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1 Week in Taiwan

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1 Week in Taiwan

Taipei Itinerary

After spending 1 week in Taiwan I felt like I visited a more tropical and cultural cross between China and Japan. In Taiwan, the semi-tropical climate and environment provide beautiful beaches as well as breathtaking mountain ranges in Taroko National Park. There are literally so many things to do and see I was a little disappointed I wasn’t able to circumnavigate the entire island but the week I spent in Taipei, Keelung, Jiufen, and Hualien was incredible.

Taipei: Days 1-3

I naturally started my 1 week in Taiwan by traveling around the countries capital city of Taipei. This modern city is filled with many cultural wonders and many excellent places to eat like the night markets Shiling and Raohe. I spent two full days exploring the city before heading to Keelung and Jiufen. I would recommend staying for 3 days or more even I was able to see many of the recommended places to visit in Taipei but was a little rushed.

Taipei 101 Tower

I spent 3 days in Taipei total and started by visiting the famous Taipei 101 tower. The Taipei 101 tower was actually the tallest building in the world until the Burj Kalifa was built, and then subsequent others.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

This blue and white octagonal temple was probably one of the coolest places I went to in Taipei. The memorial hall was created to commemorate the former president Chiang Kai-Shek and is definitely worth visiting.

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With a huge courtyard connecting it to the local opera and art museum adjacent to the memorial hall.

Sun-Yat Sen Memorial

To commemorate the national founding father Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s and his unparalleled morality, and revolutionary conducts they erected this Memorial with beautiful flowers and cultural decorations and regular performances.

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Elephant Hill

After visiting the temples and tower I made my way back across town to the famous elephant hill viewpoint which is the best place to view the city skyline and sunsets. I was told by locals that this place usually has a long line all the way down the hill so it’s recommended to show up early. Fortunately for the weather forecast called for rain and I was also visiting during the week which resulted in much smaller crowds so I was able to get a great spot for Sunset.

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Roahe and Shiling Night Markets

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I spent my evenings at the famous Taipei night markets eating incredible exotic foods and other local fares. See my post here about Taipei street food.

Keelung: Day 4

Keelung is a historically rich city which is known for its Ghost Festival which is put on not only to honor their dead ancestors but also those who died during years of war and invasions.

Zhupu Altar

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This impressive hilltop alter has a small but cool museum inside with figurines and other information about these ancient Chinese traditions.

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I highly recommend hiking up the hill to this place and enjoying the classic architecture and panoramic views.

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Keelung Miaoku Night Market

The Keelung Night Market was one of my favorites for the sheer variety of food available. After exploring the town and hiking up the hill head down to the pedestrian-only Miaoku Night Market. For more about Taiwanese food, check out this post, Taipei Food 101.

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There were definitely some different food options available here that I don’t remember seeing elsewhere. So if you don’t mind walking and eating then head down here and grab some snacks!

Jiufen: Day 5

Jiufen was on the top of my Taiwan Bucketlist and is also super popular with the Japanese. This place is teeming with character and unique charm. The views from this mountainside destination are also breathtaking, to say the least.

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When you arrive it’s like practically going down the rabbit hole when you enter the narrow and crowded cobblestone alleyways of Jiufen Old Town and Shuqi Road. jiufen taiwan - nomadic travel 1

You’ll find that there’s a lot to take, I was literally looking left and right almost every step as new foods and souvenirs presented themselves. Many shops offer similarly good but when it comes to food there are things you must try like their specialty Taro Ball and Bean Dessert. Served either hot or cold, this is a must try the experience, plus the views aren’t bad either!

For more on planning your visit to Jiufen, check out my post Jiufen Day Trip.

Hualien/Taroko National Park: Days 6-8

I ended up heading east to visit Hualien and the incredible Taroko National Park. While there are nice beaches in Hualien and down south, having lived on an island in Thailand for so long I was yearning for some mountains and forests.

Taroko did not disappoint! The entire park was filled with massive forest-covered mountains, deep ravines, unique bridges and sketchy narrow mountain roads with falling rocks signs everywhere.toroko gorge itinerary - Nomadic Travel

I ended up renting a scooter for 600 Taiwan Dollars ($20 USD) and riding solo for about 7 hours high up into the mountains from the Eternal Spring Temple to the Swallow Gratto, then to Tanxiang and onto Baiyan Falls, this trip was unforgettable. For more on this, you can check out my Taroko National Park post.

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Taipei Food 101

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Taipei Food 101

Taipei food is literally the stuff of legends! I spent a few days in Taipei and was thoroughly impressed with the different styles of food and variety of interesting flavors available. I was able to visit two of the best night markets in Taipei as well as a third more low-key one with a couchsurfer that hosted me on my last night. Considering Shilin and Roahe night markets are only 9.5 km away from each other it’s very easy to visit both in one night if you have time.

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If you’re into Dim Sum, you can expect to see several food carts offering traditional favorites like steamed shrimp dumplings, siu mai, barbecue pork buns, and various other popular options.

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If you like seafood then don’t be surprised to see huge piles of prawns, crabs and other kinds of tasty cooked aquatic creatures.

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One super popular style of food in Taiwan is called Oden, which is basically boiled meats and vegetables which you can hand pick and they prepare for you.

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Some places even have a delicious gravy that they add to your dish after you make your selections. You can also see two popular options that are not offered at all Oden stands, one is the steamed egg soup on the top and the other is the black pigs blood and rice seen in the bottom right.

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Since there is so much Japanese influence in Taiwan you can also expect to find some pretty amazing sushi too!

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Whether you want crab, shrimp, clams or snails the seafood options are plentiful.

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The semi-tropical beaches on the east side of the island provide a bounty of saltwater snacks to appease your appetite.

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If you’re a vegetarian there are many options for you as well! From vegetable springrolls, easy snacks like edamame, boiled vegetables, and even stinky tofu!

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Don’t be discouraged as you should have no problem finding something vegetarian as well.

stinky tofu taipeiIf you have a particularly sweet tooth then Taipei Food has you covered there too! One of the most interesting selections I saw and tried were these sweet pancake burrito style ice cream wraps served with ice cream and shaved candied peanuts and cilantro! If you feel like a new flavor sensation then try this, it will confuse your taste buds with the seemingly odd selection of ingredients that result in a rather delicious and unique treat!

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These fried sweet potato balls are another excellent option for dessert.

taipei food - nomadic travelIf you’re not feeling super adventurous you can just have some cheesecake or other more normal baked goods.

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Not all markets are created equal, Shiping being the most touristic location and Roahe being a little more lowkey, they both offer a first-time traveler many new experiences worth seeing.

roahe night marketOutside of the street markets, I would also recommend trying some Taiwanese hot pot! I was lucky enough to enjoy a traditional hot pot with the friends I made on Couchsurfing who hosted me for one night. This is a great way to spend time with family and friends.

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If you want to know what the ingredients look like which they use for the hot pot broth then here it is! It’s an interesting combination of various spices and plants seen below.

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One thing I would not recommend trying and is not for the faint of heart is a Century Egg!

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This egg is very popular with Chinese and Taiwanese people but had me gagging. It was tough to swallow but I managed, although it is not recommended to eat it whole as I did! If you’re not up to the task but want to try something equally as popular and interesting then I would suggest the Tea Eggs.

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I am not exaggerating when I say that Taiwan was probably the most impressive country I’ve eaten food in a while! With most of their food being inspired by the best combinations of Chinese and Japanese favorites, it’s no wonder Taiwan has grown a reputation as a popular food tourist spot. If you plan on visiting, then I would recommend getting out of your comfort zone and trying some new food here!

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Taroko Gorge Itinerary

Taroko Gorge Itinerary

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Taroko Gorge Itinerary

Taroko National Park in Hualien County Taiwan is an incredible outdoor experience with sketchy narrow roads winding through the mountainside along deep crevasses and semi-tropical forests. After renting a motorbike in Hualien for 600 Taiwan Dollars ($20 USD), I took Google Maps to Taroko National Park. The trip from Hualien to Taroko is about 45 minutes on a motorbike. My Taroko Gorge Itinerary followed a recommended course of intertwining mountainside attractions of Taiwan’s most beautiful countryside.

My trip started shortly after exiting the main road leading me to Guanchang Temple. This Temple has a lying down buddha statue and various other enlightened displays.

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Don’t forget to cross the footbridge and make the steep hike up to the scenic belltower with amazing panoramic views of the valley.

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My next stop was The Eternal Springs Temple, located a short distance from Guanchang through the mountain tunnel and to the left. When driving out here it’s especially important to wear a helmet, not only because its a very damp area with tunnels driving through waterfalls, but also due to the high risk of rock slides and falling rocks.

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One thing you may notice on your way through the Park are the many styles of interesting bridges found throughout.

If you’re a bridge enthusiast then there are plenty of unique and interesting bridges to take pics.

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From hundreds of meters below to smaller more majestic ones, the variation in styles was quite interesting.

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I’m definitely not recommending taking pics like this because I would hate to end up as one of those dead travelers going for the best crazy Instagram pic. Although this was certainly not one of them, I recommend being super careful if you’re feeling a bit adventurous!

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Swallow Gratto was the next spot after passing through many tunnels and coming to a clearing where you can then dismount and explore on foot. Be cautious of falling rocks when walking on the trail. Park authorities provide hard hats for visitors free of charge.

This gorge is a popular spot for long distance biking enthusiasts, many different groups can usually be seen trekking through the wilderness on their bikes. Talk about an incredible workout! Seasonally you can expect to see thousands of swallows.

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The tunnel of 9 turns and its counterparts are another unique endeavor you’ll encounter on your journey through the breathtaking scenery.  The Grotto trail is interspersed with tunnels and overlooks the narrowest portion of Taroko Gorge where the river is most rapid.

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Tanxiang was the next destination on the way to Baiyang Falls. This was a very peculiar deep mountain temple and town located well beyond the more popular Taroko tourist areas.

This is a great place to stop and admire a classic Buddhist temple topped with a hilltop pagoda.

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Baiyang falls was the last stop on my deep motorbike ride into Taroko National Park but was well worth the effort.

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At this point, it’s recommended to turn tail and head back to Hualien! At least, if that is where you are staying as I did. At the end of an exhausting and rewarding day like exploring Taroko, that sense of wander can easily become that much more appetizing.

Toroko Gorge Itinerary

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Jiufen Taiwan Day Trip

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Jiufen Taiwan Day Trip

One of my favorite places in Taiwan was the decommissioned gold mining town of Juifen. This popular mountainside holiday destination is a particular favorite with the Japanese. If you’re into Anime and have seen the movie Spirited Away then you’ll definitely want to come here because it’s where Hayao Miyazaki pulled much of his inspiration from.

Although the tourist popularity has nothing to do with the actual story of Spirited Away, many parts of the film do tear off some huge Jiufen chunks as inspiration for the characters and places that Miyazaki created. Jiufen Taiwan is fun for wandering around the old town full of small shops and food or head to the mines, or the mountain peak viewpoint!

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Jiufen Old Town

Founded during the Qing Dynasty, this small town was a relatively isolated village until the discovery of gold during the Japanese occupation in 1893. I spent a half day enjoying all the sites and smells there are to take in walking through the bustling business alleyways with interesting shops the entire way on either side.

Jiufen Taiwan - Nomadic TravelThe cobblestone steps of Shuqi Road is the recommended way to go from one end of the marketplace to the other. Boasting a wide selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants you can plan on spending at least a couple of hours if you really stop and take in the experience.

Jiufen Taiwan - Nomadic TravelThe souvenir shops and eateries that line both sides of the pedestrian-only pathways are home to Jiufens best-known specialty snack enjoyed either hot or cold. This tasty treat is a tapioca and sweet potato ball soup, it’s highly recommended! I had mine iced and will never forget it.

After reaching the top you should make your way down to the famous Jiufen A Mei Teahouse.

Jiufen Taiwan - Nomadic TravelA convenient way to visit Jiufen (as well as Shifen in Pingxi 平溪) is to take a shuttle bus from Ximen, leaving in the morning and returning before dinner.

Jiufen Taiwan - Nomadic TravelThis mountainside-hugging town faces the northwest, meaning you can expect some pretty spectacular scenery and sunsets on the northeast coast.

Jiufen Taiwan FoodJiufen is located in Ruifang District of New Taipei City. The town of Ruifang is a great place to begin your adventure in scenic Northern Taiwan. The train from Keelung costs only a few bucks and the bus up to Jiufen is even less expensive.

This place and Taiwan, in general, are so full of culture and history between the Taiwanese and Japanese which results in a variety of hybrid food options with something for everyone to enjoy. They even have a hilltop shop dedicated entirely to cats and cat merchandise!

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Bangkok to Phuket: Plane, Train, Bus, Boat, Hitchhike or Drive

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Bangkok to Phuket: Plane, Train, Bus, Boat, Hitchhike or Drive

Since moving to Phuket, Thailand and hosting people from all over the world thanks to Couchsurfing.com, I am often asked what the best way to get from Bangkok to Phuket is. Having lived in Thailand for almost two years now and traveling often, I have had the experience of most all the recommendations I am about to make. Your preferred form of transportation may not be the best option for somebody else traveling with a smaller budget or with more limited time constraints. I will, therefore, cover 6 different options to get you from Bangkok to Phuket from fast to free by either of these options: Plane, Train, Bus, Boat, Hitchhike or Driving.

Since Bangkok is the capital of Thailands and also where the largest international airport is Suvarnabhumi, it makes sense that many people begin their journey in there. If I were to recommend a particular path, I would say to spend 1 day in BKK then head to Chiang Mai, then south to Phuket and looping back up to Bangkok via Koh Samui and Phangan. The other option would be doing that in complete reverse order, you will then get to experience most of the key areas in Thailand. This does exclude equally incredible places like Ayutthaya or Chiang Rai.

So, How to get from Bangkok to Phuket?

Plane

bangkok to phuket by planeTaking the plane is by far the most convenient and efficient ways to travel from Bangkok to Phuket, and with low prices by Thai Lion and Air Asia. You can expect to fly most times of the day anywhere from 1000 baht or $20 USD and up depending on promotions and season. If you plan on doing this and have some time after spending a few days in Phuket then I would recommend taking the ferry from Krabi and island hopping in Samui and Phangan on your way back to BKK.

Boat

The ferry from Bangkok to Phuket is not the most luxurious or time effective ways to get there, but if you have the time, taking the ferry island hopping on your way can be the most fun. By the time you reach Koh Samui or Phangan, you will have tons of options for things to do like partying in Chaweng or going to a Full Moon Party. You can then even stop at Koh Tao on your way to Krabi before finally making it to Phuket. This route requires changing ferries on each island and the cost starts anywhere from 200 baht. Another option is to fly from BKK to Samui and then boating to Krabi.

Train

bangkok to phuket by train 1The Train travel time is approximately 12 hours and will cost you anywhere from 1000 baht up. This is a good option for someone who wants a sleeper room or may not feel comfortable taking the ferry out in the open water. You can conveniently check the travel timetables online via the SRT website.

Bus

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The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Phuket is to take the bus which costs ฿650 – ฿800 and takes almost 14 hours. You’ll need to make your way to the South Bangkok  Terminal. There are several options, but I would recommend an express bus with wifi.

Hitchhike

Hitchhiking is always an option, especially in a super friendly country like Thailand. The only drawback is not everyone has a car so you may have to walk a long time before finally getting picked up by someone. If you don’t have too much to carry and are traveling solo you might even be able to score a ride on the back of someone’s bike.

Regardless of whether you are catching a ride from the pier in Krabi or all the way up north from Bangkok, this is by far the cheapest way to travel. Given the lack of control you have over your method of transportation in this scenario, you will need to expect your trip to take significantly longer, especially from BKK all the way down Surat Thani.

Drive

If you have a rideshare arranged or just get a wild hair up your butt and decide to drive your motorbike from BKK it can take you anywhere from 8+ hours by car and  3000 baht in gas. I wouldn’t recommend biking down as it can be quite dangerous and also exhausting but would be a relatively cheap option.

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Bangkok To Phuket

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Rapperswil Castle

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Rapperswil Castle

Rapperswil Castle was one of the stops on our Day trip to the tiny country of Liechtenstein from Zurich. Rapperswil Switzerland is known as the “City of Roses” and lies on the shores of Lake Zurich. The southern area is known as Schlossberg and is home to the oldest vineyards in the area cultivating Pinot Noir. The castle was built in the 12th century and has since been renovated many times.

Rapperswil Castle

Rapperswil Castle towers high above the town, perched atop a long rocky hill called the Lindenhof, which extends through Rapperswil. A particular highlight for children is without a doubt the north flank of the castle hill, where fallow deer have lived since 1871 as a reminder of the legend surrounding the city’s foundation. Immediately below the deer park are various playground apparatus, such as a climbing wall and a speaking tube, where children can play and let off steam.

Rapperswil Castle

You have a spectacular view of the city and Lake Zurich from the top of the castle and during the season of May to October you can capture remarkable photos due to their famous 16,000 rose garden. Rapperswil Castle sits atop the Lindenhof hill, which belongs to the canton of St. Gallen. It was apparently formed by glacial debris during the last glacial period in Switzerland.

Rapperswil Castle

Unfortunately, there isn’t all the much to explore on the castle grounds themselves but make for a really nice stop if you’re in the area and have never been. If you decide to visit this castle it would be well recommended to also visit old Rapperswil due to it’s charming and historical old building and alleyways.

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Flixbus Cheap Bus Tickets Europe

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Flixbus Cheap Bus Tickets Europe

Flixbus is the best place to find cheap bus tickets and travel basically anywhere in Europe and California USA. I found that the mobile app made scheduling my 1-month trip through 11 countries super convenient. I also work online as a Digital Nomad so I need to have wifi 24/7. which they provide. The buses also come equipped with USB connections and power outlets so you can charge devices on the road in between destinations. They’ve also started servicing most of California USA and if you’re a student you get a 10% discount!

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Benefit from comfortable, low-cost European bus travel

Jump on board one of their green buses and travel throughout Europe. Choose your route from our extensive network; with over 300,000 daily connections to over 2,000 destinations in 28 European countries, you really can explore Europe!

Planning a backpacking trip in Europe? Want to go on a last minute city break? Or a holiday with your family or friends? No problem at all! Flixbus will take you from A to B at an unbeatable price. With daily trips from France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, and many more countries! Not to mention Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Austria – FlixBus provides the travel you want when you want it!

Getting you from A to B stress-free: thanks to real-time bus stop information, up-to-date and current bus schedules, helpful staff and friendly on-site bus drivers, you don’t need to worry about a thing. You can plan your bus trip and jump on board feeling completely relaxed.

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Zurich to Liechtenstein Day Trip

Zurich to Liechtenstein Day Trip

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Zurich to Liechtenstein Day Trip

After Zurich, I wanted to make our way over to Austria and then down to Italy which was super easy by using Flixbus. We were even able to visit another country on the way by taking a Zurich to Liechtenstein day trip with Grayline Tours. This trip ended up being really nice! It was a full day of traveling to multiple stops from Zurich, Rapperswil then into the countryside over to Liechtenstein and finished after visiting Heidiland.

After first completing a city tour of Zurich we followed Lake Zurich to Rapperswil, the city of roses. We then ventured out to Heidiland which was an unexpected stop for us but was interesting nonetheless. It’s a place where families immerse themselves in the world of Heidi and Peter at the original site of the famous fictional Heidi book series released in 1881 by German female author Johanna Spyri. It’s a very beautiful area with mountains and valleys, lakes and meadows, and scenic reserves.
Next stop was the tiny country on Liechtenstein to visit the picturesque Old Town of Vaduz and its Medieval Castle. 

 

Vaduz is the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, which only has 38,000 citizens in the entire country! We had some free time here where we visited the post office to see the famous stamps from this tiny state which are coveted worldwide by philatelists and amateur stamp lovers alike.

Later we will arrive at Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories. In the summer months, you can visit Heidi’s village. A short walk leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and of course lots of little goats. Entry into the authentic Heidi House is optional on the tour but we went anyways.

During winter season Heidi’s village is closed due to snow so we were lucky enough to see some of the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg.

The tour came to a close as we headed back to Zurich along the Churfirsten mountain range.

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3 Days in Venice

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3 Days in Venice

My second favorite place to visit on our 10 country trip through Europe was Venice! We ended up spending 3 days in Venice and it was such a unique, chill and beautiful experience. We took Flixbus which was a super convenient and cheap way to get around Europe, I will create a video review and blog post about that later.

The route we took through the 10 countries we visited made it impossible for me to travel too far South in Italy without canceling another country or two off the list. As much as I would have like to visit Rome or Tuscany on this trip I feel fulfilled with the amazing experiences we had in Venezia.

During our 3 days in Venice, we covered some serious ground and even got some amazing aerial footage with my drone. The weather could not have been better, it was a solid 30° and clear skies the entire time we were there. Considering we went in the middle of September it felt like Summer, which made our exploring and boating around that much more enjoyable.

Below I will cover our basic 3 days Venice Itinerary.

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When you get to Venice you will likely be brought directly to the Venezia Tronchetto, this is where you can take a Vaporetto (water ferry) out to San Marco and most other areas. The costs start at around $7 for a one hour ticket and $20 for day tickets, more on that here. You will most likely be dropped off on Riva Degli Schiavoni, which is the main southern waterfront road in San Marco.

Day 1

We spent our first day wandering around San Marco, you know, getting a lay of the land. As you can see below, there is a lot going on here with like a million alleyways to explore.

There is no shortage of opportunities to take pictures in this beautiful city.

I swear it took us hours to get around our first day as we walked aimlessly exploring different alleys and waterways in seemingly every direction.

Don’t forget to stretch! Venice makes for some pretty extensive walking is the only way to get around, you wouldn’t want to get a cramp.

Speaking of walking around, that makes me hungry! Don’t forget to have some of the many amazing and delicious local Italian restaurant which can be found throughout. If you’re in a rush or just want to grab a slice, you can’t go wrong with the Pizza here.

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As mentioned before, and which can also be attested to by others who have visited this lovely land, there are countless unique photo opportunities in seemingly timeless locations everywhere.

One Minute you’re wall to wall walking in narrow alleyways, the next minute you’re literally surrounded by water.

Try and make some time to just explore and get your sense of direction. Don’t overthink too much and just enjoy the experience of being there. We found most of the time to either follow the crowd or follow the water, either way will lead you to a new experience.

Day 2

Our second day was a bit more organized as I made a general plan of the direction and some of the sights I intended on seeing while we were there.

Basilica di San Marco

Located next to Monumento Tetrarchi and across the courtyard from Doge’s Palace, you will find the magnificent Basilica di San Marco. Also known as St. Mark’s.

Ponte Dell’ Accademia

The Ponte dell ‘ Accademia is one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal in Venice and will get you over to the Southwestern part of San Groce.

Basilica Santa Maria

Over in the southwestern part of the San Groce peninsula is the Basilica Santa Maria which is a prominent monument from almost anywhere on the opposite side of the Grand Canal.

Doges Palace

Formerly the Doge’s residence and the seat of Venetian government, the Palace is the very symbol of Venice and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Punta Della

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During the fifteenth century, developments in Venice’s commercial activities led to the Sea Customs House but now is occasionally open to the public as an art exhibit.

Da Vinci’s Museum

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Visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in the heart of Venice where you can discover the great artist’s life, his projects, and his works.

Venice Secrets

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For those interested in learning about the darkest of the dark sides of Venetian history, then come here for some basic training in medieval torture.

Waterfront
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Along the Riva Degli Schiavoni Waterfront, you can find all kinds of performers, vendors, and snacks while you go from place to place and pier to pier.

St. George’s Church

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This is the only Anglican church in Venice and one of the few non-catholic denominational churches located in the city.

Street Performers

As I’ve mentioned there are many people pulling stunts and performances around to make a couple euro, from giving you overpriced handfuls of seeds to feed the pigeons to dressing up in audacious outfits, be careful to not let some charge you too much. The police routinely clear these people out on their rounds just to have them return when they are out of sight. If you plan on participating I usually offer half of their asking price for silly things like pictures or bread crumbs, if they get pushy or rude you can always just walk away as there is typically no obligation to pay, unless you are taking merchandise of course because that is called theft, lol.

Day 3

After two incredible days of walking around Venice, it was time to take a traditional Gondola Ride.

Small Canal

Regardless of where you start, you will begin your Gondola Tour in the small canals of the respective area you boarded.

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There are over 400 bridges in Venice, scattered throughout transcending their elaborate waterways.

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As you gently glide around with your Gondolier, he will share various facts about the history, architecture and, lifestyle in Venice.

I saw one tour even had its own personal accordion player for their groups.

Big Canal

After exiting the main network of small canals you will end up in the Grand Canal, which is the primary access point for all traffic in Venice.

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The unique and privileged experience you get on one of these Gondola rides is truly one of a kind.

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In the smaller canals, the water is calmer so it’s much easier to move around the boat and switch places for pics.

When you get out to the Grand Canal the water gets rougher as there are many motorized boats passing by in either direction.

This was probably one of my most favorite “touristy” things I’ve ever done, but at 80 euro for only a half an hour it’s no wonder a local joked with me about how “those (gondolier) guys are the richest ones in Venice”. Showing up and leaving whenever they want, the price can conveniently be rounded up to 100 euro if you’re feeling generous or if you received extraordinary service.

Departing Venice

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As your trip comes to an end, you will want to make sure and board a ferry at whatever location is most convenient for you. These are typically crammed with people so make sure you stay together and don’t get off on the wrong exit like some people I know! ; )

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5 Things to do in Rovinj Croatia

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5 Things to do in Rovinj Croatia

Although we weren’t able to make it far south to Dubrovnik, which was popularized after the Game of Thrones series, we were able to visit Rovinj Croatia. It’s beautiful and unique like it’s own little “Kings Landing”. This town is built to the brim on all sides of the peninsula and is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea making it a popular place for fishing and sailing. Considered one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean it is also called the Blue Pearl of the Adriatic for its incredibly deep blue waters. Whether you came to enjoy the history, nature or activities there are plenty of excursions to enjoy. If you’re planning on traveling around Europe then using Flixbus is super cheap and convenient.

Explore the Old Town

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The cobbled alleyways in Old Town are a great place to spend a day wandering around and checking out the countless unique little shops that are so colorfully crammed in here. The walkway is made up of classic cobblestone so do not wear heels! The winding alleyways will lead you up to the top of the hill where you can get great views of the Sea and visit St. Euphemia church. If you’re staying a little outside of town as we did then I would recommend renting a bicycle for a few Kuna and riding into town. The streets are very clean and most are shut off from traffic, particularly in Old Town where only foot traffic is allowed.

Walk Along the Golden Cape

Rovinj CroatiaFor a beautiful pine tree-lined beach then head to the Golden Cape at Porton Biondi beach. Here you can find crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and paddleboarding, or you can just lay out and catch some rays. The beach is about 1 km long and can easily be walked to in 15 minutes from the city center or 5 minutes by bike. This is just one of many beaches awarded the blue flag for cleanliness, here is a list of other beach locations in Rovinj.

Visit St. Catherine’s and St. Andrew’s Islands

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Take a cruise to St. Catherine and St. Andrew islands which are located just off the coast of Rovinj’s old town. They only take 5 minutes to get to and bother islands are car-free. Which various views of Rovinj and a wide variety of well-maintained plantlife, spending some time out here away from the tourists in town might be just what you are looking for.

St. Euphemia

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This 17th-century church is dedicated to St. Euphemia whose partial remains are located in a Sarcophagus here. This is the most prominent point in Rovinj, not only making for a great walk up but also providing excellent views all around.

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