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A Guide To Ischia, Italy

October 10, 2017

Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples filled with mineral rich thermal waters, sandy beaches and stunning scenery. I explored Ischia with the help of Imperatore Travel, here is a list of great things to do on the island.

Boat Trip

We went on a 3 hour private boat tour around the island, giving us an insight to Ischia’s history and culture. Whilst taking in views of the castle and pretty pastel buildings.Boat trip Ischia - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogGiardini La Mortella

These botanical gardens are a great place to relax, admire the beautiful flowers and get a drink in the lovely tea room.Botanical Gardens - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThermal Baths

We went to Poiseden the largest thermal park on the island, here you can relax in over 20 pools with varying temperatures.

Tip: bring towels, robes, swimming hat and flip flops with you or you’ll have to purchase them there, also bring a Euro for the lockers

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There are several routes you can take the shortest being half on hour to the longest of 5 hours. Ours lasted about 2.5 hours, it wasn’t very difficult but some areas are quite steep. When we started the hike it was quite cold and cloudy but once we reached the top luckily the sun had come out again. At the top there’s a lovely restaurant serving lunch and drinks.

Tip: Bring a jacket as it can be chilly at the top

Hike Mount Epomeo - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogViewpoint Mount Epomeo - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogCastello Aragonese

Visit this medieval castle to learn more about the history of Ischia and for spectacular views over the island.Ischia Castle - Enjoy the AdventureThe Food

La Bussola – located in front of Forio harbour and close to the town centre, this place has a variety of local Ischian dishes and fresh fish.

 Montecorvo – My favourite dish from the trip was “the Rabbit in the style of Ischia” which we had at this restaurant. All the courses we had here were incredible and I’d highly recommend going! This place is quite hard to find so I’d recommend getting a taxi there.

Casa Celestino Restaurant – this is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood whilst overlooking the Sant’Angel coast.

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Starter from La Bussola Restaurant

When to go

I went in October and it was still sunny and warm, around 21-25 degrees and since most of the tourists are gone you can enjoy cheaper hotels and emptier beaches. Peak season is June to August which will be nice and hot but a lot busier.

Getting Here

In order to get to the island you need to fly to Naples then get a ferry to Ischia. We flew from London Gatwick around 2pm and arrived at the hotel at 9.30 so it is quite time consuming. When choosing how long to stay in Ischia bear in mind the commuting time. We spent 4 days in Ischia and had a packed itinerary so you could easily spread this over 5-7 days.

Where to stay

We stayed at Garden & Villas which was absolutely stunning, 3 acres of gardens with flowers, 2 swimming pools a gym and restaurant. Check out the availability here.

If you want to treat yourself to a 5 star hotel check out Terme Manzi, check out prices and availability here. We visited the hotel for a delicious lunch and the spa here looks incredible!

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Top Things To Do in NYC

October 3, 2017

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building observatory hosts incredible views over New York. With the New York city pass tickets you can even go back again at night free of charge and it’s open until 2am.

River Cruise

Cruise along the Hudson river as you take in views of the Manhattan Bridge and Statue of Liberty. With City Pass you don’t need to book ahead just show up and choose from one of the cruises. The tour guide is very informative and they have a bar serving food and drink on board.

Visit Times Square

You can’t go to New York without visiting the iconic Times Square. Take a seat on the red steps by the TKTs booth to take in the bright lights and hustle and bustle of it all. I went on a Broadway and Times Square Tour with New York Tour 1, this tour is great if your a fan of musicals, you learn so much about the history of the theatres and who performed in them. They also have a variety of other tours available such as a Little Italy tour or High Line tour. If you are looking for cheap Broadway tickets then check out TodayTix and with referral code IQGWH you can get $10 off your order.

Relax at the High Line

This park on a former rail way track is a real oasis from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Walk along the high line and admire the greenery and flowers or take a break on one of the benches. They also have places along the way to stop for a snack or drink.

See a sports game

We went to a baseball game Yankees vs Cleveland Indians, the atmosphere at the stadium was brilliant with loads of die hard Yankee fans cheering. We went at the end of August, check what sports games are on when you go as they have different ones throughout the seasons.Central Park

Central Park is huge it’s a great place to walk or cycle around. I’d also recommend going rowing in the lake it costs $15 with a $20 deposit this holds up to 4 people.

Central Park Lake NYC guide - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogTop of the Rock Observation Deck

I actually preferred the view here to the Empire State Building as there aren’t barriers in the way however the day we went it was pouring down with rain so we didn’t stay very long. Be aware the queues can be quite long and with the city pass you can’t book a time slot online. We turned up and it was very busy, we would have had to wait 2 hours to go in so we managed to book tickets for the next day. If you don’t have a city pass you can book time slots online to avoid queuing.

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City Pass

With the pass you get entry to the Empire state building, Rockerfeller Centre, River cruise, 9/11 memorial, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. You also get a range of discount for Macys, Bloomingdales and many others. The passes save you a lot of money and are definitely worth getting if it’s your first visit to New York and you want to see all the attractions. For more info click here

Food

Black Tap Burgers & Shakes

The burgers here are incredible, I’d recommend the Bison Burger which comes with pesto mayo, mozzarella and tomatoes. The crazy shakes are also amazing and very Instagrammable.

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Ellen’s Stardust Diner

This 50’s themed diner with singing servers is located in Time Square. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but be aware there is normally a massive queue and you can’t reserve a table. We tried to go for dinner but the queue was too long so we came back for breakfast the next day and didn’t have to wait too long.

Lombardi’s 

Lombardi’s was founded in 1905 making it the first pizzeria in the United States! The pizzas are delicious also fairly expensive but as they’re so huge you can share one.

Lombardi's Pizza - NYC guide - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogHard Rock Cafe

Located in Times square this Hard Rock Cafe is home to a collection of music memorabilia. Serving American classics and legendary burgers.

Hard Rock Cafe - NYC guide - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogWhere to stay

Everywhere in New York is pretty expensive one of the cheaper hotels we found was City Rooms in Soho. The staff were friendly and there’s free tea and coffee downstairs. The room itself was quite small and is an hour walk to times square, if you use the subway round the corner then you can get there in 20 minutes. It’s located near Little Italy which is a great area to go for dinner.

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*Thank you to City Pass for providing us with complimentary passes and to New York Tour 1 for the Broadway tour*

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How To Survive a Long Haul Flight & Giveaway

September 25, 2017

Long haul travel can be tiresome so here are my tips to make the journey easier:

Wear comfortable clothes

Wearing several loose layers is ideal as you can adjust your temperature as you fly, being blasted by a powerful air con can get a bit chilly. Keep jewellery in your cabin bag as it can get in the way when trying to sleep. Also bring some comfy shoes or cosy slipper socks with you.

Use an eye mask

Trying to sleep on a plane is a lot easier with an eye mask so you can block out any light and go to sleep when you want.

Move around on the plane

Keep the circulation flowing in your legs by getting up every now and again. It also helps avoid the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

Bring a neck pillow

I find it so hard to fall asleep without a neck pillow when travelling on a plane or in a car, my head just flops about and I keep waking up.

Stay hydrated

It’s easy to get dehydrated whilst flying especially if your drinking alcohol, so remember to keep drinking water. Your skin can get dehydrated too so bring a moisturiser with you.

Carry a power bank with you

My phone battery doesn’t last that long so I try and always carry a power bank with me. Luckily for you I have teamed up with Destination 2 to give away a power bank, so you don’t run out of power on your travels. It’s great to have a fully charged mobile when you land so you can get in contact with family or use Google maps to figure out where you’re going.

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Xupo Key Finder and Item Locator with Giveaway

September 22, 2017

This clever little tracker is used to locate your items it can be attached to keys, placed into a bag, by your camera or near anything you might misplace. I tend to lose my keys so attached the small lightweight Xupo tracker to my keying. It’s similar to the find my Iphone app but can be used with any item you want.

How to use

It’s super easy to setup and use

Download the Xupo app

Turn bluetooth on

Press button on Xupo to connect to your phone

Once connected tap find on your phone and the Xupo will ring

Another great feature is that if you lose your phone you can press the button on the Xupo and it will call your phone. If your Xupo is out of bluetooth range, click the map it button on the app, this will show the last seen location on the map.

Xupo find your items

Battery replacement

Open the shell along the line, take out battery and replace with a CR2016

Verdict

While I didn’t lose my keys during the weeks trialling this, I tested it out by placing my keys in another room and using the app. It was easy to find them with the ringing emitted from the Xupo. I think this items great especially if you misplace your items often. Sometimes I buy my friends birthday presents early and then when their birthday comes round I can’t find the present, so next time I can just put the Xupo next to it. This little gadget can save a lot of time looking for things and could even stop arguments if someone you live with always blames you for moving their stuff.

You can purchase here on Amazon and read more about it on this website

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Top 10 things to do in Berlin

August 25, 2017

1.East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe East side gallery is an international memorial for freedom, the wall separated the East and West sides of the city during the Cold War. The gallery is a monument of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Since the fall artists have been invited to come and paint murals with various political statements. At 1316 metres long and located along the Spree river, it is the longest continually standing outdoor gallery in the world. One of the most recognised images on the wall is that of fellow communists Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing each other.

The gallery attracts 2-3 million visitors each year, so expect a lot of people posing for photos when you go there. It doesn’t take that long to walk the stretch and there are a couple of food stalls and tourist shops where you can stop to pick up some currywurst or souvenirs.

Address:Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin

Public transport – U Schlesisches Tor

2.Berliner Dom

Berliner Dom - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe Berliner Dom is the largest cathedral in the city, the interior is a mix of Renaissance and Baroque design featuring mosaics and stained glass windows. Climb to the top dome for breath taking views across the city and river Spree. Afterwards head to one of nearby restaurants to enjoy dinner whilst admiring the beautiful architecture. In the summer relax and watch the world go by on the grass area by the cathedral and Altes Museum home to many historical artefacts.

Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Admission: €7

Public transport: S-Bhf Hackescher Markt or U-Bhf Alexanderplatz

3.TV Tower

TV Tower Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogBerlin Fernsehturm also known as the TV Tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. You can always spot it towering above you in the city skyline. The tower has an observation deck for spectacular views over Berlin. The revolving restaurant rotates a full 360° every hour so you get to see all the attractions whilst enjoying a delicious meal. They have a range of offers for the restaurant, we opted for the 2 course lunch for €34.50 per person. The only downside when booking the offers is that you aren’t guaranteed a window seat however the view and food is still worth it though.

Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Price: Observation deck tickets start from €14, check website for restaurant offers here

Public transport: Alexanderplatz Station

4.Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe memorial is designed by Peter Eisenman and dedicated to the Jewish victims of the holocaust. As you walk through the concrete blocks you may feel disorientated as the floor sinks and rises. Make sure you visit the museum under the memorial which is free to enter but tends to have a queue especially at weekends.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Public Transport: U-Bahn: Mohrenstraβe, U6; Französische Staβe

 5.Get a taste of Istanbul at the Turkish Market

Turkish market - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThis vibrant outdoor Turkish market is situated in the multicultural neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. Street vendors sell traditional Turkish street foods, fresh produce and an assortment of knick-knacks. The lively atmosphere attracts plenty of locals and tourists, head to the end of the strip and you’ll probably find an impromptu musical performance. Don’t leave without picking up one of the gözlemes which is a traditional Turkish flatbread dish.

Dates & Time: Tues & Fri from 11am to 6.30pm

Adress: Maybachufer 1-13, 12047 Berlin

Public Transport: U-Bhf Schönleinstraße

6.Cruise along the river

Stern + Kreis offer a range of river cruises ranging from 1 hour to 3, we opted for the 3 hour evening cruise. It’s a great way to see Berlin and relax with a drink or two. They also offer a range of snacks which you can buy on board, or they have main meals which you can order when booking. Our tour guide gave us information about the building and attractions we passed in German and then in English. Remember to bring a jacket if opting for the evening cruise as it can get quite chilly. I’d recommend doing the 1 hour cruise as 3 was a bit too long for us. If booking online you have the option to choose from different starting locations.

Book your tour here

7.Sing karaoke at Mauerpark

In the summer Bearpit karaoke is the best way to entertain yourself on a Sunday afternoon. Once you’ve finished searching for treasures at the flea market sit down and be captivated by the amazing and awful singers, whilst you and the audience sing along with them. Joe the warm up guy does a great job of adding in some humour and revving up the crowd to create an electric atmosphere. I’d recommend getting here early to get a seat with a good view as it gets packed.

Time & Date: Sundays it starts around 3-4pm and admission is free

Address: Mauerpark Berlin (located next to the market by the basketball court) Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin

8.Visit street art heaven

Street art Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe buildings in Berlin are very grey but the graffiti and street art help inject some colour in the mix. For a particularly concentrated area of graffiti go to the courtyard near Cinema Cafe, where impressive street art covers every inch of the walls. Down this alley is the Anne Frank centre an exhibition about the history and present. Directly opposite this is the Otto Weidt’s Museum Workshop for the Blind, a small workshop where Weidt employed deaf and blind Jews to protect them from persecution and entry to this is free.

Address: Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany

9.Explore the Zoo

Elephants Berlin Zoo - Enjoy the AdventureThe zoo is huge with over 19,400 animals to see,you can easily spend the whole day here. The zoo is home to the only Pandas in Germany Meng Meng & Jiao Qing. Some other highlights are the Polar Bear, Giraffe, Lion, Zebra and Elephant. Download the app so you don’t miss the animal feeding times.

Address: Zoologischer Garten Berlin AG, Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin

Public Transport: Zoologischer Garten 

Prices for adults start from 15.50

The Berlin Welcome Card

  • Free public transport in Berlin
  • Free city guidebook
  • Discount to 200 attractions including the Zoo, Berliner Dom, Museums & TV Tower
  • For more info click here

Looking for somewhere to stay in Berlin check out my post on 25 hour hotels

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*Thank you to Visit Berlin for the Welcome cards & Stern + Kreis for the river cruise, all opinions remain my own*

 

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25 Hours Hotel Berlin – Review

August 11, 2017

25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Berlin which is quirky, stylish and fun then head to the 25 hours Bikini Berlin hotel. 25 hour hotels have a range of hotels across Europe, each hotel is tailor made to it’s surroundings. The Berlin hotel has an urban jungle theme as it’s located next to Berlin zoo, which you can get panoramic views of from the rooftop bar.  It incorporates the best things of a hostel with many social hotspot’s to hang out in or meet new people but with the privacy and design of a boutique hotel. They even let you rent a Mini Cooper for free, which is a great way to explore Berlin!

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe Bedroom

The rooms are amazing, I could have spent my trip here rather than exploring Berlin. The dark green, plant pots and monkey toy give the send of ‘urban jungle’ The jungle rooms directly overlook the zoo, equipped with a hammock where you can hang out and watch the monkeys playing around. With the window shut you won’t be disturbed by the animals but if you open up the window in the morning you’ll be able to hear them. On the other side of the hotel are the urban rooms, with a view over the city. The rooms are equipped with a doubled sided mirror which is great for two people getting ready and open plan high pressure showers with a sleek black tile design.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

The Breakfast

The buffet breakfast is by far the best I’ve had in Berlin with a wide range of foods served. It includes fruits, cereals, yogurts, eggs and perfectly crispy bacon. They have a variety of loose leaf teas, so you can help yourself to a pot of tea or for the coffee lovers they have a variety of blends you can make with their great machine. If weather permits you can enjoy your breakfast outside overlooking the zoo and city.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog 25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogReception and Lobby area

A small cafe  and newscorner where you can chill out or grab some breakfast. The hammocks here are so comfy you will not want to get out of them! The hotel also sells a range of postcards, notebooks, travel guides and toiletries the hotel uses. You can also buy your own Monkey cuddly toy as found in the bedrooms.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogMonkey Bar

Situated at the top of the hotel, it boasts impressive views of the cityscape and zoo. Make sure you head up from your room, rather than the main bar entrance as there tends to be a queue. It has a large range of cocktails, beers and nibbles. We loved coming up here in the evening to soak up the atmosphere.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLocation

Located next to Berlin zoo, with S and U bahn stations just a few minutes walk away

Additional Info

  • Take the lift to the 3rd floor for the reception
  • Sauna and gym 10 euros per person per stay
  • Each room comes with a bag you can use during your stay which will come in handy if buying any shopping
  • Boom bluetooth speakers in each room
  • High speed Wifi and IMAC workstations in lobby area
  • Can rent good quality bikes from the hotel, if staying in the large room you’ll have a bike in your bedroom
  • Book lunch or dinner at  the Neni restaurant in advance as it can book up fast
  • Free Mini Cooper rental

Overall experience

I loved this hotel, it’s one of the most unique and exciting hotels I’ve stayed at. The food, bar, rooms and service are all excellent. I’m already planning on staying in other 25 hour hotels as each one has it’s own quirky design.

Check dates and availability here

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*Thanks to 25 Hours Hotels for a complimentary night stay all opinions remain my own*