Monthly Archives: September 2018

Budapest: Spend Your Vacation In The Quiet Yet Trendy City

Love exploring new places? Pack your bags and get set go to Budapest! This capital city is the perfect mix of a fascinating history and a brilliant contemporary artistic style. Much of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.

Architecture

Budapest has an architecture filled with effects from many eras including baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau. Most of the buildings that you would see today were built during the 19th century.

About Budapest

The city has a very interesting history which can be explored at every turn. The wholes and shrapnel pockmarks on the buildings from the WWII and 1956 are surprising. The poignant Shoes on the Danube memorial and the ‘sword’ of the former secret-police building on Andrássyút now beaten into the ‘ploughshare’ that is the “House of Terror” give you the stories from the both sides.

Food

The Hungarian food is not just limited to goulash. The city is known for the most sophisticated styles of cooking in Europe and has a great reputation as a food capital. You can find a list of fine diners as well as restaurants to choose from. Budapest also has some excellent wines that have beautifully aged. These range from Eger’s complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj.

Pamper yourself

The part that I loved about the city apart from its fascinating history was the abundance of hot springs. These hot springs have been giving the locals as well as the tourists the times of their lives since the time of the Romans. Another reason to love Budapest is the choice of bathhouses which real your mind, body and soul.

From visiting the Buda Hills to the Buda Castle Hill Funicular, I somewhere fell in love with the city and would definitely visit the place again.

Dublin: Explore The Unexplored Countryside Of Dublin

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is famous for its culture, beautiful scenarios and booze. Their culture and the people are friendly, lively and rich in diversity.

Kilmainham Gaol will always be associated with the 1916 executions. But the thousand years of history and being one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe and the tales of thousands of prisoners to be told, will always lure travelers. Life in the prison was brutal, but the tour is brilliant and spooky.

If you need to eat Friday night alive, just like I did, accept no substitutes. Start with juicy pork ribs or brisket in the Bison Bar. Toast your adventures with Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour. Wander into a gig in the Main Room and pinball between the rooms until you’re in the mood to dance all night.

I liked the combination of cut-edge and abandon of the after-hours of the city so I suggest The Workman’s is for you, great music, lively crowd, excellent beer/whiskey or any of the local drinks. Visit it if you love parties or the wildlife.

Saint Stephen’s Green is a treat for nature lovers. The greenery soothes your eyes and the calmness soothes your soul. Near it you’ll find Aungier Danger, purveyor of killer doughnuts (do try the lemon poppy seed). Or I suggest, grab an ice-cream cone from Murphy’s and try to race to the Stephen’s Green before it melts off.

Where to stay

  • Barnacles hostel Dublin (free Wi-Fi and breakfast).
  • Maldron Hotel Parnell Square.
  • The Westbury Hotel (quiet peace).
  • Jury’s Inn in Christchurch.

The possibilities don’t end here. Dublin has something to offer to everyone. Whether you like pubs or quite artistic place, be it whiskey or beer, Dublin is ready to make you fall in love with its culture. If you love meeting new people, brewery culture and are looking to add more rich experiences in your life, then grab your passport and plan your Dublin trip now.

Venice: Live The Romance Of Venice, This Holidays

One of the most beautifully crafted city masterpieces is Venice. The undoubtedly magnificent engineering wonder in Italy is built on surprisingly impressive hundred islands in a marshy lagoon.

Personally, when I talk about Venice, I usually get some sort of cloudy boat vibe imagery that is very famous in certain movies and even on a few of my favorite video games. On researching it happens to be called a gondola, a boat in Venetian style with a flat bottom. You might be aware about the popularity of this place by its canals and the architecture, but are you aware that Venice happens to be one of the expensive places to be around especially as a tourist that took on a budget. Well but everything goes fine if you know where, when and how to expend on things.

  • Money to keep

On an average you must have at least $50 to $80 ready on hand for the usual expenses like the food, accommodation and travel expenses along with a small extra stipend incase of some medical urgency.

  • Food

Well when talking about food in Italy, pasta, pizza, cicchetti are few of the very common available items at cheap prices, though Venice is probably not the best place to have authentic pizza as ovens made out of wood is prohibited on this island.

  • Accommodation

Now coming to accommodations, facilities, it isn’t exactly the best place to stay considering the prices that can go as high as 60 or 70 Euros for a usual sort of a bed in a dorm room especially during the peak times around May to November. Instead, staying at the mainland district Lido is one of the best bets wherein you don’t really get affected by the extra charges of daily city taxes that range from 0.20 to 3 Euros.

Now there comes a certain myth along with travelling Venice that says spending a day is enough for this place. Um, not really, just like any other place around the world, Venice needs at least 2 days to be explored and enjoyed to get the real essence of its beauty.

  • Places to visit

Few of the must see places and events around Venice are Doge Palace, Rialto Bridge & Market, Venice Carnival, Regata Storica, Voga Longa, St Mark’s Cathedral or simply hop on for a free walking tour. Another worth its tip that must be noted, is to get a museum pass which gives shot access to all the seven museums along with museums on the St Marks square.

Murano, Burano, Lido and Torcello can be considered as the potential places for day excursions.

Lastly, when talking about transportation, considering the built of the city with small lanes and alleys, walking proves to be the best among the other options like Traghetti and Vaporetto.

Healdsburg In Wine Country Of California

Healdsburg in Sonoma County of California might be a small town, but it has gained the reputation to be one of the top small towns to discover in the country. That definitely raises the intrigue of many. Located in the wine country, the town holds a population of about 11000 people. While the neighboring areas like Sonoma and Napa get more visitors, this is a quaint California town is worth a visit as well. It will also be a quieter place to stay, especially if you are looking to get away from the crowd.

It is not too inconvenient to get here, considering it is located about 65 miles away from San Francisco, which makes it a weekend getaway destination for many. Healdsburg gets recognized, more for three prominent wine producing regions that are located here, the Alexander Valley Avas, Russian River and the Dry Creek. This is a beautiful area to experience amazing wine and culture.  Brandon, a fellow friend who runs one of the top Charlotte roofing companies in the region, is an avid wine drinker & has recommended this area as a spot to visit for sure.

History of the place indicates how the native settlers here were part of the Pomo tribe. They constructed villages by the Russian River. The early settlers here comprised of Russians and Mexicans who contribute the unique and mixed cultural ethnicity of the place.

Today the town is known for its tourism and its vineyards. Healdsburg Plaza is a small park that you can visit here that has a gazebo in the center with benches. There are different festivals and musical events that are hosted here. Unlike other sprawling park areas in the country, this park is only one acre.

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a riverfront park that has a beach area and is popular for swimming. The sandy shores of the Russian river offer picnic spots, convenient parking and restrooms. With lifeguards on watch, it is a safe and secure place to spend the day with your friends and family.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve is known for picturesque hiking trails. If you venture for hiking this area you will find wetlands and grasslands that are scenic and nice to discover along the way.

Healdsburg Museum has local exhibits that showcase historic artifacts as well as has rotating exhibits. It also has a research center and a library for the local communities.