Destination of the week – JORDAN

Jordan has been an oasis of peace in a turbulent region. But it also has incredible landscapes, unique archaeological sites and a warm, friendly people. From sites mentioned in the Bible, to lakes where you can recline, read on to find out why you should absolutely pay Jordan a visit.

Roman city of Jerash

The ruined city of Jerash, dating back to the Bronze Age, is one of the best preserved Roman settlements outside of Italy. The city’s structures were richly embellished with marble and granite. The most memorable ruins are Hadrian’s arch, an imposing meters high gate which according our guide was erected to honor the entrance of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Then there is the Corinthian columns of the temple of goddess Artemis, with incredible beautiful detailing and surprisingly somehow intact today.

Jerash Jordan
Jerash Jordan

 

Destination of the week – SOUTH AFRICA

Africa’s southernmost country promises nature at its rawest: flat mountains, canyons, untouched lands, hundreds of mammals and endemic flora. Below is why you should totally visit South Africa and experience its incredible beauty firsthand.

Garden Route:

Located 280 km from Cape Town, we discovered the Garden Route is famous: its big scenery, providing a striking contrast to the rest of the rather arid region. We saw beautiful lagoons, tranquil waters, and a massive diversity of flora and fauna – birds, mammals, marine life, and reptiles. At Knysna Elephant Park, we communed with elephants, and at the Garden Route National Park, we were enchanted by the more than 10 species of whales and dolphins. The Garden route safari south Africa was incredible!

Knysna Lagoon
Knysna Lagoon

 

Destination of the week – NEPAL

Imagine beautiful lakes with waters cascading down from highlands, glacial mountain ranges, rare animals and venerated caves. This is only a 5 days glimpse of  South Asia’s Nepal, a landlocked country that many know to be the home of the world’s highest mountain ranges, but not quite much about the country! Read on to discover Nepal’s unique offerings and why it should be in your travelling bucket list this year!

Kathmandu: Nepal’s capital city is a beehive of activity – it was fun immersing ourselves in the chaos of UNESCO World Heritage listed Durbar Square – replete with palaces, temples, idols, water fountains and more. Our major stop was Boudhanath Stupa, one of Nepal’s holiest sites. The temple is a towering complex of shrines, pyramids, a gold canopy and other interesting buildings. Its gigantic white dome has four eyes, apparently representing different life stages of Buddha. The whole area is beautifully covered in flags which make it so lively.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa

Five ways to unwind in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, might very well turn out to be the stuff you dreamt of: from thermal baths to vantage hills to colorful old towns, the city has hidden treasures that can only be experienced firsthand. Read on to read the highlights form my Budapest venture, and why you should visit the European city!

Visit the Great Synagogue in Budapest: This the largest in Europe and second largest in the world. It harks back to the 19th century, and is the main place for worship for Hungarians. We took a guided tour of the complex – we were fascinated by the beautiful Byzantine-Moorish architecture. The synagogue has a haunting history as well – countless Jews found refuge here during the World War II, but later died of starvation. We learned they were buried in the courtyard. Then there’s the Raoul Wallenberg memorial, a metal weeping willow tree on whose leaves are names of people who died in the Holocaust. Quite a sobering experience!

The great Synagogue Budapest
The great Synagogue Budapest

 

This Weeks Destination – AUSTRIA

The place that spawned Mozart and Freud is teeming with evocative history and institutions that hark back millennia, former emperor’s houses that remain untouched to date, cities that go back to the medieval times. Besides, Austria’s capital Vienna has been called the happiest city in the several times.  There’s so much to see and do in Austria, Central Europe’s landlocked country. Read on for our highlights of this magical nation!

Spanish Riding School: This was definitely one of our highpoints of beautiful Vienna. It is the oldest classical horse riding institution in the world, and one of UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage. We had a ball watching the skill of the both the trainers and the royal Lipizzaneer stallions (a unique European breed), a magnificent display of true horsemanship and equestrian skills. The venue is also something – it’s a beautiful 18th century baroque style riding hall. If you are into horses, then the Spanish Riding School is a must do!

Spanish Riding School
Spanish Riding School

 

Destination of the week – JAMAICA

All year round pleasant climate, miles and miles of dreamy beaches, delicious Jamaican food, home of reggae, range of fun water sports – these are just some of the reasons why Jamaica should be your next port of call. Make sure you check out these captivating highlights!

Dunn’s River falls:

This is truly one of the most beautiful natural spots in Jamaica, and it’s only a stone throw away from Ocho Rios the resort. It has been described as a living phenomenon due its constant self-regeneration from the travertine rocks beneath, and its hundreds of dome shaped cascades usually associated with thermal springs make it unique the world over. We enjoyed climbing up the walls and hanging out in one of the many, many delightful lagoons. There are multiple restaurants offering a healthy choice of tasty foods like spicy jerk chicken, fish, curried goat and traditional snacks. Tip: It’s best to have a guide who will ensure you safely climb the walls and have fun while at it!

Dunn's River falls
Dunn’s River falls