Saturday, August 31, 2013

Unlike sensation at the Top Rated


Did you know it turns out not only the railway station can be found in the lowlands. If you do not believe, go to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe with a height of 3,454 meters above sea level.

Located in the heart of Switzerland, right at the foot of Peak Eiger,
Monch and Jungfrau, Jungfrau railway line covers an area of ​​natural beauty with world-class, namely the Swiss Alps - Aletsch Glacier is included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy the expanse of alpine meadows, mountain peaks are covered with snow lasting, as well as hiking trails with sensational scenery.

The summit also has the highest clock shop in the world (3,571 meters), which is Kirchhofer High Time. Make a trip to beautiful memories with family, friends, or your lover.
There is also a shop, restaurant, special ski trails, as well as the ice palace that offers a charming ice sculptures.

In order holiday more exciting, do not miss a trip to the other countries that are around. For example, a walk in Milan, Italy to visit the La Scala Theatre, Galleria Victorio Emanuelle and the largest church in Milan Duomo gothic style. Meanwhile, in Paris, you can tour the town or playing in Euro Disney with a wide variety of games and performances of the Walt Disney character.

Adventure does not stop. Put out immediately to the Volendam, Netherlands typical fishing village. In this place there is Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Rijk Museum, Central Station, as well as diamond factory 'Coaster Diamonds'. Enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam by Canal Cruise and stay overnight in hotels or hostels along the canal which has its own nuances.


Another destination not to be missed before returning to the home is London. The presence of a tourist attraction that the city's iconic Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, and the Museum house of Parliament is able to provide different views.

Well, what are you waiting? Soon you prepare yourself as well as possible and travel until you get lost in a maze of beauty and comfort in a vacation trip to Europe. Reach for a different sensation holiday with family or friend in addition to adventure alone!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Oslo, Norway

 The capital of Norway has risen up around its harbour

Executive summary by darmansjah


Located at the head of the Oslo-fjord inlet and hemmed in by miles of woodland, Oslo is the only European capital that offers hiking, kayaking, sailing and skiing within its city limits. It’s no cultural slouch either, with a vibrant café and bar scene and world-class museums showcasing local talents such as the artist Munch.

Oslo winters are long and harsh, with temperatures dropping to-25C and less than two hours of sunlight in December and January. May, June and July see the most sunlight and some of the city’s best festivals. They are the best months for many outdoor activities.


Singapore Airlines, Scandinavian Air and KLM fly to Oslo from Singapore, transiting in Amsterdam, London or Copenhagen. From K.L., fly Malaysian Airlines to Airlines to Oslo via Amsterdam. Boasting a reliable network of public transport, one can easily get around by trains, long distance express buses and local buses, as well as express passenger boats.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Amsterdam’s canal hotels ring in a new dutch golden age, executive summary by darmansjah


Every European city boasting a canal or two gets dubbed the Venice of the north. But Amsterdam can claim the title honestly, Its historic liquid core, a checkerboard of intersecting canals, received formal unesco recognition as a World Heritage site in 2010 and is now marking its quadricentennial. “This year is the 400th anniversary of our canal district,” says Brita Rohl, GM of the Hotel Seven One Seven. “And the city’s most renowned art museum, the Rijksmuseum, reopened in April after a major renovation. So Amsterdam will be celebrating itself this year,” As part of the citywide salute, Rohl’s hotel has joined wit other canal-ring hotels, restaurants, and museums in a loose union dubbed Amsterdam Canals 2013, to showcase the city’s canal-centric charms and vibrant past. “We want to make sure visitors know that they can eat traditional dishes in canalside restaurant, visit the special exhibits on canal history, and tour the area on luxury canal boats,” Rohl says. And, of course, sleep in one of the gabled, waterside mansions that Amsterdam’s merchant burghers built when their city boomed. In recent years, these treasure houses have been converted into hotels, so you can wake up to the same views of waterways and arched brick bridges that the city’s pioneers did. Among the first to be converted was the Ambassade (fromUS$330), a row of 11 adjoining 17th0 century canal houses overlooking a graceful curve of the Singel canal. A recent renovation resulted in upgraded marble tile bathrooms. But the hotel’s deft blend of Dutch classicism and coziness remains intact: The maze of halls and stairs that would confuse M.C. Escher; the French reproduction furniture that defies split-second trends; and a handsome library bulging with some 3,000 books, signed by well-known authors passing through town.


The newer, fittingly named Canal House hotel (from US$317), a trio of 17th-century canal houses sround a watery corner from Anne Frank’s house, pays a more playful homage to golden age aesthetics. The 23 rooms feature a sensuous array of silks and velvet that could pass for the backdrop in a Dutch still life, At night, the two garden houses surrounded by Japanese maples open for private, candlelight dining.


The stylish Dylan (from US$363) started life as a theater and morphed into Amsterdam’s first canalside boutique hotel. Renovated in stages over the past decade, the hotel offers guest rooms ranging from Asian style havens with black lacquered four poster beds to beamed loftlike duplexes. The hotels’s Michelin-starred Vinkeles restaurant features French cuisine and excellent views of the canal. If you prefer to skip the formal dining room, you can sample the same menu and view Amsterdam’s cityscape by eating on board the hotel’s wooden salon boat as it floats down the canal.


Nearby on the Prinsengracht (the city’s longest canal), the recently opened Andaz (from US#430) is the canal belt’s newest ‘it’ hotels (and the Dutch debut of the Hyatt chain’s Andaz brand). Formerly the city’s public library, the hotel was revamped by local designer Marcel Wanders, who turned the hotel into a tribute to Dutch icons. Oversize photos of herring hang above beds; clogs are nailed to walls. Guest can wheel out on the hotel’s complementary bikes or relax in the dark wood Bluespoon Bar, sipping wines from southwestern Holland.


Cheaper options on the pricey canal belt don’t necessarily mean sacrificing canal views or style. The Toren (from US$106) on the Keizersgracht, outfits its traditional rooms with a sea of damask and ornate glass chandeliers. Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel (from US$118), located on the Prinsengracht, began as a gourmet food shop famous for tis caviar and now houses an art gallery hosting wine pairings and revolving photo exhibits. The family-run Hotel Estherea (from US$ 138) keeps things classic with a 17th-century façade on the Singel canal and garden aesthetic of flower wallpaper and brocade dressing up the elegant guest rooms.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Mighty 5 in Seven Days

Executive summary by darmansjah

Few things are more incredible than Utah’s five national parks-except, of course, visiting all five parks in a single trip. So whet your appetite for adventure with a Mighty 5 itinerary that promises gravity-defying rock formations, rich rainbow of desert colour, and landscape wide-open with possibility.


Zion

Hike The Narrows Enjoy one of the world’s best canyon hikes up the shallow Virgin River. Red-rock canyon walls reach into the sky above as you splash and stroll through the river’s cool waters.

Byrce Canyon

Drive The Scenic Loop Hit the road along the Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway (Hwy89) to Bryce Canyon, then stay in the car a little longer for the 38-miles scenic loop, which is especially brilliant in the hours around sunrise or sunset.

Capitol Reef

Ride Beneath The Hoodoos Saddle up for a guided mule ride to the floor of Bryce Canyon, passing beneath the otherworldly rock formations called ‘hoodoos’ along the way.

Watch a Sunset Like no Other After winding along one of America’s ‘Top 10 Scenic Road’ (Hwy 12), start your Capitol Reef explorations by watching the sky turn from coral to violet at Sunset Point.

Explore Capital Reef-Bike The Historic Burr Trail-Rent Mountain bikes to cover some ground as you roll past ancient petro-glyphs, historic orchards and dramatic slot canyons on this famous trail.

Arches

Tour The Fiery Furnace After a two-hour drive along the Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway (Hwy 24), stretch your legs in Arches with a tour through this twisting labyrinth of brilliant red-rock fissures and spines so intricate it would be impossible to find your way without a guide.

Hike To Delicate Arch Still got some energy? This 1.5 miles hike is beautiful, but the final view of Utah’s famous landmark is what truly confirms its standing on the bucket lists of adventurers everywhere.

Canyonlands

Raft Cataract Canyon Arches and Canyon-lands are contiguous, so it’s easy to book a guided two-day trip down this legendary section of the Colorado River. You’ll cascade through dozens of whiter water rapids on the splashiest roller-coaster ride of your life.


See more mighty 5 itineraries at VisitUtah.com

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Napels, Italy

Executive summary by darmansjah

NAPLES is an exhilarating mess of UNESCO-listed historic buildings, citrus tree-filled cloisters and electrifying street life. Once the heart of Roman Neapolis, the historic centre is a warren of narrow streets, which open up to an imperial 18th-century seaside promenade with romantic views of Vesuvius.

With the warm weather a Maggio dei Monument cultural festival in full swing. May and June are great months to visit. alternatively, visit in September or October and catch the infamous pizza-making competition, Pizzafest.

Air France, KLM and British Airways fly from Singapore to Naples, while Air France and KLM also offer flights from K.L. an ANM airport shuttle serves the centre of town, and taxis are also readily available. A taxi costs $23-$28

 Get lost in the corridors of the catacombe di  San Gennaro
The oldest and most famous of Naples’ catacombs, the Catacombe di San Gennaro date drom the 2nd century. Decorated with early Christian frescoes, they contain tombs, corridors and vestibules (00 390 81 741 1071; Via di Capodimonte 13; tours every hour 9am-3pm tue-sat, 9am-12pm Sun; $7).

The Mercato di Porta Nolana is a heady street market where bellowing fishmongers and greengrocers jostle with delis, bakeries and contraband cigarette stalls (Via Carmignano; 8am-6pm Mon-Sat; 8am-2pm Sun).

The Cappella Sansevero’s simple exterior belies the sumptuous sculpture inside. Giuseppe Sanmartino’s exquisite figure of Jesus is covered by a stone veil so realistic, it’s tempting to try and lift it (00 390 81 551 8470; museosansevero.it; Via Francesco de Sanctis 19; 10am-5.40pm Mon and Wed-Sat, 10am-1pm Sun; US$9).

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale houses one of the World’s finest collections of Greco-roman artefacts including treasures from Pompei (00 390 81 4422 149; museoarcheologiconazionale.campaniabenicultural.it; Piazza Museo Nazionale 19; 9am-7.30pm Wed-Mon; Us$9).

Making the eastern end of the lungomare (seafront), Castel dell’Ovo is Naples’ oldest castle, dating from the 12th century. To the west, Piazza Vittoria marks the beginning of the Riviera di Chiaia, a long boulevard that offers the best sunset views of Vesuvius.

Da Michele is Naple’s most famous pizzeria. It serves only two types of pizza: margherita with tomato, basil and mozzarella, and marinara with tomatoes, garlic and oregano. But, boy, are they good (000 390 81 553 9204; damichele net; Via Cesare Sersale 1-3; lunch and dinner Mon-Sat; pizzas from US$5.60).

Everyone from students to professsors squeeze around the communal tables of Trattoria Mangia e Vevi. They come for home-cooking at rock-bottom prices. Enjoy the likes of juicy pork sausage and peperoncino-spiced local broccoli (00 390 81 552 92546; Via Sedile di Porto 92; lunch Mon-Fri; mains from US$5.60).

Almost  150 years old, La Scialuppa is ideal for romantic harbourside dining. Seafood is the star, from the fritto misto (mixed fried seafood) to the wine-infused seafood risotto (00 390 81 764 5333; lascialupppa.it, in Italian; Borgo Marinaro 4; lunch and dinner Tue-Sun; mains from US$13).

Dora is one of Naples’ fiest seafood restaurants. Dive into chargrilled prawns as the owner breaks into song. Reservations are essential (00 390 81 680519; Via Palasciano 30; lunch Tue-Sun, dinner Mon-Sat; mains from US$22).

La Stanza del Gusto has a cheese bar for grazing, and an upstairs dining room serving inventive dishes such as chicken liver flan with strawberry salsa (00 390 81 401578; lastanzadelgusto.com; Via Costantinopoli100; lunch and dinner Tue-Sat, dinner Mon, lunch Sun; set lunch US$24, dinner mains from US$60).

NAPLES has three metro lines and three funicular up and down the city’s steep hills. The Unico Napoli ticket is valid on all public transport (24-hour ticket US$4; unicocampania.it). Taxis are available at most big squares (city-centre journey US$8-US$13).

Four rooms with vintage cotto (fired clay) floor tiles and meticulous artisan décor create a stylish scene at b&b Diletto a Napoli. Set in a 15th-century palazzo, the communal lounge comes with a kitchenette and dinning table (00 390 81 033 0977; dilettoanapoli.it; Vicolo Sedil Capuano 16; from US$79).

Located in a 17th-century building, Belle Arti Resort is a modern boutique hotel with arty, period features. Four of the seven rooms, some almost like suites, have ceiling frescoes and all have marble bathrooms and artfully painted headboards (00 390 81 557 1062; belleartiresort.com; Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli 27; from US$118).

On a historic street lined with bookshop, Portalba Relais stays faithful to the literary theme with an impressive library. The rooms are furnished in muted tones and have mosaic showers. Most look out over Piazza Dante, a favourite hub for students and Neapolitan literati (00 390 81 564 5171; portalbarelais.com; Via Portalba 33; from US$177).

The Decumani Hotel de Charme is fresh, elegant and in the former palazzo of Cardinal Sisto Riario Sforza, the las bishop of the Bourbon Kingdom of Naples. Rooms have 19th-century-style furniture (00 390 81 551 8188; decumani.it; Via San Giovanni Maggiore Pignatelli 15; from US$ 181).

Housed in a 16th-century former monasatery, the Hotel San Francesco al Monte is  Naples’ most historic hotel. Cells have been converted into cosy rooms, while the cloiser houses an open-air bar . There’s a swimming pool on the seventh floor (00 390 81 423 9111; hotelsanfrancesco.it; Corso Vittorio Emanuele 328; from US$237).

HIDDEN GEM La Trattoria 7 Soldi can be found in a little street off the Via Toledo (also called Via Roma). It has a small eating area and a busy pizza takeaway. The food is good, basic Neapolitan, served up with the local wine – the purple frizzante Gragnano. There is a complete absence of non-Italian customers, so a few phrases of the language would be handy. The staff are polite and helpful and the food is reasonably priced (00 390 81 418 727; Vico Tre Re a Toledo 6, Quartieri Spagnoli).

PERFECT PIZZA Naples has faultless pizza, but nowhere does it better than Pizzeria Sorbillo: doughy, chewy crusts, and enormous depth of flavor yet still as light as a feather. The margherita is heaven on a plate, with a delicate tomato sauce and silky cheese that melts in the mouth. I would happily fly to Naples for the day for the pizza at Sorbillo (00 390 81 446 643; Via dei Tribunali 32).

Star Attraction,  Travel forum users rate Palazzo Reale in Caserta, 14 miles north of Naples. The colossal palace with its 1,200 rooms is dubbed the Italian Versailles, and is one of the greatest examples of Italian baroque architecture. It is also where Tom Cruise shot scenes for Mission Impossible III and where George Lucas filmed interior shorts for Star Wars (reggiadicaserta.beniculturali.it; closed Tue; US$16).





 Find out more the Amalfi Coast has comprehensive coverage of the city. You can also download the Naples chapter at TravelerGuide.Blogspot.com (free). Enjoy the electric Neapolitan street life in Dan Hofstadter’s evocative love story Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples (US$6). For more information, check out inaples.it and for listings, see Napoli.com