Warsaw, Poland surprised us. When we decided to take a long layover in the city, we anticipated spending time working. However, we quickly became enamored by Warsaw and pushed our work aside to make the most of our stay in the city. The resilient history – from royal to uprising to rebuilding – provided an engaging storyline for our visit. By the end of our trip, we were completely dazzled by the city and already devising a plan for a return trip. To help other travelers enjoy the city like we did, we created a 3-Day Warsaw Itinerary that includes the highlights of the city – as well as few hidden gems.
Berlin. Just the mention of the name conjures images of division and unity, war and peace, angst and optimism. While visiting the city, the horrific history is palpable, yet the mood is brightened by the vibrant and expressive side of Berlin. The sprawling center is teeming with sights: museums, memorials and parks. We understand how overwhelming planning a trip to Berlin can be – so we’re helping by sharing a condensed version of our Berlin Sightseeing Guide: A 3-Day Berlin Itinerary. It is ideal for first-timers to Berlin who want to see as much of the city as possible – even on limited time. The condensed version includes all the sights of our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary – and we’ve even provided a link to more information for each sight and a link to Google Maps for each day of sightseeing.
Dating back to the year 973, Skofja Loka, Slovenia was built on the confluence of two rivers – Poljanska Sora and Selska Sora. The city center consists of the upper town square, Plac, and the lower town square, Lontrg, both of which are situated under the hill-topping castle, The Castle of Skofja Loka. From the 14th century until the late 18th century, the town was protected by walls, portions of which are still standing. Though earthquakes, fire and war have marked the city, Skofja Loka remains one of the best preserved medieval towns in Slovenia. Located just 23 km northwest of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, we took a day trip to get a firsthand look at the sights in Skofja Loka.
When my mom and sister revealed their zealous plans for their 15-day London, Paris, Rome Itinerary, I was skeptical that they would be able to pull it off. Unlike me, who wants to travel to eternity, Dianne and Tracy approached their trip as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the cities. It would be Tracy’s (my sister) first trip to Europe and Dianne’s (my mom) second trip (although, it would be her first time to London and Rome). They packed their 15-Day London, Paris, Rome Itinerary to the brim…and then heaped on a bit more for good measure.
Nijmegen, Netherlands in pictures is a compilation of our 13 best photos of Netherlands’ oldest city. During our two-month stay in the nearby village of Beek-Ubbergen, we made several trips into the city – and were able to capture the beauty of Nijmegen, Netherlands in pictures.
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During our visit to Sarajevo, we often struggled to see past the remnants of the war that occurred 20 years ago. The four-year long Siege of Sarajevo, no doubt, took a toll on the city. However, Sarajevo has many sights that are not related to the dark times of war. From historic landmarks to breathtaking landscapes, the Sarajevo sights are absolutely captivating.
Sarajevo sights: Old Town (Bascarsija)
Sarajevo sights: Religious buildings
Sarajevo sights: Landscapes
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Our pre-Australia research was practically nil, which left our investigation of things to do and see for when we arrived. I did retain, however, one scrap of information from an email my aunt had sent me about visiting the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. The details were fuzzy, but I had a mental image in my head of the string of brightly painted beach boxes and put seeing them on our list of Things To Do while in Melbourne. A quick internet search provided the specifics we needed and we planned to make a short day trip out of it while we were staying in Seaford.
London is massive on just about every definable scale: size, history, culture. We broke up our sightseeing by neighborhood, starting in the most iconic area: The City of Westminster. With Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Parliament, we had a full day of Westminster sights to see.
Westminster Sights: The Wellington Arch
Completed in 1830 to celebrate the British victories during the Napoleonic Wars, it has been moved and statues have been switched out, but it still stands as a triumphant arch.
Westminster Sights: Buckingham Palace
Built in 1705, the Royal Family has resided in Buckingham Palace since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved there from James’s Palace. The grand size – 355 feet by 393 feet with 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms – is more impressive than the architectural design.
We could have easily spent our three days in Dublin seeing nothing more than the inside of pubs, but there’s a lot more to the city than just downing pints of Guinness goodness. Many of the historic sights are condensed within the city center, which makes for an easy Dublin, Ireland self-guided walking tour – and helped keep us out of the bars, if only for a few hours. (Map below.)
Dublin, Ireland Self-Guided Walking Tour to 11 Sights
A: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
It was on this site that in 450 AD St. Patrick baptized the first Irish converts. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was completed in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. The spire reaches 140 feet.
After exploring Budapest’s iconic sights and Castle Hill sights, we ventured further south along the Danube River to Gellert Hill, the tallest hill in central Budapest at 771 feet. The hill is named for Bishop Gellert, a monk who was brought to Hungary in the year 1000 by King Istvan to aid in converting people to Christianity. According to legend, a group of those opposing that plan captured Gellert, sealed him in a barrel and rolled him down the hill to his death.
Rather than a plethora of sights to see, there are only a few tourist attractions on Gellert Hill: Cave Church, Liberty Statue, the Citadel and panoramic views. The sights are connected by hiking paths shrouded in trees, which offer a touch of nature in the heart of the city. The Gellert Thermal Baths are at the base of the hill and many statues are found along the paths. The hill is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Banks of the Danube River.