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11 Essential Things to Know Before you Visit Mexico City

11 Essential Things to Know Before you Visit Mexico City

We just returned from our trip to Mexico City and let me just say upfront, this was one of my favourite places I've ever visited. The city wove a spell around me, unlike anything I've ever experienced before. Mexico City is on the top of almost all the 'Best Places to Visit in 2019' lists and we wanted to get out there to see it for ourselves! There was SO much I learned after spending a week in Mexico's capital and I wanted to share with you the most helpful tips I learned so you can plan your trip to visit this incredible place ASAP!

Guide to Visiting Kyoto's Okochi Sanso, Arashiyama's Stunning Traditional Japanese Villa and Zen Garden

Guide to Visiting Kyoto's Okochi Sanso, Arashiyama's Stunning Traditional Japanese Villa and Zen Garden

Near the Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, you'll come across the entrance to the Ōkōchi Sansō Villa Gardens. After traipsing through the groves and narrowly escaping peak tourist hour, we were in need of a break from the selfie sticks and loud tour groups. Before entering we poked ours heads in the front gate. From there, it looked like there wasn't a soul inside. Immediately as we passed through the gate and started to walk up the hill, the noise from the tourists below disappeared. We could hear our footsteps on the stones below and the sound of the wind in the trees. It wasn't until the very end of the tour that we ran into another person. It was the perfect escape from the crowds below and more beautiful that we could have imagined.

Updated Guide to our Secret Walking Tour of Petrin Hill in Prague

Updated Guide to our Secret Walking Tour of Petrin Hill in Prague

High atop the rooftops of Prague, there is a secret pathway with one of the best views you can find across the entire city. This hidden gem is called ‘Petrin Hill’. Locals like to call it Peaceful Petrin and for good reason. From here you can look out not only across Prague itself but far off to the countryside as well. Compared to the packed streets of Old Town Prague, this park high above is so quiet, and sometimes you’ll be the only one walking its paths.

Self Guided Walking Tour of Salzburg

Self Guided Walking Tour of Salzburg

Salzburg is not only a historical and picturesque, baroque utopia, but it was also the setting for the classic film The Sound of Music. Any place deemed charming enough to be the backdrop for such an extraordinary film is undoubtedly worth your time. Getting the chance to see the actual locations where this quintessential movie was made is a treat for cinema lovers as well as music aficionados.

Self Guided Walking Tour of Dresden

Self Guided Walking Tour of Dresden

Dresden was so heavily bombed during WWII that almost nothing remained of the baroque city. Huge restoration projects took shape after the war was over and now visitors can walk through the city without ever knowing that only 60 years ago, it was all but rubble. On this guided tour we take you to all the most popular sites in Dresden's Historic Old Town.

Guide to the Zwinger, Dresden

Guide to the Zwinger, Dresden

The Zwinger is one of those historic buildings that is so seamlessly incorporated into the fabric of the city. Yes, it is also a very popular tourist destination, but the people who live and work here, don't treat it with kid gloves. As if it's something precious and should only be viewed from a distance. They luncheon here, bring their children to play and dash through the archways on their morning run.

24 Hours In Salzburg, Austria

24 Hours In Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is not only a historical and picturesque, baroque utopia, but it was also the setting for the classic film The Sound of Music. Any place deemed charming enough to be the backdrop for such an extraordinary film is undoubtedly worth your time. Getting the chance to see the actual locations where this quintessential movie was made is a treat for cinema lovers as well as music aficionados. 

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Prague

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Prague

One our first day in Prague we set out with our fantastic tour guide Barbora, from Prague Guides, who met us at our hotel and took us on a comprehensive tour of Prague from local's perspective. Prague Guides were so affordable and gave you an intimate and personalised experience that is unmatchable.

A Guide to Brühl's Terrace, Dresden

A Guide to Brühl's Terrace, Dresden

Brühl's Terrace, or Brühlsche Terrasse, also known as the "Balcony of Europe". The area where the Terrace now stands is where the ancient old city ramparts were built in 1738. Once the Fort was no longer needed to protect the city from invaders, it was converted, by the King's orders, into an outdoor garden and space for the citizens of the city.

Self Guided Walk Along Petrin Hill, Prague

Self Guided Walk Along Petrin Hill, Prague

The walk takes about 30 minutes; it's a bit steep but walking through the woods and trees as you climb is a pleasantly quiet experience. We chose to walk down the hill and very much could see the appeal of wanting to take the stroll up and avoid the lines for the funicular. But it was rather rainy, and we figured it would be best to go with the funicular option. 

Guide to the Glasgow Necropolis

Guide to the Glasgow Necropolis

A Necropolis is a large, ancient cemetery. Usually, replete with tombs, monuments and mausoleums. The word necropolis means "city of the dead". The difference between a graveyard and a necropolis is that they‘re usually built far, outside the city instead of being constructed within in.

A Guide to Ueno Park Tokyo

A Guide to Ueno Park Tokyo

During the cherry blossom season, when many people make the pilgrimage to Tokyo to witness this natural phenomenon, festival food stalls crowd the pathways around the temple. Off-season, there are only a few, run down stalls on site, selling traditional Japanese street food to locals and tourists alike.

Exploring Hibiya Park, Tokyo

Exploring Hibiya Park, Tokyo

After walking around the Imperial Palace Gardens all morning, we were due for a bit of rest before facing the rest of the day. Half way towards our next destination we decided to take a rest in the next large park we came across. This turned out to be Hibiya Park. 

Zen Gardens and the Tenryu-ji Temple

Zen Gardens and the Tenryu-ji Temple

Inside the bamboo forest, you'll come across Tenryuji temple. The temple grounds are known as being one of the most beautiful in Japan and their famous garden, and its zen-like atmosphere was just the thing we were looking for as an to escape from the throngs of people who were started to filter into the bamboo grove.

A Guide of Ginkaku-ji, The Silver Pavilion

A Guide of Ginkaku-ji, The Silver Pavilion

Finding a place to explore early in the morning while on vacation is like giving yourself the chance to see a famous attraction in a different light, both literally and figuratively sometimes. No one likes getting up early while on vacation (well, maybe other than me), so chances are you'll have the place mostly to yourself.