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Budapest. Part 3

2022-01-14T15:05:07+00:00

Zoo There is talk that the Budapest Zoo is a must-visit for those who come to the Hungarian capital with children. So, we could not help introducing our boys to many animals, some of whom they saw for the first time in their lives. The Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world – it first opened its doors in the '60s of the 19th century. Its history dates back to the founding of a small menagerie with several species of animals. Nowadays, the number of species is close to 800, and the total number of all creatures there [...]

Budapest. Part 32022-01-14T15:05:07+00:00

Budapest. Part 2

2021-10-17T09:44:46+00:00

Gellért Hill Close to the two previous locations, there is the Gellért Hill. Its height is only 235 meters, and one can climb up it from any point – the paths running to the top are all around the hill. Legend has it that the hill was named after a Catholic saint who preached Christianity. During the 11th-century revolt, the pagans put him in a barrel with nails and kicked him down the hill. Today this place is particularly favored by tourists, and we could hardly believe that, up to the 18th century, vineyards and pastures were all that was located [...]

Budapest. Part 22021-10-17T09:44:46+00:00

Budapest. Part 1

2021-10-17T09:42:57+00:00

Our next destination was Budapest – the European “gem”. The Hungarian capital can justly be called a treasure trove of breathtaking views and magnificent historical landmarks. We moved to Budapest in June, but, although it was the high tourist season, the prices for renting apartments were a welcome surprise for us, even though we chose a large apartment in the very city center. History of the Founding of Budapest Budapest is one of the youngest and, at the same time, the oldest European capitals. On the one hand, its history dates back more than two thousand years, but, on the other [...]

Budapest. Part 12021-10-17T09:42:57+00:00

Dominican Republic. Part 3

2022-08-01T20:52:47+00:00

Casa de Campo Casa de Campo is one of the wealthiest and most famous reservations in the Dominican Republic. It is listed among the world’s most fashionable resorts. Surprisingly, in 1917, the area looked completely different: it was fully covered with sugar cane plantations. In 1967, the American businessman Charles Bluhdorn acquired the territories, but a few years later, sugar prices fell due to an economic crisis, and the business wasn’t profitable anymore. Thus in 1975, Bluedorn decided to create a resort on the site of the former sugar plantation. That’s how Casa de Campo (Country House) was founded. The reservation [...]

Dominican Republic. Part 32022-08-01T20:52:47+00:00

Dominican Republic. Part 2

2022-08-01T20:53:32+00:00

Bávaro Resort Bávaro is famous for its beaches. Its coastline is about 50 km long. Looking at luxurious tourist settlements, you can hardly believe that the area was a complete wilderness just 30 years ago. As tourism started to develop here, the coast was gradually cleaned from mangroves and turned into a resort called royal today. There are no architectural or historical landmarks here. But there are a few national parks near Bávaro. Palm Cemetery is one of the most interesting places. It’s a marshy plain where you can see tree trunks rising right from the water. The place has a [...]

Dominican Republic. Part 22022-08-01T20:53:32+00:00

Dominican Republic. Part 1

2022-08-01T20:58:55+00:00

We’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌travelling‌ ‌around‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America‌ for‌ ‌quite‌ ‌some‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌started‌ ‌to‌ ‌miss‌ unhurried‌ ‌beach‌ ‌recreation.‌ ‌Thus‌ ‌we‌ began‌ ‌to‌ ‌look‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌place‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌clean‌ ‌sea‌ ‌and‌‌ warm‌ weather‌ ‌to‌ ‌recover‌ ‌from‌ ‌Lima’s‌ ‌humid‌ climate‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌health‌ ‌problems‌ ‌associated‌ with‌ it.‌ Finally, we settled on the Dominican Republic, which is famous for its resorts and is not far from Peru. But this time we decided to break our habit of staying in the capital and preferred Bávaro—an area whose beaches are among the most beautiful ones in the world—to the capital of the country, Santo Domingo. A [...]

Dominican Republic. Part 12022-08-01T20:58:55+00:00

Lima. Part 4

2020-03-16T17:44:38+00:00

San Isidro and Olive Grove Park Together with Barranco and Miraflores, San Isidro is one of the most developed districts in the city. It’s a prestigious place mostly inhabited by wealthy citizens. Architecturally and culturally, it’s not particularly interesting. The only historic landmark is Huaca Huallamarca, another ancient Indian pyramid, but a smaller one. The rest of the district is made up of tall glass buildings, multi-storey dwelling complexes, and local celebrities’ and attachés’ mansions. The district is considered the financial and diplomatic centre of the capital. Its status is proved by the fact that it’s here that the main offices [...]

Lima. Part 42020-03-16T17:44:38+00:00

Lima. Part 3

2020-03-16T17:43:32+00:00

Lima Beaches The coastline of Lima and its surroundings is over 3,000 km long, but it’s almost impossible to swim here. Who’s to blame? The above-mentioned cold Humboldt Current. There are some exceptions though: a few beaches in the northern part of the suburbs, which the warm El Niño current flows by. But even these places are only comfortable to swim at certain times of the year. Moreover, the Pacific Ocean is unquiet near Lima. High waves rise here all the time, which makes the waters unsafe for swimming. However, the coast is popular with surfers. We often saw people in [...]

Lima. Part 32020-03-16T17:43:32+00:00

Lima. Part 2

2020-03-16T17:41:56+00:00

Climate Lima is located in a tropical zone, so we expected warm weather and occasional showers. But the climate is unique in the capital: it’s a tropical desert! It rains here almost as rarely as in the Sahara. The city’s coast is washed by the cold Humboldt Current, starting from the shores of Antarctica, while the other part of the city is covered by mountain ranges creating a kind of a shield. That’s why the humidity level in Lima is really very high, but instead of abundant precipitation, low thick clouds often hover over the capital. We noticed this feature of [...]

Lima. Part 22020-03-16T17:41:56+00:00

Lima. Part 1

2020-05-03T08:25:37+00:00

The next stop in our journey around Latin America was Peru, the cradle of the ancient Inca civilization, a country with incredible history and magnificent natural landmarks. We decided to stay in Lima, as it’s easier to study the culture and feel the rhythm of local life living in the capital. We usually spend a month in every city. But getting ready for the trip, we read a lot about Lima and figured that there was, presumably, not much to do there, so we decided two weeks would be more than enough for a visit to the capital. After Uruguay, we [...]

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