When travelling to places where you'll be needing to book a hotel for a couple of nights or longer there are definitely things to take into consideration.
1) Location of the hotel is probably the first priority for most folks, especially if you want to be in walking distance to the attractions that you'll be visiting.
2) Being near transportation such as buses, subways, sky trains can be important for those who will be making use of this type of travel.
3) Price is the next important factor to consider. You know the saying 'you get what you pay for' the same is true for what you're willing or can afford in the way of hotels. It is good to compare and read as many reviews as possible to help with your choice here.
4) If you are a frequent traveler then past experiences in hotels will probably speak to your judgement when it comes to selecting your place.
5) If arriving by car you'll want to check out the parking areas of the hotel, do you pay extra for parking and is the area secure? Be sure to ask these questions when looking into a hotel.
6) Check the star ratings as most Hotels use this system to let you know the quality of the hotel. Is it economy or more upscale.
7) Amenities - check out what the hotel offers and what is an extra cost. Is a pool and fitness area important to you? How about a hotel restaurant and room service option?
8) If you plan to bring your pet along be sure to find out if the hotel is pet friendly before you arrive.
9) Finally, it's good to check the cancellation policy of the hotel you are booking, you never know when something unexpected puts a hiccup in your travel plans.
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If you're visiting Florence, Italy you'll want to take a tour of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum! An amazing journey through the history of da Vinci's inventions and workings of this knowledgeable and amazing visionary genius. The ideas, plans and Renaissance drawings came from Leonardo but we're crafted by Carlo and Gabriele Niccolai. The museum is a unique experience for each person! Take in the actual machine codes drawn from Leonardo. View many working machine 'models' made entirely from wood. Many allow hands on contact to operate the working models. One can interact with the machinery to get full knowledge and experience of how these inventions work.
The museum includes five different areas known as Mechanisms, Earth, Water, Air and Fire. The cost of the museum is 7euros. Most people probably spend from 1 to 2 hours at the museum. It is open from 10am to 6pm during the low season and extended to 7pm during the high season!
Collecting travel postcards when you travel to many different countries and places around the world is a great way to preserve your memories. Postcards make great travel keepsakes, they are inexpensive, light weight and easy to take home with you. Even if you take pictures yourself which almost everyone does, sometimes a postcard will capture a different view or memory for you. When you get home you can create a memory book with your travel postcards to share with friends and family. Postcards can also be framed and hung on the wall for travel memories that you can look at daily. If you collect travel postcards what do you like to do with them once you get them home? Share with us!
If you're a big collector of travel postcards you might want to think about how you will use/display them so you don't end up with boxes upon boxes of them. Some people like to collect postcards from a particular place or country, some like to collect certain themes like trains, temples, beaches or maybe a type of artwork. Others might collect postcards by a certain artist or photographer. There are many ways to start building a collection.If you're a real collector you might like vintage postcards that you can purchase at second hand shops or even on ebay. It can be a fun hobby for many!
So you are going on a trip to Berlin and I'm sure you have things in mind that you'd like to see during your trip. Berlin is the capital city of Germany, the largest city in Germany with a population of over 3 million people. Berlin is a very beautiful and cultured city well known by the division of East and West Berlin due to the Berlin Wall that was put up during World War 11.
Recommended sites to visit in Berlin:
I would recommend doing a tour of as many of these sites as you can. A fun way to see this city is on a bike tour. Get fresh air and exercise as your tour guide explains the events surrounding the landmarks and sites.
We all know travelling and photography go hand in hand! Capturing amazing pictures that you're excited to come home and share with your friends and family is something most of us want. Pictures taken well can convey a sense of the real beauty and make the experience come to life in the images that you capture. Here are a few things to remember when taking travel photographs.
I hope this gives you something to think about and helps you capture some great pictures that you're proud to share.
Travel quotes are inspiring and bring enthusiasm to people who love to travel the world. The world is ours to explore and learn about. There are many inspiring quotes found on posters, in travel guides, on travel sites like this one! I thought I"d share some interesting quotes on travel from a variety of people.
When you're travelling to another country and visiting a culture completely different to yours part of the experience is to eat like the locals. In visiting Greece and not eating very much Greek food at home this was a place that I truly got to experience the way Greeks eat and learn how they prepare many of their meals. Staying at a Resort in Crete gave me one of the best tastes of Greek food. There were many Greek dishes that I had not tried before like Moussaka, which has it's own interesting flavor. I loved the spanikopita which is a type of phyllo pastry stuffed with a spinach mixture, very tasty! Greek potatoes were boiled and sprinkled with a special Greek spice mix which gave them a different flavor from the type we eat in Canada. All in all trying these different foods was a fun experience. I learned to love and actually want to eat a Greek Salad everyday, yes really everyday! One of the staples of Greeks is eating this salad at least once a day! Typically we had it as part of our dinner meal but sometimes for lunch too! I'll share with you the traditional Greek Salad recipe, the way our host and cook made it.
2-3 tomatoes cut in fairly big wedges
1 cucumber cut in large pieces
6 kalamata olives
1 small white onion cut in thin slices
Extra virgin olive oil
Greek salad spice (this is a mix of spices)
Sliced feta cheese
Cut tomatoes and cucumber and place in salad bowl. Add sliced onion and olives. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle one tbsp. spice mix over all, mix together. Place 1 or 2 slices of feta cheese on top and drizzle with olive oil and a small sprinkle of spice mix again. Enjoy!
If you're visiting central Italy around the Tuscan area the city of Lucca is a must see tourist stop. Lucca is famous for the Renaissance city walls that surround it. The Romans constructed the first set of walls, with four gates, as time went on new gates were built with the last one constructed in the 17th century. The local people frown on visitors driving so it is best for tourists to walk in. There are only a few main streets that allow cars and it can be confusing.
The wall around Lucca is about 4 km. It's the perfect length to walk, run or bike around. On our visit my husband and I were able to use bicycles from the Hotel that we stayed at and rode the 4 km around the fortress. If you walk or bike around the city it will give you a good idea of the layout and you can then go back to the areas that interested you. There are lots of interesting sites within the city walls. Museums, basilicas, churches and a variety of interesting shops and eateries. Catch views of beautiful garden balconies, church bell towers and see amazing architecture.