After you’ve finished walking around Bukchon Hanok Village, you can take a short walk over to one of the “Five Grand Palaces” – Changdeokgung Palace. This Palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty and is rumored to have been the favourite amongst many Joseon Princes. Unfortunately, like the other Palaces, Changdeokgung Palace suffered heavy damage during Japan’s occupation in the early-to-mid 1900s. As a result, only about 50% of the structures you will see at the Palace are from before the occupation.
Wanting to see another side of Seoul? Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village in the Gye-Dong neighbourhood. This 600-year old village from the Joseon Dynasty has been preserved and though it is now a destination for tourists, many locals still live in the historic houses along the various narrow alleyways. This was one of my favourite sights in Seoul – the village has history, cute houses, intriguing alleyways, and is just all-around really interesting.
With only four days in Paris, I tried to cram everything I wanted to see in a short time frame and I surprisingly was able to do it all, though perhaps not as well as I would have liked. Since I had such a difficult time narrowing down a list of things to do in Paris for this blog post, I decided to just give up and include all of my favourite spots and places I went to while in the city. There’s a whole lot to see and do, so whether you’re there for a weekend or an entire week, this list is sure to keep your feet moving throughout the city streets of Paris.
If you’re in need of a change from the typical city scenery while travelling through Paris, then you should definitely head on over to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Not only does this public park offer its visitors ample greenery to walk through, sit down, and enjoy, but it also has a temple perched on the top of a cliff where you can gaze down on the park and look out onto some of Paris’s beautiful buildings.
Paris has many tourist hot-spots to visit throughout the city, and without a doubt, the Notre Dame is high up on that list as one of the most well-known cathedrals in France (we’ve all seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame..). This cathedral is an example of the historic French Gothic architecture with a beautiful exterior and an equally mesmerizing interior adorned with intricate stained glass windows throughout.
Looking for a more scenic and cheap way to see some views of Paris from above? Then check out Sacre-Coeur, a beautiful Basilica located on the highest point within the city (which isn’t very high at all). The area leading up to the church is quite seedy – filled with locals trying to scam you into playing their card games, tourist shops, and quite a few sketchy characters. Fear not though, as you’ll be surrounded by other tourists sitting along the green grass once you begin walking up to the church. The area is extremely busy with tourists, though once you make it to the top you’ll get some nice views of the city (though there unfortunately isn’t much to be seen).
There are lots of things to do in London, but it might be a bit overwhelming to figure out where to go and what to see first, especially if you don’t have much time. From shopping to historical buildings and towers, to the various other stereotypes surrounding British culture, this list will give you the top touristy things you should check out while you’re in the city.
After spending half a day touring around the city, the question that you’re probably going over in your head is, “where to eat in Edinburgh?”. If you walk down any street, you’re sure to pass dozens of unique cafes and enticing restaurants, making it even more difficult to settle on just one (especially if you’re only in Edinburgh for a day and/or if you’re the worst decision maker when it comes to food.. Guilty!). Here are a few options of where you can grab some grub in this city.
Only have a day to play tourist in Edinburgh? One thing you should definitely have on your to-do list is a quick climb up Holyrood Park to experience a panoramic view of this incredibly beautiful city. The park is easily accessible as it’s located right in the middle of the city, just a short walk from The Royal Mile, and it won’t take up much of your day if you’re on a tight schedule. Holyrood Park Edinburgh is a royal park and is home to the tallest point in the city; Arthur’s Seat at 251 meters.
So you’re heading to Macau for a day, a night, or a weekend, and aren’t quite sure what to do or what to expect. The only things you’ve probably heard about Macau is that it’s the “Las Vegas of Asia” and that it still retains much of its Portuguese influence throughout the city. This influence is seen in Old Macau and is quite the change from the densely populated city life you would experience in Hong Kong. As for the casinos: yup, they’re literally everywhere.