https://www.standbyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Venice-Beach.jpg 1285 2284 Barry Pickard https://www.standbyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SBA_Logo_tr-Bg-300x143.png Barry Pickard2019-08-09 10:46:062019-08-09 10:46:08Santa Monica and Venice Beach, California - Travel Guide
When visiting Los Angeles, we knew while planning our itinerary that we would have to make a trip to the famous beachside resorts of Santa Monica and Venice, as well as a quick foray into the Pacific Palisade’s neighbourhood to the north. This…
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Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands and is the northernmost city in Scotland. Inverness itself is a very pleasant, small city and we found that there were several interesting things to see here, but most visitors find that it…
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Ghent is a university city, with an interesting history stretching back into the Medieval period. Being only a 30-minute rail journey from Brussels, where we were based, Ghent was an ideal day trip for us. The city centre and its main attractions are close together, easily accessible by foot, making a tour of Ghent quite comfortable within a day.
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Antwerp Guide Antwerp is perhaps best known as a busy port or as a commercial city, especially in the trade of diamonds. Overshadowed by its more popular Belgian neighbors of Bruges, Ghent or Brussels, we were, however, pleasantly surprised…
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Initially we were unaware of the delights of Zamość, but a travel colleague of ours who specialises in visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites brought this delightful Renaissance-styled town to our attention. So, when we were planning our road trip of southern Poland, Zamość was one of the first locations on list. Zamość was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Starting from scratch, the town was modelled on the Italian Renaissance theories of what made an ‘ideal city’. The task to create this town was assigned to the famous architect from Padua, Bernando Morando. Thankfully, the town has retained most of its original features and is easily covered on foot by today’s visitors.
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We had a week to discover Latvia and see as much of this Baltic State as possible. Our first few days were spent exploring Riga, but we had also hired a car and had planned three daytrips from the capital. Latvia is a relatively small country, with a decent road infrastructure which is a great deal quieter than we are used to. Perhaps it is just as well that there was not much traffic, since, coming from the UK, we are more used to driving on the “wrong side of the road”.
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We found Riga and Latvia very friendly and our budget stretched very far. There are many faces of Riga, from its Teutonic origins, its outstanding Art Nouveau period, the depravities of the Nazi occupation and Communist rule, through to its bright new future as this proud city grasps its new opportunities.
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It is often said that Belgium is in the heart of Europe, but little did we expect that we would leave with Brussels firmly planted in our hearts. Brussels is an historic, but equally modern city. We found many of the city’s attractions situated in the centre of the city, around the magnificent Grand-Place, but we soon found out that the city’s suburbs held Art Deco gems, peaceful parks and interesting museums. With a good and regular train service, we found Brussels was also an ideal launch pad for exploring the rest of the country, with the like of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp within an hour's train journey, although more about these beautiful cities in future guides!
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Stockholm is the capital and largest city in Sweden. The entire urban area has about two million inhabitants. The city has its origins in the thirteenth century and has experienced its most important growth in the sixteenth century. In the old town there are still enough streets that remind of earlier times. However, Stockholm is primarily a well-designed modern city, where there is enough space for a number of spacious squares and the necessary green within the city. Stockholm offers its guests a good infrastructure, beautiful museums and beautiful buildings such as the City Hall and Stockholms Castle.
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The Norwegian capital Oslo, which was called Christiania or Kristiania a few centuries ago, lies in the south-east of Norway. The name Christiania was given to Oslo after King Christian IV rebuilt the city after the fierce and devastating fire in 1624. Only around 1925 this was changed back to Oslo. The cultural heart of Oslo has a lot to offer when it comes to visiting museums. The city has at least fifty of them. On the peninsula Bygdøy there are a number of very interesting areas close together. In addition, the city itself is full of historical sites, nice shops, trendy terraces and other nice restaurants. Oslo is a city where you won’t get bored.