We Finally Took That Mediterranean Cruise!

Do you want to spend your vacation by cruising but not sure where to spend? Cruising is basically a trip using sail; it is not a small trip where you can spend a week or two. Cruising needs enough time as it will take additional moments to travel around the globe. Without a doubt, a Mediterranean Cruise is the most luxurious cruise available. The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most visited cruises in the world. There are more than 120 seaports around the Mediterranean seashore, offering many combinations of cruise vacations over week, two-week or longer trips.


With Mediterranean Cruise, travelers have the opportunity to stopover at seventeen different cultured countries that include Italy, Greece, Egypt, Spain, and many more. With mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers the Mediterranean is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A Mediterranean Cruise is a best way to discover the stunning part of the word and below are some best destinations that your Mediterranean Cruise be supposed to call at-


Barcelona – Capital of Catalonia, and the biggest city in Spain – Barcelona is one of the most visited cruise destinations in the world. As compare to Spanish Islands, weather is slightly warmer here. The city is very clean and people here are very friendly and polite.


Monte Carlo – Located in the French Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea in Monaco enclosed by France and close to Italy, Monte Carlo is known across the world as a playground for the rich and famous people and the casinos are the main attraction of this country. Monte Carlo is the world’s second smallest country and the population is around 3,500. If you are lucky enough to stop at the right time of the year you may be have a chance to watch the famous Formula 1 Grand prix.


Corsica – The 4th largest island in the Mediterranean Sea located on the west of Italy it has a similar climate to Rome. Although located closer to Italy than France, Corsica is really French claimed. Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and there are references to him all over the place. Corsica is an extremely peaceful as it is not as tourist inhabited as compare to the other cruise destinations.


Naples – Naples is an immense city located on the western coast of Italy facing the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Naples is a famous for its rich history, churches, art and culture. For food lovers, Naples is the best place to experience the delicious food like no other; they truly put the additional exertion in with regards to their food.


Genoa – Another famous city in Italy, Parts of the old town area are adorned on the world heritage list and as such are unaffected by contemporary structural design. A cruise to Genoa city is a refreshing change from the busy city of Rome, Genoa offers a more comfortable and scenery background.

The list of Mediterranean Cruise destinations are endless, the Mediterranean is one of the most visited and famous tourist cruise destinations in the world. Cruises to the Mediterranean are the best way to witness this stunning neighborhood of the world without having to worry about the flights and roaming to every place discreetly. Cruises to the Mediterranean might be less expensive than you might think and offer extra diversity than the majority of other cruise destinations.



Germany’s Many Wonderful Attractions!

Planning a trip to Germany? Germany is a breathtaking place to visit and well known tourist attraction for Oktoberfest and World War II history. Visitors can explore the fairytale castles, historical sites, beautiful scenery, nightlife and boutique shops in Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt, appreciate clearing perspectives of the Rhine River in Cologne. There are lots of festivals in Germany to enjoy from beer to wine and pumpkin festivals, there is an occasion for everybody.


Here is our guide to the Favorite places to visit in Germany.


Berlin – Germany’s Capital and the major city in Germany. It is popular for its history, street art, lively nightlife, festivals and numerous renowned museums. If you are in Berlin, we recommend you to taste the Berlin’s tradition dish Currywurst. The favorite places to visit in Berlin include ‘museum island,’ ‘Brandenburg gate,’ ‘Berlin wall memorial’ and historical buildings like the Berlin Dome.


Munich – Munich is the largest district of Germany and the capital of Bavaria. Millions of visitors come to Munich each year to take part in the Beer festival. There are more things to explore in Munich include – The town hall, museums and palaces, English garden and Olympic arena. The BMW museum and Deutsche museum are absolutely the best places not to be missed.


Lubeck – One of the major Baltic seaports in Germany, Lubeck is a must visit place in Schleswig-Holstein. In spite of the fact that it was the primary German metropolitan to be bombarded amid World War II, You can explore some of the major sightseeing of Lubeck include Nature Reserve Wakenitz, Hansapark and many more!


Leipzig- The major city in Germany’s central state of Saxony, known for its lively expressions and social scene molded by well-known music authors like Bach (worked here as a cantor), Felix Mendelssohn, and Richard Wagner. There are a number of tourist places to visit in Leipzig include Leipzig Market Square, beautiful churches, Auerbach’s Cellar, Museums, Zoo and much more!


Rugen Island – Rugen is the biggest island in German placed in the Baltic Sea. It’s very famous tourist destination because of its beautiful sandy beaches, pleasant villas, and romantic seaside resorts, but the major tourist attraction is the Jasmund National Park, well-known for its primeval beech forests and unique chalk cliffs rising 528 feet over the sea.


Cologne – The biggest tourist attraction of the city is the famous Cologne Cathedral, which is viewed as a standout amongst the most essential benchmark in Europe, situated on the Rhine River in the German government province of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city provides an energetic collection of attractions, vibrant nightlife and culture scene.


Dresden – Capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is illustrious by the famed art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. The city was known as the Jewel Box, as of lavishing collection of stunning art and structural design. It’s a beautiful destination, which is home to a number of landmarks that include the Royal Palace, the Frauenkirche cathedral, the museum of decorative arts, and the New master gallery.


Heidelberg – Through numerous historical assets like the medieval Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Knight St. George House, it is no big surprise that Heidelberg is an incredibly well-liked vacationer attraction. There are also a lot of historical churches in Heidelberg and its nearby areas.


Neuschwanstein – The most photographed building in the Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle is often known as Disney Castle, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A visit to Neuschwanstein is must during your trip to Germany!

Romantic Rhine – Stretching between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, Germany, the Middle Rhine flows through a sensational geographical development called the Rhine Gorge. This locale includes an amazing scene specked with in excess of 40 castles and strongholds from the Middle Ages and many wine towns.



So, what do you think? Whichever places you decide to visit in Germany, there is something to catch the eye of any tourist. Can’t make a decision on which place to wish? Visit them all!


Things to do in Amsterdam (be careful) :)

Amsterdam, Netherlands’ capital city, is famous around the globe for its iconic canal network, rich history, and vibrant culture, making it one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.

Although the list of fun things you can do in Amsterdam is pretty much endless, we have picked a few that you should definitely not miss, whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a fortnight.  There are plenty of opportunities to get in trouble.  Travel with family or friends to ensure the best time.  We went with our teammates and fellow Gilbert Painters to celebrate 5 years in business.  Be sure you go with people you can trust and have a blast with.

Let’s begin our list –

  1. Hop on your bike

Did you know that there are more than 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam? That’s, even more, bikes than people! Cycling in Amsterdam is immensely popular, given it’s unique and unbeatable network of cycle routes and it’s flat landscape. Amsterdam usually tops the charts of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, and cycling is definitely the best way to explore its endless streets, canals, museums, and markets.


  1. Get lost in the arty Jordaan

Jordaan is rightly called Amsterdam’s most charming neighborhood by many people because stepping into the Jordaan is no less than stepping back in time. It began as a working-class area, but today it’s thin streets and quaint buildings are of Amsterdam’s most wanted quarters, lined with a plethora of independent art galleries, classic antique shops, majestic courtyard gardens, and chill atmospheric bars and pubs.


  1. Visit the Anne Frank House

To get a closer look at the massacre of mass killings of Jewish people during World War II, you should check out the world famous Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from German Nazis for about two years. The house’s front has been transformed into a unique museum but the rear portion has been preserved as it was, to give the visitors an idea of what life was for Anne and innumerable other Jewish families.


         4.   Come face to face with the original Van Gogh

A tour of Amsterdam would definitely be incomplete without paying homage to the legendary Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. The Van Gogh museum on Museumplein consists of over 1000 of his paintings, drawings and letters. You can get up close and personal with some of his most famous works, but you can also track his evolution through his lifetime and also learn about those artists who inspired him, as well as those who were inspired by him.



Vacation in California!

Unless you have been living under a rock, You know what California is. It is the USA’s Golden state, and home to Hollywood, exotic beaches, and surfers. It is also the most populated and diverse state in the country, and there’s a lot more to see in this west coast than you may have imagined.

California is one of the very few places in the world which have a bit of everything: exotic ocean drives, lush green forests, magnificent vineyards, sky-kissing mountains, vast deserts, thrilling amusements parks, exotic cuisine, and agricultural diversity. Here’s our list of a few places that you should definitely visit if you’re in Cali.

  1. Yosemite National Park

Located in Northern California, Yosemite National Park is one of the USA’s’ most beautiful and famous national parks. It’s tall mountains, valleys, rivers and high waterfalls drawn millions of locals and visitors and artists here every year. The famous Yosemite Valley here was carved by glaciers during the last ice age. Also, don’t miss the giant Granite domes and high waterfalls, especially the Upper Yosemite Falls that drops 1,430 feet at one point, rise above the forest covered floor.




       2. Big Sur

This long stretch of heavenly coastline and the deep forest is a perfect getaway for nature. Camping and hiking are very popular here. Garrapata State Park offers a beautiful section of beach, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a lovely place for hiking.

The Big Sur begins nearly 4 miles south of Carmel in Yankee Point and sprawls along the Highway No. 1 till as far as Salmon Cove, about 17 miles north of San Simeon. From Highway 1 you’ll get to see some of the most splendid views of your life over the picturesque coastline.The Santa Lucia Mountains and Ventana Forests, lie to the east, with more than 220 miles of trails.

3. Lake Tahoe

The famous Lake Tahoe lies high up in the mountains and is a beautiful place to see any time of the year. During summers it becomes a playground for boaters and beachgoers. Whereas while winter months its surrounding hills make amazing terrains for skiing, with the world-famous Sugar Bowl Ski Area.









Vacation in Europe

Europe covers the 2% of the earth’s surface and it is known as the second smallest continent in the world. There are 47 countries in Europe and a population of 742.5 million. You can start your vacation at delightful Italy where you can visit Rome. Europe gifted you chivalrous London where you have the St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, and its other lovely tourist spots waiting to greet you. Europe is also known for its world-renowned cuisine, thus if you are foodie this place is more enticing to you. The places you must visit in Europe:



1). Austria

The capital of Austria, Vienna is the largest city in the country. Austria is known as the ‘City of Music’, many famous music icons spent their major and worthy part of their life in Vienna. As Austria is situated in the alpine region, thus it is famous for the sports like ski-jumping, snowboarding, and mountain skiing. The country is also known for culinary circuits. Krapfen, which is essentially and delicious doughnuts filled with custard or apricot jam is a very well known bakery item.

2). Switzerland

Switzerland is situated in the heart of Europe. It is a landlocked and mountainous country which is famous for its natural beauty. Switzerland’s two-third part is covered with forests, lakes, and mountains. Adventure seekers must visit the towns of Zermatt and Lausanne as they are famous for challenging hikes and steep ski slopes. Switzerland is famous for fine cheeses and chocolate, cuisine, wine, churches, music, art, and much more.

3). France

France is known as the hub of art, fashion, music, architecture, gastronomy, and literature that seduces millions of travelers.  There’s a lot more to do in France that includes breathtaking countryside beauty to hiking along alpine trails, walking around the museums, and hitting the road to its unusual locales. And apart from this, there are many landmarks for the country like Eiffel Tower situated in the capital city Paris, the famous beach area on the Mediterranean coast, world-class wineries, navigable canals etc.


Europe offers you memorable chances for adventure, fun, exploration, whether you are traveling solo or want to travel with your friends or family Europe has a lot to offer. Thus add it in Europe in your travel bucket list.

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe While on a Trip

When travelling internationally, it is very important to stay safe during your trip. Especially when you are visiting countries which are known to be dangerous and unpredictable, you must know a few simple facts to be able to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way during your expedition. By following this protocol, it maximizes your safety while also allowing you to enjoy and have fun in your travels. Firstly, you should never share personal/private information to anyone outside of where you are staying as your overnight accommodations. Some of the people lurking outside of the hotel and in the city can be untrustable and take advantage of you for your info. To be able to stay safe, only recount your private information to desk staff and people you can trust. These people well deal with it responsibly and make sure it is not stolen or used for the wrong matters. If your information falls in the wrong hands, many bad things can happen including: identity theft, stalking, etc.

By preventing this, you can keep yourself safe as well as your private information out of harm’s way. Another way to maximize safety is by making sure all your vaccinations are up to date before leaving for your destination. In some places, dangerous diseases are incredibly common (hepatitis, salmonella, etc.) and can be found almost everywhere. By keeping your vaccinations up to date, you can ensure maximum resistance to these nasty viruses. Without vaccinations, it is easy to be able to pick one of these bugs .

Commonly, medical care is highly expensive and doctors can be unprofessional in these areas, making it much more secure to avoid these places by staying healthy. One more tip is to stay on your hotel grounds as much as possible especially in areas which are dangerous. When travelling to destinations with political unrest and/or riots, the smartest thing to do is stay on your hotel’s property as much as possible. Here they offer you all the services you need well keeping you sheltered from danger outside. Once you leave these grounds, they are not responsible for you anymore and you become unsafe. In some areas, where there is war or immediate danger, you could be targeted and injured in the process. By spending most of your time in the hotel, you are accommodated appropriately well enjoying your stay.

Lastly, make sure to keep double copies of all the essential paperwork you need on your journeys. If you lose something or it gets damaged or wrecked on your way, you still have more to account for it. Sometimes without these papers, they will not allow you to travel from country to country anymore. It is incredibly important you have extras to keep your self insured during the trip. Make sure to continually check your country’s website regarding travel to be informed about where you are. They will often update it and help you have a good trip. In conclusion, by following these simple steps, you can maximize your safety on a trip well also having a great time!