The Hungarian capital has been through a lot in its time and those with an interest in history will find it a fascinating place. Here are some good ways to learn more about Budapest and its past.
History is everywhere you look in the city, from the old imperial palaces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Communist-era buildings. It’s amazing to think just 30 years ago Hungarians were still living under Communism, and you can learn about the excesses of the regime at the House of Terror. The museum also tells the story of the fascist government that ruled the country in the early 20th century, and provides a stark warning of the dangers of totalitarianism.
Those keen to learn more about the communist era should also make the trip to Memento Park, some five miles outside the center of the city. Here you will find all of the Communist monuments that were removed from the streets following the fall of the regime.
Prior to that, Hungary was occupied by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. The country played an active role in the Holocaust, and this terrible episode in the history of the country is commemorated at the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Further back in time, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was responsible for the massive palaces still standing today. One of the most famous is Buda Castle, which now houses an art gallery
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.