Relive the Movies in Gay Paris – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , August 12th, 2019

moulin rouge - Keep Calm and Wander

“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn, a Hollywood legend who acted in romantic movies that featured famous landmarks in Paris. With so many great motion pictures made in this European city, it’s no wonder it earns these three nicknames: The City of Love, The City of Romance, and The City of Lights.

Let’s traverse the romantic lanes in Paris and get a glimpse of the landmarks that grace it.

Moulin Rouge

one are the days of French courtesans in the city of Paris, but Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de Clichy is still alive with the “can-can” dance which the nation invented. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor made this area more popular in the film with the same name. Watch a show or two and relive the past through glamorous cabaret performances.

Le Grand Hotel

There are a handful elegant hotels in Paris where movies where made, but the opulent and avant garde Le Grand Hotel has been truly iconic since 1862. Its luxurious suites are to die for, and its classic interior design brings you back to a bygone era. Your stay here will genuinely be romantic when you book a room facing the Opera. The famed Louvre Museum is nearby. Le Grand’s exterior is prominent in Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” movie with Harrison Ford.

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Nea Kameni – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 26th, 2019

Nea Kameni - Keep Calm and Wander

Nea Kameni is one of the volcanic islands situated in the Santorini caldera. It’s almost two millennia old and around the caldera, there are many volcanic islands present – active volcanic islands, mind you.

If you’re holidaying in Santorini, you must go for a day trip to the surrounding islands. Find a tour agency that brings you not just to one island, but two or more. This is what we did – and Nea Kameni was our first stop of the island hopping day tour.

Here are some interesting facts about the island.

An Island Made of Lava

The island and its neighboring Palea Kameni are a result of a repeated dacite lava eruptions and ash. While strolling on the island, you’ll be able to see not just one, but a few deep craters. It’s surreal.

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 20th, 2019

Sedlec Ossuary - Kotna Hora - Prague - Czech Republic

Kutna Hora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient architecture, mining history, gothic cathedrals such as the Ossuary, and its fair share in making the Czech Republic what it is today.

Here are the things you can do there.

1. Sedlec Ossuary

Known better as “The Bone Church”, this might be the most bizarre structure you see in the city. It remains a structure housing the remains of more than 40,000 people. Some say its a legend, others agree to it. Its most striking feature is a chandelier made of every bone a human has.

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Bratislava Castle – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 18th, 2019

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle sits on the hill overlooking the Old Town and Danube River. This extraordinarily large rectangular building was once a ruin after a brutal fire burnt it down in 1811. According to history, the Celts were the first inhabitants in this area. Though it looks plain, palace facade has some fragments of Rennaissance and Gothic elements of style.

Unfortunately for me, the castle was closed on the day I visited there – so I have no idea what it looks like inside. However, the gardens and the shades around the palace is a cool refuge from the summer heat.

In the 18th century, the most revered ruler of that time, Maria Theresa lived here. She had a huge family, but all of them took care of this place like no one else.

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Gay Bratislava, Slovakia – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 13th, 2019

Gay Bratislava

Here are 10 things to do in Bratislava that are worthwhile your time. Two full days and a night were enough for me to explore Slovak Republic’s capital city before hopping on a train in the evening to my next destination. However, it is possible to visit the city in one day, because most of the ones listed here are walking distance from each other in the Old Town.

I was in Bratislava in early June last year and it was not even crowded. The Old Town at noon was quiet and there were only a few tourists. It was a welcome relief for me after visiting big cities, like Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, and Prague.

1. Bratislava Castle

Situated atop the Old Town, the Bratislava Castle is an important mid-16th-century building. You can have spectacular views of the Petrzalka and the UFO Bridge not to mention the honor of attending one of the exhibitions.

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Be a Tourist in Athens – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 11th, 2019

Be a Tourist in Athens - Keep Calm and Wander

Here is a list of touristy things to do in Athens. In its evolution, the ancient city has not let go of its ancient character despite the trials of time. So, if you want to be a tourist in Athens, pick some or a few of these places for your two or three days itinerary in the ancient city.

1. The Parthenon / Acropolis

This should be your first stop. Standing on the hill of Acropolis, the Parthenon before your eyes is surreal. You’ll see ancient Greek architecture standing on this sacred hill for about 2,500 years. It is actually a collection of buildings, where you’ll explore Parthenon (dedicated to goddess Athena) known for its best Doric columns.

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The Roussanou Monastery – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 8th, 2019

The Roussanou Monastery - Keep Calm and Wander

Roussanou Monastery sits on a low rock pillar – compared to the other monasteries in Meteora. It is very much accessible to public transport and there is not much climbing involved, but a few steps. The monastery itself is connected via a small bridge and is managed by nuns who are collecting the entrance fee themselves. Yes, it is now a convent for women – since 1988.

There are two rules that visitors need to remember when going inside the monastery. First, you have to cover your legs (aka, wear long skirts). The nuns at the entrance can loan you a plain cloth to wrap around your waist. This also applies to men. Second, photography is not allowed. However, no one is really watching inside, and if you want to take one or two (using your phone), be discreet – like me. 😀

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These Meteora Monasteries Seem to Hover In the Air

Author: , June 24th, 2019

Meteora monasteries

These Meteora monasteries are hovering in the air. On our way to see these monasteries, our jaws dropped as we passed by the towering rock formations. They are amazing geological formations that will never fail to make you wonder how they came into existence.

While these are marvels of nature, the monasteries on top of these rock pillars are themselves, marvels of human ingenuity. I declare that these natural and human-made wonders are one of the attractions that you have to see, to believe.

Who Built these Monasteries?

Meteora’s first Christian monks set up their monastic life here back in the 14th century. They constructed monasteries on top of these gigantic rock cliffs that must have been very difficult to climb. But, I guess, that was the point of putting these monasteries up there – to get away from worldly temptations and possessions.

And by looking at them, I have no doubt that the monks succeeded in their mission to practice their faith without much distractions from the outside world. They would do everything to live in unreachable places just to experience (or, maybe see?) God in their lifetime.

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Fira Santorini at Night – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , June 22nd, 2019

Fira Santorini at Night - Keep Calm and Wander

Fira Santorini at night is truly mesmerizing. When the sun goes down and the lights are on, the island is something you can only see in movies. It will leave yourself breathless, constantly sighing at the beauty that never seems to fade.

Fira is the capital town of Santorini. The white-washed houses you see on postcards are either from here or from Oia. Both towns are expensive, but Oia seems to be more expensive when it comes to hotels/accommodation. However, if I had the money to splurge, I’d prefer to stay in Oia where I’ll have my own infinity pool.

Going Around Santorini

It is easy to get around Santorini. The island has convenient buses from one place to another but it takes around 10-15 minutes to wait at peak hours. Fare starts at 2.50 euros for one way only. Be aware that buses start and end in Fira. This means that if you want to continue your journey to another place, you’ve got pay another fare again.

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The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

Author: , June 6th, 2019

The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral in Mexico is the most iconic landmark of this colonial city. This postcard-perfect town is located 170 miles north of Mexico City.

San Miguel de Allende was voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine as the “World’s Best City” in 2017 and 2018!

The old part of this town was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

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