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Last year we took a little tour with the student agency. Although we aren’t students we could go with them on the tour. It was very cheap so we took the opportunity.
It was the Bus tour so we spended a lot of time in the bus, even at nights we were on the road – but that was why it was cheap. I am always for travelling and adventures so it wasn’t so bad.
Our bus was double decker, so my husband wanted to sit up in the first row. ( so did everybody else)
We manage to get the seat and the bad thing about that seat is that there is no space for legs, but the good thing is that the view is magnificent. Especially when you drive through UK and Scotland.
Tour plan was: Paris, London, Edinburgh & Glasgow and Amsterdam.
It was a 10 day tour. Our first stop was Paris. After all night in the bus we left our luggage in the hotel, took a shower and went to the city. Near our hotel was RER station, so we bought the tickets and went on the train.
It was my second time in Paris so I decided not to go with the group , but to make our own plan.
We went to few places we didn’t manage to see the first time we were there.
One of this places was Montmartre Cemetery.
As you can guess by the name, the cemetery is in Montmartre , in 18th arrondissement , about 15 minutes walk from the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur.
It is very beautiful cemetery, with great tombstones and monuments. I could walk for hours there.
After we took the metro and went to the Orsay museum. It was too late to go in so we went for a walk through Champs Elysees to the Arc the Triomphe.
First time we were in Paris we just saw the Arc, but this time we went up. And the view from the Arc is really great.
One thing that Paris can boast with is that they really have a lot of places with great views.
Arc the Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe is monument for those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, it has the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
There is also a tomb of unknown soldier from WW1.
There are many things that are great in Budapest and I already mentioned few attractions that are „must see“.
Now I’m gonna tell you what are my favorite things in Budapest:
- Gelarto Rosa
Gelarto Rosa is Ice cream shop, but it’s not a normal Ice cream.
It’s Ice cream in the shape of flower. You have to love this.
Rose Ice cream – most beautiful Ice cream to eat.
The shop is situated in city center, near the Szent Istvan basilica. Just look for the queue, there are people always waiting in line for this Ice cream.
They have many great flavours and the Ice cream is very tasty.
It is known as the best Ice cream shop in Budapest.
You shouldn’t miss this when you visit Budapest.
- Ruin Pub
Ruin Pubs are located in formerly abandoned buildings in the city and are very popular in Budapest.
They have Unique decor and fantastic atmosphere.
Having a Beer in Ruin pub is so much different than in some normal bar.
We were in Szimpla Kert – that is the oldest and most famous Ruin pub.
There are many Ruin pubs in Budapest so you should try to visit at least one.
- Kerepesi Cemetery
Cemeteries are not for everybody, but I really like them.
Especially if they are so great and beautiful like Kerepesi.
It’s more like the park or a garden with beautiful monuments.
Great for relaxing walk.
It’s the oldest and most famous cemetery in Hungary.
Many famous hungarians are buried at this cemetery.
It is very big so if you plan to visit you should have a lot of time for it.
It is located near the Keleti railway station.
- Budapest Market Hall
Budapest Market Hall is heaven for shopping.
Market has 3 floors. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, Hungarian salamis, pickles, fresh fish, Hungarian paprika, wine, souvenirs.
You can buy great funny pickled vegetables, every kind of paprika, great Hungarian sausages. Also t-shirts and other clothes.
The second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs.
The lángos stand is located on this floor, serving the deep-fried snack lángos. Salty or sweet.
- Margaret Island
Margaret Island includes walkways, medieval ruins, a small zoo, musical fountain, a water tower, swimming pools, a water park, open air theatre and cinema.
It is a great place for a leisurely stroll in fresh air and you should definitely go there by foot (there is a bus that goes through island)
Take half a day or at least a couple of hours to explore and enjoy these beautiful Island.
The 2.5 km long and 500 m wide Margaret Island stretches between Árpád Bridge and Margit Bridge in the middle of the Danube.
Driving through the island is not allowed but you can rent bicycles, roller blades, electric cars and motors there.