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Day Trip To Lake Bled, Predjama Castle & Postojna Cave, From Ljubljana

Slovenia may appear like a tiny country sandwiched between stronger nations from all its directions, but speaking of the beauty it holds, there’re no rivals. Throughout my 4-day travel in Slovenia, I was amazed by its diversity, and the experiences it had to offer. From serene lakes to gigantic cave parks to medieval towns — Slovenia had something for everyone. But out of all the places of interest three highlights that complete your visit to Slovenia are: Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, and the Predjama Castle. Located at only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, it is fairly easy to explore all three highlights in one day, given you are driving, because lake Bled is located in the opposite direction from that of Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle’s. But those travelling alone and not wanting to rent a car, as was the case with me, can opt for one of the day trips available from Ljubljana. I chose a company called The Roundabout, which runs day trips from Ljubljana and Zagreb, and explored the three highlights in under …

Metelkova District: Graffiti Art In The Streets Of Ljubljana

Before I arrived in Ljubljana, I’d no idea that Ljubljana — which happened to be the tiniest capital towns I’d ever seen in life (even tinier than Thimpu) — also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. With a rich riverside café culture, an exceptionally peaceful vibe, and an old-world European charm, Ljubljana turned out to be one of those rare towns I’d like to revisit any day. But where the overwhelming charm and a chilled out vibe of Ljubljana Old Town enchant visitors and make them want to revisit again and again, there is also an entirely different side to the city — yes, I am talking about the shabby, but the respected graffiti area of the Metelkova district. Where graffiti in many places is considered, and even appear to be, a symbol of vandalism, in Ljubljana’s graffiti area the case was rather the contrary. Here it looked more like an art form. At Metelkova City artistic space, Ljubljana’s own graffiti area, several weird and wonderful buildings stand still, almost harmoniously, for you to marvel at, …

Vienna On A Budget

A city of culture, history, music and art, with a nightlife to rival with that of any city in the world, that’s what Vienna is, in a nutshell. Walking through its many fairytale-like streets you wonder if there can be a place so royal and majestic in its appearance found today — no wonder, Vienna deserves its nickname The Imperial City, fairly well. But where on one side every experience, every sight in the city, is a total treat, the cost of travelling here — whether you talk about a 10 Euro cup of coffee, or a 150 Euro ballet performance — can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re travelling Europe on a budget. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to fill yourself up with the city’s history and culture, without having to spend too much. Because with my #ViennaNow budget travel guide, you can explore Vienna on budget. And Here’s how… Arriving In The City If you’re flying into Vienna, the best and the cheapest way to get to the city centre is by taking the S-Bahn connections from Euros 2.50 to Euros …

Budapest: In Pictures

I have so much to write from my recent trip to Europe, that even after writing a dozen stories, it looks like I’ve just scratched the surface of it. Sure two months was a good amount of time to get an idea of what travelling in Europe is like, but it was sure not enough — especially if you want to understand the culture and history of a place. And when we’re talking about places like Budapest, things become even tougher — for Budapest, and Hungary at large, has a rich history associated to it. However, during a total of 7 day period (the time I stayed in Budapest), I still managed to learn a bit about it, even if from a very shallow perspective. So I thought of putting up at least one pictures post on Budapest where I can tell some stories via the pictures. Here you go… A view of the city divided by the River Danube. Pest on the right side and Buda on the left. These two cities were merged …

Gardens Of Villa d’Este, in Tivoli

The hilltop town of Tivoli, back in time, may just be a summer retreat for ancient Romans, but today, it is home for two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian; and the 16th-century Villa d’Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its landscaped gardens and lavish fountains. During my two week workawaying in Italy, near Rome, I happened to explore the old city of Tivoli, and in Tivoli, perhaps the most surreal gardens I’ve seen in my life. Villa d’Este, as I had imagined (after watching its glimpse in the Hollywood movie Lizzie McGuire) to be grand, majestic and awe-inspiring. But it turned out to be something more than that, something far magical and unrealistic. The detailed Villa d’Este dates from the mid 16th century when Cardinal Ippolito d’Este decided to make changes to the convent he was given, upon his appointment as the governor of Tivoli, Italy. A member of an influential family and a lover of the finest things in life, d’Este commissioned his architect to build a new, grand residence filled with everything that money could buy and from what …

What To See In Budapest, And How

Nesting in the heart of Europe, Budapest offers its visitors an unlimited treasury of experiences. Welcome to Budapest! Home to world-famous artists, mouth-watering food, and above all — cheap beer! I personally favour Budapest over the other neighbouring capital towns of Ljubljana (in its west), and Prague and Vienna (in its north) for the value of money it offers. When I visited Budapest, my initial plan was to stay for three nights, but the city had so much to offer and at such good price that I ended up staying for a week. But I understand that not everyone visiting Budapest will have a week to spare. So if you’re in town for only a few days, this travel guide will help you cover most of the highlights in Budapest on a fast track. But before anything, I’d suggest you to… Invest In A City Card Now, since you’re here for a short time and want to visit as many places, on a fast track, as possible, I’d suggest you to invest in a 48 or …

Exploring The Iconic Budapest Metro

The Hungarian National Museum, if you want to see it all, appear to be much bigger and overwhelming than you can imagine. A long stretch of art and artefacts and centuries-old history. Don’t plan to see and absorb it all, in a day, just like I did. You need more time than that. And then certainly not plan an evening show in the city’s Opera House later, the same day — something that I ended up doing, again. I remember my second day in Budapest was long and tiring. I mean the city had too much to offer, and I had only a week to cover it all. But the good thing about Budapest was an efficient public transport, that itself is a tourist highlight — yes I am talking about the 19th century Underground Metro System, that is not just beautiful and iconic, but has a long history associated with it. In many cities, the underground commute involves boring line exchanges, grimy stations, suspicious puddles, and avoiding eye contact with that guy. The stations are certainly not a destination unto themselves. But in …

How To See Prague In One Day

Prague is one of those destinations that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating — particularly when it comes to women. And I understand the fascination. Prague is, after all, gorgeous; has a Vegas-style nightlife; and speaks about, from its all nooks and corners, nothing but a hint of romance. But where on one side, the city is beautiful and vibrant, its well-preserved medieval architecture is abundant and rich in history. There is just so much to see and absorb in Prague that if you’re staying here for only a few days, you’re going to miss a lot, unless you plan better, so read ahead and find out how to see Prague in one day. One Day Prague Travel Guide Since I stayed in Prague for only 3 days, out of which, I spent a day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park, I was already short of time. So very carefully, I opted for a full-day guided tour around the …

Vienna: In Pictures

Before anything, I confess that Vienna wasn’t on my original travel itinerary for Europe. Its ‘old people city’ charm was, in fact, the demotivation. I mean why would a 20-something solo traveller want to visit a European town where all he can expect is an overdose of imperial grandeur of the Habsburg-era. But as an invitation from ViennaTourism landed in my inbox, recommending me a ballet performance and a guided tour in world’s one of the historical and most reputable horse riding schools, I thought, “Why Not!” The next thing I remember was booking a whirlwind trip to Vienna (after quickly skilling through Prague in one day) — and spending three days just wandering around its many royal and imperial streets. It turned out that walking around the city was one of the best things to do — because Vienna is drenched in incredible architecture. And now that I’ve concluded my visit to this royal city, I thought of putting up at least one picture post on Vienna where I can tell some stories via pictures. So here we go… …

Bohemian And Saxon Switzerland Park

I always admire beautiful and distinct landscapes. Landscapes that put me in a moment of awe, and allow a sense of wonderment, even if for a fraction of a second. And it was one of those days as I happened to explore a part of the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park and walked along its many giant sandstone cliffs and steep canyons. Before anything, I’d like to clear out that the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park is, in no way, a part of Switzerland. It got its name in the 18th century, when two Swiss artists called it as Switzerland, because it reminded them of the landscape back home in Switzerland. Straddling between the Czech and German border, the park is divided, almost evenly, between the two countries, with just a slightly bigger portion of it falling on the German side (where it’s known as the Saxon Switzerland Park) and the remaining in the Czech Republic (where it’s known as Bohemian Switzerland National Park). Amazingly, the two countries work together to manage and protect the entire region, and you barely find a difference between the landscape and its …