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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Place of the Day: Mdina, Malta

I love visiting castles.  It was a highlight while visiting Ireland and Dubrovnik to be able to walk the walls, see the history, and take in the experience in person for what it might have been many years ago.  So I was interested to see recently that I should add another walled city to my list of places to visit: Mdina, Malta.

No cars are allowed in the city, save for emergency vehicles and those with special use.  The history of this particular area goes all the way back to the Bronze Age and was the place where the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked in the Bible during the Roman years.  

Mdina is another city with a number of churches and cathedrals - these include:

Church of St. Agatha

In order to get to Mdina you'll need to take a bus once in-country.  Malta International Airport serves the islands and is near the capital (Valetta).  Air Malta is one option though the major Alliances all fly into Malta with varying schedules.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What to do in Rome?

Rome is one of my favorite cities.  I rang in New Years 2011 near the forum.

Italian (especially fettuccini alfredo) is at the top of my food list.

CN has a list of 22 great things to consider when visiting Rome - some may be new if you're a frequent traveler to the region!

What to do in Rome

I think my top choice from this list for my next trip will be visiting Cinecitta. One of my favorite TV shows was Rome and parts of the series were filmed there.

Do you have a top recommendation when visiting Rome?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Place of the Day: Perast, Montenegro

This particular region of the world is high on my exploration list, and for this post I wanted to highlight one city/area of particular interest: Perast, Montenegro.

Located on the Bay of Kotor, the city of Perast's history dates all the way back to the Byzantine empire.  Venice and Hungary also fought for control of the city, and in 1918 Kotor became part of Yugoslavia.  Shipping was the primary focus given its location within the Bay and surrounding inlets.

Various churches are still open and available to visit - more information about the region and what you see in this picture can be found at this site.  Some notable places to see include the unfinished parish of St. Nicholas, the church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Rocks, and Bujovic Palace

Getting to Perast might be part of the adventure.  There are no direct flights though you can use a car or find a bus departing from Kotor that takes about 30 minutes.  Flying into Kotor or Dubrovnik is much easier, with a variety of connection options throughout the region and Europe.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Place of the Day: Salzkammergut Region, Austria

I'm a bit overdue for one of my "Place of the Day" posts, so I thought choosing one from a region where I thoroughly enjoy exploring and venturing out into the countryside would be the best to do. The Salzkammergut Region of Austria starts in Salzburg and tracks along the Traun River to the Alps and Dachstein mountain area.  It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This area has much to offer year round, including skiing of all sorts in the winter and hiking/cycling in the warmer months.  One picture I've seen many times highlights this region and the village of Hallstatt:

For more information about activities and tourism, this site is a helpful start: 

Flying into Salzburg is relatively easy with many European airlines providing direct flights.  From the US, Austrian Airlines is a Star Alliance partner and connects Vienna with many hubs including Newark, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  Connections to Salzburg can be found here.

Getting to Hallstatt itself can be done by car, bus, or train - I would probably choose the train option over the others.  Between Salzburg and Vienna, a stop at Attnang-Puchheim, and transfer toward Bad Ischi and one stop north of Obertraun. Adventure!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Swiss Pass changes for 2018

With all of the travel I do to Zurich I always keep an eye on changes for the Swiss Pass - it's my preferred way to travel within Switzerland.  Hopping on and off trains with no set schedule is the best way to travel!  It helps the pass gives you unlimited options for the duration you chose.

I was pleasantly surprised to see an update to what is covered by the pass - some great changes as far as I'm concerned since I frequent the Jungfrauoch region - from myswissalps.com:

Hello travelers,
If you're already planning your trips for 2018 you might be interested in the below changes, as of January 1, 2018
Changes for Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex holders:
  • The Schilthorn cableway will be free (currently 50% discounted)
  • The Stanserhorn funicular and cableway will be free (currently 50% discounted)
  • The Engelberg to Brunni cableway will be free (currently 50% discounted)
  • The Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg cableway will be free (currently not included)
  • The Pilatus cableway and cogwheel train will be 50% discounted (currently free)
  • The Schynige Platte cogwheel train will be 50% discounted (currently free)
  • The FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich will be free (currently not included)
New pass prices:
  • Swiss Travel Pass 2nd class: CHF 225 (3 days), CHF 270 (4 days), CHF 398 (8 days), CHF 485 (15 days)
  • Swiss Travel Pass 1st class: CHF 358 (3 days), CHF 429 (4 days), CHF 631 (8 days), CHF 765 (15 days)
  • Swiss Travel Pass Flex 2nd class: CHF 259 (3 days), CHF 310 (4 days), CHF 445 (8 days), CHF 532 (15 days)
  • Swiss Travel Pass Flex 1st class: CHF 412 (3 days), CHF 493 (4 days), CHF 706 (8 days), CHF 840 (15 days)
  • Swiss Transfer Ticket 2nd class: CHF 154
  • Swiss Transfer Ticket 1st class: CHF 247
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: CHF 120
  • Swiss Family Card: free
The Schilthorn cableway!  I love it.  It's usually very expensive to visit the top and now its free!