Tanjong Jara

Review: Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia

Tanjong Jara Resort – The hidden gem in Malaysia We just returned from celebrating our 10th year wedding anniversary in this hidden gem of a resort called Tanjong Jara in Dungun, Malaysia. I stumbled upon it by accident when I was looking for a luxury resort in Tioman. Somehow a combination of “YTL” and “Tioman” in the Google search led me to this resort that is almost unheard of. Tanjong Jara Resort is located on the east coast of the […]

Budget Travel Tips for Venice

Budget Travel Tips For Venice

Budget Travel Tips for the Most Expensive City in Italy Venice is apparently the most expensive city in Italy. This was echoed by our Airbnb host in Florence when we exclaimed how things seemed to be cheaper in Florence than in Venice. So I’ve decided to put together some Budget Travel Tips for Venice so you can benefit from this. Looking back, it seemed like a wise idea to pick the most expensive city to start our Italian holiday. Being […]

La Colombina

Dining Experience at La Colombina in Venice

A Birthday Dinner Celebration My Review of La Colombina The last dining experience which was done on another day was in a slightly snobbish gourmet restaurant called La Colombina (#26). This was a small gourmet restaurant hidden inside a lane. We wanted a nice place to celebrate my birthday and I wanted to pick one that was listed on TripAdvisor so we picked La Colombina. The restaurant seemed quite popular and the diners were mostly well dressed. To be honest, we felt a […]

Colourful street in Venice

Dining at Venice Restaurants listed on TripAdvisor

Venice Restaurants Listed on TripAdvisor On arriving Venice, I was ready to succumb to my suppressed urge to eat pasta since Barcelona. I marked out the Venice restaurants that were within my budget ($ – $$) and ranked in the Top 70* on Tripadvisor. While there were quite a few street food in the mix, the Venice restaurants on my list were mostly trattorias or simple restaurants except for one unexpected restaurant ($$ – $$$) we splurged on for my birthday. This would […]

Venice on Day 1

Getting from Treviso to Venice by Ryanair

20 April 2017: Day 6 Treviso to Venice Taking Ryanair from Barcelona We flew into Treviso to Venice from Barcelona by Ryanair. Treviso is the only airport in Venice that Ryanair lands at. We picked Ryanair because of their flight time which was optimal for arriving Venice early. Ryanair is a no-frills budget airline and the staff are the most “no-nonsense” I’ve ever come across. Unfriendly, all-business, monotonous is how I would describe the staff there. Our departure from Barcelona was […]

Casa Batllo

Barcelona: Tips on Visiting Casa Batllo

19 April 2017: Day 5 – Casa Batlló Built between 1904 and 1906, Casa Batllo is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Due to its visceral, skeletal organic quality, it was named by locals as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones). There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colorful […]

Parc Guell

Barcelona: Parc Guell – Best Way To Get There

18 April 2017: Day 4 – Parc Guell Introduction to Parc Guell Parc Güell is a large park comprising of gardens and architectonic elements built between 1900 and 1914. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of Antoni Gaudí’s creative works. Most of the park’s access is free except for the Monumental Zone. Since October 2013, an entrance fee applies when you enter the Monumental Zone. Currently the general ticket is charged at €8 (€7 online) per person. Having […]

Port de Barcelona

Barcelona: Getting To La Roca Village

17 April 2017 | Day 3 – La Roca Village Shopping Factory Outlet Shopping La Roca Village is one of the best shopping destinations in Barcelona. Because you can find multiple big brands all in one location and all offering discounted prices. It is around 40 minutes from Barcelona, and home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques. Options to get there There are many options to get to La Roca Village. The cheapest option is probably the regular Sagales […]

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia

16 April 2017 | Day 2 – Sagrada Familia Introduction Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the number one attraction in Barcelona. It is a large Roman Catholic church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Its construction started in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted […]