Sunday, April 30, 2017

Croatia: Bird's Eye View of Dubrovnik

One of the must do's when in Dubrovnik is the cable car ride to Srd Hill.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Cable Car Dubrovnik Croatia

Apart from the spectacular panoramic views of the old city, the coast and beyond that made us go wow non-stop, the little jaunt gave us the opportunity to get away from the maddening crowds in Dubrovnik old town. The walled city is a very popular destination and by 09:00 it is already full of excited tourists and endless tour groups. I am not exaggerating.

Bubbles and I spent an afternoon here on Srd Hill lunching and enjoying the wonderful views. I will of course post our lovely lunch very soon. It was very nice to chill out here in peace and quiet, even for a few hours only, knowing that when we get back down we will be met and elbowed by the throngs of tourists.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Postcards from Beautiful Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Zdravo! Mostar is beautiful!!!

Mostar Old Bridge in the Old Town
Having Tea at the Balconyof our Hotel in Mostar

Although very touristy during the day, the Old Town of the capital of the Herzegovina province of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) lives up to the hype and expectation =)

We have fallen in love with Mostar. More stories and pictures soon about this lovely fairytale-like place.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Postcards from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Hi, sorry for the radio silence. I have been road tripping in the Balkans!

Sarajevo Old Town
Dutched Pinay and the Sarajevo City Hall, Vijećnica

I leave you, for now, a few pictures of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Sarajevo was our 2nd stop of this Balkan road trip. More stories and lots of pictures of Sarajevo and the rest of the Balkans soon! =)

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Hello from Dresden, Germany!

Hallo, wie gehts?

Dresden is uber lovely! Just leaving you with these 3 pictures of moi (on the first day) enjoying the city.

Dutched Pinay-  Macht & Power Residenzschloss, Dresden, Germany

Power & Fashion (Macht & Mode) at the Dresden Castle (Residenzschloss).

Dutched Pinay in Dresden, Germany

Ich *lick* liebe dich =)

Dutched Pinay Yenidze Dresden, Germany

When in Germany, drink beer!

Travel Period: April 2017
Destination: Dresden (Saxony), Germany

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Happy Travels! Enjoy Life =)

All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Xiamen, China: Zhongshan Lu Pedestrian Street (中山路步行街)

Zhongshan street is the nerve centre of Xiamen tourism. All tourists, travellers, visitors, how you may prefer to call them, they all come here at some point of their visit. It is said that more than a billion people pass here every year. More than a billion!

Zhongshan Lu Pedestrian Street Xiamen China
Zhongshan Lu Pedestrian Street in Xiamen, China

Now you would wonder who these people are and where they all come from? Well, firstly, they aren’t foreigners. They are local Chinese tourists from other regions in China. Secondly, in this trip to Xiamen, I realised that China is seriously an economic power to reckon with. They do not need foreigners to augment their tourism sector. They are self-sufficient because millions of Chinese are out there travelling locally.

Zhongshan Lu is the oldest commercial street in Xiamen dating back to 1925. It is a kilometre long walking street filled with pretty retail shops, big department stores, lots of cute cafes and contemporary and traditional cuisine restaurants, food courts and more retail shops. It is closed to any vehicular traffic and smoking is not allowed on the streets.

Trivia: Did you know that Xiamen was awarded in the past as the most livable city in China?

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Xiamen, China: Chinese Police Threw Me Out of the 100-Year Old Mansion Hotel

Well, at least they did it with a little bit of finesse!

I went to Xiamen, China last December using the 72-hour visa-free transit stay arrangement which is being offered to citizens from a list of qualified countries visiting some of the major cities in China. A few cities even have 144-hour visa-free stays such as Shanghai and Guangdong.

Lanqin Guoco Mansion in Xiamen, China
Lanqin Guoco Mansion in Xiamen, China

The reason why I chose Xiamen was because, in my earlier research, I found out that there was a direct flight to Cebu from Xiamen via Xiamen Air. My family lives in Cebu and I am visiting them in this trip. In the end, I have chosen to fly with PAL via Manila because the schedule allowed me a 3 full day stay in the city. I could have picked another Chinese city instead but I have already spent so much time on my Xiamen planning that changing it last minute will just cause havoc with my plans and my sanity.

At the Xiamen Airport, I was accompanied by an airport personnel to the special immigration counter for the 72-hour free-visa transit stay. Here I filled-in the form with my information and the hotel where I will be staying. So technically, immigration police know about my whereabouts in the city. You can read my earlier post about this here: Entering Xiamen, China with the 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Now I am thrilled about the hotel I am staying at in Xiamen because it is not really a hotel, but a 100-year old traditional Chinese mansion. The whole house was a piece of long gone China. It was as if I tread back in time, in the setting of the Chinese Kung Fu master movies I often watched as a kid on Sundays on TV.

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