Vienna is a romantic city that above all boasts a lot of MUSIC! Famous for Mozart and Beethoven, this city offers some of the best classical music in the world. We attended a fabulous concert at the Musikverein. Vienna was also the center of the Habsburg Dynasty. The palaces of Schönbrunn, Belvedere and Hofburg are therefore must-see attractions. The magnificent St Stephens Church in the historic center was one of the largest Gothic churches I have ever seen. Also, an interesting museum that we visited was Haus der Musik, which gave an innovative explanation about the science behind sound. Oh, and don’t forget to try schnitzel!
Spent four days in Budapest and thoroughly enjoyed it! Budapest offers history, great food and friendly people. For European standards, it is a inexpensive place to visit, especially for the food and museums. One restaurants tip that I can give is the Regős Restaurant near the famous Andrassy Street. The food and wine there is really worth the money! I would suggest to try the sweet Tokaji wine during your desert. The main stand-out attraction that we did were Gellert and Szechenyi baths, Gellert Hill, Andrassy Street, Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Metro Line 1, Margaret Island, Parlement Building, Great Market Hall and the many beautiful bridges that cross the Donau River. Would love to go back again!
One of the most remarkable man made infrastructure I have ever seen. The Panama Canal at 80 kilometers long uses a system of three locks where these massive ships get elevated from sea level to an impressive 26 meters! The canal cuts through the isthmus of Panama through some low mountains at the Culebra Cut and an reservoir called Gatun Lake. The whole trip takes only 8 to 10 hours which saves a lot of time compared to travelling around the continent of South America! Surrounding the canal are primary tropical rainforests that act as sponges for the canal in times of high rainfall…it shows that building with nature is the way to go! Panama City is a modern, largely Americanised metroplolis, with lively residents 😊
Stockholm is such a nice place to be with many historical buildings, picturesque cafe’s and interesting museums. Stockholm is situated on 17 islands surrounded by greenery. The city is rather expensive compared to other European capitals, but the experience you get from paying the entrance tickets to attractions is definitely worth it. If you don’t understand Swedish, there is always English provided at information displays (unlike in France!).
We spent 3 days in Stockholm and went to the following places: 1) Skansen, a pleasant park / zoo on the island of Djurgården, 2) Vaxholm, a beautiful island in the vast Stockholm archipelago, 3) Drottningholm, the official residence of the Royal Family, 4) Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm dating back to 13th century 4) and Södermalm, the hippie district of Stockholm. I can highly recommend all the place! I have attached a photo with each number below 🙂
The Similan Islands are nine beautiful tropical islands dotted in the Andaman Sea, not too far from mainland Thailand in Khao Lak. Established as a national park in 1982, they offer some of Thailand’s best snorkeling and diving. Above water, there is also substantial wildlife, like nicobar pigeons, mangrove monitor lizard and flying fox! Islands number 1-3 are closed too all tourist activity as they are protected for turtle conservation. Island number 3 is even owned by the Thai princess. Islands number 4 and 8 are the only two islands where you can stay overnight. This can be done in simple bungalows or in tents that are already set up for you when you arrive. Similan can only be visited from November – April, since it is closed during the monsoon season. Fishing is illegal in the Similan National Park. Sadly during the monsoon season in particular, fisherman enter the park and damage coral reefs and local fish stocks. Let’s hope this situation will improve in the future. Otherwise it is an amazing place. The huge rock formations are simply stunning below and above water. I can highly recommend these islands! Try to take smaller tour operators as the larger ones are very commercial and bring with them 30+ tourists (half of them usually can’t swim :P) on one boat.