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Moscow, the capital of Russia, is emerging as a great layover destination with the Russian national carrier, Aeroflot, p...
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is emerging as a great layover destination with the Russian national carrier, Aeroflot, providing cheaper flights to Europe, from India, than any other carrier right now. To venture out of the city, you need a transit visa. Russia issues a transit visa for up to three days to Indian citizens on the basis of confirmed tickets and a valid visa/ passport to the final destination country or of a neighbouring Asian country. You can know more and apply for your transit visa for Russia here.What to see in Moscow?You must have at least an eight-hour long layover to explore this city.If you’re in Moscow in the morning or early afternoon, go directly to the main Red Square. The must see sites in the square are St.Basil's Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum. Grab lunch at Varenichnaya, a traditional Russian restaurant serving dumplings, borscht, pork shoulder and other local delicacies.
I am here to pen down my experiences about Russian capital, Moscow. Moscow, one of the most excellent and decent city in terms of its culture, architecture amd scenic beauty. The architecture its buildings dating back from 18th century is worth seeing. The monuments and places like Kremlin, Red square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Moskva River, Ostankino Tv tower are at least once a lifetime visit. Once you visited these locations you can't just fade out of that memories. The symbolic place of Kremlin and red square are so grand that I am unable to be describe it in a writeup. The city of Moscow has created memories in my life that I can't forget in a lifetime. The most scenic view in a late night cruise through moskva river. It is must watch ride in the city. I suggest to travel by raddisson cruise. Moscow has good to ultimate luxury hotels like Royal Radisson Hotel. So, living is not a big problem in moscow. But it is quite expensive city. You can shop from Malls to Street. My opinion would be that Galleria mall is a must visit. It is a 19th century mall. Even shopping in streets would be a good idea. Moscow is a city which has 4 international airports and 9 Railway terminals. It is a kind of European city which has a taste ranging from old russian culture to Ultra modern lifestyle. It is quite a silent city having good nightlife at weekends. The cathedrals of Moscow are worth seeing. I had given some special time for Metro stations. I suggest you to travel by metro. They are really excellent in architecture.Language is a barrier in Russia. You will find it somewhat difficult to interact with local people, but the most important thing I noticed is that the people in Moscow are too friendly, you ask them a thing they will help you out of any problem. For example take my case, I was unable to find a taxi for a long time, I asked a local to help me out he actually came with me to a bus stop, he showed us the routes and even came with us. The local taxi app will be very helpful.Also check : http://adiroworld.blogspot.in/2017/03/moscowgetaway.htmlh?m=1
Had an official city tour of the city which covered all the famous landmarks and had a few pitstops for pictures. Got a first glimpse of the famous Red Square. After the tour got down at GUM - the biggest shopping mall of Russia. Went into the St. Basil's Cathedral to get an insight into the history of the beautiful landmark. Visited the Vodka Musuem which has exclusive architecture and a delightful flea market alongside.
If unique and exotic figure in your shopping agenda, the mysterious yet spectacular Russian capital is your best bet. There’s no better place to buy fur than Yekaterina (ul Bolshaya Dmitrovka 11). The store has been producing shuby (fur coats) and shapky (fur hats) since 1912. You can pick from a range of trendy yet high quality furs and leathers here. Izmaylovsky Market, also known as Vernisazh market, is another hot spot for shoppers. It’s packed with just about any souvenir under the sun. Also look out for handmade products, woodwork crafts, local art, antiques pottery, Caucasian rugs and more.
We shopped for the next leg of journey, four days on a train. We stocked up enough cup noodles, bread, cheese, canned food. And tea. And then, just before midnight, we reached the Yaroslavskaya station. At 12:31 A.M. the longest running train of the world, RZD #100 - the service between Moscow and Vladivostok left the platform 3. At the edge of the platform lies the 'Zeroth' mile post, marked the Centenary 1901-2001.
Communism has gone away, paving way for a fiercely capitalistic Russia. But what remained is the ideological gap with the 'West'. It is a time when there are many sanctions imposed on Russia. There are huge tensions, not only between the governments, but also among ordinary people. We met a British traveller who divulged that getting a Russian visa is a huge task for British people now. An American backpacker said she was denied a place to stay on a Railway property because American citizens are officially not allowed to stay on government premises.
Moscow in general is a clean city. The pavements were cleaned regularly. I was warned to be careful around Moscow. I imagined that crime was rampant in the city. If it was, I did not get that impression even when we were walking around late at night. One of the things that I have observed is how the women are in Moscow. They are well dressed! It was like I was walking in the streets of Paris. I told my husband that when I was in Paris, I felt like I was a person with very poor taste in clothing. I felt the same in Moscow even when everyone is covered in winter clothes. I just wished I was not too shy taking photos of strangers.
London is a magnificent melting pot and an exemplary showcase art, culture and beautiful urban spaces - both contemporar...
London is the capital of England and one of the top ten tourist destinations of the world. From history and culture to fine food and good times, this city has something for everyone! And guess what, you can now visit it on a transit visa if you have a long layover! You will require a Visitor-in-Transit visa and you can know all about it here.
2. England- The London Tube: There are a lot of things you can love about England, but nothing is more enchanting than having time to spare and watching the London tube at rush hour. From the unwritten rules of staying to the left on escalators to the packed like sardines carriages, the tube can give you new found respect for space. The tube stands for everything ‘London’. Add the fact that they scaled new heights in design whilst creating the new tube map.
The utter failure of his medical practice gave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plenty of time to write about a consulting detective who solves crimes by applying deduction and logic. It is believed that Sir Arthur was inspired by Dr Joseph Bell, one of his tutors from medical school in Edinburgh, while creating the character. Dr Bell’s great grandfather— Benjamin Bell was credited with the invention of the science of deduction. In the early drafts of A Study of Scarlet, which was initially called A Tangled Skein, Sir Arthur described ‘Sherringford Holmes’ as someone who works in a chemical laboratory and collects rare violins.However, he didn’t want Holmes to be the narrator of the story, so he created Ormond Sacker, who had seen military service in Sudan. In the story that finally got published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in August 1887, Sir Arthur changed Sacker to Dr John Watson, an invalid military doctor who was shot in the shoulder in Afghanistan. Since then, the duo has gone to enjoy stellar careers in books, on stage, in film, and on television.
LEAVESDENDrink a glass of Butter Beer Actually, everything at the Warner Brother’s Studio for Harry Potter in Leavesden, can bring out the glee-ful child in you. From real Butter Beer, to walking through Diagon Alley, to exploring Snape’s table of potions. It’s truly magical ! wbstudiotour.co.uk
The best way to get around England would be to book your stay in its magnificent capital city, London. Of course, your stay here might be slightly more expensive than in other places, which aren’t so main stream. But you will certainly appreciate the ease with which you will find frequent transportation to all other parts of the country.
Download a London underground map from the internet and carry a print out with you for your comfort. We reach the station and at the station ask for the Oyster card, it's basically a prepaid card which is used for travelling in London underground trains. Just fill the card with a certain amount of money and flash it at the entry/exit in all stations. The money will get deducted from your card depending on the distance travelled by you.You can also use this card to travel in buses in and within London. We filled the card for 20 pounds each. This saves you the time and also money of buying tickets, every time you travel in train or bus. Do not take the taxis, unless you have lot of money to spend, as taxi travel is quiet expensive especially when you are holidaying on a shoe string budget.
London: Highly commercial but very safe and comfortable for solo travelers, London has attractions of all kinds – Wimbledon, Lords, Wembley stadium for sports aficionados, British Library and Shakespeare Globe Centre for literature fanatics, London Eye, Buckingham Place, Big Ben, London Bridge and many other buildings for heritage admirers, Southall for authentic Indian food lovers, Harrods and Oxford Street for fashionistas, Design Museum and art galleries for art devotees among others. You name it and London has it. Also known as the birthplace of the Metro or London Tube as they call it, Public transport here is impeccable. Climate is slightly grey and cold but the warmth of people will melt your heart. Huge Indian diaspora presence makes you feel at home. Global cuisine restaurants and cafes are everywhere. Only thing that makes it slightly unattractive is the cost on your wallet.
I was going for a packaged tour to Europe, covering 9 cities in a short span of 15 days. But luckily, my family decided to leave for UK 3 days earlier than the trip started and we stayed at a friend of my dad's. And that's what I'm going to talk about in my little article here. London, not through a bus the tour took me in, but through my own eyes, the way I liked it and the way I believe it should be traveled.The journey began when we reached UK around noon. We reached home, had lunch and spent some time resting to give the jet lag a break. Evening crept and we left with my uncle. We walked towards harrow street. It was a beautiful way surrounded by greenery and the prettiest houses ever. Not even half an hour around that area and I was already telling my mom that I wanted to settle back here someday when I grow old. That's the magic of that place. British houses can make you fall in love instantly. You can walk for hours and not get tired, that's how beautiful and soothing the weather is. It doesn't get dark till 8pm or 9pm there. It even goes onto 10pm at times.
Prague is one of the cheaper cities in Europe and thus the private cabs are not as expensive as some of the other Wester...
Prague is one of the cheaper cities in Europe and thus the private cabs are not as expensive as some of the other Western European nations. We managed to reach our Hotel from the Airport in a private Mercedes in about 20 Euros by booking it in advance online. The chauffeur stood at the airport with a cardboard having my name on it which gave me a sense of luxury in the usually very expensive European nations. I had booked a 5 Star Hotel with an approximate cost of Rs 8000 for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast.
Day 3:Our 1st stop of the day was Prague castle. Bought 30 min ticket and took metro from Mustek to Malostranska and tram 22 further to Prazsky hrad (Czeck for Prague castle). The metro/tram stop is just infront of entrance to Castle. It is the easiest way to reach here. Be at Castle’s entrance maximum by 9 AM to avoid long queues for security check and maddening crowds. Castle District consists of St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Rosenberg palace, Golden Lane, Royal palace where president still resides sometimes, Lobkowicz Palace, vineyards and South gardens. Access to castle district is free of cost, therefore we did not feel any need to buy tickets unless you want to see above mentioned churches, palaces (which are actually museums now and towers from inside). Entry to Golden Lane is free post 5 PM. It is a long sloping cobblestone pathway lined with tiny, charming and colorful dwellings. It has been preserved in its original form and not to be missed at all! Tickets are priced at 250 CZK onwards. St. Vitus Cathedral is accessible till certain point without tickets. Its architecture is magnificent. It has beautiful stained glasses inside and wonderful Gothic appearance outside which I felt is more admiring.
Day 2:We had breakfast at Starbucks and straight away rushed towards Sky Service tandem jump’s office located in Old town square. Yes! We were going to sky dive today! Make sure to book an early morning slot otherwise almost entire day will be gone in Sky diving. Also, reach their office atleast half an hour before your time slot so as to complete the initial formalities otherwise you will be sent in next slot and others will be preferred over you. They are very time punctual!! We booked our package on their website atleast a month before and paid half of the amount.For skydiving you will be transported to a small town located outside Prague. It’s a 1.5-hour journey. Enjoy the scenic countryside views of Czech enroute! Bring along some snacks or lunch. The whole experience was absolutely out of the world and full on adventurous. If you are prone to motion sickness then do not forget to bring suitable pills along as you might feel dizzy or vomit post diving.With every skydive package taken from this company you get to choose one complimentary offer from Hop on Hop off coupons, pub crawl passes or some restaurant’s food coupons. We chose HOHO coupons since we had already booked Pub crawl tickets.Well, to board a HOHO bus you will first need to redeem these coupons for tickets which can be done from a company specific HOHO bus ticket counter only and not just any kiosk located in Wencelas square (there are a few companies running their own HOHO buses and tours). Finally, on getting our tickets post much struggle, we hopped on to one such bus. But we did not find it much useful. Buses are not open therefore you are not able to see most of the places being talked about on audio guide.Post covering New town (Prominent places in New town are Wenceslas Square, The National Museum which was getting renovated, Jan Palach Memorial Cross, The Beer Factory and The Dancing House – overly hyped place) in HOHO bus, we got off at Malastrana (Little Quarter). It is nestled underneath the Prague castle, on one of the ends of Charles Bridge, opposite Old Town Square. Its cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque buildings, restaurants, cafes and churches. It’s busy square is always bustling with people. Its metro/tram stop is called Malostranska. We visited St. Nicholas Cathedral, small beautiful church in Malastrana. While walking towards old town square we accidentally stumbled upon Wallenstein Palace Gardens. The grounds are peaceful and well maintained. I saw white peacocks for the first time in my life wandering around freely.
Post having lunch we went back to our Airbnb apartment, freshened up and slept. In evening, we went for leisure walk around Old town square and Charles bridge. Enroute we came across this farmer market which goes on till 6-7 PM daily. You will find fresh fruits, magnets, souvenirs and other local things at very reasonable prices. Metro/tram stop of Old town square is called Staromestska.
1.Travel on foot in Prague to get the most wonderful experience from UNESCO protected sites such as Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Don’t be surprised if the cobbled lanes, beautiful architecture and fascinating history leave you spellbound!
I love Czechia. I love it so much that I have visited Czech Republic 8 times in past one year. In this post I will be specifically covering Bohemian Switzerland. It lies in the northern part of Czechia along with German Border. The area is covered with forest and sandstone hills which use to lie under the sea millions of years ago. There are a number of trails you can do in this region. Each one of them giving you a unique experience. I will be specifically covering the one I took which leads you straight to Pravčická brána, the largest natural Sandstone Arch in Europe. You may have spotted this sight in the movie Narnia. I have attached a video above which covers my Trip to Czechia and Slovakia
The morning at Prague was a pleasant one . The sun was shining and the cold winds were complementing the beauty of the surroundings. Prague involved a lot of walk through cobbled streets so we slipped into comfortable walking shoes . The first place we were taken to was the majestic St Vitus Cathedral which is a striking example of gothic and neo-gothic architecture dating back to the 12th century . For more information https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors/objects-for-visitors/st.-vitus-cathedral-10330.After that we saw the museum of armamentarium adjacent to it and went on a walk towards the highlight of the tour , the famous Charle's Bridge . I wonder how many movies have been shot on this place and I felt blessed walking over it and soaking in the beauty of the place . With local painters lined up to paint the scenery and artists performing around every small corner , the wonderful statues . It was a sight to behold . We went on walking until we reached the town square which houses the famous Astronomical clock.The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. Every hour the clock displays a beautiful play of puppets and the crowd just join in to watch the show. My passion for collecting wines from all over the world took me to a quaint shop with some excellent collections and amongst one I bought was the green fairy , Absinthe.Read more about it to know . The festivities were still in full flow on the town square but our hearts were getting heavier as the trip was nearing its closure .Finally the younger members of the group clubbed in to enjoy the last bit of the evening with a fantastic diner at a lovely pub plying live music . We called it a day .
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world — it’s like you stepped inside a fairytale. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and that shows the historic component of the city more than anything else. It's a city that still has trams running in the middle of cobbled pathways and small cafes lined up on the sidewalks welcoming you to try their ice creams and other baked goods. And the beer in Prague is one of the best that you'll taste in the world. Germany may have Octoberfest but it's Prague that boasts of the best beer in Europe. Here's a city where you don't even have to speak, just place a beer mat on your table and beer is served. Prague is a city as beautiful as Paris, with a history as rich as Rome.Cheapest Month To Fly: October 2017 from MumbaiMust See: Kafka Museum, Prague Castle, Jewish Museum, St. George's Basilica and Kampa Park.Must Eat: Potato Pancakes, Pork Knuckle, Steak Tartare and Eggs; Svickova na Smetane (beef in gravy) and Kolaches.Must Do: Walk along the Charles Bridge; See the hour pass by in the Prague Astronomical Clock; See a show at the Prague National Theatre; Climb the steps to see the Prague Castle and enjoy the city view from there; Try a local beer; Dance in front of the Dancing House; Get a photo in front of the Lennon Wall.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 400; Food – Rs. 1100; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 250; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 2000 on double occupancy.
Day 5In no mood to leave Budapest, we hopped on to the 6 hour long train to Prague witnessing some of the most picturesque landscapes, straight out of my painting book.Sun-kissed in Budapest, wearing summery shorts.Cut to reaching Prague in the evening. It's almost like it was going to snow. We were in for the coldest two days of our lives.Honestly, most of our time in Prague was spent figuring out the maze like roads, all leading to Old Town Square. The rest of the time was spent shivering, and walking on the Charles Bridge, with musicians playing the best of street music.What not to miss in Prague - Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Frida Kahlo's Museum and the infamous Pub Crawl.Trust me, it will be the best night of your night that you will never remember.
5. For us the heart touching encounter with the Church of our Lady Victorious, which is the seat of 'Infant Jesus' was the brief meeting with the Reverend Archbishop Father Dominik Duka who was personally meeting all the people, irrespective of the religious affiliations, present at the Church for the Holy Thursday prayer.When he came to meet us, he was more than amused to know we are from India. He told us that he spent two years in Kerala and excitedly recited the few Malayalam words that he had picked up. He told us that he loved India for being a melting pot of various religions, castes, creeds and beliefs. While we were in disagreement on India's reputation as the melting pot of various beliefs, the Reverend Father quickly retorted, 'Even the people who crucified Christ didn't love Him less, they just didn't love themselves much. Once we start respecting and loving ourselves truly, we will not be disillusioned by the blindfold of wrong. So don't doubt the Power of India and it's soul. It will outshine the rest. God bless you'.When we exited the Church, we were three ladies with the brightest eyes and the widest smiles.
Started with Berlin with great train ride from Bremen, Germany. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp (Oranienburg, Germany)...
Started with Berlin with great train ride from Bremen, Germany. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp (Oranienburg, Germany) I took a slow walk reading all the brutal history. Prisoners were tortured, gassed, incinerated and hanged to death here was a difficult sight. Hanging out with a bunch of hostel friends and not napping throughout the night was a good time to live in. Thanks Sakshi for being there in the city. Back in Bremen, where I stayed for the most and studied for my Summer School at Hochschule Bremen. Schoonr, A place where I found some narrow streets that are still the same that were way back at the time of World War II. Walking around there with those thoughts and saying no word was a comfortable thing to do.
Berlin, Germany. German students visiting the same place as me.
Europe has long been considered as a dream destination for many travel enthusiasts. Its medieval cities, verdant meadows and diverse culture has always acted as a magnet for travelers. But it is also known to be prohibitively expensive especially for people from countries whose currency exchange rate is abysmal as compared to the Euro.So when I was selected as an exchange student to study a term of 3 months at Toulouse Business School, France the first thing I wanted to do was to devise a plan to experience Europe on a budget as I was a student and was not earning since a year. I checked my curriculum and found out that I had 15 days to travel during the hectic term. The idea that I had in my mind was to experience Europe rather than just marking places off my bucket-list. I spoke to a lot of people, did a lot of research and came to a conclusion that one needed to spend at-least 2 days in a particular city to get the real feel of it. I had heard from my friends that the EuRail is the cheapest option to travel in Europe, but I found out that the statement is true only if you have more than a month to travel, For a shorter time and for a solo traveler (EuRail gives couple discounts) the most inexpensive option to travel is by bus, and EuroLines buses were the best and most convenient for me.Planning:
Decidedly gritty and blatantly irreverent, Berlin is almost notorious for its reputation as the coolest city in the world. Berlin doesn't glitter with glamour like Paris or bustle with energy like London. Unlike other European capitals, Berlin is unpolished and understated and yet, an absolute delight.Getting around in BerlinCycling is one of the best ways to get around Berlin. The faultlessly maintained cycle lanes are easy to navigate, often segregated from pedestrians and are used by more than half a million Berliners everyday.The public transportation infrastructure includes the U-Bahn (underground trains), S-Bahn (hybrid underground and street level), trams and buses.
Well to start off about the solo trip.. Flying from india at 1 at mid night and reaching Moscow in transit wasn't too exciting except the smart air host who gave me dinner in btw the midnight! I had a transit halt in Moscow for three hours.. which somehow passed by in the excitement. Landing in Berlin was in itself an adventure.. landing on a new continent , all alone.. first time.. well.. the excitement was at its peak...Making a dramatic exit from the Berlin airport with all the tourist pamphlets.. I was ready to conquer the world!I was lucky enough to find someone known on the first day itself.. as I had just a day to be in Berlin. She came to pick me up at the airport , and we made our journey to the city, via s ban, bus, u ban ..walk.. and what not..we went to a local restaurant. If you are a vegetarian.. it would be a bit difficult but still managable.We made our journey to Berlin wall, main cannal to the city,city centre. I was lucky enough to find a college senior of mine in the same city, for whom we waited in Alexander Pia's and made our way to Berlin dome together.I dint have much time to explore Berlin as I had my bus to osnabruck where another adventure awaited me.. but in all a great day in BerlinTravel cost - 7.6 euro (one day card)Food- 3-4 euro( one meal)Visiting monuments- 7 euro min. ( Each ticket)
On our way to Leipzig, we had 5 hours to our next connection and we decide to explore the city. Owing to efficient public transportation and centrally located airports, 3~4 hours are enough to explore the highlights-1. Bellevue Palace2. Straße des 17 Juni3. Brandenburger Tor4. ReichstagsgebäudeStoring the Luggage
We travelled to Berlin with one of the local tourist company.It was 2 days trip over a weekend. We travelled in 10 seater car and it was a road trip.Its 7 hrs drive. We stayed in Holiday inn which was little outside the downtown. Below are the sites we visited: 1)Checkpoint Charlie 2)Sony Center 3)Brandenburg Gate 4)Berlin Wall 5)Berlin Cathedral As it was guided tour our tour guide took us to every place and explained everything about the Berlin history. Berlin has lot of history it would be really good if we have some good guide along with us.
Berlin, Germany Berlin was the capital of Nazi Germany and was air-raided 363 times during World War I. The Americans dropped 23,000 tons of bombs, and the British 45, 517 tons. Bombings continued relentlessly. By May 1945, nearly 14 percent of Berliners had fled the city.
Flew into Berlin Schöenefeld Airport from London Stansted. As students, public transport was obviously the way. Walking to the nearby subway station, there was a huge queue to buy tickets. There is no counter just three self service machines which only one would give change back. so finding exact change was horrific with one stall refusing to give us change. After much confusion, we bought a ticket and headed into the City to our hotel.
Days 7, 8 & 9: Finally, the royal city of Rome!Our first stop in Rome was the iconic Colosseum. What a spell binding mom...
Days 7, 8 & 9: Finally, the royal city of Rome!Our first stop in Rome was the iconic Colosseum. What a spell binding moment to see it for the first time! We then strolled around the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine. As evening dawned, we walked around the city getting to know its ins-and-outs and ended our night eating yummy must-have gelato by the intricately carved, tourist favourite Trevi fountain.
Rome (3 days)I didn't really like my previous experience in Rome - the people I met were rude and unfriendly. On this trip, I'm glad to say things were better. I felt that the service staff at a couple of main tourist attractions were still aloof, bored, curt and did not seem to want to help. But then again, they must be jaded from dealing with millions of tourists every year. Well I didn't let them spoil my trip - I still had a great time in Rome.
3. Rome: If you love history and want to follow the footsteps of ancient Romans, Rome is the place to be. It has a unique culture and ancient history which is displayed to the tourists. You can take golf lessons or enjoy the spa while the kids enjoy themselves at the kids’ club. How to reach: A number of airlines connect Rome to India. You can take flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.Do not miss: The Colosseum
Rome is Italy in a nutshell. Universally agreed upon as one of the most romantic and inspiring cities to live in, Rome is an exhilarating blend of historical ruins and vibrant streets. The city's artistic heritage is paralleled by only a few across the world; some reasons for this are the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Byzantine mosaics throughout its geography. A trip to Rome could also be either religious (a day at the Vatican) or completely dedicated to fashion owing to its dolce vita culture. You can randomly sit at any roadside cafe or bar and watch the sun go down with your partner by your side, or you can follow the hordes because when in Rome...Free things to do while here: Pay homage at St. Peter's Basilica where you can find the iconic Pietà statue by Michelangelo. Visit the Bocca della Verità and tell a lie – legend has it that the huge face will bite you if you fib, so keep your fingers out of the way. You must already be aware of the iconic Trevi Fountain in which you throw coins and seek a wish; that's a must-visit place.
After spending some time we hopped on to the bus again and went on to see the other majestic structures , The Roman forum and Palatine Hill looking down onto the Circus Maximus which was a track for Chariot races during medieval times , the Pantheon . Since we were sleep deprived we thought of closing the day early and on the way back something caught our eye that we hadn't seen earlier , showed the consciousness of Europeans about family planning .
(continued) Check part 6 hereOn the 9th day of our trip, we moved from our Hotel Galileo in Padova towards Rome, the capital city of Italy, a distance of about 500 km. We had a city tour of the capital planned for that day.Rome is a Mecca for history buffs. It has a history spanning 2500 years. Among the most-visited cities in the world, Rome also surrounds the smallest country of the world, Vatican City from all sides. It has great monuments - the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc. But more than that, what catches people's interests is the little details of this historical city - cobbled lanes and streets, vivid colours, hidden corners, and the aroma of freshly ground coffee coming from the many cafes that are dotting the roads. Apart from playing the host to some legendary events in the past, the city also serves you great food through its various piazzas, eateries and food joints.
It was a dream to true to see this building of such historical importance. I could almost hear gladiators screams roaring through the amphitheatre as i walked through the biggest stages I have ever laid eyes on. Just one look at this architectural marvel & you know why it's a Wonder of the World!#Rome #Italy
Rome is a true mix of old and new. It’s a city that proudly flaunts its ancient history while it continues to evolve. It's a city that lives and breathes - it's dirty, crowded and noisy. It’s also beautiful, romantic and has a certain magical aura around it. It is proud of its grand monuments, that have stood strong against time and technology, but it is also reflective of the modernism and advancement happening around it. The cobbled lanes and hidden cafes, the gelato stands and coffee outlets - these details just add to the overall charisma of Rome.Cheapest Month To Fly: November 2017 from New DelhiMust See: The Colloseum, The Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and The Vatican City.Must Eat: Other than pizza, pasta and gelato, do try Carciofo Ala Romana (stuffed artichokes), Torta Ricotta (ricotta cheese and sour berries cake), Maritozzo (sweet bread roll filled with whipped cream) and Coda Alla Vaccinara (tomato soup with stewed ox-tail).Must Do: Take a stroll along the oldest and longest road of Rome, via Appia Antica; Visit Quartiere Coppedè, a hidden fairy-tale neighbourhood; Visit Trajan’s Market and the ruins located on Via dei Fori Imperiali; Visit Mercato Monti, one of Rome's trendiest markets and visit the deconstructed church at Caracalla.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 1000; Food – Rs. 1500; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 500; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 3000 on double occupancy.
Madrid is Spain's capital and one of its largest cities. It's also one of the cheaper countries in Western Europe. Reaso...
Madrid is Spain's capital and one of its largest cities. It's also one of the cheaper countries in Western Europe. Reasonable prices, beautiful architecture, yummy food, lively nightlife make Madrid a sought after destination for one and all. As soon as you step foot in the city you can see it breathe around you! It is one of the most liveliest cities in the Western Europe. Madrid may lack the romance of Paris, and the history of Rome but it doesn't make it any less exciting. It is a city of passion and life, music and dance, good food and better wines. And it is an artistic city which can confidently claim the title of 'Culinary Capital' of Europe!Cheapest Month To Fly: October 2017 from AhmedabadMust Visit: Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Prado Museum and Plaza MayorMust Eat: Tapas, Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho, Seafood Paella and SangriaMust Do: Dine at Botin, a famous restaurant that has been mentioned in numerous books and movies; Stroll along Grand Avenue, a beautiful stretch with stunning sights all around; Shop at El Rastro Flea Market; Dine at a Tapas Bar; Eat late night churros, available almost at every corner in Madrid.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 750; Food – Rs. 1800; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 250; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 3500 on double occupancy.
The mecca of football, home to the Los Galacticos - Real Madrid, the richest football club in the world. And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo also plays there.Famous footballers to have played here: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Luiz Ronaldo, Gareth Bale.Things to do apart from football: Visit the Plaza Mayor square to drink in the vibrance of the city. Art connoisseurs can satiate themselves at Museo Nacional Del Prado.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.Well, just get your guy gang together and pack your bags for an epic footballing journey across the world. If you've already been to any of these cities, do share your story with us!
If you are traveling to Madrid, a flamenco show is a must! Audience members from around the world are enchanted by this alluring art form where the dancers, musicians and singers on stage display soulful feelings and tremendous passion. In this lively city located in the beautiful country of Spain, there are an abundance of flamenco shows to choose from that include dinner, tapas, and/or drinks. Since the hostel I stayed at is a part of a referral program with a local flamenco show, my friend Jackie and I ended up going to Tablao Restaurante Las Carboneras.
Where: SpainWhat to do: The golden triangle of the big three galleries, Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, should be on top of your list. If you still have some appetite left for art, head to the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, to see what the locals of Madrid lust after. Plan your trip to reach on a Sunday when the El Rastro is open, this market is known for great bargains on souvenirs and hidden gems. Don't leave Madrid without dining at the oldest restaurant in the world (as recognized by Guinness), Restaurante Sobrino de Botín.
After enjoying the wonderful stay in city of Barcelona, we flew to the heart of the Spain- Madrid city.
MadridMy train ride to the capital of Spain was relaxing. The view outside gave me a good time to relax and cherish my trip so far. The instruction given by my next host helped me reach her home without any problem. As I entered my room, I saw suggestions on what to eat, were to go, guides and maps of Madrid. The best of everything in a very informative manner was kept there. It was more than I could ask for as I instantly sent my host a message thanking her for all this.There are a lot of places to visit in Madrid that can suit ones preference. I stated with Plaza Mayor, a central plaza in the city of Madrid. It was bustling with people and have restaurants and cafes at all sides to give you a good taste of Spanish cuisines especially the tapas. I made my way through tourists and street artists and reached Teatro Real or simply El Real, an opera house, as it is known colloquially. I wanted to go for a Spanish opera but couldn't get a ticket to the place.Behind it was Palacio Real de Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. It was a magnificent building that boast of amazing interiors, and a well-trimmed garden. After spending some time there, as I was walking back, I saw a street artist playing music on different wine glasses filled with water. The music he created was entertaining and made up for my long walk.
Being the capital of Spain, Madrid has a lot to offer. We didn't really spend that much time there, though, as we were flying off to Cancun soon. We signed up for a free walking tour of the main historic/touristic sights, but never woke up for it – it’s like we were living the Caribbean pace of life already! Later on, we ended up visiting the same places included in the tour, but on our own. Madrid was absolutely packed with families flooding the Christmas markets and shopping areas. Then again… where is that so-called crisis everyone is talking about?!
My last day in Ireland was definitely an emotional one. Even then, I decided to cover maximum places I could to make the...
My last day in Ireland was definitely an emotional one. Even then, I decided to cover maximum places I could to make the most of the day. This is the day I understood what the coming days of solo traveling would look like! I walked up to the National Museum of Archaeology, National Gallery of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Guiness Brewery, and lastly went for shopping at Penneys and at Carrol’s Irish Gifts. I actually got lost that day when I was trying to reach Kilmainham Gaol. And that’s when I plugged in my earphones, started the Rick Steves Audio guide, and listened to Ireland’s history while I walked towards the Gaol (45 minutes walk), which closed down the minute I reached there! ???? I learned a lot about problem-solving, and managing my emotions in times of crisis that day!
Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/nivedita.tiwari.988/posts/1581768048514496 After two days of continuous hopping, I decided to take the third day relatively slowly. I bought a Lyca mobile sim for Ireland. I walked the streets of Dublin, totally smitten by its life, passed through the Fitzwilliam square and reached St. Stephen’s Green. After clicking hundreds of pictures of the various colored lilacs, swans, pigeons, and swimming dog, I reached the end of the park and saw the beautiful Dublin Unitarian church. I walked up to the Little Museum of Dublin & really enjoyed having a sneak peek at Dublin’s history in the literally little museum! I decided to go back to the St. Stephen’s green and sit for a while. While I sat there, I observed the passers by. Kids with their nannies, college students in groups, office going people who were there for a quick lunch break, couples, and tourists. I couldn’t help but write a journal entry there! I moved on to Trinity College. In the evening, I met my cousin in city center where we shopped a bit. We decided to have dinner at Langkawi Malaysian (we are crazy :D) and we ended up loving it!Day 4 @ Galway ❤Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1595689097122391.1073741846.100000439491566&type=1&l=855ed6e96c
Charming Dublin is accessible to all kinds of travellers despite its archaic walkways, cobblestone streets and stone stairways. The city is mostly flat and committed to being disabled-friendly. Almost all shopping areas and tourist attractions are accessible. There is a lot of ease of access, for example most pavements have lowered kerbs making crossing over in a wheelchair, easy. Traffic lights give lots of time to cross and even have an audible tone for the visually challenged. Buses in Dublin are easy to board and de-board for wheelchair users, and even have signs saying how many disabled people they have helped till now. All buses stop if they see a person with a long cane, guide dog, wheelchair etc. Dublin also has an abundance of accessible accommodation to make your stay pleasant. Besides the city, however, it is the Irish people who will leave an impression on you. They are warm, friendly and always ready to help.Handy tips:• River Liffey is bang in the middle of Dublin, and makes for a great place for a wheelchair walk. And yes, it is very accessible• The coastline of Dublin Bay is accessible, so when you need to get out of the city, stroll here for some fresh air• Abbeyglen Castle and Cabra Castle are two medieval-themed castles turned into hotels that are disabled-friendly• The Sandemans New Europe – Free Walking Tours offers a completely wheelchair-accessible tour of North Side Dublin
DublinThis was technically my last day of the trip and also the most fantastic day also. The Potter fan in me had been waiting for the day since the first day. Yep. The Cliffs of Moher, where the iconic Harry Potter wand scene was shot. You can book a guided tour to the Cliffs considering its a tedious job to reach the location. I booked mine on Viator, in case you need help and it was pretty good!The location is a good 4 hour away, enough to catch a nap considering this place requires a lot of walking. My booked tour included a ropewalk to one of the mountains before the cliffs and it was a fun adventurous walk crossing mountains on a rope bridge.Talking about the Cliffs of Moher, its one hell of an experience. The beautiful location is a mix of adventure and scenery. The walk to the cliffs can be a little tricky and stony and tiring but its worth it. Gets extremely windy at times, but the view is to watch for! DO NOT MISS THIS!Well, thats what unfolded on my 10 day Scotland/Ireland trip and its been a lifetime of an experience! Absolutely recommend these places for your next trip to the UK! Get Packing Folks!
Beer buddies of the world, unite! Dublin is really your place if all of you became friends because of your mutual love for alcohol, especially beer. With the Irish capital full of classic pubs alongside cobbled streets, Dublin still preserves its village-ish charm, in the midst of the greedy modernism of the rest of the world.Must do while here: Hear musical recitals at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit the legendary Guinness Storehouse for a couple of beers on the rooftop.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 4,000Best Hotels.Read more about Dublin.
I was in Dublin in June for a work trip, I had booked myself in a pretty good hotel (Fitzwilliam) right on the Grafton street - which is a hip and busy upmarket shopping hub owing to the number of high-end stores and shopping complexes. Dublin, as a city, is clean and almost every street is a treat to the eyes.Few of the must see places:
Day 6 (Dublin): I arrived in Dublin via Aer Lingus from London Gatwick. The flight takes about an hour and you have to pay for everything on-board like water, light snacks etc., but otherwise the flight was okay. After landing I went through the immigration at Dublin airport and it was very smooth, no questions asked. Outside the airport, I waited at a near by church, which is a Paddywagon bus pick-up/drop-off point to/from their office. Their bus picked me up at 4:00 pm and dropped me off at my hotel, opposite their office, in Dublin.
Ending in Dublin, we were staying with a friend, Lisa, who had been my nanny when I was 3 months old and she was 19. We were happy to be with such an awesome family for our last few days, but the trip had come to a halt. Everything had been rolling around our spokes for 10 weeks, then as I handed that bike over to be packed away in a small green shop in Dublin, everything crashed. Ten weeks of constant movement and new surrounding just piled up on top of me.
The cliffs at Sliever League deep in Co. Donegal are the tallest in Ireland (amidst some speculation - the tallest in Europe) at 600m. The hike up to the top is tiring and steep, but richly rewarding! Unfortunately, by the time we made it to the top, the whole place was smothered in mist & cloud and we were robbed off the promised views; we are told though, that these are just as spectacular as their counterparts in Moher, only lot less known and by extension, less crowded! Don't miss for anything if you're fit enough to climb!
Ticket to Tomorrowland - Where there's a will, there's a way, kind of beautifulAfter my solo trip to Bali, Indonesia in ...
Ticket to Tomorrowland - Where there's a will, there's a way, kind of beautifulAfter my solo trip to Bali, Indonesia in April, I made up my mind that I am going to Tomorrowland this year and will explore other official ticket partners even if I have to go for solo trip again. I got 2-3 options and finalized one on the basis of reliability, price and package they were providing. My bus package was starting from Amsterdam from there they gave me treasure box (official ticket) in the bus and dropped me and other festival goers in the front gate of camping at Tomorrowland in Boom, Brussels.
The next morning we did a tour of the Amsterdam canal by the cruise followed by the Heineken Experience. The rest of the day went much about walking around the city and shopping for some souvenirs. We had dinner at Het Karbeel - one the best restaurents known for serving Cheese Fondue.
We took and early morning train from Brussels to Amsterdam. We headed directly to our AirBnB place, and after freshening up we went to the city center. The city center is well connected by train and trams, so we took a day pass for public transport to move around in the city. We went to Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank house, IamAmsterdam sign and Jordaan. We had booked a Red Light District tour online for the evening. The tour guide was quite knowledgeable and explained to us the history of the place. It was a great tour, and fascinating enough to know how we do not look beneath the surface of the things. The city center is lively and full of great eateries and shops.
Last but not the least, Amsterdam is a blessing to check-in and social media fanatics. More importantly, you can stay connected without having to worry about your international roaming charges. More than ninety percent of Amsterdam provides free Wi-Fi with high quality connectivity. This is not limited to coffee shops, cafes, restaurants or hotels. Any kind of public place, even a bus stop provides you with high speed free Wi-Fi.Amsterdam is a must visit place in a lifetime . Once you visit the place you will surely be tempted to visit it again.
I did spend a lot of time researching about the places I would want to visit in this small beautiful country. By shortlisting few places which interested me and putting them on a piece of paper gave my itinerary a good foundation and hurrah, my itinerary fit almost all the places with the time I had. My Flight was at 10:30 in the morning from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The flight duration is about an hour and a half to Innsbruck, Austria.
This was the first time I was travelling to Europe. I was pretty excited to explore this part of the world. With my Schengen Visa in hand, I had options to choose from about 20 countries and I chose Austria.
Note: The budget is excluding my to and fro flight from India to Amsterdam.
15. Netherlands- The ambiance of Amsterdam. The UNESCO world heritage listed canal systems, the narrow streets, the trams, the bicycles, the coffeehouses, the marijuana and the red light district all come together to create an environment that you can check out off but can never leave.
A first visit there is like all the lights coming on at once, a step into a world where no one ever says no, in the city the musician Stew so beautifully called “a shopping mall of vice.” For many people, that visit to Amsterdam is the first hint that the world does not have to be like it is back home. I was seven when I fi rst visited Amsterdam. I vaguely remember my mother very briefl y rue that she couldn’t go out and see the city’s nightlife. I fi gured it was because I was too young to be taken out and she couldn’t leave me in the hotel room on my own. So I believe I promised her that when I grew up, I would bring her back for a visit and that we’ll do everything! I don’t think I had any idea at the time what ‘everything’ even included.
The Bus ride to the countrysideLisbon, the capital of Portugal which has the historic architecture still in place like s...
The Bus ride to the countrysideLisbon, the capital of Portugal which has the historic architecture still in place like some the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a city full of vibrant colors and the hub of transport connectivity.We started off from Lisbon early in the morning when the city was still asleep from the Sete Rios Bus station, the main bus station of the capital.Renex and Rede expressos are the main operators in this region and the journey takes about 4 hours to South Portugal. Even though you are sleepy and the buses are so comfortable you tend to stay awake and ogle at the countryside views on the way.Cost for a Bus ride : An average return ticket for an adult costs from around 35 to 40 Euros
Famous for its pastel buildings, café culture, and Fado music, Lisbon is a beautiful coastal city. And it's friendly on the pocket with cheap accommodations and attractions costing lesser than other Western European cities. Lisbon very effortlessly combines traditional heritage with modern culture. With great weather all year round, Lisbon serves as a great place to just sit back and relax on the beach with cheap but tasty local wines and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean.Cheapest Month To Fly: October 2017 from New DelhiMust Visit: Palace of Ajuda, Belem Tower, Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira, Rua Augusta Church and Sao Jorge Castle.Must Eat: Pastel De Nata (Egg Custard Tarts), Bacalhau (Cod Fish), Polvo A Lagareiro (Boiled and Roasted Whole Octopus) and Sopa De Cacao (Shark Soup).Must Do: See the sun rise over Almafa from Sao Pedro De Alacantara Miradouro; Shop for antiques and pottery at Fiera Da Ladra; Listen to the traditional Faso at Tasca Bela; Take a sightseeing tour on a tuk tuk; Have a cup of 'Uma Bica', traditional Portuguese espresso; Cruise through the town on the historic Tram 28.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 500; Food – Rs. 1300; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 200; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 2000 on double occupancy.
Day 13Nearing the end of a trip of a lifetime, we sulked but Lisbon revived us. This capital city of Portugal was a huge city, with a character of that of a small and silent one. Now, you need to go out of Lisbon to experience the real Portugal.Where?Belem. Sintra. Cabo Da Roca. Lagos.All one day each trips and all oh-so-worth it. Each of them will offer an experience unparalleled.What stood out to for us? Cabo Da Roca. The western most point where Europe ends, and exactly where our Europe trip ended.Must have : Ginja (Cherry Liqueur) in a Chocolate Cup. And bring lots of it back. It tastes divine.
Lisbon, Portugal is so beautiful that it even made me want to leave la mia dolce vita (my sweet life) in Milano to enjoy some farm fresh frango (Chicken) and the best juicy sardines from the Atlantic while not missing out on the luxuries of good wine. From the bustling city center in Lisbon to the rural country side in sunny coastal Faro, I would love every thing about Portugal. Even in the train, I would eat a chicken cutlet sandwich that was not warmed up. I would never do that in Italy, but the Frango in Portugal was spiced just right for the Indian taste bud. Travel tip for Portugal: Two is company Joining me was my beautiful travel companion from Brittany, France. Together as a team, we speak English, French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Telugu and Urdu as of now. We would meet up the coolest Lisbon locals who would help us evade the typical tourist traps, taking us directly to eat the best authentic local food, that too at the best price. Drinks in Portugal means Gin time these days with this classy MUST VISIT place called the Gin Lovers. Just look at the pictures and you will thank me later. Childhood in Kochi & Fascination with Vasco Da Gama Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer was the first European to visit India by sea. Fast forward to 2017, an Indian living in Italy, the land of Christopher Columbus, makes plans to discover Portugal for his very first time. That smile on my face brings back memories of a great trip from New Delhi to Goa during collage. Yes, I am more familiar to Portuguese culture than you think. Not only have I traveled to Goa, a former 500 years old Portuguese colony in India, but have spent good childhood years in Kerala, living in Cochin. Frequent visits to St Francis Church, Kochi in my childhood taught me a lot about the great explorer Vasco Da Gama who was finally buried in this church after he died in 1524 on his third visit to India. Journey to Portugal: Mission Impossible style
LisbonThe moment I stepped out of airport, I know this city will offer me something which no other city did before. The sheer beauty of the city and the balance between commercial and tourist life made it one of the amazing places I ever visited. My host helped me with the place and showed me around the house. She suggested me the places to visit in and around Lisbon. We talked a bit about each other as I introduced myself. To my surprise, she was from Valencia and came to Lisbon for studies. I told her that I visited Valencia before coming here and was really happy to visit it.There was a lot to see in Lisbon and I wanted to cover as much as I could. I started with São Jorge Castle, a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic center of Lisbon and Tagus River. There was a labyrinth of roads uphill to reach the castle. There was a tram ride near the Rossio Square which goes through the internal parts of Lisbon where one can witness the daily life of old style Lisbon.
The last stop was Lisbon. I opted for the Sandeman’s walking tour, which takes you through the streets, while narrating about the literature, architecture, destruction of city during the 1755 earthquake and its revival from the ashes.
The first day setting out of the airport in Lisbon, I was scared shitless. I just looked at the highway, foreign cars cutting through visible humidity. Feeling my bike, I also realized this was my first time riding fully loaded down with my panniers. For anyone planning a tour, don't do this, train with the panniers and you will be glad you did. Despite my worried rants of getting a taxi, Keagan controlled the desire to smack some sense into me, calmed me down, and told me to get on my damn bike.
Day 9:Next day we went back to Vienna by train at 8:00 AM. Tickets were booked 2 months earlier on OBB app. Recommendati...
Day 9:Next day we went back to Vienna by train at 8:00 AM. Tickets were booked 2 months earlier on OBB app. Recommendations:1. I highly recommend staying in Budapest for atleast 2 entire days to leisurely explore everything. It has a lot to offer.2. On the day of your arrival, go for free walking tours which are highly informative and give you quick overview of important places and Budapest in general. Just Google for more information on these tours.3. Budapest looks extremely stunning at night so I highly recommend either a) strolling at Chain bridge, Buda Castle hill and near Parliament or b) may be going for Boat cruise on River Danube at night4. You can use Google maps for navigating by public transportation within Budapest.5. Having only a day in hand to explore Budapest, we couldn’t see following places which I would love to cover in future if I ever visit here again:a. Buda Palace Labyrinth: I read about this place is some blog. Though couldn’t find any reviews on TripAdvisor. It is apparently located underneath Buda Castle district. It has complex of caves and cellars. They have a website as well. It seems quite adventurous.b. Hungarian Parliament from insidec. St. Stephen’s Basilicad. House of Terror Museume. Jewish quarters especially Dohány Street Synagogue and Wallenberg Memorial Park having Tree of Life and Heroes’ Templef. Széchenyi Baths from inside
Day 10:Our 9-day trip to eastern Europe had come to an end. Our return flight to Delhi from Vienna was at 12:0 PM. We took Uber cab to reach airport from Hotel Beethoven. Recommendations:1. I will definitely not recommend the itinerary we followed for Vienna and Budapest. Vienna is rich in history, culture, art and architecture. It is astonishingly beautiful as well. Therefore, I recommend spending atleast 3 full days in Vienna to cover all important sightseeing places leisurely.2. 1 additional day you should spend in taking guided tours to Wachau valley, Dürnstein - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Melk's Benedictine monastery - Melk Abbey and wine tastings. There are many private tours which you can be hired from Vienna or can be booked online in advance on Viator.com. one of my friends took this tour from http://www.viennaexplorer.com/ and they thoroughly enjoyed it!3. You must take free walking tours before you start exploring on your own. They will give extensive overview of Vienna in general and all important monuments. They generally last for 3 hours. One such can be booked here: https://www.goodviennatours.eu/ 4. Because of lack of time we missed on following places which I feel are worth exploring:a. Museum Quartier: This Complex holds 4-5 museums of which the most famous ones are Kunsthistorisches Museum which holds Vienna’s greatest collection of paintings, Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches) which has significant collection of dinosaur skeletons, fossils and meteorites in addition to a large display of insects from around the world and Leopold Modern Art Museumb. Upper Belvedere Palacec. Churches like St. Charles church (Karlskirche) and Votive Church (Votivkirche)d. Tiergarten zoo, Gloriette and Museum of Carriages in Schonbrunn Palacee. Performances at Spanish Riding School5. Vienna Pass: We did not take it but I guess if you are staying in Vienna for 3-4 days atleast and plan to cover all above mentioned places then may be it is worth buying.6. Famous restaurants and cafes in Vienna: Demel Café for chocolates, cakes, etc., Palm Tree House and Café Sacher. We couldn’t try 1st two and last one we found overhyped!7. Google maps do not provide local public transport information in Austria. They tell only about regional buses which runs intercity. They have their own transportation apps.8. All markets in Vienna are closed on Sundays9. Buy chocolates and alcohol in Vienna. They are cheaper here than at duty free shops of airports.
Day 9:We reached Vienna by 10:30 AM. We planned to cover Schönbrunn Palace today. We bought tickets for Imperial Tour at https://www.imperial-austria.at/schoenbrunn-palace.html for afternoon time slot. We took U4 metro to reach here. From metro station, it’s a 10-minute walk. The palace showcases the Ritz and glitz of Habsburg dynasty. You get the audio guides and while touring you get to see 22 lavishly decorated rooms. Access to Schonbrunn gardens is free and you can walk up till Gloriette to witness some amazing views of gardens and palace. There is Tiergarten Zoo in the complex of Palace which is world’s oldest running zoo but we skipped it! Museum of Carriages or Wagenburg is also located in palace grounds. We came to know about this later so couldn’t check this out. Atleast 6 hours are required to cover everything this place has to offer!
Day 7:We reached Vienna at 10 AM from Salzburg. We booked train tickets 2 months before on OBB app. From railway station, we hired Uber taxi till Hotel Beethoven, our accommodation in Vienna. This hotel is located very near to Naschmarkt. Apart from this, we found nothing good about this hotel. Small rooms, bland food and above all bad customer service! Receptionists were totally incompetent in providing information to tourists. But good thing was that they have luggage storage facility. Since our check-in time was 2 PM and we had reached earlier, so we logged our luggage into their storage, freshened up in their guest washrooms and left for sight-seeing.We decided to have our breakfast at Naschmarkt. But unfortunately, none of the few restaurants here had any vegetarian dish! So, we decided to have fresh fruits and other produces which this market is actually famous for and we did not regret our decision at all!
It was time to say goodbye to Salzburg and travel to most significant Austrian city, Vienna. Had booked our train tickets in advance through OBB app.Recommendations:1. Dedicate atleast entire 2 days to Salzburg alone to cover major attractions of the city peacefully, enjoy some music concert and soak in the beauty of this small European alpine town. Similarly, 1 full day is required to enjoy Hallstatt, summer luge rides and Ice caves.2. If possible and suits your budget then stay at Wolfgangsee. It is located mid-way from both Salzburg and Hallsttat. This place is absolutely scenic and worth staying at.3. Do not forget to stroll around padlock (lovelock) bridge of Salzburg in evening and night. Everything is lit up and you will witness some enthralling views of river, fortress, old town, greenery and mountains in background!4. Tyrolean Folk performance with the Gundolf Family is must-do in Innsbruck. It happens only on specific days and in evenings. You can book them in advance at Viator. We couldn’t do it since we were on a day trip to Innsbruck and had a train to catch in evening.5. If going to Salzburg and Innsbruck both, then shop for souvenirs at latter since it will be cheaper with more variety6. Must try delicacies - Schnapps, Schnitzel and strudel
On reaching Vienna , the temperature was 8 degrees and the slight drizzle , it was a wonderful welcome by the rain Gods and our tour guide Ronnie Palia was an upfront person who briefed us as soon as we got into the tour bus .We were told about the do's and dont'sand were taken to an Indian restaurant for dinner and then Hotel Trend Pyramid which i would say is a bit off the city , but since we had the tour bus which stayed with us all along the tour , there was'nt much a problem .It was a group of 35 people and we were lodged comfortably in our rooms . Since we reached late evening , there wasnt much to do that evening , so we called it a day.
From elegant architecture to aromatic cafes, from magnificent palaces to dramatic operas, the city of Vienna portrays royal connection in it's every aspect. 'Wien' as they call in German is a hometown to famous Mozart and Beethoven.Though my short stint with the city was not enough to explore the musically and artistically pleasing capital of Austria, I really wanted to make best of it to see as much as I could.In Vienna, I ditched the expensive hotel rooms and choose to stay at Airbnb home-stays. It was homely, cozy and really cheap. Located in the heart of the city here's a glance of my room.
1. Touchdown Vienna and begins the committed platonic relationship with 'Tourist Information Desk'. Our first encounter, a redhead lady (just her hair were read, keep that urban dictionary aside, please) at the desk. While struggling to understand the streets and the sub streets and the sub sub streets, I guess the travel desk lady understood our bewilderment and said, 'It's 5.50 pm, if you can wait for anothet 10 minutes, I will drop you to your accommodation. It's opposite the street where I live'. And the first whiff of the beautiful Veinna air.But wait a minute. We didn't know that 'I will drop you' means 'I will walk you'. This city walks and walks with stride of an athlete. Not surprised by the 'thigh gap' being a commoner's commodity here. So the redhead not only helped us with carrying the luggage (3 women. Don't expect us to travel light) but helped us give an insider's overview of Vienna. We were amazed at the humility and camaraderie of this woman whose name also we didn't know. This was our introduction to the level of trust for a stranger that the Europe exhibits.2. Are you from India?- Yes!Ah! Na'A'maste!Our three days in Vienna echoed with the above. It was amusing to see how people knew about nationalities and the local pleasantries of various nations. It somehow boosts your confidence of 'being known' and automatically creates a sense of belongingness. When after 'Na'A' maste' with a few too many, I asked a gentleman that how does he have so much knowledge about different nations of the world, their demography and their local pleasantries, he said:'It's the fear of Unknown that makes us susceptible to people around. Once we read, understand others, we know that it's just the geography which aparts us. In today's time and age, it's a must to read about /to know about different cultures, practices and traditions of the various nations. It's not the treaties that maketh a better world, it's the heart'.
PRO TIPS : Austria is always cold, even in summer, so keep a jacket in handy. Also, tender exact change because you dont want to end up with a lot coins at the end of the tour. You can avail city passes for each of the place from the tourist centres. These passes cover your public transport fare and offer free admission to certain places. The card is available for 24,48 or 72 hours.VIENNA
VIENNAI started the day by visiting the Musuemquartier followed by the Naschmarkt for lunch and finally proceeded towards the famous Belvedere Palace. Palaces in Vienna shut by 5-6 in the evening so make sure, to visit them before that. The palace has its own charm with a beautiful pond and lush gardens. I pretty much had a relaxed day, however you can surely take a walk around the streets of Vienna for more exploration.
With the rest of the two days of our Italy tour we wanted to make the most of it. Our last destination was Milan.Day 13 evening We reached Milan and straight away went to visit Lake Como .(The detailed about Lake Como is given https://www.tripoto.com/trip/a-dramatic-scenery-lake-como-59f23e2746342) The day ended exploring COMO. Next Morning was a bliss it was drizzling our BnB was cozy and comfortable. The historic part of our host was that she didn't even know a single world of English and there comes the great google translator , which helped us understanding things in a much better way, fortunately the host knew about Bhagwat Geeta and was already reading it, (it was a very good platform for both of us to connect) .She extended a very warm welcome and offered us some food. She has been very supportive for us for guiding about Milan city.Tree lined streets, a charming historic downtown , global capital of fashion and design, Home to the national stock exchange makes it Milan a perfect Alpha Global City. Trendy shops and designer clothes grows like mushroom in this city. Fast-paced metropolis where creativity flourish is the charm of this city.
The capital of Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe since it is filled with as many historical insignias as its modern counterparts. Being the administrative capital of Italy, Milan is also understandably bureaucratic to some extent. What's really enviable here is the beauty of everyday things. The roadside cafes and bars are designed to welcome and not merely swindle. The overall humour is deadpan, but hilarious. It's an outstanding city and a relatively cheap European destination from India.Free things to do while here: Duomo di Milano is one of the most iconic symbols of Italy; also known as the Milan Cathedral, one can climb up to check out the city view from the top by paying a nominal fee. If you've watched enough Italian cinema, you might have developed preconceived notions about the country – a visit to the tiny old alleyways of Brera will validate your ideas and you can click a thousand Instagram-worthy pictures here. Finally, take a stroll down the most fashionable street in world – Via Montenapoleone; if you are travelling on a budget, it'll obviously be difficult for you to buy anything here, but window shopping will be a treat to your fashion desires.Where to eat: Here are three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Milan: 1. Macelleria Equina Da Vito at Via Lorenteggio, 2. Piadineria Artigianale Pascoli at Via Niccolo Paganini, 3. Mr. Panozzo at Via Enrico Noe. The first one has gluten-free options available, while the other two have vegetarian as well as vegan options.Where to stay: Unlike contrary beliefs, one can actually stay in Milan on a budget. Here's one beautiful option to consider.
⑧ ✈ Last Day in Milano
When I was flying to Milan I had to literally pinch myself to believe, that I am going to a foreign land all by myself and living my dream.It was around 11.30 pm when I landed in Milan and divulged myself with some serious pep up talks because I felt a tad bit lost.Amidst all the battles in my head, I saw a young woman walking towards the train station and befriended her. To my surprise, she was warm and very helpful. She expressed, “I will come with you till the hostel and grab a drink. I am very upset coz my best friend has moved to another city.” And that’s how her melancholy saved me the despair of finding my way.The walk towards the hostel was fascinating as all I saw around me were stores thriving to get my attention and at the end of the long stretch was the hostel — Ostello Bello.The moment I set my foot in the hostel, it seemed like I have entered a high-octane resto-pub. The place played electrifying music and I could hear tons of chitter-patter with copious amount of laughter coming from every corner.Amidst all the initial formalities of checking-in, my eyes were searching for my friend (Sigh! Struggling to remember her name). That’s when Helder (from the front desk) said, “Hey! Your friend just went and left you a kiss,” and I couldn’t do much but smile and thank her from all my heart. The ‘happy’ me chit chatted for a while with everyone before calling it a night.
We got off at the Duomo di Milano Church in Milan. Also known as the Milan Cathedral, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan and also the largest church in Italy. The white marble facade of this huge church makes it a top tourist attraction. You can take the elevator or stairs to get to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
We reached Milan by 5 PM in the evening.It was a great trip that took us back in time.
We started the journey from Milan Centrale at about 7:30 AM. It is about 3 hours 5 minutes by the fastest train. The train tickets cost about 67 euros per person each side. Ticket cost varies from 45 euros to 90 euros depending on the time you book.
Stay in Milan, shop in it's famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and indulge in great Italian fare. But for art and architecture lovers, don't forget to visit the following:
My trip to Lisbon from Milan was originally planned via Brussels, but due to unexpected circumstances, I found myself crossing over all the way from Liege in Wallonia to Ostend-Bruges in Flanders to catch the last seat in the flight to Lisbon. Milan to Brussels to Lisbon became: Milan to Liege + over priced Taxi to train station + Train to North Belgium Ostend-Bruges(with help from a nice friendly local who helped me book the tickets at the station without the intention of scamming me) + Bus to the airport + 2 hour wait with loads of travelers in a little airport. I wont complain much, as not only was I completely refunded for my troubles by Brussels Airlines (Taxi fare + Train tickets + bus ticket), they managed to get me at my final destination comforted with a seat in business class in TAP Airlines (Portuguese Airlines). Travel Blog Confession: Sold to Portugal after business class upgrade My first ever Business class trip after literally covering not just a country but en entire continent. Let me explain my complex trip to Portugal. Milan to Liege (Economic Class Air) Liege Airport to Train station (Taxi) Liege Train station to Ostende Bruge city (Train) Ostende Bruge Train station to Airport (Bus) Ostende Bruge Airport to Lisbon (Upgraded to Business Class Air) Starting from the land where they speak Italian to the land of French speaking Belgium. Next, a train to the Dutch speaking part of Belgium to only end up being spoilt by the best of Portuguese air hospitality. The crew of TAP airlines were obliged to treat me special as a Business class passenger. I wonder if they knew that I was upgraded by the awesome staff in Flanders Ostende Airport. They really did their best that busy day. The funny thing that day was me even attempting a maverick journey like that to travel all across Belgium to catch a flight in time. Vasco Da Gama would be proud of my Travels Vasco Da Gama traveled south reaching below the cape of good hope in South Africa before he reached north east of Africa and then to South India while taking help of the ruler of Malindi (present day Kenya) and the great Arab navigator Ahmed Ibn Majid, to show the explorers the route to India. Mean while , I found myself reaching Liege and taking the help of a cool Arab Taxi driver who helped me quite a bit in realizing that Ostend- Bruges was actually all across the other end of the country and that it would be better and cheaper if I juts took the train from the train station. He did that speaking in French to some one who has a real tough time saying Bonjour and always prefers to say Ciao with a wink. He did try to over price me though and but was quite easily prepared to bring down the amount upon me bargaining like a typical Indian. Our conversation reminiscent of conversation between the great explorers, navigators and sea faring merchants of that time who would often hang around India, Indonesia, Persian gulf or across the sandy beaches of east Africa. A trip to the National Museum in Rome would enlighten me of the historical Roman trade with many Indian ports and beyond that was thriving until the demise of the great empire. Landing in Portugal on a busy weekend night Lisbon had great vibes. I love coastal cities, they are always special. Maybe the influx of people over ages brings all the coolest people over to a coastal port city. Wading through the busy evening streets, we find ourselves in a little street with history written all over it. Our Airbnb hostess invites us to climb up 3 storeys on wooden steps that seemed to belong in one of Vasco Da Gama's old ships. I gasped for my breath as I carried our week long luggage across the tiny wooden steps. Had to climb three floors to finally reach our beautiful little Portuguese apartment. Our Airbnb landlady would further entertain us with an introduction to Lisbon city and Portuguese culture. Like a typical coastal nation citizen, she takes out an old paper map. As she reads out some Portuguese names of the areas around, we get interested and take notes. The next day you would find me jumping in joy around the coast. I was absolutely loving my holiday in a country which helped make Goa fun. Lisbon fever: Love at first sight We took the city sightseeing bus service that would play beautiful fado music while educating us about Lisbon. I was awestruck listening about its glorious history on top of the bus. Walking across Lisbon was great fun. Paradise is sunny weather and regular supply of Codfish Cakes (Pasteis de Bacalhau). Do click on the link to the have a glimpse of this Portuguese delight. I had actually tried it at this very place on the link. The perfect brown fish cutlet is filled with melted cheese and has to be eaten with care. You fall in love instantaneously with Lisbon, while sipping wine on a disposable "I Love Lisbon" wine glass at the Torre de Belem. Strolling across the Bairro Alto or the upper neighborhood/district, you can find the best food at the best price. Just make sure to avoid the tourist traps. By tourist traps, I refer to those unscrupulous businesses that exist all around the world. Usually near the perpetual tourist attractions. Intending to only benefit from a location but not to deliver in terms of value. The rent could be high or the motivation to meet a threshold to have customers may be low. Soon we would find the best places as we dine with old friends in Lisbon. Later we would eat the best frango and wine near the train station at faro completely based on a intuitive hunch. Not always do you enter a place to be completely blown away with the service, quality and value. I discovered loads of trattoria in Italy where you can end up having a really good meal at lunch time at a great price.
Budapest is the savior of every hungry photographer’s soul, whether they are professionals or mere amateurs. No matter...
Budapest is the savior of every hungry photographer’s soul, whether they are professionals or mere amateurs. No matter what angle you turn your camera to you’ll either witness the lucid ripples that form in the glowing Danube or you’ll capture the magnificent city which adorns itself with rich antiquated buildings. However, my aim of going to Budapest was simply to scratch off “Paris of the east” off my bucket list. So, along with my friends and family, we toured Eastern Europe by exploring Budapest, Prague, Česky Krumlov, Salzburg and Vienna.
Day 8:We reached Budapest at 10:30 AM from Vienna on 19th August 2017 by train. Booked tickets on OBB app 2 months before the trip. Accommodation was reserved through Airbnb. Our apartment was located very close to Szimpla Kert and other ruin bars. We were in Budapest only for a day. Someone told my friend that Budapest is extremely beautiful at night so we came here only to witness that. But, I feel Budapest had more to offer than only night views!
Budapest was amazingly cheaper to stay, if compared to the two closest capitals Vienna and Bratislava and even the other capitals nearby. A 6 or 8 bed dormitory in Budapest cost just as much as it does in Southeast Asia. Despite a very favored location, the place I was staying at, called Avenue Hostel charged only 6 Euros per night, including free breakfast. But if you can stay a little outside of the main center, you can find something more cheaper — say 4 or 5 Euros per night. Consider paying nearly double for everything for a similar experience in Vienna or Bratislava. Or perhaps three or four times more if visiting Zurich, or somewhere else in Switzerland.
Budapest is a beautiful city and its charm has often led to it being called the 'Paris of the East'. It remains a popular destination because of its low prices, beautiful architecture, youthful spirit, vibrant nightlife, and history. It has a complex past that has resulted in a beautifully diverse culture, reflected in every corner of the city. The 19th century Chain Bridge, connecting Buda and Pest, the two parts of the city divided by the Danube river, is a great example of the architectural marvels that this city has to offer. Sitting on the banks of Danube, while the sun sets and the city lights up, is one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences in Europe. In November, Budapest is chilly and has that beautiful wintry glow about it that pulls you closer with each turn you take.Top things to see and do: Take a dip at the Thermal Baths; grab a glass of local wine at a Hungarian Ruin Bar; walk through the Central Market Hall; trek to Gellert Hill; marvel at the architectural wonder of the Parliament; witness the gory history of World War II at the Jewish Quarter.Flight cost: Return airfare from Delhi in the month of November starts from ₹32,294.Daily budget: Average daily expenses can range anywhere between 10,000 Hungarian Forint to 25,000 Hungarian Forint (₹2,500 to ₹6,200) which includes accommodation, sightseeing, meals and transport.Where to stay: Park Inn by Radisson; Six Inn Hotel. You can check out more options here.
If God ever gives me an opportunity to settle down anywhere else away from home , this place would be it . The drive from Salzburg to Budapest was a long one , but on reaching the city , all the soreness just vanished and we were fresh as a horse . Budapest is basically bifurcated into two parts by the river Danube flowing through the middle of the city and housing the most important centres on either side . The Hilly side is called Buda and the plain, Pest . I can't exactly vouch for its authenticity as I'm giving you the guide's version . Our tour bus led us through the important landmarks of the city and dropped us at the city centre . The Hungarian Forint being weaker than the Rupee , we went on a shopping spree and half of my credit card limit got exhausted there itself at the shopping avenues , but wait the highlight is yet to come . Come evening and we were taken for a river cruise on the Danube , and God it was so beautiful with the sun going down and the lights of the buildings beside the Danube ,shimmering . A trivia , I'd like to mention . Many of us have watched the blockbuster movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam , and we were told that the place is Italy , wrong . The bridge over which the famous scene happens with Aishwarya Rai running to Ajay Devgan is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge . I remember every moment of that cruise where we were sitting on the open top of the cruise with a complimentary glass of wine and enjoyed the serenity and the beauty of the place .Etched in my memories forever .
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and a beautiful city that took my breath away instantly. It has bustling markets, beautiful river-front, delicious food and crazy people. I met and made friends with two really amazing girls and had fun beyond imagination. When in Budapest, watch out for these things -1. Budapest nightlife is one of the best in Europe. The clubs are open till 5am and you can dance till your last breath.
Budapest is a beautiful city and its charm has often led to it being called the 'Paris of the East'. It remains a popular destination because of its low prices, beautiful architecture, youthful spirit, vibrant nightlife, and history. It has complex past that has resulted in a beautifully diverse culture, reflected in every corner of the city. The 19th century Chain Bridge, connecting Buda and Pest, the two parts of the city divided by The Danube, is a great example of the architectural marvels that this city has. Sitting on the banks of Danube, while the sun sets and the city lights up, is one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences in Europe.Cheapest Month To Fly: March 2018 from New DelhiMust Visit: Buda Castle, Parliament House, Jewish Quarter, Matthias Church.Must Eat: Langos, Goulash, Lecso, Tokaj Wine and Fisherman's Soup.Must Do: Take a dip at the Thermal Baths; Grab a glass of local wine at a Hungarian Ruin Bar; Walk through the Central Market Hall; Trek to Gellert Hill.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 500; Food – Rs. 1000; Travel via public transport – Rs. 500; Accommodation – Average cost for one night – Rs. 2500 on double occupancy.
Day 3Budapest welcomed us with winds we'd never experienced, and took our breath away the moment we landed. We knew our Europe Escapade had started now, truly. This city was everything our sore souls needed and more. Cheap, hip-hop and air which had a lot of love in it, Budapest remained a highlight of the trip.The Chain Bridge at night, the Castle and Fisherman's Bastion in the day, are absolute spectacles to watch.A big mug of Hungarian beer and a Hungarian Goulash are not to be missed, when in Budapest.However, the high point remained the relaxing and much needed hours spent in the Thermal water springs and a Saturday night party at the Ruin Bar. You've to be there to know what I mean.
Paris is magnetic, plastered across the vision boards of dreamy-eyed, budding travellers around the world. Start with a ...
Paris, the 'City of Love' is world renowned for being the epitome of liberalism. A city that unlike most, doesn't shy away from the bare, passionate nature of us humans, has made the ultimate statement by opening its very first nudist restaurant, O'Naturel. Adding to your list of reasons to visit Paris, here's O'Naturel for you.
In the evening, we enjoyed an hour's cruise on the River Seine to rediscover the full splendour of the river banks and monuments of Paris. As a couple or with friends, this gives you an opportunity to discover Paris as you've never seen it... Gliding under one bridge to another with a view of the finest monuments, enjoying an hour's relaxation in the heart of bustling Paris. The journey begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. There is also an option of Dinner on the cruise to satisfy your taste buds.
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We had our city tour planned for the next day. We were supposed to start with a river cruise of Seine, but due to flooding and rising levels of Seine, the cruise was closed down. However, if you're indeed going to Paris, this is a great way to take a tour of the whole city, with all the major museums included. Next we saw the Eiffel Tower and went up to the top floor of the monument. The view from the top is absolutely magnificent and will leave you mesmerised. The sheer architecture of the structure will amaze you beyond imagination.
After almost a five hour layover, we headed to Paris' Charles de Galle airport. It was raining heavily when we arrived. In fact, the city of Paris had seen floods just a few days ago. We took our luggage went to our hotel, Ibis Styles, which was near the hotel only. We checked into our cozy hotel rooms, freshened up, and were on our way to Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous, fun and happening avenues of Paris. We had to take 3 metro trains to get there. Champs-Élysées is to Paris what Times Square is to New York.
We had reserved the last day for shopping and eating around the city. We covered Luxemborg garders in the morning, followed by Centre Pompidou, Paris city centre and a visit to the Catacombs. Its better to book tickets to Catacomb in advance else you might get stuck in hour long lines.
The second day pretty much went around exploring Disneyland. We had booked our tickets online from 365tickets.com website. There is a separate train station for Disneyland and you can directly catch a train from your nearest station.
We took a bus near our BnB to the airport via Catlunya. It is astonishing that the Barca city was not asleep even at 5 am in the morning. We had booked our flight to Paris through Vueling. Contrary to our experience at Ryan Air, Vueling had amazing customer service and pleasant staff. We reached Paris Orly airport at 9 am, then headed to Gare Du Nord by taking the Orly train. The tickets to city cost 18 euros. We deposited our luggage at Gare Du Nord station lockers, and headed to Louvre Museum and Eiffel tower. We covered Pont Des Arts, Notre Dame, Champs De Elysees and Siene river cruise for the day.
Paris is another destination that is easily accessible from Swiss. It takes roughly 3 hrs by train from Basel. The Eiffel tower is a must visit by day and by night but be extra careful of your wallets as the place is a center of pick pockets. People will come to you for surveys but these are mostly tactful pick-pockets trying to distract you from your wallets. The Louvre museum is another place where one can go for a day-visit and still not see everything there. A walk through the streets of Champs-Élysées, a ride on the hop-on-hop-off bus and trying the amazing food are some of the activities that can keep you busy at Paris. If you do go to Paris, I would recommend not to miss a trip to Disney Land!
When it comes to visiting the #DeutchLand, most of the people will suggest you visit during #OctoberFest or during #Chri...
When it comes to visiting the #DeutchLand, most of the people will suggest you visit during #OctoberFest or during #ChristmasMarket season.Unfortunately, i planned in such a hurry that my travel dates sit exactly on the calendar in between these events. I was kind of worried if this trip is not going to be as good as I was expecting :( Let's find out together how it went ;) Germany offers so many things to see and experience, especially Munich is one of the places where every individual will find his happy place. Therefore I decided to pick this place adding a new page in my travel book.
Home to one of the most iconic football clubs in the world – Bayern Munich. Their home stadium, Allianz Arena, complements their stature perfectly. What obviously helps is that Munich is also the venue of Oktoberfest.Famous footballers to have played here: Oliver Kahn, Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller.Things to do apart from football: Visit the regal Nymphenburg Palace. Go beer-tasting at Englischer Garten.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.
Although the best time to visit Munich is obviously October (thanks to the Oktoberfest), the German capital never fails to amaze during other months either. There is obviously no dearth of beer anywhere; just go sit at any roadside pub and your day is made. But it's really the quintessential German vibe that engulfs and makes you ask for more.Must do while here: Visit the Englischer Garten for a taste of the variety of beers in a garden?. Watch Bayern Munich play at the Emirates Stadium.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 4,500Best Hotels.Read more about Munich.
BAYERISCHER HOF, MUNICHFrom Charlie Chaplin to BB King, the iconic Bayerisch Hof has been host to some remarkable celebrities since 1841. A timeless benchmark of sophistication, its Presidential Suite 032 (US$4,470 upwards per night) is our classic favourite with a private elvator and butler service. Book the Luxury Weekend Package (two nights and three days, US$1,154 upwards; available now through November) for a Moët & Chandon champagne on arrival, breakfast buffets in the roof garden, and other delightful perks. bayerischerhof.de
Hailed as the beer-capital of the world, Munich has always attracted the crowds on accounts of Bavarian brewing skills, especially during Oktoberfest when (seemingly) the entire continent, if not most of the western world comes down to participate in the annual celebration of Bavarian pride. There's much more to Munich than the city's approach to beer and word seems to be getting around.Getting around in MunichCycles are pretty mainstream, as is the case with most of Germany, although renting one is not as easy as in Berlin. The U/S-Bahn and tram network will take you pretty much anywhere. A day ticket costs €6.40, but if you are staying longer, the 3-day ticket costs €16.
Having arrived in Munich on the very first day with the lovely weather on my side it was time to soak up the city culture in me. Making my way to Marienplatz the main city square and also the heart of this Bavarian land I could already get the city vibes the German Way. Strolling along this impressive 100-meter-long-gothic building, I was determined to spend my evening effortlessly here feasting in some of the most indigenous German houses.
And that was definitely one thing on my list to tick off and what best when you are so frenzied with your 6 months round the clock work routine. As I started to plan my itinerary all I knew was I want to be far away from pre-packaged experiences that tourists exchange money for. I wanted to consume experiences engaging with the local culture. So I booked myself on a much-deserved Euro trip to Germany! Germany has been long known to everyone for a plethora of beer offerings running from late September to the first weekend in October. Moving away from the touristy places and beer tents I was looking for experiencing the Oktoberfest in a local away. However when I was booking myself for a spree to this Bavarian land, I was glad to have collated these must have on your list to experience some of the best beer experiences.
The world's largest folk festival - the Oktoberfest officially started yesterday with the tapping of the first barrel of beer by the mayor of Munich.
How to reach: We booked Euroline bus from Prague to Munich. Do not miss the countryside view on your bus journey. Place to stay: Wombats City Hostel (centrally located) Places to visit: Marienplatz (famous christmas market), Munich Residence, BMW Museum,Englischer Garden, Beer Halls & Beer gardens, Allianz Arena, Theresienwiese (place where Oktoberfest is held), Olympic Village, Deutsches Museum Cheap Eats: In munich you will find proper Indian cuisine restaurants (incase you are tired of eating cold sandwiches and sausages) or kebab corners. Sausages accompanied with French fries. Must try Augustiner Keller (must try mixed sausages with mash potatos, Hofbräuhaus (the most famous beer hall). Retail Therapy: Kaufingerstrasse (located between Karlsplatz & Marienplatz) is one of Europe's premier shopping streets, Galeria Kaufhof. Tips:Whole of germany is shut from 24th dec 2:00 pm till 26th dec. You'll find hardly any places to shop or eat so before you to go any place please check if it is open or not. Also, many beer gardens are shut during winters as they have outdoor sitting. However, chinese garden the most famour beer garden located at Englischer garden.
Brussels, capital of Belgium, is said to be the capital of Europe since it’s home to the European Parliament, European...
Brussels, capital of Belgium, is said to be the capital of Europe since it’s home to the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission.This old city has its own charm when it comes to attracting people. Belgian waffles, beer and chocolates oh and did I forget the Belgian fries? Definitely add it to the list. However I would say that Brussels is pretty famous for its Gothic structures and art in various form that makes another reason for this place to be experienced at least once.
We took an early morning bus (7am) from Paris to Brussels. We reached Brussels at around 10 am and proceeded to our AirBnB accommodation. We spent just one day at Brussels. We first visited Grand Palais and then walked around till Mannekin Pis statue. There is a Tin Tin Mural at a walking distance. There are awesome Belgian waffles and chocolate shops in the city center. We then took a tram till Atomium and then went to Palais de justice. The Royal gallery hosts great restaurants with reasonable rates.We ended the day with the dinner at the Royal gallery.
History: “Bos” is the Dutch word for forest and “Halle” is the place where it is located. With around 6 square kilometres area, Hallerbos is like one of that purple-blue kingdom coming straight out of a Disney movie film making you question its existence in reality! The uniqueness of Hallerbos lies in its natural phenomenon of blooming blue bells (wild hyacinths) that blossom everywhere in the forest between late April and May making it look like a blue carpet (check my video here).
6. Le Chatelain Boutique Hotel, BrusselsIf a city escape is on your mind, then a five-star in the heart of Brussels should top your list. Le Chatelain is just as fancy as it sounds. With boutique interiors and gourmet cuisine, this hotel knows how to make you feel special.Location: 17 Rue de Châtelain, Elsene / Ixelles, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tariff: Rs 12,000 for an executive double room
We visited Brussels just for one day.From Amsterdam there are trains and buses to Brussels.If booked early we do have thalys trains which are faster and you get at low rates.Train tickets cost you something between 30-35 Euro one way. If travelling by train just outside Main station you get Hop and hop off buses which has three routes you can choose any or all.They cost you around 23 Euro Per person. Places to visit: 1) Atomium-It comprises nine 18 metre diameter steel spheres connected by tupes, all of which contain exhibits.It looks good from outside.Even surrounding area is pretty good. 2)Mini Europe--Timings are from 10 to 5:Last entry at 4:30.Its just behind the Atomium and lot of chances of you missing it as there are no big hording with its name.We missed it due that . 3)Grand-Place--As we know Brussels famous for their chocolates this square has lot of chocolate shops and Godiva is the famous one among it.You can taste different kind of chocolates. 4)Beer Tours-There are beer tour which takes you different bars from oldest one to the ones which came up recently.for beer tasting.They have fixed timings.So will suggest to book it prior you go there. 5)Chocolate Tours-There are couple of chocolate tour but my suggestion will be book it online before you visit Brussels as there if you ask locals they are not aware about it much and due to that we missed taking tour. 6)Manneken-Pis--I personally didn't find it interesting but its a famous tourist attractions on the tours.Its at such a place that you might not realize that you passed by the tourist attraction. Also you will find the many waffles shops around the city and i tell you.You must try one you get lot of variety with hell lot of toppings over it. My suggestion to whoever travelling on their should plan which all things you need to cover and cover them first and rest of the things if time permits you can go for it.Any walking tour you planning to take up book before hand don't keep it for last moment.It will be much organised.
After several visits in Brussels, I must confess: my trips don’t always involve shopping. I also like to widen my horizons and cultivate myself a bit. Even though Brussels is not a very big city, it has a major role in the European Union and a great history to discover. In general it is quite a young city with a lot going on in terms of exhibitions, art, culture, music… People are open minded, very nice and will make you feel very welcome. If you’re in the Belgian Capital for a short week-end, you should start by taking a walk in the historic centre and enjoy the architecture, the decor and Belgian atmosphere.
Napping in one of the DB trains to Hamburg was a good ride for a long day to explore and know. St. Micheal's Church and ...
Napping in one of the DB trains to Hamburg was a good ride for a long day to explore and know. St. Micheal's Church and its story was first on my list. Followed by Stadpark, Hamburg. Attending mini concerts at the fish market. And spent my other half of the day at Moenckebergstrasse and around the city central. Town's best chicken burger at Burgerlich was a must try!
Germany's second largest city has a sophisticated demeanour, behind which lurks mischief and abandon. Hamburg is considerably smaller than Berlin, more tight-night and connected, and yet thoroughly eclectic when it comes to art and music.Getting around in HamburgThe U-Bahn is the best way to explore most of Hamburg's sights. A lot of walking will inevitably be involved. A single day pass for unlimited use of all public transport costs €6.20 a day for adults, €2.30 for children aged 6 to 14. Bike rentals are available, but not as accessible or widely advertised as in Berlin
Head to the Santorini airport for boarding your flight to Athens. The journey to Athen from Santorini by flight takes on...
Head to the Santorini airport for boarding your flight to Athens. The journey to Athen from Santorini by flight takes only 50 minutes and the prices start at ₹1,200 onwards. Board your departure flight to India via Athens.When to goThe best time to visit the islands and beaches of Greece is from late May to early October when the weather is not so hot and there’s little to no rain. If you are planning on visiting anytime from June through August, make your reservations months in advance as these are the busiest and most expensive months. Also if you are interested in arts and culture, Athens and Epidaurus Festival is celebrated from June to August, when several theatre performances happen at historic venues. You can plan to visit Greece during winter as this is off-season and prices are relatively very low.Getting aroundThe cheapest way to get around in Athens is to use public transport. Regular tickets for metro, suburban trains, trams, trolleybuses or buses start at €1.40 or ₹100 for one and half hours. You can also buy a pass for €4.50 or ₹350 valid for 24 hours that also includes a metro ride to and from the airport. Avoid taking taxis to save money.Mykonos is one of the smallest of the Cyclades Islands and is best explored on a scooter. You can book it here and it cost €10-22 or ₹770-1,694 for a day. You can also get around by bus, taxi, car, scooter, ATV or boat.In Santorini, you can use the public bus service to go around in the city. The ticket cost starts from € 1.60 or ₹120.Flying to the Greek Islands on Aegean Airlines or Ryanair can save time over long ferry rides. You can book ferry tickets online from home a few weeks ahead, or in person.CostsFlight from Mumbai to Athens: ₹29,500One-way ticket on ferry: ₹1,200Stay: Starts from ₹711 on airbnb.A meal: ₹600With proper planning, your dream to travel to Europe on a budget can become a reality. What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Greece now!Have you been to Greece? Share your story with the Tripoto community of 25+ millions travellers.
Reached Patras after a night's journey. Via Taxi reached Patras bus stand where we booked tickets for Athens. Across coastline, it was a beautiful journey. And It was mathematics all around as P is written as π ; A as @, B as Beta β; it was fun to judge my secondary school knowledgeSpent 3 days in Athens and visited Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Police station (as my friend lost his wallet and we had to lodge complaint). Europe (Greece, Turkey) with an Asian feeling starts as you sail across Mediterranean as I could see the street vendors culture selling spices etc. across Athens.
Athens is the land of Gods and heroes and is one of the most iconic cities in Europe. It's an old city with narrow lanes, but has a vibrant feel with its bustling cafes, bars and restaurants. The city's cultural and social life passes by these ancient monuments merging the past and the present in an enigmatic manner. It is a city where culture, history, nightlife and food welcome you with open arms. Hotels in Athens can be expensive, so it's ideal to check out affordable Airbnbs or hostels! Food in touristy areas is expensive, so opt for going a little off the trail and having true Greek food!Cheapest Month to Fly: July 2017 from MumbaiMust See: The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Roman Stadium, Syntagma Square, Plaka (the neighbourhood of the Gods).Must Eat: Moussaka (eggplant, meat and tomato layered dish), Souvlaki (grilled meat or veggies), Dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), Galaktoboureko (custard in filo pastry) and Ouzo liquor.Must Do: Go water-skiing at the Saronic Gulf, Watch the changing of guards at the parliament building; Pass by the Hadrian’s Arch; Visit the Temple of Zeus; Be artsy and see the Athenian Street/Graffiti Art; Shop at flea markets, specially at Monastiraki; Eat traditional Greek foodApproximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 1000; Food – Rs. 1600; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 250; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 1800 on double occupancy.
Athens is a beautiful city which still keeps alive its culture. Although a bit damaged by the natural forces, the Acropolis stands tall and is still the highest point of the city. It is such a glorious sight from any part of the city. Every bit of the area near Acropolis and Parthenon speaks of its glorious past. Once there, it transports us back in history and we could literally visualize the Greeks in their traditional attire and soldiers clad in all armour near their temple of victory- The Parthenon.
1. Athens: I would recommend staying in a hotel with metro access. We stayed in Athens for a couple of nights at Hotel Areos (100 EUR per night) and found the location to be quite convenient. The hotel is a 5 min walk from Victoria station (See map below). Victoria is a couple of stops from both Monastiraki and Syntagma and a very convenient base to explore the city. The area is also less expensive as compared to Monastiraki.
I left the next day for Athens, where I was going to spend three days. I went to the old city of Acropolis, and a few other sites but unfortunately, my trip was cut short when Greece Airport decided to go on strike. My flight back to Rome was cancelled and I had a flight to New Delhi from Rome that very day. My visa too was expiring on my last day. After some frantic research, I crossed paths with others who were facing the same plight. An American couple studying in Rome had to be in the city for an exam. To get back to Rome, we had a take two-day trip on bus, boat, train, and bus. I barely got back to Rome on time for my flight. It was a hectic trip and I did not get time to bid good-bye to either Greece or Italy but now when I look back now, it was an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 2 in Athens was planned to see the sights and eat the local food and this is what we did we jumped on the metro & hopped from station to station looking to for recommended shops to eat, walked on the streets of Syntagma, Evangelismos & Monastriki & stuffed our stomachs to its brim . It felt like we were in a chapter from a retro book with shopping bags and street maps of the city in our hands. We went back to our hotel to collect our luggage as we were flying to Santorini the same night.
We landed in Athens from London. Athens is a historic place for sure. But I am not into so much history. We were on ourselves in Athens . It is a very well connected place through subways. We were in Athens when people there were conducting serious strikes against government and I was even afraid. We saw old Acropolis which is very famous and has a history. It was ruined. Then we came down to new Acropolis museum , spent some time there understanding some history. Then we went to Zeus temple which had also a lot of ruins. This was in Sintagma square . We took a subway to reach here. Then we were done for the day.
Oslo, Norway. They are an all girls band in Norway. They call themselves "The Bonbons"...
Oslo, Norway. They are an all girls band in Norway. They call themselves "The Bonbons"
Though a 1000-year old city, it flaunts a modernist architecture. The city fairly simple to navigate and one can just pick a few maps and guides and set out on a self-guided tour. Some of the major attractions include the Akershus Fortress, the national theatre, Royal palace, Oslo Cathedral, Nobel Peace Centre, Frogner Park, amongst others.
Have a breakfast of shrimp sandwich and coffee at one of many outdoor cafes, walk down to the Nobel Museum at the seaside. During evenings at the seaside, and nights at the city center, look out for a young guy playing electronic music in the open - he plays very well (and his music is definitely better than the music they play in Hard Rock Oslo unfortunately)
I am about to share one of Oslo’s biggest secrets, an affordable place to stay that will please the most discerning traveler. In a city that has been named one of the most expensive in the world, finding cheap accommodation is as rare as finding a pint of beer for less than ten pounds. (Fifteen bucks for you Americans.) Hostel Oslo Central, part of Hostelling International Norway, only recently opened up it’s doors. The location is incredible, a short walk from Oslo Central Station, smack in the middle of everything you’d want to see. At this point you are probably thinking, ‘But Jess, it is still a hostel. of course it is cheap.’, but the quality of accommodation, great service, and amazing breakfast are unlike any typical hostel.
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airp...
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airport. The neat and clean city has a cosmopolitan and modern character, complete with block-shaped houses, tall, square-shaped steel buildings, and several banks and other offices. I crossed the famous 'Working Man' statue in downtown Frankfurt, which embodies the true nature of labour laws in the city.
The rebels started their first leg of their journey from Mumbai ( India), traveling Via Istanbul to Frankfurt.We landed in Frankfurt on a cold evening around 7pm at Frankfurt Airport. Some of our experiences are captured greatly in our pictures below We got to witness a beautiful set of dancers who had come together as activists outside our hostel & performed a sweet show for a large audience which had gathered. The Frankfurt hostel was bustling with a great vibe.A great set of youngsters chatting,some playing some instruments & listening to music,others reading and some standing at the balcony facing the lovely streets of Frankfurt and enjoying a beer or two The lovely Meninger Hotel at Munich City centre was our pad for 2 nights.( would highly recommend them).Not only because they surprised us with a free upgrade to a private suite from a 8 room dorm,but because they have a great vibe, a cute bar, generous staff and some lovely guests. We had a privilege of tasting some of the best local Bavarian beers. Amazing architecture & culture History & Art Beautiful buildings and architecture around the city. Frankfurt & Munich both have a unique touch to it of modern and medieval setting.Munich is quite well known for its big museums and cathedrals After spending the day seeing some of the beautiful architecture,local areas, we went to this lovely man made ice lake.The route was through the very pretty Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is a large public park in the centre of Munich, Bavaria, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. The Main is a river in Germany. With a length of 527 km, it is the longest right tributary of the Rhine, and the longest river lying entirely in Germany. Beautiful streets Colorful streets, filled with restaurants & pubs.Munich has it all. The Eisbach (German for "ice brook") is a small man-made river, 2 kilometres long, in Munich. It flows through the park known as the Englischer Gartenand is a side arm of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section, where surfers come & spend evenings surfing.We saw a very talented bunch one evening. The local tram system is so well connected & easily accessible. FC Byern celebration Pretty people of Germany Food We got to try some yummy sausages known as Bratwurst: The name means "farmers' sausage,"Germany has an extremely beautiful culture ! Happy exploringThis post was originally published on Rebel In Transit.
Finally, last but not the least the next destination was Frankfurt, Germany from where there was the return flight to India. The last day was spent in packing bags and having a tour to the BMW factory. Where you can see all the models starting from the first to the latest ones. My mom has never been on a motorcycle, but she was too happy to pose with the super sports BMW motorcycles. Bidding Adieu to Europe the time has come to board Oman Air and reach India via Muscat.All this time I was here and used to call my parents every day. This was how I was having my EuroTrip by words and imagination. Life is worth to see the moments of happiness and smiles on my parents face. God Bless and keep them happy.
Went to Rhine valley , along with new mates whoever I met on bus , was started by walking from my hotel , exploring everything with feeling the air breeze and after some 5km reached the bus from there travelled in bus upto 20km nearly outside the Frankfurt like it is valley . From there I went down to small town where totally people were nearly 1200 . It was a beautiful place .. and cruise to explore along the valley for upto 40kms , tasted all kinds of wines . First time I had experienced the wine and every weekend means red wine , white wine , Pinot Gris , Pinor blac , Chardonnay , Arbane .. while I was on the cruise it went up to some miles so during there were so many old castles which were built 1000 / 2000 years a ago . Very rare to see these kinds of castles everywhere. The total day I spent over this place was totally satisfied. Starred from my hotel by walking around the streets , ate Tortila while , then BUS travel , small cable car travel about to 15 mins , cruise travel , bus travel , again started walking by end of the day , was waited for the bus to catch up . Did . Went to hotel had some rest time . Was fun . Was it ?
A pretty compact city, Frankfurt was decidedly a non-party destination unless you travelled far from the city centre. The Red Light District was marvelously nightmarish, upon entrance we were offered every drug we were aware of and even witnessed a few being taken. The city has a very standoffish feel and no one seems happy at any given time. Our hostel, Frankfurt Hostel, was the saving grace of the trip. Cheap drinks, a well cultured atmosphere and clean rooms, it went the extra mile. The cities old heritage is lost between the office buildings so it's not worth searching for because so much has been eroded. 3/10, it's only this high for the displays in the Red Light District.
Thankful for the good weather at Frankfurt. It's a rather calm city like Stuttgart. Definitely less busy than London! At first we paid 9.90 euros for transportation in Frankfurt. We then realised that there isn't any train or tram conductos around. And the underground did not have any gantry to pass through. So we took the risk of getting fined the next and following day. WE DID IT. I reckon that everyone should take the risk. Hahaha you can save loads!
Roaming within Europe is easy, if you know the rules. We used VR.fi to book our train tickets from Helsinki. The tickets...
8) Ice SkatingHelsinki is home to one of the nicest ice skating rinks! They give you the right kind of boots and the access to the rink for 12 euros as long as you want in a day! We fell, we crawled, and we learnt. It was so much fun!
Solo travel gives you a golden chance to meet new people and get a taste of unique cultures around the world. Finland is a country warmest at heart towards the visiting travellers with their local food leaving you deliciously directionless in the best walking trails. And if you are at a countryside during Midsummer celebration, chances are that you have a time of your life.
After the Ice hotel visit, I wanted to meet the Santa for which I had to fly to Finland. Due to the airline strike my flight from Kiruna (closest airport to Ice hotel) to Stockholm got cancelled. I had to pay double the price on the spot and take the flight to catch my next flight to Helsinki. You see I was so desperate to say Hi to Santa! Finally I reached Helsinki in the night and I was not left with any time to roam around in the city. I just picked up some Indian food as I had not had it for some many days then and hit the bed. Next morning I took the flight for Rovaniemi.
We took a cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki (for 42 euros a person, it was a steal.) After Stockholm, Helsinki can come across as a being a little bland. Use it as a rest day in your journey, and walk around looking for places to eat. Ravintola Kuu is a great place to try reindeer if that's on your wishlist. Cafe Ekberg is the oldest cafe in Helsinki, and a good place to have coffee and the local specialty of Napoleon pastry.
To get there, we took a two-hour ferry ride. Looking back on the picturesque town of Tallinn from the ship. We claimed a round table at the front of the ship. I took advantage of this time to catch up on my sleep! Helsinki is in the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1550, it is the capital of Finland. It was ruled by Russia from 1089 to 1917, the year it proclaimed independence. Today it is a very prosperous city and has a high standard of living. It is one of the World's northernmost capitals and has a lengthy and very cold winter, which lasts from October to April. Winters are also very dark with the sun setting around 3:15 the days we were there. They also had a fun outdoors Christmas Market and a special art show going on the weekend we were there. We bought two beautiful coffee cups made of ceramic with a felt cozy they sit in.
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, with beautiful Lake Zürich and many other architectural wonders. Fifa World...
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, with beautiful Lake Zürich and many other architectural wonders. Fifa World Museum is located right here for football fans. I rather chose to scroll through Toy Museum. If you want to see how toys looked like 300 years ago, just spare some time for it. Quite fascinated with these preserves I decided to pay a visit to a church nearby, and the architecture and carvings were marvellous.
Day 7: Next day we moved to Zurich as next we had early morning flight for Mumbai from Zurich Airport. So, in short we had only few hours to explore Zurich .After hotel check-in we left for Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfall in Europe.The view was mesmerizing. Bought some chocolates and souvenirs there and left for Zurich old market. We reached bit late as all shops get closed by 7 in the evening. Enjoyed coffee and evening life of Zurich.Roamed around the streets,cafe and market with closed shops :( by the lake side. After sunset reached back to Hotel, had dinner and did packing as we were suppose to leave early morning to catch our flight.
This exciting city should be at the center of every Swiss Itinerary. Its suave views, glittering skyscapers and art galleries adhere well to the Swiss standards. The city, crowned by the Alps, won't let you off without some great memories.
3 | Geneva + Interlaken + LUCERNE + ZurichArrival in French-styled Geneva, seated on Europe’s largest glacier lake, visitors are immediately struck by the clarity of the crystal clear waters. The lingering Alps reflected brightly off the lake while Geneva vies as one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Move on to Interlaken and Lucerne for everything from hiking in the Alps, ski diving to chocolate tasting. Ideal for outdoor and photography lovers. By train, Geneva to Interlaken: 4hr 30 min then Interlaken by way of Lucerne to Zurich: 2 hr 46 min.
19:00 h. Zurich – Dinner in the restaurant of your choice. Transfer to hotel about 22 hrs.Total distance: 690 kmScenery: Lakes and mountains in Switzerland. Note: We enter France, remember to have your passport ready.07:30 h. – Zurich – Departure.09:00 h. – Berna – Arrival-. Free time in the Swiss capital which has an attractive historical centre with the appearance of a “large village”. We will visit the Federal Council Square, the Cathedral and the Clock Tower, and see the city’s statues and fountains.11:00 h. – Berne – Departure-. View of Neuchatel Lake. We cross the Free Country amidst beautiful scenery. After crossing the French border we will stop for dinner in a service area.
Acne Studios is a Stockholm based fashion house founded by Creative director Johnny Johansson. Johansson’s interest in...
Acne Studios is a Stockholm based fashion house founded by Creative director Johnny Johansson. Johansson’s interest in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture lead to turning Acne Studio into a highly respected creator of pret fashion, magazines, furniture, books and exhibitions. At the Acne Archive (yes, a fashion store called Archive, already sounds super cool), expect all prices to be slashed by at least 50 per cent, with many going as low as 80 per cent off . Since the brand is based in Stockholm, there are lots of one-of-a-kind pieces like runway samples in colourways that were never put in production. acnestudios.com
Blonde and BeautifulA stereotype we all love to believe, this one, disappointingly, proved only half true. However, since we're making sweeping statements here, I might as well go ahead and say that, generally speaking, Stockholm seems to have the best pick of local hotties out of all the cities we visited in the two countries. At times it did feel like everywhere we turned was another Nordic beauty - although it's worth noting that they didn't seem to be any more blonde-haired or blue-eyed than in any other city in Europe.
The change of guards at the Stockholm palace is a treat to watch. The city has numerous museums that one can pick and choose from. Gamla stan, a medieval city manifests the beauty of colourful narrow, winding streets lined with restaurants, cafés and shopping outlets. Other places to visit include the Nobel museum, kungsträdgården, most of which can be covered afoot or one can even opt for a canal tour.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!).
Stockholm is called the capital of Scandinavia and rightly so. It is the grandest of the Scandinavian capital cities, and has a feel about it that cannot be put into words. In Stockholm, you can do anything - you can just walk around absorbing the atmospheric Gamla Stan, you can visit museums and amusement parks, you can visit the many pretty islands and towns on the outskirts or you can sleep in the day and party at night.We chose the walking around and the outskirts, but if our hostel mates were to be believed, sleeping in the day wasn't that bad an option either.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!). It has a great deal of lovely gardens, waterways and roof top cafes. For me Stockholm is extra special-it was here that I witnessed snow for the first time, stayed on an actual boat! and met some really beautiful and friendly Europeans. Its a beautiful city with a lot of history and of course home to our two favorite shopping giants.
Stockholm was a pretty city but it did not have the quaint feel of Tallinn. Lots of snow here too and it snowed everyday we were there with temperatures around 18 degrees. For some reason doughnuts seemed to be a big seller on the streets. We figured we needed to try one - the verdict, okay but not great. Not like a Belgian waffle! The downtown area was like any city with lots of chain stores and restaurants. There were a wide variety of international foods (Italian, Chinese, Thai) to choose from, but really nothing local.
I found Warsaw to be a surprisingly multilingual, multicultural place. I was walking just outside the Old Town on my fir...
I found Warsaw to be a surprisingly multilingual, multicultural place. I was walking just outside the Old Town on my first day there and noticed a couple walking parallel to me, speaking English. “I came to Warsaw first when I was fifteen,” The woman says. Her accent was thick, something European that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. “I fell in love with it. Warsaw has something magical.” Her companion, a male figure at whom I didn’t look to closely, didn’t say much in reply. He listened, asking small questions relating to the where’s and when’s of her life in the city. I stayed walking beside them as close as I could for as long as I could before the flow of the sidewalk had its way with us, and pulled us apart.Of my two flat mates during my 5-day stay in Warsaw, I connected most closely with Thea, a Berliner with a Polish family. She was trilingual, with a notably Americanized English that nearly fooled me were it not for the odd word or two. She’d been in Warsaw only two weeks and was due to stay two more months as an intern in an art gallery focusing on contemporary work. She said that the gallery is one of the most influential in Warsaw today, though did not give the reason why. She complained that her Polish coworkers were cold towards her, that they said her Polish is like an elderly woman’s—perhaps the result of her learning the language within a family context, around grandparents, speaking of food, of god, and so on—and was difficult to connect with. Thea felt discriminated against for reasons that were unclear to her. She was a twenty-six-year-old German woman in Poland, fearful that history might have been overriding her individuality. She wanted nothing more than to make friends in a country she’d visited over twenty times, but hasn't yet established herself within on a professional level. “Poland is foreign to me in this way, I’ve never used my Polish to speak professionally. It feels strange.”Thea spent two years as an adolescent as an exchange student in rural Michigan. This explained her impeccable English. She loved her time there, she told me, commenting on the warmth of her host family and the unique sisterly connection she had with her host mother, a woman only ten years older than she. She told me that in the US, she felt the sense that anything was possible. That one's passions were visions of possible realities meant to be followed rather than pipe dreams. And now, watching the news spit out one horrifying image after another, plump white and angry men waving confederate flags, her emotions towards the US have shifted. “What is happening?” she lamented, her demeanor that of a heartbroken lover after realizing a sweetheart is not who they thought them to be.“I went back a few years ago to visit my host parents, in 2013,” she said. “By then it was clear that they were experiencing serious marriage problems. The husband, he's extremely intelligent. He's a music teacher at the school, but he's so smart. Probably too smart for her. He’s someone I could imagine getting a PhD and teaching in a university somewhere. The wife, she's wonderful, she has a heart of gold, but she's a really simple woman. She's happy with routine and never really traveling and doing the Midwestern thing. I was the glue to their relationship at the time, and sensed no tension when I was living with them. But when I returned recently, it was obvious. He had been applying to jobs, bigger jobs, in bigger cities around the country. He'd been offered a few, too, but always turned them down. Because of his wife. He was able to go places, and she wasn't, or didn't want to. So they're not intellectual equals. Never were.”We were in a bar at the time, one on the Praga side of Warsaw—a part previously known for its danger, but now known to be up-and-coming, especially in terms of nightlife, Thea explained. I looked around at the carpeted floors, the burgundy wall paint, the office-like table lamps and thought for a moment that I had maybe dreamed of this place once before. I then told her that I believe love that lasts must have a level of thought to it, that it must go beyond flesh, that it must be able to exist within a conversation that is about something.***Any city is difficult, if not impossible, to summarize in only a few days. As a visitor, you get a temporary view into what could signify life in that place, but that view is not necessarily representative of it. This becomes tricky for anyone writing with the goal of accurately capturing a place; our original task is therefore inherently impossible from the start, and we are left to reinterpret the truth of our experience in a place for what it is: our own experience in a place to which we don't belong.My experience in Warsaw was punctuated by a blistering head cold that came over me after my first night. I arrived in the afternoon, dragging a carry-on suitcase over cobbled sidewalks in a temperature you can simultaneously sweat and shiver in. Due to the head cold, my plans to explore beyond the city were sidelined and I kept close to my flat at all times. Still, what I discovered was a city of parks. Warsaw takes its green space seriously, taking care to maintain their appearance and accessibility. Warsaw's parks were labyrinths of walkways and curated meadows, cloth folding chairs, and a permeating sense of tranquility more like the sun-drunkenness of warm cities such as Los Angeles or Valencia, Spain than what one would think to be part of Poland. Without plans and aware of my increasing malaise, I simply walked along the many narrow stretches of park walkways. Thick vegetation added a level of privacy to the space, but didn't do much to conceal a small boy, shorts by his ankles, holding his shirt to his chest and pissing in to the brush behind a bench on which his mother sat. A graffiti stamp on the ground read sex, gluten, and rock and roll.I asked Thea about Auschwitz while walking home after an evening yoga class she'd brought me to. She recalled her experience there two years ago. “It’s touristy,” she explained. “But I didn’t expect it to affect me so deeply. My professor, who I'd gone with, was reduced to tears. That was really something for me to see. And there’s a village there too, still there, with inhabitants, regular people just trying to live their lives. But I wonder about the associations they have living there, especially the older generation, if they ever wake up with a stench in their mind. You know Auschwitz, you see the barracks, the walls, the wires, the rooms. There is really nothing there, but the emptiness gives way for the images and you see what you came to see in this sense.”I wondered about the potential exploitation of the place versus the potential benefit that its business brings in. “It’s touristy,” she says again. “Profits are derived from people’s pain, past and present. There's nothing ethical about that.”Though I felt guilty not visiting Auschwitz during my stay in Poland, my inclination was to rationalize my failure to get there. Perhaps staying in Warsaw was better than visiting Auschwitz after all, I attempted, meagerly justifying the value of the outsider’s outsider perspective, then justifying the toxicity of capitalized pain. Eventually, I began to suspect that this mode of thinking—the incessant justifying and rationalizing of events both within and beyond our control—might be more American that I had previously thought. "I took a music class in Michigan,” Thea told me before the night ended, a navy sky and gray, soviet-style apartments hanging over us as we neared our temporary home. “I was terrible at clarinet. Couldn't hold a tune. One day, I had to perform in class. It went horribly, but afterwards my teacher told me to try again. 'Good try' were her exact words, even though I’d butchered the performance. This kind of compliment was totally new to me. In Germany if you fail it's like…well, you should have done something different! We don't have an equivalent of 'good try' in Germany. It just doesn't exist. We don't really make failure something it isn't."***My other flat mate, Julia, from a small town outside of São Paulo, left Brazil for the United States for school, got married to her best friend’s boyfriend in an attempt to secure a visa, but ultimately failed to secure that visa on account of difficulties demonstrating her marriage's legitimacy. She returned to Brazil, defeated, and only recently decided to move to Poland, where she was proud to tell me that she was safe from deportation as the holder of an Italian passport.“I don’t like it there, in Brazil. It’s violent, not safe, I don’t like the culture. There are stories. This one guy was watching porn and saw a girl with the same tattoo as his girlfriend, woke her up and beat her. Another story is of a girl who wanted to break up with her boyfriend and he wasn’t having any of it, so he chopped off her arms and legs with a machete. These things happen all the time.”I then asked her what’s good about Brazil.“The people are nice,” she said. They’re really warm. The food is good. And if you like the music, which I don’t, but if you do, that’s great, because it’s good. So Poland. It's different, but I’ve never before had as much luck dating as I’ve had here. In the US, there were a lot of man children. Thirty-somethings afraid of getting attached and I was like, it’s okay to get attached. It happens.”I was then hit with a pain of recognition, recalling my own terrible experience with a man child.“But I’ve been stood up, like a lot," she continued. I didn’t lose my virginity until I was twenty-six. I just wanted something more meaningful, more intimate.”I finished my dinner and began to gather my things for a shower. By then, Julie was just starting to prepare her meal: a hot dog, peeled carrot, and a frozen cube of chopped spinach cooked in butter and pink yogurt."If you take a shower, be sure to spread the curtain all the way to the end of the wall," Julie told me. "Wet it if you have to, wet the curtain, to create a kind of seal. Water will leak otherwise. You might slip on the mess."
Warsaw is a city of rebirth. It's a city born out of the ashes of a terrible war and has established itself as a modern wonder. It's different from a usual European city, as it is not around a city square but instead, spread in a vertical manner, full of Gothic, communist and modern architecture. It's a city that survived World War II and emerged as a fascinating mix of cultures and landmarks.Cheapest Month To Fly: October 2017 from New DelhiMust See: The Old Town, Park Łazienkowski, The Royal Route (from Old Town to Wilanów Palace), Warsaw Ghetto, Warsaw Uprising Museum.Must Eat: Polish Highlander cheese, Pierogi, Paczki Pastries, cabbage rolls and potato dumplings.Must Do: Hang out at Plac Zbawiciela (Savior Square), Relax at the Zegrze Lake, Visit the Adam Mickiewicz Museum Of Literature, Sit by Sigismund’s Column, Go to the Museum Of Caricature And Cartoon Art and Visit the Grand Theatre.Approximate Cost for a day: Attractions – Rs. 550; Food – Rs. 1050; Inter-city travel via public transport – Rs. 350; Accommodation – Average cost for 1 night – Rs. 2500 on double occupancy.
Warsaw, Poland Warsaw was completely bombed and destroyed during World War II. On Black Monday(September 25, 1939), 500 tons of high explosive bombs and 72 tons of incendiary bombs were dropped, and there was heavy artillery shelling. Jews were rounded up and forced into a ghetto. Overall, Warsaw suffered approximately 25,800 civilian deaths. The Warsaw of today is an exact restoration of what it was before the War.
Geneva is globally known for being the headquarters of the mighty United Nations. But, the city's vintage charm, eloquen...
Geneva is globally known for being the headquarters of the mighty United Nations. But, the city's vintage charm, eloquent looks and bubbling energy will not only help you relax but live life at large.
I am not a huge fan of one day trips, however, you make the best of what you get. Here's how I spent my last weekend, a full day taking in the beautiful sights of Geneva. Here is a Be For Beauty special on how to spend a day in gorgeous Geneva: things to do, lots of photos, places to see and of course, travel tips that'll help you.
The benefit of being in one country in Europe is that every other place that seems far from here is actually so close to...
The benefit of being in one country in Europe is that every other place that seems far from here is actually so close to you. And one must always make optimum use of such geographical proximity between different countries in Europe. Having spent the initial days of my first solo trip in England, my next and most obvious destination was England’s gorgeous neighbor, Scotland.To start my trip, I had the option of flying out of London to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Surely, it would have saved me a couple of not so important leisure hours but I chose the other option- rail route. And if you’ll do what I did, I’m sure you will not regret it. I booked my train ticket with Virgin Trains East Coast, which cost me almost the same as would a flight with Ryanair or Easyjet. These are the low-cost airlines that can be used if you’re not traveling with much baggage. They charge extra (and that’s a lot compared to the ticket price) if you exceed their cabin baggage allowance. Travelling on a train allowed me to carry all that I wanted to carry without worrying about shelling extra money. Countryside views and mesmerizing landscapes en route was just a cherry on the top. Additionally, if you’re a Potterhead, you may get to see King’s Cross station if your chosen train starts from there. Yes, King’s Cross station has a platform 9 3/4 as well as an extremely tempting Harry Potter souvenir and merchandise store. My train was supposed to start at 9:30 AM from a different platform and the store opened at 9 AM. I was still inside the store at 9:25 AM. That was close! Poof! Be careful and don’t miss the train.
Food: Local favourites include the national dish haggis with mashed potatoes and turnip. Cullen skink is a soup served with fresh toasted bread, comprising of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions, is a local speciality of the town of Cullen in the North-East. Get a steak pie or the popular fish and chips from any one of the numerous takeaway chips shops. And for dessert, try cranachan, which is a delectable mix of honey, whisky-soaked oats and raspberries.Suggested stay:
Squeeze in a day or more for these festivals – Edinburgh International Film Festival (15th to 26th June), Gardening Scotland (3rd to 5th June), The Moonwalk (11th June), Royal Highland Show (23rd to 26th June)
Things to Do: Get a taste of the local food movement at the Edinburgh Larder. Feast on Scottish hog roast at Oink and drink one of 200 whiskies at The Devil’s Advocate.Visit the Portobello Beach, the Turkish Baths and the Golf courses.
Sights: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanic Garden, The Scottish Parliament, Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scott Monument.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place over a period of 12 days and is another reason to visit Edinburgh this June. While summer here is bustling with tourists, the inexpensive food, drinks and other activities in Edinburgh make up for it.
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, enwrapped with rocky hills overlooking the sea, Edinburgh welcomes you with a skyline peppered with minarets and everyday buildings, sitting atop cliffs.
Take this day to explore the cliffs of Edinburgh or visit the Arthurs seat. Its a lot of walk, but a good change to basic touristy things. You can also check out the Holyrood Palace and the Botanical Gardens. If you are a potter fan, YOU HAVE TO GO The Elephant House, the place where JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter. They also sell a painted postcard of the author sitting in a quaint corner writing the book. The whole of Victoria Street gives major HP feels and can surely be your drinking place for the evening. Also give The Devils Advocate a try. A very English pub with some great food and music.
EDINBURGHGetting there : Take a bus from the Inverness station to Edinburgh. The distance from Inverness to Edinburgh is really short like about 4 hours or so.Where to stay : Castle Rock Hostel. (Highly recommended) costs bout £30.Things to do : Edinburgh is vintagly pretty. It has its own old city charm with very artistic architecture. You can walk around the whole city, and that is really fun. Also, Edinburgh is called Edinburraahh. Did the inner Punjabi in you just do the burraahh? The mighty Edinburgh Castle is a must visit. If you are staying at the above mentioned Hostel, this castle is just on the opposite street. It roughly takes about 3-4 hours to see the castle in its whole splendid awe. Spend your evening with a view at the Royal Yacht Britannia, the royal vessel of the Queen. This place has Scotch/Whiskey museum. NO KIDDING. And, this is going to be the best time of your life. You can try local malts and shop for the finest whiskey. Also, eateries serve really nice whiskey cheese cake. Edinburgh is home to a lot of street plays and activities. The Fringe is a famous art festival, which I got to witness during my stay there. You can go climbing the Scott Monument if you want to get a whole view of the city. Its a 200 step steep tower which rewards you with a certificate after climbing, so YEP.
Day9. Naples -Capri or| National Archaeological Museum |Walking food tour |Castle NuovaAs they say the place is as beaut...
Day9. Naples -Capri or| National Archaeological Museum |Walking food tour |Castle NuovaAs they say the place is as beautiful as the person seeing it. It was more about spending time with each other, getting to know your life partner who was stranger just a few days back. The whole excitement and anxiety went so well with the place which has stood the taste of time. We thoroughly cherished these nine days spent in Italy and came back with beautiful memories. Now we both are perfect sync. Atleast on the below..“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.” – Elton John
It was my first Euro-trip and after lot of permutation combination and budget travel motives I planed to start my travel from down south Europe and chose Naples in Italy...I booked my flight from Mumbai via Istanbul till Naples in Turkish Airlience and also booked my accommodation through AirBnB based on the feedback given by people. I had booked Italy Eurail pass for making the internal travel comfortable within the country from its official website along with all the travel concessional tickets from the official website http://www.raileurope.co.in . It reached me within two days from the date of booking . Flight choice and stay turned out to be the most delightful experiences i have ever had . Our stay was at vico strettola agli orefici ,"CASA DEL FARO" almost 20 mins walk from GARIBALDI station. When i arrived at Naples Airport it was already cold, the vibes of spring season and Easter were very high. It was the perfect time to go for a Euro-trip. Me and my husband made a choice to save time for reaching the BnB and hired a taxi. It took almost 20 mins from Airport till "CASA DEL FARO". I think we couldn't have asked for better host on our first Airbnb stay!!!! She has been the best host we could have imagined and did every thing to make our stay comfortable and memorable !! We had an absolutely fantastic time we liked the sweet pastry she cooked for Easter and the warmth . We felt like family and the place is absolute beauty with sea view and a nautical theme. I would really look forward next time to be there and its for every body who wants to have a great stay at Naples. After a quick interaction with the host and with her guidelines we started our walking plans for the later half of the day. Napoli is a city in southern Italy and is the capital of the Campania region. Its archaeological treasures among the worlds most important places declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site .It has some of the world's best opera houses and theaters, and is often called an open-air museum, because of its many historic statues and monuments. It is also oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. We stepped out and saw Statua Di Garibaldi it was located just next to our place. Garibaldi has been an exceptional man of Italian history. There seems to be a statue of Garibaldi in almost every city in Italy and Naples and may be in most of the Italian cities. Almost 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city. Napoli is a city of volcanic transformations also being closer to the proprieties of Mount Vesuvius one of the most active volcano in the world. We continued walking towards city center holding the map in our hand till we could come to a place of younger crowd called Piazza San Domenico Maggiore where everyone was partying , streets were full of food joints wine shops , and Geleto outlets, there were music in the air , artists all over the lanes and charm everywhere. The complete city was lit up for Easter. There were large influx of tourists like in Rome, Venice, Florence etc. It was already late but this city was unstoppable. After a long exploration we sat in a roadside restra and garbed a bottle of rose house wine and Napoli pizza. It was my first pizza form its own motherland, I still remember its taste and the way mozzarella and Parmesan cheese melted in my soul. I was hungry no doubt and it was the best late night hunger break for both of us.
After a joyful week at the school, I then flew Italy loosing my favourite peach lotion and some nervousness, back at the Bremen airport. I remember the long cab ride to the hotel located around the coast of Naples, cold wind and a fast pumping heart and eyes scrolling through the buildings, people, their vehicles and every tiny thing that I could notice and try to remember. A walk to the seashore in the late evening and passing my time with the beautiful view of the city on hills was a soothing end for that day. A big thank you, Celine Lavisse for joining me here. It wouldn't have been this good without you.
7. A seaside stroll as you hunt for food through NaplesThe tour starts at Castel Nuovo, technically a fort and the former home of the Neapolitan monarchy. Apart from the food, this tour will leave you with immense knowledge of the culture and history behind Italy's seaside city. Your first stop for food will be at the 19th century Galleria Umberto I, where you'll be subjected to the sheer delight that is the warm pastry, sfogliatella.The walk continues through colourful markets dotted with local vendors, and their stalls and shelves decked with classic Neapolitan street food. A speciality here is the seasonal 'o pére e ‘o musso (cold meat with salt and lemon) and the small pizzas or pizzettes.
Napoli football club's home stadium, Stadio Sao Paolo, has also earned a name for being ultra-notorious when it comes to supporting its team. Several minor casualties are reported after every match.Famous footballers to have played here: Diego Maradona, Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani, Gianfranco Zola, Fabio Cannavaro.Things to do apart from football: Witness an actual active volcano – Mt. Vesuvius. Attend an opera performance at San Carlo Theatre.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.
Naples 1 day Hostels Two clear favourite emerged from my search: Hostel of the Sun and La Controra. Hostel of the Sun is bright, clean and equipped with a spacious locker. Meanwhile, La Controra is a historical building transformed into a hostel that is very much in the heart of the city. Hotel Barbato Hotel Barbato is near the airport, clean and in a friendly neighbourhood. You will enjoy the small but fresh breakfast on offer.
Naples is like a maze- a maze of cobbled streets peppered here and there with churches, restaurants, wine bars and tiny supermarkets. From never ending piazzas to the narrowest of alleyways coupled with art, history and a thriving food scene, this city has so much character to it that it could easily give Paris a run for its money. The locals are young, beautiful and full of energy and the pride they take in their cuisine is unparalleled, and rightly so. This probably could account for the numerous Pizza Marinaras and Pizza Margheritas one could easily gulp down without any sense of guilt whatsoever. Their Centro Storico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is extremely difficult to keep track of the museums one can see because there are so many. Yet, you never get tired and neither do the pickpockets circling most of the city, so watch out! Getting there: You could take an InterCity/Regionale train from Rome and the ride is a little over an hour. Booking in advance on the Trenitalia website is a good idea. InterCity trains are faster and (Around 25 Euros one way) will give you reserved seats unlike their Regionale counterparts (11 Euros one way). For Regionale trains, make sure to validate your ticket on the several validation machines at the station just before you board the train. Must See: Make sure you see Giuseppe Sanmartino's Veiled Christ (Cristo Velato) at the Cappella Sansevero near Dante. The marble veil over Christ is so intricate, so realistic that you almost want to lift it and fold it like an actual cloth. The wonderfully preserved human arterial systems on the lower floor are also worth seeing, although a little too macabre. Entry to the Chapel is 7 Euros per person and photography is absolutely prohibited.
South of Rome is the city of Naples, the world’s birthplace of the pizza which, by the way, is delicious washed down with the famous zesty limoncello drink. Naples is a huge city that holds a beautiful National museum where you can see gladiator outfits, artwork and artifacts from the city of Pompeii, and is well worth a stop en route to this city.
These 7 days literally flew away for us. We kept discussing what we’d missed. We wanted to stay each place a little mo...
Next day we headed to Seville, the youthful capital of the Andalusia region. The tour of the bull fight arena is a must-experience. Like it is said, there is a celebration every day in Andalucia. And to our luck, we got to attend the ongoing global cuisine fair. There are sky-diving options here, which are more expensive as compared to other options in Europe, but well worth the experience.
There couldn't be a better first impression to Spain other than Andalucía’s capital, Seville! The people are warm & welcoming, the culture and traditions absorb you in no time, and the Moorish & Roman influences in architecture are not only jaw dropping but highly symbolic & meaningful. The Flamenco shows are so dramatic that they leave a lasting impression on you & I can't say enough about the gastronomy!!
If it is true that Andalucia is a beautiful region, it is also true that most big cities have somehow similar historic sights, with particular focus on a main cathedral and an alcazar (sort of palace built by the Moors and later on taken over by the Christian rulers). Sevilla was no exception. I guess as it was the last place we visited in Andalucia it did suffer from our overload of history in the previous days. But don’t let this turn you off if you plan on traveling to Southern Spain. Sevilla is well worth a visit! Not only to see its historical buildings, but also to experience its culture, in the form of Sevillanas and Flamenco music (which we didn’t get to experience live this time) or food & drinks. You can tell that people in Andalucia are generally happy folks and, being Spanish, they sure like to party! The streets are always full of people (and they say there is a big crisis going on? We couldn’t tell!) and more than once we came across folks that would start singing and clapping out of the blue.
My first observation about Seville was that it was much bigger than I had pictured it. There was a decent-sized area that constitutes the “old town” where all of the main historic sites are located and then that area is surrounded by a really generic, large European city. Though the old town is small, it is quite easy to lose your bearings (as I soon discovered) while wandering around. There were a number of small, winding city streets that the locals apparently think should remain nameless because I couldn’t find a sign on any of them, nor did they seem to exist on either of the two maps I looked at. My first stop was the Catedral de Sevilla, the largest Gothic building in the world and third largest cathedral (after St. Peter’s in Vatican City and St. Paul’s in London). The cathedral’s central altar is over 60 feet tall and is said to be the largest in the world. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is also located within the cathedral. Next door is La Giralda, a 12th century Moorish tower. The view is fantastic and I had earned it after walking up the steep ramps to get to the top. Just across from the cathedral is the Royal Palace, Alcazar. Formerly a Moorish fortress, it’s still used by the royal family when they visit Seville.
After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a s...
After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a slow pace. Take a train from Inverness to Glasgow (it will take about 3 and a half hours). Once there, spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
GLASGOW :Where to stay : Euro Hostel Glasgow. Costed roughly £15 per night.One day is pretty much enough for Glasgow. Major points of interest includes People's Palace and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Botanical Garden. Everything is pretty much located within the vicinity and can be done in a day. I highly suggest end the day by the riverside for typical Scottish musicals by local musicians and some great food.
We are up and ready to catch our train to Glasgow at 6.45am. It's about 4 hours journey from Inverness to Glasgow, the train was on time and we reach Glasgow around 11am. Glasgow is one of the biggest industrial town of Britain, it's got the characteristic of any other city, so i would not say there is anything special about Glasgow. There are some monuments and heritage structures which can be explored and as always we preferred to walk around the city to explore these sites.We reached a open garden and it started raining here, it wasn't surprising, as in Britain it can rain anytime round the year, so it is suggested to carry windsheaters with you, for us this was the only time it rained. We took shelter under a big tree and me and Wifey took out our beer cans and started sipping on some beer. When it stopped drizzling, we walked ahead and reached a beautiful museum, which showcased the absolute history of Glasgow. It was quite a good experience knowing the city so well.After the museum we walked through the market of Glasgow and finally we decided to reach the train station as we had a train to catch to go to the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Trains leave at an interval of every 15 minutes from Glasgow to Edinburgh. We reached Edinburgh at around 2.30 in the afternoon, we were not really very hungry so we decided to pick up some sandwiches to eat. It was suggested by friends to explore Edinburgh, so we decided to take this special city tour bus. We paid 20 Pounds per person for this double-decker city tour bus which had open roof tops and it takes you on a 1 hour city tour with a recorded voice talking to you about the monument or place you are passing through.
It is the largest city in Scotland. A city with history ,it has a character of its own. A little different from the metropolitan cities elsewhere but also similar in a lot of ways. It reminds one of a bygone era and at the same time keeps them in the present. Source Lighthouse - overviewing Glasgow Author Maciej Żytniewski from Galway, Ireland
The ride from Moscow to Ekaterinburg was around 27-28 hours, so we spent one night and all of Day 2 on the train. Overal...
The ride from Moscow to Ekaterinburg was around 27-28 hours, so we spent one night and all of Day 2 on the train. Overall, it was a typical day on a long train ride. Outside the window, we saw a lot of trees and passed lots of small villages. We arrived in Ekaterinburg and decided to spend our two nights there at a Home stay. We also planned our day to explore the area. Our plans included a guided tour of the city and a visit to the Asia/Europe border and the nearby monastery that was built recently in honor of the Romanovs. Ekaterinburg is a very industrial city, but is also famous as the place where the Romanovs were exiled, killed, and then dumped down a mine shaft.
Birmingham - these can be as cheap as £2 from London! Once you're in Birmingham, grab a train to Stratford or, alternat...
Birmingham - these can be as cheap as £2 from London! Once you're in Birmingham, grab a train to Stratford or, alternatively, catch a coach from Birmingham coach station with Johnson's coaches - £5.20 for a single, £6.20 for a return.Driving/parking: You can work out how to get here, but it's parking that can really get you in Stratford. For short term parking, try a few residential streets that are perhaps a 10 minute walk from the centre - some will allow you to park for 2 hours for free as a non-resident, while others(e.g. around Sanctus Road) seemingly have no restrictions. Of course, always check! Where you stay might have somewhere to park for free. For cheap parking, this spot on Birmingham Road (near No 1 Shakespeare Street) offers £3 parking all day. If you're looking for something more secure, Bridgeway Multi Storey car park is free for the first hour, going to £10 for 24 hours.Places to Stay
By train: A single off-peak train ticket from Birmingham is currently £7.50, or £7.60 for a same-day return. Birmingham is just 45 minutes away by train, and from many UK locations you'll possibly need to change in Birmingham anyway. My advice is firstly to check www.thetrainline.com for ticket prices - you'll see that travelling at certain times is much, much cheaper than others.
Then one cold winter evening, I stopped to watch an 80-year-old man, about 5ft in height and with a wiry frame, as he st...
Then one cold winter evening, I stopped to watch an 80-year-old man, about 5ft in height and with a wiry frame, as he stood on the side of the pedestrian path in the city centre and put on a performance like no other. Let's call him Elvis. There were just two other people watching, as Elvis the busker strummed his toy guitar -- which had a plastic keyboard with his right hand -- and sang in a high-pitched monotone something that sounded like this, "Oh yeah, oh yeah, old man, gooood guyyy....yeah yeah...oh yeah." His thin neck was raised towards the sky and his effort at being a street artist was touching in its sincerity. There were hardly any coins on the cloth he had stretched out on the ground in front of him. But Elvis didn't seem to mind. He just kept on singing till the orange-hued dusk gave way to an electric glow and the milling crowds thinned to reveal imposing buildings with long shadows. I left soon after but always looked for Elvis on the same spot each time I went by.
Liverpool is completely characterized by its most famous band: The Beatles and an definite bucket list point for every fan. But next to the Beatles Museum and all that stuff, I loved walking along the Albert Dock. They offer funny sightseeing tours with the yellow duckmarine. On land it’s a bus with wheels but on the other hand it’s a boat. The yellow duckmarine looks like a duck’s bill, I actually didn’t do the yellow Duck marine but in the case I will ever come back to Liverpool I will book a tour. We also visited an old church. It was destroyed in the Second World War and is only a ruin now without a roof. You need to wear helmet of construction workers, I don’t know if it’s seriously necessary, I don’t actually think so but it was fun. Inside the ruins there was kind of an alternative art gallery: Photographs and some statues, really nice hidden spot.
The only August travel was a long weekend of partying in Bristol (one of my favourite UK cities) with friends.This blog...
The only August travel was a long weekend of partying in Bristol (one of my favourite UK cities) with friends.This blog was finally launched after 5 months of hard work and teaching myself how to use word press from scratch. Sh*t Just Got Real was my first post, which reflected that suddenly our upcoming adventure was becoming a realityAndy handed in his notice at work and we finished selling, giving away and storing our belongings, and put our Norwich house up for rent. We also spent hours working through our exit plan to ensure we had all loose ends tied up in The UK, a rough idea of our route to Cambodia and that we had the relevant visas sorted out.Selling belongings for long term travelI also spent much of the month caring for my Mum after she’d badly broken her arm falling off her bicycle. All in all it was quite a very busy and quite stressful month. At the end of August it was time to start saying farewell to our friends and family over a string of goodbye catch-ups and one final big leaving party. All great fun but also tinged with sadness!SeptemberAt long last we left the UK to travel, and to live and work abroad in early September.It started with a weeks villa holiday near Santanyi in Mallorca with my family, including my two little nephews. It was a gorgeous villa with a pool in a picturesque setting a bit bit out in the sticks. We had some time relaxing at the villa and a couple of day trips out to nearby beaches and towns. It was lovely to have that week with my family before we left Europe for the foreseeable future
On the train, it's not far to Oxford, or perhaps you'd like to pop over to Bristol or Bath for a day or two. There's also a lot to do in Birmingham, especially if you like shopping and good nightlife. It's also a two hour drive to Stonehenge, if you fancy a bit of a day out - although that's not really so cheap.So, to summarise - the cheapest you can probably do this is a Megabus to Birmingham (£2) then a bus into Stratford (£5.20). Find a cheap room on Airbnb (£35), try getting theatre tickets on the day, and try asking around to see if anybody has Birthplace tickets that you can borrow! Realistically, if you want to eat out, see a show and visit the houses, you're looking at something like:Breakfast: £3 (Yard of Ale)Lunch: £3 (Fresh and Funky)Dinner: £5 (Noodle Box)Theatre: £14 (restricted view)Birthplace Trust: £25Accommodation: £35 (assuming you just stay for one night)Getting in (from London): £7.20Total = £92.20.Not super-budget, but still a lot less than the average tourist will pay here.Of course, if you're really nice and can perhaps offer me accommodation/food somewhere else cool in the world, you promise to cook for me or teach me something interesting etc., I might be able to put you up here for free.... it's firstname.lastname@example.org... :)
How to get to Bakewell, Peak District: We took Bus 218 from Sheffield Interchange. Bus 218 departs from Sheffield Interc...
How to get to Bakewell, Peak District: We took Bus 218 from Sheffield Interchange. Bus 218 departs from Sheffield Interchange every hour at half-past the hour and takes about 45 minutes to reach Bakewell.Travel Tip: You might want to check out Chatsworth House, about 3.5 miles from Bakewell, Chatsworth is a beautiful stately home standing on the banks of River Dervent. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it has passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.If you are doing a day trip, you should try to get to Bakewell by 9 AM as that would give you enough time to explore the national park as well as the town.
Stepping into Tallinn is like entering a real-life fairy tale. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, red roofed houses,...
Stepping into Tallinn is like entering a real-life fairy tale. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, red roofed houses, open air theaters, museums and local markets — Tallinn is pure joy. Also, don't forget, if one wants to enjoy Midsummer celebrations, Tallinn is the place to be!Getting around in TallinnWalk! Discovering Old Town in Tallinn is best done on foot. Honestly, that's the hub of tourism and most backpackers decide to stay there because of cost-effectiveness. If venturing outside, then the best options are bus and trams because it's very cheap. It doesn't really make sense to hire taxis. If one wants to go for a day trip to Finland, just take a ferry ride across! Remember, the euro is used in Estonia.Accommodation in TallinnThe Old Town is filled with hostels and has many a price range. If hostels aren't your scene, then the next best bet is Airbnb. Most tourist locations are in the vicinity and night life is pretty on point.What to eat in TallinnThe food scene in Tallinn is vast. From sandwiches to meat, Chinese to even Indian! But to get an authentic taste of Estonia, try Elk soup, flaky pork patty and local beer! The best place to indulge would be Old Town where there are plenty of restaurants and food stalls.
I have discovered a thousand reasons to be fascinated by Estonia - from the cobbled streets of the Old Town, dating back to the 1500s, to a touch of Venice with blow-glass expertise, to teenagers driving rickshaws, but what piqued my curiosity in the first place is their president bragging about the fact that theirs is the most "wired" country, the government uses internet for pretty much everything. And the fact that this is where SKYPE was conceived.
We knew very little about Tallinn before arriving, other than it was supposed to be the quintessential Christmas town - and that it was! Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and the largest city. It is a very quaint old town with old world charm. The snow made it extra special. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn as a city goes back to 1154 and has quite the history of who ruled it from Denmark to Sweden to Russia to Nazi Germany and back to Russia. Finally, on Aug 29, 1991 Estonia declared independence and Tallinn became its capital. Today Estonia considers itself a European/Scandinavian country with close ties to Finland (ethnic, language and culture). On January 1. 2011 they will officially begin using the Euro. We bought Kroon but found out we could have used Euros.
Day 11This was sort of that underdog destination of our trip which we had included but were unsure of even after getting...
Day 11This was sort of that underdog destination of our trip which we had included but were unsure of even after getting there. However, Portugal seemed to be an ultimate surprise. It offered the perfect blend of sunshine and hilly terrains and the old worldly charm of a small city.There are no points for guessing that we went for a Wine Cellar tour on our second day in Porto.Now they say, Porto Wine is like Women, the older the better. And we didn't have an argument there. We were sold.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and a major economic hub in western Europe. But that doesn't mean it has a dearth of interesting places for travellers to enjoy. It is located along the Duoro river estuary, making it a completely self-sustaining economy. The city boasts of breathtaking architecture with various contemporary artists leaving their impressions on the skyline. If you are all about food, you will become a culinary evangelist for the city, owing to its retro cafes and family-run taverns.Famous for: Football and culture.Things to do: Try the famous port wine. Football fans must visit the FC Porto Stadium.Weather in January: Average temperature is 10 degrees celsius. Days are sunny, nights are chilly.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 52,000For more details, read this.
4. Indulge in perfectly-aged traditional port wine and other gastronomical delights in the postcard-perfect city of Porto.One of Europe's best kept secrets, Porto perfectly combines European grandeur with Portuguese subtlety and boasts of one of the continent's most progressive restaurant scene.
A city sitting pretty in the north of the country, seeing more than 200 days of precipitation, and thus, one of the rainiest in Europe. The city witnessing the river Duoro river meeting the Atlantic. A beautiful city center by the riverside. Cross the river and you come across atleast dozen of wine makers at every step. I tried the Taylor’s port wine which was lovely.
Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, ...
Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. Visiting Palermo is still somewhat of an adventure in a world where so many places have become tourist-friendly to a fault. You won’t find many restaurants with menus translated into 5 different languages, you may have trouble communicating in English in many places, and some parts of the old town center have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war.
ValenciaValencia, almost forgotten sister amongst the shine of Barcelona and Madrid, provides a harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. It is a sort of laid back city which offers a Roman past harboured in its down-town area and the advanced massive architectural project called The City of Arts and Sciences.It was easy to visit the down-town area as I had already purchased the unlimited metro and bus pass. My host helped me with the areas to visit and how to reach there. The down-town area boasted of the Gothic architectural buildings and cathedrals with a lot to discover by walking or cycling. It was easy to rent a cycle and roam around in city, but I preferred to walk. There was the famous Valencia Cathedral, The Barri del Carme neighbourhood, The Mercat Central and a labyrinth of streets all displaying Spanish-style buildings with large balconies and windows. There were a good number of restaurants where I enjoyed mouth-watering cuisines when I got a bit tired of walking. It was a good way to relax and engage in a chat with locals and other tourists while I enjoyed the beauty of Valencia.
We took a self-guided walking tour of Valencia, for which itineraries and maps are easily available. Most of the attractions can be well covered on foot. It has a unique mix from medieval to modernist architecture, with massive shopping complexes along the wide, tree-lined streets. There are long, wide stretches of beaches which have not been commercialized yet. However, this city definitely deserves more than one day.
We heard that Punjabi Curry is a small traditional Indian food restaurant situated close to the promenade, just along Calle la Niña. The interior of the restaurant is rather small, simple but tidy, and they make up for the large outdoor seating area at the front where you can enjoy watching people go by and listen to the sound of the sea while waiting for your food. Suki the owner told us upon arriving that he can also speak English and offered us the option for either a Spanish or English version of the menu. The service was prompt and friendly, all of our needs were catered for. My husband and I were more excited than the children as this has been the first time in over a year since we have sat down in a traditional Indian restaurant. Some things we took for granted when we was back home, however, this time is a more special and ´new´experience for us… I mean… how many times have we sat in a curry restaurant on a Saturday lunch time that over looked the beach? I found the menu very typical of an Indian restaurant, with the usual options of pakoras, samosas and bhajis for starters. For the main meals, the husband and I opted for lamb jalfrezi, saag aloo, nan breads and mushroom rice, while our eldest son chose the lamb bhuna along with plain rice. The portions were generous and the I would give their rice the best ever rate for fluffiness if ever there is one. I can simply describe that the food that we had here is what I would expect from a good traditional curry restaurant, authentic, flavoursome and yet reasonably priced. Finding the place is not hard and there is available parking along the main road. They also offer take away service if you live within a 5 mile radius, sadly for us! They also offer a Menu del Dia for the price of €8.95 and a Menu de Noche for €12.50 from 21:00 pm onwards. The hour and a half drive was worth the trip, along with great food we also get to spend a few hours in Calpe admiring the beach and town.
Valencia is a very pretty city. Horrible traffic (traffic lights every 200m!) and no parking (like many other cities in Spain). But apart from that, it is really well taken care of. Apparently, back in the day, a river used to cross the city from one end to the other. Due to regular floods, the people of the city diverted the river. Now, the space that was once the river bank is occupied by a park that extends for about 14Km. You can go from one end of the city to the other pretty much by walking or cycling along this park. There are even municipal bikes available for rental all around but for those you need to have a city card. The other thing that stands out in Valencia is the “City of Arts and Culture” which is a futuristic looking complex that includes an IMAX cinema, a museum of science, an auditorium for different events and an aquarium.
For all lucky Harry Potter fans, you may have heard of Warner Brother Studios which has most of the Harry Potter sets an...
For all lucky Harry Potter fans, you may have heard of Warner Brother Studios which has most of the Harry Potter sets and costumes and is just two hours away from the heart of London. For all Titanic fans who have seen the Titanic multiple times, here's the ultimate way for you to express your fandom. Belfast is a small town in Ireland where the Titanic was built. It is small but it is still the largest city and the capital of Northern Ireland. The entire town has remnants of the Titanic ranging from mementos to a small ship making factory to museums dedicated to the Titanic.
BelfastI spend the day chilling around my hostel and trying out some local food, however you can use it to go check the Photography Museum or Royal Court of Justice. Later, in the afternoon, me and a couple of people decided to go hike up a nearby mountain and its worth it. Gives a whole view of Belfast and can be much of a change from everyday tourist things.
BELFASTGETTING THERE : A lot of flights fly out to Belfast from Edinburgh and cost as low as £30.WHERE TO STAY : Vagabonds. Costs around £20 per night.Belfast is a very small English area, also the capital of Northern Ireland. Major reference of Belfast is Titanic. Yep, there is a museum of ruins from Titanic and some other ships. Just like every other English city this is also famous for castles and cathedrals and town halls. I would pretty much suggest you to walk around the place and visit places of interest if you do not want to repeat a castle or cathedral visit. There is a big fish and tower clock photo stops along with some other local architecture stops. Its famous for its Titanic and Rifle museum.