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Travel Diary: Budapest, Hungary

Melissa Chanel2 Comments
Travel Diary: Budapest, Hungary

Pack your bags, we're going to Budapest! This post is a little behind, but better late than never. Around this same time last month I was traveling with my Aunt and Uncle on my first trip to Europe. I had been counting down the days since my cousin Randy and his wife Brittany told us they would be leaving the U.S. to live in Budapest for 6 months. I had so many questions when it came to traveling to Europe. What to pack? What would the people be like? What about the weather? The fashion? And the flight, gosh don't get me started on that. I have a little bit of flight anxiety, but I love to travel. My friend Terri got it the worst. She even started saying, "can you hurry and leave for this trip already" hahaha! 

After an 11-hour flight, one layover, a yummy dinner, snacks, wine, one book, and 3 movies later I arrived in Budapest and boy was I in for a treat! My cousin Randy and his wife were the most amazing tour guides ever and made sure we saw every site, ate yummy food, and experienced the great shopping! If you follow me on Instagram I'm sure you've seen some of my photos, if not keep scrolling. 


Our first stop was St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest church in Hungary and let me tell you... it was BEAUTIFUL! I loved the architecture and history.  I was so glad we started here. 

Next, well everything was next! We went to a small ice cream shop, Gelarto Rosa that later became my favorite snack of the trip. Then there was Szimpla Kert one of the most popular ruinpubs, Dohany Street Synagogue's holocaust memorial, the National Opera House, the local market, Gellert Baths (another favorite), Liberty Bridge, Hungarian Parliament, and the Chain Bridge. Whew, after ALL that we headed over to Buda Castle, snapped a few photos outside of Mattias Church, and it was time to head back. This trip was jammed packed and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I was able to see a different side of the world and I liked it, A LOT. So much that after a week I wasn't ready to come back to the U.S.

Here are some of my favorite shots from my week long trip to Budapest.

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My Family, we really enjoyed each other and this trip! 

For most of my trip I wore tons of layers and warm clothing so I don't have any details on outfits. I just wanted to go and have a great time and that's exactly what I did. I really did live in the moment. 

Things I learned on this trip:

  •  Enjoy your family every chance you get. :-)
  • Travel with a backpack purse especially if you'll spend a lot of time exploring.
  • Learn at least hello and goodbye/see you later in the native language when traveling out of the country. 
  • Read more, a lot more. 
  • Live in the moment, forget about social media and work for a few days while on vacation. 
  • EAT! Try new foods when traveling out of the country. 
  • Laugh, Laugh, DRINK, and laugh some more. 
  • Fly Lufthansa, my experience was awesome!

I could go on and on about this trip to Budapest, like my obsession with Dreher & Dab beer (Randy and Britt please bring me some back), the large portions of food we received and the amazing food and service we received at Comme Chez Soi Restaurant! In all of my 29 years, this trip will go down as number 1 so far. THANK YOU to Randy & Brittany for making my first trip to Europe THE BEST!

Until next time! 


Have you traveled to Europe? If so, where? 


Melissa Chanel