PICTURESQUE TOWNS OF AMALFI COAST

Amalfi Coast

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here The Amalfi Coast is a mixture of exquisiteness, lavish towns and pleasing views.

buy motilium Along the coast are the picturesque gems of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento and the island of Capri. Each of these destinations provided their own unique feel and dished out some of the most incredible food at their restaurants.

The journey time from Naples airport to Hotel Le Fioriere in Praiano where we stayed for the duration of our trip was approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Although it was a long ride the winding coastal roads, dramatic looking cliffs, the blue sea and the sun made the journey worth the while. Our taxi driver also kindly stopped along the way so that we could step out and take pictures of the views which we were in awe about.

Positano

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Positano is by far the coast’s most photogenic and scenic town in my opinion. A mixture of colorful houses, hotels, restaurants and small boutique shops are set on the cliff which led down to the main beach. This view was made even better once the sun started to set.

The walks to virtually anywhere in this town nearly always involved a steep walk up or down however I found myself unable to stop walking because the endless colourful streets, the irresistible eateries, the fashionable retailers and the beauty of the coast from different heights keep drawing you forward.

Praiano

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Hotel Le Fioriere – A brilliant family-run hotel that faces the ocean and is only a few minutes ride from the town of Positano. The rooms had a simple yet elegant Italian beach house feel. The rooms had blue tiled floors and draped curtains that open up to a remarkable view of the Mediterranean scene below.

The rooms were big and spacious and also provided us with good Wi-Fi connection, a TV, an iPod dock, a minibar and a large work space area. The bed although simple was comfortable enough and provided you with a good night’s sleep. The hotel also offers a substantial breakfast with good variety which definitely helped fuel us for our busy days of exploring.

Probably the best thing about this hotel was the rooftop bar/restaurant. The outdoor restaurant offered an incredible view of the coast especially in the sunset. Having visited the restaurant for dinner, the food that we had was mouth-watering and they were generous with their portions.  There are an array of choices on the menu from healthy salads and fishes to burgers and chips. There were also quite a huge and interesting selection of wines and cocktails on the menu for those that preferred to have a drink.

Lastly, the family that run the hotel were very welcoming and hospitable. They always had a smile on their faces and made you feel at home especially after a long day out when finally getting back to the hotel.

Capri

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An island in Italy's Bay of Naples that is extremely popular for its tough scene, upscale inns and shopping, from originator designs to limoncello and high-quality cowhide shoes. Capri’s crystalline waters, are what attract many people and yachts. One of the main beauties is the Blue Grotto, a dull sinkhole where the ocean sparkles electric blue, the aftereffect of daylight going through a submerged give in.

Whether you are riding a Vespa or strolling along its trails, going on pontoon visits to find its concealed caves, eating chichi pizza, pasta or fresh fish, Capri is one of the best places to do it

Sorrento

Piazza Tasso – main square is the place to be

Sorrento is an elegant and beautiful town that has a lot to offer from the harbour to the number of backstreets with little shops. Piazza Tasso is a very good place to eat as there are loads of eateries, all great food and fine wine.

Ravello

From the hotel to Ravello it took approximately 40 minutes. Riding the bike along the coast, feeling the breeze, experiencing wanders aimlessly and going up slopes was incredible. Exquisiteness really does come naturally to Ravello and Villa Cimbrone's Terrace of Infinity is one of the most remarkable viewing points.

For a considerable length of time, the compelling appeal of Ravello's stately manors and cliff edge gardens have been drawing everyone’s attention. Today it hosts high profile events such as the Ravello Festival and the Chamber Music Festival.

EVERYONE’S ADDICTED TO SOMETHING

 

My addictions are long drives, scenery and good music – the drive to Surrey Hills was definitely able to provide this with its   long winding roads and incredible scenery. I have always heard good things about the area but never really took the time to go out and explore it.

One early Saturday morning a friend and I went out for a long drive down to Surrey. It was the first time I had driven into this neck of the woods and I was amazed at the scenery that it had to offer.

I’m not sure of how much fuel I used up or many miles I covered but coming off the M25, onto rural roads, and through winding back roads in the forests of Surrey Hills whilst listening to Tom Misch was somewhat therapeutic.

 

As I drove further into Surrey Hills I could hear the V8 growling, passing all the hills, hidden dips, mountains of soil creating tight spaces and numerous trees creating intimidating shadows. Further along the route there were blind corners, twist and turns and straight roads.

After taking some time to soak in the views and take some photos we got back into our cars and whooshed a few miles of empty roads.

The whole drive was around 6 hours long but I can guarantee you that if you decide to go you’ll definitely get a sense of adrenaline rush along the way.

 The long drive puts your car through its paces, you’ll understand your cars capabilities and limitations and of course your own.

If you own a car I would highly recommend you take some time and give Surrey Hills a visit, especially if you own a car in London as you’ll love the feeling of driving all over again. 

THAILAND – UNFORGETTABLE VIEWS

If you’re looking for a culture shock, somewhere different to the highly developed western world that you know, South East Asia will meet those needs.

I know many people often travel to this part of the world and plan to stay for a couple of weeks and even months however we only planned a week here which although is an incredibly short period of time for this part of the world, we surprisingly covered a satisfactory amount of experiences.

We chose the busy, tourist hub of Patong as our base. We stayed at a boutique hotel situation on top of a hill offering beautiful views of the village and beach called Baan Yin Dee. It was away from the hustle and bustle of Patong-Phucket but it only took a 2-minute ride down on the moped to reach the busy streets below. We stayed in little villa-like rooms. It didn’t even feel like a hotel room at all. As soon as we stepped outside the pool was literally by our feet. They offered a great breakfast and the staff there were highly welcoming and friendly. The room was so well decorated yet simple and modern. You felt like you were really in a luxurious Thai 1-bedroom apartment by the sea (minus a kitchen). I’d book this place again or recommend it to those of you looking for a similar type of accommodation.

During our time, here we did various island excursions such as the infamous Phi Phi islands tour and the Pang Nga tour with a tour guide and other tourists alike. Both were unbelievable and amazing places to have been able to experience. The beaches were so clean, the sand was soft and white- nothing like we’ve really imagined, the sea was a colour of greeny blue that we’ve never seen before, it was also so clear. It was just like once of those places you only see on television or on a postcard. Two islands which blew us away was Khao Phing Kan also known as James Bond Island after it was featured in one of the films as well as Maya Bay which is essentially a beach enclosed by three 100-metertowering cliffs. Nonetheless both excursions were enjoyable as all the islands were amazing and offered a private-beach, secluded, in the middle-of-nowhere type experience.

The food. Was. Amazing. Usually on the island excursions they’d provide us with freshly cooked authentic Thai food- everything from Tom Yum soup to different curries, tempura as well as veggies and fruit. There was even the standard spaghetti available for the most pickier eater so they made sure there was something for everyone!

One of the things that we enjoyed the most was the night markets which always offered the yummiest overwhelming varieties of food at very inexpensive prices – you could probably feed yourself and a friend on the Thai Baht equivalent of £5-10! There were tons of different BBQs to different breads and pastries, to rice dishes, noodles, seafood and fruit to veg and desserts.

There were also insects and cockroaches and all the other South East Asian “delicacies” that tourists often try when visiting this part of the world. Aside from the mouthwatering food there are never-ending stalls of those selling everything else from souvenirs of every kind to clothing to jewelry and even pets!

 

One more thing to mention about Thailand are the animals those used in Tiger Kingdom and on the various elephant excursions offered through-out the town to tourists. When planning trip to Thailand we were most excited about being up close and personal with a giant tiger and taking many photos and similarly to riding an elephant through the forests. As enjoyable as it might have been for a while however you really do get a feel for their treatment and welfare.

During both our experiences with the tigers and elephants we witnessed them being constantly prodded or sometimes hit with a stick. They also appeared quite tired and lazy. I know there already is a lot of talk about this in general but I guess that’s another story. The point is, we did end up walking away from those excursions with a slightly different outlook on these types of excursions and a sense of sadness for these animals.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints we couldn’t experience the highly recommended North of Thailand i.e. Chang Mai/Chang Rai however it’s on the bucket list for next time. Overall Patong was a great experience. A different world to the one we know and live in today - the people, the views, the FOOD and the overall casual lifestyle that they live in. Our return journey awaits!

DUBAI – CITY OF LUXURY

Amazing sky high sky scrappers, to luxurious world-class shopping centers to amazing beaches and deserts that you thought only ever existed in photographs.

Dubai is definitely a rapidly growing, tourist wonderland. As soon as you step out of the plane into the airport lounges you can already feel the world of sun and luxury ahead of you.

The first thing we did after dropping off our luggage was hit Dubai Mall and search for some long awaited food although we did become distracted at all the shops and the luxury of everything inside. The mall is HUGE to say the least. Once we finally reached the food court there was what felt like a million restaurants to chose from but eventually we opted for a light meal before choosing a slightly more “nicer” place later for dinner (The Red Lobster – which was btw really good!).

As we only planned to stay a few nights before continuing our trip on to Thailand we chose to stay at a reasonably priced chain hotel Radisson Bluwhich was situated in Downtown Dubai. This hotel was located a mere 5 minute or less drive to the world’s tallest building The Burj Khalifa as well as the huge Dubai Mall which made it the perfect base for exploring. The hotel itself was modern, very clean and offered great views of the city (as well as a good breakfast with a huge variety of things to choose from).

Reaching the very top of the Burj Khalfia, we were amazed at the views of Dubai. Looking down from the tallest skyscraper in the world was surreal. We couldn’t believe how high up we were.

On one of the evenings we decided to go on a Desert Safari Excursion. We were picked up by our tour guide mid-afternoon and began our exciting journey into the desert. Once we reached the desert sands our tour guide decided to take us on a Dune Bashing experience where the vehicle would toss and turn to the waves of the sand beneath us at high speed. It was a great experience to say the least. It literally felt as if we were on a rollercoaster. After around 20 minutes we reached the camp where we would later have an Arabian-style buffet dinner with entertainment including belly dancers. During our evening here we also spent some time with the camels and visited the various tent set-ups where we could take part in various activities such sand art, henna and shisha. 

 

During our trip we also visited a few amazing beach resorts however one that we particularly enjoyed was  the one at Rixos, The Palm. It was definitely an experience being there – it looked like one of those places you’d only see in music videos. The views from the pool, the food, the bar and the atmosphere was incredible. The resort also had access to a private beach where you could take part in a number of water activities.

Of course a trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without a stop to take pictures and chill out near the Atlantis Hotel which is also located at the Palm.

SUSHI SAMBA – LET’S ROLL!

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Want some sushi with a fantastic view? Take any of two panoramic glass lifts up to the 38th floor, make sure you grab a seat by the window in Sushi Samba and take in the incredible views it has to offer.

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Merging Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian is difficult however Sushi Samba manage to get it just right. The staff provide outstanding customer service, very attentive, helpful and ensure you have the best and memorable time. Presentation of the food served was amazing and the taste was just incredible!

To avoid disappointment, make sure you reserve a table!

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