Nuremberg . Nürnberger

   I honestly had not heard of this City until I was looking for a place to go for the Easter Holiday Weekend. As the cost of stayling in a hotel in England soared to ridiculous levels, I found going to Munich – including plane fares and train ride from Nuremberg –  would be cheaper than staying in a decent hotel in Manchester.

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  P4160895        It is the second largest city in Bavaria or “Beyern” as it is known in German.  It was our gateway to Munich or “Munchen” in German. We went straight to the train station upon arrival but we have decided to spend a day here as we will be closer to the airport on our way back to England.  It turned out to be a beautiful city to explore.

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    To most people Nuremberg is associated with the Nuremberg trials or the Nuremberg Rallies, but today you can see that the city has moved on far from it’s past. The Nazi buildings are a reminder of the past, just like the other structures dating back from the Middle Ages that serve as an illustration of the city’s history.

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Tip! When travelling from Nuremberg to Munich, take the Ice train and enjoy the Bavarian countryside. You can book you train tickets online on Deutcshe Bahn and book it in advance to get cheaper rates.  Standard Class is very comfortable so you don’t necessarily need to go for First Class unless you wish to have added extras, however, the train journey is only approximately one hour so the benefits of going first class could be limited.

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First Stop Lisbon, Portugal

I have just gone back from Portugal a few  days ago and my mind is still in a state of dream about this country.   Our first stop was Lisbon (Lisboa). It is Portugal’s capital and largest city. The oldest City in Western Europe, older than London, Paris and Rome. The only city along the Atlantic Coast.

This city has so much to offer on what you can see and do, day and night. This city has been given different referential names. I am actually thinking of another one that I can add to the list.

Lisbon is famously called the City of Seven Hills (it’s a myth, there are more or less). No matter what the actual number of hills are it is indeed a hilly city. Be ready with those comfortable shoes when you are going around to see the sights and even when you go for a night out.

It is also called the  City of Tiles (Azulejos), if you walk around Lisbon you will see the art of Portuguese ceramic tiles in almost every corner of the city particularly on train and metro stations.

It was once the City of Spies, no I did not meet them, it happened during World War II.

It is also referred by some as a City of  Contrasts, when referring the architecture of the city as the old blends with contemporary erections.

It is also called the real City of Lights, it is not because of artificial light like New York or Paris but because of the sunlight reflected from the Tagus river to the city in the evening.

Today, Lisbon is promoting itself as a City of Tolerance. A welcoming haven for all cultures and ethnicities.

I am definitely charmed by the vibe of  Lisbon. It is a city where you don’t expect much when you go but when you leave the place you have the mind set that you would come back.

On my next blog, Lisbon in photos!

 

Basic Commuting In and Around Central London for Tourists

Second article of my London Series. Now that you have swosssshhhed your way from the London Airports to Central London. It is time to think of “How to go around London and what is the best way to do it”. Take your time to read this on the web links I have attached or click the highlighted phrases for a more extensive explanation.

As anybody else would say, the best way to move around London is by using the London’s Underground Network, and the cheapest way to use this transport network is by having an OYSTER Card  What is an Oyster Card? Know all the details on this link:

https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/oyster/what-is-oyster?intcmp=1685

Next, Plan your journey. How to get from one point to the other.  Please use this website.

https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

You can type in the post code of your origin i.e. hotel, name of the bus stop, post code of your origin and destination on the search tab. So… you need to know where you are and where your are going when checking this website

Please check the important TIPS that I have learned from living in London. This is especially for tourists.

Tip 1! Buy your oyster card from the official underground stations ticketing offices upon arrival. Get a receipt of your purchase, you will need as you can return the card and get your deposit (cost of card) of £5, plus remaining balance back when you leave London.

Tip 2! Make sure you top up your Oyster card with a minimum of £12.50/day during your stay in London. This is the daily capping rate for Zone 1-2. You can use your Oyster Card on Red Buses and other transport links within the Greater London area. Read the website above. To check the rates check this link: Adult rate prices: All Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services and National Rail services in Z1-9

Tip 3! When staying in London for more than three days, better get a weekly travel card as a weekly rate is almost the same price as three days DAILY CAPPING COST.

Tip 4! It  would be cheaper to travel after 9:30 a.m off-peak rate and anytime at weekends.

Tip 5! If you are traveling for more that 3 days but not more than 7 days: buy a weekly travel card for zone 1-2. Don’t forget!!! You can use an Oyster card to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London.

Tip 6! Download an official London Underground Map App I am from London but I am still using one. It is important if you are going to use multiple underground lines for you to be able to know if where is the best station to change.

Tip 7! “Change” is the British word for “transfer” often used when using the transport network. The London Underground is also referred as the “Tube” so when you hear “tube station” it also means the underground station.  

Tip 8! If you get lost ask the staff at the underground station for directions, they have more time. Please avoid asking the bus drivers for  directions as they are running on scheduled trip and have not much time to explain to you. The only quick thing you can ask bus drivers is if his bus is going to your direction and that’s just a yes or no.

You might still get lost or have taken the longer route to your destination, but that is part of being a tourist, isn’t it? Most often than not, the time that we are able to adjust commuting to a new place is when we are about to leave.

I hope you find this post useful. Cheers and enjoy your stay in London! Next time, I will be writing about the London Hop on Hop Off Tour Buses.

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