In Poland: Photos from Kraków

Small amount of photos from an adventure, in Kraków, Poland in 2008. PhoebeGill080926034-2PhoebeGill080926020-3PhoebeGill080926046-1
PhoebeGill080926178-6 PhoebeGill080926094-4 PhoebeGill080926131-5 There are a lot of reasons that are purely personal for me to dislike Kraków but instead I really loved this city. I would go back tomorrow.

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In Croatia: 16 hours in Zadar

I thought Zadar would make a good first stop on my trip of the Dalmatian coast. There is not much to do here so in theory you can do the entire old city in just a few hours. I found an apartment just behind the promenade and it was the perfect location for what I wanted to do.

So what are the things I did in Zadar?

PhoebeGill150614035-2Well first stop was the promenade, I love being by the water and Zadar has a feature that celebrates the sea. The walk is easy and very nice to stroll. The entire old town is accessible from this walk. I didn’t have any plans on what to see or what I wanted to do so it was all a nice surprise.PhoebeGill150614064-3At the end of the promenade is the very lovely Sea Organ, I have no photos because they are just some very simple steps that lead into the sea, it’s quite unassuming until you walk closer to it. Then the sounds start to form into a pattern until you are sitting there for an hour, watching the sunset, feeling utterly calm watching and listening to the waves.  Definitely recommend sitting by the Sea Organ.PhoebeGill150614491-1Above is the Salute to the Sun, it’s partnered with the Sea Organ, it starts when the sun has set. Walking around the old town is very easy to do. It’s a very small area but it has such beautiful architecture.PhoebeGill150614724-1There are lots of coffee bars and shops down the main street, the promenade is more relaxing and unobtrusive which I liked a lot. Continuing into the centre of old town is where you will find the archaeological sites.PhoebeGill150614182-1

There is some beautiful ruins around the city, there is the Forum which is situated next to St. Donatus’ Church and St. Anastasia’s Cathedral pictured above. These sites are so integrated into the city, you can walk all around the ruins, you can touch the stones and people often sit and watch the world go by.PhoebeGill150614076-8
This is the Captains Tower in the Five Wells Square. Next to the square is a park which is a nice walk around and there is also a bar so you can have a cool drink. The park has some nice views and a relaxed vibe.PhoebeGill150614674-7

This is the Land Gate, I really liked this gate, it’s got skull stone work and was just generally a really nice find. PhoebeGill150614669-6

You can also go up onto the walls, they look out over the new city, I didn’t venture into this side of Zadar but right outside the sea gate is where you get a taxi.

Zadar is a great place to relax and take a break before moving down the coast. I definitely recommend you start here, it’s cheap, it’s small, it’s a great first stop.

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In Australia: Sydney Harbour

The waterfront in Sydney is a really nice place to be, busy, but nice. There are lots of tourists in this spot for a good reason. This area is where you get to see Sydney’s main attractions and where you can catch a ferry. We got two ferries, one to Taronga Zoo and one to Darling Harbour. PhoebeGill081224090-1

It was a great way to see the city from a different perspective, to get shots of the Sydney Opera House from all angles. It should be noted at this point, that Hurricane Billy was passing by Australia so the skies were not the classic sunny Aussie weather we were expecting.  PhoebeGill081224131-2

I have said it before but I really love boats. It really is such a fun way to travel.PhoebeGill081224137-3

Sydney Opera House is practically on every postcard for Sydney. We were all pretty excited to see it but in reality, it was a little underwhelming. I know that sounds terrible but I thought it would be bigger and cleaner. PhoebeGill081225306-4

There is a a great walk that runs along the edge around Sydney Harbour. It has a nice vibe, everyone is relaxing in the sun or taking a stroll. PhoebeGill081225307-5

Have you been to Sydney? If I go back I want to walk up Sydney Harbour Bridge, definitely!

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In Berlin: Museum für Naturkunde

pmgill_20121118_0002I have always loved Natural History Museums, there is something about them, the one in Dublin is not that big but it has a great selection of animals. There is something amazing about walking through and seeing when these animals had been studied and taken note of. I was excited to go to the natural history museum in Berlin as it’s one of the best things to do according to TripAdvisor. It is 3 euro for a student so really affordable!pmgill_20121118_0004The Rooms:

The main room is always some sort of amazing dinosaur! It’s a given that, that is what you will find. The main room is big and airy and it houses some amazing fossils. The second room I entered was where the biodiversity wall was and may I say this is amazing, they are all so wonderfully preserved and it is amazing to see animals big and small on this one giant wall. There is the wet room, there is a huge collection of preserved animals in jars, it’s eery but it’s absolutely incredible! There is so many rows and it’s just really cool that you can walk all around it.pmgill_20121118_0001pmgill_20121118_0003Keep in mind that there are a few more rooms to explore! So get going!

I really recommend you go! It’s really cool there are so many things to see and the animals and artefacts are so well preserved. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours!

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