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One day in Burano – discover Venice lagoon islands.
One day in Burano: self guided day trip from Venice to discover Burano amazing colored houses,lovely Venice lagoon islands, secluded wineyards and delicious fish restaurants .
Tired of crowded Venice.
Hungry to discover a completely different environment , where the scenery seems frozen in time.
Then what you need is to spend one day in Burano and to enjoy the calm and beauty of Venice lagoon.
Actually most travellers visit 3 island at the same time, either self guided or with an organized tours.
Murano, Burano, Torcello, in this order .
My suggestion would be to go directly to Burano, so to skip the masses and to enjoy the island all for yourself.
You can then proceed to Torcello, before or after lunch, as you wish.
If your pocket s are deep enough, a lunch at the worldwide known Locanda Cipriani is a great experience, but an aperitivo could be good enough.
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Twenty top things to do in Venice

beyond the obvious.
The best twenty top things to do in Venice (plus two seasonal opportunities): my personal unmissable itineraries, .

Activities and experiences in Venice

I often receive quest ions such as “what are Venice highlights?” and “how long should we stay?” So I put together the things I like to do when I’m in Venice, to share them with you.
Whenever it made sense, I tried to make suggestions “beyond the obvious”, .

In order to make your Venice stay a really unique and memorable experience

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Fabulous Venice Carnival.
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Do and enjoy during Venice carnival

an unmissable Italian event.

Venice Carnival is much more than costumed chaos: parades

processions, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties… well Venice Carnival will offer you everything you need to live a really unique and rewarding experience (especially if you manage to avoid week ends, when the town gets really crowded).

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Verona in one day.
Top things to do and see in Verona in one day.
A walking tour to discover in a day trip the top sights and attractions of Romeo and Juliet lovely town.  Few cities in Italy and in the world can be as romantic as Verona, arguably a perfect destination for lovers of all ages.
You can easily visit Verona in one day and enjoy everything you may desire from an Italian top destination .
Glorious past, beautiful setting, amazing monuments, delicious food, the story (legend?) of Romeo and Juliet… you name it, you’ll get it.
Oh, Verona is also listed among Italians  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Garda lake’s natural SPA.
Relax in natural hot water pools, surrounded by centenary trees and beautiful lawns, less than 20 minutes drive from Peschiera and Sirmione, and for a very reasonable price.
Yes you can, in the Parco termale del Garda (“Garda Thermal Park”).
The Garda Thermal Park is not a traditional health spa at all (if this is what you are looking for, you have many options in the Garda Lake area:  http://www.lakegarda.com/wellness-spa-beauty-farm.php).
On the contrary, it’s much closer to a mountain lake surrounded by lush woods, but with hot water.
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Garda lake: biking tour on the Mincio river.
This is a fantastic off the beaten path itinerary in the Garda lake area, that will make you discover by bike delightful hamlets, ancient water mills and peaceful river banks. It’s a perfect family tour, my 9 years old boy was delighted to have accomplished such an “adventure” and spent hours staring at (and playing with.) the many water mills in Borghetto sul Mincio.
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Venice with kids – how to make it a memorable experience.
Top activities to do in Venice with kids: a two days itinerary for a great family experience.
How to engage and entertain your younger travel mates in Venice.
Visiting Venice can be a magical experience for kids, just like it is for their parents. My son is 9, and Venice is his favorite city, we have been visiting it at least  once per year in the last years.
However, in order to make your Venice with Kids experience a memorable success, you’ll need to tailor your itinerary and activities in order to best fit your children needs needs and to stimulate their interests.
In this post I put together all the “do and see” that I think kids will enjoy, based on my own travel experience with my son.
It’s actually rather “stuffed”, so up to you to select what to skip and what could be more adapted to your family, based on your interests, the available time, age and resistance of the kids, etc… Here are my suggestions for a two days stay.

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Venice off the beaten path – discover Cannaregio

Districts of Venice – Cannaregio

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ok, that’s the classical tourist cliché: crowds jostling on the Rialto bridge, expensive Gondola tours, bored “Gondolieri” singing O Sole Mio (which, by the way, is a Napolitan song, not a Venetian song…).
Yes, you will have it all.
And, believe it or not, you will love it… But there’s a Venice outside the classical Station-Rialto-San Marco itinearary, which is worthwhile to discover.
And, by the way, you may discover that escaping from the crowd (and live for an hour or so like a true “Veneziano”) can save you quite a significant amount of money.

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Charming boutique hotels, historical palaces, ancient castles, .

Gorgeous country houses will ensure a special flavor to your Italian trip

Choosing the right place to stay in Italy can make your Italian tour a truly memorable experience.
In this page I’m sharing my personal selection of Italian hotels: these are the hotels I sleep in when I travel around Italy, chosen after careful selection and many trials.
When I choose a hotel, my main selection criteria are location, ambiance and local flavor.
I look for comfort, not for luxury, and I always try to find hotels with awesome views or located in great settings.
Most of them will be in the 100-200 €/night price range (but look on booking.com for promotions!) Best hotels in Venice By far my favorite hotel in Venice, the Foscary Palace is very conveniently located between the station and San Marco, just in front of the Rialto market, that you can reach by the “local” Gondola service (2 €) A good alternative , off the beaten path in the Dorsoduro Neighbourhood, is the hotel Pausania.
It occupies a gothic palace, and is incredibly romantic.

Best hotels in Florence I recently discovered the Grand Hotel Cavour

thanks to a booking.com promotion, and I made it my preferred hotel in Florence.

It is located between the cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio

perfect location to discover Florence by feet.
Special bonus: a fantastic t errace overlooking the cathedral wile sipping a cocktail.
Simply wow.
Best hotels in Tuscany country side There are dozens of great accommodation s were you could stay to enjoy the lovely Tuscany country side.
To visit the area around Siena, I would suggest to sleep in Monteriggioni, lovely medieval fortified village. Sleep either in Hotel Monteriggioni or in the Hotel Castel Pietraio (it’s a true castle!) In the area of Pienza (your destination for the Val ‘Orcia), you will find another true castle, the agriturismo la Grancia, which occupies part of the old Castello di Spedaletto, which was built in the XII century along the old Via Francigena (the path followed by pilgrims walking their way down to Rome).
Your kids will love it.

Best hotels in Rome My pic in Rome is the Hotel la Lumiere

a delightful hotel hidden a few blocks away from the Spanish steps, in posh via Condotti (Rome shopping street).
Rooms can be a little small, but location is perfect to discover Barocco Rome by foot, .

And breakfasts are served on a lovely terrace overlooking Rome ancient roofs

The Hotel La Lumiere belongs to a small chain

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July 21, 2018July 24, 2018 Posted in , , Tagged Animals, , Birthday, , , , Chitwan, Chitwan National Park, Explore Nepal, , , , , , , Rhinos, , , , , Wild Animals, Wildlife Photography 11 Comments I wanted to do something wild on my birthday, .

So I arranged a meeting with deers and rhinos at the Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park

I crossed the beautiful Rapti river to reach the main entrance of the Park

which is a World Heritage Site.
There I joined a group of eight tourists and a guide, on a jeep safari .
The bumpy ride began in the hot and humid climate and we saw huge trees and an array of vegetation.
But no one looked excited for not being able to spot any wild animal.
After almost one hour, our patience paid – we saw a couple of rhinos and deers.
We also came across some very beautiful and colorful birds and langurs, much to the delight of my co-travelers.

There was a Crocodile Breeding Center too inside the park

but I chose to skip that as our jeep safari had already taken around five hours.

At the end I bid everyone goodbye and returned to my hotel at Sauraha Village

few meters away from the park.
The whole area is replete with hotels, resorts, cafes and bars.
So advance booking is not required even in peak season.
I stayed at a small hotel and its owner had arranged everything for me, including the safari trip to the park.
Besides, many tour operators provide other activities such as bird watching, hiking and cycling.
Two days are enough to explore the whole place.
In the evening, the place becomes more lively and soothing.

I reached Chitwan from Kathmandu via a deluxe bus

It took approximately five hours to reach there.
If you are an avid wildlife photographer do carry a zoom lens.
Also, do not forget to carry water bottle , sunscreen lotion and a hat.

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9 Comments Pokhara is one of the top tourists destinations of Nepal

providing a major boost to the Himalayan country’s tourism sector.
Pokhara got added to my itinerary during my Nepal trip on the advise of some of my friends. The city attracts a large number of tourists as it is the starting point for them to kick off their trek to the Annapurna mountain.

Phewa Lake is one of the most attractive tourists spots in the city

offering stunning views.

During my two day-stay in Pokhara

I spent most of time on the bank of the lake, viewing endless sky and pristine water.
A number of water- sports activities are conducted on daily basis for tourist at the lake.
The prices of these activities are fixed so no scope of bargaining.
However, I opted not to indulge in any sports. When it comes to accommodations, the city is home to a number of hotels, hostels and resorts and one could easily avail them without much hassle. So advance booking is not required. A number of bars, cafes and restaurants will welcome you once you land there.
Interestingly, I found evening more relaxed and soothing than morning. Bikes and bicycles are available to explore the city, a place where I would like to come again and again.
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Paris has innumerable photography sites.
In this post, Parisian art and monuments are presented from a different perspective .
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I was attending such maker-faire for the first time.
It was like a fun science-art exhibition.
People from various walks of life, from youngsters to elders, have made something and presented their creations there.
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2016 Leave a comment Flickr Photo Gallery of Har Ki Dun Trek

Day 3: This post is a continuation of the previous post.
See this post for detailed summary and itinerary of the Har Ki Dun trek.
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September 26, 2015June 24, 2016 Leave a comment   Name J’s Cafe Where (Besides Vapour Pub) 100ft Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore Type of Food Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Food Items Pizza, Pasta, Burger, Snacks, Pastries, Croissant, and Puffs Seating Wooden table and chairs, Air conditioned Cost Moderate Timings 10 am to 10 pm (approx) Today I found yet another new restaurant in Bangalore – J’s Cafe !.

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