Monday, February 20, 2012

The Best of Bali Holiday

The Indonesian island of Bali is known to be the major tourist destination in the country. It has a lot to offer to every tourist from backpackers to the middle class and also to the super rich ones. Arm yourself with travel tips and guides before visiting Bali. It is also advise to plan your trip ahead to this island including your search for affordable accommodations, cheap flights to Bali and other travel information that will help you ease and enjoy your holiday.

Why Bali? It is because Bali is simply one of the best and it has a lot to offer to every guest and tourist like you. No wonder Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010.

Water Activities- This is one of the reasons why Bali is flocked by tourists from all corners of the world from day to day. Bali is famous for having many interesting scuba sites like the Padang Bai, the wreck of USAT Liberty at Tulamben, Nusa Penida and Menjangan Island. Surfing, white-water rafting and sport fishing are among the famous water activities in the island.

See The Temples- The numerous Hindu temples in Bali are considered to be the best-known attraction in the island. According to customary law, each village should construct and maintain three temples. I can't imagine how many villages are there in Bali. If it is over a hundred, you can for sure see a lot of temples there. Don't miss to visit the Uluwatu Temple, the "mother temple" of Besakih, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, Pura Luhur Batukaru, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan are among the famous ones.

Beaches in Bali- Another best reason why Bali is visited by many tourists every year. This so-called "Famed Island of the Gods" is famous for its beaches. Among the choices are Lovina Beach, Nusa Dua, Medewi Beach, Soka Beach, Jimbaran and the Legian beach.

Try and Taste Balinese Food- You can find a lot of restaurants and cafes in Bali serving both international and Indonesian foods. The nasi goreng, mie goreng and the nasi campur are among the famous Indonesians food to try. Also taste the Balinese delicacies such as the Bebek betutu, Lawar,Sate lilit and Babi guling are among the famous ones.

Experience the Landscape, Art and Monuments in Bali- You will for sure experience many of these when visiting this beautiful island.

Shopping in Bali can also be a lot of fun especially in bargaining. There are lot of fashion boutiques there and you will always find affordable prices when shopping. The arts and crafts in Bali are very popular. When you go shopping, be sure that you are in your best bargaining condition.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Travel Snapshots- The London Eye in London, England

The London Eye, also known as Millennium Wheel is no longer the tallest Ferris wheel in the world after it was surpassed by the Singapore Flyer in 2008 but so far this is the tallest one I ever experienced. Yes I was on top of this famous wheel in England when it fulfill its function to lift me up from the ground and took me round a giant loop in the sky of London. It was truly an amazing experience for me and I did it alone.

Here is London Eye on the cloudy skies of England.

the London Eye, in London, UK measured 135 metres (443 ft) tall, located along River Thames. I was there last November 2008.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Day-Sightseeing in Amsterdam

Sometimes a day sightseeing in a city is not enough to see everything. If you are clever enough to plan ahead for your travel, you can maximize your trip and can even see a lot of sights in a certain place or city in just one day. This is what we did last summer 2010 during our one day sightseeing in Amsterdam, the capital city of Netherlands.

One good thing we did during our Europe tour last 2010 was planning our trip ahead of time. Five months before our trip, we already started looking for cheap flights to Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Brussels and Cologne including affordable hotels to stay.

Let's go back to Amsterdam. We started our sightseeing tour by taking a canal boat cruise. As far as I can remember, we started the cruise in front of the Heineken Brewery. You can get a general view of Amsterdam when doing this and it is also an excellent way of viewing its main sights. The cruise took around 90 minutes and we truly enjoyed the sights that we saw along the canals.

boats and houses along the canals of Amsterdam. This was taken during our trip last August 2010.

After the cruise, we took a walk on the historic part of the city. At the Dam Square in Amsterdam, we met a friend who currently lives near this city. Among the few sights you can see there are the Royal Palace, National Memorial statue, the famous wax museum of Madame Tussauds, the Nieuwe Kerk or the New Church and the hotel Krasnapolsky.

The famous Madame Tussaud wax museum in Amsterdam. We don't have the chance to go inside it.

There are a lot of cafes and restaurants to choose in Amsterdam and we preferred to eat in a Japanese restaurant. While waiting for our order, we chit-chatted with our friend whom we met there. It was so far a great time seeing her again after so many years.

After our lunch, we went a bit shopping for souvenirs. You can have a lot of choices when shopping in Amsterdam. The 1 km shopping street of Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat is quite interesting. It is a pedestrian full of tourists, students, locals and other people just hanging around. Our walk to the Red Light district was also fine but not so interesting compared going there during the night. You know what I mean!

the cheese factory we visited near Amsterdam. They also explained and had a demo on how cheese is being processed.

We also had the chance to make some sidetrips in a cheese and wood-shoe factory nearby and a photo pause in one of the windmills there. It was only a day trip but so far we did saw and experienced a lot of things and sights. It was simply a great trip we had in Amsterdam!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Travel Snapshots from Frankfurt, Germany

This is where I first landed when I arrived in Germany last July 2003. This is also the reason why this city is very important for me. I really don't expect that this country will be my second home. It is in Frankfurt International Airport, where someone very dear picked me up...and the story is still having its happy moments until now.

I was in Frankfurt three times already.But still a day visit is not always enough to see everything there. During my third visit in Frankfurt, I was alone riding the ICE or Inter City Express train, the fastest train in Germany. I ended up booking the first class ticket since the second class were already out. I had to meet with some friends and kababayans there who were in their Europe tour during that time. I actually met the current Congressman of North Cotabato, Philippines and his family. It was so far a wonderful trip with them. I showed them some sights in Frankfurt and we also made some trips in the nearby cities like Wiesbaden and Heidelberg.

the German ICE or Intercity Express train..the fastest train in Germany.

The tower of Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral during our visit last November 2010.

A fountain at the Römerberg in Frankfurt's Altstadt or Old City.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Roman Bridge and the Guadalquivir River in Cordoba, Spain

I am trying to go back again to this lovely place through the images I captured during our visit lately in Cordoba, Spain. The photo you see here is the Roman bridge of Cordoba in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. It was built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river. This is one of the sights in this beautiful city.

Cordoba was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO last December 1984 due to its extensive historical heritages.

The bridge was built by the Romans in the early 1st century BC, perhaps replacing a previous one in wood. It currently has 16 arcades, one less than original ones, and a total length of 247 meters. The width is around 9 meters.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Travel Snapshots from Cannes, France

This city which is famous for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival which attracts myriads of visitors from all over the globe every year. I though I can only see this place through Mr. Beans movie or during the film festival that I see on television but I was there and I truly experienced this beautiful city in French Riviera.

The highlight of my visit in this city was meeting a dear friend and kababayan named Aimee. It's been a decade since I did not see her. After knowing that she is in Cannes, I sent her a message through facebook. I told her that I will be going to that city that time. We did finally met. Our trip to the most visited city in Cote d Azur or French Riviera was truly a memorable one.

The fortified tower and Chapel of St Anne located on the hill. I took this photo while I was in a square near the Waterfront in Cannes last April 2011.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Visit to Nuremberg, Germany

I can't exactly remember how many times I was in Nuremberg. I am quite sure more than ten times. Written as Nürnberg in German, this city is located in the Franconia region of Bavaria in Germany. It is a city full of historical sights to see and experience. Shopping, dining and other entertainment and leisure activities are always present in Nürnberg.

One of the sights not to miss when visiting Nuremberg is the Frauenkirche, known as the Church of Our Lady. You can see a snapshot of it below.

The Frauenkirche is an example of brick Gothic architecture, it was built on the initiative of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor between 1352 and 1362.

a snapshot I took in one of the souvenir shops in Nürnberg.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Port of Monaco From The Palace

Not only famous for its casino, Monte Carlo Rally or Grand Prix but also very famous for tourists and a tax haven for businesses. This place has been one of my must-see destinations to visit and it did finally came true. Last spring 2011, together with some friends I finally stepped on the beautiful land of Monaco. This coastal principality of Monaco or the city-state Monaco is truly worth to see.

I am thinking of going back there but I guess I have other priority this time. I might be visiting another country in Europe. Here is a very beautiful view of the port of Monaco when I was on the palace hill.

Port of Monaco as seen from the Palace during our visit last April 2011.

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