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The ‘Real Hungary’ at Tranquil Pines

The ‘Real Hungary’ at Tranquil PinesScore 76%Score 76%

Having seen what Budapest has to offer, we wanted to slow down our travels to grab a slice of the real ‘Hungary’…Heading into the countryside away from all the hustle and bustle…. to a place of genuine calm and quiet… at Tranquil Pines.

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In coming to Tranquil Pines, we’d made up our minds we take this opportunity to see just what rural life is for normal Hungarian village folk. Thankfully the brilliant British campsite owners (Andrew/Sharon) have integrated themselves into village life and we were able to offer us a glimpse of what rural village life is like here…
F​rom the villager whose keen to sell his house (above left) for just 2,500 euros to finance his trips to see his elderly wife in her care home to the abundant fields that surround the campsite (including a bee keeping farm!). It was a lesson in being grateful for what you have as we saw an elderly villager manually ploughing (with a yoke on his shoulders) his own back garden to help feed himself
They say the buzz word for people taking road trips is to ‘travel deeper’… meaning to take your time and really get to know an area. Whilst we love the idea of this, it’s just not practical with two young energetic girls in the van and a desire to see as much of Europe as we can in 2 years! But we thought’d we’d try to see what was available near to Tranquil Pines

Taking a Hungarian

Thermal Bath…..

It’s definitely a first for us in LifeinourVan… although we may have slept in a volcano in Naples, hurtled down a bobsleigh at 100kph or swum with sea lions… we’ve never visited a thermal spa… so we were kindly taken by Andrew to the local town and we grabbed a chance to ‘energise’ ourselves in the therapeutic green hot spring waters. With pools of varying heats, massage jets and even a water slide to occupy the girls!

Time to get Creative…

Having raced across Eastern Europe for the past 3 weeks, past amazing cities like Cologne, Berlin, Prague or Vienna. Both girls were ready to find some time for things they enjoy… so whilst Lottie helped with some campsite jobs (including adding sun reflectors across the site) Libby delved into her creative side with some painting… and the occasional game of boules, some maths & a little geography too!

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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