Posted by: eunice | July 11, 2010

2010 Summer in Toronto

I have started traveling outside Canada since 2005.  I am not sure if it was a bad planning but somehow I was always in the cold weather places during the summer time in Toronto or Copenhagen.  This summer of 2010 I was finally able to schedule my summer holiday in Toronto.  It was a short summer break but it was good enough.

Aside from the regular visit to the shopping mall, we went to the Harbourfront.  Somehow my parents, my sister and my cousin have not been there.  It was a nice sunny day so it was nice walking and strolling along the harbourfront.  We were planning to visit the center island which is just across but we decided to postpone it next time.

Harbourfront reminds me of the harbour in Auckland.  The first time I saw Auckland, I told myself that ‘Huh…its kinda like Toronto….’  Maybe because both cities has its signature tower.  Maybe one day I will jump from the CN tower as well (as I jumped from Auckland’s 192m Sky tower).

CN Tower and the Harbourfront

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with my sister and parents

 Harbourfront, Toronto Canada, July 10, 2010
Posted by: eunice | June 26, 2010

Lisbon… the explorer’s city

I still remember those times when I was still studying for the Social studies Philippine History Quiz bee.   Ferdinand Magellan was one of the person to remember.   Although he was known to be a Spanish, he was actually a Portuguese and was the first explorer to lead an expedition around the world.  And what about Vasco de Gama, another Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route to India.

Enough of the history…. Lisbon also boasts a lot of interesting places to see.  There’s the world heritage architecture of Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem tower.  Its a mix of old and new… my same description of Barcelona.  Although this is the only city I know that is famous for its tiled floor or tiled buildings; the furniculars – a nice way of climbing hills;  the old old trams… How can I forget the famous tram 22 which my guide book recommended to take because of its tourist routes.  I should have read more then I will know that this is a place where there’s a lot pick pocketers.  I was unfortunate to be a victim.  I should have bought a pair of nice shoes instead 😦

Lisbon is also one of the cheap cities to stay in Europe.  We were able to pick a cheap and nice hotel in the center of the pedestrian street in Augusta near the Rossio station where there’s a lot of walking distance spots.  Again, thanks to my nice Lisbon guide book.  As always, its recommended to try the local food – the bacalhau (salted cod fish) and its nice portuguese sardines.

(L) Belem tower with Chen; (R) The Discoveries Monument

Jeronimos tower, some park, near Augusta

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Rissio square, Alfama neighborhood

tram22, one of the furnicular, along Augusta shopping street

Vasco de Gama Tower and mall

Lisbon, Portugal; June 18-20, 2010

Posted by: eunice | April 25, 2010

Istanbul – Europe’s Hidden Gem

I have not known Istanbul that much but I know that this is place where you can get a very nice kebab 🙂

I was looking for a place to visit this Easter as easter holiday in Denmark is longer compared to other countries.  I was then invited by a new found friend whom I have a common friend with to join them so I did not hesitate.  It was a good decision, Istanbul is one of the interesting places I have visited.  I have visited a lot of Christian countries in Europe and temples when I was in Asia.  This is the first time I have visited a place where there’s a lot of nice mosques.  I was sooo impressed with the nice architecture style.  And do you know that this is the only country where it is located in 2 continents – Asia and Europe? Well, at least this is the first country I know.

Weekend is not enough to explore this very nice city.  It was a good timing that it was scheduled during the easter break where we have a 5-day easter break in Denmark.  I have taken a lot of pictures to capture this captivating city but I dont have that much space and patience so I just picked my favorites 🙂

The Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque

spice bazaar

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Sufi and Belly Dancing

Turkish Bath and along Bosphorus (overlooking the Galata tower)

with friends from Denmark

Istanbul, Turkey, April 1-5, 2010

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