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Opera and Ballet Theatre

Yerevan is the capital of Armenia, the heart of the country and one of the oldest cities in the world. The city’s architecture and buildings are built of pink stones, that’s why Yerevan got its romantic name “the pink city”. The main attractions of the capital are concentrated in the center and you will be able to complete your sightseeing within a couple of days.

There is no doubt that you will fall in love with this small cozy and hospitable city full of nice and warm atmosphere. In this post, I will talk about what to do in Armenia with all useful tips and guidance for all those who are visiting the first time. You will know the best options for accommodation, the sights to visit and the best places for trying national food.

And if you are looking some interesting day trips from Yerevan then you can check them with some local tour operators

What to see in Yerevan? | Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide  City Center

Ancient Yerevan has recently celebrated its 2800th anniversary.  For thousands of years, it has witnessed much political turbulence and therefore it has influences of many lifestyles.  Being strategically located on the confluence of Asia and Europe, this culture pot has beautiful and rich cultures of the western and eastern world. Also, it has beautiful traces of past and also maintaining a modern city type living. 

Man playing the musical instrument at Northern Avenue

It is worth starting your city tour from the ruins of the Erebuni fortress, where the history of the city began. The fortress is located on Arin-Bird hill. Only the fortress walls have been preserved, but all the finds from the territory including ancient dishes, jewelry, weapons, and coins are exhibited in the museum. The most precious in the museum is the ancient cuneiform of King Argishti 1, the founder of the fortress.

Local Vendors selling hand made paintings

The heart of the city is the Republic Square with singing fountains. In the center of the square, there is an oval “carpet” with beautiful ornament. The fountains are located in front of the building of the National Gallery. All the buildings around the square are built of pink and peach tuff, the walls and columns are decorated with ornaments in the traditional style. City chimes are on the wall of the Government House. From the square, you can take a walk along the boulevard to Shahumyan square. The park is decorated with 2750 small fountains installed on the 2750th anniversary of Erebuni – Yerevan. From the square, you can get to Northern Avenue, the newest district of the city. On both sides of the boulevard, there are fashionable boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It is a favorite place of residents to spend summer evenings.

Northern Avenue

From the Northern Avenue opens a wonderful view of the Opera and Ballet Theater. The last stop is Cascade, a huge monument in the form of a white stone staircase. The Cafesjian Center for the Arts with a unique collection of contemporary art is located on the territory. In fact, the Cascade is an open-air museum with unique expositions.

Opera and Ballet Theater

You can feel the taste of Yerevan in the cellars of the Yerevan Ararat Brandy Factory.  The factory is located in the fortress of the XVI century. The building itself is already an important landmark. And yet, the main thing is waiting in the cellars of the fortress with the barrels of high-quality brandy stored. In the degustation room, you will taste true Armenian brandy. The perfect evening can be finished at the cliff of Hrazdan gorge enjoying the view of night Yerevan.

Of course, this is just a small part of interesting places and sights in Yerevan. If you have time, be sure to visit Surb Sarkis, Surb Zoravor and Surb Hovhannes churches, stroll through the Lovers’ Park and ride on the Ferris wheel.

Where to stay in Yerevan?  |  Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide 

Yerevan can be considered one of the most comfortable cities for tourists. Both luxury hotels and very affordable hostels can be found here. The choice depends solely on the budget. B&B hotel will be a golden middle (the average price for a room is $ 50). All popular hotels are located in the city center. You will not have to spend much time or money to get to the desired place. If you are going to visit Armenia for holidays, it is best to book a hotel in advance.

The fine luxury options are Armenia Marriott, Double Tree by Hilton, Radisson Blu Hotel. The fine options for an average price are Cascade Hotel, Ararat Hotel, Silachi Hotel. For a budget trip, you can search for hostels which are many in the capital.

Where to eat in Yerevan? | Interesting Yerevan City Tour Guide 

In Yerevan, there are the greatest choice of various restaurants, cafes and fast food chains so you will have no difficulty to find what you need. Try not to order burgers and sandwiches and go for exclusive dishes of national cuisine. Armenian cuisine is famous for its spicy dishes of greens and meat, delicious national bread lavash and dried fruits. Vegetarians can also get a good choice like Ghapama, Pasus Tolma, and many more.

In Yerevan there are wonderful national restaurants with exquisite cuisine. Many of them represent traditional cuisine in a new concept.  Visit some local restaurants like  Tavern Yerevan, Dolmama restaurants and Karas national food chain. You can also use their delivery service and order food to any place you wish.

LOCAL CURRENCY – Armenian Dram

LANGUAGE – Armenian

SHOPPING – Vernissage flea market for souvenirs, trinkets and some cultural type of articles or Yerevan Mall for branded stuff

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City of Bridges – The Floating City

Let’s take a day trip to Venice – The City of Canals or The Floating City. One of the most Romantic city in the world, this unique city is built on lagoons and you will find crisscross of canals all across the city. Venice is the capital of Veneto region of Northern Italy and is a famous historic place which is known for its beautiful architecture along water canals, ornate domes, spires, Italian cafes/bars, colorful buildings, thousands of small & big bridges. One of the most visited places in the world as it is built on a small island which is adjoining to more than 100 small islands, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. All these islands can be accessed by water taxis, Gondola boats or while crossing bridges by foot.

The City of Canals Historical Venice – Venice In One Day

During the Middle Ages, Venice was having flourishing trade and was a major trade center in Europe.  Being an important financial center Venice has many beautiful historical buildings, great sense of art & culture.  Due to strict rules of restoration, the layout and structure of Venice are preserved till date and no modification can be done here. That is why visiting Venice is like  Walking into the past. 

Venice is divided into six zones – The Main San Marco Zone surrounding the Grand Canal.  Then comes the artisan areas of San Polo near Rialto Bridge.  The outer zones are home of Ghetto and other popular places.  Other than this city island you can also visit nearby islands like Murano, Burano, Torcello, Lido, and San Giorgi Maggiore. 

Venice In One Day

Due to a very hectic itinerary, I got the chance to visit Venice in one day or made a Day trip to Venice while commuting from Milan to Florence.  Being a small city, Venice city tour can be done by walking tour from St. Mark square to Rialto.  During this whole day, I tried to cover major attractions and the most important things to do here, but I would recommend having a night stay if you have some more time. Two to Three days are most recommended for this city of Canals, as one-day cover whole city tour and another day you can go for island hopping tours and spend some relaxing time at beautiful and colorful Burano or Murano.

Day Tour in Venice – What To Do In Venice In 1 Day GRAND CANAL 

This biggest canal of Venice is am an important waterway and was used from a century for commuting.  This S-shaped canal is surrounded by beautiful & colorful ornate buildings and also has three historic bridges. This canal is the most photogenic point of this city.  On the banks of this canal, you can hire “Vaporetto” – public ferries (Venice’s Water Bus)  or Gondola (Italian traditional wooden boat) to transfer here and there.  Click here to book your public transportation – Waterbus & mainland buses. The major stops are at St. Mark’s Square and San Polo.  Gondola rides are more expensive than Vaporetto rides.  During this cruise admire the nearby beautiful buildings and the bridges when you pass under it. 

PONTE DI RIALTO – RIALTO BRIDGE

One of the most iconic bridges over the Grand Canal. The most Instagrammable or photogenic point of this city is a pedestrian bridge which connects San Marco and San Polo. It attracts millions of tourists in a year. This ornate wooden bridge collapsed in the 1500s and then restored afterward.  From here you can reach the famous Rialto market where there are many shops selling Italian masks, jewelry, trinkets, handicrafts, and souvenirs. 

PIAZZA SAN MARCO – ST. MARK’S SQUARE Approaching St. Mark’s Square

The most famous square in this city which also attracts millions of visitors every year. Located across the Grand Canal, this square / Piazza has stunning architectural buildings, tower – St. Mark’s Campanile, Cathedral – St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. 

MARK’S SQUARE – BASILICA CATTEDRALE PATRICIA LE DI SAN MARCO

This Roman Catholic Cathedral is the most famous city’s churches. It’s Baroque styled, Byzantine architecture is very impressive and historic too.  This church dates back to 1060 and the main façade & dome is built according to Gothic style. 

The neighborhood of St. Mark’s Square

CAMPANILE DI SAN MARCO

Tallest Bell Tower of this city which is also located on San Marco.  323 ft. the high bricked tower which houses 5 bells. This tower also collapsed/destroyed in 1902 and again restored in 1912. 

DOGE’S PALACE 

Venetian Gothic style of Italian Palace was once a residence of Doge of Venice                (Supreme power of Venetian government)  Located on Piazza San Marco, it is must-see museums as it has many ornate and lavish collectives.

BASILICA DI SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE

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Switzerland is a picturesque mountainous country in Central Europe surrounded by 5 countries – Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and Liechtenstein which is a favorite destination for tourist destination worldwide.  Enchanting Swiss Alps, countryside towns, the sound of cow-bells ringing on lush green rolled mountain slopes, Swiss Chalets/huts, turquoise lakes, snowy peaks, beautiful mountain trails make it a favorite tourist destination. Though summer is the peak and favorable season to visit this country winter is also wonderful here to many ski resorts and favorable for adventure winter sports lovers.  Also, many towns/cities are blessed with medieval styled city-centers, bridges, cobbled-stoned streets, houses adorned with colorful flowers and lace curtains.  So let’s read about Best places to visit in Switzerland tour for planning a trip to Switzerland.

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN SWITZERLAND | SWITZERLAND TRIP GUIDE

In this post, I and my frequent traveler friends from around the world share their favorite places in Switzerland. This beautiful country holds a special place in my life as it was my first foreign visit and my honeymoon destination too.  I have many special memories attached to it. Read my experiences from many years back with fresh tips and guides from travel bloggers which is a useful read for first-time travel to Switzerland.  Plan a trip to Switzerland with us and check out the most beautiful places in Switzerland.

INTERLAKEN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

Interlaken is a tourist capital of the Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highland) region. Cable cars railway connects the city with mountain villages and spectacular sights, including the famous snowy peak of the Jungfrau.

This “city between lakes” (located between lakes Thun and Brienz) has been a resort area for 300 years. At first, it was only a summer resort, but over time it turned into a year-round platform for tourists, according to their interests, depending on the time of year. In winter, skiers can take advantage of lower prices, when all other ski resorts are overcrowded with tourists.

The lowest season is January-February. The most expensive time to visit is mid-summer.

HOW TO REACH – Interlaken is connected by railway with Bern and Lucerne. The stretch in the direction of Lucerne is part of the “Golden Pass” panoramic route.  You can check the timetable and prices on the official website.

Sightseeing

  1. Höheweg Park

This is 14 hectares of land in the city center, between two railway stations. It was originally owned by Augustinian monks, but in the mid-19th century was bought by local hotel owners and turned into a park.

  1. Augustinian monastery

The monastery was founded in Interlaken in 1130 but was closed during the Reformation. The ruins of the monastery can be seen in the city’s central park.

  1. Unterseen

In Unterseen you can admire the parish church with a late Gothic tower dating from 1471. This is one of the most photographed landmarks in the Bernese Oberland region: the Jungfrau peak rises to the right, and Mönch to the left from the tower.

  1. Harder Kulm

Harder Kulm is a peak with an altitude of 1301 m, offering a beautiful view of the Alps and two lakes, Thun and Brienz. You can get there by funicular which departs from Interlaken East railway and costs for 25 francs. The way will take about 15 minutes.

Suggested by Inna from the Executive Thrillseeker 

HARDER KULM – INTERLAKEN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

 No visit to Switzerland is complete with spending some time in the country’s adventure capital, Interlaken. Aside from its beautiful location at the foot of the Bernese Alps and on the shores of both Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken offers an incredible number of things to do.

Your first destination should be Harder Kulm which can be reached by a funicular.  At the summit, the views from the Two Lakes Bridge are spectacular, and you’re likely to see the sky dotted with colorful parachutes.

Paragliding, bungy jumping and canyoning are just some of the extreme sports available in Interlaken but if you prefer less exhilarating pursuits you won’t feel left out.

Lake cruises and a ride around town on a horse-drawn tram are two of the more relaxing ways to spend your time in Interlaken.  There are plenty of opportunities to shop for Swiss souvenirs and sample the traditional cuisine, too.

There are many things to do in Interlaken like enjoying excursions many nearby mountains.  The Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Schynige Platte and Grindelwald-First are just a few mountains that can be visited by train, funicular or cable car from Interlaken.

TIP: If you plan on doing more than one mountain excursion, consider purchasing the Jungfrau Travel Pass as it can provide great savings.

HOW TO REACH –  Situated just an hour from Bern and around 90-minutes from Zurich, Interlaken can be easily reached by either car or train.

Suggested by Carolyn from Holidays to Europe 

THUN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

One of the prettiest towns in Switzerland is Thun – located on the southern shores of Lake Thun. It is a perfect day trip from Interlaken, as it is easy to get there from Interlaken (and its a beautiful bus ride or card drive along the lake) and a perfect place to spend a day.

Thun is small and you will be able to see the highlights of the city within a few hours – but also plan in some time to unwind at Aare River and for a boat tour on stunning Lake Thun. Taking day trip Thun is considered as one of the best day trips from Interlaken.

In Thun, you should not miss to stroll the beautiful old town and pay attention to the colorful houses. Especially the town hall square is lovely – from there you will also see the white and impressive Thun Castle. For an entry fee of about $11 (or free with a Swiss Travel Pass), you can enter it and learn about the history and enjoy the best view of the city (this alone is so worth it).

Enjoy your lunch at Mühleplatz and relax and the Aare River before walking to the Lake Thun boat station.

HOW TO REACH – Because a cruise on Lake Thun is a must – while Lake Brienz has a more interesting color, cruising Lake Thun is probably the best boat cruise you can take. From Thun to Interlaken it takes about two hours by boat – you will see many gorgeous villages along your way and it is a perfect way to end your day!

Suggested by Arzo Nayel From Arzo Travels “Eat well, dress up, and travel!”

MURREN – SCHILTHORN | Best Places to Visit in Switzerland Tour

 Mürren is a very small car-free town located above Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken in the Swiss Alps. The views will captivate you and the charm of the locals will make you want to stay forever.

It is most well known for the incredible Piz Gloria Schilthorn attraction rewarding visitors with unobscured views of the famous Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch peaks. The Schilthorn is where the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was filmed and the entire place is James Bond-themed which makes the visit even more fun. If you’re hungry, make sure to check out their revolving Piz Gloria restaurant which boasts jaw-dropping 360-degree views and slowly turns so you’re sure to see the entire 360-degree view while you eat.

HOW TO REACH SCHILTHORN – To get to the Schilthorn, head to the Murren gondola station located on the opposite side of town as the train station.

TIPS –  It’s highly recommended not to pre-purchase tickets since the weather can affect the views at the top. There is a live stream of the view from the top of the Schilthorn at the gondola station to help you decide whether it will be worth the cost to go up. 

Hiking is another activity you do not want to miss while visiting Mürren. We loved hiking on the trails to Winteregg and to the even smaller town of Gimmelwald. Be sure to check out the Biergarten in Gimmelwald and grab a pint after your exhausting hike!

HOW TO REACH  MURREN – Getting to Mürren is a bit difficult, but the journey is completely worth it. Starting from Interlaken, purchase a regional train ticket from the Interlaken Ost station to Lauterbrunnen. Be sure you’re at the correct station because there are two in Interlaken.

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Bimmah Sinkhole

The Sultanate of Oman’s geographical location makes it a wonderful destination for nature lovers and is blessed with amazing landscapes like rugged mountain valleys, naturally formed caves, sink-hole, Wadis(dry river bed which is full of water in rainy season), deserts, fjords, secluded beaches, canyons and many more.  Oman is located in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in western Asia and is surrounded by mountains, deserts, and water. In this post, let’s go for a natural wonders day trip from Muscat. As whole Oman has wonderful places, you need a lot of time or many days to cover each area, this time I concentrated on Muscat region and nearby areas and therefore read about things to do near Muscat and let’s go from Muscat to Bimmah Sinkhole tour which is a long and hectic day trip.

Road trip in Natural Oman Day Trips From Muscat | Oman Sightseeing Tours

After having interesting Muscat City tour and historical tour to Nizwa fort from Muscat, let’s go for nature tour from Muscat which is also top listed in Oman sightseeing tours.  Muscat to Bimmah Sinkhole is the most recommended day trip in Oman with many enchanting stops in between.

MY TRIP – Muscat- Qantab Beach – Qantab Town – Bandar Al Khiran – Quriyat Fishing town – Bimmah Sinkhole – Wadi Tiwi/Wadi Shab – Return back to Muscat.
FIRST STOP – QANTAB BEACH |  MUSCAT TO BIMMAH SINKHOLE TOUR | THINGS TO DO NEAR MUSCAT

A small stretch of rocky beach which is at 15 km from Muscat. Located in fisherman’s town, this beach is very quiet and peaceful. This beach has many fisherman’s boats and you see many naturally cut rocks tapers down to blue waters. I loved how the waves were crashing these black rocks and the shades of deep blue are amazing here. Walking on the pebbled beach is fun here. 

This beach is surrounded by many traditional quaint Omani style houses and huge rocks on another side.  Camping is not allowed here and I am not sure of wearing swimsuit here. Many fishermen will approach you and ask you have a sail across the sea for few Omani rials and they promise to show some hidden gems of this area in traditional wooden boats.

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On the top – Nizwa Fort

Oman has a great history with ancient cultural preserves, forts, fortress, castles and souqs/souks.  In your Oman Sightseeing tours, this historical Oman forts trip is must and highly recommended.  All these forts which I will be talking about are approximately two hours drive from Muscat. Therefore let’s explore historical Oman with some wonderful castles, forts, ethnic marketplaces which are considered as the best sightseeing attractions of Oman. Read this post for One day trip from Muscat or one of the most famous Oman Day Tours. 

Historical Day Trips from Muscat | Oman Sightseeing Tours | Oman Day Tours

As you must have read in my Muscat City Tour article, that Oman has been blessed with rugged mountain terrains, the drive is mostly through beautiful mountains. As we planned to cover three forts, one cave, some viewpoints on mountains, in the whole day, we started early in the morning. 

First Stop – NIZWA FORT, NIZWA SOUK/SOUQ |HISTORICAL DAY TOURS FROM MUSCAT Nizwa Fort

Your visit to Oman is incomplete if you skip Nizwa Fort tour as it is the biggest and most beautiful fort of Oman which has a history dating back to 9th century. It is also known as Pearl of Islam. Located in Nizwa the oldest city of Oman is 140 km from Muscat. It was once important learning, defense center and also a former capital of ancient Oman.  The oldest part of the fort has the historical significance of the 9th century and later restored in the 17th century by Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi.  This fort is believed to keep away many foreign invaders and even expelling Portuguese from Oman.  This fort has a big cylindrical and circular tower which is largest in all forts of Oman, with seven wells, two mosques, prisons, traps, pits underground tunnels, cannon shooting area, learning areas, exhibits of handicrafts and demonstrations of old-style living articles. The foundation of this fort is around 98 feet under the ground.  Earlier Oman was ruled by Imams in Oman and this place was center of learning & enlightenment, this place has generated many great poets, scientists, and religious personalities.

Uniquely built to protect from invaders you can see many traps for invaders like stairs were made with sudden gaps in between which were left open when there was an invasion. 

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Review of Quirky Dining at Khau Galli, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai

A quirky and colorful Bollywood themed with unique food options is now attracting foodies of Dubai and has become the major hotspot in JLT, Dubai.   KHAU GALLI is a local language which means Foodie’s Lane and in every city of India, you will find one Khau Galli dedicated to street food. As this restaurant serves famous street food from all over India at one place and therefore Khau Galli(foodie’s lane) totally suits with its concept and menu. In India, street food is favorite of all and mostly all people go to special street food lanes to relieve their day to day stress, a chatting place for youngsters & ladies, where people make friends and many more such things. So in Dubai, if you miss your favorite hometown foodie lane then head to Khau Galli where you will get all desi(authentic) flavors with the same intensity. Let’s go for Bollywood style dining at Khau Galli in the heart of Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai.

Bollywood inspired Street food restaurant in Dubai Let’s take an overview of Quirky Dining at Khau Galli, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai

Khau Galli has a quirky menu with rustic flavors of many places from India, and also with a fusion of western flavors with an Indian twist. The unique fusion of Indian and western foods makes it a perfect choice to dine in Dubai. A perfect combination of home flavors with a blend of western flavors and on top of it, they are served in a very interesting concept to your tables. Now I am taking you to a virtual tour of Khau Galli with many flavors of famous street food of India at one table.

AMBIANCE / DÉCOR OF Quirky Dining at Khau Galli, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai

As the concept of this restaurant is desi(authentic) street food and Bollywood Khau Galli and so is the interiors. Famous Bollywood wall posters with renowned dialogues from Bollywood films on the walls make this place a perfect Instragrammable spot.  Recycled brightly colored furniture made up of drums, cycle wheels,  quirky dialogues with lantern styled chandeliers makes this place a quirky and unique in Dubai. There are many types of seating arrangements like high dining – bar styled, couches,  and all seating arrangements have peculiarities and innovative decorations. You can choose your dining style according to your mood and group style.

When you enter the restaurant a typical dummy camera which is used to shoot movies is kept and with the Action, Camera, Cut Playcard commonly used in Bollywood movie shooting till date.

The tiny cashier or reception of this restaurant is made into the autorickshaw(tuk-tuk) frame. Autorickshaw is the lifeline of common people while commuting in India and therefore seeing Autorickshaw(tuk-tuk) frame here took me to nostalgic lanes of my fun memories associated with this mode of transport.  

Reception in Auto rickshaw(Tuk-Tuk)… Wanna India style food tour……

There is outside seating arrangement beside the lake where you can have the view of high-rises with the lake.

Food with a view.. Outdoor seating arrangement

And there is the Bollywood type of music beats playing in the background all the time when you enter which keeps the environment very romantic and vibrant.

So let’s get soak into the quirky vibes of this place which has Bollywood styled interiors with many seating styles, colorful couches, and lovely innovative food at Khau Galli, JLT, Dubai.

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Muscat is the largest and the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman and is blessed by beautiful rugged brown mountain scape surrounds one side and deep blue Gulf of Oman on the other side.  This famous port city is associated with interesting historical and cultural past. You will find 16th-century Portuguese hilltop forts, cliffs, fjords, whitewashed houses clustered in between the rugged mountains, arches, deep blue sea, as the prominent features of this city. These stunning sights form a beautiful skyline of Muscat. Experience Oman while reading about what to do in Muscat.  In this post, I will list the best things to do in Muscat City Tour or read about the most important places to visit in Muscat.

Best Things To Do In Muscat City Tour | What to do in Muscat

SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE – A modern Islamic styled architecture, a marble-clad mosque with 50m dome is the most beautiful attraction of Muscat.  The major features of this mosque are stunning and rich interiors with famous prayer carpet which is used to be the largest single carpet but now second in the world after the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The beautiful chandelier in the central dome is also the world’s second largest chandelier and this mosque have a capacity to hold 20,000 worshippers.

Chandelier in Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

TIP- Non-Muslims can visit the mosque in mornings from 8 to 11 A.M. from Saturday to Thursday. Visitors must dress conservatively, and women require to cover the hair, neck, shoulders, and arms.

Garden area of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE MUSCAT – Muscat’s elegant, stunning and the premier venue for musical, arts & culture. Built-in Omani styled contemporary architecture this Opera can hold approximately 1100 people.  Click here to book your favorite show at this beautiful building of Muscat.

TIP – Strict formal style of Dress code when you are watching the show. Late entries are not allowed after the start of the show.

AL ALAM PALACE – A ceremonial residential palace of Sultan of Oman which is located in old Muscat has rich exteriors of golden and greenish-blue.  With a rich history of 200 years, this palace is surrounded by two Portuguese forts from the 16th century. This palace is not open for visitors for an inside tour but you can enjoy the exteriors, palatial gardens from outside.

Evening at Al Alam Palace

TIP – Visit this palace in the evening as special lighting effects on the external facades of the palace make it more stunning.

AL JALALI FORT – A Portuguese fort located in the harbor of Old Muscat was built in 1580 to protect Oman from Ottoman forces. During the 20th century, this fort was used as a prison but now transformed into a private museum. This fort is located less than a kilometer from Al Alam Palace.

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Dubai is glittering with luxury high rises, gold souks, luxury malls, diversity, and many famous art-galleries. But not only art-galleries, exhibitions, festivals are popping in Dubai city but Dubai Municipality is gearing with many colorful themes to paint the town in vibrant hues. They are now focusing on creating permanent colorful murals on buildings, corners, under the bridges, staircases, public places, parking areas which makes Dubai more interesting.  These permanent colorful artforms comprise of traditional & cultural art, contemporary art, geometric & 3D art, and even sculptures too.  So now whenever in future you are visiting Dubai then look out for vibrant art forms on some walls or corners.  I bet, you will find a perfect Instagrammable spot with these art forms.  Read this post for Guide to Dubai Street art with some of my favorite locations. 

Top Places to see Dubai Street Art | Guide to Dubai Street Art LOCATION – JBR WALK | Street Art Dubai

GIRAFFES POPPING OUT AROUND YOU – When you descend the staircase from Sadaf(Jumeirah Beach Residences) to JBR The Walk then suddenly you will encounter two huge giraffes popping out and you will feel like standing in a zoo or national park.  Children and even adults love to take funny shots with them like feeding them or patting them. They look very realistic.

PERSIAN GEOMETRIC ART – An Islamic art pattern with vibrant turquoise color shades lies in the hidden street just behind the most popular JBR The walk. It lies behind the Bahar Block near round-about of Roxy Cinemas.

A SEA OF HORSES – It is located on the huge movie styled or palatial styled staircase descending from Rimal (JBR) to JBR the Walk.  You will see colorful horses galloping an ocean which represents Dubai’s famous Horse race held every year by the Dubai World Cup.

Have photo sessions with colorful background

VIEW FROM SUBMARINE – As the stretch of JBR Walk is on the beach this theme very well co-ordinates with the surroundings.

TWO DOLLS – Located on the staircase of Bahar block. Children love to take pictures with them and from some angles, they appear to be 3D also.

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La Petite France WEEKEND GETAWAY FROM PARIS | WEEKEND TRIPS FROM PARIS

Paris, France is one of the most romantic cities in the world is also one of the most visited cities on earth.  Not only Paris mesmerizes you but its neighborhoods are also worth visiting.  Paris trip is incomplete without doing some of the unique day trips to nearby towns.  There are many unique day trips from Paris or you can say weekend getaway from Paris comprising of wonderful castles, enchanting gardens, majestic fortified towns, beautiful countryside towns, art-museums, lovely gardens and all at 1 to 3 hours drive from Paris. In this article, I and my friends will take you to Wonderful Day trips from Paris.   

Best Day trips from Paris | Weekend Trips from Paris | Unique day trips from Paris Place Kleber CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU BY VANESSA From Wanderlust Crew | Best Day Trips from Paris Chenonceau chateau

As much as I love Paris, I have been many times, and sometimes a break from the city is a necessity, especially if you’re visiting Paris with kids! We love to explore the outskirts of the city and visit as many castles as we possibly can! What better place to see castles than in France and what better location to see them than in the Loire Valley, which is known as the Garden of France due to its lush abundance of fruit orchards and vineyards.

Our favorite castle in the Loire Valley is Chateau de Chenonceau, whose iconic bridged gallery spans the river Cher. This ancient castle was first mentioned in the 1100s and has been expanded and remodeled several times over the last 900 years. The interior of the chateau is truly spectacular. You can wander through rooms once inhabited by French royalty like Diane de Poitier and Catherine de’ Medici. This castle was mainly ruled by women and the touches on the inside show that with the first spiral staircase ever recorded, a feminine decor and incredible floral arrangements spread throughout! You can even take a flower arranging workshop on the grounds of the chateau.  Chateau de Chenonceau has a fascinating history during the Second World War as well. The river Cher divided Nazi-occupied France and the Free Zone, so the castle gallery built on a bridge was often a means of escape! The gallery was also used as a hospital during the war.

The exterior and gardens of Chenonceau are just as beautiful as the interior, with verdant flower and vegetable gardens, and an ancient hedge maze to get lost in. Kids will enjoy the children’s playground and the gourmet l’Orangerie Restaurant next door is a delicious treat.No visit to Paris is complete without a day trip to at least one castle and nothing is more delightful than Chenonceau

HOW TO REACH – Chateau de Chenonceau can be easily reached from Paris in 2-3 hours by car or train. The train stops almost directly in front of the castle, so it makes for an easy day trip!

OR Click here to book your full day tour to Loire Valley from Paris in advance.

Click here to purchase Chenonceau Castle Admission Ticket in advance.

ROUEN BY BRADLEY WILLIAMS From Dream Big, Travel Far | Best Day Trips from Paris

Having traveled across much of France, one of my favorite places I have so far visited has to be Rouen. This charming city is home to some of France’s quirkiest and most interesting buildings. And I’m not talking about the magnificent cathedral there which was built more than 800 years ago!

Instead, one of the things I loved most about Rouen was the quirky wooden buildings built all across the city. It’s true that you will find these sorts of buildings across all of Normandy, but it is oftentimes strange to see that they are still standing, as many seem to be incredibly slanted!

Other great things to do in Rouen include visiting the Church of St Joan of Arc, wandering through public gardens and eating in classic French cafes and restaurants. The best way to enjoy Rouen is by taking a walking tour that follows the route laid out on tourist maps which you can pick up from the tourist information center located opposite the cathedral.

HOW TO REACH – It’s a great spot for a day trip from Paris as its located only about 135 km away. If you don’t have a car, then the best way to get to Rouen from Paris is by train. It only takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and allows you to avoid much of the unbearable traffic you experience when driving in and out of the capital.

Or Book your Full day small Group tour to Rouen with skipping the line option.

AMIENS BY HELENE From Masala Herb |Best Day Trips from Paris

Amiens is a city in northern France, situated between Paris and London. The city is known for the largest cathedral in France, for the gorgeous gardens, the quaint inner city, and the real French flair. Discover the local flair, the history of this medieval city, the fascinating green side and its locals. Amiens is lively and has a lot to offer and is quite an insider tip for those travelers who seek the real soul of the region.

HOW TO REACH – If you take the national highway from Paris, you would take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The journey takes only about 1 hour by train. I totally recommend the train ride because you get to see the landscape and it’s less hassle to get around.

LUXEMBOURG City BY MEI AND KERSTIN From Travelwithmk | Best Day Trips from Paris

As someone who grew up in Luxembourg City, I can assure you that the capital of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, and totally worth exploring. Founded in 963, Luxembourg City has numerous historic monuments, and the entire Old City is actually classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. In the lower quarters of Luxembourg City, you can stroll through cobbled alleys and charming medieval houses. Beneath the former castle of Luxembourg, you can also explore the underground galleries dating back to the 17th century, that we call the Casemates du Bock. In the upper town of Luxembourg’s capital, there’s the Grand Duke’s palace and several museums to visit such as the MNHA, the Mudam, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum or the Villa Vauban, as well as a panoramic view to enjoy from the Adolphe Bridge built in 1900. 

If you love food, make sure to taste some local specialties in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital. Since Luxembourg City is home to several European institutions, there are over 150 different nationalities here. So there are also tons of different cuisines in the capital of Luxembourg. By the way, did you know that one-third of Luxembourg City is covered in green spaces?

HOW TO REACH – So if you’re tired of the hustle and bustle in Paris, then just jump into a TGV at the Gare de l’Est in Paris, and 2 hours later you’ll arrive in Luxembourg City’s main train station!

In Luxembourg, you can book your Hop-on Hop-Off tours to go around this wonderful city. 

ETRETAT BY VARSHA KULKARNI From Varshas Travel 360 | Best Day Trips from Paris

Have you heard of chalky cliffs of Davor in the UK? Ever wished to visit there? No problem, you can easily visit while in Paris. Etretat is a small coastal town in Normandy which has similar chalky cliffs and you can visit there as a day trip from Paris.

HOW TO REACH – Etretat is about 2.5 to 3 hours from Paris by car, so you should start early. Roads are nice and will be mostly empty as no one knows about this place. (But now you know!). There is plenty of paid parking near the beach. On both sides, you will see steep rising cliffs with narrow winding hiking routes going up. Take this trail and please, stay on it. The cliffs are extremely dangerous and tallest in this region. There are signs everywhere warning about not to leave the marked route. You can go as far as you wish along the cliffs admiring white steep cliffs going deep up to the turquoise waters below. During low tides, one can walk along the beach looking up the cliffs. On this route, you can walk under the iconic arches which are otherwise only looked upon from the trail above. Make sure to check the tidal timetable and..

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South India’s Artwork – Tanjore styled gold plated work

Art Exhibition or Art Display on International Airport sounds something unique and interesting. But what a great way to experience art and culture tour on Airport while waiting for next flight or during entering or exiting the airport.  Art and culture tour always depict the glorious past and present of a particular country and therefore JayaHe GVK museum at Mumbai International Airport showcases India at one place.  In India, we celebrate each passage of time, in travel and there are many rituals associated with it from ancient times to the modern era. This art museum takes you the special colorful journey to multiple eras of India.  Let’s go for JayaHe GVK Museum Art Tour at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Art installations at Mumbai International Airport

This art tour on Mumbai International Airport shows the cultural diversity of India.  Display of all regions or states are unique in many ways and so are their art forms. In this museum, you can see a beautiful amalgamation of all diverse cultures under one roof.  The massive display of art forms in various media is installed on walls, panels hanging from roofs, pillars and many center points. 

You can see around 5500 artifacts from 1000’s of artisans which are spread across a span of 3.2 ms.

India’s glorious culture is reflected in many layered themes – JayaHe GVK New Museum Art Tour at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport 

INDIA GREETS – You can ancient facades, doors, windows with many balconies crafted in traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani style. 

THRESHOLDS OF INDIA – Depicting India’s plural Cultural legacy, immense sculptural works on walls and living traditions.

LAYERED NARRATIVES – Depicting the Urbanism of this great city Mumbai. The artifacts are arranged in a layered format to show changing or evolution of daily lifestyle from Mumbai. It is like unfolding pages by pages. 

CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY – Most of the artifacts are made from e-waste by modern era artists.

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