The Nottingham Carnival Experience

About the Festival.

The “Nottinghill Carnival” is a yearly event situated in London, United Kingdom at the heart of Kensington Borough. It is usually a two day event during the end of summer on the August bank holiday.

The festival which is considered the largest street party in Europe started on the year 1966 and is hosted by British Caribbean Communities. Featuring parades, food stalls from around the world and live music from Reggae, RNB, hip-hop, house to Latin and other modern genres. The two day event is known to differ with the first being a more family and children family event whilst the second day being a louder larger party.

My Experience with the Festival.

Through the years I have heard both positive and negative perspective of the carnival. You would have heard that the festival is a party full of drugs, violence and petty crime. However I have been to various festivals in my life and these are aspects you get in any events. I believe the good far outweighs the bad, the vibrant colours, the music, the food, culture and togetherness is what I see and the media can sometimes be unfair on its reports.

I have been there before as a young teenager and remember just going to where the party was, this time round (2019) I came with a more touristic approach, trying to experience the festival in all different angles.

Although the festival is focused on the Caribbean culture it seems to be open to various other cultures aswell. Firstly there are also street parties dedicated to Hispanic and African culture and furthermore there has been more and more foods from all over the world including European and Asian. . The food are cooked on the spot and the aromas are brilliant. Food here proves to be more expensive than most markets stall prices but still (in my opinion) affordable

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If you like to dance I believe the best way is to find a street party with your taste in music or better yet follow one of the trucks in the parade. The main parade starts in the morning about 9am on both days and there is a judging panel in the evening. For many visitors and spectators it is one of the main reasons to go to the carnival.  The Parade includes many dancers dressed in very colourful and traditional attire, there are some floats aswell although not too many. The parade stretches a very long road so crowds are spread out however like any events the earlier you go the better chances of getting front views.

Photo from Heather R (https://www.flickr.com/photos/95382465@N00)

Overall I would say Nottinghill Carnival is an event to come and see. It is fun and a very social event with many chance to meet new people.  This event in my opinion is not one to go and see solo and I do believe it is better enjoyed with the company you are with. I believe you make Nottinghill Carnival whatever you want it to be. If you approach the event with the purpose of trying new food you most definitely will, if you want a party you will find one of the biggest and if you want to acknowledge the culture you will definitely enjoy it here. It can get very crowded at some points but spacious in other places so if your the type that doesn’t like crowds don’t be put off.  Lastly everyone talks about its safety, in my view it is safe if you stay away from trouble, keep a little precautions of your  belonging and looks after your friends. Most importantly its a event to enjoy, a widely welcoming party with so much to see and do and I truly believe everyone should come here and make their own opinion of it as the media has definitely turned a few heads in both directions. Thumbs up from me.

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Photos:

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Nottinghill Carnival 2005  (by www.flickr.com/photos/21112151@N00
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Amsterdam

“Immerse yourself in a city which follows its own rules.”

Type : City break, Weekend break
Best Date : May-Aug
Expense : Fair
Things to do : Museums, Cycle, Nightlife
Points of Interest: Anne Frank House, Van Gough Museum, Rijksmuseum, Dam square, Vondelpark, Jordaan, Royal Palace, Oude Church, Bloemenmarkt,  ect
The Good: Countless attractions and point of interest, City is Walkable
The Bad: Very busy, smell of smoke nearly in many places.

Brief

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands situated in the province North Holland. Although everyone has always seen Amsterdam as the capital city, it was only officialised in 1983. Its name was formed due to its past of being a fishing village behind a dam protecting them from the river Amstel. Today it is unofficially dubbed as “Venice of the North” because of its numerous beautiful canals of which are also registered a UNESCO world heritage site.

I have always been eager to visit this city as there have been many different perceptions and angles to this city. So I wanted to experience the city for myself and give my own view of what its like to visit this city.

Amsterdam

The Place

Amsterdam is a small city but with a haven full of attractions and points of interest. Although in my opinion a busy 3 day – 2 night stay is enough to roam the capital a longer stay wouldn’t result into boredom as with some places I have visited. I believe the city is best experienced walking as the inner city itself and its attractions are (if able) walkable, that said the trams are another method to observe the city whilst travelling and conserving energy. There are so many places to visit in the capital and I didn’t have the chance to see everything, so here are the places I visited and my perception of the city.

Amsterdam

Firstly I believe the main places to go whilst in the capital are its art museums. Most notable of them are the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum which are both situated in Museumplein or Museum square. The  Van Gogh museum is an exhibition dedicated to the famous Dutch painter’s work, most famous are the Sunflower 1889, the potato eaters 1885, his self portraits and so much more. Whilst the Rijksmuseum is dedicated to both Dutch art and history. Pieces of art include that from artists such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and many more. Most of the museums in Amsterdam require tickets which can be bought on the day or online.

Amsterdam

Another Highlight and Iconic place to visit is the Anne Frank house, which is the home of the German born Dutch Jewish diarist famous of her documentation of  her experience of the German occupation of the Netherlands from 1942 to 1942. The house which has been protected and converted to a museum. The museum itself exhibits the diary and drawing and pictures, is small with tight corridors and steep steps, a true experience of what it was like in their time. However note, you can only visit here with a pre booked ticket with a time slot and there is no way to buy a ticket on the day. I did see many disappointed tourists hoping to enter the house trying to buy a ticket on the day, so don’t get caught out.

Amsterdam Anne Frank

Now it is no secret that one of the largest magnetism for the capital is its Red Light District and the Coffee Shops which are world famous for getting legal highs. Although this area should be for adults, there is no barriers or signs and I have seen families with children roam around these areas. I visited this area both at day time and night (just a walk around) and I can say although the area operates 24hours it is much more busier and rowdier at night. For those who just want to walk around and learn about the place then there are walking tours which will be highly informative about its history. Museums have been erected to support these cultures, including the Red-light Secrets museum, Sex Museum, Weed and Kemp Museum, and others.

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Red Light District (not4rthur)

Quite surreal,  right in the middle of the Red light district is the Oude Church which is a monumental place as it is the oldest building and monastery in the city. However today it is a place for contemporary art. The huge talk of this church is its location residing next to windows with sex workers, Coffee shops and a school.

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Dam Square is another popular area tourist go. This is the location for the Royal Palace, the National Monument, Madame Tussauds and an arcade of shops. The town square which is also popular for the city’s events is usually the meeting place for many free walking tours so keep an eye out if you are looking to join. In my opinion this place is a good place to chill, unwind and rest or if you are travelling in a huge group a good meeting point.

Vondel Park is Amsterdam’s largest park popular with residents and tourists, many jog, cycle, dog-walk or on a sunny day lay and chill. Attractions within the park include the statue of Dutch poet Joost Van Den Vondel, music dome, Groot Melkhuis and many others.

Vondel Park (Dguendel)

Another place I happen to pass-by which I believe is an outstanding place to visit is the Bloemenmarkt which is the worlds first and one of few floating flower markets in the world. Trading from Monday to Saturday this colourful flower market sells different flowers and souvenirs. A popular place for tourists and locals.

After all the above the highlight and main beauty of the city for me is the canals, dubbed the Venice of the north Amsterdam has some of the worlds most charming canals where plenty relaxing  bars, restaurants and a myriad of boat tour operate. I advise to take one of these boat tours which will take you through the scenic areas, you can either take a basic, private or party tour, there are so many different operators to choose from.

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There are many other attractions within the city that I haven’t mentioned including Jordaan, Heineken Experience, Body World, Rembrandt house, Nemo Science Museum, A’DAM Lookout being just a few of them. I didn’t visit these as I didn’t have the time to do so, however these are highly rated and recommended areas to visit whilst in the city.

Conclusion

Overall I think Amsterdam is a powerful, attractive city which is misinterpreted as being a place for adults and parties only. Ok, its nightlife, red light district and marijuana coffee shops are huge attraction for interested tourists however the city shouldn’t only be defined for these. The canals really did take the main stage for me and defined the city more than any other aspects of the city. It has a huge number of museums and attractions and I can honestly say a short weekend trip is not enough to fully experience what the city has to offer.

A huge thumbs up for Amsterdam, and I fully recommend that this is a place to visit. I suggest a busy 2-3 days or a calmer  3-4 day stay will be needed.

Thanks for reading…

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Reference:

49 interesting and fun facts about Amsterdam, The Netherlands
https://www.amsterdam.info/oude-kerk/ Photos that aren't mine: Red light district from not4rthur Vondel park from Dguendel

Rotterdam

“The most innovative city full of artistic architecture. ”

Type : City weekend break
Best Date : June-Aug
Expense : Fair
Things to do : Bike ,Chilled nightlife, Sightseeing
Points of Interest: Euromast, Cube house, Erasmusburg, Mini World, Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, Maritime museum, Markthal, Stadhuis, ect
The Good: Modern, Architecturally amazing
The Bad: Maybe too quiet for some

Brief

Rotterdam is a port city situated in the province of South Holland, it is just a 40 minute train ride from the Dutch capital Amsterdam. Its name dates back around 1260 where a dam was built on the river Rotte. It is the largest port city in Europe and until 2004 it was the largest in the world overtaken by cities like Singapore and Shanghai.

Today it is a city rapidly growing in stature financially, gathering interest in tourism, due to its constant innovation and architectural culture. There is a lot of articles from reputable news outlets and guides which praises the city as an up and coming destination, even comparing it with its neighbour Amsterdam.

So what did I think of the city?

The Place

My Rotterdam trip was a 1 night 2 day excursion from Amsterdam. A trip I wanted to take due to its increasing popularity a chance for me to take a look at the city before Rotterdam cements itself as a powerhouse for tourism and huge crowds appear. In particular I was attracted to this city for its architectural promise and its laid back nightlife.

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Firstly I want to point out the Central Station which was my entry point into the city and I believe an attraction itself. Opened in the year 2014 the station was upgraded from the old station in order to accommodate the increasing number of passengers and also to cope with new high speed trains which travel from the capital to cities such as Brussels and Paris. In my opinion the Central Station is a sight to see because of its clever perspective designed roof. The station is also very spacious with a futuristic styled projection for advertisements. There is not too many shops inside the station but it is a magnificent station, and an area to see whilst in Rotterdam.

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One of the main attraction to see in the city is Markthal which just like its name is a market hall but combined with luxury apartments in a remarkable innovative architectural design. Its various food stalls, food shops and restaurants have some of the freshest most quality food in the city.

Rotterdam

Near the Markthal  is the cube houses and for me it was very impressive in terms of design and the engineering behind it, however although I understand it is a functioning house and not a monument its location within a normal neighbourhood has taken down its impact for a touristic experience. In my opinion seeing the cube house was just like seeing brilliantly designed houses and nothing more.

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Rotterdam is also known for its chilled out nightlife and Witte de Withestraat is in my opinion the best street for it. Here you can find some of the best bars and restaurants in the city and there are also attractions like museums and also an escape rooms.

For those who want to see a birds eye view of the city the Euromast is the place to visit. At 185m tall the tower which is a purpose built observation tower hosts tours, restaurants, hotels and for the thrill seekers it is also possible to abseil or do ziplining.

Finally I think the highlight of Rotterdam for me is Erasmusburg or Erasmus Bridge. The bridge designed by Ben van Berkel and named after the Dutch Philosopher Desiderius Erasmus also known as Erasmus of the north or simply Erasmus connects the north side of the city to the south. It is both a bascule and cable type bridge and accommodates pedestrians, trams and normal vehicles.  I went to this bridge both at daytime and also night and the scenery for both times was just spectacular. I fully recommend visitor to see this bridge.

There are many other places that you can visit which I opted to miss due to it being for a group or for children, I honestly wasn’t interested or that I didn’t have time.  These are the very popular Rotterdam Zoo, Mini World, Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, Maritime museum and many others.

Conclusion

All in all, there was so much to see and do in Rotterdam, some of which I purposely missed out, but I was satisfied into what I saw and did within my two day timeframe. My first impressions of the city is that it was very artistic and innovative in architecture. As I entered the city I felt the mixture of a business or a college/ university type area due to the amount of young people and business suited people around. It was also much quieter than Amsterdam but this in my opinion was a positive.

Rotterdam get a thumbs up for me and I highly advise to venture to the city when in Amsterdam or enroute to Brussels. The buildings are truly amazing and it is a miles away from the hectic crowds of Amsterdam so its a nice place to take it easy and unwind. I believe Rotterdam is still growing and will attract mass tourism in the short future so I believe for those who like the more quieter trip, visit now until its too late.

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Reference:

The world’s 10 biggest ports
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasmusbrug Photos: (Witte de withestraat) https://www.flickr.com/photos/philipmallis/35091212314 (Euromast) https://www.flickr.com/photos/hannolans/20109134810/

Top 10 Places to Visit in London

London for the past few years has been consistently top of the most visited cities around the world according to Mastercard’s Global Cities Index. London has many iconic areas, buildings and monuments which are famous around the world. Living here I don’t see things in a tourist’s point of view but here are my personal top 10 places to visit within the city.

10th) Kew Gardens

London’s Botanical Garden makes it to my top 10. This Garden houses a collection of over 50,000 living plants and is known to be one of the worlds leading Botanical Garden. An interesting note is that Kew Garden is actually a UNESCO world heritage site.

9th) Oxford Street

London’s and Europe’s most popular and busiest shopping street with over half a million visitors every day. A must for tourists who look to shop for the latest fashion trends. One of the oldest, largest and most famous toy store Hamley’s is located on Regents street another shopping road which connects with Oxford street. Other iconic stores which resides around or within Oxford street are include Selfridges, Liberty, Nike town and many more.

8th) Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar square is a public square in central London, commemorating the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar. Iconic for its centrepieces such as the Nelson column which honours the British admiral and the beautiful fountain right next to it. Nearby attractions are the National Gallery, Charing Cross Station, the Mall and many more. One of the best places in London to rest and have a snack.

7th) Shoreditch Graffiti

Shoreditch Grafitti

A new trend for London’s east, Shoreditch is home to a thriving and ever popular street art scene. Something new for London away from its traditional attractions, popular for the younger and more artistic travellers.

6th) Piccadilly Circus

Just like Trafalgar square, Piccadilly Circus is also a public space. However instead of it being surrounded by Museums, Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by shops and restaurants. This intersection connects the busy shopping district to the parliament square and Green Park. Nearby places are London’s china town, Leicester square and many others.

5th) The Shard

Europe’s tallest building makes it in my top 5. One of the newest skyscraper in the city the glassed building includes hotels, restaurants and an observation deck at the top. Considered to have the best views of London, so visiting here would could be very valuable.

4th) Tower of London + Tower Bridge

The Tower of London is the most popular historic castle within the city. The castle has lots of exhibits including the castle itself, the yeoman wanderers, various ghost stories, tortures and execution but most importantly the crown jewels.

Right next to the castle is another of London’s iconic structure the Tower Bridge. Sometimes confused as London Bridge due to its popularity. Visitors may go up the towers for panoramic views of the city and have a walk on the glass walkways.

3rd) British Museum

Quiet to my own surprise the British museum has constantly been high on respectable travel guides such as Lonely Planet and Timeout. Unofficially dubbed as the treasure chest of the world’s cultures, the museum keeps the most comprehensive collection of historic artefacts from around the world. Although many of the exhibits are not of British culture this place is a must visit whilst in the city.

2nd) Buckingham Palace + Green Park

Photo by DAVID ILIFF

One of the most popular and important building (in my opinion) in the capital. Buckingham is the residence and administrative headquarters of the royal family. Popular for tourists due to special royal events, the changing of the guards, summer floral displays and many more. Surrounding the palace is Green park which is also very popular for a walk.

1st) Parliament Square + London Eye

The centre of British politics and the area I believe is the cover attraction of the city. The Parliament square includes many popular monuments, statues and structures including the Big Ben, Red phone boxes, Winston Churchill Statue, the Parliament itself, Westminster abbey and many more. The London eye which stands just across the bridge is also one of London’s top icons and below this are attractions such as the sea life aquarium, London dungeons and more. I cant think of any other locations which would beat these in London.

 

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Metro Manila

As the Philippines is getting more and more popular as a holiday destination, I look at the top 10 places I believe that cant be missed whilst in the country’s entry point Metro Manila.

10th) Manila Ocean Park

Firstly we start off with a family amusement. This Oceanarium has plenty to see and do, with over 300 marine species indigenous to South East Asia. There are also land creatures with a barnyard, bird and insect section. Most anticipated are the seal show which is applaudable and last but not the least is the symphony of evening show which is a magical light, water and fire show which come together to gives a great end to the day. Honestly it is not the best Oceanarium that would blow your mind, but it is a worthy visit whilst in the capital.

Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park ( photo from https://www.shoreexcursions.asia/manila-ocean-park/)
9th) Quiapo Church and China Town

Quiapo church and the surrounding area is no doubt very important to the Filipino people, its religious and cultural significance is the reason it is on my top 10 list, however this area is also known to be very dangerous to locals themselves, so any tourists would need to be cautious. Nonetheless this Church is very important with many miracles said to have happened, one of which is the story of the black Nazarene statue which arrived from Mexico in 1606 surviving a huge fire.

The nearby Binondo China town is also significant for being the worlds oldest china town in the world. A place that should be high on this list but because its not accessible and a little dangerous, im happy this being 9th.

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8th) Poblacion, Makati

One for those who enjoy a bit of nightlife, Poblacion has a mixture of affordable and high-end bars and clubs. It is popular for locals and foreign tourists. A place that must be visited to appreciate Filipino night life.

7th) Bonifacio Global City

The first of four shopping site on my list. Bonifacio Global City is an outdoor high street retail arcade which has both affordable and high end shops and restaurants. Boasting a beautiful parklike greenspace in the middle with fountain and artistic features this shopping district is very popular.

Bonifacio High Street (goodfreephotos.com)
6th) Resorts World

The brand ‘Resorts World’ is well known around the world. For Manila, Resorts World is a complete high end entertainment complex including a casino, theatre, cinema, shopping complex, restaurants and accommodations. Resorts world is high on my list as it is popular amongst tourist and it is nearest to the airport.

5th) Greenbelt Ayala Centre

The most extravagant and  luxurious of all the malls in Metro Manila. the Greenbelt shopping mall consist of high end shops such as Prada, Gucci, Armani and others alike. This mall makes the 5th best place to visit in Metro Manila as in my opinion it takes you out of the hustle and bustle of the city, a nice place which may make you feel at home. The nice green space in the middle, vegetable plantation, cat play area and the outdoor church makes a brilliant hotspot for tourism

4th) SM Mall of Asia

…and another mall but its the last one I promise. SM Mall of Asia was arguably once the largest in Asia when it was built in the year 2006, it has since been replaced as 4th largest in the country and down to 14th in the continent.  4th on my list as unlike ‘Resorts World’ this is a complete leisure complex for all ages that is affordable to the average person. Complete with concert halls, Imax, bowling, arcades, funfair, shops, restaurants and an Olympic sized skating ring. Furthermore the man made bay area is a good place to chill and take it easy.

Mall Of Asia
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3rd) Intramuros

A fortified walled complex from the Spanish colonial era makes it as my 3rd place that I believe people should visit. Formerly the Spaniards centre for governance, this had huge significance through all colony from Spanish, Japanese and American rule. Intramuros has lots of Spanish architecture within its walls which I believe is  a must for visitors.

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Intramuros (photo by Armanbambuco)
2nd) Quezon Circle

My 2nd placer is questionable and I believe a lot of people who is from the Philippines or Metro Manila itself would find my choice quiet surprising and interesting. Quezon Circle is a park situated in between a large 8 lane roundabout, it is a park where many locals visit to chill, date, unwind, stay active and just have a good time. Central to this park it the Quezon Shrine which is a beautiful 3 pillar structure which houses the remains of the popular late president Manuel Quezon. On top of the monument is an observation deck and below is a museum about the late president and also about the country in general. The park has a cute theme park with traditional fair games and rides. I believe Quezon circle doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, maybe the sheer distance from the main Manila region or the lack of advertisements. I have always found this place amazing and when I brought my visiting friends over to see this, I was surprised by their very positive reaction, so this park makes it as my top 2 place to visit whilst around Metro Manila.

Quezon Shrine (Photo from https://www.justrunlah.com/running_route/quezon-memorial-circle/)
1st) Rizal Park

Probably the cover attraction of the capital and what I believe is the must see place whilst in Metro Manila is Rizal Park. Adjacent to the walled city of Intramuros this place is a favourite leisure spot for Filipinos. This park also has history as it was the location of the execution of Filipino patriot Jose Rizal which started the Philippine revolution against Spain. The monument which holds his remains is the focal point of this park and because of this the area remains a significant place for the country and for what I believe is a place visitors should visit whilst in the country. 

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Rizal Monument (photo by Maynard Rabanal)

So there’s my personal top 10 places to visit whilst in Metro Manila, do you think?

Thanks for reading!!!

 

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Reference:

https://www.myproperty.ph/journal/2019/02/13/the-top-10-largest-malls-in-the-philippines-infographic/

Marseille Transport

Getting there

Marseille is a very popular destination in the south of France, and it attracts scores of people throughout the year. There are plenty modes of transport that can be taken to go to Marseille from around the world.

Firstly by train, Marseille has many domestic and international rail journeys to St Charles train station. SNCF is the main company which connects Marseille, however SNCF-Renfre partnership also has journeys coming from Spain.

There are also many airline carriers that operate in Marseille Provence Airport. Only British Airways is the only notable direct flight from LHR and only 1 of 3 from London. Other airlines flying from London to Marseille are ‘Easy jet’ which flies from Gatwick and ‘Ryan air’ which flies from Stanstead. Other airlines including ‘Air France’ have a stop over so it will not be too convenient as the 3 direct flights.

In Marseille

Getting to Marseille from the airport is a bit more difficult than other cities. There is no subway system and the nearest train station is a 15minute walk. The best way to travel is by the  airport-city coach which takes you straight from the airport and into St Charles train station which is central to the city.

Once in Marseille there are various modes of transport you can take buses, metro subway, tram and even by boat.

The metro (subway) in Marseille consists of only 2 lines identified a simple metro ‘1’and ‘2’. Metro 2 journeys north to south, whilst  Metro 1 is a U shaped starting from ‘La Rose’ which goes inwards to ‘Vieux Port’ the outwards to ‘La Fourragere. Both lines interlinks at St Charles which is the main train station of Marseille and Castellene.

I was very impressed with the tram system in Marseille, it was new, modern, very easy to use and spacious. You can see that Marseille has put a lot of thought to their trams and the carriages were designed with a futuristic modern appearance, inside the tram was air-conditioned and had lots of space, very comfortable. There is 3 lines to the Marseille tram system, T1,T2 and T3.

There were many different bus journeys available in Marseille, however their intervals can be far apart, which means longer waits and fuller buses. I took 3 buses on my time in Marseille and they were all alike. The buses were very comfortable, air-conditioned and had fast journeys, I didn’t have any problem with them apart from the long waits and packed buses.

As Marseille is mainly a port city, it was just right that boat transport would be available. Between many of the different boat ports such as ‘Port Rouge’ were I scuba dived, and ‘Vieux Port’ there are now boat journeys. I didn’t try them so I cant really write about it.

Transport in Marseille is very easy and straight forward, so even the most amateur of travellers shouldn’t get lost.

Its Nearly 3 Years of Blogging

On February 2020 I celebrate 3 years of blogging, 3 years of videos, 3 years of photos and 3 years of sunandthreestars. Something which I didn’t think would be a reality as I had no clue on how the online world worked. However just self teaching myself I have managed to build the site and blog page which has had attention more than I ever though I would have. So for the runup to my 3 year milestone  I will be improving the site making it more reader friendly and more features ready for the anniversary and the next milestones ahead.

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Next Trip Myanmar

10 interesting facts about Bagan
Photo from Royaltravelcity.com

 

So its been a short while since my short trip to Cambodia’s Siem Reap, Malaysia’s Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur and the quick touch of Thailand in Koh Lipe.

So where next?

Well I have a quick weekend trip to Amsterdam this September. However I have also decided to pursue a trip to Myanmar also known as Burma this October. Reason being is that I have been persuaded by a friend who is from the country and the fact that Bagan has just been made a UNESCO world heritage site. I am a little sad I wont be able to visit Mandalay and the country’s new capital Naypyitaw  but I guess this could be done on another trip.

I want to visit as much of the country as possible but unfortunately with only a week to venture (due to work) it looks like I will only have time to visit two main regions, Bagan and Yangon. Bagan being highly advised and a must not miss during a stay in Myanmar, whilst Yangon is a huge city which is my entry and exit point, so I decided to have a look around aswell. I have decided to stay in hostels for the simple reason that I meet more people there, then to end the trip I have decided to stay in a more luxurious hotel in order to rest-up and relax.

So what do I expect from this trip?

I expect similarities between Myanmar and  Cambodia. I expect Myanmar to have the more modern temples whilst Cambodia the older more ancient temples, however the lifestyle I envisage (but could be wrong) to be the same. I expect to use unusual modes of transport but food similar to that of Cambodian, Thai and Malaysian cuisines. Visiting here hasn’t really been on my bucket list but just recently after visiting Cambodia it was high up on my list.

Any advice for this trip?

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Siem Reap and its Temples

In this post I wanted to cover as much of Siem Reap’s temple as much as possible and have decided that writing everything in one blog may be overwhelming thus deciding to write this in 3 or 4 different sections.

The Chapters I will write about are (please click to read):

  1. Tickets, Entry to the Temples
  2.  Small Circuit
  3. Grand Circuit
  4. Further Temples

or please read back on my full experience of:

Please do click above to read the various different writeups about them.

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My Oslo Video

Hi all I just wanted to share my Oslo video to accompany my blog post On my Oslo visit.

Take a short while to check out my video and tell me what you think, I do have to say I had very little footage so created with what I had.

Oslo Norway Trip GoPro
Including Opera house, Magic Ice Bar, Akerhaus Fortress, Vigeland Park ect
Using my new GoPro 6 and Karma Grip.

 

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