Istanbul is a city that has a little more than others, with its unique vibe, it attracts many visitors every year who spend just couple of days in the city or even take a longer vacation. Bargaining on stalls, strolling between more or less well-known landmarks and enjoying delicious and especially affordable food – these are just a few reasons why Istanbul is definitely worth a visit.
With 115 islands, the Seychelles are definitely a dream destination for those who want to lying under the palm trees on long sandy beaches, swimming and snorkelling in a turquoise blue sea, admiring nature and generally enjoying the tranquil atmosphere that reigns on virtually the entire archipelago.
At the end of our journey, we stopped on the main island, Mahe, where live almost 90 percent of the whole population of Seychelles, and most of them live in the capital of Victoria. The tranquil and casual island atmosphere we have been accustomed so far, has quickly been replaced by clusters of people and crowd on the roads.
We continued our journey on the island of La Digue… a really small island. It is 5 kilometers long and only 3 kilometers wide and depending on population, it is still the third biggest isle on Seychelles. Yeah, it is small as hell 🙂 There are only a few cars on it, and they are just like those golf carts you see in expensive resorts. The locals as well as tourists for moving around the island and searching for their spot under the palm trees use bicycles. But forget about relaxed cycling along the beach and prepare yourself for some real steep climbs along the way. You can hire bicycles right next to the port or arrange a rent in your hotel. Daily rent of a bike will cost you 150 rupees, which is approximately 10 € (1 € = 15,3 SCR).
Our first destination was the second largest island of Seyschelles – Praslin, which is only 20 minutes by plane away from the main island of Mahe. A flight with a small plane that accommodates only 16 people, is a unique experience that can be extremely adrenaline and at times not that pleasant (of course, depending of the weather ). Instead of flying, you also have an alternative, which in this case is a ferry. Driving with it lasts a good hour, you can seat in the air-conditioned room and there is also a small bar on board, where you can grab something to drink or have a snack. Luxury at its finest . Regardless of whether you are traveling by plane or ferry, your ticket will cost you around 70 €.
Forget about the all-inclusive resorts near Mediterranean Sea, Istanbul is the real Turkey you want to discover. The city has a really different but at the same time very interesting vibe, it has cheap and especially good food, a whole lot of sights and numerous markets, where you can find practically everything you want. Istanbul is great for a quick weekend city break or longer vacation.
This time, our trip will be a little different than we are used to, we will visit three continents in ten days! Perhaps at first glance, this really seems like and extremely crowded travel plan, but according to the calculations, this will be a really great daily schedule for us 🙂
In the beginning of June, we will fly with Turkish Airlines from Venice to Seychelles, but we will do a short stop in Istanbul, which lies in both Europe and Asia. The city has as many as 15 million inhabitants and it is the largest city in Europe. There we will certainly be impressed by architecture, which is a mixture of Christian and Muslim origin. Istanbul was in the past a capital of Eastern Roman and also Ottoman empire.
Maybe we went to Amsterdam with a little misconception – that this is yet another of many European cities, that the way of life is just the same as we are used to it from home and that we practically will not see something particularly impressive or new. But it wasn’t like that. We were surprised about Dutch capital. Positively!
This time, we are heading to the country, that is famous for tulips, windmills, cheeses and the capital city in which smoking of cannabis is quite ordinary; workers who are »employed« in the oldest craft (probably everyone knows what we are talking about) even have their own union 🙂
Baam! Increase your speakers volume, shift to HD resolution and squeeze play! This is our 7 day road trip in United Arab Emirates – trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and desert safari in Ras Al Khaimah – in 113 seconds.