A Travellerspoint blog

Milos

2021 POST PANDEMIC TRIP

overcast 63 °F

This was a fun island, with a lot more things to see and do than I expected but boy, it was a bit more expensive than I was expecting. Unless you get a gyro, plan on spending a minimum of 25€ a person for dinner and drinks - on the upside, the food was very good quality. There is a couple of must-sees while on the island so the best thing you can do is plan on renting a car. Of course, if you are not part of the EU, you must have a valid international driver's permit. The roads at times could be a bit scary but because we went during the offseason, traffic was light so there weren’t too many times that we encountered traffic in what seemed like a one-way street. I tend to shy away from driving while on vacation but to be honest, this was the most fun I’ve had driving since I was in my 20s - yes, a long time ago. Why did I have so much fun, because we rented a manual transmission and it was so much fun knowing I could still drive a stick. It's the little things in life that make me happy. 😎 if you only have time to see one thing, make that thing Sarakinko Beach - it's just breathtaking.

Sarakiniko Beach
729627CF-1230-4432-A975-3288C7B211AA.jpeg
E35A3A7A-11A0-484C-9C48-92089A068265.jpeg
D5C44B62-4DA1-4839-8512-9D2B0BBB8B24.jpeg
2CA7DD61-5A6D-49F7-B2CF-EC085BA5E667.jpeg

Catacombs of Tripiti Village
3F137D02-8294-4EDD-AAE7-B8DE2FB9F0BD.jpeg

Ancient Theatre of Milos
B4CB1A59-BC9A-4F76-A4FB-9CE7B207DCC2.jpeg
70908A04-F0E2-4A1D-A9CF-4B5C15B2A4BF.jpeg

Beautiful scenery everywhere
108CC171-69F4-4231-9362-3E0251550424.jpeg
606CCB2D-7E72-4852-A857-0B6264DABC31.jpeg
EA9AD899-DD29-407A-8AA1-2C787307461A.jpeg
31D4F407-80D6-4885-8581-817450F74374.jpeg
611F4C79-CF3F-467D-942D-0E6E0FB1F27B.jpeg
1980C9CC-02A4-4E6C-9787-57811FAE736A.jpeg

Posted by 123Joanne 18:25 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Paros

2021 POST PANDEMIC TRIP

overcast 65 °F

This was my second trip to Paros and it did not disappoint. Well, there was no beach weather but there was time well spent relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The problem with going in the offseason is the limited amount of things to do - partially due to the weather but mostly due to the locals closing up shop for the season. Yes, 80% of the restaurants were still open but to be honest, the quality of the food was just so so - it also didn't help that the prices were so high. Would I come back in the offseason next time? I would, but maybe a couple of weeks earlier.

There is a special quaintness to this island that I just love. Is it the beaches? Maybe. The laid-back feeling you get while enjoying a beer while watching the sunset is a great way to decompress. But I mostly enjoyed the boutique hotel (Apollon Boutique Hotel) we stayed at. I don’t know why I love this hotel so much, it could be the staff or just the attention to detail that was incorporated into the design but if I visit a third time I will definitely stay here again.

D51F1269-036D-486B-963D-6D39C71525A5.jpeg
1BB578CB-A968-4FCF-AD69-9EFAEF2D9257.jpeg
36E069E4-2A7F-40CD-96F7-07CBCECCF1D4.jpeg
34B67C26-2B7D-4E5E-B10F-2ED1CCC6DAB4.jpeg
B021C163-2778-4328-BC42-510733F0FE3E.jpeg
5D8655CB-132E-4745-B3DD-08FF31353ACE.jpeg
E134CFB7-9BA4-4EA5-9A07-6315FCB422F0.jpeg
CC1FDE4B-C554-413A-BBC3-255E72DAD744.jpeg
E87BD52D-82E1-4A30-9698-878FDCE63056.jpeg
CE7DA583-B286-466E-83E9-B744F372EC12.jpeg
ECFF6FD6-04E0-406F-8B80-2EA2A2C577BC.jpeg

Posted by 123Joanne 18:19 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Cappadocia

2021 POST PANDEMIC TRIP

70 °F

So much fun - yes, Cappadocia was a great adventure. 3 days is all you need to see everything but a 4-day trip will give you time to relax and enjoy everything without exhausting yourself. The history from the underground caves to the open-air museum are must-see sights, but they are probably most famous for the hot air balloon extravaganza. So beautiful seeing all the colorful balloons in the early sunrise. Our pilot was fantastic and skillful almost to the point that the flight was boring. The $70 price tag was a bargain that will be a lifelong fun memory.

Of course, you are in Turkey so the best advice I can give you is to be careful not to overpay. In the town of Göreme where we stayed, every other shop is a travel agent so walk around and see who offers the best price.

We took a taxi to the underground without negotiating a price but our driver was an excellent tour guide so I felt that the knowledge and insight he provided was worth the extra money. When he suggested other things to see we wholeheartedly agreed. I'm sure he saw sucker written on our forehead but I had fun so if he thought he was bamboozling us I'm okay with that because I enjoyed the adventure. One of the places we went to is Aladdin ceramics and yes, we bought a plate which again I'm sure we paid too much for but at some point if you like something then sometimes you have to bite the bullet and pay their price. Well, not their initial price - to give you an example, the price as marked was $3400 and we wound up paying $1200 - in my opinion, still too much. Hopefully, by the time we get home and see it, we will be happy with the purchase but currently, I'm having a bit of buyers remorse.

Overall, the food was delicious and we had great weather - a fun time was had by all!

Göreme
92EA3E35-6FD2-48AE-806B-A6B61C17E84F.jpeg
CA66CE29-038C-44C2-8FA5-67FF54637B1B.jpeg
D07FC052-A608-4A54-919D-DF5D3231B5B0.jpeg
F2658642-0ADA-44D6-AEA4-23A7014C5CA7.jpeg
BA2A1961-EF99-4FA8-9520-BA7B73EC6DC5.jpeg

Göreme Open-Air Museum
07F823A6-232C-49D3-B0D6-2B45A375C438.jpeg
D2348B4A-0D6B-466D-A297-EA2B47B12AB6.jpeg
9057F814-DD97-40A2-B6CD-10640CE1C787.jpeg
925BB21F-86E5-4317-AED2-305F6C668D0C.jpeg

Uchisar Castle
C30A8A0B-989E-46CF-87F0-21C1999B2FFC.jpeg
9057F814-DD97-40A2-B6CD-10640CE1C787.jpeg

Derinkuyu Underground City
425E1918-7FE5-4CC1-B89B-71EFEB72C8C3.jpeg
7681FE78-FACE-4058-9197-93F013FAC24A.jpeg
F3F42A03-581B-4CDE-9584-323A9F7FA2F2.jpeg
A3ED7790-A4CF-41E1-9F44-A20647DD11BA.jpeg
E35CF55C-B9A7-4E3D-9ED3-51F442AEB9DA.jpeg

Hot air ballooning
F070DFF5-276E-49C2-9426-A54153EC93AB.jpeg
BE14FA0D-17EC-49D8-9833-376BDEC6C34A.jpeg
00F7687C-0642-4836-A0AD-BDAD8639ED59.jpeg
45CBC3EE-880A-4224-8F0C-1F7A154ED0C9.jpeg
61B4D28F-9F22-4FFC-951B-09DE9345248A.jpeg
5BB626F3-FDAD-4D2F-B945-464B39BB081D.jpeg
AE81B5AA-8E7C-4B69-8E86-B7E3869EB621.jpeg
24C837B4-7A45-4DFE-B55C-8FF750D9B68D.jpeg
42CAE4D7-1D56-4082-B78F-759E84F81397.jpeg
21C69E47-C97F-4702-B0CC-335926D02A05.jpeg

Posted by 123Joanne 13:46 Archived in Turkey Comments (0)

L’viv

2021 Post Pandemic Trip

semi-overcast 60 °F

I love this city! The people, the old town, the street musicians, wow, they are fantastic. I've been here two other times and I cannot remember the street musicians being so talented. Maybe it's the pandemic and professional musicians are out of work so they try to earn extra income playing for tips. What a joy it is to be able to sit in a park, or walk the streets, and have the sounds of live music everywhere. If you have the means, please tip these people, they have worked hard to accomplish this level of talent and they deserve to be compensated for your enjoyment.

The Covid precautions aren't as strict as other European countries we visited so you feel like the pandemic is over and that can be troublesome. They do require you to wear a mask indoors but depending on the establishment, sometimes the mask rules aren't enforced. Personally, I always wore a mask indoors so this is just an observation of others.

The food here is fantastic! It's more a meat and potatoes countries but I did notice a few vegan places. The restaurants are always fun and they make it interesting with their themes which I'm sure the proprietors thought of when they were intoxicated. You have the most expensive restaurant in the world, a bunker restaurant where you have to give a secret password to get in and upon entry, you are given a shot to drink. If they suspect you are Russian, they will throw you in their jail cell. The coffee house where you can mine for coffee and they will put it to fire to crystalize the sugar. The Arsenal where there are no plates or silverware but you will enjoy the best ribs ever. Then there's a restaurant with no menus. That's right, you tell them what you want and if they can, they will make it. There are a lot of other places so plan on gaining a few pounds and enjoy the silliness.

Our favorite thing to do is sit in the Ivan Franco park and drink dollar beers while people watching. It's a great time to relax and gain your energy for your next adventure.

Statue of Taras Shevchenko
Ukraine's greatest nationalist writer, rises up in the middle of pr Svobody. It was a gift to the people of Lviv from the Ukrainian diaspora in Argentina, the bewhiskered poet set against a wave-shaped relief of religious folk.
1FB45DBF-8DB8-4F47-AE8F-DA86317D29C0.jpeg

Saint George Monument
This monument is dedicated to the policemen of Lviv who lost their lives in the line of duty. The monument stands in front of the police office. St George is represented sitting on a scared horse, wanting to kill the serpent with his spear.
2B05F191-3D9C-4C39-A461-06A79994837D.jpeg

The Monument to the Victims of Communist Crimes
Is a historical memorial to the millions of innocent people who became victims of the Soviet power and Stalinist regime. The memorial is placed to remind people of those times of despair and hopelessness so that kind of tragedy never occurs again. Fresh flowers are often put at the foot of the monument.
3D245753-D9E6-46C6-BD8B-8C6CA14A6EA9.jpeg

Monument to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus
The place where the statue is located is also called the Square of St. Mary. The statue is a tall figure of Mary with a sacred crown over her head.
C50E668E-3F8F-49B5-8CE3-C525422A8A0B.jpeg

[b]The Statue of Liberty
This beautiful and unique monument to liberty in Lviv. It is set on the dome of a house that was constructed in 1870 - 1890. The statue was designed by the same master that made the famous Statue of Liberty from New York.
46BD22DC-554B-40CD-8443-FBCDD14761DF.jpeg

Church of the Jesuits
BDCAF801-23F7-43B5-8312-D8D50A470F08.jpeg
C0EB700C-7CDE-4FBA-88A3-6E21DFC41C83.jpeg
A2245971-457D-4B14-A2AE-7922F34B158F.jpeg

Opera House and Fountain
87764470-3417-4B07-A074-2965C37C0132.jpeg

Rynok (Market) Square
6EF446E4-D485-41D4-897D-CCA5292E05EC.jpeg
24E5DEAC-098E-421A-A720-ECAFC43BE07D.jpeg
50ABFC27-D2BD-4F33-B3CC-7CE275E19746.jpeg
C8010B0D-2E32-4083-B611-C4659D59A201.jpeg
6F5A3881-2292-49D9-AA23-EA7C162CCA8C.jpeg

Ivan Franko Statue
93F4AD63-4FE1-40C0-B0FF-1B3485E68CE2.jpeg

Ivan Franko Park
E68170AE-7805-4117-AF14-97E4E3DD1FA5.jpeg
41AA531D-C263-47C1-AC7C-2D879ECCDCDB.jpeg
593EF5DB-F650-4975-869B-1505AC6B0CDD.jpeg

Beer Belly of Ukraine because it's Ukraine 😂
DCF8D83D-DF6F-437F-9F61-76B5CAEFF30E.jpeg

Street Flower Mart
B7FD6520-B9E6-4864-A280-4BC9431ED956.jpeg
22647B4C-B7DA-410B-8FC5-65DCE3DA647C.jpeg
E6C3A1E7-849E-4A03-AD24-EAA55C35F710.jpeg

Street Musicians
CF254217-4C64-4E2E-AE33-398D41C630B2.jpeg
4E87477D-29CC-48E6-A956-A8E8AB65481C.jpeg
06EF9B58-6883-4442-A089-D189776C6730.jpeg
38EE8835-6348-4202-B0AD-A06607D145DE.jpeg
7DAEFEA9-2207-4E6A-9940-09B06BCD9BB4.jpeg
CB18248C-1851-45C3-824C-6A56C0AE7D18.jpeg
DD60FE4C-C7E9-4F2D-BB15-DE8CEAF685FB.jpeg

Not so much
3E1FDB8D-0249-4E38-BCEA-9A39287C14C8.jpeg

Posted by 123Joanne 18:28 Archived in Ukraine Comments (0)

Vienna

2021 Post Pandemic

rain 65 °F

Don’t leave home without it, your vaccination card that is. They don’t require masks everywhere, but if you are using public transport you are required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination whenever asked. I’m okay with this, the last thing I want is to ruin my vacation because some numskull didn’t care about protecting others.

The train station in Vienna is fantastic. It’s not ornate or old-school pretty, but it’s large, functional, and extremely clean. The big negative was our stop was closed in one direction so that made for a fun game of, where the heck are we and how do we get back to the hotel in the pouring rain.

I don’t have a lot to say about Vienna because we didn’t see much due to the rains but I will acknowledge that I probably gained 5-pounds because the pastries are delicious and by delicious, I mean, I couldn’t get enough of them. 😉

Most of your sightseeing will consist of museums, so if you enjoy museums this may be a place you would like to visit. We did go to the Belvedere Palace, which was a beautiful building, but everything inside was paintings - I prefer palaces that show how the people lived.

We stayed close to the main train station (a 5-minute walk) which was very convenient. It’s a 15-minute train ride from the airport and a 7-minute metro ride to the center. Maybe staying in the center would have been better with the bad weather, but because we split our time between Vienna and Budapest we thought the convenience of being close to the trains and busses would work out better. I think if I ever return, I’ll stay in the center, but to be honest, it’s not at the top of places to revisit.

Belvedere Palace
72382258-7972-426B-86E4-733CFA33A09D.jpeg
C3E5B7D6-F1F6-4506-8024-D428CEFF94D0.jpeg
CA71DE46-293A-4F93-9C59-937EA054DB37.jpeg
BE01471C-4E67-49CD-B7C6-6A7CDF652FF6.jpeg
6761E1DC-AA07-405C-B688-9845AFEECEA4.jpeg
A6C4C0ED-2F25-4E3F-8F02-4FF0663F1CB4.jpeg
E3F1428B-6A27-41DF-AA64-02E9C514C627.jpeg

Stephansdom Cathedral is a thousand-plus-year old cathedral
E605B961-41F9-4424-9A49-1429EB32B91C.jpeg
9B8ED29D-B0A7-4975-B821-CB9E76E7ED43.jpeg
20F61A52-3D02-4A8A-8B0D-2EC8D06B6CC9.jpeg

Central train station
FB4FD48A-216F-44E8-A268-9E339C606D18.jpeg
0B1C2DA7-54F3-4250-AEF8-ABEFBB110960.jpeg

Posted by 123Joanne 12:05 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 5 of 69) Page [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .. »