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Recipe,smoothie & drink

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Summer is for watermelon (and other fruits as well). But watermelon is like water, I just start to eat it and it’s hard to stop. I have an upgraded watermelon recipe for you. It’s like red lemonade. This quick and easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie is the perfect combination of sweet, sour and fresh tastes. Sweet because of the watermelon, refreshing thanks to the mint and lime juice.

And it’s also healthy. I tell you why…

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

The health benefits of watermelon, lime and mint

Watermelon

Watermelon contains vitamin C, so it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Moreover, it can improve cardiovascular health and protect you from macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer.

For ripe watermelons look for the heavier ones because the water content increases along the ripening process. Its water weight can be 90%.

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Lime

Lime is a good source of folate and vitamin C, which is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Contains unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Vitamin C improves the immune system, it protects you from illness and it increases circulation thanks to its volatile oil content.

Mint

Mint has many species including peppermint and spearmint. Because of its dynamic flavour, mint is often added to recipes in small amounts. Mint is rich in nutrients, a good source of vitamin A and antioxidants.

When your stomach feels sick, drinking a cup of mint tea can solve your problem, it helps to digest the food in your stomach.

Preparation time: 10 min

Ingredients for 2 glasses (500 ml):

  • 4 small slices of watermelon (500 g without the seeds and shell)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 8-10 mint leaves

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie?

Remove shell and the seeds of the watermelon. Cut it into pieces.

Wash the mint leaves.

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend on full strength until smooth.

Pour into glasses aaaaand it’s ready to serve 🙂

You can decorate the top with extra mint leaves.

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

The smoothie is made with just 3 simple ingredients and easy to prepare. What else do you need?! Enjoy the refreshing taste of the healthy red drink!

For other refreshing taste try out my Tasty detox lemonade.

Prepare the 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest.

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Easy 3-ingredient watermelon smoothie | Aliz’s Wonderland

Home decor & design,Home decoration

35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration

35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

One of my favourite colour is blue. Actually, I like almost every colour. Just be vivid like blue, pink, yellow, turquoise etc. Are you struggling to choose a colour for your rooms? Now it’s time for 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration. Continue reading for home decor ideas and inspiration for blue walls.

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about paints and companies or just look for the source of the photo, click on the highlighted names.

About the blue colour

In the RGB colour model, blue is one of the three primary colours.

It symbolizes the sky and the sea.

Blue pigments are made from minerals, especially lapis lazuli and azurite and plants. It has many shades like navy blue, cobalt blue, azure, sky blue, ultramarine, aquamarine or indigo.

Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. In ancient cultures, blue was associated with the sky and with divinity.

Before the 12th century, blue wasn’t used many times in paintings because it was the most expensive pigment. Its popularity began in the Middle Ages when painters started to paint blue clothing for the Virgin Mary and king, so blue became a holy and royal colour.

The psychology of blue colour

Blue has a calming and cool effect. It is mostly associated with harmony, confidence, distance, infinity, cold and sadness. Because of its calming effect, blue works well in bedrooms.

I’ve read blue can bring down blood pressure, that’s why it is considered calming and relaxing.

Dark blue has a different effect, it can cause sadness. Darker shades should be decorated with brighter colours and you will need more windows to make the room brighter.

So mix your blue rooms with warmer colours to avoid cold or sad mood. Use natural materials, wood, warm colours like pink, yellow and brown.

And now, let’s see the 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration!

Blue wall colour in home decoration

Blue bedroom

This bright reading corner is positioned very well in front of the bedroom window. The room doesn’t look dark at all on My Scandinavian home.

Blue bedroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

I really like these white, blue and peach shelves by IKEA, it’s amazing with the light blue walls.

Bright blue bedroom with white, blue and peach IKEA shelves - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

On the page of homestyle, this deep sea blue wall looks good with white, wood and natural light.

Deep sea blue bedroom looks good with white, wood and natural light - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This bedroom is painted with “Hidden Sapphire” paint by Benjamin Moore. Ave Styles’ bedroom could be also your dream bedroom.

This bedroom is painted with “Hidden Sapphire” paint by Benjamin Moore - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

“This is my happy place” says H&M Home, use colours and be creative. This dark blue works well with yellow and white.

“This is my happy place” says H&M Home, blue and yellow walls - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Take a look at this other navy blue wall! It’s totally elegant with the floral print, leather armchair and the pink shades, found on DigsDigs.

Navy blue bedroom with pink shades - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you are obsessed with blue, here is this bedroom inspiration by Farrow & Ball. Blue overload!

Blue overload in bedroom by Farrow & Ball - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue living room

This bright blue wall relaxes my eyes. This living room is dressed in the shades of blue by IKEA.

Bright blue living room dressed in the shades of blue by IKEA - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ooooor mix the shades of blue, like Oh Joy did. As you can see, blue is in harmony with other shades of blue, pastel pink, white, turquoise and gold as well.

Mix the shades of blue in your living room like Oh Joy - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This living room is super colourful, styled by IKEA. You can find here two shades of blue and pink wall with blue, purple and turquoise items.

Super colourful living room styled by IKEA - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The different shades of blue mixed with white and some bright colours can adorn a space with elegance.

Living room with different shades of blue and some bright colours - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

In this IKEA-styled hallway, the blue wall is the background for the white furniture.

IKEA-styled hallway with blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This mid blue shade in the living room is very elegant with the parquet, colourful accessories and bright furniture.

Mid blue shade in the living room is very elegant with the parquet, colourful accessories and bright furniture - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

In this IKEA living room, the tropical chairs match the turquoise blue wall with the same coloured furniture. I just love this blue colour.

Turquoise blue IKEA living room with the tropical chairs - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Dark blue wall with lighter shades of blue by Fenton & Fenton. The bright furniture makes the room less dark.

Dark blue living room with lighter shades of blue by Fenton & Fenton - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This mid blue shade shows, that a room can be bright with a darker blue wall. Just mix it with bright floor and furniture like on the page of Apartment Therapy.

Mid blue living room with bright floor and furniture - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Office corner with blue walls

You don’t have to paint all of your walls blue if you are afraid of its effect. This Arctic Blue shade might be too much on every wall…

Office corner with Arctic Blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The vivid blue wall is very inspiring in this office with colourful books and accessories.

Vivid blue wall is very inspiring in this office with colourful books and accessories - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This office is modern and eclectic at the same time by Copy cat chic.

Modern and eclectic office with blue wall - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gravity surface by Haymes Paint adds an elegant texture to every room.

Gravity surface by Haymes Paint adds an elegant texture to every room - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue in your kitchen and dining room

As I mentioned before, no need to paint all of your walls blue. Only one is enough as well. French by design shows painting one wall makes a huge and positive effect.

Painting one wall blue in your dining room can make a positive effect - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The mix of dark blue and grey wall by IKEA is a good match with turquoise, green and peach colours as well.

The mix of dark blue and grey wall by IKEA is a good match with turquoise, green and peach colours - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This dining room is dressed in natural materials and blue by Haymes Paint.

This dining room is dressed in natural materials and blue by Haymes Paint - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The kitchen furniture and the wall are painted with the same blue colour from the site of Remodelista.

The kitchen furniture and the wall are painted with the same blue colour - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Blue bathroom

In this French apartment, the shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony. Take a look at these dark blue and white bathrooms, found on dezeen.

The shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony in this bathroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

The shades of blue, white and wooden surfaces are creating a perfect harmony in this bathroom - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Look at this half blue, half white bathroom with the cute animal photos. Elegant and stylish from the website of ELLE Decor.

Half blue, half white bathroom with the cute animal photos - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

You don’t need so much to have a stylish toilet: dark blue walls with white metro tiles, white furniture, golden mirror and a crazy monkey print. That’s it!

Stylish toilet with dark blue walls and white metro tiles - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This Moroccan styled shower with white & blue walls and tiles is a perfect place to take a shower, by Bloglovin.

Moroccan styled shower with white & blue walls and tiles - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Which colours should I mix with blue?

As I mentioned before, blue should be mixed with warm hues to avoid a too cold effect.

For a sophisticated blue room, just use the shades of blue, add some white and natural materials like wood or leather. Aaaaand shake up with colourful accessories.

I love this photo, it shows perfectly how to use these colours together, every item is amazing: bright blue wall with Fenton & Fenton Peanut hanging chair, turquoise stool, neutral tiles, pinky painting.

Bright blue wall with Fenton & Fenton Peanut hanging chair, turquoise stool, neutral tiles, pinky painting - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

This example form IKEA shows that blue is very good with yellow, pink and even orange, just look at that pillow.

Blue is very good with yellow, pink and even orange - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

For an extreme space, add some vivid colours like pink, yellow and green. Check how perfectly these colours work together, style by Fenton & Fenton.

Pink, yellow and green in Fenton & Fenton style - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Design seed has a huge collection of colour palettes. If you want to see beautiful pictures and colour combinations, check out her site: Design seed {for all who love colour}.

See?!! Color Float shows you how blue and pink works well together.

Design seed’s Color Float shows you how blue and pink works well together - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

For blue and yellow combination, the Color Tiled palette is a great example.

Design seed’s Color Tiled for blue and yellow colour combination - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

Candied Hues is a mix of blue, pink and bright turquoise.

Design seed’s Candied Hues is a mix of blue, pink and bright turquoise - 35 ideas for blue wall colour in home decoration | Aliz’s Wonderland

You shouldn’t be afraid of using blue paint. It works very well with white and other shades of blue. For more fun, just add some yellow, pink or even more colours.

In my bedroom, I have blue furniture for my pink walls. This is also a good combination, check out the photos: Warm up your home with pink wall colour.

Malta,Travel

Best beaches in Malta

Best beaches in Malta - St Peter’s Pool | Aliz’s WonderlandAre you looking for the Best beaches in Malta, Gozo and Comino? We spent 5 days in Malta to discover the islands. I have to tell you that Malta is a must-visit place. Why? The nature is amazingly beautiful with the clear blue water in the background. The beaches are amazing, you can find white and reddish sandy beaches, cliffs and pebbles as well. So everyone will find their favourites.

3 inhabited islands are in the archipelago: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The coastlines are mainly rocky. Sandy beaches can be found mostly on the northern part such as Mellieha bay and Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna bay on the west side. Don’t forget about Blue Lagoon in Comino and Ir-Ramla in Gozo.

Malta has 9 and Gozo has 3 beaches awarded with Blue Flag quality, which means these beaches are clean, safe and respecting the environment.

Best time to visit Malta

Summers are very hot and dry in Malta. During the day the temperature is usually between 28-34°C, sunshine every day without any clouds in the sky.

In Europe, Malta has the warmest winters. The sea temperature is around 20°C during winter and 26°C during the summer.

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The winters are slightly rainy and mild, the average temperature is around 15°C, there is no snow, but can be cold because of the northern wind.

We were there at the end of May. The weather was very warm, no clouds on the sky. The water was perfect. I’d recommend planning your trip for late spring or early autumn because the temperature won’t be super high, but you can enjoy the sunshine and the sea. There won’t be many tourists, so the beaches won’t be full of people.

Want to know more about Malta, the lovely Maltese people, weather, traffic and public transport, food and drink, read my post About Malta.

Best beaches in Malta, the main island

St Peter’s Pool

This natural wonder is one of the most visited spots in Malta. The natural swimming pool is located on the southern coastline, close to Marsaxlokk. The area is beautiful thanks to its totally clear water with amazing azure and light green colours.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Go as early as you can to avoid the crowd and don’t forget about sunscreen, there aren’t so many shadows.

For starter, we jumped from a lower cliff. You can avoid jumping if you are afraid of heights, the water is accessible by a ladder on the lower part.

Later I went to the highest edge aaaaaand I jumped 🙂 I have to admit, I was standing there 2 minutes before it, but finally, I jumped and it was goooood. Try it, don’t be afraid, it’s just a jump 😉

If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to see a Jack Russell terrier, Titti and her owner jumping together from the cliffs. I haven’t heard about the dog before, after our trip, I investigated a bit (relax I’m not a stalker). I found out that the dog is obsessed with jumping. Watch this video about the owner and Titti.

Read more about our adventures in my other post about St Peter’s pool.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

We went by the rented car. The last part of the road was very bumpy. Parking places are along the road but don’t stop at the first opportunity, that one isn’t so close to the main parking area.

The buses don’t go directly to the pool, the closest bus stop is 2 km away at the bay of Marsaxlokk.

Also reachable by water taxi from Marsaxlokk for 10 euro. Don’t forget to book your return taxi with a fixed time.

St Peter’s Pool, the natural swimming pool - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach in Sliema

Sliema’s peninsula is located northwest from Valletta. A promenade stretches along the rocky coastline with small square pools. The cubicles were exploited for the production of sea salt on a small scale. Now they are mostly used for sunbathing. The sea is deep but generally clean, clear and safe to swim. This beach is also earned the Blue Flag title.

We haven’t tried out the beach, just enjoyed the sunset from Surfside beach bar.

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach with small square pools in Sliema - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

I wouldn’t recommend arriving by car, might be hard to find a parking space.

Take bus 13, 13A, 14, 16, 110, 202, 212, 222, 225 or 233 to reach the Sliema promenade.

The rocky Fond Ghadir beach with small square pools in Sliema - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Golden bay

At that western coastline, there are 3 sandy beaches at Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha bay and Gnejna bay, which are separated by rocky peninsulas. They have a very nice atmosphere with the surrounding rocky heights.

Golden bay beach (Ir-Ramla tal Mixquqa) is a wide and long sandy beach and part of the Blue Flag programme. The water is available for swimming and snorkelling. The sea wasn’t that clear as I expected. It is very popular, was a bit crowded, though there’s a place for everyone thanks to its size. Chair and umbrella rental are available.

How to get there?

Follow the Golden bay signs. There is a big car park close to the bay. I can hardly call it a car park with the sandy and hilly surface, but it’s free.

There is a bus stop a few minutes from the beach called Ghajn Tuffieha Bus Terminus, you can reach it by 44, 101, 223, 225 bus lines.

The sandy Golden bay beach (Ir-Ramla tal Mixquqa) - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand

Situated at the western coastline between Golden bay and Gnejna bay. This bay is also surrounded by cliffs. Not as touristy as Golden bay, for me this one was more likeable. We visited the beach on our last day, only spent there a few hours because we had to catch our flight. This beach was a perfect last destination for our trip. Read more about our last day: Day 5 in Malta – Ghajn Tuffieha bay.

The bay looks very mystical with reddish sand. The water is low initially then gets deeper, so perfect for children. The sea might be wavy sometimes depending on the currents and the weather condition.

The beach won the Blue Flag quality, so it has to provide 1st quality service. Sun chair and umbrella rental are also available.

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get there?

It is only a few minutes from Golden bay, you can follow the Golden bay sign and after that the Ghajn Tuffieha bay sign. There is a big car park on the top of the hill.

You can reach it on foot easily from the Golden bay, walking up on the cliffs to the tower, then down to the bay on the long staircase.

The “Riviera” bus stop belongs to the beach. Reachable by the following bus lines: 44, 101, 223, 225.

Ghajn Tuffieha bay with reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Gnejna bay

Situated at the western coastline, south from Ghajn Tuffieha bay. This is the 3rd sandy beach in the row. Here you can find sand, pebbles and flat rocks too. The bay is smaller and less crowded. Little boathouses are carved into the hill on the southern part.

Sun chair and umbrella rental are available.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to visit this beach. Maybe next time 😉 I’ve written more about this beach in my other post.

How to get there?

You have to drive 5 kms from Ghajn Tuffieha bay to Gnejna bay. The parking area is situated beside the beach.

Its bus stop is called “Gnejna”, and only the bus line 101 stops there.

Mellieha bay beach

We saw the sandy beach of Mellieha bay only from the car. It was very crowded, full of umbrellas, so we haven’t visited it.

Mellieha bay has one of the largest beach on the island. It is situated between two headlands on the Northern part of the island. The water is clear and shallow, so it’s the most popular family beach on Malta. In 2012, it became a Blue Flag awarded beach.

How to get there?

The main road “1” is located next to the beach, parking places can be found on both sides of the road.

Along the beach, you can find many bus stops. Reach it by 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222 or 250 bus lines.

The beaches of Gozo

Dwejra bay with the Azure Window, Blue Hole and Inland Sea

Azure Window was one of the most beautiful natural sights of Malta and Gozo. Unfortunately, we get there a few months after the tragedy. The 28-metre high natural arch was destroyed on the 8th of March of 2017 by strong wind and high waves.

It’s still worth a visit. The scenery is gorgeous there with the rest of the Azure Window, Blue Hole and Dwejra bay.

From the top of the cliffs you can walk down on the rocks to the water, just mind your steps. At the bottom of the rock face, the Blue Hole can be found, where the water has a deep blue colour. It is an underwater cave and provides an excellent dive site for experienced divers.

Dwejra bay and Blue Hole, the underwater cave at the remains of Azure Window, Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

You can also swim to the remains of the Azure Window.

The area on the other side of the rock face is the Inland Sea, a natural lagoon surrounded by tall cliffs It is a popular scuba diving site and also good for swimming because it has shallow and calm water with a pebbly shore.

 Inland Sea, a natural lagoon at Dwejra bay, Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

For more information about Azure Window and Dwejra bay read my other post about Gozo.

Ir-Ramla with golden-reddish sand

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with bright golden-reddish sand and clear water. There are underwater rocks a few meters out in the sea on the central part, so mind your steps. One part of it is a Natura 2000 site and the Blue Flag programme.

It was busy, but there are plenty of places on the long and wide beach. It was sunny as always, so we rented an umbrella at the kiosks.

Read more about Gozo and beaches at Day 3 in Malta – Gozo.

Yes, that’s me with the super white skin 😉

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Ir-Ramla I-Hamra (Red Beach) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach with golden-reddish sand - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Hondoq Ir Rummien beach

This small beach is a popular swimming place thanks to its crystal clear water. Perfect for diving. Hondoq bay is opposite the island of Comino and can be reached through the village of il-Qala. This beach won the Blue Flag quality too. Photo from visitgozo.

We didn’t have time to stop by, we will next time.

Hondoq Ir Rummien beach in Gozo - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to get to Gozo?

Between Malta (Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal) and Gozo (Mgarr Ferry Terminal) operates a ferry for passengers and vehicles. During the day the ferry leaves every 45 minutes. Check out the timetable here.

Read my other post for more useful information about prices and the ferry.

On Gozo, we went everywhere by the rented car.

Hop on hop off buses operate on the island. Take a look at the map and details here.

Blue Lagoon on Comino island

I finish the list with my favourite, the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. It was like wonderland 😉 It’s incredibly amazing with the white sanded beach and the crystal clear azure water.

Aaaaand you can drink a cocktail from a pineapple. What else do you need?

Drink a cocktail from a pineapple at Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

The small island of Comino (Kemmuna) is situated between Malta and Gozo. The biggest attraction is the Blue Lagoon, the narrow bay stretches between the island of Comino and the smaller island Cominotto (Kemmunett).

The most popular visiting time is between noon and 4 pm. Recommended arriving early. We arrived just in time to rent sunbeds and an umbrella.

Swim/walk to the other island, called Cominotto. On that side, the beach isn’t totally sandy, be careful with the rocks and pebbles. Swim through the Blue Hole cave, but mind the waves. I couldn’t swim till the sea, it was wavy inside because of the wind. You can walk up to the top of the cliffs.

The crystal clear azure water in Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

Read my other post about Blue Lagoon and Comino to have more information about the island.

How to get there?

It’s reachable only by boat, so no cars are allowed on the island. We took a boat by Comino Ferries Co-op around 11 am.

We parked next to the big white Riviera Hotel at Marfa because we couldn’t find a parking space at Cirkewwa ferry station.

During the summer, the boat leaves every 30 minutes. The boat trip takes 30 minutes till Blue Lagoon. The return ticket costs 10 euros. The boat stopped 1st at Santa Marija bay and then finally Blue Lagoooon 🙂

The last boat from the Blue Lagoon leaves at 6 pm. On the way back the boat turned to the nearby caves.

The crystal clear azure water in Blue Lagoon, Comino - Best beaches in Malta | Aliz’s Wonderland

So these are the best beaches in Malta. I started and finished with my favourites. Every beach offers something special, nature is similar but different at the same time. As I told you, everyone will find the personal favourite. Are you into sandy or rocky beach? Or the adventurous cliff jumping type? Here you can find every kind of beaches.

Enjoy the beaches and the crystal clear water! For more info read my other posts about Malta.

dessert,Recipe

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd is super delicious, I’m serious! The crust is made of walnut, biscuit and ginger, but the best part is the blackberry curd #omnomnom … If you want to make a refreshing fruity cake, read more to know how to prepare this blackberry pie. 

First, I baked it for my friend’s birthday, who loves blackberry. When she and the surprise friends tasted the pie, they said I outstripped myself. The magic is in the blackberry curd, the best is that you don’t need magic power! It’s impossible to ruin it, only need to mix the ingredients and be careful not to burn it. Okay, maybe it’s possible, but hardly 😉 I hope you are interested now.

I celebrate the berry season (and my birthday) with this blackberry pie. It’s much better from fresh blackberries than frozen ones. Hurry, go to the market to buy fresh berries!

Health benefits of blackberry

Blackberry is rich in vitamin C, K and has antioxidant properties. It helps reduce blood pressure, protect against heart disease and prevent cancer.

Blackberry contains also both types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and it helps maintain a healthy level of cholesterol and lowers blood sugar level. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it supports healthy digestion.

Do you like blackberries? I think so, otherwise, you wouldn’t read this… Try out the antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Tips and tricks before starting

I have a trick how to make crumbs from the biscuits. Place the biscuits into a plastic bag and close it. Roll them on a board with a rolling pin.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 175 ºC (347 ºF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

Preparation time: 60 min

Baking time: 15 min

Ingredients for 32 cm pie form

For the walnut crust

  • 150 g (1+1/2 cup) biscuit, pulsed into crumbs
  • 150 g (1+1/2 cup) walnut, grated
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 100 g butter, melted (+ few grams to grease the cake form)

For the blackberry curd

  • 500 g (2+1/2 cup) blackberry (+200 g for decoration, optional)
  • 200 g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice = juice of 2 big lemons
  • 50 g butter

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the blackberry pie?

1st step is preparing the walnut crust

Preheat the oven to 175 ºC (347 ºF). Grease your cake form with butter and set it aside.

As I said at the Tips and tricks, I have a trick how to make crumbs from the biscuits. Place the biscuits into a plastic bag, close it. Roll them on a board with a rolling pin. Or put the biscuits and walnut into a food processor, process until they become fine crumbs. I used the butter biscuit because it works well with walnut.

Mix the grated biscuit and walnut with brown sugar and ginger, then add the melted butter and stir until the mixture is well combined. Put the crust into a 32 cm pie or cake form, press the mixture also up to the side.

Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, then set aside.

2nd step is the blackberry curd

Put the blackberries, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of water into a saucepan, stir them on medium heat few minutes long. Cover it and lower the heat, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the fire, puree the mixture with a hand blender until completely smooth. Try to use a taller pan to avoid the puree splashing everywhere.

Push it through a mesh strainer with a spoon, do not miss this step, we don’t need the blackberry seeds in the curd.

Place back the puree onto the heat, whisk the puree, eggs, egg yolks, salt and lemon juice together. Stir constantly for 10 minutes until it thickens. Finally, add the butter, stir until smooth.

Set aside to cool down for few hours, then pour the curd onto the crust. Wait few hours and put into the fridge.

See, it wasn’t that hard 🙂

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Decoration as the last step (optional)

Aaaaaand it’s ready! Unless you don’t want to decorate it. I decorated it with blackberries and crushed walnut. You can also add lemon zest, ginger or other berries to make it more colourful. 

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

Now it’s time to enjoy it!

#omnomnom

Bake the Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest.

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

 

Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd, a super delicious fruity cake recipe | Aliz’s Wonderland

I was inspired by the recipe of The view from great island.

If you’re using the photos or recipe, please link back to my page.

Home decor & design,Home decoration

Decorate your home with flamingos

Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Are you into flamingos? Would you like to live with them? Okay, this sounded a bit weird, so I meant… Decorate your home with flamingos! Sounds better, right?! This blog post is for you, I show how to adopt these charming pink birds into your home. Read more about flamingo home decor ideas and inspiration.

I’ve heard this few weeks ago… Someone said flamingos aren’t trendy anymore. I was like Whaaaaat? No way. Flamingos are super trendy.

I prove you, these pink birds are still stylish. Yessss! Flamingos forever!

If you fancy flamingos, I guess you like their pink colour. Read my other pinky post about Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home.

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about products and companies or look for the source of the photo, just click on the highlighted names.

Decorate your wall with flamingos

Flamingo patterned wallpaper

Flamingos can be part of exotic and tropical scenes as well. Check out my other post for more wallpapers: Transform your home into a tropical paradise.

This funky flamingo tropical wallpaper by Wallpaper + Folk is called Palm Springs, discover more on the website of Feathr.

Funky flamingo tropical wallpaper by Wallpaper + Folk - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sugar and Cloth has decorated her baby’s room with flamingo wallpaper. Totally cute!

Baby’s room with flamingo wallpaper - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

You can get a flamingo overload from this wallpaper by Albany on wallpaperdirect. So be careful not to overdose it 😉

Flamingo wallpaper by Albany - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Flamingo premium wallpaper by papermint can bring a fresh and joyful atmosphere to your room.

Flamingo premium wallpaper by papermint - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

MuralsWallpaper has also a nice flamingo wallpaper selection. My favourite is called Wading.

Flamingo wallpaper by MuralsWallpaper - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Flamingo head

A beautiful mess used this flamingo head wall decor in a playroom. The others are also totally cute. If you’re using your eyes, you can spot another flamingo on the pic…

Flamingo head wall decor in a playroom - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

An elegant flamingo stares on a living room wall on the website of Glitter guide.

Flamingo wall decor - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Light up your room with this Sunnylife neon LED light, available on Amara.

Sunnylife neon LED light - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Prints with flamingos

This beautiful flamingo print by Ariella Vey is also featured in A beautiful mess bedroom.

Beautiful flamingo print by Ariella Vey - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Flamingo print with monstera leaves is perfect in every room.

Flamingo print with monstera leaves - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

This is a unique risograph print with a happy flamingo by Petra Boase, available on Ohh Deer.

Happy flamingo risograph print by Petra Boase, available on Ohh Deer - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Flamingo poster by papermint can refresh any rooms.

Flamingo poster by papermint can refresh any rooms - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fabric with flamingo

Osborne & Little has an exotic tropical collection called Flamingo club, it’s available in 6 shades. All 6 are amazing, I couldn’t choose only one, so here are my favourites 🙂

Exotic tropical wallpaper collection, Flamingo club by Osborne & Little - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Exotic tropical wallpaper collection, Flamingo club by Osborne & Little - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Exotic tropical wallpaper collection, Flamingo club by Osborne & Little - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

I haven’t forgotten about pillows.

I adore the products of Ohh Deer, look at this tropical plants cushion.

Tropical plants cushion by Ohh Deer - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Party time! This flamingo is always ready for a party! Grab your juice and sunglasses!

Party time flamingo cushion - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Kitchen

It’s tea time! This teacup and saucer set will make you feel like attending the tea party in Alice’s Wonderland 😉 Enjoy it!

Flamingo teacup and saucer set for tea party - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Serve your dessert on Flamingo cake plates, designed by Yvonne Ellen.

Flamingo cake plate by Yvonne Ellen - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you are a flamingo obsessed, you need these ceramic measuring cups in your household.

Flamingo ceramic measuring cups - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Like to drink fancy drinks with special ice cubes? Make your ice cubes in this Flamingo ice cube tray by Nordstrom.

Flamingo ice cube tray by Nordstrom - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

You can put your cute ice cubes into this glass by IKEA.

Flamingo IKEA glass - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Sara Miller designed a flamingo set for your whole kitchen: flamingo patterned placemats, tray and coasters. All of them are available on Amara.

Flamingo patterned placemats, tray and coasters by Sara Miller - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Would you like to drink your tea or coffee from this flamingo-shaped cup? I’d like to 😉

Flamingo-shaped cup - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bath with flamingos in your bathroom

Look at this patterned shower curtain by H&M Home. It’s like taking a shower with flamingos.

Flamingo patterned shower curtain by H&M Home - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

I guess, this giant flamingo on the shower curtain is bigger than a person, found on Anthropologie.

Flamingo patterned shower curtain by Anthropologie - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Decoration

Hide your earrings, coins or other small stuff in this flamingo storage catchall by British fashion designer Matthew Williamson, available on CB2.

Flamingo storage catchall by Matthew Williamson, available on CB2 - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

This pink flamingo doesn’t have a special function, it just looks good on the cabinet.

Flamingo home decoration ideas - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

I like this pinky room. How many flamingos can you find on the photo? I started to count them, but the cotton toy holder has loads of flamingos, so I stopped counting.

Flamingo cuteness overload in a pink room - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

DIY Flamingos in home decor

Make your flamingo pencil holder with the help of A Kailo Chic Life.

DIY Flamingo pencil holder - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Brit+co has a very detailed DIY to create your own Flamingo marquee light. Maybe I’ll make it one day 😉

DIY Flamingo marquee light - Decorate your home with flamingos | Aliz’s Wonderland

Are you ready to decorate your home with flamingos? Hopefully, you’re super inspired now. Save your favourites, pin the photos for inspiration.

Are you also a flamingo fan? I totally understand you. Flamingos are very elegant standing on one foot.

Need more pink home decoration ideas? Find inspiration in Warm up your home with pink wall colour.

Which was your favourite flamingo home decor idea?

Hungary,Travel

40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest

Central Great Market Hall - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

In this Budapest travel guide, I show you the 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest. I wanted this to be shorter, but there are so many things to love about Budapest. Read my local’s guide to Budapest: architecture and must-see tourist attractions, viewpoints, concert venues, nightlife in ruin bars and rooftop bars, must-try food and drink. I help you to discover all of it!

I prepared a “40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest” checklist for your next trip, download it below.

Architecture and must-see tourist attractions in Budapest

1. Walk along the Danube riverbank and Chain bridge

The Danube is the river of Budapest, it divides Buda and Pest. My favourite part is the riverbank and the view from the bridges. The panorama is always amazingly beautiful with the historical buildings.

Don’t forget to walk through the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), which was the city’s 1st bridge! Be fast because the bridge will be closed from September 2018.

The view from the Chain bridge with the Royal Castle and Citadel - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

2. Budapest has Europe’s 2nd largest Parliament.

The Hungarian Parliament was designed by Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style, inspired by the British House of Parliament. The construction was finished in 1896, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Hungary. It is open for visitors, book your ticket in advance.

Hungarian Parliament - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

3. St. Stephen’s Basilica and Parliament are the tallest buildings

Both are 96 m high, with this height St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István bazilika) is the tallest church in Budapest. Visit the Panorama Lookout Tower by elevator or climb 364 steps. The panorama is worth the climbing. The ticket is cheap and the view is awesome! Find out more information about the basilica and the Panorama Lookout Tower.

The view from St. Stephen's Basilica Panorama Lookout Tower - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

4. Budapest Ferris wheel

Our ferris wheel is called Budapest Eye. The highest point of the ferris wheel is 65 m. It goes more rounds and you have to take off after 5-10 minutes. I wrote more about the ferris in my other post called Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local.

Budapest Eye ferris wheel - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

5. Relax in the thermal baths

  • Gellért bath is my personal favourite. The building is super beautiful with the mosaics and its decorated indoor pools. Aaaaand in summer, the outdoor pool is also in use, which functions as a wave pool in every hour!
  • Rudas thermal bath offers a great steam bath and a rooftop jacuzzi with a view to the river and Gellért Hill.
  • Széchenyi bath is the most popular and well known. The outdoor pools have a totally nice atmosphere with the steam during winter.

6. Climb Matthias Church

For the best panorama, you have to climb 197 steps inside the tower of Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) to the panorama terrace at a height of 46 m. Before or after the climbing, you should also check out the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) and the Castle District. Read more about the church and other viewpoints in my other post.

The view from Matthias Church - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

7. Cute parks in the city

Budapest has many parks in the city. My favourites are a bit hidden, Károlyi garden (Károlyi kert) at Astoria (on the photo) and St. Stephen’s park (Szent István park) in Pozsonyi street (district 13). The most popular parks are the City park (Városliget) and Margaret island (Margit-sziget).

Károlyi garden, the hidden cute park - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

8. Travel by the cute Metro Line 1

M1 (Millennium Underground Railway) is the oldest in Budapest, operates from 1896. It goes under the Andrássy Avenue between Vörösmarty square and Mexikói street. The stations are very cute with the tiles and the vintage station names.

9. Get lost on the Heroes’ square

It’s not that hard to get lost on Heroes’ square while watching the 14 emblematic figures of the Hungarian history, the Seven Hungarian Chieftains and the 36 m tall pillar of Millennium Memorial topped by Archangel Gabriel.

It was built with the 2 museums (Museum of Fine Arts and Kunsthalle) for the Millennium, most of the construction was completed in 1900.

Heroes’ square with the Millennium Memorial - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

10. Visit the Central Great Market Hall

The huge market hall is decorated with multicoloured Zsolnay tiles, it was opened in 1897. It’s visited by locals and tourist as well, so it can be very crowded. The ground floor offers fresh products, you can buy some dried or powdered paprika and sausage as a souvenir 😉 The upper floor presents handicrafts, souvenirs and food stalls. Try out some goulash soup or lángos (I’ll write about it at the must-try food part).

Central Great Market Hall - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

11. Travel by chairlift

Zugliget Chairlift (Libegő) is a funny alternative way of transport in the Buda Hills. It goes between Zugliget and János Hill (János hegy), where Elizabeth Lookout Tower (Erzsébet-kilátó) is located, which is the highest point of Budapest. After checking out the panorama from the Lookout Tower, return to the city by chairlift, the view is better while going down. At the bottom, take bus 291 (to Nyugati Railway station) back to the city centre. Check out the tickets and timetable here.

The view from Zugliget Chairlift (Libegő) - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

12. Street art

Színes Város (Colourful City) paints the firewalls in the city. They started in the 7th district, but now we can see their murals under overpasses as well, not only in the city centre. This one is in the yard of Kőleves in Kazinczy street.

Mural by Színes Város (Colourful City) in kőleves ruin pub - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

13. Check out the view from the Citadel, Gellért Hill

Gellért hill (Gellért hegy) has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987. A lot of tourists climb to the top to admire the magnificent view. Read more about the viewpoint in my other post.

Gellért hill with the Citadel - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

14. Explore Budapest by boat

Discover the city from the boats of BKK (Center for Budapest Transport). The boat service (D11 and D12) operates from May to October between Római beach (Római fürdő) and Kopaszi dam (Kopaszi gát). The boats have many stations along the embankment, so you can take on and off wherever you want. Be aware, the ticket is available only for one journey. Check the timetables on the homepage of the BKK before planning.

15. Travel by tram 2

Tram 2 is considered as a tourist sightseeing tram, only costs a single ticket. It goes on the riverside of the Danube on the Pest side between Jászai Mari square and Rákóczi bridge. The vintage yellow tram passes by the Parliament, Gresham Palace, Chain bridge, Vigadó, Bálna and Palace of Arts.

Awesome nightlife, party and culture

The nightlife of Budapest is legendary. Everyone can find the perfect match.

16. Ruin bars

The 7th district is the best area to find ruin bars, where the abandoned houses have been filled with life, vintage furniture and a little hipster vibe.

The most famous ruin bar is Szimpla Kert (on the photo). On Friday and Saturday evening, it can be very crowded, you have to wait in the queue to get in. So I’d recommend to visit it during the day and choose another bar for the evening. Another famous ruin bar is Instant-Fogas (used to be Fogasház), which is a good party place, but also busy during the weekend.

Here are my other favourites: Anker’t, Ellátó kert, Kuplung, Csendes and Púder.

Szimpla kert, the famous Hungarian ruin bar - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

17. Enjoy a concert or party on A38 boat

Yes, on a boat! A38 ship used to be a Ukrainian stone-carrying barge. Now it’s anchored near Petőfi bridge on the Buda side. It’s a popular club with a concert hall, open-air terrace, restaurant and bar. The concert hall hosts famous bands from around the world.

18. Freedom on the Liberty Bridge

Liberty bridge (Szabadság híd) was closed to traffic due to construction works in the summer of 2016. Oooooh, I liked that summer, we could picnic on the bridge and just be there without cars. On four weekend of this summer, the bridge will be car-free again! Be ready from the 14th of July 2018 😉

19. Learn the most important word: Egészségedre

Okay, maybe not the most important… Egészségedre means Cheers. Kind of hard to pronounce it, but you will get help from the Hungarians because we like to drink 😉 Keep reading, I’ll tell you more about our drinks…

20. Cheap

Compared to other big cities the prices are lower. Of course, it depends on the places you visit. We have fancy and expensive places as well, but most places aren’t expensive, so you can find quality meals and drinks on a good price.

21. Watch the sunset at the Danube

The sunsets are amazing from the embankment and bridges. You can find many bars on the Pest riverbank to enjoy the sunset: Esetleg in Bálna, Terasz at Március 15 square or Pontoon at Chain bridge…

Sunset from Pontoon - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

22. Enjoy a drink at Pontoon, next to the Chain bridge

Pontoon is located at the foot of Chain bridge (Lánchíd) on the Pest side, so the Castle District is in front of you on the other side of the river. Have a drink or just sit on the side of the embankment…

Enjoy a drink at Pontoon with a view to the Chain bridge and Castle - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

23. Grab a drink and enjoy it on the grass at Akvárium

Above Akvárium Klub, you can find a big grassy area around the pool. Grab a drink at Akvárium or Fröccsterasz and drink it on the grass.

24. Beautiful girls and handsome guys

Yes, we, Hungarian girls are beautiful and our guys are handsome 🙂 Come and see!

25. Sziget festival, the island of freedom

You can meet me there every year, it causes addiction… Sziget festival is the island of freedom! You might wonder about the name, sziget means island, Óbudai island gives place to the festival. What a coincidence 🙂 It won the best European Festival Award more times because it’s not just a simple festival, the area of the island is changing into a small city during the middle of August. I could talk about it a lot, but it’s easier if you experience it by yourself! See you there!

26. Discover the hipster pubs at Madách square

In Madách square, a lot of bars are waiting for you, most of them have outdoor seats as well. Choose Castro Bistro, keksz, Telep, Központ or Hivatal.

27. Rooftop bars

Rooftops are the best! You might notice I like to enjoy the view from the top, so I adore the atmosphere of rooftop bars. One of my favourites is 360 bar. The view is incredible during daylight, sunset and when the lights are turned on at night. I haven’t tried all of them. Yet… These 2 are kind of fancy and pricey: High Note SkyBar next to the St. Stephen’s Basilica and St. Andrea Wine & Skybar at Vörösmarty square.

28. Contemporary Hungarian design at WAMP

WAMP Design fair is an event once (sometimes more than once) a month, when Hungarian designers showcase their design products, such as accessories, clothes, paintings etc.

Summer fairs are on Erzsébet square. Other times, the fair is hosted in Milleráris B hall, where the ticket is 500 HUF, which can be used as a voucher.

29. Buy Hungarian design products as souvenirs

Are you tired of pens and fridge magnets? I totally understand you, I don’t like fridge magnets on my fridge. Buy some accessories, beauty products, clothes, bags, notebook or postcard with Budapest graphic.

So here are few options to find the perfect Hungarian souvenir: mono art & design, wonderLAB, insitu, Printa Design and Stilshop.

Hungarian souvenir in insitu design store- 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

30. Escape from a panic room

In Budapest, the escape rooms are very trendy and exciting. It’s so fun and sometimes a bit scary (in a good way) to solve the mystery and the puzzle. The most popular ones are Paniq room, Locked room, Mystique room, E-Exit escape game or Trap.

Must-try food and drinks

31. Lángos

Lángos is a fried bread dough. The most popular (and my favourite) version is topped with sour cream and cheese. The best place for the traditional lángos is Retro Lángos at Arany János street metro station or Lángos burger at Karaván Street food.

Lángos topped with sour cream and cheese - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

32. Try out the special chimney cake (kürtős kalács)

The original chimney cake is coated only with sugar, cinnamon, cacao or whatever you choose. It has an advanced level. Visit Töltött Kürtős (Street Cakes) at Andrássy street, where you can choose fillings, toppings and extra toppings for your chimney cake cone. Ooooooh, must-try if you’re into special sweets.

Street cake chimney cake with ice cream - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

33. Eat Hungarian meat stew and chicken paprikash

The Hungarian meat stew and chicken paprikash (paprikás csirke) are seasoned with red paprika (almost every typical Hungarian dish), can be served with noodles (nokedli), egg barley (tarhonya), pasta with cottage cheese (túrós csusza).

My favourite place, where I always bring my foreign friends and what I recommend, if someone is asking for Hungarian restaurant is the Gettó Gulyás in Wesselényi street.

Hungarian meat stew with paprika - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

34. Sunday Szimpla Farmers’ Market

On every Sunday, Szimpla turns into a breakfast and brunch place from 9 am to 2 pm. Farmers sell their own products, what they grew and made by their own hands. You can buy many kinds of meat, cheese, honey, jam, vegetables and fruit, spices and sandwich spreads.

35. Have breakfast or brunch

Budapest has a lot of breakfast & brunch places, so you don’t have to wake up early after the party. Have a breakfast on the terrace of Briós or choose the fancy Á La Maison (on the photo) or go to Fekete for tasty food and great coffee.

Á La Maison for breakfast & brunch - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

36. Choose the cute local coffee shops

You can find the big coffee brands here, but they are everywhere, sooooo visit a local café. I mentioned Fekete before or go to my other favourite Espresso Embassy.

3 Hungarian coffee shops get into the new Lonely Planet book called Global Coffee Tour. I agree with Lonely Planet, so don’t forget to try the coffees at Madal, Kontakt and My Little Melbourne.

Coffee at Fekete - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

38. Goulash soup (gulyás leves)

The soup is a mix of meat, vegetables and noodles flavoured with paprika and other spices. The mix of these ingredients is super tasty, must-try! This one on the photo is from the 1st floor of Central Market (Fakanál bistro). This red pot looks small, but it was a big portion.

Goulash soup (gulyás leves), must-try Hngarian food - 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest | Aliz’s Wonderland

39. Pálinka, the must-try drink

If you’re in Hungary, drink pálinka! Pálinka is made of ripe fruit. The most common fruits for pálinka are apricot, plum, cherry, pear. Be careful with it, it has a strong alcohol content of 40 to 70 % AVB. The right method to drink it: inhale deeply, drink(for one sip or more) and enjoy the fruity flavour during exhaling. Cheers! Or I could say Egészségedre!

40. Tasty Hungarian wines

Hungarian wines are super tasty. My favourite is dry red wine from Szekszárd. Hungary has huge and quality selection of white, rosé and red wines. Another famous white wine is the sweet dessert wine from Tokaj called Tokaji aszú.

 

That’s it, the must-try list for Budapest: 40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest. It could be shorter or longer, I wanted to share the must-visit places, must-try food and drink.

The short version: discover the attractions of Budapest during the day, eat a goulash soup for lunch, a chicken paprikash for lunch and finish the day in a ruin bar with pálinka 😉

Wow, now I’d like to eat a goulash soup… and a chimney cake… Maybe later 😉

Soooo have you fallen in love with Budapest?

Tell me, why do you love Budapest?

I prepared a “40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest” checklist for your next trip, download it below.

40 reasons to fall in love with Budapest downloadable free checklist

Recipe,smoothie & drink

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

After my last pinky home decor post, here is a (dark) pinky smoothie recipe 🙂 This antioxidant triple berry smoothie is made of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and almond milk. It’s super easy to prepare from these 4 simple and healthy ingredients.

The season of berries is finally here, so go to the market and buy berries to eat or drink. They are super tasty and have many health benefits.

Let’s see why these berries are good for your body!

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Health benefits of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry

All of the 3 berries are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for the manufacturing of collagen, healthy immune and nervous systems. It strengthens blood vessels and has antioxidant properties. It can help reduce blood pressure, protect against heart disease, prevent cancer and improve mental health.

Blackberry

Blackberry contains a high level of vitamin C, K and has antioxidant properties, as I mentioned before.

It contains also both types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and it helps maintain a healthy level of cholesterol and lowers blood sugar level. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it supports healthy digestion.

Are you a fan of blackberry and cakes? Try out the Walnut crust pie with blackberry curd.

Blueberry

Blueberry is a good source of vitamin K and C, manganese and fiber. Its vitamin K, manganese, calcium content helps maintain bone structure and strength. It may also promote hair and skin health, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Blueberry is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Raspberry

Raspberry is rich in vitamin C, manganese and fiber. It has also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, so it helps to decrease inflammation in the body. It may also decrease the decline in cognitive ability related to ageing.

Almond milk

Almond milk is manufactured from almond. It contains neither cholesterol nor lactose and is often consumed by lactose-intolerants. It’s low in calories and contains no saturated fat. It is high in healthy fats (omega fatty acids), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. It is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which is necessary for strong bones and teeth and strengthens the immune system.

Preparation time: 5 min

Ingredients for 4 glasses:

  • 1 cup (200 gr) blueberry
  • 1 cup (200 gr) blackberry
  • 1 cup (200 gr) raspberry
  • 2 cup (500 ml) almond milk

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the antioxidant triple berry smoothie?

Wash the fruits gently.

Put the berries and the almond milk into the blender.

Blend on full strength. In the meantime, adore how the blackberry, blueberry and raspberry combine. Amazing colour 😉

Check the consistency, add more milk if needed.

Pour into glasses and you can decorate the top with fruits like I did.

Your triple berry smoothie is ready to serve. Now it’s time to drink 😉 Enjoy it!

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

See, I told you, super easy-to-make. Hopefully, you will like it too.

Prepare this healthy antioxidant triple berry smoothie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Pin the photo for later to have it on Pinterest.

Antioxidant triple berry smoothie with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Home decor & design,Home decoration

Warm up your home with pink wall colour

Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Have you ever dreamed of a happy and bright pink home? Or not? I tell you why you should consider painting your room pink and I help you find your perfect pink shade. How much do you know about the colour pink and its physiological effect? The answers and ideas are below, so keep reading 😉 I help you find your perfect shade of pink wall colour.

I don’t know why, but most of the times pink is associated with women. Okay, maybe I get it! Because pink represents sweetness, happiness and harmony as well. Just like us, women 🙂

The colour pink can be found also in nature: sunset, flamingo, salmon, rose and other flowers. And few artificial products are also dressed in pink: bubble gum, punch, rosé wine. How wonderful!

Want more inspiration about pink and flamingo home decor ideas? Visit my post about Decorate your home with flamingos.

Pin photos for ideas. If you would like to learn more about paints and companies or look for the source of the photo, just click on the highlighted names.

About the colour pink

Pink was 1st used as a colour name in the 17th century. It was named after a flower called pink.

Pink is part of the red colour family, compared to red it’s more tranquil. Red is associated with passion and action, but pink is the colour of harmony, compassion, sweetness, joy and femininity.

Let’s make this clear, when I say pink I mean the thousands shades of pink because pink is not only one colour, it’s a collective name. The shades are usually called with fantasy names such as rose, light pink, dirty pink, blossom, blush, peach, magenta and fuchsia etc.

Just take a look at this Pantone’s millennial pink palette, it features some pale pink hues, this is only a snippet. Read more about millennial pink and home decor: Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home.

Pantone’s millennial pink palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Or the pink shades of Sanderson:

Sanderson pink paint palette on style library - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The psychology of pink colour

Colours affect our mood. You need to like the colour, which will surround you in your home.

Pink represents love just like red. Pink is a mix of red and white, so both add some characters. It gets the passion of red and tranquillity of white.

Deeper pinks are more passionate and increase energy. Darker pinks can have a dramatic effect, they fill the room with creativity, energy and confidence.

Pale pink gives a positive impression and relaxes you. It shows tenderness and kindness like this room by fenton & fenton.

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Colour pink has a calming effect.

Studies confirm that high amounts of pink colour can calm the nerves and even create physical weakness in people. Pink has successfully treated violent and aggressive prisoners by placing them in rooms with pink walls. Overexposure to the colour may have the opposite effect though.

So don’t overdose the pink. It’s okay if you don’t paint all of your walls pink.

You can cover one wall with wallpaper. Floral and tropical patterns work well with pink.

For some change, start with one wall or with one door.

You’ll see soon, that I have bright pink walls in my bedroom. I can testify it has a calming effect and a pinky happy mood is always guaranteed.

So let’s see my pink walls 😉

Pink wall colour in home decoration

Pinky bedroom

I started with the bedroom because my bedroom is also dressed in pale pink 🙂 I can’t tell you the exact colour because when I saw the 1st layer on the wall, it looked like a big bubble gum, so we added some white paint to the pale pink.

The walls with the white and blue furniture aren’t that girly or feminine, so my boyfriend didn’t say that he won’t sleep there. The accessories are also the shades of pink with white, blue and turquoise. My unicorn fits into my bedroom with the pink fluffy fur 🙂

Pale pink bedroom with turquoise and blue - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pale pink bedroom with blue shelves - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Haymes paint’s colour, Aleaha Rose is perfect with the shades of blue and white as well.

Aleha Rose pink bedroom by Haymes paint - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Chatterbox colour by Crown looks gorgeous in this baby bedroom.

Pale pink baby bedroom with Chatterbox colour by Crown - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This Sanderson neutral pink shade with grey shade is super elegant.

Sanderson neutral pink bedroom with grey shade - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Living room with pink wall

Pale pink is good with white, golden, darker surfaces, plants, pineapple photograph and furry stool (check out how to make this DIY furry stool on the page of a beautiful mess)!

Pale pink living room with furry stool by a beautiful mess - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton looks lovely with the brown shade, terrazzo coffee table and the painting.

Pale pink living room by fenton & fenton - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Vintro luxury paint shows, that their Madame de Pompadour shade works well with wooden surfaces and turquoise.

Vintro luxury paint’s Madame de Pompadour pink shade - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

I’ve mentioned Haymes paint’s colour, Aleaha Rose at the bedroom section. We have to admit, it’s also perfect for a living room.

Aleha Rose pink living room by Haymes paint - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This vivid pink wall might be a bit harsh but gives a real character to the room, just decorate it with bright furniture.

Vivid pink living room - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The next example from Pinterest might be a bit extravagant, but it shows that turquoise and pink are very good friends 😉

Pink living room with turquoise - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Kitchen and dining room in pink shades

I could get used to this elegant pink kitchen. The pink is super nice with the white cabinet and the golden pendant lamp, look at the details.

Elegant pink kitchen with white and gold - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

As you can see, pink is also works with dark furniture in this simple and modern kitchen.

Simple and modern pink kitchen - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Another elegant kitchen with cement tiles on the wall, found on the site of ELLE.

Elegant pink kitchen with cement tiles - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

This pastel kitchen wall is so lovely. Pastel overload!

Pastel pink kitchen mood - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Would you like to invite your guest to dinner? Of course, I love this light pinkish peach colour with white Ekedalen extendable table.

Elegant pinkish peach dining room with blue and white - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The designers Lim + Lu mixes the pale pink wall with patterned ceramic tiles in their showroom. Take a look at this beautiful pink coffee corner!

Pale pink coffee corner with colourful tiles - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The darker, brownish pink shade makes this dining room very inviting, what I’ve found on Coco Lapine Design. Perfect match of pink, brown and wood.

Elegant pink dining room - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bathroom with pink colour

I could live in this bathroom, what I’ve found on behance.

Modern pink bathroom from behance - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

My other dream bathroom is this Spanish bathroom in Barcelona.

Modern Spanish pink bathroom - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you’re experimenting, just start with a door. Take an example from the site of apartmenttherapy with this pink door.

Pink bathroom door - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pink and peach colours are also a nice combination, the proof is this urbanoutfitters peachy bathroom scene.

Urbanoutfitters peachy bathroom scene with pink and peach colours- Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

The next one is a super cute totally coral-pink bathroom, found on remodelista.

Remodelista cute coral-pink bathroom - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Which colours should I mix with pink?

As I mentioned before, pink has many shades, so it offers a wide variation.

Design seed has a huge collection of colour palettes. If you want to see beautiful pictures and colour combinations, check out her site: Design seed {for all who love colour}.

This combo is called Heavenly hues, great name. As you can see, this pastel pink works very well with other pastels.

Design seed - Heavenly hues pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Color Flora is a more vivid mix of pink, blue and green.

Design seed - Color Flora pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Green is also friend with pink. Cacti Color is a blend of pinks, beige and greens.

Design seed - Cacti Color pink colour palette - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

Some paint companies also provide ideas for their paints. This example is from Haymes colour library, which shows the combination of pink, blue and grey.

Haymes colour library - Warm up your home with pink wall colour | Aliz’s Wonderland

I like pink and its hues, not because I’m a woman. Because it creates a calm and joyful atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to paint your wall(s) pink.

Need more ideas about pink furniture as well. Read my other post about Millennial pink ideas for your perfect home.

What about you? Are you a pink fan too?

Hungary,Travel

Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local

Panorama from Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s WonderlandYes, by a local! That’s me :) I know where to go, trust me! Discover Budapest and its tourist attractions from these 5 scenic viewpoints. Every 5 offers an amazing panorama to the city from different heights and angles.

Budapest is a very beautiful city with 2 million citizens. My favourite part is the riverbank and the view from the bridges. Its river is called Danube (Duna), which divides the city to Buda and Pest. The Buda part has hills, like the Gellért Hill or other Buda Hills. The Pest side is flat. Both parts have many tourist attractions.

Visit the best viewpoints of Budapest!

1. Gellért Hill with the Citadel

The 235 m high hill dominates the side of Danube with the Citadel (Citadella). The hill was named after St. Gerard (Szent Gellért), who was thrown to death from the hill. Since 1987 the Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy)  has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage. A lot of tourists climb to the top to admire the magnificent view.

Citadel is a fortress built in 1851 by the Habsburgs after the end of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Its original goal was to frighten the citizens instead of protecting the city. Today we think of it as a symbol of freedom.

The Statue of Liberty stands next to the Citadel since 1947. Its total height is 40 meter, the lady with the leaf is 11 m tall, which is an important gem of Budapest.

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Follow the green sign up to the Citadel. That path goes closer to the river and it offers many stops with a beautiful panorama. Like this one with the Liberty bridge and the Central Market (Központi Vásárcsarnok).

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Of course, the best view is from the top. The panorama terrace has 2 popular viewpoints. One is next to the Statue of Liberty arriving from the St. Gellért square. The other is facing the Buda Castle close to the entrance of the Citadel.

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Gellért Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

The panorama terrace is open every day, every time.

Admission

Free

How to get there?

It’s located between the white Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) and the green Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd), so the panorama terrace can be reached from both sides. The top of the hill can be reached only on foot.

By public transportation to the foot of the Gellért Hill

The 1st option is to take off at St. Gellért square (Szent Gellért tér), next to the Liberty Bridge. You can go by metro (M4), bus (7, 133E), tram (19, 41, 47, 48, 49, 56, 56A) or boat (D12, D13).

The other option is to start your walk from the foot of Erzsébet bridge. Take off at Döbrentei square (Döbrentei tér) or at Rudas Thermal Bath (Rudas gyógyfürdő) stations. Reach it by bus (7, 8E, 108E, 110, 112) or tram (19, 41, 56, 56A).

On foot

Walk from the Szabadság bridge or from the Erzsébet Bridge. Just follow the green triangle as I mentioned before. Of course, you can choose from many paths.

I like to depart from St. Gellért square and go down on the other side of the hill, to the direction of the Buda Castle. From the Gellért Hill, it’s easy to reach the Castle District through the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár).

Aaaaaand the next point is the Castle District!

 

2. Matthias Church and the Castle District

Thanks to its bigger area you can enjoy the view from many spots. I leave the best one for later…

Panorama terrace of the Buda Castle

If you are arriving from the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), take the escalator, elevators or use the stairs. The huge and long terrace of the Buda Castle/ Royal Palace provides an amazing panorama to the other side of the Danube with the St. Stephen’s Basilica, Parliament, Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), Margaret Bridge (Margit híd). And to the Gellért hill as well.

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

The Buda Castle was the home of kings from the 13th century. In the 19th century, it went through construction, now it is the home of the Budapest History Museum, the National Széchényi Library and the Hungarian National Gallery.

Enjoy the view from the terrace and from the big iron gate with the Turul statue, which is the stop of the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló). This is the closest spot to the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd).

Panorama from terrace of Buda Castle, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Pass through the Dísz square and Szent György square to the direction of the Matthias Church (Mátyás templom). Wander along Tárnok street, where you can find cute historical houses.

Matthias Church

Tárnok street leads you to Holy Trinity square (Szentháromság tér) with Matthias Church. The story of the church started in the 13th century, so it has a long and complicated history. It witnessed occupations, wars, fire and reconstructions. It obtained its final Neo-Gothic style in the early 19th century, according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek.

For the best panorama, you have to climb 197 steps in the tower of Matthias Church. Not kidding, there’s no elevator. The tower is 78 m high, the panorama terrace is at 46 m height. There are 3 stops on the way: an exhibition space, lower bell level with 4 and upper bell level with 2 bells. The terrace presents you a panorama to every direction. Breathtaking!

Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Matthias Church Tower, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Fisherman’s Bastion

The other popular viewpoint is next to the church: the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya). MUST-SEE! The 7 bastions represent the 7 settled down Hungarian tribes from the 9th century.

You have to pay to enjoy the view from the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion. If you ask me, go a bit further and you can go up at the biggest bastion. If you want to pay, I won’t stop you 😉 Just enjoy the view 🙂

Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle District - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time of the Tower

Every day: 10 am – 5 pm

A tour begins in every hour. The tower tour meeting point is on the left side of the church entrance, it’s also marked with a big flag. A board shows the time of the next tour.

Admission

Adult ticket: 1500 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 1000 HUF / Children ticket: free.

The price includes the guided tour. The ticket office can be found next to the Fisherman’s Bastion, opposite the church.

How to get there?

The district of the castle isn’t small, so you can reach it in many ways.

By public transportation

By funicular: Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) is a funicular railway. From Adam Clark square (Clark Ádám tér) to Castle District, it takes 1,5 minute. Leaves in every 10 minutes, depending on the passenger number. Opening time: Every day: 7:30- 22:00. Price: 1200 HUF for one way, 1800 HUF for a return ticket, discounts for groups.

By bus: Bus 16 and 16A goes between Széll Kálmán square and Deák Ferenc square, the buses have more stations in the Castle District, take off at Szentháromság square (location of Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church) or at Dísz square (closer to the Royal Palace).

On foot

You can find several steps leading up to the Castle, for example, one starts at Clark Ádám square, next to the funicular.

Or choose my personal favourite route! Reach the Castle District from the Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), which has been beautifully renovated in 2014. From the garden, an escalator or a staircase takes you to the elevator, which goes up to the new sidewalk.

Escalator and stairs in Castle Garden Bazaar to Buda Castle - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

3. St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is the largest church in Budapest. The building dominates the city centre with the height of 96 m (just like the Parliament). The basilica is the 2nd highest church in Hungary, so it has to offer a spectacular view to the heart of Budapest 😉

St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Its construction began in 1851 and it was finished in 1905 after 54 years of construction. It was built in neo-classicist style. The facade is framed by two large bell towers. Hungary’s biggest bell hangs in the southern tower, weighing over 9 tonnes. The interior is also worth a visit, it’s characterized by rich ornamentation. Read more about the basilica and its opening time here.

Panorama Lookout Tower can be reached in 2 ways.

St. Stephen's Basilica staircase - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Climb 364 steps or take the elevators up to the dome’s observation deck. The stairs start at the ticket office, if you prefer to take the elevator, it’s on the other side behind the shop. The ticket is cheap and the view is awesome! The ticket office is at the church entrance, where the staircase starts.

Up there you can walk around the dome and enjoy the 360º panorama. The Parliament, Buda Castle and Citadel are also visible from there.

View from Panorama Lookout Tower of St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

View from Panorama Lookout Tower of St. Stephen's Basilica - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time of the Panorama Lookout Tower

June, July, August, September: 10 am – 6:30 pm

April, May, October: 10 am – 5:30 pm

November, December, January, February, March: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Admission

Adult ticket: 600 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 400 HUF

How to get there?

By public transportation

St. Stephen’s square (Szent István tér) can be reached from many directions.

By metro: It’s halfway between Deák Ferenc square and Arany János street M3 metro stations. Metro line M1 station called Bajcsy-Zsilinszky street is also close.

By bus: Bus 9 station called Szent István bazilika

By tram: Tram 2 goes on the Danube bank, 5 minutes walk from Széchenyi István square.

On foot

Located in the V. district, in the city centre, few minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square and from the Danube.

 

4. Budapest Eye

The name, Budapest Eye was inspired by the London Eye. This is also a ferris wheel, just smaller and not that tall. It offers a new perspective of Budapest, you’ve never experienced before.

The highest point of the ferris wheel is 65 m. It has 42 cabins and every cabin can host 6 people. It goes more rounds and you have to take off after 5-10 minutes.

I would recommend going to the top of the St. Stephen’s Basilica (see in the previous point), it’s cheaper and you can spend there as many time as you want.

But if you have a crush for ferris wheels, this is your turn.

(I don’t have any decent photos from the top, the glass was always shady…)

Budapest Eye - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Budapest Eye - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

Monday, Tuesday: 10 am – 11 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10 am – 12 pm

Friday, Saturday: 10 am – 1 am

Admission

Adult ticket: 2700 HUF / Children ticket: 1500 HUF.

It’s possible to buy your tickets online and skip the queue. Check out the tickets on the website.

How to get there?

By public transportation

By metro: M1, M2 and M3 stations at Deák Ferenc square

By bus: 9, 16 and 105 stations at Deák Ferenc square, 15, 16, 105, 115 stations at József Nádor tér

By tram: 47, 48 and 49 stations at Deák Ferenc square

On foot

Located in the V. district at Erzsébet square, in the middle of city centre, 2 minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square.

 

5. Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill

Enjoy the amazing panorama from the highest point of Budapest. You have to fight for it, relax, not that hard, but a little hike is needed to reach the Elisabeth Lookout Tower (Erzsébet-kilátó). Won’t regret it, trust me. From here you can see all of the viewpoints I’ve written about in the previous points 🙂

János Hill (János hegy) is located in the 12th district, near Normafa, which is a popular hiking area in all seasons. The last stage to the tower is a steep road or you can choose the stairs as well.

The tower is tallest point in Budapest with its 527 meters. The historic lookout tower was built in 1908 from limestone, named after Empress Elisabeth, who visited the János Hill in 1882. 4 terraces are part of the building, the highest has the height of 23,5 m. 101 steps lead you to the top of it. It was designed by Frigyes Schulek, who also designed the Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) in the Castle District.

Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Panorama from Elisabeth Lookout Tower, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Opening time

Every day: 8 am- 8 pm

Admission

Free

How to get there?

I’d recommend you to take the bus or the cogwheel train to Normafa station. Relax at the park of Normafa, enjoy the nature, walk to the Elisabeth Lookout Tower and return to the city centre by chairlift (it also offers a great view) and bus.

Here are the other options:

By public transportation

By bus: Bus 21 and 21A goes from Széll Kálmán square, takes 20 minutes to get Normafa station, from where the lookout tower is 2-3 kilometres far.

By cogwheel train: Cogwheel train (fogaskerekű) also takes 20 minutes from its terminal in Városmajor (close to Széll Kálmán square).

By train: A small train winds in the Buda Hills named the “children train” (gyermekvasút). Depart from Hűvösvölgy station, it goes through Jánoshegy till Normafa and Széchenyihegy terminal.

By chairlift: János hill is also reachable by chairlift (libegő), the station is just a few minutes far from the tower. I would recommend it for the way back to the city because this way you just have to enjoy the view in front of you. At the bottom, take bus 291 (to Nyugati Railway station) back to the city centre. The chairlift operates from May to August, every day: 10 am – 7 pm. In the other months, it closes sooner. Check out the timetable here. An adult single ticket costs 1000 HUF.

View from the chairlift, János Hill - Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest Hungary, recommended by a local | Aliz’s Wonderland

Okaaaaay, this was a bit long… I’d like to provide useful information for you, so it couldn’t be shorter. I adore viewpoints because I like to have different perspectives and from the top, you can see more.

Do you fancy viewpoints and panorama terraces too? Which is your favourite in Budapest?

dessert,Recipe

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

These creamy vanilla milky bars are the perfect combination of milk, eggs and few other ingredients. The strawberries make the taste more magical. Super easy to make, just mix the ingredients and that’s it. Okay not this easy, so don’t skip the recipe on the bottom of the page 😉

It looks like 2 layers, but it’s not… I’ll tell you the secret, just keep reading!

First, my mom baked it and I asked her: why haven’t you placed the curd on top? She was laughing and said that this is only one batter, which will be separated during the baking. Aaaaa… so you have to make only one layer and your oven will do the rest 😉

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Strawberry season is here! Yeeeeey!!!

One of my favourite fruit, I’m visiting the market more often nowadays to buy strawberries. It’s super tasty and has a lot of health benefits. Contain vitamin A, B and C, moreover potassium, calcium and iron. It is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, which help to lower risk of cardiovascular disease. It helps to purify your blood, strengthen your nerves, also recommended for weight-loss. 150 g strawberry covers your daily value of vitamin C.

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

If you’re also a kitchen machine fan, use the lowest speed, when adding the milk to the batter.

You can add other fruits as well. Be careful with the watery fruits, once I put raspberries and the consistency wasn’t that perfect.

Preparation time: 25 min

Baking time: 45 min

Ingredients (for a 34×24 cm baking dish):

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) powdered sugar + 1-2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (~1 cup) butter
  • 250 g (1,5 cups) plain flour
  • 7,5 dl (3 cups) milk
  • 500 g strawberries

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry - Ingredients | Aliz’s Wonderland

How to make the milky vanilla bars with strawberry?

Preheat the oven to 160 ºC (320 ºF). Lightly butter a 34×24 cm (or similar size) baking dish.

Wash the strawberries, remove the green leaves and cut them in half. Place the pieces on the bottom of the baking dish. Set it aside.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Melt the butter in a pan and set aside.

Separate the 8 eggs.

Mix the 8 egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract, beat them until the mixture is fluffy.

Add the melted butter to the mixture. When it’s evenly incorporated, slowly add the flour and the milk in 3 parts and wait until it’s fully combined.

Beat up the egg whites in another bowl and mix to the batter carefully.

Carefully pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. The batter is quite liquidy, so when pouring it onto the strawberries be careful because the strawberries will be floating. I used a ladle to add it gently.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bake it for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool down and keep it in the pan for a few hours.

Dust the top with powdered sugar.

Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

Bake the creamy vanilla bars and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!Delicious milky vanilla bars with strawberry | Aliz’s Wonderland

If you’re using the photos or recipe, please link back to my page.