Happy Friday everybody. This week we are travelling to the island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. A Greek colony over a thousand years ago, Sicily was then taken over by the Roman Empire. Scattered around this lush and beautiful haven you will find ruins as testament to these legacies such as ampitheatres and even a temple coinstar scam Coinstar Money Transfer, CANADA, ALBERTA dedicated to Apollo. Enjoy these amazing, unusual snaps; and have a great weekend.
Cefalù - Image © Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho
Image © Stefano Mortellaro
Image © Dennis Jarvis
Image © Cristiano Corsini
Teatro Antico, Taormina - Image © Mario Cutroneo
Image © marco
Sant’Elia - Image © Antonio Ilardo
Image © Tiberio Frascari
Taormina - Image © gnuckx
Image © Giampaolo Macorig
Mondello – Image © Dennis Jarvis
Testa dell’Acqua - Image © Stefano Mortellaro
New York, New York, how we all crave to see you and experience you… but how we all worry about the impact you will have on our bank balance. However, the reality is that a little money can go a long way in New York City and so, here is our guide to some of the more unusual and off-the-beaten-track things to do in New York for less than $100.
Image © Andrew Mace
With museums’ entry tickets ranging in price from free to $20.00, there are plenty of affordable things to do and places to see. However one of the more unusual and underrated places to go is the United Nations building. A guided tour of the UN costs just $16.00 for an adult and shows you the beating political heart of the world.
Image © United Nations Photo
For a hectic city, New York is filled with those who are committed to a healthy life and yoga is still riding high as one of the most common ways to achieve this. Yoga to the People keeps its prices low (from $10.00 a session) but the slightly zanier ‘Laughter Yoga’ phenomenon is the latest craze to gain momentum in Manhattan, with YogaLaff offering free sessions at its office near Broadway. If you like your activities a little more traditional, then try knocking a few golf balls towards the Hudson River at Chelsea Pier Golf Club for $25.00, or take advantage of the super cheap and super retro roller-skating through Riverbank State Park which costs $7.50 including skates rental. In the winter, roller-skating turns into ice skating and $5.00 will buy 1 adult an hour of frosty good times and icy wind in your hair.
Image © Fabrizio Lonzini
It’s very easy to eat cheaply in New York City, with street vendors on nearly every corner fighting for passing trade. But while you’ll never struggle to get a hot dog, you have to search a little harder for an affordable take away desert. This is right about the time when you should head to Elieen’s Cheesecake; cheap and cheerful and a New York tradition for many. Delicious mini cheesecakes to go start at $3.50.
Image © Stefan Georgi
Image © Guian Bolisay
East Village Mud Truck – Image © Wally Gobetz
Image © Ed Yourdon
When it comes to drinking you can’t get much cheaper than the 50 cent beers served at the Bourbon Street bar in Manhattan. And for those with more elegant taste, then Joe Doe is the man for you – or rather the bar as it serves $6 cocktails during happy hour from 5pm until 7pm.
And then there is the bunch of free stuff you can indulge in including brewery tours of Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, the regularly changing exhibitions at Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan and the very popular (so book ahead) tours of the Federal Reserve.
Brooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg – Image © Willamor Media
Image © Bionicgrrrl
There are also free walking tours of downtown Manhattan run by Free Tours by Foot (though tips are expected) and don’t forget the impressive High Line, a disused raised railway track converted into a public space and park.
Image © Trey Ratcliff
Image © Karen Blumberg
That’s not even mentioning the increasingly popular free kayaking sessions at New York Downtown Boathouse on weekends, though get there early to ensure you get a seat in a kayak as they operate a first come first served policy.
Image © - Linh Nguyen
Now would you like to hear the good news? The total cost of all the activities above would set you back just $83.50. That even leaves enough change for cheesecake, or just one more of JoeDoe’s celery sodas. Or why don’t you take that change, save it for tomorrow, and have a picnic in idyllic and illustrious central park? Whatever you do decide to spend your money on – and whatever budget you’re contained to – the city of dreams will help make something magical happen.
To get you in the mood for Oktoberfest (or die Wiesen to the locals) which starts this weekend, this week’s Flickr Friday is centred on the Bavarian capital of Munich in Southern Germany. This riverside metropolis is a short stint from the Bavarian Alps, and is ranked as one of the world’s – and certainly Germany’s - most livable cities. Take in the variety of sights and sounds that Munich has to offer, and celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with a Krug of beer, wherever you happen to be.
München Schwabing – Kurfürstenplatz - Image © digital cat
Courtyard of Neue Rathaus - Image © maistora
The Olympiaturm in Olympiapark - Image © Kay Gaensler
Empty Oktoberfest - Image © Svenwerk
Munich Subway Tunnel - Image © John Hietter
U-Bahn - Image © nyhao
Englischer Garten, Munich - Image © Russell C
Image © Max Boschini
Surfing in the Isar river in Munich – Image © Andreas Schaefer
Image © Werner Kunz
The Feldherrnhalle (“Field Marshals’ Hall”) Image © Miroslav Petrasko
Ludwigstrasse Munich - Image © Werner Kunz
Image © Martina Oefelein
The Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich - Image © Werner Kunz
Metro station “Georg-Brauchle Ring” - Image © Jaime.silva
Image © a4gpa
Schloss Nymphenburg - Image © digital cat
Schloss Nymphenburg - Image © digital cat
Neues Schloss Schleißheim - Image © digital cat
Nymphenburg by Night - Image © Luis Miguel Justino
Image © deep_schismic
Winter wonderland in Munich – Image © Werner Kunz
Oktoberfest means something different depending on whom you ask. For most outsiders, it is a tent flap for millions to enjoy (or overindulge in) countless varieties of top quality beers – all conforming to the ‘German Beer Purity Law’ and all brewed within the city limits of Munich. But for the locals, the main draw is the fact it is the largest fair in the world and a celebration of Bavarian culture; with traditional foods like Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Weisswurst (white sausage) and Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), live Bavarian music and fairground attractions. Here are some tips and tricks to enjoying the height of Bavarian brevity as if you left the womb clad in lederhosen.
1. Never call it Oktoberfest
That’s what the Saupreusse (non-local person with, let’s say, below average results at pub quizzes) call it. Always refer to the fair as die Wiesen (pronounced “dee vee-zin”).
Images © saucy little minx
2. Wear the costume
The traditional Bavarian get-up can be found either online or at many stockists in and around Munich. To quote Henry Thoreau: “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life“, and what better way to do it than in an outfit designed to catch meat drippings and bier.
Image © traveller_40
3. Watch the traditional opening day parade
Dating from 1887, and known as the Festival of Innkeepers, the parade is an hour-long procession of horse-drawn brewer wagons taking the first kegs to the millions of thirsty visitors. The mayor of Munich will tap the ceremonial first keg, and as a public servant he will most likely double, triple and quadruple check that it’s safe for consumption.
Image © elkit
4. Explore the fairgrounds
With giant Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, a flea circus, the Revue der illusions, a Toboggan and die Teufelsrad (a rotating wheel with foam balls pelting you), the fairgrounds are a lesser-known attraction and not just for the kids.
Image © meironke
5. Get to the beer tents early
…and preferably on a weekday to avoid the weekend rush. Keep in mind that you can reserve a table at each individual beer tent, so head there first thing and get that headache (as it were) out of the way.
Image © aleciah
6. Make friends with the locals
They can teach you Bavarian drinking songs, the proper descriptor for a glass of beer (it’s a Krug by the way, not a Stein), tell you the story of how die Wiesen began in honour of the Bavarian royal family…or even let you pinch some of their Strauben cake.
Image © el_guary
7. Family Tuesday
For many years, Oktoberfest’s Tuesday is traditionally the day dedicated to families. From 12:00 until 18:00 most of the festivities, including the rides and food, are half price for kids and everybody makes an extra effort to keep the little ones entertained, and refrain from blowing their horns and quaffing their Krugs too loudly.
Image © LenDog64
While die Wiesen is a great time to be in Munich; its friendly residents, interesting locations and delicious, hearty foods are available year long. Being a riverside city, it is a great place to visit in the summer (and even try your hand at river surfing), while being situated just north of the Bavarian Alps allows winter visitors to strap on some skis and go carve up the powder.
Travel, fashion, lifestyle and inspirational photography, Trip+ is pleased to welcome blogger Abi Marvel who, in this post, shares her experiences of a magical trip to smartcouponstore.com the Moroccan city of Marrakech.
- Well firstly, the word Jemaa actually means Friday, so definitely try and visit on this day as you’ll find a better choice of items, and an immense amount of open food stalls which means you’ll get to try some incredible ethnic delicacies.
- In this part of the city, everything is organically sourced, and you will constantly see heaps of vegetables everywhere because of this. Go a little crazy with the food shopping, then find out how good your Moroccan cooking can be.
- Don’t be scared to buy some of your basics from this market; anything from toothpaste to tissues. You’ll find them all here and they’ll be priced a lot lower than you are used to.
- A tip I was given whilst there was to never say ‘Wow, this is really cheap!’ As it’s a market, they can change their prices whenever and however they like, so it’s best to just admire the great prices with a simple smile.
- Finally: explore! You’ll find the people of this market are a lot more relaxed and open, so really try and find out more about local things and the best dishes to try and places to see – just be sure to be firm. If you’re not interested in something, the local people can be pretty persistent so be sure to make use of a rigid stare to accompany your “no thank you”.