Emily managed to reach Hvar on the ferry without vomiting. Spent the first hour or so finding an apartment. A Our apartment was a short walk up the hill from the coast, ran by an old woman and had a balcony. Spent a few days in Hvar. Explored the town and chilled on the beach. We did some swimming, diving and bathing along the coastline. Had a night drinking beers along the water. We trekked up to the castle on top of the hill. Emily thought the castle looked like a dog from the boat in the…
Arrived in Korcula in the evening. Stopped by our room before heading out to into the town. Explored at night, small bit busy. Lots of restaurants and stands. Our boat left relatively early so we set out to explore Korcula by day. Small alleyways and rustic buildings surrounded by blue water.
We took a long ferry ride back to Split from Korcula, taking in the sun and scenery from the deck. Played some Uno and a caught up on some sleep. Explored Split in more detail or a few hours. Much busier and nice than the fisrt time. Taking in the stands, eating pizza and rubbing the toe of a statue before departing on the night train to Zadar. Dodgey soviet trains; walking across the tracks to get on to the trains. On the train, we met a Croatian Iggy Pop who stared at Rebek and Emily for…
Overnight train into Split. Obnoxious edgy kid making noise on the train made it difficult to sleep. Spent the morning in Split passed out on the harbour side before boarding our ferry to Hvar. Emily tried to buy a hat, had some banter will the hat stall owner.
Zagreb. Explored some of the city, Emily got sting by a wasp and the girls fell for a salad bar. More churches/buildings with colourful roof tiles. Nice to chill in the park and get in the fountain. Me and Rebek enjoyed the turtles at the botanical gardens. Went to jazz bar but they had no jazz, we had some Croatian beers tho.
Chilled out on the platform a bit before leaving for Split. Trains were exciting, had an old soviet feel to them. Had to sit on a dirty floor for part of the journey where our sweaty legs picked up the dirt. Nice views of Lake Balaton from the window before reaching Zagreb. In Zagreb we took our tram to the hostel. Zaney hostel with a zaney owner.
Walked up Gelert hill to overlook the city. Exhausting in the heat.
Spent the rest of the day at Szechenyi Thermal Baths to recover. Another highlight of the trip. Ice baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot water baths. Felt so much better afterwards.
Spent our second morning at Shoes on the Danube. Jewish war memorial near the Parliament. Climbed down to see it.
Took the underground to Margaret Island. Had a local food and sat beside the water fountain where they put on shows. Had a walk along the riverside in the park up to the bridge.
Great views of the city, the Parliament building on the riverside in particular. Live music in the restaurant up there and churchs with colourful roof tiles.
Took a funicular up the hill to Buda Castle. Overlooks The Chain Bridge and St. Stephens's Basilica in the background. Watched the changing of the guards and walked along to the Fishermans Bastion.
Sat on the roundabout, Rebek finally worked out she has daddy issues. We crossed the Chain Bridge to the otherside of the river.
Pretty much powered through Budapest in a day. Had a strange pastry in the morning in which i thought was topped with cheese, soon found out this was fat. Climbed to the top of St. Stephen Basillica, panoramic veiws of the city. Had a mooch around some market stalls. The underground system was soviet and deep beneath the ground with really steep escalators.
Irritating hipster ruined an otherwise great train journey on the posh highspeed train to Budapest. Very scenic. Got a room to ourselves in Budapest in a nice hostel, nice owner showing us where to go and what to do. They have Tesco in Hungary.
Morning spent going to a suburb. Afternoon spent at the fun fair from The Living Daylights to see the the ferris wheel before jumping on a train to Budapest.