Pavilion Garden

Buxton, England

One thousand feet above sea level sits the Roman spa town Natural Spring Waterof Buxton. Natural mineral water comes from the surrounding mountains from a group of thermal springs. The town was known to Romans as Aquae Arnemetia, meaning ‘the waters of the Goddess of the Grove’. During our short visit to the city, we tasted some of the water from a running tap on the sidewalk, it was a shock when the water was warm.

When Mary Queen of Scots was a prisoner in England she stayed in Buxton at the Old Royal Hall Hotel under house arrest, and visited the thermal baths on several occasions. The hotel is one of the oldest in England with its present building dating back to 1573. Due to her stay in Buxton, the hotel soon became a regular venue for the highest nobility of the land as well as the center for planning against the crown of England. Some believe the future of England was determined by the hall in BuxtonOld Royal Hotel rather than London. Inside the hotel are etches she left during her stay. With a diamond ring, her farewell to Buxton was scratched on one of the bedroom window panes “Buxton, whose warm waters have made thy name famous, perchance I shall visit thee no more-Farewell”.

The Opera House in Buxton has lived on through the generations, adapting to the changing of the times since 1903 when it first opened. In 1927 silent films were first shown as the theatre Royal Opera Houseturned into a cinema and was wired for sound. Festivals were introduced in the late 1930s as people continued to demand live performances even though the theatre was turned into a cinema until the 50s and 60s. The theatre was only closed for a few short years in the 70s and reopened in 1979 when people from all over the country helped restore the Opera House and added an orchestra pit. The Opera House in Buxton today has developed into a community theatre and a remarkable success story lasting throughout the generations. Attached to the Opera House is 23 acres of restored gardens, the Pavilion Garden.

Budapest at Night

Budapest at Night

With every building and bridge lit up, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen at night. My husband and I went on a boat tour, admiring everything from the water with a glass of wine Budapest Parliament(and Sprite for me). While on the Danube river you feel tiny and in awe of the buildings that surround you on each side. One of my favourite buildings on the Pest side was the parliament buildings, the third largest in the world. On the Buda side, the Royal Palace lights up the sky with Matthias church and Fisherman’s Bastion peeking through the hills as seen in the above cover photo.

There are many bars and clubs in Budapest all located within the Jewish Quarter. The ruin bars are truly unique and tricky to find sometimes if you haven’t looked them up before hand. We were shownBudapest Ruin Bar one by our tour guide where locals like to hang out no matter what your age. It was such a creative use of space and every country with buildings no longer is use should be taken over by artists and turned into a bar like this one. Even the bathroom was awesome, they redid some of the plumbing, so to flush the toilet you use a bike break on the side of the wall! The space is also used to feature different artists’ exhibits and bands play there in the evenings.

Budapest is also freezing in March, Budapest Bathsso we decided to check out the famous baths in the evening to warm up a little. If you go after 7 it’s cheaper as well, however you have limited access. We went to Széchenyi Baths, the first thermal baths on the Pest side with 15 units. These baths are easy to get to as they are right on the subway line. After walking all day long, relaxing at the baths was the perfect end to the day.