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Top Attractions in Luxembourg City

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - September 28, 2018

When one looks at the geographical situation and the history of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one understands better why this country has as its administrative language, French, and German. Tourists can easily be tempted by a stay in Luxembourg City which is home to a multitude of places of interest. A point of interest in Luxembourg is that it has a cycling network of 600 kilometers and some 20 marked bike paths that are quite safe, plus another 300 kilometers of mountain bike circuits.

It is a dynamic country, a financial and economic center of significant size, a very prosperous country and the meeting point of a strong multiculturalism. The capital, Luxembourg-City standing at the crossroads of Latin and Germanic cultures is home to 40% foreigners in terms of population. When it comes to tourism the country focuses its promotion both on the preservation of its natural space and also on the historical heritage of which it is the happy heir.

  • Luxembourg City the capital of the Grand Duchy, is the economic and financial lung of the country but a true city of contrasts. Its exuberant dynamism, is a point of interest in Luxembourg which is reflected in the presence of many international companies, 200 financial companies and the presence of some 150 nationalities, must not forget that this city is nestled in the heart of a green and peaceful countryside and that it also has historical monuments of great beauty: its ancient fortress, whose construction dates back to the ninth century, protected sites since it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An excellent tourism destination, Luxembourg can be discovered on foot or by bike.
  • Luxembourg City also benefits from the most complete transport infrastructure: besides the Luxembourg-Findel international airport located 6 kilometers north-east of Luxembourg, it also has a TGV station. Not far from this city, shoppers will be delighted to discover Bertrange, which contains City Concorde, one of the largest shopping centers in the country in which a hundred shops are located: from jewelry shops to perfumeries, restaurants and bars and bookstores.
  • The Luxembourg Ardennes are representative of this lush nature that can be explored through several means of transport. Valleys, high plateaus surmounted by meadows or shale rocks characterize the landscapes of this region which also includes the Natural Parks of the Upper Sûre and lakes created by the Esch-sur-Sûre Dam.
  • The Moselle Luxembourgeoise region has sunny slopes and this region also has a long winemaking tradition and is a point of interest in Luxembourg.
  • Wellness enthusiasts also have the opportunity to visit the spa estate of Mondorf-les-Bains, which is also the only spa resort in Luxembourg.
  • Be careful to go to Luxembourg at the right time: the rain falls frequently throughout the year and the most enjoyable months are those from May to September when the temperature can reach 26 degrees.
  • The Grand Duchy is also visited for its cultural capital. It is enough to immerse yourself in the Mullerthal Region, also called Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, to measure its wealth. In Echternach, a point of interest in Luxembourg, which is also the oldest city in the country, tourists will enjoy visiting the Basilica and the crypt with the tomb of Saint Willibrord, Bishop of Utrecht in the 7th century AD and founder of the Abbey of Echternach an order of Benedictine monks.
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4 THINGS YOU MUST PACK WHILE PLANNING A ROAD TRIP

Blog, Road Trips - GoroadTrip - September 28, 2018

Consider this article as a tribute to all those times when you planned a road trip with your friends back in school but it never actually happened. Road trips sound marvellous, don’t they? Ever moving to a strange destination, trying the food and learning the culture of all the places that fall on the way there. It is exciting. And it is not just the destination but the journey that matters. Many a person has called their first road trip life-changing. The people, the special road trip music, the bad pizza everyone shares at some roadside place in the middle of nowhere- everything about a road trip is different and exciting. And while the urge to throw all plans out of the window is overwhelming, there is still a little bit of preparation involved. Use a camera like this, carry that, don’t forget a portable charger – the usual.

So, in case you are planning your first such adventure, here is a list of some things you should not forget to carry:

1. Chargers

You would think that this doesn’t need to be mentioned but, remembering all the times we tend to forget to carry the simplest things, we thought we should mention it anyway. We millennials rely so much on our smartphones, iPads and laptops that it is impossible to think of a life without them. That’s why when packing for a road trip, throw in the chargers into the bag first. While you should obviously try to enjoy the experience instead of looking at a screen the entire time, do remember to keep your smartphones charged, just in case of an emergency.

2. Camera

As the car meanders along a long road, amidst crop fields, quaint farms and villages, you would, of course, want to capture some moments from it. However, only a camera might not do. You should also include the entire range of accessories, like a tripod stand, lens cleaner kits, extra pack of batteries and a memory card as well. If you want to go shooting at night, you will need a camera equipped with night vision.

3. Maps and Guides

‘The best thing about road trips is the thrill of exploring new roads and places. However, you can’t just wander off the main track and maybe end up at a haunted villa to spend the night. Maps and guides are needed to help you to understand which roads to take, which places you can stop to eat and replenish your snacks or simply to get some fuel for your car. It would also tell you about the best times to visit a particular place and spots that you cannot afford to miss out.

4. Snacks and finger food

You cannot expect to travel and not eat something. Chips, fries, snacks, muffins, cupcakes – keep them in abundance as you might need them anytime. In case of emergencies, keep a separate ration of biscuits and fries. Take ready-made foods only. You won’t always have access to a stove or hot water to even make instant noodles or pasta. Also, remember to keep an ample amount of water around and keep replenishing the stock whenever you can.

There are many other things that you should carry of course, including first aid kits and portable music players. Also, keep your medicines and other individual necessities with you. But, most of all, remember to enjoy the view. Because adventure is for the soul what food is to the stomach. And that is something that cannot be replaced.

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10 Amazing Facts about Everest Base Camp trek

Blog, Food, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - September 27, 2018

Do you want to pick a sight of the beautiful spectacle of the Himalayas with the accompaniment of Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa Culture? If Yes, Everest Base Camp is just the right place of venture for you.

Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited regions in the Himalaya. The trek starts and finishes at Lukla, an airstrip to the south of the region better known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’.

The trek takes off from Lukla. You will get started from a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi valley route to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar. From Namche, you trek along a high path from where you have the first good view of Everest.

After that, you will visit several monasteries to reach the Khumbu Glacier. At the foot of the Khumbu ice falls, you reach your destination Everest Base Camp.

10 Amazing Facts about Everest Base Camp trek

1. The BBC has named Everest Base Camp one of the “50 places you should see before you die”

Everest Base Camp lies at the base of the roof of the world- Mt. Everest. Travelers want to embark on this trek because they want to feel majestic being close to the world’s tallest mountain.

Everest Base Camp is a playground of the tumbling glaciers and 8000 meters giants. Hence, it is a wonderful destination for trekkers willing to take up the high altitude challenge.

With this spectacular blend of Himalayan adventure and experience of varied culture on the way, Everest Base Camp Trek is ample for trekkers and adventurers.
On your way, you will encounter the diverse culture and hospitality. Along with the sceneries and beautiful spectacle of the Himalayas, monasteries, and historical museums.

The region is a beautiful assortment of scenic, geographic, and historical significance. This is why BBC has named Everest Base Camp trek as one of the “50 places you should visit before you die”.

If you are one of those who wants to take lessons from lifestyle and diversity, Everest Base Camp is the right place for you.

2. You get all of these refinements of beautiful Sherpa culture

Starting off from Lukla, the Base Camp trek extends from the side of Dudh Koshi River which is terrifyingly beautiful. Walking up the hill, there is Namche Bazaar, the biggest town of all Sherpa settlement.

Namche Bazaar is often known as the “gateway to the Himalaya”. The town itself has a lot of cafes, lodges, and restaurants. On Saturdays, a weekly market beautifies of the village. You will love to see the centerfold of Tibetan market and Chinese articles put in the sales in there.

As you head towards the Base Camp, you constantly come across monasteries, pleasant Sherpa villages, and museums. Sherpa people are best known for their extraordinary mountaineering skills. They are also incredibly welcoming and friendly people that will make your journey a total bliss.

You will get to encounter Sherpas willing to carry your heavy gear. You will find them scarily fit and feel amazed about how they can get everything set up for you before you arrive.

Sherpas are also most hospitable, easy, and forthgoing people. They will be a very good company for you as well.

If you get the chance, make sure you chat with your guide and porters as their stories and culture are nothing short of fascination.

3. You should not be the fittest person

Everest Base Camp marks itself as a moderate trek. For instance, the good news is you do not require any prior trek experience to embark on this trail. People of all demographics can come from this venture.

Your biggest concern is acclimating to a higher altitude and this is not proved to have any links to how fit you are. Hence, it is not a prerequisite that you have to walk fast. The slower you go, the more comfortable you are to enjoy the bits you see on the way.

Therefore, it is not essential whether or not you’ve ever hit the gym or have that utmost stamina. If you can manage 3-6 hours a day, up and down the hill carrying a light pack you can definitely smash it there.

4. You will get to catch a sight of ancient Rongbuk and Tengboche Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery, the highest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world lies near the base of the north face of Mount Everest.

It is a sacred place for pilgrims. Everest looks like a giant pyramid standing majestically among the tower when you observe it from Rongbuk.

Of the several monasteries you come across, Tengboche is probably the most impressive. Located in the village of Tengboche, the monastery has giant peak views including Lhotse, Everest, and Nuptse in the backdrop.

Also, each year, the monastery hosts the delightful Mani Rimdu Festival on the tenth lunar month of Tibetan calendar. This corresponds to the months of October-November, coincidentally during the best trekking season in Nepal.

This is a festival of religious rites, songs, dances, and enactments of legends. Plus, characterizes vibrant colors and noise that takes the center stage in the monastery. You won’t regret watching this exotic festive even though you’re not much of a culture lover.

You can also catch a view of Sir Edmund Hillary School, and Thami monastery nearby.

5. Food and Accommodation on the way will never fail to impress you

Tea houses around Everest Base Camp are ecstatic and assuring. They are extremely social and friendly affairs that bring everyone together after a glorious day of hiking.

The fatigue and stress of the entire day will fade away quickly soo as you stop long enough in the tea shops. The tea has a distinct organic taste which will soothe your mind and helps relax your bones.

The food is very authentic- staple Nepali food- Dal Bhat with seasonal vegetables. And the families that run the teahouses are always welcoming and hospitable.
Food is often cooked in the same room you eat. And most trekkers will stay in the dining room in the evening drinking, carving the stories of the delight set forth by the trek.

Also, the way these tea vendors treat their customers and get along with them so well is legendary.

People are friendly and forthcoming to talk to you. They are also happy to share their personal stories. They feel proud to dispense things you would want to know about their culture.

Note: It is always a good idea to carry sleeping bag to beat the chilling cold in the night in the mountainside.

6. Sagarmatha National Park

Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha National Park. It is a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. The glamorous landscape of the park adds more texture to your journey.

Sagarmatha National Park is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys. And, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). The presence of the Sherpas with their unique culture adds further interest to this site.

It habitats birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, and rhododendron. While at least 118 species of birds home this place. There are also musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda.

The area represents a major stage of the Earth’s evolutionary history. Plus, it is one of the most geologically interesting regions in the world. So, it is a big place of study and research for many academicians and anthropologists.

You will get to catch the sight of these geologically young mountains and glaciers in the region. This is bound to create awe inspiring landscapes and scenery dominated by the high peaks and corresponding valleys.

This park contains the world’s highest ecologically characteristic flora and fauna. Additionally with a perfect blend of rich Sherpa culture. The Sherpa culture and ecosystem are, therefore, the major highlights of Sagarmatha National park.

You will love it for sure!

7. There is Wi-Fi on Sale

Most people nowadays expect to have Wi-Fi everywhere they go. And that includes the highest mountain range in the world too. Telecom companies in Nepal have spotted an expanding market and are cashing in big time on the luxury of internet connections high in the mountains.

You will find passwords to connect to a wifi network sold on a “scratchy” in every teahouse along the way. The 250 Mb of data gets more and more expensive the higher you go. This will mostly be enough for a couple of emails and to update your Facebook status, but nothing more.

When paying around $5-10 for data, make sure your phone doesn’t start downloading updates in the background, thus using it all.

8. The pleasant sight of Kalapathar

The ascent of Kala Patthar begins at Gorak Shep (5,164 m / 16,942 ft), the vantage point for Everest views. A five- to ten-minute over boulders takes one to the top from this place which is marked with Prayer flags.

Kalapathar is the most accessible point to view Mount Everest. Hence, it is most popular to get a dramatic close-up view of Mount Everest.

Not only can you see the peak, but you also get great views of the Khumbu Icefall far below. This is also what it makes Kalapathar a significant place for travel.

It is more often popular and trending because it is one of the highest points easily reached without mountaineering expertise. You don’t have to worry much about not having prior experiences of mountaineering and fitness.

A much better time to go to Kala Pathar is in the afternoon. If you can (and the weather allows), wait for the sunset there: the light on the mountains is simply amazing. You can check: Weather and Climate to have an idea of EBC weather.

Sometimes, the clouds often come up from the valley in the afternoon and mask the view so it is not always an option. If you only have one day to go up to Kala Patthar then go in the late morning. It won’t be too cold, the light will be OK, and the clouds won’t have come up from the valley yet.

The Sunrise and Sunset are more often the pleasant sights to watch from Kalapathar.

9. There are plenty more Mountains and wonderful spectacles on the way

Throughout the trek, you’ll get to catch glances of some the giant peaks of our earth. It includes Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and, of course, Everest. The glorious panorama of the Himalayas is something you would yearn to see over and over again throughout your life.

Do not miss this one. On your way to Nagarjuna hill, you will catch marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), and Thamserku.

If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also majestic. Returning back to Dingboche is much beautiful.

After all, there are all of these excitable ranges of Himalayan sites you can observe. Some of the mountain expeditions are optional and you can take them if you wish to.

10. The destination Everest Base Camp itself and the triumphant feeling that comes with it

After trekking for over a week, reaching your destination is an incredibly gratifying experience. Your experiences and hardships accumulated throughout the journey will make you feel more triumphant. You feel like you have accomplished something.

After all, that is the usual feeling that sears around after reaching the place one is destined to reach.

Although you can’t see the peak of Everest, the feeling of awe is no less as you stand at the base of the world’s tallest mountain. Its sheer size and majestic will hold you entirely captivated.

If you trek in the springtime you might even meet some of the mountaineers attempting to climb the mountain itself. Also, who knows you might as well want to embark for being a mountaineer yourself.

If, in case, you feel weak and don’t have enough courage to complete your trek, helicopter rescue service is also available.

Conclusion

Everest Base Camp comes with all these excitable ranges of traveling with so many potential destinations. If you are thinking about embarking into one of these expeditions why not go for it.

Do you wish to witness the best views of Mount Everest very closely from its base camp and Kala Patthar but do not have enough time to trek there? You can opt for the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour. In this heli tour, you will explore the Everest region easily in less time.

You will find it more exciting than you thought it would be.

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5 most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Lithuania

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - September 24, 2018

Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic countries and the one with the most troubled history. After having been a great kingdom, constantly occupied by Poland, Germany, Russia, it was Lithuania that first faced the USSR, in 1989-1990, showing the way to independence. Today, like its Baltic counterparts, Lithuania integrates the European Union in a dynamic way and adopted the euro on January 1, 2015.

This is the perfect opportunity to discover these little-known regions with many lakes, thick forests and some beautiful national parks. Beautiful towns in Lithuania are described below –

• Vilnius

Vilnius, which for a long time, thanks to its very important Jewish community, had the title of “Jerusalem of the North”, is a magnificent conservatory of cultural and artistic influences. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its architecture, Vilnius is the least famous of the Baltic capitals: lost in the middle of the land, it does not enjoy access to the sea, unlike Riga and Tallinn.

This city whose Jewish population was decimated during the Second World War was in turn Polish, Nazi, Soviet. Projected towards the future, Vilnius has the charm of cities with multiple cultural and architectural influences.

• Kaunas

Kaunas is the major river port of the Baltic countries, and the second largest city in Lithuania. Polish, then Russian, the city was, from 1920 to 1940, the capital of independent Lithuania. Occupied by the Germans, she saw the establishment of an extermination camp: a museum of deportation and resistance preserves this memory.

The old town of Kaunas is attractive with its restored medieval towers and its beautiful Town Hall. A mixture of baroque, medieval and Gothic architecture overlooks the city with its museums and religious buildings. Crossed by the Niemen from west to south, the landscape of Kaunas offers beautiful manor houses, wooden houses and an open-air museum that offers a panoramic view of the harbor. Kaunas is one of the most beautiful towns on Lithuania.

• Nida

An old fishing town 52 kilometers from the peninsula of the Curonian Spit, Nida stretches across a strip of sand covered with forests. Old village town of the 18th century, it is best known for the wooden architecture of its houses planted in the sand. Beautiful dunes overlook the area for beautiful climbing. The highest, Parnidis has a solar clock, installed at its summit. Every year, traditional festivals and folklore concerts take place in the village to relive the ancient times. It is one of the beautiful towns in Lithuania.

• Palanga

Surrounded by centuries-old forests and immersed in an exceptional ecological atmosphere, Palanga is Lithuania’s most popular seaside resort and one of the beautiful towns in Lithuania. With its modern architecture, Palanga is immersed in a cosmopolitan atmosphere with thousands of restaurants, cafes, toy stores and boutiques on its streets.

A soft sea and smooth beaches, the resort allows doing water activities such as surfing, scuba diving, and water bikes. In the middle of a landscape accentuated with pines, the ballades by bike or on horseback constitute a real pastime.

• Druskininkai

Located near the Russian and Polish borders, Druskininkai is a known spa resort in Lithuania since the 19th century. Today, the city is a tourist center of international renown, marked by a certain well-being as evidenced by opulent villas.

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Cool Places to Visit in Macedonia

Europe - GoroadTrip - September 20, 2018

places to visit in Macedonia

Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia shares borders with Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. Far from being a small country, Macedonia has more than two million inhabitants who occupy more than half of the territory. Macedonia is becoming more and more interesting for tourists wishing to discover new destinations.

Some of the places to visit in Macedonia are listed below –

• Skopje

In the north of Macedonia, Skopje, the capital, saw the Romans, Bulgarians, Serbs, Byzantines, the Ottomans, before being integrated into the kingdom and then part of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. Skopje has grand buildings and monumental statues making it important among places to visit in Macedonia. In the center of the great square of Macedonia stands the fountain-statue of Alexander the Great. On the other side of the River Vardar are tall buildings, including the archaeological museum.

Old Bazaar is the largest in the Balkans after Istanbul. The heritage of the Ottoman Empire is present at caravanserais e.g. Kapan Han, ancient hammams such as Daut Pasha and Cifte and mosques at Mustafa Pasha, Sultan Murat. There are also several churches, such as Church of the Ascension of Jesus, which has a remarkable iconostasis. Finally, overlooking the old town, the Kale Fortress, built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, is now a place of archaeological excavations.

• Ohrid

Ohrid is the most attractive places to visit in Macedonia. The region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been populated since prehistoric times. In ancient times the already flourishing city was called Lychnidos and had an acropolis and a theater, which was used as an arena by the Romans and now serves as a backdrop for the summer festival of Ohrid. In the 9th century, the city became an important religious center. St. Clement and St. Naum, followers of St. Cyril and Methodius (inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet), settled here and founded the first Slavic university and monasteries.

There are about twenty churches in the old town. In St. Sophia Cathedral, one of the architectural jewels of Ohrid, you can admire frescoes from the 11th century. Finally, do not miss to visit the Church of St. John at Kaneo, built in the thirteenth century, installed on a rocky promontory, facing the lake. At the top of the old town, the medieval fortress offers a breathtaking view of the lake from its walkway.

• Lake Ohrid

Straddling two countries (Macedonia and Albania) and surrounded by mountains, Lake Ohrid, the largest in the country (358 sq km), is often compared to a sea. One of the most attractive places to visit in Macedonia its shores have pebble beaches, campsites, hotels, cafes and lounge bars where you can drink cocktails. In summer, translucent water has an ideal temperature.

Around the lake, there are several villages worth a visit, such as Trpejca, nicknamed the “Macedonian Saint-Tropez”, and Radožda, a small fishing village where you can taste the famous Ohrid trout.

• Bitola

It is good to stroll through the long pedestrian street of Širok Sokak one of the most enchanting places to visit in Macedonia, lined with elegant colorful buildings, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The second city of Macedonia has beautiful buildings built in the time of the Ottoman Empire. In the Muslim part, you can see several mosques, an old bazaar and a covered market dating from the fifteenth century. The archaeological site of Heraclea is close to Bitola.

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