Monday, June 25, 2012

Things to Do and See in Cordova, Spain

Planning to visit Cordova in the future? It was over six month now since we visited this lovely city of Andalusia in Spain. Called as Cordoba in Spanish, this city has a lot of things to offer to all its guests and visitors.

Sad to say, it has no airport to serve for passengers who wish to fly there.  If you are especially coming  from  England  and wish to visit Cordova, you can check the airports near it.  You can either fly to Seville, Malaga or Madrid.  Easyjet  for example  are offering cheap fares  from London Stansted to Malaga airport. Depending on your point of departure from the UK, you can also check British Airways flights to any destination in Spain.

Here are some of the things to do and see when in Cordova.

Visit the Mezquita

This is the most famous attraction in Cordoba and really a must-see. I was amazed by its architecture especially its interior parts. This was a mosque turned into a Catholic Cathedral. This building is full of history and beauty.You will marvel its arts and architecture once you visit it.

The interior of Mezquita.
Walk On The Roman Bridge

Called as Puente Romano in Spanish, this bridge crosses the Guadalquivir River. it was once the main crossing over the river. It was built in the early 1st century BC during the period of the Roman rule in Cordova. This is a very interesting work of engineering during those times.

The Roman Bridge in Cordova during our trip last Dec. 2011.
See the Calle de las Flores

Translated as "Street of the Flowers" in English, this narrow street with its beautiful tiny square is always full of flowers. From there, you can have a nice view of the tower of Mezquita.

The tower of Mezquita  from the Calle de las Flores.
A Quick Peep at the Synagogue

This is not really a big building. Let's say, it is small but beautiful. It is said to be one of the three remaining synagogue in Spain. It was built in 1315. You can find lovely Mudejar decorative plaster on the walls inside this small square room with high ceilings.

Witness some of its famous events like the Semana Santa, Carnaval, Cruces de Mayo and many events that are taking place every year.

Religious structures such as the historical churches of San Miguel, San Agustin, San Andres, San Lorenzo, San Pablo and many more are also worth to visit.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oldtimertreffen in Neumarkt, Bavaria

After taking our brunch this morning, me and hubby can't wait to go to the Oldtimertreffen in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz in Bavaria. This was already the third time that we witness this event. It started around 10:00 am. We arrived there almost noon time. You can see various oldtimer cars with different styles, colors, names and forms.

It was really very interesting seeing how technology evolved. I heard over the news that over 25,000 people went to the said event today. I am not quite sure how many oldtimer cars were there but I believed it is over a hundred. The sunny weather with cool breeze made it perfect today.

Here are some images of the oldtimer cars at the Oldtimertreffen in Neumarkt today.

Volkwagen Kaefer cabrio built in 1974 with 50 PS and 1,600 cylinder cm3 

Car Model: Autobianchi 
Type: Bianchina
Date Built: 1961
PS: 15
Engine/Cylinder capacity:  498 cm3

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lovely Weekend!

How's your weekend  peeps! I hope you all had a lovely one. I can say, not a boring one for me. In fact, it was a great one. I am happy with what I had from yesterday's crystal shopping in Neustadt an der Wald Naab. I also met some friends there. It was wonderful seeing them again especially my godchild. He is really very cute!

There were a lot of people  who went crystal shopping yesterday. I can't imagine the first store we went to. It was really full of people. I got nice stuffs with good deals and I am happy with it. Sad to say I cannot find crystal plastic bins. Ooppss! I wasn't really looking for that. What I need is an ordinary plastic bin since ours is already broken. I need to get one anytime this week when I go grocery shopping.

I guess that is all for now peeps. I am quite sleepy now. I wish you all a wonderful week!

Friday, June 15, 2012

View of Big Ben and the Parliament from London Eye Capsule

This is not really a good shot. What can you do with an ordinary point and shoot camera. My other canon camera did not work that time. The lens won't open anymore but now I already had it fixed and it work again. This photo doesn't really matter to me. The mos important thing is, I have some photo memories during my trip to London last 2008.

I was alone riding  London Eye that afternoon. It was raining hard and really very cold because it was autumn time in England. It was a sort of an adventure for me going alone sometimes in London. Experiencing London Eye was a great one feeling especially when you are on the very top and have a  breathtaking view of the whole city. It was simply amazing!

The Big Ben and the Parliament when I was inside the capsule of London Eye.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trip To The Baltic States- The Center of Europe

Our trip to the Baltic States is finally booked. After convincing hubby that we will go there for our vacation this year, he did not hesitated about it. And yes,  we had a unanimous decision.It will be a 6-day trip on September 2012. We will be visiting some of the cities and towns in the Baltic region.

One of the cities that we will be visiting is Klaipeda. It is the third largest city of Lithuania situated at the mouth of Dane River that flows into the Baltic Sea. Our tour guide will surely show us the sights in this city.

The Curonian Spit is also included in this holiday package. It is very interesting to know that it is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe. I would surely love to see this wonderful landscape soon. The Curonian Spit is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is shared by two countries, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia in the southern part.

Riga, the capital and largest city of Latvia is also included in our travel itinerary. It is known as the Paris in the Baltic. We will be seeing the its historical center which is also included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania is another highlight in this trip. It is dubbed as the "Jerusalem of the North". I would love to see some of its famous sights like the Gediminas Castle, Vilnius Cathedra, St. Ann's Church, Three Crosses Hill and more. I hope we can have more time to go around its Old Town.

Other places that we will be visiting are Kaunas, Siauliai (known in German as Berg der Kreuze) and  some sidetrips to Hamburg and Kiel in Germany.

If you plan to visit  the Baltic States, you can surely find cheap flights in any airports like in Riga and Vilnius. Try to read  flight reviews  online especially on  the different carriers that fly to the Baltic capitals.

I can't wait to visit these countries in a few months. I am quite excited especially  because this will be  my first time to go there. Travel images will be shared after our trip!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This Floating Chinese Restaurant in Amsterdam

We just saw this floating Chinese restaurant in Amsterdam when a had a canal cruise  in this city. It is actually called the Sea Palace. This pagoda-style restaurant is located near the center of Amsterdam near the Central Station.

We don't have the chance to go inside and taste their food. Our friend who lives in Holland brought us to another Asian restaurant and we did not regret going inside  because the food and the ambiance were  good. I can't exactly remember the name of that restaurant.

I read some  reviews online about Sea Palace. Others had bad experiences and some had  nice ones. I might try it in my next visit to this city.

The Sea Palace in Amsterdam during our canal cruise last August 2010.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sort of Adventure

I saw some sort of adventure images of some friends in  facebook. Some were jumping on the air from a plane or helicopter. How do you say that? Parachuting or freefall ? Or maybe bungee jumping? I am quite interested with the latter but I guess I need to buy my own bungee cord. How about swimming with sharks or whales? lol!

During my latest visit to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau the other week, I saw some people doing paragliding. This is some sort of adventure also. If I have the chance to do it, why not!

My life is also full of surprises and adventures especially when I travel alone and I always  love it! I hope to have more travels to come in the future before my knees get weak.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey

Travel photos and memories! These are all the things I always have after I travel. Last September 2011, we had the chance to visit Turkey for 10 days. We might not be able to see everything in this country but at least we visited some of its famous sights. One of it was Ephesus, Turkey.

It was a sunny hot afternoon as our tour guide toured us around this famous ruin if Ephesus. Thanks to our tour guide's information when he told us that Ephesus was once a Greek city. It became later a major Roman City.

Ephesus is located in Selcuk in the Izmir province of Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era.

One of the interesting ruins we saw there was the Library of Celsus. It was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus. It was completed in 135 AD by Celsus’ son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD).
The Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey during our vacation  last September 2011.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Shopping For Travel Gadgets

I guess somebody is travelling again. The past two weeks seemed to be very busy for me. I met new friends who are friends of my friends. Isn't it complicated? I hope not. They are currently having a vacation in Europe. This is also the reason why I keep on travelling the past two weeks because I am their travel escort. I am quite familiar with some cities in Europe and I am  showing some  to them. I am happy travelling with them because  I always have fun. Besides I love it too. Our next destination next week will be Budapest, Hungary. It will be my second visit to this city.

Anyway, back to the main topic. Travelling can sometimes be very expensive. As a frequent traveller, I always need gadgets that I use everytime I travel. The latest one that I bought was a Leather Messenger Bag and a camera bag. I found some cheap ones when I was browsing online last month. Upon seeing it, I immediately ordered it.

Most of the times, travelling can be very easy and comfortable if you are using the right travel gadgets. I always use Cross Body Bags everytime I travel. With these kind of bags, my hands are always free and I can use it in taking pictures. I also find it safer compared to ordinary handbags.

There are still a lot of travel gadgets I need. I still have some good walking shoes but when I will see cheaper ones, I still want to buy a pair or two. I am also looking for Messenger Bags For Women. I want a bigger one where my DSLR camera fits. I am just waiting until the one I saw online will be on sale. Other travel gadgets that I need is a spare battery for my cameras.

I am very thankful that with the use of computer and internet, we can already shop at the comfort of our home. No need to spend gasoline and drive on the traffic. This also means, no more hassles and stress while driving.

If you are searching for travel gadgets, there are lot of shopping sites to look for it. Have fun shopping!

Friday, June 1, 2012

I Love This Breathtaking View of Monaco

Over a year had passed since my visit to this beautiful place. It was another dream come true when I visited Monaco. I thought I can only see it in internet or in a travel book but I was really there. I might not able to experience everything in this city state but I believed I am lucky enough to be there.

The breathtaking view of Monaco during our trip last April 2011.

The principality of Monaco or the city-state Monaco lies in between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east.

This is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican) and is almost entirely urban.

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