Night in Giverny


Rolling slowly down Rue Claude Monet on bikes in Giverny during Spring leaves quite the impression. Rows upon rows of flowers are in full bloom, white wisteria, yellow irises, pink and purple tulips, red poppies, all making for a kaleidoscope of colours. The tiny town of Giverny (pronounced ‘shiver-knee’ I am told) is appropriately packed with tourists who flock to line up, to wait, to buy tickets, to enter Monet’s Garden, where once inside they all try their best to take photos without too many others in the shot. The town itself has enough gourmet restaurants, slick cafes, museums, art galleries and artists studios to keep one entertained. Giverny is extraordinarily beautiful.

The GF and I roll to a halt, look at each other and in unison declare, “We’ll stay!”

We need to find a room.

This is difficult. A futile search finds the whole town full. Of course…

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15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You

With a little help from our friends we’ve compiled a list of 15 unique activities for you to do in Rome. But it’s not just any old list – because we know that you don’t need anyone to tell you what they must see places in Rome are.

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You may have visited before and you’ve tried all the regular Rome itinerary 3 days excursions… you’ve done the Colosseum to death and probably thrown many a coin into the Trevi Fountain that it’s best you don’t start counting! Or perhaps you’re looking for a new way to do an old thing.

This is the list to end all lists. Here are our 15 Secrets About Rome Holiday That Nobody Will Tell You.

1) Walk up to Giancarlo Hill and listen out for the cannon that fires every single day at midday and has done since the battle for Rome was won here! Then admire the view of all of Rome – just breathtaking!

2) As museums in Rome are well-known, buy ‘Jump the queue’ tickets for the Vatican Museum. Will save you hours and the groups are very small.

3) Pizza, a big bottle of beer (sold at any corner shop) and hang out in Piazza Madonna dei Monti in the Monti District and of course a pistachio gelato at Fatamorgana.

4) Enrol in Gladiatior School to experience the real Rome back in the day.

5) Palazzo Valentini – Using state of art technology such as lasers and sound effects, the archaeological remains of ancient Roman houses are brought to life! Situated in the headquarters of the Province of Rome and just a short walk from Piazza Venezia, it’s educational, fascinating and a must-visit.

6) Visit the cat sanctuary at Largo Argentina.

7) Visit the Galleria Borghese (in Villa Borghese park) to see artworks by Caravaggio, Bernini and Titian. Both the art and the building are extravagantly breathtaking.

8) Spend the day exploring the EUR zone of Rome where you’ll experience the city’s fascist architecture.  Immerse yourself into ancient Roman life at the Roman Civilization Museum, get to know real, deep Italian folk culture at the Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari and finally, see a modern, square colosseum.

9) Take the elevator up the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (in Piazza Venezia and also commonly referred to as the Wedding Cake building) and take in a stunning panoramic view of the city.

10) Get an amazing view of Rome through the Knights of Malta Keyhole on Aventine Hill – one of Rome’s best kept secrets. Use the footpath Via San Sabina to Piazza Cavalieri di Malta. You’ll also get a great view of Trastevere and St Peter from the Orange Garden at Santa Sabina.

11) Visit San Giovanni di Laterano (or Saint John’s in Lateran) Church. San Giovanni is the first Christian Basilica built in the world and the original Papal seat until the 15th century, consecrated and dedicated to the Savoir in A.D. 324.

12) Recreate your own Roman holiday movie scene and take a Vespa Tour by night.

13) Head out late at night in Rome – when all the tourists have gone home safely tucked away in their hotel room beds and see the sites. Visiting the Trevi Fountain at midnight is magical – and probably the only time that you can get an unobstructed photo of the iconic fountain!

14) Walk around the San Lorenzo District. This student district, just to the southeast of Stazione Termini is Rome at its most alternatives. Packed with cheap eateries, lefty-leaning bars and boutique shops, it’s a welcome break from the touristy centre. Plus, it’s the home of the best chocolate in Rome – the chocolate factory at – try their hot chocolate, you won’t be disappointed!

15) Hire, borrow or beg a bike and cycle along the Tiber River from Ponte Della Musica to Ponte Marconi. Glorious,  great and gritty perspective on the City. You’ll end up near Testaccio – just perfect for lunch at Augustarello in Via G Branca. You could cycle back and go to a concert at The Auditorium.

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How to Plan a Trip to San Francisco

How to Plan a Trip to San Francisco

When it comes to describing San Francisco, words like creative, dramatic and wild comes up in our mind. Considered as one of the ‘eclectic’ cities of the United States, San Francisco has a lot to offer on its platter. Whether you are visiting the city for the first time or have been to this place for many times, every time you are going to discover a new face of the city. Right from its scenic beauty to its architecture and the industrial region, the city has many sites that are worth visit.

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Not to miss out the locals who is part of this contribution in making this city beautiful. The locals are always with a smile for the tourists and ready to help. So, when you get such a warm welcome from a city, can you afford to miss out its sources for its beauty? However, visiting the city without any proper plan will be a sheer foolishness. Hence, prepare a list to plan your trip to San Francisco in the best way. How you are going to do it? Have a look into the following points: –

1. Walk or bike on the Golden Gate Bridge, including  Crissy field –

San Francisco is best explored on foot, so, just walk and walk. However, your destination is Golden Gate Bridge to walk around. The most important landmark that identifies San Francisco is Golden Gate Bridge. You can just stroll on the bridge, spent some time in the visitor’s center to learn about its history. While walking, visit Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offering panoramic view of the waterfront, few bridges and hiking trails. If walking is not your forte, biking can be considered.  Once you come to the end of the bridge, visit Crissy field from where you get the entire view of the harbor.

2. Waround Fisherman’s Warf, Pier 39 –

Fisherman’s Warf
Being the tourist, do the perfect touristy thing and how will you do it? Visit the famous Fisherman’s Warf, Pier 39. Located along the waterfront, the area covers numerous blocks. Most of the time, the streets are crowded with street performers that are a soothing treat to your eyes. Apart from that, souvenir shops and expensive restaurants are there to spend some time. Not to forget this place is popular for sea food. Hence, don’t forget to try some crabs in one of the eateries of this zone. The place is also popular because this is the only region from where you get ferries to Alcatraz Island.

3. Take a tour to Alcatraz –

Visit the national landmark of San Francisco having 104 years history. Formerly, been active as federal prison, Alcatraz Island has now turned into a tourist site to explore since its closure in 1970. Visit the well preserved military jail. However, ferry is the only access to the island. So, you need to book for the boat ride beforehand. Free audio guide are also provided to guide you throughout the trip.

4. Head off to the Mission District –
The city has been home to techies and immigrants and at the same time has embraced hippies, hipsters and their culture.  Take a tour down the Mission District and you will get to see fixed gear bikes and vintage threads that mark the true lifestyle of hippies.  Start your journey from Dolores Park and walk down to Valencia Street till 24th street.  You get to see the remaining of this lost tribe. The remarkable feature of this district is the street art and to see the best street art work, visit Precita Eyes.

5. Hop on to a Cable car & get off at Lombard Street –
If walking and biking around the city is enough for you to explore the city, hop on to a cable car. Catch one such cable car from the Market Street and explore every corner of the city. The car will take you around the city, down the hills and let you take a panoramic view of Alcatraz as well. Once the car approaches near Lombard Street, get off at that very moment and watch the world’s famous winding street. Watch the cars as they drive down the lane taking sharp turn. Make sure you keep your camera handy to capture the snap of the cars coming down the street.

6. Visit the Tourist Sites (Golden Gate Park & City’s museums) –
golden gate park

The city is filled with museums like The Beat Museum, Exploratorium, Cable car Museum and De Young Art Museum. Pay a visit to these museums and enjoy a journey through the past of the city. Once you are done with museum hopping, take a tour into the Golden Gate Park. The park covers around 30 blocks of the sea. Covering the entire park will take at least half a day. Yes, the park is that big to take so many hours. Hence, you can at least see few parts of the park and if it’s a sunny day, it will be a bonus for you to move around the park comfortably.

7. Chinatown –
The second famous place after NYC is Chinatown for United States. The name itself tells you that you are going to see many Chinese over here. They were the immigrants who came to the West Coast and settled down in San Francisco. Right from the decorations of the streets to the shops and culture, you get to see every bit of China, right in the middle of United States. If you have plans to try out authentic Chinese cuisines, make sure you visit the place. So, eat your heart out over here. With that, participate in the tea testing ceremony that happens in almost most of the tea houses of Chinatown.

The list doesn’t end here. Go and visit the city, your trip is surely going to expand. However, before starting your journey, prepare an itinerary list that will include all these names.

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Looking For A Real Off-The-Beaten-Track Adventure? Explore Norway

Looking For A Real Off-The-Beaten-Track Adventure? Explore Norway


Would you like to go on an  adventure destinations? For example, wander moonlit forests, explore undisturbed lakes and inundate yourself ever? Maybe you need to climb rough tops, or experience whales? At that point Norway is the place for you. In spite of it’s developing fame as a tourist destination, Norway stays loaded with choices to take off the pulsated track, and out into the wilds – all while returning home to a cosy hearth and urban areas overflowing with culture.

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Here are some of our adventure travel tips and top proposals for going to Norway:

The Northern Lights

No trip to Norway is complete without seeing the Northern Lights. Head to the very north of the country to increase your chances – whilst it’s cold, it’s easily accessible. Your best chance of seeing them is between September and April, but be aware that it can never be guaranteed. Plan in advance, and join a tour – there are some day trips out from major cities, but to really make sure you have the best shot of seeing them, you may want to spend a couple of days out.

Many tours will take you out by bus or mini-van, so don’t worry if you don’t fancy trekking across the ice. For the more adventurous among you, there’s the option to head out on snowmobiles, or even dog sleds!

The Fjords

You simply can’t visit Norway and not spend some time among the Fjords. Famed worldwide for good reasons, the Fjords are an area of breathtaking natural beauty, and well worth experiencing. There’s a whole variety of ways to explore them too! If you have the time, take a boat out around them – seeing them from the water will give you a brand new perspective. Of course, you could always walk around them – the Trollstigen Mountain Road is home to some spectacular views.

There’s even the more leisurely option of going by train – The Flåm Railway will take you past towering waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and finally, bring you our to the Aurlandsfjord – part of Norway’s longest fjord. Just be aware that it’s one of the world’s steepest railway lines, so maybe not great for those of you with a fear of heights!

Explore Sami Culture

Sami Culture
The Sami are the indigenous peoples of Norway, with a culture that dates back over 10,000 years. Head out to the Sápmi Culture Park, where you can experience the local cuisine, see local crafts and even meet the Sami’s main partner in life – the reindeer. Sápmi is near Karasjok, the Sami capital. Head over in the autumn and winter, and you’ll find around 60,000 reindeer as well as the 3,000 inhabitants. If it’s spring you’re planning, try to make the Easter Festival, when the annual reindeer race occurs. Or, if it’s summertime, the Riddu Riddu Sami Festival in Troms takes places in July, and features music, film and art. Whenever you go, there’s a chance to learn about one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

Encounter History

Nobel Peace Centre
Norway has a long history, with lots of well-preserved structures. From the rock carvings in Alta, dating back to the prehistoric period, to the stave churches scattered throughout the countryside. Spend some time in Oslo, and visit its many museums – from the Viking ship museum to the Nobel Peace Centre. This is a great way to wind down after having trekked through the frozen wilds, so why not leave some space for a city break at the end of your exploring?

Meet the Wildlife

Norway is home to a fascinating array of wildlife – from king crabs to musk oxen. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s a chance to head out, explore and potentially get up close with them. Head to Vesterålen for the chance to see sperm whales. These majestic creatures can dive up to 3,000 metres, but they’re common along the Vesterålen coast in summer. It’s not just sperm whales, however. The area is well-known for its popularity among ocean life, and you may also encounter minke whales, hum packs and dolphins. Or, if you prefer something land-based, then head on a walking tour to find some musk oxen (with chances of seeing reindeer too!). These beasts are huge, heavy and – luckily – peaceful so long as you keep your distance.

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Experience A Thrilling Vacation In Your Trip To San Francisco

Experience A Thrilling Vacation In Your Trip To San Francisco

One of the ‘eclectic cities’ of the United States, San Francisco has a lot of options to offer for its visitors. Creative and dramatic in nature, this city charms you with its thrilling attitude. Not to miss out the charismatic smile of the locals which put you at ease the moment you step into the city.  In fact, it makes you feel as if you are part of this city. And being part of the city, you should not miss out the chance to explore every corner of the city. Prepare the perfect San Francisco trip planner and start off your journey.


Being new to this city, start off your trip like a common tourist. Add the names of the most popular tourist spots in your San Francisco trip planner. Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy field, Bolinas Ridge, Coit Tower, the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, driving down the Lombard Street and a tour to Alcatraz are some of the spots that you cannot ignore.   Along with these, take the famous stairs like the stairs of Telegraph Hill and the Greenwich stairs that let you see the entire city from a new viewpoint. The tour might turn out a bit exhausting as there are 400 steps. But the garden and the wild parrots that you get to see while going down the stairs will surely mesmerize you.


Other than this, another stair is there, located on the 16th Avenue in Sunset district of San Francisco. This entire 163 steps are made of brightly colored mosaic tiles, making it impressive enough to attract your attention. Another remarkable place to see is Audium theatre. It is the only theatre around the world that is constructed for sound movement. It is a sound labyrinth which deserves your visit. Now, if you are looking for something unusual in your list of best places to visit in San Francisco, Defenstration – a perfect example of a wall of graffiti where the furniture seems to be hanging out of this abandon building.


Walking around the city for so long will definitely make you hungry. Hence, visit places like Chinatown to satisfy your hunger pangs. Else morning bun of Tartine or cinnamon toast of Trouble Coffee always comes as an easy option. Other than these, some specific things to do in San Francisco list include watching sunset at Bolinas Ridge, sliding down the Seward street slides and visiting the Institute of Illegal Images.

The list is simply endless and to enjoy everything you need to visit the city.

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The Historical City of Holiness : Rome

The Historical City of Holiness : Rome

“Rome wasn’t built in a day”- this metaphor of persistence and determination comes from a city that has plenty to offer to you. Even the ruins of this city have a distinct beauty to them. Rome easily holds the most prominent place on the historical map of Italy, infact its history has attracted people from world over.
Whenever you are looking for a trip that not only clicks with your religious side but also enriches the history lover in you, then try out this amazing Rome trip planner to head straight into the city that is a perfect concoction of history, beauty and religion.

There is a long list of things to do in Rome. You can climb the historical Spanish steps, pray for your and your loved one’s well being at the Sistine Chapel. You can just walk by hundreds of Piazzas (squares) absorbing the Roman air, enjoying authentic flavors of Gelato. When you get lost in the old rustic hues of the Villas here, there is a wide range of strong flavors of pastas and pizzas to transcend into.


The best places to visit in Rome is hands down the Colosseum, with a hint of the past of the brave gladiators. After this, heading to Pantheon is the wisest thing to do. The Trevi Fountain would light up your eyes, while St Peter’s Basilica will be your perfect source to connect with God. As soon as you step into the city, you will smell a whiff of historical magnificence floating around. To top this, there is always influence of the “His Holiness” who has blessed the city into becoming one of the most frequented destinations in the World.

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Visit These Destinations Now If You Missed Them in the Holiday Season

We often postpone our visits to awesome places just thinking about the seasonal tourist crowd and never ending rush of travelers. But very few of them understand the thrill and excitement behind traveling off-season; which is why we have listed down some of the destinations that are better to be visited during non-seasonal days. So, don’t you fret if you have missed out on traveling to your favorite locations in the holiday season, it’s always a good idea to travel on ‘other’ days.

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Check out the destinations in India as well as abroad. We’ve also shared some smart travel tips to help you have a fabulous journey >>

1. Malshej –

Picture One of the top most advantages of traveling off-season is, slashed rates, less tourist crowd and ample of stay options and flight ticket availability. These are the main things which need to be taken care of while planning a holiday. Malshej is a beautiful tourist spot filled with a lush green landscape and breathtaking scenery. Malshej ghat situated in the Sahyadri mountain ranges is a traveler’s delight during winters. Most of the times, people prefer visiting this place during monsoon weekends. It’s also a quick getaway spot for Mumbai-Pune locals.

2. Vietnam –

Picture Already a rare holiday destination of Southeast Asia, Vietnam offers an enchanting experience. It’s a super affordable backpacker friendly spot with less tourist crowd most of the times of the year. However, some of the areas are famous amongst the travelers, hence tourists often flock in Hanoi, to visit the top attractions like the Hanoi Opera House, Vietnamese churches and world renowned National Museum of Vietnamese History. The best and cheapest stay point can be Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi. Try out a travel hack here, book your tickets a good 4 months in advance and save like never before. The costs are already lowest.

3. Goa –

Picture Well, it’s an every beach lovers’ destination but due to the heavy tourist crowd almost all the time of the year, leaves us disappointed. This is why we suggest, June is best month to visit Goa. The hot sunny beaches and part places are buzzing mostly during winters. This is when the SunBurn festival also takes place along with Christmas and NYE celebrations. Post this; Goa is a cute little silent small town. You may enjoy home stays then, when you travel off-season. Shop endlessly and relax on the open, less-crowded beaches!

4. Florida –

Picture Tourists often gather during summers in this Sunshine beach State. Even when many other holiday destination cities like Orlando are usually crowded, Florida is still a solo traveler’s delight during summers. You can freely go and have your merry time on the beach, sun bathing on the hot sands without jostling for towel space on the sands.  Book a stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa. Their special offer room packages for Weekday Summers start at just $200 each night. It includes a special welcome amenity, 2 comp fitness classes and a $50 resort credit.

Now that you know where to spend your off-season holidays, make sure you plan your itineraries like a pro and have a fantastic vacation. Share your travel stories with others and help in creating great experiences. Hire a trip planner if you’re about to visit any of these destinations for the first time. It’s better to be well prepared! Also, don’t forget to check the hotel and flight rates online. Most of the e-travel portals offer attractive deals and discounts on early bookings, make sure you save huge on your travels!