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Visit Lugano from Milan on a budget

Switzerland offers so many picturesque landscapes of rare beauty but at the same time not everyone can afford to come here, given the high prices and thus higher living standards.

However there is a fairly cheap option to visit some of the wonders offered by Switzerland. The starting point is in Milan. Being close to the Swiss border, from Milan to Lugano, part of the Ticino region, you may take the train – RailEurope, and you will reach Lugano in about 1 hour and a quarter, costing about 81 Euros / person roundtrip. Make sure you’ll book your accommodation in advance – up to 6 months, on specialized sites, where you will find great discounts, because hotels are expensive and very expensive.

With strong Italian influences, in Lugano you’ll feel like in Italy, because Italian and Swiss cultures are blending perfectly. Italian ambiance will charm you from the first moment and will be fascinated by the Swiss accuracy. Mediterranean air that dominates this small cosmopolitan town, with its parks and gardens, which abounds in lush vegetation, sketches an enchanting painting.

Lugano is near two magnificent peaks, which are linked to two funiculars: San Salvatore, to the south and Monte Bre in the east. From the peak of Mont Bre, you’ll get some spectacular views of Lugano city, and also of the wonderful Bre locality, situated at altitude, nearby.

Downtown Lugano, where there is the train station, the lake and the park, is the heart of the city, where there are plenty of markets, shops, beautiful alleys, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Among the most notable edifices are the Romanesque cathedral of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo) and St. Mary of the Angels Church (Santa Maria degli Angioli) with the famous fresco The Passion of Christ by Bernardino Luini, the city having a Lombard style.

To explore the city in another way, you may try the tourist train and about 45 minutes you will enjoy the charm around you. Italian style squares like Piazza Rezzonico, Piazza della Riforma or Piazza Manzoni), arches and numerous parks with tropical and subtropical plants, shopping in key areas such as Via Nassa and Via Pessina in the old city center, with their sophisticated shops, might be a truly pleasure, to take the pulse of atmosphere and pace of life of the region. http://tripelonia.com/headline/visit-lugano-from-milan-on-a-budget/251

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Discover India. Travel to GOA.

A small region that is easily to explore, with forested bread trees and mahogany groves, a gentle sun penetrating the green hills, crowded bazaars, white churches sheltered by palm trees, extraordinary temples, and strong Portuguese influences which dominates for over 400 years…Is it somewhere in Portugal? Maybe India?…Well, we are in Goa, a small region in central India, located on the west central coast, a stretch of golden sand which merges with the greenish blue of the Arabian Sea, an accessible and exciting Asian paradise, with a rich history & culture, which attracts annually millions of tourists. An economical way to visit the attractions of Goa is renting motorcycles or scooters.

Goa assembles a collection of cities customize each one, that do not have the same look, reason why the region enjoys a special charm. Divided into two parts, the South, which is the countryside, a quiet area away from the noise and frenzy, and the North, where are the popular cities like Chapora, Anjuna or Vagator, famous for their beautiful beaches, being a lively area. Among the most popular beaches are Candolim, Arpora and Baga. Also, Agonda is famous for the sea turtles that come here each year to lay their eggs.

The best time to visit Goa is from January to April, noting that in December, is filled with tourists attracted by the excellent climate in winter, especially around Christmas, for which starting from February is not quite so crowded.

From a visual standpoint Goa is surprisingly a Catholic state, since its roots, being under Portuguese domination until 1953, for which you’ll see altars and portraits of Jesus almost everywhere. Although Hindus occupy two thirds of the population, in Goa will meet the most liberal people across India!

To admire the architectural perspective, the unique mix between Baroque, Renaissance and Portuguese elements, you should visit Old Goa, considered the spiritual heart of the country, located about 25 km from Anjuna, with its baroque churches and high altars, the most impressive being the Basilica of Bom Jesus and one of the largest Roman Catholic edifices in Asia – Se Cathedral. Moreover, here you will find restaurants, tattoo centers, shops and a few centers of … hypnosis, but I think you can ignore the last part. :-)

You can visit the markets where spices abound, with so many flavors, textures, colors … or to buy a velvety silk shawl, to cover your bare shoulders in a sunny day or to bathe in the wonderful Arabian Sea.

In the culture of Goa lots of religions were assimilated, which is reflected in the way how temples were constructed, with Hindu architecture. Some of the most remarkable are: Shree Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda, Shree Laxmi Narsimha Temple at Nagueshi, Shree Shantagurda Temple at Dhargal, Shree Shantagurda Temple at Fatorpa and Shree Shantagurda Temple at Kavlem.

Panaji is the state capital, with his palms and colonial-style houses stretching one side and another of the road, being a green, peaceful and lively city, in a sharp contradiction to other cities in India. Located on the banks of River Mandovi with very nice houses, with red roofs, reflecting the Latin influences and avenues full of trees, Panajin is a charming little town worth visiting.

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Cambodia -Taking a ride in Ban Lung, Ratanakiri

We start our trek through the land of Ratanakiri province and we ventured on a red dirt road, serpentines, dust clouds in the horizon and feeling that the journey will be long and staggering until we reach the city capital Ban Lung of Ratanakiri province.

If you ever had moments of wandering and feeling like you belong to anyone, well, once in Ban Lung, you’ll feel it again, at least as a first impression. Yellow & tiny buildings of the wide streets, hidden by dust clouds… and a realm that hides some exceptional natural treasures, seen only in books and documentaries, so leave behind the dust and let’s discover its true value, even if you do this route on foot, by car or motorcycle, the latter being more recommended to capture exactly the life of Ban Lung and feel the adrenaline on some pretty exciting roads!

A maze of streets with lots of stalls, full of all kind of bargains, where, highly coveted are the amethyst and zirconium, because such mines are nearby, so is an ideal opportunity to buy some gems. This is how Ban Lung market looks like.

Temple on the hill is one of the main attractions, as here is Reclining Buddha statue. What does that mean? Well, the resting Buddha symbolizes his acceptance that he will not be reborn. From here you have the opportunity to see a beautiful landscape over the rolling countryside.

However, the most appreciated attraction it’s in the surroundings of Ban Lung – the gorgeous Yak Laom Lake. Basically, it is the crater of an extinct volcano in the middle of which is hot water, with an amazing deep blue shade. Definitely it’s an ideal place to tan a little bit and to swim in the crystalline water, surrounded by perennial plants and the wonderful bamboo. There are footpaths around the lake, fringed with bamboo and pontoons. Here you can taste the local wine made ​​from rice or you can enjoy fresh fruits.

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Must see places in Dublin, besides the great beer experience from Guinness Storehouse :)

Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is among the main reasons why some travellers want to visit Dublin. If you want to see which is the process of producing beer and visit the 6 floors built around a glass atrium, as well and listen the stories about Guinness family, you must pay the ticket which is 18 Euro on the spot, and if you take it online from http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/Index.aspx, you will pay less: 16.20 Euro. If you do not delight the idea of ​​doing a tour of the brewery, you can opt to have a beer, atop of Guinness Storehouse, at the famous Gravity Bar, which offers an excellent panoramic view of the city.

After the experience with the beer, as she is produced and the superb panoramic bar, you should discover another pride of the Irish: the whiskey. Old Jameson Distillery is the place that takes you through its 8 rooms and where you can learn the difference between an Irish Scotch, an American whiskey and an Irish Jameson … and everything is done by tasting and feeling the differences between the flavors. The great thing is that you will obtain a diploma entitled: ” a qualified Irish whiskey tester “, just good to put in the frame, when you get back home.

A variety of restaurants, shops, theaters, cinemas, pubs and clubs spread over the central Temple Bar District. Temple Bar is basically the core of the night life, where you begin to discover every corner of Dublin, being the best place where you can feel the atmosphere of Ireland. You could also do a walk through St Stephens Green Park, the main park of the city, the Guinness family gift for the citizens, which enjoys a strategic location right in the heart of the city. In another day of your visit you can try a walk in the largest urban park in Europe, which is located in Dublin – Phoenix Park, where you can enjoy a polo field but also a cool zoo. If you want to do shopping, one of the main arteries of Dublin is Grafton Street, having beside other shops, one of the most popular shopping centre called Irish Brown Thomas. From Grafton Street you can easily reach the oldest and most famous university of Ireland’s – Trinity College, whose campus is definitely an attraction, and its buildings from the XVIII and XIX.

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Fagaras Fortress ranks 2nd in the world’s 10 best castles!

Fagaras Medieval Fortress in Romania

Mystery, absorption and wealth … thus reflect Fagaras Fortress in the crystalline lake that surrounds it. With pride and prestige, the fortress of Fagaras, in Romania, is wearing his place of honor among the most beautiful castles in the world, representing the 2nd, according to Huffington Post publication. Every year, tens of thousands of tourists walk on the regal domain, beings fascinated by the way the fortress looks like and especially being captivated by its tumultuous history.

The fortress became famous when it was under the rule of Michael the Brave, making it an exclusive location due to the monthly balls, held here, so marking the heyday of this significant edifice. Michael the Brave donated the fortress to his wife, Lady Stanca, who later, after Michael the Brave died, was held as a prisoner in the walls of the fortress.

This feudal complex has been remarkably well preserved over the years, being the largest feudal domain of the principality, built in the late fourteenth century. The history of this fortress was and is still mysterious but also was written to be discovered and read. Beyond its greatness that attracts tourists in large number, it hides a less pleasant side, I’d say even excruciating.

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Aix-en-Provence et la vie en rose… avec le parfum de lavande, les saveurs de Provence et le vin rosé…

Aix-en-Provence, a city with a history of over 2000 years, ​​located in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is like a romance, ennobled by the scent of lavender, being an elegant and exciting city, dolled up the last detail. With its wide boulevards, once frequented by counts and kings, the multitude of fountains, cosy cafes and the typical Parisian atmosphere, the city lies approximately 25 km north of Marseille. Being a university city, it enchants tourists with its delicate scent of lavender, the multitude of culinary goodies and special architectural style.

Best time to visit Aix en Provence is spring, when everything seems to bloom, in summer when the sun caress you with its rays or fall when the wind gently is breathing through your hair.

The city was founded by the Roman consul Sextius, which was interested by the hot springs that exists even today, the water being considered like gold in this region, for which you will enjoy the many fountains of stone, carefully carved. Aix de Provence is dominated by Mount Sainte Victoire, which contributes significantly to achieving a remarkable visual spectacle.

You can start walking on the beautiful boulevard Cours Mirabeau, set aside and another with fountains and elegant houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, restaurants, bars, transmitting an extraordinary romantic atmosphere. Later you can enjoy a coffee at one of the beautifully arranged terraces, located in this elite area. Cours Mirabeau is probably the emblem of this cosy and warm small town.

Saint Sauveur Cathedral is one of the main attractions that will have an impact, especially if you are fond of beauty and art. It was built in place of a temple of Apollo and combines three architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. Crossing through Mazarin district is like walking in past times. This is the most important place of reference of the city and also the oldest district, where remarkable is that the architecture of the buildings was preserved almost intact. City Hall – Hotel de Ville is a concrete example, with its library of valuable manuscripts. Another example is the Stock of Grains – Halle de Grains.

Aix en Provence is the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne and the place where his friend Émile Zola, the author of the manifesto “J’accuse”, spend his childhood. So do not be surprised because here you will not find a lot of young artists, art enthusiasts, creative, lovers of abstract and fashion.

The brasserie “Les Deux Garçons” is a place where you would love to drink your coffee, being now considered a historical monument because it is located in a building dating from 1660 and was frequented by great celebrities as Edith Piaf or Picasso. It would be interesting to drink your coffee in a place so full of history and beauty, is it?

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