London: Experience The City Of Dreams In Your Vacation

 

Who hasn’t heard, dreamt or at the least seen those beautiful scenes in movies flashing the beauty and aura of London. Spread over an area of 1572km2, this magnificent place has history, culture and is filled with all-time relished delicacies.

We took no time to realize why it is one of the most visited, the largest financial center of the world and often called the world’s cultural capital.

We stepped our foot here through the world’s largest city airport system. On researching we found out that London has five major airports for commercial use, three cruise and port ways for ferry and minimum ten railways terminus stations in the mainline to go around or about the UK.

Places to visit

  • London is one of the synonyms for royalty and residences were in summers from late July through September happens to be the best time to visit the residences like Buckingham, Kew Palace and Clarence house.
  • When talking about the busiest times of the year, it’s going to be around Christmas, but we can’t forget the hottest deals and sales in London that comes around the summer months. We can’t help but go raid Bicester Village when shopping, filled with all sorts of well-known brands at somewhat lower rates.
  • Few places which we cannot forget recommending are St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and  National Gallery among the dozens.
  • There are hundreds of different accommodations that are available for tourists for different budgets, but the common trap that many fall for is considering the best hotel as the one with the highest star rating.
  • It is a MUST to note that the star ratings anywhere around the UK are not given on the basis of how clean a hotel is kept, but on what services it gives to its customers.
  • The best budget stays are the Bed And Breakfast hotels usually designed in 4,5 or 6 storied with Victorian terrace where in you and your luggage have safe place for the night as e.g. Euston/Kings Cross/St Pancras with Travelodge, Ibis, Comfort Inn or Premier Inn.

Though being one of the most popular and worth to go places at least once in a lifetime, the average one day cost as a traveler are pretty high considering the stronghold of the British pound to that of the Dollar.

Istanbul: Beautiful Times Await At Istanbul

What comes to your mind when we talk about Turkey?

Well, personally, to me there are two things that come to my mind or maybe three I believe. The Turkish tea, kebabs/cuisine  and the anecdotes of one of my silly guy friends from Serbia-a country which is a part of the Balkan region which I relate to Ćevapi and Rakia Booze, chirping about a date with a Turkish beauty, complete with Turkish coffee most probably in his donut dreams.

Istanbul has many districts with overwhelming activities to do that might leave you running short of time according to your planned trip schedule.

Places to visit?

The old city, Sultanahmet is considerably the most popular tourist destination in Istanbul due to the various landmarks like Sophia, Topkapi Palace Basilica cistern along with the blue mosque and the best part about this is the proximity to each other which can be easily covered walking. Grand bazaar is the right place for the shopaholics since it has almost everything that is desirable by a buyer. When talking about the best view of this amazing city filled with culture and magnificent glory, we recommend to check out the secret viewpoint at Būyūk Valide Han which take allows you view the whole city at a very nominal small fee.

Obviously, one won’t desire to be stuck at a stay where the place is dull and lacks any happenings or chill nightlife, hence find a stay that is near Taksim square.

When to visit?

Istanbul is perfect to visit around the times of spring, fall and early summer as the temperatures are significantly bearable.

Transportation

The public transportation system gives a helping hand to shank’s mare at considerable rates wherein you can even get a transport pass for efficient travels without hassles.

Some cool things you should try when visiting the Ottoman city is trying out Baklava, Döner Kebab, Boreks, Iskender Kebap, Manti or the Turkish tea, visit the fortune teller who reads the future in your coffee cup.

You can get around this place mostly with buses or cabs and it won’t be a bad idea to hire an overnight bus for night pullovers which tends to save a bit.

Lastly, when talking about the safety issues that have always been a triggering question for the travelers, like always it is advised to be backed with an insurance and stay intact with embassies along with staying away from danger zones.

Madrid: Come Live The Colors Of Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is known to be the golden metropolis for its rich culinary, sheer energy and art culture. From its lively nightlife, beautiful architectures to world famous arts, Madrid has more than a few reasons to be in your travel bucket list. It’s one of the many culinary capitals of Europe.

Where to go?

The Gran Vía, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century, is a place for shopping, leisure and hotels, which means I experienced some good food, great shopping and some really nice art stuffs. The Paseo de La Castellana crosses the city from north to south, and has some of the most elegant hotels in the city, as well as corporate offices in modern and avant-garde buildings. Although Madrid is home to a truly outstanding architectural heritage, there is no question that its greatest artistic wealth is found in its art galleries mostly.

The Prado is home to works by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens, Goya, Velazquez, Murillo, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Watteau, Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, and many more, in addition to a magnificent collection of classical sculpture. I recommend the Prado Museum that offers private guided tours for groups, outside opening hours, to make your encounter with art an unforgettable experience.

The city has a very energetic and lively nightlife, so roaming around the streets with your folks, trying out the street foods and local jewelry or finery shops are another you need to do. Each of Madrid’s 21 districts has its own style, vibe and culture. From the hipster cafés of Malasaña to the centuries-old plazas of La Latina, there is a neighborhood for every taste and mood in Madrid.

Restaurants

 

  • Local cuisine

 

  • Taberna Mas Al Sur
  • Algarabia
  • Restaurant Vina P

 

  • Fine dining

 

  • Mr Lupin
  • Sinatra Ya
  • Cebo
  • San Miguel Market

Where to stay?

Here I would like to mention that some hotels have free Wi-Fi and breakfast system. Ask around and you may get lucky.

The main avenues of downtown Madrid are packed with luxury hotels while this neighborhood’s side streets hide a wealth of guest apartments and youth hostels. The Posada Del Dragon Hotel is a gorgeous space in one of Madrid’s old reformed buildings. It also has a tasty tapas bar.