Monthly Recap: May 2017

Our May started in the best way possible: by visiting Barcelona for the first time! It was followed by several weekends fully packed with sightseeing and outdoor activities in Slovakia and Hungary. They made us realize again that we don’t need to travel far away to explore beautiful places and get amazed. All we need is keeping our eyes open and take a fresh look at the countries we think we know – to realize how many secrets they have that we still don’t know.

To absolutely no one’s surprise we got soaked again while hiking in the full day rain in Slovak Paradise National Park. But except for that one day we enjoyed a warm and sunny May that was more like summer than spring. The first sightseeing with ice-cream in hand is also ticked for this year. 🙂

Highlights of May

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona. We found our favorite city in Europe. We loved everything about Barcelona: the breathtaking architecture, the pretty parks, the wonderful views, the palm trees, the beach, the Mediterranean vibe… We’ve already written a long post to praise it all – read it here!

Kosice, Slovakia

Košice. We’ve already been to a lot of national parks in Slovakia, but the only city we’ve visited until this May was Bratislava. Well, it was lovely – and that says it all. Košice was different. It’s actually smaller than Bratislava and it’s a city we can’t help but love – colorful historical houses, the singing fountain, flowers everywhere we go in the city center and the enormous St. Elisabeth Cathedral. We can’t wait to write more about it!

Körös-Maros National Park, Hungary

Canoeing in Körös-Maros National Park, Hungary. So we decided to explore all of Hungary’s national parks this year and in May we’ve visited one we’ve never been before: Körös-Maros National Park. Probably we also found the most enjoyable way to visit it: on water. Canoeing on the backwaters of River Körös was so much fun!

Little Fatra National Park, Slovakia

Hiking in Little Fatra & Great Fatra National Parks. We’ve already been to these two national parks of Slovakia last year but our visit was brief and we haven’t seen much. Oh, there are actually so much more to see as we realized on our second visit. We’ve explored beautiful hiking trails and collected some more hiking ideas for the future. For the close future! 🙂

Most popular post from May

Waterfall Hunt In Triglav National Park – Slovenia’s one and only national park offers varied beauties; we are introducing the prettiest waterfalls we found there in this post

More of our latest posts

Collect Moments, Not Things? What About Souvenirs? – our thoughts about buying souvenirs and confessions about our quirky habits

All The Reasons To Love Warsaw – the highlight of our April was visiting Warsaw and Poland; here’s why we loved it so much

Photo Essay: From Yosemite With Love – our favorite post this month; it’s about Yosemite after all

15 Reasons To Fall For Barcelona – a summary about why Barcelona has made it to the top of our favorite list on our first visit this May

Our First Taste Of Central Dalmatia: Split & Makarska – Croatia is a country we would happily return to any times; this post is about our wanderings in its Central Dalmatian region

Photo of the month: Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park, California

Coming up in June

Just like May June also starts with a long weekend and we already have a fabulous idea what to do with it: visiting Hallstatt and do some hiking in the Alps! We can’t help having all the beautiful Insta shots in our heads about Hallstatt that is said to be one of the most charming mountain towns in Europe. We’ll see how reality can cope with it. 😀 And we try to embrace the fact that summer or not rainy weekends are not at all rare in the Alps.

Kosice, Slovakia

For the rest of June we will mix sightseeing and castle tours with hiking, climbing and canoeing in national parks in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We don’t even dare to list all the places and activities now – they will probably fill our July as well…

How was your May? 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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