Wednesday, 31 August 2011


We went to Budapest for 5 days last week. It was glorious. The best part was five whole days with Matthew and Elizabeth, and no work! And no one else - no friends, no family, just us 3, with no plans and no obligations. Can you say heaven?!

It was unseasonably hot while we were there - upwards of 30°C everyday - and our wee babe gets pretty red-cheeked and sticky-hot pretty quickly.
This was Elizabeth about 20 minutes after we arrived at our hotel. I took her hair out, and she ran around in just her bottoms, eating cheerios and looking totally crazy. I love this crazy photo of her. She looks like she's saying, "Whaddya thinking, bringing me here?? It's so hot!!"
 You know that feeling when you are cooking a turkey, and you open the oven door to check how it's going, and the heat hits you in the face? It was that kind of hot. One day was 38°, so we spent quite a lot of time in water - fountains, pools, bath tubs, you name it. 

We saw this lovey-dovey couple at this fountain, and he took her picture sitting like this, all 'pretty girly' like. So as soon as they left, I told Matthew he should want to take my photo like that.
Elizabeth loved the thermal baths. Calling them thermal baths makes it sound like they were hot springs. Not so much. They were more like "outdoor swimming pools surrounded by cool architecture" and were incredibly refreshing and delightful.
I look at this photo, and can practically hear her singing to herself, "doo dee dooo dah dee daaah!".
Right now, I am kicking myself for not taking any sneaky shots of the many, many wrinkly old people in their bikinis and speedos. Budapest = banana-hammock heaven.

We stayed at this beautiful apartment hotel, called Mamaison Residence Izabella, we averaged about 4 cool baths/showers per day. Elizabeth was in heaven.
For those of you with kids, self-catering apartments are totally the way to go when on holiday, because:
          (a) when your child wakes up, completely hypoglycemic and crazy, you can have your breakfast right away.  They also come with coffee makers, so when your child wakes up, completely hypoglycemic and crazy, you can have your morning coffee right away.
          (b) when your baby needs to go to sleep at 7:30pm every night, you can put her in her little bed in the bedroom, and then have a living room to hang out in. This totally beats being held hostage in your tiny B&B room with only just enough space for a bed and a playpen. As an additional bonus, when it's still stinking hot at 10 pm, and you don't want to wake your child by having yet another cool shower, you can stick your head in the sink to cool down.

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