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From its Old Town architecture to its burgeoning café culture, Bratislava is now becoming a must see destination for those travelling across Europe.
We want to provide you with some of our favourite parts of Bratislava and give you some advice that will save you time and money.
Flying to Slovakia?
The M.R. Stefanik Airport is closest to
Bratislava. From the airport you can get into the city centre for around €1 on a bus, which is far cheaper than paying for a local taxi.
Note: Remember before you get on the bus – buy a ticket and validate the ticket on the bus otherwise you could be fined!
First Stop – Bratislava Castle Likened to an upside down table, Bratislava Castle is perched high above the cityscape. Whilst the castle has been a fortress for former monarchies, it now has opened its doors to the public and now contains a museum. Whilst…
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The thought of standing in a snow carpeted Red Square on a cold winter’s day seemed appealing, so we booked a few days in Moscow. It’s necessary to obtain a visa before arriving in Russia and this can dissuade potential visitors from travelling. To help demystify the process I’ll explain how we went about it.
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We enjoyed our final breakfast in the hotel’s beautifully appointed restaurant before gathering our belongings together and checking out. Our stay at the Hotel Nemzeti M Gallery by Sofitel had been lovely with courteous and attentive service, delicious food and comfortable rooms.
Flavoured water at the M Gallery by Sofitel breakfast buffet
We left our luggage with the concierge to collect later in the day and then took the tram along to the southern end of Margaret Island for a morning stroll. The weather wasn’t exactly conducive for a walk on an exposed island as it was blowing a gale and drizzling, but we plodded on with our hoods up. Along the embankment, we could see exposed stones on the riverbed indicating how low water levels had dropped on the Danube after a prolonged, dry summer causing havoc to river cruise itineraries.
Low river levels at Margaret Island, Budapest
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According to an old British tradition, vintage port wine is served in a decanter passed at the end of the meal from right to left. When someone forgets to pass the decanter, instead of saying. “Would you mind passing the port,” the British like to ask: “do you know the Bishop of Norwich?” They will then explain that the bishop was a very nice fellow except for his annoying proclivity to forget to pass the port decanter. Henry Bathurst, the Bishop of Norwich from 1805 to 1837, often fell asleep at the table, interrupting the flow of port that fueled the conversation.
The British port-wine merchants and producers gather every Wednesday for lunch at the Feitoria Inglesa, an elegant 18th century building. Any hesitations about passing the port results in a lecture about the Bishop of Norwich.
One day, two members of the Feitoria Inglesa conspired to invite the current bishop…
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Munich is the Capital Of Bavaria, with its grand shopping boulevards and beer halls, it has something for everyone!
We want to share with you some of what Munich and the surrounding area has to offer; and provide you with some tops tips to help reduce your spending and enjoy your time even further.
1. Where To Book Your Accommodation– Munich has high accommodation costs – even within its hostels. We advise you to look at accommodation in the outer suburbs of Munich, where there are plenty of households on Airbnb who offer low rates.
We stayed in Allach-Untermenzing a friendly residential area in the outersuburbs, close to the S-Bahn transport system. Not only was this option cheaper, but we got a fantastic experience with a German family!
2. Your First Visit – Munich City Museum – At a cost of 7 Euros this is a value for money…
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New Orleans is definitely a destination for food lovers with all of the quality restaurants offering authentic regional food at various prices. Whether you are on a budget or want to go out for an elegant dinner, there are many choices that will provide an incredible eating experience. Seafood is at the heart of the meals that you will find in New Orleans, but there are plenty of other dishes that are uniquely Cajun. You will likely find Po-Boys, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and beignets on most menus as well as fresh snapper, oysters, and Crawfish Etouffee. There are other interesting items such as turtle soup, fried aligator, shrimp and grits, as well as local takes on eggs benedict.
Meeting the Chef at The Briquette
Duck Breast Jambalaya
The very first restaurant that we ate at was Oceana’s, which is just off of Bourbon Street and turned out to be…
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It was time to leave New Mexico and head north to Denver Colorado for July 4 Independence Day, a national holiday in the USA. If you haven’t read my previous blogs (and I highly recommend you do please 😊) you will know that I started in Miami, took a flight to Montreal then Toronto and from there another flight into Washington DC. From there I picked up the Ford Mustang Id been driving and roamed down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Ashville, Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge, Houston, Austin, Amarillo, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Quite the distance and Denver would make it approximately halfway through this road trip, anyway back to it……..
Santa Fe to Durango is approximately 400km and roughly a 4-hour drive. This left me a lot of time to visit the Mesa Verde National Park, and wow. If you have not heard of this location (and I…
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The sunny weather of the previous days seemed to desert us as we woke to thick clouds and drizzle. It was fortunate then that we had planned some indoor activities for the earlier part of the day. We started by taking Line 2 of the metro along to Deák Ferenc Square and from there strolled along the elegant Andrássy Avenue which is lined with high-end designer stores and restaurants. Located part way along this road, near to the Opera House, we arrived at Miniversum, one of the largest model rail exhibitions in the world. It’s home is on the ground floor of the former Krausz Palace which was built in 1838 and is now a national monument.
Model railway layouts with interactive buttons for visitors to press
Entrance to Miniversum is HUF 2,700 (£7.38) with a 30% reduction offered to holders of the Budapest Card. The model railway…
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From the romantic tenderness of The Taj Mahal Palace Agra, We now ascend to The Himalayas. The distance between Manali to Taj Mahal Agra is 764.6 kms. The Shimla Manali tour package is a pure joyride to self-discovery. From the glittering rich past of the country to The Majestic Himalayas. We provide the best Shimla Manali tour package for passionate travellers. The distance between Delhi To Manali is 554.8 kms. It takes around 12 hours via. NH 44. The journey is breathtaking and fruitful. The Shimla Manali tour package is a lovely gift for the loved ones. These destinations are good to explore round the year. With friends, family, an ideal package for honeymoons and recreational purposes. Shimla Manali Tour is always a life-changing one.
This grand package is the jewel of Himachal tour and travels. It covers the most fascinating destinations and spots…
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As part of our trip to Incheon’s Chinatown, we decided to have a look at the Korean-Chinese Cultural Center, not so much because we hadn’t any clue about Chinese culture, but we wanted to see how it adapted and evolved in Korea.
The Korean-Chinese Cultural Center was built by the Jung-gu District of Incheon to facilitate mutual understanding between Korea and China by learning more on each other’s culture, history, economy and society. Diverse performances are available, along with special exhibitions, Chinese cultural lecture, Chinese cultural experience corner, reading room on Korean-Chinese history & culture are put in place for visitors to enjoy while learning. In addition, on the weekends, Chinese language classes for Koreans, Korean language classes for Chinese, free moving screenings, and other variety of exhibits are also available.
Korea Tourism Organization
According to the KTO website, this is a place where both Koreans and Chinese come together to interact…
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The bridge leading towards this lighthouse was destroyed by the Italian army during WWII. It is a reminder of how precious and fragile peace is. Not all of us can live in peace right now.
For 18 (!) days, the NGO rescue vessels Sea-Watch 3 and Sea Eye, carrying 49 migrants, are stuck in Maltese shores. Malta and Italy refuse permission for the vessels to enter. The migrants onboard suffer from dehydration and seasickness. There is a high risk of re-traumatization.
Maltese NGO issued a press release urging their government to let the vessels enter the harbor:
“The standard argument these days is that migrants rescued at sea should be returned to Libya, even if we know that they will be imprisoned in horrible conditions, tortured, raped, or sold as slaves. This is a flagrant violation of our freely assumed commitment to ensure that no one is returned to…
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I was planning to post more photos of my recent trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina but during my walk with my dog this morning I took a few photographs that were just too pretty not to be shared…especially at this time of the year when it’s freezing in many parts of the world. Allow me to send some of our warm sunshine to everyone up north and hope you all are bundled up and warm at home. Living in South Florida is such a blessing and living close to the beach is a wonderful privilege I’m most grateful for. Although when the hurricane season comes it also becomes a curse. Anyway, here are the photos I took this morning using my iPhone 7Plus and I hope they all encourage you to plan a visit to the sunshine state soon.
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