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Top 5 Things To Do in Iceland in the Winter

Top 5 Things To Do in Iceland in the Winter

5 Best Things to do in Iceland in the Winter 1. Go on a glacier hike! Yes, it’s how it sounds, you can go hiking on a glacier, and it’s really awesome. When I did it, this past December, I went with the Icelandic Mountain Guides and we hiked on a blue glacier. They equip you with crampons (little spikes that attach to your boots for traction- they’re great) which make walking on ice a breeze. The views from the glaciers are incredible and if you’re familiar with the HBO series, Game of Thrones, part of it was filmed in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland. 2. Go on the Golden Circle Tour. This tour hits a lot of the famous landmarks and natural spots of Iceland. There are many options to take this tour whether you go on the large tour buses, mini buses, or private tours. I personally took the Iceland Horizon Golden Circle Tour with David, which I highly recommend as it was a smaller group and David was very friendly and knowledgeable. This tour was great, you see geysers, amazing waterfalls including Gullfoss, as well as Thingvellir National Park where the Vikings held their Parliament meetings. 3. Swim in the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon, located in a lava field, is a geothermal heated lagoon that is mineral rich with silica and sulphur and is indeed BLUE! It’s basically a giant mineral rich, blue watered, hot tub. The Blue Lagoon is located close to the airport and about 40 minutes from Reykjavik which makes it a nice location to hit right when you enter Iceland...
Ang’s Florence Tips!

Ang’s Florence Tips!

[pinit] Florence is beautiful. We’d never been before but having been to Venice last year and Rome before that, we had an idea of what to expect. We flew into Pisa airport which is relatively small but there weren’t many crowds and clearing customs was pretty quick. Having seen how the Italians drive, we decided that taking a bus was preferable and there are frequent buses leaving from outside the airport direct to the city centre. The main company is Terravision and the journey takes around 70 minutes at a cost of €6 single or €10 return. Florence isn’t huge so walking with our cases from the bus station to our hotel near the river took about 15 minutes. We were located in the heart of the city, close to the bridges and main squares. The weather was hot – above average for the first week in September (around 92°/ 33C) which made walking around in the main part of the day a little tiring – but a good excuse to sit with a cool drink in a café on the edge of a piazza and watch the world go by. As we were only there for 5 days we decided that a trip on the sightseeing bus would be a good idea, so we could find out where the best places to visit would be and save our legs for walking around on the other days (make sure you take some flat walking shoes – the roads are cobbled or rough in most places and you’ll soon have sore feet otherwise). When you’re walking around and exploring, be...
Visiting Munich? Check Out Ozzie’s Awesome FREE Walking Tour!

Visiting Munich? Check Out Ozzie’s Awesome FREE Walking Tour!

[pinit] When Jeff and I headed to Oktoberfest we decided to go a day early before the festivities to explore Munich. We stayed at the Wombats Hostel (a great place if you like partying, and hanging out with other international guests!) and they featured a Free Walking Tour. The tour leaves at 11 sharp daily from the Wombats Hostel located near the train station in Munich. Ozzie, your tour guide is awesome! He’s super well informed on everything Munich has to offer, from the history, the best hangouts, to the best restaurants. If you have a question he can answer it! He makes the tour really exciting and fun. He works very hard taking you all around Munich, so please tip him well! Very well! He’s great, be sure to dress according to the weather, and yes be prepared to walk! Its great, and he’s great! If you want to book a private tour, he can do that too! Thanks for a great tour Ozzie! Happy Hopping, Alex and Jeff Like this walking tour? Have any other walking tour tips? Let us know! We’d love to hear about it! Like this tip? Sign up for our free...
How to Get to Delphi from Athens

How to Get to Delphi from Athens

[pinit] Once the meeting grounds of gods, king, and prophets, Delphi sits on a mountain’s edge within Greece, and definitely worth a visit. Delphi is a little tricky to get to, and if you travel like Jeff and I, then you’re saving pennies, and planning at the last minute! Jeff and I were staying in Athens for just 3 days and the hostel we were staying at hosted day trips to Delphi (for a steep price, and unfortunate days for us), so we decided after thumbing through the brochures, to plan our own day trip. From Athens you need to catch the bus that will get you to the bus station, and the bus station isn’t that obvious to find, but we found it, so trust me you can too. Warning: you CANNOT buy tickets early, you must buy them at the bus stop the day you are leaving…strange I know, I’ll get to this in a bit. 1.Catch the city bus 024 from Syntagma Square or Panepistimiou Street and you will need to take it to bus terminal B. The busses run every 20 minutes. 2.Get inside as soon as possible to buy your ticket. We were an hour early before departure and the tickets were all sold out, which meant that we had to wait nearly 2 hours for the next bus, so don’t make our mistake. Go as early as you can! 3.Keep note that Greece is prone to strikes, which means cancelations, so be prepared and plan Delphi as one of your first activities, just in case you need to push it back a day....
Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam

Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam

[pinit] Amsterdam is a wonderful city with really cool canals, super tall and skinny buildings, and yes filled with many coffee shops. There’s many things to do besides go to the red light district and go to a coffee shop too. So here are the Top 5 things to do in Amsterdam. 1. Take a canal tour Amsterdam is said to be the Venice of the north and that holds true with its beautiful canals surrounding the city and there isn’t a better way to enjoy them than taking a canal tour. The canals were dedicated a UNESCO monument in 2010 and the while on a boat in the canals you can take in the beautiful architecture surrounding the canals. There’s many choices for boat tours from hop on, hop off, to dinner boats. Whatever it is you fancy, you will have a great time.   2. Go to the Ann Frank Museum World War II was a very difficult time for the Netherlands and the Anne Frank House (Prinsengracht 267 (1016 GV)  PO Box 730, 1000 AS Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a museum to showcase Anne Frank and her family’s life during the war and their struggles. You get to see her secret annex where Ann and her family hid for years where she wrote her famous diary. The line outside is worth the wait. 3. Go to a coffee shop A lot of people go to Amsterdam to smoke marijuana without getting a ticket or arrested for it. It’s one of the very few places in the world where you can do this and there are many coffee shops...
Les Deux Moulins: A Cinematic Cafe In Paris

Les Deux Moulins: A Cinematic Cafe In Paris

  Les Deux Moulins 15 Rue Lepic 75018 Paris, France If you love the film Amelie, then you need to add Les Deux Moulins to your itinerary. Located within Montmarte on 15 Rue Lepic 75018 Paris, it was charming, but I’d only suggest it for the avid Amelie fan. It is a very touristy cafe, I mean mostly english is spoken, and the waiters can be a tad bit  unfriendly. But what you need to keep in mind is that this is the location where Amelie was filmed and where she worked in the film. It felt a little less romantic simply becasue it turned into (an expensive) tourist trap. But it still had its charm with the garden gnome in the back and Amelie posters hidden around the corners of the resturant. We sat down for a traditional french lunch.  I ordered Salad au chevre chaud (which means a salad with large croutons with melted goat cheese on top!) which was great then I had the famous Amelie’s creme brulee, (if you remember in the film one of the things she loved to do was to crack the creme brulee) avec un cafe creme. The creme brulee was the BEST creme brulee I’ve ever had in my entire life. All of our meal was served on a placemat of Amelie images (which after a lot of delicate work, managed to take home as a souvenir! but dont’ worry if you’re a spiller, they have plenty, just ask your server for another. If they roll their eyes don’t take it personal). The restaurant itself was a little disenchanting because of the  Americans...