Let’s face it, Dubrovnik’s old walled city is breathtaking from pretty much any angle. But there are a few signature views of this jewel that stand out.
Some of them are better at certain times of the day, especially if you’re taking pictures and you want to catch the best light. For some of the farther-away viewpoints you’ll need a camera with a zoom lens to get the perfect shot.
From Above The viewing platforms at the top of the cable car station on Mount Srd stand about 1,350 feet above sea level. From here you’re literally looking down on the city, with streets laid out before you like a 3D map. Those orange-tiled roofs against the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea is a sight that will stick in your mind forever. It truly is one of those postcard views. While you’re up there, you might want to take a look at the Museum to the Croatian War of Independence for some (albeit biased) background on the break-up of Yugoslavia back in the 1990s.
How to get this view? There are three ways u..
Trieste is a city like no other. A true mix of cultures, Trieste exudes Italian, Austrian and Slovenian influences. That’s what makes visiting Trieste so special: you can experience different cuisines, architectures and cultures all on one holiday in a single destination. This has always been a city in-between. Let’s take a look at how you can make the most out of your visit!
Austro-hungarian nobility, Italian charm It’s no surprise that Trieste’s origin story sounds like a who’s-who list of mighty civilizations. Back in 178 BC the Romans founded a colony here called Tergeste. Due to its favorable location on the sea it became a wealthy and powerful port almost immediately. Over the next centuries everyone from the Byzantines, the Goths and the Lombards as well as the Venetians ruled here. Finally, in 1382, an independent Trieste submitted to Austrian rule, ushering in the cultural heyday of the city.
But the volatility didn’t end there. After World War I and the disintegration of t..
0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 Email — Filament.io 0 Flares × There are cities around the world where public transport is part of the appeal or a necessary evil. Lisbon is a good example of the former, its old-fashioned trams still gamely traversing its steep hills, while London’s famous Tube and red buses are a requirement for anyone wanting to see more than a small part of the city centre. Prague too has a great Metro and tram system, the latter an interesting way to get to less well-known but increasingly hip areas such as Holešovice and Anděl.
However, despite this, Prague, to my mind, is a city best enjoyed on foot, not least because its true gems are places you only discover by walking around. I lived in the Czech capital for three and a half years and the places that stick in my mind were all those discovered from aimless ambling. Take Kaaba, for example. Nestled on a quiet residential road in the trendy, relatively upmarket dist..
0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 Email — Filament.io 0 Flares × Mild winters, sunny and warm summers and the occasional cool, refreshing breezes are ubiquitous on the Mediterranean Sea. The views are stunning, the atmosphere laid back and the food is always fresh and delicious. One may think the Mediterranean is surely expensive and overpopulated. I mean, with all that natural beauty, who wouldn’t want to settle down there to retire? And yet, it isn’t truly out of reach. Many areas are still rather quiet and affordable. The dream of enjoying the rest of your days wandering deserted islands along the crystal blue sea is still attainable.
Greece – Samos
300 days of sunshine and clear skies. Need I say more? Alright, how about the charming cobble-stone streets, numerous stunning beaches, its rich history, low cost of living, absence of crime, and super-friendly people? In the summer, expect to be outside all the time exploring the town on f..READ MORE
0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 Email — Filament.io 0 Flares × When you think about the Netherlands, certain images are sure to come to mind: Wooden shoes. Windmills. Canals. Coffee shops. Cheese. The Red Light District. English: Street scene in an Amsterdam Channel. The Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Indeed, you can find all these things in Amsterdam, the country’s capital and its most well-known city – for good reason: Nestled smugly inside a ring of canals dating back to the seventeenth-century, lined with unique and cozy row houses that once stored the exotic spices of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and buzzing with bikes driving every which way, Amsterdam is a cultural mecca where there’s never a dull moment.
The city perfectly represents the open-minded, no-nonsense attitude that characterizes the country as a whole, but it’s a shame that the rest of the Netherlands so frequently gets overshadowed by its famously liberal ..
0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 Email — Filament.io 0 Flares × Visiting Vatican City and it’s museums for the first time can seem a little overwhelming, even for the more seasoned traveller. However, do not fret, follow my simple pointers and you’ll come away with a truly memorable experience which is like no other. Rome #1 Where to start
My recommendation would be to do the museums first and then the Basilica and St. Peters square afterwards. If you’re getting the metro in, then Ottaviano and Cipro stations are equally placed, I prefer Ottaviano as you don’t have 60 or so steps to climb on route, and believe me, in the hot Roman sun, it can ruffle your feathers a little and it’s just a little more tricky to get from. Grab some water on the way too, although there are coffee shops and eateries inside, you don’t want to be delaying things further by having to find these places before even seeing the goodies. Also a great thing I’ve learned..
Anse Marron beach is the definition of paradise © Matt Phillips At Lonely Planet we’re simply obsessed with travel; rarely a week goes by when someone hasn’t just got back from an epic trip. This month Lonely Planet staff share some of their recent adventures, from fulfilling lifelong dreams in Mauritius to munching a mega sandwich in Porto.
Scoping out secluded beaches in the Seychelles Having spent a few weeks hopping between the islands of Mahé, Praslin, Desroches, North, Félicité, Silhouette, Fregate and La Digue, I’d thought it wouldn’t be possible to find another beach that would leave me speechless. Yet, after a challenging 1¼-hour journey – part hiking, part crawling, part bouldering, part wading (chest deep with backpack above head) – along La Digue’s stunning southeastern coastline (complete with nesting turtles), I found myself lost for words at Anse Marron.
An absolute gem of pure solitude (thanks to the effort required to get here), its white sands slid gently into a nat..
Winters can be tough, especially if you are living in a city that has an especially long, cold and dark season. As an Australian from the sunny state of Queensland, lower temperatures and shorter days are a struggle.
During my year living in Europe, I suffered tremendously from the cold and rain. The lack of sun also affected my mood in a way I did not expect. After talking to Europeans, I learned that many people take winter escapes to brighten their disposition. The climate of Portugal can be classified into two. It is oceanic in the north and Mediterranean in the south. It is also one of the warmest countries in Europe. The average temperatures in the mainland are 13∞C (55∞F) in the north and 18∞C (64∞F) in the south. Summers are hot and dry. Winters are cold and wet. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Portugal.
The best thing about Portugal is that despite being a part of modern Europe one can still find the rural dwellings which have stood by time and has preserve..READ MORE
What better excuse to head to some of the planet’s most romantic and exotic hideaways? How about taking a trip to faraway places with your loved one in pristine, undisturbed environments that exude nothing but romance? here is a list of some of the world’s most romantic destinations that make for a perfect Valentine’s Day trip.
1 – Rome, Italy
Rome has romance in the first three letters of its name, and sure enough, it reverberates with romance at every nook and corner. From its captivating sunsets that melt into stunning church structures (while lending them a shiny gold tinge) to quaint piazzas to the Ponte Sisto (locally referred to as the kissing bridge), Rome is synonymous with love. Enjoy frescoed ceilings, private balcony views and four poster bed luxury at the Hotel Camp de’Fiori.
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2 – Seville, Spain
Seville is everything you hoped for in a fairytale-like city and much more. It has aesthetically brilliant archi..READ MORE