This summer has started much better than we dared to hope even just a month ago. Coronavirus situation in Central Europe got somewhat better, and restrictions were lightened. Restaurants and hotels opened. Then European countries started to open their borders to each other throughout June. Eliminating the two weeks of mandatory quarantine made it possible for tourism to restart.
No, it’s not the same as before. We don’t travel the same as before either. And we’re constantly monitoring the news, being ready to cancel anything until the last minute. But June turned out to be quite good.
Hiking all around Slovenia. If we don’t count Iceland (and now we don’t, because it’s not part of continental Europe), then we think Slovenia is the most beautiful European country! Okay, we have to admit we haven’t been to Norway yet. Anyway, tiny Slovenia is such a fairy tale place with all the natural beauties you can imagine. This was our fourth time in the country, but the first with our little baby boy, and Slovenia turned out to be perfect for a first family vacation, as well. Oh, we have to tell you so much about it!
Walking around and photographing Laghi di Fusine. So the Fusine Lakes are actually in Italy but was a great addition to our trip in the Julian Alps. They’re magical! An easy walk that rewarded us with incredible views and colors. These two lakes are about 10 minutes drive from the Slovene-Italian border, and we were not sure we could visit them when we planned this trip. Finally, the reopening has already happened before we got there, and we were happy to add them to our trip.
Spending some time with family at Lake Balaton. Our little Tomi hasn’t seen his grandparents during spring. And Balaton Uplands National Park is one of our favorites in Hungary. It’s full of relatively easy and scenic trails that are suitable for the whole family, meaning all three generations this time. 🙂
Visiting the basalt rocks of Hegyestű. We think it’s the most picturesque volcanic rock formation in Hungary, and we can’t believe we haven’t seen it earlier.
Balaton Uplands National Park, Hungary
Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Slovenia
Soča Valley, Slovenia
Julian Alps, Italy
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Best Summer Hikes In Central (Or Eastern?) Europe. The next piece of our Central European hiking series. If you’re planning a hiking trip this summer, we hope it’ll be inspiring and helpful to you. Nature is always a good idea, but especially these days.
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Our 2 Weeks Itinerary For Ireland & Northern Ireland. Another piece about our travels last year. We spent a lot of time crafting this itinerary and it turned out to be just great. (Bea can shamelessly admit she’s a talented planner, anyway. 😛 )
The most popular posts from June
Old or new, these posts were the most popular on the blog in June:
8 Best Hikes In Lassen Volcanic, California. We guess our American readers are searching for national parks and hikes inside the US. Though living in Hungary we’re definitely not experts of where to go within the USA these days, our post about California’s spectacular volcanic park might give you some ideas to consider for a hiking trip.
In Search Of The Basalt Column Canyon Of Eastern Iceland. One of the most popular posts on our site ever. This canyon is a barely known treasure from a barely known region of Iceland. We show you how to get – and why it’s worth getting – there!
Hiking In The Soča Valley, Slovenia. It looks like Europeans are searching for nice hiking destinations, too. And Soča Valley is definitely a gem not just in Slovenia but in the entire Alps. We had a wonderful time there a week ago, so you can call us biased.
Coming up in July
We still don’t feel confident in planning too much. And we still only plan road trips by our own car as we’re constantly checking the news even after the reopening inside Europe. Because we never know if it gets worse, and how much worse.
So we have plans for July, but we’re also ready to cancel them any time. This is probably the reason that we’re so hesitant to tell anyone about our travel plans this summer. We always have the afterthought that “well, yeah, we’re so looking forward to that trip, and it might not happen”. Anyway, we’re looking forward to another hiking trip in Bulgaria at the end of July. And also some family time at Lake Balaton.
How about you? How was your June? What are your plans for the next month?
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