June 22, 2015 Susie Rutz

Robyn Post Holiday Interview

ROBYN’S POST HOLIDAY INTERVIEW
MAY 2015

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?

Barcelona, Budapest, Cologne, Prague, Palermo, Taormina, London, Marseilles, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Paris

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?

I went with my partner for a month

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?

I flew with Singapore Airlines, my favourite Airline, and as always they were fantastic. I have never had a bad experience with Singapore Airlines!

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?

Budapest was a highlight.I had been 10 years earlier and hated it but so much has changed since then and this city was just beautiful! It was much cleaner than I remembered, more buildings had been restored and everything just seemed brighter. There is so much history here and the Hungarians are very proud of their city and are happy to show it off to visitors.
I also loved Provence, it was so French (oddly enough!). We stayed in a little apartment right in the old centre of Aix-en-Provence just steps from one of Frances oldest farmers markets held every day where you could buy fresh cheeses, nougat, fruit, etc. And of course there were freshly baked baguettes and croissants galore – what more could you ask for? There was plenty to see in the area too. We went on day trips to visit Avignon and Arles whilst we were there, both lovely, but our little slice of heaven was definitely Aix-en-Provence.

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?

I hate to admit it but Prague. Again I was here 10 years ago and had such nice memories of this city, but as with Budapest, so much has changed although unfortunately for Prague I feel it has changed for the worse. To me this city has lost some of its charm and is now a place run only for tourists which brings more than its fair share of scammers, pickpockets and tourist traps. It is still a beautiful city and definitely worth a visit, but it’s just important to know the little tricks you may encounter there so you don’t get caught out (which of course is why you should use an experience travel agent!).

6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?

Definitely Langos in Budapest. This is a popular street food in Hungary (and also the Czech Republic) and is basically deep fried dough covered in sour cream, cheese and mushrooms, or Nutella and banana or strawberries for those with a sweet tooth. It tastes so much better than it sounds and if you ever have the opportunity to try, it don’t miss out!

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?

I really would like to go back to the south of France. The country side is so pretty there and it has such a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It’s on the list (which even after this long in travel is still miles long!!)

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?

Sometimes the best holiday destinations are those not on the main tourist route. If you are prepared to explore a little off the beaten track you can find all sorts of hidden gems!

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