In Stockholm: The Sky View

I love a good view, I will climb really tiny towers (Oh get ready there is a blog post coming, eventually) and I will happily pay in to look out at a city many times over.  Whenever I am somewhere new I have to see it from a height so I was looking for a place in Stockholm and since going for a decent enough walk with an injury wasn’t very feasible I chose The Sky View.  PhoebeGill160716713Normal entry into The Sky View is SEK150 (€15) but with The Stockholm Pass it is free before 12pm and after that costs SEK30 (€3) To be honest if I paid €15 I would be a little hard done by because the Sky View globe is located outside of the main area of Stockholm, it is near the stadiums, concert halls and a shopping mall. It has the feel of being in a more residential area and away from the main areas your average tourist would explore. PhoebeGill160716416That’s not to say that the 20 minute trip isn’t worth a look see I would just try and get the discount ticket and see it for free or for cheap. It’s always fun to ride in a gondola, I really love the mechanics  of these things. There are two pods that ride up to the top of the globe. It would be really cool if the tracks did the 180 degrees of the globe but it just goes up to the top and then back down the same way. PhoebeGill160716656Seeing all of Stockholm is beautiful, it’s green and looks like there are lots of pretty places to visit. Once you get to the top you can see a tiny bit of the coastline and it looks gorgeous. Although it’s a bit outside the main city, the T-Bana station is really close by so it’s very easy to get to. I just wish there was a tower in the centre of Stockholm because the city is so beautiful!PhoebeGill160716023I recommend it but would I go again? Probably not. I enjoyed the view and it was fun to be in a pod gliding up the side of a building but it’s not exactly what I was looking for so I was a little disappointed.

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In Dubrovnik: The Cable Car

I didn’t really have a plan for what I wanted to do in Dubrovnik but there was one thing I just had to do! The cable car is right outside the city, really easy to walk to and a must do in my opinion!
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It costs 108 kuna (€14) for a roundtrip ticket. You can get the cable car up and walk back down but the time I decided to go, meant I needed and wanted to get a two way ticket. There are lots of lookout points on different levels so you can take pictures.
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The views from the top are really beautiful. Seeing the entire enclosed old town with the beautiful terracotta rooftops, is a really great experience. You can see the the islands and the surrounding city. PhoebeGill150621071-2

I decided to take the trip up to watch the sunset. There is nothing better than watching a Croatian sunset, they are really really beautiful! I settled in and sat down to watch the sun go down.PhoebeGill150621245-2-3

Tips:

  1. If you are going at sunset, bring a hoodie or something warm, it can get quite chilly.
  2. Bring a picnic, there is a restaurant up there but it’s nice to bring your own food. I even saw some amazing people bring wine and pizza!! They are the kind of people you want to be!
  3. Walk around, the lookout points are nice but go explore, there is a war photograph exhibition, you can also do a buggy safari which looks like a lot of fun!

It’s a definite must do! It’s pretty cheap, it’s a great view and there are even things to fill your time when you get there. Do you like cable cars? I feel like I should make a cable car bucket list! 

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In Croatia: Dubrovnik City Walls

‘I’m walking the walls’

It sounds and feels very Game of Thrones like! Everyone says walking the walls is the top thing to do in Dubrovnik and it is understandable why. The walls fully encircle the Old Town, it is a 2km uninterrupted walk that gives the most fantastic views!
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I recommend doing the route at the first entrance, this entrance is located opposite the Big Onofrio’s Fountain. It costs 100 kuna (€13) to walk the walls and admission into Fortress Lovrijenac so don’t forget your ticket!!
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I loved the Ikea like system they have in place when you are walking the walls. You walk one way, it means you don’t have buildups and people passing you by, you can generally stay in your own group and walk with minimal disruption. Loved the organisation! PhoebeGill150620428-1

The views from the walls are beautiful, there is one side the looks out to see on one side and then over to the buildings and small streets that makes up old town. There are forts and lookouts that give you so many vantage points. PhoebeGill150620468-6

Looking out over the red topped roofs you can imagine ships out at sea and the threat of a siege but you forget there was huge upheaval here twenty years ago. These defence walls are an amazing piece of history that seem untouched by war. It really makes you see how strong Croatia is. PhoebeGill150620704-7

If you take the first entrance your walk will end with the big tower to the North. Tower Minčeta is very popular with not much open space to look at the views it may get a bit crowded. It’s a really great way to end the walk. Walking it, with lots of stops for photos should take less than two hours and it is definitely two hours well spent!

Fortress Lovrijenac

PhoebeGill150620389-8I definitely recommend you go over to Fortress Lovrijenac. When you take the first entrance of the walls one of the first things you see is this beautiful fort on a rock and it looks amazing. Getting to the fort is a little confusing because there is the main square outside Pile Gate with restaurants, a bus stop and tour guide stalls. There are some steps down on the right side of the square that meander down to a small little harbour, you can then see lots of steps up to the fort. Don’t forget to bring your ticket! The views are great, it’s nice to see a different angle of the walls. Fortress Lovrijenac has been repurposed into a theatre space, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is preformed here which would be an amazing experience.

So it’s clear to see why people really like this feature of Dubrovnik. Take note you might want to walk the walls in the morning or evening it can get really hot so morning and evening means it’s a little cooler and a little quieter. It’s a must to visit this amazing structure and learn about it. Would you like to walk the walls?

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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 China: Hong Kong

I went to Hong Kong in 2008 as a stop over on my way to Australia. I only spent two days in Hong Kong but there is something about it that I really enjoyed. Even though there is 7 million people in this city and for someone who hates crowds, I wasn’t uncomfortable with the amount of people. One thing I noticed was that no one cared that you were there, people are just going about their day to day business, I think that really aided to my feeling of calm. It’s an odd balance of feeling alone amongst hundreds of people. PhoebeGill081221009-1The food is amazing! authentic Chinese food is my in my top three favourite foods. Packed restaurants, lots of noise, really quick service, incredible food, it was amazing!

We like visiting lots of places that really creates a better understanding of a country BUT Hong Kong was different! There was one tourist attraction we went to multiple times, this never happens when we are on a trip.The Peak is a lookout point 428m above sea level that gives you the most amazing panoramic view of Hong Kong. It is nothing like I have ever seen before. It was incredible!

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We took a taxi up to The Peak Tower. The journey winds up the side of a mountain, it was beautifully green and really enjoyable ride up! At the base of the tower you can see the harbour, watching all the silhouettes of the boats was gorgeous.

In the tower there are lots of shops and places to eat so you can really spend a lot of time there if you want. You have to pass by them all to get to the top so you might as well have a look in.

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This view is probably one of the most amazing views of a city I have ever seen. There is a reason we went twice. You definitely have to check it out if you are in Hong Kong. Have any of you been here?

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