I have been used to going on holidays from a very young age. As soon as I considered myself old enough, I started travelling on my own. Most of my friends will consider me “well-travelled” while I will look at a map and see all those places I have never been to – and many more that I would love to see again. Continue reading Alicioustravels: NEW SERIES Travel Essentials
We hadn’t put in a lot of detailed planning when boarded the plane to Lisbon. I mean, I had turned the pages of my Lonely Planet guidebook and there were places that I wanted to go to as well as places friends and family had recommended. Still, my arrival at Lisbon was with a relatively fresh mind, open to explore the city without too many expecations. Continue reading Alicioustravels: My favourite places in (and around) Lisbon
On Saturday Mr A and I set off on our long-awaited holiday in Portugal and for the first time ever we didn’t really have a plan.
We had flights booked as well as accommodation for our first few nights in Lisbon and also a rental car. We knew that we would want to walk along a beach and visit the faro at Cabo de Sao Vincente – but that was pretty much it! Continue reading Alicioustravels: Portugal unplanned
One always needs a goal. I always need a next destination. Since our fabulous trip to Istanbul has become a thing of the past, however beautiful the memory, Mr A and myself are currently focussing on our next trip out of the country: Portugal. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Portugal in September
Just like every other place in Turkey I’ve so far visited Istanbul is definitely also a culinary highlight. While the Turkish cuisine is full of lamb kebabs, ayran (a yoghurt drink) and baklava there is also plenty of room for stuffed roasted capsicum, all different kinds of variations of eggplant and lokum. Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Vegan Istanbul
Istanbul, the old Constantinople, former capital of an enormous empire, essence of many tales – historic or fiction and more recently newly emerging hotspot for the cool and en vogue.
Along come Mr A and myself. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Istanbul
While you’re reading this, Mr A and myself will have arrived at Istanbul, hopefully have been able to get to our room at the hotel and may already be out and about exploring the city. Continue reading Alicioustravels: Off to Istanbul!
It’s late April now and finally our travel plans for 2015 are coming together:
- In late May we are spending four days in Istanbul.
- In September we are looking into 2 weeks in Portugal (Lisbon, then driving down the coast-ish)
- In December I will take my then-retired Mum to New York and Boston to celebrate.
A city trip to Istanbul has been among the top three of my city-trip list for years and I have been yearning to go, yet the opportunity never arose. Now it has. Continue reading Alicioustravels: A city trip to Istanbul
Whenever you travel you will come across places that are disappointing in the way that they don’t live up to the high expectations you had of them (for myself, such places were Paris or Cinque Terre in Italy). They live off legends created by films or literature and end up being neither unique nor overly special once you visit.
However, you will also find yourself in locations you had no clear expectations of or places that people tend to voluntarily miss out on their travels because they’ve heard – usually from someone who’s never been – that these places are dull/ dangerous/ not worth getting off the bus. Suddenly you will wish you had more time or you are going to completely ruin your travel schedule as you’ll spend a lot more time there than you had planned. Continue reading Alicioustravels: The 4 most under-rated capital cities