Our Trip To Budapest

Traveling to and exploring Budapest by vespa and by foot - The Calm Collective

And I’m back with more travel posts! (See: Cape Cod and Ireland) This summer couldn’t have started off any more beautiful, and by that – I’m talking about Budapest. Chris and I had been planning to be in Croatia for months prior, and since he was already going to be in Ireland two weeks before we hopped onto our boat for the week, we thought it only made sense to meet up in a different country before setting sail.  We toyed around with the the idea of Paris, and while that will definitely stay on our list, I had already been – and we were both hoping to go somewhere together for the first time.  So, enter Budapest.  Quite honestly, before he mentioned it I had never really given much thought to visiting Hungary. No rhyme or reason, really. I just didn’t cross my mind as a place I hoped I could see in the future.

Long story short – I am so, so grateful that he suggested this beautiful city.

I’ve never been to Prague, but he kept comparing the two cities.  I thought of it as a quiet, peaceful West Village in NYC. So many restaurants and cafés outside, lots of walking, tiny apartments, beautiful buildings, just an overall calm vibe with the nicest people.  We don’t speak a lick of Hungarian, but a lot of the locals spoke pretty good English and helped us get by with the basic terms (i.e. bathroom, haha)

Most of the days were spent walking around, taking in the views and the culture, sitting out at the park having some cocktails (A piece of advice: 1 dl of wine is like a tasting, and 4 dl is literally filled to the brim – we learned that the hard way.. haha), trying the famous Hungarian Goulash (SO GOOD), crossing the bridge (in case you didn’t know: Buda and Pest are divided by the bridge) we were staying in Pest (totally recommended if you take the trip) but we wanted to see the other side. So we rented a vespa and drove on over. Amazing (even though our battery died and Chris kept having to kick start it, haha!)  Take note though: Budapest is not a vespa friendly city. You’ll see some here & there, but it’s nothing like Florence. It’s 98% cars with not a TON of tolerance for motor bikes :)

Our Airbnb was central to the city, so walking was the name of the game. We were minutes from the bridge, and I was so grateful that Chris brought his drone for us to play with – especially at night once the lights came on. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. One minute it’s dark, and then just like that – the whole city lights up with the most beautiful white light glow. Breathtaking, really.

Below are some pictures from my iPhone and camera! You can catch more fine art photos from the trip over here on my photography site.

Also! Little side note: My Etsy shop is restocked with travel images if you care to take a look! (Budapest images are in there, too!) I’m now offering framed prints as well :)  So grateful to all of you for the support. xx



Traveling to and exploring Budapest by vespa and by foot - The Calm Collective

We spent a lot of our nights putting the drone up over the bridge once the lights went on – so beautiful.

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Walking around the cutest little town over in Buda

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Why are self timers so difficult? Blurry photos for the win! ;)

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Riding on a Vespa over the bridge from Pest to Buda! So much fun.

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I mean… how handsome is he, though?! On the train from Budapest to Croatia

Traveling to and exploring Budapest by vespa and by foot - The Calm Collective

Stepping foot in Croatia, in preparation for Yacht Week! (stay tuned for that post coming soon!)

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  1. Mariana Cordeiro
    June 29, 2017 / 12:18 PM

    Wow beautiful photos. Thanks for the post, I’m going there in September and this made me even more excited :D