Switzerland. So beautiful and efficient. But be prepared, it’s also very expensive! But of course that is no issue for the more than 350 000 millionaires living in this small country with total population of 8.4 million, and with the highest income per capita in the world. I had the opportunity to visit Zurich and... Continue Reading →
One thing you need to be prepared when coming to Zurich is the cost of hotels and food. You easily have to pay 20€ for a lunch, and 50€ or more for even a very simple dinner. I visited 2 restaurants during my stay in Zurich: RACLETTE FACTORY for lunch For Lunch I was feeling... Continue Reading →
I arrived by plane in Zurich, and you cannot be anything but impressed by their efficiency: I had picked up my luggage and arrived in the city center with a train within 30 minutes of landing! I wish it was like this everywhere. Zurich is in many ways similar to Helsinki and Vienna. It’s clean... Continue Reading →
Ever met anyone who would not like to visit Rome? Well me neither. I've been to Rome numerous times and every time I visit I'm amazed how the ancient history is visible everywhere you go. It's like the entire city is one big museum. The fact that it's so popular as a weekend destination of... Continue Reading →
Castel Sant'Angelo is Pope's personal residence by the river. The building is very impressive and long lines are usually formed from people waiting to get in.
There is definitely no lack of beautiful churches in Rome, many of them with amazing decorations and golden ceilings. We chose to visit The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere as we anyway wanted to wonder about the area. This church is also one of the oldest in Rome.
Spanish steps are a long staircase leading from Piazza di Spagna through 138 steps to upper Piazza Trinita dei Monti with a twin tower church. The steps were constructed in early 18th century.Unfortunately when we were there large renovation works were being done blocking the usually magnificent view to the steps.
For the evening we had booked online tickets for a concert at St Paul's within the walls. The concert was a collection of opera songs by some great singers. What a perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing in a beautiful setting!
Piazza Navona is a large square in central Rome surrounded by beautiful buildings with numerous restaurants. It is beautiful both night and day.Pantheon, the old temple of all Gods and planets, is the best preserved ancient monument in Rome. It is also an architectural masterpiece with its rounded dome. Today' Pantheon is a catholic church... Continue Reading →
Palatine hill is right next to Colosseum on the hills, and you can actually purchase a combo ticket including entrance to Colosseum, Palatine hill and Forum Romanum which I highly recommend. Palatine hill is the centremost of the Seven Hill of Rome and hast hosted imperial Palaces since the time of Augustus.In addition to its... Continue Reading →
Colosseum is of course the most famous land mark of Rome, which also means that's where the longest lines are. To minimize waiting time, get there at the time of opening or during weekdays. Luckily lines do move pretty fast, and we only had to wait for 30min.The interiors of the Colosseum are worth seeing... Continue Reading →
If you start from Trevi and continue towards Coliseum you most likely cannot miss Trajan's column & market which are on the wide walkway on the other side of the Piazza Venezia.
Trevi fountain, or Fontana di Trevi as it is called in Italian, is onw of the top sights in Rome and was just steps away from our hotel. It is beautiful day and night, and always packed with people. As there are tourists and its a romantic location, there are also plenty of people selling... Continue Reading →
We stayed for the weekend at Relais Trevi 95 boutique hotel which I only have good things to say about: it was perfectly located just steps away from the Trevi fountain, the rooms were absolutely beautiful their little terrace where the breakfast was served super nice, and the service excellent!
So... I really did not know what to expect when heading towards the Venetian. We got there with a Taxi from the Senado Square (even if it takes a while taxis are very cheap in Macau so very convenient). The best words to describe the place are maybe huge and crazy. The place is, as... Continue Reading →
There's more interesting Portuguese architecture to see also in the opposite direction (vs St. Paul). Especially if weather is good this makes a nice walking tour up to A-Ma temple - you can check out the proposed walking route here. Given it was raining, we didn't continue as far but did pass for example the... Continue Reading →
BOA Mesa Comida Portuegesa is a great casual place to have some authentic Portuguese food near the Senado square. They have plenty of seafood available, but also some meat. Given its hidden few streets away from the Senado square it is also not too touristic and prices are very decent.
The ruins of St Paul are maybe the most famous sight in Macau and located some 500m away from the Senado Square. The large stairs and the front façade are the only remains of this great church today.
The route towards St. Paul's goes through small alleys which are always packed with tourists. On a rainy day moving might get tough given that everyone is holding an umbrella.Along the alleys are plenty of shops selling the local delicacies e.g. air dried meat and Portuguese egg tarts.