Ireland 15.-18.10.2016

First time in many years I travelled without my kids. I flied from Tallin to Dublin for 3 days with my mum. We arrived before sunset and took a local bus to city centre, which was much cheaper than airport bus. We didnt had much luggage, so we walked around a bit before going to our hostel. We needed to buy something for dinner, it wasnt easy to find supermarket, everything closes so early. We stayed in MEC Hostel in 6bed female dormitory, it was nice old building. Other girls in our room were nice and quiet, but I couldnt sleep well, my bed was next to the door and all night people were walking nosily in corridor.

16.10

We had our breakfast, it was traditional Irish breakfast, toast with eggs, jam and cheese, cereal with milk. And went to bus station, as we wanted to go to Galway for a day. It’s cheaper to buy return ticket, than 2 single. It’s an open ticket, you can use any time within 1 month. Bus took us across the Ireland to the west coast. The weather was nice all day, but soon after we arrived it started to rain and didn’t stop till morning. We left our things in hostel and tried to walk around a little. We didnt see much, but it is a very nice small town. We stayed at Barnacles Hostel in the main shopping street. It was a nice modern hostel. This time it was a 12bed mixed dormitory with 2 bathrooms inside the room. It was half booked only, and room was at the end of corridor, so it was quiet to sleep and I could sleep well.

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On the road

Galway

17.10

We had our breakfast, which was pretty much same like yesterday. It wasnt raining anymore, so we walked around a little and then took bus back to Dublin. In Dublin we had to walk with our luggage, which got heavier as we bought gifts. We went to see all the famous places before it got dark. Then just walked around, did some shopping and late evening we took a same bus to airport. We spent some hours there sleeping, as we had early morning flight at 6am to Tallin.

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Budapest, 17-19.05.2015

We arrived from Hurghada to Budapest at 12 midnight, as it was so late, we just spent a night in airport. From there we took a metro to city centre and went to search for our hostel, left the luggage there and went to explore the city. What a beautiful city! Modern Budapest is the result of a historic amalgamation of the separate cities of Buda and Pest (as well as the smaller and more distant Óbuda), and it is still typical to refer a restaurant on the “Buda side” or “living in Pest”. Administratively, the city is also divided into 23 numbered districts. We stayed in Pest number V district. They have most beautiful parliament building. When you travel with young children, you have to search for parks and stop in every playground, there are lot of parks in Budapest and some really cool playgrounds. In the river Danube there is a big island called Margaret island, there you could rent all kind of bikes to explore the island easily. It was fun. When it started to get late, we went back to hostel. We stayed in Activity Hostel, we had a big room for 4 with a long balcony and an amazing view to the Budapest Eye.

Next morning, after leaving luggage till evening in hostel we went walking to other side towards the City Park, in front of a park there was a Heroes Square (Hősök tere), in the middle of which is a Millenium Memorial. Park was very big and beautiful, at the far end there was a Zoo, where we went with children. Compared to other zoos I have been, it was very compact, but the most beautiful zoo and botanical gardens together, there were all the animals we wanted to see, was really fun for kids. When it started to get dark again, we went back for our luggage and headed to airport, our flight was 8am, so another night in airport.

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Turkey 25.10-4.11.2014

I flied to Turkey with my mum and 3 children, from Edinburgh to Dalaman airport. It was last EasyJet flight, so it was very cheap. We arrived late, so we took a taxi to Fethiye straight to the hotel. It was a small hotel, season was finished and guests gone home, looked a bit abandoned. Next day in the morning we went to explore the town, went straight to beach and walked until town centre. It was too cold to swim, a lot of fishermen. A beautiful small town with historical places.

Then we took a bus to Pamukkale (meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish). The most amazing place I’ve been to, so beautifully white and that warm water. Looks like an ice. We spent a night there in Grand Sevgi spa hotel.

Next day in the morning we took a bus to Denizli. From where took a bus to Side, where we stayed 4 nights in Anthos Garden Apart Hotel. Season was finished and we were almost only guests. Hotel was nice, close to the town centre. There are lot of archeological sites in Side and nice beach. We took a day trip to Taurus mountains, Green lake, visited orange gardens.

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Turkey 14-19.12.2011

Me and my 4 year old twins travelled from North Cyprus Ercan airport to Adana by AtlasJet. It was very cheap flight, but very comfortable small plane. We took a taxi to downtown. It was already evening and as we stayed with someone from Couchsurfing, he was kind enough to collect us by his car after work. We left in the morning to the bus station.

Next destination was Ankara. It was a 7 hour trip, with such a comfortable bus and amazing views time only flies. There was at least 1 long stop on the way.

Arrived to Adana in evening. This time we had an address for our hosts as we stayed with CS again and we went to search for their house, they were young gay couple living in a very posh area near all the embassies. We stayed there 2 nights, so in the morning when they were off to work we went to explore the city. Ankara is a capital of Turkey with a population of 4,5 million, very modern city, feels like any other city in Europe. It was much colder than Adana, very big and a lot to see.

Again we left in the morning to bus station to take a bus to our final destination Istanbul. Another 7 hour trip with comfortable bus and nice views. My children are used to travelling so it is no problem with them on such a long routes.

We arrived to Istanbul in the evening, our host from CS collected us from bus station. Had a nice dinner. Next morning we went to explore the city, took a bus to downtown. Just few days ago there was a demonstration on main square, now it looked calm. We walked on main street until tower, from up there you can hardly see even half of the city as Istanbul is really big. Then we acrossed the river and went to old part of the city where all the markets are and big famous mosques. Right before sunset we finally found The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii). It is indeed most beautiful mosque I have seen. We had to walk back all the way to the main square where we started, but we had plenty of time and Istanbul is very nice and lively in the evening. Luckily we found a bus going back to the area where we stayed. Next morning we left to airport to catch our flight to Riga.

 

Hamburg 7-8.06.2010

It was first time when I travelled with my twins, they were 2,5 years old. My eldest child was 6. We were going from Egypt to Estonia, as we couldn’t fly directly I chose the cheapest flight I could find. So we took a flight from Hurghada to Hamburg by Condor Airlines. We spent there only 24 hours,  we arrived in the evening, after hot Egypt it felt  very cold, even it was a June. As I hadn’t booked a hotel, we just took a bus, which took us reasonably far from city centre, I thought it may be cheaper further, which it wasn’t obviously.  After getting off the bus I felt so cold, I just stepped in the first hotel I saw and asked if they had a room, well they had. It was a 3 star hotel and cost 100 € per night, same like 1 airline ticket to there. I found it a bit expensive but I just couldn’t go out to search for a cheaper one. The room was nice though, very modern with 4 single beds. We slept very well and in the morning we could leave to explore the city. We went straight to the city centre and walked around there. It is a beautiful city, very modern. We just walked around when it was a time for twins nap, we hopped on a city tour bus, they could sleep and I could see around. After we walked more until it was a time to go to the airport to catch our evening flight to Riga. My brother met us there by his car and took us home. It is possible to travel with young children if they are used to walk long distances and you are not planning to visit museums.

week in Egypt 12.2005

My second travel experience was 4 years later travelling to Egypt for a week holiday. It was first time I boarded a plane, I was quite scared, but thankfully I met 2 girls in airport who happened to go to the same airplane, one of them had been flying a lot.

It was very warm in Egypt. That was what I liked most. Coming from very cold country, it was already snowing, it was huge difference. I stayed in Sharm el Sheikh in 3 star hotel. It was warm enough to swim in swimming pool and in sea, there is most beautiful sea, the clearest water I’ve seen. We also went to a 2 days trip to Cairo and Alexandria, to see the pyramids and museums in Cairo, all I remember about that day is, that Cairo was very dirty and I didn’t like it there. I still don’t like Cairo much, but now it is a nice feeling to go there, like you came home.