DIY Gran Canaria trip with a Toddler

One of the last trips we took as a family of 3 was to Gran Canaria, a place we had never been to before but was recommended to us for the climate and child friendly beaches.

Rather than book an all inclusive, we decided to book a DIY trip, with Ruby being only 2, we felt she would not eat/drink enough to warrant the all inclusive price.

What we booked…

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One final Babymoon!

I love, love, LOVE to travel! This will be the thing I miss the most, or so people keep telling me. I however hope that having the baby will only encourage us to travel more but as a first time Mum I am  not too sure what to expect so watch this space on that one!

  
We have decided to stick to Europe for our final break and visit Prague and Budapest, both places have interested me for a while so it seems appropriate to tick these two destinations off my long list.

We flew with Ryanair to Prague for ยฃ40 each and then took a private car (how posh!) to our AirBnB  apartment which was located in the new part of the city. The apartment was in a beautiful old building and was huge, perfect for the two of us and my ever expanding bump! Our host was there to greet us upon arrival and gave us valuable information on where to go, how to get around and most importantly what to eat. The apartment cost was similar to a hotel however the space we had was far greater and we fitted in just like locals rather than looking too touristy!

Prague was beautiful! It is now one of my favourite cities and I cannot wait to come back one day.The contract between the old city and new city was fabulous and the castle the opposite side of the river to the one we were staying was well worth the trip over. The best thing I ate whilst here was hands down the pancake from Den Noc but be warned this place is very small so tables get taken very quickly, it is also tucked away on a small street so can be tricky to find but well worth it. Having said that, we did not have a bad meal whilst in Prague and we were pleasantly surprised with how reasonably you could eat out here. Much cheaper than London that’s for sure!

  
After three nights in Prague, we took the train to Budapest which took about 7 hours and cost us 19E each for a second class seat. We had a whole compartment to ourselves in the end and were left alone to enjoy the scenery and read in peace. This trip was so easy and was much better than the hassle of flying such a short distance. I got all the information I needed from Seat61 which we have also used many times when in Asia.

Budapest was just as picturesque as Prague and again it was very easy to get around. We travelled by foot in both cities quite comfortably, even being nearly 6 months pregnant I found it very manageable. I would highly recommend eating at Comme Chez Soi which is the number 1 restaurant on Trip Advisor currently. Again it is quite small so booking is advisable however we did manage to walk in and get a table for a late lunch. This family run restaurant served high quality Italian food with local charm and they went out of their way to make sure you had a good experience.

Being pregnant, I was unable to try the spas in Budapest which was a huge shame as they sounded lovely so I would like to go back one day just for this! One highlight of the trip for me was visiting the underground hospital in Budapest, ‘Hospital in the rock‘ which run tours most days. The tour is based around the emergency care the hospital offered during the second world war.

We stayed in another Airbnb apartment which was smaller than the last but it a great part of town which was in easy walking distance to everything that we wanted to see. This time we did not meet our host as they had a number combination for the door but there was lots of information left for us in the apartment on the best things to do during our stay.

So our final babymoon was extremely successful! We both had a lovely time getting away for a few days and would highly recommend both destinations. I did not find travelling at 6 months pregnant to be difficult, in fact it was probably the best time to travel as I was in my second trimester so was feeling pretty well!