Visiting Singapore

Singapore is a country located in Southeast Asia one degree north of the Equator. It is a warm climate with temperatures ranging from 70’s to 90’s. It is cultural wonderland along with some modern attractions that work well together.  

5 things you need to put on your list to see are:

 

Marina Bay – the Marina Bay Sands is the main attraction of the bay. It contains the casino, museum, nightlife, restaurants and a nightly light show that lights up the entire area. Spend some time walking around and soak up the local culture. A true must see!

 

Universal Studios Singapore – the first amusement park of its kind in SE Asia, Universal Studio has 20 attractions for adults and children. Spend a day exploring the different zones and ride the 5 roller coasters and 2 water rides. Enjoy the food and time with the family.

Gardens by the Bay – this is winner of the Architectural Design for 2012 is something you will want to spend some time visiting. This garden has multiple plants to see and 12 large Supertree sculptures. There is a walkway connecting 3 trees together so you can walk among them and admire the view from above. Absolutely stunning at night. Learn about conservation and green space while enjoying the stunning view.

 

Chinatown – this part of Singapore is a tribute to the Chinese who founded the country. There is shopping, authentic food and lots of souvenirs. You can see the Thian Hock Keng Temple which is the oldest temple in Singapore or visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

 

Singapore Flyer – Similar to a ferris wheel, this observation wheel is the largest in the world. It is 541 feet tall and have 28 air conditioned capsules.  A complete revolution takes about 30 minutes. You can see Marina Bay, Singapore River and much more. Beautiful in both day and night.   

 

 

Singapore is a beautiful country with older sections and new modern ones. You can learn the local customs or visit much more modern areas. Take a vacation and check it out.

Germany’s Top Attractions

If you have not  had the pleasure of vacationing in Germany I would  highly recommend you add this beautiful country to your bucket list.  

Here are 5 places you must see.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most stunning castles in Germany.   My family and I had the pleasure of taking a horse drawn carriage to the castle. It was snowing lightly and it made the castle look even more fairytale like.

This 19th century hilltop fairytale castle, prized home of King Ludwig II,  is one of the most popular and most recognized of all the palaces and castles in Europe. An estimated 1.4 million people come to visit the castle every year.  Photos are not allowed inside but you can get  plenty of great outdoor views from the Marien Bridge, It is definitely a must see with the idyllic view and the stunning interior.

Linderhof Palace

You must visit the Linderhof Palace, a 19th-century Bavarian treasure. You have to see it to believe all the richness inside and out.  

The castle is small but does not disappoint.  The detail in each room is rich with exquisite gold leaf decorating  like you would expect any castle to have.  The fireplace and the mirrors are quite extraordinary to see.  But you must walk through the immaculate gardens with statues and fountains.  It is magical to see.

Zugspitze

At 2964 meters (8892 feet) above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany and a very popular getaway destination.

The Zugspitze is very accessible.  We traveled to the top by train where you will enjoy the view of four different countries.  You can also take a cable car to the top. Just plan to go on a day when the weather is nice so you have a clear view.

As attractions go, the Zugspitze ranks a solid zehn on a scale of ten.

Europa-Park

If you are looking for some family fun then you need to visit one of Europe’s best theme parks. Germany’s Europa-Park is a perfect vacation for children of all ages. It is located  in a lush area near Germany’s Black Forest.

There are more than 100 attractions that are spread out over 13 different themed areas representing Europe. This park is sure to amaze you.  There are 11  rollercoasters, the variety of food is amazing and it is a budget friendly vacation.

My kids loved the FoodLoop, where our food was delivered to us by rollercoaster.  That was a highlight for them. They also have shows if you are wanting to do something more leisurely.  

This park is definitely worth checking out.  Just give yourself a few days to make sure you can take in the full experience.  

Brandenburg Gate

If you are into architectural beauty then you need to visit  the Brandenburg Gate.

You will be awe struck just looking up at this monument that was a dividing line from East to West Berlin. It can be busy with lots of tourist or school trips.  The best time to go is earlier in the morning to walk through and get some good photos.

This is an iconic piece of German history and you will not want to miss seeing it.  

 

Top Destinations in Southern Spain

Southern Spain is also known as Andalusia. It stretches along the Mediterranean coast and features the sea on one side and the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the other side. This area is also the hottest area in Europe.

Throughout history, Andalusia has been invaded and occupied by many countries because of its prime location in Europe.  Because of this, there is rich culture, plenty of ancient artifacts, wonderful food choices, and plenty of festivities to celebrate their history.

Here are some of the favorite places to visit in the South of Spain:

 

SEVILLE

Seville is the largest tourist destination in southern Spain. Seville is world renown for it cultural activities, food variety, museums, palaces, and ancient architecture.  In addition, you can see the Christopher Columbus’s diary here in the Museum of the Indies.  The cathedral is the third largest church in the world.

MARBELLA

Marbella was at one time a small fishing village, but it is now a bustling city known as one of the most beloved beach resorts.  There is beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea lining the fine sand and historic attractions. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for the night life seekers and plenty of beach for the sunbathers. Many luxurious homes are nearby and the ancient city also has the same layout as it did as far back as the 1700s, including a wall around the city.

CORDOBA

Cordoba is known for its rich culture and fantastic architecture.  One of the more famous buildings is the great Mosque-cathedral of Cordoba, also known as the Mezquita. One traveller I met was amazed at the skill of the sculptors and the interior painters of some of the ancient buildings. We talked for hours about the architecture.

Cordoba is home to both Jewish and Catholic religions, with a steady stream of international visitors.  You should plan a trip across the Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River.

GRENADA

Grenada sits at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.  It has been inhabited for over 2500 years and offers incredible views of the mountains.  It was founded as a Celtic settlement, but one of its most famous attraction is the Islamic palace known as Alhambra.

CADIZ

Cadiz is thought by many to be the oldest inhabited city in Western Europe.  It was founded over 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians.  You will get all the coastline you want to see in a day here, with the sea waves crashing against a large seawall.  Like the others, there is plenty of ancient architecture. The must-see time to visit is during Carnival, which is the third-biggest celebration of this kind in the world. During the rest of the year, guests flock here for seafood, surfing and flamenco dancing.

 

 

 

Your first solo adventure to Britain: facts that you need to know

You are going on your first solo adventure to Britain. You are excited, but scared at that same time. The more you understand what it is going to feel like traveling alone, the easier the trip will be. There are people that can handle a trip on their own, and they don’t mind it. However, there are some people that don’t like traveling alone, and this might be something that they are scared about. With these facts about traveling alone in places like Britain, you will be able to prepare yourself and make sure that you have the best trip ever.

Making a booking with a tour to go along with other people

If you want to go to Britain and you don’t want to go alone, you can always make a booking with a tour group that is touring through Britain. This way, you will still be alone, but you will not need to travel completely alone. You might even get to know the other people in the group and have the best time ever.

When you are traveling alone, it doesn’t mean that you should be alone. With a tour group, especially for single persons, you will still be able to see Britain, but you will not need to do it as alone as what you might have thought.

Don’t be afraid to travel alone, it can be a great experience

If you don’t want to go with a tour group, you should not be afraid to travel alone. There are many people that are doing it daily, and they still have the best time ever. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling alone; this is the experience that counts.

You might even make new friends along the way that you can contact anytime that you are struggling to find your way. And, with all the social media sites today, you can still keep in touch with your friends and family back home.

Plan ahead to make sure that you don’t get lost in the crowd

One thing that you need to remember is that you should plan ahead. You need to know exactly where you are going and what attractions you want to see. This is the only way that you can be sure that you aren’t going to get lost in the crowd of people without having anywhere to go.

If you have a filled tour and you don’t have any minute to waste, then you will not have the time to struggle with the fact that you are all alone in a strange country where you don’t know anyone.

Have the best time ever. Even if you are alone

You need to remind yourself that you should have the best time ever. And, that you should not make being alone your enemy. It can be so easy to start feeling alone and then you just want to go home and you forget that you are on holiday, traveling through the one place that you always dreamed about.

It isn’t as hard as what you might think to travel alone. The only thing that you need to remember is that you can still have a great time, even if you are alone. There are many things that you can do in Britain, even if you are alone that will make this the experience of a lifetime.