Mad about Madrid

There are many great cities in the world, but Madrid is certainly among some of the best. Not only does it have a rich history dating back to the 9th century, but it’s also one of the finest cities for culinary experiences, art, architecture, and nightlife.

We’re simply mad about Madrid and, without further ado, we’ll tell you why…

Food, glorious food

Every good conversation starts with food, so you can be sure that you’ll have many good conversations in this city! Madrid has become one of the top culinary capitals of Europe and even though you can easily find international food options, it boasts many lip-smacking local meals.

Some must-try meals include:

  • Cocido Madrileño: traditional Spanish stew which consists of a flavourful broth of vegetables, chickpeas, chorizo sausage, and pork;
  • Huevos Rotos: literally translated to “broken eggs”, this typical dish consists of potatoes fried in Spanish olive oil, tossed with sea salt, and topped with perfect over-easy eggs;
  • Pincho de Tortilla:a tortilla is basically a Spanish omelet and is not only a staple food in Spain but also one of the most typical foods in Madrid;
  • Bocadillo de calamares: crusty, fresh bread loaded with flour-coated, deep-fried squid rings. The central Plaza Mayor is where you’ll find these delicious sandwiches in abundance.

Art and architecture

From Puerta del Sol with its number of well-known sights such as the old Post Office, to galleries and 17th and 18th century Baroque-style churches, Madrid has mesmerising architecture and buildings all over the place. It is also one of the cities with the most precious art from Spanish artists such as Goya and Velázquez as well as Flemish and Italian favourites.

One of the most popular areas for art is called Paseo del Arte. Along this one-kilometre stretch you can find the Prado Museum (with works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (displaying seven centuries of art with works by El Greco, Canaletto, Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Hopper, Picasso, Dalí and Chagall); and the Reina Sofía Museum (with one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the world, including Picasso’s Guernica), among other places well worth a visit.

Flamenco and football

Last but not least, this is also the city for flamenco and football, of course! Even though some say Flamenco originated in the southern regions of Spain, Madrid is known as the Flamenco capital of the world. It hosts the annual Suma Flamenca Festival in June which attracts some of the best flamenco performers in the country. Performances take place at various venues within the city, as well as in smaller surrounding towns and neighborhoods.

If you find yourself in the Spanish capital (and you’re a football fan), you cannot pass up the opportunity to visit at least one of the great football stadiums such as Santiago Bernabéu (home of Real Madrid CF); Wanda Metropolitano (home of Atlético Madrid which has undergone a major renovation); and Vallecas Stadium (home of Rayo Vallecano).

We’re headed to Madrid soon! Get in touch to find out more.

Don’t make these mistakes when you’re in Italy

A food-, wine-, art-, history-, and coffee-lover’s dream destination, Italy has a soft spot in many people’s hearts and it haunts the dreams (in a good way) of those who have never been.

But with all its beauty comes some hiccups, too. You see, Italians aren’t always as open to speaking English and oftentimes, depending on where you go, it’s because they simply aren’t confident in the language. So it rests on the traveller to make sure they do their bit to understand the culture and some basics of the Italian language.

Don’t stress, you don’t have to go for a language course before you visit Italy  – we’ll share some basic, helpful points right here.

1.Ordering a coffee

When ordering a coffee in Italy, you have to make sure that what you want is expressed clearly. For example, if you ask for “a coffee”, the barista will probably prepare an espresso, which is what Italians refer to as “a coffee”.

If you ask for a “latte”, they will probably give you a strange look and arrive minutes later with a glass of milk. Be sure to specify that you’d like a “caffe latte”, because “latte” means milk.

2.Mispronounced words

It’s easy to mispronounce Italian words and it happens to the best of us. One of the most important things to note is that one letter can change the whole meaning of a word! If you’re asking for directions to the basilico (basil) you’ll be given a strange look. Whereas if you ask if there is fresh basilica (a church granted special privileges by the Pope) in the food dish, you’ll get an even stranger look.

Many Italian words have double consonants which produces a short vowel sound. For example, “penna” (pen) or “pappa” (baby food). When the same words are pronounced or written with  single consonants, “penna” becomes “pena” (pain or punishment) and “pappa” becomes “papa” (Pope). It can be embarrassing, to say the least.

Oftentimes tourists will also make the mistake of saying “I would like a panini”. In Italian, a word ending on an “i” or “e” usually makes it plural, so you are technically asking for multiple sandwiches. Rather ask for “un panino”.

Another tip is to literally pronounce every single letter of a word. Your chances of making mistakes will be far fewer. For example:

– “e” is always pronounced “eh”, not “eeh”
– “o” is always pronounced “oh”, not “owh”,
– “i” is pronounced “eeh” not “aye”.

– “ch” is always a “k” sound

– “ci” is always a “chee” sound.

So if you want to talk about penne pasta, say “p-eh-n-n-eh”, not “pennay”. If you want to ask for vino, say “v-ee-n-oh”, not “v-aye-n-owh”. If you want to say chaos, say “kha-oh-s”, not “kayohs”.

3.Hand gestures

You will no doubt see plenty of hand gestures flying as you walk the streets of Italy. Don’t assume everyone is swearing at you (although, they might be swearing at someone!). But for your own safety and levels of embarrassment, steer clear of using random hand gestures that you’ve seen. You may just insult someone without realizing.

4.False friends

While many Italian words may be similar to those in other European languages, a sneaky pitfall is false friends – words which mean something else in a different language, even if they have the exact same spelling.

For example, if you know a little bit of Spanish, and want to talk about the cute donkey (burro), an Italian will be extremely confused since “burro” means butter in Italian.

If you’re asking to look at someone’s “camera” (room) they might be offended, or surprised and invite you over, not realizing that you meant their camera with which you take photos.

Are you ready to discover Italy? Keep your eyes peeled for when we release our next Italian tour dates or email us on info@ctheworld.co.za for more info.

The Schengen circle is about to get bigger

For many South Africans (mainly the travel addicts), a Schengen visa is a piece of gold. Let’s not beat around the bush about the power of our green passports…

Sure, we can go to some pretty cool places like Thailand, Mauritius, Argentina or the Bahamas without a visa, however, with a Schengen visa you can visit 26 European states! Only with a Schengen visa are you able to visit some European countries that have probably been on your bucket list for a long time.

The Schengen area currently comprises 22 of the EU’s 28 member states as well as four non-EU members (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). Even though Croatia became an EU member in 2013, it has not been part of the Schengen zone, alongside Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

Recent news reports have confirmed that Schengen circle is about to get bigger. The European Commission has requested that the EU Council include Croatia in the area without internal border controls after it announced that Croatia has taken the necessary steps to ensure it meets all the requirements for joining the Schengen area. According to Dimitris Avramopoulos commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship, Croatia being included will contribute to further strengthening the Schengen area and ensure that the EU’s external borders are better protected.

And even though this is great news for many travellers, this move has sparked much criticism – especially from Slovenian politicians.

However political the situation may be, if Croatia joins the Schengen zone, a lot of South Africans will be smiling from ear to ear: Plitvice Lakes, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Zagreb, Northern Velebit National Park, can you imagine yourself there yet? We can!

Get in touch to find out all about our upcoming trips to Croatia! (011) 888 7910 or info@ctheworld.co.za

Some of the coolest rooftop pools in Europe you have to visit

Even though a European summer is an exceptional experience, it is hot. If there is one thing you need to know, it’s where the nearest pool is (if you’re not close to the beach). But why settle for any old pool when you can enjoy some of the best rooftop pools while sipping on your drink and taking in majestic views?

Here are some fantastic rooftop pools you have to visit when the heat is unbearable:

Greece: Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel, Athens

A five-star hotel built in 1983, the Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel is situated a mere 2.2km from Plaka and 2.7km from Athens City Museum. One of the best things about this hotel? It’s rooftop swimming pool which offers a 360-degree postcard view of the Acropolis. Grab a deck chair, a drink, your sunnies, and enjoy Athens from a different, refreshing view.

Italy: Molino Stucky Hilton, Venice

Not the most appealing name, perhaps, but the Molino Stucky Hilton in the renowned Italian city of Venice has a secret aquatic pleasure that does not include a gondola ride on a canal. The Molino Stucky Hilton’s rooftop pool offers breathtaking panoramic views and reviving tranquility after a jam-packed day on the busy streets of Venice. Sure, you might pay double the price for an Aperol Spritz, but it’ll be one memorable drink!

Spain: Grand Central Hotel, Barcelona

Not only is the rooftop pool and Skybar at Grand Central Hotel in Barcelona an oasis in the middle of the city, but it’s also one of the most popular social gathering points in Barcelona during the summer. Situated in the central Gothic Quarter, guests can take a dip above the city’s landmarks and savour the panoramic views.

Spain: Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Barcelona would not be Barcelona without the iconic 44-story tower Hotel Arts, situated on the beachfront. Yes, it’s known for its luxury standards and exquisite rooms floating above the clouds, but it’s also well-known for its magical infinity pool on the rooftop. It’s truly a sight to see and a place to experience when you find yourself in this awesome Spanish city!

Why it’s so easy to fall in love with Livigno

In the heart of the Alps, in the northern part of Lombardia, lies the magical skiing village of Livigno.

Livigno has many things that make it special and it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with this snow paradise. Lodging, bars and restaurants – mainly built in low-rise, traditional chalet style – is strung alongside the town’s 4km main road.

Here are four things that’ll instantly make almost anyone fall in love with Livigno:

1. Ski slopes: Livigno is well known for its 110+km of pistes (12 black, 37 red, and 29 blue). The ski areas rise up on both sides of the road and the two sides – Carosello and Mottolino – are linked by free buses. There are several beginner slopes for newbies to the sport while most of the pistes for intermediate and advanced skiers are above the tree line.

2. Snow:Livigno is located just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, meaning it is located in the heart of the Alps. Its high altitude ensures that the resort has a long snow season, lasting from the end of November until the beginning of May.

3. Duty-free status: For centuries, Livigno has enjoyed duty-free status, which truly makes it a worthwhile shopping spot. Shopping bargains to keep an eye out for include alcohol and tobacco, perfumes, cameras, computers and other electronic equipment, and leather and fur garments.

4. Restaurants and bars: After long days of skiing and exhausting yourself on the slopes, nothing beats a leisurely walk in town, having dinner at one of the many pizzerias or restaurants, enjoying after-dinner drinks with friends, and soaking up the bustling nightlife of Livigno.

For skiing, Livigno is simply one of the best places to visit! Get in touch and find out how you can experience the magic of Livigno for yourself. Contact us on info@ctheworld.co.za

Top insider tips for Berlin

Known around the world as a place with a heart-wrenching history, with memories of World War II bombings, heavy artilery and street-by-street fighting, Berlin has come a long way and is now known as a vibey, artsy metropolis in Germany.

Since the wall came down, the city has also become a popular tourist destination and thus, if you don’t plan properly, you might not have such a great time – mostly spending your time waiting in queues.

Here are a couple of useful insider tips for your visit to Berlin:

1.For an incredible view of the city

For While the TV tower is a great – and certainly the most popular – place to get a view of Berlin, a visit to the top of this tower will put you back almost €20 (plus it will most probably require waiting in a queue). If you are however tight on time and perhaps budget, you can visit the rooftop terrace of the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in Mitte, located a stone’s throw from the TV tower, instead. Though it’s not free, it’s substantially cheaper.

Another, more alternative option for getting an incredible view of the city, is heading toward Teufelsberg. Teufelsberg has an intriguing history: the old spy station – used during the Cold War by the Americans and British to learn what was going on in Russian-controlled East Germany – is eerie and dilapidated, but at the same time mesmerising. After the war, rubble from the devastated city was brought here with trucks and it soon become the highest point in West Berlin. The dumping stopped in 1972, after which they planted trees to make the man-made hill a bit easier on the eye, and in addition, a ski slope was built (complete with a ski lift, a ski jump and a toboggan run).

2. For street art

Berlin – scattered with skeletal buildings, forgotten theme parks and abandoned bunkers – is a street artist’s dream. It was actually one of the first cities to catch onto the street art boom. Post reunification, street artists and buskers flocked to the German capital to make their mark.

To appreciate Berlin’s street art, one needs only to walk the streets of the city and look around. At Mauerpark, you can enjoy a market-style breakfast whilst admiring the jugglers and slack-liners, magicians and talented live musicians among many other artists.

Though the East Side Gallery is a must-see for its murals and historical value, you can also see some super interesting graffiti art at abovementioned Teufelsberg.

3. For Greenery

For a major city, Berlin boasts a lot of greenery. You can easily find a spot with grass and trees, such as a park, a garden, or a forest. Some great spots to visit include Grunewald forest, Humboldthain park and Viktoriapark.

Berlin started introducing garden colonies (also known as Schrebergärten or Kleingarten) dates back to the period of strong industrialisation and urbanisation in the 19th century. For many families during World Wars I and II, the food produced in these allotment gardens became essential for survival. Most of the time these colonies are accessible to passers-by, however it also depends on each colony. Some, for example don’t allow cars to exit or enter (even if it’s owners) on weekends, which are reserved for quiet gardening time.

Join us on our next Eastern European trip to get a taste of the incredible city of Berlin! For more, email info@ctheworld.co.za

Travel might have health benefits you never expected

They say change is as good as a holiday… but have you ever wondered why a holiday is good for you? Indeed, all the more scientific evidence is coming to the forefront, proving that travel can be beneficial – specifically for mental health.

So why does travel make us happy? Researchers and psychologists who study the economics of happiness usually talk about something called “the Easterlin paradox” which states that “money can lead to happiness, but only up to a certain point – and then we adapt.”

A Cornell University psychology professor, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, asked various participants  over the course of a 20-year study, to evaluate their happiness after making any major material as well as experiential purchases. Initially, the participants ranked their happiness with both kinds of purchases roughly the same. But, as time passed, it turned out that their satisfaction with material things decreased, while their satisfaction with experiences they had spent money on, increased. Hence the fact that so many people who spend their money on travel seem to be happier than those who spend it on other material things and never really leave their home.

Travel can also apparently lower the risk of depression. According to the World Health Organisation, depression is a common mental disorder and globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from it. Thankfully, things seem to be changing as the need to protect our mental health is influencing how we choose our holidays and how frequently we take vacations.

In South Africa, for example, a recent survey by Getaway Magazine, showed that 49% of the surveyed South Africans go on holiday once a year while 32% go twice a year or more. Only 19% of respondents go on a trip less than once a year. However, the survey also showed that  35% of surveyed South Africans are willing to perform job-related tasks during their holidays – which isn’t great for “switching off”.

On the other hand, according to the latest Expedia Vacation Deprivation Study, an annual survey on American traveller behavior and attitudes, 81% of American travellers say they regularly take vacations where a primary goal is “mental wellness”, and they see a vacation as a chance to “hit the reset button” on stress and anxiety (91%).

But, there is still a shocking 63% of Americans say they go six months or longer without a vacation, with more than 28% of respondents keeping a year or more between trips.

It is also believed that travel can actually rewire your brain. Many scientists no longer believe that the brain is only changeable during childhood, but instead now accept that neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change) is present throughout one’s life.

When we look forward to doing something fun and exciting, it triggers the release of dopamine which helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. In other words, simply having a vacation on the horizon can make us feel happier!

So the next time you think of planning a holiday, stop feeling guilty and do it for your mental health!

To find out more about our upcoming tours, email us on info@ctheworld.co.za.

Top Insta-worthy destinations and why you need to go

Instagram is saturated with unbelievable travel photos from every corner of the earth. Millennials, in particular, are serious about choosing travel destinations that will make for incredible photos and stories. We all know times have changed, and for many people in this age group, it’s not about how much money is in your bank account, but perhaps rather how many things you’ve ticked off your bucket-list.

We’ve seen many beautiful destinations ourselves and if you ask us, these are some of the most Insta-worthy travel destinations that make for dreamy photos that will surely inspire any other person to want to travel:


What’s not Instagrammable about the beautiful turquoise waters of Thailand? With jungle-like islands popping out of the sea as far as the eye can see, tropical waters and sea-life, there is an unmissable photo opportunity around every corner. All you need to do is hop on a longtail boat and snap away.

1. Thailand What’s not Instagrammable about the beautiful turquoise waters of Thailand? With jungle-like islands popping out of the sea as far as the eye can see, tropical waters and sea-life, there is an unmissable photo opportunity around every corner. All you need to do is hop on a longtail boat and snap away.


Morocco has been an up-and-coming Insta-worthy destination for some time now. This North-African country with its Berber, Arabian and European influences, earthy feel, colourful ceramics, jewelery, and maze-like streets is a photographer’s paradise. Much-famous attractions for photographers are the numerous traditional raids (a large, multi-level home which has been converted into a hotel or homestay) that can be found around the Marrakech Medina – the walled-off “red city” in the centre of town. Thanks to their exceptional decor in true Moroccan style, these locations make for gorgeous photos.


We’ve already told you why Turkey needs to be on your bucket-list, but go read this post about why Turkey needs to be at the top of you bucket-list if you maybe missed it! From Istanbul’s colours, ancient ruins in Troy and Epehsus, jaw-dropping seaside towns, hundreds of colourful hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey has a super long list of Instagrammable spots.


Yes, of course Greece is on the list! You didn’t think we’d forget about the white-washed buildings hugging the Aegean sea, did you? Pick your Greek island and you can be sure you’ll have a camera roll full of memorable photographs to look back on in the years to come.

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As pretty as a postcard 💌 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• As you can imagine, this viewpoint gets crowded for sunset! I staked out a spot, @meyerofcapetown grabbed some beers and snacks, and we hung out as the sky changed from gold to pink to blue. Just after the sun set below the horizon, the crowds started to clear, and we were soon some of the last people standing. While I’m not normally the type of person to get up for sunrise or shoot the sunset every day, I love that photography pushes me to see and appreciate things differently. I take my time and stay around a while longer. I challenge myself with the technical details of framing, exposure and lines of interest. I note the intricacies and details of the scene that unfolds before me… the colors, the people, the architecture, and the incredible beauty of nature. I spend HOURS shooting, editing and archiving it all (a labor of love and, sometimes, frustration). Just after flying to Italy from Greece, my hard drive crashed. While I have multiple backups of all of my photos and videos, I only had one backup of all of my photos from this summer. Thousands of photos and video clips… all gone. For the past week, I’ve waited in anticipation to hear if the data was recoverable, wallowing in self pity and drowning my sorrows in pasta and wine… (things could be worse, I know). Luckily, I was able to pick up my fully recovered drive this morning and, funny enough, pasta and wine is still on the itinerary. So, this is just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood blogger that if photos are important to you or your business, always backup to a cloud AND/OR backup your BACKUP (meaning travel with 2 external HDs if you’re shooting professionally and don’t have strong or consistent WiFi). Do as I say, not as I do ;) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #santorini #oia #beautifuldestinations #greece #sunset #tbapresets

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There will always be a mystical, beautiful side to Egypt, even amongst the population growth and the city’s development. This ancient, sandy paradise with its pyramids, pillars, alleyways, statues and camels is the perfect setting for alluring travel photographs.

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what would you do if you weren’t afraid? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‎ its hard to see things as they are when you’re clouded with fear or expectations or judgement. egypt, specifically the pyramids, is one of those places like many that in order to truly appreciate the country you have to go with an open mind. if i would have let media, friend’s experiences, or fear of safety hinder my decision to stay for 3 weeks- i would have missed out on an incredible destination and opportunity to understand and appreciate such a piece of history. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‎ overall, in my experience, i found egypt safe & inviting. i was not harassed any more or less than any other country i’ve been to. let’s be real, i feel more unsafe walking alone at night in los angeles or london. car accidents, sickness, natural disasters, shootings, can happen tomorrow anywhere in the world; ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ʟᴇᴛ ғᴇᴀʀ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟɪғᴇ ᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ’ʟʟ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛʀᴜʟʏ ʟɪᴠᴇ. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ‎ △ thank you egypt, especially @sofitelcairoeg, for a beautiful time x

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Did you know about these interesting German Christmas traditions?

Depending on where you are from, Christmas has a specific feel to it, memories associated with it, and excitement surrounding it. If there is one nation that takes the Christmas celebrations to the next level, it’s certainly Germany.

Did you know about these interesting German Christmas traditions?

Presents on 6 December, not 25 December

In some Catholic regions of Germany, the bearer of gifts isn’t Santa Claus, but St. Nikolaus (Saint Nicholas). On the nights of either 5 or 6 December (depending on the region) a man dressed as St. Nicholas (carrying a staff and wearing clothes that resemble a bishop) brings small gifts to all the children of the community. He is usually accompanied by some scary, ragged looking ‘Krampusse’ who, weirdly enough, try to scare the children. St. Nicholas has brought gifts on 6 December since 1555.

Initials inscribed on door posts

For a long period, the birth of Christ was actually celebrated on 6 January (today’s Epiphany) in Germany. To this day, some German households write the initials C+M+B – which some believe are the initials of the three kings, while others believe it stands for the Latin phrase “Christ bless this house” (“Christus mansionem benedicat”) – with chalk on their doorposts on or before 6 January as a symbol of protection over their houses. In many regions, the Christmas celebration continues until this date.

Christmas markets

Last but not least, and you probably knew about this one, but Christmas markets are a big tradition in Germany. And it’s, in our opinion, one of the most fun traditions! Usually starting in mid or late November, in almost every German city you will be able to find at least one Christmas market – whether it’s on the local square or in the streets. German Christmas markets just seem to be able to warm up the heart, soul, and body all at once. Apart from the warm atmosphere, you can find delicious warm drinks, roasted chestnuts, and local crafts, among other good stuff.

These markets date back to the Late Middle Ages (when they were probably not called “Christmas markets” but simply “winter markets”) when their purpose was to offer people a chance to come together, stock up on food like special seasonal baked goods and meats for the long, cold winter that lay ahead, and to buy handicrafts like wood carvings and toys.

C the World has an exciting European Christmas tour coming up in December. Don’t miss out! info@ctheworld.co.za.

5 awesome rooftop bars you have to visit at least once in your life

What is it about a drink with a view? We’re pretty sure a view can affect the taste of a drink, don’t you think?

Though it’s impossible to mention all the epic rooftop bars in the world, here are some of our favourites that you need to visit at least once in your life.

Frank’s Café, London

Franks Café, located at Peckham multi-storey car park in London, has been creating cool rooftop bar vibes for more than 11 years now. What makes this annual pop-up bar great is not only its incredible views of central London, but also the fact that children and dogs are welcome. You can even bring along your own blanket to sit on and soak up this artistic space. Expect fresh, summery drinks such as cocktails, beer, and wine. The restaurant is open every day in summer and there’s also a brunch service on weekends.

Athens 360, Athens

Athens 360’s rooftop bar ticks all the boxes. With the stunning views of Hadrien’s library and the Acropolis of Athens, complemented by a stylish, yet relaxed setup, this is the perfect rooftop bar to unwind after a day of exploration in Greece. Don’t expect drinks to be cheap, but the views and tunes ranging from swing and jazz to funk make it all worth it. Also, make sure to try their local wines!

Ce La Vi, Singapore

If you only stop over in Singapore en route somewhere else, you don’t know what you’re missing. This city is alive and kicking and offers some of the best nightlife scenes in the world. Among the plenty cool rooftop bars, one that stands out is Ce La Vi Skybar. As they describe it: “an outdoor oasis with sweeping city views” (and we’d add: “and with lip-smacking cocktails!”).

Le Perchoir Marais, Paris

If there’s a rooftop bar in Paris that could easily win the ‘best view in Paris prize’, it’s probably Le Perchoir Marais. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the Seine River, in one photograph, you can capture some iconic landmarks of Paris including the City Hall, the Eiffel Tower, and the banks of the Seine river. Simply take it all in as you sip on a cocktail and nibble on some delicious snacks.

5.Kat, Istanbul

Istanbul, certainly one of the most exciting and colourful cities in the world, is a lot to take in. In a good way. But it’s amazing to remove yourself from the chaos on the ground and arrive at a place where you can take a breath and appreciate the city from above. 5.Kat’s rooftop terrace, located close to Taksim Square, offers just that. A bonus is that it’s small and cozy (meaning not too many people in your space) with an incredible view of the Bosphorus.

Did you know this about Croatia?


Croatia, with its ancient towns and cobblestone streets, hugged by the aquamarine Mediterranean sea, is a traveller’s paradise.


But did you know this about Croatia?


1. It’s still not as saturated with tourists: Croatia may have been an up-and-coming tourist destination for a while now, but it is still in its infancy when compared to Greece or Turkey, for example. Croatia sees about 18.5 million tourists annually, whereas Greece gets roughly 28 million and Turkey an astounding 42 million annually. So if you’re keen to explore a new place without being smothered by thousands of tourists, Croatia is a winning destination.



2. Croatia (and Spain) has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country: Apart from UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites which are usually architectural marvels, its Intangible Cultural Heritage List collects the more ethereal of humanity’s traditions, including music, crafts, festivals, and cuisine, among others.

And even though Europe is abounding in such cultural marvels, Croatia and Spain comes out on top – both with 14 things on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Crafts such as lacemaking, gingerbread baking, and wooden toy carving are on the list along with festivals and singing traditions as part of Croatia’s intangible cultural heritage.

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3. You can find the world’s smallest town in Croatia: The town of Hum is situated in Croatia’s northwest. You may have never heard about it because, well, apart from its cobblestone streets and sub-30 inhabitants, there isn’t much going on. Apart from the fact that it holds the record for officially being the world’s smallest town!


Never been to Croatia and not sure how to start planning your trip? Contact us today on info@ctheworld.co.za


How to become a savvy traveler

Technology has made travel a lot less intimidating. It’s much easier to get around in places you’ve been to before without having to navigate with the help of a bulky printed map. Nothing shouts “foreigner” louder than that (okay, perhaps if you also have a camera hanging around your neck, complemented by a wide-brim hat on your head)

No matter who you are or where you’re travelling to, these six tips will help you become a savvier traveler:

1. Learn some key phrases. If you are travelling to a country where English is not widely spoken, make an effort to learn some important basic phrases before you leave. For example, “good day”, “can you help me?”, “where is the train/bus station?”, “where can I get a taxi?”, “where is the bathroom?” and, of course, “please” and “thank you”.

2. Keep your eyes open. Even though your eyes might be glued to your phone so that you  don’t seem too out of place, remember to look up and around every now and then so that you are always aware of your surroundings. Beware of any persons that might look suspicious and always try to remove yourself from such scenarios. Trust your gut.

3. Always keep your cool. It’s inevitable that you’ll get lost, won’t find the train station, or miss the bus. But when travelling in a different country (in some countries it’s more important than others), it’s imperative that you keep your cool and don’t allow your face to showcase to everyone around you that you are lost and stressing about it. Which brings us to the next point:

4. Don`t be afraid to ask for help. You are not weak or silly if you ask for help. Just make sure you approach a trustworthy source for help. Find the nearest restaurant, shop, or news stand and simply ask for directions.

5. Download offline maps. It may happen that you don’t have an internet connection unless you’re in a Wi-Fi area which means you won’t be able to navigate with online maps. Thankfully there are wonderful map apps that allow you to download offline maps, for example Maps.me. This way, as long as your phone is charged, you’ll be able to find your destination.

6. Use a clever travel bag. Few things are as important as finding a comfortable, clever travel travel bag that you can use day in and day out as you explore a new place. A backpack is normally the best option because weight is evenly distributed across your back and you get backpacks with lots of nifty zips and special sections for all your belongings. The right bag can make your travels a pleasure whereas the wrong day bag can easily make it an uncomfortable nightmare.

Are you keen to plan your next trip? Why not travel with C the World on one of our upcoming trips such as our European Express trip in July 2019, our European Highlights Tour in September, or our Magical Moments Tour in December 2019? There are many options!


Top places to travel to in 2019 according to Forbes

Though the economy might be looking bleak and the petrol price constantly rising, that shouldn’t keep you from making sure your travel dreams stay alive!

Laura Begley Bloom‘s recent article published on Forbes.com, piqued our interest with these top destinations to travel to in 2019 (according to some of the world’s top travel experts). Perhaps some of them are on your list too?

1. Montenegro

Montenegro is perhaps a place people aren’t too familiar with yet. But that is changing quickly. The fact that there are a couple of UNESCO World Heritage towns, beautiful empty beaches, a growing wine culture and food to die for, makes it a must-visit destination. Whether you want to relax, shop or socialize, Montenegro is calling your name!

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2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city. It is known to be a young and lively city with picturesque views. One of things you have to do if you can, is sail the Ljubljanica River on a traditional wooden boat to take in the city from another angle.


3. Poland

We love Poland and were intrigued when Natalie Beauregard from AFAR, mentioned Poland as one of her a go-to destinations in 2019. We couldn’t agree more. In the article on Forbes, Beauregard says one of the great things about Poland at the moment is its “youthful energy”, and arts and culture scene.


4. Krabi, Thailand

Krabi in Thailand is apparently another go-to place this year. Talk about a location from where you can walk away rested and revived! Even with all its press attention the last couple of years, it still seems to be flying under the radar – at least in comparison to Bangkok and Phuket.

Book a trip to Thailand in peak season this April. You will fall in love with the beautiful landscape Thailand has to offer. Don't miss a chance to see Islands such as Krabi, Phi Phi and Phuket and of course the capital Bangkok is a must.


5. Alicante, Spain

According to avid traveler, Tania L Swasbrook, who specialises in ultra luxury travel with a particular passion for wellness, romance and adventure, Alicante in the Valencia region of southeastern Spain should also be on our radars. She describes this place as a “beautiful and picturesque destination set on the hills of the Mediterranean Sea between the bay of Altea and the natural park of Sierra Helada. There are stunning views, plus the weather is amazing year round.”


Will you be travelling to any of these destinations this year? We have a couple of them scheduled in our 2019 calendar. Contact us to find out more!

What not to miss when you’re in England

No matter what you’ve heard about England from others – be it regarding bad weather, rude people, or flavourless food – you’d miss out big time if you gave England a miss because of opinions like these. A country unique in traditions, history, and natural beauty, it is a wonderful place to discover.

Here are a couple of things not to miss when you find yourself in the land of red buses, telephone booths, green rolling hills, castles and, of course, the royal family:

Windermere, English Lake District

Windermere is England’s largest lake, set in between lush green hills. Apart from all the little villages to explore in the area, other activities include Fell Foot Park, Lakes Aquarium, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and seeing all your favourite Beatrix Potter tales come to life at the World of Beatrix Potter.



Even if you’ve never understood one sentence William Shakespeare wrote, this literary legend’s birthplace and hometown is a magical place to visit. Not only is this market town more than 800 years old, but there are plenty things to keep you fascinated and entertained in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon such as visiting some of the independent, boutique high street stores, classic tea rooms, restaurants, and bars. Alternatively, you can make your way onto the water for a river cruise. Rent a bicycle, hop on a bus, or explore by foot. If you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a local event in the riverside area of Bancroft Gardens where you can enjoy the community atmosphere at a range of music festivals, farmers markets and more.


The megalithic circle on Salisbury Plain in southern England, aka Stonehenge, is not only a bucket-list item for many people (particularly archaeologists), but it also ranks among the world’s greatest mysteries. It was built 4,600 years ago by ancient Britons who left no written record of how they did it or why. As one of the folk stories go, Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, magically transported the colossal stones from Ireland where giants had assembled them. Others believe they were the ruins of a Roman temple. Who really knows?


London City

Let’s face it, have you really been to England if you didn’t see the city of London? Take your time to soak up all this diverse city has to offer including the London Eye, Elizabeth tower (Big Ben), Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and more.

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C the World travels to England every year. Make sure you don’t miss our next trip! Contact us on info@ctheworld.co.za to find out more.

Statistics show Switzerland is apparently the place to be

At its annual press conference, Switzerland Tourism noted that the country’s tourism numbers has increased exponentially.

Even though the Swiss tourism industry had been hit hard by the strong franc some years ago which made holidays in Switzerland more expensive for Europeans, the country’s largest tourist market remains Germany, followed by the United States. The number of visitors from Southeast Asia and India also grew by +-10%.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Switzerland is one of the top destinations on many bucket-lists – whether for skiing in the Alps, hiking, river rafting, eating cheese and chocolate, or simply taking in the incredible nature and vistas.

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And not only did the number of overnight stays in Swiss hotels increase by 3.8% in 2018 (to 38.8 million), but domestic tourism also rose by 2.7% on the previous year (with 17.7 million stays by locals).

Switzerland also welcomed the 3.7% increase in European guests but mentioned a worrying statistic that, in mountain regions, this figure was still down 43% compared to 2008!

It seems Switzerland’s tourism association is optimistic about the year ahead as it expects the positive trend from Europe and demand from India, China, the US and Australia to continue.


Have you travelled to Switzerland? Why not join C the World on our next trip? Get in touch today! info@ctheworld.co.za 

Have you heard about the Passion Play in Oberammergau?

Have you experienced the Passion Play in Oberammergau?

Don’t miss the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau

Many European countries and villages still honour age-old traditions by reenacting or hosting celebrations. This is usually to commemorate ancestors, or as a means to tell the stories to the younger generations so that they can pass it on to their children one day.

Just think of Carnival which originated in Greece between 600 and 520 BC. This feast of “carnis levale” marked “farewell to the flesh” and came before a great period of abstinence and fasting: Lent. These days the festivities are extravagant, and the largest carnival in the world is now in Brazil. Another great example is the Passion Play in Oberammergau – a town in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.

The tradition of the Passion Play began nearly 400 years ago when the plague raged in many parts of Europe, not sparing the town of Oberammergau.

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In 1633 the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, if no none was to die of the plague anymore. God answered the villagers’ prayers and subsequently, in 1634, the first Passion Play took place. The promise has been kept until today.

Pastor Daisenberger writes in his village chronicles: “The first decades of the 17th century went by in peaceful calm for the people of Oberammergau. But then followed the Thirty Years’ War with all its hardships from 1618 until 1648, which under the name of the Swedes’ War lives on the memory of the people.

“As early as 1631, infectious diseases spread in Swabia as well as in Bavaria. This village was spared by dutiful vigilance until the church festival in 1632, when a man named Kaspar Schisler brought the plague into the village.

“Faced with the great distress that the terrible illness inflicted upon the population, the leaders of the community came together and pledged to hold a passion tragedy once every ten years. From this day forward, not a single person perished, even though a great number of them still showed signs of the plague.”

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C the World Passion Play packages

C the World is excited to be taking a group to see the Passion Play in 2020! We have various packages available, all of which include 1 night’s accommodation in Oberammergau, as well as a ticket to the Passion Play. In addition to the Passion Play, we will visit some of the highlights in Europe. Places like the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich, Innsbruck, Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest and much more.

Packages are starting from R27,950 per person including flights! Please compare this price to ANY other packages available. PLEASE NOTE: Tour prices advertised are based on an exchange rate of 1 Euro = ZAR 16, and a total flight price of R11,000 pp for return flights and airport taxes from Johannesburg.

A deposit of R3,500 per person is required within 7 days of making your booking to secure your space. A further R3,500 deposit is due 1 year before departure. Full payment is required 2 months prior to departure.

Get in touch today! info@ctheworld.co.za


Top three things to do in Krabi, Thailand

Summertime and the living’s easy. One thing’s for sure, the living is surely easy in Thailand. Apart from jaw-dropping scenery, there’s also a really unique culture to experience and the most wonderful local people to interact with.

Krabi, specifically, is cool for many reasons. For one, it’s a part of Thailand that isn’t smothered by tourists like Phuket (just yet) and is seen as a more ‘rural’ part of the country. Tourism is however definitely on the increase.

You can have the time of your life by just chilling on one of the beaches that looks like it should be on a postcard or in a magazine but in reality, Krabi has way more to offer than just that.

Here are three of our top things to do with your time in Krabi – in addition to chilling on a picturesque beach:


1. Rock climb those gorgeous limestone cliffs

Even if you’ve never done it before, rock climbing on some of the most magnificent limestone cliffs in Krabi is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Do some research before you go on the various companies that organise rock climbing excursions and make sure they offer some basic training if you’ve never tried your hand at it.

2. Tackle that Tiger Temple

Perhaps the thought of climbing 1,237 steps is a bit off-putting, but let’s be honest, the most breathtaking views rarely come with a lift or an escalator.

The Tiger Cave Temple, a meditation centre for Buddhist monks surrounded by a network of caves, is situated close to Krabi town. You can easily get a tuk-tuk to take you, or organise a transfer from your hotel.

At the summit of the temple, you’ll find soaring views to the Andaman Sea and you can even see Phi Phi Island in the distance.

When you get back down, be sure to go for a full body massage or just a leg massage so that your body won’t hate you the next day.

3. Railay Beach

Hop on a long tail boat and make your way to Railay Beach for some swimming and jumping off the rocks into the ocean. You can also take a walk to the Railay beach viewpoint or simply whip on your swimming goggles and marvel at the beautiful sea life.

Krabi has plenty to offer the curious traveller, from white sandy beaches to jungles and waterfalls and everything in between. When will you make your way to explore all it has to offer?

Why you need to book a skiing holiday in the French Alps

We know everyone’s bucket lists look different. Maybe you’re and adventurer who can’t wait for your next bungee jump or skydive. Maybe you’re an avid hiker, ticking off top trails around the world. Maybe you’re a World Heritage site visitor, a diver, a beach hopper.

Whichever type of traveller you are, we think we might be able to convince you why you need to go skiing in the Alps before you kick the bucket.

Where to start, right? The Alps are massive. Do you go to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Lichtenstein, Monaco, or France? Not that you’d be disappointed by any one of those locations, but there’s a specific charm around the French Alps that we just can’t pinpoint, or get enough of for that matter.


All the feels

Okay, all skiing and overly activeness aside, a ski holiday in the French Alps also includes that European atmosphere and alpine charm, with people from all over the world strutting their mountain gear such as ski jackets, boots and beanies and speaking their various languages but also mingling with each other after a day’s ski session over a beer or a glass of wine.

There is a particular special emotion that goes along with the above mentioned scenario which is quite difficult to put into words.
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All the food

Add to that the fantastic French mountain food, which is obviously enjoyed with wonderful French wine to further warm the heart.

You can prepare yourself for a proper French feel with numerous mountain and village-based restaurants and we bet you’ll quickly fall in love with mouthwatering French dishes such as raclette, fondue, and tartiflette. Not to mention all the cheese and bread and chocolaty treats… these are a few of our favourite things…

All the powder

Many of France’s mountain ranges are over 2000m high, so that means the country offers some of the most snow-sure resorts in Europe as well as fantastic snow quality. C the World offers an unbeatable week of skiing at Tignes where 300km of prepared piste awaits in the French Alps. And yes, there’s something special for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
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In addition, travellers stay in cosy chalets and a highlight for many is defrosting and unwinding in a chalet hot tub and spa after hard day’s work on the slopes.

Now that, friends, is what we call an epic holiday. Best of all is you don’t have to keep reading and dreaming about it – you can actually do it!

5 fascinating Scottish traditions

Scottish traditions have been passed on for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century.

The Scottish are fascinating for may reasons and if you ever get the chance to visit this lush, rich-in-history, and cultural explosion of a country, here are some of the traditions you might be able to witness or, in some cases, even participate in when you travel to Scotland:


1. Gaelic language

Gaelic is a Celtic language and you’ll mainly hear it being spoken along the northwest coast of Scotland and in the Hebrides islands. In 2011 there were almost 60,000 Gaelic speakers in these areas in Scotland.

This language is something truly unique: when you first hear it, you almost think it’s Dutch, then you realise, no… perhaps it’s some Eastern European language? That’s not too far off, actually, as the Celts hailed from Central Europe and Asia in pre-Roman times. They were the ones who brought the language to Ireland and Scotland and it has remained in some areas ever since.

2. Highland Dress

Nothing says “true Scotsman” quite like the Highland Dress which consists of Scottish kilts, known as ‘The National Dress of Scotland’. Dating back to the 16th century, they have deep cultural and historical roots and are a sacred symbol of patriotism and honour.

Scottish kilts are made of tartan and usually worn around the waist at formal occasions (such as weddings, for example), and accompanied by a sporran (a small bag worn over the kilt), a kilt pin (which holds the two pieces of tartan together at the front), and a sgian dubh (a small dagger which sits in the sock).


3. Highland Games

Scotland is known for being a great sporting nation, however, nothing beats the country’s classic, age-old Highland Games.

May to September is when the action-packed games begin. Across the country at over 80 different events, competitors put their muscles to the test wearing their Scottish kilts. The games include heavy contests such as the hammer throw, tug-o-war and the caber toss, to field events including a hill race and a cycling competition.

It is believed that the Highland Games originated in the 14th century as a means of recruiting the best fighting men for the clan chiefs, and were popularized by Queen Victoria to encourage the traditional dress, music, games and dance of the highlands.

4. Bagpipes

The sound of bagpipes being played in harmony and in-tune, causes goosebumps even in the most unemotional person.

The bagpipe is Scotland’s national instrument and is usually played at any big events. Bagpipes consist of a bag (usually made of sheep or elk skin) filled with air, then pressed by the arm to push air through three pipes which rise out of the instrument. There is a fourth pipe, holding nine holes for chord and pitch changes.

5. The Loch Ness Monster

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster is probably one of the most widespread stories in the world and has been bringing people to the dark expanse of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands for centuries.

The mystery of Nessie lives on to this day as many travellers claim that they’ve seen, even for a split second, the enormous creature’s snake-like head and long, thin body, with one or more humps protruding from the water.

If you are feeling brave, you can even book a boat ride to go and look for her yourself…

Enquire today about our UK and Scottish tours so you can experience the legendary Highlands of Scotland for yourself! Email info@ctheworld.co.za


Is Egypt on your bucket-list? This is why it should be

Egypt isn’t in the top five of travellers’ “must-see places” – unless they are perhaps historians or geologists of sorts. But don’t be so easily mislead. Visiting Egypt with its fascinating history and superbly preserved ancient structures not even to mention incredible diving spots is a sight that’ll linger in your mind for the rest of your life.

If the Egypt isn’t yet on your bucket-list, this is why it should be:

Great Pyramids of Giza

Travelling to Egypt without seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza is like going to the beach and not dipping your toes in the water. It’s just not right. Many may try to burst your bubble with the fact that the city of Cairo is right on its doorstep, not a desert as you might imagine. Though that may be disappointing to some, it cannot take away from the fact that Giza is not only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but also a UNESCO Heritage-listed site. Marvel at the six pyramids and ancient burial tombs built for the kings of the 4th dynasty around 4,500 years ago.

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt


Aswan is a gem to be discovered and you will particularly love it if you find ancient history intriguing. The romantic Temple of Philae was one of the last pagan shrines built in Egypt. It is a majestic Greco-Roman Egyptian temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, the goddess of love. Here you can also see what is believed to be the last hieroglyph carved in Egypt! Philae was never completed – work stopped on one of the outer colonnades in the late 200s AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

Red Sea at Hurghada

Hurghada has undergone a massive transformation from a small fishing village to a popular tourist destination with plenty on offer including diving, water sports, beaches, shopping, nightclubs and bars. People now refer to it as the “capital of the Red Sea” and it is a definite must-visit when you’re in Egypt.

Parasols on the beach of Red Sea in Hurghada, Egypt


With breathtaking tombs, temples and monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes, Luxor is often called “the world’s greatest open-air museum”. But it’s more than that. Thebes’ riches and power began attracting Western travellers already from the end of the 18th century. Its grandeur is both mystifying and marvelous.

Temple of Hatshepsut 

5-Star Nile Cruise

Another great highlight is sailing along the fertile bank of the age-old Nile River on a 5-star cruise boat while admiring the cities, smaller towns and intriguing structures.

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Join C the World as we explore these ancient Egyptian treasures scattered along the Nile River!

Contact us for more info on info@ctheworld.co.za

Fascinating traditions: Thailand

Known as the Land of Smiles, as you perhaps already know, Thailand is a land filled with colour and fascinating traditions.

Did you know about these fascinating Thai traditions?

1. Shoes off, soles down

Thai people believe the head is the most important part of the body and the feet the least important. Showing the soles of your feet to someone is regarded utterly disrespectful, as is touching someone’s head without permission. For this reason, Thai people will always remove their shoes when they enter someone’s home or even a restaurant.


2. A colour for every day of the week

Walking down the street in Thailand, you will notice that many people wear the same colour clothes. This is no coincidence. Each day of the week has a corresponding colour: on Sunday, they wear red, on Monday yellow or cream, on Tuesday pink, on Wednesday green, on Thursday orange or brown, on Friday aqua, and Saturday purple or black. Though not everyone follows this dress code, usually those who work for the government will follow the “colour of the day” rule.


3. Smile a while

You won’t easily find a Thai person who loses their temper. We just don’t know how they manage to always be so kind and friendly! In Thailand “mai pen rai”, meaning “don’t worry”, is one of the most frequently used phrases and actually the reason the country is nicknamed the Land of Smiles.


4. Greetings and thank yous

When you visit Thailand, you may leave your handshakes and hugs at home. Here, the appropriate way to greet or thank is the “wai”. The wai is almost like a small bow – a person puts their hands together and drops their shoulders forward so that their nose touches their hands. And the higher they place their hands on their face, the more respectful the greeting.


5. A title to suit an age

Thai people are extremely respectful of their elders, so much so that people of different ranking and age are given particular titles. As a foreigner visiting, you will come across as respectful if you drop your head when someone older than you enters the room.

Curious about the Land of Smiles? Contact us today on info@ctheworld.co.za to join us on our next trip to Thailand!

What to do, see, and eat in Barcelona

Other than being in the news for recent protests in the fight for independence, and four jailed Catalan separatist leaders currently on hunger strike, the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, has the best of both worlds: it is located by the Mediterranean Sea and next to the Pyrenees mountains, which means it has sea and mountains as part of its scenery.

If you don’t know what to do, see, or eat, this list should help:

Gaudí galore

Antoni Gaudí played a huge role in Barcelona’s history. He was one of the most famous figures of Catalan culture and world architecture, and spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia – truly an astonishing piece of architecture which is still in the process of being completed.

Other marvellous Gaudí creations include Colonia Güell, La Pedrera and Casa Vicens, among others.


Parks and greenery

Though it has a beautiful city and architecture, Barcelona also has lush greenery that allow you to take a breather from the city chaos. Some must-see parks include:

    • Park Guëll (another Gaudi jewel).
    • Parc de la Ciutadella (in Born in the city centre).
    • Laribal Gardens – complete with a staircase that leads down to the gardens of the Greek Theatre, an amphitheater dating back to the early 19th century.
    • Parc del Laberint d’Horta, one of the city’s historic parks and the oldest of its kind in Barcelona, boasts a labyrinth made of a hedged maze of cypress trees as the central feature. There are also numerous sculptures that depict figures from Greek mythology.


Las Ramblas Street

Certainly a highlight on the famous 1,2km-long street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas Street, is La Boqueria Food Market. Get lost in all the colourful flavours, fresh produce, flowers, and more. Once you’ve had enough of food, take a guided walking tour down the street and discover lots of lost tidbits that tell the history of this renowned street.



You can’t visit Barcelona and miss out on it’s most famous dish – paella! Paella is made of rice, saffron, chicken, or seafood, and cooked and served in a large shallow pan. You’ll find a great paella easily, but one of our favourite spots is at La Palmera, close to La Boqueria Market.



Tapas is small appetizers or snacks typical in Spanish cuisine. Though it is simple, it is delicious and actually easy to make: it can be whipped up from almost any ingredients (often left-overs) and can be served hot or cold.


FC Barcelona’s headquarters

FC Barcelona’s headquarters, situated at Camp Nou Stadium, is the heart and soul of the Catalonian people. You’ll be impressed – even if you aren’t a soccer fan.


Join C the World on our next trip to Portugal and Spain in June 2019!

Don’t miss these top beaches when you’re in Portugal

Portugal has more than 1700 kilometres of coastline meaning countless beaches to get your tan on and plenty opportunities to immerse yourself in its refreshing waters. But with such a stretch of coastline, it can be overwhelming not knowing which beaches are worth a visit!

Take comfort in the fact that it’ll be a tough task finding a horrible beach in Portugal (almost as tough as finding horrible Portuguese food). But some are better than others and if you could do with recommendations, these are some of our favourite beaches in Portugal:


1. Praia da Falésia, Algarve: Praia da Falesia is renowned for the red and white cliffs which tower above the sand. What makes this beach great is not only that the cliffs block much of the northerly wind that often blows in the low season, or the bits of greenery along the cliffside, but perhaps mainly that it is such a clean beach. Praia da Falésia has consistently earned its Blue Flag Beach title.

Another plus point is that space is never a problem – the beach stretches over six kilometres. You won’t be getting dirty looks from beachgoers as you plant your umbrella as chances are slim that you’ll be blocking anyone’s view.



2. Praia da Marinha, Algarve: You’ve probably seen this beach before – perhaps not in person, but definitely on a TV ad. Praia da Marinha is often referred to as one of the best beaches in Europe with it’s turquoise waters (ideal for snorkelling), steep limestone cliffs and magnificent rock formations. Another highlight is that it is fairly difficult to get to, meaning less crowds.



3. Benagil Sea Cave, West Algarve: If exclusivity is high on your list when it comes to beaches, your best bet is to frequent a beach that you can only access from the water. Benagil sea cave is a watery pantheon situated next to Benagil beach with sunlight streaming in through a hole in its domed ceiling onto the tiny beach. The only way to get there is to swim or kayak. If this spot gets too crowded for your liking, you can swim or kayak 100 metres further to Praia da Corredoura, which has another beautiful sea cave.



4. Praia Dona Ana, Lagos: The Praia Dona Ana’s modest beach is sheltered by lofty sandstone cliffs and aquamarine waters softly stroke its golden sands. The only access to Dona Ana beach, however, is via a long flight of steps that makes the beach inaccessible for some people with mobility challenges.



5. Praia de Porto de Mos, Lagos: Praia de Porto de Mós is another large sandy beach and has some fun waves for surfers and bodyboarders. With facilities along the beachfront, Praia de Porto Mos gets busy during the high season.


C the World offers affordable Spain & Portugal Tours, Packages & Holidays in June 2019. Book your spot now!

5 things you might not have known about Poland

Poland isn’t the usual number one destination on most people’s bucketlists. Perhaps because many still see it as a reclusive Eastern European corner that loves its potatoes and goes to mass on a Sunday. What a wrong perception!

Apart from a traumatic history and many tales that will leave your mouth hanging open, the Polish are proud of their steady economic growth, they love football, food and drink, music and other forms of art.

But here are five other random facts you might not have known about Poland which just amplifies what an interesting country it is and why it’s worth a visit:

1. Poland has a diverse nature including beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and deserts

You’d be mistaken if you think Poland is all city and snow. The country actually has a very diverse nature including almost 800km of seashore, a few mountain chains, the only Central-European desert, Pustynia Błędowska, dunes in the Pomerania region, as well as wetlands and islands.


2. Poland is home to the biggest castle in the world

Poland is home to a myriad of World Heritage Sites and among these sites is the biggest castle in the world – Malbork Castle (143,591 square metres).


3. Europe’s heaviest land anilmal can be found in Poland

Did you know that the 150,000-hectare Białowieża Primeval Forest, which stretches over the Poland and Belarus border, is Europe’s last ancient forest? Not only that, but it is home to 800 of Europe’s heaviest land animals, the European bison.


4. Polish families have a tradition going mushroom foraging

Towards the end of summer, many Polish families have a tradition of heading into the forest to pick wild mushrooms. This way, children are taught how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.
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5. Poland is home to Europe’s oldest restaurant – and you can still eat there

The oldest restaurant in Europe, the “Piwnica Swidnicka”, is located in Wrocław and has been  open since 1275. What makes it even cooler is that you can still eat there today!


Come and explore Poland with C the World in 2019! Email info@ctheworld.co.za


5 cool alternative things to do when you visit Switzerland

Apart from eating cheese fondue and spending all your time shopping for Swiss chocolates, there are five alternative cool things you could keep yourself busy with when you are visiting  Switzerland.

1. Spice up your hike

One of the most rewarding and fun things to do in Switzerland is to hit a hiking trail. There are so many trails to choose from, it’s cheap and will give you photos and memories to get nostalgic about when you nibble on your Swiss choccies back home.

But why not spice up your hike by trekking with a llama if you’re in the Jungfraujoch region? Not only is a llama a cute, unusual addition to any hiking party, but it also acts as a mobile storage unit. Nifty.

2. Take on Lütschine River with a paddle and a raft

You may not know it, but summer is actually the high season in many parts of Switzerland, for example, Interlaken. As the sun melts the snow on the mountains the rivers and gorges fill up masses of white water – perfect for rafting and canyoning activities. If you’re one for a bit more adrenaline-inducing activities, we’d recommend taking on the Lütschine River’s class III-IV rapids on a white-water rafting expedition in the Grindelwald valley.

3. Thermal baths & spa experiences in Switzerland

While that’s all fun and games, everyone needs to sit back and relax at some point on their holiday. We can’t think of a better way than by lazing the day away in a thermal bath and spa, preferably surrounded by views of mountains.


4. Get high at the railway station in Jungfraujoch

Not like that. Get high as in 3,454 meters above sea level at the highest railway station in Europe, located in the Jungfrau Region. Some say that on a clear day at the station platform, you could even see as far as Italy, Germany, and France! The Jungfraujoch train winds around the towering Eiger and Mönch Mountains, snaking its way past Eismeer and Eigerwand stations, all the while leaving your mouth hanging open at the awe-inspiring views.

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5. Watch a spectacular sunrise

The beauty of Switzerland is certainly in the eye of the beholder. And while it’s a definite must to plan to go sightseeing, skiing, river rafting and all the rest of it, something that’ll no doubt solidify this glorious place in your memory is watching a sunrise. Find out from local where there are great viewpoints, get up bright and early, grab a cup of coffee, and head out to mindfully appreciate this stunning piece of the planet.


Travel with C the World in 2019 and tick Switzerland off your bucket list! For more info, email  info@ctheworld.co.za

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Why Turkey needs to be at the top of your bucket-list

Indulge in food and spices in Istanbul

Istanbul is world-renowned for its array of spices and people come from far to roam the markets. The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is probably the most popular. It’s an indoor market consisting of 88 shops where mounds of colourful spices share a space with dried fruits and teas for sale.

Apart from the spices, Istanbul is also a food-lover’s dream. Imagine cheese, olives, fruit and vegetables, slow-cooked lamb, fresh fish and real Turkish delight that melts away in your mouth.

Float above fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia

One of the most scenic geographical sites Turkey has to offer is Cappadocia. A semi-arid landscape with chimney-like sandstone structures, worn away by the elements, pops out of the earth. Many of them have also been converted into cave hotels.

Cappadocia is the place you probably drool over every other week on Instagram with someone sitting on a rooftop with a drink in hand overlooking the landscape with hundreds of hot air balloons floating in the background.

Get mellow in the turquoise Mediterranean

Turkey boasts an incredible coastline – also referred to as the Turkish Riviera, or the Turquoise Coast, which stretches over Alanya, Antalya, Kemer, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum, Kuşadası, and Çeşme.

Beaches and bars abound and there is certainly no better way to holiday than frequently taking a plunge into the magnificent Mediterranean.

Discover historical sites

Throughout Turkey you’ll find a mix of ancient ruins, lavish palaces, and extravagant churches and other places of worship that’ll have your mouth hang open in pure amazement. In many towns there are also underground towns magical enough to make any history lover’s heart sing.

Other historical places of interest include Troy, Ephesus and Kusadasi, Gallipoli, Pergamon, Artemis among others.

Relax to the max in a Turkish spa

Where better to rest and relax than at a Turkish hammam? Sounds a bit weird? A Turkish hammam experience, simply explained, starts by relaxing in a heated steam room. You then move to a hotter room with the purpose of making your body sweat out the toxins. The experience ends with a quick splash of cold water to abruptly awaken the senses.

According to your preference (and budget), you can also add a massage, reflexology session, facial, and the like at most establishments that cater to tourists.

We’d love to tell you more about our trips to Turkey! Get in touch on info@ctheworld.co.za

Top must-try foods in Italy

Pizza, pasta, cars, handbags and shoes – some things are just made better by Italians. But especially food. Italian food has been a favourite around the world for ages with almost every town in the world having a pizzeria or gelateria somewhere around a corner.

But nothing beats the real deal: eating a pizza on the steps of a fountain in Rome, or discovering a small specialty pasta restaurant in Florence.

Here are some foods that’ll certainly put the cherry on your tiramisu on your holiday in Italy:


No it’s, not just pizza, and no, Mario around the corner in Malmesbury doesn’t do it as good as  they do it in Italy. You cannot travel to Italy without trying a good ol’ Italian pizza.

Keep in mind that the best pizzas in Italy are usually the most simplistic ones with about three toppings max. Our favourite is simply the classic Margarita with fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella.


Pasta is certainly a staple starch for Italians and the reason you need to try a pasta when you’re there is because they are so particular about how they prepare it. Italians take great pride in making a delicious pasta and they don’t even break a sweat doing it – it’s second nature.

If the pasta is not al-dente it get chucked away (okay, not always, but sometimes) and it is always prepared with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Our favourite ones include spaghetti alla carbonara, cacio e pepe, pasta alla norma, pasta al forno, and lasagne.


In many countries, risotto seems like a really fancy dish which takes hours to prepare. Not for the Italians.

In fact, it’s often a go-to meal because it requires basic ingredients that most Italians always have in their homes – rice (Arborio or Carneroli varieties), onion or celery, stock and then whatever else you have in the fridge, be it carrots, peas, or mushrooms. It’s almost hard to believe that those simple ingredients can result in such a creamy, luxurious dish!

The most famous type of risotto is probably the saffron-infused risotto alla milanese which, you guessed it, hails from Milan.


When in Italy, you simply have to try a Sicilian speciality called arancini – aka freshly-fried rice balls. You can find these starch bombs in bars, restaurants, and market stalls all over Italy, but the best ones will certainly be in Sicily.

The Sicilian arancino (which translates to “small orange”) is quite large, and either conical or circular in shape. It is typically filled with ragu and some sort of cheese, with optional veggies like peas, mushrooms, or eggplant. If you want one that’ll make your toes curl, make sure it’s freshly fried when you order it.


Not much to say here… If you don’t eat a gelato on your trip to Italy, you may as well have stayed at home. Because did you really go to Italy if you didn’t eat gelato?

When seeking out fresh, artisanal gelato, keep an eye out for a couple of things: before purchasing, inspect the color (does it look natural or neon?). Consider whether the fruit flavours are in season (they should be). Check if there is an ingredient list on display. Also, keep in mind that artisanal gelato is slow-churned, though now usually stored in covered, silver, round containers. So steer clear of those trays of wavy-topped gelato containers with gelato so neon bright you need sunglasses to look at it.

A good tip is to ask to try the lemon sorbet and the hazelnut gelato – if they taste good, the rest of the flavours are usually on par.


The deceptively simple Tiramisu is probably the country’s most beloved dessert. Legend has it that this delectable no-bake parfait, featuring alternating layers of soft, sweetened mascarpone cheese and coffee-soaked ladyfingers, was first made in the 1960s in Treviso by Roberto Linguanotto, owner of Le Beccherie restaurant and his apprentice, Francesca Valori, whose maiden name was Tiramisu.

Even though it may be simple to make, not everyone can make a good Tiramisu. You can’t go wrong by ordering from Fermi deli in Treviso (+- 30min from Venice).

Book your spot on our next Italian tour in April 2019 and experience this divine food explosion for yourself!


This is why we love Thailand

From the tropical beaches of Phi Phi Island and golden temples and statues scattered throughout the country, to sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand easily steals a traveller’s heart.

This is why we love Thailand:

1. The food

Travellers who like to discover a country through savouring its food will fall in love with Thailand on a whim.

Bursting with fresh, local ingredients like lemongrass, chillies, vegetables and seafood, among others, we have yet to find a traveller who doesn’t like Thai food.

If food is really your thing, you could even join a cooking class and hone your Thai cooking skills.
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2. The people

Thai people are some of the friendliest, warm and welcoming people.

Many who have visited Thailand will tell you in their first few sentences that the ever-comforting Thai smile was one of the highlights of their trip.
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3. The natural beauty

In between the draped electrical cables, thousands of cars, scooters skyscrapers and Tuk-Tuks in crowded cities and towns like Bangkok and Phuket, is the rural heartland of Thailand with its rice paddies, tropical forests, villages, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and islands.

The ragged limestone cliffs of Krabi invites the beginner and avid rock climber alike to explore its nooks and crannies. And if heights are not your thing, you can simply admire the cliffs from the turquoise waters.

Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboarding in Hua Hin, partying on Ko Phi-Phi, recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui
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4. The buzz

Bangkok with its unending shopping options and hip and happening nightlife is something to experience. The same goes for Phuket. These cities never seem to sleep, offering lots of fun and excitement for visitors.

Have you been to Thailand before? What was your favourite place? We’re headed to Thailand in March 2019 and would love to invite you along!
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Why it’s not a waste of money to travel

Perhaps you have been dreaming about travelling since you were young. Perhaps you have made various plans that fail one after the other. Or perhaps you have people constantly telling you that travel is a waste of money that you could have rather saved up for a deposit on a car or a house.

Just let their words go into the one ear and out of the other ear because travel is definitely not a waste of money.

There is no school that will teach you what travelling will teach you – and that is a fact.

While it’s a good thing to be wise and make the best decision, the pros of travelling will always outweigh the cons.

Here are some valuable things that one can learn through travelling and you will no doubt be able to continue the list once you’ve set out on an adventure:


1. You are a big big girl (or boy) in a small small world

It’s incredible how, once you’ve experienced a new country, you realise that the ‘world’ you’ve been living in is really, really small.

You might think you’ve been keeping up with world news, current events, the Kardashians, or whatever else, but still actually have no idea what is really going on outside the comfort zone of your own borders, TV, PC or mobile screen.

There is a big world out there and it’s sad that many people have no desire to travel whatsoever or aren’t interested in learning from other people and cultures. They are the ones missing out because there is nothing more enriching than that.

2. Same same but different

Even though cultures may differ in extreme ways, people are still people. Whether it’s catching the bus, sitting in a café or waiting for a train; watching people is probably the most interesting activity there is (not in a creepy way, of course).

It’s fascinating not only because it can be hilarious, but also because you realise that language, religion, sport, geographical borders, food and drink preferences, and habits aside, people are still people – desiring relationships, friendships, conversations, humour or even just a smile (once again, not in a creepy way).

3. Perspective

Your home country, with all its issues, isn’t the only one with problems. We often hear that we should be thankful because, you know, “there is always someone else worse off than you.”

That is actually a truth you’ll only grasp fully once you’ve travelled. We’re not saying we only see people worse off than ourselves if and when we travel, but once you travel, you realise that spreading bad PR about your own country isn’t as easy as when you’re actually in your own country.
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4. Challenge accepted

Language barriers, food, public transport: around every corner you’ll find yourself a challenge. It’s up to you how you’re going to overcome it. Travelling is not for the faint-hearted – and that’s exactly why the faint hearted should do it.

It challenges you like you could never imagine – the result being a nicer but smarter, wiser but humbler, stronger but more sensitive, and all-round cooler version of you.
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5. How you doin’?

There’s more often than not some truth in stereotypes, so be ready for them. The best thing you can do when encountering a stereotype is to not get annoyed, but rather let them humour you. It’s an added, and usually funny, experience.

6. Expect the unexpected

Whilst travelling, you learn that people will continually surprise you. People can actually be nice. We need to work hard to trust again and expect good things from people.
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7. Get in there and soak it up!

When travelling, it’s very much up to you what you get out of the experience. Learning some basic words and phrases in the local language will enrich not only your travel experience but your life in general.

Top insider tips for your visit to Prague

Prague is a tourist city of note and it’s therefore always handy to have a couple of insider tips to make your stay less crowded and more memorable. It’s also useful to know what to eat and drink and how to get around.

Here are some great insider tips for when you travel to Prague:

1. How to get around

Walk walk walk, and when you can’t walk anymore, hop on a tram. Prague is a city to be seen on foot, and it’s relatively easy to do so.

There are cobblestoned streets and alleys to meander along and every so often you will stumble upon something unexpected such as an underground jazz bar.

Prague’s public transport system is great, so when you have to travel a bit further and don’t have a lot of time, the metro is a win.

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2. What to drink

It is often said that beer is cheaper than water in Prague, and even though that might not be 100% accurate, it’s pretty close. A bottle of beer will cost you roughly 15 CZK while a 500ml water will cost you roughly 10 CZK.

Prague is also famous for its hot alcoholic drinks such as Becherovka (a Vermouth-style dry aperitif and often served with a fruit juice) and then there’s the staple hot alcohol drink – hot mulled wine.


3. What to eat

As with any big city, food is more expensive closer to big tourist attractions. Keep this in mind when travelling to Prague (or any big city for that matter). However, it’s also not exorbitant. Prague is a very affordable city for the most part. Things like electronics and fashion items are much more expensive here, however.

Get your teeth stuck into the Goulash and slobber up some slow-cooked pork knuckle. In fact, indulge in all the pork in all its forms: ribs, slow-roasted, and so the list goes on.


4. What to see

Prague is a city with plenty of tourist attractions that are all well worth a visit. There’s the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Astronomical clock, the Jewish quarters and much more. But don’t forget the city’s underground! It is really something spectacular. There are numerous underground city tours to choose from and almost every building that you pass by would have a section underground.

Hotel Jalta is one such establishment. It’s a nuclear fallout shelter, right under a 5 star hotel in Wenceslas Square. The shelter was connected to the outskirts of Prague via tunnels to allow people to escape in case of nuclear attacks.

After the end of socialist times, Hotel Jalta was bought by an investor with a passion for history, who preserved the shelter and turned the hotel into a five-star property.


5. Other useful tips

Charles Bridge is certainly one of the top tourist attractions so rather plan to see it early in the morning or later in the evening when there will be fewer people.

Within the fairy-tale fortress that is Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) – the largest ancient castle in the world – you can visit the St Vitus Cathedral and climb up the tower for a breathtaking view of the city.

The historic buildings inside the castle walls represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. Best of all? It’s free to walk the castle grounds and cathedral, or you can pay a reasonable fee for a tour and be able to enter the galleries, museums and other restricted areas.

Central Prague is divided into 10 different districts, with areas of Prague 1 through Prague 10 considered to be convenient by residents. While Prague 1 is the heart of the tourist district, where Old Town Square and the Castle is located, it doesn’t mean that Prague 10 is the furthest away.

Tip your waiter. If there is one type of person you do not want to upset, it’s a Czech. Tip your waiter at least 10%.

There are plenty opportunists in Prague, so keep a close eye on your belongings. It’s not an unsafe city, but you would be wise to always be cautious.

If you’ve never been, or wish to visit the city of Prague again, join us on our next trip! Contact us on info@ctheworld.co.za

Five fun things to do in Scandinavia

Holidays are often associated with beach time or pool time – depending on where you come from (and where you are going). Perhaps Scandinavia seems like an oddly cold holiday destination, but there are plenty reasons why it needs to be added to your travel list.

Yes, it might be cold, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing fun to do! Here are five fun things to do when you visit Scandinavia:


1. Experience a local fish market – Bergen

The Bergen fish market is described as one of Norway’s most visited outdoor markets, located in the heart of the city between the fjords and Bergen’s seven mountains.

Dating back to the 1200s, it has been a meeting place for merchants and fishermen through the ages.

Apart from fresh Nordic fish and seafood, you can also indulge in local farm food like fruit, berries and vegetables or buy some fresh flowers and plants. You don’t even have to buy anything! Just walking around and taking it all in is an adventure in itself.

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2. Flamsbana train journey – Flåm

Norway is World famous for fjords (long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs, created by a glacier). Drive from Bergen to the town of Flåm, on the edge of the Sognefjord.

Enjoy the Flamsbana train journey which meanders between the Sognefjord and Hardangervidda. The Flåm Railway takes you from high mountains in Myrdal station, through the Flåm valley and down to the very bottom of the Aurlandsfjord and Flåm station. National Geographic Traveler Magazine called it “one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe” while in 2014, Lonely Planet Traveler dubbed it “the best train journey in the world.”

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3. Marvel at Geirangerfjord and traverse Trollstigen pass – Geiranger

Geirangerfjord is a Unesco-listed fjord and a must-see when you are in Scandinavia. Sure, it is Norway’s second largest cruise port , and sure, there are many tourists, but how can you blame them? National Geographic has rated the Geirangerfjord as the best preserved Unesco World Heritage Site.

Drive down Trollstigen (The Troll’s Ladder), a 105km-long stretch of road that descends out of the mountains on 11 hairpin bends and is surrounded by lofty peaks dubbed Kongen (the King), Dronningen (the Queen) and Bispen (the Bishop) and hugged by lush vegetation.


4. Get funky at the Abba Museum – Stockholm

If you’re in Stockholm, pop in at the ABBA Museum. But don’t expect a boring walk through a history museum. The ABBA Museum is fun and interactive and while you’ll learn about the story about Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha and their lives growing up and when music entered their lives, you will feel what it’s like to be onstage with ABBA, to sing at the famous Polar Studio or to dress up in those legendary costumes (virtual experience).

You might walk in, but you’ll certainly be dancing out of there!


5. Play at Legoland – Billund

Yes, Legoland! Many people don’t even know that Lego is Swedish (not everything is American, folks)! So if you find yourself in Scandinavia, don’t keep yourself too adult to go play at the marvellous Legoland situated in Billund, Denmark.


C the World has a trip to Scandinavia coming up in May 2019! Book your spot today. Contact us on info@ctheworld.co.za

3 things you probably didn’t know about Paris

As a tourist in Paris, it’s easy to soak up the cafe culture, drool over freshly baked baguettes and enjoy the romantic feel in the air. It’s also easy to tick off things on a “must-see list” such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Arc de Triomphe.

But how sad it would be if that was the end of it! There is so much more to Paris than meets the eye. There are secrets long forgotten or perhaps never heard of around every corner and even underground.

Did you know these three interesting facts about Paris?


1. There are roughly 9,060 bars, cafes, or restaurants with open terraces 

Bars, cafes, and restaurants abound in the City of Love. But did you know that there are an estimated 9,060 of them with open terraces where you can sit down and take in the beauty of the city?

Basically, if you were to spend each day of your life in Paris visiting a different open terrace of a bar, cafe, or restaurant, it would take you about 30 years to see them all – and that’s just the current ones… there’s probably a new one opening already as you are reading this!


2. The Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have something in common

French architect and structural engineer, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel was not only responsible for the build of the world-renowned Eiffel Tower (designed by the two chief engineers in Eiffel’s company Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin), but he also had a hand in the Statue of Liberty in the United States.

When the Statue of Liberty’s initial internal designer, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, unexpectedly passed away in 1879, Eiffel was appointed as his replacement. Eiffel and Koechlin rejected Viollet-le-Duc’s original idea to make the bronze exterior of Lady Liberty bear all her weight and instead installed an iron skeleton inside of her for support.

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3. You can overnight at the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore

George Whitman founded the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore in Paris in 1951 with the motto “be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise”. It is said that Whitman travelled the world as a self-proclaimed “tumbleweed,” blowing from place to place, “sheltered by the grace of strangers”.

He opened the doors to all sorts of writers, artists, and intellectuals who needed a place to rest their heads for a night or two. In exchange, the “Tumbleweeds” are asked to read a book a day, help out in the shop for a couple of hours, and write a single-page autobiography for Whitman’s archives.


C the World has an epic trip planned to Europe in December, contact us today to book your spot and visit Paris, Germany, Switzerland, and more!

Interesting flower facts about Keukenhof in the Netherlands

Springtime in the Netherlands mean many things. But one of the overarching topics of discussion is certainly flowers! Or more specifically, Tulips.

Keukenhof in the Netherlands is probably best described as a flower heaven of sorts and it’s quite difficult to convey in words the beauty of this colourful spectacle.

It is simply something you have to see for yourself, and definitely add to your bucket list if it isn’t featuring on there yet.



Here are some interesting flower facts about Keukenhof:

1. Keukenhof is a platform for the Dutch floricultural sector. Its focus is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs of the 100 participating exhibitors and participants which allows them to showcase their bulbs, flowers and plants.

2. In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters decided to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, which put Keukenhof on the map as a spring park.

3. A year later, in 1950, the gates were opened and the park was an instant success. It saw 236,000 visitors in the first year alone!

4. Depending on the year and weather patterns, the best chance to see the flowers blooming at Keukenhof is usually the last two weeks of April and the first week of May.

5. 2019 will be the 70th edition of Keukenhof, under the theme “Flower Power”.

6. The Netherlands produces nine billion flower bulbs a year and it accounts for 90% of global trade in flower bulbs. The biggest of these in export are Tulips.

7. During the 17th century, the Tulip caused a phenomenon called “tulip mania” when it became a coveted luxury item which resulted in the price of Tulips skyrocketing.

8. In 1937, some single tulip bulbs were reported to have reached a price equivalent to 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. Buyers revolted and a sudden price collapse soon followed.


If you’ve never seen the Tulips bloom at Keukenhof, why not join us on our next visit to the Netherlands in April 2019? Also, have a look at what some of our previous travellers have said about travelling with C the World

December Christmas markets in winter-wonderland Europe

Christmas markets is something people look forward to year-round. There is an unexplainable magic in the air at a Christmas market that can get even the most unfestive person into a happy, serene, festive mood over the Christmas holidays.

Here are some of the coolest Christmas markets we’ve experienced, and so can you on our December Magical Moments Tour 2018:


Germans just know how to create the most incredible festive feeling around the Christmas holidays. We’re not sure if it has to do with all the decorations in the streets and on buildings and houses, the abundance of chocolate and other sweet delicacies, or the fact that there’s an exciting Christmas market around every corner.

Indeed, in the bustling city of Berlin, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas markets (there are almost over 100 markets in Berlin alone!)

  • Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt

If you’re into unique handmade products and unique art, drop in at Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt and shop till you drop. You can expect glassblowers, candle makers, and jewellers in addition to the origami master, embroiderer, a milliner and an ivory-carver. When you’re done gaping in awe at all of this, you can indulge in the delectable foods and special delicacies.

  • The Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus

The Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus is probably one of the oldest and most popular Christmas markets in Berlin. You might actually just feel like you’ve walked into another era, like the early 1900s when the market first started, thanks to the old-world decor of the stalls.

This is the market for those with a bit more energy, or those wanting to warm up with something other than Glühwein. There is a massive ferris wheel as well as a large ice skating-rink to add a touch of fun to the food, drink and other goodies for sale.


  • Winterwelt at Potsdamer Platz

Attracting roughly 2,5 million people every year, this market is known for turning Potsdamer Platz in the heart of the city into an enormous winter wonderland.

Another market offering more physical fun, there are lots of fun to be had and memories to be made at this market. Think toboggan run, an outdoor skating rink, Eisstockschießen (a game which is best explained as a mix between bowling and curling), and stalls offering heart-warming, seasonal treats.


Prague is a wonderful city all-year round. But at Christmas time, it becomes alive with pure winter wonderland magic.

  • Old Town square market & Wenceslas Square market

These are the two main Christmas market locations in Prague where you can expect to find brightly decorated wooden stall stocked with local handicrafts such as ceramics, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats and gloves, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costume.

Best of all is all the food and all the beer and other warming drinks such as Glühwein and hot chocolate. Think roasted ham on the spit, grilled sausages, flatbreads, and trdelník (hot cinnamon-sugar coated pastries) and other sweet delights.

There are also a couple of other, smaller markets at Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island, and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.



Did you know that the Hungarian capital, Budapest, was voted the most affordable Christmas Market destination in Europe by the British Daily Mail?

  • Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square

Set on Vörösmarty Square, the market is made up of 100 stalls – all set up around the slender, colourful Christmas tree. You can expect unique arts and crafts products, music, tasty local food and drinks as well as great programmes for kids and families.


  • Christmas Fair at St. Stephen’s Basilica

What a great place for a Christmas market! Among other things, the market at St. Stephen’s Basilica in downtown Budapest offers four and half weeks of entertainment leading up to Christmas as well as special artisan gifts, a 200sqm ice skating rink, a light show and, of course, plenty to eat and drink.


  • Viennese Christmas market at Rathausplatz

Vienna simply becomes a place where dreams are made when its streets and stately buildings are covered in snow.

In Vienna, Christmas is celebrated in the classic, traditional way which includes Christmas decor, food, drink, and lots of gifts. The Viennese Christmas Market takes place in front of City Hall and guests enjoy everything from reindeer rides to an ice rink for skating and curling, to hot drinks, pancakes, and pretzels.

Other markets in Vienna include Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market, Spittelberg Christmas market.



  • Salzburg Christkindlmark

At the famed Christkindlmarkt in the center of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old City of Salzburg, you can perhaps expect a more “Sound of Music” feel as there are daily sing-alongs and traditional wind music performed above the square on Thursday and Saturday nights music (in addition to all kinds of delectable treats in the form of Austrian specialties, mulled wine and hot punch). It’s one of the world’s oldest Advent markets – dating back to the late 15th century.


If you’ve always wanted to have a white Christmas, what a better way than to experience all the Christmas festivities mentioned above than with C the World on our next Magical Moments Tour

This is why we love Greece

Often a faraway dreamy idea for many, Greece is a special place that has crept deep into our hearts.

And it’s not hard to figure out why we love it so much…


If you are an ancient history lover, there are few places in the world that’ll capture your heart and imagination like Greece. And if you think history is pretty boring, Greece will no doubt teach you otherwise.

It’s definitely close to impossible not to marvel at the ancient structures such as the 5th-century BC temple complex of Acropolis in Athens, the archaeological site of Delphi, the open-air island museum of Delos, the mesmerising Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, or the myth-laden Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete.



Many people, when they hear “Mediterranean diet”, immediately think it starts and ends with fish and vegetables. How wrong they are! Even though it may be healthy, and there’s definitely some Greek salad and fresh fish involved, the Greeks eat like kings! And don’t forget the wine and variety of desserts. Think baklava (filo pastry, nuts, butter, sugar), Amygdalota (gluten-free almond cookies), Moussaka, Tzatziki, Dolmades, and tasty meats, among plenty other mouthwatering foods!



If done the right way, Greece can be an affordable holiday. It really doesn’t have to cost you your pension to tick off this dream destination on your bucket list. Travelling to Greece with C the World this year September/October will cost you R23,450 pp sharing.


4.Islands and beaches

Let’s be honest, you don’t go to Greece if you hate sunshine and sea sand. Definitely not. Greece is world-renowned for its splendid, picturesque beaches and islands and you’ll search long and hard to find a place that’ll match the beauty of the Greek Islands.



Greeks, much like Italians, are masters of the slow life. Anyone who’s been to Greece will most likely tell you that they saw the most magnificent sunsets from a balcony in Santorini or while sipping on a cocktail on a beach in Mykonos. Within just a couple of days, you’ll find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. Or maybe retire, buy a beach bungalow in Santorini and set up shop in this paradise… Who knows?


For only R23,450 pp sharing you can travel to Greece this October with C the World. Book your space today!

Four dreamy spots to visit in Croatia

Croatia has been an up-and-coming travel destination for a couple of years now. And it’s no secret why. Beaches, forests, waterfalls and history – it’s basically a small piece of heaven. Or at least how we’d imagine heaven to be like.


1.Plitvice Lakes

If this place doesn’t look like a dreamy fairy tale destination, then we don’t know what would. The Plitvice Lakes are situated in the Plitvice National Park and are without a doubt one of the most jaw-dropping natural wonders in Croatia and Europe, for that matter. It consists of 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters and formed by natural travertine dams. There are also beautiful waterfalls and a lush forest to meander through.



That’s right folks, from Game of Thrones fame, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik is is one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in the world and described as one of the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.


3.Northern Velebit National Park

Croatia’s got some hiking options too for those who like to brave the mountains by foot. For some awesome hiking trails, head to Northern Velebit National Park which encompasses the northern side of the largest mountain in the country, Velebit Mountain.



Another Croatian city with a nickname is Split. Known as the “Mediterranean Flower” Split is Croatia’s second-largest city. Located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast, the city’s main attraction is its historic centre which boasts dramatic Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Another attraction in the city is the Emperor Diocletian’s palace. He built a palace for his retirement at the end of the third century AD, and it still stands in the centre of Split. The palace complex is a maze of marble walkways lined with shops, cafes, and bars.



For only R30,450 pp sharing, you can travel to Croatia this September with C the World. Book your spot now!

The ins and outs of French wine

Apart from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Louvre, French cafes, and fresh French loaves and cheese, many people travel to France for authentic wine tasting experiences.

Whether you’d describe yourself as a wine connoisseur or not, everyone knows that the French know what they’re doing when it comes to wine. The only problem for a non-French wine drinker who wants to enjoy French wine is understanding what the bottle says.

Understanding the label


French wine labels can be confusing. This is mainly because of the lack of varietal (type of grape) labelling. Most of us are used to seeing the name of the wine farm and the grape varietal on the label rather than only the region of origin (known as ‘terroir’ in French).


Why would they put the region on the bottle and not the grape varietal? Because the place of origin is what gives the wine its true character. Wines are different because of the are in which the grapes are grown. So most French people know which varietals grow in which areas.

Another thing to note is that French wines are very often blends rather than varietals. For this reason, the ‘terroir’ labelling system also works pretty well.

For example, red Bordeaux wines are generally blends of Merlot and Cabernet. Plenty of red blends also come from Southern France, primarily from the Languedoc region, where blends of grapes like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan are popular.

Putting together regions and varietals

Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône wines are the three primary French red wine regions of interest that we’ll explore in this post.

To help you further decipher, here are a couple of hints from Food & Wine on which area mainly produces which varietal so you’ll find choosing your favourite wine a bit easier.

  • Bordeaux

White Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle

Red Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec


  • Burgundy

White Wines: Chardonnay

Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Gamay (in Beaujolais)


  • The Rhône Valley

White Wines: Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier

Red Wines: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre



So, as you start familiarising yourself with the wine-producing regions, the first thing to note when deciding on a bottle of French wine is the terroir where the wine was made – this is the best way to determine which grapes are in the bottle.

And there you have it. We hope the next time you travel to France, choosing a good French wine will be a cinch!

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Fascinating traditions: Spain

Spain is one of those European countries, rich in history and even richer in culture and traditions.

Here are some of our favourite fascinating traditions in Spain:


Ever heard of the ‘Flamenco’? And no, it’s not a bird.

Referred to as Spanish art, the Flamenco originated in the southern regions of Spain and is made up of three parts: guitar playing (“guitarra”), song (“cante”), and dance (“baile”). Even though it originated in the southern regions of Spain, some believe it has influences from Latin America, Cuba, and Jewish traditions.

Traditional Flamenco dancers rarely received any formal training as it’s more a case of it being passed down from friends, relatives, and those in the community.

What does it entail? The Flamenco can be quite dramatic, seeing as dancers try to express their deepest emotions by using body movements and facial expressions. They often clap their hands or kick their feet and many also use ‘castanets’ to add to the performance.

When you travel to Spain, the Flamenco is something you’re bound to come across.


2.Running of the bulls

Bullfights happen throughout Spain. The fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated in Irunea/Pamplona, a small city in Spain’s northern region of Navarra.  These fiestas take place during summer from 6-14 July and have become internationally known because of the running of the bulls.

Even though it’s synonymous with parties drinking, dancing and singing in the streets, the annual running of the bulls through the city is actually part of a religious festival to honour St. Fermin, the patron saint of the city.



You may have seen them in the shape of ponies, flowers, or even unicorns, and while the history of the piñata has a religious and spiritual significance, today piñatas are associated with celebrations in Spain.

 The traditional piñata is usually in the shape of a six-point star and the first piñatas in Spain were made completely of clay – decorations and bright colours were only added later on.



15 is an important age for girls in Spain. When a girl reaches the age of 15, it signifies her ‘coming of age’, so to speak. This is when she passes from ‘girlhood’ to ‘womanhood’ and for Spanish families, this is a cause for big celebrations.

The birthday girl usually struts a formal dress and receives real princess-like gifts such as tiaras, bracelets and earrings from family members.

Quinceañera includes all things festive such as a religious service, followed by a dedication mass whereafter there’s sure to be music, and dance, and lots of food!


Why not join us on one of our next trips to Spain where you’ll get to visit Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, Seville, Mijas and more!


Five random facts about Amsterdam

Canals, bicycles, windmills, marijuana, wooden clogs, cheese, Anne Frank’s house, and stroopwafels… these are all things people often associate with Amsterdam. But there is much more to Amsterdam than meet the eye!

Here are five random facts you might not have known about the Dutch capital.

1. There are more bicycles than there are people

Amsterdam is a city built for bicycles almost more than it is built for cars. It is a well-known fact that the city is ruled by cyclists of every shape and form. In fact, 60% of traffic is attributed to cyclists. Some walk their dogs by bike, others transport kids or furniture, and still, others simply make their way to work by bike whilst eating an apple and texting at the same time!

There are roughly 850,000 people living within the city limits of Amsterdam, and it is estimated that there are more than 850,000 bicycles in the city.


2.Plenty bicycles end up in the canals

There are 165 canals in Amsterdam – which means there’s clearly a lot of opportunities to fall into the water… Did you know that between 12,000-15,000 bicycles end up in the canals every year?


3.There are more bridges than in Venice

Well, with more 165 canals, one would expect a lot of bridges. Amsterdam is said to have 1281 bridges – almost three times as many as Venice.


4.There are more than 30 parks to explore

Even though it’s a city, parks and public spaces abound in Amsterdam. There are more than 30 parks in the city to pick and choose from, including the Vondelpark, which is said to attract some nine million people each year.

ams park

5.Don’t fret about your pet

Low-income residents are allowed to take their pet to the vet for free once a year.


Amsterdam is a wonderful city to explore. C the World would love to have you on our next tour! Find out more here.


Top must-try foods in Portugal

Many a great city with great people and great food exists – we all know that. Portugal is one of those places that mustn’t get left off the list. In fact, in the eyes of the Portuguese (just like the Italians), food is always a cause for celebration.

Known around the world for its sweet treats from heaven, otherwise known as Pasteis de Nata, its mouthwatering peri-peri chicken, sardines, and more, Portugal is an unending well of goodness for those who travel after their noses and stomachs – and even those who aren’t necessarily foodies may just find themselves converted.

Here are our top five must-try foods in Portugal:



We know what you might be thinking… really? Sardines?


Few things beat good an ol’ grilled fish – let alone the Portuguese’s grilled sardines. A perfect, affordable snack and a staple of the country, sardines can also quickly be turned into a full-on meal (think sardines on a fresh Portuguese roll…).



Keeping to the fresh seafood, bacalhau is another must-try when discovering Portugal. Also known as salted, dried codfish, this dish is extremely popular throughout the country. Did you know there are apparently more than 1000 recipes for it?! Bacalhau is usually prepared on the grill (although some do boil or bake it). When a local offers you bacalhau, or when you see it on a menu, don’t think twice – go for it!



Even though this name might sound like everything else but food – don’t let the name fool you. Just imagine: thinly-sliced pork cutlet, marinated in a white wine and garlic mixture, slapped on a fresh, oh-so-soft Portuguese roll. Makes your mouth drool, doesn’t it?


4.Chicken peri-peri

A restaurant that serves grilled chicken in a home-made peri-peri sauce is as common in Portugal as a pizzeria is in Italy. Usually served with rice or fries, it’s a classic Portuguese dish and it’s an absolute must-try.

chicken peri peri

5.Pasteis de Nata

Made with puff pastry and filled with the most decadent custard in the middle, these tiny custard tarts are more than just tarts. They are actually heaven in your mouth. They are readily available throughout the country, but some of the best ones are found in Lisbon and Alcobaça.


Aperitivo in Italy: what it is and why it’s so cool.

Certainly one of the best things about Italy is the food and culture. Sure, the art, architecture, and rolling hills of Tuscany are incredible. But there is something very unique and special in the combination of food and culture. You cannot, in fact, separate the two.

Perhaps one of the coolest Italian traditions is aperitivo – or “pre-dinner drinks and snacks”. For students and budget travellers, it is often a sneaky way to eat on the cheap. For locals, however, it’s truly a way to get ready for or to “open the appetite” for dinner – which is usually only around 9-10pm.

Even though Italy is famous for having particular regional specialities, aperitivo is something you’ll find in almost every single town. The only difference might be the price – Milan, Rome, Venice, and Florence being the most expensive cities. If you travel to Italy without experiencing aperitivo, you’ve certainly missed out on one of the best cultural experiences.

How it works

Most bars and restaurants in Italy offer aperitivo between 6-9pm. Usually, you’d pay a set price for a drink and then you’ll either have the green light to help yourself at the buffet snack table, or you’ll be served some snacks with your drink at your table. Most places will put a markup on the drink in order to compensate for the snacks that are included.

The food

The food selection varies from place to place but you could find anything on a buffet table ranging from fresh salads and cheeses to cold meats, bruschetta, a variety of bread, pasta, and pizzas. On a spread served with your drink at your table, you can expect anything from a selection of cheeses, cold cuts, nuts, olives and so forth, or simply some potato crisps and peanuts.

Having evolved from merely pre-dinner drinks and snacks (think chips and peanuts), it seems as though most bars have become so proud of their delectable aperitivo spreads that you have to have a lot of self-control as not to spoil your dinner appetite.

The drinks

Typical aperitivo drinks include Aperol spritz, Campari spritz, Prosecco, vermut, Negroni, Americano.

The cost

In Milan you can expect to pay between €5 and €15, once again depending on the type of bar and snacks on offer. In smaller towns in the Veneto region, for example, you’d pay a mere €2-5 at some places.

Aperitivo is great for many reasons – apart from the obvious ones mentioned above. It’s an easy way to relax and socialise with friends, or to make friends if you’re a solo traveller. It’s also a great way to get to know a town by going ‘aperitivo hopping’  from place to place.

If you want to experience la dolce vita, better do it properly!

Travel to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is, quite simply, that place on the Italian Riviera where people take those magnificent pictures (usually at sunset) of colourful village houses tucked away between the cliffs which makes you want to quit your job and hop on the next plane out. 

What is “Cinque Terre” and why do you need to visit?

Cinque Terre is, quite simply, that place on the Italian Riviera where people take those magnificent pictures (usually at sunset) of colourful village houses tucked away between the cliffs which makes you want to quit your job and hop on the next plane out.
Actually, many people think Cinque Terre (five towns) is one place when, in fact, it’s five different small fishing villages or ‘hamlets’, if you will.

Why you need to visit Cinque Terre?

Even though Cinque Terre is a popular tourist attraction, there’s just something different about it.
Perhaps it’s because there are no queues of 100+ people waiting to enter a church tower. Perhaps it’s the crystal-clear ocean water that screams “come jump in!” around every corner as you wind through the cobblestoned streets. Or, perhaps, it’s the nostalgic feeling of an era gone by but still somewhat preserved in these authentic, old towns.

The low-down on the Cinque Terre towns

The villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore make up the Cinque Terre.


Monterosso is the biggest of them all and boasts many sandy beaches, rows and rows of beach chairs and beach umbrellas. In comparison to the other four, Monterosso is a chilled spot with way fewer stairs to climb and pebbles to hurt your feet.



Vernazza is special for many reasons. This is where you want to sit at a sea-facing bar in Piazza Marconi with an ice cold glass of wine or spritz and relax as you people-watch and soak in the beauty around you. Remember, this is Italy! When you travel Italy, you have to learn to slow down and relax.  Thanks to the horrible floods a couple of years back there is now a small rocky beach. However, many people simply enjoy jumping in the water from the pier.



Corniglia is the smallest of all the Cinque Terre, and that’s probably why it’s so magical. Many people, on their arrival, give the 360+ stairs up to the town from the railway one look, sit down, and wait for the next train to pick them up. But don’t lose heart! There is also a shuttle that operates throughout the day. Even though Corniglia takes some effort (after you’ve climbed the stairs to get to the town, you have to climb down the other side to get to the best swimming spot), the reward is great on the other side. Absolute paradise. There are also beautiful, quaint shops and restaurants in the village.



Manarola is famous for its sweet Sciacchetrà wine which is made from the surrounding vineyards’ grapes. We know, romance in a bottle. This village also boasts a great swimming spot in the small harbour. Sunbathe on the rocks and, if you’re feeling brave, jump in from the high rocks as the water is nice and deep.



This fishing village has a pebble beach as well as a great swimming spot in the small marina that is both lovely for swimming. After a refreshing swim, stroll through the streets with its peeling buildings or stop for a delicious pizza as you enjoy watching how people do life here: men playing cards and women hanging washing and chatting in the streets.


One of the essential things to remember on your visit to Cinque Terre is comfortable shoes so you can enjoy the dreamy ancient footpaths that connect the villages. For those not so keen on walking, don’t stress! There is also a train that runs frequently between the villages as well as boat rides.

We know there are many awesome travel destinations in Europe, but Cinque Terre definitely needs to be on your list!


Tour Venice on your European Holiday

The capital of the Veneto region of northern Italy, Venice comprises of over a 100 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Knitted together by canals, bridges and walkways, Venice has no roads and when you get there you wouldn’t want to drive anyway. The walkways and waterbuses as well as vaporetto are the means of transport and are perfect ways to get a true experience of Venice.

Here are few things to do in Venice, some of which are included in the Best Europe Tour.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

At the entrance of the Grand Canal, you’ll find the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Outstanding to say the least, it is known for its architecture and dome shape, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute dates back to the 17th-century

Basilica di Santa Maria

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Grand Canal

grand canal

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The 17th-century-domed church guards the entrance of the Grand Canal. About 40 kilometres of canals tie over a 100 islands together that stream and join at the Grand Canal. What you’ll find really beautiful and fun is to stroll through the vast web of alleys and side walkaways that connect the islands.

While the walking around and taking in the scenery is enough to take over your entire trip, you cannot visit the Grand Canal without going on a cruise along the streams on a boat called a vaporetto. Other than being the quickest way around the gondola, these boats work like buses in the city whilst offering magnificent views of surrounding buildings.

grand canal river

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Rialto Bridge

Arguably the heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge was built in the 16th century. Since then, the Rialto Bridge was the only way to cross the Grand Canal before the Accademia Bridge, which was built in the 1854.

It is said that approximately 12 000 wooden pilings has supported the bridge for more than 400 years. The structure is built with three walkway diversions, two of which located on the outer balustrades. The central walkway stretches between two rows of shops, which is a perfect opportunity for tourists to find souvenirs.

Rialto Bridge

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Glass blowing Island of Murano

Venetian Lagoon

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Situated north of Venice in the Venetian Lagoon, the Murano are a group of islands linked by bridges. Murano is well known for glass making, where glass artisans perform at craft shows and festivals. These amazing artisans blow glass baubles, beautiful works of contemporary art.

Visit Lido

Lido beach

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Lido better known as the Lido di Venezia is popular for hosting tourists as a summer resort. It’s location separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. This is a great spot to catch some sun and get away from the urban vibe that is often crowded depending on the time of year.

Amsterdam – the best places and attractions to explore, experience and eat

Amsterdam has many popular attractions to explore. Some of which are significant to history and others worth exploring if you want to dig into the Dutch culture.

Amsterdam bridge

Zaanse Schans

With extensive meadows in the background, you are able to see the windmills turning slowly in the distance. A magnificent spectacle, the windmills of Zaanse Schans create a serene scene. The windmills belong to a neighbourhood of Zaandam, Amsterdam. These are the windmills you can see at Zaanse Scahns:

  • De Huisman
  • De Gekroonde Poelenburg
  • De Kat
  • De Zoeker
  • Het Jonge Schaap
  • De Bonte Hen
  • De Os
  • Het Klaverblad
  • De Bleeke Dood
  • De Ooievaar
  • Mini-mills on the Schans.


These well-preserved and historic windmills were established in the early 1960’s. The Zaanse Schans is one of the most popular tourist attractions.  Zaanse Schans forms part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Other than the extraordinary windmills, you can visit the Zaans Museum that is located next to the Zaanse Schans. Visiting the Zaanse Schans is part of C The World’s European Tour

.Amsterdam Windmill

Volendam, a beautiful harbour village

There are many things to do at this little village. First, a stroll along the main harbour strip will lead you to little stalls and a residential area. You’ll find trawlers and fishing boats, which is the lifeblood for many living in surrounding areas. Being that it is a fishing village, be sure to sample from the fresh seafood at the harbour. Some popular attractions in Volendam include:

Red Light District

The Red Light District is located in the city of Amsterdam. Lined with medieval alleyways, the Red Light District is locally known as De Wallen. The area is southeast of the Central Station and is in close proximity to the neon-lit canals of Oudezijds Voorburgwal that run from the Grimburgwal to the Sea Wall. Merging into the Oudezijds Kolk.


Heineken brewery

At the Heineken Brewery you can expect an informative and interactive experience. With several different brewery tours, either way it’s a guarantee that you’ll have a brilliant time. This is a must to visit when touring Amsterdam, as the Heineken Brewery isn’t your usual brewery museum.

Part of the experience is a walk through on how beer is created. What’s more, after the tour and activities, be sure to make your way to the rooftop to enjoy your Heineken drinks overseeing mesmerising views of the beautiful city.

Anne Frank’s House

A self-guide tour, at the Anne Frank’s House will take you back to the devastating past when Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. The rooms in which the family hid is perfectly preserved and displays the harsh reality of life for Jews during the Holocaust. Just being able to walk in the very rooms where the family lived is moving and offers great insight into the strength and plight of those who were oppressed. Otto Frank did a great job at documenting what the family and those who perished endured. The main feature of course is the diary of Anne Frank, well known for its raw truths. Every single page of her diary is in a glass display for visitors to view.

Ensure that you order your tickets online as you can expect quite a long queue, as queuing visitors only enter after 3 p.m.

Restaurants in Leidse Pleins

The Italian

Visit this restaurant for what could be the best pizza you’ve tasted, well at least in Amsterdam.

Where: Bosboom Toussainstraat 29

Brasserie Blazer

A culinary journey through some classic French dishes in a relaxed setting.

Where: Lijnbaansgracht 190

Café George

For fast yet amazingly good food, head over to Café George, which is well known for serving delicious steak fries and risotto.

Where: Leidsegracht 84

Buffet van Odette

As beautiful and lively as the Leidse Pleins is, the Buffer van Odette gives you a break from the hustle and bustle.

Where: Prinsengracht 598

The Hofbräuhaus München Experience

Munich is known for an abundant supply of local beer. After the Oktoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus München claims the title of the most iconic tourist attraction in Munich. While this beer hall is a popular tourist attraction, management reports that half of its visitors are in fact regular customers. Some of these beer lovers are even luckier to store their personal mugs in the padlocked cages on the first floor of the beer house.

After a commission established that Munich have its own brewery in the late 1500s, the Hofbräuhaus München was soon founded. This brewery has been moved on several occasions over of the years and under the power of different dukes. However, by 1897, the beer hall we know today opened its doors to tourist and locals alike.

The Hofbräuhaus München is renowned by the city of Munich and is operated by Michael and Wolfgang Sperger, whose parents were the previous landlords of the Hofbräuhaus München.

Unforgettable beer experience


Eat and drink

This iconic beer house can host up to 3500 beer drinkers and diners simultaneously. On busy days, it comes as no surprise that the Hofbräuhaus München sees up to 30 000 guests.

Depending on the atmosphere you’re looking for, there is a spot that is sure to suit your every mood. Of course, the Hofbräuhaus München is more than its long history and great beer, if you’re looking to grab a bite or have a casual meal make your way to the main floor. In addition, on the main floor a cool gift shop has awesome souvenirs such as traditional stoneware beer mugs as well as Hofbräuhaus t-shirts and trinkets on sale.

On the second floor, a more refined ambience, most appealing to those travelling from western countries such as the USA.

If you’re looking to join in on festivities the Bavarian way, be sure to go to the top floor, the Festive Hall is where the Bavarian Evening is hosted. Here, a buffet is on offer, including a folklore show. Considering it is Europe after all, the price sure is reasonable bearing in mind how delicious the food is. You’ll get the likes of crisp-skinned roast pork, sausages, grilled chicken, and a Munich traditional dish – apple strudel, all included in the buffet. What’s more, when dining during warmer evenings there is outdoor seating under the tree-shaded beer garden which is able to seat at least 400 people.

Beer garden

One of the most popular beers to be bought at the beer hall is the Hofbrau Original lager or Helles. For a more traditional taste, be sure to try the Dunkles, however, it is slightly stronger than the regular varieties. If you’re enthusiastic about trying new types of beer, be sure to taste the strongest beer, the Oktoberfestbier and Maibock, which has holds approximately 7.2 percent alcohol. If you’re travelling alone, the taproom and beer garden may feel too much as it can get a little crowded. Considering that it is compulsory to share tables, introverts might find this an unpleasant experience. So if this is not for you avoid it and visit the beer hall outside the normal meal hours or after 10pm instead. However, I do feel like this is an awesome way to meet new people particularly if you’re travelling solo.

Location and nearby attractions

The Hofbräuhaus München is located a walking distance away from the Marienplatz, central square in the city centre of Munich.

What’s great about this iconic attraction is that it is open daily, which includes major holidays such as Christmas Day. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.

C The World’s Europe tour includes a visit to the Hofbräuhaus München where you get to spend the evening at this traditional German Beer Keller.

Travelling alone: tips for a spectacular solo journey.

So you’ve decided to venture on a solo journey, as you haven’t found a suitable travel buddy. It’s a scary feeling. Many fear loneliness. Stress no more, here’s a brief guideline to traversing beautiful destinations without a friend to tag along.

Trail hiking in Europe

Staying safe

Safety can be a huge concern when travelling alone. And while the saying goes “safety in numbers”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’d be at risk. There are many ways you can avoid being singled out. No need to fret as being alone means that you can easily fit into a group without drawing attention to yourself.

Alone but never lonely

One of the biggest fears is the feeling of loneliness. This is probably one of the main reasons why people put off travelling. But when wandering through magnificent destinations such as Europe, you’ll find natural meeting spots, especially during peak season. Here you can meet and interact with people from all around the world.

Eating out

Eating out is another way to interact with locals. It’s about tasting different foods and exploring a new destination. And so, it’s a great excuse to get out and experience the culture. Even when you’re dining alone, hopping around from restaurant to the next will prove fun.

Photography mission

Keep busy by making it your mission to photograph as much of your trip as possible. By photographing as you tour, you’ll be capturing precious memories. When you return home, you’ll have plenty photos to show family and friends.

4 Ingenious Tips to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Imagine, you watch the luggage carousel rotate and suddenly you realise you can’t locate your luggage. No one wants to spend a few days without clothes, particularly in a foreign country. Here are a few tips to prevent your luggage from going M.I.A.

Luggage on carousel

Get luggage that looks different from everyone else’s 

Smart travellers buy bags that don’t look like the rest. Avoid buying bags that are in plain colours such as black as you won’t be able to easily spot it at the carousel. Instead, go for a colour or even a print that stands out from the rest.

If you already have luggage, simply tie a ribbon on the handle or get colourful handles to easily distinguish your luggage from the others.

Remove old tags

Yes, it’s totally human to forget to remove old tags from luggage. Make a mental note to remove old tags from your bags before adding your new tags. It’s possible that your old tags might be confused for your current location. What’s more, always check that the airport code on the new tag is correct.

Check in your luggage the right time

Checking in your luggage within the right timeframe is essential. If it’s too early there’s a possibility that it would get stashed and forgotten about. If it’s too late, your luggage might not make it onto the plane. Airlines aren’t responsible for getting your luggage on the plane if it misses the flight because it was not checked in the right time frame then that onus falls on you.

Take pictures of your luggage

As your last line of defence and your luggage actually gets lost, take photos of the inside and outside of your bag. Even after you’ve taken the necessary precautions, there’s a possibility that your luggage could get lost. With the pictures, you can use as a reference when contacting the airline to assist with locating your luggage.

Weird but pretty cool festivals in Europe

While the Glastonbury Festival usually takes the limelight for festivals in Europe, there are many unusual festivals that few know about. Here’s a list of weird but awesome festivals to join on your next trip to Europe.

Notte Delle Luci, Italy

A simple village tradition of lighting candles every year has expanded to what we know today as the Notte Delle Luci festival in Italy. This festival has grown into a five-day experience where mind-blowing lights can be seen across the entire city.  The festival commences annually on the 5th July. A devotion to saint Santa Domenica who is famous for saving the people from a plague in 1600.

While the festival has come a long way from just lighting candles, the craftsmanship and traditions are as strong as it has ever been.

The luminaire structures are a highlight of the even and it is sure to your breath away. These structures are built with wood and carpets with LED lights. The awe-inspiring beauty of this celebration must be experienced. Immersing yourself in the festivity is the only way to understand and fully appreciate the significance of this celebration.

Vlaggetjesdag, Netherlands (Flag Day)

Better known as Vlaggetjesdag, the festivities that take place at the Flag Day festival is spectacular. One of the biggest festivals in The Hague, the lively music and a variety of flags waving in the wind brings together people from all across the country. On this day, local youth proudly don the unique traditional attire of the Netherlands.

A big part of the festival is celebrating the catch of the new herring of the year, which is better known as the “New Dutch”. The catch is the auctioned between May and June, with the proceeds donated to charity.

Up-Helly-Aa – St Ninian’s Isle, Scotland

North of Scotland, budget travellers and those looking for new and unusual experience should attend the Up-Helly-Aa Viking Festival

Every year on the last Tuesday of January, the Up-Helly-Aa festival takes place. The reason for this fantastic festival is the celebration of Shetland’s history as well as to celebrate the triumphant demonstration of the skills and spirit of the islanders. Expect about fifty helmeted Vikings and a burning Norse galley.

Some of the highlights that you can look forward to are:

  • Longboat burning
  • Partying with the locals
  • Appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery of Shetland Islands
  • Experience traditional music sessions
  • Be sure to visit the St Andrews, ‘Home of Golf

Burning the Clocks, England

On the 21st December, the strange yet exciting Burning the Clocks festival takes place. This unique community event is well known for bringing the entire city together.

At the festival locals create their own paper and willow lanterns, using kits and then finally parading through the city. The lanterns get thrown into the burning bonfire as a token celebrating the end of a year.

At the end of the night, the celebration continues at Patterns, Marine Parade where you should expect the party of the year. Expect live bands to keep you going through the night as you party with locals and tourists alike.

Calcio Storico, Italy

Originated in the 16th century, the Calico Storico festival takes place in Florence annually. The festivities consist of soccer, rugby and wrestling. For each game, there are four teams dedicated to the historical neighbourhoods of the city. The four teams include:

  • Santa Croce
  • Santo Spirito
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • San Giovanni.

The game is setup at the Piazza Santa Croce where the square is covered in dirt as a way of preserving the original setting during the 16th century. Benches and stands are setup for spectators to enjoy the game as well.

The festival happens every year early June, with the final match hosted on the 24th June.

However, it doesn’t end there. At the end of the day, celebrations end off along the banks of Arno where marvellous fireworks are launched from the Piazzale Michelangelo.

While the cost of tickets varies from year to year, the tickets generally go from 22 to 53 euro. Tickets for the festival can be booked online from as early as May.