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Aurora Borealis, or more commonly the Northern Lights is a sky phenomenon that emanates from collision of particles and the magnetic fields of the Arctic Circle. read more
High Line Phase 3, New York City The High Line is an elevated freight rail line that has been transformed into a public, free park. It is located to the west of Manhattan, running from Meatpacking District's Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street. The High Line Phase 3 is the last bit of the conversion. read more
    Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad The Visegrad Bridge is one of the best examples of Ottoman Turks architectural masterly. read more
Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás you otta go here The historic city of Goias is testimony to the colonization of the Brazil in the 18th and 19th century. Its urban fabric is a telltale of how the Portuguese colonists were able to integrate with the locals and make a nation out of many tribesmen. The architectural layout of the town is a classic example of how Europeans were able to adapt to the climatic cultural and geographical conditions of South America. read more
Great Things To Do For Free In Washington, DC Washington, DC is so much more than just the capital of the greatest country in the world. It is one of the most enjoyable travel destinations as well and while there are plenty of fantastic sights and attractions that cost money, there are also lots of equally fantastic things to do that are completely free. read more
Time travelling to the beautiful city of Besalú Nestled in Comarca of Garrotxa, in the province of Girona in Spain is a small town of about 2,361 people that have become synonymous with the tourism circuit of North Eastern Spain. It forms part of the intricate Judeo Network that boasts high value Jewish heritage monuments and artifacts all over Europe. read more
Explore Florida's Key West Visit Florida's Key West for beaches, fishing and exploring its history. read more
Escape to the Rainforest on an Auckland Highlights Eco-Tour Looking to see the best sights of Auckland City? Then check out the Auckland Highlights Eco-Tour. On this tour visitors will discover he highlights of Auckland and escape to the rainforest, visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges and see traditional Maori carvings. read more
Do you like wacky attractions? Then check out Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Carhenge is a replica of Stonehenge that was created from old automobiles. The dimensions are the same as the original ancient alignment of stones found in England. read more
If you like seeing a beautiful monument with great view, this is a place for you! read more
The Top 4 Best Destinations in Egypt Conquer the amazing world of Egypt. read more

A Serene Scene of Zuring in the Evening

 

With the snow-capped Swiss Alps as a stunning background and a lake and a river flowing through the city, Zurich remains to be an enchanting place as it elegantly turned into an impressive urbanized area.

Unfortunately, along with modernization and thriving tourism industry come the consequences of steep prices and impossibly pricey costs for any traveler’s basic necessities.

No need to fret though as there are effective money-saving tips on how you could spend less in Zurich. Read on to learn how.

1. Cycling around Town

Of course you don’t need to bring your own bike just to enjoy free transportation around Zurich. The good news is you can borrow bikes, skateboards and the like for free between May and October from 7AM to 9:20 PM everyday in various places in the city and all year round if you borrow one from the central train station! This is indeed a great alternative to taxis, which are extremely costly – with its meter typically starting at about $6.

2. Take Advantage of the Zurich Card

If bicycles don’t suit you at all, then purchase a 10-franc Zurich card, which is valid for a day, or pay 40 francs for a 3-day free admission to almost all world-renowned museums, free rides on boats, trams, funiculars, trains and buses as well as reasonable discounts at various shops!

Overall, you can save huge amounts of cash in a city deemed expensive by many organizations – you just have to follow the simple tips mentioned above!
 

So start planning a cheap vacation in Zurich now!

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Visit the Sleepy Town of Sandwich, Kent Encounter a different UK experience in a sleepy town in Kent, England. read more

 

 

Dubbed as ‘The Festival City’ due to the perennial festival schedules it has, the city of Edmonton also boasts a fair number of travel attractions that serve as magnets for travelers worldwide.
 
From West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America to the Fort Edmonton Park, the country’s biggest living history museum, Edmonton’s charm is definitely impressive. 
 
Catch the compilation of photos arranged by Zuzanna Musial, who shares,
 
 
Welcome to Edmonton the Province of Alberta Canada. In the video I have shown not only the city of Edmonton but also the Canadian Rocky Mountains that are located about 580 KM from our city...Hope you will enjoy viewing.
 

So start planning your trip to Edmonton today!

 

 

What  really sets Copenhagen apart from other cities is that it has constantly been acknowledged as one of the cities in the planet that could provide an excellent quality of life because of the fact that it is an environmentally-friendly place.

Almost half of the Danes living in Copenhagen ride bicycles to work, and even its inner harbor water are considered safe for swimming activities.

Check out this short clip prepared by Blog the Glob, and see the stable cultural and city development that are happening in Copenhagen.

So book your trip to the charming city of Copenhagen today!

 

Dominican Republic is home of the Americas’ most ancient European city, and this is known as Santo Domingo.

This capital city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it is the perfect place to learn and immerse oneself in the Spanish language.

Have a look at what more Santo Domingo boasts of in this video prepared by Tommy Rodriguez.

With the ancient Egyptian monuments of the Great Sphinx and Giza Pyramid complex as well as the archeological ruins in the Valley of Kings, Memphis and Karnak, it cannot be denied that Egypt’s tourism industry is booming.


Aside from these famous travel attractions though, the multi-cultural diversity of the people in Egypt is another thing that ought to be noted. This video prepared by Javier Morgade presents the local in this North African country as well as the locations he featured when he was “shooting a tourism program for a flight company in December 2009”.


Travelers who are more in the know of the best travel destinations in the country find themselves in freshwater lakes, unspoiled waterfalls and cliffs that are bordered by fossils.

In addition, the offbeat urban lifestyle and amazing building structures in the country is simply exceptional. This is particularly shared in this video uploaded by Lewis de Mesa, in which she shares:

“My goal was simply to explore and look for interesting unique sceneries around the UAE, and capture its beauty with time-lapse photography. Winter season plays a big part of my journey, as it's the best time to chase visible fluffy clouds with a true blue sky that only exist to the human eye at this time of the year.

I've seen so many beautiful places here in the UAE, plus I enjoyed all the long drives as well as being close to nature and far away from city for awhile. I'm hoping to find more time and discover new places and capture it again on video.”
 

View of Vyšehrad Castle from the Vltava River

Prague is home to a large number of famous cultural attractions, boasting more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. Plus, the entire city is connected by way of a modern public transportation system, meaning you can easily and inexpensively see everything you want to.

But what to see?

As for anywhere you travel, there are inevitably going to be tourist traps that could put a damper on your trip. Our goal is to help create the most perfect trip possible for you, which is why we're with you every step of the way. So when you go to Prague, be sure to contact of one our expert travel consultants to help you plan and book. 

You should also check out this article by Audrey Scott of UncorneredMarket.com: "Insider's Prague: Tourist Traps to Avoid, What To Do, Where To Eat."

This super thorough guide has a ton of great information about the city - as she describes it, "some ideas on how to minimize the tourist schlock, what to replace it with, and what to eat at the end of the day."

Here's an excerpt from "The Good Stuff":

1) Vyšehrad: An Alternative Castle

"Just down the Vlatava River from Prague Castle is the lesser-known 10th century castle of Vyšehrad. In addition to offering great views of the Vltava River and the city, Vyšehrad features grassy grounds stocked full of locals having picnics with family and friends. The cemetery at Vyšehrad is also home to many of Czech greats of art and music, including Alphonse Mucha and Antonín Dvořák. The Peter and Paul church is also worth a look – neo-gothic on the outside, but Mucha-inspired art nouveau murals on the inside."

Start your next trip today with Travel Expressions!

Istanbul has emerged as true a world capital of the 21st century - a city located on two continents, rich in culture and history. The architecture is magnificent, the food is amazing and the luxury tourism is booming (you HAVE to go to a spa while you're there). 

Check out this video for more info! And contact us to plan your next trip!

I'm a big museum fan. I've been fortunate enough to visit some incredible, unique collections (the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires; the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston), and I always make a point to visit at least one whenever I travel.

However, I know not everyone shares this interest. Some people would rather fight a bear than crawl through a cold, stale space with art that doesn't move you. 

Sometimes though, a museum is so well curated that everyone can find something to love. 

Take the newly opened Nouveau Musee National de Monaco, filled with fun, contemporary works. This incredible new space is a reflection of the growing art and cultural sphere of fabulous Monaco. As Dorothy Spears writes for the New York Times,

"Monaco, a tiny principality that clings improbably to a limestone cliff on the southeastern coast of France, has long been known as a playground for vacationers with means who dabble in hobbies like gambling and Formula One car racing. Yet in recent years, it has become home to a distinctive and vibrant international contemporary art community, a new tourist draw in a country with no shortage of them..."

"... In its short tenure, the museum has managed to produce ambitious shows like “La Carte d’Après Nature,” including a range of mediums, guest-curated by the German artist Thomas Demand, which was voted among the best exhibitions of 2010 in Artforum magazine. Its recent exhibition, “Le Silence. Une Fiction,” envisioned a modern city as a future ruin. This summer, an exhibition of work by Thomas Schütte, “One Man House,” which includes a freestanding house in the garden of the Villa Paloma, looks promising. (Set to open on July 5, the show will be presented in collaboration with the Castello di Rivoli of Turin.)"

("Monaco Adds Art to Its Seaside Allure")

All around this tiny country, galleries and public art exhibits are cropping up, a diverse mix reflecting the heterogeneous character of the area, and well-funded by some of the region's elite (like Princess Caroline of Monaco.)

It's certainly off the beaten travel path, but definitely something to consider for the summer, even if only for a few days. Just ask the experts at Travel Expressions to put together your next trip! 

Lovely Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River, one of the major European metropolitan areas. The city is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene, home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The city also hosts a number of Trade Shows. 

Evan Rail, of the New York Times, just posted a neat review of his experience visiting the city ("36 Hours: Cologne, Germany"). From the hip clothing boutiques to the worldclass dining to the traditional brewpubs, there's plenty to do to stretch out a trip. 

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"ONE of the oldest cities in Germany, Cologne has been drawing visitors since at least the year 50 A.D., when it was officially founded as the Roman outpost of Colonia. Today the big attractions are the city’s ancient (and gargantuan) cathedral, vibrant night life, a great native beer called Kölsch, and eau de cologne, invented here in 1709, not to mention the ever-present Rhine River. But the city the Germans know as Köln is hardly resting on its former achievements. New surprises just keep showing up. After crossing off bucket-list items like exploring the cathedral and crawling through legendary Kölsch pubs, you can easily spend an entire weekend focusing on the shops, restaurants and hotels that have opened (or reopened) within the past few years."

(Image: Jock Fistick for The New York Times)

Check out the full article for his complete itinerary. 

 

Get inspired to travel and contact Travel Expressions to start your next adventure!

 
 

 

We've already posted one beautiful video of Lithuania - full of long, aerial shots of the countryside. I wanted to share this video as well for another look at the cityscape. 

Created by Valdas Kotovas of his visit there last June. It's a mixture of different sites and images, a busy metropolitan and gorgeous landscape. 

Get inspired and start your next trip today with Travel Expressions! 

Off the typical travel grid waits Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia. It's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with many unique attractions and festivals held year round. 

It was also ranked a European Capital of Culture for 2011. Since its return to independence, improving transport links and Estonia's accession to the EU, it has become a hot spot for tourists. 

As a recent article in the NYTimes put it, 

"ESTONIA may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but right now its 1.3 million citizens are among the continent’s most cheerful people. Last year the country celebrated 20 years of independence from Russia and dropped the kroon in favor of the euro, and its capital, Tallinn, was celebrated as a European Capital of Culture. Unlike many other places in Europe, unemployment is down, and there’s a sense of optimism in the air, helped by companies like Skype that have their main offices here. And there’s a full schedule of cultural highlights for 2012. The list includes many music festivals — this is, after all, the country that paved the way to independence with a Singing Revolution — and the premiere in May of a ballet at the Estonian National Opera, “Modigliani, the Cursed Artist.” Throughout Tallinn, remnants of the Soviet era are being repackaged as tourist attractions, while many of the city’s chefs, inspired by the “new Nordic” movement, are busily creating a Baltic cuisine that takes traditional ingredients — from beet root to wild boar — and uses them in inventive ways. The Old Town still trades heavily on its medieval past but, throughout the city, a 21st-century vibe is becoming increasingly apparent." ("36 Hours: Tallinn, Estonia" - Stephen Whitlock)

(Image: Kadriorg Palace)

Travel Expressions Ltd. is the premier agency for travel to Eastern Europe. We know exactly what it takes to create your perfect vacation.

Just contact us for more info!

Travel Tip: Modern Museum of Budapest

Budapest is the kind of European city with both a rich cultural history and a thriving modern art scene. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the entire region, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, the Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. That's not mentioning the more than 80 geothermal springs and the #1 bar scene in Europe. 

One place we want to recommend is the Mucsarnok and its institutions. Here's the museum's history from their website:

The Műcsarnok (“art hall”) was founded in 1877 on the initiative of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Association. The original building was situated at 69–71 Andrássy Street, now home to the University of Fine Arts. The exhibition hall on Heroes’ Square was erected in 1896 for the millennium celebrations, and was designed by Albert Schikedanz. Today the hall operates on the pattern of the German Kunsthalle: it is an institution run by artists that does not maintain its own collection. The three-bayed, semi-circular apse houses a roofed exhibition hall that allows in light through the roof. Since the building was renovated in 1995 the Műcsarnok has welcomed visitors and leading Hungarian and international contemporary artists alike, mediating and representing modern artistic tendencies whilst not maintaining its own permanent collection. 

To plan this trip (and any others!) contact us at Travel Expressions!