A Day with Mozart in Salzburg – Music & Culture

Influential composer of the classical era, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the city of Salzburg. The city is located in central Austria, close to the German border and, as you might expect it, comes with a lot of things for you to discover, especially in terms of music and culture.

A statue of young Mozart in Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria

A statue of young Mozart in Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria

That’s why, today, we decided to take Mozart with us and spend a day in Salzburg together. We’ll be at the end of your road, waiting for your transportation from Salzburg airport to get you in the heart of the city.

Fresh in the Morning

Since we are spending the day with Mozart, it’s only natural that we have our breakfast at Café Tomaselli, found on Alter Markt 9. It is believed that Mozart himself spent his mornings in this café and that his favorite drink was almond milk – that sounds like a very healthy choice of beverage for breakfast, right?

After we’re done with our breakfast, we can have a walk in the Old Town of Salzburg, which has seen little changes from the time Mozart used to walk around it. After enough walking, we’ll reach Mozart Square where we can see his statue.

To end our morning, we can go visit the Salzburg Cathedral – it is one of the most significant Baroque building in Salzburg and it is also the place where the baptism of Mozart took place.

Afternoon

If we are in Salzburg, we might as well try some chocolate, right?

You can satisfy your taste buds with a box of Mozartkugeln, literally translated to Mozart Chocolates, which can be found at Konditorei Furst, on the Brodgasse 13 Street.

Of course, you can find this type of chocolate in many other places, but this very place we have mentioned a bit earlier is the one in which the patissier Paul Furst came up with the idea and created this chocolate. The Mozartkugeln is basically made out of a pistachio marzipan center that’s been hand-dipped into dark chocolate nougat.

After eating the finger-licking good chocolate, we can head to Bibliotheca Mozartiana, on the Schwartzstrasse 26 Street, library that contains around 35,000 titles. It is also the most extensive Mozart library in the entire world.

Evening

Since we’re walking with Mozart, it’s only natural that we end our day with a concert or an opera performance.

If you prefer a concert, then head over to the Mozarteum, but if you prefer an opera performance, you can go to the Salzburg Marionette Theater for a piece of a Mozart opera.

After such delight, you can safely go and enjoy your dinner or visit one of the local taverns. Fideler Affe is the place you want to see if you want to taste some beer and enjoy the place’s coziness, while Hotel Sacher can provide you with the dinner that will get you ready for sleep.

So, now you know what you should be doing in Salzburg after your airport transfers company in Salzburg of your choice drops you off to your accommodation – that is if you want to spend your day with Mozart.

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9 of the most beautiful towns you need to visit in Ireland

Ireland – one of the leading tourist attractions of the world is beyond beauty. Everything that this country embraces is beautiful and lively. From the countryside to the town-life, everything about Ireland is worth visiting and knowing.

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Because of such abilities, Ireland has easily been able to rule over the hearts of a number of people around the world. From its rich history and culture to the modern lifestyle – the country is a blend of everything. The big city life of the country is worth all the hype, however the small cities and towns of the country have their own charm.

Below listed are the nine most beautiful towns of Ireland:

  1. Manorhamilton, Leitrim:

This is the town which describes the culture and beauty of Ireland at its beautiful best. This Irish town is quaint and is full of everything that the tourists need. There are beautiful little shops, few small pubs as well as a castle. You can spend a couple of days in this sweet town by interacting with the friendly town and exploring the places in and around it.

  1. Roundstone, Galway:

Your tours of Ireland would be incomplete if you don’t visit this beautiful seaside village which is quintessential and calm. This village is located on to the west coast of Galway within the region of Connemara and this town is everything about some of the most pristine locations that you would ever encounter within the country. There are fine bars and restaurants as well.

  1. Clonakilty, Cork:

Another beautiful town in the country of Ireland is Clonakilty which attracts a number of tourists because of its colorful nature and appearance. This town is located down on to the Southern tip of the country and is one of the most popular towns for the tourists. Recently, this town won the Tidy Towns award and a number of other awards which certainly justify the popularity of this town. This town is a must visit.

  1. Skerries, Dublin:

Another beautiful small town which would serve you a fun-filled time is Skerries. This place is the best location if you are wanting to have a day trip after staying the city of Dublin. There are a number of restaurants and bar and you can easily sit down, relax and grab a drink to enjoy the beauty of the place. Visit this place on a sunny day and you will thank us later.

  1. Ardara, Donegal:

Another beautiful town of Ireland which can take you completely by surprise is Ardara. This place describes the rural beauty of Ireland at its very best and hence serves everything that you wouldn’t otherwise find in any city of Ireland. Situated near a Gaeltacht area, your trip to Ireland must include a visit here.

  1. Lismore, Waterford:

This town is more than picturesque and is definitely worth a trip while you are exploring Ireland during your vacation. You can take part and make the most of a number of activities here such as hiking, fishing and exploring the beautiful old castles. There are cozy hotels where you can stay back to enjoy a number of activities taking place around you.

  1. Doolin, Clare:

If you are planning to visit the beautiful Cliffs of Moher during your trip to Ireland, then a visit to Doolin would serve you the best choice to stop by and relax. This town is situated only 15 minutes away from the cliffs and you can surely stop to relax and chill. There is a famous pub here where you can explore the nightlife of Ireland.

  1. Westport, Mayo:

This place serves as a fairly big town when compared to other small towns and villages of Ireland and it happens to be one of the most beautiful towns of the country. This place embraces a beautiful scenic beauty to look after. If you are into hiking or any other adventure sport, you will love this place as it has got a lot to offer. However, this hike is definitely not for the faint hearted.

  1. Kenmare, Kerry:

This place serves you as the perfect base camp if you are wanting to explore the rest of the country. Kenmare is a gorgeous town which is filled with ample of restaurants and bars to help you with all sorts of recreation. If you happen to stay here during snowfall, call yourself lucky as this place gives a stunning view to your eyes. This town has a lot of things for the tourists and you can take part in a number of activities to have a gala time. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and Traditional Farm which happens to be 200-years old.

Visit this amazing small towns and villages of Ireland and bump into the additional beauty of this country.

La Paz and Todos Santos, Mexico

La Paz and Todos Santos: It was our first ever girls-only trip and five of us were determined to go somewhere…anywhere to chill, bond, and be wild. Only one condition, it had to be outside USA. To go easy for the first time, we chose Mexico…a place which was closer to our home and within short distance. After lots of going back and forth, we chose Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. After visiting around 60 countries, this was the single most memorable trip that I’ll always cherish.

A small Mexican village - El Triunfo

A small Mexican village – El Triunfo

We planned ahead for the La Paz and Todos Santos trip to get out of the city life of Cabo. If you have an extra day and are looking for an excursion from Cabo San Lucas, this would be a great option. Both of these small towns are rich in history and culture, but my personal favorite was Todos Santos. The distance from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz is about 264 km and took us about 3 hours by car. But don’t fall asleep…most portion of the journey is very scenic and roads/highways are  surrounded by Sierra Mountains that should not be missed.

Reservation for this trip was made before arriving to Cabo thru Easy Cabo Trip. It was $70 per person and paid partial amount from the total to reserve the day. Originally I chatted with Alex from Easy Cabo Trip to book the trip who was extremely helpful with our needs. Our guide/driver, Eric, was someone who I would recommend highly for anyone. He was knowledgeable, friendly, very nice, dedicated, and spoke pretty good English too. We were picked up from our resort sharp at 8am. It was about 10 hours trip from pick up to drop off. And Eric helped us all the way at every step.

Time of Travel: We were in Cabo San Lucas during the 1st week of December 2017. We kept the first couple days and the last day for Cabo itself. In between, on the 3rd day, we decided to go out of the main tourist spots and enjoy the rural parts of the town. Weather in December in Cabo is usually very pleasant. It was somewhere in the 70s and 80s most of the time.

Our Hotel: We stayed in Marina Fiesta Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas. Please check out my page on Cabo right side to know more about the resort.

Eating and Shopping: The morning we went to La Paz, Eric, took us to a small breakfast place because we weren’t able to start our morning without some coffee. I had a freshly made delicious beef empanada while others tried burrito and etc. The place had a small shop attached to it where a lady was selling all sorts of dry fruit pastes, spicy candies, and traditional Mexican snacks. I bought a guava paste bar (my kids loved it) and some tamarind hot candies.

Our breakfast place on our way to La Paz, Mexico

Our breakfast place on our way to La Paz, Mexico

Todos Santos is a fun place to do some souvenir hunting. Hotel California can be slightly pricey but it has some nice selections of trinkets and gift items. I bought few keyrings, a rug, and a mug from here. Other stores here sell similar items, sometimes maybe a bit cheaper than Hotel California. But for my rug, I found that Hotel California was cheaper than other stores and they carry some unique items that other stores didn’t have…but don’t forget to bargain.

Souvenirs inside Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

Souvenirs inside Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

Places We’ve Visited: I wish I knew how beautiful Todos Santos is, I would have planned to go there first and spend more time and then go to La Paz after lunch. We barely got a chance to roam around Todos Santos, because it was already dark when we reached there and everything was getting ready to close.

  1. Tropic of Cancer: This is where we first stopped in the morning. It’s a very simple monument in between San Jose del Cabo and La Paz, where the tropic of cancer crosses. Other than the monument itself, there is a small church and some hand-crafts shops are here too. We spent about 15-20 minutes before heading towards our breakfast venue.

    Monument for Tropic of Cancer near Cabo, Mexico

    Monument for Tropic of Cancer near Cabo, Mexico

  2. Gold and Silver Mine: This is an old and unnamed gold and silver mine. It had no sign and was hidden in the middle of a small hill and bushes. A tiny door leads to the mouth of the mine. We didn’t dare to go inside the mine itself.
  3. Iglesia de El Triunfo: Once a mining urban settlement, El Triunfo is a small town where another silver mine, El Triunfo de la Cruz, is located. In fact, it is this silver mine that gave birth to the town El Triunfo. We didn’t go to the mine here, just saw it from a distance from this church. With the Latin cross floor plan of this building with wooden structured roof, Iglesia de El Triunfo dates back to the second half of the 19th The main altar was designed elaborately in neoclassic style.

    Iglesia de El Triunfo in Cabo, Mexico

    Iglesia de El Triunfo in Cabo, Mexico

  4. Playa Ballandra: Playa Ballandra is a calm beach with a beautiful landscape. We spent about an hour walking along the water and taking pictures. It was not overly crowded but was lively.

    Playa Ballandra in Cabo, Mexico

    Playa Ballandra in Cabo, Mexico

  5. Playa Tecolote: This is where we had our lunch. It’s a small private-like beach, didn’t see anything nearby, except for the restaurant which was almost packed with tourists and locals.

    Playa Tecolote in Cabo, Mexico

    Playa Tecolote in Cabo, Mexico

  6. La Paz Downtown: La Paz is an old Mexican port and still maintains that feel and vibe. The corner stone of Cathedral of La Paz was laid in 1861.

    Cathedral of La Paz

    Cathedral of La Paz

  7. Todos Santos: Located in north of Cabo, Todos Santos is one of the small cities of Baja California on the Pacific side. It took about 1 ½ hours from La Paz to Todos Santos and we got here when it was already dark. It would have been ideal if we came to Todos Santos in the morning and stayed until lunch. We could have spent more time and enjoyed the inspirational characteristic of this Mexican town.

Even if you can’t do La Paz, I would highly recommend taking a day trip to Todos Santos…this is almost a must-see when you are visiting Cabo and makes perfect day trip from Cabo. Its tiny community is filled with old colonial style arts and architecture which take you few centuries back. Here are some places we managed to see in Todos Santos.

  1. Mission of Santa Rosa de Todos Santos: This century old monastery is at the heart of this town. The original building goes back to early 18th We could make it to the cathedral right before its closing and there is no charge to visit. It has a simple interior with elegant altar and grand exterior.
  2. Hotel California: The iconic colonial style red building of Todos Santos is the Hotel California. This is located only 2 minutes’ walk from the cathedral. Inside of the hotel is more beautiful than the outside. So make sure to go inside and check out the hotel lobby, bar, café, and shop.
Inside Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

Inside Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

 

 

Unique Nomadic Experience: Explore Best 3 Luxurious Adventures in Thailand

People have their own reasons behind the act of traveling. Some are doing it for business, to meet more clients. Some are doing it for studies, to learn more about another culture. Some are doing it for fun. And, some are doing it for an extravagant and memorable experience to keep in memory. How about you? Why do you travel? And, how often do you travel?

If you want some real tropical experience with lots of green sceneries and blue waters, you can go to Thailand. Aside from the amazing sceneries, you can also enjoy mingling with their locals too. To learn about what makes people keep coming back to Thailand, you better check the reasons given below and click start here to move on.

Few of the reasons why people travel to Thailand are. . .

  • to experience luxury at an affordable price
  • to learn more about Thailand’s culture
  • to experience crystal-clear underwater adventures
  • to shop with good prices on different items
  • to experience nature adventures
  • to taste Thailand street foods
  • to swim and relax on beautiful white sand beaches

Of course, many are enticed to try all those things above. But, some individuals prefer to relax with what Thailand can offer. In case you’re also looking forward to some luxury experiences, you can

in preparing for the itinerary. The list below will walk you through the options available for a luxury adventure waiting in Thailand for you.

Top 3 Luxurious Adventures to Try in Thailand

  • River Cruise

Drink a glass of champagne with your favorite Thailand cuisine while traversing the Chao Phraya River. Aside from the city buildings, river, and good music, you’d also be having a taste with Thailand’s cuisine. Reserve a seat or go there early for an Evening Cocktail Cruise. Or, try to sign up for another Evening Champagne Cruise. Meet with other tourists and some locals while enjoying every sip of your favorite drink.

  • Floating Cineplex

Are you tired of the common cinema setup? Do you find it boring buying tickets and sitting with other people in a closed room? If you’re up for an extraordinary kind of movie watching, don’t forget to check the floating cinema. You can enjoy the floating-raft cinema in the incredible archipelago-lagoon of Buro Ole Scheeren. You can book a seat by asking a travel agency. Or, you can inquire from the locals on how to get there. Mae use of Thailand’s natural resources while mixing it with technology-induced entertainment.

  • Waterfall Chasing

Visit a UNESCO protected waterfalls in Tee Lor Su. Take a look at the Thung Yai Naresuan National Reserve and be amazed at the wildlife living in harmony. Grab your camera and witness the beauty water that drops on the stages of waterfalls. Are you fond of bringing home memories trapped in a vividly taken photograph? If so, you must not miss the chance of witnessing Thailand’s waterfalls.

Before you book a flight, make sure you’ve gathered enough information about the location first. Collect information from other travelers on different forum sites. Learn from the experiences of other nomads from travel blogs and video blogs. Take note of their helpful tips and include it in your traveler’s book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let Malaysia Capture Your Heart

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Malaysia has long been a favorite in terms of travel destinations for many people across the world. Why? Simply because it is so vast and beautiful. There’s so many different islands to visit. And whilst the atmosphere out there always seems to be rushed, at the same time it is so peaceful and tranquil. Yes you might be nearly hit by a crazy driver or two now and then, but you’ve also go the idyllic beaches across the road where nothing can be heard but the waves crashed against the sand. Sound amazing? Well it does to most other people as well. If you’ve never been before, then we guarantee that before the end of this article you’ll be wanting to book a flight now. Yes, for most of us the flight is pretty long, but watch a couple of films and it will be over in no time! So without further ado, here is how you can let Malaysia capture your heart.

The Islands

The islands are one of the first thing that brings people to Malaysia in the first place. There’s just so many of them it can be hard to know which one to actually visit. But, because there are so many of them it means there’s just so much to do out there! A lot of the islands are close together as well, so it means you can spend your holiday island hopping to explore all the wonders. Some of the islands are better than others, one of the best and one of the most popular of the islands is the Langkawi island. It literally feels as though you’re being transported for a holiday in Hawaii. It has the most perfect beaches you could wish for, and one of the most relaxed vibes out of all the Malaysian islands. If you’re looking to kick back and relax, then this is the island to you. The main island of Langkawi in the Pulau Langkawi. Langkawi is made up of many different islands that lie in close proximity. If you;re looking for something fun to do whilst you’re there, one of the most popular things to do is the cable car ride up the mountain of Gunung Mat Chinchang. It isn’t that expensive, and it might not feel the safest, but if you have the heart to brave it it offers some of the best views that you’ll ever see. It attracts hundreds and hundreds of tourists in the height of the season. There are some really nice hotels on the island which you shouldn’t see yourself paying too much for either. Spending money over there is extremely cheap as well, so all in all, the holiday is going to be pretty cheap overall.

Borneo is another amazing island that seems to attract a lot of people each year. Once you go, you’ll instantly fall in love with the feeling of the whole place. A lot of people head there to volunteer with building houses, schools, and teaching. But it is an ever better place to go as a holiday destination. Just like with Langkawi, there is plenty to do on the island, but it is also perfect for those days where you just want to relax by the beach. Whilst you’re in Borneo however, there is plenty to do in terms of exploration. One of the most favored things to do is Tanjung Puting. It is a beautiful national park where wild orangutans wonder around. Just make sure you have all of your belongs secured! There are a few other national parks, and a mountain to climb. It really can go either way with this holiday. You’ll either want to be sat by the beach, or climbing or walking somewhere taking in the amazing scenery.

The Culture

The culture in Malaysia is a world away from ours. You’ll be completely amazing by the difference in the way of life. The main difference being the religion. Most of the Malaysian islands are highly religious, as you’ll gather from the many temples there are. You’ll often see monks walking around who take their religions and beliefs very seriously. It is important that you don’t disrespect this whilst you’re over there. Another, one we’ve briefly touched on, is the way of life. The main islands and cities will often feel a bit rushed, but at the same time calm and peaceful. It isn’t recommended that you drive on the roads over there. They are pretty crazy. But by all means rent a ped and go up the mountains. The roads up there are a lot clearer, and you’ll get some truly stunning views without having to walk or sit on a bus to get to the top. The food is also something you’re either going to love or hate. There’s a mixture of traditional foods, Thai foods, and often some foods you’ll never even have heard of. To them, growing up and eating bugs was nothing. It would be like growing up and eating chocolate for us! But be sure to give it a go and try something you’d never usually go for!

Staying For Good?

Malaysia will truly capture your heart. The beautiful beaches with the amazing blue seas. The way of life, and the amazing scenery. It captures the heart of so many to the point where they actually don’t want to leave. But is setting up a home and a life in Malaysia really worth it? Well, yes it is. There are a few new house development areas at the minute that are just truly stunning. Can you imagine yourself in a brand new home in a country that has the most beautiful weather and surroundings? We can too! Fitting into the way of life over there really isn’t hard. It is pretty easy to start and run a successful business over there as well! So you could be making a lot of money.

So, has this article made you realize some of the wonders Malaysia has to offer? We hope it has! There’s so much more out there for you to explore, and so many different islands that we’re sure you’ll love. Do some research and see which island might be suit you!

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