Friday, 16 May 2014

Visiting, Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands of South Africa.

Mountains around Stellenbosch
I recently had the privilege to visit the town of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. This town is in, what is called the Cape Winelands and is surrounded by beautiful wine estates and many mountains, reminding one of the Alps, in Switzerland. Stellenbosch, was founded by the Dutch in 1679 (just a couple of years after the Dutch founded New York!). I will report at a later stage about the things to do in the town, but today I am going to show you some of the beautiful scenery found in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. I had the opportunity to go and walk in the reserve and I am not exaggerating when I say that the scenery was breathtaking and the plant life resembling a garden of Eden.
If you are interested in visiting the town and you are in need of accommodation, then you can either look for hotels in Stellenbosch, or stay in Cape Town which is only about 35 kilometers from Stellenbosch.

Some scenenary from the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Accommodation in Luxor, Egypt.

Nile Cruise - Image Copyright TheSpecialist
Visiting the ancient land of Egypt, has been my dream since very young. I've managed to realize my dream twice already, visiting this country on two occasions. Once during a stop over flight on Egypt Air and once on a fully fledged tour that included a Nile Cruise. One of the key cities when visiting Egypt is the city of Luxor. Luxor (Ancient Thebes) has got many attractions including the following:

Valley of the Kings - Image Copyright Wikimedia 

The most important aspect when travelling to Egypt, is to ensure that you are booked into a 4 or 5 star hotel as the ratings in Egypt are not a 100% guarantee of quality. This is even more important if you are a backpacker in Egypt. You don't want to pick up a tummy bug as a result of bad hotel quality. It is important to keep healthy when travelling in Egypt. The good news, staying in Luxor, is that there are ample quality hotels, as well as, pharmacies and hospitals in case you do need help

Temple of Karnak - Image Copyright Wikimedia

However, you are probably reading this post to know more about Luxor and its accommodation options.

  • You can visit the following page Egyptian Travel Tips and Advice to learn more about Egypt as a tourist destination. This page has also got links to the United States and United Kingdom Travel Advisories providing updates on the latest security situation in Egypt.
  • To see great Hotel options in Luxor you can visit the Luxor Hotels page.

Camping in Florence, Italy.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Best Budget Accommodation in Geneva, Switzerland.

If you are going to backpack in Europe, then there is a good chance that you will have to travel through Switzerland. One of the best cities to stay in Switzerland is Geneva. I visited this city a couple of years ago, just as the city was in the full throws of the Festival for the Animals("Fete des Animaux"), to collect money for the local SPCA. We had an an absolute surreal experience in this very influential European city. The weather was beautiful and we were treated to the most fantastic animal displays on the lake. It really made us miss our pets at home. There were a lot of life saving demonstrations with huge black dogs, bringing guys "drowning" to safety on the shore. We were also treated to parades around the lake by various groups, which looked to be representing the various Cantons of Switzerland.

Every year there are various festivals in Geneva, with the big one in 2014, the Fêtes de Genève from 17 July to 10 August 2014.

City Hostel Geneva

City Hostel Geneva

So you might say, ok, all good and well to share some of the festivals of this beautiful city, but where is the cheapest and best place to stay, in this very expensive city (Rated +- 4th most expensive in the world in 2011). The one thing that makes Switzerland stand out from the rest of Europe, is how clean and sterile everything is. This is also true of the City Hostel Geneva. We stayed there during our visit to the city and this was really one of the best places we stayed in during our travels in Europe. All the amenities are top notch and the staff were very friendly. You can read more about the hostel as well as directions to it at the following link City Hostel Geneva.

City Hostel Geneva
You can also search for other Geneva accommodation as there are a lot of hotels in the city that does offer great specials from time to time.

This city has got a lot of warmth for visitors. We felt right at home.

See below some images from Geneva.
View of Geneva with the Jet d'Eau in the top left corner.
Image Copyright Wikimedia Commons

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cheap Hotels to Stay in Paris.

Sacre Coeur - Copyright Wikimedia Commons
If you are travelling to Paris, France as part of your backpacking adventure, then you can find some great reviews on Best Affordable Paris Backpacker Accommodation 2014. This page provide good quality hotels at very affordable prices. The important thing when visiting Paris is to decide in which of the 20 arrondissements (Municipal Area) you would want to stay. The cheap accommodation is usually available in the artist area of Montmartre which is the 18th arrondissement. If you want to be closer to the River Seine then you need to look in the 3rd arrondissement.

Have a look at Best Affordable Paris Backpacker Accommodation 2014