If you already reside in sunny Australia or you long for visiting this irresistible country, you just can’t miss the jaw-dropping beauty of one of its greatest jewels, Sydney. As the home of the world’s most beautiful Opera House, impressive harbour and stunning beach richness, Sydney really captivates with its attractiveness and cosmopolitan spirit. Gladsome mentality, unique lifestyle and eternal summer are just a part of astonishing Sydney magic, and if you add an endless number of magnificent spots, you realize why is this city among the best ones in the world.
There’s no doubt Sydney is a very vibrant city, but here you can read couple of extra firsthand insights:
In the very heart of the Sydney, Surry Hills is an entertaining and artistic kingdom. Energetic Crown Street is the ultimate location where you’ll be overwhelmed with cuisine and yummy Aussie snacks and desserts along with a variety of prime beverages. From wine bars and cafes to comprehensive restaurants, everything is wrapped into a creative atmosphere. Moving further through the street, you’ll come across a stunning artistic nest full of greatest galleries, design and fashion studios presenting top local and international artworks, designers’ pieces and vintage items.
You just can’t miss a chance to peek into lovely the Cream on Crown boutique, magnificent Brett Whiteley Studio and imposing Badger and Fox Gallery. As you stroll around, you’ll find the architecture amusing wherever you go.
Restaurants and bars
Sydney’s tremendous restaurant and bar scene offers a true journey through culinary treasures and premium amusements. Stylish and relaxing at day and powerful parties during the night make The Argyle Bar the ultimate Sydney dining and nightlife venue. In the middle of central business district, there’s a fantastic rooftop bar – The Rook, offering the best lobster dishes and a variety of great wines and cocktails. Excellent restaurants abound from Emperors Garden BBQ and Noodles abounding with royal barbecue menus, pastry delicacies in modern Kingston &Co restaurant to great Asian and Italian specialties in Blue Fin Sushi, Bar Nosh, Pompei’s, Lang Suan restaurant , etc.
Not far from downtown, there’s spectacular beaches, from Aussies’ glorious Bondi Beach great for waves’ riding, bathing and relaxing, to spacious Cronulla ideal for beach walks. The best surfer paradises are definitely Narrabeen, Manly and Coogee Beach.
The greatest natural landmark near Sydney is certainly the breathtaking region of the Blue Mountains, known for impressive rock formations, blue mist and amazing local wildlife. Enjoy the wonderful scenery by taking a Blue Mountains day trip, take a bushwalk, or visit the famous rocks called The Tree Sisters, spot kangaroos, emus, dingo and a lot more.
If looking for place to enjoy the best “Amber fluid”, start with old style Keg & Brew that serves traditionally hand -brewed beer. In Surry Hills, jump into the legendary Dove & Olive to drink excellent beer on tap.
For a multi-tasting experience, head for 4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly, and try anything from stout to Aussie Pale Ale.
This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.
The Capital and the largest city in Belgium, Brussels is also the capital of the European Union and the seat of the French Community of Belgium. The city was founded in 979 AD by Duke Charles of Lower Lotharingia and served as an important trade route by 1000 AD. By the 14th century, Brussels became one of the most important cities in Europe and was part of the Holy Roman Empire. The city was stormed by King Louis XIV of France in 1695 when it was bombarded with artillery, causing major damage to most of the city. After the Second World War, Brussels emerged as a rapidly developing urban capital with the building of several modern buildings in a process known as Brusselization. Located in central Belgium, Brussels experiences a temperate maritime climate with mildly warm summers and chilly winters which make it a preferred tourist attraction. For those of you planning to visit Brussels, here are some great things you can do in Brussels on your next vacation.
The Grand Palace is located in the central square of Brussels and is surrounded by the town hall and City Museum of Brussels. The presence of the three buildings has made the central square one of the most important tourist locations in Brussels and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the rebuilding of the central square post, (after French bombardment and later by revolutionaries), it remained a primary market area of Brussels. The architectural style is a mix of various influences like Gothic, Renaissance and Art Deco.
This is one place you cannot miss on your trip to Brussels. Manneken Pis, as the name suggests, is a bronze statue of a small boy urinating in the fountain and serves as the city’s landmark. The statue was installed around the early 17th century and was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder. The statue is located by the corner of Rue de l’Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes and is 61 cm tall. The original statue installed in 1619 was stolen several times and now lies in a restored state in Maison du Roi at the Grand Palace. The current statue was placed here in 1965 and has several legends related to its installation in the first place. The statue is dressed in various costumes on a weekly basis as a part of a Tradition and is one of the most visited monuments in Brussels.
Known more famously as the Brussels Town Hall, Hotel de Ville is located in the Grand Palace and is one of the most iconic medieval age monuments Brussels. The monument is built in an intimidating Gothic style with a central bell tower which stands 96 meters high. The town hall and its collection were completely destroyed during the bombardment of the city and were rebuilt during the 17th century with a restoration of its Gothic style architecture.
If you were or are a fan of Tintin and his adventures, then you’d certainly love to visit the place where the legend took birth. The Belgian Comic Strip Center is home to a huge number of comic strips in various languages like English, French and Dutch including comics from several genres. The museum was opened in 1989 with its famous collection of the ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and its renowned creator Hergé. The museum also features life sized models of sets and characters from Tintin along with a souvenir shop, research library and a restaurant.
Compared to the American waffle, the Belgian Waffle is identified by its larger size and larger grid pattern. Don’t forget to try some of the best waffles on the planet on your trip to Brussels1 The city is famous for its own variant of the waffle known as a Brussels waffle. It is prepared with eggs, flour and ale yeast which makes the batter lighter. The waffles are usually served with whipped cream, fruits and chocolate spread and dusted with sugar.
A Roman Catholic Basilica and the parish church of Brussels, the church is dedicated to the Sacred Heart and is inspired by the Roman Catholic Basilica located in Paris, France. The Basilica is located atop the Koekelberg Hill in the Parc Elisabeth. The building was planned to be made in an imposing Neo-Gothic style but was later made in an Art Deco style due to the lack of finances. This made the Basilica as one of the Largest Art Deco buildings in the world which stands 89 meters high and 164 meters long.
If you like to buy antique furniture, jewellery or other articles, Brussels is famous for its elaborate antique galleries and flea markets. Chairs, lamps, antique building materials, guns, tools, armors, furniture, mirrors and cast iron doors and windows, you name it and you can find it in the amazing antique markets in Brussels. The cobbled streets are also home to many cafes with warm and friendly staff along with antique galleries and flea markets that feature some of the most astonishing articles of antique value.
If you want a great place to relax and cool your heels off while sipping on to the best traditional lambic style beer, then Cantillion Brewery is your pick. The brewery was established in the 1900 by Paul Cantillion who came from a family of brewers. Since its change of ingredients to organic in 1999, Cantillion brewery has become one of the finest breweries across Europe. The beers are made with malted and un-malted barley and are aged in Chestnut and Oak barrels. There is also a wide variety of fruit flavored beers that are brewed here. Do not forget to visit the famous Gueuze Museum located in the brewery.
Located in Bruparck, Mini Europe features miniature reproductions of all the major monuments of the European Union miniaturized at the scale of 1:25. The park features 80 cities of Europe with around 350 iconic monuments with live action models such as trains, volcanoes, airbuses, cable car,s etc. Built in an area of 24,000 sq meters the park was inaugurated in 1989 by Prince Philip of Belgium.
With much Brussels providing a rich insight in the history of Belgium, you might also get back to the present and enjoy the nightlife of Brussels. The best place to experience the urban culture of Belgium is Café Belga. It is one of the most visited bars in Brussels and also has one of the biggest terraces in Brussels located beside the majestic Ixelles Lake. The bar is famous for its bustling nightlife with DJ parties and in house concerts. The bar also has a dedicated Jazz concert every Sunday. The café is located in an art deco styled building which was built during the 1930s and was once the headquarters of a radio station. Its peculiar shape also led it to be nicknamed as “the boat”.
With over a thousand years of history and culture, Brussels is one of the most visited tourist location in Europe. Being the capital of the ‘Cockpit of Europe’, Brussels is a highly urbanized city with a rich culture and the above places are just a handful of the total attractions housed in Brussels.
Rohit Agarwal is an architect by profession and likes to travel places famous for their historical architecture. He is also the content contributor for Transindiatravels.com which is the best place for knowing about the various tourist places in India.
Amsterdam is known as a town that likes to have a good time – drink being one of the ways to help in having a good time. With bars open virtually all day, some only open from 2am – 6am, getting a drink is not a problem.
As a beer guy, I’m a fan of Heineken. Although I may be one of the world’s most disloyal beer drinkers (if it’s in a bottle and cold, I’ll try it), I have been drinking Heineken since my late teens (that’s a few years ago). The Heineken Experience (don’t call it the Heineken Museum) makes a worthwhile visit if you are visiting Amsterdam. http://www.heinekenexperience.com/AgeCheck. You walk through the former brewery location and wind your way through an interesting interactive tour. The history of Heineken, the family, the beer and the making of beer. Of course, the best part is drinking the beer – the 2 Heinekens at the end of the tour.
Heineken casts a large shadow in Holland and Amsterdam in particular. Heineken is everywhere, followed by Amstel. In the interest of variety, I stumbled upon a small brewery called “Brouwerij De Prael”. The brewery occupies a building that dates back to 1300. Prael makes you think you are back in the day between the wood interior and the historic brewing methods. Absolutely delicious and authentic. They have 4 different beers to choose from- Johnny (5.7%), Heintje (5.4%), Mary (9.7%) and Willeke (7.5%). They all have a kick for sure but without the harsh strong beer taste. You can take a tour and taste all 4 beers for 10 Euro. Or just sit down and pick one and have a great Dutch meal. Great atmosphere and beer made with traditional methods. Well worth the visit. http://deprael.nl/