Munich is a beautiful city, especially when the weather is cooperating. The day after the disappointing visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the weather improved dramatically. While Andy and I were wandering through Viktualienmarkt that day, he looked up and noticed a church tower where we could just barely see people at the top. Since we both enjoy seeing cities from above, we decided to go in search of this tower.
Germany has been feeling like fall since mid August, so it seems fitting to already be talking about fall and even winter plans. I make no secret that I am not a fan of winter. I didn’t like how cold it got in Atlanta during the winter, so dealing with an actual winter here in Germany is really tough for me. We’ve been talking about where to spend our winter for awhile now, and we finally have it (mostly) decided.
During my second visit to Munich this spring, I told Andy I wanted to see Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s the most famous castle in Germany, and even though I knew it was overrated, I still wanted to see it. It was a holiday weekend, but the holiday was a Thursday, so my friend Andrea, who was staying in Munich for three months, had to go back to work that Friday. Andy and I choose that day to go see the castle, a couple hours outside the city.
“By the end of this tour, you will understand why Munich is better than Berlin could ever hope to be.”
It was one of the first things our guide said to the group. I looked at my friend Andrea with doubt. Berlin had already stolen my heart when Andy and I were there for three months last year. Even though I could believe Munich had a lot to offer, I wasn’t so sure it would beat out Berlin in my mind.
Our recent trip to Budapest was a bit of a test for me and Andy. We were working and traveling, with actual contracts and deadlines, for the first time, and we wanted to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. Even though the apartment we rented had WiFi, we decided it might be good to test out Tep Wireless to see how their mobile WiFi works in case we ever need it as a back-up while we’re traveling.
In July Andy and I spent a week in Budapest. It was a wonderful city, and I wish we could’ve stayed longer. It was a nice escape to break up the long stretch of time we had at home, and it was a trip to really test out working on the road. We did a lot while we were there, but working meant we skipped a few things we might have spent money on otherwise. Here’s how much we spent traveling in Budapest for a week.
Andy and I recently spent a week in Budapest. It’s been a few months since we returned from Southeast Asia, and we don’t have any big travel plans until the fall, so I was itching to go somewhere. It was also a trial run of working and traveling at the same time. Though we’ve done this before, this was the first time Andy had a contract while we traveled.
One of the selling points for the apartment we rented in Budapest was its proximity to St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s a gorgeous building, and it’s tied with the Parliament building for the tallest in the city at 96 meters high. Every day when we turned out of the apartment building, it was the first thing we saw. Luckily it’s also possible to get to the top of the middle tower for some fantastic view of the city.
I love castles. They’re some of my favorite sights in Europe, mostly because buildings like that just don’t exist in the US. Castles are such a huge reminder of the age and history of European culture. Plus castles just look cool. Budapest’s Castle Hill was really pretty, but I was excited that there was a second castle in Budapest, on the Pest side of the city.
While Andy and I were in Rome last year, the pizza making and food tour we took was one of our favorite activities. It was such an interesting way to learn about the city and the culture. So when we started planning our recent trip to Budapest and I came across a food tour there, we jumped on it. I knew very little about Budapest or Hungarian cuisine, so we signed up for their culinary walk for our second day in the city to get an introduction to our week.