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Munich, Germany

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RailEurope is an amazing and extremely cheap way to travel within Europe. A trip from Zurich, Switzerland to Munich, Germany is $144 with only 1 stop but also a very short time. Starting in Zurich the train leaves at 12:40pm, arrives in 3 hours and 26 minutes in Innsbruck at 4:06pm, leaves at 4:36pm to arrive in Munich an hour and 46 minutes later at 6:25pm. I took a taxi to the Holiday Inn Munich where I stayed in my Deluxe Double room for $259.11 for two nights. This hotel has great bicycle renting service which came in handy for me when I went to the English Garden (Englischer Garten) which is the number one tourist attraction in Munich and it was a wonderful large landscape full of hills, park area and bike paths. The next day I woke up early and visited the Deutsches Museum which includes many types of technology, transportation and science displays spread across 6 floors, this exhibit was surely one of a kind with free Wi-Fi access and a cafe. Later I made my way to Marienplatz square, it contains an astounding atmosphere full of culture through street performances, shops, restaurants and vendors. My trip in Munich was very fun and well worth it, next time I think I will take a few friends along to enjoy the experience as well.

English Garden (Englischer Garten)

English Garden (Englischer Garten)


Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum


Marienplatz square

Marienplatz square

Posted by mromeiro96 18:53 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Zurich, Switzerland

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Monaco is such a small country it is basically considered France but it is also independent. Due to its small size and location it does not have an airport but it does have a heliport or depends on the airport in Nice, France. Basically your choice is to use the bus, rail, helicopter or train. My next destination was Zurich, Switzerland. I decided on taking the SNCF evening train at 3:49pm to Ventimiglia Stazi in Italy. I arrived 24 minutes later and took a 15 minute transfer to Milano Centrale. 3 hours and 52 minutes later on the Trenitalia train at 8:50pm for $50. Once I was in Milan I took a connecting flight for $200.69 which stopped in Vienna for 8 hours and 20 minutes and I had an amazing sleep during that time. I peacefully slept while my new friends took turns watching over our luggage’s’. The flight was at 9:20pm, arrived in Vienna at 10:40 and departed at 7am to arrive at 8:15am in Zurich on Thursday morning.
Finally in Zurich I checked into the Sorell Hotel Rutli where I was staying 3 nights because there was a good sale to stay 3 nights and save 15% on my stay in my superior room. I only paid a total of $556 for 3 nights and that was in fact my biggest bargain by far! Anyways, I arrived early in the morning and then got comfortable and took a nap. A while later I decided to do some exploring to the Zurichsee and Lake Promenade to watch some boats, stroll through the park and gardens and just relax a bit for the rest of my day. The next day I started exploring later in the day because I wanted to let my vacation last therefore I started in Bahnhofstrasse, a neighbourhood area which is Zurich’s downtown where there are tons of high-end stores all throughout the walk. Half my day spent then I headed down the street to Old Town (Altstadt) to do some sightseeing of the medieval part of town including the Swiss National Museum, Museum Rietberg and the Kunsthaus Zurich for the rest of my day. The next day I travelled throughout the Zurich region to city of Uetliberg for some hiking on one of the high Swiss mountains for the day. The view is beautiful at a striking 2,875 feet above the sea level, after that adventure I was beyond tired and done for the day. Day 3 in Zurich took me to the same region as before to visit the Zurich Opera House (Zuricher Opernhaus) to watch a performance at 11am, it was a wonderful show and experience. The next morning was time to leave Zurich and make my way to Munich, Germany.

Zurichsee and Lake Promenade

Zurichsee and Lake Promenade


Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse


Old Town (Altstadt)

Old Town (Altstadt)


Uetilberg Mountains

Uetilberg Mountains


Zurich Opera House (Zuricher Opernhaus)

Zurich Opera House (Zuricher Opernhaus)

Posted by mromeiro96 18:51 Archived in Switzerland Comments (2)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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My flight left Buenos Aires at 9:30pm and arrived in Rio de Janeiro at 12:20am. That was an easy flight of 2 hours and 50 minutes, no turbulence or issues and was extremely cheap, only $356.62 as a total on Emirates 248. I love Rio the moment I stepped out of the airport, its array of different colours and extravagant species. One thing that was not very pleasant was the cost of the hotels, to get a luxurious hotel I had to pay the price of $1596.41 for two nights at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro with a deluxe ocean view and view of the Copacabana beach. This price believe it or not was one of the cheaper ones, the biggest issue was not being as close as I would have preferred to the locations I wanted to visit. Anyways, I went to sleep when I got to my hotel and woke up around 9am to get to Christ the Redeemer and Corcavado. The 125 foot monument is placed on Corcavado Mountain and represents Brazil’s independence. It overlooks the city with open arms and was easily accessible by public transit making it an amazing opportunity. Without seeing that monument I could not say I had gone to Brazil!

Christ The Redeemer

Christ The Redeemer

After viewing Christ the Redeemer, I made my way to Jardim Bôtanico by bus for $3 where I saw hundreds of different types of beautiful flowers in a 17th century old garden. Later I decided on relaxing so I headed toward Copacabana beach because the weather was extremely hot at 32 degrees and the beach was close by. The beach was beautiful, I had some fun in the sun and enjoyed the water for hours on end. I headed home in the evening drained from the sun. The next day I set off for the 1,299 foot Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) for some quality sightseeing and hiking. The atmosphere was astounding and the view was breathtaking from every point making it a well worth visit of $33.00. My next stop was Santa Teresa a neighbourhood type of area with diverse architecture and art. I loved the culture spread throughout this town, from colourful cobblestones to traditional stores and restaurants.

Jardim Bôtanico

Jardim Bôtanico


Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach


Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain


Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The flight from Bogota, Colombia to Buenos Aires, Argentina was smooth and went by quickly which was good for this long flight of 6 hours and 25 minutes coating $632. I departed from Colombia on Thursday July 4th at 12pm on Aereolinas Argentinas airline and arrived at 8:25pm. I took a taxi from the airport to Mine Hotel Boutique Palermo where I stayed two nights. I wanted to be comfortable so I obviously chose a nice five star place to stay at, the service was amazing along with its modern style and earthy feeling. My room was so cozy and overlooked the pool and they even served breakfast and the restaurant was open all day no charge. Although for my comfort it cost quite a lot, it was $358.51 overall at this luxurious hotel which was worth it in the end for a classic queen size bed, air conditioning, TV, minibar, desk, Wi-Fi, safe box and hairdryer. The prices may have been crazy but it did not stop me from having a good time because I was located in a great area.
I woke up early the next day to set off on my journey dedicated to Palermo, it was only 0.5 miles away from my hotel and it is the top tourist attraction which is visited in Buenos Aires. Palermo is a chic neighbourhood that attracts everyone because of its complexity, which took me all day to complete this site. It is broken into three main parts: Alto Palermo, Palermo Chico, and Palermo Viejo. Each section is well known for something and Alto Palermo is known for its urban look from the well known Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal), Chico is known for its Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Viejo for its colour. I spent most of my time in Palermo Viejo because it was the last and most interesting because it is actually broken into two areas of Soho which is full of high end boutiques, restaurants, and cafes while Hollywood was full of film studios, happy bars and colourful fun markets. Half my day was basically spent walking through this lovely town, the food accommodations were great and everything kept me very interested. My next day I went to the culture filled festival Fair of the Mataderos (Feria De Mataderos). This is where men like cowboys stroll on royal horses, markets full of colour which offer delicious steak sandwich goodness. The atmosphere is astounding with cultural music and dancers. For the rest of the day I had decided that I would go back to the hotel take a nap and then go out in the evening for a nice stroll. The perfect destination was Puerto Madero, the top six attraction destination in Buenos Aires. A beautiful walk through the city with lights illuminating the port once used to be the port for European trade. I rested at a seafood restaurant with a view of the Calatrava Bridge and then went tangoing at the Rojo Tango club for the rest of the night not looking forward to waking up the next day.

Palermo

Palermo


Palermo Gardens

Palermo Gardens


Fair of the Mataderos

Fair of the Mataderos


Calatrava Bridge

Calatrava Bridge

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Bogota, Colombia

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I left Toronto’s International airport at 8:10am on Tuesday July 2nd by Air Canada. I did not want to have any stops so I took a direct flight costing C$791.96 to Bogota, Columbia. I arrived at 1:00pm on the same day, which made the flight time around 5 hours. I lost some of the day but Columbia is actually only 1 hour behind Toronto time. I stayed at the Hostal Campobello for 2 nights, costing me a total of C$96.20 for a Superior Double Bed Private Ensuite. This location was family owned and was very comfortable and naturally green, it was peaceful and included many services such as internet, breakfast, and a very kind staff. This hostel is within walking distance to the Transmilenio Bus station 106 which is like a metro which could take me to whichever tourist site I would want. On the Tuesday which I arrived in Bogota I was not up for a long journey since the flight had already drained most of my energy so I decided to get settled in. Then I took a nice walk in the park close by to my hostel and then to the many boutiques, restaurants and little supermarkets around the area.
On my second day I planned to take a tour of $55.99 which visits La Candelaria which is an old Historic town, it is made up of a lively neighbourhood with many ancient churches and boutiques that make the old town very unique and beautiful. The Spanish architecture, libraries, museums and universities make it truly one of a kind. The next stop was the Gold Museum (Museo Del Oro). The work of gold at the museum was amazing and is known to be the biggest work in the world. There are about 55,000 pieces in the collection, the collections represent different cultures and in the museum they are separated into rooms by culture. Also, the museum is made of 3 floors including two for the display of the pieces and one for the shop, restaurant and cafe. Then I visited La Catedral Primera, which was the first successfully built church in Columbia in 1807 and completed in 1823. The first Spanish conquerors had tried to build many churches in the exact spot many times beginning in 1538 but they always collapsed. My third day was filled with more travel time as I made my mission to the airport to leave to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
La Candelaria

La Candelaria


Gold Museum

Gold Museum


La Catedral Primera

La Catedral Primera

Posted by mromeiro96 18:23 Archived in Colombia Comments (0)

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