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Nearly the best way to spend 800 million euros

Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. It is a metropolis with an infamous nightlife named “Reeperbahn”, an enormous harbour and one of the largest contiguous warehouse complexes named “Speicherstadt”. Since 2017 the Speicherstadt get’s a new tourist attraction. In January the city of Hamburg opened one of the most modern and expensive opera houses of the world – the Elbphilharmonie was born. Expensive means: 800 million euros, in words eight hundred million euros! The construction time took about 10 years of German engineering 🙂 The fundament of the Elbphilharmonie was an old warehouse. 

Elbphilharmonie in 2011

The construction progress in 2011. It seemed like a never-ending story…

Not just an opera house

The Elbphilharmonie also includes a luxury hotel, parking lot and private apartments.

Plaza

The outer plaza allows a 360 degree view over the harbour of Hamburg. The entry to the platform is free for everyone. Even if you don’t buy a ticket for a concert.

Inside

The bigger opera hall has space for 2.100 people.  The smaller one has space for 500.

The Tube

One of the longest escalator of the world. 82 meter long and curved.

Finally

Finally, the Elbphilharmonie shines in all it’s glory.

If you are interested in visiting the Elbphilharmonie, whether as a tourist, a concert visitor or a hotel guest, please let a comment!! For the exact place of this building just click here.

Photo Credit: radiohamburg.de, elbphilharmonie.de

My first impression about England

 

 

 

 

Dear all,

I could not do a blog without sharing my own experience in the UK. So I would like to take this occasion to talk about it.

I landed at Manchester airport, my first view from the plane was football fields which was fitting of what I knew and heard about the UK.  From my understanding, football is considered like a religion in this country, and it turns out I was right.

I felt welcomed, which was important, as it made me feel very comfortable in a country I was not too familiar with. Being in a part of the world where weather is not the best, with a culture that is different to the one you know, I was comforted.

What I like about the UK is how differently they do certain things compared to other countries I have been to. One of the examples coming to my mind is the famous red double-decker bus, I have never seen buses like that somewhere else in the world.

An other thing I like is the pub culture, the atmosphere inside is very hearty and friendly with cheap  pints. Watching a rugby game in was a great thing to do, and you can feel a strong passion of English people, particularly, during a crunch day.

In my experience, the hardest thing is eating my dinner very early, I guess it means that everything is going well for me! I look forward to discovering more the land of Shakespeare!

Keep Calm

When in Rome…

Although I had been to Rome before, I have recently gained a close friend in Milan. So naturally I put down my pencil at Uni and grabbed my passport. She packed her bags and met me in the beautiful city of Rome for an incredible ‘girls day out’.

The Colosseum 

Upon having incredible history behind the Colosseum, the area surrounding it is beautiful. Of course this area was a prime place to take pictures and enjoy a glass of Italian wine under the sunset. Remains of the Colosseum make for a great walk to and from the next site. 

The Vatican

Since we were visiting at the beginning of January, all Christmas decorations were getting taken down including the large tree in the middle of the square. This required a crane and several people to help take down hundreds of ornaments. Although we did not have time to go through the church, I would recommend having a ticket prior to visiting in order to skip the line and pay a more reasonable price.

The River Tiber

One of the longest rivers in Italy is the Tiber and along this river holds some of the most magnificent views in all of Europe. History fills the street from B.C. to today. Live entertainment is in the air and varies from pianists, to guitarist and singers to violinist surrounding the church. The entrance fee is very reasonable and the view from the top is over the entire city center.

Trevi Fountain

Of course visiting the Trevi Fountain was mandatory. After tossing a euro in the fountain, we were able to find a ‘hole in the wall’ Italian restaurant with homemade noodles, freshly made sauce and great red wine. Overall the trip to Italy was ‘magnifico’!

Let me know your experiences and suggestions below!

Bahamas on a Budget

    View from my window of Nassau port

 The Bahamas really is heaven on Earth and the great thing is it’s so cheap! Here are some amazing things to do when you’re on a budget…

                                                   Junkanoo Beach 

An idyllic beach situated just a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Its pure white sands provide a comfortable place to lay and bask in the hot temperatures. When you’ve had enough of relaxing, the turquoise waters await to help you cool down. Drinks can be brought to you; we got a selection of 4 beers for $5 served in ice. We were lucky enough to catch Junkanoo festival too, which was fun!

A hidden gem, cheap drinks and away from the tourist areas.

      A stroll

A stroll costs nothing and the Island of Nassau provides plenty of beautiful scenery to take your breath away. Stopping for the occasional swim at one of the picturesque shorelines can help relieve your feet.

Cute little boats we came across on our walks.

       Window Shopping

Okay maybe you’d be tempted to spend money but honestly Nassau hosts some beautiful shopping outlets. It is more than possible to walk down the colourful streets and look at the bespoke jewellery, homemade cigars and local rum without buying it. And if you do have some spending money, you’ll be sure to catch a bargain with its duty-free prices

Source: Cruise Critic

You could step on this island with nothing in your pockets and still have the time of your life.  Discover more. 


 

Spain in One Day!

Between a hectic schedule, assignment due dates, and being on a students’ budget…traveling is nearly impossible. Luckily I have put my time studying in England to good use and have managed to visit many countries without breaking the bank. One of the most memorable places I have been to was Barcelona, Spain.

Cathedral of Barcelona

We woke up in the morning and walked out to this beautiful church. This is in the middle of the city across from the Gothic Quarter and markets filled with the Spanish culture surround the area of the church. Everything from this church was accessible via foot or metro. We had the perfect Airbnb location!

Sagrada Familia Basilica

One site that was considered a ‘must see’ was the Sagrada Familia. I have never been a fan of museums or tours, but prefer to see as many places as possible while experiencing the culture of the destination. However, this is a place I would love to go on a tour of in the near future. I couldn’t capture how large this church was in a photo, but simply seeing the size was breathtaking.

Santa Maria de Montserrat

Santa Maria de Montserrat was almost an entire day worth of beautiful views. A cable car was taken to the top of the mountain where a variety of hikes were taken, a informative museum was found, and several monuments were on display. The photo above was the main reason for visiting the Montserrat and upon arrival the monument had a 7 foot tall fence surrounding it with a police officer keeping watch. With a lot of dedication, a little creativity and a ton of speed the photo was able to happen behind the officers back. Below are a few pictures taken at the Montserrat as well.

Let me know your experiences and suggestions below!

Doing Disney Grown-Up ♛


As an adult, “I’m off to Disneyworld!” is typically met with “but you don’t have kids, it’ll be full of them” paired with skewed faces. Truth is, it’s massive myth that Disneyworld is just for children.

My first trip to Florida to visit ‘the most magical place on earth’ was in fact for my 21st birthday and it certainly offered a lot for adults. 

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Standing on the beach at Disney’s infamous Boardwalk Lake……not a child (nor adult) in sight!

Disney hotels can be found in every theme imaginable.

Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel….very popular with children.

Trick is to stay at one in which doesn’t boast massive statues of the Little Mermaid or Nemo and you’ll be sure to avoid an abundance of little ones.

Disney does well to provide adult-only sections and smaller pools dotted around the resorts to avoid overcrowding at the main ones.

Enjoying turning 21 poolside in the adults-only section; Saratoga Springs Resort.
The main pools stayed open till midnight, way past most children’s bedtimes. Which meant us adults could have a cheeky go on the slides without queuing.

Never once was my sleep disturbed by screaming babies, my breakfast ruined by unruly toddlers or my precious sunbathing time cut short by disruptive teens.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom before the crowds…this park opens an hour early for people who are staying on Disney property. You can get on all your favourite rides before it gets manic!

Parks were of course busy, it’s impossible to hide from 1000’s of prams!!! However the rides that interested me were often too “grownup” for children and therefore the only time I heard “I want to get off, I don’t like it” was when I was screaming it.

The famous Hollywood Tower, didn’t have the guts to ride this one.
Expedition Everest… the world’s most expensive rollercoaster. I am on this picture somewhere screaming!!

I can’t deny that my inner child didn’t awaken when spotting some of my favourite characters and I may have hopped on the cup and saucers whilst stuffing my face with candy floss once or twice!

I can see why Peter Pan never wanted to grow up.


 

Berlin – A Winter Excursion

People tend to travel even between their heavy schedules. But, they prefer short distances and economically saving trips. Berlin is undoubtedly a good option for a winter excursion for its many attractions and places to visit. Walking through the massive skyscrapers to the memorial attractions that are part of the city’s history.

Visit Berlin is the most accurate tour guide that someone can use to plan a successful trip in the city.

Vising the Parliament is a fascinating experience, especially about the laws that are existing before and after you enter it.

Reichstag Building – Parliament of Berlin

Before facing the Brandenburg Gate, you will see the famous Platz des 18. Marz, a large square. One of the most unique monuments, internationally known as the symbol of Berlin among the Wall.

“Platz vor dem Brandenburger Tor” – Square in front of Brandenburg Gate

 

The Brandenburg Gate

The Berlin Wall is the ultimate historical sightseeing after its demolition.

The Berlin Wall

The Dark restaurant (Unsicht-Bar) was the most extraordinary experience that I ever had. Being into the position of a total blind person who tries to enjoy a wonderfully made meal.

Unsicht-Bar Berlin – Dark Restaurant Berlin

The Berlin Cathedral, it is worthy to be visit due to its monumental architecture.

Berliner Dom – Berlin Cathedral Church

Another sightseeing that its worthy to be visit, the Berlin Cathedral, which it has a monumental architecture.

Olympiastadion Berlin

The Olympiastadion  has a long history as a venue during the Olympic Games, but also nowadays it is used for famous artists’ concerts and also as a museum.

Olympiastadion Berlin

Berliners are daily using bicycles and the Underground services to travel within the city, eco-friendly lovers.

Kurfurstendamm Underground services

A museum that has a multi-culture heritage in it, different historical elements from all around the world.

Exterior of Pergamon Museum

4 THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IN YORK

1. York Minster

York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, is the symbol of the city. It is a such amazing building.

 

2. The Shambles

 

3. York’s Chocolate Story

York’s chocolate story are near the Shambles, you can taste all kind of chocolate foods, such as different flavors of hot chocolate. you can also join the ” York’s Sweet Story” journey. Particularly recommended Ultimate Chocolate Fondue. The most interesting things is you can make chocolate by yourself.

 

4. Betty Cafe Tea Rooms

Betty cafe tea rooms are very famous in York, a lot of people come to York to taste Betty afternoon tea. We booking afternoon tea from BOOKATABLE .

 

We are really enjoy this journey in York city !!

Top 5 Film Inspire You To Travel

Nothing will give me more excited than a good travel film. It give you the inspiration and the motivation to a new destination. Here is my personal list of top 5 travel movies. Which ones are your favorites?

 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Iceland

Walter Mitty, a longtime magazine employee goes to Greenland and Iceland to search the lost photo of final and historical magazine cover. In this movie, you can how the majestic views in Iceland and I think you also want to the places visited by Mitty.

Midnight in Paris

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Paris

Owen Wilson walking around Paris and going back to the 1920s Paris in everyday at midnight. How Paris charming in 1920s! Do you want to go to Paris to see it?

Before Sunrise

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Tram

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and they only one night together in Vienna. On the road, you will meet someone very special, one day can feel like a lifetime. Come to Vienna to experience the romantic story.

Into the Wild

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Road trip in Casablanca

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe and they only one night together in Vienna. On the road, you will meet someone very special, one day can feel like a lifetime. Come to Vienna to experience the romantic story.

Secret

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Nice day in Taiwan

 

A love story happened in Taiwan. If you are a big fan of Jan Chou, you cannot miss this destination for your travel list!

Film photograph: Douban.com

GIF Picture: Rongling Zhang

KAIFENG: AN ANCIENT CITY

Kaifeng ,a prefecture-level city in eastern Henan province, located along the southern bank of the Yellow River ,is one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China.

The Millennium City Park is a large-size theme park of the culture and history of Song Dynasty.It is located at the west bank of the picturesque Longting Lake in Kaifeng City,and covers an area of 600 mu.

 

The performance in The Millennium City Park.

Performance Season: March to November
Performance time: 8:10—9:20 every night. Duration: 70 minutes

 

 

Kaifeng night market offers a wide range of delicious foods,such as stuffed bun and Chinese dumpling. The lively unusual snack night market is this old city one of all night long big characteristics.

 

If you are interest in Kaifeng city, just click this video: