Planes, trains and automobiles all with an infant.
Our travel itinerary was intense.
I’m going to break this post up, or it could get very long with all the travel we did on this trip.
Day 1 was an easy flight from Aspen to Denver. We went to Denver the night before our big international trip, we choose a hotel with a swimming pool in hopes to burn off some infant energy.
Day 2 was a flight from Denver to Munich only a short lay over and then to Budapest.
Travel tip – several airlines offer a bassinet on overseas travel for your infant, you usually have to make this request 24 hours in advance.
We booked a lovely condo in the Opera district of Budapest http://www.opera.hu/ and arranged for a car pick up from the airport to the condo. We have had a lot of great success using the site https://www.airbnb.com/ When traveling as a family we try to get at least a 1 bedroom condo, because Piper has an early bed time and we like to cook breakfast as much as possible to save money. We spent 3 nights in Budapest.
Piper enjoying the many playgrounds in Budapest and making international friends wherever she goes.
We try to use the public transportation when traveling, most cities have a great subway system, Budapest was no different. When using the subway in Budapest, 1st you buy a ticket then before you get on the subway you have to validate the ticket by putting it into a machine on the platform. This records the date and time of your travel, if you don’t validate you could have to pay a big fine.
We spent a lot of time in and around Heroes’ Square which is the largest and most impressive square of the city. The Millennium Monument standing in the middle of the square was erected in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of Magyars. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at the north side of the square. The Kunsthalle (Hall of Art), an exhibition hall for the contemporary arts, is at the south side.
When visiting the Parliament you can also visit Shoes on the Danube memorial http://visitbudapest.travel/guide/budapest-attractions/shoes-on-the-danube/ It’s a beautiful tribute to the many people that were lost in the holocaust. Also in the area is The Chain Bridge was the first bridge to permanently connect Buda and Pest. Budapest is actually two different cities, divided by the Danube river. Buda is hilly and has amazing views of city and Pest is flat.
A great way to see Budapest is a dinner cruise on the Danube, you can expect local cuisine such as goulash, chicken paprikash, beef stew or stuffed cabbage. Also on the cruise was a band that entertained us with hits from all over the world.
Next day we travel to the beautiful city of Vienna via train. We choose to purchase our tickets once we were in the country, the cost was a bit cheaper then buying the Eurail. The cost of the ticket was about $75 each, Piper traveled for free and the ride was about 2.5 hours long. The train was very comfortable and it was a great way to see some country side.