Budapest for you

Budapest is one of the oldest and largest cities in Europe and is the capital of Hungary. It was formed from the combination of two former cities – Buda and Pest which lie on both banks of the Danube River.

The city was once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which was dissolved after World War I and has since been ranked the .second best city to live in by Conde Nast Traveler.

Several UNESCO World Heritage Sites lie in the city including the banks of the Danube River itself, the Buda Castle, Andrassy Avenue, and Heroes Square.

Other sites in the city include the second largest synagogue in the world, an underground system of thermal springs, Gresham Palace, and the Aquincum Museum which is a relic of Roman times.

The city boasts the second oldest underground railway system in the world behind that of London.

Hungarian cuisine relies heavily on meats and stews with goulash being a staple of the diet. Paprika and pork and casseroles are also important to the diet.

Places in which you can enjoy Hungarian cuisine include Gerbeaud Café, and the Százéves, Biarritz, Fortuna, Alabárdos, Arany Szarvas, Kárpátia as well as the world famous Mátyás Pince Restaurants.


The Cayman Islands, stingray paradise

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea not far from the island of Jamaica. The group includes Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Its capital is George Town.

The island is famous for its coral reefs and is a major tourist destination. It is also a great spot for unusual flora and fauna. Stingrays and turtles are an important part of the culture. Turtles are eaten while it’s possible to swim with the rays in a part of the island known as Stingray City.

Places of interest in the Cayman Islands include the Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town, Heroes Square, Rum Point, Seven Mile Beach –which as the name suggests is a seven mile stretch of white sand beaches where several hotels and resorts are located , Pedro St. James Castle, and East End Light, Hell, and the Turtle Museum.

Music is also important to the culture and in Cayman there are several festivals including the Cayman Jazzfest, Seafarers Festival, Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival and Cayfest.

Turtle is also a big part of the Cayman cuisine and its meat is served in restaurants.