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."

Cadaqués

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. Keep an eye for Lisbon post coming soon.

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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Layover turned into a 5 hour exploration of Belgrade

With Air Serbia becoming more and more popular as an airline in general, and in particular from Beirut as it's one of the few airlines that links us to Europe for affordable prices, the layovers in Belgrade Airport in some cases are long, the airport is still small and limited in what it can offer. There was maybe 2 places where we can eat and few duty free shops. Our layover was over 7 hours, so we thought it would be worth going out and exploring the city. Only caveat here was that we left the airport around 7AM, given that the city center is barely 15 minutes away from the airport and costs around 16€, we got to the center quite early where the shops and restaurants were still closed.

Belgrade City Center

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making the best of your time in Croatia - Part 2

I enjoyed Croatia so much the first time around, that I just went a second time two years later. There are plenty of things I recommended in the first trip's post, and to be honest, the road trip plan was quite robust we did a very similar one to it this time around as well (yes I just praised myself)! Therefore if you're interested in making the best of your time there, check out the first post and this addendum here.


Panoramic view taken from the city wall of Old Dubrovnik - Croatia

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Top 10 things to do in Armenia

It's been almost 6 years since I have been to Armenia, yet luckily it was a very special trip with unforgettable memories. If you're looking for a different experience, not too European and not too Asian and not too American, Armenia is one of those countries where a lot of things will feel anew. Here are 10 things / place I highly recommend you do / visit. There is a lot of touristic offices that offer daily tours to all places mentioned below, you can find many in the center of the city.

The pomegranate is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country. It represents happiness and prosperity for Armenians.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Going to Bali? Here are some answers and tips (Part II)

Thanks for coming back for Part II, if you haven't seen Part I, it mostly covers places to stay, if you should stay in more than 1 resort, and easiest way to pack in such case.

In this entry, I will cover places to eat, things to do, places to visit, transportation and how to handle your money!

Question 6: What and where should we eat?
Answer: You have to try the different exotic fruits they had, I tried Durian (oh my god, never again, but our guide was in love with it). Mangosteen (my favorite, I hope you go there during its season). Snake skin (good as well, don't let the name scare you).

Breakfast in RIMBA hotel - AYANA Resort

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Going to Bali? Here are some answers and tips (Part I)

I ran into my friend Natalia on March 9 who told me she's going to Bali with Weronica and asked me whether I would like to join... I booked my ticket on March 10 and on March 30, I landed in Bali where I spent 7 days. It was one of the best spontaneous travel decisions I've ever made.

Traditional Balinese Dance Performance "The Beauty of Legong Tantri"