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Edinburgh is one of the those cities that leaves you wanting more!!

But if you only plan on visting once and are facing a time crunch, don't miss the below 5 attractions.

1. Edinburgh Castle - Need I say more this imposing castle sits on an extinct volcano mound offer looking  the city and provides one with a view fit for royalty.

2. Palace of Holyrood House - This 12th century Palace and former residence of Mary, Queen of Scots is a must see for all.

3. National Gallery of Scotland - The National Gallery of Scotland is nestled in the heart of Edinburgh and includes works of art from Monet, Titian, Raphael and Rembrandt

4. Arthurs Seat - The tallest of the seven hills that form Holyrood park , Arthurs seat overlooks the entire city of Edinburgh ,and provides it's vistors with stunning views as well as a pleasant escape from the city below.

5. Royal Mile - This is where the action is. This one mile long strip is Edinburgh's busiest collection of streets and  the hub of daytime and nightime activities.

If you have not yet been to Edinburgh but it's on your list, don't think or worry - just pack!!! At Travel Expressions we will take care of the details.

 

This country is incredibly underrated - being off the typical travel radar though means that you can visit and have an entirely unique experience, without having to wait on long lines or deal with huge crowds. The city is rich in culture and history and offers beautiful landscapes. 

Check out this incredible video by Bitlas for some inspiration. Here's the video's description:

"More than 50 flights using various aircrafts, tens of thousands of travelled kilometers and shots taken have become a big format photo album "Unseen Lithuania". From Vilnius Old Town to the Dunes of Neringa, from Raigardas valley to the meanders of Musa river..."

 

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Vienna is the very lovely capital and primary city of Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. The city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and apart from being regarded as the City of Music, it's also known as "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud. 

Indeed this city is a powerhouse of history, culture and modernity - there is so much for the passionate traveler to do and see - here's where to begin!

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1.  Visit Schonbrunn Palace.

This amazing Palace has been a tourist attraction since the mid-1800s, and with its 1200 lavishly decorated rooms it continues to be a must see for all visitors.

2. Indulge in a Viennese Coffee.

Vienna is famous for its many coffee houses, and indeed the coffee and pastries are to die for.

3. The Vienna Zoo.

From Pandas to Bison the Vienna Zoo is a great, family-friendly attraction to check out.

4. Take a Stroll in Stadtpark.

Home to the Johann Strauss who composed the “Blue Danube," the park is a great way escape the hustle and bustle of Vienna for a peaceful afternoon. Have a picnic!

5. Visit Prater.

This incredible theme park has enough attractions to keep you busy for the whole day. It features one of the world’s finest Ferris wheels, as well as tubulent roller coasters, spooky ghost trains and attractions for all sorts of the youngest.

6. Visit the Jewish Museum.

The 10 year old museum has an amazing collection of exhibits and will provide you with a great background of the Viennese Jews.

7. Tour St. Stephens Cathedral.

Built in the 12th century the Cathedral has survived both a fire in 1258 and extensive damage during World War 2. It is one of the best representations of gothic architecture in all of Europe and is a focal point of Vienna’s downtown centre.

8. Shop on Mariahilferstrasse.

This is the trendiest shopping area in Vienna full with department stores and small boutiques.

9. Attend an opera or music concert.

Music is the beating heart of this city and there are an array of options to choose from, like the Vienna Boy’s Choir and the State Opera House.

10. Take in a performance of the Lipizzaner stallions.

There are two options to choose from you can grab a ticket for the full performance or witness the morning training sessions.

 

When you're ready to book, just contact us at Travel Expressions! We know exactly what it takes to get you on the trip of your dreams!

I wanted to share this amazing timelapse video by Aaron Mendez of Ahwahnee Films, an incredible look at his experience in luxury, culture and adventure.

As Jessica Festa of Gadling.com writes, "luxury travelers will enjoy seeing the pristine beaches, buzzing nightlife, and high rise buildings of the city, while the adventure-enthusiasts can witness off-roading, sandboarding, and came riding into the desert."

Not to mention dancing and hookah bars!

Shot on 5D mkll with 24-70mm and 70-200mm. Motion timelapses were done using a Kessler Pocket dolly with Basic controller.

Music (I love this song!): "Midnight City" by M83. 

Vilnius is one of the most underrated European capitals. Not only is this city rich in culture and history, but its gorgeous sites, delicious food

It's also very accessible to tourists. As Katie of KatieGoingGlobal.com pointed out from her trip to Vilnius, 

 

"I have to say that the overall infrastructure for tourists in Vilnius really impressed me. Numerous office locations equipped with English-speaking personnel meant you never had to go far if you had a question. Each location provided a plethora of brochures and information in multiple languages, including a 100-page Visitor’s Guide and a series of specialized guides and walking routes relating to themes such asRussian Heritage in Vilnius, Jewish Heritage in Vilnius and Along the Road to Lithuanian Statehood. Signs throughout the Old Town also helped to point you in the right direction."

During her trip, she acquired a 72-hour Vilnius City Card and took advantage of the many sightseeing opportunities that it offers, like touring the entire city with an audio guide and visiting several museums. 

Definitely check out her full write up, Vilnius in 72 Hours, for more information and inspiration. 

And when you're ready to book that trip, contact one of our expert travel consultants to make it happen!

 

Brussels is truly one of Europe's gems. There is so much to see, do and eat in this very cosmopolitan, capital city. 

Contact Travel Expressions to plan your next trip!

A somewhat anomalous swatch of green space along the Strip, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are a spectacular display of nature amidst the dry desert of Las Vegas. They will be one of the highlights of your trip!

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On display 24 hours a day every day of the year, the Gardens are a free display that are re-imagined and created anew 5 times a year (fall, winter, Chinese New Year, spring & summer).

Each seasons brings in new bright and beautiful flowers, towering structures and unique designs. Go in and breathe the fresh, fragrant air and enjoy the breathtaking and imaginative works of art.

Visit early in the morning for the least amount of crowds. This is a great place to bring your kids.

Why not do something different this year and visit Vegas for the holidays! We can plan and book your trip according to your budget and interests. Just contact us for more information!

More information on the Bellagio Website

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S 
Tel:             (702) 650-9459      

 

See the city in an entirely unique and extraordinary way. Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour over the capital, or experience a number of other sights offered by this company in Lithuania.

One of the most popular tours is the Flight over Vilnius, the capital and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Vilnius Old Town was in fact added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 for its historical value and originality. The company takes off from several sites, depending on the daily wind direction, but they will pick you up from any hotel in Vilnius and bring you back afterwards.

Price: 399 Lt or 119 Euro or about $117 USD. Comes with a first flight certificate, champagne, passengers’ retrieval and insurance, in addition to the tour.

Other tours include a flight over historic Trakai, a popular lake resort; Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania; the exclusive port at Klaipėda and Palanga resort; and much more. There are even Romantic Flights and opportunities for Corporate Events.

Address: Upės str. 5, LT-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Tel:             +370 5 273 27 03       
Email: info@ballooning.lt

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Our expert consulants can plan the perfect trip for you to Vilnius - or anywhere else in the world! Contact us for more info. 

 

Uzupis is a district situated on a hill along the Vilnele river. A kind of blending of town and village, on April 1, 1997 its inhabitants "officially" declared the area to be an independent republic, with its own president, flag, and constitution. This cheeky behavior is indicative of the district which is largely populated by Vilnius's Bohemian scene. It also is home to some pretty remarkable historic sights of its own, plus spectacular views of the city. This is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city and walk around and explore.

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Once home to craftsmen, weavers, and tradesmen, during the Soviet period the district was re-inhabited by artists, poets, musicians and squatters, many of whom have helped to restore the houses and set up galleries. While some of the area seems run-down there is a great richness of culture and offbeat beauty to see here. The architecture resembles the Old Town and the streets are lined with lovely old wooden houses. Locals refer to the area as “Montmartre” for its Bohemian free-spiritedness.

There are yearly festivals of alternative art and fashion. On April Fools day mock border guards stamp passports and the entire area, or Republic, erupts into a party.

Check out the “Border Sign” and Constitution Plaque, found on a wall in central Uzupis just around the corner of the statue of the angel. Articles are written in Lithuanian, English and French. It seems serious at first but upon further inspection you’ll see it’s also fun. Here are some of the statements of Uzupis’ constitution: 

  1. Everybody has the right to live by the River Vilnele and the River Vilnele has the right to flow by everyone. 
  2. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation. 
  3. Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat. 

 

Here is the full Constitution translated into English.

Some of Uzupis’ other sites include St. Ann’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Vilnius and in Lithuania. Small in size but an incredible example of Gothic architecture. Another is Bernadine’s cemetery, one of the three oldest in the city, which dates to the 18th century and has over 14,000 burial sites.

Be sure to check out the Old Yards of Uzupis and the Banks of the River Vilnele. Make a trip to the Bartholomew Church, not so much of a stunner but perfect for spectacular views of the city. The Vilnius panoramas from Uzupis are marvelous in general. A must-see site is the Angel of Uzupis Statue. An 8m tall statue of an angel blowing a trumpet and standing on an egg.

Adding to the charm, the district also has a somewhat unexplainable but seemingly genuine fascination of and devotion to Frank Zappa.

For those who want a break from the noisy, touristy Old Town and want some a more relaxed, creative and humorous scene, take a trip Uzupis. A former major of Vilnius, Artūras Zuokas, even lives in Užupis and frequently takes part in the Republic’s events.

Interested? Let us help you plan a trip!