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10 Off Season City Breaks for Families

Vaporetto goes under Bridge of Sighs Venice

They always look good in the brochures don’t they; those midsummer breaks in peaceful locations with a deserted beach that stretches into forever? Thing is, those idyllic pictures taken out of season start to look a little busy in July. And the reality is that your well earned quality family time is spent queuing at [...]

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The Railway Children: Budapest Children’s Railway

Budapest Children's Railway

The Railway Children: Budapest Children’s Railway “Is it this stop? No. Is it the next?,” says Hannah at every station as the cog railway slowly chugs up the hill. Like many people in Budapest on this beautiful Sunday morning we are on our way to the top of the Buda hills. But unlike everyone else [...]

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Locals show the best family things to see in Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion Budapest

Locals show the best family things to see in Budapest It’s Sunday morning and we’re breakfasting outside Matthias Church high on Budapest hill. A tour leader walks purposefully past us, muttering away to herself. A long line of tourists follow silently behind. It is a large group, undoubtedly one of the many groups of passengers [...]

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The Buda on the Hill, the Budapest Hilton

Family on Bikes Arrives at Budapest Hilton

The Buda on the Hill.. the Budapest Hilton As far as I’m concerned, the only hotel in Budapest is the Hilton. I felt this way over twenty years ago on one of my first ever cycle tours, and I decide it all over again as I return to the city, two decades later with three [...]

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Hungarian rhapsody: Hungarian National Dance Theatre

  Hungarian National Dance Theatre The women look like dancers. In their circle skirts and petticoats and coloured aprons and long hair woven into neat plaits with ribbons, there’s little doubt they are about to leap about. But the men? They are different ages and shapes and sizes. They wear hats and moustaches, and many [...]

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Really cycle touring

Following the Danube cycle path through rural Hungary

Really cycle touring The early morning sunlight falls evenly onto the hemisphere of the Bazilika on the hill. Down below all is quiet in the town where King St Stephen was crowned way back in 1000. The double towers of the nearby church have eight clock faces between them and all the clocks stopped at [...]

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