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A small glimpse of Budapest

As part of my Europe trip, I visited Budapest (after Vienna). Because of my flight times, I ended up only really having one day in Budapest (I arrived late the first night, then had one full day and then left around 11am the following day).

I spent most of the day at Fisherman’s Bastion. I was just so amazed by the beauty of it all, I didn’t want to leave!

Fisherman’s Bastion is described as a terrace in neo-Gothic style with seven towers, built in the late 1800s. From the terrace, you can admire the stunning panoramic views of the city. As well as look down at the many walking paths and stairs that surround the terrace/towers.

Around Fisherman’s Bastion, there are quite a few cafés/restaurants…that are overpriced as it’s a big tourist spot. I would recommend rather walking back in the direction of the city centre and eating around there if you’re on a budget. Which is what I chose to do as I try to avoid paying unnecessarily high tourist prices whenever possible!

I found a lovely traditional Hungarian restaurant in the city and dined ‘al fresco’! I ordered the pork tenderloin medallions with a sour cream paprika sauce, served with Hungarian-style dumplings…delicious!

Top 3 things you should see in Vienna, Austria

  1. Naschmarkt. A huge outdoor market filled with vintage clothing, crafts, international food stalls etc. It’s been going since the 16th century! It took me about 45 minutes from beginning to end to see everything…I was walking pretty slowly just admiring everything! The whole market is about 1.5 km. The craft stalls in particular are perfect for souvenirs.

2. The Hofburg. The former imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers. Now, it’s the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. The palace was absolutely stunning. I only admired the exterior, I saw you could do a guided tour of a small section of the palace but at quite a high cost. Depending on what kind of budget you’re on, I’m sure the guided tour would be worth doing. I learned that the oldest part of the palace is the Swiss Wing, dating back to the 13th century.

The Hofburg
The Hofburg
The Hofburg

3. Hotel Sacher. Home to the famous Sacher-Torte! If you’re a ‘foodie’ then this one’s for you. Indulge in a slice of ‘The Original Sacher-Torte’ in the hotel’s luxury café and gift shop. For those of you who have never heard of the Sacher-Torte, it was invented in the early 1800s and they are still using the original recipe. A decadent chocolate cake sandwiched together with apricot jam and topped with chocolate frosting.

The Sacher-Torte!
Hotel Sacher

2 days in Oslo, Norway

So today is the first day of my two week trip around Europe. I’ll be visiting five new countries and the first stop being Oslo! So far, I would say there’s a lot of greenery (considering it’s a city) and a very peaceful vibe.

Eating out in Oslo I’ve found Oslo to be rather expensive. Especially the price of food, both in supermarkets and eating out. I found that if you walk slightly away from the city centre, down the smaller side streets you can find restaurants that are slightly more affordable if you’re on a budget. When finding somewhere to eat, there’s so much to choose from. Small cafés selling sweet treats as well as savoury items, curry houses, all sorts of Asian cuisine, American diners and of course local cuisine. (personally, I make sure I only eat the local cuisine) I found their portion sizes to be pretty small. Whilst ordering lunch in a small restaurant, the waitress recommended ordering two dishes per person if you have a big appetite!

Sights worth seeing would be The Royal Palace and grounds. There’s a long promenade filled with restaurants etc. that leads up to the palace. Before, reaching the palace, you walk past the palace park, ‘Slottsparken’ owned by the royal family. There are over 2000 trees there that were planted in the 1800s! The palace was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of King Charles III of Norway. ‘Rådhuset’. Oslo’s city hall. It was built over 20 years in the early 1900s, with an interruption during the Second World War. Another amazing sight to see, is the Akershus Fortress. A medieval castle. Today, it’s used as a military base as well as a museum open for the public. Built in the late 1200s. The Oslo Opera House is also a must-see. The architecture is incredible. It’s home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The unique angled exterior surfaces of the opera house are covered with marble and white granite. It was built in 2007.

‘Skagen’. A traditional Norwegian-style open sandwich. The topping was smoked salmon, shrimps, boiled egg with mayo and dill. As well as a Norwegian craft beer!

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