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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Chiang Mai - Wat Chiang Yeun

It is extremely difficult to say which one of the many temples is the one more interesting in Chiang Mai.

The town of Chiang Mai, in the Northern region of Thailand, is situated in a large valley surrounded by the highest mountain of the country.

The town of Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna's kingdom, one of the many kingdom composing the present Thailand. Surrounded by strong walls and by a large moat, the old city of Chiang Mai hosts the most spectacular roofed temples after Thailand's capital Bangkok.

To visit Chiang Mai you will need at least 3 full days and most conveniently a good bike, you can easily rent in town, to explore the old town and its many wonderful Wats, as the temples are locally called.

This collection of #7 sights of Chiang Mai aims to discover the most known temples inside the old city walls, more posts will follow about Chiang Mai surroundings and its inspiring tradition as an important Buddhist religious centre and school.

We hope you like our photos, find more infos for travelling to Chiang Mai and in Thailand on our page about Thailand.

Chiang Mai - Wat Phan An

Chiang Mai - Wat Phan An

Chiang Mai - Wat Phuak Hong

Wat Phra Singh - Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai - Wat Chiang Yeun
Chiang Mai - The Canal at sunset

We hope you enjoyed our photos of Chiang Mai. Read also about other great destinations in Thailand, including Ayutthaya, Koh Tao and many more.

If you are planning to travel to Chiang Mai and in Thailand find more info, recommended itineraries, tips to travelling to Chiang Mai and posts on our page "Visit Thailand".


Sunday, April 14, 2013

7 Sights of New York City and some good tips for visiting NYC on a budget

NYC - Broadway

One more world capital to explore in 7 pics... This is NYC in spring: the colours of the Great Apple are shining under the sun!

Yellow taxis, red neons, green parks, grey buildings, and blue Hudson waters... One of the many possible dresses NYC can put on through the year... one of the most impressive and dynamic!

Some cities look the same through the time. In NYC I easily got the feeling that everything is changing so fast that you feel these photos represent just a second of its long life, you can be back in the city in a year and all this will be gone, all will be different!

These are not postcards of NYC, they are more slow motion pictures of the Big City!

NYC is expensive? Yes, it is but there are many ways to visit NYC on a budget, read our tips below.

NYC - Shop Window

We concentrate on one particular aspect of NYC that many people inevitably notice when they visit it: New York is very expensive to visit!

So on this post and on our other post about NYC we offer you some tips to save some money and still enjoy the best of New York City. We hope you find them useful.

I. Don't rush to visit the Statue of Liberty first thing!

II. Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge instead to have your first sight of NYC!

NYC - Wall Street 
III. Take the ferry to Staten Island and back. It is free and it will offer you great views of New York and its skyline (yes its skyline!).
You should also repeat the trip at night and enjoy NYC by night, which is a wonderful sight!

IV. Entrance at Central Park is free and the Park offers a completely different prospective of the city life and a great place from some relax, particularly if compared with the busy roads of Manhattan. Plan to spend at least half a day in the park!

NYC - World Trade Center Memorial

NYC - Rescuer at Sea

V. Accommodation is definitely expensive in NYC.
The more the accommodation is far away from Manhattan and the other touristy areas and the more the price would be reasonable, but don't be tempted to base yourself too further away from the heart of the city. What you will save in accommodation you will loose in time and in transport (which is not cheap either!).
Soon we are going to add a list of reasonable and reliable accommodation in New York City.

NYC - The Yellow Panthers running free in the Urban Jungle

NYC - Times Square

Read also our post “More useful tips to visit New York City on a budget” to read more about transport, flights and what to visit in NYC or visit Our page "Visit U.S.A." for more itineraries and posts to plan your memorable journey in the United States.

Be inspired!

Friday, April 12, 2013


Fisherman's Bastion, The Castle - Budapest
Sunset along the Danube - Budapest - A J Lo Night tour starts

Ice Cream at famous old style patisserie and tea room Gerbeaud in the city centre - Budapest

The elegant fa├žade of Gerbeaud Patisserie in Pest, the New Town - Budapest
Matthias Church in the main square in the Old Town, Buda at Budapest's Castle - Budapest

St Stephen Statue in the Old Town, Buda - Budapest

Fisherman Bastion, Old Town, Buda - Budapest

Hungarian Parliament along the Danube - Budapest

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Thursday, April 11, 2013


Rio de Janeiro - Panorama from the Cristo Redentor

Why to visit Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is certianly an unmissable stop in every great world tour and certainly a city you should visit at least one time in your life.

Rio de Janeiro is a city in constant change and development in these days and it is something you should take in consideration before you plan your visit.

We published two different posts about Rio and we are already planning to publish more about this wonderful city.

Here you will find some tips about visiting Rio in the other post "7 more sights of Rio" you will find some more info for visiting some unmissable places in Rio de Janeiro

The Cristo Redentor: panoramas are wonderful from the Cristo, but check the weather before to go!

Here some suggestions that we hope you may find useful:

I. Where to stay in Rio? 

This is one of the big questions you will immediately ask yourself when visiting. Rio offers every kind of accommodation from expensive hotels to cheap hostels. We recommend to stay in one of the many new boutique hostels in Rio. 

They are usually very modern, clean and safe, staff speak English and most of them have ensuite comfortable doublerooms, good breakfast and they are not too expensive.
And this leads to the next question...

II. Which is the best area to stay in Rio? 

Rio is not one of the safest cities in the world, but it is not as dangerous as sometimes described, particularly if you stay away from the most dangerous zones. 

As you can see browsing on internet there is a literature now on "Where to stay in Rio", but I think there isn't just an answer but most depends from what you want to see in Rio and which kind of person you are and the money you have.
The following tips you may find useful to answer the question.

The Metropolitan Cathedral - Reflections

III. If you want to stay near the beaches the choise is between Copacabana and Ipanema. 

Bear in mind that Ipanema is safer and tidier than Copacabana, but it is as not as much fun and generally speaking a bit more expensive.

IV. Lapa is the area for nightlife in Rio. 

Lapa has a reputation to be a dangerous area, but than during the night, when pubs and discos are open there is police at every corner and so in a way you are safer there than in other areas. 
The worst time to visit Lapa is during the day when the streets are not as busy and police is not around. Unless you are interested in the nightlife avoid staying in Lapa as you would avoid the plague!

V. Santa Teresa is considered a new trendy and Bohemienne zone. 

Some streets are safe and some others are not. It is not very well connected by public transport particularly at night. Stay there only if you are not going to stay out till late.

Ipanema beach
VI. Leblon is a good alternative to Ipanema if you look for beaches.

The beach in Leblon is usually used more by families if this is the kind of enviroment you prefer.

VII. The area of Botafogo and Catete hasn't much to offer, but accommodation is reasonable, the area is reasonably safe and it is well connected by public transport to the most touristy areas of the city.

Great Modern Architecture in the financial quarter

VIII. In case you don't know: Take only official taxis!

IX. Always take a taxi when moving at night, even for short distances!

X. The city center is very interesting and has some beautiful old colonial buildings and some interesting museums, but don't visit it at weekends, bank holidays or out from the working hours. When no one is around it will be the best place to be attacked!

Favela de Rocinha
XI. Visiting one of the Favelas is a great experience. Some no profit organizations are running tours to the Favelas. They are safe, organised and the money you will pay for your tour will go towards some very interesting educational and social projects in the Favelas.
Although you will hear that many Favelas are pacified and reasonably safe only go there with an organized tour.

Morro de Urca - The Monkeys @ Prahia Vermelha

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Meet the American Stars in Washington DC - The National Portrait Gallery

The Kogard Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is so beautiful that it is difficult to describe it. 

It is a masterpiece of the modern architecture.

The National Portrait Gallery is a little gem in Washington DC. 

It is away from the area of the main museums along the green, it is much less famous than the other national galleries, but it is a great place to spend a day!

It is not only the great harmony of the glass canopy covering the roof of the courtyard that make this building so inspiring and relaxing.

It is also the winter garden with its simple fountains and its beautiful plants. Kogard Courtyard is a great touch of style to the ornate 1836 building, a masterpiece in itself.

Marilyn Monroe - The National Portrait Gallery - Washington DC

Bill Gates and his wife - The National Portrait Gallery - Washington DC

Such a beautiful architecture prepares the eyes and the mind to visit “Two great museums, one incredible place” as the large banner in front of the building advertises. 

The National Portrait Gallery is one of the two great museums there, the other one is the America's Art Museum.

The National Portrait Gallery is a great collection of the portraits of the great American men and women. There are the portraits of the US Presidents, of famous American generals and important scientists and artists.

A great feeling of modernity pervades the exhibition and it is so interesting to see the different styles used to represent this famous American people, their expressions, the way they are dressed, the colours used in the paintings.

These paintings are not simply portraits, they are deep studies of the life and the personality of the most famous Americans!
You will meet Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Bill Gates, General Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and many many more...

Elvis Presley - The National Portrait Gallery - Washington DC

The National Portrait Gallery in DC has free entrance and is really really inspiring!

Monday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Address: Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone number: (202) 633-8300

Read more posts and recommended itineraries for jour journey in the U.S.A. in Our page Visit U.S.A.