When I was in Singapore some years ago, I wanted to spend a whole day here, I saw amazing pictures of the bridge. Strange as it is almost no taxi driver knew what I was talking about. What Reservoir, what bridge??? TreeTop Walk? What is that?
At last I could find someone to take me to the entrance.
I love the Balaton, I spent there a lot of time when I was a child. I wish I had had a weekend house there, then I would have gone there to relax in the Summer. Yes, only in the summer because in the winter it is dead. There is no tourism, no life there in the cold months. But in the summer it revives and it shows its most beautiful side…. 🙂 Now is the time to go to the Balaton!
I have been an official Tour Guide in Hungary since 2006 and I haven’t been to Pécs yet. I don’t live in Hungary anymore and when I come to Budapest I usually stay there. Now it is spring, the weather is amazingly nice so I decided to discover the country during my holiday until I start to work in Bulgaria in June.
Why to go to Pécs?
Zsolnay ceramics, 400-year-old Turkish architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Site, 2000-year-old Roman ruins, the largest Early Christian Necropolis outside Italy, 2010 European Capital of Culture, University Town
César Manrique was a great artist and architect, he created a lot of interesting things/sights on Lanzarote, where he was born. I honestly haven’t heard about him until I came here, although I like art and I am not ‘illiterate’ in it. Now I adore his works, the Jardin de Cactus is my favourite (I wrote about the Cactus Garden here), I love the Mirador del Rio, the Timanfaya Park (El Diabolo Restaurant, Ruta de los Volcanoes => here a post ‘It is like a Walk on the Moon in Lanzarote‘), I saw the Cueva los Verdes => Previous post “Bucket List for Lanzarote“.
The Jameos del Agua is also an architectural masterpiece! He transformed the cave into an auditorium, restaurant, bar and gardens. It was one of the first touristic sites created by him during the 1960’s.
The bucket list is a list of the things we would like to do/see/feel/experience before we die. It as a „Top 10 +” or a „Must see/do…” list. Lanzarote is not as popular and famous as Tenerife or Gran Canaria among the Canary Islands but I think it can change if people get to know that there are a lot of interesting things to see/do on this island. That is why I wrote this list and present some photos.
I spend the second winter half on this island but I am not such a tourist who spends here 1-2 weeks rather I am a tourist who lives here for 4 -5 months. So I have the time to discover and evaluate what is worth the visit.
I am not a local who is used to everything here, I see with fresh eyes.
And since I give information to my tourists about the sights I had to read a lot/I asked a lot/I searched a lot of information about Lanzarote.
Last reason why my list can be helpful is I am a keen discoverer, I don’t sit at home cooking (sometimes I do, ok see: Sicilian cooking class), but I rather go everywhere myself because I don’t believe others’ fairy tales: I want to see, I want to have proof, I want to experience and I want to live an active life.
The Cactus Garden (in Spanish Jardin de Cactus) is located at the town of Guatiza. It was designed by César Manrique, the island’s most influential artist.
There are more than 7,200 cactus plants with more than 1,100 different species even from countries like Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco or Peru. You can find here many different shapes, sizes, colours, in my opinion it is a photographers’ paradise to come here and spend some time taking pictures of huge 2-meter-tall ones to more unusual species.
Papagayo Beach (Playa de Papagayo) is in the south of Lanzarote, it is one of the most popular beaches of the Island.
White sandy beaches & crystal clear water you can find here. The entrance to the Natural Monument of Los Ajaches is 3 EUR, there is enough parking place for a lot of visitors. There is a small restaurant on the hillside of the beach, from where there is a beautiful view over the bay. On foot you can walk to different secluded beaches, almost nobody is there so you won’t be disturbed at all. Many excursion ships come by, catamarans, sailing ships, you can take nice photos of ships too 🙂
This was the second time I visited the Angkor Archeological Park, first in 2010 and now in 2016 December. I find it simply amazing and I feel lucky I had the opportunity to see it and also to show it to my mother 🙂
I think you can find many articles about the park if you write in the Google ‘angkor’. I Have found some useful web sites:
Some facts are: There are different 3 types of tickets, 1, 3, 7 day-tickets. The prices so far were 20$, 40$, 60$, but as fas as I know from February 2017 the prices will almost double, now the tickets will cost 37$/62$/72$ (I read it in the Telegraph).
I bought the 3-day-ticket each time. The park is open from early in the morning till late afternoon, you can plan your visits so.
I went on my loyalty day-off (got it from my company because i have been working for them for more than 5 years) to Chalki from Rhodes. My colleague told me it was beautiful, she had been there some weeks earlier so I decided why not? It is not so hot anymore so I will enjoy it.
2 days earlier I had my normal day-off and I decided to go to find the port, where the ship leaves from, Kamiros Skala. First I thought it is in Kamiros, so I went from Lardos, where I live, to the North to Kolymbia and after crossing the island to the West I reached Kamiros.
Well, Kamiros is not Kamiros Skala, the port is not there, where I thought it would be 🙂 So I was driving along the coastline backwards to the South and in 20 minutes I reached Kamiros Skala. Instead of 1 hour it took for about 1,5 / 2 hours to reach the port from Lardos 🙂 But now I knew I had to go first to the South and not doing the extra miles…
It is a small harbour, there are about 3 excursion ship companies, most ships leave at around 9.00/9.15. I bought a ticket to the biggest ship, which was supposed to leave at 9.15 and of course it didn’t leave then 🙂 Because there was an excursion bus full of tourists that didn’t arrive on time. So with a half-hour delay we left and it took for about an hour to get to the Island Chalki.
The ship was coming back from Chalki at 16.00 so we had about 5 hours to see everything. I must say 5 hours are more than enough. There are almost no tourists on this small island, so if you like it quiet then it is ideal for you. For me it was yes quiet but a bit too quiet. I don’t know what I would do here for more than 5 hours…