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.



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.