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Hey guys, in this post, I will tell you about the best things to do in Maldives for any budget. Also, you will find out what is the best time to go to Maldives and what to expect from the Maldives in May or during the monsoon season.
I just returned from our 5-day trip to the Maldives and I already really want to go back. That, however, won’t happen at least until next year (which makes me sad). Nonetheless, I’m ready to tell you about my experience as well and of course, about the resort, where I’ve stayed – Anantara Veli.
The resort where I stayed
I had tough times picking the resort for our 4-day trip to the Maldives and in the end, spent around a couple of weeks finding the perfect hotel. In case you’re interested in knowing WHY ON EARTH did it take me (and Pepe, of course) to pick the hotel, head to this post, where I explain it in detail. After a long research of all our possibilities, we decided to stay in Anantara Veli and loved every minute of our stay. Anantara Veli has only 60+ water villas, and it’s an adults-only resort, meaning that most of the guests will be honeymooners and couples. It’s also not exaggeratedly expensive (you can check the price HERE).
Maldives in May: what to expect?
We picked May for our vacations in the Maldives, despite the start of the rainy season and to be honest; it’s not as bad as it seems. In fact, I liked the Maldives in May, as it was sunny only half of the time and the temperature was very comfortable. The first two days were cloudy, and there was even rain for two hours every day. However, it was enjoyable to swim, and we didn’t also get burned. Once the sun came out the next day, we returned from our snorkelling trip full of really severe burns (even though we used SPF 50).
So well, if you’re going to the Maldives during the rain season (from May to November), you have a chance to have a lot of rain, but it’s not guaranteed! Most probably, it will rain a bit every day. However, if you want your holiday to be risk-free, try to avoid visiting the Maldives during the rain season, as I’ve seen a couple of reviews on Tripadvisor that mentioned non-stop rain during every day of their vacations in the Maldives (although it’s very unlikely to happen).
Best time to go to Maldives
If you’re wondering when to go to Maldives and don’t want to have rain during your holiday, try to visit Maldives during the dry season that lasts from December to April. March and April are the hottest months, so the probability of getting sunburnt is higher. September – January are the coldest months, but then again, Maldives is so close to the equator, that cold isn’t freezing, as you can imagine.
Best things to do in the Maldives
There are various things to do in Maldives, so don’t think that you are just going to be stuck in your room / water villa, eat and swim.
Things you can do during your stay in the Maldives:
Maldives is a fabulous destination for snorkelling. You can see all kinds of colourful fishes (even in your hotel, if you’re lucky), turtles, stingrays and even baby sharks! A couple of days ago we also saw a lobster in the wild. And of course, these little crabs that always hurry somewhere are adorable too!
2. Swimming with dolphins
There are plenty of dolphins living around the Maldives. You can take an exclusive tour (usually you can find those in your hotel) and see dolphins in the wild
3. Take a boat tour to a private island.
Ever dreamt of being on a private island with absolutely no one bothering you? Well, you can do it in the Maldives!
4. Participate in the activities of your resort.
Resorts in Maldives aren’t as fun as the family resorts somewhere in Spain, Greece or Turkey with the animation team of 50 people trying to “animate” you every evening. Since we stayed in the adults-only resort, there were no family activities. However, we had yoga classes, cooking masterclasses and even open-air cinema. Not bad, huh?
5. Taking photos
Finally, you can improve your photography skills in the Maldives. Maldives is a real paradise for taking pictures, so unleash your creativity and produce some gorgeous photos!
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You don’t know if you like Russian food or not if you haven’t tried it, right? Whether you’re going to that Russian restaurant in your neighbourhood or you’re planning your trip to Russia, this post will tell you what are the hottest Russian dishes that you must try. Having grown up in Russia and lived in beautiful St. Petersburg until I was 22, I’ve tried all the Russian dishes and can share with you the ones you should definitely try (ideally during your trip to Russia).
Now, when the World Cup 2018 is coming, it’s time to tell you about some of the best and most popular Russian dishes, drinks and desserts.
So here are 10 best Russian dishes that you have to try:
1. Russian Salad
Okay, the number 1 in this list and my absolutely favourite Russian dish is Russian Salad or “Olivje” (Olivier) – how Russians call it. It might be different from the Russian salad you already know/ have tried somewhere else. Traditional Russian salad has a lot of mayo and also has chopped sausage and pickles (these 3 ingredients are sometimes missing in the variations of the “Russian salad” in various countries. The best Russian salad in Russia I age in the restaurants of the Ginza group (check them here).
If you have ever been to Polish restaurants / tried Polish food, the name “Pirogi” must ring the bell. However, if you compare Russian vs Polish food, they are similar, but not the same. Polish pierogi are actually very different from Russian pirogi. Polish pierogi is more like Pelmeni in Russia (which would be one of the next dishes I’ll describe), while Russian pirogi are actually pies with various fillings.
Pirogi can be savoury and sweet, small and huge and the recipes depend on the restaurants and people baking pirogi. I’d recommend you to try at least one savoury and one sweet, so you see which one would you prefer.
Blini is a traditional Russian dish, though it definitely resembles French crepes. Russian blini can also vary in sizes and fillings and one of the best chains to try blini in Russia is Teremok (they have 30 different tastes and fillings, you can’t go wrong with so many tastes). The example of Russian savoury blin (singular of blini) – potato mash, beef and gherkins. Or another very common one: baked cabbage and egg.
Is a traditional Russian / Ukrainian soup made of beetroot and beef. It has a very particular taste and it’s very hard to confuse it with something else. I’m not the biggest fan of beetroot, that’s why I don’t love this soup, but all my non-Russian friends and relatives really love it (so this could be a problem with me :D).
Pelmeni are Russian traditional dumplings that somewhat resemble the Chinese dumplings, but I like the Russian ones way more. Pelmeni are the ones that are similar to Polish pierogi, but Russian pelmeni are more strict in terms of shape and in terms of filling.
Kvas is a traditional Russian drink made of bread. It has a very particular taste and has 0.03% percent of alcohol. Most of the non-Russian people don’t like this Russian drink, but you never know, you might actually love it! Just in case you’re interested, I like it a lot, so it’s definitely worth giving a try.
7. “Herring under a fur coat” or “Herring in the Shuba coat”
This dish has many names in English just because of the translation that could be confusing. The Shuba coat means fur coat. This is a layered salad, the lowest layer of which is actuary herring, the fish. And all what is on top of it is described as a “fur coat’. The traditional “Herring under a fur coat” salad consists of herring, mayo, beetroot, eggs, potatoes, onions and sometimes even apples! Nonetheless, it’s really delicious.
8. Russian salo with Paprika
Russian salo is basically smoked and salted fat that somewhat resembles cured bacon. However, it has a very nice taste and it’s a very unique Russian dish, which is totally worth trying. It goes well with a shot of Russian vodka and some rye bread, so give it a try.
9. Beef cutlets with buckwheat and pickles
If you’re interested what do Russians eat in the everyday life, that would be the perfect example. Beef cutlets with buckwheat and pickles is a healthy and tasty dish that is somewhat simple (well, Russian food is usually not that elaborated).
10. Honey Cake Medovik
Honey cake or “Medovik” is absolutely amazing! It’s definitely the highlight of Russian food and one of my favourite Russian dishes in the entire world. It’s not too sweet, but it’s very “juicy” if you can describe a cake as juicy at all. Other Russian cakes to try: Napoleon and Smetannik.
Are you interested in more posts about Russia? I have many!
In this post, I would like to tell you about another city, which will hold the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia – Nizhny Novgorod. Keep reading for the best things to do in Nizhny Novgorod as well as attractions, restaurants, how to get to Nizhny Novgorod from Moscow and St. Petersburg and much more.
Best things to do in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia:
Nizhny Novgorod vs Veliky Novgorod
First of all, don’t confuse Nizhny Novgorod with Veliky Novgorod (a smallish city close to St. Petersburg). These are two completely different cities and in this post, I’m going to talk about Nizhny Novgorod. Yes, it’s very confusing that two cities have similar names and it’s especially confusing that there are many day tours sold from Saint Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod, but don’t think that these two are close: they aren’t.
If you ask me, which one is better, Nizhny Novgorod vs Veliky Novgorod, well, they are very different. Veliky Novgorod is a very old city, which used to be very important in the 12-13th century and it has an incredible amount of Russian heritage buildings (churches, cathedrals, monasteries). It’s also very small and compact, that’s why you can discover it in a day. Nizhny Novgorod, on the other side, it quite big (its population exceeds 1.2 million people) and it’s quite close to Moscow. It also has a lot of Russian traditional heritage (such as a big Kremlin) and it’s a great place to visit as well.
My first impressions from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
I visited Nizhny Novgorod, Russia only once in my life for 3 days (we went to an EDM festival called Alfa Future People, which can be considered one of the best EDM Festivals in the world. In case you’re interested – here’s the link to our review of Alfa Future People 2016). However, Nizhny left a really great impression on me. It’s beautiful, interesting, vibrant and lively. It’s also full of contrasts – incredibly beautiful city centre with a huge Kremlin in the heart of Nizhny Novgorod and Soviet-style districts next to the main railway station. Flourishing streets in the city centre with lovely restaurants and decaying wooden buildings just 15 minutes walking away.
Nizhny Novgorod vs Moscow
Unlike St. Petersburg and Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod is a truly Russian city. Moscow is too rich – all the money of Russia is concentrated in Moscow, hence the most expensive and exclusive places are located there. Moscow is a melting pot of many people from all around Russia (remember that Russia is massive) with their different ways of speaking, communicating and solving problems. People in Moscow can be rude and harsh and also pretty unfriendly. And of course, Moscow is severely overpopulated. If you want to read more about Moscow –here’s my post about it.
Nizhny Novgorod vs Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg is the total opposite of Moscow. It’s a European city (which looks nothing like typical Russian cities) and resembles Paris, Vienna, Venice and Amsterdam all at once. St. Petersburg is quite expensive, full of historical sites and museums, amazing restaurants with terraces with the view over the city, rivers where you can take boat rides and friendlier people than in Moscow. I am originally from St. Petersburg, so I created this ultimate guide to St. Petersburg, Russia in case you’re interested in visiting the city.
Nizhny Novgorod, unlike Moscow and St. Petersburg is neither overpopulated or posh. It’s a nice quiet (and quite big at the same time) city with beautiful streets in the city centre, amazing river Oka dividing the city into two parts and having incredible views over the city when crossing the river.
How to get to Nizhny Novgorod? Flights, buses and trains to Nizhny Novgorod
Getting to Nizhny Novgorod is not complicated at all. Depends on where are you intending to start your journey. The easiest way, of course, is to get to Nizhny Novgorod from Moscow or St. Petersburg.
The easiest way to get to Nizhny Novgorod from St. Petersburg is by plane: you can buy return flights for as low as £100 and the journey time is about an hour. You can check the prices for your dates on Skyscanner.
The easiest way to get from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod is actually by train (because these two cities aren’t far from each other). You can fly, of course, but it’s just easier to take a train. There are normal trains that take around 5 hours and the speed trains that take 3.5 – 4 hours and are actually cheaper than the slower trains – they are around 12 euros one way. There are also buses (the journey time is 5-7 hours). The easiest way to buy the train tickets from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod (and just generally the train tickets in Russia) is via Tutu.
What is there to do in Nizhny Novgorod?
1. Visit the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
2. Have a meal in a traditional Southern Russian restaurant
We loved the Khutorok -here’s the address: Alexeevskaya street 15.
3. Have a stroll around the streets in the city centre
The old town is really pretty and walkable – no cars allowed on the main street, so it’s just nice to walk around and explore the city.
4. Take multiple photos with small monuments in the centre
Novgorod has an insane amount of cute lovely statues all across the city – it’s just impossible not to take a photo with one (or some) of them!
5. Have a burger in one of the hipster places of Nizhny
Meat in this part of Russia is really good, so burgers are awesome in Nizhny Novgorod.
6. Visit one of the churches and monasteries of Nizhny Novgorod
There are many beautiful churches and monasteries in Nizhny Novgorod, some of the best ones are Pechersky Monastery, the Church of Nativity of the Holy Mother of God and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Visiting churches and monasteries is definitely one of the best things do in Nizhny Novgorod!
7. Take a look at the abandoned buildings in the city centre
There are many old abandoned wooden buildings in the heard of Nizhny Novgorod, so it’s one of the “cool” and unusual things to do in Nizhny Novgorod!
8. Walk around the Fedorovsky embankment
The walk is really nice and the views are incredible from there (you can see almost the entire city!).
Where to stay in Nizhny Novgorod? Hotels in Nizhny Novgorod
There many hotels & hostels to stay in Nizhny Novgorod. We stayed at the Hotel Parus and really loved it. It even had a jacuzzi inside the room – it was perfect after visiting the EDM festival – we were exhausted. Some other hotels to consider Sheraton Nizhny Novgorod near the Kremlin (it’s a super budget-friendly Sheraton – less than 80 euros), Nikitin Hotel (literally the best-rated hotel in the city).
Best bars and nightclubs in Nizhny Novgorod: Mednye Trubi, Barone (nightclub), Franky Bar
Getting around Nizhny Novgorod
Novgorod has some really bad transport issues – the metro doesn’t really go anywhere and the buses are quite confusing even for Russians. If you want to get anywhere at all, it’s always better to use Uber or Yandex Taxi or any other taxi app that works in Nizhny Novgorod. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
If you’re interested to read some of my other posts about travelling in Russia, here are some of them:
If you’re reading this post, it means that you’re interested in the most Instagrammable places in NYC! Don’t worry, I teamed up with a few great travel bloggers to create this guide to the most Instagrammable spots in New York City!
There is no double that the Big Apple is extremely photogenic. I personally like it most in winter, but some of you might disagree saying that you need to dress in warm clothes and suffer because of the strong wind. In this post HERE, I actually compared my experience in NYC in winter and in summer, so feel free to read it to make your mind when to visit New York City.
But let’s get back to this blogger’s guide to New York City. I actually have the whole new series of posts here, on Tripsget, where I reveal the most Instagrammable spots around the world! Interested? Here’s the list (so you can take a look):
But this post is all about Instagrammable places in NYC! Ready to find out what are the most Instagrammable spots in New York? Let’s get started!
Most Instagrammable places in NYC:
1. Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock
It’s hard to imagine NYC without this marvellous and iconic building. While it’s hard to take good shots of the Empire State building from close, head to the Top of the Rock to see the best view of the Empire State Building in town!
2. The view of NYC from the Empire State Building
The second best view in the city (and the second most instagrammable spot in New York) you can see from the viewing point of the Empire State Building.
3. Central Park Reservoir
The Central Park Reservoir is a decommissioned reservoir inside Central Park that stretches from 86th to 96th street. The 1.58-mile track that surrounds the water is a popular running & walking trail with locals, and golden-hour provides plenty of Instagram-worthy shots of the Upper West Side NYC skyline.
Very Instagrammable Spot in New York from Christabel from Where’s Bel
4. The High Line Park
The High Line Park used to be a railroad in the past, but some years ago it was transformed into a very photogenic and edgy park. You can see some marvellous views from there!
5. The Roosevelt Island
This spot might be a hidden gem, but I’m happy to reveal it. On the way to the Roosevelt Island, you will have to take a cable car and you’ll see some great views from there. Also, the Roosevelt Island itself is a great spot for Insta-photography.
6. Times Square & the streets in the centre of Manhattan
The most famous place in the world (almost!) is also a great Instagrammable spot. You’ll need a tripod to take a really good photo there (with you in focus and blurry people walking around you).
7. Brooklyn Bridge
Did you know that Brooklyn Bridge was number eight in the top ten most Instagrammed locations in the world in 2017 and the Big Apple the most Instagrammed city? This iconic Brooklyn Bridge shot was taken from the East River during a Hop On Hop Off cruise which gives some fabulous views of the bridge with the Financial District and One World Trade Center building in the background. The bridge is the perfect vantage point for great views of the city and to walk across it is a New York ‘must do’.
The Flat Iron is a fabulous spot for Insta-photos, so make sure not to miss it!
Overlooked in many ways, the Dumbo neighbourhood in Brooklyn is an underrated place where you can appreciate the architecture of New York Bridges. The dense buildings of Washington Street in Brooklyn naturally frame the Manhattan Bridge in the distance and provide a much-appreciated contrast for your next Instagram photo hit!
This adorable little pink building screams Instagram while wandering around the most desirable to live in the neighbourhood of NYC. Tiny’s pink façade looks straight out of a Wes Anderson film and has the most picture perfect setting. Better yet, there’s an equally as adorable bar and restaurant inside.
Something I love about New York City is how grand the interiors can be; NYC is more than just pretty buildings! One of my absolute favourite spots it the beautiful Richard Rodgers Theater where Hamilton is playing on Broadway. It’s both one of the chicest activities you can do in the city right now, but its also a beautiful interior to spotlight on its own.
Expand your horizon and do a day-trip to Coney Island just outside New York. A lovely destination on a sunny day. The boardwalk is iconic and seems untouched for decades, just like all the theme park attractions.
One of the best Instagrammable places in New York – from Sylvia from Wapiti Travel
13. Unisphere in Queens
One of my favourite attractions as a New Yorker is the Unisphere in Queens. This beautiful sculpture from the 1962 world’s fair is an iconic piece of New York City history, right by the US Open!
Street art is at its best in the streets of New York! This graffiti mural is known as the Bowery Mural. The coolest thing about it is that it’s updated often by different artists all the time. So the photo you got of it last year likely won’t be the same this year, or ever again. Many people walk right past it on the street without even noticing. Have you?
Radio City Music Hall is the quintessential New York City Instagrammable holiday spot. Home of The Rockettes, the best place to take photos and selfies is across the street from the theatre. After you’ve captured the front of the theatre, head across the street to Rockefeller Plaza to snap some more pics of the ice skating rink and massive Christmas tree set up throughout the holiday season.
The authentic NYC yellow taxis are as instagrammable as the London black cabs! They make any picture nicer and brighter, even on a cold and rainy day!
17. Grand Central
One of the most famous railway stations in the world, Grand Central is a great spot for photos (and is very recognizable too).
18. Wall Street
Wall Street has some really great views and iconic spots, so it’s worth visiting (especially on a weekend, otherwise your photos will be very busy).
19. Metropolitan Museum
NYC museums are amazing and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is not an exception. It looks very photogenic (and is amazing inside as well – in terms of contents :).
20. Hudson River Park
And the last, but not least in this list of the most Instagrammable places in NYC is the Hudson River Park. From the promenade, you can see some really great views of New Jersey and – of the end of Manhattan Island – WTC and other skyscrapers.
So, these have been some of the most Instagrammable spots in New York City! If you liked this post and found it useful, please share it on Social Media <3
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If you’re going to Seattle for a weekend [or you have been sent on a business trip just like me], I hope this post helps you to organise your free time and decide what to do during a weekend in Seattle.
First of all, don’t expect too much from Seattle. Just enjoy it! If you’re an international traveller coming from Europe, you shouldn’t have too many expectations in terms of architecture and leisure. Seattle isn’t like NYC, for example, and there are not that many museums and other things to do in the city. However, what is amazing in Seattle is the nature around it. I just wish I had a car during my business trip – the forests, the natural parks and even mountains looked so appealing. If you don’t have a car, getting there would be almost impossible. Good news: you can rent a car! However, for that, you need a driving licence (I have one, but I don’t drive).
So, stories aside and let’s talk about the best things to do in Seattle during a weekend.
1. Visit the University of Washington
If you’re visiting in early spring, you’ll have a chance to see the wonderful cherry blossom alley located just at the campus of the University of Washington. I visited Seattle in April, so they alley was already gone, however, other trees were blooming. The weather in Seattle might be unpredictable and a bit tough, but the campus of the University of Washington is beautiful with any weather.
It’s easy to get there: just take the Link Rail to the Alaska Stadium or check any bus that leaves from your starting point.
2. See the city from the Space Needle
Space Needle is probably the most famous attraction in Seattle. Try to visit it on a bright and sunny (or at least not rainy day), as when it’s foggy, you won’t see anything most probably. At the Space Needle, you also have a chance to participate in some VR activities, e.g bungee jumping, which is incredible!
3. Have a lunch at the Pike place market
Pike place market is a really great market located in the heart of Seattle. It’s a place to go if you need fresh fish, crab or oysters. Everything looks really fresh and appealing. There are plenty of stalls, cafes and restaurants located at or around the market, so you can easily spend there a couple of hours.
4. Go shopping to one of the outlets [or in downtown]
Seattle has two large outlets, one of which is from the same company as the famous Sawgrass Mills in Florida (I was honestly so impressed by the Sawgrass Mills, that I even wrote an entire post dedicated to Sawgrass Mills – you can find it here). The outlet is called Seattle Designer Outlets and you can find some pretty great bargains there. If you don’t have an option of going outside Seattle, you can visit some spots in the downtown. For example, I bought a FURLA bag in the outlet of SAKS 5th Avenue in Seattle downtime. Another option to look at is Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s.
5. Go outside the city (explore the nature)
As I already mentioned above, the best part about Seattle is its beautiful nature. There are quite a few national parks located not so far away from Seattle, so if you have a chance to rent a car (and some free time as well), I suggest you go! If you don’t want to drive – there are some tours that could take you there.
6. Visit the Chihuli Garden and Glass
Another remarkable spot that you can visit during a weekend in Seattle is Chihuli Gardens. This is a unique art museum that is super colourful and interesting to visit. So if you have a couple of spare hours, you should visit it.
7. Have a coffee in a local Starbucks
Did you know that Starbucks originated in Seattle? Now you know. That explains Starbucks being literally on every corner in Seattle! There are even standings Starbucks cafes – literally with no seats!
8. Have a tour in Seattle
Seattle has plenty of amazing tours to offer – you can check some of those displayed below!
So here, in a nutshell, were the best things to do during a weekend in Seattle! Do you know any other great things to do in Seattle during a weekend trip? Comment them below! Liked this post about the best things to do in Seattle? Share it on Social Media!
Canada truly is one of the most multi-faceted, multicultural countries on Earth. As a proud part of North America and a keen player in the Commonwealth, Canada is a country that prefers making friends rather than enemies. With a rich heritage and pristine natural wonders, it’s unsurprising why so many people put Canada on their bucket list of places to see before they die. Heck, we’ve even listed it as one of the best places to visit before you turn 30! If you are planning a trip to the Great White North, check out this cluster of activities to savour during your time in the world’s second-largest nation.
Banff National Park
Alberta’s Banff National Park is one of the longest-established World Heritage Sites in Canada. It’s world-renowned for its natural beauty with the Rocky Mountains in close proximity, as well as its enchanting thermal hot springs that make for a wonderful experience after a busy day hiking. In terms of hiking, there are over a thousand miles of hiking trails that can be explored on foot. Watch out for those blisters!
Talk an EdgeWalk on the wild side in Toronto
Toronto is one of the most popular cities to explore in Canada. It’s got a fantastic multicultural scene and some of the most spectacular views in the country from its CN Tower. This iconic 1,815-foot tower operates an EdgeWalk experience allowing you to walk around the top of the tower from the outside – whilst wearing a harness, of course!
Head to the polar bear capital of the world
Take a trip to the great outdoors in Manitoba, this subarctic outpost that very few people will have heard of. Nevertheless, once you’ve experienced it you’ll never forget it. This place is the polar bear capital of the world, with November the best time of the year to visit the polar bears migrating towards the ice caps of Hudson Bay. The locals will sometimes see them meandering through town, so you’ll have to be on your guard!
Discover Canada’s iGaming scene
Unlike the severe restrictions on online casinos in the United States, Canada accepts international iGaming brands that operate under tight jurisdictions in the likes of Malta and the UK. Canadian online casinos are great places to relax and unwind in the comfort of your hotel room after a busy day sightseeing. There are even Canadian-themed slots available, such as Blueberry’s Timberjack, if you fancy another slice of Canadian culture while gaming.
If you’re looking for a suitable place to play, this article is a strong endorsement for EuroPalace, which offers 24/7 multi-lingual support, which is ideal if English or French is not your first language. It is also packed with over 600 video slots from iGaming software pioneers Microgaming, which offer high-definition visuals and audio akin to games console games.
Niagara Falls is one of the closest points to the United States you can get whilst being in Canada. It’s about an hour and a half from Toronto by car but it’s totally worth the wait. The three cascades that make up the Niagara Falls are guaranteed to take your breath away. There’s really nothing better on a humid summer’s day than to feel the steam from the Falls on your face.
Skate Ottawa’s Rideau Canal
Finally, what better way to feel festive at Christmas time than to get your skates on and head along to Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. This 202-kilometre stretch is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now has a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest ice rink to freeze naturally, bringing families and people of all ages to the city with free access for all.
Having visited all but 2 countries in Europe (as of May 2018), I still have plenty of places in Europe on my bucket list. If you’re curious about what they are (and maybe you want some inspiration, too), keep reading!
You may already know most of these places. If you’re planning to book properties in some of the places mentioned below, consider using Clickstay that has a great collection of holiday villas and apartments all around the world!
So how come I visited all but two countries in Europe (according to UN classification of Europe)? Well, I’m obsessed with travelling and together with my partner-in-crime/husband Pepe (who helps me to run this blog as well), we’ve been to more than 65 countries. We currently live in London, one of the best-connected cities in Europe (if not in the entire world) that has whopping 6 airport and flights pretty much everywhere in the world. The European flights, however, are the ones that are very cheap. We snatched amazing deals to Toulouse for £40 return (for two), Billund for £30 for two and Marseille for £20 return for two. All of the season, of course, but does that matter? We actually have a list of the best destinations for off-season travel, so feel free to check it out.
My favourite spots in Europe
Before jumping to my ultimate European travel bucket list, I wanted to tell you about my absolute favourite spots in Europe first. I lived 1.5 years in Edinburgh and in my opinion, this city is worth 10000 visits. I was genuinely impressed by Prague and Budapest, both are absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with Seville in December with its 20 degrees Celsius and even wanted to move to Bologna. I absolutely love Alpes – doesn’t matter which ones: Austrian, German, Swiss, French or Italian and I admire South Tyrol in Italy! I genuinely like Balkans – especially Croatia and Serbia and would want to relocate to Italy. But there is so much to discover yet!
So let’s get started with my ultimate European travel bucket list:
1. Positano, Italy
This dreamy place has been on my list forever because a) Positano is pricey and b) it gets sold out pretty quickly. Nonetheless, I hope that in the next couple of years I manage to book it far in advance!
2. Cinque Terre, Italy
This incredibly photogenic spot has been on my list for quite a while and I hope to visit it soon!
3. Sicily, Italy
Don’t think that all the places in this list will be in Italy, I promise bigger variety soon. Sicily has an incredible atmosphere and I wanted to visit it ever since I watched Godfather. It would be amazing to stay in one of these amazing Clickstay holiday villas in Sicily!
4. Split, Croatia
Croatia is amazing (and sometimes looks so much like Italy) and Split is definitely on my list.
5. Santorini, Greece
It’s hard to believe, but I haven’t been to this amazing spot in Greece yet!
6. Zakynthos, Greece
Amazing blue water, tasty Greek food, great hotels – all that makes Zakynthos be very high on my Ultimate European bucket list.
7. Norwegian Fjords
For a change, I don’t have a summer beach spot on my list. This time is Bergen, Norway, from where most of the Norwegian fjord tours depart.
8. Finnish Lapland
I lived pretty close to Finland for 22 years, but never ever managed to visit Finnish Lapland. Now I would really love to go there and stay in that insta-famous hotel with an open roof.
9. San Sebastian, Spain
I always wanted to go to the North of Spain and San Sebastian is the place to go!
10. Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux is the capital of French vines and it would be amazing to take a wine tour there.
11. Colmar, France
I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos from Colmar that I would really love to go there.
12. Cornwall, UK
Even though I’ve been to many places in the UK, I never had a chance to visit Cornwall. Hopefully, this summer, I’ll manage to do it.
13. Wales, UK
Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons National Park are on my list in Wales.
14. Belfast + Northern Ireland
I’m a huge GoT fan and Northern Ireland was one of the most commonly used locations for Game of Thrones, so that’s one of the reasons I would really love to go there.
15. Kyiv, Ukraine
I’ve heard many positive things about the capital of Ukraine, that’s why it’s on my ultimate European travel bucket list.
16. Cologne, Germany
Cologne has a really beautiful Cathedral I always wanted to visit!
17. Berlin, Germany
Alright, I still haven’t been to Berlin. It’s hard to believe, especially given the fact, that I’ve been to Germany 7 times and even lived there for 2 months.
18. Ghent, Belgium
Ghent is one of the prettiest cities in Belgium and it’s definitely on my list!
Andorra would be an amazing spot to finally try skiing!
20. Faro, Portugal
And the last, but not least spot in my Ultimate European Bucket list for now is Faro, Portugal. I genuinely love Portugal and I’ve been to good half of the country already, but never had a chance to go to Faro!
What about you? Are any of the spots I mentioned on your European bucket list as well? Let me know in the comments!
Bonjour, my dear readers. This time, I’ll take you to the most romantic city in the world (guess which one is it?) and show you the most Instagrammable places in Paris. At the end of April, I packed my suitcase, hopped on the Eurostar and got to Paris in almost no time – 2 hours 20 minutes. All that – for this post about most Instagrammable places in Paris. So here it is:
Most Instagrammable places in Paris (and how to get there):
In case we haven’t met before, my name is Liza. I live in London and I’m obsessed with Instagram (you can find me there as @lizatripsget). I was trying to research and find the most beautiful spots in all the places I visited and then I realised that maybe these lists could help someone else too. That’s how the idea of these series was born. For some of the post, I collaborated with other bloggers, so these guides are even more detailed and comprehensive.
Other posts in the series of the most Instagrammable places around the world:
So well, this post is all about the most instagrammable spots in Paris.
Instagram Guide to Paris:
1. Trocadero viewpoint
Trocadero viewpoint is really easy to find. Just head to the Trocadero metro station and walk for 3 minutes. Head to this spot for the most dreamy view of the Eiffel Tower in the entire city!
2. Restaurant Le Consulat
This spot is located in Montmartre – home to some of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris! Head there for beautiful high-contrast photos. I suggest you to arrive there pretty early, otherwise the place will be extremely crowded and it will be hard to take a good photo.
3. La Maison Rose
The next Instagrammable place on our list is located just few steps away from Le Consulat. La Maison Rose is a gorgeous pink house that attracts all the Instagrammers of Paris.
4. Rue de l’Abreuvoir
This street is one of the prettiest in Paris – just look at it! Recommended to visit in Spring-Autumn. Definitely one of the most instagrammable locations in Paris!
5. Rue Cremieux
If we’re talking about the streets, then I should definitely mention the Rue Cremieux that looks almost like Nothing Hill in London! It’s really colourful and beautiful.
6. Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge is an iconic landmark of Paris and pretty much everybody knows it. That makes it very Instagrammable. It’s not so easy to take a good shot, as there are always people/cars in the background, but certainly not impossible.
7. Sacre Coeur
The next place in our list of the most Instagrammable spots in Paris is Sacre Coeur. It’s known for its unique shape and looks best from the entrance to the steps.
Louvre is definitely one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. Some of the best photos are always taken outside Louvre – next to the glass pyramids. However, some people manage to take a pretty impressive photos inside Louvre (despite the crowds).
9. Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame is really beautiful by itself, especially in April, when it gets surrounded by cherry blossom. Also, you can see some of the most beautiful and Instagrammable panoramas in Paris from the top of the cathedral.
10. The top floor terrace of department store Le Printemps Haussmann
You can see the Tour Eiffel from there and have a lunch at the same time. It’s also great for photos.
11. The last floor of Galerie Lafayette
Another panoramic spot in Paris is the last floor of Galerie Lafayette – just like in Printemps, you can see the Eiffel Tower, however, the terrace isn’t so crowded, so it’s actually possible to take a nice photo there.
12. Hotel de Ville
Another Instagrammable spot in Paris is Hotel de Ville.
13. Jardin du Luxembourg
If you like photos in the park – Jardin du Luxembourg is a place for you!
14. Museum D’Orsay
Have you seen these iconic photos with the clock? You can find these in the museum D’Orsay!
15. Arc de Triomphe
And the last (but not least) spot in the most Instagrammable spots in Paris is Arc de Triumph (Triomphe) that looks impressive from the outside and also has incredible views if you climb to the top of it.
This list for sure will be expanded with new Insgragrammable places in Paris! Hope you liked this Instagram guide to Paris. Please share it on Social Media (or keep it secret, so no one knows, where did you take these dreamy photos in Paris)!
When you’re on the road all the time, it can be tempting to just grab and go. But when you reach a certain age, you’ve paid your dues when it comes to ramen noodles, and you know you deserve some treats (and some fuel for all those long travel days).
One of the best ways to experience a culture or a city is to sample either the local cuisine or some of the top restaurants (or both). But if you’re new to a place, it can be difficult to find out what they are. Let’s sort that out, shall we?
Hit The Hottest Restaurants
Some people genuinely travel just to experience some of the finest restaurants that the world has to offer. Each year, the world’s top 50 restaurants are published, with some travelers making it their mission to taste the treats from as many of them as they can.
Top 10 Best Restaurants in the World 2017 - YouTube
Even when you’re not looking exclusively for places with Michelin stars, there are plenty of incredible gems to be found in just about every corner of the world. TripAdvisor is essentially the traveler’s bible when it comes to finding out which restaurants are worth heading to (and which just really are not). You can filter out the recommended places depending on what you’re looking for to save you wasting already limited time.
Of course these days, you don’t even need to set foot outside of your hotel or vacation apartment to eat the very same restaurants which are being recommended. Takeaways aren’t limited to greasy little hole in the walls these days, with companies like Deliveroo bringing high-end dining options right to you. From American carb overload in London through to the next big Italian thing in Dubai, you don’t have to overexert or miss a day best spent sightseeing to visit a restaurant instead.
Speak To The Locals
Local people can give you an incredible insight into the city’s best food – before things even hit the review sites. If something’s just opened up or is going to be the next big thing, the chances are they’ve heard of it.
In some cultures, it may even be customary to be invited over for dinner to sample the local and authentic cuisine for yourself. If an invitation like this presents itself, you really should accept it. This is the single greatest way to immerse yourself into a culture and to really sample the food as it should be.
Have a Walk Around
If all else fails and you want to disconnect from technology and ignore the apps, blogs and everything else – simply walk around the city.
This is how people used to do it back in the day, and if you have some time spare, you can really dedicate yourself to it. Avoid tourist traps and enjoy yourself. Sometimes the best places are the ones you stumble on having never really expected to find them.
Eating overseas doesn’t need to be an afterthought, it can be a big part of the experience. You’re not a budget backpacker, so you definitely don’t need to eat like it.