Surprisingly, one of Zagreb's nicest walks is around it's beautiful cemetery. Not as macabre as it sounds. It's easy to get there by bus, but is also a very do-able walk from the town centre. Gorgeous in autumn - buy roasted chestnuts and enjoy the views. Particularly lovely on All Hallow's Eve - October 31 - when people flock there to lay out thousands of candles on family graves.
Bus No 106 from the cathedral (takes 15 minutes) or tram No 14 from Bana Jelacica square
You can walk to the next station through the path, which is next to the mountain. It is a little bit far away, but you can enjoy great views of the beautiful beach and cliffs. Those are fabulous scenes.
It's an easy walk: not too steep those make you healthy, for sure. Go there and enjoy fresh air.
Range of beautiful mountains. There is an information centre on the Burwood Highway where you can collect details of the trail walks. Plenty of gum trees and tree ferns and spectacular bird life-king parrots, crimson rosellas, cockatoos. Also gardens to visit and nice places to eat or picnic.
Less than 1 hour drive to NE of city centre, also accessible by bus.
A large cemetery with a very Roman look to it. Apparently, because there is so little space in Venice and so many people they are only buried for ten years (unless they pay for longer), then they are dug up and their remains 'disposed of' so someone else can have their space!
My favourite Island in Venice. Every house is painted a different, bright colour so it's like walking down the streets of a giant toy town. It's supposedly famous for it's lace, but in all honesty I was more taken with the houses.
Famous for its glass work (and apparently where mirrors were invented and exclusive to for quite a while). Walk down
the main street of Murano and you will return with more small glass
ornaments than you can carry - the street is just glass shop after glass shop! You can also go and watch the handymen at work at the factory, not very far from the water bus station.
I highly recommend walking along the Maitai River. This river runs from the top of the Maitai Valley to the port where the river goes into the sea. The walk is most pleasant from the Trafalgar Street bridge (which is at the bottom of the main street in town) up to the start of the Maitai Valley and takes about two hours. It goes through some of the residential areas of Nelson and is a great way to see how Nelsonians live as well as being a bit of a nature ramble. The path is paved some of the way and is gravel for other parts of it. It is also used as a bike path but cyclists will generally give way to pedestrians.
Begins at the Trafalgar Street Bridge
Studley Park in Kew, set on the Yarra, is very pretty at all times of the year, although it gets busy on weekends. There's a boathouse, several walks, picnic areas and a golf course. There’s lots of Australian nature with excellent views of the city.
Access via Yarra Boulevard off Studley Park Road
This is a beautiful square on the Lungarno. There is one of the oldest churches in Pisa in the middle of a beautiful garden, with tall trees, right by the river Arno. It is a fantastic place, which should not be missed.
Just walk along the river heading south. The walk all along the river is actually really beautiful too
The Ming Kee serves the best chilli squid in the world, and the other seafood is good too. Po Toi Island is just off the southside of Hong Kong Island but time has stood still there. Most of its inhabitants are from one lineage (family) group and they specialise in seaweed and other herbal remedies, which they sell from little stalls.
Mainland tourists get brought here in swarms in huge boats from Aberdeen to eat at the Ming Kee but they have left by 1pm. Until peace is restored you can hike around the island, taking in spectacular views of the South China Sea and the islands. On a clear day you can see the islands which lie out to sea from Hong Kong, but were always part of the People's Republic.
It is not easy to get to. The ferry, is an experience in itself, an aging multi-coloured family boat, the husband collects the tickets and the wife pilots the boat. It runs from St Stephen's Pier, Stanley, by St Stephen's beach on Sundays only (it used to go at 11 and 12 and return at 3 and 4 but you would need to check). Otherwise you have to hire a kaido or junk.
Some walks to show expat living - albeit a route I took relatives a few years ago.
Start at bottom of the mid-levels escalator, all the way up to Robinson Road (look for the small road spelt backwards). Along Robinson Rd, taking in Mosque Junction, and onto the Botanical Gardens, very peaceful early morning for tai chi exponents. Down Glenealy, possibly stopping for a refreshing drink and then down Ice House St, passing the Foreign Correspondents Club (possibly the world's best bar), and then arrive in Central.
Don't forget the views from the Matilda Hospital on the Peak (look out over Blacks Link and other very exclusive addresses) and for those with transport try and find the old service reservoir off Lugard Road on the Peak. It offers the best views anywhere on Hong Kong Island.
The new city (by which I mean the part that lies outside the old city centre with its cobbled streets, sightseeing and restaurants) has many art nouveau buildings, as well as lots of good value bars and restaurants not always mentioned in the guides. Together with the occasional example of socialist architecture and some beautiful orthodox churches, the new Riga is just as interesting as Riga Veca.
The streets surrounding Old Riga to the north-east, east and south-east. You could, for example, head out of the city centre via the Freedom Monument on Brivibas Iela and then turn into Blaumana or Dzinarvu
If you are curious about just how far below sea level the Netherlands is, and have heard rumours about the airport being one of the lowest points, you might take a moment to stop by the Waterloo metro station.
On the wall is a depiction of various points relative to sea level, and as you ascend the stairs you can see tubes containing water for a more visual demonstration of just how far below the sea you are.
Waterlooplein metro station
Take a stroll (or guided tour) through shady, historic Mount Hope cemetery. Afterwards wax philosophical ("Sic transit...") at the Distillery across Mt Hope Avenue from the cemetery entrance.
Or if you're not in the mood to walk, drive out to the village of Pittsford and take the Sam Patch Tour Boat on the Erie Canal. Daily cruises, lunch and dinner. Nearby are boutiques, cafes, and ice cream parlours.
If you don't take the tour, you can always walk the canal. A place for contemplation.
12 Shoen Place, Pittsford; tel: 585 262 5661; www.sampatch.org
This is an old Roman fishing town that’s accessible by train from Marseilles. The station is at the top of a hill, and the walk down is superb – through a vineyard-lined road with views over the town and the sea. The town is very pleasant to wander around and is home to the wines which share its name. The best feature, however, lies in a boat trip around the bay; here you can see what are known as the Calanques. They are a series of mini fjords with rock formations of the most amazing shades and hues, set off by the blue of the sea and sky.
Take the coast road (GR98) east from Marseilles or the Marseilles – Toulon train
Poolbeg Lighthouse is located at the end of the South Bull Wall and is a great place to go for a bracing walk. The wall sticks out into the bay and you can get a 360 degree view of Dublin bay and the mountains. It feels like you're on an island and sometimes you can be really lucky and see a seal. Plus there are loads of sea birds and even a tiny unspoilt beach. It’s a real escape from the city.
South Bull Wall is located in Ringsend/Irishtown, in the heart of the industrial centre of Dublin. The easiest way to get there is by travelling down the quays on the southside. The nearest landmark is the powerstation with its red and white striped towers.
This grand old public park, on the outskirts of Dublin's southern suburbs is a great way of escaping the mayhem, walking off that hangover and acts as a gateway to the beautiful Dublin and Wicklow hills. A wander through the Victorian grounds, forest, Saturday market and model railway for kids is extremely rewarding.
For one of the outstanding views of Dublin, follow the yellow marker posts for about an hour on a climb into the nearby woods. This view (on the Wicklow walkway) looks north taking in Dublin city, the bay and environs.
For even more stunning scenery follow the track for another hour up the hill and the city disappears to reveal open Irish hillsides and rolling forests. If you’re lucky, you will see some native deer and mountain goats.
Take the 48A bus from Dame Street (city centre near O'Connell Street) for 1/2 an hour, the last stop is Marley Park. To get to the viewing points follow the yellow markers in the main carpark. A map and information are also provided. For more details on the Wicklow way see www.wicklowway.com
TTo clear your head the morning after a night on the Guinness, hop on the Dart to Dun Laoghaire and take a stroll down one of its two piers. The east pier is a mile long and the west even longer. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the Irish Sea.
On sunny days when the sea is a deep azure and the sky scattered with gauzy clouds you'll share the pier with families and lovers and little boys fishing. On colder winter days, when the water is iron grey, and the cumulus clouds and watery sun do battle over the roof tops and church steeples, the only sounds will be the rushing wind and the clanging of harboured boats. You might pass other pink-nosed hardy souls or even spot a few seals watching you silently from the choppy waves.
Nothing like it for a hangover.
DART to Dun Laoghaire station
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