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5 Top-Things To Do In & Around Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is Scotland’s hilly capital with a medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. It is famous for its landscape, beautiful gardens and classic buildings. Edinburg is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes and places to visit. Whether you visit Edinburg for a day or more, this list is going to keep you very, very busy in the most happy way!

No.5 – Checkout the Scottish Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle!

The Edinburgh Castle looms large over the city of Edinburgh and a marvelous architecture on its own. However, I want you to visit this castle not for its history or architecture but to see the the Scottish Crown Jewels, which are too striking to be considered ‘another royal jewellery’. Don’t forget to look at the famous ‘Stone of Destiny’, which was used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. For further details on the crown jewels and about Edinburgh Castle read edinburghcastle.gov.uk &

Scotish Crown Jewels
Scottish Crown Jewel @ gemologytidbits.com

No.4 – Visit the Kelpies

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures which has become famous for their uniqueness & exquisite craftsmanship. It is in The Helix & 54 mins drive from Edinburg.

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The Kelpies @ dailymail.co.uk

No.3 – Experience Authentic Scotch Whiskey 😉

Hah! Can’t be in your list if your are a kid or don’t drink… but for everyone else downing a good dose of authentic scotch should be a priority! Even if you don’t drink do visit a distillery just to see how it is done and the huge varieties available. You can check out Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies. For further details click the link.

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Experience Scotch Whiskey @ visitscotland.com

No.2 – Walk The Ancients Castles & Cathedrals!

Scotland has some of the most intriguing and majestic castles & cathedrals in the world & with  centuries of history behind it you are bound to find the most intriguing stories being told as you visit this magnificent structures with its stone walls,tall turrets and acres of ground. Mind you, Edinburgh and its neighbouring areas is a treasure trove for castle visitors!

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St. Andrews Cathedral @ scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk

No.1 – Marvel The Scottish Highlands

Top in your list should be a visit to the Scottish Highlands. If you are in Scotland and have not visited the Scottish highlands then… what the hell were you doing?!! MUST!

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Scottish Highlands @ bloomberg.com

Thats all for today folks! I will follow-up in details in my subsequents posts, so keep visiting!

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Traveller’s Guide To Rome

Little about the history!

History says that Rome was founded way back in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a she-wolf! Roman civilization has been one of the most influential civilizations in the world & Rome has continuously been inhabited. It gave the world some of the most famous personalities like Julius Caesar, Trajan, Constantine, Spartacus, etc. The ancient Rome still leaves and breaths in the modern Rome and you can see it and feel it in the mighty colosesum & other monuments scattered throughout the city!

How to reach?

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Reaching Rome @ Viator

Rome has two airports – Leonardo da Vinci Airport (at Fiumicino) & the Ciampino Airport. Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Fiumicino is a major airport for international and flights. It is situated 32km from the city and you can catch the Leonardo Express Train to Rome’s main railway station, Stazione Termini. Tickets cost €11 one-way. It runs every 30 minutes between 6.30am and 11.30pm. On the other hand, Ciampino is a military airport which caters to some of the budget airlines. It is not that well-developed and to reach the city you can either catch a taxi or one of the coach services. For further informations click the link http://www.rome-airport.info

From other european countries you can reach Rome by train. The main central station in Rome is Termini Station. This station also is the main bus station for local buses in Rome.

Where to stay?

 

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Trastevere @ Hotel Trastevere
  • For the touristy places: The Centro Storico with its cobbled streets and alleys crammed with Renaissance palazzi, Baroque churches, etc. However, the hotels are pretty pricey here.
  • If willing to stay a little afar: Campo de’ Fiori and Ghetto is quiter and less expensive with some great restaurants.
  • For the happy shoppers: the Tridente.
  • For the night-crawlers:  Monti is a hip neighbourhood with cool bars, boutiques as well as good local restaurants.
  • For the foodie: Testaccio is your gastronomical heaven! It is also a great place for gourmet souvenirs
  • For the elegant stay: Trastevere is a beautiful area with cobbled lanes, ivy-draped buildings and cute piazzas. It is within strolling distance from the Vatican. The lanes are lined with excellent trattorias and bars. However, be prepared to pay few extra dollars here for the tranquility!

What to do here?

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This is the easiest question to answer! While in Rome do what the romans do! Visit the monuments, eat great Italian foods,walk around in the several palazzos! Click the links for further details about the interesting stories about the famous roman monuments!

What to eat?

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Pizza Roman Style @ eatingitalyfoodtours.com

Another easy answer – Italian cruisine! Italian food has taken the world by storm, be its pizzas, pastas, etc. A few food that I suggest you ‘must eat’ are the Pizza Bianca, Carbonara and Pizza Roman Style! A few places I would suggest are the 00100 Pizza, Bar Giolitti (for yummy sweet dishes) and Volpetti.

 What should you buy?

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Murano Glass @ theworldandthensome.com

Hmm… interesting question… Italian silk scarve, italian leather shoes and bags, Murano glass, ancient roman jewellery (definelty replicas!) and food items like Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sundried tomatoes.

The way ‘Rome was not built on a day!’ Rome can’t be covered in a blog in one post! So, stay updated as I cover each of the heads mentioned above individually in my future posts! Ci Vediamo!

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10 ‘Must-See’ Places In Norway

Norway is a Scandinavian nation famous for its unparalleled natural beauty, intriguing Celtic history, mysterious northern lights, amongst others. Coming up with a limited ’10’ must-see places in Norway has been a very tough job as how can you choose between one wonder over the other?! So, I listed the Top-10 things I can’t dream of missing in Norway! Do remember that I am a absolute northern light fan, and as usual, watching the northern lights falls within this list too! Do remember that the numbering is simply for the sake of putting a chronology & as far as I am concerned each of this places are #1!

1. Stroll through Bryggen

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Bryggen is a old wharf of Bergen & is famous in photographs for its characteristic wooden houses which reminds us of the ancient wooden structures. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Kjerag

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Kjerag @ A Infinite Step

It is a tall mountain in Norway with one side being a straight vertical fall into the Lysefjorden! Another attraction here is the Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre stone wedged between two rocks is located on the mountain.

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The Rock @ neilchughes.com

Kjeragfossen waterfall is another attraction here, which happens to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the world!

3. Lofoten Island

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Lofoten Island @ A Infinite Step

A visit to to fluffy clouds & pictures-postcard Lofoten island of Norway is a must! You can drive through Road E10 which connects the Lofoten Islands to mainland Norway with an impressive series of bridges and tunnels. You may also take water services from Bodo or planes from Oslo.

4.Heddal Stave Church & Other traditional Churches of Norway

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Heddal Stave Church @ ultima0thule.blogspot.in

Norway is famous for its intriguing churches, not for its fate or preaching but for their unique structure, architectures & beauty. Some are painted black, some are colourful, etc. Very intriguing…

5. Viking Ship Museum

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Viking Museum @ khm.uio.no

If you have come to the land of the vikings and haven’t visited the Viking Museum then you have not seen Norway at its core! The museum has added ‘The Vikings Alive’, which is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults pay NOK 100 & children under 18 goes free. There are group ticket options too. Museum timing is as follows –

  • 1 May – 30 September 09:00 – 18:00
  • 1 October – 30 April 10:00 – 16:00

Click the link for further details.

6. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

 

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Open-air Exhibit @ Open-air Exhibit @ norskfolkemuseum.no

Norsk Folkemuseum is located at Oslo and has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings. It has several in-door exhibits featuring Norwegian costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture. There are several audience programs and activities for children, including meeting Norwegian animals, baking traditional food, etc. Its open throughout the year except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and its open between Christmas and New Year from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The normal timings is as follows –

  • May 15 – September 14:  Every day 10:00 – 18:00
  • September 15 – May 14:  Weekdays 11:00 – 15:00,  Sat and Sun 11:00 – 16:00

7. Tromsø

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Tromso @ visitnorway.com

Tromsø is called “Gateway to the Arctic” and ideal for seeing the northern lights. It is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and from September to March many people come to Tromsø to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun is as its full glory here. Tromsø has a relatively mild climate considering its arctic location because its seaside. Other then northern light sighting, you can also go for hiking, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris.

8. Train Journey Between Oslo & Bergen

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Inside of the train @ travel-tour-guide.com

Ok… this is not really a ‘must-see’ places but is a ‘must-feel’ experience when in Norway. This is one of the most scenic journey in the whole of Europe & will definitely fall within the Top-3 best train journeys in the world! (Hmmm….. thats sounds like a nice blog topic!)

9. A Journey With Flåm Railway

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Flam @ visitflam.com

Another must-do train journey is between Flåm and Myrdal. It is approximately 2 hours  train journey through some of Norway’s best landscape. You will cross lush fjord landscapes, mightly snow-covered mountains & spectacular waterfalls and  mountains. Check the link for further details.

Must-See Flamenco Show In Madrid

One of my happiest memory of my trip to Spain was watching ‘live flamenco’ dance at Las Carboneras. It is located in  Madrid de los Austrias & in the basement of the old palace of the Count of Miranda! How’s that for authenticity?! It was located next to a cloistered convent from which they borrowed the name.

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Believe me, finding it was a very difficult task because its tucked away in one of the many side streets! So, we finally asked a shop owner for assistance and he said “follow the crowd”. Ok… we can do that… so we followed the crowd directly to the inconspicuous doors! Oh, by the way, when the shopkeeper said “Follow the crowd” he literally meant it! They somehow homed to this red door! An honest confession though… we did end-up once into a shop while following the ‘crowd’ 😛 I guess all members of the ‘crowd’ were not aiming for this tabelo after all! By the way, we bought the tickets from our hotel tourist desk, but you can buy it online also. Here is the link.

So, by the time we entered the lights were already dimmed and the performance has started… oh it was breathtaking! Even if you are a non-dancer or don’t love any form of dance, believe me, you will thank me later for visiting this place.This amazing place combines flamenco and authentic Spanish dining together in the most amazing way. It has featured some of the most renowned artists such as Montse Cortés, Pastora Galván, Belén Maya, etc.

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The food was also good but I was too busy being enthralled by the performance to actually register what I ate! Sorry! Visit the webpage of Tablao Las Carboneras for further details. Before I part, here’s a small video of a performance at this fabulous tablao, click on the Video Link 🙂

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