Look who came to see me!

From May 9th to May 18th I had the privilege of hosting my mom during her first trip to Europe. It was such a blessing to get to share this experience with her, and we had an incredible time. It was such a treat to get to show her around Groningen, the city I have so much love for. We spent a little over half of her trip in Groningen, where we got in a lot of great activities. It rained 7 out of the 9 days she was here, which was a bummer and it infringed on some of the things I had planned for us. But we were still able to visit a windmill, tour the city center, go to the movies, have some drinks at a couple of pubs, eat at a few of the great restaurants, climb the Martini Tower, enjoy an authentic Dutch meal generously prepared by Hedwig, have a delightful Sunday brunch on Mother’s Day, experience our first High Tea, get a couple of great views of the city, and see the awesome fair that happened to be in the city center while my mom was here (which sold the most delicious chocolate covered strawberries I have ever tasted).

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We spent two and a half days in Budapest, Hungary. A beautiful city with a lot of history and culture. The night we got in we took what was easily the most terrifying taxi ride I’ve experienced. We made it in one piece to our adorable studio apartment situated practically on the Danube.

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Budapest Studio

Again, we were rained on almost the entire duration of our trip but you better believe we made the most of it. We ate delicious food: stuffed chicken asparagus, goulash, stuffed paprika, etc etc.

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Incredible sweets: apple and sour cherry streudel, banana hot cocoa, strawberry cream tart.

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Went on my favorite, a walking tour. We learned about different occupations of the country, explored a bit of the Buda and the Pest sides, heard about some experiences during the communist reign, and also interesting facts about the culture and language.

Our guides

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Love Lock Tree

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Fisherman’s Bastion

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The most beautiful part of Budapest to me, the view of Parliament over the Danube

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Castle Ruins

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St. Stephen’s Basilica

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The “white house”

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We toured the Holocaust Memorial Center which was very interesting. I wasn’t previously aware of the affect the Holocaust had on Hungary, so I really enjoyed growing my knowledge.

My favorite experience of the trip was our time at the Szechenyi Bath and Spa. Budapest is famous for their natural thermal baths, and this one in particular is a tourist favorite. This was the one time I really enjoyed the rain, sitting outside in a hot thermal bath with cool rain sprinkling down, you really can’t top that.

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We spent my mom’s last day in Amsterdam. We were blessed with beautiful weather, so we were able to walk around and enjoy the city.

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My mom beckoning from the red lit window

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I am so grateful to have been able to share this experience with my mom, if that’s not quality time I don’t know what is!

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine of the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

 

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