What to do in Saint-Tropez

Panoramic view of the bay of Saint-Tropez, FranceSaint-Tropez is always going to remain a draw for people across the globe. Despite the fact that its reputation may have waned slightly in the last few years, it is important to remember that this will never be anything like an “expensive” Ibiza. It is a truly wonderful holiday location for couples and families. Saint-Tropez is all about being safe, contained, and cozy. These are just a few suggestions on what you could do in Saint- Tropez.

Explore the café life of Saint-Tropez

Once you are in the port of Saint-Tropez, you will find that there is no better place around to people watch. Watch the stunning and interesting people go by at Le Senequier in the port. This café is known throughout and you can look over the bobbing row of super yachts as the evening sun is slowly setting for the day. This is also where you are going to spot the celebrities if they are staying in Saint-Tropez. If you prefer to stay somewhere a bit more traditional, make sure that you visit the Place des Lices. Sitting in the shade of the giant plane trees is going to keep you comfortable in the heat.

Visit Saint-Tropez’ museums

Few people are going to travel to Saint-Tropez for the museums, but it is home to one of the most beautiful town centers that you are going to find along the coast. It has drawn in some of the more famous painters in the world, starting with Paul Signac in 1892. Because Signac was utterly drawn to Saint-Tropez, he also invited a number of his friends to the town. Because of this, Saint-Tropez became an active part of the avant-garde set. New techniques such as fauvism, pointism, and impressionism were actively being explored here. The Annonciade museum is home to works from Signac, Bonnard, and Matisse. (more…)

Reasons to Visit Reims

Illuminated town hall of ReimsAs the home of the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world (Champagne for the uninitiated), Reims is the most important city in the Champagne region. The entire region is filled with history, and it has one of the most beautiful buildings that were built during the Middle Ages. Despite the fact that World War I destroyed most of the old homes, the Art Deco style that the city was rebuilt in certainly has its own special glamour. If you want to know some of the reasons that Reims is worth a visit, we recommend that you keep on reading.

The Cathédrale Notre Dame

Honestly, this cathedral alone is worth the trip to Reims. With two square towers and a triple-arched doorway, it is truly a magnificent sight that defies description. Can you imagine the extravagance and egos of a French royal coronation? This resplendent Gothic cathedral was the home for many of those coronations, and the site itself has been home to churches since the 5th century. The stained glass windows truly mark a rainbow of colors, with the most spectacular ones being the Chagall creations in the central axial chapel, the north transept’s rose window, and the western facade’s 12-petalled great rose window.

The most famous event that has taken place at the Cathédrale Notre Dame happened on 17 July 1429, when Charles VII was sworn in as King, with Joan of Arc at his side. Between 1223 and 1825, 25 total coronations took place here. Since 1991, the Cathédrale Notre Dame has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are feeling particularly strong, you should consider taking the one-hour tour that leads you up all 250 steps. (more…)

Top Attractions in Amsterdam

amsterdam landmarkWhen it comes to popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam is certainly unique. Despite the fact that there are thousands of tourists here every day, the daily life in Amsterdam retains its authenticity. Sit in one of the many cafes or stroll along the canal streets, and you will be able to observe it for yourself. Even though many people know Amsterdam for the Red Light District and some of the other things that you can do here, we want to make sure that you explore the cultural side of this amazing city as well. Because Amsterdam has so much more to offer.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is both the most attractive and the largest museum in the Netherlands. Each year, this museum draws in more than one million visitors. After having been renovated for almost a decade, the museum reopened back in 2013. There are some spectacular Dutch Golden Age masterpieces in the collection here. Some of the most iconic pieces here include Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt. 

Van Gogh Museum

It would be rather strange if one of the (if not the) most famous painters to have ever been born in the Netherlands did not get its own museum in Amsterdam. It is the largest collection of Van Gogh works in the world, with more than 550 sketches and some 200 paintings that can be found here. The core of the museum’s collection is comprised by selected works from contemporaries and friends and hundreds of letters written by Van Gogh himself. (more…)

Some Must-See Sights In Lyon

Lyon in September

Clasical view of Lyon over the Saone river.

Even though it is the second-leading city in France (after Paris of course), Lyon remains surprisingly undiscovered by most tourists. Even though you will not see this city in many tourist itineraries, those who are willing to take the time to understand Lyon will find and adore its cultural treasures. There is a reason that Lyon is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is so much to see and explore in Lyon, we would rather show you some of it than talk about it.

Old Town Lyon – Quartier Saint-Georges and Quartier Saint-Jean

You are able to enjoy the city’s Old World charm by getting lost in the atmospheric Quartier Saint-Jean. You can find this medieval quarter just north of the cathedral, and it is filled with quiet little courtyards and narrow cobblestone lanes. Start around the Place Neuve Saint-Jean and the Rue du Boeuf. Make your way around the pedestrian streets of Rue des Trois Maries and Rue Saint-Jean.

Once you get to Place du Petit Collège, make sure to explore the Hôtel de Gadagne. This mansion (dating back to the 15th century) is home to two different museums: the Puppet Museum (Musée des Marionnettes du Monde) and the History Museum (Musée d’Histoire de Lyon).

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Find Out More About Spectacular Anacapri

AnacapriThe island of Capri consists of two main towns – Anacapri being the town located on an elevated plain while Capri is the one below it. The zigzag road here was built in the 19th century and it links the two towns together. According to some residents, there are villagers who have never visited their neighboring town, because the two are historic rivals. As you might imagine, the two have very different environments – Anacapri being on the rural side, while Capri is urbanized.

Anacapri rests under the inclined areas of the island’s peak – ‘Monte Solaro’. You can picture the town as a small, quiet town with quant roads. The surrounding countryside contains affordable accommodations and some very basic shopping options. Anacapri has a peaceful environment, with some interesting tourist spots and souvenir shops.

What to enjoy in Anacapri

Anacapri’s most attractive tourist spot is Villa San Michele. Swedish doctor Axel Munthe (1857-1949) was the one in charge of building this villa. During the summer, it is possible to visit here from 9 AM to 6 PM. However, it does close considerably earlier in winter. Be aware that the villa is not free to enter either. During the evenings, outside concerts take place at the villa during the summertime.

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The Best Of The Slopes In Megève

MegeveMegève is a commune with a resort that offers breathtaking spas, dining and shopping as well as a massive ski area. Megève is where France’s upper class comes to play at the Megève ski resort. The medieval village also boasts breathtaking scenic views, and offers amenities for all tastes and budgets. However, those who want to experience a true luxury vacation would be wise to come here.

The town began as a ski resort in 1910 when the Rothschild family began to take their winter vacations there. This happened after the family grew tired of a different Swiss resort. The massive hotel here was opened by Baroness Noémie de Rothschild in 1921, something that really augmented the resort’s growth. Around the 1950s, Megève was amongst the most trendy ski resorts in Europe and both celebrities and the wealthy elite were more than enamored. Today it continues to be frequented mainly by wealthy people as is obvious by the price of real estate. Being a ski town, and one of the best that there is in all of Europe, we want to talk about the slopes.

Average weather conditions and snowfall

Megève is one of France’s original ski resorts and it includes the most snow-sure slopes. Many of the north-facing slopes are protected from excessive sunshine. The area also provides snowmaking, with almost 300 snow machines covering the slopes.

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Planning Your Trip To Portofino, Italy

PortofinoPortofino is one of the most romantic, enchanting, and picturesque places in all of Italy. Because it is hidden away in a narrow cove that overlooks the rocky coastline, it provides a far more mythical sight than you might otherwise experience. This relatively small, cliff-lined port is often heralded as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean.” This is one of the reasons that it continues to attract wealthy sophisticates, celebrities, poets, and artists from all over the world.

Set against luxuriant, lush vegetation and a very agreeable climate, the only thing more spectacular than the natural beauty offered by Portofino is the intimacy and charm that visitors can find in the quaint cafes, hidden coves, and narrow streets. There are only about 500 permanent residents in the town, but it is still one of the Italian Riviera’s most popular resort towns.

The town of Portofino really has not changed much since being declared a national monument in 1935 by the city government of nearby Genoa. Before any architectural changes can be made to any structure, there needs to be approval granted from the counsel.

How do you get to Portofino?

Between late spring through early fall you can grab a ferry quite regularly from Camogli, Rapallo, Ligure, and Santa Margherita. It is also possible to travel by boat from any of the Riviera towns to the south, most notably Genoa. The nearest train stations are Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure. Keep in mind that the town itself is car-free (even though you can park outside of the town).

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Why Eastern Europe Is Certainly Worth Your Time

Bratislava, SlovakiaWhen people talk about visiting Europe, they are often talking about the western parts of Europe. However, the truth is that you can find some amazingly beautiful sights in the eastern part of Europe as well. Anyone who has ever traveled to the ‘other’ side of Europe and has ventured off the beaten path will know just how stark the contrast is between the two. Even though Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, and London are beautiful, they are only half of what Europe has to offer.

On the eastern part of Europe, you can find some incredible people, architecture, castles, art, traditions, culture, and history. Trust us when we tell you that there is no denying that Eastern Europe has just as much to offer as its western counterpart.

The people are friendly and hospitable

Contrary to what Hollywood productions might tell you or the belief that may remain in the western part of Europe, Eastern Europeans are incredibly hospitable, warm, and friendly. People who have ventured into Eastern Europe before have proclaimed its inhabitants to be the most hospitable people in the world. You may be welcomed to understand their customs, try the traditional cuisine, and you will find that most of them genuinely want you to enjoy yourself in their country.

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The Top Things To Do In Stockholm Sweden

StockholmContrary to what people think, there is more to do in Sweden than to check out the beautiful blonde people. These are a few of our favorite sights in Stockholm that we believe that you should check out if you ever decide to

The ABBA Museum

Despite the fact that ABBA might not be the most famous Swedish export anymore, it has become one of Stockholm’s main attractions since having opened in May of 2013. The ABBA Museum is a dream come true for anyone who is in love with the music from this popular band, but it is a great way to spend a few hours for those with even a passing interest in music. If you want to see how one of the world’s most successful pop groups became as incredibly popular as it did, this provides you with great insight. Making everything all the more interesting is the fact that you have a strong interactive theme throughout the museum.

Visit the port of Stockholm

Traveling by boat is one of the best ways to explore Stockholm, and undoubtedly one of the most pleasant. If you are visiting Stockholm, make sure to head to the port and travel between the many different islands. It provides an entirely different point of view to explore the city, so if you have a moment, experience Stockholm from this side. You can do some people watching from the water or travel underneath the many different bridges.

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Some London Travel Tips And Travel Tricks

LondonLondon is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world – it is home to the famous red double-decker busses, the Queen, and Big Ben. Considering how much there is to see, it might be too overwhelming with a single trip. That is why we have these tips and tr4icks to make your stay in London more enjoyable.

Pick and choose – there is too much to see!

One of the mistakes that first-time travelers to London tend to make is that they try to do and see everything. Remember that there is so much to do, so much to see in London – Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, and that is just a quick selection.

Keep in mind that unless you plan to vacation in London for a month, it is impossible to see everything. Make sure that you do your research beforehand, find out what is current in the city at that time, make a list of the things that you absolutely HAVE to see, and go from there. Considering that London is a massive city, it is important to prioritize.

Go outside the tourist zone

Most people have a relatively narrow sighted idea of what London actually is. Once you venture into what most people would consider unknown territory, you are getting into the truly spectacular sights of London. Once you begin to explore the neighborhoods, you can see just how much London has changed over the course of its history.

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