Your Lisbon Guide

Route: Kuwait-Dubai-Lisbon (Via Emirates Airlines)

Where I stayed? Hotel Memmo Alfama

Time of visit: July 2014

Would I visit Lisbon Again? Y-E-S.

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Sleep.

I loved loved the hotel we stayed at: Memmo Alfama, however it’s a small boutique hotel and you might either not find a room or find it too small for your taste. My parents for example, would hate to stay in this hotel mainly because they like spaciousness. The hotel is located in an neighbourhood called ‘Alfama’ which is an area with narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints. Most genuine and authentic neighborhood in the city.

For that, here are some other options I looked at online:

Things to do:

> Walk around old town: Start your tour by visiting São Jorge Castle, stop over the cathedral (“Sé) and finish at the Comércio Square, overlooking the river

> Tuk Tuk ride: A funny way to explore Lisbon

> Tram 28: The tram is the perfect way to explore interesting aspects of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage. The tram goes through Alfama, Lisbon downtown, Chiado and Bairro Alto

> Discover Fado, UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage. Fado is a part of Lisbon and Alfama is the heart of Fado. Visit Fado museum and for ainnder choose between “Baiuca” if you look for amateur singers in a more authentic atmosphere or “Clube do Fado” to listen to the traditional fado in a more romantic atmosphere

> Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (HUGE monastery classified as Unesco World Heritage Site from 1500) and close by you have the Tower of Belém (amazing also, a late-gothic monument that marks the beginning of the Age of Discoveries, like Brazil etc)

> On Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM don’t miss the flea market called LX Market

> Check out Baixa Area (coolest place in lisbon, full of hills, a lot of shops and restaurants) – have icecream at Santini Icecream Shop – deliiiiiicious – in the Baixa area

> Checkout Rossio Square – and while you’re there see Teatro Nacional (thanks Fulla!)

> If you’re into parks, Parque Eduardo VII is a nice park with nice views of Lisbon, you will also see the biggest Portuguese flag in this park

> Cristo Rei – huge Christ statue on the other shore of the river (famous)

> Go to the beach! I recommend you rent a car to reach those beaches: 1) Sao Joao da Caparica and 2) Praia do Guincho

 

Food. (recommended to make reservations in all restaurants if the option is there)

Breakfast & Brunch (and/or coffee hangout):

Portuguese:

 

Italian:

 

Seafood:

Food Market:

  •  Mercado da ribeira

 

Burgers & Pizza:

 

Sunset/rooftop bars:

 

Tips & Info

Places to visit near Lisbon – a must!

  • Sintra – it’s a really cool village near Lisbon. Very cool!! Full of palaces, castles, mystic houses, and a forest. The best way to get there is to rent a car. Go to Palacio da Pena,  Palacio de Monserrat and Palacio da Regaleira (Palacio means palace). These are the coolest palaces of all.
  • On your way to Sintra go to Cabo (means cape) da Roca. It’s the the most western point in Europe and its a very cool place. Nearby the is a restaurant really cool called – O Moinho – with a fire place inside where u can crash and have a meal or just a drink or a coffee.
  • If you want to go to other places in Portugal, I recommend you check-out Algarve (south of Portugal), we will be posting about it sometime soon.

 

 

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Ahh, missing Lisbon already!!!!! Special Thanks to my Portuguese friend Miguel for making my visit extra special, congrats again 🙂

Cheers,

Hello965 team

North Coast, Egypt الساحل الشمالي في مصر

The Northern Coast simply stretches 525 Kilometers along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt east to Sallum on the Libyan border.

يمتد الساحل الشمالي 525 كيلومترات على طول ساحل البحر المتوسط في مصر شرقا إلى السلوم على الحدود الليبية.

Sahel Hello965

Getting there:

You could reach North Coast either from Alexandria or Cairo. I arrived at Burj Al Arab Airport in Alexandria, and took a taxi to our accommodation in Telal Sahel. The ride took us around 1 hour and 30 minutes more or less.

If you plan to go there from Cairo, driving is around 3 hours.

الأقرب للوصول الى الساحل الشمالي عن طريق اما القاهره أو الاسكندريه – شخصيا، وصلت عن طريق الاسكندريه وأخذت طيران الجزيره من الكويت (3 ساعات مدة الرحله بالطياره) وبعدها أخذنا تاكسي من مطار برج العرب في الاسكندريه الى الشاليه في الساحل الشمالي – كانت مدة الرحله في السياره حوالي الساعه الى ساعه ونص.

من القاهره الرحله بالسياره تستغرق حوالي 3 ساعات

Sahel Hello965

About this place and things to do, I  honestly just went with the flow and did not ask one question. However, this destination is purely for 1) beach and 2) nightlife fun .. If you’re looking at either or both, this is the right place for you!

The full strip or street consists of multiple villages, one of the famous ones is called “Marina”. Marina is very close to Alexandria, on the beach between that city and Al-Alemein.

A place you’d wanna check out is Marassi: http://www.marassi-egypt.com/marassi

الساحل الشمالي وجهه بحريه بحته .. اللي يحب البحر والراحه سواء مع العائله أو الأصدقاء، فهذا المكان مناسب وحلو

Sahel Hello965

Options for accommodation in Sahel:

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For more details about North Coast or for a detailed itinerary, please drop us an email at info@hello965.com!

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Hotels in Santorini

Santorini

Santorini

How do you choose your stay in Santorini?

  • Caldera Vs. Beach?

– If you choose Caldera which is where the towns along the cliff with the stunning views looking down into the caldera then: The west side of the island that looks out into the caldera and that is also where Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani are located.

Fira – The Most restaurants, nightlife. Great views.
Firostefani – Quiet. An easy walk to Fira. Great views.
Imerovigli – Very quiet. A bus or taxi ride from Fira and Oia. The best views on the island. A half-dozen wonderful restaurants.
Oia – Many restaurants, but little nightlife. Romantic. Great views.

– If you prefer the beach, then the towns on the opposite side of the island have pretty setting but lacks views of the caldera and volcano; the east side of the island is where the beaches are found. There are 2 main towns: Kamari and Perissa (Perivolos beach is an extension of Perissa)



Generally, it’s about a 10 or 15 minute drive from one side of the island to the other.

Here are some of our Favorite Hotels in Santorini:

Oia

Mystique

Katikies Hotel

Andronis Luxury Suites

Ikies

Canaves Oia Suites

Imerovigli

West East Suites

Astra Suites

San Antonio Suites

Grace Santorini

Absolute Bliss

Santorini Princess

Kapari Natural Resort

Dreams Luxury Suites

Fira

Aria Suites

Anteliz Suites

Petit Palace Suites Hotel

Firostefani

The Belvedere

The Tsitouras Collection Hotel

Belvedere-Suites-01

Megalochori

Thermes Luxury Villas

Kamari

Bellonias Villas

Bellonias Villas

Cheers!

Hello965

Hello965 weekending in Georgia جورجيا

Georgia was a weekend trip for me: I prefer not to miss a trip when I know that a local will be with me the entire time – it makes the trip so much better.

First things first, visa. Kuwaiti nationals do not need a visa to enter Georgia.

الكويتين لا يتحاتجون فيزا لدخول جورجيا، هو سبب من الاسباب المختلفه اللي قررت أروح جورجيا في احدى عطل نهاية الاسبوع

Currency name: Lari اسم العمله لاري

Airlines I used: Qatar Airways في رحلتي استخدمت القطريه

Airlines you should checkout: Georgian Airways (for direct flights) الطيران الجورجي يدير رحلات مباشره من الكويت عن طريق سفريات جلوبل

The mountains Georgia

Our plans were spread on the three days (the weekend) whereas we get to see a different place or a different area in every day, but keep Tbilisi as our place of arrival/departure:

قسمنا خطتنا على ثلاث ايام، بحيث كل يوم نشوف شي يديد .. لكن مقر الاقامه والوصول والمغادره هو تبليسي وهي عاصمة جورجيا

Accommodation

for the entire stay we stayed at a three-star boutique hotel called “Orion” located in old town.

سكنت في فندق ثلاث نجوم في تبليسي: اسمه “اوريون” في تبليسي القديمه

Day 1

Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Art Garden

My day 1 was roaming Tbilisi (Georgia’s Capital) our tour included seeing: اليوم الاول كان استكشاف في تبليسي

  • Monument of Freedom & Freedom Square
  • Kartvlis Deda (The mother of Georgia)
  • The Bridge of Peace
  • Paliashvili Opera House
  • Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi
  • Dancing Fountains
  • Street Market & Artists Garden
  • Flea Market “Dry Bridge”

Tbilisi via Hello965

Day 2

Day 2 was a visit to Kazbegi mountain. On our way to Kazbegi, we stopped at Aragvi River and Ananuri Fortress for some pictures; stunning places. اليوم الثاني كان رحله الى الجبل، كاسبجي

The mountains Georgia

The drive to Kazbegi is around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Up the mountain, we had lunch at a hotel called Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi. Such a nice place with amazing view!!! We had lunch, and some coffee after with a view.

The mountains Georgia

Coffee with a view at Rooms Hotel

Day 3

The last day of our trip was centered around Uplistsikhe, the cavetown. The drive is around an hour and 30 minutes to Uplistsikhe. اليوم الثالث كان الى المدينه الصخريه

cave town hello965“This fascinating and once enormous cave city affords expansive views along the Mtkvari valley from its site on the river’s north bank, 10km east of Gori. Between the 6th century BC and 1st century AD, Uplistsikhe developed into one of the chief political and religious centres of pre-Christian Kartli, with temples dedicated principally to the sun goddess” ~ via Lonely Planet

The mountains Georgia

Finally and some general information:

  • There are phone operators/providers in the airport, if you’d like to get an internet sim card, you can upon arrival. يوجد محلات تليفونات لشرائح الانترنت
  • There are exchange services in the arrival area, but exchange outside (in Tiblisi) would give you better rates. يوجد خدمات صرف للمبالغ لكن الصرف من خارج المطار يعطيكم اسعار أفضل
The mountains Georgia

Tbilisi

Cheers

Hello965

 

Travel Itinerary and tips part 2

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Hey there!

As you might have noticed, we’ve been busy with the blog lately. Both on the front-end and behind the scenes. The blog should be loading faster now, on both desktop and on your mobile devices.

Anyway,  in case you missed Our 5 Pre-Travel Tips, be sure to check it out. In this post, we will talk more about how to prepare your travel itinerary and how to decide on where to travel and what to do when you travel.

To start off, ask yourself this question, why do you want to travel? The answer to this question may not be as simple or as straight forward as you might think. Not to over-complicate things, but this question will decide on where you will go, how much you would want to spend on your vacation, and what kind of activities you will do. So spend as much time deciding on the answer.

It could be one, or a combination of the following

  • I want to spend some time away from the routine life
  • I want to relax, switch off and go somewhere far
  • I want to experience new things that I always wanted to do
  • I want to spend my hard-earned cash on things that aren’t available locally
  • I want to escape the hot weather and ‘ghbar’!

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Answering the question will decide on the style of your vacation. For me, I have a busy life style here in Kuwait. Things vary between my day job, my  small business and initiatives, my studies, the gym and social life responsibilities. I tend to want to travel every 3 months or so. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation, a short weekend getaway will do. But every now and then I want to have what we all call a Real Vacation. Usually it’s a combination of the following:

  • I want to experience new things
  • I want to relax, switch off and go somewhere far

I don’t mind allocating a big budget to do the above. The places that I usually go to are pretty far and I always do multi-destination trips, going through multiple countries. I’m very active when I travel and end up covering tons of activities in a single day, spending no more than 4 nights in a single city or country. So, I end up burning a huge chunk of my travel budget on hotels and air plane tickets.

So how do I choose my destinations?

  1. By checking  this blog , following us on Instagram and Snapchat (@Hello965) and sending us your questions. because ‘Hello 965’ team are awesome travel consultants!
  2. Word of mouth – by having a big international circle of friends that tells you about destinations worth checking. This is my personal favorite, but it can only be effective when you have a huge circle of friends from various nationalities.
  3. online sites – such as tripadvisor, travelocity. They can be useful and give you an idea of a place, but do NOT depend on them.
  4. Apps – Instagram/twitter/Google plus pages on traveling, Yelp and Foursquare.

How do I look for travel tickets and prices?

  1. Expedia
  2. Google travel
  3. Direct deals announced from airlines or any 3rd party agency
  4. Skiplagged.com

You may not find the best prices at Expedia, so be sure to check the airline websites for a better prices. Tried Skiplagged couple of times and get got me the best prices that i couldn’t match anywhere else, however it does not always work.

How do I book my hotels?

  1. Booking.com
  2. Hotels.com
  3. Airbnb.com

Always think strategically when you book a hotel. Look at the hotel location on Google Maps and make sure it’s not too far from the places that you will spend most of your time at. AirBnB is a new concept of booking a place (House, apartment etc..). I highly recommend that you check them out, as my experience using it has always been great.

Hope this helps with your travel plans and as always, feel free to ask us for consultations!

Happy traveling!