Have you ever heard about Strasbourg? It is a city located in Alsace, France. It's pretty close to German so you can see a lot of German influences throughout the city. Not to mention, a stunning Cathedral in the middle of the city who successfully steal the attention of both tourists and locals.
We So I visited Strasbourg for 4 days (3 nights). I booked the ticket & hotel quite late because at that time we didn't know when my partner would have his day offs. So it was in Spring 2018 and I found an aparthotel near the city center. We stayed in City Residence Strasbourg Center, on booking.com and you can have 15€ discount if you use this code.
We arrived in the morning with a TGV (French fastest train), really early, I could say. And it was rainy. Just one quick note for everyone, rainy morning in Strasbourg means (at least for me) doing nothing for hours. Strasbourg is a beautiful city where most places are reachable by walking. We spent around 3 hours and a half just finishing our coffee and eating croissant in Café Broglié. Just an honest review, it was nothing special. Just a place we've found directly when we got off from the tram.
Just after I got back from Italy, everyone asked me: "Where did you go in Italy?". It's true that Rome is a lot more touristy than Naples but it doesn't mean Naples don't have the charm.
When it comes to Italy, people are talking about Rome. How historic the city is, how romantic the romans and how great the city of Vatican. But Italy is not complete without Naples, one authentic city who's greatly known because of its pizza. When we talk about Italy we're mostly talking about food right?
If you need to feed yourself with culture and history...
Without any doubt, Rome is a really rich city when we are speaking about culture. Every 15 minutes walking probably you wanna stop and take a picture of a nice building, great fountains and stop a while for a museum. It's even hard to visit everything in 3 days. You need more. Not too mention you have Collosseum and Vatican City, each probably takes a whole day to visit.
By the city itself, Naples offers a lot of museums as well, don't forget beautiful church you can see everywhere. Each hour you can hear the bell one after another just like a serenade. But when it comes to history, just 30 minutes by train from the city, you could visit Pompeii, everyone knows what is it. This amazing place is really huge, with a mindblowing history and undoubtly nice scenery.
If you need to satisfy your palette...
Rome is pretty multicultural, it is easy in this romantic city to get an italian food everywhere in the every street. Many restaurants claimed that they are the oldest and have the finest and the most authentic "typical" roman dishes.
When you are talking about pizza, then you are talking about Naples. They say Napolians invented them. Personally I have to agree because even if I try a typical restaurant out of nowhere, you're still gonna say... "Mmm... Mammamia!"
Pizzeria Vesi - Via San Biagio Dei Librai, 115, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
When you are a bit low on a budget...
If people are talking about Andalusia (Andalucia), they will think directly to Sevilla. While actually Malaga is also a gem that most people usually forget...
1. First thing first: communicate is hard if you don't understand basic Spanish.
I did learn Spanish a bit for a year and to be honest I forgot almost everything, after 3 days in Spain I just remembered some words (thanks to google) and finally can get my life a bit easier. The locals they speak English but not so many, even in some tapas bars they will prefer Spanish over English and sometimes you have to count on your body language just to order a food because you will never know the name.
2. Spaniards: souriants
I JUST LOVE HOW SMILEY AND FRIENDLY THE PEOPLE ARE. (note: even if you don't speak Spanish)
3. Sorry to be sounded so greedy but I just love how they put the electricity outlet here and there beside your table. Just bring your charger everywhere, you will survive.
4. Well not that survived, because usually they don't have wifi.
5. Make sure you download your offline map on your phone, or bought a map. I have to be honest that walking will be tiring because from one place to another is kind of far in Malaga but worth the view!
Oh I can imagine how people are usually excited about Amsterdam or Netherlands in general: weed, red light district, nightlife and so on. Well I just came back from Amsterdam and let's see what I did to help myself look less like a tourist
1. Visit parks!
In Amsterdam there's a lot of hidden parks, well it is basically on the map but no one really goes there except locals. By going to the parks you can see the tendance of the locals, how they usually spend their day or small time in the parks. There are several cool parks you could visit:
- Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
- ARTIS : Zoo - well this one is the most touristy but it is definitely worthy to go there
2. Ditch the tram: bike instead
Oh yeah after 15 minutes in Amsterdam you would know exactly who rules the streets: bikers. They run fast (I'm not joking at all), sometimes they go through the traffic light (sorry), and you will see the bell's voice right away when you stand in their way. Well, instead of hating them, just join the group! You can rent a bike anywhere even sometimes from your hostels. Believe me: it's way cheaper than the tram. And in Amsterdam, in 20 minutes you can get anywhere you want.
3. Buy 3-4days ticket or OV-chipkaart
If you really wanna take the tram never, ever, ever try the one hour ticket. It's expensive and I promise you, you will ended up buy too much and spent too much money on the transportation. If you enjoy walking (like I do), I suggest you to buy the OV-chipkaart insead, so most of the time you can walk and use it only when you need it. Plus, you can keep it if you're going back next time. Trust me I went there for 6 days and I only recharge for 10€, the rest was like, I'm walking everywhere
You could check my last post here. Okay so the next thing you should do in Porto is...