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It is quite impossible to see a fjord up close and not want to do this again and again. The Norwegian fjords are simply stunning, sights that are incredible and great places to experience adventures of different kinds. The only problem is choosing just a few. That is hard.
Based on the experience of people at the Travel Tipsor blog, the following need to be considered. Obviously, the choice is subjective so you do want to conduct your very own extra research.
Nordfjord is highly popular because of the blend of fun activities available, historic sites and scenery. It does not really matter what the season is with this fjord. There are always many things that you can see and you can even enjoy a boat cruise that takes you through the fjord region, adding activities like water skiing, speed boating, fishing, canoeing and rafting. Snow skiing on glaciers and slopes is possible during the winter.
When compared with other Norway fjords, Lysefjord is quite small. However, hundreds of thousands of visitors go there every single year. A large part of the appeal is Pulpit Rock. Its flat plateau offers quite an interesting adrenaline rush. Just look for pictures and you will have the same feeling. If you are looking for some rock climbing or great photos, make sure that you also consider Kjerag Mountain, which is nearby.
This is the third largest of the world’s fjords but size is not the only appeal. The entire region is vibrant, being located in the wonderful Orchard Of Norway, filled with gardens and colorful fruit trees. You will want to visit during the month of May as apple trees blossom. Kayaking will be a great activity for travellers and if you are in the area, make sure that you visit the most spectacular of Norway’s waterfall, Voringsfossen.
The scenery here is filled with really majestic mountains and deep blue waters. That is why the fjord is really popular among tourists. We recommend that you consider being on a sightseeing cruise and that you visit Seven Sisters, a really beautiful waterfall. You can go winter skiing, fishing is great and you will love river rafting in the region. Hiking is also great because of the dramatic views you will see.
Last but not least, Sognefjord needs to be included on any list of the most spectacular fjords in Norway. It is the largest and offers so many great opportunities for adventure and fun. The most popular of the sightseeing options include Urnes, Aurlandsdalen Valley and the Gudvangen Viking Village.
These 5 fjords are simply wonderful and you will want to consider a visit to any of them but, as we already mentioned, the choice can be quite subjective. You need to be sure that you look at all the fjords that Norway has to offer. Most of them offer a unique experience that you will surely appreciate. Plan your vacation carefully and be sure that you will love what you will experience.
In the center of the city there is a stone statue which says “Barcelona – inspira!”, something which is of course, very true. For most visitors, Barcelona inspires living to the full and trying all the best it has to offer. Within its 101 km² you can find everything you need for a vacation, from architecture and gourmet restaurants to sun, natural parks, sea, beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Of course you want to try everything, right? So, here are some tips on how to fit it all in during your trip if you are in Barcelona for only few days. Don’t miss them!
Barcelona is a Catalan city that has a history spanning millennia, but as the city we know today it was founded by the Romans around 1 BC as Barcino. Today, Barcelona is the second largest city by number of inhabitants in Spain and the 10th of the European Union.
Like most European cities, Barcelona includes an old town that’s full of history with medieval gothic (and neo-gothic) style structures, in addition ancient buildings of Roman antiquity. Outside this area Art Nouveau monuments flooded in after the turn of the century, especially along Passeig de Gracia where you’ll find masterpieces from Gaudí – like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló – and beautiful street lamps designed by Per Falkesa. If you walk down Carrer de Provença from La Pedrera, you’ll end up at the Sagrada Familia, said by many to be Gaudí’s piece de resistance.
The Sagrada Familia deserves to be mentioned in it’s own right. All the work on this building is paid for by private donations and ticket profits. It’s possible that the construction will be finished within 10 years, despite being started in 1882! A stunning building, both outside and inside. If you plan to visit the cathedral, then it’s highly recommended that you to buy a ticket in advance online to avoid large queues.
And if you want to know a little bit more about Catalan Art Nouveau, you should visit Palau de la Musica Catalana, a concert hall in Barcelona that is located in the center. You can visit all these monuments in a day if you plan well! The best way to end this cultural day out is to see the Magic Fountain in the Plaça d’Espanya area. Make sure to check the schedule in advance here because some nights it does not run. In this same area you can visit “Las Arenas” shopping mall, converted from a bullfighting ring (a practice banned in Catalonia). On the roof you can enjoy an observation deck and get some drinks.
There are of course many other monuments you could see in Barcelona, but you’ll need more than 1 or 2 days to do it!
If you are in Barcelona only for few days, you’ll definitely want to get a feel for the authentic city spirit. The easiest way is to book a vacation apartment in Barcelona, a cheaper and more comfortable type of accommodation – not to mention you will have an entire apartment to yourself with a kitchen and a salon where you can to chill-out after a long day. In Barcelona, it’s also pretty easy to find vacation rentals that include a nice terrace too. There are a lot of options in the center, but if you search even slightly outside of the city centre you can easily find cheaper accommodation in Barcelona, for example on this page.
The Spanish know how to eat well! You’ll find a strong love for bread here. From bocattas and bocadillos to magdalenas, croissants and thousands types of pastries for all times in the day! You can go to any “Panaderia” see for yourself. In Catalonia, one bread dish you should try is ‘pa amb tomàquet‘ – it’s a lightly toasted baguette sliced in half, scrapped with tomato and complimented with olive oil. Simple but delicious.
For lunch, you might also visit one of Barcelona’s markets: La Boqueria, Santa Caterina, Mercat de la Llibertat or the market of Sagrada Familia. Here you can try products from different regions of Spain and of course ‘tapas‘. If you want to try something special, you can go to a little known place hidden from eyes – El Nacional Barcelona on Passeig de Gracia, 24 Bis, where you can enjoy the authentic atmosphere and tasty tapas, as well as small sandwiches with different fillings like squid, octopus, chorizo, and many other things.
For a strong Spanish vibe you may want to dine at a restaurant that offers authentic tapas, like Flauta for example. It’s a place with 25 years of history and there is always a line for entry, so it’s highly recommended to book your visit. Here you’ll enjoy some seafood tapas dishes that are almost legendary amongst residents. You could also try their famous fried Camembert with raspberry jam. For more seafood, you can visit ‘La Paradeta‘, a seafood restaurant where you can choose what kind of fish you want and the way it’s prepared. But you must like a seafood very much, because you will have to adjust to their timetable. This restaurant is closed for siesta.
Barcelona has a good choice of places for vegans too. The hip and vibrant Raval district is where you will find multiple places to grab dishes like vegan hamburgers and fresh juices. Oh… Traveling from one bar to another is a kind of a tradition here in Barcelona, so be ready to get around a few bars per night…
And remember, no matter, how long you are going to stay at the city, don’t panic if you don’t get to see everything! There’s just too much! Simply enjoy the city at your own pace and no matter how much you see -even if you think you’ve seen it all – you’ll always leave Barcelona wanting to come back…
If you are inspired and delighted at the sight of amazing art, whether it’s a beautiful painting or a beautiful building, there are many places around the world that you can travel to see art of all kinds. There are so many places you can go that there just isn’t room for them all in this little article.
Maybe you enjoy seeing statues, and learning about the culture behind them and behind the buildings of which you enjoy their architecture. Or, maybe you like to look at pottery and paintings. Whatever your love of art revolves around, you can base an entire vacation on traveling to various places just to enjoy the art that they are home to.
If you want to stay in your own backyard, or country anyway, Detroit offers much art and culture for art lovers. From an art museum, to beautiful classic buildings, you’ll fall in love with this city. Detroit has been down on it’s luck for some time, but is now the comeback city.
You can find art down barren streets as well, depending on your view of what is artistic and what is vandalism. Detroit is also home to some wonderful art galleries, including Park West Gallery that offer a unique way to view art.
Paris is home to much art and history, and if you ever get to France you really need to make sure you go there. From The Thinker to Mona Lisa, Paris is art culture at its finest. You will find small galleries and large galleries.
Even if you never set foot in an actual gallery or museum, you will see art simply walking through the streets of paris. However, if you are truly an art aficionado, you will want to visit the art history museums as to not miss some amazing works.
If ancient Egypt has always been an attraction of yours, then visiting Luxor will be your coupe de grace. You will see pyramids and mummies, and you will get your fill of hieroglyphs. The Luxor Museum is a one stop shop for all things ancient Egypt.
An eight hour drive from Luxor to Giza can finish off your visit with the amazing view of the Sphinx.
Rome is another place full of art history that you will remember for the rest of your life. From outdoor sculptures to indoor museums, you can find ancient Gods and Goddesses and more. You may also enjoy a visit to the ruins of the Colosseum.
Rome is a great place to roam (pun intended) if you are a lover of the arts. Do not forget to take your camera with you on this wonderful trip back in time.
Krakow is not just home to many art museums, even off the wall small ones, but it is also host to a lot of cultural festivals, allowing you to see art in motion. Some people actually refer to Krakow as the city of art, so it is a must stop on your art vacation!
The South East of England is one of the most travelled to destinations in Europe, if not the world, for one big metropolitan reason – it is home to London. People from all over the world put London on their travel bucket lists, for its heritage, iconic landmarks, great nightlife and world renowned culture, and it is thought even by those who live there that it would take more than a lifetime to see everything the city has to offer.
However, if you are going to the South East of England, limiting your experience to London might be doing yourself and the region a disservice. There are loads of great towns and cities close to London, and getting out of the city into some vastly different surroundings is very easy with all of London’s train and coach connections. Here are some places you could see:
Surrey is a quintessentially English county, and one of the wealthiest in the UK. Many of the people who live in Surrey’s towns work in London, and you can get from the centre of the city to places like Guildford in under 40 minutes by train. Here you will find charming countryside and quaint villages, as well as good shopping and plenty to do in the larger towns like Woking and Guildford.
The Bluewater shopping centre in Dartford, Kent is a great destination for any kind of shopping, featuring 300 shops, 50 restaurants, and free parking for 13,000 cars. It is also, as you might expect, easy to get to by public transport. If you love to shop or are visiting the South East specifically for a major shopping spree, you may find this even more convenient than many of London’s major shopping locations like Oxford Street and Westfield.
Another lovely county close to London you could explore is Buckinghamshire. Like Surrey, this is a well-to-do part of the UK, with plenty of attractive countryside and forests for walks – making it a great place to get some greenery after spending time in the city. A good place to stay here is this great hotel Milton Keynes, which is a fairly large, modern city with lots of amenities that will give you easy access to all Buckinghamshire’s more peaceful attractions.
If you want to check out the coast, a great place to visit from London is Brighton. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife as well as being a great example of British seaside towns, Brighton is now a particularly young and fashionable place, where you can find quirky, interesting shops and restaurants. Brighton was a popular place to go for London’s 1960’s mods, and you can still see a lot of the influence of that period in Brighton’s fashion and the décor of many of the hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars.
These are just a few of the great places you can take in if you leave London during your trip to the South East of England!
As the year is coming to a close and raindrops hit the windows, most people are thinking back to the fading memories of the wonderful summer days spent somewhere around the Mediterranean shores. However there is an island that has not been forsaken, an island that keeps the party on, an island that whoever visited will want to go back!
This experience comes in the form of a single phrase… holidays in IBIZA !!! Through the passing of years, Ibiza has always been a famous destination for party goers and water sports enthusiasts alike! The entertainments on offer are always varied and engaging. From the sunny Mediterranean shores and palm trees to the glamorous and vivid nightclubs, Ibiza has it all!
Are you a fan of surfing? You can try the Surf House Ibiza in San Antonio beach. What about flying like a spaceman on the water? You can try renting a flyboard in Playa d’en Bossa. However those are not the only available activities during the day. Fans of exploring can always apply for a scuba diving course and have an in depth look of the underwater life in the reefs surrounding the numerous beaches around the island. As for those who would like to take a boat tour and see the island from another perspective, boat rentals are widely available in decent prices. As always the sunny beaches are welcoming and offering a wide spectrum of experiences ranging from beach bars, to restaurants, to nightclubs for the lifestyle inclined party goers.
One of the most famous aspects of Ibiza is the thriving nightlife. From prestigious mega-clubs hosting the most successful DJs to pubs for the ones who would like a taste of home on a sunny setting! You can always enjoy music and drinks under the warm Mediterranean sun and when the sun goes down… That’s when the party’s on! Some of the most well-known nightclubs include Amnesia, space Ibiza and of course Pacha! That’s where the making of musical legends and epic nights have been taking place during the past 30 years! Do you want to be a part of their history?
Want to take a break from partying during your holidays in Ibiza? Ibiza Town is a sight to behold in itself. The setting of a cosy and cosmopolitan Mediterranean island and the amazing views promise not to disappoint. In case you want to get in touch with your hippy side, you can always visit the Hippy markets where selling and trading of the most imaginative clothing, jewelry and decorative ornaments takes place on a daily basis! Lastly, the Can Marça Caves offer the experience of entering an ancient smuggling route in which stalagmites and stalactites have taken the place of the former illegal contraband. Why not explore them?
All in all, having holidays in Ibiza is an experience that has to be lived to be understood! So, are you going to join the party?
Finances were getting tight but I needed to get away for a while. I browsed the net for days looking for a cheap holiday. The best deal that I found was a holiday in Majorca, Spain. I hadn’t been to Spain yet and the idea really piqued my interest. It took me a while to work out the details. I even asked around through my friends circles, yet no one wanted to join me. So I ended up traveling to Majorca on my own.
I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I always got that way when traveling alone. I kept wondering whether I would get bored. The plane touched down, and I made my way to my hotel… The HSM Lago Park in Alcudia. I had an entire week booked at the place. The specialty of the hotel was that it provided their customers with quiet relaxation. Something that I was looking forward to.
The hotel was great. I made my way to my room and unpacked. I was lucky. My room overlooked the pool. Since the pool looked so inviting I immediately changed into my swimsuit, grabbed my kindle, and set off. The weather was perfect. The cool water of the pool helped me take my mind off things. After exhausting myself in the water, I climbed out of the pool and rested on one of the beach chairs nearby.
The rest of the trip passed by in a blur. I visited numerous restaurants and the shops in the vicinity of the hotel. I didn’t want to go too far. It was not that I was scared but I didn’t want to get to exhausted as I was here to relax. The locals were cheerful and though their English was limited, they tried to communicate with the few words that they knew.
The beach was only 300 meters away from where I was staying. There I met some amazing people. It turns out that almost everyone from the hotel made their way down to the beach in the evenings. It was not long before I had set up a routine, beach volleyball, swimming, sunbathing and reading. The night however was meant to party. The group of friends that I had met really knew how to enjoy themselves. It was not long before I found myself enjoying their company too!
The week flew by and soon it was time say goodbye to all my new friends. A few were continuing their stay and some had already left. We exchanged phone numbers and addresses and vowed to stay in touch. They said that they would be planning a vacation again soon and that they would let me know. I was thrilled. I have always found it so difficult to find good company on my holidays, and this bit of news really excited me.
With the final pleasantries exchanged, I bid everyone goodbye, and it was time to return home. Luckily I had a bunch of good memories to keep me company on my journey home.
If you’re planning a walking holiday soon, have you considered visiting Britain? From its luscious countryside to its epic beaches, the majestic scenery provides the perfect backdrop for any outdoor pursuit.
Below, you’ll find a rundown of the top destinations for walking holidays in Britain, with something to suit everyone. Before you go though, you’ll need to ensure you have the proper equipment.
If you’re restricted with luggage allowances, it may be cheaper for you to purchase your equipment while you’re in the UK. Discount shoe retailer Brantano has a great selection of quality walking boots, while high street sports stores will provide water bottles and other items you may need.
Now that you’re ready to go, let’s get started!
Whitby to Scarborough
Take in the incredible surroundings of these seaside towns via the Whitby to Scarborough trail. On route, you’ll take in magnificent views of Robin Hood’s Bay, as well as pass a number of cute tea rooms that are perfect for recharging.
More information about the trail can be found here.
Explore The Dark Peak, the most northernmost part of the Peak District. Leaving from Edale, you’ll pass through Jacob’s Ladder and The Nab, enjoying panoramic views of the hills and greenery of the region.
Norfolk Coast Path
No walking holiday in Britain would be complete without tackling the 47-mile Norfolk Coast Path. Running from Hunstanton to Cromer, you’ll enjoy views of the region’s spectacular beaches and may even be lucky enough to spot a seal at the Blakeney Point seal colony. It’s no wonder the path has won awards!
You can’t afford to miss the beauty of the Scottish moors. Surrounded by glistening lochs, dense woodland and impressive mountains, you’ll enjoy exploring the very best of what Scotland has to offer. The walk is 96 miles in total, so you’ll need to split your trek across a few days or tackle it section by section!
You can find more information about this on the West Highland Way site.
There’s so many other exceptional routes to visit too, so you may have to take more than one walking holiday in Britain to explore them all!
I bent over to pick my packet of chips but oops! It was empty. I straightened my disappointed face to peep out of the window to see the beautiful roadside. It had been a tiring journey to Norway, but no worries, I am used to traveling now and then. My destination this time was Oslo. I had done some research and found Oslo a suitable place for my next destination. Oslo is the capital city of Norway, usually warmer during summer, and there are several interesting sites to see.
I had boarded a bus from the airport to get to a private room that I had rented in an apartment called Vettakollen That I had found and booked online. You know, for someone like me, cheaper options are always the best. The price was reasonable at about $31 per night, and I could interact with other guests as well! Who says I need to be alone? “Madam, her vi er”, the polite man told me as we pulled up to the apartment building.
My room was not that large; however I was alone and wanted somewhere quiet and comfortable, and this seemed to fit the bill, and It was well furnished. I arrived at the room at approximately 5:00 pm, a perfect time to do some shopping for my short stay in Norway.
Tired but still strong, I tossed my bags on the bed and headed out to the city center, which was about 12 minutes away by a shuttle. I bought some essentials like foodstuffs, washing detergents, utensils and some other small items. I found a great little supermarket called Rema 1000. I came to learn that it was a popular place for the frugal, as I was happily aware while adding up the total in my head. I had heard horror stories from fellow travelers about the prices in Norway, but so far I was feeling pretty confident with my decisions.. Now back to my room for some well needed rest.
I ended up spending the bulk of my visit in Oslo, a green city which directs much of its traffic to underground tunnels. This way the natural beauty of the area is less obstructed. The city encourages public transportation to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
Oslo is known for its many culturally-rich museums.
A few of the Recommended Museums in Oslo, Norway
*National Museum – National Gallery
*Norwegian Museum of Technology. The first model cars.
*The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. The oldest and most expansive folk museum in Norway. 150 houses are featured as part of an open-air museum. Also known as The Norwegian Folk Museum.
*The Viking Ship Museum. Features ships from the 10th century and contains the best preserved Viking sea-ship on the globe.
The best part about seeing a landscape as magnificent as Norway is the sense of awe and wonder. Feeling the crisp air and drinking Norway’s ultra-fresh water. Norway is a country with breathtaking mountains, forest, waterfalls, coastline and glaciers. The number one draw is to the land itself where people go hiking, skiing and fishing. The coastline is rugged and etched with fjords. Fjords are U-shaped valley’s cut by glaciers. If you look at an aerial view map you can see the signature jagged teeth edges. The majority of my budget was spent going on a mini side adventure to see the fjords, taking a train-ride from Oslo. The fjords are considered a must for those who take the time to visit Norway. When people ask me about Norway, they always inquire, “Did you see the fjords?” Well, Now I can say, Yes,, I saw the Fjords… And I hope you can too someday.. 😉
The town of Oxford is beautiful, and booming with population growth and industry, as well as the beautiful university campus which seems to encompass most of the town. When I arrived at the hotel, the Oxford Holiday Inn, I noticed that it had a very cozy and welcoming feeling to it. The room itself is cozy and lovely, and is perfect for coming back to after touring Oxford and the surrounding areas and writing about it in my blog. The Oxford H.I. Hotel lends a great amount of accessibility to the town itself, and I was able to easily navigate to the sites I wished to visit.
Of course, my first stop was the beautiful university that is simply a must-see when in Oxford. I met with several professors and toured the campus. I was especially interested in the Christ Church College, which was absolutely amazing. Bodleian Library was also completely magnificent. After touring the university, I was able to visit several nearby museums, including the Museum of Art and Archaeology. While I had a splendid time touring Oxford, it was pleasant to return to a comfortable hotel room where I could peacefully write and relax after such a busy day of touring the town.
My next stop on my tour of England was Cambridge. Since I had such a wonderful experience with the Holiday Inn Oxford, I decided to stay at the sister hotel in Cambridge as well. I decided to stay in an executive room this time, and I was not disappointed in the quality and beauty of the room, as well as how wonderfully set up it was to work in. Since I was staying in Cambridge a bit longer than Oxford, this was the perfect arrangement and I highly recommend the H.I. Cambridge . This hotel was also nicely situated within the town, and it didn’t take me long at all to figure out how to navigate for sight seeing from the hotel.
Not only did I visit the university here, but I also decided to do some fun activities while in town. I took a day wine class, and it was absolutely fabulous. I also decided to take a boat tour and a walking tour. Unfortunately the boat tour made me sea-sick, although the sites were fantastic. The walking tour was incredible and took me through the city to see truly amazing architecture. On my second day in Cambridge, I decided to take a flying tour of the city through the Aero club, and it was just breathtaking to see everything from the sky. Another exhausting trip and I was ready to get back to the hotel to sleep. When I arrived, the room felt welcoming and the bed itself was so comfortable that I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
Overall I had a wonderful time visiting Oxford and Cambridge. While the sights themselves were truly captivating and a great experience to visit, the hotels I stayed in during my trip really helped to make for a fantastic trip. It’s important to find a place to stay during travel where you feel comfortable and welcome, and the Holiday Inns at Oxford and Cambridge are exactly that.
This article was written in collaboration with IHG
Paris, such a beautiful city of love and fun. It is home to the worlds most visited places and offers a wide range of beauty and history that one cannot afford to miss out on. Here are some of the great places you should not miss out on.
The muse des arts et metiers
Founded in 1974 as respiratory preservation of scientific inventions and objects. It was created to preserve the early inventions. It hosts objects from scientific instruments, mechanical constructions, materials, energy, communication and transportation. It is commonly visited because it posts the first airplanes and the original model of the statue of liberty. If you like to see all the scientific objects of the previous centauries this is a place to visit in Paris.
This is the world’s largest museum and historical monument. It hosts over 35, 000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. The museum is housed by the Louvre palace that was built as a fortress under Phillip II rule. It began in 1973 with the first paintings and objects being royal or confiscated church property. It contains objects and paintings from the history era and the wars remnants. It is a beautiful place worth your time.
Originally built as a church in the honor of st Genevieve to host her reliquary chase that contained her relics. However many years later this church has been converted into a secular museum to host the remains of respected French citizens. It is mounted on a beautiful dome and faces all of Paris. The building itself is an awe of wonder. Created and designed by the best of early architects and the best of designs. It is just as beautiful as the objects it houses.
This is a royal medieval chapel in the heart of France. It was constructed in the era of gothic architecture by king Louis IX as a housing for his passion relics including the crown of thorns worn by Christ. It was damaged in the French revolution but was renovated in the 19th century. It has the extensive collection of stained 13th century glass in the world. The architecture of the building is remarkable and a sight to behold especially if you like classic made buildings with beautiful exteriors and interiors.
The Eiffel tower
It was erected in 1889 and was previously criticized by the many French designers and artists. However today the building has become one of the global architectural icons and one of the most recognized structures in the whole world. It is the most visited monument in the world. That should tell you a lot about its beauty and rareness. If everyone is going to see it why not you? If you are in Paris visit this 3 level visitor chamber of beauty.
This name literary translates to the national residence of the invalids. It is a complex of buildings containing monuments and museums all related to the military. It also include a hospital and a home for retired veterans, these were the building’s original functions. Today, this building hosts objects and monuments of the French military and burial grounds of the veterans. If you are up to knowing the war history of the French people, this is one place you cannot afford not visiting.