Lots of nice mountain huts and chalets open to the end of Sept. Many marked trails next to glaciers, open alpine pasture and forest.
Lots of train connections to Interlaken from Geneva, Basal etc. Take a local train to Wilderswill, Gridevald etc.
One of the nicest places I have ever been. Fantastic laid-back atmosphere with great parks to relax in and pretty districts to stroll around. Universeum, a natural history museum of a kind, is great for kids and kids-at-heart and there are plenty of other attractions for those who feel they need to see things. But the real pleasure of the place is in simply soaking up the atmosphere.
Universeum, Sodra Vagen 50,
(00 46) 31 335 64 50
Langholmen is one of the many islands on which Stockholm is built. It used to be a prison but ceased operation in 1975. Now the old buildings (the earliest dating back to mid-18th century) house a hostel and café.
Langholmen is quite small and very beautiful, with a beach on the north side, where there are also cliff areas which are very suitable for sunbathing and swimming. For younger travellers, this is one of the coolest places to go in the wee hours when bars and clubs are closing down - a lot of young locals come here for a nightcap and a sunrise swim before going home (around midsummer the sun goes up around 3.30am-4.00am, which means that you'll have a lovely, sunny swim in the midle of a city still sleeping). Sometimes spontaneous parties occur on these occasions and they are not to be missed. In the daytime it's a lovely area for walks, recreation and sunbathing. This is a well-kept secret that is very popular with the locals (I lived in Stockholm from the age of eight to 23 so consider myself an insider).
The easiest way is to get the tube to Hornstull or to take the no. 3 bus and walk from there (approximately a 10-minute walk).
Just north of Helsingborg, sticking out into Oresund, is a peninsula known as Kullen, with a small national park called Kullaberg. It's a really beautiful spot, lovely countryside, good beaches, an absolute pearl of a fishing village called Molle and great walking around Kullaberg with views over to Denmark.
A very relaxing area. If you're in the neighbourhood, I recommend the inn at the little harbour in Svanshull - fabulous location and delicious food (no, I don't own it!).
Up the coast road north from Helsingborg.
One of Sweden's main national parks and a true wilderness is only 20km from the centre of Stockholm. It is perfect for summertime walks and berry picking or cross-country skiing in winter, with many special tracks to follow. There is also an historic village with museum and cafe.
Tyresta National Park is an easy drive out of the city. Or take the 807 bus from Gullmarsplan tube station to Svartbäcken. Change there for the 834 to Tyresta. The buses are easy to use.
Easily reached by train, this beautiful seaside suburb south of Stockholm is an ideal place to visit for a day trip from the Swedish capital. The small sandy Baltic beaches are ideal for children and there are old-fashioned separate male and female nude swimming areas and saunas. You can go for walks in the woods, picking berries and mushrooms, or try one of the bars and fish restaurants.
Take the historic train ride from Slussen station in Stockholm to Saltsjöbaden.
The Regents Canal, once one of Britain's busiest commercial routes, is now an informative walk through widely differing areas. The towpath takes in Limehouse, Islington, Kings Cross, Camden, Regents Park and finally Little Venice near Paddington. Camden Lock is an ideal stop off for some shopping in the local market and a snack or drink.
Primrose Hill is an easy detour north for views over London and, passing through the north of Regents Park, if you time it right you can take in the feeding of the hyenas as you walk right through the middle of London zoo.
Start at Kings Cross by turning left and walking behind the station on York Way until the canal crosses you. Paddington station is close to Little Venice, where two canals meet.
Haga is an older part of town with wooden houses, once for the poorer inhabitants of Gothenburg and now an uber-fashionable place to live. With many trendy shops there is one particular cafe along Haga Nygata (the main street). The cafe is called Cafeva and serves home-made food and soups, excellent coffees, teas and hot chocolates. The decor is homely and it has a very friendly atmosphere. A must for any visitor to Gothenburg.
Haga Nygata, tram stop Jarntorget or Hagakyrkan.
OK....so you go to see Uluru...that's a given. But for me, far more atmostpheric was the Olgas - in particualar the Valley of the Winds walk. The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) lies about 50km from Uluru and the main walk is about 8km of an easy-moderate trail.
There are few tourists even in peak season, and it really gives you the feel of the desolation and beauty of the red centre.
I'm not saying don't go to Uluru...I'm saying instead of going there for both sunset AND sunrise, try the Olgas for one of them instead.
It's an atmospheric podcast that lasts an hour and a half and covers all the colonial centre of Singapore. Lots of characters and music and growling lions etc. There's a ghost, a Malay king, an Indian convict and Lee Kuan Yew himself!! Actually, I bet this is the only dramatic representation of Lee Kuan Yew ever performed, let's see if it gets banned!
A very Singaporean shopping experience in the local markets. Have a Tiger and some noodles from the local eateries while you're there - very worhwhile.
Don't forget to visit Raffles for a Singapore Sling; I know it's very touristy but you'll regret it if you don't do it. The food is excellent as well.
Nowhere is too far to walk in Singapore because of the experience, just make sure you have plenty of bottled water with you. The new (2005) shuttle bus service around the city is fantastic, buy a "hop on-hop off" ticket; they stop near all the major sites, then you can walk some more.
This is the old Arab traders quarter but is now occupied by Indian/Pakistani cloth merchants and tailors in simple old fashioned shops, no sky-scrapers or huge department stores. Prices are marked up-front and reasonable. Best are the colourful Indonesian batiques which have the advantages of being easily folded and light in weight. Also a colourful mosque, coffee houses and Islamic bookshop. A pleasant neighbourhood in which to wander and mingle.
52 hectares of well laid out lawns and plantings with small sections of tropical forest with good paths. Plants are well labelled and there are instructive booklets available in the garden shop Best is the large orchid collection with many new varieties bred in-house Good restaurant and other catering facilities.
Map of Singapore - 52 hectares are difficult to hide on a small island.
Largest and last piece of original rainforest left on the island. Walk up the incredibly steep hill (mind the monkeys!) for a fantastic view from the top. Thick forest offers a respite from the high temperatures.
Bukit Timah Road; get the bus toward Malaysia (I think it's the 70 and/or 170), or a taxi.
Lovely shopping road during day but really comes to life at nightime. I arrived at one in morning but couldn't resist taking a stroll and was just mesmerised. Street stall atmosphere just out of this world - on my own and very safe even at that time.
Here you can cycle, rollerblade, walk, run, eat drink, or sit and read your book. Bikes and blades can be hired cheaply by the hour. This is a fully landscsaped linear park with lots of trees and flowers, running alongside the sea halfway between the airport and the centre of town.
There are also several work-out stations, and a couple of reflexology circles. These are uptured pebbles of varying degrees of sharpness laid out in a circle for you to walk on and invigorate you feet with a self foot massage. There are also clumps of restaurants and bars serving different kinds of foods.
About 20 minutes by taxi from Orchard Road. Ask for East Coast Park.
The riverside walk along the Singapore river goes from Robertson Quay to the Esplanade. It is a very pleasant stroll on wide pavement, away from the traffic and with mostly subways under the main roads. There is plenty to see along the way and plenty of places to sit or to eat and drink.
Best of all is BREWERKZ microbrewery on the other side from Clarke Quay, which has an outside terrace with retractable sun blinds, or inside comfort away from the heat. This place has a range of ten or so different beers brewed on the premises. Try the "sampler" of several different small glasses, or cut straight to my favourite,the best of all ........ IPA. Good food is available at Brewerkz and there is a wine bar adjacent.
Clarke Quay itself has lots of restaurants, music pubs and shops. Walk on to Boat Quay then to the fabulous Fullerton Hotel. This was the old British era Post Office and has been expensively refurbished as a top hotel. There is a nice bar where the old counter room was. Over the bridge from the Fullerton is the centre of British Colonial Singapore.
MRT Clarke Quay
Cape Bridgewater, part of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park provides shelter for Victoria's largest colony of seals and just to the east, Bridgewater Bay.
Cape Bridgewater is a headland formed by volcanic action and exposed to all the forces of the ocean. Apart from the seal colony, there are blowholes and 'the petrified' forest to see.
The kiosk on the beach at Bridgewater Bay serves great fish and chips!
18km from Portland in the SW corner of Victoria. Get there via the Great Ocean Rd.
Go to West Hollywood at around midnight - where the packed clubs and bars make it seem like gay pride every weekend.
Corner of Roberston and Santa Monica Boulevard (or the Abbey, Here, the Mother Lode, Mickeys, Rage, FuBar, Eye Candy...)
One of the great modern American 'bazaars', LA's skid row has it all: drugs, prostitution, gangs, violence, civic impotence, etc.
Offers a chance to come face to face with the American police state - just don't get mistaken for a terr'rist. Or a tour'ist.
Safer in daylight, more colourful at night.
4th, 5th, and 6th Streets between Central Ave and Broadway, Downtown LA
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