London’s Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace areas are among the most iconic tourist areas of this great city. These are large areas packed with tourist attractions and museums.
Tag: Walking Tours
Vienna, Austria…such a melody: Mozart, Strauss and the Blue Danube waltz! We heard and imagined so much about this city and about its beauty that it became our dream to visit it. And finally we had the opportunity and we were very excited. Read on about our experience visiting Vienna, Austria.
It is almost no wonder Mozart came from Salzburg because Salzburg is such an inspiring and beautiful town. Salzburg is a “must see” if you visit Austria. The charm of the town is still preserving some of Mozart time’s flavor. In addition, it is also no wonder that the picturesque Sound of Music movie has been filmed in many locations in and around Salzburg. Read on to find out our favorite places to visit in Salzburg, Austria.
Genova, Italy has a beautiful location on the Ligurian sea and an amazingly intricate history. The city has been built in layers over the course of history. This layering is especially visible from the old port area as it allows for a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Unfortunately, we only stopped for a few good hours on our way to the French Riviera. Read on about our walking tour of Genoa, Italy.
Sirmione, Italy is a stunning place to visit in Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern tip of beautiful lake Garda and it has amazing history. Sirmione, Italy is the quintessential Italian tourist destination. We arrived in Sirmione a bit tired, coming from Padua, but taking a swim in the warm waters of Lake Garda, completely refreshed us and made us ready to head into town.
Padova (or Padua) was one of the tourist attractions that we were not prepared for. Being impressed and tired after visiting Venice for two days, we did not research Padova very well, so we came ill prepared for what the city had to offer. Padova, Italy is a large city with beautiful tourist attractions which makes for a great day trip from Venice if you have an extra day. Padova, has three large areas with attractions, each within 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Read on about my walking tour of Padova, Italy.
Burano is another well known island in the Venice archipelago. Burano is well known for its fine lace industry that dates back several hundreds of years. It is a popular tourist attraction in Venice but it is not very crowded even at the beginning of August when we visited.
Since we have already visited the main island of Venice Italy we felt really bad about being near Venice and not visiting more. So we decided that we would visit Venice again for the second day but this time we wanted to visit the two islands that are well known but not visited as much as the main island. So on our second day to Venice we decided to visit the island of Muranoand the island of Burano.
Before visiting Venice for the first time, I have read a lot and seen lots of pictures. I understood that Venice is fundamentally different than everything else simply because instead of roads they have water canals. Yeah, I got it…or so I thought. However, when I arrived in the central station in Venice, things were different…very different! Why am I saying that?
We arrived in Verona, Italy after a few hours drive from Milan. We were ready to stretch our legs, but most of all we were eager to experience this symbol of Italian charm and romance. We kept using the promise of Italian ice cream as a bribe for our kids as we started exploring this beautiful medieval city. Read on to experience my charming walking tour of Verona, Italy.
We were very excited to visit Oxford. We had in mind the fame of this town and the beauty of Cambridge. We got there and we tried hard to find parking on the narrow, one way streets. We finally found parking without getting any ticket. Knowing how many famous minds were schooled in Oxford…I felt kind of smart just being there. The old buildings and the street took me back in time…but the young modern students, the cars and everything else reminded me the reality. The bakeries and coffee shops’ aroma, reminded me that I was hungry…but we had to stick to the plan: to see Oxford in one day. Read on about our day trip to Oxford, England.
One of my favorite day trips from London is Bath Somerset. Much of southern England is flat, having very little interesting topography. Bath on the other hand has beautiful rolling hills that set it apart from the surrounding area. A great geographical location coupled with just over two hours drive from London make Bath an easy day trip fro London.
We stopped in Veurne, Belgium on our way back to London from Bruxelles. When we came from London to Bruxelles, I did notice the old church steeples from the freeway and thought that it would be a nice stop on the way back. So, that’s what we did on the way back to London. It ended up being a great place to stop and allow the kids to run around a little bit. We spent about four hours walking between the old building and visiting the old churches in the old center of Veurne. Read on to find out why we liked visiting Veurne, Belgium.
We visited Milan, Italy on a very hot July day. We landed in the middle of a very busy large Italian city and we were relieved that Milan was only going to be a quick stop on our Northern Italy itinerary. Milan is the industrial and financial capital of Northern Italy and as such it is a city full of life. For the tourist, however, Milan is not very exciting. Except for a few extraordinary tourist attractions, Milan is an uninteresting European city. Read on to see some of my travel pictures.
The English country side is beautiful. Driving away from a major city like Cambridge will give you a great surprise especially when stoping in a much smaller town like Ely. Ely has amazing history and it's small enough that it can easily be visited in a day. We enjoyed Ely very much ourselves. Read on to see what's worth seeing and doing in Ely, England.
Bruges was a great travel experience for us, especially after coming from busy Bruxelles. Bruges old town was very quiet despite tons of tourists. We had so many things to see in Bruges that we could hardly cover the city’s main tourist attractions in only one day. Even though we were tired at the end of the day, visiting Bruges was a delight for our eyes, ears and feet.