Ask anyone who has traveled through Eastern Europe to name their favorite city and they will almost definitely say Budapest. Home of beautiful buildings, steaming spa baths and delightfully cheap beer, there’s really nothing not to love.Budapest is the ideal destination for people who want a weekend getaway. Two days in Budapest is all you need to experience a lot of what the … [Read more...]
Europe Travel Blog
Collected blog posts on travel in Europe, from living in London and Romania and driving between the two, the full length of Europe, often, to the tourist hot spots of Europe.
We can't write a single blog post and call it " Europe Travel Blog" so you'll find dozens of individual blog posts below, detailing individual destinations and experiences in Europe.
Europe Travel Tips
- Christmas holidays and long summer school holidays along with the Easter break can bring huge crowds to popular parts of Europe. Avoiding peak times will keep your prices down.
- Countries that don't have the Euro are often cheaper
- Be aware of Shengen area visa restrictions.
- If you're driving - don't forget to buy a vignette and be aware of driving laws and restrictions.
- You're unlikely to have difficulties if you only speak English, in most European countries locals are insanely good at English. But if you're wandering off the beaten track, grab a phrase book and learn what you can. It's polite to try.
- Avoid places that purely exist for tourists. Put money in local pockets, meet more local people and learn more about the country you're visiting by finding the shops, restaurants and places the locals love.
- You can zip around Europe cheaply by budget airline - they're all pretty similar - or use trains, buses, hire a car, ride abike - Europe is pretty easy to get around.
- The weather in Europe swings from hot summers to freezing winters, be preparend for anything and be sure to check weather outlooks. Don't rule out visiting in the dark and cold of winter, it's my favourite time to be in Europe.
We mention " our village in Romania" all over this website, well our village has a name, it is Breb. It is in the very far north, in the County of Maramures, directly above Transylvania and below Ukraine. We've been coming and going from Breb for over 2 years now and to us it is home. I've set this page up to help a friend. The very lovely Penny runs The Village Hotel. It's the … [Read more...]
Our village, Breb, is full of fruit trees. The hills roll on for mile after mile, each a patchwork of narrow strips owned by individual families. Some grow grass for winter hay, some potatoes, cabbages, carrots, tomatoes and beans, but most grow fruit. In the harsh winters nothing grows and villagers rely on their stores of preserved fruit, vegetables and meat. What fruit … [Read more...]
Romania has plenty of bears. Half of the European brown bear population lives on the forested hills of this beautiful country. When we talk about saving bears, we're not talking so much about the wild Romanian bears, as the ones who have had a terrible existence, held captive by private owners and in small Eastern European zoo enclosures until fairly recently. This is where the … [Read more...]
The cost of living in London is billed as high and on previous visits taking rentals, lets or AirBnb apartments we've needed a lot of cash just to support ourselves. This time, our full 5 weeks gave us zero housing or accommodation costs, we've been taking care of friend's beautiful cats and borrowing their home while they're on holiday. We don't use a house sitting agency, so … [Read more...]
When we left our hotel just north of Paris to make our way to the ferry port at the end of our trans Europe road trip we didn't know that our evening's accommodation was in one of the most fascinating and historic parts as France. Not far from Amiens and our hotel, I spotted a sign for the Somme Valley. A little later a second sign for a memorial cemetery, 2 and 2 made a … [Read more...]
A reader asked me to post about our European road trip posts, so we collected the data, saved every receipt and collected all the information you need on driving around Europe for almost 2 weeks into this post. We have petrol ( diesel) costs for all of the European countries we visited, road toll charges, vignette costs and regulations as well as hotel, some food and … [Read more...]
My boys adore the Asterix and Obelix books as did their dad before them. They played a big part in their learning to love books as they pulled every volume of the series from library shelves and read them over and over again.These gorgeous cartoons also introduced historical concepts into small heads. Think about it, they were discovering the concept of Roman soldiers and … [Read more...]
3 days in Slovenia was enough time to fall head over heels in love. Why didn't I know how beautiful Slovenia is? Why haven't we visited a million times? Why haven't we taken the kids to Bled and the other stunning lakes to enjoy every kind of outdoor adventure?I'm forever saying that Romania is the most beautiful place on Earth, well it has some tough competition in … [Read more...]
Around June I became aware that a few things existed, Hungarian horsemen and their incredible skills, the UNESCO listed Hortobágy National Park, the Puszta and the rare and heritage breed livestock of this unique region. We've been trying to make a visit to this area ever since but our first chance came with our trans-Europe, Romania to London 2017 roadtrip. We decided to make … [Read more...]