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

Destination: Croatia
Travel Companions: Hussam & Co
Duration: 6 days
Budget: 1,100$ pp

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

Destination: Armenia
Travel Companion: Uncle
Duration: 7 days

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 / places 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 city center of Yerevan.

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