Malta – the low cost destination of the year

Malta – the low cost destination of the year

Malta was able to surprise me very much. Not because it’s the Caribbean, not because it’s Florence, nor because it’s Portugal, but because it’s a little bit of each!

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From the turquoise waters, to the narrow streets surrounded by ancient buildings marked by history, to the typical balconies of various colors, to the warm and friendly people, to the food so good … Aiii, just writing this paragraph I feel like coming back!

Of course it’s not all spectacular, it also has flaws like everywhere, one of them is having fewer sandy beaches that is annoying for those who want to make “little bread” 😆 And in high season it is difficult to find a place to spread the towel on these beaches, However almost any corner of rock serves to make beach, with small pools torn in the rocks and in some places stairs to help you to leave the water.

Another fault is the wind, which is sometimes boring at times.

Okay, the defects are already dispatched. Let’s get to the good part!

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Holidays in Malta are expensive?

First of all, and I do not know why, the Tugas who spoke to me had an idea that it is too expensive to eat and walk around Malta. I can assure you that you spend both there and in a tourist area here in Portugal.

For 2 people by the sea, or in the historic area, I paid from € 28 to € 50, given the quality of the food, the value is very fair. And you do not always have to go to the restaurants, you have slices of pizza and other things ready to take and eat on the street that you can buy with the euros that are left in your pocket and yes, the official currency is the Euro.

To walk from one side to the other, on foot it is a tassel: ‘-) Go, I am not enjoying, if you always go by bus you will lose a lot. If you have the time and energy, go on foot, you will not regret it. If you need transportation, the buses cost € 1.50 every two hours wherever you want, Taxify costs between € 1 and € 1.50 per km. Do you think it’s expensive ?!

In addition, Ryanair opened direct routes from the Port to Malta, I paid € 68 Round Trip

As it is a relatively cheap destination, I will make you a guide.

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About Malta

Malta is a country, yes it is a country and it does not belong to Italy. It lies in the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Tunisia. It is a member of the European Union and the Schengen area.

Due to its strategic position between Africa and Europe, Malta has been the target of many wars and conquests during its history. Among others, Romans, Arabs, Moors, Spaniards, French, and Britons passed by until they became independent in 1964. Having been an important position in World War II.

The passage of all these powers is marked on the Island by the great forts, museums, and archeology that recalls the various phases since 3800 BC. Also, in the official language that is the Maltese that will sound to you an Arabic with some Italian words and the second official language being English.

On the road leads to the left and the electrical outlets are 3-pin, as in England. The food is Mediterranean style with great Italian influence, pasta and pizzas found everywhere.

Where to stay? 

Well, I stayed in St. Julian’s, it is the area with the most nightlife and very close to places to visit on the Island. Better, it will be Valletta (Capital) or Sliema, which is right next door but closer to the historical areas.

If you want quiet, go further north to St. Paul’s Bay or Mellieha, you are closer to Popeye Village and the Ferry to Gozo Island and Blue Lagoon. You can choose from Airbnb, Hostels to 5-star hotels, depending on your budget.

For young people staying at the Hostel and near nightlife, Marco Polo Party Hostel is the best option. In addition to being within walking distance of the most popular areas, they also organize meetings on the rooftop, with a bar, which is perfect for meeting other travelers.

If you prefer something quieter and privacy for a couple or family, the Park Lane Aparthotel offers large rooms equipped with a kitchen to save on food or just for snacks. It also has a swimming pool, bar, and balcony overlooking the sea or the city.

How to move around?

To move you have several options, and you are already prepared to not waste time there.

Public transport – In Malta there are only buses, and they work very well with regular buses that take you everywhere. The only drawback is that they get full quickly, if you take children it is not very comfortable for them. In buses, you can ask for a ticket to the driver who costs you € 1.5 in the low season, € 2 in the high season (mid-June to mid-October) and € 3 in the night service. This ticket lasts 2 hours and you can go wherever you want to even get out and get on another bus.

Another option is the Tallinja cards that you have to look for where you can buy, ask a driver that they help you.

Explore Plus Card € 39, have unlimited travel for 7 days everywhere including direct airport and beach services, also includes 2 ferry trips to Valletta and a day on Hop on Hop off buses (see below) or the boat to Comino, Blue Lagoon.

Explore Card € 21 adults / € 15 children under 10, this card has unlimited travel on buses, wherever you want for 7 days.

Tallinja Card € 15, includes 12 trips and is transferable, is valid for one year.

To find out which buses you need to get from here to there, install the Tallinja application, it works very well. Just place where you are or let the app locate you and choose where you want to go, the app tells you what stop you have to be, the number of the bus, the exit, everything you need to know. Install before you leave.

Ferry VallettaValletta Ferry Services

This boat makes frequent crossings between Sliema, Valletta, and Vittoriosa (Three Cities). It serves as an alternative to having to move around the marina to get to the other side. And to have a privileged view of the cities 😉

An adult ticket costs € 1.50 and child € 0.50. Round trip € 2.80 and child € 0.90.

Save the ticket, give yourself the right to climb the Baraka Lift.

Taxis – Taxi trips, I understand, are prepaid. When I arrived at the airport I bought the trip to the Hostel in a cabin dedicated to taxis. I liked the idea because it guarantees that you’re not mocked by sly cabs.

Until I found Taxify on the island, I knew that Uber did not operate here, but I did not know there was another option.

And let me tell you that it’s a lot better than Uber, you do not need a credit card and you pay for the cash trip at the end, which avoids Uber’s problems that the trip continues to count even after you’ve left. charge your associated card.

The cars are good and clean and the drivers very friendly and ready to give you some tips. The trips cost around € 1 to € 1,5 per km. But you can calculate in advance in the Taxify app.

Just open the app, choose the destination and ask for the Taxi, it quickly arrives at you.

CitySightseeing Buses – These are the convertible buses that you see in the major tourist cities if you have less time or want to do the cultural part in one day and then go to the beach, this is an option to consider.

Aside from the spectacular views along the way, on Hop On Hop off routes, you can get out and get on the buses as often as you like. Buses run every hour 7 times a day. Tickets cost € 20 per day / adult and € 12 per day / child (5 to 14 years), € 37 2 days / adult and € 20 2 days / child (5 to 14 years). If you have the Explore Plus card, you are entitled to one day, which I would use on the North Route, in my opinion, it is the one that has more to see.

The South Route coincides with some parts of the northern route and goes to Marsaxlokk, Ghar Dalam, Blue Grotto, and Hagar Qim, you can use public transport easily to go to these sites using the card. That way you save enough money.

These prices are the ones that are on the site but the sellers at the stops have offered me much lower prices, I do not know if it is the low season or because it is negotiable.

However, I think it’s worth not buying in advance on the site, trying to find one of these sellers and negotiate a little. Also, ask if it includes the ferry trips when I’ve been there it was included. The same for the cruises to Comino and Gozo that I will speak below.

Car or motorbike rental – You can find a number of car or scooter rental services at the airport in Valletta, Sliema and probably in more locations. You can also rent in advance at Rentalcars.com. The prices are very varied and the cars too. You can see on the website that I suggested or see there. But be prepared, in addition to having to drive to the left, have huge radars on the road, few places to park in certain areas, the Maltese are very nervous on the road. But it’s your choice, personally, I do not think it’s worth it, the island is not that big.

Script

This script is to guide you and is based on what I liked most and what I think is more relevant to visit. You can adapt this script to what you like, more visits to museums, more night, more beach, you just have to make more time available to what you like.

Day 1

Night

As I told you before, I stayed in St. Julian’s and as the flight arrived late (midnight), the best option was to pack up and find a place to drink a beer and eat something.

The first bar I found was the Jah Ruulz, it ‘s a small place with simple, colorful decor reminding Jamaica, it has some outdoor tables overlooking the water.

The street is only for pedestrians and has some inclination, so do not put the full glass on the table because it will spill: ‘-) I think that’s why the beers do not see full.

The staff is very friendly and by the way, some good tips on Malta was here I had. You have a great variety of drinks to choose from at prices that we are used to here. Try the Bam Bam Apple Mojito, it’s really good 😉

Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz
Jah Ruulz

Now I have to find something to eat, after getting up I realized that it should have been before 😉 On the way to the zone of the bars you find, pizzas, kebabs, etc. which will help you have the energy for the rest of the night.

But attention tomorrow is to go explore the island, so do not exaggerate in alcohol, you will not want to miss a day to cure a hangover. But you can enjoy it because the night of Malta is very lively!

Well, boys, in the street of the bars you will find many women who will try to convince you to join Gentleman’s Clubs, which are many.

From what I’ve come to realize are Strip clubs, if it’s your wave, try it. If it is not, do not give too much bullshit because otherwise, they will not let you down, literally! Tugas girls, I think these women are not going to upset XD.

No one because I saw a lot of police everywhere, I did not see any problems at all during the night, so I think it’s a safe zone.

Recommendations, if you want a quieter bar with a view of the sea to try Hugo’s Terrace and go to the rooftop bar. If you want to have fun in a bar with Texas-style decor with a mix of people from all over the world dancing like if the world were to end tomorrow, it’s in Footloose – Wild Surprising Fun, Footloose for friends.

Day 2

Valletta and 3 Cities

Yeah, did not I warn you not to overdo alcohol yesterday? Go, get out of bed, have breakfast and we’ll take a walk.

If you stayed in St. Julian’s and good weather, walking the coast to Sliema will help you wake up. The view is beautiful, you will wake up for sure. On the way you will find cruise sellers for Gozo and Blue Lagoon. You’ll need to buy tickets for tomorrow, on Day 3, I’ll explain.

Valletta
Valletta

From Sliema you will find the ferry to Valletta ( Valletta Ferry Services ), see the timetables and decide if you are coming before the last ferry or if you stay there until later (in winter time there is no night service). If you want to stay late you can get back by bus or Taxify.

The ferry ride is spectacular, is not it? Wait until you cross Valletta to the three cities. Well, now you have to walk to the center or take one of the tourist trains to the center and enter the beautiful streets of Valletta, here is well worth the time to explore, every corner hides a surprise. But as much fun as exploring, I’ll tell you some sites that are worth going to.

First of all, are not you thirsty? Already drank anything. Here Tuga thought about it and already left you a little beer on the Tuga Spot.

If you go on the tourist train, it stops right in front, convenient, is not it? 67 KAPITALI is a very original and comfortable decoration pub and is very well located.

Because you’ll be thirsty more often 😉 Lena and Dominic, (you can tell them that you’re going to be recommended by Tuga Viajante, the Portuguese blogger) have to offer you a letter with lots of snacks and drinks of your choice including national and imported craft beers.

You have 8 to the pressure you can ask to taste before ordering a glass or mug. My favorite is 67 IPA and then Golden Bay, but try and share with me what you like best.

In the snacks, the olive oil with bread to dive. Okay, our olive oil is very good, but this is so good! Or maybe it’s because it looks great with the beer, you also can not miss the Roasted Potatoes.

The rest looks very good, ask for your taste, you have lots of choices. Rest the strength to follow the walk, in the late afternoon, you can go back for another beer talk a little with the staff if they are free.

Now explore, let it be clear that you do not need to visit museums and other things to spend a good afternoon. If you want, you can walk only through Valletta because the city itself is worthy of a Museum. You have beautiful squares with terraces for coffee and appreciate the architecture of buildings, streets that go down and up and end with the sea in sight, viewpoints for the 3 cities.

Just floors, take it easy. Do not run because you will lose all the beauty of Malta before your eyes. When you see something that you think is beautiful, stop, relax, forget the world and absorb the moment. Yes, Malta is so beautiful, and if you take into account the whole history of the country, even deeper will be.

Well, you’re already on vacation. If you want to see more than the streets, you can visit the Manoel Theater, the National War Museum, St. John’s Cathedral, Grandmaster’s Palace and Barraka Gardens.

When you are ready to make the crossing to the three cities, descend to Fort Saint Elmo or afterward to St. Elmo Bridge. This walk gives you a spectacular view and the ferry is there at the end.

3 Citates
3 Citates
The 3 Cities is not something to visit in specific, they are even 3 small towns and it is included in the tourist route of Malta by the historical importance. Here, in my opinion, what may be worth visiting is the Palace of the Inquisitor, which if you attach to the heavy and violent past, can be a very intense visit emotionally. Also, stroll around the inner streets and see the mega yachts at the marina. Then you can go back to Valletta.
Baraka Gardens view
Baraka Gardens

All right, now it’s dinner time! How about an Italian paste? Recommended by a local, and now for me, the Pastaus is simple, it’s all in and very delicious! I’m writing and drooling. You can eat inside or on the terrace. The terrace, in the good Maltese fashion, is tilted like XD street.

If that does not bother you, you can stay on the terrace, but you have to go and choose what you want at the counter, which is then served to your table. The pasta is made by them, and you have a display case with several, then choose a sauce from the picture on top. Easy! If you have doubts in the sauce, you can ask for help. Some have fish, other meat and other vegetables.

The staff is very young and friendly.

Ahhh, I have to tell you that the pasta is served by Al Dente or Italian fashion that is less cooked than we are accustomed here. I ate it as that and I liked it, but if it makes a difference, ask to cook another minute or two.

Do not forget to mention that you were recommended by Tuga Viajante 😉

In the end, return to 67 Kapitali which is two steps away for a coffee, a drink and two of talk.

Day 3

Gozo and Blue Lagoon

You need a lot of beach now, do not you? When I say a lot, it’s really a bit because the Blue Lagoon has almost no sand. But there is plenty of turquoise water and small spectacular caves.

How to get there

To get there you may have bought the cruise yesterday from the vendors near the bus and ferry stops. I went on Supreme Cruises with MaltaSightSeeing , I can not compare with another company, but I have no complaints about this. In addition, it includes the panoramic bus round trip to the departure point of the boat and if you buy the pack as a visit to Gozo you are also entitled to bus there.

Okay, I got on the boat in Sliema, but you have other points that you can enter. It goes through the island of Gozo and you can buy the pack to visit this island, then go to the Blue Lagoon.

If you buy only the pack Blue Lagoon is for 20 € adult and 14 € child and it is about 4 hours there. If you buy the pack of Gozo and Blue Lagoon, it is for € 35 adults and € 27 children and the boat will pick you later to Gozo to go to Blue Lagoon. You stay for about 1 hour at Blue Lagoon. My opinion is to do only the Blue Lagoon and another day go to Gozo and spend there one day, or who knows more than one day.

Tuga’s tip, these packs have an option with unlimited boat drinks and lunch. It gets more expensive obviously, and not worth it. The drinks are of poor quality and the lunch is a sandwich. Unless the seller offers you this at the price of the normal pack, (which is what I got) in this case you lose nothing in drinking some beer by the way 😉

Another option for Gozo is to take the ferry to Cirkewwa. You can go by bus there, or if you have a car, you can take the car on the ferry to Gozo. Each ticket costs € 4.65, or car and passenger € 15.7 with the Gozo Channel Line.
To Blue Lagoon from Cirkewwa costs 9 € round trip adults and 4.5 € children with Comino Ferries.

Blue Lagoon

Do not forget to bring backpack with water, food, sunscreen, hat, towel and sneakers is more appropriate. Do not forget the protector and hat, in the Blue Lagoon you have no shadows and the sun is intense.

If you go to Gozo, you go on the tourist bus and follow this script, I do not need to talk about Gozo anymore.

Now at Blue Lagoon, your chin will drop when you get there, it’s so beautiful !!! First thing to do, visit the caves and you have to go Oki-Ko-Ki Banis , Mr. Banis is a comedy! Very funny indeed, that makes the trip very funny. To the point of it becoming a cave in a disco! XD In addition, his boat passes in places that others do not pass. The tour costs € 10. Do this tour first because then there will be a queue when more boats arrive. Grab yourself because the boat is good!

Tuga’s Tip – Ask Mr. Banis to show you the Merry Christhmas XD.

After the tour, time to soak in the blue water and soak up the sun. For me, this is the most beautiful place in the whole country. You have some Roulotes that sell sandwiches and drinks. They are no big thing, but if you press the hunger gives to stir. Forget the pineapples with drink, no big deal. Unless you want the prop for the photo 😉

Back to Sliema, after this day a good dinner is coming, right?

How about a nice pizza in a wood oven? He goes to Vecchia Napoli, tries to call beforehand. I did not check and was fortunate to get a table. But it was worth it, the pizza is fantastic! I ate the award-winning Capo Di Monte, with a little olive oil on top and the house wine which is very good, it was the perfect end of the day! You have other dishes to choose from if you do not like pizza. Again, I found the prices very fair given the quality and the location.

Day 4

Mdina

Mdina was once the capital of Malta and retains its medieval identity, strolling through the narrow streets surrounded by defensive walls is as if we were traveling in time. The walled part is relatively small but you can also explore the surroundings. Within the walls, you can see the Cathedral of Mdina and the museum, the Falzon Palace, the Vilhena Plinth and the Bastion. You also have the Mdina dungeons museum (Mdina Dungeons Museum) is very macabre and tells the methods of torture with costumes and chilling sound. I do not recommend children or the most sensitive people.

Outside the walls, you can visit the Catacombs and the Grotto of St. Paul among others.

In Mdina, you can also find little filigree shops and other pieces of handicraft very much. What are the ideal gift if you like to offer memories of your trips.

To eat is also a great city, where you can find the typical dish of a rabbit. Many restaurants have beautiful terraces! I will not leave a recommendation because unfortunately, that day was not very good to taste and evaluate the food. But I wait for your tips to join here.

Day 5 and others

Well, now you know how to move the Island, you can choose what you want to do to your taste. I’ve already shown you what you can not miss, now I’ll tell you the places that I find most optional. Ah, wait, sandy beaches! Are you tired of asking me?

In the north of the main island, Paradise Bay, Armier Bay, Mellieha Bay

In the west of the main island, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna Bay, Golden Bay

On the east of the main island, Bahar ic-Caghaq rocky beach, St. George’s Bay

In the South of Main Island, Pretty Bay, St. Thomas Bay

On the Island of Gozo, San Blas Bay, Ramla l-Hamra, Marsalforn Bay

On the Island of Comino, Blue Lagoon, St. Nicholas Bay

Other places to visit, Blue Grotto, Peter’s Pool, Fort Delimara, Village Popeye, Hypogeum, etc. If you want to visit Hypogeum you have to book in advance here.

It accounts for museum tickets, if the total exceeds € 50 for adult, it is worth buying the Heritage Malta Multisite Pass. That way you save up for a few beers.

Well, I guess I’ve already written down everything you need to know if I’ve forgotten anything, he says.

Go, now enjoy the vacation or escape, hugs and kisses my Tugas.

Kuala Lumpur City Guide – Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

Kuala Lumpur City Guide – Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

Kuala Lumpur City Guide - Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips

In Malay language Kuala Lumpur means ‘muddy confluence’ but actually in this city the East and the West meet and the combination is as unique as it is extraordinary. Just read the article and we are sure you will come to think of it the same way.

Reasons to visit

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has about 17 million inhabitants and is visited by many tourists throughout the year for a number of reasons.

The city offers a chance to learn about a new culture and try new dishes, and its architectural masterpieces combine the best of both the East and the West, between the buildings and highways there is also plenty of green space for you to enjoy nature.

For example, near Petronas Towers, trees that are hundreds of years old can be seen. In addition, there is a need to mention shopping in the city as well as in Kuala Lumpur is one of the four best shopping paradises in the world. When to Travel to Kuala Lumpur you ask?

The tropical climate does not change much during the year so you can always enjoy the sunshine. The average temperature around the year is 25-30 degrees Celsius the air is extremely hot in this period of time.

In Southeast Asia, from May to September, there is a great monsoon rainfall, whereby the low-lying areas are flooded by the sudden rain as well.

Malaysia’s hottest and driest month is February, so this seems to be the best choice to visit this city, not get sunburn and stay dray also.

In Kuala Lumpur are a lot of Muslim women dressed in black. The ethnic, religious and culinary diversity of the city is impressive.

You will find gigantic sized high-rise buildings, tall railroads, steady night-time constructions, palm trees that reach to the skies and lots of exotic bird species.

Kuala Lumpur Weather

Kuala Lumpur has a tropical rainforest climate which means it’s warm and sunny and safe from strong winds. Usually is hot and humid and occasionally does experience rainfalls.

Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur starts from May to July or December to February. The average temperature is around 28°C.

Kuala Lumpur Local Transport

Kuala Lumpur has a friendly public transit system including subway, which covers entire metropole, and buses. You can buy MyRapid Touch ‘n go which cost 20RM preloaded with 10RM.

For a short-term visit, you can have a KL TravelPass which cost 120RM for two days and you have unlimited routes via RapidKL, rail lines and return trip to or from the airport.

 

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu or simple said, Malay. They have many dialects but for tourists will be just Malay.

They also speak English but they have a lot of outside influence like Malay, Chinese or Tamil. As a tourist is pretty easy to talk with locals in special in urban areas.

If you want to enjoy the local food you might find people who barely speak English.  But don’t worry, Malay people are very friendly and curious and happy to serve you.

Electric

 

In Malaysia, the power plugs and sockets are of the type G. Having your smartphone or camera charged for taking pictures is mandatory in this beautiful city. We suggest having a travel adapter if you are not from around.

Currency

In Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit. You can exchange your money at most local banks or their exchanges. Another option can be using ATMs, which is safe and very easy to use. 

Must Try Food

It is not easy to find Malaysian food, though we can choose from the masterpieces of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Western cuisine. Typical Malay cuisine uses a lot of spice, chilly and soy. No consumption of pork is allowed and the typical herbs used in dishes are garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, and coriander. However, the best foods cannot be found in fancy restaurants but on the street of Kuala Lumpur and we made a special list for you of foods that you should try.

TURMERIC RICE

On weekdays, white rice is consumed that is boiled in water or cooked with coconut milk, but rice can be made in other forms, especially during feasts. To make it more special and tasty rice is soaked in turmeric with tamarind pieces, making it bright and yellow. They do not boil it but steam it in coconut milk and add salt to it.

SZATE

Szate is the most well-known Malaysian and Indonesian meat dish, consists of pieces of meat drawn on a split. Every country has its own specialty. They can be made from beef or chicken meat, lungs or spleen and are considered as very rare local “delights”. They cut the meat into small cubes and add garlic, pepper, tamarind, salt, and sugar to it and leave it to soak for at least 8 hours, then pull it on a spit and roast it.

RENDANG

Rendang is a roasted national dish. It can be made from beef, chicken or buffalo meat. It is served with rice or lemongrass, with the latter mostly on a holiday. It is on the menu of all important festivals.

CENCALUK

Cencaluk belongs to the category of condiments and it is served with rice or salads. It is made without cooking from small crabs and by adding salt and water. It has a marvelous, salty taste. It can be flavored with grated lemon juice and onion.

BUDU

Budu is similar to Cencaluk but it is not made from crabs but from small fish. It is also used to flavor salads, but it can also be used as an ingredient for curry rice.

SUGARY BANANA

Sugary bananas go very well with your afternoon tea. Chopped banana slices are soaked in hot palm oil and sugar for five minutes and then baked in the oil for 10 minutes. During this time, the sugar is made into syrups, and the fried banana slices are ready to eat after they cooled.

FRIED BANANA

Fried banana is a very popular afternoon snack, easy to prepare at home. In a ready-to-buy flour mixture, they role the bananas and after that they fry it. It is as tasty as it is simple

LEMPUK

Lempuk is a jam-like sweet made from durian fruit. Anyone who travels to Malaysia and eats durian fruit will certainly remember the strange odor for a long time. Malaysians are very fond of it, paying horribly sums for the fruit that otherwise also grows in the wild. Its smell reminds may remind you of a mixture of onion and moldy cheese. Few foreigners enter the durians fans’ camp but for some, it may be tasty.

BELACAN

There is no Malaysian cuisine without Belacan. It is a basic condiment flavor such as soy sauce in Chinese cuisine. With its penetrating, smell it is unmistakable and houses, where the ingredient was used in cooking, can be noticed by far due to the stinky smell. However, they use it regularly as any other typical ingredient like salt or pepper as it gives the food a special taste.

Must-Try Drinks

The national drink is tea, that is, “pulled” tea. They call it this way because of the technique that is being used before serving.

The tea is poured between two cups of tea that have even distances between them such as 1 meter, all this without even spilling one drop.

It has become a tradition to pour tea in such a way before serving; it is a fascinating technique as it is as a once-only procedure for cooling the hot tea.

For the Malays it has become a well-respected tradition it may be even considered as a form of art for pouring tea as if you come to think about it, it does require a lot of practice to pour hot boiling tea without any unfortunate accidents.

Although Malaysia is a Muslim country, there is alcohol here. The ban on alcohol is only in the state of Kelantan and Terengganu. However, the price of alcoholic beverages is quite high.

Besides traditional coffee, teas, juices, and soft drinks, the Malays drink Tongkat Ali a mixture of coffee, ginseng root, and condensed milk. The flavor is quite a harsh one it may not be to everybody’s liking but if you are in Kuala Lumpur try it at least once.

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How to get there

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most important hubs from Southeast Asia. If you are flying it’s possible to have here a layover and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a nice time here, even you didn’t plan it. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is about 55 km from city center and it’s very easy to get in because of KLIA Express route.

So, in our opinion, it’s perfect for a city break here, the perfect escape. You don’t need to carry too many things, just enjoy your time here. If you want to check the best fly tickets you can trust kiwi.com. Kiwi can help to find also best fly on your way home.

You can spend good time in cars with locals and they can suggest you different places to visit which could be more useful then guides.

Things to know

Never use your index finger when pointing at something as it is considered impolite. Use your thumb instead especially if you are dealing with locals.

If we are going to a party in Malaysia, then take off your shoes before going inside. Also, be prepared that there may even be some shops that require the same courtesy.

The taxi is quite cheap and quick but it is also worth to try the metro if you can’t find a taxi and are in a hurry.

You can eat very cheap if you are not in a tourist restaurant so watch out when you choose where to have lunch or dinner.

Malaysia is a Muslim country, but you can still have an alcoholic drink if you want one only be prepared to pay a very high price.

Don’t even try to deal with drugs. Malaysia has the death penalty for drug traffic. Drugs are not cool anyway.

Where to stay

Kuala Lumpur has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay. As I said, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have to worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and pensions where you like on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

If you are looking for a cheap option ob Booking you can try Submarine Guest House China Town for only 17$ per night or Step Inn Guesthouse for 20$.

If you don’t worry about your budget we suggest Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa with great coffee and a nice view of the city. Another choice can be Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur in great an area for shopping.

If you are looking for three stars hotels you can book a room at City Central Hotel for 55$ per night or The Mesui Hotel Bukit Bintang for 63$ per night.

It’s a different city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea.

It’s a great opportunity for making new friends maybe for a week or maybe for a lifetime, you never know. Hostels are less expensive than a hotel room. Why spend 300$/night for a hotel room when you can spend 30$/night for a hostel room?! The culture of making friends never fails to amaze people.

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Must see

Now we are getting to our top. Here are some of the most beautiful sites Kuala Lumpur presents to its visitors. In other words, let’s start!

 

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

It is the most famous attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is a sin if you miss visiting the towers. It is an impressive building that you will consider as fascinates for sure.

Its appearance from the outside is actually more interesting than getting going to the top of it and looking around. You should also take a look at it in the evening when it is covered in spectacular lighting.

You can go out between the 41 and 42 floors, connecting the two towers to the platform to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The tickets are pretty expensive but it will be once in a lifetime experience.

PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

MENARA KUALA LUMPUR

You should not miss visiting Menara which is one of the five highest telecommunication towers in the world. To get to the top you can take a lift. The price to get to the terrace is not so high and on the top of the tower. All the points of the city are visible.

Menara Kuala Lumpur is a worthwhile alternative to choose if you will not visit the Petronas Towers. Of course, you can do both but Menara is a cheaper option. The tower is higher than the twin towers plus, there are no lines where you need to wait. Very good photos can be taken through the lookout glass wall.

On Tuesday the place is closed if you visit it, it will take about an hour to see everything as there is no real museum content, but you can still view the palace and its beautiful garden.

MENARA KUALA LUMPUR
MENARA KUALA LUMPUR

MERDEKA SQUARE

Merdeka Square is the heart of Kuala Lumpur. We often hear the name Independence Square as the Malay flag was floated here for the first time when Malaysia won its independence from Great Britain in 1957.

The area is largely a grassy area, which was used by cricket players during the colonial period. The area is surrounded by the most famous buildings in the city, such as the National Museum or the Royal Selangor Club. Merdeka Square hosts a number of community events, open-air concerts, and marathon competitions.

This huge, grassy Merdeka Square (or Independence Square) is located in the heart of the Colonial Quarter of Kuala Lumpur, bound by all sorts of compelling attractions. Earlier, cricket matches and parades were held here, and the culmination of Malaysia’s independence was celebrated here as well.

MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE
MERDEKA SQUARE

CENTRAL MARKET

On the market, there are plenty of exotic fruits of Durian, dragon fruit, huge coconuts, and of course everything you can think of exotic fruit wise. You can buy clothing, shoes, sunglasses, all kinds of plastic jewels at variable prices. However, do not expect that for the very low price you are buying something original.

A few corners away is the market where you can eat in various Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malayan restaurants or have a few snacks for the street food vendors. Here, as if we were going into a different city and world, the tall buildings are rarer, typical are the one-two-story, old, fallen buildings.

CENTRAL MARKET
CENTRAL MARKET
CENTRAL MARKET
Central Market

SRI MAHA MARIAMMAN HINDU TEMPLE

A very spectacular Hindu temple is the South-Indian styled Sri Maha Mariamman. It is the oldest in Malaysian dating back to the 19th century. Interestingly, the most famous Malaysian Hindu temple is located in the Chinese Quarter.

It is interesting to visit and watch some of the Hindu religious rituals. Of course, you have to take off your shoes and leave them in a conservator way, where you have to pay a little money before entering. From the urban noise, it is very nice to get into such a quiet place. There are few believers in the morning then at nights. In both situations, the place is interesting and exciting. You can join the visit by visiting the Chinese temple in the next corner.

SRI MAHA MARIAMMAN

THEAN HOU TEMPLE

Thean Hou Temple is beautifully decorated, a spectacular church in a somewhat outdated location, on a hill. The mood is calm and silent, even though there are many who visit it.

The colors and decorations are brilliant. On the hilltop, you can enjoy Kuala Lumpur views. Most of the tourists visiting here are satisfied with the program so we definitely recommend it.

The three-story church at the top of the southwest drum of the city is one of the largest and churches in Malaysia. By public transport, it is not yet possible to reach it so it is best to take a taxi. There is an amazing order, silence, and purity about this place. Before you go into the main sanctuary, you have to take off your shoes and leave them at the entrance.

BIRD PARK

Obviously we, we only recommend this place to those who love birds and want to see the world’s largest fly-free bird park. More than three thousand birds can be seen here.

It will take a few hours to visit everything but the ticket is not cheap. It is somewhat out of the way, with the easiest way to reach it is by taxi or a 15-minute walk from the main train station.

The point is that the birds are flying freely here, and they are not so free to escape. Here the kids and the even the adults can enjoy the parrot show programs. For the very little ones, there is also a playground in the park.

You can take superb photos as it is a very well done, organized park. Nearby it is an orchid and a butterfly park. After visiting the bird park, you have to take care of what taxi you choose, because taxis want to cheat tourists by doubling the price.

Bird Park

BUTTERFLY PARK

You can find it near the bird park and make sure to do not miss it. There are so many butterflies that you probably have not seen anything like this anywhere else. The butterflies are in a huge area covered with a giant net.

There are plenty of wet places for them with ponds, rivers, waterfalls, flowers, and plants; they are fed with a lot of hibiscus petals sprayed with honey-water if they want it.

Butterflies are very direct beings, if you are sympathetic to them, they will not fly away from you. There are very large specimens as well, palm-sized and colorful.

 BUKIT BINTANG

It is practically a plaza where the shops and restaurants meet. If you want to go on a shopping spree and spend a lot of money on original clothes, shoes, and jewelry this is the place for you.

From here you can get to the side entrance of the Petronas Tower on an air-conditioned glassy corridor, perhaps of 2 kilometers length.

 BUKIT BINTANG

CHINATOWN

 

Visit China town for the food and snacks. Restoran Kim Lian Kee famous for its Hokkien mee, the sambal that goes along with it is nice. The famous egg tart sold by Bunn Choon, normal and charcoal pastry. You can walk down the aisle and savor all the delicacies.

 

Great place to bargain on your shopping. Big range of bags, shoes, t-shirts, jewelry, and electronics. A must visit travelers especially those who are outside from China and Asian. It gets active and more colorful in the night.

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

LITTLE INDIA

 

This place literally looks like you are in South India, we even spotted Bollywood songs being played in different shops. As the Petaling street in KL has all Chinese store, food, and even people, this place is full of Indian things, especially the street market and the food. Good to have a stop by while in the city, it’s very near to KL Sentral.

There are Indian jewelry shops, clothing stores and many Indian restaurants specializing in serving battered rice pancakes called Dhosa

Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur
Little India Kuala Lumpur

Outside the city

 

BATU CAVES 

This Hindu sanctuary is 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, north of the huge limestone cave. At the base of the mountain, you can find a monumental 43-foot Hindu statue of worship. This golden statue was completed in 2006, which is currently the second largest in the world.

Be prepared for naughty food-hunting monkeys, and for the extremely steep 272 steps that take you up to the Batu caves and the cave church.

The cave has places where 100 meters of internal height are displayed, decorated with meters of limestone and cobblestones. The caves were discovered more than a century ago and the Hindu sanctuary was built in one of its passages.

The Thaipusam Festival takes place in January and February in the Batu Caves. Then 800,000 to 1.5 million Hindu pilgrims visit the cave churches.

Also, don’t forget to dress appropriately as a woman in short skirts or sleeves shirts are not allowed to go up to the case. If this is not respected than at the bottom of the stairs, a shawl must be rented to cover their legs.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves
Batu Caves

PETALING JAYA

If you are in Kuala Lumpur then why not visit Petaling Jaya as well? It offers many attractions that tourist could enjoy. For example, you can visit the Secret Utama Garden where you can take a long relaxing walk, enjoy the fresh air and quiet that you may not get in Kuala Lumpur into the crowd and bustling city noise.

If you want to go back in time then visit Thai Chetawan Temple (Wat Chetawan) and be amazed by its unique architecture and style.
A shopping spree can never hurt, well maybe your wallet but if you are looking for a new pair of shoes Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall is the best place you can find it.

If you really want to enjoy yourself and maybe even have kids then you and your family can spend a full day at the Sunway Lagon Them Park. Be prepared for wild rides, water games, and even a zoo.

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Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

About Dubai

There are many places in Dubai that can be visited during night or after midnight. From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit during night time.

Dubai is a city that never sleeps. If you are willing to explore the city during night, then you would be surprised to see what Dubai offers you. The stretch of dunes and deserts, taking a walk on beach of Palm Jumeirah, shopping in the malls, restaurant above the clouds, and many more are some of the best things you can explore in Dubai.

It has everything to offer for all age group crowds, right from youngsters, couples to elderly people. Dubai is a safe city for tourists, hence be relaxed and enjoy the night views and have a great time and enjoy your night with your loved ones. 

Dubai At Night

Where to stay

Dubai has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and hostels on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea. 

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Night camping in Desert Safari Dubai

What about the nights in Desert? A place which is already known for calming the soul of Humans, what will be the vibes of an already calmed and quiet place at night?

Dubai Desert Safari can entertain and calm its visitors at any time of the day whether it’s a morning desert safari, evening desert safari or an overnight camp.

But still what I believe is that the amount of peace that you get at night that also a night in deserts is the peace above all kinds of peace. You can get this experience at our overnight camp in Dubai Desert Safari.

Let me take you to some imagination. Imagine that you are sitting in the middle of the desert on an Arabian carpet in a camp which is all lighten up and cold breezes of winds are touching your face.

The calmness of the desert has already calm your soul. The darkness of the sky and the bright stars shining on it is giving you an aesthetic view.

This view will get more pleasing when you will be there with a friend, partner or any person from your family. You can also take some aesthetic pictures of the sky and can make you social media accounts’ updates beautiful.

What is overnight camp?

In the middle of the desert camp is setup inside which Arabic Carpets are there so that people can sit on it and not on sand. There is an arrangement of number of lights to lighten up the camp. And a number of activities are also there on an overnight camp to entertain you.

Here are the activities one can do in an overnight camp

Tanoura Dance is the most famous dance in Desert Safari. It is a kind of sufi dance and is enjoyed the most by people. It is a kind of dance which is takes the viewers of it in a different kind of vibes, vibes which cannot be explained in words.

Henna Art is the second best activity one can enjoy in a Desert Safari Camp. Your hands are decorated with the kind of design you want on your hands by henna. It is a kind of tattoo which is temporary and is painless.

Dinner Enjoy a palatable dinner. You will be served with a special International buffet which has a taste which will last with you your whole life.
Fire Show Group of experienced people will come with fire strings in their hands. Those strings will be thrown in the air one by one repeatedly. This show will last for about 15 to 20 minutes. I promise that you will be left in amazement at the end of the show.

 

Life is too short to wait for getting this beautiful and pleasing experience.
We at www.desertsafaritrip.com offers the best deal for the overnight camp at Dubai Desert Safari. Book your deal now! We are ready to host you and make your trip worth remembering by giving the best services for the trip!

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Desert safari in Dubai with SKYLAND TOURISM

Desert safari in Dubai with SKYLAND TOURISM

From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit.

About Dubai

There are many places in Dubai that can be visited during night or after midnight. From the night safari in the Arabian Desert to the countless night clubs, Dubai is surely going to surprise you on your visit during night time.

Dubai is a city that never sleeps. If you are willing to explore the city during night, then you would be surprised to see what Dubai offers you. The stretch of dunes and deserts, taking a walk on beach of Palm Jumeirah, shopping in the malls, restaurant above the clouds, and many more are some of the best things you can explore in Dubai.

It has everything to offer for all age group crowds, right from youngsters, couples to elderly people. Dubai is a safe city for tourists, hence be relaxed and enjoy the night views and have a great time and enjoy your night with your loved ones. 

Dubai At Night

Where to stay

Dubai has multiple options for finding a cheap or expensive place to stay, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget. If you don’t have worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and hostels on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them. If you are traveling on a budget or not couch surfing seems to be a good idea. 

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OUT AND ABOUT TRIP TO DESERT SAFARI DUBAI WITH SKYLAND TOURISM

This challenging excursion starts when the driver who takes you to the Safari lifts you up. They can pick your from wherever paying little mind to it is your cabin or residence. You are arranged on the 4×4 vehicles; all the safari drivers are able and have aptitudes to drive jeeps on the desert and sand.

The master drivers by then brainstorm the 4×4 into the Desert Safari Dubai and present the capacities of Dune hammering by taking vacationers on an astonishing rollercoaster ride-all over the ascents of the Desert Safari Dubai. Desert Safari Dubai trip isn’t viewed as the swoon warmed yet this is guaranteed that all age people will welcome this.

After this the land cruiser will stop on a colossal ascent to take a viewpoint of the engaging sunset of Dubai and extra premium delineations to see once back home with your dear.

THE TONS OF ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE THERE

Henna painting, quad biking and camel riding are some additional activities that you acknowledge after slope pummeling. Here you no convincing motivation to get depleted basically sit back in the camp and value evening with these activities and take the refreshment of your own choice.

The visit furthermore consolidates non-veggie sweetheart and vegetarian dinners buffet an uncommon desert BBQ nearby on tap mineral water. Isolated this has soft drink pops, coffee and tea as well. Close by your dinner, you can value the heart fragile hip spin and an outstandingly charming and gleaming tanoura move performed by the readied specialists.

You can similarly acknowledge Desert Safari Dubai medium-term this consolidates a whole night stay in Desert dozing pads, cushions and sacks are given. This is a throbbing learning to spend an aggregate night in the sand with a pit fire to keep people warm, as it might be to some degree nippy night where you rest under the cover under the star sky. Your morning starts with the essential sunrise with freshly cooked sustenance. The sustenance is for all people since this is a whole territory sustenance.

SIGHT SEEING

Dubai has a lot to sensitive to its guests, let me list for you presumably the most energizing activities that you can do while you’re in Dubai; sea calculating, venture dinner, Abu Dhabi and Dubai city visits, Desert Safari Dubai and Burj al Arab diners , not to stop considering a medium-term stay at the Desert camp where an aggregate outside framework is given to experience the certified Bedouin life. Another empowering activity is the Hot Air Balloon and Ski Diving that lifts your adrenaline level up.

The incomprehensible Burj Al Arab restaurants in Dubai offer the best of organizations and improvements to its corporate clients. The hotel boasts about three generally adjusted gathering rooms which are equipped with the latest in correspondence and presentation development. These restaurants join various sustenance settings. The assurance of sustenance fuses a grouping of nourishments like Arabic, European, all inclusive, Asian and Mediterranean.

Dubai is the best engaging objective for journey, offering its guests empowering practices like Fishing, Dhow Dinner voyages, City visits and some more. It is the city worked for visiting the attractions all in the territory of the year with amazing lodgings and resorts. Dubai is a grand city and a phenomenal objective for a collection of events and Desert Safari Dubai. It has something for everyone, and gives different styles of voyage acknowledgment.

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Paris City Guide – Paris Travel Tips

Paris City Guide – Paris Travel Tips

Paris – mon amour! The capital of romance, history, beauty, fashion, the perfect escape for couples

Reasons to visit

Everybody knows something about Paris. The capital of France, the city of love, beautiful metropole of art, architecture, history, culture and fashion.

You can fall in love here, the architecture of buildings is the most beautiful in this country and you can spend a long time here and you feel it’s not enough.

Paris Weather

Perfect time to visit is between June and October. It’s “parfait” in summer, warm and sunny but you can’t miss autumn, her colour and romance feeling.

Paris Local Transport

Paris is a friendly capital, so it’s pretty easy to get around. For fast transport, you can take the metro but also, you can use buses, or rent a bike/scooter. You have plenty of choices, all of them are attractive.

As a tourist you can buy Paris Visite travel pass, a daily metro pass which cost 25.25€ which can only be used on metro but you can buy 1 metro/bus/rer ticket for 1.9€ or bundle of 10 tickets for 14.9€, we suggest buying the 10 bundle. 

If you plan to go outside the city, we recommend using FlixBus or BlaBlaCar, also the BlaBlaCar will be the cheapest option to get from Beauvais Airport to Paris while a bus ticket is 17€/Pers a a BlaBlaCar can cost from 5-8€/Pers.

Language

The main language spoken is French, for Parisians, English is something they had to study in school, so if you don’t speak French, it is not a problem.

Electric

In France the power sockets are of type E. This socket also works with plug C and with plug E if it has an additional pinhole, we suggest having a travel adapter, if you are not from Europe.

Currency

Main currency is Euro (€) with ATMs available almost every street corner. The franc, the former official currency of France, is no longer accepted.  Cash is preferred and tipping is customary with 10-15% off the bill.

Must Try Food

Everybody knows France is famous for cheese and wine but you must try more than that. Soupe à l’oignon, Coq au vin, Cassoulet, Chocolat souffle and Ratatouille are dishes you must try. If you are interested in more exotic food you can find some small Asian restaurants full of delicacies for a cheap price.

Must Try Drinks

In France, wine is very cheap and you can try many types, but must not miss other alcoholic beverages like absinthe, pastis, chartreuse, Grand Marnier, kir and others.
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How to get there

From Europe is pretty easy to fly here. Plenty of low-cost airlines have flights here, so if you catch a promotion, a discount, just take it! A plane ticket with carry-on baggage could be really cheap, like 10 euro.

So, in our opinion it’s perfect for a city break here, perfect escape. You don’t need to carry too many things, just enjoy your time here. If you want to check the best fly tickets you can trust kiwi.com. Kiwi can help to find also best fly on your way home.

If you have more time to spend you can also take an international bus like Flixbus. Prices are pretty good and you don’t have limits on your baggage.

Of course, take more time to get here but is perfect if you want to visit different cities around like Venice, Rome, Florence and so on. You can also use ride-share apps like BlaBlaCar for a cheaper ride.

You can spend good time in cars with locals and they can suggest you different places to visit which could be more useful then guides.

Where to stay

Paris has multiple options of finding a cheap or expensive place to stay. As I said, could be expensive but you can fit also on a budget.

If you are looking for a cheap hostel we can suggest hotelF1 Paris Porte de Châtillon  for as low as 40€ per night or ibis budget Paris Porte De Montmartre for 50€ per night. 

For a 3 star hotel adventure you can pick Hotel Paris Villette for only 75€ per night or Résidence du Pré for only 90€ per night.

If you feel like staying in a more fancy hotel 4 or 5 stars prices will skyrocket and we suggest the following hotels La Maison Gobert B&B with awesome grade of 9/10 but with a price tag of 200€ per night. 

We highly recommend the following hotels for honeymoon or business trips:
Fauchon l’Hotel – 350€ per night  with 9.6/10 score
Hotel The Peninsula Paris950€ per night with 9.5/10 score
Ritz Paris 1200€ per night with 9.9/10 score this is the perfect location to stay while in Paris.

If you don’t have worry about your budget can book plenty of hotels rooms and pensions where you like on www.booking.com or www.agoda.com.

It’s a huge city and must consider how much you will to walk, how close to the city center it is your place. If you like to hang out with a local you can book a room on www.airbnb.com and you can find a good price for your accommodation.

Also if you can stay with them for free using Couchsurfing app. You can use it also only if you want to meet with them.

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Getting around

Around Paris are four airports: Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget, Orly and Beauvais.

Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of the most important near Paris and from here you can get easy to the city with RER commuter train for a price of 10€, by car with taxi would cost around 55€ but with uber could be less than with a taxi.

From Orly Airport to Paris centre you can take RER Line B which interconnect with the Paris Metro. Orlyval it’s is an automatic light metro and it’s the fastest way to connect with the city.

Between Beauvais and Paris are plenty of airline shuttles and cost around 17 euros.

Must see

Now we are getting to our top. Like all in Europe, you must be prepared for the long line of waiting on major places to visit. My advice is to book your ticket online or from the previous day to avoid the queue at ticketing.
In other words, let’s start!

 

Musee des Arts et Metiers

Musee des Arts et Metiers, close to Pompidou centre, is considered as one of the oldest technical and industrial museums in the world, “a store of new and useful inventions” and is located in an old monastery.

Plus, it’s free on the 1st Sunday of the month and on Thursday evenings from 18 h to 21 h 30, also has the original model statue of Liberty.

The access to this museum is pretty easy, by the Paris Métro station Arts et Métiers, the entrance fee cost 8€ for the permanent collection and for temporary collection 6€. for both the price is 9€.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is the most famous tower and an important symbol of Paris, It’s made of iron and it’s situated on Champ of Mars. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and named after his name.

It was built for 1889 World’s Fair. In the beginning, it was criticized by some intellectuals and artist but in the end, it became the most visited paid monument from the world.

The height is 324 metres and has engraved 72 French scientists, engineers and mathematicians in recognition of their contributions to the building of the tower.

If you want to climb on it you have plenty of option, on stairs, with elevator on a different floor. For more information about tickets please check the table from below

Eiffel Tower Ticket Price

If you are a romantic kind you can have a dinner here, Eiffel Tower has two restaurants, on the first floor Le 58 Tour Eiffel and on the second floor one star Michelin Le Jules Verne.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

Catacombes de Paris

Catacombes de Paris are underground ossuaries of Paris in the late 18th century which hold over six million people and it was created to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries.

The best piece of advice is to buy your ticket online. Also, it says that you needed printed tickets but there was plenty of people who had the tickets on their phone and it was not a problem getting in.

Another piece of advice would be to take along a set of headphones with you as you can plug these into your audio guide rather than having to hold it up to your ear the whole way around.

Entrance fee costs around 13€ but could cost more if you want to skip the queue or you want an audio guide.

 

Catacombes de Paris
Catacombes de Paris
Catacombes de Paris

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum is one of the most important histories and art museum from Paris, France and the world.

It contains over 380,000 objects and its displays around 35,000 of Greek antiquities, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Islamic art, sculptures, paintings, icons and Christian paintings.

The most famous painting from the Louvre is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa, It’s perfect for art lovers who what to see their collection from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and so on. Entrance fee cost 17 euros.

From the Louvre Museum, you can have a nice walk until Arc de Triomphe through the Jardin des Tuileries. This garden is the oldest and the most important French garden which extends to Place de la Concorde.

It was created by Catherine de Medici and became a park after the French Revolution, from here you can continue your walk to Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées avenue.

Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum grounds

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées avenue is the most known avenue from Paris, famous for luxury shops, theaters, cafes and also known the annual Bastille Day military parade and Tour de France cycle race.

Champs-Élysées

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is situated at the end of Champs-Élysées avenue and is the most famous monument from Paris and honors those who fought and died in France Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars.

Beneath this arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from First World War.

Arc de Triomphe

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay used to be a train station, it is along the Seine river opposite the Louvre. The museum holds paintings, sculptures, photography and furniture.

It has the largest collection of impressionist painting including Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Manet, Renoir.

Entrance fee cost 12 euro and if you want also to visit Musée de l’Orangerie (art gallery of impressionist paintings) cost 16 euros.

Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden from Paris. Since 1993 includes many museums, wallabies, alpine plants, archives, libraries, greenhouses, a zoo (ménagerie) and it’s great for a promenade.

The entrance is for free for École de Botanique, Jardin Alpin, Jardin des Iris et des Plantes vivaces, Jardin de roses et de Roches but you can book some tours that would cost you around 7€.

Jardin des Plantes

Le Marais

Le Marais, it’s a historic district, used to be aristocratic and has many important architectural and historical buildings.

After the French Revolution, this district wasn’t any more an aristocratic neighbourhood and became a popular commercial area which attracts Jewish communities.

This area is famous also because it became a centre of the LGBT community since the 1980s.

It also is known as a fashionable district, fashion houses, fancy restaurants, here you can find a Chinese community which started to appear during World War I.

Basilica Sacre-Coeur

Montmartre it’s a famous hill in Paris also known for Basilica Sacre-Coeur. People are coming here for a great view of Paris, it’s a perfect place to hang out, to see the sunset. Looks like a village and during Belle Epoque many artists like Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Monet works and had their studios.

Basilica Sacre-Coeur
Basilica Sacre-Coeur
Basilica Sacre-Coeur front

Parc de Belleville

Parc de Belleville is a park with the best views of the city, it is the highest park in Paris and has a nice neighbourhood to explore. It’s multi-ethnic neighbourhood, many German Jews settled there in 30’s and later in 60’s Algerian and Tunisian jews came. Also here is one of the city’s two Chinatowns. It’s full of life, colour and you will enjoy being here.

Galeries Lafayette

If you are a fashion lover you must not miss Galeries Lafayette. A visit here is a “must” for those enjoying what makes Paris, well, “PARIS”. Be sure to tour all the Galleries not only to see the astounding variety of goods and foods but also to admire the architecture, including the stained-glass dome and to enjoy the spectacular views from the roof. And don’t forget to pick up a few goodies at their “Gourmet” store across the street.

Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral it’s a medieval Catholic cathedral also knows for his beautiful French Gothic architectures.  It became famous after was published Victor Hugo’s novel called “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Entrance is for free and for this reason the queue can be huge. The area around packed with tourists but plenty of opportunities for photos. It’s worth going in if you have time and queue isn’t too bad.

Notre-Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg is a “don’t miss” place to see Parisians relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Some are reading around the fountains, some running the ‘track”, Children playing with boats at the lake, etc. Beautiful flowers, interesting and lovely classical statues of past queens of France, there is something for everyone here.

Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg

This wonderful walk to Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont provides a great change of pace from the busy streets of Paris. Perfect for walk, jogging and cycling. On a hot summer day, there was plenty of shade, drink stops, toilets and access back to the city along the way if you didn’t want to do the entire walk.

Petite Ceinture

Petite Ceinture is abandoned old train tracks around Paris. When you get there you see a fence and quite a few holes where you can crawl through, but we personally found it easiest to go through a large opening that had been cut out and was hidden behind a cardboard sign.

Petite Ceinture

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette it’s a nice park, here you can find a space to rest, play and attend auditions. It’s a very huge place and here you can find a big area with a theater, concert hall, exhibition centres and artist playing around.

From the Jaurès subway station to the park you will find lots of activities to do, like cinemas, pools and riverboats. Every year at the summer the City Mayor open there Paris Beach spaces like do at River Seine. Go ahead and find space for arts and the parc itself. It is a really good place to visit and stay.

Parc de la Villette

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company is an independent bookstore nestled in the 5th Arrondissement. Here you can find new and used (English) books of all kinds as well as a café. The store also hosts several events each month, inviting the public to meet authors to discuss their works and writing.

Shakespeare & Co is truly a treasure in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It’s a place steeped in history with unforgettable charm and character that has been years in the making.

The store is very popular, especially on Sundays. I recommend visiting on a weekday, (evenings are ideal!) to have the best experience possible.

Outside of city

 

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau: forest, castle, climbing. Endless opportunities for biking, hiking, and rock climbing. Hundreds of trails, some still show pavements that are 200 years old.

The palace is located near to Paris at one hour drive. Entrance cost 12 euros for an adult without an audio guide.

The palace used to be home of kings of France and the Bonaparte family and has plenty of paintings.

Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau

Chateau de Versailles

Chateau de Versailles was the residence of former kings like Louis XIV. Versailles, the previous capital of France.

Versailles is not very far from Paris in mileage, but the normal RER C train you would take was under repair so we were told to take alternates.

If you want to make the most of your time you MUST book a tour through the Versailles website. It’s only 10 euro and it allows you to skip the line and enter through the right side entrance. It also gives you a tour of areas off-limits to the general public.

After the hour and a half tour, you are free to visit the rest of the palace. Do yourself a favour and avoid the lines and enjoy the small group tour.

Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles

Foundation Monet in Giverny

Foundation Monet in Giverny is one place you do not want to miss while visiting Paris. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and so well maintained. You can feel like you walked into one of Monet’s lily pond paintings. Monet worked tirelessly in his gardens for over 40 years.

Visiting his home can be a pure joy with his famous yellow kitchen. Many replicas of his painting are displayed in his artist studio and all around the home.

The home and gardens are about 90 minutes out of Paris. You can take a bus tour. The estate is scheduled for over a million visitors this year, so be prepared to bring along your patience.

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park from Paris is out of this world, a wide sprawling attraction with something for everyone. The palace is beautiful especially during the late night display with fireworks and laser show are incredible.

Food is reasonable depending on what and where you eat. Lunch with the princesses is spectacular and a great time to meet the stars.

Disneyland Park

Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix it’s also a theme park as Disneyland a great place for families and kids, definitely French, with mythological characters.

La Defense

La Defense it’s a major business district near Paris famous for La Grande Arche inaugurated in 1989. Here “first generation” skyscrapers. Most popular skyscrapers are Tour Signal, Tour Phare, Hermitage Plaza, and Tour Generali.

La Defense
La Defense district

Here are some places to visit, of course, you can find more interesting places to visit.

Paris it’s a perfect city to escape, especially if you are from Europe, It’s a great market for shopping and fashion and can be also for the budget.

If you have other questions feel free and leave a comment. Until then, you can read more articles about other beautiful destinations.

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