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London is a magnificent melting pot and an exemplary showcase art, culture and beautiful urban spaces - both contemporar...
London Cocktail Week, United Kingdom
London can be an expensive city if you head to all the tourist traps. I am the master of finding something free to do in this city (could be to do with the fact I usually have no money in my pocket and I'm Dutch which means I'm basically a tight arse!). Here's a great guide to London that's absolutely FREE! All you need is a travel card that will reach London Zones 1-6 and you are set!
To appreciate sunny days and see why the British like hanging out in parks
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.
323 Kms from Exceat
Paris is magnetic, plastered across the vision boards of dreamy-eyed, budding travellers around the world. Start with a ...
Paris : It slowly charms you with its spells
A visit to Paris is incomplete without watching the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night, we saved the best for the lastLook no further than this itinerary when you have just 24 hours to spare in this beautiful city of romance and love, Paris.Visa Requirements for the Indian PassportFrance requires you to get a Valid Schengen Visa. You can apply for the Schengen visa within 3 months of your arrival date. It usually takes 7-10 days and 4-5 days if you’re lucky, for the visa to arrive so do a keep a few days of buffer in hand. You can directly apply to the French Embassy by filling an online application form or get it through a travel agency (We recommend Thomas Cook visa services for a hassle free & quick visa in case you need assistance; service fees would be approx. INR 2,500/- per passport). You’ll have to keep your return flight tickets, itinerary and accommodation details ready before you start the application. The visa fees per person is approx. 5,500 INR including VFS fees. You can apply for Schengen Visa here.Paris is best explored on foot, really! Get your best walking shoes on and soak up your senses with the best this city has to offer.Think Paris, think art, culture, architecture, gastronomy and fashion. Paris will not suddenly blow you away, it will slowly charm you with its spells. Over the course of two days, we have the perfect itinerary for you to build up that ecstasy step by step finally to leave you dreamy and mesmerised with this city.
Bidding farewell to Europe is not so easy after experiencing so many days of sheer excitement, joy and fun filled days and nights. We left for the Airport with heavy heart.Important tips while planning Europe Trip:1) Euro is acceptable everywhere, but in Switzerland Swiss franc is also acceptable.2) Not everybody speaks English so in some parts where you are communicating with local you may use sign language. They are very very helping and understanding people.3) Try to stay longer at one place in order to absorb the culture and create as many personal stories for your memories.4) Walk, walk and walk whenever and wherever possible- you will love it.5) Europe is filled with incredible landscapes, architecture and cultural diversity and its too tough to cover it all. Mark places where you really really want to go. Therefore and before hand planning and some quality Google time will definitely help.6) Keep a hardcopy of all travel documents specially in case of country hopping, just to avoid any trouble (Just in case, you never know)7)You can rent a car in Europe with an International Driving License.Its easy option and you get more much possibilities to enjoy most scenic roadtrips of your life.Please consider few more factors to while renting like Gas is costly in Europe and sometimes few cities get too crowded to drive.You can visit these websites for Car Rental:www.autoeurope.comwww.Europcar.comHave a safe Journey..:)
Paris:Amsterdam to Paris Distance-513.4KmsWhen I was travelling next morning in the bus I was so excited to visit Eiffel Tower, the official Symbol of Romance . It was a hot day in Paris so we decided to visit till 2nd level of the tower from where the view of whole Paris leaves you speechless. I thinks its the view factor only as the Tower is not that Romantic as it seems in Instagram, Movies and Facebook. You have to climb the stairs or wait in a long, very long queue for elevators. Its not as safe as previous destinations so you must be careful about the pickpockets. After this we visited Notre dame Cathedral, Arc de triumph Shakespeare and Company which was built by Nepoleon, Louvre etc.
To watch the Eiffel Tower in person and fall in love with yourself in the by-lanes of Paris
Head from London to Paris. Depending on the availability, you will either take the Le Shuttle or a ferry to reach the 'City of Love'.
Our first stop was Paris. We were asked to leave behind the image of Paris being the city of romance and were cautioned against the prevalent thefts and robbery. Enveloped in fear, we embarked on our journey from the airport to our Airbnb apartment on the Haussmann Road, quite central to Paris. The first train was to take us from the airport to the right terminal; the second was the RER B, the one which connects the suburbs to the main city; and the third one was the intercity metro. We got down at Chaussée d'Antin – La Fayette. Paris manifested in its full grandeur the moment we came out of the metro station – the iconic architecture, Parisian balconies, boulevards flanked by glamour laden retail, fabulously dressed men and women – men in hats, women in winter coats, as if they have just stepped out of Vogue and such diligently crafted food, looking warmly at you from behind the windows panes, making you feel weak at your knees. There were French men and women, some tourists, some travelers and some cosmopolites, swarming the streets.The residents appeared fit and fast paced. A lot of them smoked cigarettes. The streets were littered with cigarette butts. After having parked our luggage in our cozy apartment, we stepped out, breathed in some Paris, walked along the fortified walls of the river Siene. It was evening. Wherever the gaze turned, there was a landscape painted in fall colours. The pathways stretched as far as the eyes could see. The trees that lined all the pathways were pruned in a very peculiar squarish fashion. Painfully enduring the cold waves (7-8 degree Celsius), we were looking at Parisians with wonder, who were running and exercising in shorts and single jersey T-shirts. Enjoying our flânerie, we evaluated a bit of French retail and grabbed a butter croissant from Paul, a boulangerie and patisserie found all over Paris. It is absolutely fine if one doesn’t speak or understand French but it is so much more fun if you do. We had our first meal, an aubergine and zucchini pizza in a very French style café, Tivoli; right in front of an Indian restaurant, Gandhi Ji’s, supposedly run by people from Pakistan. Most of the Parisian cafes had a strange seating arrangement on the outside. There were little chairs closely paired facing the street, sitting on which both the persons could romantically look over the street, even if the street was busy or narrow or as less as 4 feet away from them. The chairs were strewn with throws and wraps. Nonetheless, the thought of enjoying some heat made us secure a warm corner inside.
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.
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The first stop is the Belgian capital, Brussels, which houses the headquarters of the European Union. Take in the sights...
The first stop is the Belgian capital, Brussels, which houses the headquarters of the European Union. Take in the sights of the Grand Place, the medieval Town Hall and the famous Mannekin Pis statue.Pro tip: Brussels has a very strong fashion culture and some of the best shopping experience you'll come across in Europe. Avenue Louise is the most popular street for shopping.
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.
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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 email@example.com... :)
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Since we had a comfortable overnight journey, today we were all fresh and ready to have an exciting day ahead. Today, we...
Since we had a comfortable overnight journey, today we were all fresh and ready to have an exciting day ahead. Today, we are supposed to go to Oxford city in south east of London. It is a 2 hour train journey from London and we reach Oxford by 10 am. There was a city bus tour here again, but since we had the entire day to spend in Oxford our preferred choice of exploring the place was by walking around. We took a map of the city from the train station and we labeled the route we had to take, it was a circular walk around the city.The buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period and its known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world. Our walk leads us through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating in itself the history of Oxford and its university and the map in our hand gave us the description of the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions. Even though I was not a good student myself or much of a book reader, I felt it was a prolific day spent in Oxford, a city also prominent for its medieval university. Our day ended with some good coffee and we reached back home in London at around 8 in the evening.
It takes between two to three hours to get to Oxford from London. Of course, much depends on your choice of transport. If you are on a shoe-string budget, pick the bus as your preferred mode. There are bus services that take you to Oxford for only a pound if you book early enough, but the service, understandably, is not that great. There are other bus services, of course, and the buses are extremely regular. If you are a student, be sure to produce your ID because it will get you a hefty discount. A more accommodating budget might allow you to take the train, which will get you there faster and have more comfortable seats, but I'll recommend the bus. It allows you to take in the journey and the world outside the window. Where you stay also depends on your budget, and you will have plenty of options. And if you can find a friend of a friend of a friend who lives there, try and convince them to put you up for a couple of days. Otherwise, there is always a good old B&B.
Oxford – the city famous for its university and known as the „city of dreaming spires“ (due to its architecture). The university is amazing. I went to the famous Bodleian Library which was a unique experience. It’s one of the oldest libraries in Europe and also a setting of the Harry Potter Movies. But well…that’s probably almost every nice spot in the UK Oxford is also very green, right next to the uni there are parks where you can hang out with your friends or learn. Additionally, Oxford is like Amsterdam. You see bikes all over the city, it’s incredible – more bikes than cars. So due to this cozy atmosphere – it’s my number 1 city in the UK.
346 Kms from Exceat
If you've seen the cult dark comedy In Bruges, you know exactly what to expect in this peculiar city. It's a prominent w...
If you've seen the cult dark comedy In Bruges, you know exactly what to expect in this peculiar city. It's a prominent world heritage site according to UNESCO and that automatically makes it a haven for art connoisseurs. It's also called the "Venice of the North" so you can imagine how many new fairytales of your own you can create whilst walking down the cobbled roads to the whitewashed facades of historic churches. Spring is meant for daffodil carpets spread all over the city.Famous for: Beer and art.Things to do: Climb up the 366 stairs of the medieval Belfry Tower. Admire the flemish primitive artworks at Groeninge Museum.Weather in January: Average temperature is 5 degrees celsius. Remains dry, but nippy.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 62,000For more details, read this.
We spent half a day walking around the quaint town of Bruges. Canals, Buildings and Chocolates. Visit the chocolate musuem - a little boring though :P
Peter, our driver and guide for the day, greeted us with a smile and we set out on our day long trip. The onward journey was boring, people slept mostly. Peter passed us a packet of home-made honey cookies that he must have brought for himself and which we readily devoured. I was in love with the first sight of Bruges or ‘Bru-ha’ as Peter called it. A famous movie ‘In Bruges’ was shot here. I haven’t seen the movie before but made sure I did once I got back. Bruges to me was a representation of Ancient Europe. The place where we got down was a lane that leads to the Bruges Centrum. On both sides of this lane are buildings as old as 15 Th centuries. The Bruges centrum is a very colorful place. Well I don’t know how to write it, what to describe but just that I was awestruck, time stopped for me, it was so beautiful that in the 3rd day of this tour, I decided I have seen enough, what is left to see after this. There were people sitting on the stairs, group of musicians siting in a corner and making music. This is again something that is true to all European cities, its musicians. The centrum has an old fort and a historium. A historium is a museum that tells you the history of that place. We took a video tour of the museum in 10E. It was pretty expensive but still we thought of giving it a try. After having spent enough time at the city center and buying collectibles from the shops around we moved towards the famous canal ride of Bruges that more than us Peter was excited about. n between we sneaked into one of the coffee shops and had the most amazing thing in the world, the Belgian waffle! Yummy is the word. The ride cost is 17E but left us very happy. Beautiful houses as old as 14th or 15th century were lined up on two sides of the lane. The slow moving boat cruising the canal, the murmur of the boat guide telling stories about the place, the natural beauty around left me spellbound and I never wanted it to get over. But all good things come to an end and so did the canal ride and our stay in Bruges.