Sunday, April 09, 2017

How to make the best of Iceland in 7 days

Originally, Iceland was never top of list for me to visit, specially not in regards to seeing the Northern lights, I always felt that North of Norway and Sweden have higher chances. Still, I knew Iceland was something else and decided to just go for it. I wanted to see all of Iceland and knew it was exactly the kind of country where you can rent a car and go about all of it. Here's a video summary of my trip in 1 minute.

Many friends asked me for the itinerary and recommendations of what to do in Iceland. One week there taught me about the Do's and Don'ts, so I hope you find it useful. I will be covering the following sections:
  • Duration & Budget
  • Location & Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Transport (Rent a car or Tours)
  • Money (Cash or card)
  • Places to visit
  • Activities to do
  • What to wear
  • How to chase & shoot the Auroras 
  • Food & Drinks
A night I will never forget! Kirkjufellfoss - Iceland

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Christmas in Belgium

For each holiday a destination. There are many places in Europe that are captivating during Christmas, Lapland in Finland is one. Last year I spent some December days in Belgium, mainly Antwerp and Bruges and I really recommend it. Here are two videos I captured while there.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The beautiful and raw Sri Lanka, an unforgettable trip

Exactly two years ago, I joined a group of people and we visited Sri Lanka together for 4 days. It was a trip of a lifetime. Sri Lanka has the nicest and kindest people you will ever meet, and it has an untouched beautiful nature. Here's a video of our time there. If you're interested in visiting the Island and want to know more, let me know!

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Your complete starter guide to visiting Ireland

Time for some craic & top things to do in the Emerald Isle. I recently realized that even though I lived in Ireland for a while and made sure I explore the most of it, I never actually shared travel experience tips in a written form! So now is the time!

Killarney - County Kerry - Ireland

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Road Trip: Barcelona to Cadaqués

Many times we visit Barcelona and stay in the city. Why not explore a little the outskirts of Barcelona by visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Catalonia, close to the home of Salvador Dalí where he spent many holidays. A place so beautiful that it pretty much inspired the muli talented and surrealist artist in so many different ways.

"The beautiful fishing village of Cadaqués is sometimes referred to as an island on the coast. That is because it is relatively protected from mass tourism by a long, winding road through the mountains of Cap de Creus."


Monday, November 28, 2016

My best Lebanese wines

By Céline Chami (Twitter) - My love story with wine started when my parents used to tour small grocery shops in Lebanon during the civil war and collect old, unsold wine bottles. I was always fascinated by the nobleness of wine and couldn’t wait to taste it and understand the mysteries behind it. Back in the day, there were only a few wineries in Lebanon that people knew of, but as the years went by, the number of wineries grew and we finally had a good variety of Lebanese wines to choose from.

Picture taken at Châeau Kefraya in 2011 by Liliane

Sunday, November 13, 2016

From Lisbon to Pastel de Nata

I visited Portugal last July and wrote the first part to this series about Porto here. Most people land in Lisbon or stay in Lisbon for work reasons, but if you have extra 2 days, I highly recommend you dedicate them to Porto. It was my preferred city between the two. Having said that, there are still a ton of things that I found to be quite enjoyable about Lisbon, from the amazing Pastel de Nata dessert to it being central and well connected to almost anywhere in Portugal. Here's the run though!

The beautiful Alfama - Lisbon

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Must-do in Tbilisi

We are always looking for weekend getaways that offer us a change of scenery, lifestyle and even weather. A trip to Tbilisi offers that. I went there by myself, so this city is completely solo travel friendly. It's also a very good winter destination if you're looking to ski.

Tbilisi - view from the top

Trip's total cost: this includes Flight + 3 nights accommodation + Activities + Food + Souvenirs = 2126 AED, which is equivalent to 579$. To be honest, people pay this over a weekend in Dubai between shopping, eating and clubbing.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My favorite massages in Dubai

When I first moved to Dubai, I kept asking where can I have the best massages in Dubai. It took me almost 3 years to find my favorite. So if you had just moved to Dubai, or visiting for a while and want to treat yourself to a good massage, hopefully you will find this post useful.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

From Kenya with Funk

By Stéphane Bazan (Facebook) - My story with Kenya started almost 20 years ago when my Mom decided to go on a plane from Lyon to Nairobi and never came back. She settled near the port city of Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean, in a small Digo tribe village called Magutu. She built a house and started to invite friends and family to spend a few days in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The country, as big as France, has a great variety of landscapes, from the tropical coast to the rugged lands of Mount Kenya, from the eastern lakes to the rift valley. Kenya is also known for the most beautiful game reserves of the World, made popular by many Hollywood movies including “Out of Africa” or “The Constant Gardener”.

Welcome to Kenya

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Visit Porto in 48 hours

If you're visiting Portugal soon and you're wondering what cities to visit and how to split your time, this is the read for you. Of course, people have different interests and are in different state of minds when they visit a place thus perceptions are subjective. My personal preference is Porto; it's small and cozy, and a lot can be done in 48 hours.  One thing for sure though, I wish I had even more time in Portugal to explore more of the country, it certainly is a beautiful one. You can check the Lisbon post here.

Porto - July 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The alternative Paris you must meet

By Bechara Daccache (Instagram) - France is beautiful. Paris is beautiful. Everyone is fashionable there. French cuisine is definitely not overrated; thankfully the city is so beautiful to walk in and burn those delicious calories off. One of the most efficient things about Paris is its metro system, and if this wasn't enough for you, Uber makes it even much easier to move around. As for photography, Paris' night-scape is such a visually satisfying experience, specially when it's less crowded whilst all its monuments are lit; no wonder the Tour Eiffel is the most photographed landmark in the world.

However fear not! This post is not to recommend visiting the Eiffel tower or Notre-Dame for Paris, I am certain that by now everyone is familiar with all these, but there is so much more to Paris, therefore in this post, I am going to share my personal experience and the things I did that made and created special and enjoyable moments in Paris. Meet the alternative Paris.