Family Weekend on the Danube Bend

Family time is the best of time. This particular weekend trip was just that. Family on both sides traveled from 3 different countries to meet up for a delightful weekend on the Danube Bend. This picturesque region is located roughly an hour north of Budapest and is accessible by train, bus, and even boat. The Danube Bend is aptly named for the dramatic southward turn of the Danube River through the historic cities of Esztergom, Visegrád, and Szentendre. ...

A Charming Day Trip to Szentendre

Szentendre is a small artsy town in an idyllic setting on the Danube just north of Budapest. It is known for its cafes, museums, churches, and galleries. Its proximity to Budapest and undeniable charm make it a very popular day trip destination. Szentendre’s baroque architecture and mediterranean feel stem from its multicultural past. This riverside city has been settled in some form since ancient times and throughout its history has acted as a haven for refugees. ...

Budapest: Top 6 family excursions WITH playgrounds

One of the tricky parts about traveling with children is finding balance. You want to see the sights, but little legs and limited attention spans sometimes put a wrench in your plans. When we travel we strive to combine play with sightseeing. Carving out time for the kids to run free allows them to recharge and makes sight-seeing more exciting for everyone. Fortunately, Budapest has a plethora of unique playgrounds to accomplish just that. ...

Győr, Hungary

We went by train to Győr this past weekend and were pleasantly surprised by the city’s charm. Located within the “golden triangle” of Budapest, Vienna, and Bratislava, the city of Győr is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. We arrived in Győr with no itinerary or agenda and enjoyed strolling through the old town at a leisurely pace. The city is very walkable, even for little legs, as most of the main sites are within the city centre. ...

Hollókő, Hungary

Step back in time and enjoy a day trip to this authentic Hungarian village located in the hills 100km northeast of Budapest. A hidden gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hollókő is a Palóc ethnographic village. It is considered a “living village”, as people continue to inhabit the village, preserving Palóc traditions and heritage. Hollókő’s history dates back to the 13th century with the original construction of its castle, which was intended to protect the region from additional Mongol invasions. ...

The Minutia

How do you pack up and move abroad for a year? On the stateside, we rented our home, moved all of our belongings to a storage unit, found temporary “housing” for our pup, sold a car, and left a job. Gabe will continue to work as a software engineer. I will be happily unemployed and preoccupied with learning the ropes of our new city. Once the kids start school I will be enrolling in language classes and enjoying some free time to re-balance life as a mom. ...

Getting Our Feet Wet

I had planned on getting started on my blog much sooner, but as it turns out, moving abroad and venturing between 4 countries in the first 3 weeks is quite a lot to navigate! We have a beautiful apartment in Budapest, which we have spent very little time in thus far. We are finally heading back to settle in and unpack! So what have we been up to? We spent the first two weeks traveling back and forth between Budapest and Gabe’s hometown of Fülek, Slovakia, which is 2 hours straight north from Budapest. ...