The Budapest City Guide

LOCATION: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest, the capital of Hungary is a city with lots of culture and lots going on to see and do. Alike many capitals within Europe you have historical buildings to visit and pretty landscapes to experience. However we found Budapest different to any other capital city that we have visited before. This is due to the historical culture of medicinal baths and buildings that we was able to visit around the city.

The city of Budapest was once separated in two, with Buda on one side of the river and Pest on the other. During our visit we stayed on the previously named Pest side of the river which is easier to get to from the airport and is within walking distance of one of the famous historical baths.

Come and explore what Budapest has to offer . . .
Hungarian Parliament building: This pretty building which sits upon the river is the Hungarian house of parliament. Stunning from the outside, you are able to get the best views of the building from the other side of the river. You are also able to go for guided tours within the building, however it is recommended to pre-book to secure a place and tours can be cancelled or unavailable during parliament meets and events.
Szechenyi Chain bridge: This is the pretty bridge located within the centre of the city which enables you to get from Buda to Pest and vice versa. The bridge allows you to cross either by car or by foot/bike. Being only 375 metres long the bridge does not take too long to walk across and allows you to see the pretty city from different angles.
Tip - If you don't fancy the walk to the top of castle hill to visit Buda castle, Fisherman's bastion and Matthias church you can use the tram.
Matthias Church: This catholic church located within the Buda castle district is well known and well visited not only for its location next to Fisherman's Bastion but also for its breath-taking architecture. The historic church which has been designed to look like a traditional gothic church has the addition of coloured tilled roofs. Open to the public you are able to venture inside to experience the architecture inside as well. This doesn't require pre-booking, you are able to decide on the day as long as you visit during opening hours.
Fisherman's Bastion: This is a terrace which is located at the top of the hill where Buda castle and Matthias church sit. Due to the location of the terrace you are welcomed by the best views across the city and the river which runs between Buda and Pest. The fisherman's bastion terrace is  surrounded by fairy tale like towers and walls with open windows. These used to be castle walls for the castle on the hill. Today the walls remain but are not to keep people out of the castle grounds so can therefore be explored and admired.

The sight is free to walk around and explore unless you want to walk around the higher up viewing platforms where you can buy a ticket for on the day.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths: The thermal baths are a big attracting in Budapest due to their thermal springs. Now over 100 years old the baths are still today used for medicinal purposes as well as for relaxation. Open to the public, you are able to enjoy all 15 inside baths and 3 outdoors at your own free will. The baths also offer massage and facial treatments which you can book prior or upon arrival.

Make sure you check the pool temperature before you get in as some of the pools are cool pools at only 20 degrees and some are warm at 38 degrees. Although we found 20 degrees comfortable to be in, it can seem rather cold after being in another pool.

You are able to pre-book tickets to ensure you are able to pick what you wish in regards to date of visit, changing facilities and treatments. These can be purchased in either Euros or Hungarian Forint. However bare in mind that even if you book a cabin to change in if you get there and all the cabins are gone you will have to use communal changing. The cabins work on a first come first served basis. You can book your tickets: here

Tip - Buy a cabin so you can change in private and not in a communal changing area.
Have you ever been to Budapest? What would you recommend visiting?
Love Chloe and Megan

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The Rome City Guide

LOCATION: ROME, ITALY

When in Rome . . .

The famous saying which means when in Rome do what the Romans do and go with the flow and do what everyone else is doing. With this in mind during our trip to Rome we made sure that we saw all the best sights and experienced everything you need to experience within the city. With so many amazing sights to see and things to do it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and miss things that you will love. Therefore we have put together a guide which will help you choose which sights you want to see and what you want to do while in the city, come and explore . . .
Getting to the city . . .

If you are flying directly to Rome you are able to fly into either of the two airports from London. And if you are flying from somewhere else in Europe you can also use either airport. This is handy if you are flying in from one country and flying out to another. As we was doing this we was able to use both airports during our trip.

Fiumicino Airport - This is the bigger airport of the two with the majority of flights being long-haul by bigger airlines. Although this is the furthest airport from the city centre it also has the best public transport to get to the city. The airport has a train station located inside the airport where you can get a direct train to the centre of the city. In just 30 minutes you are in the city ready to explore.

Ciampino Airport - The smaller of the two airports this is the airport which is used by short haul airlines which fly around Europe. Although this is the closest located airport to the city centre it however is the most awkward to get to. As we was only flying out of this airport we only had to find transportation for one journey. To get from the city to the airport and vice versa you are able to get a bus from the station. This is direct and simple, you don't need to worry about where you are getting off or how to get there. However you will need to get the bus from the main station and the buses leave at certain times so you will need to make sure that you plan what time you need to leave.
Sights to see . . .

Rome is a city full of lots of sights to see and experience. Of course a lot of the sights are well known and probably already on your list of must sees. However during our trip we explored the city to see the best sights and get the best tips to bring to you for your future trip to Rome.

Trevi Fountain: One of the most well known and most spectacular sights within Rome. The famous fountain which is located within the trevi district is one of the most visited sights within the city. The breath-taking fountain sits in a little square which gets filled with people coming to visit. With the white marble architecture and dazzling blue water the fountain may be the prettiest there is.

When visiting the fountain it is a well known tradition to throw in a coin to ensure your return to Rome. This lucky tradition is the perfect way to visit the fountain.

Tip - Visit the fountain early in the morning to avoid busy crowds. You will then get a perfect photo without all the people in it. We recommend sunrise.

Pantheon: This former roman temple is today a church which is open to the public to explore for free. However due to the no entry fee the que for the church can get very long. If this is the case and you don't get to go inside the exterior of the building is still rather impressive. With its impressive pillars and historical looking architecture the building is an impressive sight to see. The square where the pantheon sits is surrounded by little cafes and restaurants where you can eat and admire the view. You can also take a horse drawn carriage for a ride around the square and explore the area.
Vatican City . . .

You are able read all about what to do and see within Vatican City in our post here
Where to eat . . .

Italy is a county with not only amazing sights and experiences but mouth-watering food. With a pizza restaurant on every corner and a gelato parlour wherever you turn you will be spoilt for choice. Near every must see sight is a must see eatery.
Colosseum: The Colosseum is one of the many must see sights within Rome. Being one of the oldest buildings not all of the building still stands today however the remainder is very impressive. Not only from the outside but from the inside.

Read more about the Colosseum on our guide here
Tip - Rome is a VERY busy city. Get to attractions early to avoid queues and people in your photos.
Have you ever visited Rome? What was your favourite sight in the city?

Love Chloe and Megan

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Colosseum

LOCATION: ROME, ITALY

Italy is well known for its amazing food, stunning architecture and breath-taking landscapes. The capital of Italy, Rome is home to many must see sights and stunning buildings to visit. Among these sights is the famous Colosseum. Known worldwide for its breath-taking architecture and fascinating history the Colosseum has to be top of your list of places to visit when taking a trip to Rome. Situated in the centre of the city the sight is easy to get to regardless of where you are staying or travelling from.

The Colosseum was built in 080AD as a amphitheatre which was used for performances, entertainments and events. With the majority of the Colosseums events being fights of gladiators or wild beasts the inside of the Colosseum is designed for such occasions. This consists of lots of concrete walls at different heights which would have been required to manoeuvre around. Today the interior of the Colosseum remains the same. This can be said for the outside as well apart from the cleaning which was carried out to restore the sight to look as it would when it was built.

You are able to go inside the Colosseum and experience would it would have been like back in the day for yourself.
Come and explore with us . . .
How to get to the Colosseum . . .

As you can see from our photographs the area which the Colosseum is located is very busy with traffic (of course this can be said for a lot of Rome). Although close roads are very helpful if you are planning to travel to the Colosseum by car it can also mean that the area can take longer to get to and parking can be difficult due to the congestion. Therefor it can be a better idea to use public transport which is not affected by busy roads and does not require needing to find a parking space.

Metro: The metro system in Rome is perfect if you need to get around and see all the sights that the city has to offer. With a station located just across from the Colosseum you are able to travel from wherever you are in the city to see the sight.

Walking: Luckily our hotel was only a short 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and with great paths to use it was fast and easy to get to. By walking we was able to overtake all of the cars sitting and waiting to get to the sight and not have to worry about where we was going to park.

Driving: If you are travelling to the Colosseum by car don't be put off by the traffic and congestion. You are able to drive quite close to the sight so it is a great idea if you don't want to walk far. However the only issue you may have is finding somewhere to park. There was spaces at the top of the road near the Colosseum however they were limited, this means more time travelling to find a space elsewhere.
Tip: Pre-book your tickets to go inside the Colosseum, this will save time and money.
Tip: Visiting early will avoid queues and it will not be as busy inside when you are exploring.
Inside the Colosseum . . .

Once you have gone through the process of purchasing, collecting or showing your tickets and you and your possessions have been through security it is time to go inside the Colosseum. At first the inside can seem like a maze, this is due to the magnitude of the building. However once you start exploring you will soon find your way around. If you first make your way out from inside into the open theatre you will be amazed by how big and breath-taking the Colosseum really is.

You are able to walk around the entire outside, except if it is set up for an event. However you are able to walk around on two levels to experience different views of the amphitheatre. This means that you will have to take the stairs inside which are very steep.
Tip: If you take the stairs to the second level you can experience views like above.
Have you ever been to the Colosseum? What would you recommend if we returned?

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