvre. We opted not to go inside the Louvre this time around as we wanted to make sure we had enough time to spend a whole day there. Wake up early and go to avoid the queues. If you don’t decide to go in, the entire area around the Louvre is incredible. Walk around, grab some lunch or instead go to Musee D’Orsay nearby.

10. Buy a Love Lock and Throw Away the Key 

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_r015673-2The official “Love Lock Bridge” had all of its locks sadly taken down last year but there are a few other bridges that you can still put a love lock on and throw the key into the Seine. It’s completely cheesy, but one of those things I always wanted to do in Paris. It is really romantic looking at so many locks on the bridge and it’s a great celebration of love and friendship. If you have time and see a bridge with love locks on it, go for it.

12. Visit Sacre Coeur 

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A trip to Montmartre is a must for any Paris first-timer. It’s a super charming and artsy area of Paris and is also home to Sacre-Coeur, the Basillica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. It’s a Roman Catholic Church that sits at the top of the hill in Montmartre and it is remarkable. The church itself is stunning and the views from up top are breathtaking. This spot has some of the best views of Paris, it is very touristy though and usually packed so definitely get there early on in the day to avoid the crowds!

13. Get Lost in Montmartre 

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_r015795Montmartre can be very touristy, but if you walk around the back streets it’ll be much less so. As I said before, it’s a really charming area of Paris and was one of my favourites to walk around. There are so many cute cafes, bars and restaurants, we had such a great time exploring and even found an amazing rooftop hotel bar called Terrass Hotel, which I wrote about a few days ago. Definitely check it out if you are in the area. Also, be sure to pop into some of the art galleries – you’ll find really fantastic pieces from local artists.

14. See Moulin Rouge 

_r015860Moulin Rouge is the world-famous cabaret club in Paris founded in 1889. It is the birth place of the modern can-can dance and was notorious for seductive dancing and promiscuity. At one point, a huge wooden elephant was installed in the gardens and private dances would take place inside for men only. If you’ve seen Moulin Rouge the movie, then you’ll know what I’m talking about! Anyways, Moulin Rouge still exists today and you can go see shows there, though I don’t think it’s as wild as it once was!

It is super close to Montmartre on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement. I was happy we got to see the outside of this iconic club and if you have time, then definitely go see a show! Truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan of the area as it’s a bit seedy, so we hopped on the metro and headed for the Eiffel Tower one last time.

15. See the Eiffel Tower Twinkling at Night 

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There is nothing like seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling and all lit up at night! If I could see that view every night of my life, I’d be one happy gal. As the sun sets, the Eiffel Tower slowly lights up and once it gets completely dark, it begins twinkling every fifteen minutes or so. It’s a spectacular show and so exciting the first time you see it. There’s nothing more romantic than having a glass of wine or champagne with your partner as the Eiffel Tower starts sparkling. It was one of my favourite parts about our trip to Paris. The best part is, you don’t have to be at a restaurant with a view to see it, you can see the Eiffel Tower from thousands of spots in the city so no matter where you are, you’re likely to get a great show! I recommend getting as close as possible for the best view though. There is truly nothing  like it.

These are my top recommendations for any first-timer in Paris! We were only there for two and a half days and packed so much in. Bring great walking shoes and walk all over the city. Map out a few things you really want to do and make a plan for where to start your day and where to end your day so you can see and do things that are close to each other. Also, the Metro can be a little bit confusing at first, but I highly recommend it. It is so cost-effective and super quick to get from place to place.

The next time we go to Paris, I’d like to spend a whole day at The Louvre, visit Musee D’Orsay (which we were going to do on this trip, but they require you to have a passport to get in and I left mine at the hotel – so be sure to bring yours) and actually climb the Eiffel Tower.

What are your favourite things to do and see in Paris? I’d love to hear any recommendations you have.

Panoramic Paris Views at Terrass Hotel

As I’m sitting here writing this post, I can’t believe it was a month ago that we ventured to Paris for my 26th birthday and our anniversary. It was the first time Ciaran and I had ever been to the beautiful city and it was truly one of the best weekends of my life. Without a worry in the world, we traipsed around the City of Lights and fell head over heels in love with all its charms.

I have a lot to share from Paris, but I wanted to kick off the series of posts with my favourite day we spent there – my actual birthday. We headed to Montmartre, a hillside area in the 18th Arrondissement with sweeping views of Paris. This area is home to the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, a stunning Roman Catholic Church with some of the best views of the city.

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_r015755We marvelled at the sheer beauty and vastness of the city before walking around the rest of Montmartre. Parts of the area are packed with tourists, but if you venture down the charming back streets, you will really enjoy this quaint area, which is bustling with art galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars.

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_r015762It’s not hard to fall in love with this city. Everywhere we went was even more picturesque than the last. I loved walking around and soaking in just how charming it all was. We popped into an art gallery that caught our eye and the woman working there showed us a unique cartoon-esque painting of the Eiffel Tower, which she explained was painted somewhere nearby. We made it our mission to find that exact area where the artist had painted the picture, as we knew wherever it was, would show us the best view of Paris. So we set out walking, and although we sadly didn’t find the exact spot where the painting was created, we stumbled across something a bit better…

_r015855As we were walking around, we looked up and noticed some yellow umbrellas coming from what looked like a rooftop bar. A little more walking, we finally discovered this hidden gem called Terrass Hotel, a beautiful hotel located at the entrance of the hill in Montmartre with an awesome rooftop bar! We headed up to the 7th floor and fell in love with with the view…

_r015795Does it really get any better than that? I’m a sucker for a phenomenal view and Ciaran and I always seem to find some great ones wherever we go.

_r015771The rooftop bar is super cute and features a back garden with a little bar and umbrellas to take a respite from the sun. I, however, opted to sit in the sun, which offered the best views possible. We were both shocked that this rooftop oasis wasn’t busier and both agreed that if a bar like this were in London, it would be jam-packed with people. We definitely relished how quiet and relaxing the setting was though!

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_r015784We shared a crisp bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and toasted to Paris. It couldn’t have been a more perfect setting to celebrate.

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_r015790We planned on only staying for a couple drinks, but we were enjoying ourselves so much that we decided to grab another bottle, some tapas to share and watch the sun set over the Eiffel Tower.

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_r015833There is nothing more beautiful or romantic than watching the sun set, followed by the Eiffel Tower lighting up the skyline with the person you love. I’ll never forget how wonderful this evening was. It was the best birthday to date and so special to me. After taking in the views, we capped off our evening with a walk down to Moulin Rouge, which isn’t too far away from Montmartre.

_r015860It was lovely to see Moulin Rouge, but the area around there is quite seedy at night. We walked onwards over to the Eiffel Tower for one last look at the sparkly lights before heading back to our hotel.

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What are your favourite rooftop restaurants/bars in Paris? I’d love to add them to my list for our next trip.

Budapest

This past May, we travelled to Budapest for Ciaran’s cousin’s wedding. I was really excited to travel somewhere new and see a completely different side of Europe. Hungary’s capital city has some incredibly beautiful sights and is actually quite a complex city as it is really two towns combined into one. We were lucky that we got to see both Buda and Pest over the weekend. Read on to check out the wedding festivities with bit of sight seeing…

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The wedding was held at the quirky yet elegant Brody House Studios. The creative space had high ceilings with a lot of natural light – it felt as if we were outside. The exposed stone walls and colourful touches made it an incredibly unique and fun space to say I Do. There were three floors, all with stylish bars and rooms that guests could mingle and relax in. I thought it was perfect – I wish I could find a venue like this in England for my own wedding! IMG_1745

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It was an absolutely stunning wedding and we all had a blast. The champagne was flowing all evening long and there was so much delicious food and desserts to indulge in throughout the day and night. It was an elegant yet laid back affair and everybody was able to let their hair down and have a great time. We definitely had a few sore heads the next morning, which were telling signs of just how fabulous the wedding was. Although we woke up a bit delicate, we ventured out to explore the rest of the city!

bridge-The city of Budapest sprawls along the banks of the Danube River and the Chain Bridge pictured above connects both Buda and Pest. The Buda side is picturesque, with Castle Hill and remnants from Hungary’s glory days. There are leafy winding paths leading up to to the top of Castle Hill. If you ever visit Budapest, I recommend staying on this side of the city as the Pest side, is a bit more commercial. Both have completely different vibes.

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We were in awe of Castle Hill. The Gothic Arches, baroque houses and cobble stoned streets were incredibly charming. During our sight seeing, we stumbled upon Fisherman’s Bastion, which had an incredible cafe to grab a drink and experience sweeping panoramic views over Budapest. It was built at the site of an old rampart during the Middle Ages that was defended by the guild of fisherman. The Bastion itself has 7 towers that look like the Disney Castle. I can’t recommend visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion enough if you’re in Budapest.

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We had the the most incredible view of Parliament from our table…

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And enjoyed some craft Hungarian beers.

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We had a lovely time relaxing and taking in the views of Budapest. We curled up in the blankets on the seats and enjoyed our pints before heading back down Castle Hill.

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These sugary rolls were a real treat. They come in cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, walnut, vanilla and coconut and they were fried to perfection. To make a Chimney Cake, they wrap the dough around a wooden cylinder and bake it over embers. They then roll it in the sugar and various flavours and serve it hot. They are thought to date back to the 1600s. I hope they make their way over to the London Christmas Markets, because they would taste phenomenal with tea, coffee or a mulled wine.

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We ordered a few delicious vanilla Chimney Cakes to go and back to the hotel we went to get ready for dinner. It was freezing out and neither of us took a coat with us and these warmed us right up on our walk back. Once we got back to the hotel, we took a little nap, showered and headed off for a traditional Hungarian dinner with the family.

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I am afraid I do not have too many photos from dinner. We found a quaint little restaurant with exposed brick walls that was lit by candlelight. The waiter had given us a board full of different meats and traditional goulash, which proved to be rather interesting. I have to say, the food in Budapest was not my cup of tea, but then again, we were only there for a short amount of time and didn’t get a chance to go to some awesome places we had researched as we were really short on time. All in all, it was a fun experience to try something new and we kept the wine flowing and had a great time.

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My first time in Budapest was a blast. The wedding was beautiful and we got to check out one of the most amazing areas of the city and sample some traditional Hungarian dishes along the way. The city itself is steeped in history and I’d love to learn more about the culture one day and even go back to explore all the areas we didn’t have time to see.

A little tip for travellers: Budapest is astonishingly inexpensive. If you are looking for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, Budapest is your best bet. The exchange rate is fantastic and it is a lovely city to experience.

Thanks for reading x