Sultanahmet Hotels

Our Balcony-WOW what a view!

It’s my second time to be in Istanbul, and I feel regretful not to stay in this hotel on my last trip. I came Istanbul with a package tour, and stayed one of the Sultanahmet hotels some two years ago and it was a total disaster. Hotel menu was poor, price was very high and so on… Though I loved the city and decided to come back again.

So I came again, and stayed Premist Hotel. Room layout is perfect, so does its panoramic view of Istanbul. When you look out the window, you see nearly whole seven hills of Istanbul. Staff are always smiling and so kind to you. Breakfast buffet is totally amazing. In each food, there is both Turkish and English descriptions of the meal you want to eat. And price is kinda low when I compared with menus of other Sultanahmet hotels.

Rooms are all good designed and each room has its own fridge and mini-bar. Bathrooms are cleaned in an hourly basis and are perfectly clean. Free snacks are everywhere. Even in your first step to your room, you feel the comfort and luxury.

Another major advantage of Premist Hotel is its location. This Sultanahmet hotel is near to nearly all the historical sites of Istanbul. What do I mean by historical sites, let’s say, European side of the city. If you want to see Topkapi Palace, it is five minutes by foot. And if you want to drink a cup of Turkish coffee on the seaside, it’s ten minutes on foot and five minutes by train. It’s amazing. If you are a low budgeted traveller and eager to see Istanbul with a short money and with best quality, I think Premist Hotel is the perfect choice among all the hotels in Sultanahmet.

I chose this hotel randomly, but I found the place very satisfactory. I stayed there, and if I come back again, definitely I will stay in there.

Prague Beer Tours in Czech Republic

Prague Beer Tours in Czech Republic

Are you interested in the Prague sightseeing, but want to avoid end up with boring lecture?  Do you want to learn the history of the beer in Czech republic and get some knowledge about the brewing process? Combine going through the city with some beer tasting! The company called Beer Prague located in Czech republic has a solution for you. The unforgettable trip promises visit of the local mini-breweries with UNLIMITED beer consumption. Yes, you will not only taste the number of regular samples during each brewery visit, but you can drink as many beers as you wish on the last stop. Each time you will join the tour you might see the different places and districts of the Prague. Well-known beer brands are today nothing surprising. You can buy them in every shop and that makes them very common. Luckily those trips focus specifically on local mini-breweries, which produce really unique beers various in color, taste or the drinking feeling in general.

Did you know, that?

  • Czech republic is having the greatest per capita consumption of the beer in the world (i.e. 160 liters annually). That is one bottle of beer for every man, woman and child living here per day! Such has been fact in nearly last hundred years.
  • Czech beer comes in many degrees from 6-19%; but 10% and 12% are the most common. Many think that the percent is the amount of alcohol, but it’s actually the amount of malt extract used in the brewing process. Of course, malt contains sugar, so to some extent, the higher the % (malt used), the higher the alcohol. The percentage of alcohol is about a quarter of the “percent” shown on the bottle, so 12% beer is roughly 3.1% alcohol.
  • It was the Czech brewery in Pilsen that has given the world the brandname of Pils in 1842.
  • The best temperature at which to drink beer is between 7-10 degrees Celsius. Which by the way, is keeping it on the seventh step down to the cellar.

Learn how is the traditional Czech beer brewed, no matter what’s the weather like. Forget about the well-known brands and focus on the beauty of small beer production, which can surprise even experienced beer drinkers. That all for the cheapest price in the city.

The tour starts at 6:00 p.m. every working day, and at 4:00 p.m. during weekends. It takes about 3 hours and costs 1000 CZK.
Join the Prague Beer Tour today!

The Best Disabled-Friendly Cities in Europe

If you are wondering where to travel next, and want to a place which provides you both with accessibility and comfort, read up on this guide on the best disability-friendly cities in the old continent, being Europe for those not in the know.

We will provide you with three of the friendliest cities, and with a bit of information on what to do and see in each of these cities. Keep reading and enjoy.

Berlin
This imperious and proud city won an award for best adapted European city in 2013. The city got this award due to generally having better invested in obstacle removal, a heftier transport system adapted for disabled travelers, better conditions and generally a better approach for every type of disability, from visually impaired travelers to those who have restricted mobility.

There is a lot to do and see in Berlin, and it would be difficult to include every kind of attraction here. The top places which come to mind are: The Scholss Chartlottenburg, the Brandeburg gate, the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the Unter den Linde. Keep an eye out for all these, and they should be easy to get to as they are all very accessible. Remember, renting a disabled-friendly Berlin short term apartment with a website like City Getaway.com is the best way to ensure a comfortable holiday.

London
London is very much the place of choice for many first time travelers in Europe, and a metropolis which offers the best for those with disabilities. Approximately 20 million people visit London every year, with a large number of disabled holiday makers among those visitors. London has wheelchair access for almost all of its top spots, including the London Eye Ferris Wheel, Westminster cathedral, St Paul’s and much more.

Again, the top places to visit in London are probably those which everyone is already aware of. “Which ones?” you may end up asking; the answer depends on what you most like to see of course. As mentioned, Westminster cathedral is probably a popular sight for holiday makers as well as Buckingham palace. In any case, it does not matter what you will end up visiting as London is well equipped for disabled travelers.

Paris
Paris can still be considered the world capital for fashion, art, culture and philosophy. The city is slightly more challenging than London for disabled travelers, but it is still well equipped for most holiday makers with a disability. The best way to get around in this bustling metropolis is probably by taxi, and wheelchair accessibility should ensure a comfortable experience for all.

All the well known museums and sites have excellent facilities for disabled travelers; these sites include all of the Louvre (including easy access to the Mona Lisa, The Venus and much more), the Eiffel Tower, the Versailles Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and much more. Paris must be visited at least once during one’s lifetime, and it is sure to provide a memorable experience for all but the sternest of travelers.

So there you have it, three of the best European cities with excellent access to disabled travelers. They may seem like very much the spots where everyone goes to, but they are still the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake, located in northern Italy between Brescia and Verona. The lake is over 50km long and has a maximum depth of 346 meters. It has a distinctive phallic shape, with the lake being at its narrowest in the north. This is said to be due to the result of an ancient Palaeolithic Glacier.

There are also some islands present on the like, including five major islands. The largest of the islands being the Isola del Garda.

The area around Lake Garda enjoys a favourable climate where many famed Mediterranean plants can be found. These include many species of citrus plans as well as the Olive tree. Those that have some to see what the Mediterranean has to offer won’t be disappointed.

The lake itself it home to many species of fish including the Salmo Carpio. It is also known as the Carpione del Garda for good reason. It is a fish native to Lake Garda although it has been introduced to other lakes it proved unsuccessful. The lake clearly has some special qualities.

Getting there
Getting to Lake Garda is quite easy, being in an idea location. The nearest airport is the Verona-Villlafranca approximately 15km away although there are many other airports that are within reach of this region of Italy. It is well connected by air to many major European cities.

If you are coming by land, there are many options to come to Lake Garda. Coming by train is a great option as there are stations along with southern shore, such as the stations at Desenzano and Peschiera del Garda. If you want to visit the north of the lake the station is located at Roverto.

If you are coming by car, many routes including the A22 Brenner-Modena motorway and the A4 Milan-Venice route serve Lake Garda.

Events
There are many events that take place here, all year round. This includes sporting events, cultural festivals and even exhibitions and conferences. There are events year round. This summer there is the Chiaretto wine festival in true Italian style as well as the festival of love knot. Already there has been a bike festival at Garda Trentino nearby. There is certain to be something of interest for everyone.

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Morzine Summer – A Beautiful Time of the Year

Those that are looking for a great summer holiday will want to consider a summer holiday in the alps.  A Morzine summer could be the perfect way to spend a few weeks relaxing.  If you are not sure where to start then you should try looking at Skizeen, where you will be able to plan for a fantastic summer holiday in the Alps, in the lovely village of Morzine.

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There will be more activities to engage in than you could ever fit in to your stay – in this amazing little village in the Alps.  Once you have experienced your first Morzine summer you will never want to do anything else with your summers.

Before you make your decision, however, you should take a look at what activities you will be able to par take in, including: Kayaking, White water rafting, Tennis, Explore charming Alpine villages, Cycle the famous climbs of the Tour de France, Go walking on some of the 400 miles of marked trails the Portes du Soleil has to offer, the Morzine swimming pool complex offers an Olympic size pool, kids pool and water slide and more

Wondering where you will be able to stay when you summer in the alps?  Well, you will be pleased to know that you can take advantage of Skizeen’s self-catered and catered chalets.  No matter which one you go with you will find that there are some amazing packages that you can take part in.

Those individuals that love the water will see that a Morzine summer is an amazing option as there are so many wonderful activities that can be enjoyed.  These include white water rafting, cannoning, kayaking and even hydro speeding.  These are some really amazing ways to spend the day on the water.

If you fancy an active holiday then a vacation in the Alps is also a great choice. If you think that you want to do something more exciting and something that is going to help you expend some extra energy then you will want to think about mountain biking in the Alps.  You will be able to sign up for a number of different bike tours or even walking tours when you get to your chalet or your hotel.  If you take your own bike you will find that there are places to store them and even places to wash your bikes.

So what are you waiting for? Book a Summer in the Alps today!

Explore the Gastronomic Heart of Italy

Italy is a reputable haven for the discerning traveller who also has a passion for food. With its delicious culinary specialities and huge variety of ingredients there is little wonder that Italy is so well-known in the gastronomic world. The island of Sicily lies at the foot of Italy, just to the north of Africa and is an abundant producer of some of the country’s most famous products. Home to over one third of Italy’s organic farms the volcanic soils and the Mediterranean climate provide the perfect foundations for producing top quality ingredients.

If you choose to stay in one of the wonderful villas in Sicily that are available to rent, you have the freedom to hire a car and embark on your Sicilian culinary journey at your own pace. Villas in Sicily are the most convenient accommodation option for those people wanting to travel independently and discover the real heart of the island, where the hospitality and culinary traditions are at their most authentic. The villas in Sicily are offered on a self-catering basis giving you the flexibility to choose where you would like to eat each day or even cook for yourself using some of the ingredients available from the many markets.

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Villas in Sicily

A Taste of Traditional Sicilian Food

Food and Italy go hand in hand and community traditions often revolve around the table. Different products are celebrated at different times throughout the year and food is as strongly linked to the family circle today as it ever has been.

Sicilian pasta and bread are made form durum wheat, a hard course grain that produces a high quality pasta. When durum wheat is finely ground, it is used in a long fermentation process to produce some of the island’s most popular breads.

Some of the more common dishes you will find on the menu include the aubergine caponata, a stewed dish of aubergines, tomatoes and capers, and Pasta alla Norma, which is made with aubergines and smoked mozzarella. Couscous is a popular staple on the island having been introduced by the North Africans. Usually flavoured with seafood and saffron the couscous dishes are a main feature of the menu. Spaghetti with wild fennel and anchovies has a distinct, but exquisite flavour and the sardines stuffed with the beautiful capers grown on the island should not be missed.

Olive oil produced on Sicily is often served in its own right with simple bread and cheese as an accompaniment. The cheeses, such as caciocavallo and pecorino are aged to different strengths in order to make them available throughout the year. Originally sheep and goats were the main producers of milk on the island but today the government subsidies have meant that more cattle can be farmed, in turn producing more cheese made from cow’s milk. These often have a detectable hint of wild herb flavour depending on where the cows have been grazing. Cheese and wine go hand in hand, so make sure you indulge in some of the Sicilian favourites, which include the delightful Nero D’Avola.

The Arabs brought many of the nuts, citrus fruits and the idea of dried fruits to Sicily, many of which are used today in the selection of sweet treats and ice-creams available.

Stay in one of the beautiful villas in Sicily and enjoy your gastronomic adventure from a comfortable, stylish and relaxing base.