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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Views From Vancouver’s Quarry Rock Trail – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 27th, 2019

Views From Vancouver's Quarry Rock Trail - Keep Calm and Wander

I did the Quarry Rock Hiking Trail yesterday for the first time. It was a beautiful day – and it’s a weekend, too! That means that hiking trails near Vancouver (reachable via public transport) were, as expected, crowded.

And I survived. Halelu!

Directions: Vancouver to Deep Cove by Bus

Start from the Waterfront Metro Station. Find the way to the water taxi / ferry that will take you to Lonsdale Quay. There’s a ferry every less than fifteen minutes, so you don’t have to wait long. When you get off at Lonsdale Quay, take the 239 bus that goes to Phibbs Exchange bus loop or Capilano University. Get off at Phibbs Exchange bus loop and transfer to bus 211 or 212. The last stop is at Deep Cove. Once you arrive, follow most of the crowd or find a sign that points you to the Quarry Rock trail. This trip should take around 40-50 minutes.

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The Cologne Cathedral Facade – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 25th, 2019

Cologne Cathedral Facade - Keep Calm and Wander

I am going to show you the 360 views of the Cologne Cathedral facade in Germany – before I’ll take you inside. This imposing Gothic Cathedral is Cologne’s most famous landmark and the pride of its people – regardless of their religious affiliation. And true enough, from a glance outside, the cathedral is nothing short of stupendous and magnificent!

If you look at its sky-scraping spires, you feel nothing but like a tiny human in front of a towering giant.

Cologne Cathedral (aka Cathedral Church of St. Peter) stands right on Rhine River. You can’t miss its colossal structure which can be seen anywhere on almost everyone’s rooftop.

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Stuttgart Walking Tour – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 16th, 2019

Stuttgart Walking Tour

I decided to have my own walking tour in Stuttgart on my second morning in the city. Yes, I did spend two full days here but on my first day, my friend and her husband whisked me away to Hohenzollern Castle, an hour drive from Stuttgart. We had a short stop at Tubingen for late lunch to meet another friend I’ve never seen for ages. Then, we drove back to the city before the Porsche Museum closed that day.

This walking tour was realized with the help of two of the staff from Novum Hotel Rieke Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof where I stayed. I started at 10:30 in the morning and done by 1:00 in the afternoon – just in time to meet another friend for lunch. That’s right, I have had three reunions on this trip in Stuttgart. 😉 What can I say – the Germans are inclined to my personality!

When you follow this walking tour route, I would advise having these places in your google map ready.

1. Stuttgart Main Train Station

It is good and wise to start from here – assuming you’ll be taking the train from other parts of Germany. If you fancy of seeing the city’s panoramic view, climb the tower attached to the end of this station.

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Germany’s Hohenzollern Castle – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 13th, 2019

Hoholzollen Castle - Keep Calm and Wander

Hohenzollern Castle is just one of the 20,000 fairy-tale-like castles in Germany. Indeed, you can’t be in Germany without visiting an old castle, be it small, medium or large. They’ve got castles in the city to the outskirts; to the plains and hilltops. These castles, of course, were once occupied by the royals and aristocrats whose influence ruled the land.

Where is Hohenzollern Castle?

The address is: 72379, Hechingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. But where exactly is this, you might ask. It’s actually an hour from Stuttgart by car. I was lucky that a friend that I’ve never seen for more than 30 years lives there and she was kind to drive me up there with her husband. In other words, I didn’t have to worry about public transport. We only depended on Google map for directions because both of them had never been there before. If I didn’t visit them, they would never have gone there.

How to get there?

The nearest train station here is Hechingen Station (Bahnhof/ZOB, Hechingen). There’s a train at 10:16 AM from Stuttgart and it arrives at Hechingen 11:19 AM. From here, you can take a bus that will take you to Hohenzollern Castle. Don’t forget to ask for the bus schedule so you won’t miss your train going back to Stuttgart or onwards to your next destination. If time is not your issue, then you can stay for a night either in Tubingen or Hechingen.

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Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 11th, 2019

Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park - Keep Calm and Wander

Springtime at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver is what I needed on a sunny day yesterday. The last time I checked my weather forecast app was Tuesday and it showed a rainy on Friday so I didn’t really bother to check it again. But when I woke up at almost noon, I was surprised at the azure sky outside my window. I hastily took a shower and off I went to the park which is around 45 minutes ride from where I am.

It’s my first time to be here and I’m not disappointed. It’s a huge park – so there’s always a space for everyone. You can sit and lay down wherever you want, except on flower beds.

The topmost part of the Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver. That’s why the panoramic view of the city from here is something that would charm your naked eyes.

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A Day in Frankfurt – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 10th, 2019

Keep Calm and Wander

Let’s just say that you have a day in Frankfurt. Or at least 8-10 hours of connecting flight in the city. If you are boarding on a Lufthansa Airline flight, there is a huge chance you will be transferred at/from Frankfurt am Main Airport. Don’t fret – the airport is well-connected with trains to downtown Frankfurt.

Once you arrive at the city’s main train station, everything there is walkable, assuming you have well-shaped calves like mine (aka, someone who likes walking for hours).

So, if you have a day in Frankfurt, here are my suggestions – starting from the main train station. Take note that this travel itinerary of Frankfurt does not include recommendations for restaurants and bars because you can always go into one – anywhere in the city. Also, museums and galleries are not included here.

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Cherry Blossoms at Vancouver’s Garry Point Park – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 8th, 2019

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Weather forecast in Vancouver this week is either rainy or cloudy. Yesterday, however, was exceptional. It was bright and sunny with a bearable chill. So where did I go? I wasted no time but visited the Garry Point Park. Going there took me an hour and a half but it was worth a trip to the edge of Richmond.

The cherry blossoms at Garry Point Park was the main attraction why visitors go there at this time of the here. The cherry trees didn’t disappoint every instagrammers, camwhores and posers! Good thing though, there was enough space for a few cherry blossom pilgrims.

Without much ado, I present you – the lovely cherry blossoms! Be it publicly known that no petals and branches were separated from their mother tree. 😉 If you see me touching branches, I can assure you that its all for the love of photography. 😀

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Afternoon at the Main River – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 6th, 2019

Main River - Keep Calm and Wander

It is always a good idea to spend an afternoon by the Main River in Frankfurt – especially on a good summer day.

I’d highly recommend this and if you have a spare from your budget, stay at one of the bars or restaurants alongside the river.

If you have budgetary constraints, don’t forget to buy some cans of beer or food and have a merry, little picnic here. Join the rest of the locals as they admire the modern skyline of skyscrapers across the river. The sun sets behind these skyscrapers.

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Frankfurt City Skyline – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 4th, 2019

Frankfurt City Skyline

The Frankfurt City Skyline from the Main Tower gives you an amazing 360-degree view. Standing at 200-meter (656 ft) or 56-storey, The Main Tower is located in the Innenstadt district. If its antenna spire is included, the building is at 787 ft (240 meters). You might think that its name (Main Tower) is boring and has no creativity, but it has a reason why it is called as such. Its name comes after the nearby Main River which is visible from the top.

Do you know that the Main Tower has 5 floors under and 2 viewing platforms for the public? It is the sole structure in Frankfurt with viewing observatory for tourists and visitors. Main Tower is Frankfurt’s fourth tallest building and also Germany’s 4th tallest.

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