Doing a bit of Travelling Here and There – Part Four – Limassol Library

Well, it’s the final part of my travelling adventures around the World..Europe…few European cities. This week it’s my trip to Cyprus’ second largest city, Limassol. 

Arriving in the early hours of Monday morning you’d think it was off to bed, but instead there was a quick unpack and off to explore the city whilst having a beverage or two to shake off the jet leg. 

The one thing that I noticed on the first day was how deserted the city was. There were stretches of roads and land with little to no people occupying them. There were a number of derelict buildings that had broken bricks and smashed windows. It was a clear sign of how the recession has hit the country and how much debt they truly are in.  This was quite a sad feeling considering that not long ago the city was a thriving tourist hotspot with it now struggling to attract people and investment.  

Most of the days involved chilling by the pool and going out in the evenings. However, Limassol at night is a quiet as a library…many of the pubs and bars in the area didn’t really have many people in them which is surprising again given its tourism reputation. 

This meant that to go to a bar that had a bit of atmosphere we had to go out of the city to other places in Cyprus. This wasn’t ideal, but nice to explore some other areas in Cyprus apart from the one we were staying in. 

It wasn’t all relaxing by the pool, we did have an ‘adventure day’ that entailed a buggy ride, paintballing, go-karting and archery. I personally loved the buggy rides around the city’s hills and mountains, with such breathtaking views, it was an incredible experience. I also found a new potential hobby in archery, very enjoyable and a great test of your concentration and accuracy skills. 

Here’s a picture of the buggy rides. 

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A country’s tourism and holiday rating for me is usually based on the national beer and food…and unfortunately the beer was dis.gus.ting.  There wasn’t really any typical Cyprian food, although there were some great chicken based dishes! 

As you can expect the weather was hot hot hot with temperatures during the day never getting below the 35 degree mark. The air conditioning unit in our room was a life saver and ensured we actually got some sleep.

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The views across the seas and beaches were beautiful especially with the clear blue skies. 

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And here’s the view from our room…delightful.

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Overall my camera was quite redundant on many of the Cyprian trips mainly because there are only so many pics you can take of the same view or of the pool. But it was great to experience the Cyprian culture even if the area was quiet. 

And that’s my final instalment of my summer travelling. It was an outstanding summer visiting the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Cyprus, four places I’d not been to previously. What a summer it was! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my travelling blog posts and please feel free to comment 🙂

 

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Doing a bit of Travelling Here and There – Part Three – Browsing Basel

Welcome to the third instalment of my holiday travelling in the summer. Today’s edition is my brief trip to the third most populated city in Switzerland, Basel.

The reason for the brief (about seven hours) trip to Basel was that I was flying out from Basel Airport back to London after my trip to Freiburg later that evening. 

When we think of the Swiss we think of clocks, chocolate…and Roger Federer..and the first thing I was confronted with was indeed a large clock. 

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As you can see this picture was taken at 2.23. Very ‘handy’ having this clock here. 

The main idea of the day was to ‘baselically’ kill time and do a bit of wandering around one of the most famous Swiss cities. 

There are loads of really cultural and heritage like buildings throughout Basel that provides an indication of the city’s image and identity as the following pics show.

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Like Freiburg there’s a tram system around the city which includes old-fashioned trams, the kind you’d expect in Blackpool. 

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The town centre wasn’t that busy, but you can imagine on a warm evening the city centre is packed with people!

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After a nice stroll around the city and a spot of lunch it was off to sit in a nice park..until my bus to the airport! 

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Overall I wasn’t that impressed with Basel, there wasn’t really that much to do or to see there. Admittedly I was only there for a day, but apparently according to my friend with I was with I’d pretty much seen everything there was to see! I was going to title this blog ‘Boring Basel’, but that would be harsh. I’m sure there’s more to do…but a day trip to Basel might not be the best place to do that. However, it’s got some lovely buildings and food, and great to experience a bit of the Swiss culture. 

Next time it’s the fourth and final part of my travelling adventures as I make the trip to Cyprus! 

Until then, many thanks for reading and please feel free to comment 🙂

 

Doing a bit of Travelling Here and There – Part Two – Frying in Freiburg

Now it’s time for part two of my holiday adventures, and this blog is going to concentrate on my week-long trip to Freiburg in Germany.

The main purpose of the trip was to go and see my friend who goes to Freiburg University and who’ve I’ve known for about six years.

Over the week I engaged in many fun expeditions. The first of which was a nice tour around the city to get to grips with the local area, restaurants, bars and shops that I’d be visiting over the week of my trip. The city centre is one of incredible heritage and historical buildings with a modern tram system running through the city.

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(Freiburg City Centre)

The second day of my trip entailed going on a long hike up Freiburg’s many forests and green areas. This was a great way to see the city, and as you can see the view was simply stunning! Perfect photo opportunity!

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(Freiburg!)

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After a long day of hiking it was off for a BBQ Freiburg style at one of my friends’ friend’s house. This included A LOT of beer and lots of delicious sausages. Could you ask for anymore than that?!

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(The view of the lake from our BBQ)

After a late night the next day was once again more of a look around the local area…before the big event of the evening. At night hundreds of students descend on the city centre in one particular area… to drink! It was amazing seeing students just sitting on the floor in groups and drinking on a warm July evening. What made the experience even more thrilling was getting to drink some beautiful German beer out of an oversized bottle. You can buy the large bottle for something like €30-€35, and whenever you want it filled up it will cost you €5! That’s right you read it right, just €5 euros for like a million pints of fine local beer.

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(Lots of students congregate on the city centre)

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(HUGE BEER BOTTLE)

After another pretty late night (bit of theme occurring here isn’t there?!), it was off on the train and bus to Germany’s biggest amusement park and the second biggest in Europe, EUROPA-PARK. This is split by country, so naturally the first area I went to was England, or Britain in this case. With rides everywhere you look (and nice long queues too) it was the perfect place if you’re a thrill seeker for that sudden minutes rush on a fast rollercoaster. There were so many of them! Ones that were made entirely of wood (pretty scary), ones that were inside and in total darkness (pretty scary…again) and massive ones outside (very scary!) I managed to go on the second largest one in the park, with my head down and eyes closed for the entire ride.

And here is that monster rollercoaster

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 (Monster rollercoaster)        

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(Wooden rollercoaster..scary!)

There were more relaxing rides, and the occasional water based one where you got a good socking which was very appreciated in the mid 30 degree heat!

It’s pretty knackering going on these rides especially in such warm weather so it was nice to get back and…sleep!

One of my favourite moments of the trip came on the Saturday when I got to go to a football match. The game was a pre-season friendly between Freiburg and Athletic Bilbao. The whole day was a family fun day so there loads of food stands and competitions for children and their families to participate in.

The game itself however was a boring 0-0 draw. This was expected considering it was a pre-season friendly, but more so because it was one of the hottest days of the year with temperatures peaking at 38 degrees with it being considerably hotter on the pitch. This meant that the players had to take a drinks break every ten minutes which naturally slowed the game down. Despite the game being uneventful there was a superb atmosphere within the ground and it was great to get a sense of a typical German style crowd and the kind of support and songs that go on there

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(The ticket)

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 (Great atmosphere within the ground)

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 (The game)

The rest of my time in Freiburg was a mix of more sightseeing, drinking in bars and eating fine German cuisine. Overall the trip was incredible. Freiburg is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cites I’ve ever been too, and many of the people I spoke to consider it to be one of the best in Germany. With awesome food, very hot weather and probably the best beer in the world I’ve tasted, Ganter Beer, it was one of my favourite holidays ever. I’d definitely recommend it!

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment 🙂

Next time it’s my one stop tour of Basel!

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(Ganter Beer…incredibly delicious)

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(Beer from the huge bottle brewed onsite)

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Doing a bit of Travelling Here and There – Part One – Czeching out Prague

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Well it’s been 85 days since I last wrote a blog post, and this blog is going to explain why that’s the case. To cut a long story short it’s because I’ve been on a few holidays…and here’s some details on those holidays! So you could say this is a kind of travel review blog post. So let’s go with the first of these holidays, Prague!

So to begin my holiday adventures it was off for a weekend trip to the capital of the Czech Republic…which I didn’t realise a few days before I went doesn’t use the Euro, but the Czech koruna. A quick flight from Luton Airport on the Friday night and I was in Prague…and didn’t get to bed until 2am…and was up again at 7am for a long day of exploring.

The Saturday was a day of walking round the beautiful city which included a river boat cruise and visiting the numerous public houses and food establishments around the city. Though let’s just say the Czech’s aren’t known for their culinary delights…

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The famous Charles Bridge whilst on the river boat cruise.

After the cruise we took the Metro and did some more walking and found an Army Museum, that included many military displays and equipment…like this tank!

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A very fascinating museum to learn about some of the army history within Prague and the Czech Republic.

Lots of great photo opportunities here, my personal favourite was this one overlooking the city.

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The Sunday was dedicated to the ZOO! A great chance to see the best of Prague’s animals.

My personal favourites were these guys, Prairie dogs. Very cute and funny.

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After a day at the Zoo it was back to the airport for a flight to Luton! Overall it was a fantastic way to spend a weekend, and I would definitely recommend visiting the city. Lovely historical buildings, nice beer and beautiful views.

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Thanks for reading 🙂 Next time it’s Freiburg!