Videos of Budapest: Walking tour of the Pest Side

Pest Day 1

I don’t know if this is common knowledge in the states but I didn’t know that Budapest was actually a combination of two towns split by the Danube. Pest is the newer town filled with some amazing architecture, parks, malls, shopping and sites including the Parliament and Hero Square. The Buda side is the more historic side of Budapest and contains sites like the Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastille.

As a whole Budapest is pretty incredible. We continued to be surprised as to just how big the town is. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there is another part of town rich with even more monuments and building. Then, once you think you have the hang of the city you realize that at night there is an entirely new dimension to it all that deserve another lap.

You can watch our timelapse tour of Pest in the videos below.

Pest Day 2

Our video walking tours of Vienna: Buildings, Palaces, Sites and Food.

Vienna was a beautiful city. Clean, rich with history, and both trendy while still retaining its classic history. We were lucky enough to grab an AirBnB with Thomas whom showed us around the city and introduced us to some great restaurants, bars and wines. Time and time again we are shown just how much the people you meet in a city will impact your stay there.

We tried foods, desserts and visited some of the many museums this town has to offer in the videos below. Enjoy!

More pics @ https://goo.gl/photos/KWzBzSEBzvvvDzTt7

District One

Palaces

Amusement Park

Food

Touring Athens in Hyperlapse at the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and Surrounding Streets

Acropolis

Walking through the Acropolis has been on both of our bucket lists for some time now. We learned that only a few decades ago people were able to walk through the ruins, now we are only able to view them from the perimeter. Stories like this validate our “better now than later” approach to touring the world. In a few decades who knows, people may not be allowed to see the perimeter at all.

Going from Turkey to Greece was also interesting. The differences in perspective between how history happened, and the somewhat friendly rivalry between the two countries, are noted in the stories as well and even the coffee. Just try asking for Turkish coffee in Greece and the waiters response may say it all.


Olympic Stadium

Home of the first Olympic Games in 1896, the Panathenaic Stadium is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium. There wasn’t much to do here, or see here really, but the fact that an old stadium is still in use is neat.

Touring the Streets

We had a lot of fun touring through the back streets and shopping districts of Athens. Most restaurants serve pretty much the same food and the quality didn’t vary terribly from place to place so unless you are looking for fine dining don’t waste your time on finding a perfect menu. Just get a good view and seat and enjoy.

Our driving route through Queensland with a stop in Sydney

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Our drive through the countryside of Australia was not nearly as scenic as our drive through New Zealand, but, for us, logistically it was the best way to see all the towns along the coast line. There is a train, but we are the type of travelers that like to go off and do random things when we tour and not having a car would feel restrictive.

Although the drive between town were long (4-8 hours stretches) and flat, the beach towns of Queensland are spectacular and the weather was perfect.

Our rankings

  • Our favorite beach town was Cairns.
    • We heard from a lot of locals that we should skip it but it was a nice town, not over crowded, and had a lively vibe.
  • Our most surprising good time was in Yeppoon
  • Our favorite small town beach was Mount Column (just north of the Sunshine Coast.)
  • Our favorites activities were the Wildlife preserve in Cooberry and the Great Barrier reef tour from Cairns.
  • Our favorite site was the Whitsunday White Sand Beaches.
    • It gets a lot of hype but it is an aaaaammmazing beachline.  (Funny, on the way up other towns claimed to have similar beaches on the cheap but they were wrong.)

 

Our driving route through northern New Zealand

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From what we heard, the country side of New Zealand is spectacular. We thought the best way to see NZ was by driving. We rented a car in Auckland and made our way down to Wellington – stopping in each of the must see towns along the way.

Getting use to driving on the other side of the road wasn’t too bad. What we had trouble catching on to was the fact that the turn signal was on the opposite side of the steering wheel than we were use to. On every turn we would accidentally turn on the windshield wipers, have a chuckle and carry on. It took a few hours to get use to that.

In the end it cost us about an extra $90 per day to have the car. It really broke into our budget but flying to all the towns would probably have been worst. Tip: Picking up and dropping the car off at the airport adds an additional %15 cost to the overall bill.  If you can, plan well and drop it off in town, but be sure to mind the hours of operation.

 

The beautiful country side of New Zealand


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I’m so glad we decided to rent a car and drive through New Zealand. The countryside is truly inspiring. (It is like a constant view of Windows Desktop XP for you nerds out there.) The peaks and valleys of green grass framed with blue skies are something not to be missed You can see why it was a great place to film the countryside for the movie Lord of the Rings.

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To make it even more picture perfect we passed thousands of packs of cows and sheep along the way.

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