Spending 6 hours on a train might not sound that appealing but when it is branded the most scenic train on earth it makes the journey a slightly more enjoyable experience. I was lucky enough this summer to interrail through Scandinavia and one of my journeys was on the Oslo - Bergen train line. The photos will speak for themselves...
The journey itself is close to seven hours long. However the trains are always very comfortable. I was skeptical at the start of the journey when all we were seeing was trees but after about an hour the breathtaking views began.
The train brings you right up to 5000ft above sea level and once you have reached the summit of the climb up you are greeted with amazing glaciers and majestic mountains. I for one was amazed at the glaciers that were enormous once up close. this went on for miles and with the occasional waterfall and lake thrown in the mix it was truly an incredible experience.
The rest of the journey consisted of mirror image lakes like the one pictured above. An experience of a lifetime and views I will never forget. I have been on a scenic train through Austria and while it was breathtakingly beautiful this journey topped it tenfold.
We finally arrived in Bergen after the journey and I had no idea how pretty the town would be. I definitely recommend if you do ever go to Norway put the Oslo - Bergen Train on your list of things to do! You will not be disappointed!
A super quick and slightly random post I know! I am a bit out of touch after a break away from blogging. Hope you enjoyed this post, the pictures don't do any justice to how incredible the journey was!
Until next time,
My friends and I recently went on a day trip to Dublin and while there we decided to get a bit 'cultured' and went to visit the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield.
I would be lying if I say this was a planned trip to the Distillery as we had intended on going to Kilmainham Gaol (which was sold out when we got there) however our plans changed and we didn't want to make our entire journey wasted. We first got the Bus Top Tour around the city, finally getting off in Smithfield.
The ticket into the Distillery cost €20 and this included a complimentary drink and whiskey tasting. We started the tour going through the history of Jameson. I have to say, I was very impressed with the digital effects of the newly renovated distillery.
We entered a room where the guide explained how Jameson is made and went through the process of tasting and sniffing and smelling different aspects that give Jameson it's distinct texture and flavour.
The finally stage of the tour is probably everyone's favourite - the whiskey tasting! We got to sample Jameson, Scotch and Bourbon and it was incredible how different each one was. Jameson had a distinct smoothness the others lacked and it was the nicest whiskey I tasted! (Not biased, just true!)
My one fault was the tour was very short. I would've liked to have spent a bit more time learning about the whole process but it was without doubt very enjoyable.
I got a Jameson, Ginger & Lime as my free drink and not being much of a whiskey drinker actually really enjoyed it. I would recommend a visit but be warned the time goes very quickly and you will be left wanting a small bit more. Or at least that was my case!
Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Have you been to the Distillery? Let me know what you thought!
Until next time,
Today's travel blog is taking us to Ancient Rome. This was the last stop on our Interrail trip for 2016 and we had three days in this gorgeous city.
Rome is a place you could spend a lifetime in and not see everything so while we had three days I feel I could literally for 10 more and not get bored! It was one of my favourite cities as there is so much culture and history in Rome. This blog will go through what we managed to fit in while there.
The Colosseum & Palatine Hill
If you don't visit the Colosseum have you really been to Rome? It is a must do and I highly recommend getting the skip the queue tickets! You pay an extra few euros for these but they are so worth it as during the summer wait times could be up to 3 hours and when it's 30 degrees you really don't want to be standing in a queue.
You prepay for the skip the queue tickets and they include entry to Palatine hill. I will leave a link below for the tickets we got. :) The Colosseum itself is really impressive, a definite must see!
Palatine Hill was something we hadn't planned on doing but when it was included we headed on our merry way. It is amazing! Once at the top you get a panoramic view of Ancient Rome and you can walk through the ruins and literally spend hours here! I highly recommend it!
The Vatican Museums
Another must do is Vatican City! Again we purchased some skip the queue tickets into the Vatican Museums and again it was great to walk past crowds of people in the sweltering heat! You must cover up for the museums so no shorts/crop tops... We wore t shirts and leggings and they were fine.
The Vatican Museums are HUGE and you could easily spend an entire day going through them. They are quiet crowded so we went through the quickly enough and eventually got the the Sistine Chapel. There is only one word to describe this chapel.... WOW! I love art and Michelanglo deserves some serious credit for this stunning work of art. You could spend 3 hours in this small chapel and would still be finding new paintings and art pieces on the ceiling! It is truly amazing! You are not allowed to take any pictures once in there and have to remain silent.
Other Things to do...
Hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you!
Here's the link of the tickets we got here.
Until next time,
This travel blog is long overdue, Today I'm talking about all the amazing things Venice has to offer. I was there last July which meant amazing weather to explore this romantic city.
There are two 'parts' to this city.... The mainland and the actual island where all the main tourist areas are. I highly recommend staying on the island as taxi boats and transport is quiet expensive. We stayed in a rustic hotel on the island and it was perfect.
St Mark's Square
St Mark's Square is where all the action happens. This huge area in the middle of the island has museums, restaurants, shops and the amazing basilica. It was 36 degrees when we were there, the basilica is free entry but the queues are crazy so we didn't think it was worth being burnt alive queuing for hours.
Instead we went to the museum in Mark's Sq. entry for this was €19 however this included entry to Doges Palace which I will get to soon. This was a great way to beat the heat and we spent an hour strolling through the royal quarters seeing the rooms and artifacts. It was very interesting.
Doges Palace was one of my favourite places. You can explore the palace in your own time, taking in all the huge rooms with gold ceilings. It was truly spectacular. You can spend anywhere from 2-3 hours in this palace and one of the really cool experiences is walking through the Bridge of Sighs. You get to experience the last views the prisoners would see before being brought to their cells and you can see all the tourists having no idea you are inside the bridge. It is definitely a must do in my opinion.
Grab A Gondola!
Can you really say you've been to Venice if you didn't get a gondola ride? First off, it's not as romantic as you think as there are literally 100s of them at every corner of each canal. However, it is worth going on one as you see the city from a different viewpoint.
It cost €120 for a 1 hour ride. There were 6 of us so it only cost €20pp. It's nice to sit back and relax as you weave through the narrow canals avoiding other gondolas on the way. An enjoyable experience.
Things to do
In summary, here is all Venice has to offer.
Venice in my opinion is a once in a lifetime place. I loved it but once you have all the main attractions and tourist sights you have seen all Venice has. I hope you enjoyed reading and found it helpful.
Until next time,