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Portofino, Italy بورتوفينو

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a commune located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. – Wikipedia
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Hotels:
  • Hotel Splendido فندق سبلنديدو
  • Eight Hotel Portofino فندق ايت (ثمانيه) بورتوفينو
Splendido

Splendido

My trip to Portofino was a day trip from Santa Margherita – so I stayed in Santa Margherita, went for the day to see the harbor, had lunch in Portofino, and went back at night.

Having said that, these are the things you could do if you’re staying in Portofino…

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Things to do:

  • Day tour or a day trip to/in Portofino and/or Santa Margherita
  • Portofino Taxi Boat
  • See the port of portofino
  • Check out Paraggi Beach
  • See Piazza Martiri dell’Olivett

To Eat:

  • Da Puny
  • Taverna Del Marinaio
  • La Cucina Di Nonna Nina

Yup, that’s pretty much it from my end!

Enjoy 🙂

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Your Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Guide

Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. I can’t get over this place. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

1. How to get there?

– You arrive at Cancun International Airport – airport code: CUN

– Arrived at the airport? Passengers first clear Immigration then collect luggage for Customs and a possible inspection. Wait for instructions to press the red or green light that will determine whether you have been chosen for a search.

– Avoid offers for transportation inside the airport.

– To Playa Del Carmen, its around a 45 minutes to one hour drive (I arranged for a taxi pick-up from Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen, driving is an option)

– Renting a car is a good idea for those who wish to tour areas such as Tulum, Cobá, etc. You must rent in advance and pick it up upon arrival. (contact us if you need us to help you reserve a car!)

Taxis:

Vouchers for taxis rides to Playa Del Carmen are on sale inside the main terminal.  Taxis are private rides (quoted prices vary from $60-$90).  Returning to the airport in a taxi is often less than the trip upon arrival.

(If you need further recommendations on what private companies to use for transportation, please feel free to drop us an email or contact us at our Contact Us form)

 

2. Where to Sleep?

  • Banyan Tree Mayakoba
  • The Fairmont Mayakoba
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya 5 Star Luxury Hotel
  • Pueblito Luxury Condo Hotel
  • Viceroy Riviera Maya
  • Blue Diamond Riviera Maya
  • Casa Rebeka – Ocean Front Villa
  • Luxury Villas

 

3. Other than staying at the hotel all day and enjoying my friends/spouse/significant other.. What to do?

  • Cenote Chaak Tun (Cenote means the hole in the cave filled with water/ sink holes – you can swim)
  • Cenote Chikin Ha
  • Rio Secreto
  • Xcaret theme park (excellent for families too!) – Underwater Trekking is awesome!!!
  • Flyboard, and all other activities
  • See Playa del Carmen’s main street, La Quinta Avenid. It runs parallel to the shore and serves as a pedestrian walkway
  • Diving tours (Playa is one of the best places on the coast to dive)
  • Xel-Ha day trip
  • Tulum Day Trip
  • Xplor Adventure Park
  • Go to Mamitas Beach during the day (Fun, music, sun)
  • Indigo Beach (beside El Taj Condo Hotel)
  • Take a boat and go Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres
  • Chichen Itza

For more, and personalized itineraries please drop us an email or contact us here.

 

4. Food

  • Diablito cha cha cha (loud, music, food) q
  • El Tacombie (tacos, not a restaurant)
  • Los Aguachiles (Mexican, seafood, casual but good food)
  • Yaxche (Mexican)
  • Chez Celine (Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Como Como (Mediterranean)
  • Mosquito Blue Restaurant

 

5. Other Stuff

– Whats near Playa Del Carmen?

  • Tulum
  • Cozumel
  • Akumal
  • Puerto Aventuras

– Withdraw money from a local ATM as you will get the exact current exchange rate. Almost all stores will give you an unfavorable conversion rate

– If you love snorkeling, purchase your own gear and bring it with you on vacation. At many locations you can snorkel right off the beach anytime you want, saving tour fees

– When going out, put your money in an inside pocket or pouch, where it isn’t visible

– Phone? There is a “data” phone. I got mine from Mexico City, and used it in Playa Del Carmen and different parts of Mexico

 

6. Switch off your phone, switch on your camera, and e-n-j-o-y.

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Hello965 Team

 

Hello965 Friends: Osaka, Japan اوساكا

by @Almallaks

Why we chose this city:We chose this city because of one thing really: sumo! This was one thing we were really interested in experiencing while we were in Japan. We got lucky that there was a tournament happening around the same time, so we jumped at the opportunity. We booked the tickets online in advance and collected them upon arrival. It also happens that Osaka is one of the biggest cities in Japan and is known for the food.

 

Duration: We stayed in Osaka for 2 nights and we think it’s plenty.

 

Where we stayed:Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka. Really nice hotel actually with a great location: connected to the train station and walking distance to the city center – Namba.

  • Things to do/see in Osaka:
    • We went to a Sumo match. It was one of the most interesting things we’ve ever done. Highly recommend it.

       

    • Osaka Castle. So beautiful and the area surrounding it is really nice to walk around in.

       

    • Namba –city center. Restaurants cafes and lights galore. Really nice and has little restaurants in the alleyways.

       

  • Shopping in Osaka:
    • We actually didn’t really shop anywhere except in Tokyo, but you will find a lot of stores in the city center (Namba).
  • Food in Osaka:
    • Make sure to try the fried octopus, they have many stands in Namba where you can try it. It’s their specialty!
    • Sanpei Restaurant: This is where we tried the Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes@), they were oh-so-good. You get to choose which toppings you want so you can be as safe or as adventurous as you want.
    • Lord Stowe’s: Tiny bakery in Namba (just for pick up). Not Japanese, BUT they had delicious egg tarts in different flavors. We loved the original; perfect for breakfast with coffee.
    • Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku: great restaurant in the town center. Top quality meat you get to grill yourself in a traditional Japanese setting. When you go, ask for Kuniyoshi!
    • Osaka is known for their food so ask your hotel for recommendations as well.

       

NEXT: [JR Train: (Osaka to Nara) – 51m – 0 transfer]

@Almallaks

Hello965 weekending in Budapest, Hungary!

Let’s see. Doing Budapest, usually comes part of a package seeing Vienna, and Prague as well. I’ve done Vienna, Prague and Budapest together. This post however, will be focused on Budapest alone.

Flight: Lufthansa (Kuwait – Frankfurt International, Budapest)

 


Sleep.

– Heritage Home Apartments

Other hotel options:

– Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments

Lánchíd 19 Hotel

Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest

 – Bohem Art Hotel Budapest

Continental Hotel Zara

– Prestige Hotel Budapest

 

Food.

– Klassz (Hungarian, contemporary)

– Da Mario (Italian)

– Csalogány 26 (International)

– Zeller Bistro (Hungarian)

– Bors Gasztrobar (International)

– Gelarto Rosa (Ice cream)

– Farm (Hungarian Tapas)

– Macesz Huszár (Hungarian Jewish)

– Borkonyha (Eastern European)

Iguana Bar & Grill (Tex Mex Cuisine for Brunch)

– Manna Lounge (Mediterranean-style dishes for Brunch)

Peppers Mediterranean Grill (Hungarian and Mediterranean dishes for Brunch)

Things to see/do:

Opera House.

Walk across Chain Bridge.

Discover historic Castle Hill with a walking tour.

Take a Danube cruise for beautiful panoramic views of Buda and Pest.

Shop with locals or try some traditional Hungarian food at Central Market Hall.

Walk from Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square and you’ll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East

Checkout Váci utca street which is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest, Hungary. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market.

Climb the stairs (or take the elevator) to the Basilica’s observation deck for some of the best views of Budapest.

Take a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of the city.

Cheers,

Hello965 Team