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2 days in Los Angeles

fml eye drops price in lebanon “I don’t just see the movie when I see the movie, I see all the great people who worked on it and all their hard work, because they could not have worked any harder.”

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Imagine you are a film buff. Probably, the biggest and one day you are given a chance to go to the price of melacare forte cream La La Land of America, stromectol usa Los Angeles, what would your reaction be? Well, I FAINTED!! YES, and when I woke up, it was the best half-sleep EVER!!!

kamagra 100mg oral jelly come si usa Los Angeles was undoubtedly my favorite of all the places I visited during my trip to arimidex price ‘Merica. Even though I only spent only 2 days there, I saw pretty many things, did some amazing stuff and came across some breathtaking experiences, therefore, in this blog, I am so so excited to tell you how I spent my 2 gorgeous days in  prilosec uk Hollywood.

Before astelin nasal spray price L.A happened to me, I had heard bunch of bad stuffs about this place. Like, the traffic is horrible, people are rude and many other non-pleasant stuffs therefore my expectations weren’t on cloud 9. But once I landed, it was like I am seretide evohaler 25 250 price Tom Hanks from rulide tablets 300mg price ‘The Terminal’, confused yet so thrilled to step onto the stage!

That’s what duphaston buy online L.A does to you… It turns you into a protagonist from an ginseng uk Oscar-winning movie. Whoever you wanna be. Be it coversyl dosage canada Gerard Butler from cialis soft paypal ‘P.S. I Love You’ or nizagara 100 uk Rudolph Valentino from careprost lowest price ‘Blood and Sand’. It’s all about how creative you can be with your character inside your head.

P.S: I would literally kill to be tadagra 20 mg price Marlon Brando. :p  OH THAT GUY!!! <3

buy tadaga 40mg Let’s show you Los Angeles!
Day 1:
  • neon lox 2 jelly price Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Hollywood (3 Types of Tour)
  • beclate inhaler price The Hollywood Walk Of Fame!!
  • The Chinese Theatre
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Rodeo Drive (optional; if you have time)

 

Day 2
  • The Universal Studio
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Malibu or The Manhattan Beach (optional; little bit far)

 

Day 3 (Optional; if you have an extra day)
  • Disneyland

 

Day 1

Warner Bros. Studio

Warner Bros. offers 3 types of tours:

Studio Tour – This tour offers you access to many famous sound stages of WB. You will get to explore the outdoor and indoor sets which have created productions like THE BIG BANG THEORY, FRIENDS, GILMORE GIRLS, CASABLANCA, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and many many more great hits of all time. I personally loved this tour, I got to see Ross’s home, the famous Gilmore Girls’ Tree, Harry Potter’s wizard world set and Casablanca’s only left set.

You will also have exclusive access to original props and costumes from the famous hits. Your tour will also stop at the DC Universe – DC Comics Exhibit and the REAL CENTRAL PERK FRIENDS SET and the Batman Museum which also includes his amazing Bat Mobile collection. This tour lasts for about 2-3 hours.

Deluxe Tour – this tour included all the things stated in the above Studio tour and also it will give you access to many more sound stages and will take you back in time for you to relive the moment of how WB was created.

WB Studio History Tour – this tour will only include the part of how WB was created in 1923.

Tour tickets can be bought both online or at the counter.

https://www.wbstudiotour.com/

 

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

If I must summarize this place, I would say GOLD. Yes, because this stretch of 2 kilometers holds the entire history of Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Phonograph & Comedy. A star has it all.

I got the chance to get a picture with Tom Cruise’s & Johnny Depp’s doppelganger. Oh God they were almost real!!!!

 

The TCL Chinese Theatre

From premiering movies such as The King of Kings in 1927, to getting converted to the largest IMAX auditorium in the world, The TCL Chinese Theatre welcomes atleast 4 million tourists from all over the world. Built at a cost of $2 Million at that time, this attraction is a must visit on the Hollywood Boulevard. No matter what, WATCH A MOVIE HERE to make the best out of your visit.

 

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

After you are done clicking SELFIES with solid star shaped floors, its better you decide to go to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. This is my 6th visit to a wax museum but it was also the 600th time when I was clicking pictures of each and every statue in the museum. It felt so glamorous among those fake statues of Jimmy Fallon or Forest Gump.

It’s a must visit place at the Hollywood Boulevard.

 

Rodeo Drive

Undoubtedly, one of the most famous streets in LA pretty well known from one of the greatest films of all time, Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gerd.

The street known for its insanely luxurious stores is a three block stretch which is also known as the Golden Triangle.

I still remember my favorite scene shot here, when Julia Roberts is kicked out of an expensive boutique because she looked like she could not afford it and then she comes back the next day with dozen many shopping bags and yells, “Big Mistake. Big! Huge!”. I am sure I have seen this movie more than 10 times.

Day 2

Universal Studios

I have always been a WB fan but that does not mean other production studios does not make good movies or don’t work hard enough on a movie. Universal Studio is another big GIANT when it comes to production studios. Some of the great movies were created right here in this studio like Psycho, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, etc. if I sit down to name all of them, this blog will become the most boring one ever or MAYBE the most exciting one :p. Depends on your interest.

Being a film buff, a theme park lover and an insane Harry Potter lover, I just had to be excited about the fact of visiting The Universal Studios.

PS: You will also see the “City Hall” from “Back to the Future”.

 

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is on the edge of the hill from which you get a spectacular view of the city of Los Angeles. Also, the telescope lets you to witness the entire city very nicely like the downtown St. Monica Mountains and the world famoussssssss Hollywood Sign that sits on the edge of another hill. It’s not only about the views but also the famous architecture. Oh Gosh I loved the wall mural (if it was one :p) just above the Faucault Pendulum as soon as you enter the Observatory. You can experience the “Gateway to Cosmos” and “Samuel Oschin Planetarium”.

PS: One entire song from La La Land was shot here. 

 

Malibu, the Beach City
The Manhattan Beach
Thank You Los Angeles!

Best Hikes in the Faroe Islands

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

–         David Attenborough

Growing up in the Himalayan Mountains in a small valley known as Rishikesh in India, I have always been in love with mountains and I feel they can take anyone’s breath away.

I am a tough cookie, so it is not very easy to impress me, but it does not mean I don’t appreciate my surroundings or the hard work that has been invested in it. However, in order to make me feel WOW about a certain place, it should be astonishing.

Currently, Faroe Islands have done the trick quite well.

Faroe Islands are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland, 320 kilometers north-northwest of Scotland.(61.8926° N, 6.9118° W)

It is ethereal and immaculate. You probably may not have seen anything as pristine as this. The catch here is that you need to be at your fittest to be able to make the most out of your trip.

To reach and witness every viewpoint, you will have to hike, climb or at least walk for a minimum of an hour. It is only then that you will be able to experience the beauty of the Faroe Islands in all its glory.

It truly is another one of those “­­Heaven on Earth” places, undoubtedly meant for nature, hiking lovers and landscapes photographers.

Therefore, I am going to mention the best hikes in the Faroe Islands which you should consider doing. There are more than 25-30 hikes in these archipelagos and all provide you with the best views possible but, these are the best ones according to me which serve your soul purpose. I hiked 6 of them, lets see how many you can conquer. :p

Let’s begin!

  • Slaettaratindur
  • Mykinesholmur
  • Midvagur Bosdalafossur
  • Villingardalsfjall
  • Gásadalsbrekkan or Bøur Gásadalur
  • Eggjarklettur, Høgoyggj or Nólsoy Borðan
  • Kolfjarðardalur Leynar
  • Hvannhagii
  • Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur
  • Saksun TjørnuvÍk
  • Sandur SøltuvÍk

Fact: All the hikes on these islands are free except the one at Mykines Island which is for 100 Kr ($15-20 or 12-15 BP or around 15 Euros). According to me you need not hire a tour guide, but that is always an option. There are many local tour operators who would love to take you around their homeland. What I am trying to say is that this country gives you all the freedom to do what you want. Obviously, there are some limitations. *sly grin*

  • Slaettaratindur (Difficulty: Average | 4 hours return | Kind of Children Friendly | 5 kilometers)

Standing at 880m, this is country’s highest mountain. You will come across a parking area on your left when you will be coming from Eidi. At first you can start to walk towards the mountain from any possible and visible way till the time you reach the altitude of 500-600 meters or say after walking for about 35-45 minutes. At this point the actual hikes starts where you now must follow a particular route. From the moment you start to see Haldorsvik, that’s when you would know your hike has just begun.

 

  • Mykinesholmur (Difficulty: Average | 4 hours return | Children Friendly but difficult at some stages | 9 kilometers)

Nowhere in the Faroe Islands you can experience Puffins as closely as you do here. It is very common to see them fly near you or it might also be possible that they are standing right beside you. I believe they are such pretty birds with such a cute face!!! I totally love them!! They seem like the tiniest creatures who are so friendly. You will always see them with their daily diet.

Fishes!

A lot of them to be precise. They will always have a one or two or even more in their mouth all the time.

Follow the village sign towards Mykinesholmur as soon as you get off the ferry in the Mykines Island. The path that goes up to the lighthouse is the easiest one to follow. You just have to walk on the travelled path without disturbing the flora and fauna of the island.

THAT’S THE ONLY RULE!

 

  • Midvagur Bosdalafossur (Difficulty: Very Easy | 2 hours Return | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)

I often refer it to as the LAKE ABOVE THE OCEAN. It is one of those famous photos you must have seen before coming to the Faroe Islands. After driving 5-6 kilometers from the airport towards the smallest capital of the world, Tórshavn, you will notice the lake Sorvagsvaten which is technically just beside the airport’s runway.

The hiking route is clearly visible from the works of previous hikers. It is a 120 minutes return hike to the peak which is famous among the travelers as, ‘LAKE-ABOVE-THE-OCEAN‘ point. Reach the top and get those cameras rolling and shooting.

 

  • Villingardalsfjall (Difficulty: Difficult | 4 hours return | Not Children Friendly | 5-6 kilometers)

According to many, it is the most difficult hike on the islands. The reason being many loose stones and its steep angle. It is not suitable for children.

As it is a hike on the Faroe Islands, you basically start from anywhere and end up anywhere because there are no specific rules regarding hiking except for the fact that you don’t disturb the flora and fauna on the islands. In this hike (due to its difficulty factor), you will be guided through every single step you take. For example, there are blue pipes on the way which will show you the path towards the top. If you follow those pipes, as far as I know, you will not face a single problem.

 

  • Gásadalsbrekkan (Difficulty: Average | 5 hours return | Not Children Friendly | 4 kilometers)

You now have two hiking routes to choose from. You have the option to either hike over the Arnafjall Mountain which is in Gásadalur. The route starts in the valley about three kilometres west of the village of Bøur. The path begins about one kilometer south (or left) of the tunnel entrance. You can see the path, which meanders up the Gásadalsbrekkan.

 

  • Eggjarklettur, Høgoyggj (Difficulty: Average | 5 hours return | Children Friendly | 12 kilometers)

The hike is moderate difficulty. You can complete the hike, grab a snack at a local snack shop and catch the return ferry to Tórshavn at 4:50 pm. In the island of Nólsoy this is the only hike possible to see the historical lighthouse. It offers a great view from up there.

 

  • Kolfjarðardalur Leynar (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 2 hours Return | Children Friendly | 2.5 – 3.5 Kilometers)

 

  • Hvannhagii (Difficulty: Average | 3 hours | Children Friendly | 9 kilometers)

 

  • Tórshavn – Kirkjubøur (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 4 – 5 Hours | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)

 

  • Saksun TjørnuvÍk (Difficulty: Kind of difficult | 5 hours | Children Friendly | 6 kilometers)

 

  • Sandur SøltuvÍk (Difficulty: Fairly Easy | 4 Hours | Children Friendly | 8 kilometers)
Góðan dag(in). (go-wan dya-(in))
Good Day!

Vestmannaeyjar (Vestmann Islands) – Pompeii of the North

“To Move, To Breathe, To Fly, To Float. To gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live”

–       Hans Christian Andersen

Vestmannaeyjar Islands is a small bunch of islands on the south coast of Iceland. Elliðaey is the northernmost of them. These are basically islands which are formed by various eruptions in the last 10000 to 15000 years. This statistic is pretty new in terms of the formation of the mainland Iceland. The Vestmannaeyjar Islands Area consists atleast 50 volcanoes around it below and above the sea.

Probably, the tallest peak on the island.

I know I keep mentioning Elliðaey,  but, I just can’t help it. Its such a pretty island. Visiting Elliðaey was the most peaceful thing happened to me till now and I just can’t get over it EVER! Stepping onto the loneliest island on the planet was truly a ‘Dream Come True’.

Click here to read about the loneliest house in the world. 

To reach Vestmannaeyjar Islands, you will either have to take a ferry from Landeyjahöfn which is about 2 hours (90 Miles) away from the capital, Reykjavik. You can also  board the ferry from Þorlákshöfn(Harbour used during bad weather conditions). The ferry ride time from Landeyjahöfn is about 30-35 minutes and from Þorlákshöfn is about 2.5 – 3 hours.

 

Tickets can be purchased at Herjólfur.is or visitwestmanislands.com. It will cost around 30$ return trip for one person which I feel is kind of costly because many localites come to and fro from Vestmannaeyjar Islands to South Iceland and paying this amount everyday is kind of a drag. But, truth to be told, its totally worth it. Flying with Eagle Air could also be an option, but I don’t think its really necessary, it will definitely cross your budget.

Even though. There is this one advantage that you will get to see the Vestmfromannaeyjar Islands from above which is a great sight.

1 of the 6 islands with a single cabin

FACT: There are 6 islands (In Total: 15 Islands) among the Vestmannaeyjar Islands  with single cabins built on them. Basically, every one of them is kind of “The Loneliest House on Planet” which is undoubtedly a great caption for your Instagram Post. 😛 Visit any one of them and you may experience the best time of your life.

Click here to read about the “Loneliest House in the World.”

Vestmannaeyjar Islands are so beautiful that at some specific points on these islands, you will feel that how can something this pretty exist in the real world. A fantasyland is what I may call it.

It is a kind of place where you can enjoy the peaceful time GOD has given to you. Just understand that you only have nature to adore here, and if I am honest, that is all I need.

FACT: The eruption that technically built these islands were not any normal eruptions. These were one of the biggest and longest eruptions in the history of Iceland. The eruption in 1963 lasted for 4 freaking years!! This lead to the formation of Surtsey, (the southernmost island of the group)If you think, Kilauea, Hawaii was a long eruption (3 months), then think about this. Even the second longest eruption here took lasted for about 155 days.

 

The place you must visit while you are in Vestmannaeyjar Islands is Stórhöfði.

This is recorded to be the windiest place in Iceland and I definitely believe it.

It is also considered to be a great spot to watch Puffin birds and Whale Watchimng (from the islands itself with the help of binoculars). When you walk from the dead end of the road where the parking lot is, you will find a small gate. Cross that gate and go where the path takes you.

Go till the end of the path, Stand there.

Observe the islands, the birds and the plants around you.

Inhale the silence these islands provide.

Spend as much time as possible.

Because this is probably the only time in your life (which I hope is not) when you will get the chance to listen to the waves around you in such bold silence.

This is the beauty of Iceland.

So, as you might have already understood, one day is enough to experience the beauty of Vestmannaeyjar Islands. I would recommend taking the earliest ferry at 09:45 and return back with the latest one at 22:00,

And guess what? It will all be in daylight in SUMMERS!!!!

Unless, you want to visit every one of those 15 islands which I highly doubt because that requires a lot of time. I clearly have this audacity to do this. There is a person I know, a friend who has done this. He is the one who took me to Elliðaey and I cannot thank him enough.

Contact me via my social media platforms incase you want to visit or leave a comment somewhere. You will get the required details.

He is a great guy and he is doing great work to increase the access to these islands for the tourists with the help of cliff rappelling.

He is so much taller than my brother in law!!

There is a place near/around the islands ,it is known as Sprangan there. He hosts tours around this area quite often.  I will be posting about his plans in the future, do check it out. He is undoubtedly the best person if you want to make the best out of your Vestmannaeyjar trip. Contact me if you need his info.

Thats me getting ready for the climb of my life

You can also hike up to the Volcano or Heimaklettur (which is the highest peak in Vestmannaeyjar) or take a boat tour around the islands. There is a Natural History Museum you can go to and Eldheimar Museum which will tell you about the Volcanic History of the islands.

I hope you get to visit the Vestmannaeyjar as soon as possible because once you do, there is not enough energy in this world that can prevent you from loving it.

Happy Travel!
Þú varst falleg Vestmannaeyjar

The Loneliest House In The World, Elliðaey

“Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Little place right on the

Pacific. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I’d like to finish out my life, Red. A warm place with no memory. Open a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up like new. Take my guests out charter fishing.”

-Andy, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Elliðaey – The one & only…

When was the last time you felt as peaceful as Andy did at the end of “The Shawshank Redemption”? I bet you have never felt that way. Well, I did. Not because I ran away from prison but, because I could hear the waves which were kilometers away from me, so clearly, that my mind could think of nothing else but, peace. Yes, that’s EXACTLY how I felt. Only if I had the guts to dive down from those tall cliffs of the island into the North Atlantic Ocean, I would have.

Elliðaey is the northernmost of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands in the South Iceland. It’s the first island you see while going on a ferry to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands from Landeyjahöfn (South Iceland port).

Click here to read my blog on the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

Probably, the tallest peak on the island.

Today, I am gonna tell you about Elliðaey, where lies the loneliest house in the world. There is not much information about this island on the internet. Some say that it belongs to an Icelandic singer, some say it’s a haunted house and some say it belongs to the government. None of it is true.

The house shown above, on the island Elliðaey belongs to the Elliðaey Hunting Association. Now, this hunting association does not exist since Puffin hunting was made illegal in South Iceland in the year, 2008. Since then, only on some selected days of the year, it is allowed to hunt Puffin on this island.

Me(Left), My brother in law, Our Angel :p (Right)

Nowadays, the house is locked even though it is all clean and well maintained on the inside. It’s a great house in my opinion.

Elliðaey is basically an island made of rocks and lava. No one is sure whether it came blowing off from another island or a volcano during an eruption and got settled here or the island itself was a volcano and threw parts out of it and created other islands in Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

You can read about Vestmannaeyjar Islands here

I was there with my brother in law and we were scared as hell about the weather being so horrible that day, and we would have to cancel the entire plan and return with disappointment. Although, God was on our side (He always is) and He provided us the finest of the Icelandic weather there is to offer. A clear sunny day. Well, clear and sunny 4 hours, but yeah, it was worth it. Fell in love with it instantly.

I am the guy with the beard.

Now, I have heard and read many strange stories that it is illegal to go on to this island and you can be thrown into prison for attempting to do so. It is all false. I mean, obviously you wouldn’t want to go there all by yourself because it is too risky since it does not have a proper harbor to dock your boat and neither does it have a proper route.

You must sort of jump a little and climb a little and walk (walk cautiously) a little in order to get to the island. Or, in other words, experience the most peaceful time of your life.

Elliðaey was special for me. Not because its one of those places which is hardly touched by humans (Although, it’s a cool reason), but because, the moment I saw the picture of this island on the internet, I knew I had to go there in any possible way.

I literally had to pull some strings, mind it, INTERNATIONALLY to go to this island. I talked to many people from Iceland who made it clear that you will find no one who can take you to Elliðaey  but I was adamant on going there even if I had to do it myself.

Luckily, I found someone who could officially take me to the island and tell me great mysterious facts about it too. He also took me for hiking and rock climbing on this island as well as various other islands among the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

I will have to ask him to mention his name here, but, if you ever wish to visit any of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, you can contact me through any of my social media platforms and I will personally guide you how to do so.

Also, I have this audacity to do things which people don’t normally do or to go to places where people don’t normally go to. Its just my thing. So, the day I stepped onto this island, I felt so complete. Like, I could literally hear myself breathing. It was so quiet up there.

Gosh, I feel like going there right now. If you ever go there, promise me that apart from spending time on your phone ,cameras and drones and action cameras, you will give yourself at least 60 minutes to just stand up on the tallest cliff and just listen.

Listen to the waves hitting the rocks, listen to the Piglike grunt of the Puffin birds, listen to the “baa” “baa” of the sheep and listen to your mind talking to itself that how beautiful is this gigantic world where there is so much to see and learn and do. Do this and you will thank me forever.
Þakka þér fyrir Ísland!

Day Trip to Copenhagen

“If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and people.”

–       Connie Nielsen

Copenhagen - City of Spires

One day in Copenhagen, these are the places to visit:

  •     Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 
  •     National Museum of Denmark
  •     The Christiansborg Palace
  •     Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}
  •     Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
  •     Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

People call it the Bike capital of the world, the City of beautiful towers (for its medieval and Renaissance architecture) and Kongens Village.

I call it Love.

Copenhagen, which sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager in Denmark is without any doubt one of the most peaceful countries you will ever visit in your lifetime.

The Place is good.  The People are great. The Architecture
AND THE BEER IS FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!

Yes, the hometown of the Carlsberg Beer Group is a pretty famous tourist-ey city. Around 55 % of Europe drinks Carlsberg. Haven’t you seen that famous ad that goes this way.

“If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.”
If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.

Now, I am going to tell you what to do or which places to visit in Copenhagen if you are there for just one day.

A little heads-up. If you are a fitness freak kind of a person looking for some extra adventure along the trip, you might as well opt in to travel around Copenhagen on a bike, after all, it’s the bike capital of the world. Its real fun!

  •   Visit the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Start your day by visiting the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which is an art museum having some extravagant personal collections of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. It will be the first stop if you go by main road towards the city center or the Kobenhavn Central Train Station. It comes under the City Hall area which can also be paid a visit. It’s all good architecture so you are not going to get a hard time clicking some Instagram-Worthy pictures. :p

While you will be paddling around the city, you will come across some great wonders of the modern and old architecture. Copenhagen is famous for it. Frankly, I just loved biking around the city. Seeing good and different places makes me happy.

  • Visit the National Museum of Denmark

Then you can pay a quick visit to the National Museum of Denmark, which is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history comprising the history of Danish foreign cultures. This museum is almost 200 years old.  

  • Visit The Christiansborg Palace

The next stop has got to be on the tiny island of Slotsholmen which is basically inside the city. Yes, an island in the middle of the city. Crazy right? Even though it’s a small one, but, it’s fun.

The Christiansborg Palace, which comprises of the Danish ParliamentThe Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. 

Fun Fact: The Christiansborg Palace is supposed to be the place where it all started 850 years ago. Yes, 850 YEARS. You heard that correct. In 1167, a fortress was erected on the location of it. Since then, this event has come to be viewed as the official “birth” of Copenhagen as we know it – and the idea behind the city’s 850th birthday in 2017.

Art lovers could also pay a visit to Thorvaldsens Museum which is located on this very island.

Tiny ME in front of Thorvaldsens Museum. (you wouldn’t even come to know that you are on an island, its that small and near to the main land.)

The entry fee for The Ruins and for the Royal Kitchen, etc are different so it’s better to buy a combined ticket to enter for 150 DKK (20$ or so). The entry for children is free.

There is also a Danish Jewish Museum on that same island but I think you can skip that. the history is better explained in various other Jewish Museums around the world. I really love the one in Washington D.C.  

 

TIP: If you are history lover and you just wanna walk on the paths where some of the great historians or kings or princesses have walked on, put your GPS Coordinates to Gammeltorv which dates to sometime during the 13th century.

Gammeltorv (literally ‘Old Square’ in English) certainly lives up to its name as it is the oldest square in the city.

  • Visit Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}

I hear some voice. Wait! It’s my stomach calling.

It time for some brunch/Lunch on the most photographed street of Denmark, Nyhavn. You must have seen many photos of Copenhagen or basically Europe with all those colorful houses alongside the river and the boats in front of them. Well, Its Nyhavn. In some cases, it could also be Amsterdam. 😛

The Famous Nyhavn

So Nyhavn, undoubtedly has the best food in town. It has everything,

Varieties 

Cost friendly

Costly 

Cuisines 

Boats 

Colors 

Ambience and what not. 

All these combinations give you the best eating experience in the entire city. Also, probably in the entire country. Even though your pockets are not gonna like it that much but trust me, your wives and children will.

😛

There were so many things I wanted to try there but as they say Stomach is full, but not policy. Therefore, I couldn’t eat more after one-point ☹. So, I wrapped up and continued my exciting day ahead.

But I hope you have a giant appetite and some may also have deep pockets. So, it is highly recommended to eat here. Almost, all the restaurants serve great food.

You could also come here at night for dinner. They have great lightening scenes during dark. You folks would love it.

The most photographed place in Copenhagen

There is a restaurant by the name Pizzeria which serves some great variety of Pizzas. The place is little hard to find on Nyhavn.  If you are on the restaurant-side of the river and al the restaurants are on your left, you walk and take the first left. It’s an underground restaurant made in a basement. They are not costly, and the taste of their Pizza is amazing!!!

  • Visit the Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU COULD JUST HAVE A LOOK INSIDE PRINCE OF DENMARK’S HOME? AMAZING RIGHT?
Well You cannot. LOL!! 

But you can visit that area where lies Amalienborg, the home of Danish Royal Family. My best experience here was to copy the Royal Guards, how they march and how they walk and how they wouldn’t even laugh at your lamest jokes.

Their funny looking hat and the REAL-GUNS. :D. This area with four different buildings on each side are going to look amazing in your photos. I will share with you people a B&W version of the picture I clicked.

As you can see people are also using Hoverboard to see places. I think that’s a cool way to see places. A must try I feel.

The good thing is that you can atleast visit the museum here and get to know about Danish Royal Family’s history. You can hire a guide there which will prove to be very fruitful for you if you are interested in Danish history. I, who always used to fail in history also loved it :D.

 

Just in front of the Amalienborg Palace, is the Frederik’s Church which is famous for its rococo architecture. You might have heard about it as The Marble Church. It was closed due to something when I was in Copenhagen (sad right?) but if you do get the chance, certainly pay a visit inside. Then, let me also know how it was. I will go there someday <3.

I have this audacity of not leaving a single attraction in the city. You never know what may strike your heart <3.

Frederik’s Church
  • Visit Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

Now The Little Mermaid!

Well, this place and this statue wouldn’t eat too much of your time. You can spend 10 minutes here MAXIMUM. But you would wanna spend a nice amount of time at the park where The Little Mermaid is located. It’s called the Langeline Park.

The Little Mermaid

It has many little little attractions to see like the Gefion Fountain and St Alban’s Church and the Prinsesse Marie(another famous statue). All these attractions start with the Churchill Park.

Gefion Fountain
St Alban’s Church

As soon as you will cross the Fountain, on you right hand side you will see a sea-side restaurant names Toldboden. You must try this if you have time which probably you will. If not, atleast try the cocktails.

 

FACT: They always have super-sexy cars parked around them all day. Certainly not a bad way to attract customers.

Outside of Toldboden.

Apparently, our day has come to an end but the night has just begun  :p.

To all the Wise Gamblers out there, Casino Copenhagen is the place for you to reimburse your trip or double the expenditure. It all depends on you. Obviously I wouldn’t want you folks to lose all their money but a little risk in life is always worth remembering. This Casino is a huge one. I wish you a rich night! :p .

Farvel Danmark!

Driving from Naples to Sorrento

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy”

– Bertrand Russell

Driving for Road-Trippers is never tiring. Its their love. Its their passion. Its their life. Amalfi Coast is the ultimate dream for every road lover. Starting from Naples, this one and only driving experience is going to take your breath away. Hop into my car from Naples to Sorrento to experience the Majestic Amalfi Coast.

NAPLES
HERCULANEUM
MT. VESUVIUS
POMPEII
SORRENTO

Naples:

Naples

The trip begins from the Pizza Capital of the world, Napoli. Once, a transportation hub of Italy, is filled with various ruins from the Roman Era, authentic food and UNESCO listed streets! But, this not-so-beautiful city will probably be your car pickup point, so this is the best place to start your journey along the world-famous Amalfi Coast.

In Napoli, Your biggest priority should be to try the Pizza.

It’s so scrumptious.

The most Pizzacious area in Napoli
The reason behind delicious PIZZAS in Italy

The city is clustered with ancient churches, authentic pizzerias and Neapolitan street life. One side of the city is so clustered and touched with old city life experiences and the other side (near to the coast) opens to all the poetic vibes inside of you.

Pompeii Erotica Room experience could prove to be a good start for your road trip.

Herculaneum:

Herculaneum

Easier to reach than Pompeii, this city of ruins is your second stop. The city that was drowned in mud is surprisingly well preserved. Casa d’Argo is one stop you can make which will show you how a noble Roman family’s house looked like back then. Casa dei Cervi shows you the villa type of the same.

Mt Vesuvius:

Mt. Vesuvius

While driving towards Mt. Vesuvius, make sure you stop at Museo dell’ Osservatorio Vesuviano, a museum which closely shares with you, the 2100 years old history of the constantly monitored volcano. It serves as the oldest volcanic observatory in the world.

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. Still being one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world, claimed 2000 innocent lives in the ancient God’s Act. The Pompeii eruption converted it into a double peaked structure.

Mt. Vesuvius in the background

The peak of Vesuvius also offers a great panoramic sight of Napoli. You can either hike up to the mountain’s peak or take a horse-back ride up to the top.

The end of the road is the summit car park as well as the ticket counter. This is the point where you start walking/hiking. It is mostly windy and cold/chilly at the top so carrying one jacket wouldn’t hurt. Remember, the path is shut during bad weather conditions.

Pompeii:

Pompeii

Heading back from the same road from where you came up for fairly 20-30 kilometers and then heading towards Oplontis & Boscoreale via A3 Highway will take you to Pompeii via these amazing optional one-stoppers.

Pompeii Ruins

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago. The ruins of Pompeii need a lot of time and dedication.

It is one of the world’s most enthralling archeological experiences. Pompeii was not just blown away by Mt. Vesuvius but buried under volcanic rocks. Till date, you can witness the preserved city of Pompeii with its strong foundations, buildings and brothels from the Roman Era.

Roman Theatre in Pompeii

4 to 5 hours is what you can dedicate to these ruins. There are buildings and important temples inside these ruins which date back to the 2nd Century B.C. An audio guide would be a clever investment (<10$).

I will be writing a separate blog on Pompeii so you can read that (in the future) for a better experience in Pompeii.

Sorrento:

The island Capri as seen rom Sorrento

Making an optional fast stop at Castelllammare which was once a holidaying hub for once-upon-a-time rich Romans, you can start driving towards Sorrento.

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. The best of peninsula’s untouched countryside is to the East Coast, to the North- Pizza Capital and offshore is the island of Capri.

Sorrento

If you want to stay anywhere in Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is undoubtedly the best choice. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties. Home to a ‘ lemon-liquor ’ type of drink called ‘ limoncello ’. Also, it is the best port to get to Capri Island. That’s another universe I must tell you. I will be writing about it in the near future, stay tuned!

Vai ad Amalfi !

Amalfi Road Trips

“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.”

– Tom Lichtenheld

Amalfi Coast is the place which often pops up in people’s mind when they talk about Road Trips. It is one of the best drives in the entire world beating coasts of Spain, great ocean roads of Australia and the Route 66 in USA. It holds a scenic variety which is stronger than any other road trips in the world. The shadows of Vesuvius and the Port of Naples offers you many destinations along the way where could visit, have a cappuccino, shop a little while you drive along the coast.

Today, I will share with you; the possible road trips you can take during your stay along the Amalfi Coast. They can help you plan your trip (also, road trips) perfectly.

Naples to Sorrento (Road Trip Option 1)

Naples

Naples is considered as the starting point of the Amalfi Coast. Mostly, because it is one of the most important ports in South Italy. Also, one of the biggest. Stopping at each town for a day at least would easily consume your week.

Pompeii and Herculaneum consume lot of your time, therefore, keeping a day for each one of them makes sense. Halting at Sorrento is also another wise choice because that is the best place from where you could reach Capri. Even if you decide against staying at Capri, it is only Sorrento from where you se to witness the entire coast on a clear day.

Click here to read about this road trip.

NAPLES
HERCULANEUM
MT. VESUVIUS
POMPEII
SORRENTO

 

Naples:

N.A.P.L.E.S

The trip begins from the Pizza Capital of the world, Napoli. Once, a transportation hub of Italy, is filled with various ruins from the Roman Era, authentic food and UNESCO listed streets! But, this not-so-beautiful city will probably be your car pickup point, so this is the best place to start your journey along the world-famous Amalfi Coast.

Herculaneum:

Herculaneum

Easier to reach than Pompeii, this city of ruins is your second stop. The city that was drowned in mud is surprisingly well preserved. It is destined to be your 2nd stop.

Mt Vesuvius:

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. It is still one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world. Around 2000 innocent lives were taken in this God’s act.

Pompeii:

Pompeii

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago.

Sorrento:

Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream. It is also known as the Panorama City because of its ability to provide fantastic views of the coast.

Click here to read about Driving from Naples to Sorrento

Sorrento to Paestum(Road Trip Option 2)

Sorrento

The panoramic city, Sorrento, has a lot to offer. Even this can prove to be a great spot to start your road trip. It could comprise of Capri before you hit the road or could also be your first activity of the trip. Suit yourself! The next stop you would want to make is Amalfi City and Salerno. Both the cities have a lot to offer. Staying there for a day or two would be perfect.

SORRENTO
VICO EQUENSE
PIMONTE
AMALFI CITY
SALERNO
PAESTUM
 

Sorrento:

Capri as seen from Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties.

Vico Equense:

There is not much you can do here but, this cliff-top town looks magical in itself. Crossing it while coming from Sorrento would make it a nice meal-stop at a Pizzeria which is considered to be run by the family who created Pizza in Italy. That’s a BIG YES-YES for a Pizza isn’t it?

Pimonte:

A hidden town among the mountains with narrow streets rolling downwards; this can be your street-shopping stop during this road trip. This town isn’t much of a touristy place so expect some stares for sure. They aren’t used to new people barging in their towns without any reason.

Amalfi City:

Amalfi City

The Amalfi City looks exactly like the paintings we used to see as children. Same old spark along with pretty colors and small houses slanting down a mountain. The scene is immensely beautiful. More than the real paintings. The most important part of Amalfi is that none of the modernization happening in the country has affected its beauty. Be it the construction or technological advancements.

Salerno:

Have you ever seen a perfect Postcard? Yes or No? Salerno is that perfect postcard for you. Even though all the towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast are perfect for creating a postcard, Salerno tops that list. One of the most livable cities in South Italy, Salerno is a major port and a transport hub.

Paestum:

The city of Poseidon is one of the oldest cities along the Amalfi Coast. Although a day trip, there are temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Temple of Neptune is the most preserved dating back to 400’s B.C.

Paestum to Sapri (Road Trip Option 3)

This stretch of the drive could take you more than 150 kms away from Salerno through cities like Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sapri, a Beach-aroma.

PAESTUM
AGROPOLI
VELIA
PISCIOTTA
SAPRI

Paestum:

The city of Poseidon is one of the oldest cities along the Amalfi Coast. Although a day trip, there are temples which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temple of Neptune is the most preserved dating back to 400’s B.C.

A trading port until Romans finally lost and left. You can see the temples and basilica which is the oldest surviving monument in the city. Ancient churches, remains if various castles and charming streets will keep you all warmed up.

Agropoli:

A tranquil town is what I would describe it as. Agropoli is one of the largest towns along the Cilento Coast, attracting visitors through its sprightliness since decades. Located just south of Paestum, this pleasant town could be an option for your short visit along the coast.

Guardian of the Peninsula is what they call it. A bit unusual name for another unusual name isn’t it?

Velia:

Crossing towns like Castellabate (once used to defend against Pirates), Pioppi and Acciaroli, you come across a town known as Velia. Obviously, created by the Greeks, was once a popular resort for wealthy Romans with theaters and thermal baths attracting most of them. Well, now, only ruins though. Walking inside the ruins is one fun time-travelling activity you can be a part of.

Pisciotta:

One of the most charming towns along the coast, Pisciotta is a senior rule town. Most residents are elderly who kind of think they rule it :p .

Sapri:

This natural harbor could be your lest destination on the Amalfi Coast. A perfect setting for a tourist. This town delivers some high-quality beaches which are just dreamy!!!

 

These are some of the road trip options you should consider while driving along the Amalfi Coast. Road Trips are a great way to be a part of something and yet be able to leave it happily some time later. That tiny amount of happiness you get eating a Pizza in a 400 B.C. medieval town is fascinating. Also, the pizza tastes better sitting beside the mighty sea.

Goditi il ​​viaggio!

Skógafoss – The Mighty Waterfall

“I love places that make you realize how tiny you are”

–          David Attenborough

Aerial View of the waterfall

This mighty waterfall is located around 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital, Reykjavik. It is part of the famous Golden Circle route. It left my jaw on the floor when I got there. All of a sudden, everything turned magical for me.

A slight de-route from the Golden Circle can take you to Vestmannaeyjar which is one of the best places to visit in South Iceland, an archipelago.

Click here to read about Vestmannaeyjar

View after hiking up the fall

It was the month of August in 2018; the perfect month to visit Iceland and fulfil my dream of visiting Iceland. There was not the slightest doubt in my mind while making this waterfall one of my biggest priorities in Iceland. Obviously, after the loneliest house in the world. Click here to read about that.

My God!
I was just blown away!!
Look how happy I am!

Skogafoss Selfie

FUNFACT: You can identify this waterfall from the sets of two movies- Thor: The Dark World & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

As you all know, I was born in a small valley, Rishikesh, which lies in the footsteps of Himalayas. It’s not rocket science as to why I have always had a thing for Nature: her mountains, rivers and lakes. This waterfall had a place in my heart even before i lay eyes on it

My mother, posing as always

“ When I saw it for the first time,

flowing down that misty river,

I was stunned! “

It bore an eerie resemblance to a scene from the Batman movie where there was a cave behind the waterfall with a Batmobile waiting for me to drive. This brings me to tell you a fact about it.

My mom posing with the waterfall

FUNFACT: Legend has it that there is a cave behind the waterfall with treasure hidden inside by a settler named Prasi. Apparently, the cave has been blocked by boulders which fell due to natural calamities. Someone found a ring which was supposed to be a part of the treasure. It was sent to the local church and that original ring is now showcased in the Skógar Museum nearby. True Story

Skogafoss as seen from the road. Pretty huge isn't it?

Skógafoss is a site not to be missed in Iceland. Some might say that it is just an ordinary waterfall that you can skip in Iceland. I would wholeheartedly disagree with them. I think Skógafoss has the best setting around it.

•Best for camping.
•Parking an RV and inspiring the majestic view.
•For a small hike up the waterfall for amazing views.
•For having the best LAMB SHANK in Iceland in Hotel Skógafoss Bistro Bar.
‘Es ist Lecker’
This is what our time-pass was, when we didn't have mobile phones

The photo above teaches us a lot. You can see at the back how everyone is busy clicking photographs (including me) and very few are actually experiencing the water coming down. That sound, that mist. But, then you see him playing with the rocks. This is called ‘Enjoying’ my friends. This is it! I am not saying do not click pictures or don’t snap and all. But, do take out time for moments like these when you can seize the opportunity to witness something this beautiful. #JustAThought

The hike up the hill is kind of like climbing up-stairs; just that there are many steps. Nonetheless, the view from above is to die for. Plus, in my opinion, the world always seems more beautiful from above. Be it Paris, Sydney or Reykjavik, it all looks better from a higher vantage point. You can also check out the river flowing at the top of Skógafoss.

There is another place in Iceland where you can experience the most peaceful time of your life. Click here to read about the loneliest house in the world. 

It looks tiny in the pictures but it is a very gigantic waterfall.

An eye-catching feature of the waterfall is that it can give rise to three rainbows at once. HOW? Let me tell you (attempt to tell you) how that happens. The amount of water that comes flowing down is so much that it produces a lot of mist which can produce at least two rainbows at once. The sight is not to be missed, I swear. I saw two of them and I know MANY people who witnessed three rainbows.

Iceland has over 2000 waterfalls but this one is truly special

We (My brother and I) tried to go deep into the fall, as near as we could; in the process, getting soaked to the skin.

30 meters near to the waterfall and you start getting drenched
What a View!
This is the best shot you can take with a zoom lens

Njóttu Íslands !

Things to do in Chicago

Chicago, Chicago
That toddlin’ town
Chicago, Chicago
I’ll show you around
I love it
Bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose the blues
In Chicago, Chicago

–       Frank Sinatra

The Famous Bean

It was in August, 2017 when I planned a random trip to meet an old friend. He drove all the way from Missouri and I flew up from D.C. It was just 2 short days in Chicago (weekdays at that), but that city didn’t let itself lose to us.

In here, I will be sharing an itinerary for two days with you folks wherein I will show you the best way to enjoy Chicago on weekdays while covering maximum number of major destinations of the city.

Welcome to the most American place in America!!

Chicago is second to no city. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as the Second City because too many buildings were burned down in the Chicago Fire of 1871. 

Hence, the name. The city of Jazz has a lot to offer. Lets do it!

Day: 1 

I’ll get straight to the point. It would be best if you had your hotel/Airbnb downtown or nearby. Most of the attractions are downtown. For a trip lasting two days, my first suggestion would be to buy the CHICAGO CITY PASS. This pass will leave you $100 lighter and covers a total of 5 attractions which would otherwise cost you approximately $220 in entry tickets. You end up saving $120. Doesn’t seem like a bad bargain now, does it?

This city pass will open doors to:

  1. Shedd Aquarium
  2. Skydeck Chicago
  3. The Field Museum
  4. Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 CHICAGO
  5. Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago

Read more about City Pass HERE.

Five on our list and here we go.

This is a great shot of me flying amongst and being dwarfed by the edifices of Chicago. #ShotOnGoPro

Throw it away. Forget yesterday. We’ll make a great escape here!

–     Steve McQueen in The Great Escape (1963)

1st Stop: Art Institute of Chicago

I chose Art Institute of Chicago over Adler Planetarium because I had already visited the Samuel Oschin Planetarium (Los Angeles) and Albert Einstein Planetarium (Washington D.C.). So, skipping this didn’t feel that bad; NOT BAD AT ALL after I crossed those frightening lions at the front door of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I was all clean shaved back then

FUNFACT: The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and the largest art institutes in the United States. It is believed to receive around 1.5 million visitors annually. Even if you are not much into the arts, you can easily spend around 1-2 hours marveling at the outstanding works inside. It contains over 300,000 workpieces by famous artists like, M.F. Hussain, Georges-Pierre Seurat (He is the one with the famous painting of a Sunday afternoon including a number of Parisians at a park by the River Seine.) and also Gustave Caillebotte, who painted The Paris Street; Rainy Day. There are many other famous paintings and sculptures by renowned artists that I don’t know about.  

The Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

There are separate areas dedicated to different types of arts like American Art, Modern Art, Indian Art, European Art, etc. There are also some departments containing the 1,544 objects in the Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Collection and the 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms – a collection of miniaturized interiors of a 1:12 scale showcasing American, European and Asian architectural & furniture styles from the Middle Ages to the 1930s (when the rooms were constructed).

One of the Thorne’s Miniature Rooms

This place surely has a lot to offer, especially if you are an art enthusiast. I am sure you wouldn’t hesitate to spend at least half of your day here.

TIP: Photography is allowed inside and it goes without saying that you are not to touch anything. Selfie Sticks are prohibited. 

Done with all the art, we have to keep moving!!!!!! Time won’t stop in the Museum, will it? We have but 2 measly days. HAHA!!

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

–     Sam Claflin in Me Before You (2016) 

 2nd Stop: The Bean (Cloud Gate)

You won’t need your City Pass because it’s open for all. It’s the architectural wonder of Chicago: The Bean!!!

I think its nice

The Bean is situated very close to the main city. It is inside the Millennium Park where you will also encounter some other small attractions like the “Jay Pritzker Pavilion”, “Millennium Monument”, “Crown Fountain” and “Harris Theatre”. Do visit them all. You don’t want to miss anything do you?

Millennium Park

The Bean is officially known as “Cloud Gate”. (So, if you per chance want to put it into your Google Maps or something, try Cloud Gate.

FACT: Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British Artist Sir Anish Kapoor. So, a person coming from India (like me) obviously wouldn’t miss it (Not that you guys should.). It is truly a masterpiece and worth visiting. If you are a good photographer, you will surely get great Instagram-worthy shots. ;P . You can check mine out below.

Cloud Gate

NOW

IT’S

FOOD

TIME!!

If you are a local, you surely know about Denny’s which is a famous place for breakfast. They serve amazing pancakes and waffles. Milkshakes are good, too. Also, if you are an omelet lover, they also have some great choices for you.

Another place that I would suggest for breakfast- Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant.

THE PANCAKES THERE AREEEEE SOOO YUUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

“It’s a big city with a bunch of sports teams. I think people know about Chicago. “

–     Alyson Hannigan in HIMYM (2005 – 2014)

3rd Stop: Skydeck Chicago

If you are quite active on social media platforms, you must have definitely seen some videos where people go to the top floor of a building and stand on a Look-Through-Glass-Surface-Floor and you would say in your mind, “Someday”.

The center one is Skydeck Chicago

Today is the day when you would want to propose to your girlfriend standing on a glass ledge with an amazing view of the Big City. This attraction comes under your Chicago City Pass which means that you don’t need to worry about standing in a queue to wait for an elevator which will take you to the 103rd floor of this iconic structure. You just have to hop on into the next one. 😀

I mean, obviously, you have to follow the rules.

FUN FACT:

This iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform (The Ledge), which attracts more than 1.7 million (more than the Art Museum) visitors every year. It ranks eighth on the list of tallest buildings in the world.

The Ledge transforms how visitors experience Chicago. At 1,353 feet above the ground, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city. You can also get your pictures clicked professionally by the Skydeck authority and then purchase them later at the counter on your way out by the gift shop. It is a little expensive though. As far as I remember, it costs up to 40$ for one photo. 

They also give you and your friend time to click pictures with your own devices for a couple of minutes. Make sure you don’t spend too much time on The Ledge as there will be a long queue behind you waiting for their turn.

BE CONSIDERATE.

I am sure you don’t want to get frowned upon and/or cursed.

Below attached is my photo from the Glass Ledge.

P.S.: That ass-face wearing red is my friend. 😛
You can also do THIS on the ledge (like my friend did). I would never even dare to try this 1500 feet above the ground!! NEVERRR!!!

By now, it will almost be evening and most of the attractions that are left will be closed at this time. But hold on a second, you are in Chicago and your night cannot get any better when you have amazing clubs and discos all around.

I went to “Smart Bar” & “Berlin” (Yup, I went bar-hopping).

These two are one of the best clubs in town and I assure you that you will have a great time here. We confirmed with our hosts from Airbnb about them and they are indeed the best.

We are going to leave the rest of the attractions for tomorrow. Till then, PARTY HARD or GO HOME!!!! 😀

TIP: If you are a foreigner, you could try HOOTERS (if you haven’t tried it yet). You must have heard about this place and why it got famous. 😜

Plus, it serves amazing Chicken Wings!!!

I don’t want to travel too much, I just want to travel, because time just gets away from us.  

–     Anonymous 

Day: 2

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A HANGOVER CURE?

If this is the question troubling you early in the morning, then my suggestion would be to pack your bag and get ready for the upcoming adventures of our day in Chicago because you have got no other option.

I have a Scottish friend who consumes alcohol like it was water and yet, he shows up to work every day as if nothing had happened. So, just be a little braver, get up and get going.

4th Spot: 360 CHICAGO

This skyscraper is quite similar to Skydeck Chicago but more adventurous. Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, it lets you enjoy 360° views from 1000 feet above Lake Michigan and Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile. The most amazing part of this floor is that they have recently introduced a feature known as TILT.

View from the Skydeck

In short, THE OBSERVATION DECK TILTS DOWNWARDS FROM THE 94TH STOREY (YUP, THAT’S RIGHHTTTTT!!!!), offering a downward panorama. The attraction, which costs $5 to tourists and is thought to be the first of its kind, holds up to eight people, with the platform slowly moving outward to an adventurous angle above the Windy City.

This attraction is also included in your Chicago City Pass but you will have to pay a few dollars extra for the TILT.

View from the deck

We are now left with only 2 of our main 6 attractions which are included in the Chicago City Pass. Ladies and gentlemen, we are now headed to The Field Museum.

This is GOLD.

5th Spot: The Field Museum

Easter Island Head: Hey! Dum-dum!

Larry: Yes?

Easter Island Head: You give me gum-gum!

Larry: I give you gum-gum?

Easter Island Head: You new Dum-dum. You give me gum-gum.

Larry: Gee, okay, you know what? I have no gum-gum. Sorry. And my name isn’t Dum-dum. My name’s Larry.

Easter Island Head: No, your name Dum-dum.

Easter Island Head: Oh, you in trouble, Dum-dum. You better run-run. From Attila the Hun-hun.

Easter Island Head: See you later, Dum-dum!

–     Night at the Museum (2006)

You don’t need to be a film buff to be familiar with these dialogues. There is no way on Earth you haven’t heard this before. Allow me to introduce to you The Field Museum, The Museum of Natural History.

Here, it is going to be the closest you will ever come to living with a Dinosaur. The Field Museum combines the research of its world-renowned scientific staff with its award-winning design expertise to create high-quality travelling exhibitions. It has almost everything related to history, like The Animal Exhibitions, The Grainger Hall of Gems, Inside Ancient Egypt, Evolving Planet, The Ancient America, etc.

As soon as you enter, you will encounter the skeleton of a T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex), just like in the movie.

FACT: This T-Rex is known as the “Sue, The Tyrannosaurus Rex” and is the best-preserved T-Rex fossil yet discovered. It is at least 67 million years old. This T-Rex was 28 years old when it died. This fossil was named after the person who discovered it, Sue Hendrickson.

“Sue, The Tyrannosaurus Rex”

You can easily spend 2-4 hours in there. Don’t miss out on watching some great 3D-4D short movies which are all very knowledgeable and so much fun to watch. I watched one of Sir David Attenborough’s.

P.S.: I LOVE Sir David Attenborough!

Before going to your next stop, you might want to try Kim & Carlo’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs. It is a very popular place to have hot dogs! It is quite near to where you currently are. Just turn on G.P.S. and you will find it in a jiffy. They serve some really nice and succulent hot dogs. I liked them a lot.

OOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR…..

If you are ready to go a little off the route, try Little Branch Café which is just 10 minutes by foot from the museum.

6th Spot: Shedd Aquarium (Just 5 minutes walk from The Field Museum)

It is an indoor public aquarium which is more than 85 years old. It was at some point of time the largest indoor aquarium in the world.

It contains several exhibits like Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Oceanarium, etc. It also contains a 4-D Theatre which is not to be missed. Trust me on this. Films shown here include Coastal Predators, Sea Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants, Planet Earth, Ice Age, Dora the Explorer, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (seasonal), and the Polar Express (seasonal).

I am a supporter of Sand Cloud Organization and the mission they serve is to save the fish. Hence, I didn’t go inside; instead, my friend did. I will be sharing with you some pictures that he took.

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With this, our 2 AWESOME days in Chicago end. I really loved the city. Also, I wanted to visit Chicago since the day I came to know that Frank Sinatra was born here. It’s just his kind of town.

That is the Big Windy City- Chicago.

P.S.: It is not an advertisement or an attempt to promote Chicago City Pass or Sand Cloud Organization. I just feel that Chicago City Pass is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy all the great attractions of Chicago. Trust me, after taking advantage of it, you will be singing the same song. 😛

I wish you a great time in Chicago.
Thank You!

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

–     Frank Herbert.

Tata!!

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Places to visit along the Amalfi Coast

“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have a holy curiosity. Make your life worth living”

 – Albert Einstein

Be it Pompeii, Naples, Positano or Capri, all are the Italy you want to see – A rich and powerful tonic of historical and iconic places. Italy is not just Michelangelo’s masterpieces or the Romans’ fighting arenas, it is much more than that. Most of it can be covered by car. Driving a car, you will discover what you can never even imagine experiencing in your lifetime. The rugged mountains, blue coastal grottoes and ancient ruins – you can do justice to them only if you have a vehicle.

Where to start with?

Here-in are all the destinations (West to East) worth visiting as you drive along the Amalfi Coast.

  • Naples
  • Ercolano & Herculaneum
  • Mt. Vesuvius
  • Pompeii
  • Sorrento
  • Massa Lubrense
  • Capri
  • Positano
  • Amalfi City
  • Ravello
  • Salerno
  • Agropoli
Roads like these are very common along the Amalfi Coast

Naples

Naples is the most delicious city in Italy. You might wonder why I would call a city delicious. Just doesn’t sound appropriate, does it? But it is appropriate. Naples is the creator of the world’s most delicious and the world’s most photographed food item. That, is our beloved PIZZA!

The third largest Italian city of Naples is an archeological treasure. It is among the world’s most impressive and glorious places with Roman-style palaces and churches. The elegance is seen in its fantastic panoramas from various viewpoints.

Built on rich volcanic soil, a gorgeous sea and decades of history, this Pizza capital serves as the backbone of Italy. It’s street snacks and dishes consume half of your time in the city and it is all still worth it.

Panoramic view of the city

Ercolano & Herculaneum

Smaller but well preserved, this inspiring Neapolitan Town could prove to be a successful visit for you. The ruins of Herculaneum runs parallel to that of Pompeii. Destroyed by an earthquake in AD 62, this Roman fishing town can be explored properly with the help of a guide. Herculaneum is often upstaged by a better rival, Pompeii. But, trust me, both are worth a visit. But, if you must choose one. Choose Pompeii.

Herculaneum

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. It is still one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world. Around 2000 innocent lives were taken in this God’s act in that ancient disaster. The Pompeii eruption converted it into a double peaked structure.

The peak of Vesuvius also offers a great panoramic sight of Napoli. You can either hike up to the mountain’s peak or take a horse-back ride up to the top.

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago. The ruins of Pompeii need a lot of time and dedication. It is one of the world’s most enthralling archeological experiences. Pompeii was not just blown away by Mt. Vesuvius but buried under volcanic rocks. Till date, you can witness the preserved city of Pompeii with its strong foundations, buildings and brothels from the Roman Era.

Pompeii

Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. The best of peninsula’s untouched countryside is to the East Coast, to the North- Pizza Capital and offshore is the island of Capri. If you want to stay anywhere in Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is undoubtedly the best choice. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties.

Sorrento

Massa Lubrense

Being the very first western town of Sorrento, just about 100 metres above sea level, this town serves you with a great view of the island, Capri.

Sant’ Agata sui sue Golfi, a rusty fraction of Massa Lubrense, offers great hiking options which are fairly easy as compared to other hikes in Italy. These small hikes last for about an hour, making it perfect for one to complete and get back to the hotel early enough in order to have a nice evening view of Capri. Its a place if you want to skip the usual and try something off the style and different.

Capri

One of the most visited islands in the world, Capri has a lot to offer. It has great seascapes, adorable cafes and unspoiled Roman ruins. Accessible via boat from Sorrento, Naples, Amalfi City, etc. This island is a must visit on the Amalfi Coast. Boat inside the Blue Grotto, ride up to Villa Jovis and chairlift yourself to the highest peak on Capri, Anacapri. Often on a clear day, you can see the entire coast of Naples and even other islands such as Procida, etc.

Positano

Undoubtedly, Positano is the most picturesque town among all the destinations along the Amalfi Coast. This colorful town consists of stylish boutiques, glamorous cafes and steep houses. The town claims to be the first Italian town to import bikini ’ from France, hence the name, ‘ fashionable town . It is also considered the most expensive town along the coast due to its seascapes and unbelievable café locations which are not found anywhere on the coast. Hence, the expense. This town with a Mediterranean seascape is a must-visit along the coast.

Amalfi City

Yet another must-visit town along the Amalfi Coast which will leave you breathless, Amalfi City does whatever it can to amaze you as always. Again, one of the most picturesque towns of the coast, it offers sightseeing, hotel views, pizzas and Gelatos. This sweet little town with a tiny square and a church is just so peaceful. Once more I will mention that this is a must-visit.

Click here to read about my Winter Experience in Amalfi City

RAVELLO

Ravello is a day-visit kind of place. Merely a 10 kilometres drive from Amalfi City, this town has an extremely romantic setting. It is home to a live and entertaining street market where fashionable clothes, pure wine and an unlimited variety of pizzas with some mozzarella on it are the highlights. Sites like the Duomo and Vila Rufolo are a must visit. There are also a few music festivals which take place in this town such as International Piano Festival and Chamber Music Week. The venues used for these festivals are remarkable. If you want to stay away from the rush of Amalfi City & Positano, this is the perfect place for you.

Salerno

Have you ever seen a perfect Postcard? No? Salerno is that perfect postcard for you. Even though all the towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast are perfect for creating a postcard, Salerno is on top of that list. One of the most livable cities in South Italy, Salerno is a major port and a transport hub. The vibrant mix of Roman churches will take your breath away. The long coastal strip along the city’s beautiful roads will make for one of the best road trips in the world! It’s a must-visit. Another one!

Agropoli

A tranquil town is what I would describe it as. Agropoli is one of the largest towns along the Cilento Coast, attracting visitors through its sprightliness since decades. Located just south of Paestum, this pleasant town could be an option for your short visit along the coast.

Arrivederci, Addio !

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