Budapest, not a Pest but a ‘Pesh’

Budapest. Picturesque city, Hungarian goulash, car booted, free walking tour, couch surfing, interesting people and beautiful scenery.

Arriving at midnight after we were held up yet again by roadwork’s, we asked our host if she would like us to stay at a hostel tonight as we were 45mins later than the time she said we could come.

Happens Rita didn’t get our text message, so she wasn’t the happiest person when we rocked up, but after showing her the messages and attempted calls, all was good.

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Today we had a free walking tour planned. Driving into the city we found a place to park, which was only a tow away zone in a couple days time due to an event. Anyways we were hesitant so asked 2 people (plus our guide) if it was ok to park there and everyone said yes because it was a Saturday so free parking. However, it wasn’t…

Our tour started at 10:30AM and like most tours we were split into groups of 30. The majority of our group was Germans, but we found a fellow Aussie and Kiwi as well.

We found in Budapest we had to rub lots of different statues for good luck, ranging from an 8 year old girls knee to an old man’s belly.

The Kiskiralylany Szobor (Little Princess Statue)

The Kiskiralylany Szobor (Little Princess Statue)

The fat policeman

The fat policeman

Rubbing his belly as he is the good luck charm for good food

Rubbing his belly as he is the good luck charm for good food

The tour goes for 2-3 hours and has a bit of walking involved, but what do you expect from a walking tour 🙂

Neptune's Fountain

Neptune’s Fountain

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

The lion who guards the bridge

The lion who guards the bridge

We went to a great view spot, where you can see a lot of the city, here we also saw the changing of the guards, which was funny to watch.

Changing of the guards

Changing of the guards

New recruits ;)

New recruits 😉

View of Pest

View of Pest

Leaving our tour early as Rita wanted to meet up at 2PM, we went to the meeting spot and received a message saying she was going to be an hour later..So we decided to wander around the city by ourselves. Tim found a Ferrari dealership and a magical fountain, which lowers the water when you come close to it so that you can be surrounded by the water.

Our new ride!

Our new ride!

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain

Finally meeting up with Rita we grabbed a bite to eat at a raw, vegan restaurant and had a coffee. After a couple of hours Rita had to leave for yoga so we said goodbye and agreed to meet in a few hours time for some drinks.

Raw and Vegan

Raw and Vegan

Coffee in town sqaure

Coffee in town sqaure

Rubbing twice for double the good luck :)

Rubbing twice for double the good luck 🙂

Enjoying a goulash, as you need to in Hungary 🙂 we walked around the city at night. I do have to say that Budapest is the only place so far that we felt unsafe walking around the streets at night.

Heading back to our car, we found it was booted. Talking to the lady in the hairdressers in front of where we were parked, she said that it is a common scam for tourists as you need to pay to have the boot removed. Looking around there were definitely no signs saying you couldn’t park there (Saturdays are free) and the tow away zone wasn’t for a couple days time. However, because we were in a rental car, we stood out.

Having to call the ‘boot removalists’ we paid our 15,000HUF (Hungarian Forits), which is about $75, or €50. I really did think it was funny, but it made Budapest (a relatively cheap city) quite expensive.

BOOTED!!

BOOTED!!

After the boot was removed we drove around to some scenic spots and took photos of Budapest at night.

We then caught up with Rita and a few other people at Andersen’s Pub where we bought a meter beer (10 x 330mls of beer) for $4, which is an up 🙂

The next day we said our goodbyes to Rita and headed towards Bratislava, Slovakia onward bounds to Vienna, Austria.

Our host Rita

Our host Rita

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Auschwitz, a place of horror, death, torture, upset and control.

As we were so close, we thought that we must visit Auschwitz concentration camp. Saying farewell to Karolina and Geni, we headed off towards Auschwitz, which was just a small detour from our next destination, Budapest.

Our Budapest host, Rita, said she was not going to be home until 11:15PM so that gave us time to see Auschwitz I and II, which was great.

The English tour started at 11AM. We were split into groups of about 40 people, all of us were giving headphones so that we could hear our guide as we walked around the grounds. Auschwitz I was  first and the tour was predicted to be around an hour and a half.

Walking through the rooms, one by one, it was getting more and more disturbing and upsetting. In one of the rooms you could see a cylider, which contained the pellets used in the gas chambers and in another room there were piles and piles of suitcases and shoes, which survived the fire.

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The grounds were very dark and depressing, everywhere you looked there was barb wire, electric fences and shadowed buildings.

The next place we visited was the shooting wall, a place where people who had tried to escape, betrayed orders or just for the sake of it were lined up and shot until dead.

It was nice to see that people had laid flowers here

It was nice to see that people had laid flowers here

Other torture techniques used included standing and starvation. Standing consisted of people having to stand in a very small quarters all night, work on their feet all day and then go back to their standing cell. Needless to say that the human body cannot take much of this before it gives up and stops working. Starvation was another common choice of torture where you were put in a room and starved to death. In the winter children who were late to work would be placed outside barefoot in the snow, which you can imagine would be so painful. And then if someone escaped and were not found then the guards would randomly kill people to scare others from attempting to escape.

The train to nowhere...

The train to nowhere…

The final stop in Auschwitz I was the gas chambers. This was probably the hardest of all things that we saw here. Mainly because of how much death took place within these walls. It is estimated that over tens of thousands of people were killed in these gas chambers.

After our hour and a half tour through Auschwitz I, we had a 15 minute break before we caught a bus to Auschwitz II – Birkenau.

Auschwitz II – Birkenau was huge. When you walk in through the main gates you can see the train lines down the middle of the camp and then on either side were wired enclosures that each contained a large number of sleeping quarters and at the end of the camp were the destroyed gad chambers.

4-6 people would have to share each layer of these bunk beds. No mattress, blankets, just the solid wood.

4-6 people had to share each layer of bunk beds.There were no mattresses, blankets, just the solid wood.

The toilet block

The toilet block

Auschwitz 2 - Berkenau Grounds

Auschwitz 2 – Berkenau Grounds

Destroyed Gas Chambers

Destroyed Gas Chambers

The four destroyed gas chambers here, were huge. Up to 2000 people could be killed at one time and they were constantly being led in like sheep. The innocent people were told to leave all of their personal belonging out the front and to strip down for their ‘shower’.

Auschwitz really was an upsetting place to visit, but I am really glad that we did. I think it is important for people to know what went on during the war and seeing the concentration camps and looking at the gas chambers and grounds, whilst listening to the history was better than any documentary or history lesson we had at school. I highly recommend visiting Auschwitz and if you do please make sure you do both Auschwitz I and II as they are both very interesting and must sees.

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Krakow, Where Vodka is Cheaper than Water

Krakow bound; free walking tour, cheap shots, gherkin chasers  couch surfing, unexpectedly cold weather, Zapikanki, and new friends from all walks of life.

Due to road works and getting a wee bit lost, we rocked into Krakow at 6:30PM. Meeting up with our lovely Krakow host Karolina, we dropped off our bags, got ready and headed out to explore the city by night.

Heading to the largest town square in Europe, enjoying a beer with two of Karolina’s friends in one of the oldest pubs, followed by a delicious food known as…Zapikanki.

Our host Karolina :)

Our host Karolina 🙂

Zapikanki is half a ciabatta covered with your choice of toppings. They were huge so Tim and I shared and we were both pretty full!

Ours had spinach, corn, spring onion, bacon, tomato, mushrooms and garlic mayonnaise. They cost from $1-$3 (AUD) and are very filling.

Deliciousness

Deliciousness

Next Karolina took us to a nearby vodka bar where we enjoyed €1 vodka shots followed by eating a gherkin (instead of a liquid chaser), which kills the taste of the vodka. Next we enjoyed lemon infused vodka, which tasted delicious.

Starting to get full Karolina said it was time to go to her Italian friend’s house where lasagna was waiting for us!!! Not knowing how we managed to fit it in, we enjoyed a slice of lasagna too 🙂

Geni, Pio and Keena were hilarious, I think it took us about 10 minutes to take a group photo. Pio was using his fancy voice recognition phone to take the photo and the amount of times we had to command the phone to take the photo before it would register was hilarious. We were all in stitches of laughter by the end 🙂

Next we had fun with Pio’s Bambino, the car was tiny!

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Classy

Classy

The way we acted, you would have thought we had been friends for years

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Today we found a Free Walking Tour in Krakow, which started at 11AM and 3PM, we decided on the 3PM ‘Jewish Quarter tour’.

Meeting at the St Mary’s Church in the Town Square, we were split into separate groups of 30, had a quick briefing and then left for our tour, which started with us following the footsteps of former Jews from Krakow.

We walked at least 5km over the 2.5 hour tour, which ended at the Shawshank Redemption factory. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained a lot about the Krakow history and the horrors that the Jews went through during World War II.

Tim and I were unfortunate to have arrived in Krakow on one of their coldest days in awhile. Only wearing a thin jacket, we found ourselves getting colder and colder as the day went on. By the time night had fallen the temperature was reaching 0°C, heading towards -2°C and our stomach muscles were hurting from shivering so much!

When we met up with Karolina at 7:30PM she took us to an authentic Polish student place to eat, where you can buy cheap local food.

Defrosting, we enjoyed our feast! The amount of food was unbelievable, especially because it only cost $6 each, tasted great and was very filling.

Gherkin soup, pork schnitzel with potato, salad and mushroom dumplings.

Gherkin soup, pork schnitzel with potato, salad and mushroom dumplings.

Defrosted and warm again we headed to a nightclub where a few of Karolina’s friends were. Enjoying a drink here we headed to one more drinking place and then headed back to Karolina’s.

We had such a great time with Karolina and her friends. Everyone were warm and welcoming, it made us wish we could have stayed longer. Karolina was such a lovely, kind hearted host, we felt lucky to have had the chance to meet her and that she accepted our request 🙂

Krakow is a beautiful city, with so much to see and do. I highly recommend visiting if you ever plan to make your way to Poland, as the history and architecture is very interesting, the food tastes great and the people are really friendly.

Tomorrow we were making our way to Budapest, Hungary via Auschwitz concentration camp.

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The Green Fairy

Prague, a place where a decomposing hand lies, a cursed clock stands tall and green fairies fly. A city filled with museums, thousand years of history and cultural attractions.

The city of Prague is beautiful. Everywhere you look you are surrounded by picturesque views, beautiful buildings and a healthy supply of absinthe 🙂

We rocked in quite late and drove around until we found a cheap hotel, checking in we decided on  an early night.

We had found a free walking tour in Prague, it started at 11AM so we checked out of the hotel and drove into the city.

Meeting at the Astronomical Clock, we grabbed a bratwurst each and waited for the tour to start.

Our guides name was Bianca and she was from the Ukraine. Bianca’s English was easy enough to understand and she was very knowledgeable.

The free walking tour was really good, recommend if you are looking for something more to do in Prague. The tour is on the longer side averaging 3 hours, but runs through Old Town, Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter, a church which hangs a (now decomposing) hand from the ceiling and much more.

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

This metal statue of a man riding on an invisible mans shoulders was made by a famous Czech artist Jaroslav Rona. Apparently if you rub the mans foot, it will bring you good luck. Guess there is no harm in giving it a go 🙂

Decomposing Hand

Decomposing Hand

The hand is hanging here to warn off any future thief’s.

A man once attempted to steal the donation money in this church and getting greedy he tried to steal a gold necklace that was around one of the statues neck. Reaching up to take the necklace, the statue suddenly came to life and took a hold of the thief’s wrist. When the locals came into the church the following day they saw this man caught in the statues grasps and realised what he was doing.

The men couldn’t let the man down so cut off the thief’s hand. The church then decided to hang the thief’s hand from the ceiling as a warning to anyone else who ever had the idea to steal from them.

After the walking tour we explored the city some more, walking across the bridge and looking at the castle. We then booked into a cheap apartment in the old side, grabbed some tortellini and beers from the local supermarket and checked into our apartment.

Love this sign

Love this sign

Our room was private with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Each room held two private bedrooms, so we only shared the bathroom and kitchen with one other couple, which was nice. We spent the night looking on couch surfing for hosts for our next few destinations – Poland, Hungary, Austria and Croatia.

After a couple hours of reading profiles, sending requests and enjoying our dinner and beers, we had positive requests for Poland, Hungary and Austria, which was great! All three of our hosts were completely different in age, gender, interests and travel experience. However, we had at least one common interest with each of the hosts (excluding the love to travel) as that always provides us with something to talk about.

Tim and I really enjoy couch surfing, I cannot recommend it enough! Couch surfing really is the best way to meet new people and hang around like minded people who enjoy traveling also.

Tomorrow we were heading to our next destination, Krakow, Poland!

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Last Days in Germany

Needless to say the aftermath of Oktoberfest resulted in hangovers and low motivation to be active.

None the less, we were only in Munich for the day so we all got up around midday and Trixi and Dominik took us on a tour of Munich.

Walking around the English Gardens, we watched the people surfing on a standing wave, visited the Hofbräuhaus and bought some souvenirs.

Standing Wave

Standing Wave

We were definitely fading fast, so after lunch we decided to head back to Regensburg, order some pizza for dinner and watched a movie.

The next day, feeling rejuvenated, we went on a tour of Regensburg. Regensburg is a beautiful city, T&D showed us the Dom (Gothic Cathedral), Stone Bridge, Town Hall, Agilolfing and the Walhalla.

The Gothic Cathedral (Dom)

The Gothic Cathedral (Dom)

Walhalla

Walhalla

The Stone Bridge

The Stone Bridge

The Walhalla made us feel like we could have been in Greece.

Enjoying the sun we walked around for a good couple of hours, before it was time to head back and enjoy some Chinese food and movies. It was our last night in Germany with our friends, tomorrow we were headed for Prague, Czech Republic.

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest. How can anyone not like a celebration dedicated to beer and drinking?

Just to give an example of the size of this festival, take the Royal Show and put it on steroids, add thousands more people, tons more rides and copious amounts of beer and you are getting pretty to close to what Oktoberfest is like!

Everyone seemed in great spirits, the grounds were covered in the colours of the rainbow from all the bright lederhosen and the aromas were a combination of bratwursts and beer.

Looking the part

Looking the part

Tim feeling very German :)

Tim feeling very German 🙂

Arriving around 4PM we walked around the grounds and enjoyed a bratwurst and a pretzel before sitting in the Hofbräu Festzelt beer garden with a couple steins, or maβ (mass) as they are correctly known as in Germany 🙂

After a couple of hours we met up with Dominik’s cousin, Alex and snuck into the Hofbräu Festzelt tent, where we enjoyed more maβ, pretzels and roast chicken.

Cheers!

Cheers!

It was great to see the waitresses carrying between 5 and 8 maβ at a time! – I struggled with three 😉

At 11PM we were all being kicked out of the tents and in the mumble jumble we lost Tim……looking around for almost an hour Dominik finally found him about 100m away and we headed to a German nightclub where shots were €2!!!! So a few of them later we decided to stumble home.

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Euro Trip!

Road trip; freedom, fresh air, countryside, open roads and beautiful scenery, which can very quickly turn into crazy drivers, roadwork delays and unexpected snow covered roads.

One of our greatest adventures that we have done together was drive around Australia so we were very excited to drive around central Europe.

Typical us didn’t book anything until the last minute, so with prices escalating rapidly we decided to approach a different method of transportation…

It was going to cost us £30 to hire a car from Avis to drive from London to Dover and then £70 to catch the ferry from Dover to Calias, France. £70 for two FOOT PASSENGERS! And £40 if we had a car and up to 4 passengers….didn’t make any sense, so we decided to find different means.

Looking on a car sharing website called BlaBlaCar we found a lady driving Dover – Calais via the Euro Train for £15 each. This was perfect and so much cheaper.

Having a nice family dinner at Nana’s house, my Aunty and Uncle dropped us at the train station where the lady driving us to Calais asked to meet. Saying goodbye we waited for about 20 minutes (9PM) for ‘Curly D’ to arrive. Curly was lovely, we talked the entire trip and arrived in Calais at 1AM (after the time change).

The Euro Train was awesome, the travel time was just over 30 minutes, so quite a bit quicker than the ferry.

When we arrived in Calais we booked into a hotel room which was €40 and went to sleep.

The next day we collected our electric blue Ford Fiesta from Avis Car Rental – Tim found a sweet deal online, which made the car equivalent to $20 a day (including insurance).The Fiesta was compact and diesel, so we were hoping to get a lot of millage out of a tank.

The Beast

The Beast

Hitting the road we were bound for Regensburg, Germany, where our friends lived. Tomorrow Oktoberfest was on the schedule, so we needed to make it to Regensburg tonight. Driving across France, through Belgium and halfway across Germany, we finally arrived in Regensburg at 1AM after 13 hours driving.

Trixi & Dominik

Trixi & Dominik

It was so lovely to see our friends again; Trixi put together a German feed of pretzels, meats and cheeses for us, which was delicious.

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We are all Big Kids at Heart

Today was my birthday and to celebrate mum had bought tickets to Disneyland Paris!!! You can never be too old for Disney 🙂

Getting up early and having breakfast we packed our day bags and caught the train towards Disneyland Paris – The train tickets to Disneyland were €9 each.

When we arrived at Disneyland it was 10:30AM, because Walt Disney Studios closed earlier than Disneyland Paris we decided to head there first.

Walt Disney Studios is Pixar character based, so we went on rides based on Toy story, Cars and Finding Nemo,

toy story ride

Cheeeeese!

Cheeeeese!

There was also a Haunted House, which is similar to the giant drop and an awesome music themed rollercoaster. Everyone was proud of mum for going on this as it is in the dark and filled with turns, drops and loop de loops, not mum’s idea of fun. But we were proud that mum gave the rides ago 🙂

Mum just a wee bit scared

Mum just a wee bit scared

Mum survived

A couple hours later and with most of the rides ticked off, we went in hunt for some lunch. Unfortunately most of the shops were closed so we grabbed Nutella crapes and watched the Pixar Parade.

The line ups for this park were averaging about 30-45 minutes, so by the time we had done all of the rides and explored the park it was 3PM so we made our way to Disneyland Paris. On our way out we saw Mickey Mouse, so heading over to him we got his autograph and Alfie had a photo with him.

Alfie in awe of Mickey
Alfie in awe of Mickey

Entering Disneyland Paris we could see it was a lot less busier and the line ups were averaging 10 minutes, which was awesome!

We went on the Indian Jones ride first and then headed to where the next parade was. This time it was filled with the well known Disney characters 🙂

It was then time to tick off all of the rides, so we made our way around and took it in turns riding and looking after Alfie.

The minimum age to go on rides seemed to be 1 years, so when we went on the tea cup ride we told the lady Alfie was 13 months so that he could go on something and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Teacup Ride

Teacup Ride

Afterwards Tim and I got lost in the Alice in wonderland maze, and then we all went to grab a bite to eat. Lasagna, salad/chips, drink and ice cream was the lunch bundle meal at the restaurant we went in to and tasted very nice.

Gabbie sized door :)

Gabbie sized door 🙂

Which way?

Which way?

This way?

This way?

View of Disneyland Paris

View of Disneyland Paris

By 8PM the family was getting tired so they went to find a place to sit down and save for the night time show. Tim and I explored some more before heading back to find them.

The 9PM show at Disneyland Paris is amazing! It is based at the castle and involves laser projection to project Disney characters onto it. It was fun to sing along to the songs and watch the fireworks.

Overall it was a great day at Disneyland and a lovely way to spend my birthday. Thank you for a lovely day xx

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Picnic with a View

Waking up at 6AM, we got ready, packed our bags, decided against a sit down breakfast, instead we used the leftovers from last night to make us a feed and checked out. I was so excited!!

The train ride from where we were staying to CDG Airport was simple, it just took awhile to get there. The family were arriving at 7:20AM, but after customs, etc, we were aiming for them to come out of the arrivals gate around 8AM. When we arrived at CDG there were heaps of people in front of the arrival gate, so Tim being tall, had a look around for them whilst I waited at the gate.

After about 5 minutes we spotted them coming out 😀

Giving everyone a massive hug, we left the busy airport and headed back to the train station where we could catch up properly and I could cuddle my 7 month old nephew Alfie for the first time!!

first cuddle

Training it back to Paris, we caught a taxi directly to our hotel, which happen to be in the heart of the Red Light District. This was great as there was a good night life, shops and pubs were open late and there was a good atmosphere.

Once we were all unpacked and had rested for a little while, we decided to head out and explore the city.

On our walks we came across this lovely church, which we went inside to have a look in.

We then went to the Arc de Triomphe and walked along the Champs Elysees, which I was still struggling to pronounce!

Walking down Champs Elysees Tim saw a shop filled with racing cars, so we stopped for a look around.

After our long walk around Paris and because everyone was tired from flying, we decided to call it a day, grab some dinner and head back to the hotel.

When we got back I hopped in the bath with Alfie and Uncle Tim held him for the first time 🙂

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uncle tim

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The next morning we all woke up feeling refreshed, enjoying our continental breakfast of croissants and cheese, we got ready for today’s adventure. Sacre Coeur, picnic lunch and Eiffel Tower climb.

The Sacre Coeur is positioned on the top of a hill,so was great fitness to make our way up there.

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Along the way we stopped for some gelati and a rest 🙂

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When we arrived the Sacre Coeur it was packed, we had a walk around and took in the beautiful view of Paris from the top of the hill. We spent about half an hour here, before starting our decent back down.

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Tim and ran ahead as we wanted to buy the goodies for lunch today. We agreed to meet the family at the train station and headed to the supermarket.

Buying some baguettes, pate, camembert, olives, ham, salami, baby cheeses,champagne and a chocolate mousse dessert, we ran back to the train station and boarded our train to the Eiffel Tower.

We thought it would be nice to have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, before it was time to make our way up it.

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Cheers

Cheers

Picnic with a view

Picnic with a view

Once we had all stuffed ourselves silly, we made our way over to the meeting point for the Eiffel Tower climb and collected our tickets.

The view from the top was beautiful, there are building and park lands as far as your eye can see.

View of Paris

View of Paris

We made it!

We made it!

After mum shouted us a beer to celebrate being together again and for making it to the top 😉

Beer with a view

Beer with a view

Once we had finished our beers, taken all the photos that we wanted, we made our way down to ground level again. We then headed over to a fountain where you can get photos with the entire Eiffel Tower in it, so took some more pictures before heading towards the river.

The sun was starting to set, so we decided to wait on dinner and enjoy a river cruise. The cruise line we went with was called Bateaux Mouches and lasted 70 minutes. It  took us up and down the Seine River, pointing out the Notre Dame and other beautiful architecture along the way.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

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Tim and I then took the family to a look out where they would get a nice view of the Eiffel Tower and waited for the sparkling lights to start. We then made our way back to our hotel via the Moulin Rogue to have a look.

 

 

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One Night in Paris

Packing our backpack, Vicki kindly dropped us at Manchester airport where we were to catch our £19 flights to Paris via Ryan Air.

With Ryan Air, if you are not apart of the EU you need to get a verification stamp at check in, even if you only have carry on luggage. We saw a few couples at the boarding gate be denied flying on this flight because they hadn’t gone and got this stamp, silly really as the people at the boarding gate could check the passports.

Because Ryan Air is a budget airline, you are not assigned seats, so if you wish to sit together it is always a good idea to line up early, especially if the flight is full. Once we were aboard we could see the flight wasn’t fall so we scored a whole row to ourselves.

view from the sky

We landed in Beauvais airport, which is an hour bus ride from Paris. We had used a hotel voucher that we received from the Baltic Cruise so found a nice hotel just outside the city centre to stay in tonight.

The bus to Paris city cost 16€ and the bus was very comfortable, so we caught up on some zzz’s 🙂

Once we arrived in Paris we walked around and took pictures with the Arc de Triomphe, walked down Champs Elysees, grabbed a bite to eat from the local supermarket and walked the 10km to our hotel. Stopping by a great photo opportunity of the Eiffel tower.

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We were staying at the Novotel, so a nice hotel, Tim mentioned it was our honeymoon and they upgraded us to the executive suite, the only room in the hotel where you get a front on, clear view of the Eiffel Tower. Mini bar and breakfast was included too, which was great!

Exploring the hotel we went to the roof bar and took in the beautiful view before taking a stroll down the street to grab some bits and pieces for dinner.

Baguette, pate, cheese, olives and salami seemed appropriate, we also bought a bottle of sangria and went back to our room to eat our dinner and wait to watch the tower sparkle every hour well into the night.

Tomorrow my mum, brother, sister and nephew were flying from Australia, so Tim and I had decided to surprise them at the airport early tomorrow morning. I was so excited that I found it hard to sleep, making it a struggle to wake up in the morning.

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