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Baroque Gardens of Bratislava @ Bratislava, Slovakia

Hi Everyone,

After our visit at the Bratislava Castle, we went to check out Baroque Gardens which is right behind the castle. It is one the must see attractions when you visit Bratislava as it is very close to the castle therefore most people will pay a visit.

It is free entry so you can enjoy your time in the garden. It is not very big like some of the parks around the city but it is sure a special one. When you walk in, you can see that the garden has been designed carefully like a special art work. While we were researching, we can see that depending on the season, there would be various flowers planted around to make it a picturesque for visits to take photos and enjoy. If you stand on top of the stairs, it’s like a beautiful art work.

As we visited during winter, there weren’t any flowers unfortunately so we just see green and simple garden. I can imagine summer months this garden will be so colourful!

Along the side of the garden, we see rows of plants and statue like on the tall walls. It matches the castle which is next door. As it was getting cold in the afternoon, we decided not to stay too long and headed back to the car. Just a reminder that the garden is not pram friendly due to the stones on the floor. Be prepared to take your little ones out of the pram and walk around the garden.

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Bratislava Castle @ Bratislava, Slovakia

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While we were in Bratislava, the castle was one of the highlight was visiting the castle. It was a public holiday when we wanted to visit and surprisingly the castle was opened. We parked out car nearby and walked up the hill to see it.

The first thing we noticed was the beautiful view of the city. Just where the view is, there is a large gate which make a nice photo opportunity.

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As we walk into the middle of the castle, you see a simple map to show where things are. As we had a stroller, the lift was not available so we didn’t end up going in. In the middle of the castle, there is also a well which of course is not in use but it was quite popular with the younger crowd all wanting to peer down the whole.

It was a nice place to visit especially on a public holiday. I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t make it inside as the lift wasn’t working. Hope we can go inside next time if we visit the castle again.

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Travelgirl

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Great Coffee Cart at Parndorf Designer Outlet @ Austria

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While we were in Austria, it was already cold and being at the outlet walking and buying things non stop (yes non stop LOL), you do get tired and thirsty. We didn’t want anything cold like a soft drink or water from the vending machines so we tried to look for a something warm. The other criteria I had was I didn’t want to really sit down because we don’t have a lot of time left as it was getting dark so something quick and easy would be preferred.

Then we found this cute coffee car. The coffee smell so nice and they also sell hot chocolate. Without thinking, we got a coffee and a hot chocolate (extra hot!). Gosh it was the best drink we had all day! It gave us energy and we were off shopping again after our drink. If you are at the outlet, do look out for this coffee car cos it was a life saver for us!

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Shopping at Designer Outlet Parndorf @ Austria

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While we were in Slovakia, we planned to go to the Designer Outlet Parndorf in Austria as its was only an hour away from Bratislava. You may have noticed during my trip to Europe as of now, I have not bought and shopped so this is my chance!

We arrived around 10am so we made we had enough time to go through the shops and also taking consideration the kid’s rest time. After an hour drive from Bratislava, we have arrived! What a great day to be out and about shopping!

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There were lots of luxury brands as well as local brands. Before we arrived, I was on the website checking out the brands so I can just visit those stores to avoid further time wasted PLUS to ensure our kids don’t run out of patience. My aim was to get a pair of shoes (or two!) and I had high hopes considering it was a pretty big outlet and had so many brands. When we arrived, we saw Prada and Furla. I do go in for a quick spin at Prada but not as cheap as I wanted due to the exchange rate. Many years ago, I remember going to the Prada outlet called The Space in Italy and those prices great!

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The shop I was looking forward to was Tods but soooo sad they didn’t have my size for the style I liked. I guess it is the outlet so the popular sizes would be gone very quickly. It was definitely a lot cheaper than in Australia and Asia. I guess next time!

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We stayed there till dark (yes time just ticked by so quickly) but we did get a lot of things. Towards the end, we saw a really nice play area for the kids so we let the kids play till they were hungry for dinner and started heading over to the car to drive back to Bratislava. Did I end up getting any shoes? Noooooooo *cry*. The hunt will continue on this trip.

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Starý Otec @ Bratislava, Slovakia

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As we were traveling around Bratislava, we came across a deli which we bought some really nice jamón for our breakfast. This deli had high quality of cold cuts and the prices were a lot cheaper than what we pay for in Australia.

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For jamón for example, we pay around $40 AUD per kilo but in Bratislava, half the price or less depending which type you buy. There are all sorts of other meat and as it was the end of the day, they were starting to pack up but also the time where many people will buy their food for the night or the next day.

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Apart from cold cuts, they sell all sorts of cracks, sauces, other condiments as well as some dairy. I wish we had something so cheap with high quality in Australia. I miss Europe!

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Traveling the World #139 – Tihany Village & Lake Balaton @ Hungary

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It’s been awhile I’ve updated our trip. Today I’ll be taking you around Tihany Village and Lake Balaton in Hungary. Tihany is a small town in Hungary but also have some really nice views. Around Tihany Village, there are many shops selling traditional gifts and restaurants for those were are visiting. There are many cobble stones long the pathway so if you are pushing a stroller like me, be prepared.

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As were were visiting during low season, shops weren’t all opened but there were still plenty of tourists around. As we walk along the path towards the top end, it will eventually lead you to Lake Balaton which over looks the clear water. Do come here on a sunny day as there is no cover anywhere so a raining day not only ruins the view but you will get really wet. I suggest you where comfy shoes as it is a bit of a walk and on cobble stones, its is not easy.

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The Lavender Shop @ Tihany, Hungary

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Let’s continue on some of the cool things I’ve seen in last trip to Europe a few months ago. When we were walking around Tihany, there is a really nice shop that sell items made or related to lavender. This place was just so pretty with the soft lavender colour.

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If you visit Tihany during the right season, you will see lots of lavender fields. The sea of purple is what many locals and visitors see during that season. As we were walking through the main strip, we saw this store with many gifts made with lavender like soap, bath soap, candles, food etc. We didn’t get anything from the store except for a magnet just incase we cannot bring some of the flower based items back to Sydney.

It was just a beautiful store. If you are in Tihany, make sure to visit the store enjoy the products offered in this store.

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Quick Visit to Kossuth Lajos u. @ Tihany, Hungary with Travelgirl

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When we drove towards our Aribnb, we drove past the main strip of the small town in Tihany called Kossuth Lajos u. You would see most of the action on this main road where tourists are being dropped off by the tour buses or people who drove like us will be parking around there to walk around the town.

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There are a few restaurants overlooking the view, a few shops, a public toilet which you need to pay to use (someone does man it in each toilet) and a bank.

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We parked out car at the carpark but they don’t take credit card so we had to go to the ATM located at the bank and pay for parking. Do keep that in mind when you are driving to have a bit of local currency handy for the parking ticket. Overall there isn’t much to see though it was a very nice walk with very people around.

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Visit Szantod Ferry Terminal @ Szantod, Hungary with Travelgirl

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It has been awhile since sharing the rest of our Europe trip. Let’s continue! Since leaving our glamping site at Slovenia, we are on our way to Tihany and to get to our Airbnb we need to take the ferry at Szantod. The drive was smooth even thought the weather was a bit gloomy.

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When we arrived, there were a few cars in front of us waiting to get onto the ferry. The ferry can take cars, bikes and people across to the other side. As we arrived in the late afternoon, the shops were closed already. Luckily the wait wasn’t too long and we were on the ferry very quickly.

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The view here was just wonderful! The ferry was very clean and you can have the option to stay int he car or go out and check out the view. The whole ride as around 5-10 minutes max. It was a nice way to get to our Airbnb.

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Luxury Glamping Breakfast @ Chateau Ramsak, Slovenia with Travelgirl

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For our glamping experience, dinner was not included so we bought food back to the tent. Breakfast on the other hand is included and it was wayyyyy better than what we expected. We woke up to a whole able of fresh local produce.

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Please keep in mind although we paid for two adults as kids stay free, they offered more than enough food for the whole family. First up which was my favourite was the cold cut platter. Lots of cheese, sultanas, cold cuts, tomatoes etc. Then a full jug of freshly squeezed orange juice which was sufficient for the whole family. Next is a whole basket of different breads paired with butter and jam.

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Then there was a muesli and fruit yoghurt which was delicious. After that we had large bowl of cut fruit consisting mango, strawberries, kiwi fruit, grapes etc. Lastly, they were so nice and cooked an egg for the boys and they attempted to make it shaped like a car. Of course there was tea and coffee to finish off. What an awesome breakfast to start the day. 5 star all the way!!

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It’s time to leave after breakfast and we hoped next time we could stay longer. The weather continues to be miserable but we still enjoyed the stay. It was just perfect!

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