Dubrovnik, “The pearl of the Adriactic”.

Dubrovnik

Sailing Croatia!

Like heaven on Earth with its rich architectural heritage, stone palaces and medieval monasteries, Dubrovnik has once again become a holiday destination as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Dubrovnik! Restaurants, bars, and port. The old town is UNESCO Cultural Heritage

 

Take the chance and visit the island of Mljet, not far from Dubrovnik. A third of its territory is protected as a national park and is an extraordinary place to find peace and tranquility. Its beauty attracts hikers, divers, bike-tourists, and lovers of quietness and nature. Also, if you can go visit Lastovo island. Life is to short to miss out on the wide range of experience it has to offer. There are plenty of free activities awaiting and Croatia will certainly provide you with the funniest and live life to the full. It’s not always easy to keep track of what’s possible around the world and probably better to keep it simple because we can miss out on things and either run out of time if not well planned due to lack of time to research. Croatia has more than 1000 islands, plenty of ferries allow you a great holiday. In Hvar, I found great luxury sailing opportunities, amazing cozy restaurants, and terraces, nightlife up on the hill! Get ready to walk up and down but I assure great fun! In Split, there is the Festival Ultra-Europe in Summertime. I did enjoy and plan to spend holiday around Croatia and the neighbor countries are also on the list to re-visit. If you’re in Italy is easy to get to the port in Ancona coming from Rome. Italians usually are in good mood on their holiday and you’ll meet good people and laugh all the way. From Portugal is still not the easiest country to reach but is possible with Ryanair and it’s worth the way. As soon as possible I’ll update the blog with some alternatives. You’ll find introverted but beautiful and generous people in Croatia.

UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Croatia:

1 Episcopal complex, Porec

2 The historic city of Trogir

3 The historic centre with Diocletian palace in Split

4 the old town of Dubrovnik.

There are several National Parks in Croatia such as Risnjak, Plitvice Lakes (scenic lakes linked by waterfalls), Paklenica, Kornati and Mljet already mentioned.

 

Take a look on the following websites and explore Croatia

 

http://www.croatia.hr/

http://www.croatiatraveller.com/transport.htm

Ultra Europe

http://www.biokovo.net

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Albania and its beauty!

Europe has a large variety of scenery, habitats and fauna, and most countries have set aside areas of natural beauty in order to preserve landscape and wildlife: Iceland, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia,Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Latvia, Spain, Poland…and Albania.

National Parks in Albania: 

 

http://albania.al

The country’s most well-known national park, Butrint, was included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in 1992. Recently, british newspaper The Guardian in one of its articles named Butrint one of the top 10 must see national parks in Europe.

Dajit, Lura and Thethi, are three separate parks; Dunes & coastal woodland in Divjaka.

The mountainous landscape with forests and pastures in Tomorri and Llogara.

Visit the National Parks in Albania here! Albania experienced widespread social and political transformation in the communist era, as well as isolation from much of the international community. In 1991, the Socialist Republic was dissolved and the Republic of Albania was established. Saint Teresa of Calcutta was born there, beatified on the 19th October 2003, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican city by Pope John Paul II. For more about the Catholic church please visit https://www.catholic.org

 

 

Follow me to Lisbon

Park Eduardo VII - Lisbon - Portugal. Great view from Ritz Four Seasons

You will miss Lisbon!

Major Sites in Lisbon

Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade (avenue), Restauradores, Rossio, Rua do Comércio, Cais do Sodré, Museu dos Coches, Museu Bernardo/Jeronimos,Torre de Belém, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Alcântara/Docas, Estrela, Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Sete Rios/Zoo, Twin Towers, El Corte Inglês, Park Eduardo VII.

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Park Eduardo VII in Lisbon – City Centre

Parque Eduardo VII

Belém, Lisbon
Torre de Belém

From the main train station of Santa Apolónia one can easily walk to some fantastic sites.

You also have the underground (blue line), taxis, buses, tourist buses and tuk-tuks! I keep saying that Lisbon is one of the most beautiful Capital Cities in Europe, with the best nights out after Madrid, the best coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. A full field of heritage Portuguese people will help you in any circumstances either in Portuguese or English.

If you’re willing to take a train somewhere else Google CP Rede-Expresso. Paying with PayPay is cheaper. You may get great discounts if you buy online within 5 days in advance.

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Praça do Comércio, Lisbon. Photo credit: Ana Santos

I enjoy taking the busses. They are cheaper and have more offer. Also, you can also buy tickets online and get a discount. After booking you’ll get the link and you must pay in at an ATM in less than 30 minutes!!! Google Rede Expresso.

Now I’m going to write a bit about the underground. I had great fun helping out tourists over the last 7 years. An essential instructions guide is needed to use it in the capital.

Regarding hotels, I’d like to recommend two with very different rates: the Ritz Four Seasons and Hotel Roma. If you have no more than a few hours, at least visit the following sights and areas:

Chiado in Lisbon (blue line)
Chiado

Chiado in Lisbon (blue line)

#1 Bairro Alto District

#2 Chiado, take the chance to visit São Roque Museum. If booked you’ll be guided by an excellent professional. This museum belongs to SCML, a Portuguese institution with more than 500 years, created by D. Leonor to support the poorest in Lisbon.

The ‘Museu do Chiado’ is one of the world’s earliest museums of contemporary art. It was renovated in 1994 after the fire in Chiado in 1998. At that time I was there and tragic to be seen.

#3 “A Vida Portuguesa” sells genuine and touching products of original Portuguese creation such as toiletries, stationery books, jewelry, food, and handicrafts. Located in Chiado: Rua Anchieta 11, Chiado

 

#4 Hop aboard the famous no. 28 tram

#5 Visit the splendid Jerónimos Monastery, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site (no picture can describe…) and the Tower of Belém.

#6 Visit both Lapa and Madragoa District.

#7 Take a walk down Avenida da Liberdade on your way out The Ritz Four Seasons Hotel. Usually, Lisbon is safe.

 

 

Theatres & concert halls in Lisbon

  • Teatro da Trindade
  • Teatro – Estúdio Mario Viegas
  • Teatro Municipal Sao Luiz
  • Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
  • Teatro Nacional De Sao Carlos
  • Fado in Chiado, Cine Theatro Gymnasio. Address: Rua da Misericordia, 14-2o

Tel. 21 3430184

Gastronomic keywords: caldo verde (one out of out 7 gastronomies Wonders!), alheira de Mirandela, carne de porco à alentejana, pastél de Belém ou nata, bica!

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Ethiopia, a land beyond your imagination

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Ethiopia has been proclamated 2nd best world destination! 

A land of origins, UNESCO world Heritage sights, the Simien National Park among with fabolous people are top contributers for this rich destination.The archaeological site of Aksum, the Fasil Ghebbi & Gonder monuments, the rock – hewn churches in Lalibela.The Awash Lower Valley, the carved steles of Tiya and the Omo Lower Valley are listed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites.

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Explore, repeat! Visit the Philippines

The Country of Philippines has been hosted Miss Universe, international contest of beauty last 30th January of 2017. A good reason to rise up tourism in the country. Natural Heritage Sites such as Puerto – Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.

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The Country of Philippines will be hosting the next contest of Miss Universe, the 30th January of 2017.If by chance you travel do not miss Philippines’s Unesco Natural Heritage Sites such as Puerto – Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.

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Chocolate Hills

 

 

Puerto Galera South of Manila

Donsol , located in the province of Sorsogon, a place of pristine beaches, stunning waterfalls and unexplored caves, the sleepy fishing village of Donsol is the place in the Philippines to see whale shark

Mayon Volcano

Malapascua Island

Tourism continues at http://www.tourism.gov.ph

We trust turopia as a resource http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-the-philippines/

Go visit the Philippines!

This year 2017 the winner from France, still the first destination in the tourism worldwide rank. In 2018 we expect to see much more in Australia and the President, Mr Donald Trump will certainly be there.

CNN says it all!

TOP Cuba Attractions

Hemingway in Cuba

the much-traveled journalist, writers, and Nobel Laureate found safe get stimulating haven on this lovely Caribbean islands.

3 Cigar Factories to visit

Partagas Cigar Factory in Havana City

El Laguito Cigar Factory in Havana City

Romeo y Julieta Cigar Factory

Visit the Cuban cigar factory here!

3 Old American Cars in Havana City

Buick 1950 Cabriolet

Chevrolet Deluxe 1949 Cabriolet

Chevrolet Impala Cabriolet

http://www.visitcuba.com/

3 Theme Parks in Cuba

Varadero Dolphinarium Blanco key at Varadero Beach

Cienfuegos Dolphinarium, a unique and wildlife experience

Baconao Dolphinarium, a 44 km distance from Santiago de Cuba

Mojitos – Where to drink them?

Everywhere, all the time! Certainly the best cocktail ever with strong history.

Must see in Havana

La Bodeguita del Medio, a little bar in the Old Havana, is another of the Hemingway’s holes.

La Habana Vieja. La Plaza Vieja in Old Havana is perhaps the city’s most beautiful square.

La Fontana Restaurant

Torrean de La Chorrera

Hotel Nacional de Cuba / Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso was built as a social center for the Galicians in Havana / Beautiful decay: the architecture in Havana is faded, charming and photogenic / Musicians in Havana are everywhere and the sounds of Son Cubano rings through the streets.

The World Monuments Watch Fund is a New-York based non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and protecting angered works of historic art and architecture around the world.

The National School of Art, Santa Teresa de Jesus Cloisters both in Havana and San Isidro de Los Desfiladeiros in Trinidad are on the list. found safe get stimulating haven on this lovely Caribbean islands. From colorful streets to new venues, catch the rhythm of life in Havana.

The official website provided with all the information to American citizens aiming to travel to Cuba. Have a look at https://www.cuba.com