Salzburg, Austria Travel Guide

Salzburg is an Austrian city situated on the edge of the Alps, close to the German border. Straddling the Salzach River banks and surrounded by mountains and lakes, there are few cities that can match the fairytale setting of Salzburg. Salzburg is one of the classical music giants, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart hometown. Its stately hillsides, churches, and homes provided the settings for one of the most adored musicals in cinema – The Sound of Music. Today its architecture provides a backdrop for classical and operatic performances.


Take a funicular to Hohensalzburg battlements for a commanding view of Salzburg and the nearby Alps. Hohensalzburg is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. Despite the plundering of its best furnishings in 1800 by Napoleon, the chamber still glitters with the cold steel and gold leaf of ancient weaponry.


Although the fortress was built to protect Salzburg’s ruling class, these ruling bishops spent most of their time in the heart of the old city. For centuries, they conducted Salzburg’s affairs from the staterooms of the Residenz. Lavish ceilings, Venetian mirrors, and chandeliers of bohemian glass were designed to project prestige and power to the ruling class but it is now open to everybody.

Salzburg Cathedral

Rising from the original Roman and Celtic settlements ruins, the Salzburg Cathedral’s dome has dominated this city’s skyline for more than four centuries. It is also home to the fort where Mozart was baptized. The Salzburg and Panorama Museum is directly behind this cathedral. Journey through the city’s past at this museum.


Although Salzburg’s many antiquities are kept behind glass, the echoes of Salzburg past ring loudest in the old town streets. Wander along Getreidegasse, one of the world’s loveliest shopping streets. Lose yourself in the street’s many passages and laneways where centuries of tradition and craft are kept alive. You will also find the most famous address of Salzburg at number 9 Getreidegasse. Mozart was born on the third floor of this building. He spent 17 years of his life performing and composing on his first violin.

Café Tomaselli

Salzburg is also a symphony for the taste buds. Café Tomaselli is just off the city’s old Market Square. Here you will get to savor over three centuries of coffee making tradition at this café. It was Mozart and his wife Constance favorite haunt.

Mullner Brau Brewery

For many centuries, Salzburg’s hermits and monks have been brewing with religious zeal. Enjoy a beer poured from the wooden barrel at the Mullner Brau Brewery. You can also hang out in the largest beer garden in Austria to enjoy a local snack with beer devotees.

Salzburg Marionette Theater

After exploring Salzburg hospitality finer points, head across the river to enjoy puppetry, the city’s proudest traditions at the Salzburg Marionette Theater. This theater was opened with Mozart’s opera more than 100 years ago.

Mirabell Palace and Garden

Salzburg is a city with boundless inspiration, especially with its palaces. One of such is the Mirabell Palace and Garden. It was commissioned in 1606 by Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in order to impress his mistress. From its symphonies to its salt mines, from its waterfalls to its fountains, Salzburg is like a living opera filled with passion, intrigue, comedy, and drama.

Antigua Travel Guide

Beautiful blue skies, gently swaying palms, sugar soft sands, and warm shallow seas, sun-soaked Antigua is the kind of island you dream about. It boasts of a different blissful beach for every day of the year. If you love nothing more than relaxing and topping up the tan, you’ll be in paradise but as the friendly locals will tell you the beach is only just the beginning. Antigua has so much to see and do. From historic sites and gorgeous scenery to activities and adventures on and off shore, there’s something for everybody here.

Nelson’s Dockyard
If you enjoy sightseeing, top of your list should be Antigua’s biggest attraction – Nelson’s dockyard. It was developed as a base for the British Navy during colonial times. The dockyard is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson who spent three years here in the 1780s. Today, it’s the only working Georgian dock yard in the world. Its buildings have been carefully restored to resemble a colonial village with some lovely little shops, restaurants, museums, and a gallery. It’s a charming place to explore giving you a glimpse of a bygone era.

Betty’s Hope
The colonial theme continues at Betty’s Hope, Antigua’s first sugar plantation founded in the 1650s. The plantation provided livelihoods for generations of Antiguans during British rule, it’s one of Antigua’s most important historical sites.

Surely Heights
At Surely Heights, you can experience the best views on the island. Once the lookout force of the British military, it’s now the most photographed spot on the island offering breathtaking views of Falmouth and English harbors.

Rainforest Ziplining
If you are not keen on sightseeing perhaps you would like to try something a little different. Antigua offers an abundance of exciting experiences such as rainforest ziplining or how about exploring Antigua in a 4×4 Jeep. They are able to reach remote parts of the island most visitors never get to see. Discover the real Antigua as you pass through tiny villages along hidden trails and coastal roads. It is a thrilling way to explore this beautiful island.

Swimming and Snorkeling
If the lure of Antigua’s crystal-clear sea proves too irresistible, there are plenty of tours that offer the opportunity to get in or on the water. How about swimming and snorkeling with enchanting stingrays? With the help of expert guides, you’ll be able to pet and even feed these graceful creatures in their natural environment. It is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you could take to the calm waters in a kayak paddle through mangroves and glide over tranquil lagoons teeming with sea life. If you have never tried kayaking before, where better to give it a go than the beautiful Caribbean.

Yacht Race
For something a little more action-packed, how about participating in a head-to-head yacht race? Antigua is perfect for sailing thanks to its excellent trade winds. Each April, the island hosts a major regatta. No sailing experience is necessary as you’ll be shown the ropes by your friendly crew. You can also try your hand at sail trimming, winch grinding, or even driving. If that looks a bit too energetic you may prefer to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Either way, it’s great fun and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an exciting Caribbean yacht race.

So whether you are into sightseeing and scenery activity and adventure or you simply want to soak up the sun, you can look forward to a wonderful day ashore on the island of Antigua.

Everything Cape Cod

Cape Cod is about a one hour drive from Boston and a 4 hours drive from NYC. Cape Cod is one of the largest barrier islands in the world and it has shielded mainland Massachusetts from the grinding swells of the Atlantic. For many years, this peninsula of ponds, forests, and beaches has been many tourists, artists, mariners, and locals’ sanctuary. Although many come here for the beaches, Cape Cod is more than just a seaside summer escape.

Upper Cape
Once you have inhaled this peninsula’s salty spirit, you will understand why many locals often say “Once a Cape Codder always a Cape Codder”. You don’t have to travel far to catch this spirit. Journey into the Upper Cape which is home to some villages like Woods Hole. In this village, common sense has firmly stood against the fickle winds of architectural whimsy. The sea surrounds you wherever you go in Cape Cod and the Upper Cape is not an exception. Explore the calm waters of Buzzards Bay or saddle up the Vineyard Sound beach which stretches to the east under the gaze of Nobska Light.

This town is a great place you can take to the water, whether it is a 50-minute ferry ride or a quiet paddle to Martha’s Vineyard. Nearby is the south cape Beach state park city here you can lose yourself amid the endless dunes and pitch pines.

Mid Cape Region
At the Mid Cape Region, you will find the rich maritime heritage of Cape Cod all over the peninsula. One of such is the Hyannis is high was once gone to more than 200 ship-masters. Hyannis was also John F Kennedy’s summer retreat. JFK urged his countrymen to not sit in the harbor and set sail to experience the adventure Cape Cod offers.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Experience the seafaring spirit in the sawdust and wood shavings of this museum. The craftsmen here shape beautiful boats that make even landlubbers’ heart to skip a beat. Ride the sea to the elbow of the Cape and drop anchor at Chatham. Hangout with the locals and follow the migratory birds lead to feeling your own feathers unruffled.

Cape Cod National Seashore
This is a national treasure that was founded by John F Kennedy in 1961. It covers the entire Cape Cod east coast. It had preserved its pristine habitats and historic landmarks for generations to come. Gazing out from the stretch of pristine seashore is the rigors of modern life perfect antidote.

For so long, Cape Cod has provided the stage for many American dramas – big and small, from the early beachcomber to the weary pilgrims looking for a better life. Cape Cod offers visitors the gifts of calm and connectedness.

Things to Do, See and Eat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city of canals and a city of contradictions. It is famous for being the drug and sex capital of Europe. Its many waterways offer so much more than that – wild and energetic yet peaceful and historical. It is a tourist hotspot without losing that local feel. Here are the things to do, see, and eat in Amsterdam.

How to Get Around

Getting through the city from the airport is incredibly simple. Just take the train from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station in the northern part of the city center and you are there. The city is so small and if you are staying in central Amsterdam, you can pretty much just walk from the station to your hotel or hostel. Unless you are staying outside the city center or you are schlepping a ton of luggage in which case you can take the metro or a tram.


And speaking of hostels let me say right off the bat, this city is expensive. So if you are on a budget, a hostel might be your only option. However, don’t fret because Amsterdam has great hostels. My favorite is Coco Mama – it is super relaxed and friendly and they have helpful staffs. They also have nightly group activities; this is easily one of my favorite hostels in Europe.

Bicycle City

Aside from walking, the best way to get around Amsterdam is to ride a bike. Seeing the city from a bike is wonderful. It’s also an incredibly bike-friendly city as there are designated bike lanes everywhere and even bike-specific traffic lights. My favorite bike rental place is called Donkey Republics, they have shops all over Europe and their system is super simple and very convenient. Just download the app, find a bike, rent it, and then you can unlock it and lock it right from your phone. It’s incredibly intuitive, and the company is great cannot recommend them enough.

Food Pancakes from Heaven

Amsterdam isn’t exactly the culinary apex of Europe; however, there are some gems to be found. This is mainly because this is one of these single greatest pieces of anything I have ever tasted – the Dutch pancake. If you eat nowhere else in Amsterdam, you must eat at the pancake bakery. The pancakes here are a revelation and they are perfectly textured. There are also cafes in the city such as the Pantry. The Pantry is a charming little restaurant serving up delicious and simple traditional Dutch dishes. Make sure to try the hutspot, boerenkool, and zuurkoolstamppot. It’s basically sausage, or a meatball served with three different kinds of flavored mashed potatoes from sauerkraut, bacon, and stew beef with carrots – all of which are unique and delicious.

Also, Cafe de Klos has some ribs that are very tasty. Finally, Amsterdam is home to some of the best Indonesian food I have had outside of Indonesia. My favorite Indonesian place is Sampurna. They offer affordable tasting menus to share with friends. Everything I have had here has been nothing short of sensational. Also, raw herring may not sound all that appealing but it’s a staple of this region. There are stands everywhere and it is surprisingly delicious.

Explore Some of Amsterdam’s Most Charming Neighborhoods

First up is Jordaan – there are gorgeous, old crooked buildings lying quiet, beautiful canals full of charming cafes, quiet streets, and quaint little alleys. Ride your bike around or just stroll the streets and take it all in. Another of my favorite neighborhoods is slightly outside the touristy center of the city called De Pijp. This place has a nice mix of expats and locals. You can also hang out in Sarphatipark, get some of the best brunch in the city at Little Collins, and don’t miss the Albert Cuyp Street Market. It is known for being the largest open-air market in Europe. While at the market, buy some t-shirts or some craft samples of some delectable bunch sweets like stroopwafels or just marvel at the creepiest collection of severed mannequin heads ever assembled.

Visit the Anne Frank House

This is one of the most fascinating, sobering, and haunting museum experiences anywhere in the world. The only problem is they can get very busy and the lines can be a bit untenable. So I recommend booking your spot ahead online for a specific time. It takes a little more planning but that way you get to skip the massive line.


If you are looking for nightlife, head to Rembrandt’s square and hit up some of Amsterdam’s most hopping nightclub. Besides the nightclubs, make sure to hit up some of Amsterdam’s cool pubs and smaller bars. Two great options are Duivel, famous for being the first hip hop bar in Amsterdam and Snappers – restaurant by day and awesome cocktail bar by night.

Every corner of this town offers some unique vistas and some piece of history. Also, take some time to hang out with the locals; the Dutch people are laid-back, open-minded, fun loving, and just plain awesome.

Things to do in Memphis Tennessee

Memphis is the second largest city in Tennessee and it has a big reputation for the Blues, Elvis, and the best barbecue. Here are the top things to do in Memphis Tennessee.


The first thing you want to do when you get here is to have some barbecue. Memphis is known for its barbecue cuisine and one of the best restaurants to go to is the Rendezvous. This is a popular basement BBQ restaurant that has been in business for 70 years. It was started by Charlie Vargas in 1948 and passed down through the family. The Rendezvous is famous for its ribs and dry rub spices.

Central Business District

You can decide to explore the downtown core which is the central business district and is located along the Mississippi River. Getting around is so easy, you can take a trolley horse-drawn carriage or if you really want to work out explore by bike. Memphis has a new bicycle program called the Explorer Bike Share, and it’s a great way to discover the city and stay fit.

Food Options

Food is another important part of Memphis food culture and no place does it better than Alcenia’s. Not only are the portion sizes massive, but they also make you feel right at home. The owner BJ Chester Tamayo even greets everyone with a kiss on the forehead.


You would definitely not want to miss this city’s nightlife. Memphis is the unofficial home of rock, soul, and blues music and the iconic Beale Street is where locals go to hear live music and party. Rail Garden in Midtown is another fun place to go to. This funky restaurant has an outdoor seating area with a DJ and a bunch of other cool stuff you just have to see. This former rail yard is now a Tiki bar live music venue and a playground where you can even play volleyball.

Memphis’s Colorful Street Art

This can be found throughout the downtown core and you can learn a bit of history behind Memphis’s music scene at the Rock n Soul Museum. If all this exploring gets you hungry yet again, you can make a stop for dessert at a beauty shop – Priscilla Presley’s former hair salon turned mid-century American eatery. The cakes here are divine and the decor is pretty quirky.

The National Civil Rights Museum

This museum tells the story of the civil rights movement and it is built at the very site that the movement’s leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It’s very impactful, and it’s definitely a place to visit.

I am a Man Monument This is located right up the street. This Memorial Plaza is dedicated to the 1300 sanitation workers who went on strike back in 1968 in a fight for equal pay treatment and rights