Friday, 14 July 2017

A Weekend In Budapest - July 2017.

It's nice to write something a little different on the blog every now and again and this time, I'd like to share a few snaps from my recent trip to Budapest with the girls. 
We've done a few city break weekends together and fancied somewhere all three of us had never been to before. The list wasn't huge but we settled for Budapest.

We booked flights online to and from East Midlands Airport (flying out with RyanAir and home with Jet2) coming in at around £200 each for a return and counted down the days. I ordered my Forints online with FairFX and had them delivered to my house as I always find you get the best change rates this way - top tip. As I don't drink, I ordered £250 worth for the Friday to Monday break and this was just about perfect.

We decided to drive to the airport as we'd be struggling for lifts as our flight times didn't really work with the schedules of parents, partners etc. 
The Meet & Greet parking at East Midlands is really handy as you're able to drop your car off right outside of departures and have a member of the parking team take it to a space close by for you. This saves time and is super convenient. We found this perfect for our late night arrival. There was no walking, no shuttle bus and we we're straight off home ready for bed!

With a late afternoon arrival into Budapest, we hopped in a taxi and strolled around the centre to take in our surroundings and familiarise ourselves with the place a little. By night, the Budapest Eye lights up Erzesbet Square.

Our first day was spent doing the sightseeing. We took a two day open topped hop on hop off bus tour with City Sightseeing and saw some fantastic sights such as Heroes Square, Parliament and Buda Castle. This also included a boat tour along the River Danube. 
But first...Breakfast. Just around the corner from our apartment was an adorable French Cafe. I had a Pain Au Chocolat and Orange Juice. 

That night, we were attending a Sparty. If you've not come across a Budapest Sparty before, it's basically a nightclub-esque pool party held in the Szechenyi thermal baths. These run every Saturday night during the summer months from 22:30-03:00 and are very popular for the younger crowds and stag-do's. I was a little apprehensive to attend myself as I'm not a huge party person but the Sparty was amazing. I enjoyed every minute and would totally recommend going if you're visiting Budapest or even just visiting Budapest for the Sparty. 
We pre-booked the Sparty online through their website and a Trio Ticket cost us 45€ each. 

Photo credit: Sparty Facebook Page

The following day, we had a lie in as you'd probably expect after partying until the early hours. We stayed in an apartment I found on called Asboth Apartments. At £100 each, it was fantastic value for money. It's in a central location, has free wifi, air-conditioning and the interior was very swish. 

Sunday was a laid back lazy day. We went back to Szechenyi Baths to relax. Thermal Baths are a huge part of Budapest's history and a popular attraction for visitors. Szechenyi is one of Europe's largest hot spring baths and dates back over 100 years. The water is sourced from wells deep beneath the city and contains all sorts of minerals that the body loves. 

Our final day, we had to be checked out of the apartment for 10am. Our flight wasn't until 7pm so it's fair to say, we had a few hours to kill. With our bags in tow, we didn't wander far. We spent the morning having breakfast, French toast for me, and the afternoon was spent looking around shops and drinking cocktails at Hard Rock Cafe in the sun. 

So, there you have it. A little insight into my trip to Budapest. I had a wonderful time and happy to say I've now ticked it off the travel bucket list. Have you been to Budapest? What did you like best?

Thanks for reading,


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