Monthly Recap: January-February 2019

January and February have passed, and we had only one trip so far this year. That was to a spectacular place though that everyone dreams to visit at least once in life, and we were no exceptions: Rome and the Vatican City. We were happy to return to Italy, we enjoyed the mild weather there in late February, and we spent a pleasant 4 days in Rome. Even though it was more crowded than we expected. Is there a time when Rome’s not crowded?

Our winter was maybe not very eventful in terms of travel, but quite some things happened behind the scenes. We won’t share them yet though, rather just pique your curiosity. 😛


Rome, Italy

All the famous sights in Rome. While we have to admit that our feelings for Rome is a bit complicated, not only pure love and adoration (actually, a bit similar how we felt in Paris for the first time), its famous sights amazed us. Walking on the ancient Forum or inside the Colosseum, marvelling at the richly decorated church interiors, setting foot on the Spanish Steps or finally seeing the Trevi Fountain with our own eyes after seeing it in so many movies – these are all sweet memories that we’ll cherish for long.

Vatican City

Our visit to the Vatican City. This tiny gem inside Rome that’s actually another independent country was magnificent without any doubt. We found our visits to the St. Peter’s Basilica and to the Vatican Museums both overwhelming. Tradition, history, beauty. Immense collections of art and one of the most fabulous chapels in the world: the Sistine Chapel.

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Visiting the recently reopened Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. We are not those people who hunt for art museum wherever they go, but the Museum on Fine Arts has just been reopened after about 2 years of restoration work, and we live in Budapest, anyway. So why not visit on a chilly winter weekend? We did. And it was a great surprise. The building itself is very impressive, and the two main halls, the Marble Hall and the Roman Hall took our breath away. The museum hosts exhibitions about the European and Hungarian arts, and also about ancient Egypt, Hellas and Rome. It has become an amazing museum, and it’s still improving, several exhibition spaces are not yet open. It’s definitely worth keeping our eyes upon it.

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Budapest, Hungary
Rome, Italy
Vatican City

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We are so excited about our upcoming trip to Berlin! We’ve only been to Germany once before, and seen very little of this vast country.

Then we are returning to Slovenia again, for a weekend in March. We plan to visit Maribor and explore its surroundings this time. Slovenia is one of our favorite countries in Europe, and we feel so lucky that it’s our neighbour, too.

Otherwise, we are just generally excited about spring as always. By the end of February, we are extremely bored of chilly, gloomy winter days and can’t wait to start our spring hikes and hunt for wildflowers in the nearby mountains.

How about you? How was your winter? What are your plans for the next month?

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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