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Villa Borghese gardens – with kids or without

Posted by dan on December 18, 2010

Rome, Borghese Park

Borghese Park, Rome

Located right above some of the main sights in Rome, such as the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, it offers a quiet alternative to the busy streets below. Worth even only for the view from the terraces, either you go up from the Spanish Steps or Piazza del Popolo. A short and nice walk would be to go up at one of these locations, and come down at the other. The park can be approached from the top of the Monti area as well, and you could take shorter or longer walks in the tranquil gardens. Apart from the shady trees, ponds, fountains, monuments and sculptures, there are several museums and galleries, including of course the Borghese Gallery. There is also a zoological museum and an animal friendly and educational biopark – it’s not even called a zoo to make a point. You can get around on foot, on hired pedal-powered cars, segway (electronic two-wheeler) or a little train. There are carousels, a toddlers playhouse (maybe closed in winter), kiosks and cafes so you can easily spend a whole day up in the Villa Borghese gardens – with kids of any age, or even without.

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” Tom Robbins

Further information:

Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery) official website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

About the Villa Borghese gardens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens

Travel TipBioparco (Biopark) official website: http://www.bioparco.it/en/bioparco-in-rome.html

More about Rome: Rome attractions pictures & videos

Recommended hotel in the area:

L'Hotel Cinquantatre, RomeL’Hotel Cinquantatre ***

Via di San Basilio, 53 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel/Fax : (+39) 06 42014708

Official site: http://www.hotelcinquantatrerome.com/

See blog post: 53 – L’Hotel Cinquantatre

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Edinburgh – nature walk in the city 2.

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

Edinburgh Castle, snow, Scotland

Dawn over Edinburgh Castle and the snow covered city. Image: http://www.fohb.org

Another great nature eacape is a walk in Blackford Hill Local National Park, a bit south-west from the Salisbury Crags. There is a pond with ducks and swans, a hill with an observatory from where you can get a beautiful view of both the Castle and the Crags, a little forest with a creek and the Hermitage of Braid, now functioning as the park rangers center.

Further information:

Friends of Hermitage of Braid: http://www.fohb.org

City of Edinburgh Countryside Ranger Service: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/countrysiderangers

See also blog post: Edinburgh – nature walk in the city 1.

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Edinburgh – nature walk in the city 1.

Posted by dan on December 4, 2010

The view of the Castle of Edinburgh from the paved path

The view of the Castle of Edinburgh from the paved path

The Salisbury Crags with Arthur’s Seat is a dominant natural sight, rising above Edingurgh and visible from most part of the city. Located at the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, at end of the Royal Mile, it is easy to reach – even the Hop-On-Hop-Off buses stop at its foot. It is worth to walk at least a little up the Crags – the view of the city is stunning.

There are several paths of different difficulty and shorter or longer walks can be taken. A circuit along the rocky cliffs of the Crags is 1-1.5 hours; a summit circuit to Arthur’s Seat and back 2-3 hours.

“Holyrood Park is a rare example of unimproved grassland. Effectively unchanged since its enclosure as a Royal Park in the 16th century. It is rich in plant species and also provides a home to a variety of important invertebrate, amphibian, mammal and bird species. To find such a wildlife haven in the heart of a capital city is remarkable.”

Travel TipFor more information about the park, guided walks and other activities run by the Rangers, visit: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/ranger

 

(Note: the url printed on the brochure doesn’t work.)

See also: Edinburgh – nature walk in the city 2.


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From Old Portsmouth along the Southsea coast

Posted by dan on December 3, 2010

The Spinnaker Tower from Old Portsmouth, UK

The Spinnaker Tower from Old Portsmouth

If you visit Portsmouth, a nice full day program could be a walk from the port of Old Portsmouth along the coast of Southsea and taking the bus back from the end of the walk. You could even make several day programs, depending on your interests, as there are an amusement park, an aquarium, the D-Day museum, a covered swimming pool with health-fitness facilities, lively Albert Pier, a small lake with pedal-boats and swans found along the way, and of course the beach. Although the beach is not fine sand but rather gravely, it is still a popular seaside destination for locals and visitors in the summer months. There are many hotels, B&B, restaurants and pubs all along the coast and in the center.


Other program ideas:

Travel TipA ‘walk around Southsea Common’ is a much shorter walk: http://www.welcometoportsmouth.co.uk/southsea%20common%20walk.html

Portsmouth’s Official Visitor Website: http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/

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A walk in London

Posted by dan on November 17, 2010

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament across the River Thames.

The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament across the Thames.

Again, I didn’t have much time for London, but still had a nice day in the center. It is a sprawling city, but most of it, as far as I can see, is only a conglomeration of towns and villages and the center is fairly compact.

I have been to London several times, but usually only passing through or only for shorter visits – I am still a tourist here. Following are the snapshots of a touristy day. Tomorrow there is still a long Megabus journey ahead to Edinburgh…

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