I’ve got some exciting news to share about my next holiday – and it’s a big one! In 2017, I’ve already been to Disneyland Paris twice, making the most of my annual pass, and now it’s time to venture slightly further afield. Still keeping with the Disney theme, I’m going on a Disney Cruise around the Mediterranean, departing from Barcelona, Spain, and with cruise stops in Italy and France. I could not be more excited, and this is why.
Back in 2008, I went on my first Disney Cruise with my family. It was a three-night trip around the Bahamas to try it out and see if we liked it. Looking back, it was just as much about finding out about cruising as it was making sure none of us were seasick! Needless to say, we loved it, and we booked a longer seven-night cruise around the Caribbean for two years later in 2010.
We properly got into the swing of cruising with Disney on this trip, but I haven’t been back on a ship since. That’s seven whole years without Disney Cruise Line. But that is about to change.
Of course I will be bringing you daily vlogs from the trip, from our arrival and exploring Barcelona to the best bits of the Disney Magic, the ship we will be travelling on.
So why do I love Disney Cruise Line so much?
This week my schedule has not been too busy, and I have been rather lazy. I know, I know, this is incredibly unlike me, but I’ve decided to cut myself some slack this week. If I wanted to spend the whole evening watching Disney YouTube videos, I would spend the whole evening watching Disney YouTube videos. It was one of those weeks!
Don’t forget to share how your week was in the comments, too. I’d love to find out!
During those moments where I wasn’t lounging around at home, I’ve been doing a few things here and there. I had Thursday off work to book our advance dining reservations for our trip to Walt Disney World in October. Yes, I did take a whole day off work to secure reservations six months in advance. My colleagues all thought I was a little crazy when I came into work the next day, but it is a very serious operation! You can read all about my stressful booking experience and find out which restaurants we’re going to go to in this week’s Disney dining blog. I managed to get some pretty awesome reservations.
Krakow is a quaint little city. It has some stunning architecture, hardy residents, and a gigantic open town square with a great atmosphere. It’s a beautiful place to explore and relax in. Plus, with a very strong exchange rate from British pounds to Polish złoty, we could eat in some of the best restaurants in prime locations for less than an average meal out in the UK. We found ourselves dining in candlelit restaurants in shorts and t-shirts rather than evening dresses.
As well as the history, there is another reason to visit. Krakow is one of the closest cities to Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp built by the Nazis in World War II. At least one million innocent people were murdered at this site. I can’t recommend a trip highly enough; it’s something that everyone should have to witness. WARNING: I will talk about the tour we had in this post and it could be distressing.
This city has a rich history, and much of it is very recent and very sad. Here is why you should visit.
I had heard so many great things about Budapest before I arrived at their beautiful central station after sitting on several trains for around 12 hours. I normally get a strong vibe from a city as soon as I get there, and while I liked Budapest, we didn’t seem to click. Don’t get me wrong; there are so many amazing parts of this city, and some of the architecture is among the most striking I have ever seen. And yet, I didn’t quite fall in love.
Maybe it was the heat. Like most Brits, I am highly adapted to a diet of rain, cloud and wind. Stifling 30 degree heat and walking around all day leaves me exhausted. Or maybe it had something to do with the bizarre taxi driver who told Beth he was going to sell her passport to the mafia and charged us a small fortune for the journey to our hotel from the station.
There is one part of Budapest that I am irrevocably in love with, though. To have a parliament building as incredibly opulent as Hungary’s is a bit of a privilege. It is by far the most striking government building I have ever seen. I could literally stand and stare at it all day, taking in the gorgeous colour of the domes and Gothic revival spires. At night, it glows across the river, full of majestic mystery. If you need one reason to visit Budapest, make it to see this building. I think I’m a little bit in love.
Thousands of tourists descend on Prague in the high season and they all need a place to lay their heads after a busy day of strolling through the picturesque streets. It make sense, then, that there are so many accommodation options, from friendly hostels to luxury boutique hotels. Here are the highlights.