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One Weekend in San Juan, La Union

April 27, 2017

It’s a nice feeling to get lost in thought while appreciating the wonderful view by the beach. You can hear the loud waves crash by the shore. You get to see the beautiful sunrise/sunset by the beach.  That is what we exactly did last weekend, April 1-2 in San Juan, La Union.

San Juan, La Union is known as one of the surfing spots of the Philippines. This is where surfers go to if they want to surf and have a quick getaway. If you are not fond of surfing, you can laze around, walk by the beach and watch other people surf.

It was my first time to go to San Juan, La Union with my college best friend and her boyfriend. We decided to go to La Union (despite the long travel) because we wanted to explore the North and a change of scenery. We left Manila around 11pm via Partas.

Around 4 in the morning, we arrived San Juan, La Union. We had a lot of time to wander around since our check-in time in Barkadahan is around 12pm. We decided to chill by Flotsam and Jetsam and talk about life. We were able to watch the beautiful stars and sunrise by the beach.

Around 8am, we had a quick breakfast in Flotsam and Jetsam. After, we decided to go to back to our hotel and have another set of breakfast. We enjoyed our 2nd breakfast because we ordered corn beef which is our favorite breakfast dish!

To pass time, we decided to try out different restaurants along San Juan, La Union. The first restaurant we went to was El Union. Let the photos do the talking of the restaurant.

Next, we tried out Tagpuan since my friend told me that they serve bagnet (I highly recommend you watch I’m Drunk, I Love You if you want to know about the hype of bagnet). Their bagnet was yummy! But I found it expensive for its food serving.

Around 2pm, we were able to put our things in the room and dressed up for the beach. Good thing it wasn’t that hot when we went to the beach around 4pm. We took a few pictures (for me and my best friend’s blog) and enjoyed the beautiful sunset by the beach.

Around 7pm, we had dinner in Surf Shack. Surf Shack was just alright. I found the restaurant quite expensive and since there were a lot of people, the staffs were all over the place. It was hard for us to call a staff and we kept on reminding them about our orders. After our dinner, we decided to go back to the hotel and we had a good rest.

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The next day, April 2, we woke up around 6am and prepared for another day ahead of us. We went back to the beach because my best friend still had one more swimsuit to wear and have photos with it. In the process of her photoshoot, my shorts got wet! I wanted to have a picture with her by the beach and the waves were too strong. But it was all good because I had extra shorts.

After her photoshoot, we had a quick lunch in Olas Banditos. The price of their food was just right. The ambiance was laidback and suited with the theme of the restaurant. I am for sure going back to this restaurant!

After lunch, we bade goodbye to San Juan, La Union. It was a bittersweet and quick getaway. For sure, we are going back and we will be more ready since we will know what to expect.

P.S. This is leaning more on a personal travel post. I actually miss writing these kinds of posts for the blog.

Hotel Reviews, Philippines, Travel

Damires Hills : A Short Getaway in Janiuay, Iloilo

January 23, 2017

The main reason we went to Iloilo was to celebrate New Year with the relatives. The original plan was to go to a beach like Lakawon Island and do a day trip. But, we lacked time to prepare our beach trip. So, my aunt suggested to visit a nearby resort instead. This resort is Damires Hills.

Damires Hills is becoming quite known in Iloilo. Located at Janiuay, it’s a resort that offers nature and adrenaline activities. It’s a nice place to unwind and appreciate the beautiful view. There are a lot of activities that is perfect for kids and adults.

I appreciated this resort because I love nature and there were a lot of activities one can do. The only activities I was able to try were the Canopy Walk and The ATV. My younger cousin and her other cousins from the mom side had the chance to swim. Other activities include zipline, Kids Adventure Park and Team Building.

Upon our stay in this resort, we were able to rent a cottage. Inclusive of the daytime cottage are the food and drinks which was reasonable. The food was just right, nothing special with it. If you want to sleep in this resort, they offer overnight cottages.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Janiuay is  a 30 minute – 1 hour drive from Iloilo City.
  • Entrance Rates: Adult/Kid – 100; Senior Citizen – 80; Swimming – 120
  • Daytime Cottages (w/ food and drinks):
    Gardenia 10,000 / max of 40
    Dahlia 10,000 / max of 40
    Kalachuchi 8,000 / max of 30
    Gumamela 3,000 / max of 12
    Bougainvillea 3,000 / max of 12
    Azucena 3,000/ max of 12
    Margarita 3,000 / max of 12
    Sampaguita 2, 500 / max of 10
    Dama de Noche 2, 500 / max of 10
    Yellow Irish 3,000/ max of 12
    Santan 3,000/ max of 12
    Daisy 3,000/ max of 12
    Aster 3,000/ max of 12
  • Overnight Cottages:

Balay Mangga – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max 0f 9)

Balay Durian – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 9)

Balay Badiang – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 9)

Balay Bugnay – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 9)

Balay Langka – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 9)
Balay Chiko – 4,500 (8 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 9)

Upper & Lower House – 3,500 (6 pax) + 300/head in excess (max of 7)

Adelfa, Begonia, Cattleya, Rosa & Zinnia – 2,800 (Good for 2 pax max of 3 with free breakfast for 2 persons)

Damires Hills Adventure:

  • Zipline (Sitting) 200
    Zipline (Superman) 300
    Bungee Trampoline Free
    ATV Ride 300
  • Contact Information: (033) 396-8144 / (033) 531-6519 [Landline] ; 09399060689 / 09176325901 [Mobile]
  • Website: http://www.damireshills.com/

GENERAL THOUGHTS

Damires Hills is a great getaway if you don’t have the time to get out of the city. There are a lot of activities one can do there. You can enjoy Mother Nature there. If I do get the chance to go back to Iloilo, I might would want to consider going back to Damires Hills.

Europe, Norway

Explore Norway: Places To Discover!

January 10, 2017

After a few hours from our trip in Iceland, we arrived at Norway. At the beginning of our Norway trip, I was neautral about it since all I know about Norway are the fjords. After exploring the 2 cities namely Oslo and Bergen in 5 days, I fell in love with Norway.  It was a tiring trip indeed but the experience was magical and worth it.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Norway is EXPENSIVE, just like Iceland. We arrived at Norway coming from Iceland via plane that is why we were able to save.
  • Norway is a walkable country. You don’t really need a tour guide to roam around. But if you are in a hurry just like us, then joining a tour is advisable.
  • In Oslo, we rented an AirBNB. For our Bergen trip, we stayed in a hotel.
  • Just like Iceland, salmon was my most favorite dish.
  • Norway is rich in history. So if you really want to learn more about Norway, I highly suggest going to their museums since they are detailed and entertaining.

The first city we roamed around at was in Oslo, Norway. On our first day, we were able to roam around the city in a nutshell by joining a bus tour.

1. Holmenkollen

It’s a large ski jumping hill where the Olympics for ski jump is usually held.

2. The Vigeland Park

It’s the world’s largest sculpture park created by a single artist named Gustav Vigeland. It is free entrance so you get to enjoy and observe the artworks done by Gustav.

3. Viking Ship Museum

This is where you can find the remains of Viking burial ships that are more than a 1000 yr old.

4. Fram Museum

This is where you will get to learn the explorers who were able to reach the North Pole.

After our short city tour, we were able to roam around some more.

5. Nobel Peace Center

6. Opera House

7. Norway in a Nutshell Tour

You will get to experience what Norway is all about. You will experience riding the train, a boat and a bus all in one day. Through the tour, you will get to experience the famous fjords and the gateway to Bergen, Norway.

Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway has its own charm. We didn’t bother getting a tour anymore because we wanted to explore what Bergen has to offer.

1. Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

This is a part of the World Heritage Site. You will be able to see bright painted wooden buildings that have been existing for hundreds of years.

2. Fish Market

It is located somewhere near the Bryggen. You can look around and grab something to eat. It was mainly fish when we went here. I remember they told us the other type of market happens in another season, which we just missed.

3. Mount Floyen and The Funicular

This is a good spot if you want to view Bergen City. We went during the night time and it was a splendid view.

4. Art Museum

If you want to discover Norwegian’s artists, then head over to this museum. It’s actually near the Holberg Statue.

The Holberg Statue

With the pictures I shared, I hope I was able to bring you along throughout my Europe trip journey. I hope you get the chance to visit Europe and discover the places worthy to see and explore. Europe in general is expensive but with the proper research and information, I am totally sure you will be able to go to Europe on a budget.

Til my next Europe trip adventure!

Financial Matters

Ways To Save Money For Travel

December 21, 2016

A lot of people nowadays (especially millennials), want to travel the world. But, their main concern is money. They keep on saying that they don’t have enough money in order to travel to a certain destination. I do believe that all of us have the means to travel. You just need the guts to get out of your comfort zone and do the unexpected. In this post, let me share to you different ways on how you can save money for travel.

WAYS TO SAVE MONEY FOR TRAVEL

  1. Learn how to BUDGET. I can’t stress enough the importance of budgeting your money. As early as planning for your next vacation, you have to start saving a certain portion of your salary. To save 10% to 15% of your salary is a good start. Also, create an Excel file where you can track your expenses. This will guide you on how to spend your money right. If you still buy coffee everyday in Starbucks, I suggest that you make your own coffee at home and bring it with you to work. If you still buy food for lunch, I suggest that you pack your own lunch at home and bring it to work instead.
  2. Wait for airline promo fares. Airline promo fares help A LOT. If you are able to catch the promo fare, chances are you can get a huge discount for the travel fare. For instance, when you travel within the Philippines, Cebu Pacific loves to hold promo fares. If a regular fare to Dumaguete can cost you 6,000php roundtrip ($120), with the promo fare you can buy a roundtrip ticket worth 1000php ($20)!
  3. Sell your items. I’m sure there are a lot of items in your property that you can sell. With having the idea of selling some of your unused items, you are able to give other people a chance to use them and make others happy.
  4. Rent. If you think you don’t have any items to sell, then why not try renting your home or apartment? If you have your own apartment, I highly suggest signing up in AirBNB.
  5. Use your credit card’s points for airfare. If you are not able to catch any promo fares, using your credit card’s points to buy airfare tickets is also a good option. Before getting the promo fare for the trip to Europe, we were supposed to get Business Class seats. My mom has a lot of points stored in her credit card that with her points available, she can purchase 2 Business Class seats for free.
  6. Stay in hostels and guesthouses. Hostels in the Philippines can be priced around 400php/night ($8/night). Aside from its cheap price, you have the ability to interact with different people from all over the world!
  7. Do some freelancing. If you think that your salary in your 9-5 job can’t still be enough, having a sideline like freelancing is the way to go. You will be your own boss and call the shots. It will be up to you on how much you want to earn every month. You can be a virtual assistant, website design, SEO, online marketing, etc.
  8. WALK. If you are in another country, I highly suggest that you walk alot. When you walk a lot in an unexpected place, you will suddenly get the hang of the place. It will also be easy for you to know in which way to go.
  9. Bargain. When buying things in night markets, make sure to haggle. You will surely save a lot if you get to do this! When I went to Cambodia with my cousins, we went to their night market and bought items like shirts. They were selling a shirt to us for $10. We found it too expensive so we were able to bargain it for $5 instead.
  10. TRAVEL INSURANCE. When you travel, the travel insurance will be your best friend! If an airline lost your luggage, they will have to pay you a certain amount as placed in the travel insurance you bought at. So, make sure to keep on looking for great travel insurance that you think it’s right.

 

What other ways do you think you can save money for travel? 

 

Travel

My First AirBNB Experience

December 20, 2016

Last October, my family and I had our first trip to Europe. Since it was our first trip to Europe, we had no clue on where to stay. We had to search everything ourselves and look for hotels that were easy on the pocket. We couldn’t look for affordable hotels so we decided to try out AirBNB.

I have heard of AirBNB for a few years already and at the beginning, I was quite hesitant. If you are not familiar, AirBNB is a site where tourists can rent local’s apartments and feel like they are at home away from home. It gives the locals the chance to earn some cash from renting their apartments to other tourists.

My Experience

Our first trip was held at Edinburgh, Scotland. The place we got in Edinburgh is located at Rose St., within the city  center. Everywhere we went to was a walking distance. We barely rode any taxis while roaming around the city. Even while bringing our luggages to and fro the train station, we didn’t bother getting a taxi. The only time we rode a public transportation was when we went to St. Andrews to visit the history of golf.

Since it was our first time to avail of an AirBNB, we had no idea if the place had an elevator to manage our luggage. We were only able to find out as we arrived the apartment. We had to carry our luggage in 4 flights of stairs. As we went in the apartment, I was pleased with the outcome because the way the apartment looks in real life exactly looks like how it was posted in the AirBNB website.

The owner of the apartment, Lynne, was courteous and hospitable. We were not able to meet up with her during our stay in Edinburgh since she was also on vacation. We met with her friend, Claire instead. Inside the apartment, there is this booklet where you can find instructions during your stay and how to operate certain items like the heater, TV, etc. After your stay, you are recommended to leave a review so that other guests can see it and how the owner of the apartment can improve some more. Below are pictures of the apartment of Lynne:

Disclaimer: Got the pictures through the owner’s page in AirBNB

After Edinburgh, London was the next place in our itinerary. This is where we had our 2nd trial of AirBNB. The apartment’s located at Central Limehouse. From King’s Cross Station, it will take you 30 minutes to reach Limehouse Station. The apartment was near the train station. It will take you around 5 minutes just to walk to the train station. It will take you a bus stop away to go to attractions like Tower Bridge, St. Paul, Trafalgar Square.

When we reached the apartment, we were not able to meet Stephenie (owner) since she was busy that day. She was able to give me clear instructions on how to get in the apartment and what we should do before checking out. Security of the apartment was tight indeed. But, we had a hard time to get in. The door that time could not open remotely. A kind gentleman was able to help us get in instead. After that small incident, everything went smoothly.

Stephenie’s apartment was cozy. The place looked exactly like the pictures posted in the AirBNB website. What lacked in her amenities were the duvets. But, it was okay since we were able to find a way for me not to feel cold while I slept on the couch. Other amenities that we needed can be found in her apartment.

Disclaimer: Got the pictures through the owner’s page in AirBNB

With the way that AirBNB is changing the travel industry, I will definitely use AirBNB for my future travels. AirBNB is ideal for big groups and families. If you are a solo traveler and don’t have the budget, then I highly suggest you check out websites like Agoda.

TIPS

  1. MAKE SURE to check the host’s reviews. It is through the reviews that you will know how secure a place will be.
  2. If you need to confirm something with your desired home, always make sure to leave a message to the host before clicking the book button. You want to make sure that the host can accommodate to your needs.
  3. Take care of the host’s belongings and be a great tenant!
  4. Relax and have fun!

Have you ever tried AirBNB? If so, kindly share your experience. If you haven’t, would you want to try it out? Why or why not? 

Iceland

Explore Iceland: Places To Discover!

December 16, 2016

To be honest, I never saw myself visiting Iceland. I didn’t really know what to see and expect in this small place. Since my mom’s friend wanted to explore Iceland, then I decided why not give this place a try. We might never know, there might be great sights to explore.

Lo and behold, there sure were great attractions in Iceland.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Iceland is EXPENSIVE. If you want to travel to Iceland, I suggest you MUST come from another European country. During our trip, we went to Iceland coming from London via Icelandair.
  • If you are the type of person who would love to do Do-It-Yourself, then I suggest renting a car. It’s quite easy to explore Iceland. You need to make sure you have a map with you.
  • If you are quite hesitant to explore Iceland on your own, there are a lot of tour agencies being offered in Iceland. I recommend IceLine Travel. This tour agency is owned by Kristjan and Gugga. They are a lovely couple. If you do get the chance to get this travel agency, please do send my regards!
  • My family and I stayed at Icelandair Natura, under the Icelandair Management. If you have the budget to stay in this hotel, then this is a good recommendation. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend checking out Agoda or Airbnb.
  • Among all the food I have tried in Iceland, salmon is my most favorite dish. The way they prepare their salmon is fresh and you won’t have to worry about anything.
  • In general, it is safe in Iceland. You won’t see any army roaming around Iceland.
  • It is safe to drink water coming from the faucet. When you buy water, Icelandic people will ask you again if it’s okay for you to buy water since they will remind you that it is okay to drink water from the faucet.

PLACES TO SEE

  1. The Northern Lights 

The best time to see the Northern Lights is during latter October til February or March. The weather has to be very good – 0 degrees temp, around midnight and clear skies. If you really want to take good shots of the Northern Lights, I highly suggest you bring a tripod with you.

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2. Stekkjarkot

These are small cottages of fishermen and was occupied for 30 years. These cottages actually reminds me of the stone houses in Batanes.

3. Bru Milli Heimsalfa (Bridge Between Continents)

4. Hot Springs

*One of the beaches in Iceland as a stopover

5. Blue Lagoon

6. Reykjavik City

7. Hallgrimskirkja

8. Thingvellir National Park 

Tip: Game of Thrones was shot in this place

9. Geysir

10. Gulfoss

11. Godafoss

12. Golden Hour 

13. Seljalandfoss

15. Skogafoss

“There’s always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”

16. Black Beach

Tip: Game of Thrones was also shot in this exact location

17. Solheimajokull Glacier

 

Iceland in a nutshell is a great country to go to. You know you can feel safe and there are a lot of sightseeing places to go to. 5 days is not enough to roam around Iceland. We were not even able to go to their museums, which should be a priority since this is where we will know the history and culture of Iceland. There are other far away places in Iceland we can visit and explore. If given the chance to go back to Iceland, I will grab that opportunity and do everything Do-It-Yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel

#IAmUrbanBrave

December 13, 2016

As someone who lives in an urban jungle like Manila, the traffic and chaos in the city can be a bothersome. I may be immune to my surroundings in Manila but there are times that I crave for adventure. So once I crave for an adventure, I start to search for places that I could go to and fits my budget. If it will be a quick getaway, I choose places within the Philippines because there are 7107+ islands in the country. If it will be long haul flights, I get to choose the location wisely because you would want to make sure that the time and money spent will be worth it.

This year, I was able to travel to different parts of the Philippines and the world. In the first 6 months of the year, I was given the opportunity to go to Cebu for Sinulog Festival and Boracay for Labor Day. The next 6 months, I was able to go to Kalinga and international trips mainly Cambodia and Europe (London, Scotland, Iceland and Norway). You see, travelling gives me this sense of fulfillment. When I go to different places in the world, this makes me understand the country’s history and culture. I feel so alive that I would rather embrace Do-It-Yourself trips rather than joining group tours.

In being able to travel, I get to share my experiences through the platform, Instagram. I love taking pictures and Instagram is a good avenue for me to share my photography skills and inspire other people that they can travel no matter where they are. All you need is guts and determination.

Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Palm Trees in Boracay Island

One of the temples in Siem Reap

 

The start of the trek to visit Apo Whang Od

Apo Whang Od doing her craft

The famous Scott’s View in Scotland

The famous stonehenge in London

Glacier in Iceland

The famous fjords in Oslo, Norway

One MUST invest in good items for travelling. Thankfully, there’s Urbanize to help solve every traveler’s problems.

URBANIZE ITEMS

Pacsafe – Venturesafe 55L Anti Theft Travel Pack

This has the features of a slashguard, interlocking zip pullers, puncture resistant toughzip, anti-theft anchor lock, stainless steel locking cable

Cabin Zero – Classic 44L, Ultra Light Cabin Bag, Absolute Black

This has a built in global luggage tracker, lockable zippers on main compartment, 10 yrs. warranty, thick padded shoulder straps and fully lined. 

Loqi – Airplane Tote Bag

This is perfect if I go to the beach since this is water resistant! I can also use this to put my dirty clothes in.

Dosh – RFID Wallet

 This will help protect my card information from those people trying to steal data. This is also water resistant!

Pacsafe – Camsafe Anti-Theft Compact Camera Bag

When I travel, I tend to have a hard time to bring my DSLR with me. With this bag, this will be easy for me to bring my DSLR wherever I go.

Sherpani – Luna Crossbody/ Shoulder Bag

This bag will be perfect when I get to roam around a city.

Lewis N Clark – Adjustable Neck Pillow

This is perfect for long haul flights. You will surely get a good sleep.

Lewis N Clark – Surge Protector w/ USB Charger

This is a MUST especially when travelling in Europe.

Lewis N Clark – Eye Mask

With all these bags and accessories I can find in Urbanize, I know I won’t go wrong with my decisions. I will surely enjoy my trips and make each moments last.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Branches: Gateway, Shangri-La, UP Town Center, Nuvali, Glorietta 3, Uptown Mall BGC, Alabang Town Center, Serin, The District, Kiss & Fly

Website: urbanize.com.ph

 

Europe, Travel, United Kingdom

A Day in Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

December 12, 2016

Everyone knows I am a BIG HARRY POTTER fan. I made sure to read all the 7 books and watch the movies. I even told myself that I should visit Leavesden Studios since this is where they shoot the film. When we got the chance to go to London, finally my dreams came true!

How To Get There & General Information

The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour (known as Leavesden Studios before) is located at Leavesden. There are many options to get to Leavesden. If you live in London, you can definitely bring your own car. If you are a tourist, one option is to take public transportation and a shuttle bus to the tour. If you want a fast journey to Leavesden, you can take an Uber.

When you book a ticket, you will pick a time slot that best suits you. You have to make sure not to be late for your tour. If you miss it, they will do their best to put you in the next slot available. This is a self-guided tour so you don’t have to rush yourself.

What To Expect

Here comes the fun part! I don’t want to spoil everything so I would rather you take a look at the pictures I took during the tour. Mind you, this is a post full of pictures. That is how much I enjoyed the tour. Enjoy!

harry-potter-1The famous cupboard under the stairs. This is the smallest set where they shot

harry-potter-4The entrance to the Great Hall. 

Get ready to enter the magical world of Harry Potter!

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harry-potter-2Dinner is served!

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harry-potter-10Professor McGonagall, Professor Dumbledore and Professor Snape

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harry-potter-12The Yule Ball

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Gryffindor’s Mens Room. 

Did You Know: They used the same beds for all the of the movies. As the actors were growing up, they had to be in a fetus position in order to fit

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The Leaky Cauldron

Hagrid’s Home

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

The Weasley’s Abode

Professor Umbridge’s Office

The famous Flying Car

Fetus of Lord Voldemort

 

Til next time!

Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom

Explore Scotland: Places To Discover!

November 10, 2016

Last October 17, my parents and I had our first ever trip to Europe! To officially start our Europe trip, the first country we went to was in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scotland’s located at the northern most country in the UK and Edinburgh is the capital city. Aside from Edinburgh, there are other cities namely Aberdeen, Dundee,Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. Since we went to Edinburgh during autumn, expect the weather to be cold. Around this time, make sure to bring a thick jacket with you.

In Edinburgh, this is where you can find the Scottish Parliament and the seat of monarchy. The Old Town and New Town are considered to be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s the famous Nessie, a unique culture when it comes to the arts and music, and great history that will show how brave and strong Scottish people are. English is the main language but when you get to go to the outskirts, you can hear Scots spoken too.

How to reach Edinburgh, Scotland:

  • plane
  • train
  • car

Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a famous icon in Scotland. It’s located at the Castle Rock. The castle’s known to house the Kings and Queens. Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to King James VI in the palace in 1566. Queen Margaret (now known as St. Margaret) passed away in this palace in 1093. The castle was also used as a military base with large garrison in the year 1600 onwards.

The castle houses the Great Hall, The Stone of Destiny, The Crown Jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg, Scottish National War Museum. 

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explore-scotland-12The Scottish War Memorial Museum 

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Information:

  • The castle opens 9:30am daily. Closing time varies. From April 1 til Sept. 30, the castle closes at 6pm. From October 1 – March 31, the castle closes at 5pm.
  • Adults: 16.50 pounds.
    Children: 9.90 pounds.
    Concession (60+ yrs and unemployed): 13.20 pounds.
    Children below 5 years old have free entry.

Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is the largest monument in the whole world. This monument is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. There are 287 steps to reach the top of the monument.

Information:

  • April through September: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm
    October through March: Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm; last admission 3.30pm.
  • Admission is 5 pounds, for both adults and children

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Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is located at the center of the city. This area runs through the Old Town, the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The St. Giles Cathedral can also be seen within the area.

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St. Giles Cathedral

This is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and has the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. Entrance is free but you have the option to donate for the church.

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura is a museum where they explain the history of the museum and an amazing way to see the city. We were not supposed to go to this museum. We suddenly became interested when we were in the venue already. The illusions they showed were more than what I expected. This place should be in your to-do list when visiting Edinburgh.

camera obscuraThe famous vortex

(c) Camera Obscura

Other Attractions That We Were Not Able To Go To

The Edinburgh Dungeon

This attraction should be given a chance if you enjoy horror theme attractions. They get to show you the dark history of Edinburgh through theater actors, props and special effects in this walkthrough attraction.

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Scottish National Gallery

This is a good way to see modern and contemporary art if you enjoy viewing artworks. There are 2 buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch. This serves as a residence of the King and Queen of Scots in the 16th century and serves as a setting for entertainment and occasions.

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Arthur Seat

This is the main peak of a group of mountains and is found at the center of the city of Edinburgh. It is free in order to reach the top of the mountain.

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Life Lately 9 : Travel Hiatus

November 8, 2016

Hey there!

It’s been a long time since I last blogged! To be exact – a month since my last update. Here are the following life lately hacks:

  1. I am finally back in Manila! The main reason why I wasn’t able to update my blog was due to a travel hiatus. My family and I had our first Europe Trip! It was exhausting yet fulfilling. I learned a lot in our first Europe trip and I can’t wait to share to you all 🙂
  2. There were some dishes in Europe that I didn’t enjoy and there were a few that I enjoyed. In Bergen, I enjoyed eating in this seafood restaurant called Fjellskal. They served good salmon which is my favorite! The way they cooked their food reached my expectations. In London, I enjoyed eating their famous Fish and Chips in Borough Market!
  3. What I love about Europe is that there are a lot of attractions worthy to see. With their attractions, they make sure to keep it in good condition for the future generation to appreciate the history behind their attractions.
  4. I love riding their public transportation! It’s safe and comfortable. You won’t get lost because there are lots of European citizens who will surely help you out. If I were given the chance to work and live in Europe, I would grab the opportunity.
  5. Since I was in Europe during my birthday, the best gift I have ever received would have to be the Northern Lights in Iceland. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on our first day. God truly works miracles. We should never take these things for granted.

 

How has your life been lately? Please do share!