Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Kill Time at Munich International Airport

It doesn’t matter if you like or don’t like to travel by plane, one amongst the worst stuff you will do is come back unprepared, principally for things like long layovers. You’ll be downright miserable if you are unprepared and cannot discern something to try and do. You can, though, simply learn the way to linger at one of the busiest International airports in Europe - Munich by merely knowing what to bring, wherever to buy, or wherever to search out the most effective food for your tastes.
I landed at Terminal 2 and was lucky that there was no Lufthansa strike at that time, so I hoped to get my next flight on time (It turned out that the connection flight delay was only 1 hour at all  ).
Munich airport freeshops
Munich airport freeshops

Shopping and Dining

It is well known that there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities for the people who have to stay long enough to the airport. The best way to find what you need is to take an airport map or to play with some of the modern info gates that are installed at Munich airport.  Thanks to these fancy devices you will know where you are, what is around you and in the meanwhile you will kill some extra minutes.
Munich airport info gate
Munich airport info gate

Free coffee and newspapers

If you don’t have much time between your connections to sit in a café, you can take advantage of one of the many so called “Service stations” - self-services coffee machines, which are placed between gates. You can choose between at least 10 different type of coffee drinks and there is tea, also. All that is FREE and is a compliment by Lufthansa! There are stands with FREE newspapers and magazines, also . I notice that, such service stations are missing at the level, where H gates are, so if you have a chance to go to G gates level, you will definitely find them.
Munich airport service stations, free coffee and newspapers
Munich airport service stations

What else to do at Munich airport ?

You could spend some time, taking care about your shoes.  I found a place, where for €7 – €12, your shoes will be well cleaned and shined. After that, walking with your “new” shoes, you will probably come across two fabulous cars exhibited near to one of the free shops. This is the place, where most of the people stop and start making pictures with those German premium cars. One of them is the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 (we are at Bavaria at all ) and the other one is Audi R8 - V10. I’m sure, you will enjoy those two vehicles and in the meanwhile, you will waste another at least 10 minutes. Of course, may be next time, there will be other models and brands at the airport.
Visit Cosmetic Institute if you need manicures or cosmetic facial and body treatments. If you need a barber - Brants Barber & Shop offers haircut, shave and manicure for gentlemen only.
Munich airport shoe corner
Munich airport shoe corner

Munich airport bmw i5
Munich airport bmw i5

Munich airport audi R8
Munich airport audi R8

What to do, if you are with your kids ?

Children don’t care about their shoes and shiny cars. So, if you don’t want to go into some of the shops, buying them some useless toys, Munich airport will surprise you with original playgrounds and kid corners, some of them created probably by Lufthansa. You could enjoy your free coffee, while you kid is safely playing around.
Munich airport kids corner

If you are going to fly to Istanbul, check for some useful tips for Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

5 Must Visit Places In Bahrain

Bahrain will still continue to woo most visitors who set foot on this lonely planet, the country is made up some lovely places to visit, every traveller will find it a spoils for choice when looking for places to visit, the country being in a desert location has some unique attractions which appeals to travellers, the capital city of the country is one such destination to visit with many attractions to exploit. Manama is one place which every visitor need to take a keen interest in visiting, there are many attractions almost numbering forty which can be visited in the city.
Airlie Beach - Bahrain
Airlie Beach - Bahrain

Manama 

Manama in Bahrain is the main city with various attractions worth visiting, it's the centre of administration for the country with virtually all information, tourism information services can be found at the main office in the city. Bahrain National Museum is another to visit while in the country, the museum has a collection of all the historical fact of the country, here you will be able to find all historical records in one place worth exploiting. Bahrain World Trade Centre is a building worth visiting to explore its magnificent, it's one of the tallest building with twin towers, the trade centre is also a hub for trade ties with other countries, there are many stores in its ground floor to shop at, and eateries are strategically placed too. Qalat Al Bahrain is a site worth visiting for historical purposes, the fort is just within the city it was built way back in 15th century by the Portuguese, and it’s a world heritage site registered for important historical significance in the region.
Bahrain Fort
Bahrain Fort

Al Muharraq 

Al Muharraq is the second largest city of the country, the city is just about six kilometres from the main city of Manama, and the city has a number of unique attractions and places to visit being right at the beaches. Arad Fort is a very spectacular landmark to visit while in this city, the port was built by the earliest Portuguese civilization in the region, the, the Fort is still kept intact with its several porches offering attractions. Muharraq Souq is the main shopping Centre in the city; it's at a very strategic location in the city with several stores to buy a number of commodities. Asry Beach is right at the foot of the city, the beach has white sands with tents where visitors go for the Sea viewing, sand bathing, windsurfing and other fun activities.

Riffa 

Riffa is another location within thirty minutes' drive from the Manama city, the city is in an isolated site where there is a golf course for professionals and enthusiasts, there are nice beach hotels to eat and sleep at like Al Bander hotel & resort. The Royal Golf Club is the main golf course at Riffa with panoramic views of the plains, many other attractions can be sampled here, and it’s a golf club of international repute with 18hole level, several cafes and restaurant to enjoy.  Dilmun burial Mounds is just nearby here, the Tumulus are so many with several mounds around which are high, the site is a real historical site worth visiting.

Zallaq 

Zallaq town is another worth visiting place while in Bahrain, it's located within the western coast of the country right at a beach place, the village is known for its Al Jazaer Beach with lovely beach life to explore. AI Areen Park and reserve is located near the beaches of Zallaq, here many wildlife can be viewed of several species, and the Park also has many plants and vegetation to exploit. Hotel Sophitel Zallaq is right within the beaches of Zallaq, the hotel offers very fresh sea foods worth indulging into, accommodation and panoramic views of the Sea. Thalassa Sea and Spa is another resort located in the village offering spa services, the spa resort besides nice accommodation to its guests, also provide beauty treatments and spa massages.

Isa Town 

Is a middle class type town found within the Northern sides of the country, the town is fully fitted with many attractions and modern life of the middle class of the country. Hotels like Riviera Palace can be found here with moderate costs and excellent facilities, The Palace Boutique hotel with all exclusive facilities offering superior services to its guests. Isa town Community centre established in 1988 to serve members of the community with social services, training facilities, many other facilities available.
There are many places to visit in Bahrain; the choices are broad ranging from many historical Forts to monumental landscapes like the Museum Oil Wells, the Mosques and more, apply for your Bahrain visa to be ready to go.
Al Fateh Mosque
Al Fateh Mosque


Thursday, August 28, 2014

6 Alluring Travel Destinations in Australia

For all the adventurous travellers who are inspired by the insatiable thirst for seeing and experiencing new places, Australia is the perfect destination. The Land Down Under has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists over the recent years, and its warm weather and perpetually entertaining terrain have been attracting travellers from all over the world. Of all the wonders that Australia has to offer, the six most prominent destinations are mentioned below. These destinations have been at the top of Australia's action and earned themselves a spot as some of the most widely loved and revered destinations in Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Location - Sydney

 The Sydney Harbour is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Australia. Located in Australia's biggest city, it’s the biggest and most prolific harbour in the world. Its magnitude and magnificence are breath-taking. Top Attractions - Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour Opera.

The Great Barrier Reef Location - Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland 

 Comprising of over 2900 reefs and 900 odd islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, and one of the most widely recognized and admired natural wonders of the world. Bright blue seas and sun-kissed gold beaches studded with the intermittent magnificence of the brilliant colours of the reef life make up the charm of the Great Barrier Reef. Top Attractions - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Lady Elliott Island.
 The beautiful 12 apostles in Australia Located off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria

Melbourne Location - Victoria 

 Also known as the 'cultural capital' of Australia, Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian performing arts and cricket. Home to the world famous Melbourne cricket stadium and Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne is also host to several festivals all year round such as Moomba and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Top Attractions -The Royal Exhibition Building, South Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Stadium.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Tasmania Location - South of the Bass Strait 

 Composed almost entirely by World Heritage sites, Natural Parks and reserves, Tasmania is known worldwide for its unspoiled and unadulterated natural beauty. Tasmania is also the perfect location to witness and experience Australia's wildlife. Top Attractions: Carrick, Marion Bay, Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Top Attractions - Carrick, Marion Bay, Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

The Barossa Valley Location - Adelaide

 The Barossa valley is Australia's most prominent wine producing region. Decorated with vineyards and orchards of Australia's finest fruit, Barossa valley is also famous for its bakeries and cheese. Top Attractions - Be Consumed Gourmet festival.
Uluru also known as Ayers Rock One of the Australia's most iconic symbols

Gold Coast Location - Southern Queensland 

 Home to the most popular surf breaks in Australia, the white sand and brilliant blue seas of the Gold Coast beaches are a popular favourite among Australian tourists today. Perfect year round weather facilitates the hosting of various festivals in the Gold Coast such as the Winter Sun festival and the Gold Coast Marathon. Top Attractions - Dream world, Sea World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Wet'NWild Water World.

Kakadu Naional Park Location - Southeast of Darwin 

Famous for its alligator rivers, kakadu National park is the humble abode of over a thousand different species of birds and animals, as well as Australia's famous Grevillia flowers. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Australia's Kangaroos, Kakadu is the perfect place for a visit. From beaches to reserves, Australia has all the wonders to offer those tourists looking to embark on a magical journey. Australian Visas are handed out with great ease to travellers who are keen on discovering Australia's wonders, so don't waste time, and hop on to a plane to the famous Land down under!
Koala  is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 World cup host cities – Cuiaba, Brazil

About:

Founded in 1727, Cuiaba is the capital city of the Brazilian state Mato Grosso. The city has a population of about 600 000 people and has been nicknamed ‘Green City', as it is surrounded by breathtaking natural sites. Cuiaba serves as an access way to Brazil's three main and characteristic ecosystems: the savannas of the Cerrado, the wetlands of the Pantanal and the Amazon.
Cuiaba - Brazil
Cuiaba - Brazil, Foto: Portal da Copa

Before start to travel to Brazil check my post - 6 things to know, before you travel to Brazil.

Location

Cuiaba is located in the most central part of the continent - the geographic centre of South America. The distance to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans is 2 000 km / 1242 mi , so it’s in the middle between two oceans.

Climate

Cuiaba has a tropical wet and dry climate. The coldest month is July with average low temperatures of 16.6 °C (61.9 °F), but the maximum can reach 37 °C (99 °F) and the minimum 6 °C (43 °F). From August to December, the temperatures can reach even 40 – 43 °C (104 – 109 °F).

How to get there


  • by air

Marechal Rondon International Airport (Aeroporto Internacional de Cuiabá - Marechal Rondon), is located 8 km / 5 mi away from Cuiaba City center.
Bus lines from and to airport:
Line 7 – Route Marechal Rondon Airport - Pantanal Arena, fare is R$ 2,85 / USD 1,3
Taxi will cost you about R$ 45 / USD 20 to downtown.

How to Get Around

Public transport in Cuiaba is served by buses and there is light rail, which connects the city with Várzea Grande and the airport, also.
Taxi fares in Cuiaba:
Rate 1: R$ 2,82 / USD 1,25 -  Working days from 6 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 6 am to 12 pm;
Rate 2: R$ 3,95 / USD 1,75 -  Working days from 8 pm to 6 am, Saturdays from 12 pm, Sundays and holidays.

World cup 2014 Stadium location 

The venue for 2014 world cup is Pantanal Arena.  With its capacity is of 41 000 people, the stadium Pantanal Arena will be the stage of 4 matches:
Group Matches
Match 4
13.06.14 – Chile - Australia
Match 16
17.06.14 – Russia – South Korea
Match 28
21.06.14 – Nigeria – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Match 37
24.06.14 – Japan - Colombia

Pantanal Arena is located about 3 km/1.86 mi east of Cuiaba downtown. The following bus lines will be available during the World cup:

    • Regular buses: line 7 and 8
    • Special buses (only for match days): 
    • airport—Pantanal Arena route
    • hotel areas – Pantanal Arena
    • oute parking lots (UNIC/UNIRODON and UNIVAG-VAG) - Pantanal Arena
    • Central region – Pantanal Arena
    • bus terminal - Pantanal Arena
    • airport – city centre

Where to Stay

If you want to stay closer to Pantanal Arena stadium, there are no hotels available at the stadium arena, but you could book one in the center.
Anyway, the only options available approximately close to the stadium are:

Where to Eat

Local cuisine is known for its typical dishes, like pintado , matrinchã and Pacu. You will find alligator meat in some restaurants and a typical for the region fruit - pequi. Most of the restaurants and bars are concentrated around  Praça Popular .Don’t miss Peixaria Popular – offers seafood and Mistura Cuiabana – buffet .

What to see

Historic Centre of Cuiaba attracts with its old buildings and fish market. You will find enough museums to visit, like: Museum of Rio Cuiabá and Municipal Aquarius; Museum of the History of Mato Grosso, Museum Hill of the Box Of water and Museum of Rio Cuiabá.
If you want to see free wild animals, such as alligators, pumas and monkeys – Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland is the right place for you.  Another breathtaking place is The Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, which is inscribed in the World Heritage List

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2014 World cup host cities – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

About:

Founded in 1897, Belo Horizonte (beautiful horizon) is the capital city of the Brazilian state Minas Gerais. More than 2,4 million people living in Belo Horizonte making it sixth most populous city in Brazil.  Greater Belo Horizonte is the name of the metropolitan area and its home of more than 5 100 000 people. Belo Horizonte is Brazilian first planned city and is the main business tourist destination in the country.
Before start to travel to Brazil check my post - 6 things to know, before you travel to Brazil  .

Belo Horizonte - Brazil
Belo Horizonte - Brazil, Foto: Portal da Copa

Location

Built on several hills and surrounded by mountains, Belo Horizonte is located 430 km / 267 mi, north of Rio de Janeiro.

Climate

Belo Horizonte has a tropical savannah climate and average temperatures between 9 °C and 35 °C (48 °F and 95 °F). The coldest month is July and the hottest one is January. The summer is rainy and winter is dry.

How to get there


  • by air

There are two airports in Belo Horizonte :
Tancredo Neves International Airport – Confins  (Aeroporto Internacional Tancredo Neves) is located 40 km / 25 mi away from the city center.
Bus lines from and to airport:

    • Line 5250/5270 – Confins International Airport - Bus Station of Belo Horizonte, fare is R$ 8,70 / USD 3,8;
    • Line 5251 – Pampulha Airport - Confins International Airport, fare is R$ 8,70 / USD 3,8;
    • Line 5252/5271 –  Confins International Airport - Bus Station of Belo Horizonte, fare is R$ 7 / USD 3, but it takes 15 minutes more to travel;
    • Executive line -  Confins International Airport – Alvares Cabral Terminal (Belo Horizonte), fare is R$ 19,25 / USD 8,5.

Taxi companies that serve the airport: Coopertramo,  Cootramo, Cooperfins and Minas Táxi. It will cost you about R$ 85 / USD 37 to downtown.
Pampulha airport (Aeroporto Carlos Drummond de Andrade) – it is used for domestic flights and is just 9 km / 5 mi away from the city center. A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost you about R$ 35 / USD 15.

  • by bus 

You could get to Bello Horizonte by bus from most of the Brazilian cities.  “Rodoviária” or the bus station is at the center at the northern end of Afonso Pena avenue.

How to Get Around

Public transport in Belo Horizonte is served by buses and metro (subway). Buses are color coded as follows: blue, red, orange, green and yellow.
There is only one metro line and the single ticket costs R$ 1,8 / USD 0,8.
Taxi fares in Belo Horizonte:

    • Rate 1: R$ 2,40 / USD 1 -  Working days from 6 am to 10 pm and Saturdays from 6 am to 2 pm;
    • Rate 2: R$ 2,88 / USD 1,3 -  Working days from 10 pm to 6 am, Saturdays from 2 pm, Sundays and holidays.

World cup 2014 Stadium location 

Belo Horizonte was one of the host cities of the 1950 World Cup, so it will be the second time host in 2014. Mineirão stadium will be the stage of 6 matches:
Group Matches
Match 5
14.06.14 – Colombia - Greece
Match 15
17.06.14 – Belgium - Algeria
Match 27
21.06.14 – Argentina - Iran
Match 40
24.06.14 – Costa Rica - England
Round of Sixteen
Match 49
28.06.14 – 1A v 2B
Semi-finals
Match 61
08.07.14 – W57 v W58

Mineirão stadium is located about 9 km/5.5 mi from Belo Horizonte center. You could use bus lines 64 (from the Avenida Augusto de Lima in downtown) and 2004 (from the Avenida João Pinheiro)  to get to the stadium.

Where to Stay

You can book a room in one of the many hotels online, preferably in downtown. If you want to stay closer to Mineirão stadium, there are only few hotels available:

Where to Eat

Belo Horizonte offers good restaurants that serve international cuisine, traditional bars on street corners, pubs and cafés. Local cuisine is famous for its traditional dishes, like tutu de feijão , pão de queijo, feijão tropeiro, chicken-and-okra and drink of cachaça.
Don’t miss Bar do Careca, Stonehenge Rock Bar, No Fundo do Baú or Soho.

What to see

There is a lot to see in Belo Horizonte - from its green areas to the careful city-planning; nature wonders of the Serra do Curral;  Liberdade Square Circuit – a rich complex with cultural venues; Central  city market;  Pampulha Complex – you will see some of the Brazil modern architecture; Alta Vila Tower; Museu de Ciencias Naturais and Praça da Liberdade – fantastic  palm tree-lined square.