Greece

The Magic and Mythology of Greece

Embark on a Grecian escape and you’ll discover much more than smashed plates and soft cheeses. From traditional Olympic vibes to ancient ruins and the eclectic influence of its settlers, holidaying in Greece could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Check out Ancient Olympia, watch the sun set over Acropolis and explore Meteora hanging monasteries. You can even break up the history lesson by lapping up the picturesque beaches or delving into the delicious Mediterranean dining. Not a bad deal at all. Here’s some inspiration for a cultural Grecian adventure.

Athens

Get a feel for traditional Greece with a stop off in Athens. Head to the suburb of Acropolis for a glimpse of the Parthenon, a lavish monument during its peak, which towers over the city from the top of the hill.

Having once been bedazzled with precious materials and embellishments, natural disasters and invasions have had their effects on the city’s monuments. From the bronzed Roman and chariot figures to one of the country’s grandest Doric temples, the rugged architecture still retains its importance and deserves a visit.

Delphi

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Move on to Delphi and take a couple of days to get an insight into this historical town as recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. According to ancient Greek mythology, the city of Delphi marks the spot where Zeus’ two eagles met, having been released from opposite ends of the world. Learn a thing or two in the National Archaeological Museum before taking your time to walk around the famous Temple of Apollo and the surrounding archaeological digs.

Highlights include the ruins which marked a victorious battle, dubbed the Votive Offering of Lacedaemon, an ancient Greek gymnasium and the Castalian Spring. Wander a little further to catch sight of the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea which features twenty marble columns that have thankfully survived the various rockslides that the area is prone to.

Ancient Olympia

A trip to Greece is also incomplete without stopping off in Ancient Olympia. Sadly, the majority of these historic monuments haven’t stood the test of time, yet the ruins of the Temple of Zeus stand tall.

Swing by and check out the judges’ original seats within this historical site. Or for something completely different, venture to Meteora to take in the landscape and tour a range of the monasteries which grace the mountains.

From monasteries to ancient ruins, mythology and historical digs, Greece holidays have much more to offer than first meets the eye.

After a few days spent exploring the beautiful architecture and historical characters behind this intriguing country, there’s still an abundance to explore. Take a coastal day hike, sprawl out on the beach or indulge in the fine wines and eateries within the cities or the mountainous villages. It’s what Zeus would have wanted.

Megan Smith is a freelance travel writer who is currently exploring all that Europe has to offer. She is working on a series of eBook novellas, inspired by her Med surroundings.

Europe

Museum Meandering in Europe

Europe has its fair share of museums, and when we say fair share, we mean tons. There are so many museums across the continent, it would take several lifetimes to see all of them.

Even then, the exhibits are constantly changing and new pieces are being moved and around and arriving, it’s a job with no finish line, that’s for sure. Here’s a great list of where you can mosey on to for a dose of history and incredible art work.

The best way to move around Europe comfortably is with your own car. It might even be the cheaper option depending how many people you have and where you’re going. So before you plan your holiday, get some great deals on car rentals and be sure to get breakdown cover for your vehicle before heading out.

 

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO

Located in Spain is this wonderful and massive collection of famous artwork from people like Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, and more. The structure itself is a work of art a well. Designed by the highly regarded architect,

Frank Gehry, this futuristic and modern building will have you wandering around outside for a while in awe, and you haven’t even seen the inside yet. There’s numerous traveling exhibits that move through here so see what’s going on now.

LOUVRE

Well, is this a surprise? Probably not. The Louvre in Paris is perhaps one of the most famous museums in the world.

It also holds one of the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is also one of the largest museums in the world.

The royal collection from  the Palace of Versaille, where King Louis XVI resided until 1682, is displayed here. After he moved out it was a storage house for these invaluable items.

Overtime more things such a collection of Greek and Roman sculptures joined the priceless pieces in this building. It finally became a museum 1792 and the collection has now grown to over 380,000 pieces.

BRITISH MUSEUM

If you think having a collection of over 70,000 pieces of artwork, artifacts, and various antiques is impressive, would you believe us if we said just one man actually collected all of them?

Well that’s what happened at this museum in England. Sir Hans Sloane gathered this impressive heap of previous items over his lifetime. King George eventually created this museum and attached two libraries to it to show off this incredible stockpile of history.

 

THE VATICAN MUSEUM

This Roman Catholic Church in Italy has a collection of Roman antiques and art dating back over 500 years. The museum here was officially opened in 1506 and has been dazzling its visitors  ever since with its fabulous displays.

Backpacking

Worry Gets you Nowhere

How many times have you heard that phrase?

If you’re a born worrier you will probably roll your eyes at yet another mention of ‘it gets you nowhere’, but if you’re a worrier, you’re a worrier, and there’s not a lot you can do to change that trait completely. Having said that however, there are a few mind-set changes you can make to tweak it slightly.

When you go away on holiday, you’re basically going a little out of your comfort zone for a while, usually whilst traveling from A to B, and this can be a recipe for worry and stress, causing levels to peak. If this sounds like a scenario that generally happens to you, don’t worry, there is help at hand!

Basically, you’re comfortable in your own surroundings, and whist you want to get out and see the world, the actual reality of it can be daunting. This doesn’t stop you going out and seeing what you want to see, but the side effects can be a little unpleasant, and often ends in stress. How many times have you read articles about how damaging stress can be for health?

Well, when it comes to holidays, you have to remember one thing – the destination!

You are heading somewhere exciting, like the Thai Islands, probably sunny, and certainly somewhere to be enjoyed, so the next time you feel that nagging feeling of worry seeping into your mind, put into practice these few suggestions.

Check your flight status before you leave the house. You might think you’re digging for information that you’d rather not know, but forewarned is forearmed, and if you’re aware of a possible delay, you can deal with it, rather than the news being thrown at you when you arrive at the airport. Having said that, you will more often than not check your flight details online, find there’s no delay or problem, and head off to the airport with a spring in your step!

Insure for peace of mind

Whether you’re a worrier or not, you should never travel without adequate insurance, no matter where you’re going, what your state of health, or your age. There are some great value travel insurance policies to be found online, and provided you declare all your pre-existing medical conditions then you’re good to go. If you’re worried about the rising cost with age, then chill out! There are some equally low cost policies for over 65s travel insurance, so you have no excuse to be missing this step out!

Keep all your paperwork in order

Invest in a nice shiny travel wallet, and organise all your travel documents in the order you will need them, checking all the details before you do so. Keep your passport with them, as well as any visa documents, and that way you know where all your important paperwork is.

Keep a notepad at the side of your bed

How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night and remembered something? Or been unable to nod off to sleep because you’ve just remembered something you don’t want to forget again? Keeping a notepad at the side of your bed means you can scribble that musing down and forget about it until morning, allowing you a good night’s sleep!

Don’t leave everything until the last minute

Feeling unorganised means you feel out of control, and if you feel out of control then stress has a massive chance to jump into proceedings. Don’t leave things until the last minute, make sure everything is done in good time, and you will have more chance to relax pre-holiday.

In the words of the immortal Bob Marley – don’t worry about a thing ….

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Photo of the week: Koh Tao

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Koh Tao is one of my favorite islands in Thailand. It is perfect for scuba diving, and snorkeling, or a great place if you are just looking to relax. The island isn’t hard to get to from almost anywhere in Thailand. Although the further North you go the longer it takes, unless you find a cheap flight.

Valencia,

A Foodies Guide to Valencia

Food has regional distinctions that distinguish them from one another. Each regional diet has its own specialty and Valencia has its own unique contribution. It bears the regional stamp of being a Mediterranean diet that has become, known not only to the locals, but world famous as well.

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This is due to the fact that the Mediterranean diet is rich in natural ingredients such as fresh meat fish, spices, vegetables and fruits. Likewise, They have produced a local drink known as tiger nut milk, and their wine production has given way to a selection that is known as Denominations of Origin.

These mark them as exclusive products of Valencia. These delectable wines are used as one of the ingredients in their soups, and the astounding taste adds to the uniqueness of the cuisine of Valencia. Here you have a Guide of Valencia and its gastronomy.

A Variety of Rice

Valencia produces a variety of rice products that has given way to the fantastic rice dishes. In Valencia, they believe that the taste of rice varies depending on the kind of cookware, it is cooked in a skill that they have mastered.

Cooking rice in the oven will produce arid rice and using earthenware will give a juicier version. Valencia cooks rice using a flat and shallow frying pan known as the paella pan.

This has, in turn, produced paella Valenciana, a very delicious rice dish that Valencia that established its reputation for exquisite cooking. Valencians have cooked other mouth watering rice dishes like “arroz a banda” that uses fish and” arroz con costra” that has egg crust that become international favorites.

Desert

Almond and citrus trees are abundantly grown in Valencia. Their citrus fruit is exported worldwide and bears the stamp of Denomination of Origin that marks it as a delicious and fine quality fruit. The almonds are used as the main ingredient in “Turrones”, a special dessert that has gained popularity internationally.

Aside from these quality products, Pumpkins and sweet potatoes are used in a variety of sweet desserts.

The Abundance of Seafood

 

Valencia is near the sea, so it is hardly surprising that an abundance of seafood especially fish is available to them.

The usual varieties of fish found along its coast are hake, conger, flounder, sea bass, anchovy, red herring, to name a few. The anchovy is usually fried or baked but sometimes are added to stews to give it a distinctive flavor.

Valencia abounds in vegetables raising their own quality tomatoes, onions and lettuces and used for their local cooking and salads, and often served with the wonderful seafood.

The most popular fish dish Valencia has made is called the “salazon” in which the fish is covered in salt and made into a type of sardine.

Heady wines

Of course, you can’t talk about food in Valencia without mentioning the wine. Valencia is a wine growing region that produces Denomination of Origin wines like the Cava, Alicante, Valencia, to name a few. They are made of the finest quality grapes and used locally as ingredients for delicious and fortifying soups. With some many food options in Valencia, it is no wonder why it is the world famous. In fact, writing this post makes me want to head back to Valencia right now!

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A Visit to Batu Caves, Malaysia


Batu Caves, just outside Kuala Lumpor in Malaysia is a stunning site. Before starting you journey up the 200 odd steps you walk past the gaigantic Lord Murugan. Which is the tallest Hindu statue in all Malaysia, and the second tallest Hindu statue in the world.

Climbing the steps to the cave, and the Hindu temple that lies inside is a wondrous journey. Along the way you pass rowdy monkeys, and another set of caves on the side. Which you can explore if you want to pay for a guided tour.

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These steps are carved in the the limestone cliffs, and are actually a delight to trek up. You feel like a pilgrim on a journey, and there are enough distraction on the way up that you don’t feel like it is work.

 Is visiting Batu Caves worth it?

If you are already traveling Malaysia then these caves are definitely worth you time. The fact that they are free also help. You can get to these caves by taking the train about 40 min outside KL.  I had a blast, and it is an easy day trip from the city. I would defintily recommened adding Batu Caves to you things to do in Malaysia list.

If you are traveling across Malaysia  and haven’t checked out Redung Island you are missing out! Read more about Redung Island here.

 

Ocean

Depths of Perception: Ocean Waves Photoblog Competition

In a world with of technically advancements it is astonishing how much of the ocean is still a mystery. With only about 5% of the ocean mapped there are new discoverys being made all the time, and new high quality photos being released that are impressive and capture our imaginations of just what other secrets the ocean holds.

That is why I am excited for this new competition from Cruise.co.uk where showing you highest quality picture of the ocean can win you some really useful travel prizes.

The Competition

Depths of Perception: Ocean Waves Photoblog Competition puts your creativity to the test. To be in with a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes and lots of exposure for your work.

How to enter?

All you have to do to enter in take a picture that has some aspect of the ocean. Publish this image on your blog or in a blog post with a fitting, and vivid description and email your entry to compeition@cruise.co.uk.

How easy is that!

The Prizes

1st – An Ipad Air 64 gb with 4G

2nd  –  2 Nights at Portmeirion Village!

3rd  – A Canon Selphy CP910 Printer!

The Judges

The competition will be judged by 3 well-renowned photographers.

Richard Bernabe – He’s travelled from the Amazon to the Arctic and everywhere in between, having worked with a range of world-leading clients.

Andrew Newey- Multi award-winning travel photographer, Andrew, has had his work exhibited and published by some of the world’s leading media outlets, including the Royal Geographical Society and New York Times

Josh Bulriss – New York native Josh has lived and travelled all over the world. With an eye for image, he’s carved paths far from the beaten track in his mission to reveal unseen beauty in lesser-known cultures.

With such great prizes, and a competition that is so  easy to enter why are you still reading this post! Head over the competition now to enter! Remember to email your entries to compeition@cruise.co.uk.

Trevi, Fountain

Trevi Fountain at Night

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is one of the best sights to see in Rome. At night the fountain is lite up in all its splendor. If you are traveling in Italy, and visiting Rome then spending an evening sipping wine and relaxing in front of this fountain is a the perfect way to spend a night in Italy.

PAris

5 Stunning Pictures of Paris

There is nothing like taking pictures of Paris during a cloudy, however the city is good to take pictures of all the time. Here are some wonderful pictures of the city that I thought you all might enjoy. (For more pictures check out my photos of Paris on a cloudy day post.)

The Eiffel Tower

No visit to Paris is complete with a visit to the stunning Eiffel tower. One of the best parts of visiting the Eiffel tower is the atmosphere around it. In the surrounding park are people lying out and chatting to one another while enjoying some French wine. The smell of crepes and chocolate float from the nearby food stands and into your nose sending you stomach into a frenzy of rumbling.

The Louvre

I’m in love with the outside of the Louvre. It is one of my favorite places to hang out in the city of lights. The old buildings the glass pyramids, and the surrounding statues never cease to impress me.

The Cathedrals

When you are traveling in Paris one of the first things you notice is the fact that the city doesn’t have a cathedral shortage. There are cathedrals everywhere and most of them are beautiful to see from the outside.

HDR picture of Paris

Valencia,

Two Types Of Travel Photography

Travel Photography

I have found that the camera is very versatile and works great for me and my travel photography and once you decide to move up and away from the compact point and shoot digital-this is a great camera for your travel photography.

It has 110 MP image sensor, quick auto focus, options to save your to save your photography in J-peg or Raw images or both. This allows you to choose what kind file you want according to what you are going to use the photo for. I usually only use the raw format when I really want to take my travel photography onto a large format, such as wall hangings it retains thre quality of my travel photography beautifully. It has different picture modes and shooting modes for both the beginner and the more advanced.

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Travel Photography

Next: We are able to shoot up to 0 fps (frames per second) which is ideal for all your fast action shots, whether it be racing, sports, nature on the move. This model has a new feature for its Vari-Angle Touch screen-it is touch screen sensitive and is able to allow you to take your travel photography and compose and review your wonderful work.

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Travel photography is much more than just taking photos. You must have the passion and the enthusiasm to capture beauty and there are the many ins and outs of this hobby that only an expert photographer can understand. Amateurs in this kind of field has a tough time depicting the right photos, dealing with neighborhood culture, setting up their digital camera equipments for optimal results.

Travel photography can really be a lot of fun. But not everyone has the skills of a good travel photographer. Not everyone can just point and shoot a camera. So how can you stand out from a group of camera wielding fanatics?

Now what more could you ask for from a small lightweight camera, this little camera would be the best for the adventure loving traveler. This is a waterproof (depth of up to 33 ft), Shock-Proof (from a drop of 5 ft.) and Freeze-Proof (as low as 14 degrees F) camera that could almost go anywhere you want to take your travel photography photos.

When you are just getting started with Travel Photography I believe a small, lightweight camera with automatic settings is best. It allows you first to learn to frame your pictures and then learn the finer points of settings with its manual modes. With the automatic setting you just point and shoot, with the manual setting you get the most creativity for your travel photography.

Travel photography, unlike other genres like fashion, product, or food photography, is still an underestimated and relatively less monetized genre, though the challenges faced by travel photographers are lot greater than some of the genres where the light and other shooting conditions may be controllable.

So basically it comes with a regular lens and a telephoto lens the plus here is for a great price you can get the telephoto lens that works great for your travel photography photos.

Articles about travel photography, involving the documentation of an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. A travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations. Travel photography can either be created by professionals or amateurs.

I have found that the camera is very versatile and works great for me and my travel photography and once you decide to move up and away from the compact point and shoot digital-this is a great camera for your travel photography.

It has 110 MP image sensor, quick auto focus, options to save your to save your photography in J-peg or Raw images or both. This allows you to choose what kind file you want according to what you are going to use the photo for. I usually only use the raw format when I really want to take my travel photography onto a large format, such as wall hangings it retains thre quality of my travel photography beautifully. It has different picture modes and shooting modes for both the beginner and the more advanced.

Initially published in 1937 as U.S. Camera and Travel, it later assumed the name Travel + Leisure in 197 The predecessor titles focused on travel photography, but the name change signaled a shift toward travel coverage in general. The editor-in-chief is Nancy Novogrod.

Next: We are able to shoot up to 0 fps (frames per second) which is ideal for all your fast action shots, whether it be racing, sports, nature on the move. This model has a new feature for its Vari-Angle Touch screen-it is touch screen sensitive and is able to allow you to take your travel photography and compose and review your wonderful work.

Travel photography is much more than just taking photos. You must have the passion and the enthusiasm to capture beauty and there are the many ins and outs of this hobby that only an expert photographer can understand. Amateurs in this kind of field has a tough time depicting the right photos, dealing with neighborhood culture, setting up their digital camera equipments for optimal results.

Travel photography can really be a lot of fun. But not everyone has the skills of a good travel photographer. Not everyone can just point and shoot a camera. So how can you stand out from a group of camera wielding fanatics?

Now what more could you ask for from a small lightweight camera, this little camera would be the best for the adventure loving traveler. This is a waterproof (depth of up to 33 ft), Shock-Proof (from a drop of 5 ft.) and Freeze-Proof (as low as 14 degrees F) camera that could almost go anywhere you want to take your travel photography photos.

When you are just getting started with Travel Photography I believe a small, lightweight camera with automatic settings is best. It allows you first to learn to frame your pictures and then learn the finer points of settings with its manual modes. With the automatic setting you just point and shoot, with the manual setting you get the most creativity for your travel photography.

Travel photography, unlike other genres like fashion, product, or food photography, is still an underestimated and relatively less monetized genre, though the challenges faced by travel photographers are lot greater than some of the genres where the light and other shooting conditions may be controllable.

So basically it comes with a regular lens and a telephoto lens the plus here is for a great price you can get the telephoto lens that works great for your travel photography photos.

Articles about travel photography, involving the documentation of an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history. A travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations. Travel photography can either be created by professionals or amateurs.