Turkish Delights In Istanbul: 10 Top Things To Do

Istanbul City Guide: Top Things To Do

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Istanbul has gone through a few hardships of late but it’s an amazing city to explore that is buzzing with culture and flavours making a visit to this beautiful capital city of Turkey most enjoyable.

Istanbul exists over Europe and Asia, divided by the Bosphorus strait and connected by two suspension bridges.

The European side of Istanbul is considered the old city because of its historical significance and you’ll find most of the famous tourist attractions here. The Asian side is more residential, with high street shopping, markets and nightlife.

Here are just 10 of the many top things to do in Istanbul: 

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Iceland: Self Drive Beats Guided Tours – Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and the Southern Shores

Holidays in Iceland have always had a reputation for being on the expensive side, but with Iceland Air’s great flight and accommodation deals and Iceland’s depreciating currency we thought it was a great opportunity to visit the land of waterfalls, fire and ice.

With so much natural beauty to see and do outside of Reykjavik we pondered whether to take the many guided coach tours or to self drive to see the natural beauties around the Golden Circle and the Icelandic Southern Shores.

Researching the Iceland activities and tours we wanted to do, we calculated that it would cost £554 for two people.  Pretty expensive, especially when you consider that most of the tours require you to be stuck on a coach for half a day.

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We looked into hiring a 4×4 to do our own self drive tour, which surprisingly came out much less than the combination of tours, totalling £311 for 4 days hire including petrol via Thifty.  Not only was it cheaper, but we would have more flexibility and could drive off in any direction at a whim (we did get stuck up a mountain though), and we wouldn’t be stuck on a slow coach for most of our time.

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Cracking Krakow and an Emotional Auschwitz | Baltic Trip Part 5

Poland, the Last Leg of Our Trip

The last stop on our whirlwind tour of the Baltics was Krakow, Poland. We caught the smallest plane ever from Lithuania (it even had propellers) and landed in Krakow via Warsaw. We were only in the country for a couple of nights so really had to condense the major things we wanted to see and do in this historical city.

Our main reason for visiting Poland was to see Auschwitz.  We whole-heartedly recommend that everyone should go there, but we’re glad we went at the end of our two week trip through the Baltics.

We got to Krakow mid afternoon and the weather was hot, for some reason I never expected Poland to be a warm country so I was pleasantly surprised. We struck gold with our accommodation.

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Shit things to do in London

London is a great city to explore whether you’re a traveller, a tourist, or a local.  However there is a lot of shit that people still continue to do or see in my lovely home city.  If you’re coming to London I implore you to avoid the following, they are some of the worst things to do in London.

The Shit Guide to London

Oxford Street

A busy street full of high street shops is one of the most visited “tourist attractions” in London.  Why??? If you really want to shop for major brands that can be found pretty much anywhere in the world go to a more spacious and clean place i.e. Westfield.  They have one in west London and east London, so there’s no excuse.  Plus you won’t be tempted by the hundreds of tacky souvenir shops selling all sorts of crap with the Union Jack or Wills and Kate plastered all over it.

Piccadilly Circus

It’s just a bunch of advertising signage that lights up.  That is all.

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Finding Finland, Hello Helsinki | City Guide | Baltic Trip Part 1

Top Things To Do in Helsinki

We flew into Helsinki airport as the starting point for our 2 week Baltic trip taking us through the Baltic states and ending up in Poland.  Here’s our list of the top things to do in the modern capital of Finland.

Meeting Moomin in Helsinki

Helsinki_MoominAteneum is a great art museum in central Helsinki. If you are interested in art it is always worth checking out what current exhibitions they have on offer.  On our visit the Ateneum held an exhibition to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Finnish author/ artist, Tove Jansson.  Tove Jansson is probably best known for her series of Moomin books.  The exhibition was well presented with rooms and rooms of both collected and borrowed work, and plenty of information offered in both English and Finnish.  Admission is 13€ pp.

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