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BUDAPEST TRAVEL DIARY

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



Last year in September, Adrian and I traveled to Budapest. It wasn't really a place I was looking forward to visiting - I didn't really know much about this city or Hungary to begin with.

Looking back, I'm so glad we decided to visit this beautiful city. Budapest was definitely a highlight during our trip - apart from eating pizzas in Rome and living the island life in Mallorca!

STAY
We stayed on the Pest side of Budapest in district 6 at a really nice Airbnb apartment - the hosts were really kind and helpful and the house was really cool, plus it was a great price! The only downside was that there was no lift - but we managed!

GETTING AROUND
We did the easy touristy thing and organised the Big Bus Budapest bus tour. We were honestly so exhausted after all the places we had already visited, this seemed like a no brainer. It was actually so good - the audio on the bus was so informative and interesting - I felt like I was learning!
The ticket was great value too, included was a free round trip on the River Danube and a night tour - which was so beautiful.

VISIT
Budapest is famous for its bath houses, we decided to go to the Gellert Thermal Baths. The location was so lovely although, I think the bathing would be a lot nicer in the summer months.

Escape rooms are huge here, we did two of them! Escape rooms started in Budapest and there are actually a few in Melbourne now too. We went to TRAP and did the Medieval and Egyptian rooms. We liked the Medieval one better - although we did that in the afternoon when our brains weren't dead from sightseeing!

Shoes on the Danube bank is a memorial for a number of jews who were killed on the edge of this river. The jews who died here were ordered to take off their shoes and were then shot at the edge of the river. When we walked by this memorial, shoes were filled with flowers and candles.

The Funicular Railway (cable cars) in Castle Hill on the Buda side was really something. I loved riding on the carts, it was such a cute was to get a nice view of the Pest side there was some nice areas to explore on the top!

EAT
Hungary was under the ottoman empire, so many dishes in Budapest are that way inclined. I was in heaven when I saw the amount of Turkish places to eat although, there was lots of Goulash!

Gelarto Rosa is THE place to have ice-cream. The ice-cream flavours are amazing, I had white chocolate and lavender and plum gelato and still think about it to this day. I think this ice-cream was better than Rome's (sorry!) We went back twice!

Central Market Hall was the place were we tried the delicious Langos - it's like a open top sandwich topped with sour cream, salads, paprika and anything else! It's so yummy, but messy!

Hummus Bar was a place that was recommended to us. It was pretty delicious and super healthy!

Ruin Pubs - we didn't get a chance to go to any of these but, they seemed really cool!








Have you been to Budapest or anywhere else in Hungary? Or are you planning your trip to Budapest?! 
Lemme know in the comments below! 

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5 CUTEST INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lately, well for a while now, I've been feeling like my home isn't complete without a few indoor plants. I've slowly been getting a collection of some and I thought I'd share with you some of my favourites!

What is your favourite houseplant? Leave a comment below!

HOYA
If you follow me on Snapchat, you would have noticed my latest addition, the Hoya. When I saw it in the local flower shop, I knew it was mine. The Hoya is a vine, so it likes to climb. The leaves are lovely and glossy and the plant flowers too! It's perfect. It would look great on your balcony in a hanging basket or in the bathroom. I've got mine on top of my wardrobe so the leaves can hang down.



BUNNY EAR CACTUS
I first saw this on Pinterest and I was in love with how cute this little cacuts is. Last weekend when I was at the Queen Vic Market with Adrian, I saw one and bought him. I've popped him in a tea cup to grow on my mantle piece.




SNAKE PLANT
Also known as the the mother in laws tounge! I haven't got my little hands on this one yet, but how awesome do they look potted?!  The snake plants don't like a lot of sun, so they'll thrive in a place that needs some brightening up!




DEVILS IVY
The Devils Ivy looks similar to the Hoya, although there are some pretty noticeable differences in the leaves and that this plant doesn't flower. These leaves are much wider and some varities have some white pigments in them. This plant looks nice hanging, just like the Hoya or potted with a stake or something to climb on so it can grow tall.



FIDDLE LEAF FIG
I've got a Fiddle Leaf in my place from my twin sister who just moved to Copenhagen. I've been taking care of it for about 2 weeks now. It's such a lovely plant to have in the home. It looks so nice in the lounge room. The Fiddle Leaf doesn't like direct sunlight, so keep it in a bright area where the light is filtered. They can grow really tall as well!




(Image 1: Design Sponge Image 2:  Christine Bonnivier  Image 3: Apartment 34  Image 4 :  Ginny Branch) Image 5: Smitten Studio Online)

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DIY - MOTHER'S DAY CARD

Friday, May 8, 2015



Mother's Day is always a bit of a tricky one for me, because my Mum's birthday happens soon after and I don't want my gift on Mother's Day to over shadow the birthday one. I try to keep things simple on Mother's day and thought I'd share this simple and pretty DIY project that you could try out for your Mum.

Nothing says I love you more than a handmade card that says 'I love you'!


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Black pen ink
- Thin paint brush
- Thick card/paper
- Ruler
-Pencil

WHAT TO DO:
First of all, before you decide to use the thick card it's best to practice what you're going to write. Once you've got the hang of writing your message, you'll want to measure the paper to make sure you're folding it in an even half and that your message starts in the centre of the card. 
That's pretty much it! Simple, affordable and unique! 


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PLAYLIST 3: FILL THE SILENCE

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I figured I should share some songs I've been listening to. This isn't the happiest of playlists I've put together. Although, it's still pretty to listen to. I found out about a month ago that my twin sister will be leaving to go live in Denmark. She leaves on Sunday and I'm really upset - there's been days that I'm fine and I'm excited for her to be going. Then there are days when I could be standing in a busy space and find myself tearing up. 




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