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  • Best Beaches in Albay Province
    06 July 2020


    Albay is a miracle of nature. It is a province belonging to the Bicol Region of the Philippines, Albay as a tourism spot should be in every local Pinoy (and foreigners, too!) traveler‘s bucket list. Your travel experience in this province will surely remain as an ethereal memento.

    Guinanayan Island in Albay photo by Mariane Tagaca

    Albay is simply beautiful. It offers a captivating blend of both nature and history. One of the main features of Albay as a tourist hotspot, which the local government prides itself for, is the pristine condition of its historical landmarks.

    These travel hotspots within the province of Albay remain untouched by commercialization and urbanization, presenting a look of beauty as if you are peering into a time machine.

    Sandbar in Guinanayan Island Albay photo by Mariane Tagaca

    Because of the beauty of Albay, it was added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. But Albay is not only known for its calming touch of nature and pristine historical landmarks. Another selling point of Albay is the province‘s breathtaking collection of beaches.

    In this article, we will take you around the different beaches in Albay that you might want to look into for future visits:

    Best Time to Visit Albay

    Albay experiences a hot climate with high humidities. Typhoons, storms, and rains are also considered to be a natural occurrence all-year-round.

    Albay experiences its coldest climate during mid-January to early February, while May and June remain as the hottest months in Albay.

    When it comes to the best time to visit the province, mid-May to early June is the most recommended time of the year. While it is hot, you will benefit from the dry season that would help prevent inconveniences that rain and mud would bring to your travel plans.

    Beaches in Bacacay, Albay Pinamuntugan Beach Pinamuntugan Beach photo by Josa Braganza via Facebook Page

    Pinamuntugan Beach, also sometimes spelled as Pinamuntogan Beach is the beach the lines the Pinamuntugan Island, which is beautiful island cove tucked away in the waters of Bacacay.

    Pinamuntugan Beach is well known for its breathtaking sunsets when the sun seems to be kissing the horizon. It certainly is a good time to relax and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, or two.

    There are cottages that could be rented during the day. However, be informed that there is no running electricity within the island, and there are no stores to buy your supplies and necessities from. Therefore, if you are planning to stay overnight at this beach, I suggest that you come prepared.

    How to Get to Bacacay

    There are many ways that you could get to Bacacay from Manila.

    If you are traveling by air, simply book a flight from Manila to Legazpi. From Legazpi, there are bus terminals that can directly drop you off to Bacacay.

    If you are traveling by land from Manila to Legazpi, you may board a bus that will take you directly to Tabaco City. From there, you may take a bus to Bacacay.

    Beaches in Manito, Albay Ilologan Beach Beach in Manito Albay photo via Manito Albay LGU FB Page

    This is one of the main attractions that Manito is known for. It is famous for the white sand beaches and deep blue waters that meet the clear skies.

    Unlike Pinamuntugan Beach, Ilologan Beach is thriving in the tourism trade. It is an ideal space for retreat travel tours and water sports activities.

    There are quite a lot of choices for accommodation, from beach resorts to local cottages/rooms for rent.

    How to Get to Manito

    You can get to Manito by first reaching Legazpi City or Naga. From Legazpi or Naga, take a bus that will take you to Manito.

    Beaches in Rapu-Rapu, Albay Batan Island

    Batan Island is an island barangay in Rapu-Rapu. Found in the waters by the Lagonoy Gulf. Aside from the stunning beach that borders the island, it is also well known for nature and waterfalls that are hidden beyond the jungles of the island.

    This is a true experience of island life and nature, as you plunge and dive deep in the clear blue waters, that houses corals by the shore and enjoy yourself in the calm cradle of nature.

    Guinanayan Island Guinanayan Island photo by Mariane Tagaca

    Another must-visit beach during your Albay trip, Guinanayan Island is known for its creamy shoreline and idyllic nature preserve.

    There are bamboo huts that you can rent. Also, don’t forget to taste the fresh seafood and coconut juice that is available on the island.

    For overnight accommodations, you can rent a small, 2-3 people tent for P150. Larger tents can be rented for P500.

    How to Get to Rapu-Rapu

    Rapu-Rapu can be reached by getting on a plane to Legazpi City and from there, take a bus that is bound for Rapu-Rapu or will reach Rapu-Rapu on its route.

    Other beaches in Albay Province Matalibong Black Sand Beach

    As a sharp contrast to all the white sand beaches in this list, here is a black sand beach in Tiwi, Albay that you probably have not heard of.

    It remains untouched by tourism despite being a unique and relaxing place to be in.

    Sogod Black Sand Beach Sogod Black Sand Beach photo by Rene Benitez Robosa via FB

    While Tiwi has its own black sand beach that has remained to be under the radar of tourists, Bacacay also has its own.

    Sogod Black Sand Beach is famous and has been featured in various documentaries, TV shows, and websites. The sand is as black as coal and offers a wonderful beachscape overlooking the horizon.

    What are you waiting for? Book your flight to visit these beaches now.

    Albay Beaches Youtube Video

    Searching for the best Albay hotels and affordable flights for your next vacation? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agodaor you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

    Want more updates about new and interesting tourist attractions and beach destinations in Albay Province? Please follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, and TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

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  • Three Free Museums In Manila, Philippines
    06 July 2020

    If there’s one place in the Philippines to learn about the country’s identity and heritage from the past until the present, that would be the museums in Manila at the National Museum Complex. Located within the vicinity of Rizal Park, the National Museum Complex is composed of the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology.

    Museums In Manila with Free Entry You Must Visit

    The best thing about all three museums in Manila is that entrance is free. Likewise, they are located close to each other. Take a peek into Philippine history, culture, and art scenes by walking through these free museums in Manila.

    1. National Museum of Natural History The neoclassical architecture of the National Museum of Natural History

    The National Museum of Natural History is the most recently built exhibition gallery among the attractions of the National Museum Complex. The museum was opened to the public last May 2018. Before then, the neoclassic building housed the Philippines’ Department of Tourism.

    As the name implies, the museum takes visitors on a journey to the natural treasures of the Philippines. It consists of 12 galleries showcasing Philippine biodiversity, geological resources, rainforest, freshwater wetlands, mangroves, beaches, and underwater life. This museum is a good place for educating curious kids and adults on the natural resources of the country.

    Must-See Pieces in the National Museum of Natural History Tree of Life The Tree of Life at the center of the Ground level

    Although not a part of the museum’s gallery, the atrium’s centerpiece called the “Tree of Life” is an attraction in itself. The Tree of Life is composed of a trunk that doubles as an elevator. The trunk goes all the way up to the tree’s canopy, which is designed as the foyer’s skylight. Natural light casts interesting shadows on the floor, adding an element of mystery at this centerpiece.

    The Marinduque Sperm Whale Skeleton

    The 43.5-feet long sperm whale skeleton mounted at the museum’s entrance hall welcomes visitors after going through the entrance security. The sperm whale is the largest toothed whale in the world, popularly depicted in the novel, Moby Dick.

    Skeleton of the Marinduque sperm Whale

    The sperm whale whose skeleton is displayed in the museum was found in the waters of Marinduque. Now sadly an endangered species, sperm whales were back then hunted for its oil. I hope that a visit to the museum would educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation.

    Replica of Lolong Lolong’s 6-meter long replica

    Lolong is the world’s largest saltwater crocodile ever held in captivity, measuring 6.17 meters long. He was suspected of eating two locals living in the nearby town of Agusan Marsh. His captivity from his natural habitat was facilitated by the local government and had raised a conflict between animal rights advocates and the locals who felt that their safety was compromised by this animal.

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    Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest 18 months after his captivity. His skeleton now hangs from the ceiling in one of the museum galleries. Lolong’s replica is also displayed at the museum for visitors to see how enormously large he is.

    Address: National Museum of Natural History
    Teodoro F. Valencia Circle
    Ermita, Manila

    Museum Opening Hours
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
    Monday: Closed

    2. National Museum of Fine Arts Art appreciation at the National Museum of Fine Arts

    Art lovers and history buffs will definitely find the National Museum of Fine Arts as a treasure trove. Galleries at the museum cover a vast collection of Philippine paintings and sculptures from the classical 17th century to the 20th to 21st centuries contemporary arts. Witness how the artistic expression of Filipino artists evolved along with the unfolding of historical events in the Philippines.

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    The neoclassical building that houses the art collection is a historical landmark in itself. The building was occupied by the Philippine Congress and Senate of the Philippines. It was bombed by the Japanese during World War II, was reconstructed and used again as Legislative Building until it was turned over to the National Museum of the Philippines.

    Must-See Pieces in the National Museum of Fine Arts Spoliarium by Juan Luna The Spoliarium

    The Spoliarium is the largest oil on canvas painting in the Philippines created by Juan Luna during the time of Spanish occupation in the country. The painting depicts the brutal dragging of gladiators after their fight to the death in the arena to be stripped off their helmet and armors. The combat, as many already know, was intended for the lewd entertainment of the Romans.

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    Having a hand of a painter and sculptor and the heart of a political activist, Juan Luna used art to express his political views. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines and a contemporary of Juan Luna, had interpreted the painting as the essence of the Filipino people’s struggle for justice under the Spanish oppression. Some of Juan Luna’s works are also displayed at the Gabriela Cariño Silang Gallery of Fine Arts in Abra, northern Philippines.

    Filipino Struggles Through History by Botong Francisco Botong Francisco’s Masterpiece at the Old Senate Session Hall

    The former Senate Session Hall is probably the second most photographed spot in the museum, after Spoliarium. You will find out why once you see how the series of murals by Carlos “Botong” Francisco accentuates the hall’s attractive architecture.

    Walking through the mural from end to end will bring you the major historic events in Manila from the pre-Hispanic period up to post-World War II. Among the stories illustrated are the commercial trading with China, the introduction of Christianity in the Philippines, the galleon trade, and the blood compact by the revolutionary group, Katipunan.

    Hocus

    Hocus is a collection of peculiar dreamy paintings created by the tandem of lawyer-historian Saul Hofileña, Jr. and artist Guy Custodio, hence the name Hocus. Holifeña describes his eccentric visions of historical colonial events, while Custodio brings Holifeña’s surreal vision to life through his painting. Being a conservator of antique religious items, Custodio’s paintings also imbibe a certain antique look.

    Each painting tells historical events depicting the oppressive rule of Spanish church officials. The pieces look complex and bizarre, the very reason why viewers are drawn to the artwork. The use of luminous colors also makes the paintings stand out and look like glow-in-the-dark ornaments.

    Below is an example of their work called La Pesadilla or The Nightmare. This painting is a triptych but so much detail is going on in this painting, so I zoomed in to some of the horrific scenes that caught my eye.

    The exhibit will be available for viewing at the National Museum for a limited time only but six of the paintings will be permanently displayed at the museum.

    The Spiral Staircase

    If ever you get exhausted viewing the vast collection of fine arts displayed at the museums in Manila, take a breather and get to the topmost level for a view of the spiral staircase. Get down to the bottom of the stairs and look-up for a different vantage point of this photogenic corner of the museum.

    Address: National Museum of Fine Arts
    Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila

    Museum Opening Hours
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
    Monday: Closed

    3. National Museum of Anthropology

    Visiting the National Museum of Anthropology is a must if you are interested in cultural heritage, ancient artifacts, ethnic arts, customs and traditions, and languages. The rich information contained in the museum will help Filipinos and foreigners alike to appreciate the uniqueness of the Filipino culture. Even a Philippine native, like me, learned so much about my own heritage from this 4-level museum.

    Must-See Pieces in the National Museum of Anthropology Excavated Treasures of the San Diego

    San Diego is a 16th-century Spanish galleon that was converted into a battleship. In 1600, it fought with the Dutch ship Mauritius off the coast of Fortune Island in Batangas, Philippines. Because San Diego was on full board with people, weapons, and artifacts, it could not handle the extra weight of the cannons and sank without firing a single shot.

    Japanese katana found in the San Diego shipwreck

    The shipwreck was discovered and excavated in 1991. Some of the recovered items included white and blue Chinese porcelain, Thai, Burmese, Spanish, and Mexican stoneware jars. These signify that trading through Southeast Asia was already prevalent even before the pre-Hispanic period. Being also a battleship, cannons, armors, metal helmets and Japanese katana were found.

    Burial jars Anthropomorphic burial jar covers found in Ayub Cave, Maitum, Sarangani

    Earthenware had played an important role in the burial practices of the people in Maitum, Sarangani in the southern part of the Philippines. The Maitum people buried their dead in jars. This is a practice that is common in some parts of Southeast Asia. However, the anthropomorphic characteristics of the Maitum jars, that is, features suggesting human figures, were not found elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

    Burial jar of Maitum, Sarangani

    The secondary burial jars used to store bones of the dead depict the physical features of the deceased person whose remains they contain. The cover is shaped like a head representing the emotional states and facial features of the deceased. On the other hand, the body of the jars had arms and hands and sometimes, breasts.

    Bangsamoro Art

    Bangsamoro is an autonomous region in Southern Philippines. As a separate territory and being at the southern tip of the Philippines, Bangsamoro had developed a unique culture and identity. The region is home to mainly traditional Muslim Filipinos, the Lumads, a group of Austronesian indigenous people, and other ethnic groups who are neither Muslims nor Christians.

    Sarimanok, the legendary bird of the Maranao people

    One of the distinguishing features of Bangsamoro art is the Okir, a prominent design element involving elaborate patterns of flowing plant-based motifs. Okir can be found in boat prows, traditional houses, textiles, musical instruments, containers, and so on. My favorites are the borak or borraq, a mythical winged creature, Sarimanok, the iconic symbol of Maranao art, and Kokora, a seemingly winged comodo that also doubles as a coconut grater.

    Baybayin

    Did you know that the Philippines has its own writing system called Baybayin before the Spanish colonization? Sad to say, the Filipinos eventually ceased using Baybayin after the Spaniards introduced their own alphabet and script. However, there is a bill to revive the Baybayin as the national writing system but this is yet to be passed into law.

    Baybayin Characters Inscribed on a Window

    The centerpiece in the Baybayin gallery shows a slab of stone where Baybayin is inscribed, as discovered by young students in Masbate, an island in the eastern part of the Philippines. Likewise, don’t forget to get a glimpse of the Baybayin characters inscribed at one of the windows. It is easy to overlook especially when there is no ample sunlight from the outside.

    Address: National Museum of Anthropology
    Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila

    Museum Opening Hours
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
    Monday: Closed

    If you have visited any of these Museums in Manila, do share your thoughts.

    Free Museums in Manila to visit is a guest post by Jing Calonge.

    Jing Calonge is an environmental consultant from the Philippines who happens to love travel and photography. She considers traveling as the best way to discover not just the world but to learn of oneself. Jing hopes to steer traveler’s awareness of the need for environmental protection and responsible tourism. She recognizes that traveling green isn’t easy but by developing the right mindset, it can be done.

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  • The Best Motivational Podcasts
    06 July 2020

    Podcasts have become my jam over the past few years. Whether I’m cooking dinner, cleaning up, driving, walking, etc., having a free treasure trove of goodness to keep me informed and motivated is key.

    There are thousands of podcasts out there that can teach us all kinds of new skills, tell wonderful stories, or educate us, but my favorite genre is motivation and personal development.

    These are my (and my team’s) favorite motivational podcasts:

    Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

    Oprah Winfrey often explores spirituality on her podcast and has interviewed many major names on the subject, like Eckhart Tolle and Pema Chödrön.

    In her SuperSoul Conversations, Oprah and her guests examine life’s big questions and work to guide you to your best self.She also interviews musicians like Alicia Keys, comedians like Tina Fey, and public figures like Michelle Obama. Regardless of the specific subject matter, each episode is engaging, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Some are even funny!

    Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

    Brené Brown is a research professor, five-time bestselling author, and speaker whose work has focused on leadership, emotional intelligence, and human connection. In her podcast, Unlocking Us, she speaks honestly and authentically about vulnerability and human relationships.

    She discusses how to connect better with others and grow in touch with ourselves, focusing especially on healthy emotional and mental health. Sometimes Brown has guests on the podcast, and sometimes she doesn’t, but either way, she shares what she has learned from her personal experiences and life’s work. Each episode is bound to leave you feeling more motivated to have compassion for both yourself and the people around you.

    Radio Headspace

    The creators of Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps on the market, have created a podcast! Interestingly, though, it’s not about meditation, so you don’t have to be a fan of the practice to learn from this show.

    The series just dropped in May, so it focuses on the specific events our world is experiencing right now, as well as how to cope with those things effectively. In short, the show is all about perspective and peace of mind!

    Perhaps the podcast’s biggest draw is its brevity: five-minute episodes are designed to speak to the chaos of our everyday lives in just a few moments. It’s the perfect bite-sized chunk of reflection, mindfulness, and motivation to soak in while completing a quick day-to-day task! Without requiring TED talk-level concentration, the series acts as a great daily practice of focusing on what’s important for overall wellbeing, plus, episodes are released every weekday, making Radio Headspace the perfect addition to your daily routines!

    Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

    Ten Percent Happier‘s host, Dan Harris, is a news anchor for Nightline, co-anchors Good Morning America, and is an on-the-site reporter for ABC News, so it figures that he asks great questions and makes sure that every episode is as informative as possible. Harris holds in-depth conversations with experts across all fields on practical, applicable ways to improve our lives, balance, and overall happiness.

    Featured guests include scientists, celebrities, and meditation teachers, all who share inspiring insight and show us how we can have better control over our minds, and in turn, our happiness. With just one episode, you’ll learn how to approach your life in new ways.

    The Kimberley Wenya Podcast

    Kimberley Wenya is a wellness coach who is all for self-improvement through mindset. Her podcast is for the modern-day woman, covering topics like work, love, and mental health. Each episode is an easy listen as Wenya draws from personal experience rather than the usual canned advice.

    The episodes vary in length and topic; sometimes she’ll talk about simple life improvements, while others require deep thought. So get ready to dust off your old journal, and manifest your best life!

    REI Co-op’s Wild Ideas Worth Living

    Do you have that one bucket list item you’ve always wanted to do but never went for it? This podcast is full of people who’ve pursued their crazy adventures, whether that be skiing across the South Pole or walking across the US.

    In every episode, journalist Shelby Stanger invites a new person to discuss their outdoor accomplishments and the life lessons learned. Even if you’re not one for fresh air, the stories from these guests are worth your time. 

    TEDx Shorts

    TED Talks are famous for bringing forward-thinking ideas of technology, entertainment, and design to the table. It’s no surprise, then, that TED was in the podcast business way before podcasts became cool. TED offers podcasts that span different languages and themes, but TEDx Shorts simply gives listeners shortened versions of well-known TED Talks.

    Each episode is pretty bare-bones, running less than 10 minutes each with no interviews.  The series is a great morning pick-me-up for that quick jolt of inspiration.

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    Those are a few of my favorite podcasts, and if you’re looking for some of my favorite books and audiobooks for personal transformation, I shared some life-changing suggestions here and here.

    What are some of your favorite motivational podcasts of the moment?

  • Frasers Hospitality reopens global portfolio | News
    06 July 2020
    Frasers Hospitality is reopening its worldwide property portfolio with a series of new measures designed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of guests and staff. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, most properties around the world have remained open. Of those that closed in accordance with government and local authority guidelines, properties in Germany, France, Switzerland […]
  • easyJet holidays to relaunch in August | News
    06 July 2020
    easyJet holidays has announced plans to start operating summer season trips from August 1st. The move comes following the news from the UK government on its latest travel and quarantine advice. The holiday company is now readying itself to start taking customers on holiday once more from the beginning of next month. From the likes […]
  • DFDS to reopen to holidaymakers this week | News
    06 July 2020
    Ferry operator DFDS will welcome holidaymakers back onboard its routes to France from July 10th. The company, which has continued to operate its Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk and Newhaven to Dieppe services during lockdown, reopens the routes to tourists from Friday. Travellers can easily access the main motorway network via DFDS’ ferry routes […]
  • Lighthouse Country Regional Trail
    06 July 2020

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  • Guam Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Guam, USA
    06 July 2020


    Guam is famous for being an idyllic holiday destination, especially among the lovers of the sea. Its distinct Chamorro culture offers a unique tropical experience, making Guam a true Micronesian jewel. If you want to see, feel, and taste only the best that Guam has to offer, this list of activities will make your days merrier.

    Best Things to do in Guam Spend days at the beach

    Guam sits at the western area of the Pacific Ocean, giving it a warm and humid climate, perfect for beach fun. If you’re yearning for the most radiant tan, the best time to visit is from January through May. The most paradise-like beaches of Guam are by the Tumon bay. Here, you’ll find gleaming white sands that not only look great but feels fine too. Coco Palm Garden Beach is another must-visit. Beautiful coco palm trees line the sands of this beach, giving an ultimate vacation vibe. You can rent a cabana as you stare into the horizon for a good amount of me-time, with the freshest coconut juice on hand.

    Uncover the truth behind the Two Lovers Point Two Lover’s Point

    Also known to the locals as Puntan Dos Amantes, this tourist attraction is one of Guam’s most iconic. It is a reflection of a timeless legend about eternal love. During the colonial Spanish era, a beautiful lady ascending from a wealthy family was arranged to marry a powerful Spanish captain. She disagreed and ran away, only to meet a young and modest Chamorro lad who’d later sweep her off her feet.

    They fell in love truly, madly, and deeply. However, the girl’s father heard about their love and got mad-angry. The girl was forced to leave the young man, with a promise to return. If you want to know more about this story, an immersive experience at the Two Lovers Point is recommended. Let the next events unfold as your feet touch the ground of this unforgettable landmark.

    Swim with sharks underwater UnderWater World Guam photo via FB Page

    UnderWater World Guam is a wonderland! Both young, adult, locals and tourists are sure to enjoy the activities offered here. Even without specialized training and the professional fees that come with it, you dive and swim with sharks underwater! The water world is equipped with both stellar facilities and quality first aid measures.

    If you’re not feeling that adventurous, this place will still prove to be wonderful. Apart from watching fascinating sea creatures from a safe distance, you can touch a shark’s egg or feed them too. You won’t be short of amazing options!

    Enjoy Guam’s incredible marine life Fish Eye Marine Park photo via Depositphotos.com

    The Fish Eye Marine Park has been entertaining tourists for over two decades! They will introduce you to Guam’s pristine undersea world through engaging and unforgettable activities, a highly recommended activity among tourists.

    This marine park also offers tours where you can snorkel underwater or watch dolphins being in their element. Make sure you check them out on your next visit and when you can, support their marine preservation causes.

    Parasail at the Cocos Island Resort

    If you want an island dedicated to relaxation, Guam’s Cocos Island will excite you! This 1,600-meter long and 300-meter wide island has the necessities of a fantastic vacation. Here, you can enjoy island cuisine, a dainty cafe, ice cream parlors, water sports rental, and an olive or bronze tan.

    One of the main attractions of this resort is the availability of parasailing at an affordable price. Watersports take the fun to the next level at the beach and it is a must-try!

    Experience the local scene at Chamorro Village

    This is the perfect place for tourists to have a culturally immersive experience. Here, they can have quality time with the locals, try their cuisine, and appreciate their crafts. If you only have limited time, visiting this village on a Wednesday night will prove to be one of your trip’s highlights.

    Every Wednesday, the night market showcases locally grown produce accompanied by local dance groups to entertain the crowd. You get to experience all of this, over barbeque, drinks, and interesting conversations.

    Fort Nuestra Senora De la Soledad Fort Nuestra Senora De la Soledad photo by Douglas Sprott via Flickr CC

    This fort in Guam represents a very important piece of history. It is one of the ports built by Spanish troops to ward off enemies. Here, you get to see an ancient barbette, what a guardroom looked like, and the area where Spaniard soldiers stored their weaponry.

    Hike Mount Lamlam

    This mountain is more than just its 1,332 ft height above sea level. Lying underneath the surface of the sea is Mount Lamlam’s 36,070-ft body, making it an enormous mountain. This mountain’s name is in Chamorro which translates to “lightning” in English.

    The mountain’s height on the 210 square mile island will give you an impressive view of Guam. The horizon where the sea meets the sky will keep you gazing for hours. At Mount Lamlam, you’re closer to the sun so make sure you apply and reapply sunscreen during your visit.

    Visit Sandcastle Guam

    Contrary to what its name implies, this edifice is not made of sand. It is in fact a 40 million dome-shaped theatre. Sandcastle Guam will give you one of the most splendorous shows you’ve seen, complete with magic, tigers, and showgirls in certain productions. The different types of shows it hosts make it suitable for children and adults alike.

    Take a cultural trip at the Pacific War Museum

    Guam’s participation in World War II is memorialized in this museum. Here, you’ll see the types of equipment and weapons used during one of the most important turning points of the world.

    Everything showcased in this museum was impactful during its time. If you want to better understand the past and commemorate the lives of fallen heroes, the Pacific War Museum is a great place for you.

    Explore a Spanish fortress Fort Santa Agueda photo via Guampedia Flickr CC

    The traces of war in Guam is evident not only through the Pacific War Museum but also through Fort Santa Agueda. This is the last and only surviving Spanish fortress and you can still visit it today. It has seen a lot from Spain’s glorious time, the rise of America, and was occupied by Japan later on.

    Referred to as Fort Apugan nowadays, it will give you a piece of the beautiful past and a panoramic view of Guam.

    Scuba dive at the Gabgab beach

    This beach is Guam’s hidden gem. It has a swimming pool type of sea wall, making it very convenient to swim on. You can just alight from the sand to the sea and you’re all set to have a great time. If you are an aspiring scuba diver, this beach has options for beginners through professionals. You’ll be amazed by the bountiful marine life residing here, the vibrant corals, and the amount of life under its waters.

    Drive-thru for your market needs

    Have you tried driving thru for your market needs? Guam has a Farm to Table event as a support to its local growers. This means that every Thursday, you can buy their products on drive-through in select market places. Orders are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. If you run a little late, don’t you worry. There are many marketplaces in Guam if you wish to cook fresh meats and fish or if you simply want to show support to their farmers. Dededo Flea Market and the Fisherman’s Co-Op sell one of the freshest produces in Guam so make sure you check them out.

    Go on a river cruise

    If you’re up for some water adventure, the Valley of the Latte Adventure Park has many individual and group activities available for you. You can kayak, cruise, or paddle your way along the breathtaking Talofofo and Ugum Rivers.

    The designated tour guides are trained well to give you a safe yet adventurous experience. They will also tell you more about Guam and the treasures therein. Many tourists describe this experience as one of the most exquisite so make sure you don’t miss it!

    Try different Chamorro dishes Chamorro Cuisine

    The Chamorros are the indigenous people of Guam and they make up the majority of the population. Undeniably, their culture and cuisine are impactful to Guam and its tourism. One of their most tasty local dishes is called Chamorro bistek. If you fancy thin-sliced beef, some seasonings, and a flavourful beef stew, this dish is perfect for your palette. Chicken and fish kelaguen is also a crowd-favorite especially when served with grated fresh coconut.

    Not only is it fresh-tasting, but it is also highly nutritious! If you’re wondering what for dessert, Guamanians have the delightful Chamorro cake. It’s a sweet treat of sponge cake base, vanilla custard, and a generous amount of cinnamon. If you’re wondering how to say delicious in Chamorro, you could say ‘Månnge’!’

    To help you plan out your visit to Guam, we listed places to visit and things to do for your itinerary. We also listed some of the best Guam travel and tour packages, as well as excellent flight deals and accommodation.

    Tripadvisor has a list of the best Changwon vacation packages. You may check out Airbnbs listings in Guam for cheap but high-quality accommodation.

    Searching for the best Guam hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Guam hotels and resorts via Agoda,or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

    Want more updates about new tourist attractions in Guam? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, and TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

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  • Favorite Travel Quotes: Mozart on Travel
    06 July 2020

    Travel Quotes A man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place! – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart was a man of many facets. Obviously, he was profoundly musically gifted. He composed more than … read more

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  • Medical tourism for Malaysia drops 75% due to pandemic
    06 July 2020
    Sherene Azli of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council discusses how Malaysia uses digital technology and tele-consulting to assist the country’s medical tourism amid the coronavirus pandemic. She also shares the idea of forming “medical travel bubbles with patients from certain countries adhering with strict standard operating procedures.

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  • Multiple Streams of Income
    06 July 2020

    Multiple streams of income can help boost your savings or pay off debt. Take a look at these strategies to start building wealth today.

    VALUE OF MULTIPLE INCOME STREAMS

    Multiple income streams can help you boost your earnings and achieve financial freedom, especially if you're living paycheck to paycheck.

    Here are some of the ways you can use multiple income streams:

    • Put the money into a savings account for future goals
    • Have more money to invest for retirement
    • Pay off debts faster (such as student loans)
    WHAT MAKES A GREAT INCOME STREAM?

    When picking a second or third income stream, it's important to consider a number of factors:

    • Enjoyable: A second or third income stream will take up a lot of your free time, so it's best if you like what you do.
    • Flexible: If you have a full-time job, you will want something that can work around your schedule.
    • Sustainable: You're looking for a source of income that will generate funds even when you're not technically working.
    • Growth Potential: Find a side hustle that will grow easily and offer the ability to generate increasing amounts of income.
    • Cheap: Don't put in too much money in a second job so you can recoup your investments quickly.
    Best Ideas for Multiple Streams Of Income

    There are so many easy, simple ways to create multiple streams of income to boost your earnings, even with a full time job. Take a look at these options.

    1. Low Risk Investments

    When most people think of investing, they think of high-risk and high-reward situations. That doesn't have to be the case.

    A low-risk investment will maintain your principal investment while providing modest, stable returns.

    Consider some of these options:

    Your returns won't be high, but these investments have very little risk and can be great sources of extra income with very little daily effort. Learn more about these low-risk investments in detail.

    2. Rent Your Own Space

    The easiest way to make extra cash is by using stuff you already have. There's no upfront investment and very little effort required, making it an easy passive income source.

    Here are some options to rent out your space:

    • List a spare room or house on Airbnb as a vacation rental
    • Rent out your car on Turo
    • Got an empty room, garage, attic, or basement? Rent it out as storage space on the Neighbor app
    • Rent your parking space on CurbFlip and Pavemint
    • Rent your electronic and photography equipment on Fat Llama

    How much you earn will depend on where you live and the demand in that area. In a major city, a room can go for $100/night. A garage storage space in Los Angeles can go for $100 - $200 a month.

    3. Paid Surveys / Website Testing

    Paid surveys can be an easy way to earn money when you're just chilling on the couch. You answer questions, take quizzes, and complete other tasks to earn money or points, which can be exchanged for cash or rewards elsewhere.

    You can expect to earn anywhere from $0.50 to $3 a survey, depending on the site.

    Try some of these reputable online survey sites:

    The website User Testing pays you to test websites and provide feedback. You'll need a microphone to speak aloud your thoughts. It pays $10 for every 20-min test.

    4. Freelance Writer/Editor

    If you are good at writing or editing, starting a second job as a freelance writer can be a lucrative way to earn extra income. You can work on your own time, and all you need is a laptop and a reliable internet connection.

    Experienced writers and editors can make between $30 and $40 an hour. If you have niche knowledge, you can earn even more. Writing technical guides, grant proposals, white papers, business plans usually pay more.

    The best way to find writing jobs is through freelance platforms like Fiverr, Freelancer, or Upwork. Alternatively, you can pitch your own pieces to publications; however, this requires much more effort and more connections.

    5. Virtual Assistant

    Virtual assistants wear many hats. A virtual assistant will do anything from running social media accounts to scheduling appointments to organizing calendars.

    If you have a wide variety of skills and excellent organizational skills, this position may be a good fit for you. In many situations, you can set your own schedule, which makes this a wonderful and flexible opportunity.

    Additionally, many people can turn their virtual assistant position into a full-time job. New VAs usually start at $15-$20 per hour. As you learn new skills, you can increase your rate. There are a lot of scalability options.

    To find clients, you can use a platform like Upwork. Or you can build your own website and advertising your services. It may cost some money upfront, but it could lead to big gains and make you look more professional.
    6. Real Estate Agent

    Selling houses is a flexible way to earn additional income on the side. Many real estate agents actually start part time until they learn the ropes and make connections.

    However, there are some hurdles to overcome before you get into real estate. You'll need to meet these requirements:

    • State licensing requirements
    • Complete the required real estate license courses
    • Pass the state exam
    • Submit a license application

    Once you have your license, typically beginners start by working under a licensed real estate broker. You'll split commissions with the broker. The average realtor commission is 2.5%-3% of the sale price (after splitting with the broker).

    7. Rideshare Driver

    If you have a reliable car, driving others around in your spare time can provide a good second income stream.

    Ride-share drivers can work for multiple companies at the same time, so you can drive for both Uber and Lyft at the same time to maximize your earnings.

    The average hourly range is $12 to $15. Driving during peak commute hours and weekend nights can earn better rates. But note that you're responsible for gas and servicing your car.

    Before you start, you'll need to have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, car registration, and pass a background check.

    Consider using a secondary app like Everlance to track your expenses and make filing taxes a little easier.
    8. Delivery Driver

    If you don't want to drive around people, making deliveries is another way to earn a flexible income on your own schedule. There are apps to help deliver almost anything now, from packages to food to groceries.

    Check out these apps that are taking delivery drivers:

    Potential earnings will depend on the company you work for. Amazon Flex drivers earn $18 to $25 an hour, while those who drive for Grubhub report making closer to $12 an hour. Roadie drivers can even make hundreds on a longer-distance delivery job.

    9. Small Home Business

    Your hobby can become a small business. If you have persistence, it can become a fun and lucrative way to make additional income that grows over time.

    The ideas are endless. Besides handmade goods, you can also sell digital products like sewing patterns, budget spreadsheets, Lightroom presets, invitation templates, etc.

    Some places you are sell are:

    • Etsy: best for handmade items and digital files
    • eBay: best for refurbished or used goods
    • CafePress: put your designs on merchandise
    10. Start Your Own Blog

    Starting your own blog can become one of the most rewarding business ventures in the long run. But it takes a LOT of hard work.

    You'll most likely have to work for free for at least several months before seeing any type of monetization. After you build an audience, you can start to generate passive income via ads, sponsored content, and affiliate marketing.

    In general, having a niche will make more money than a "general lifestyle" blog. Some popular niches that make good money include:

    • Health and fitness
    • Business and marketing
    • Parenting / Baby
    • Budgeting / Personal finance
    • Crafting and DIY
    • Technology
    • Self improvement / Relationships

    Think about your hobbies, expertise, and what you will enjoy writing about. Don't be afraid to get into a super specific niche. Even a blog just about vegan dessert recipes can do well.

    What Experts Say

    CreditDonkey reached out to financial experts to get their advice on passive income.

    Here's what they had to say:

    THE BOTTOM LINE

    Creating multiple streams of income can be challenging at first, especially while trying to find the best fit for your lifestyle and current work situation.

    However, over time, it can lead to passive streams of income that can be used for multiple purposes, like paying off debt or savings.

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  • ETW #69 The Finger Lakes Region of New York
    06 July 2020

    Since 2020 will be the summer of the road trip, this week we’re highlighting an amazing place to explore – the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Once known for slightly sweet wine and hokey attractions, today the communities surrounding the Fingers Lakes are home not only to some of the best food and wine experiences in the country, but also the best outdoor adventures. To help us better understand everything there is to see, do, eat and drink around the Finger Lakes, we’re joined by travel writer and entrepreneur Carol Cain.

    You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher.

    It took me much longer in life to finally pay a visit to the Finger Lakes region of New York than I’d care to admit. Thankfully, that oversight was corrected when a few years ago I drove up to spend some time exploring this remarkable part of the country. Long famous for its vineyards, I learned that while, yes, the Finger Lakes do have some amazing food and wine offerings, there’s also a lot more to love about visiting. Since 2020 will be the year of the road trip, I wanted to devote this week’s episode to everything there is to see, do, drink and eat in one of my favorite road trip destinations – The Finger Lakes Region of New York. To help us better understand the communities that surround these 11 lakes, I invited someone with intimate knowledge of the area to join the podcast.

    Carol Cain has always been fascinated with the way people from different backgrounds and experiences interact and take in the world around them and how it influences the way in which they share their stories. She gets to share those stories, as well as her own travel adventures and photography on her award-winning travel blog, Girl Gone Travel, and through various brand partnerships and publications from around the world. She is also the Founder and CEO of Brave World Media, a social media marketing and brand development agency where she integrates her over two-decade long experience as a public relations professional and her commitment to improving the landscape of travel media with true diversity and inclusion. Please be sure to follow her on her site as well as Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Costs and Where to Retire in Latin America
    05 July 2020

    In an earlier post we ran down some of the elite real estate markets of Latin America. These are the places where high society gathers, where the moguls and movie stars have their fourth or fifth house for vacations and their kids' parties. What if you're just looking for a nice place to retire, however? A place where you can get a lot more bang for your buck?

    There are plenty of those too in Latin America, from Mexico down to Patagonia. In the elite markets you may find prices that are half what it costs for a prime area in your own country, but in these spots it may be more like a quarter of the cost of where you live now.

    Although luxury real estate is by nature expensive in any country, there can be a huge variance from place to place. You'll sometimes see some bizarre juxtapositions if you watch two House Hunters International shows back to back. Once when I did that, the first episode featured a couple looking for a beachfront home in Ecuador. All three choices were fabulous and all were under $200,000. The next show I watched had a couple looking for a French home in Provence. Their budget was $1.2 million and every place was a fixer-upper dump. Once didn't even have a bathroom!

    Most of Latin America falls somewhere near the bargain end of that scale. Apart from a few exceptions, what you get for your money is going to be a better value than what you could find in the USA, Canada, or the UK. Whether you want to buy a luxury vacation home or a retirement dream home that's in a nicer climate, you'll almost surely get a much better value.

    For one thing, even the wealthiest countries in Latin America have a much lower average salary than where you probably live now. That means the cost of labor---especially construction---is lower. Land costs less because there's a ceiling on what the local population will pay. So while costs in the most desirable places, like Antigua in Guatemala, may cost more than you expected, they're still going to be a good value compared to the most desirable places in your own country. Lesser-known spots are going to be even more of a bargain.

    If you're thinking of moving to Latin America, there's a climate for every wish, from tropical heat to eternal spring to four seasons. Sometimes you can get that whole range in the same country!

    Once you've found a few locations that meet a lot of your wish list criteria, check prices online from home. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised with what you can get for your money, whether that's a colonial mansion in San Miguel de Allende or a cabin on a lake with a view of the Andes Mountains in southern Argentina. Then realize if you do it right, you'll pay something less than what you see in the online listings. Rent for a year, get a good feel for the market, then you'll be better equipped to find the best local values and negotiate.

    The Cost of Living in Popular Retirement Areas

    Whether you rent or buy, a place to live in Latin America is probably going to cost you a whole lot less than it would in a prime area of your own country, especially if you've cashed out your current house and are getting ready to retire. Apart from real estate though, what's it really cost to live in these places? What are the monthly expenses going to be like?

    Answering that question is not as simple, but there are a few publications out there that provide a rundown each year. The best-known is International Living, which keeps a close tab on housing prices, residency perks, and other factors important to retirees. Online only Live and Invest Overseas is their main competitor. ExpatExchange is a another good resource, with message boards for different countries. If you're watching the budget, the book A Better Life for Half the Price is the best resource to read at leisure.

    If you want to just get a quick overview of prices and how they compare to where you live now, the site Numbeo.com is a terrific resource. It shows costs for common expenditures and gives a sense of average real estate prices and salaries in that location. It will show you, for example, that average rents in Buenos Aires are 91.88% lower than rents in New York City! You can see that the average three-bedroom apartment or house rental in Boquete, Panama is $1,080 and the cost per square foot to buy is around $67. (So a house of 2,000 square feet would cost around $134K.) These are crowdsourced estimates of course, but will give you a general idea.

    Some of the Expat Retirement Clusters in Latin America

    Over the years, we've covered some of the most popular areas for retirees in our real estate section and we keep an eye on the sources mentioned above to watch the trends from year to year. Some of the places that were the most popular 10 or 15 years ago have fallen off a bit since then, which means there are plenty of bargains to be found. It's a roll of the dice if you're waiting for things to turn around, but you can find some very attractive prices if you have the money to take on more risk.

    You don't have to be wealthy to feel wealthy in some of these spots: two social security checks can be enough to cover your regular living expenses, so if you've got five grand a month to live on, you'll feel loaded.

    These destinations with a murky future usually have everything going for them but one. That one may be political instability, like you have for Granada or San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. It may be crime worries--usually justified, sometimes--which would include Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo in Mexico or Roatan Island in Honduras. There may be financial instability, which is nearly always the case in Argentina. (Locals may see real estate as the one reliable place to put their money though, which is why Buenos Aires prices are relatively stable, priced in dollars.)

    Here are some of the others where you'll find a healthy expat community and an attractive cost of living to retire in Latin America.

    Mexico - There are at least a million foreigners living in Mexico at any given time. The most popular spots for retirees go from high-end Los Cabos to relative bargains Mazatlan and Zihuatanejo for the coast, with the Riviera Maya, Huatulco and the Puerto Vallarta region somewhere in between in terms of costs. Inland, the most popular cities and regions are San Miguel de Allende, Lake Chapala/Ajijic, Merida, Oaxaca, and San Cristobal de las Casas.

    Guatemala - Antigua is the most popular city for both travelers and retirees, with beautiful Lake Atitlan coming up next. A smattering of foreigners live in Xela as well, also known as Quetzaltenango.

    Belize - By percentage of population, Belize may have the largest collection of retirees in Central America. Most of them cluster in two places--Ambergris Caye and the Placencia Peninsula--but some others are in the jungle areas or Hopkins. This may be the best place to retire in Central America if stability is at the top of your list. This sparsely populated country is generally well-managed and fiscally prudent.

    Honduras - Roatan is the most popular expatriate location here by miles, a gorgeous island right by the coral reef. Other foreigners are mostly on nearby Utila or mainland La Ceiba. The bad crime reputation is mainly due to the two largest cities, which nobody would ever retire to on purpose.

    Nicaragua - A major up-and-coming hotspot until two years ago, Nicaragua's expat (and tourism) numbers declined substantially when deadly riots broke out and the leadership started looking like a dictatorship. Those staying are hoping the 2021 election brings better times. Most foreigners are in the colonial city of Granada and the beach area of San Juan del Sur.

    Costa Rica - It's been a long while since Costa Rica was a bargain and real estate is inexplicably overpriced considering the level of local salaries. But 25 years of foreign buyers that hasn't abated will do that. The retirees here tend to cluster on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the Guanacaste region, and on the coast from Jaco to Manuel Antonio National Park. The best values are inland, especially around Lake Arenal and the valley there.

    Panama - There are a lot of good choices for retirement spots here and the country has done a great job of attracting foreigners: it's easy to gain residency and there are a lot of perks for retirees. The most popular area is Boquete, with others including Bocas del Toro, the Azuero Peninsula, Coronado, and Valle de Anton. Those who love urban life end up buying a condo in a high-rise in the capital.

    Colombia - The favored location for digital nomads, remote workers, and retirees alike is Medellin, a city with enough altitude to have pleasant weather all year long. The top beach location is the walled city of Cartagena and it's surroundings, with Santa Marta a distant second. The Coffee Triangle region that's popular with travelers also has a smattering of foreign retirees. Many consider Colombia the best South American country to live in because of its easy flights home, a fun culture, good music, and ease of moving around comfortably within the country.

    Ecuador - The clear winner in this South American country is Cuenca, which has nice "eternal spring" weather most of the year and is one of the best bargains in the Americas for living expenses. It may have the most foreign retirees of any city on the continent. Other retiree spots include Vilcabamba, Cotacachi, and the various beach areas along the Pacific--though most of those are not year-round residences.

    Peru - There are surprisingly few foreign retirees in Peru, presumably because it's tougher to gain legal residency here than in other South American countries. The few who do end up here tend to be in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

    Brazil - The largest country in South America hasn't done much to lure foreign retirees and having to learn not-so-useful Portuguese is another hurdle. Most expats who gravitate here tend to live in Salvador Bahia, Rio, or Fortaleza on the coast.

    Uruguay - A liberal beacon of stability on the continent, Uruguay has a lot going for it for retirees. Most who move there end up in the beach zones around Punta del Este or in the capital of Montevideo. There are few population centers at all beyond those.

    Argentina - You need to be able to ride an economic roller coaster here, but if you're coming in with dollars or earning them online, you'll feel rich most of the time in Argentina. Buenos Aires is eternally popular, but more retirees find a version of paradise in Mendoza wine country or in Patagonia, especially around Bariloche. The lakes and mountains here present some of the best places to retire in South America if you're looking for a country home.

    Chile - Since prices are generally more attractive in neighboring Argentina, Chile only gets a smattering of foreign retirees. Some nature lovers, ski bums, and wine lovers gravitate here, but there's no set expat center with a large cluster of foreigners. It's better if you're looking for a wide-open space where you won't see your neighbors much.

    Consider this your starting point if you want to retire in Latin America, especially if you want to be around lots of others like you who can speak English. If you're more adventurous, there are hundreds of attractive places all around Latin America where you can find your dream--for a lot less money than in your home country probably.

     

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  • San Giovanni in Italy is Extending a Free Stay to Travellers
    05 July 2020
    Italy, one of the most toured and loved nations in the pre-COVID world, sustained a great knock as the world succumbed to a stringent lockdown to control the pandemic. Italy’s blooming tourism industry […]
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  • Devilishly Delicious Rhubarb and Custard Cake
    05 July 2020

    It’s prime time for harvesting your bumper crop of Rhubarb and what better way to eat it than in a cake This is a fruity, creamy treat that everyone will love – it’s gooey and moist and so full of taste. It contains one of your five a day so it’s definitely a healthy cake […]

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  • The Best Beaches in Ibiza
    05 July 2020
    Ibiza is by far the funniest island of the Balearics, the perfect place for those in search of nights of madness but also of corners of peace, between solitary coves and rocky coves. Ibiza will leave you breathless with its unspoiled landscapes and a crystal clear sea that has nothing to envy to that of the other islands of the Spanish archipelago. Playa Ses Salines

    Playa de Ses Salines, a flat tongue of golden sand located in the southern part of the island, in the Protected Natural Park, and which represents the beach of young people looking for meetings, aperitifs and sunsets. Its beach bars have become real institutions on the island, meeting places for clubbers and hippies who love to wait for the night with cocktails in hand and feet in the sand. The sea, more crystalline than ever, invites to regenerating and relaxing baths. The large parking lot near the beach allows you to arrive comfortably by car, leaving Eivissa towards the airport; alternatively you can arrive by taxi or public transport.

    Cala d’Hort

    Popular and sought after, Cala d’Hort is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza, the perfect place for an aperitif at sunset with a privileged view of the islet of Es Vedrà, which like a silver arrow appears in the center of its emerald waters . Located about 11 kilometers from Sant Josep de sa Talaia, the beach boasts a magnificent natural inlet, a partly sandy and partly gravelly beach and a decidedly unique atmosphere. Cala d’Hort can be reached by car or public transport; the last stretch must be walked on foot through a short path that goes down to the sea.

    Islote de Es Vedrà

    The limestone pyramid protruding from the sea in front of Cala d’Hort beach and together with the islets of Es Vedranell and the seven Es Illots de Ponent forms the nature reserve established in 2002. Its great environmental value makes it one of the greatest natural attractions on the white island, a mysterious place surrounded by a thousand legends: reign of sirens and sea nymphs, or the last fragment of the submerged civilization of Atlantis. If you are tired of the summer crowd and are looking for secret coves where to dive, reach it by sea or by guided boat excursions. L’Islote de Es Vedrà can be reached by sea or with guided excursions departing from the port of San Antonio.

    Playa de Compte

    If there is a magical location, the result of the union of two beaches, this is the now famous Playa de Compte. With your feet sinking into the soft white sand you will enjoy the spectacular view of the islands opposite des Bosc, sa Conillera, s’Espartar and ses Bledes. This beautiful equipped beach in Ibiza has been awarded the Blue Flag and is part of the Conillera Natural Area of Special Interest. Getting to Playa de Compte is very easy both by car and by public transport on the island.

    Cala Bassa

    Sheltered from the winds, with the seabed gently sloping into the sea, equipped with crystal clear waters and soft white sand. Cala Bassa, awarded the Blue Flag, is a beach of about 200 meters characterized by a tropical face, suitable for the whole family and perfect for lovers of sunbathing and relaxing in comfort. Its inlet is charming, bordered by low cliffs and dotted with greenery. Cala Bassa can be easily reached by car or by public transport made available from the island; there is also a campsite.

    Cala es Portixol

    Es Portixol is the most solitary and natural of all the coves of Ibiza, with its crystalline sea with cerulean shades, the green maritime pines all around, a handful of “chamizos” and that tremendously fascinating lost beach air. Cala es Portixol is a real wonder of nature, where you can relax freely on a fine golden gravel beach. Getting to Cala es Portixol is not child’s play. After parking not too close, you take a narrow and tiring path through the greenery.

    Playa d’en Serra

    Playa d’en Serra is one of the smallest, most hidden and delicious handkerchiefs in Ibiza. A cove with a spectacular seabed ideal for long snorkeling sessions and regenerating dives, not to mention the wonder of the landscape characterized by virgin cliffs that surround it all around, ideal for trekking. Playa d’en Serra beach is easily accessible by car via a dirt road from Portinatx or Sant Joan.

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  • Seven Tips to be a Pro at a Virtual Wine Tasting Event
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    N700S, launched on the tracks on 01st July is Japan’s new bullet train with unusual features. (S represents Supreme) As per the records, N700S can move at 360 km per hour, thereby making […]
  • Top 10 Best Luxury Safari Lodges in Zambia
    05 July 2020

    An African safari in Zambia is a once in a lifetime experience in a relatively undiscovered country. Wake up to the sounds of wildlife, and in the evening, explore the bush on the back of an open vehicle as the sun falls below the horizon. In Zambia, you can enjoy Big Five safaris, and opportunities to see the endangered white rhino in an unspoiled part of Africa. More…

    Top 10 Best Luxury Safari Lodges in Zambia first appeared on Luxury Travel Diary.

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  • Why you must visit Litchfield National Park
    06 July 2020

    Why you must visit Litchfield National Park Litchfield National Park is on so many bucket lists! Is it on yours?  Just 2 hours south of Darwin you will discover one of the most pristine National Parks to be found in Australia. Monsoon rainforest, stunning waterfalls, magnetic termite mounds, weathered rocky outcrops of sandstone and historic […]

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  • Motorhome Hire | Camping powered or unpowered sites?
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    To power or not to power? That is the question we get asked on a regular basis when it comes to motorhome hire! If you are relatively new to motorhome hire and would like to know a little more about whether you need to stay in a powered campsite at a caravan park or can […]
  • Merry People: Womens Gumboots Review
    05 July 2020

    Wet and wintery weather means it’s time to pull out the boots! This year I invested in not just one, but TWO pairs ofMerry People boots because I love them so much.

    I wear them even when it’s not raining!

    Merry People is a Melbourne rainwear label designed by ex-corporate girl Danielle Holloway.  Holloway wanted a more fashion-forward womens gumboots to keep her feet dry (and stop her shoes getting damaged) on her way to work in winter – and when she couldn’t find them she decided to design her own Australian rain boots!

    I’ve bought many different womens gumboots over the years, from cheap Kmart gumboots to expensive Hunter wellies. For a womens gumboot, Merry People boots are not cheap $139.95 (and never on sale or discounted) including shipping.

    But they are my hands-down favourite gumboots for ladies!

    I justify the price because they’re ankle gumboots that I can wear year in and year out and in all seasons. I’ve bought fashion boots that are double or triple the price before, so the cost-per-wear of Merry People boots makes it a no-brainer investment. 

      Merry People – Bobbi Gumboot review

    Here are the main reasons why I love my Merry People Bobbi boots, which are short ankle gumboots. The older style of Rosey Gumboot is being phased out I believe, and they do not offer the same features. 

    • The Bobbi gumboots boots are 100% waterproof;
    • The natural rubber exterior provides insulation as well as protection;
    • They are warm and cosy inside, with a cushy 4mm neoprene (wetsuit material) lining;
    • The boots are 100% vegan – made of vegan natural rubber and with vegan glue;
    • They come with a removable neoprene insole so that you can (slightly) adjust your sizing;
    • The gumboots offer more arch support than your standard variety. I have worn them all day out and about and hiking, and I’ve even heard of people wearing them to work in hospital wards while standing on their feet all day!
    • The short gumboots are easy to pull on and pull off, with a cotton ring pull at the back of each boot. No more wrestling with getting boots off your feet!
    • On the other hand, they fit well so that they don’t slip off your feet in the mud. Perfect as festival gumboots!
    • They are light, so your feet aren’t weighed down by chunky clunky boots.  
    • They come in a range of colours to cheer up your day and to match any outfit; and
    • shipping is free anywhere in Australia!

    I have been told that you can wear the Merry People Bobbi boots to the snow as they are 100% waterproof and warm. I’ve not tried it myself as I more often wear waterproof hiking boots or snow boots in the snow. Just note the grip is not made for snow though. 

    Merry People has also started extending their rainwear to Kids Gumboots, raincoats and umbrellas in collaboration with Australian brand Blunt Umbrellas.  

     
    What do other people think of  Merry People?

    I obviously rate Merry People Bobbi boots highly, but I also asked the #TOTSquad (on Facebook) for their Bobbi gumboot review, and here are the responses:

    I have the yellow gum boots too! They’re amazing! I’ve worn them every day – Tennille

    I was tossing between Hunters and Merry People till i saw a pair of supposedly gumboots by Country Road on sale. Bought and regret the purchase. Not comfortable and the water puddles get into my shoes should have stick to Merry People – Dorothy

    Yes I have the black and these ones and love them both! – Stefanie

    I have green short gumboot and love them. I can’t get over how warm they are either! – Narelle

    I love them, just can’t justify the price tag â€“ Brianna

    cost per wear is how I justify it! Every time it rains, when I’m gardening… – TOT: Hot or Not

    I am waiting for them to come out in blue. – Georgina

    Want a pair, just can’t decide on the colour! – Nicole

    Love my mustards!! – Carly

     

    Still have questions? Here are my answers some commonly asked FAQs:

     

    What size should I order? Bobbi Gumboots size guide

    It can be difficult to know what size gumboots to buy when you can only purchase online and can’t try them on in person. Sizing for the Bobbi Boots ranges from an EU 36 to 43, which is an AU ladies 5-5.5 to 12.

    Merry People recommends going for a size that’s true to your standard shoe size, rather than sizing up or down. In general, I agree that the Bobbi Boots are true to size, with some conditions based on my own experience. 

    In most shoes, I’m usually a EU 38, narrow to standard fit. Merry People’s size chart shows measurements so you can compare their boots to an existing pair of shoes you already own.

    Because I *still* wasn’t sure whether I should go with EU 38 or EU 39 I bought one of each size, and ended up deciding to keep them both. 

    In the EU 38 pair, I had to remove the insole to make it fit more comfortably on my slightly larger left foot. My right foot was perfect in length. I wear these boots with opaque or woollen tights or normal thickness of socks. The boots are snug without being too tight and they are wider than other shoes I own such as ballet flats or fashion boots. 

    In the EU 39 pair, I feel roomier in length and in width. They’re not so big that they will fall off but I wouldn’t be walking long distances in them. However, they’re great for slipping on quickly when I’m in the garden or heading down the street or to school pickup quickly. If I wear them with very thick merino wool socks or ski socks then they are a snug and warm fit. 

    I guess ideally I’d be going to for a EU 38.5 but given the Bobbi gumboots are not for everyday wear or generally on my feet for long periods of time I don’t feel the need to have an absolutely perfect fit. 

    Note that natural rubber does stretch slightly and the neoprene lining will mould to the shape and size of your foot, so the gumboots will adjust slightly to your feet over time. 

      Are there any stores where I can try on Merry People?

    If you’re looking for Merry People gumboots in Australia, they don’t have many physical retail stockists (find your closest retailer here) so you’re most likely going to have to purchase online. Luckily, shipping is free anywhere in Australia!

    They ship overseas as well plus customs duty and taxes. 

     

    Can I get an exchange or refund?

    Don’t worry if you get the sizing wrong. Merry People offer free returns and exchanges within 90 days.

    You can exchange or return your order so long as the items are unworn, undamaged, in resellable condition (ie no creases or wear on soles) and in their original packaging.

    So try them on at home, on carpet, before you commit. 

      What colours do the Bobbi Gumboots come in?

    Merry People makes womens gumboots in a variety of colours – some are made to blend in and others to stand out. 

    Currently, the Bobbi Boots come in black, pear green, beetroot, mustard yellow, alpine green, orange and earthy brown.

    I have the Bobbi yellow gumboots and red gumboots because I want to cheer up my grey days!

     

    Where can you wear your Merry People boots?

    I wear my Bobbi gumboots all sorts of places!  Obviously, they are ideal for anywhere you need to go on a rainy day (especially great for school dropoff and pickup) but also for family bushwalks, gardening, farm visits, the zoo, camping, kids sport, the dog park and playgrounds.

    They’re also the perfect festival gumboots – I spotted loads of women sporting them at The Lost Lands Festival at Werribee Park.

     
    Are Merry People boots sustainable?

    Merry People says that they use ethical practices to produce their gumboots. The vegan gumboots using high-quality natural rubber. The company monitors the manufacturing process to ensure that overseas workers are treated well and compensated fairly.

    Merry People gumboots are manufactured in limited production runs to ensure that excess stock is limited, plus an aim to continually improve the brand’s sustainability.

    Basically Merry People gumboots for ladies are designed to look good and keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. They are practicable and fashionable, which is why I’m happy to own two pairs!

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  • Which Rotorua Geothermal Park to Visit
    03 July 2020

    If you’re trying to decide which Rotorua Geothermal Park to visit or how many to include in your itinerary this will help. We’ll discuss the pro’s and con’s of each and how you might go about narrowing down the decision.

    Artists Paletter at Wai-o-tapu

    New Zealand has many geothermal areas with some of the most dramatic concentrated in the area between Rotorua and Taupo. To see a lake boiling, a vent in a cliff face exhaling steam, pressurised water naturally exploding from the earth and bubbling mud can be quite a unique experience and it’s worth putting some time aside while in New Zealand to visit Rotorua and experience it for yourself.

    While there are many places to witness the phenomena in some form, there are 5 key sites that you will want to choose between in the area as most visitors will not have the time or budget for all of them, we’ll also cover a few free options or different experiences you might want to add to your trip.

    The top 5 Rotorua Geothermal Parks are:

    • Whakerewarewa
    • Waiotapu
    • Hell’s Gate (Tikitere)
    • Waimangu
    • Orakei Korako (The Hidden Valley)

    We’ve visited all 5 over the years and there are good reasons why you might choose any of them but here we’ll try to help you narrow it down.

    Whakarewarewa geothermal valley

    Located in central Rotorua this is the easiest of the geothermal parks to get to on foot or using public transport from your city accommodation. It’s also the most touristy and the busiest of the 5 geothermal areas.

    This one can be a little confusing as the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley is covered by 2 tourist operations, one going by the name Whakarewarewa and the other Te Puia. You can see the famour geyser from both but Te Puia has the better view.

    If you’re short on time then this option may appeal both with reduced travel time to get here and that it is a geothermal site and cultural experience in one. A visit to Whakarewarewa takes you inside a Maori village to learn how the geothermal landscape has been incorporated into daily life in the region for centuries. In addition to the geothermal aspect of the park, a visit to Whakarewarewa includes cultural shows, regular guided tours, an opportunity to taste food from the hangi (at extra cost) and other interactive experiences. The ticket price for Whakarewarewa higher than other parks but includes the additional tourist entertainment on offer.

    Pōhutu meaning ‘constant splashing’ in Māori) is New Zealand’s largest geyser and is extremely active, it’s been known to erupt up to 30 metres into the air and will generally go up once or twice each hour so you will almost certainly get the chance to see it when you visit.

    Pohutu Geyser (from Te Puia)

    Te Puia ticket price is lower and offers a better view of the geyser, you can explore the walking trails through the geothermal area, there’s a model pre-European Maori village here and a kiwi house giving the opportunity to view a pair of these nocturnal birds that are rarely sighted in the wild.

    Within the 60-hectare Te Whakarewarewa geothermal park, there are hundreds of hot pools, mud pools and various walking trails to explore both on the guided tours or on your own.

    The Pro’s

    • Close to town
    • New Zealand’s largest geyser
    • Includes cultural displays

    The Con’s

    • Can be very crowded
    • More touristy than the others
    • Most expensive entry ticket
    Waimangu Inferno Crater at Waimangu

    Waimangu is a park but is the least busy of the 5 and once you are out on the walking tracks it can feel more like you are out in the New Zealand bush discovering the dramatic geothermal features as you go. This is largely due to the scale of the park and the individual attractions are on a different scale. The steaming frying pan lake with the steam venting from the hillside behind for example was difficult to capture well even in a panorama.

    The main route will take you 3.6 km mostly downhill from the visitors centre to the lake roughly following the hot stream running from the Frying Pan lake to Lake Rotomahana. You’ll see 32 individual landscape features that are well-marked and explained both on your map and by signposts along the way. A courtesy bus will bring you back up from the lake to the visitors centre and cafe.

    Most of the more dramatic features are in the first half of the walk, the most popular features at Waimangu being the Echo Crater, Frying Pan Lake and Inferno Crater but there is plenty to see all the way along and the lake at the bottom is beautiful.

    There are a couple of detours too that will extend the walk slightly taking in a few additional features or a slightly different environment. There is also an optional boat cruise you can take out on Lake Rotomahana at the bottom to see the area from the water.

    The combination of regenerating native bush and wetlands means the area is full of birds, frogs and lizards. To do this one at your own pace if you enjoy stopping to really take in the scene I’d allow at least half a day, longer if you plan to do the boat cruise or take a relaxed pace.

    This is one of our personal favourites and we’ll have a detailed article on visiting Waimangu and a photo tour linked up here soon.

    The Pro’s

    • Only 20 minutes from the city
    • Very natural native environment
    • Less busy than the others
    • Courtesy bus back up the hill

    The Con’s

    • Quite a bit of walking to see it all
    • Individual features are spread out

    Check ticket prices for Waimangu Valley tour with city transfers

    Wai-o-tapu

    Wai-o-tapu is another personal favourite and one we highly recommend to friends and overseas visitors if they only have time to see one and want to incorporate seeing some of New Zealand’s natural beauty with the wonders of geothermal activity. We’ll have a detailed article and photo essay linked up here soon.

    Wai-o-tapu has the most colourful features of the 5 parks, these are caused by the minerals in the water but creates some beautiful and bizarrely otherworldly effects like the Roto Karikitea Pool shown below, this lime green water is caused by mineral sediment suspended in the water and is extremely acidic. On a sunny day it appears even more vibrant than this.

    Roto Karikitea Pool at Wai-o-tapu

    There is plenty of variety to see here within the 18km2 reserve. You follow a series of 3 loop tracks that are connected so you can see the whole thing as an approximately 3 km round trip or break off the sections. The first section loop (approx 1.5km) is wheelchair accessible.

    The Lady Knox Geyser is part of this complex too but is separate to the main park so follow the sign to that car park first. It only plays once a day at 10.15 am so you will need to time your visit around that if you want to include it.

    The Pro’s

    • Least expensive entry ticket
    • Beautiful native bush and lake
    • Most colourful geothermal features
    • Only 20 minutes from the city

    The Con’s

    • Geyser displays infrequently
    • Quite a bit of walking to see it all

    Check ticket prices for Wai-o-tapu

    Hell’s Gate (Tikitere)

    If bubbling mud fascinates you then Tikitere or Hell’s Gate is the best spot to see that. The Maori name, Tikitere, comes from a rather sad local legend about a mothers grief when a Maori Princess commits suicide over domestic abuse. Unlike the other thermal parks, the European name Hell’s Gate is still commonly used here. The Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw visited in 1934 and exclaimed on seeing the mud boiling and earth erupting spurts of boiling water that ‘this could be the very gates of hell’. The name ‘Hell’s Gate’ was adopted by local Maori as the name in English.

    If the idea of bubbling mud and water fascinates you then this is a great place to see that. Unlike some of the areas further south there is less of the colour that comes with the silica terraces and mineral suspension in the water, the landscape is more notably grey and brown.

    What is does have is a beautiful cascading hot water waterfall, a mud volcano that erupts steaming lumps of mud and a spa (at extra cost) where you can immerse yourself in the mineral-rich hot mud and water. The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of both have been known and used by local Maori for centuries.

    The Pro’s

    • Only 20 minutes from the city
    • Mud and hot pool onsite
    • Cascading hot water waterfall

    The Con’s

    • Less photogenic than others
    • Pools are basic
    • Mud is hard to get out of swimsuits

    Check ticket price for Hell’s Gate

    Orakei Korako – The Hidden Valley

    This is a stunning geothermal area, the only reason I believe it’s not more popular is that it is significantly out, the others are within 20 minutes of Rotorua, Orakei-Korako is just under an hours drive south and closer to Taupo. We visited on the way home from Taupo one year and it’s perfectly positioned if you are travelling up or down the country.

    You start out with a short boat trip across the lake to the geothermal area, it’s included in the ticket price and is available as you need it, it doesn’t operate on a rigid timetable. Then you follow the well-marked board walks through the bush and silica sinter terraces with their bright white and vibrant hues.

    Compared to the others the parks it is smaller but has a friendly intimate feel and with the boat ride over you have more interaction than just the ticket desk. You probably only need to allow 2 hours to see this one but it is beautiful, especially on a sunny day when the colours pop.

    The expansive and vibrant silica sinter terraces that Orakei Korako is best known for but another unique formation here is Ruatapu cave which was formed in the volcanic tuff of a volcano that erupted around 100,000 years ago. There is also a smaller geyser, steam venting from solid ground and water and a pool with the colourful microbial mats formed around the edges.

    The Pro’s

    • Lake crossing included in the ticket
    • Silica terraces
    • Geothermal cave
    • A lot to see in a smaller area

    The Con’s

    • Furthest from Rotorua city
    • Smaller than some others
    Which Rotorua geothermal park is best for you?
    Attraction Best for Base Ticket Known for
    Whakarewarewa Limited time $45 Geyser
    Te Puia Limited time $30 Geyser
    Waimangu Nature lover $42 Scale / wildlife
    Wai-o-tapu Photographers $32.50 Colour/geyser
    Hells Gate Spa seekers $39 Bubbling mud/
    hot waterfall
    Orakei Korako Continuing south $39 Silica terraces
    Other Geothermal attractions to consider

    At least one of the top 5 geothermal parks should be included on the itinerary for a first time trip to Rotorua but there are some other related attractions and free geothermal spots you might also want to include to round out your time in the city.

    Polynesian Spa

    Soaking in the mineral rich geothermal waters is a blissfully relaxing experience and doing it with fabulous views out over Lake Rotorua is something I wouldn’t want to miss on a visit to the city.

    The Polynesian Spa is a regular feature on our itinerary when we are in Rotorua or passing through and something I recommend to everyone. While it primarily appeals to the adults there is a family pool area that the whole family can enjoy.

    Read More: Our most recent visit to the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

    Kuirau Park

    A free option to see the geothermal activity up close is Kuirau Park, it’s easy to access near the centre of the city. Walk the paths and boardwalks through the steaming bubbling ponds and mud pools.

    One of my favourite attractions here is the natural hot water foot pool. We first came across foot spa or ‘Ashiyu’ in Hakone in Japan, later discovering them in the mountains around Osaka and several other spots. After a day on your feet, especially after hiking on a cold day, they are a great way to revive and re-energise yourself. This is the first and only one I’ve come across in New Zealand and it’s a highlight of this park.

    Sulphur Point Wildlife Sanctuary

    Another free spot to visit is the Sulphur Point Wildlife Sanctuary on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The geothermal environment is a tough one but a surprising number of birds and plants are thriving in the area.

    Walk along the paths and you’ll not only spot the wildlife but steam rising up from the ditches, boiling water and bubbling mud in places. The water is milky and heavy with minerals. It’s perfectly safe to walk around but stay out of the water and resist the temptation to warm your toes in the naturally hot water, the acidity levels are unpredictable and can cause nasty burns from both temperature and the natural chemical levels.

    Kayak out to a lakeside hotpool

    This one was high on our list of things to do in Rotorua on our last trip, we were booked in but severe winds cancelled our morning paddle and our attempts to reschedule were thwarted when our trip was shortened by the imminent pandemic lockdown. You can bet this one is back on our list for our next trip home.

    There are a couple of companies that offer similar trips with some variations but the general plan is to kayak out on the peaceful lake, check out a glowworm cave from the boat and a stop for a hot drink and a soak in the lakeside hot pools that can only be accessed by boat or a longish hike. Sounds blissful, right?

    This is the one we were booked on and their communication with the weather conditions, attempts to get us rescheduled and prompt refund when we couldn’t make the timing work will mean we have no hesitation in using them again next time.

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  • What to pack for Bali – best packing tips
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    What to pack for a trip to Bali in Indonesia Are you traveling to Bali and not sure what to pack? Here are the best ever packing tips to make sure you have an amazing holiday. The thing about Bali is that it’s very hot all year around, which means you don’t have to cater […]

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    30 June 2020

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  • Motorhome Hire | what is it like driving a motorhome?
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    28 June 2020

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  • 29 Best Waterfalls in Victoria for Your Next Waterfall Hike
    28 June 2020

    There are many beautiful waterfalls around Melbourne and in Victoria and many of them are an easy day trip from Melbourne, or you can see them as part of a nature-based weekend away or family holiday.

    Take your average bushwalk to the next level and turn your journey into a waterfall hike!

    Here is my list of the best waterfalls in Victoria to visit so you can find the nearest waterfall to you. Most of the waterfall walks are all child friendly to varying degrees as the distances are relatively easy and short – though the terrain is not always pram-friendly and some tracks are better suited to older children than little legs.

    For the best effect visit waterfalls in Victoria when the rainfall is higher during winter, or when the snow melts and water trickles to lower ground in spring.

    Steavenson Falls Marysville via Visit Victoria

     

    Melbourne waterfalls 1. Dights Falls, Abbotsford

    If you walk or cycle around the Capital City Trail at Abbotsford you’ll reach Dights Falls. It is the only waterfall in Melbourne’s inner city and is thus the nearest waterfall for Melburnians generally.

    It’s only a little waterfall (being only 2 metres high) as it is an artificial weir built on a natural rock bar across the Yarra. But you can combine a visit to the Dights Falls with a walk around the Yarra Bend Park (Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park) and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

    Related: Best bike trails in Melbourne for kids

     

    Waterfalls Near Melbourne – Dandenong Ranges 2. Olinda Falls, Olinda

    Olinda Falls are in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and it takes only about 10 to 15 minutes before you reach the waterfall – it’s a 350m walk from the car park to the upper platform and another 140m down to the Lower Falls (1km return trip). The path is shaded the whole way and fringed by ferns and towering Mountain Ash trees – so it really does feel like an enchanted forest walk.

    Olinda Falls Reserve also offers picnic tables, running water and toilets more extensive walks around the waterfall area.

    Please note, dogs and swimming are not allowed, but you can sit in the water at the lower falls. 

    Olinda Falls, Dandenong Ranges National Park North, Olinda

     

    3. Sherbrooke Falls, Sherbrooke

    Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenongs looks the best after heavy rain as the Sherbrooke Creek flows fast over the rocks. The waterfall is accessed by a 2.4 km, 1-hour return walk through tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns starting from Sherbrooke and O’Donohue Picnic Ground. 

    Sherbrooke Falls, Dandenong Ranges National Park (South), Sherbrooke

    Trentham Falls via Visit Victoria

     

    Waterfalls Near Melbourne – Yarra Ranges waterfalls 4. La La Falls, Warburton

    The trail to La La Falls within Yarra State Forest is a beautiful short walk through a Cool Temperate Rainforest. The waterfall is easily accessible via an easy 3.2km out-and-back route and at a leisurely pace, the 1.6km walk up to the falls should take around 20 minutes.

    There is a picnic area at the start of the track but note the nearest toilets and BBQ area is in Warburton.

    La La Falls, 25 Iruka Road, Warburton

     

    5. Steavenson Falls, Marysville

    Steavenson Falls is a huge 122-metre sheet of water and one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls. It has been a popular attraction since the 1860s and there are a few walking tracks if you want to make a day of it. The area is famous for lyrebirds too!

    Park at the Steavenson Falls car park and walk 700m to the top viewing platform or another 350 metres to the bottom viewing platform, or walk the whole 3.4km (one way) from the centre of Marysville to the base of the falls.

    During the winter, Lake Mountain Ski Resort, just outside Marysville, is also a popular destination for families wanting to visit the snow to play and toboggan.

    Steavenson Falls, Falls Road Marysville

    Steavenson Falls via Visit Victoria6. Phantom Falls & Keppel Falls, Marysville

    Approximately 1km apart are Phantom Falls and Keppel Falls, and they are well worth an extra short drive from Steavenson Falls.

    Phantom Falls is approximately 20 minutes walk slightly uphill from the car park on the signposted track.  The walk back to the car park is quicker.

    There is a 2km return walking track to Keppel Falls from the Keppel Falls car park. It is a more challenging walk, with some hills. The falls cascade over bounders, and are most impressive during spring.

    Phantom Falls & Keppel Falls, Lady Talbot Drive Marysville

     

    7. Masons Falls, Kinglake

    Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.

    Masons Falls is a stunning waterfall and can be accessed via a short walk from Masons Falls Picnic Area. The falls are viewed from a viewing platform and it is not possible to walk to the base or top of the falls.

    The picnic area has picnic tables and free gas BBQ facilities, all set amongst the towering gum trees.

    Masons Falls, Kinglake National Park, 2980 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake 

     

    8. Wombelano Falls, Kinglake

    Also in Kinglake National Park is a 1.5km circuit walking track through forest leading to a viewing platform for Wombelano Falls. Most of the walking track is flat with a compacted surface. There is a downhill section for the last 200m.

    When you arrive enjoy beautiful views from the lookout and spy the falls cascading 90 metres into the gully below.

    Wombelano Falls, Kinglake National Park, 2980 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake 

    Mackenzie Falls via Visit Victoria

     

    Waterfall Near Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula waterfalls 9. Kings Falls, Arthurs Seat

    The 1km circuit walk to Kings Falls starts at the car park on Waterfall Gully Road and goes past She-Oaks, Grasstrees, a boardwalk through lovely fern gully, native Wild Cherry, scented Paperbarks and other interesting plants and creatures. The walk has a series of interpretive signs and there is a viewing platform at the waterfall. 

    Kings Fall, 21 Purves Road Arthurs Seat 

     

    Waterfalls in Victoria – Daylesford & Macedon Ranges waterfalls 10. Trentham Falls, Trentham

    Trentham Falls is Victoria’s highest single-drop waterfall in Wombat State Forest. It is best viewed during winter when the water is roaring (there’s not enough water in summer) and it is accessible with an easy, short 70m walk from the car park to the viewing platform. There is no access to the top or base of the falls for safety reasons.

    There is a picnic area nearly with tables and toilets, barbecues, plenty of shade, as well as more walking tracks in the forest and in Lerderderg State Park.

    Trentham Falls, Trentham Scenic Reserve Road Trentham

    Trentham Falls via Visit Victoria

     

    11. Stanley Park, Mt Macedon

    Tucked away in Stanley Park, a reserve in a bush setting, is a waterfall that runs through the park and cascades over a gully.  There is a wooden viewing platform and some stone stairs that lead closer to the gully.

    Stanley Park is an excellent trip for those wanting to see a waterfall with younger children as there is also barbecue / picnic facilities, toilets, and playground equipment. There are walking tracks around the reserve. If you want to make a weekend of it, I’ve combined a list of the top places to go in Gisborne and Macedon with kids.

    Stanley Park, Waterfalls Road and Salisbury Road Mount Macedon

     

    12. Turpins Falls, Langley

    Turpin Falls is one of several waterfalls and billabongs/deep pools located along the Campaspe River. You can enjoy scenic views of the falls from a lookout located a short walk from the carpark, though note that sometimes the track is closed (particularly in Autumn) due to risk issues. 

    There are no amenities or facilities.

    Turpins Falls, Shillidays Road, Langley

     

    13. Sailors Falls, Daylesford

    Sailors Falls can actually be viewed from the picnic area near the road but there is a non-slip walking strip which leads down to the bottom of the falls which you can even walk under and allows wheelchair access to the first viewing platform. Note that this is a seasonal waterfall so it’s best viewed in winter.

    Sailors Falls, Hepburn Regional Park, Corner Ballan-Daylesford Road and Telegraph Road, Daylesford

    Agnes Falls via Visit Victoria  Waterfalls Victoria – Great Ocean Road and Otways waterfalls 14. Erskine Falls, Lorne

    Erskine Falls in Great Otway National Park cascades over one of the highest drops in the Otways. It is accessed via a short 5min walk which takes you to a viewing point above the falls. 

    A further walking track made up of 240 stairs, and steep in places, leads to the base of the falls. 

    Related: Things to do in Lorne with kids

    Erskine Falls, Great Otway National Park, Erskine Falls Road, Lorne

    Erskine Falls via Visit Victoria

     

    15. Triplet Falls, Apollo Bay

    Triplet Falls in the Great Otway National Park is nestled in ancient forests of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech.

    On a short 1-4km walk discover three impressive cascades and one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park flowing through shady rainforests and glades of mossy tree ferns. 

    A small picnic area is also available.

    Triplet Falls, Great Otway National Park, Apollo Bay

    Triplet Falls, Great Otway Park via Visit Victoria

     

    16. Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park

    Hopetoun Falls, approximately 30 meters high, lands in the Aire River below amid lush ferns.  There is a viewing platform at the top of the falls near the car park, a lower platform approximately 500m walk, and then 200 stairs down a steep path to the base of the falls. This is not a suitable walk with a pram.

    Hopetoun Falls is within close driving proximity to Redwood Forest, Great Otway National Park.

    Hopetoun Falls, Aire Valley Road Beech Forrest

    Hopetoun Falls via Visit Victoria  17. Beauchamp Falls, Great Otway National Park

    Near to Hopetoun Falls is Beauchamp Falls. The latter is approximately 20 metres high, and it is most spectacular after rainfall.  There is a 3km round trip walk from the picnic area. 

    The walk to Beauchamp Falls. is a challenging walk so I don’t recommend it with young kids and you’ll need appropriate footwear.

    Beachamp Falls, Aire Valley Road Beech Forrest

Europe Travel blog

06 July 2020

Europe Travel blog
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  • Daily Dose of Europe: The Essence of Good Travel — Connecting with People
    04 July 2020

    Happy Fourth of July! Like most Americans, I’m having a subdued, socially distanced celebration at home. For patriotic Americans like me, this is a poignant Fourth as our country faces unprecedented challenges. I’m hopeful that the second half of 2020 will see America making real progress in the fight against both the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice. I love the USA. And it’s clear that, together, we have a lot of work to do.

    On this holiday weekend, I’m also mindful of the EU’s understandable decision to hold off on allowing American travelers to enter Europe for now. I have spent a third of my adult life in Europe, but it’s increasingly clear that I won’t set foot there in 2020. In fact, just this week my tour company cancelled all of our remaining 2020 departures. We are hopeful for a return in 2021.

    When I think about what I miss most about Europe in 2020, one thing rises to the top: the people. Wherever I go, I love making connections with Europeans. So many of my friends — whether guides, hoteliers, or restauranteurs — earn their living from tourism. And 2020 is a very tough year for them. I look forward to the day when we will be back stoking their business as they stoke our travel experiences. This post — an excerpt from my new travel memoir, For the Love of Europe, which arrives in bookstores next Tuesday — shares a few examples.

    On the Irish island of Inishmore, I stayed at a farmhouse B&B. At breakfast, I told the farmer of my plans to visit the island’s main sight, Dun Aengus. It’s an Iron Age fortress that hangs spectacularly on the edge of a cliff above the ocean. He nodded, saying, “The fort is so popular with visitors that we plan to build another 2,000-year-old fort next year.”

    He excused himself to do some farm chores and I asked to join him. Soon, we were working in tandem, putting out the hay. Pointing out that there were no gates on the stone fences that divided his land, he showed me how, when the sheep needed to pass, he’d simply unstack the rocks and then stack them back up. It worked for his father and it works for him. I asked about the weather and he said, “We wouldn’t be putting out the hay if the weather wasn’t going to be good.”

    The essence of good travel is connecting with people. If I’m leading a tour or writing a guidebook, the mark of a job well done is how well I connect people with people. If I’m making a TV show and it doesn’t have a local voice, the show will be flat. When I’m enjoying a European vacation, my journal is more interesting when it includes stories of people I met. And yes, in reading through my new book, the essays I like the best are the ones enriched by connections with people.

    Developing a knack for sparking such experiences is our challenge as good travelers. I like to take it a step further — to be a keen observer, able to connect experiential dots that may seem random by putting them into cultural and historic context…and then to learn from them. As a travel writer, that’s my challenge. And that’s my mission, whether it’s explaining the rationale behind the Dutch tolerance of marijuana, or celebrating the refreshing transparency of Berlin’s glass dome over its parliament.

    While memories of palaces toured and castles climbed fade into a jumble, it’s the people, experiences, and cultural connections that stay vivid for decades…

    In a pub in the Czech town of Olomouc, egged on by a local friend, I ordered the country’s infamous stinky cheese, listed on the menu as the “Guttery Breath of the Knight of Lostice.” It was served with a lid, mints, and the offer of a toothbrush. (The fun-loving menu noted they only have one toothbrush, so please leave it.)

    At a bar in Brussels, I met Belgians who complained about their Lowland neighbors: “The Dutch have the worst beer, Heineken — but sell it all over the world. We Belgians make far better beer, and it is barely exported. Those Dutch are clever business people — they can sell anything.”

    In Italy, people from Siena hold a medieval grudge against the people of Florence, who defeated them centuries ago. Walking with my friend in Siena, I barely missed a dog mess. In a disgusted voice, he playfully showed his Sienese pride saying, “Those Florentines are everywhere these days.”

    One time in Austria, I lingered in a tiny village church. It was as quiet as a tomb. Suddenly the dozen or so visitors around me burst into a rich, Slavic hymn filling the sanctuary with life. They were a folk group from Slovakia whose director whispered to me, “We can’t be in a church without singing.”

    Each of these moments is a connection, offering new insights into these places and the people who call them home. Gathering moments like these into my new book, I realized the most memorable travel moments aren’t accidents. You create them consciously by being a free-spirited extrovert. Start conversations and then let serendipity lead you astray. (Who knows? You may find yourself drinking homemade limoncello with a Franciscan friar in his abbey overlooking the Italian Riviera.) Let surprises waylay your careful plans.

    While some people count the countries they’ve visited, marking them off on a checklist, that number means nothing to me. Count instead the friends you’ve made while far from home. Packing that attitude, you’ll realize the world is a welcoming place…a place filled with joy, love, and wonderful people.

    (This story appears in my newest book, For the Love of Europe — collecting 100 of my favorite memories from a lifetime of European travel. Please support local businesses in your community by picking up a copy from your favorite bookstore on Tuesday, July 7th. Or you can pre-order For the Love of Europe online.)

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  • Daily Dose of Europe: Siena’s Palio — 90 Seconds of Sheer Medieval Madness
    02 July 2020

    For the first time in 30 years, I’m home for the Fourth of July — and there are no big parades or fireworks. That’s disappointing. But I remind myself that Siena’s world-famous horse race, the Palio — a tradition that goes back centuries — is also cancelled. And that is absolutely tragic.

    The Palio is a very big deal in Siena. My Sienese friend Roberto describes it this way: “For the Sienese life story: You’re born…there’s the Palio…and then you die.”

    The Palio di Siena takes place twice every summer — except this year — on July 2 and August 16. While Siena is quiet today, I have very fond memories of the time I watched the Palio in person when it was anything but quiet.

    Even though we’re not visiting Europe right now, I believe a daily dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. I’m about to publish a collection of my favorite stories from a lifetime of European travels. My new book is called “For the Love of Europe” — and this story is just one of its 100 travel tales.

    Siena is divided into 17 neighborhoods, or contrade, of which 10 are selected by a drawing to vie for the coveted Palio banner — and all-important bragging rights. Each competing contrada’s horse is chosen randomly by lottery. The neighborhood then adopts it, showering it with love, washing and grooming it, and keeping it in a five-star stable. The contrade — each with its own parish church, fountain, and square — are staunch rivals. Each contrada is represented by a mascot (porcupine, unicorn, she-wolf, and so on) and a distinctive flag. Its colors are worn and flown all year long, but omnipresent as the race nears.

    While the race itself lasts just 90 seconds, it’s preceded by days of festivities. As the big day approaches, processions break out across the city, including one in which the famed and treasured Palio banner — featuring the Virgin Mary, to whom the race is dedicated — is held high as it’s paraded to the cathedral. Locals belt out passionate good-luck choruses. With the waving flags and pounding drums, it all harkens back to medieval times, when these rituals boosted morale before battle.

    The day before the race, I joined a crowd in the main square, Il Campo, to see the jockeys — mostly hired hands from out of town — get to know their horses in a practice run called the “charge of the carabinieri.” At midnight, the streets were filled with eating, drinking, singing, and camaraderie, as neighborhoods gathered to pump themselves up.

    On race day, bets are placed on which contrada will win…and lose. Despite the shady behind-the-scenes dealing, the horses are taken into their contrada’s church to be blessed. “Go and return victorious,” says the priest. It’s considered a sign of luck if a horse leaves droppings in the church.

    Meanwhile, Il Campo has been converted into a racetrack. Clay is brought in and packed down to create the surface while mattresses pad the walls of surrounding buildings. The most treacherous spots are the sharp corners, where many a rider has bitten the dust.

    The entire city of Siena packs into Il Campo. Bleacher and balcony seats are expensive, but it’s free to join the masses in the square. The well-connected get to watch from the comfort of an apartment window. Roberto’s friend, Franco, shares his apartment overlooking the racecourse…and we enjoy the best seats in town. From this vantage point, we watch as the square fills, with pageantry unfolding, flags waving, and excitement building.

    Finally, it’s time. A cart pulled by oxen carries the Palio banner into the arena. The crowd goes wild. As the starting places are announced, 10 snorting horses and their nervous riders line up to await the start. Silence takes over. And then…

    They’re off! Once the rope drops, there’s one basic rule: There are no rules. The jockeys ride bareback while spectators go berserk. Life stops for these frantic three laps. Up in the apartment, Roberto and Franco hold their breath…

    And then, it’s over. The winner: Lupa, the she-wolf district! We zip out into the street to join the ecstatic mobs coursing toward the cathedral. The happy “Lupa-Lupa-Lupa!” horde thunders through town, weeping with joy. At the cathedral, the crowd packs in, and the winning contrada receives the beloved banner. They are champions…until the next race.

    Seeing euphoria overcome members of the winning contrada — it’s Lupa’s first win in 27 years — reminds me that it’s impossible for a tourist to really understand what this ritual race means to the people of Siena.

    Carrying their coveted Palio banner high and hoisting their jockey to their shoulders, the Lupa contingent tumbles out of the cathedral and back into the streets, where the celebration continues into the wee hours — 500 years of proud tradition, still going strong.

    (This story appears in my newest book, For the Love of Europe — collecting 100 of my favorite memories from a lifetime of European travel. Please support local businesses in your community by picking up a copy from your favorite bookstore on Tuesday, July 7th. Or you can pre-order For the Love of Europe online. You can also find a clip related to this story at Rick Steves Classroom Europe; just search for Palio.)

Dubai Travel Blogs

06 July 2020

Dubai Travel Blogs
  • German Airline Lufthansa To Resume Flights to Dubai
    05 July 2020

    German Airline Lufthansa to resume flights to Dubai. This follows Dubai’s decision to receive global flights and visitors conditionally. After its decision, British Airways was about the first to show its plan to start patronizing Dubai again. The German airline is set to operate its first flight from Frankfurt to Dubai on the 5th of July, while the official date for general flights is 7th of July.

    From the 5th, Lufthansa plans to operate three return flights, weekly, from Germany, its hub, to Dubai. Flights are to leave Dubai on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and return to the UAE on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Economy class return fares from Dubai to Frankfurt start from AED2,295.

    The airline has implemented new flying rules to help protect passenger and crew from Coronavirus.

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    These rules include social distancing, compulsory wearing of face masks and gloves. Face masks and gloves must be worn at airports and through out all flights. Travelers should also be aware that most carry-on luggage has been restricted, but can be checked-in free of charge with hold luggage.

    Credit: TheNational.ae

    Lufthansa advises passengers traveling to Dubai to download the Covid-19 DXB smart app on to their mobile phones and to fill out a health declaration from when entering and leaving the UAE, as required by the UAE government. You should read up the requirements for those entering Dubai in this pandemic time.

    TheNational.ae writes that: For outbound passengers, arrival at Dubai International Airport is advised four hours ahead of flight times, but not earlier. Passengers should also reconfirm which terminal flights are departing from before traveling to the airport.

    British Airways, Air France and KLM had also announced that they will begin flying passengers into the emirates in July.

    That’s all with “German airline Lufthansa to resume flights to Dubai”, friends .

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  • Washington Park Part 2: The Tranquilizing and Botanical Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon.
    03 July 2020

    If you are in Portland, Oregon, and wandering about the next place to visit near me: then Japanese Garden is the first place I would recommend. Before going further talking about it, it is important to mention Washington Park because that’s where the Japanese Garden is located.

    The travel destination collection represents to you - Washington Park:

    Washington Park has a unique stunning beauty located in Portland Oregon; there is a lot to discover in the park that includes Museums, public arts, amphitheaters, zoos, and gardens. My main focus in this blog are the Japanese and Chinese gardens. However, part 1 only talks about the Chinese Garden, and part 2 will cover the Japanese Garden.

    This is part 2, the Japanese Garden. If you wish to read part 1: the Chinese Garden, click on the

    Location of The Japanese Garden in Portland:

    To be specific, the Japanese Garden is located directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Part at 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

    The Japanese Garden Portland History:

    IN 1959, Sapporo city, Japan, and Portland became sister cities, and the garden was built as a result. It was meant to establish a new beginning after the war and increase both Oregon and Japan economy.

    Ever since, the Japanese Garden became one of the greatest cultural attractions in Portland, Oregon. It became an opportunity to experience the Japanese culture outside of Japan.

    Some Side Note and Travel Tips:
    • · Most of the trees planted on the Garden are actually donated from people’s backyards.
    • · The best time most people prefer to visit is during the spring because that’s the time where flowers bloom.
    • · The best time to visit the Japanese garden is in the afternoon between 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm because it this period where the sunlight and the tree shade create such a beautiful scenic.
    5 Principal Gardens, Japanese Garden in Portland symbolism: 1- The strolling Pond Garden and Its Symbolism:

    You can hear the waterfall streaming in the Strolling Pond Garden from a distance. It is calming and pleasant to look at. Once you get closer and hear the heavy waterfall gets stronger, you can feel it cleansing your body and mind.

    It surely can put you into a meditation state and retaining your focus. This is one of the reasons the Japanese Garden in Portland is one of the world's most beautiful gardens. People from all over the world, such as photographers come to just experience it and take pictures of the waterfall in the strolling pond garden.

    The Strolling Pond Garden

    2- The Tea Garden and Kashintei Tea House:

    The Tea Garden is a quiet reflection of natural beauty and a pathway to tranquility. On the sidewalk stepping stones and ,lanterns carefully placed and leading to the Kahintei Tea house. ,Kashintei: (literally “Flower-Heart Room”)

    Symbolism: the experience walking through the Roji Path to Kathintei Tea house is meant to give the guest a sense of traveling out of the city and deep into the mountains to the hermitage. once they arrive at the tea house where they can rest and relax. Perhaps, they get entertained by the Tea ceremony (Chanoyu).

    3- The Natural Garden: Previously known as ,Hillside Garden

    The natural Garden was created to encourage visitors to rest and contemplate on the essence and brevity of life. It has many different biological trees some that are not Japanese. The style referred to as Zoki No Niwa.

    4- The Flat Garden:

    The Flat Garden is also known as the pavilion area. It features views and characteristics of the Japanese design. All the empty spaces, shapes, and forms are meant to fit perfectly and creating an ecosystem. Click

    5- The Sand and Stone Garden (Zen/ Karesansui Garden):

    ,Karesansui,, means (dry mountain water) in Japanese. If you look carefully you can see rake patterns that represent the ripples in the water. It is a good place to contemplate and relax your eyes. You can also walk barefoot and relax your feet. Click

    Culture crossing village: (Pavilion Gallery)

    The ,Culture Crossing Village, was established in 2017. It is the place where you can eat, shop, watch the performance art, and get educated and inspired. It is also a great place to know the Japanese culture and experience their true art, such as dancing, music, and talk series.

    The Culture Crossing Village also overlooks a beautiful view of ,Mount Hood,. It is in fact the most scenic view of the garden and maybe Washington Park, so prepare your camera to snap a picture.

    ,Traditional Zagunis Castle Wall:

    At the top of the village located a ,traditional Zagunis castle wall, holds back the mountainsides above. It is stack with granite from Baker City. One interesting fact about the Castle wall is that the granites are stacked without any cement (dray stack).

    It only holds still by gravity as the weight of the stone holds it in place. In fact, the shape is actually designed to be earthquake-proof, which means it cannot be affected by an earthquake.

    This video will give you the overall idea of the tradition Zagunis Castle Wall:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4xBk-3OpZw

    ,On a final note, the Japanese garden, is not like any other gardens we usually see. In comparison to the Chinese Garden it is a totally paradise. I honestly enjoyed both, but I like the Japanese Garden because it is more spacious and there is more to see. I am curious to know; please answer this question.

    ,Which one would you prefer more: the Japanese Garden or the Chinese Garden? Please explain,

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  • How To Visit Dubai despite The Coronavirus for Holidays, Shopping, Work
    03 July 2020

    Learn about how to visit Dubai despite Coronavirus for whatever purpose; say, holidays, shopping, business or residence. Given the foregoing, there’s no need to ask the following question, “Can I visit Dubai in this Covid-19 time?”

    Starting from the 7th of this month, July, visitors can travel to Dubai on certain conditions. Let’s see the conditions below.

    How Do I Visit Dubai despite The Coronavirus for Holidays, Shopping, & Work Credit: PaddleYourownKanoo.com

    Upon the outbreak of the deadly pandemic, Dubai and UAE shut its doors on inbound flights. But this was greeted it with a steep economic downturn leaving Dubai according to WION scrambling for money.

    Following this, Dubai has resolved to open its borders to global visitors for every travel purpose in order to not continue hurting its economy. So, hurray! Vacationing in Dubai is again doable. When are you visiting? Entry officially starts on 7th to reiterate. There are entry requirements though; find these below.

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    How To Enter Dubai During Covid-19 – Eligibility Criteria. Credit: NPR.org

    Basically, friend, what’s required is that you should be Coronavirus-free. And you must be able to prove this with a PCR Covid-19 test. In other words, if you’re visiting Dubai, you’re required to take PCR test for Coronavirus. You must be negative if you must go to Dubai. And you must visit with your PCR Coronavirus test result.

    If you visited the city without the test result, you’d be sadly quarantined for the test. Once the test result is out, and you’re found to be negative with Coronavirus, you’d be let to enter the city. But if you are positive with the Wuhan virus, you’d be sent to the hospital for treatment, although you’d be responsible for the bill.

    As part of the requirements, you’d also have to download the COVID-19 DXB app. This app was launched by the government for the collection of travelers’ details.

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    This question is a very good one. Yes, you want to visit Dubai, but you clearly aren’t trying to kill yourself, right? So how do you protect yourself?

    Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a respiratory disease which attacks the lungs. A South Korean doctor also said they see that the virus also attacks the heart. Because it originated from Wuhan, Beijing, China, it is also sometimes referred to as the Wuhan virus. I will not dig deep into technical details. But an important fact here is that Covid-19 infects the human body through the eyes, the nostrils and the mouth. There are claims too that it also gets in through the ears. This claim gains credence considering the inability to explain how the Wuhan virus has infected some people.

    This information should have equipped you with certain steps on how to protect yourself already. But that’s not all. Let’s see more.

    • The virus is transmitted by physical contact.
    • It may be airborne for up to three (3) hours.
    • Its lifespan varies depending on where it’s hosted. Depending on where it’s on, it could live up to three (3) days.
    • Hot environments is unfavorable to it. It dies faster in such a condition.
    • It doesn’t only get out of infected people by sneezing or couching. Talking also issues it out in different micro-droplets.
    • Airtight rooms are especially dangerous with Coronavirus as they can hold the virus for longer periods. If air is freely moving, then the virus can get flushed away.
    Steps To Protect against Coronavirus

    So how do you protect yourself against it? See the following steps.

    • Stay 2 meters or at least 6 feet away from people. This way, if they were infected, the droplets issuing from their mouths can hardly infect you.
    • Mask up. Wear a face or nose mask, always. If you can cover your eyes and ears too, that’d be very useful.
    • Always go out with your hand sanitizer and always sanitize your hands before and especially after touching people or public things like money, rails etc.
    • Closely related to the foregoing point, frequently wash your hands with effective soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid palming your face in the course of the day.
    • Disinfect your environment if you can.
    • If you’d be spending much time out, you should then be consuming alkaline-rich food.
    • Pray and mark yourself verbally with the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ’s name; so that the virus passes you without harm.
    How To Know You Probably Have Coronavirus

    But how do I know I have contracted Coronavirus? There are certain definite signs and symptoms that come with the presence of Coronavirus. Let’s see.

    Early symptoms include:

    • a loss of taste or smell

    Common signs and symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Couch
    • Tiredness

    Other signs and symptoms include:

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle aches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • Headache
    • Chest pain

    This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, such as rash, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

    Dangers of Covid-19

    The severity ofCOVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people may have only a few symptoms, and some people may have no symptoms at all. Some people may experience worsened symptoms, such as worsened shortness of breath and pneumonia, about a week after symptoms start.

    People who are older have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and the risk increases with age. People who have existing chronic medical conditions also may have a higher risk of serious illness. Chronic medical conditions that increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 include:

    • Serious heart diseases, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Severe obesity
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Weakened immune system from solid organ transplants

    This list is not all-inclusive.

    Conclusion

    I’m happy to have written on how to travel to Dubai during the Coronavirus pandemic. And I hope you found it useful. “Useful” is what Dubai Tour Pro was built for. Kindly share the post if you like it. And don’t hesitate to visit us for your Dubai travel information needs. Stay bouyant and protected.

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  • Tour of Thailand
    02 July 2020

    Thailand should be on every traveller’s bucket list! With white sandy beaches, historic temples, rich culture, mouthwatering food, and the infamous full moon party, why wouldn’t it be? There is simply too much on offer in this tropical paradise for travellers. The great thing about this country is that it appeals to both backpackers on a budget and travellers with luxurious taste.

    BANGKOK | CHIANG MAI | PHUKET | KOH SAMUI

    BANGKOK
    Eastin Grand hotel – Bangkok

    We arrived in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok around 11.30pm, collected our luggage and jumped straight into a Taxi. Getting a Taxi is convenient from this airport since it is a regulated number system which means fair prices, so expect to pay ~400 THB. Bangkok does offers loads of options to get around the city. Grab, Gojek motorbikes, Metro, BTS (Skytrain), Taxis, Tuk-Tuks, and local buses. I would suggest you download the Grab app and try to avoid Taxis and Tuk-Tuks as you don’t want to get stuck in a bargaining game.

    We arrived at our beautiful hotel, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. We checked in, dropped our bags off and then went straight to the rooftop to check out the views. Wow, the view was amazing! We sat by the infinity pool and had the best pad thai ever!

    Day 1 – Temples of Bangkok DRESS CODE
    • Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks
    • Women must be similarly modestly dressed. Legs covered, no see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.

    1. Grand Palace

    Wake up early to try avoid tour groups as it does get very crowded. The moment you arrive outside the palace walls and enter the gates you are quickly struck by the sheer size and popularity of what is Thailand’s most sacred site.

    The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

    2. Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)

    From the Grand Palace, you can walk to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is a must see!

    3. Wat Arun

    From the ferry point, take the ferry, which costs 4 THB, to the other side of the river. It is a 3-minute walk from the entrance. This temple was my favourite, the climb to the top gives a panoramic view of the river and city – It was simply beautiful.

    Chinatown & Khao San Road

    Bangkok Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world. If you love seafood then this is the place to be. We ended up getting a Tuk Tuk to Khao San Road….. what a journey! You have to experience a Tuk Tuk ride at least once. They take you from A to B within minutes, zigzagging through traffic. All i’m going to say is hold on tight!

    Tuk Tuk ride in Bangkok

    Khao San Road, the street that is a haven for every budget backpacker. It’s the main street that comes to life at night, with so many bars, food stalls, cheap buckets with alcohol and fried scorpions sellers. Walk through this street and be amazed by what is going on here. Absolute must see and thing to do in Bangkok.

    Day 2 – Shopping

    If you love shopping as much as me, then you have to take a day out to just go to the malls and explore. The great thing about shopping in Bangkok is that one minute you can shop cheap local designs at one of the many markets and the next minute luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a shopping mall nearby. We started off in Siam Center, it consists of many small shops, some international brands but many small more unknown Asian brands. We then checked out Siam Discovery which has 5 floors, and consists of many hip international brands. Next was MBK, this was popular amongst tourists. The center is packed with small shops and stalls, mostly Thai brands. You also have the Central World, which has eight floors from Designer goods to electronics and so on. After walking around for hours, we thought to stop and find a spot for afternoon tea. We ended up walking about 20 minutes and ended up in Central Embassy, another large shopping mall.

    We found the perfect spot for afternoon tea. Sretsis Parlour is the prettiest medieval floral-themed cafe in Bangkok … Stretsis Parlour is definitely a must-visit cafe the next time you’re in Bangkok! The cafe is very fancy from the entrance and even more beautiful from the inside. Sretsis gives off the European vibe with their curtains, furniture and interiors. Everything is very intricately done. The coffee was average but I didn’t mind paying that extra just for the atmosphere and the latte art. Felt like I was having high tea in some western fancy restaurant. 

    Cute cafe in Bangkok
    Day 3 – Rooftop bar
  • Let’s get Luminous – new skincare routine
    02 July 2020

    New Daily Glow Routine – Brighten, tighten and hydrate your skin with the Ole Henriksen Let’s Get Luminous Brightening Vitamin C Essentials Set – it works wonders!

    Good skin is key to flawless makeup application and that’s why I find it so important to take care of my skin. I found my skin was starting to look dull so I invested in some new products and I can honestly say it was worth it. I purchased the Ole Henriksen Let’s Get Luminous Brightening Vitamin C Essentials Set which includes the truth serum, c rush brightening creme and the banana bright eye cream.. I believe in a simple skincare routine without too many steps. That way, you are more likely to stick to it and will see results.

    I want to be clear, I amnot a dermatologist but I have found this method has worked for me. Here is my new daily glow routine, which I do twice a day.

    Step 1 – Cleanser

    I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Cleanser. It’s a light and creamy cleanser that removes makeup and dirt. You only need a small amount on a cotton wool pad. It has a lovely smell and leaves my face feeling fresher and soft. The cleanser contains wheatgerm oil to hydrate and protect from moisture loss, making it especially effective. I have combination type skin but this works for all skin types.

    Step 2 – Toner

    I follow with the Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner as I tend to have an oily t-zone. This leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated. I’ve tried so many different toners but the body shops whole vitamin E range has transformed my skin! It feels and smells incredible, my skin has never looked better. 

    Step 3 – Serum

    I have been using Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, with True-C Complex and potent antioxidants, which helps brighten and firm skin as it delivers all-day hydration. Apply evenly to face and neck daily.

    Step 4 – Moisturiser

    One of the many wonders of Vitamin C is its ability to even out skin tones. I use Ole Henriksen Brightening Gel Crème, with 3 sources of vitamin C and Rose of Winter extract, delivers a 24-hour burst of moisture, firms and instantly brightens. Apply evenly to face and neck AM and PM after Truth Serum. Gently massage in an upward, circular motion.

    Step 5 – Eye cream

    Banana Bright Eye Crème is a powerful vitamin C-infused formula that smoothes, refreshes and illuminates the eye area. You only need a small amount, gently apply to entire eye area. It provides a beautiful base for makeup.

    Step 6 – SPF

    This is the last thing I wear, its really important you use SPF everyday. I love La Roche-Posay SPF50 + gel-dry touch cream , its amazing.

    The results are magic – i’ve seen a difference within 14 days. My skin definitely looks brighter and healthier. I especially love the eye cream, definitely will be buying more.

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  • LOVE FROM DUBAI
    02 July 2020

    I’ve created a travel guide toDubai UAE. If you’re thinking about visiting and not sure where to go then keep reading and hopefully it will help you decide on things to do, places to go see, shopping, cultural highlights and desert adventures and most important how to save money. Dubai has so much to offer and is unlike anywhere else on the planet. Here’s my ultimate Dubai travel guide.

    Dubai is not cheap. You will need to spend some money in order to enjoy the beautiful city, however there are ways to save money if you’re on a budget. I would recommend downloading the Entertainer app. It costs around £45 – £75 depending which one you go for. It has so many discounts for hundreds of restaurants, bars and all sorts of activities. Most of the discounts are 2 for 1 and it is valid for 1 year. I definitely got my money’s worth.

    WHERE TO STAY

    All the hotels in Dubai are beautiful so it really depends on what you want to get out of your trip. I have recommended a few below.

    Dubai Marina and JBR

    In my opinion, this is the best place to stay in Dubai. It’s relatively new and is the most Westernized area in the city. If you want to be close to the beach, the mall and great nightlife I would definitely recommend staying here. There are some great restaurants and bars and all the skyscrapers, it is actually very impressive. I stayed at the Address Dubai Marina, which was attached to the mall – I would definitely stay there again. The staff, the location and the pool was lovely. Other hotels to check out in this area are: Rixos Premium, Grosvenor House, Sofitel Dubai and Habtoor Grand Resort.

    Downtown and Business Bay

    I stayed in the Business Bay the first time I visited Dubai. It was great as it was very close to the Dubai Mall and close to the most important landmarks, like the Burj Khalifa, however it took around 20 minutes to get to the beach and I found I was using taxi’s a lot more than when I stayed in the Marina. If you are looking to stay in more reserved area and want to be close to the luxurious shops, then this is your place. I stayed at the Renaissance Hotel, it was new when I visited and I loved it. Other hotels to check out in this area are: Steigenberger, The Oberoi and Taj.

    Staying On The Palm

    If you’re happy to be resort based for a few days, you can’t go wrong with The Palm as the hotels are very nice. There are so many beautiful hotels on the palm, you really can’t go wrong but here are a few I recommend staying at: Atlantis, FIVE Palm, Anantara, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray or One&Only Royal Mirage.

    Also to note you don’t have to stay in a 5* as all the hotels are beautiful. The 3* and 4* are just as good or even better then most of the hotels in the UK and you get to save some money. I tend to book my hotels on agoda as I find they are usually the cheapest and price match.

    WHAT TO DO

    SKYDIVE

    Like many people, this has always been on my bucket list, so I knew I had to do it when I visited Dubai. There is no better view than the one that you get when you are falling out of an airplane from 12,500 feet above the palm. It really was the best experience and I would totally recommend it to all my fellow adrenaline junkies. It isn’t cheap, I think it cost around £400/450 but it was totally worth every penny.

    GO TO THE TOP OF BURJ KHALIFA

    This has to be on everyones list of things to go see when in Dubai. It’s the planet’s tallest skyscraper and you get an unforgettable view from the top of the world! I would definitely book tickets in advance as you may find yourself waiting in long queues.

    JETSKI AT JBR

    Again, for my fellow adrenaline junkies get your thrills on a 1-hour guided jet ski adventure in Dubai, and see the skyline of the city from the Persian Gulf. Jet Skis are for everyone, you get to speed past iconic sights such as the Burj Al Arab, go to Atlantis on top of Palm Jumeirah and ride back to the base. You also get to stop and take pictures so don’t forget your phones/cameras.

    EXPLORE OLD DIERA

    Dubai is so much more than its skyscrapers and malls. Make sure you take some time out to explore old town and the gold souks, it is a famous tourist spot where you can find plenty of shops selling gold, other jewellery and perfume.

    DESERT SAFARI

    See another side of Dubai on a desert safari. If you want to see what Dubai looked like not so long ago then book yourself onto a tour where you’ll get the opportunity to ride a buggy or quad bikes, go sand boarding, dune bashing, camel ride and end the evening with a dinner and belly dancing show.

    WATCH THE DUBAI FOUNTAINS

    Plan to visit these striking fountains at least twice to get the daytime and nighttime view. Book a table at one of the restaurants in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Mall and experience the fountain show whilst eating. I went to Thiptara, a Thai restaurant. The food was lovely but a little overpriced. However, there are many restaurants close by to check out.

    DUBAI MALL

    You have to visit the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping malls in UAE. Don’t expect to buy a lot as it’s not cheap but it’s so much more than a shopping centre. Go see the aquarium and underwater Zoo, if you’re brave enough check out the ultimate shark dive experience. There are also great spots to stop for food.

    SCUBA DIVING / PADI DIVING

    If you love the water like me, check out a PADI course for an underwater experience you’ll never forget. The visibility when I went wasn’t great so I didn’t get to see much. It all depends on the weather, but it was a great experience regardless and you get to walk away with a scuba diving certificate.

    FRIDAY BRUNCH

    Friday Brunch is one not to be missed. It’s the chance to kick the weekend off in style. Almost all hotels and restaurants offer a great experience, serving food from all over the wold with free flowing drinks and great entertainment. There are so many to pick from but here are a few top places to check out.

    • Bubbalicious – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
    • Jumeirah Al Qasr
    • Le Royal Meridien
    • Nobu – Atlantis The Palm

    WATERPARK

    You have Wild Wadi and Aquaventure Waterpark – definitely worth checking out (don’t forget to take water shoes especially in Summer).

    POOL PARTY

    There are some great pool parties in Dubai. A few of my favourites:

    • Zero Gravity – Every Friday (and Saturday) there’s a huge poolside and beachside brunch that kicks off at 1pm.
    • Nikki Beach
    • The Penthouse at the Five Palm -Every Saturday,  invies everyone down for its Candypants ladies day pool party!

    SHISHA

    Go check out Huqqa in the Dubai Mall, smoke shisha and have an amazing view of the fountains.

    Shades at the Address Marina hotel is also a great spot for shisha which overlooks the infinity pool, the stunning views of Dubai set the scene for a stylish evening any night of your week.

    CLUBBING

    There are many great clubs in Dubai but I would definitely recommend 1 Oak and Mahiki.

    WHERE TO EAT

    Nusr-Et

    The world’s famous Salt Bae experience. It is expensive, the food was average but the experience was great.

    Buddha Bar

     Buddha-Bar Dubai is such a beautiful restaurants with great ambience. Expect to be wowed by the stunning interior. If you love Asian food, then definitely one to check out.

    Pier 7

    Pier 7 is Dubai Marina’s premiere fine dining scene with 7 different restaurants offering exotic Arabic and Asian flavors and European inspired dining.

    Doors Freestyle Grill

    Doors Freestyle Grill is a high-end restaurant nestled against the stunning backdrop of Al Seef Dubai Creek. The steak was amazing, the staff were so friendly and made the experience one to remember.

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  • Get £10 off beauty products
    02 July 2020

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  • Get 15% off your first order
    02 July 2020

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    Farfetch is one of fashion’s modern way of interacting with investors, partners and of course costumers. You will find all of your favourite designers with their latest products available and discover bold and creative new ones. You will find what you need and discover what you want. So, let’s start shopping!

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  • A Weekend in Paris
    02 July 2020

    I will never forget my weekend in Paris. I’ve been once before when I was younger but this time it was different. There’s just something about Paris I love. Paris just sweeps me up in it’s magical entanglements. I think it fits the bill for almost any kind of traveler. Whether you want to relax, explore, shop… it’s all there, waiting for you.

    How To Organise A Perfect Weekend To Paris

    I love the challenge of trying to see Paris in a short amount of time, finding the very best places to stay and eat and things to do when I travel. It’s part of the fun really! You can do a lot in Paris in a weekend, you just need to know where to go and what to see.

    On this occasion I travelled with Eurostar and I have to say it was so much better than flying. Not only was it cheaper, less waiting around but we arrived in Gare du Nord,which is Central Paris. It took 15-minutes to get to the hotel – The Westin Paris – Vendome. The first thing I noticed when checking in was how good the lobby smelt…. I had to ask the receptionist what it was because it was such a beautiful scent – It’s called the White Tea Scent Diffuser and I purchased it as soon as I got back to the UK. The Westin Paris-Vendome is an elegant property, and has a central location just a three-minute walk to the Place Vendome. The location is great, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Louvre Museum, 20 minute metro ride to Notre Dame is a 20-minute metro ride and a 10 minute taxi ride to The Eiffel Tower. I highly recommend taking the Paris metro. It’s easier and less expensive than a taxi.

    DAY 1 IN PARIS Louvre Museum

    The Louvre Museum is the most visited museum in the world. You’ll find some of the most iconic pieces of art in history. From Leanardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa to the famous Venus de Milo statue! The Louvre is a massive building, so expect to be there for a few hours at least.

    Kong Restuarant

    Kong is a super trendy restaurant bar on the top two floors of the LVMH building. It’s a unique restaurant with beautiful views with a glass domed roof. If you’re into your Asian fusion dishes then I would definitely check it out.

    DAY 2 IN PARIS Champs-Élysée

    Everybody knows the Champs Ã‰lysées, whether they’ve visited Paris or not. It is probably one of the most famous roads in the world and a must see for anybody visiting Paris. It runs from the Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde.

    The Arc de Triomphe is one of those iconic monuments of Paris, and once you reach the top you can enjoy the beautiful view of the avenue stretching out beneath your feet.

    In this part of Paris, you can easily find what you’re looking for when it comes to shopping. This is where you’ll find the major brands and luxury boutiques. Most of these stores are open late into the evening and every day of the week.  The Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysées store is beautiful, with its impressive architecture, like many of the other stores you’ll come across. There are also some great places to stop off for a bite to eat.

    Enjoying a few macaroons or breakfast at Ladurée

    Whether it’s for breakfast or just a snack, you cannot leave the neighbourhood without making a stop here. When you enter the store, you are plunged into a world of pastel colours where everything is sophistication. From their desserts to the decoration, everything is beautiful at Ladurée!

    Notre Dame

    One of the biggest items on my travel to-do list was to visit Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. I had heard how beautiful it was inside and so couldn’t wait to see it in person. It did not disappoint.

    Montmartre

    With its narrow cobbled lanes, secret passageways, and centuries-old houses, there’s a reason that the 18th arrondissement makes it to the top of everyone’s Paris bucket list.

    Sacré-Coeur Basilica

    First of all, thanks to its status as one of the tops must-sees in Paris, the place can get pretty crowded pretty quickly. If you want to beat the crowds, then be sure to head there earlier in the day, and mid-week if possible. For the best view of the city, you simply need to climb to the top of the dome! 

    DAY 3 IN PARIS Angelina’s 

    I was lucky as this was just around the corner from my hotel. You’ll spot it from the queue snaking along the ivory brickwork; a queue that you’ll understand as soon as you see the patisserie in the window. If you haven’t heard of Angelina’s, it is known for known for delicious hot chocolate. I pretty much haven’t stopped thinking about it. It is pure liquid indulgence, served in a jug with individual portions of thick cream to top it with, and worthy of stopping conversation so you can give it the attention it deserves. The breakfast was average but I would definitely go back just for the hot chocolate.

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    Nose – Create your own fragrance

    If you’re into your fragrances like me then check this place out. Nose is a beautiful boutique in the heart of Paris. the concept is really good, it establishes your olfactive diagnostic to determine the fragrances that would suit you the most (based on what you like, what you have already worn, etc.) to help you find your perfect perfume. It was definitely a cool experience and I ended up buying a new fragrance which I adore.

    Restaurant Ciel de Paris

    If you’re looking for a fancy restaurant with great views and good food this is the place to visit.

    Eiffel Tower

    We didn’t book tickets beforehand and had to wait hours in the queue, which in the rain wasn’t a great idea. So I would suggest you buy your tickets in advance. It’s a bit of a cliche I know ,but we couldn’t very well take a trip to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, could we? We took the lift the whole way because of the weather but you do have the option to take the stairs if you are feeling brave.

    We went in the evening as I thought the views would be pretty special. As soon as we got to the top, it was freezing cold and windy but it was definitely worth it – the views were beautiful.

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06 July 2020

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  • The Most Beautiful National Parks in Azerbaijan To Be One With Nature
    05 July 2020

    The entire region of Azerbaijan is filled with acres and acres of national parks that are home to some of the most unique wildlife species out there. These parks offer some of the most diverse landscapes, with distinguished vegetation, lush greenery and varied soiled lands as well.

    If you’re a wildlife enthusiast in particular and would love to catch a glimpse of some of the endangered as well, rare wildlife in their natural habitat, Azerbaijan could be just where you should be headed towards. Regardless of whether you’re travelling with family, friends or even if you’re a couple heading on to your honeymoon; the place most definitely has something in it for everyone.

    Image Credit – Google Images

    Tourists can experience the varied national parks, as they make their way through a number of trails, hoping to catch a glimpse of some great wildlife along the way. If you’re into nature and would love to know the history behind some of these, you could even offer to hike the park alongside a guide.

    Exploring alongside an experienced guide doesn’t just help you understand the dynamics behind the functioning of the park but, also gives you a clearer understanding behind the nuances that contribute to its very existence. So if you’re looking for tranquillity, peace, calm or maybe just to be transcended into a whole new world of your own, this could be one of the most ideal ways for you.

    The entire experience will undoubtedly be something you’ll cherish for a long time to come, with loads of memories and fresh picturesque thoughts to guide you through. If you’re on a quest to find some of the most diverse and unimaginable landscapes there is in the region, the ‘Land of Fire,’ provides you just that.

    What’s best about the region, remains the importance that is laid upon the protection of the environment and its belongings. So whether you’re talking about the plant species or wildlife, both of the two is of utmost priority to the authorities in the region. 

    To make things a tad bit easier for you, we’ve listed out some of the most beautiful National parks in Azerbaijan. These parks are home to some amazing migratory birds, wildlife and even a great variety of underwater marine life. A visit to any of these parks could just be what you’re missing out on. 

    Most Beautiful National Parks in Azerbaijan
    1. Gobustan National Park
    2. Absheron National Park
    3. Shirvan National Park
    4. Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve
    5. Agh Gol National Park
    6. State Goygol National Park
    Gobustan National Park Image Credit – Google Images

    The ‘Gobustan National Park,’ can be easily regarded as one of the most visited parks amongst tourists, in the whole of Azerbaijan. The park in itself is located about 60 kilometres away from the southwestern region of the capital city of Baku. The site has been widely acclaimed as it has been listed on the ‘UNESCO,’ sites owing to its mud volcanoes with petroglyphs and a number of musical rocks as well.

    Dating all the way back to about  40,000 years are some of the intricate rock carvings that are found decorating the wall, with its wide array of animal and human-like figures all through it. Some of the most intriguing and unique figures amongst them all remain the depiction of dolphins and whales – which are found in the midst of about 6,000 odd carvings. It is believed that these marine creatures are also found in the Caspian Sea. 

    Absheron National Park

    Stretching across 783 hectares of land, the ‘Absheron Peninsula,’ is a protected area that is most often looked over by tourists during their visit to Azerbaijan. The main factor behind the reduced number of tourists being the underwhelming reviews that have been posted about the place, in combination with the lack of information that has been doing the rounds. 

    The park itself has a resemblance that is similar to that of ‘semi-desert terrain,’ with a large variety of flora, fauna and of course dunes, as well. For those tourists that are lucky, you may be fortunate enough to spot some of the other wildlife species that grace the grounds – tortoises, foxes and jackals, being just some of them. If you’re someone who loves your plants, the ‘Absheron Peninsula,’ houses over 25 species of non-native and endemic plants. 

    Shirvan National Park Image Credit – Google Images

    Travellers looking for a day trip of sorts can head towards the ‘Shirvan National Park,’ that’s just about a day’s journey from Baku. The National park features the ‘semi-desert terrain,’ that has great similarity to that of the ‘Absheron Peninsula.’ There are a number of wildlife species, sand dunes and gazelle that graces the land in this region.  The ‘Shirvan National Park,’ was established in the year 2003 and has been a great attempt to safeguard some of the endemic flora and wildlife located here. 

    Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve Image Credit – Google Images

    The ‘Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve,’ has been regarded as a nature reserve that is much similar to the ‘Ghizil-Agaj Bay,’ located towards the northern part of Lankaran. The reserve itself is said to stretch across 70kilometres of land, right from the Caspian Sea,  encircling the Ghizil-Agaj Bay.

    If you’re a bird lover, this region is filled with a large number of migratory birds that make their way up here every year. The haven is home to birds travelling all the way from Siberia and Northern Europe, that fly to the ‘ Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve,’ during the winters. 

    Agh Gol National Park

    The ‘Agh Gol National Park,’ is situated in the southern region of Azerbaijan and lies towards the borders of Iran. The arid landscape of the park amidst the Kur-Araz lowlands has remained one of the major attractions for smaller tourists over the years. The jade-coloured oasis is a rather significant part of these lowlands and has been a prominent part of this region from time immemorial. 

    State Goygol National Park Image Credit – Google Images

    The ‘State Goygol National Park,’ is yet another significant and much-acclaimed attraction in Azerbaijan. The much talked about,‘Lake Goygol,’ which has been a major tourist spot, also finds itself located inside the ‘State Goygol National Park.’ 

    Can’t wait to explore some of the most beautiful National parks in Azerbaijan? Head over to Pickyourtrail and customise your Azerbaijan holiday package today. Our destination experts will help chart out an itinerary in accordance to your likes and preferences. What’s holding you back? Make way for an amazing Azerbaijan vacation! Book your dream vacation today by just leaving a Whatsapp query

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  • The Most Beautiful Beaches in Azerbaijan To Soak In The Sun
    05 July 2020

    Not many travellers talk about Azerbaijan or are even familiar with the existence of the region in today’s day and age. But the fact of the matter remains that Azerbaijan offers tourists some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The stunning coastlines are truly breathtaking with the extensive coastline and the white sandy beaches.

    Both locals and International tourists are seen flooding the beaches through the varied seasons, hoping with all their heart to experience the ambience and vibe that Azerbaijan has on its cards. Not only are the beaches bursting with life but, they’re also filled with a number of smaller restaurants and cafes that serve some of the best food in the region.

    Image Credit – Google Images

    The local cuisine and delicacies are most definitely a delight to your taste buds and leave you longing for so much more. The amount of love, care and effort that the locals put into a wide array of snacks and produce remains an inspiring sight to behold.

    Tourists can also witness a number of families, couples and even younger kids relaxing, enjoying a dip and maybe even playing some of their favourite games along the shores of the beach. The long stretches of coastline are witnessed across hundreds of kilometres as the Caspian Sea extends from the Northern regions of Dagestan, all the way to the ‘Land of Fire’ in the Southern part of the land.

    This is one of the most scenic and picturesque landscape journeys you could venture out while in Azerbaijan. It gives tourists a small glimpse of what some of the most beautiful beaches in Azerbaijan have in store for them. Tourists head back home with a series of lovely memories and most often wish that their stay could extend just that little bit longer.

    If there’s one concern at all, it remains the fact that oil has continued to cause a number of issues for the region, over the years. This, in turn, has cost the environment greatly and has resulted in the diminishment of the picturesque beaches that the region has been blessed with. 

    For those of you who would love to explore some of the most beautiful beaches in Azerbaijan. Find all of our recommendations below. We’ve listed out everything from the beach clubs, to the best spots in the country to so much more. 

    The Most Beautiful Beaches in Azerbaijan

    Find everything you need to know about this beautiful region and the beaches that surround it right here. A read through the blog is all that you need. 

    1. Bilgah Beach
    2. Shikhov Beach
    3. Amburan Beach Club
    4. Absheron Peninsula Beaches
    5. Pirsagi
    6. Nabran
    Bilgah Beach Image Credit – Google Images

    The ‘Bilgah Beach,’ is easily one of the best beaches you’ll find in the capital city of Baku. And the secret behind this remains the oil pollution in the region. The ‘Absheron Peninsula’s’ northeastern tip finds itself located on the one-kilometre stretch of white sandy beaches along the coast. 

    Popularly referred to as one of the public hotspots of beach clubs in the region, ‘Bilgah,’ isn’t just like any of your tropical paradise of Thailand or Maldives. If you’re wondering if the beach comes along with admission fees, you can rest assured that visitors can enjoy the ambience of the beach free of cost.  

    Shikhov Beach

    The ‘Shikhov Beach,’ is just about a  fifteen-minute bus ride from the central region of the Baku city and remains more or less accessible to commutation. But, tourists need to keep in mind that not everybody in the region, rents a car or has hired a driver of sorts for their journey. The complex itself provides guests with all the sustenance they may need – changing areas, umbrellas, lounges and much more. 

    Amburan Beach Club

    If a relaxing journey is what you’re looking for, we would recommend you head over to the ‘Amburan Beach Club,’ located in the capital city of Baku. This beach resort in the Bilgah region offers one of the best places for tourists to have a peaceful, calm and refreshing vacation.

    Tourists can witness a series of loungers that are orange sand filled, as they make their way through the club and stumble across a number of umbrellas overlooking the Caspian Sea. The club also gives tourists the opportunity to avail a number of amenities like – restaurants, bars, cafes, swimming pools and so on. 

    Absheron Peninsula Beaches Image Credit – Google Images

    Extending all the way to the North-Eastern part of Baku, is the famous ‘Absheron Peninsula,’ with the ‘Pirallahi Island,’ situated right at its eastern tip. As tourists find themselves driving through the region, they’ll find themselves a wide array of restaurants, hotels, cafes and endless beach clubs – the Buzovna, Mayak and Northern Gress being just some of them.

    Pirsagi Image Credit -Google Images

    The city of ‘Pirsagi,’ finds itself located on the northern side of Absheron, with its long stretches of beaches to grace the coastline. The beaches themselves are filled with golden sand and a number of seaside resorts, which in turn makes it one of the most happening places in the region.

    Tourists can stroll through the beaches, enjoy a delight or two or maybe even relax as they watch the gentle waves crash onto the shore. If you don’t mind burning a hole through your wallet, you could even head over to some of the luxurious private beach clubs. Most of these clubs offer tourists a wide range of amenities that they can avail and enjoy during their stay. 

    Nabran Image Credit – Google Images

    Travellers who are looking for a unique experience altogether with some of the most secluded beaches in Azerbaijan can head over to the region of Nabran. Located just about a few kilometres from the Northern border of  Dagestan, lies some of the clearest waters in the country. Tourists find themselves drawn towards a number of seaside resorts in the region. 

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  • Places to visit in Zaporizhia, Ukraine with your family in 2021!
    05 July 2020

    Located on the banks of the Dnieper River, Zaporizhia has an interesting history. The city is famous for its fascinating islands including the prominent island of Khortytsia. The island offers numerous water sports activities like swimming and boating. You can also relax on the small sandy beaches. The island also houses a military museum featuring weaponry and period reconstructions of famous battles. This natural park actually attracts visitors year-round. There are many places to visit in Zaporizhia with your family in 2021. We have listed down for your easy reference.

    Zaporizhia’s fame comes from the Zaporizhian Cossacks – autonomous warriors who existed by the Dnieper rapids from the 16th to the 18th centuries. These Cossacks are the heart of Ukrainian national identity and made a home on the island of Khortytsia beside modern Zaporizhia. You will also find their “sich”, a fortified wooden village restored as an open-air museum.

    Credits – UnsplashTop 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia
    1. Khortytsia
    2. Zaporizhian Sich Historical and Cultural Complex
    3. Dnieper Hydroelectric Station
    4. Zaporizka Square
    5. Sobornyj Prospekt
    6. Phaeton Antique Retro Car Museum
    7. Zaporizhia Oak
    8. Holy Protection Cathedral
    9. Motor Sich Aviation Museum
    10. Regional Lore Museum
    1. Khortytsia

    The largest River Island on the Dnieper and an important historical site, Khortysia was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine in the year 2007. Therefore, the island’s value holds in its traditional associations with the unruly Zaporizhian Cossacks. They built a “sich” (a wooden fortress settlement) here in the 16th century. Perhaps, the most compelling piece of trivia is that they are assumed to have composed their mocking reply to the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV on the island. There is also a museum on Khortytsia, which we will visit in the below pointers. The whole island is a national reserve, featuring 50-metre granite cliffs, large swathes of steppe and oak and spruce forest. No doubt, it is on the list of top 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia.

    Credits – Wikimedia2. Zaporizhian Sich Historical and Cultural Complex

    Coming to the place which takes the second spot in the top 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia. The big visitor attraction on Khortystia is a restoration of a Zaporizhian sich. The strong wooden village was a few years in the making and built-in the year 1983. In a faithfully-designed sich from the 1500s, there are displays in the village’s wooden huts and halls on themes like Khortytsia in the Stone Age, the story of the Zaporizhian Cossacks and Zaporizhia at the advent of socialism. There are also miniature theatre to check out. In this, you will find two dealing with pivotal battles fought by the Zaporizhian Cossacks and one for the construction of the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station. In the summer, you can also watch feisty battle re-enactments by actors in 16th-century dress.

    3. Dnieper Hydroelectric Station

    Between Dnipro and Zaporizhia, there used to be over 100 kilometres of obstructed rapids on the River Dnieper, one of the main reasons why empires could not control. Plans to make the river navigable were declared in the 1890s, and it would be another three decades before the city’s famous hydroelectric dam was built. A few years after its initial launch in 1932, they rebuilt the whole structure almost from scratch after being demolished in the Second World War. The dam is almost 800 metres long with a height of 61 metres and has a capacity of 1,569 megawatts. You could also cross it via the footbridge, but it is a trip to make at quiet times when the traffic is not much.

    Credits – Wikimedia4. Zaporizka Square

    This square facing the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station at the western end of Sobornyj Prospekt reflects the recent changes that have taken place in Ukraine. It used to be called as Lenin Square and in the centre was the largest statue of Lenin in Ukrainian territory. But the name was changed in 2016 and the monument was demolished in line with Ukraine’s “decommunisation” efforts. Now, in 2017 there’s a traditional image of a Zaporizhian Cossack, and plans are up to replace the old monument with a park with an observation deck allowing complete views of Khortytsia.

    Credits – Wikimedia5. Sobornyj Prospekt

    One of Europe’s longest urban streets begins at Zaporizka Square and crosses through the centre of the city for approximately 10.2 kilometres. For tourists, the most important parts are in the older quarter of the city, approximately from Zaporizka Square down to the Ukraine Shopping Mall. There are also many shops, restaurants, imposing landmarks to visit. Historians might be excited by the sight of one of these constructivist buildings playing host to a branch of McDonald’s.

    6. Phaeton Antique Retro Car Museum

    A museum which deals with Ukrainian and Soviet automotive history. There is a large collection of vintage vehicles, both inside and out. Outside you will be able to see a yard full of military hardware like tanks (T-34), artillery, oilers and personnel carriers dating back to the Second World War. In the main hall, you will find some 60 vintage cars mostly by Soviet brands. All of these vehicles look fresh and the museum makes it a point of keeping them in running condition. This must be in your top places to visit in Zaporizhia, if you are an antique car lover.

    7. Zaporizhia Oak

    You have to cross the Dnieper into the Dniprovsky District to reach this strange and nationally notable site. The Zaporizhia Oak recently named as Ukraine’s national tree and dates back to more than 700 years. It has long been a place of travel and in 2001, they set up a visitor centre in front of the tree, complete with a chapel and theatre stage. The oak is 36 metres high, and also has a few branches that still produce leaves. You will find the dead parts of the trees covered up by cables.

    8. Holy Protection Cathedral

    Destroyed in Soviet times, Ukraine has many churches reconstructed and the Zaporizhia’s Holy Protection Cathedral was one of the most difficult and challenging projects. Originally dedicated as St Cyril’s Cathedral in 1886 but met an untimely end when it was pulled down in the 1930s. The project to rebuild the cathedral started again in 1993. Archive design plans and photographs of the building were tracked down in St Petersburg. This is one of the most top 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia.

    9. Motor Sich Aviation Museum

    Zaporizhia is the home city of Motor Sich, an aviation manufacturer building motors for Soviet and now Russian aircraft. One of these planes was the Antonov An-225, the heaviest and longest aircraft ever built. Moreover, If you are into Soviet technology or aviation, you definitely need to visit this museum. Besides, there is a host of other engines that have technical specifications provided on information boards and a couple of early aircraft hanging from the ceiling. The first floor has some excellent vintage motorcycles and you can view an array of vintage military hardware outside.

    Credits – Wikimedia10. Regional Lore Museum

    The Regional Lore Museum makes it to the top 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia. You will still be excited to know more about the Zaporizhian Cossacks and this museum has all the background you could wish for. You will be able to get a glimpse of the highlights of the collection such as Zaporizhian weapons and everyday items unearthed on Khortytsia and other sites in the region. Furthermore, there are also much older artefacts from local Bronze Age barrows and Scythian jewellery from the Iron Age. Beyond this, there is also a large coin collection while the museum also explores the natural history of the Zaporizhia Oblast with some interesting paleontological specimens from the Neogene period.

    With this, we come to an end of the top 10 places to visit in Zaporizhia. Are you excited to visit all the above-listed places to visit in Zaporizhia? If yes, plan a trip to Europe with Pickyourtrail and head to Ukraine right away and head out on an exploration of the intriguing history of the country. Also, enjoy some of the most enchanting designs. Leave aWhatsapp inquiry for more options. Check out our uniquely curated Europe packages too!

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  • Top places to visit in Tenerife Island, Spain in 2021!
    05 July 2020

    Usually known for its holiday resorts, Blue Flag beaches and vibrant nightlife scene, but Tenerife island’s natural landscape and great climate offer a great deal beyond this. With volcanoes, Spain’s highest mountain peak, water sports, whale watching, natural parks and caves, Tenerife Island is a great weekend destination for the adventurous. There are many places to visit in Tenerife Island and one should not miss those for sure!

    Home to the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this is the largest of all the Canary Islands and certainly one of the best honeymoon islands in the world. Filled with magnificent natural attractions and scintillating views, Tenerife is the ultimate honeymoon island for the watersport lovers. Tenerife can be reached through Los Rodeos Airport in North and Reina Sofia Airport in the south from almost all major European destinations. If you are travelling via the sea, you can take ferries from the ports of Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz.

    Credits – UnsplashTop 10 places to visit in Tenerife Island, Spain

    Below are the top 10 places to visit in Tenerife Island, Spain.

    1. Mount Teide National Park
    2. Siam Park
    3. Head to the beaches
    4. Whale and Dolphin Watching
    5. Museum of Science and the Cosmos
    6. Cueva del Viento
    7. Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park
    8. Meet the locals in the ‘lost’ Masca Village
    9. Tabaiba Shipwreck
    10. Bajamar Natural Pools
    1. Mount Teide National Park

    Mount Teide National Park is a World Heritage Site and houses Mount Teide, a volcano and the highest mountain peak in Spain at 3718 metres above sea level. You can hike or take a cable car to the base of the final summit, where you will enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. If you want to head to the top of the summit, you will need to get a prior permit. The Teide Observatory is on Mount Teide at an altitude of 2400 metres above sea level. It is the world’s largest solar observatory and has an ideal spot to observe the sun or night sky. Guided tours of the observatory are available as well. No wonder it is the list of top places to visit in Tenerife Island.

    1. Opening Hours:24 hours
    2. Tickets: Free
    3. Address: Mount Teide, 38300, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    Credits – Unsplash2. Siam Park

    Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park in Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. This park covers 48 acres with the most extensive collection of Thai buildings outside of Thailand. It also holds a great selection of water slides and rides, both family-friendly and adrenaline-filled. It is considered to be one of the best in Europe and it absolutely makes our list of best places to visit in Tenerife Island. Alongside the water slides, there is also the Lost City, a children’s play area with dozens of different games, a Thai floating market, Siam Beach, a wave pool offering surfing lessons and Thai restaurants. This is one of the important places to visit in Tenerife Island if you are travelling with children.

    1. Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
    2. Tickets: â‚¬26 for a child, €38 for an adult, but packages are usually available.
    3. Address: Av. Siam, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    3. Head to the beaches

    Tenerife has over 400 kilometres of coastline leading to a great diversity of beaches. Out of this, 17 have been awarded the Blue Flag status. Playa de las Teresitas in Santa Cruz is a sheltered manmade beach formed with sand imported from the Sahara Desert, popular with both the locals and holidaymakers. If you are looking for something offbeat, there are a number of isolated beaches away from the main tourist resorts – these include Playa Bollullo, Playa del Pozo, Playa El Puertito. These are the places to visit in Tenerife Island with your loved ones searching peace and calmness.

    Credits – Unsplash

    Those with a strong interest in water sports activities will be aware of the windy El Medano beach on the south coast of Tenerife. It is considered to be one of the world’s best beaches for windsurfing and kitesurfing having hosted regular windsurfing competitions.

    Also read: Best beaches in Barcelona

    4. Whale and Dolphin Watching

    A whale watching tour off the coast of South West Tenerife is one of the best channels to watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Bottlenose dolphins, Sperm whales, Pilot whales and Risso dolphins are all resident in the waters around the Canary Island. You will also get to see other species such as the Killer Whale, Minke Whale and the Striped Dolphin occasionally migrating into the waters. You may also see turtles, sharks, osprey and kestrels.

    1. Opening Hours: The tours operate from Puerto Colón, Los Gigantes, Los Cristianos and Las Galletas and usually takes around 3 hours.
    2. Tickets: Somewhere between €20 to €55 per person, depending on the boat and length of the tour. Rates keep fluctuating year on year.
    5. Museum of Science and the Cosmos

    Museums in Tenerife can often be ignored, but The Museum of Science and the Cosmos (MCC) in La Laguna is one of the most famous in Spain and worth a visit. The museum probes into the world of science and astronomy combining traditional museum displays with interactive displays, demonstrations, astronomy evenings, a planetarium and fun activities for all ages.

    1. Opening Hours: 9 am to 8 pm
    2. Tickets: €5
    3. Address: Av. de los Menceyes, 70, 38205 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    Credits – Wikimedia6. Cueva del Viento

    Cueva del Viento is a set of caves which were formed by lava from the eruption of the Pico Viejo volcano. There are 18 kilometres of lava tubes which you can explore with a tour guide. By walking through the maze of underground tunnels, you will also get to discover fossils, lava stalactites, lava lakes and at least 190 species of insects which live inside.

    1. Opening Hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm, Mon & Wed-Fri until 7 pm
    2. Tickets: €8.50 for a child, €20 for an adult
    3. Address: c/ Los Piquetes 51. 38430 Icod de los Vinos. Tenerife. Islas Canarias.
    7. Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park

    The Pirámides de Güímar Ethnographic Park houses a mysterious group of stone pyramids which were first found in the 1990s with various theories surrounding their origin. The Casa Chacona Museum at the park examines the potential theories, the other pyramids and step structures from around the world, and the scientific and archaeological examinations which have taken place at Guimar.

    1. Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 6 pm
    2. Tickets: A basic ticket is €12.50 and a full ticket with access to Easter Island, Poison Garden and the exhibitions at the park is €18.
    3. Address: Calle Chacona, s/n, 38500 Güímar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    8. Meet the locals in the ‘lost’ Masca Village

    Masca is one of the highest villages on Tenerife, and the rock behind it almost presents a ‘mini Macchu Picchu’ look to the village. The hike from the village to the bay will take between 3 to 5 hours. This is a valley hike, full of viewpoints, flora and fauna and epic photo possibilities. This is also a steady hike so do not forget to take walking shoes and plenty of water. You will need to catch a water taxi back to Los Gigantes, which adds to the experience.

    1. Opening Hours: Water taxis depart from Masca Bay at 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
    2. Tickets: It is always recommended that you go with a guide unless you are an experienced hiker. This costs around €50 per person.
    3. Address: Masca, 38489, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    Credits – Pixabay9. Tabaiba Shipwreck

    You will find Tabaiba in the central north of Tenerife. This is one of the astonishing places to visit in Tenerife Island for scuba diving. The wreck was dropped deliberately in 2006 to build the marine life here, and attract more divers to the area. On a dive here, you will also find octopus, large schools of mackerel and barracudas.

    1. Opening Hours: During daytime
    2. Tickets: Prices vary depending on your choice of scuba diving
    3. Address: Teide Divers are located on Calle La Corbeta s/n, Edificio Los Organos, Local 1, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    10. Bajamar Natural Pools

    We have come to the last attractions in top places to visit in Tenerife Island. These natural saltwater pools are more of fun to cool off in – particularly if you are coming down from one of the mountain hikes or golf courses nearby. There are also showers and bathrooms to get dressed in too.

    1. Opening Hours: 24 hours
    2. Tickets: Free
    3. Address: Av. del Sol, 33, 38250 Bajamar, Tenerife, Spain

    Above mentioned places to visit in Tenerife Island are just some of the attractions. There are a lot more to see. Exciting isn’t it? Don’t wait up. Just customize your own Spain vacation or book a vacation package to Spain with Pickyourtrail and get ready to have the time of your life at these wonderful islands across the world! Leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options!

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  • Top Things To Do In The Canary Islands, Spain In 2021!
    05 July 2020

    Draped in stunning colours of green and blue, there are some unbeatably grand Spanish islands just waiting to be explored by the adventurer within you. It is about time you explore these hidden gems of the world that boast of spectacular views and also charming experiences dipped in Spain’s unique culture. While you are at it, do not forget to indulge in thrilling activities like hiking, mountain biking, surfing, diving, and more at these Instagram-worthy islands. In fact, Imagine being knee-deep in the sand and staying still for your friend to take your picture. Sounds surreal, doesn’t it? Want to know the top things to do in the Canary Islands, Spain? Scroll down!

    Among the best Spanish vacation island and the most populous of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a very popular destination for beach vacations. Other than the lively nightlife and exceptional diving sites, the island also provides excellent opportunities for watersports activities like surfing, windsurfing, parascending, and jet-skiing. Mountain enthusiasts can enthral themselves with hiking tours, scenic drives along rocky cliffs and cable car ride to the top of Spain’s highest peak.

    Credits – UnsplashTop 15 things to do in the Canary Islands, Spain in 2021

    Scented pine forests, terrifying volcanoes, lunar-like views, secret sandy coves, miles of Sahara-style dunes, beach-hugging resorts – the gorgeous, unique Canary Islands wear many tantalising hats. It is this very variety that makes outdoor pursuits such an easily approachable and key pleasure of the Canary Islands.

    1. Roque Agando
    2. Hermigua
    3. El Monumento Natural de Los Roques
    4. Sail around La Gomera
    5. Bathe in Charco Azul
    6. Candeleria Chapel Frontera
    7. Watch the sunset at Mirador de la Peña
    8. Hike around El Hierro
    9. Visit the gorgeous town of Teror
    10. Explore the Cathedral of Arucas
    11. Climb Roque Nublo
    12. See the dramatic Los Gigantes cliffs
    13. Visit Teide National Park
    14. Explore La Orotava
    15. Watch an island sunset
    1. Roque Agando

    One of the most stunning natural views in the Canary Islands, Roque Agando is one place you should not miss on La Gomera Island. Make sure to hike early in the morning and stay along designated routes. You will not be able to get to the top (as it’s forbidden) but the view is truly much better up close. It is an unbelievable natural sight to see and one that held great significance to the original Berber inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who had constructed a whole range of churches and sacrificial points in the mountains.

    Credits – Unsplash2. Hermigua

    Hermigua is an impressive area of La Gomera! Think impressive green ravines, little villages and the imposing twin rocks Roques de San Pedro – an impressive natural sight that’s well worth seeing. After a day in the farmland, head over to Hermigua beach for a paddle in the cool seas. Just be careful as tides can be strong here. Always listen to local advice and only swim when it is safe to do so.

    3. El Monumento Natural de Los Roques

    Rested almost in the centre of La Gomera, this exciting scene is easily viewed if you are driving. So there is no need for lots of hiking gear or an olympian spirit to get here. Travel through the road TF-713 from the Capital San Sebastian. The whole drive is unimaginable and the best way to see the canyons, mountain ranges and almost untouched scenery. If you listen carefully, you might also hear the world’s most unique language, Silbo Gomero! A language created from whistling, it was traditionally used for residents to communicate long distances. Apparently, due to the terrain, the whistling noises could be heard up to 5 kilometres away, so listen carefully.

    4. Sail around La Gomera

    From the capital city of San Sebastian, you can actually join some great sailing tours of this gorgeous island and the beautiful waters. Travel to places like Canary Sail or Oceano Whale Watching that depart on the other side of the island at Valle Gran Rey.

    5. Bathe in Charco Azul

    Rested on one of the lesser-known Canary Islands (El Hierro), the remarkable bathing pools of Charco Azul are a pretty unique place to experience here. Located in the valley of El Golfo, this impressive volcanic creation and turquoise waters are the best place to spend a few hours unwinding the day away.

    6. Candeleria Chapel Frontera

    Towered over by the volcanic mountains of El Hierro, this special little church is a beautiful spectacle against the dark, coarse volcanic rock that surrounds it! An intimate little chapel that’s rested in some awesome natural surroundings.

    7. Watch the sunset at Mirador de la Peña

    Presumably one of the best viewpoints on the island. Head over to Mirador De La Peña around sunset and see this beautiful island swap day for night. The food menu is pretty fairly priced and tasty.

    8. Hike around El Hierro

    El Hierro has some unbelievable hiking trails to enjoy, especially early in the morning! Follow the signed paths around the island for some impressive places. Don’t be fooled by that wind, though – the sun is strong so dip yourself in lots of sunscreen and carry plenty of water to avoid getting exhausted!

    Credits – Unsplash9. Visit the gorgeous town of Teror

    The pretty town of Teror is one place you must visit whilst in Gran Canaria. Make sure to visit the historic Basilica, roam around the tiny cobbled streets and gaze at the colourful houses.

    10. Explore the Cathedral of Arucas

    Located in the well-known town of Arucas, The Church of San Juan Bautista is one of the island’s most iconic Catholic Temples. Arucas houses a whole array of superb little restaurants too, like Gourie 3, who serve the town’s best desserts.

    11. Climb Roque Nublo

    Also knows as the Cloud Rock, this dramatic natural formation sits in the centre of the island. Approximately 80 metres tall, this impressive figure of the island is well worth a visit. Just make sure you take a guide (or are an experienced hiker) if you plan to make it to the extreme top.

    Credits – Unsplash12. See the dramatic Los Gigantes cliffs

    On the west coast of Tenerife, the dramatic Los Gigantes cliffs are easy to spot; in fact, they are hard to miss! The cliffs are probably one of the island’s most attractive sites to see so expect other travellers. Head across around sunset for some grand views.

    Credits – Unsplash13. Visit Teide National Park

    One of the biggest National Parks in the Canary Islands, Teide National Park (located in Tenerife) is a must-visit for all us travellers heading to the Canary Islands. Make sure to visit Teide Volcano which is covered in snow during particular times of the year. Around the park, you will get to see lava flows, vents, huge craters and shed loads of petrified lava.

    Credits – Unsplash14. Explore La Orotava

    Rested in the north of the Tenerife Island, La Orotava is a beautiful large town by Canary Island standards. Make sure to visit Plaza de San Francisco, head inside Iglesia de La Concepción and see the impressive El Ayuntamiento building that lies pretty in the town centre.

    15. Watch an island sunset

    It is hard to avoid the gorgeous rocky seafront of La Palma, which is especially attractive around sunset. You must find a vantage point to enjoy the lapping waves and watch the sunset across the rippling ocean.

    Don’t forget to plan a holiday in Europe with Pickyourtrail to experience what all these amazing islands in the Canary Islands offer! You will be amazed by everything the Canary Islands has to offer you and by the warmth and hospitality of the locals. Pack your bags and jet off to these dreamy destinations now. Leave aWhatsapp inquiry for more options! For more details, check out our Spain holiday packages .

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  • 7 Must-Visit Places in Palakkad – Find out why Palakkad is special!
    05 July 2020

    Looking for a perfect vacation in India? How about Kerala? Kerala is one of the top tourist destinations in India and has something for every kind of traveller. What not in Kerala? You have everything! Houseboats, amazing places to eat spicy dishes, culture, lush green plantations, serene winding backwaters, spice plantations, breathtaking hill stations, Ayurveda resorts and many more. Well, how about exploring the largest district in Kerala? Yes, you guessed it right. It’s Palakkad! Palakkad is the largest district in Kerala and is known as the chief granary of Kerala. In addition, this quaint town is known for its paddy fields, picturesque landscapes, temples, waterfalls and many more. Interestingly, you will find many must-visit places in Palakkad. Also, this article will take you through the top 7 must-visit places in Palakkad for a memorable vacation.

    Image Credits: UnsplashTop 7 Must-Visit Places in Palakkad

    Wherever you go, it is important to cover the best places for a memorable vacation. Though Palakkad is full of attractions, you need to know the top 7 must-visit places in Palakkad to fill your itinerary. Also, we here at Pickyourtrail have curated a list of top 7 must-visit places in Palakkad. Have a read and choose your favourite places.

    • Palakkad Fort – Take a walk into history
    • Malampuzha Dam – Admire the beauty
    • Vadakkanthara Temple – Seek blessings
    • Dhoni Waterfalls and Forest – Little Paradise
    • Nelliyampathy Hills – Have a rejuvenating experience
    • Silent Valley National Park – Explore the Wildlife
    • Seethargundu Viewpoint – Fall in the feet of Nature
    1. Palakkad Fort – Take a walk into history Image Credits: Google Images

    Palakkad Fort in Kerala is a beautiful historical monument surrounded by lush green gardens. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 AD and is also famously known as the Tipu Sultan Fort. This mighty fort is spread over an area of 60,702 square meters and is loved for its architecture, surroundings, and history. In addition, some of the attractions in Palakkad fort are Hanuman Temple, Anjaneya Swami Temple, and a Sub-jail.

    Location

    Palakkad Highway, Kenathuparambu, Kunnathurmedu

    Timings

    One can visit Palakkad Fort from 8: 00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Entry Fee

    The entry fee is 15 INR per person

    Also Read: Top places in Kerala

    2. Malampuzha Dam – Admire the beauty Image Credits: Google Images

    The Malampuzha Dam is one of the must-visit places in Palakkad. It is one of the largest reservoirs of Kerala and is surrounded by the Western Ghats. Interestingly, this dam is a combination of a masonry dam with a length of 1,849 meters & an earthen dam with a height of 220 meters. Also, some of the nearby attractions are ropeway, amusement park, rock garden, boating, snake park, and musical fountains. Spend some time admiring the beauty of this dam and yes, enjoy the scenic views!

    Location

    Malampuzha Dam, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit Malampuzha Dam from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Weekdays and from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Weekends.

    Entry Fee

    25 INR for Adults & 10 INR for Kids

    Also Read: Banasura Sagar Dam

    3. Vadakkanthara Temple – Seek blessings

    The Vadakkanthara Temple is one of the must-visit places in Palakkad. You definitely can’t deny this fact! The temple is dedicated to Kannagi, who is known to us from the Tamil epic Silapathikaram. In addition, Vela is a famous festival celebrated here.

    Location

    Vadakkanthara, Palakkad, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit Vadakkanthara temple from 4:30 AM – 11:30 PM and from 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

    Entry Fee

    There is no entry fee

    Also Read: Temples in Kerala

    4. Dhoni Waterfalls and Forest – Little Paradise Image Credits: Google Images

    Well, the name itself is interesting, right? Trust me, the place is even more interesting. Also, this place is one of the beautiful places in Palakkad. Dhoni is a tiny hamlet near Palakkad & is best known for its natural wealth. Also, the forest and the waterfalls combined together gives a lovely experience to the tourists. In addition, try the trekking experience which is one of the best things to do here.

    Location

    Puthuppariyaram, Palakkad, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit this place from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

    Entry Fee

    100 INR per person

    Also Read: Waterfalls in Kerala

    5. Nelliyampathy Hills – Have a rejuvenating experience Image Credits: Google Images

    This place is undoubtedly one of the must-visit places in Palakkad. Looking for a refreshing and rejuvenating getaway? Well, you should be visiting this place. You will find the entire landscape filled with waterfalls, dense forests, trekking trails and many more. Beautiful, right? In addition, it is also believed that Lord Rama along with his wife Devi Sita, spent some time here during their 14 years of exile. So, this place is also considered as a pilgrimage for the devotees.

    Location

    Nelliyampathy, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit this place from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Entry Fee

    There is no entry fee

    Also Read: Edakkal Caves

    6. Silent Valley National Park – Explore the wildlife Image Credits: Google Images

    Wildlife lovers, pay attention! The Silent Valley National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the must-visit places in Palakkad. This place is home to several animals, plant species and birds. In addition, this park has the largest population of Lion-tailed Macaque, 34 species of mammals, 292 species of birds, 22 species of amphibians, 13 species of fishes, and 31 species of reptiles. That’s amazing, right? Also, make sure you never miss adding this beautiful place on your itinerary.

    Location

    Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley Division, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit the Silent Valley National Park from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

    Entry Fee

    50 INR per person

    Also Read: Wildlife Safari in Kerala

    7. Seethargundu Viewpoint – Fall in the feet on Nature

    If you love nature, you definitely can’t skip visiting this place in Palakkad. Seethargundu is blessed with some stunning natural views. You can visit this place and connect with nature. Also, get ready to click some amazing stills of nature. Well, if you are lucky enough, you will find some monkeys and wild animals in Seethargunda Viewpoint.

    Location

    Nelliyampathy Hills, Palakkad, Kerala

    Timings

    One can visit this place from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Entry Fee

    There is no entry fee

    Also Read: Kerala in South India

    Image Credits: Unsplash

    Looks like Palakkad is the ideal destination which you have been looking for your vacation? Well, then you know what to do! Also, make sure you explore these top 7 must-visit places in Palakkad. Start Planning with Pickyourtrail! Reach out to Pickyourtrail website and find some awesome travel packages to Kerala. Also, leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options. In addition, download the Pickyourtrail App for complete support throughout your vacation. Also, follow this page for more interesting travel contents. Start travelling with Pickyourtrail and let the world know your amazing travel stories! Happy Travelling!!

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  • 10 Best Road Trips in India
    04 July 2020

    For those, who find pleasure in traveling offbeat, road-trips are the best ways to discover and travel around life across different places. India offers a plenitude of roads and destinations that make for an enthralling road-trip. If you too want to get completely lost that one last time, here are some of the best road […]

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  • Keep Calm And Game On At Hub Zero
    04 July 2020

    Are you looking for a place with life? Why search for one when you can win many lives at Hub Zero in Dubai. This fun-filled place invites all the crazy gamers, video game addicts, virtual reality enthusiasts and, of course, people who love to have fun! Head to Hub Zero to enjoy interactive gaming experience in a lively atmosphere and this place takes video gaming to the next level. Enough of playing games on mobile phones and computers. It’s time for an ultimate gaming experience at Hub Zero Dubai. In this article I’ll take you through the Hub Zero Dubai, it’s attractions, timings, booking details, rules and norms.

    Image credits: Google ImagesWhat’s special about Hub Zero Dubai?

    The place is filled with driving simulators, retro arcades, karaoke rooms and an interactive virtual climbing wall as well. It is an ideal spot for your kids and the kid inside you to enjoy some really good indoor fun. Hub Zero Dubai is located in the City Walk in the shopping and leisure district of Jumeirah. Being one of its kind, the place vividly makes use of the art technology and offers you a vision of a new dimension. You will witness the collision of the real world and the virtual world to create a surprisingly new universe. To summarise, Hub Zero Dubai is a gamer’s paradise and one of the top tourist places in Dubai.

    Opening time of Hub Zero Dubai
    • From Saturday to Wednesday: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • On Thursday and Friday: 2:00 PM TO 12:00 AM
    Address

    The Hub Zero Dubai is located in the CITY WALK, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Hub Zero Attractions

    Escape the reality and play your favourite game from the well-stocked gaming arena of Hub Zero Dubai. It has a wide range of games on two floors. Pick your liked category of games from the five main divisions such as Shooter, Thriller, Hyper, Gaming and Group fun. Please be noted that most of these games have a minimum height restriction of 120cm.

    Image credits: Google Images#1 Shooter – call for cowboys Image credits: UnsplashHack Attack

    Become a cowboy for a day who rains bullets in full force. This 10-minute, action-packed adventure with splendid 3D experience is a great opportunity to flex your shooting skills. You can aim and shoot using the special gun mounted devices on simulators. Experience realistic noises, simulated gunfire, strobe effects and fire effects in this full 360-degree adventure.

    Resident Evil: Bio-Terror

    We all would have met haunting zombies in our dreams. Unleash the fear of those daring zombies because you are going to shoot them all here. Enter the Umbrella Corp lab where you can blow them off with laser guns in an interactive 3D experience. Increase the number of kills to get a higher number of points.

    Virtual Arena

    Head to the only wireless virtual reality adventure in Dubai. It is a unique experience with state-of-the-art head-mounted displays. In addition to that, motion capture systems, and real-time 3D engines add more craze to the system. Set your goal to kill 61 zombies in the first level so that you can advance to the next. Amazing 3D motion with incredible visuals, this game is one of the best in the Hub Zero Dubai. 

    #2 Thriller – Not for the light-hearted Asura’s Wrath

    You might have played Asura’s Wrath game on your computer or phone. This is also taken from the same game but in a different dimension. Experience a 4D cinema with some amazing special effects. You will thoroughly enjoy the leg ticklers, seat vibration, water spritzer, air blast and in-theatre bass sound effects. For those who haven’t played the video game before, you can opt for the pre-movie as well. Get the full track of the story and speed up your memorable journey here. 

    Dragon Age

    Do you know how to tame a dragon? Take a joyous ride on the back of a Dragon while exploring the magical world of the Kingdom of Ferelden. Throughout the game, you will be dodging arrows that approach you, giant trees and magical vortexes. This lively roller coaster ride accommodates only a few people at a time. Gather all your courage to enjoy this explosive 660 degrees experience at Hub Zero Dubai. 

    Final Fantasy: Escape from Midgar

    Get lost amidst the dangerously dark world of Midgar in a heart-stopping bus ride. This stunning 3D experience will make your heart skip a beat. With outstanding visuals in a dark tunnel, you will also experience loud noises, explosions, lighting effects and simulated falling effects altogether. To sum up, you will be taken on a haunting ride that will not let you sleep for a week.

    #3 Hyper – Need for speed HyperDrive

    Head to this thrilling adventure where speed is a need. Unleash the racer in you while playing this ultimate racing game on a virtual track. With an eye-catchy 42 inch monitor, enjoy the most amazing driving experience. The game comprises six different degrees of movement. The more your speed, the higher the chance of victory. 

    Double Agent

    It’s time to become Sherlock Holmes. Protecting important data from criminals is the goal of the game. You have to escape a maze of harmful laser beams while saving the data. You have to cross four different levels with increasing difficulty ranges. The game is a true test for your agility and reflexes as it’s all about moving through the maze without breaking the beams. 

    Plants vs. Zombies

    Take your kids to this free-standing, self-contained, two-tiered soft play area. They will have the best times of their lives while playing at the interactive Pea Chute slides, Turf War ball battle, and foam cannons. This attraction will definitely be your kid’s favourite.

    Vertical Adventure Hero Zone and Sport Academy

    The vertical adventure hero zone is a game to test your strength, flexibility and agility. Climb through the zones with different difficulty levels while strapping to harness. The Sports academy tests your soccer and shooting skills mainly. If you are a fan of PES, do not miss trying out this sport. 

    Tiny Track Racers

    Get to know about the real speed of your kid at the Tiny track racers. Toddlers racing against each other in the custom-made kart with steering wheel and monitor is a pleasure to watch. The kart also has amazing rumble seats with kick-backs that your kid will truly fall in love with.

    #4 Gaming – A Bigger platform for mobile gamers image credits: Google ImagesNetwork Arena

    Searching for a bigger platform to flex your gaming skills? Here’s Hub Zero inviting all the gamers for a marathon at one of the forty stations. Equipped with a high-speed internet connection and minimal latency, you can enjoy a wide variety of latest PC games here.

    Time Warp Arcade

    Hello, 90’s kids! Let’s travel back in time to play nostalgic games Pac Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, Asteroids and much more. Experience the best old-time favourites and make your day memorable.

    #5 Group Fun – Laughter guaranteed

    In group fun activities, There are three events namely lucky break, Karaoke and pixel. In Lucky break, you can rent 10 tournament tables to enjoy a perfect pool game. Followed by the karaoke event where you can showcase your singing skills. Select a song of your choice from the huge collection of international songs. You also can belt your favourite tunes with delicious snacks with your friends. Celebrate your birthday parties at Hub Zero Dubai with 60 of your friends and exotic food at Pixel.

    One of the best things about Hub Zero Dubai is that it has everything under one roof. You can play, have fun and fill your tummy as well. Do not miss trying out the food served at Cache point, Hub Cafe, Nitro ice bytes and the server. The Zero Hub Dubai ensures to offer unmatchable joy and happiness to all age groups. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Dubai right away. Ping a Whatsapp inquiry for more updates.

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  • Things To do In Slovenia: The Top 15 With The Ultimate Guide
    04 July 2020

    Slovenia succeeds to home some of Europe’s most remarkable natural beauties into its tiny land. From the snow-covered peaks, tree-lined plains, secret caves, graceful waterfalls and whatnot. Simply put, Slovenia’s landscape is sure you leave you spellbound. With these natural bounties on one hand and quaint picturesque towns on the other, this charming country is sure to win all your hearts! Let’s take a tour around the best things to do in Slovenia.

    Best things to do in Slovenia Courtesy: Unsplash1. Tito Square in Koper

    The grand Tito Square is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable landmarks in the whole of Slovenia. Surrounded by impressive Gothic buildings and ancient cathedrals, Tito Square is the heart of Koper. Although one might not find any open-air cafes or restaurants in the neighbourhood, it’s definitely worth a visit.

    2. Tolmin Gorge Trail

    For nature enthusiasts, here is the best thing you can do in Slovenia. Trek down the Tolmin Gorge Trail, discover its stunning landscapes and be sure to get back refreshed with its fresh air. Positioned on the southern edge of the Triglav National Park, the trail is a pleasant 1.2-mile walk through dense canyons, secret tunnels, flowing rivers, and various rock formations.

    Courtesy: Unsplash3. Lake Jasna

    Lake Jasna is one of Slovenia’s most precious gems and hence one of the best things to do. The glittering green and blue waters are surrounded by Slovenian Alps and lush green valleys. Rent canoes, go in for a dip or even dive off the wooden diving board, there are plenty of activities that can keep you engaged throughout the day.

    4. Vrsic Pass

    The Vrsic Pass is one of the best driving routes for the ultimate road trip adventure in Slovenia. Driving 5,000 feet above sea level across the highest spiralling of Slovenia is an experience in itself. Besides this, Vrsic Pass is also an excellent hiking destination. There are many peaks that one can scale around and after a long night crash in the lodges along the way.

    5. Predjama Castle

    This ancient 800-year old castle is a fascinating architectural jewel but in a cave. As you keep walking you might discover secret tunnels, hidden chambers and impressive karst caves. For dive deep into its history do opt for one of the guided tours which can promise you a wholesome experience.

    Courtesy: Unsplash6. Pericnik Waterfall

    Hidden inside the Triglav National Park is one of Slovenia’s tallest waterfalls. Interestingly, you can walk behind them which is something very unique to these falls. If you’re okay with getting a little wet, then the pristine views of the entire valley from behind the falls is a must-see and indeed one of the best experiences.

    7. Lake Bohinj

    Snuggled in the foot of the Bohinj Valley in the Julian Alps sits Lake Bohinj. Though several people come to relax and appreciate its charming scenery, Lake Bohinj is actually a nature lover’s paradise. You can rent stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes, which allow you to make the most of your visit.

    8. Soca River Rafting

    An exciting rafting trip down the Soca River is one of the most breathtaking adventures you can take up on your vacation to Slovenia. Enveloped by canyon walls and lush woods, you’ll row through the rough tides and steep twists as you sail through the valley.

    Pro tip: If you’re vacationing with little ones or amateur swimmers, you can also go in for the family route.

    Courtesy: Unsplash9. Triglav National Park

    Triglav National Park is a piece of charming natural beauty situated in the northern part of Slovenia. This place can give you a difficult time ticking things off your list while offering an extensive range of attractions that can be seen from here. From towering peaks, lush valleys to shimmering lakes and rushing rivers, Triglav National Park is the ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition, you’ll also spot the Lake Bohinj and the incredible Lake Bled.

    10. Ptuj

    For the history and architectural buffs, Ptuj is one of the best places to see in Slovenia. This ancient town is undoubtedly among the most fascinating places not just in Slovenia, but in all of Eastern Europe. The red medieval homes and cobblestone lanes add to the magic to this beautiful gate city. In just a couple of days here, you’ll find yourself immersed in the popular Slovenian culture. A day or two here should definitely top your list of things to do in Slovenia.

    11. Postojna Cave

    Take a walk into the hidden Postojna Cave system. At the present date, it’s open for tours and guests, in addition, the grotto can also be used for big celebrations and events. Nevertheless, the most unique piece here is the underground railway. The 150-year old train will take you through the chambers, halls, and passages of this puzzling Postojna Cave. On the way, you will also get to view the towering 20-foot-high stalagmite.

    12. Piran

    If a day filled with sightseeing sounds like your plan for an ideal vacation, then make sure you spend a couple of hours in Piran. Though it is just a small town, there’s a lot you can explore while strolling through the Gothic houses. From Picturesque plazas, striking old cathedrals to delicious seafood and vibrant nightlife, you can surely have a perfect evening here.

    Courtesy: Unsplash13. Ljubljana Old Town

    Whether it’s your first time or 100th time in Slovenia, you will always find something new to explore in the Ljubljana Old Town. Slovenia’s vibrant centre is home to stone bridges, rambling canals, ancient cathedrals, and striking buildings. On your visit here, stop by the open-aired Central Market to take back some souvenirs and fresh produce. If you’re a foodie, don’t miss out on the delicious street food available at pocket-friendly prices.

    14. Skocjan Caves

    Exploring the caves is one best thing to do in Slovenia, but there is something special about the Skocjan Caves. Not only is it the largest underground caves in the world but also it has one of the longest indoor chambers. To add some adventure, go in for the guided hiking tour through the Skocjan Caves and get to experience its beauty differently.

    15. Lake Bled

    The stunning Lake Bled is a must-see for anyone visiting Slovenia. Nestled in the Alps, the views around this lake is sure to take you back to one of your favourite fairytales. Go in for a refreshing dip or hop on a boat and enjoy the dramatic views while being surrounded by ancient castles, snowy peaks, and green forests. Its serene beauty draws millions of visitors from across the world and undoubtedly should top your list of the things to do in Slovenia.

    So, if you’re interested in a city holiday or an outside adventure, you’ll find it all in Slovenia. There is something for all kinds of travellers from families, friends to honeymooners – Slovenia should definitely top your list. You can also log onto pickyourtrail for some amazing tour packages or leave aWhatsapp inquiry for more options. Happy vacay!

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  • 10 Best Places to Visit in Armenia: The Ultimate Guide
    04 July 2020

    Armenia is increasingly becoming a popular holiday destination in recent times. Not does this tiny country boasts its rich history but is also home to beautiful monasteries and absolutely stunning natural beauty. Its capital, Yerevan, is one of the fastest developing cities in entire Europe as the country continues to expand its tourism. This little country is sure to draw you to its captivating landscapes, ancient structures and exceptional hospitality. So, if you’re up for exploring one of Europe’s best-kept treasures travel to Armenia! When you eventually visit Armenia you will often wonder, how come this country is easily forgotten and why should it deserve to be higher on your bucket list. Let’s have a peek into thebest places to visit in Armenia!

    10 Best Places to Visit in Armenia
    1. Yerevan
    2. Shikahogh State Reserve
    3. Lake Sevan
    4. Dilijan national park
    5. Mount Aragats
    6. Lake Arpi
    7. Noravank
    8. Gyumri
    9. Vanadzor
    10. Amberd Fortress
    Courtesy: Unsplash1. Yerevan

    By far the biggest city in Armenia, Yerevan is an excellent spot to begin for anyone wanting to explore Armenia. Yerevan is a very historic place and touring the Armenian Genocide Memorial is a must when here. The vernissage flea exchange here is worth a visit, just a stroll around the markets will leave you amazed. Another interesting spot is the Blue Mosque, the only mosque in the country and one of Europe’s most unique attractions.

    2. Shikahogh State Reserve

    Shikahogh State Reserve is the second-largest forest sanctuary in Armenia. Till today large parts of it remain unexplored as it is being highly preserved. This forest homes many species and animals including cats, bears, wild goats and snakes. In addition to 1,100 varieties of flowers and trees, although its fauna is not fully explored. Not to miss, this reserve also has many hidden and gorgeous waterfalls that can be enjoyed.

    Courtesy: Unsplash3. Lake Sevan

    Located right in the centre of Armenia, Lake Sevan is the country’s longest lake. The stunning monasteries surrounding the lake add to the picturesque backdrop of this lake. One can relish some great seafood in the popular beaches restaurants after a refreshing dip in the waters.

    4. Dilijan national park

    Armenia has four national parks but the Dilijan national park tops the list and a must-visit in Armenia. The park was founded in 2002 and is recognised for its medicinal mineral water springs and natural bounties. Many of Armenia’s major cultural spots can be found within the boundaries of the park including the Haghartsin Monastery, Matosavank Monastery as well as the Akhnabat church.

    5. Mount Aragats

    Mount Aragats is another spot of stunning natural displays with a dormant volcano found in the north. While being the highest peak of Armenia, there is a lot of rock art that can be enjoyed around its foot. For the adventure junkies, get a chance to hike up the hill between the months of July and September and enjoy snow-capped mountain almost for the rest of the year.

    Courtesy: Unsplash6. Lake Arpi

    Though Lake Sevan can be jam-packed during the peak season, it is sure to leave its visitors with a relaxed vibe. In addition, it is also used for fertilisation and hydropower generation, Lake Arpi is also the source of the Akhurian River. In recent times of 2009, a new place was built around the lake to preserve the natural environment homing close to 100 species of birds and some exotic flowers.

    7. Noravank

    Noravank Monastery is one of the best places to visit in Armenia, mainly for those wanting to explore some striking scenery with long-rooted Armenian history. Not only is the spiritual site a masterpiece but is also famous for its location and spectacular views surrounding it. The drive to Noravank Monastery is an exciting one but quite narrow. One can spot green canyons and bright red and orange mountainous ranges. Undoubtedly, the whole panorama circling Noravank is truly surreal.

    8. Gyumri

    The second-largest city of Armenia, Gyumri is well another best place to visit in Armenia, especially for the first-timers. Having a panoramic view from the top of the Black Fortress is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Gyumri. The city homes some of the most important cultural institutions of Armenia including the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and the Aslamazyan Sisters House-Museum. However, the show-stealer is the Kumari historic district, one of the oldest regions that can leave you stunned with its ancient architecture and structures.

    Courtesy: Unsplash9. Vanadzor

    Located in the north of the country, Vanadzor is the third major city of Armenia. Vanadzor is the perfect start to explore the beautiful Lori region, which is absolutely one of the best places to visit in Armenia. In addition, the Vanadzor Botanical Garden is one of the top sightseeing spots in the city, while tourists should also consider visiting the Vanadzor fine art museum.
    Although serving primarily as an industrial city, it also homes many theatres, such as the Vanadzor Puppet Theatre and performances to keep its guests engaged.

    10. Amberd Fortress

    Datings back to the seventh century, Amberd Fortress is one of the most charming places to visit in Armenia. Though initially, it served as the Armenian Kingdom’s prime army-defence points, today it is open to all and welcomes guests. Located just about an hour’s drive from Yerevan, the fortress can promise you breathtaking views. However, during winters the snowfall can make the fort inaccessible and the weather gradually improves from the end of May. To conclude, the Amberd is a perfect stop for history explorers and hikers.

    Courtesy: Google images

    These are just a few from a lot many spectacular places the country has to offer and the list is endless. Some of the other places you can explore on your trip to Armenia are Tsaghkadzor, Upper Azat Valley and Khor Virap. The locals are friendly and courteous and will do their best to make you feel welcomed in their dear motherland.

    However, do pick your favourites from the list and customised a memorable holiday package for you and your family. You can also log onto pickyourtrail for some amazing tour packages or leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options. Happy vacay!


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06 July 2020

UK Travel blogs
  • Lady’s 11 British Expressions You’ll Love
    06 July 2020
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  • Mayfield Lavender: The UK’s Most Photographed Lavender Field
    05 July 2020

    Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey has become one of the most photographed lavender fields in the UK. The farm’s 25-acre flower field blooms in the summer months with French and English lavender varieties attracting hundreds of visitors who come to wander around these beautifully scented fields.

    I am lucky to have this sensational lavender farm near me and have been a visitor for many years. It can get pretty crowded as it has grown in popularity but not in size. My top tip is to arrive just as it is opening to take advantage of the fewer number of people. By doing this, you can usually get some great shots with no-one in the background!

    Why is Mayfield Lavender Field so popular?

    Not only do the beautiful flowers make Mayfield stand out from other lavender field locations in the UK – but also the ingenious idea to place props all around the farm. The quintessential red English phonebox, the shiny silver Airstream trailer and the big red tractor offer some fabulous photo opportunities.

    And it’s not just Instagrammers who have discovered this sensational lavender field near London – although if you check the hashtag #mayfieldlavender, you will see thousands of lavender photos uploaded on Instagram.

    Mayfield lavender photography is now so popular that professional photographers are booking this setting for wedding parties, birthday celebrations and family and pet sessions. With the fairytale carpet of purple flowers interspersed with the pop of colour from the farm’s props, it promises to result in the prettiest lavender photoshoot ever!

    Lavender photography tips: wear anything white, yellow, or light blue, it will make a subtle contrast to the purple flowers. A straw hat is also an excellent idea. Sit down between the bushes and get the person who is taking the photo to place as much lavender as possible in the shot. This way, you will be surrounded by the lavender, and the result will look delightful.

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    Who would you call if you had the chance ? . . The lavender fields in England are becoming tourist attractions in their own rights with all sorts of Instagram worthy props turning up to make photos more fun to take. I was amazed to watch how many different poses could be taken using a red phone box, no doubt all waiting to make an appearance on Instagram. This is only 15 minutes from where I live so good to drop into for a coffee and lavender cake but would you search out a place like this purely for a cool photo ? . . #Wanderlusters #wanderout #wandermore #wanderland #wanderfolk #wandertheworld #wanderlusting #wanderlust #wanderlusts #wandertribe #wanderingfeet #shewhowanders #visualwanderlust #worldofwanderlust #wanderoften #wandering #wanderinmyfootsteps #worldcaptures #worldtravel #travelblogging #tblogger #tourist #instalike #wanderluster #adventure #traveltheworldwithme #wandeleurspark #voyageursdumonde

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    Mayfield Lavender Farm Shop

    Mayfield isn’t a “pick-your-own” farm, and so picking lavender is prohibited. If you want to take lavender home with you, then the farm shop sells bunches of cut lavender, as well as potted varieties for the garden. Body lotions, natural essences, biscuits and chocolate as well as other lavender based products are also on sale in the shop.

    Mayfield Lavender Farm Cafe

    Once you have finished taking photos in the lavender field, you can head to the outdoor seating area (covered by gazebo’s to protect you if it rains) and order something delicious from the seasonal menu. I particularly love the lavender afternoon tea complete with lavender tea and scones, but then I am a lavender fanatic so I would enjoy anything made with lavender! If you fancy trying out the home-made lavender cider, then that can be included with your afternoon tea.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where: The field is approximately10 miles from Central London at 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA.

    Best time to visit: 1 June – 31 August, seven days per week from 9 am to 6 pm. The lavender is usually in full bloom by the second week in July (dependent on weather)

    Lavender Farm entrance fee –  Â£4 per adult and for children over 16 with younger children admitted free. (2020 prices)

    How: There is ample parking on-site for cars or travel by train/bus/taxi.

    • Take a train from London Victoria to Sutton station and take a cab from outside the station to the farm.

    or

    • Take a train from London Victoria to West Croydon station and then take the 166 bus to the farm.

    Dogs on leads are allowed in the lavender field.

    For more information, visit mayfieldlavender.com.

    Things to do and see in the area: Situated by the Surrey Downs, an area of outstanding beauty. The area offers charming walks and a chance to visit picturesque villages and pubs.

    For more information www.visitsurrey.com

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    04 July 2020

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  • The Eagle Has Landed – Near Queenstown, New Zealand
    04 July 2020


    The eagle has landed. Snapped this shot of a Haast Eagle sculpture on the road from Queenstown to Glenorchy at the head of NZ’s Lake Wakatipu.

    Glenorchy-based sculptor Dan Kelly used century-old steel fence standards from a high country station to create this 1.2m high sculpture of the now extinct bird, in its time the top predator in the New Zealand.

    It’s one of a number of eagle “pieces” he has created along with similar works featuring New Zealand birds.… Read more

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  • 50 Best London Quotes That Will Inspire You To Visit
    03 July 2020

    From world class museums and galleries, to regal palaces, beautiful parks and renowned theatres, it’s no wonder London is one of the world’s most popular cities. So many songs, poems and books, feature quotes about London, so to save you time, I’ve collated the top 50 London Quotes, that will have you itching to visit England’s capital city.

    Famous Sayings about London
    1. “The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world.”– Oscar Wilde
    1. “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”  – Samuel Johnson
    1. “There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear — the city of London and the South Seas.” â€“ Herman Melville
    1. “I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”– Walter Besant
    1. “London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess.” â€“ James Geary
    1. “It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.”- Henry James
    1. “The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.” â€“ Stephen Fry
    1. “London goes beyond any boundary or convention. It contains every wish or word ever spoken, every action or gesture ever made, every harsh or noble statement ever expressed. It is illimitable. It is Infinite London.”– Peter Ackroyd
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    Quotes about London and Londoners
    1. “In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.”– Paddington Bear
    1. “It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.” â€“ George VI
    1. “One of the the things I most liked about the city – apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river – was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.”– Julia Gregson
    1. “In this city 300 languages are spoken and the people that speak them live side by side in harmony. This city typifies what I believe is the future of the human race and a future where we grow together and we share and we learn from each other.” – Ken Livingstone
    1. “London is a cluster of communities, great and small, famous and unsung; a city of contrasts, a congregation of diversity.” – Roy Porter
    1. “Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be.” – Oscar Wilde
    1. “My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner.”– Ben Aaronovitch
    1. “The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    1. “London is a roost for every bird.”– Benjamin Disraeli
    1. “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.”– Samuel Johnson
    1. “Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic…” – Charlotte Riddell
    1. “Keep calm and go to London.” â€“ Unknown
    1. “New York has a great energy, but London is better.”– Jaime Winstone
    1. “London is a modern Babylon.” â€“ Benjamin Disraeli 
    1. “I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics.” â€“ Rachel Weisz
    1. “I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me.” -Charlotte Brontë
    1. “The parks be the lungs of London.”– Charles Dickens
    1. “There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.”– Vivienne Westwood
    1. “To walk alone in London is the greatest rest.”– Virginia Woolf
    1. “London’s greatest strength is our diversity.”– Sadiq Khan
    1. “If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.” â€“ Peter Shaffer
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    1. “A person who is tired of London is not necessarily tired of life; it might be that he just can’t find a parking place.”– Paul Theroux
    1. “Nothing is certain in London but expense.” â€“ William Shenstone
    1. “A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else.” â€“ Unknown
    1. “In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.”– John Osborne
    1. “London is a bad habit one hates to lose.”– William Sansom
    1. “Yes, London. You know, fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary-fucking-Poppins. London!” â€“ Dennis Farina
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    1. “London opens to you like a novel itself… It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, doors and passages. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.”– Anna Quindlen
    1. “When exploring London, you will come across lots of excitement by chance, so try to take everything in rather than just rushing around to all of the major tourist haunts.”– Richard Branson
    1. “The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast-paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big-city person.”– Ali Fazal
    1. “Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be” – Sara Bareilles
    1. “I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost.” –V. S. Naipaul
    1. “I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air — or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances, I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.” â€“ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. “The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?”– Virginia Woolf
    1. “I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.” – Ben Okri
    1. “I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is.” â€“ Dracula
    1. “It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.” â€“ Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
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    1. “Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I love London so / Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I think of her wherever I go / I get a funny feeling inside of me / Just walking up and down / Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I love London town.” -Hubert Gregg
    1. “London, London, London town / You can toughen up or get thrown around.” â€“ Kano
    1. “You are now / In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow / At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore / Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more / Yet in its depth what treasures!” â€“ P. B. Shelley
    1. “There’s a hole in the world / Like a great black pit / And the vermin of the world / Inhabit it / And it goes by the name of London.” – Stephen Sondheim 
    1. “A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping, / Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye / Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping / In sight, then lost amidst the forestry / Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping / On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy; / A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown / On a fool’s head – and there is London Town.” â€“ Lord Byron
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    That’s 50 London Quotes to Inspire You

    I hope you’ve managed to find the perfect London quote. I’d love to know which one is your favourite, and if I’ve missed any great quotes about London then please let me know in the comments below!

    As an added bonus I’ve included a FREE downloadable PDF of all these London quotes so you can keep them handy.

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  • Lauterbrunnen Travel Guide: The Best Swiss Alpine Day Trip from Interlaken
    03 July 2020

    The village of Lauterbrunnen lies in the heart of the Jungfrau region and is a “must-see” place when in Switzerland. It is one of the best day trips from Interlaken for lovers of the great outdoors with the bonus that is is only 20 minutes away by car or train. With snow-capped mountains, chocolate-box wooden chalets and views that will take your breath-away this traditional Swiss village was one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland that we had listed on our European Road Trip Itinerary.

    The Best things to See and Do in the Village of Lauterbrunnen

    Lauterbrunnen is one of Switzerland’s most charming villages and that makes it a paradise for photographers, hikers and nature enthusiasts. Swiss flags hang proudly from timbered-buildings and artisan shops sell beautiful Swiss crafts. Lauterbrunnen’s cafes and restaurants will entice you in with aromas of fresh coffee and fondues!

    Immerse yourself in your surroundings and admire the beauty of nature in the countryside all around Lauterbrunnen.

    Best Waterfalls to Visit in Lauterbrunnen

    Lauterbrunnentranslates in German to “Loud Springs”, and once you have visited one of these thunderous waterfalls you will understand why!

    Lauterbrunnen’s magical waterfalls and its sensational landscape were the inspiration for Rivendell, the home to the elves in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels by J.R.R.Tolkien. As film buffs, we are always keen to visit spots that have featured in movies, such as Hobbiton in New Zealand, as well as locations that have had an inspirational impact. Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken were also the settings for the James Bond film “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969.

    Trummelbach Falls

    Trümmelbach Falls is unique in Europe as being the only accessible mountain that has ten internal glacial waterfalls. It is easy to navigate as it is illuminated and made accessible by a tunnel-lift and a series of walkways and handrails. Cave areas can get very wet underfoot as the glacial melt from the mighty Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau fall at a rate of 20,000 litres of water per second!

    Waterproof jackets and footwear should be worn and prepare yourself to be deafened by the roar of the water as it gushes past the vertical rock faces that are up to 400 hundred meters high.

    Depending on weather conditions, the Trümmelbach Falls are open daily in April until November from 9 – 5 pm and in July and August from 8.30 – 6 pm. It is always a good idea to check that the falls are open before setting out rather than having a disappointment when you arrive.

    Staubbach Falls

    Staubbach Falls is Switzerland’s highest waterfall and the most well-known in Lauterbrunnen’s “Valley of 72 waterfalls.”  Explore its cascading waters from behind a purposely-built viewing point built into the rock face. During high season, the waterfall is illuminated in the evening.

    Best Hikes in Lauterbrunnen

    Hiking routes in and around Lauterbrunnen will take you through the beautiful Swiss landscape offering breath-taking views from the mountains. Yellow signs in town mark the different trails that you can take from easy to difficult levels.

    Lauterbrunnen Loop Trail

    As this is the great outdoors, it only seems right to embark on at least one of the hiking/walking trails in the area.

    The most popular one is a loop hike up to the car-free village of Murran and on to Gimmelwald before descending back to Lauterbrunnen.

    Being quite an intense hike, you may prefer to take the cable car up and then just hike back down. The Restaurant Winteregg lies close to Mürren and offers a stop for refreshment amidst the best alpine landscape of mountain streams, meadows and pine forests.

    If you do prefer this idea then take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp which takes 5 minutes and then from there you can hop aboard the 15-minute rail journey to the start of the hike in Mürren.

    An easier walk suitable for all ages is the flower trail in Allmendhubel via Blumental (flower valley). Spot 150 different mountain flower species on this hour-long walk.

    Allmendhubel can be reached by the funicular from Murren. The funicular operates all year-round but may shut for maintenance on scheduled dates. The tourist office should be able to help you with the dates.

    Whatever you decide to do the views are out of this world, and you will feel like you want to burst into a rendition of the Sound of Music! For information on all the best hikes to do in the area head to the Lauterbrunnen tourist office and pick up a leaflet to guide you.

    Journey to Jungfraujoch “The Top of Europe”

    The most popular thing to do in Lauterbrunnen is to take a trip on the cogwheel train up to Jungfraujoch. The journey takes one and a half hours. From the moment you step aboard this charming form of transport, the views are incredible as it gently makes its ascent to the top of the mountain. It is advisable to arrive early to take this trip as there are a lot of activities to try out at the top of Jungfraujoch. Book your ticket online especially during summer.

    On the ascent, keep an ear out for the cowbells ringing as the cows graze on the side of the mountains – the epitome of everything associated with the charm of Switzerland.

    A mandatory stop halfway up the mountain at Kleine Scheidegg is a delightful place to take a break for coffee, lunch or maybe apple strudel before boarding another train to take you to the Top of Europe.

    Kleine Scheidegg is at the foothills of the Eiger – the most treacherous mountain in the world. The Eiger is perpetually cast in shadow and hosts its own weather system. Its ice and limestone sheer rock face is a challenge for the most experienced mountaineer.

    If you want to stay in Kleine Scheidegg for a while before continuing up to Jungfraujoch, then there are walking and hiking trails to discover. We set off on a walking path which took around 45 minutes, and I have to say the views were fantastic.

    Jungfraujoch – Arriving at the Summit

    Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest-altitude railway station at 3,454 metres above sea level. When you step out of the train, you feel like this is a different world. With snow at the summit, it’s hard to believe that Lauterbrunnen is swathed in sunshine and green pastures in the valley.

    Get accustomed to the high-level altitude – it affected us for about the first 10 minutes we arrived. I felt quite dizzy and nauseous and had to sit down for a while.

    Jungfraujoch is open all year round and there is plenty to do and see upon the mountain top. Allow yourself at least 1 -2 hours and keep hold of your belongings. We put our camera down and forgot it and then had a mad dash retracing our steps trying to find it. Everything turned out fine in the end as some kind person had handed it in but at high altitude, the last thing you want to be doing is rushing around and stressing out!

    Top Things to do at Jungfraujoch

    Sphinx Observation Deck – Views across the Aletsch Glacier.

    Ice Sculpture Exhibition – Discover statues carved from the glacial ice.

    Alpine Sensation Multi-Sensory Show – History of the miners who built the railway.

    Lindt Chocolate Factory – The famous swiss chocolate brand.

    Snow Park – Sledging, skiing, snowboarding, snow-tubing, and a zipline across the glacier.

    Glacier Plateau – Views from here stretch across the Jungfrau and Silberhorn mountain peaks.

    Restaurants and Shops

     

    The Best Restaurants in Lauterbrunnen

    Airtime Cafe
    A great place to stop for lunch, freshly-brewed coffee and desserts, this is Lauterbrunnen’s best cafe.

    Reviews for Airtime Cafe

    Swiss Restaurant Weidstuebli
    One of the best Lauterbrunnen restaurants offering a traditional Swiss feel and close to Staubbach Falls. A great place to enjoy a hearty meal after walking or hiking in the area.

    Reviews for Swiss Restaurant Weidstuebli

    Restaurant Baren
    The best restaurant in Lauterbrunnen for vegetarian and vegan dishes and serving Swiss and European cuisine in a cosy setting.

    Reviews for Restaurant Baren

    Hotel Oberland Restaurant
    With an outdoor garden space for dining during the warmer months and an extensive menu.  Soups, salads, pizzas, pasta, meat and fish dishes and traditional Swiss dishes of fondues and röstis are all available.

    Reviews for Hotel Oberland Restaurant

    Silberhorn Restaurant
    Set in Wengen village, this is one of the best restaurants in the area. It offers Swiss cuisine with a setting of the beautiful Swiss Alps as a backdrop.

    Reviews for Silberhorn Restaurant

    The Best Hotels in Lauterbrunnen Availability and Rates for Accommodation in Lauterbrunnen

  • 60 countries exempt from UK quarantine – this is what you need to know
    03 July 2020

    Self-isolation rule from 60 countries will be lifted from Friday, July 10 – but only to England.

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