Sunday, November 5, 2017

Europe 13/18 - Italy : Florence, Day Trip to Magnificent Cinque Terre and Quick Stop for Pisa Tower

"Create the highest, grandest vision
possible for your life,
because you become what you believe."
- Oprah Winfrey
me at Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Day 14 - Tuesday, 27 June 2017

My plan for today is visiting Cinque Terre, my friend recommended this place, saw the pictures and I thought, Ohh I must go there definitely if I go to Italy, so after some consideration for the route, I prefer to stay at Florence which is closer to Cinque Terre. I stored my bag in my hotel and going to take it back later on before catching up my train to Rome. It's so easy and convenience to use train wherever in Italy, they have nice train, very recommended.

I checked the train schedule from an apps called Trenitalia, and decided to stroll around the city before heading to Cinque Terre. I only have limited time for Cinque Terre means Five Lands, which are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. So after looking at pictures, I choose 2 out of 5 villages, Riomaggiore and Manarola, actually I want to add Monterosso but I thought it's a beach where I could find a lot in my country.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Europe 12/18 - Italy : One Day Trip for Venice and Lovely Burano

"It's good to have someone to talk with 
while you traveling 
so you won't feel totally alone"
Picturesque Burano, Venice, Italy
Day 13 - Monday, 26 June 2017

The driver of Hello Bus is Italian, he just alone and didn't bring assistant with him. The journey took about 9.5 hours so whenever there is an announcement, he will speak in Italian haha which I don't understand. I was sitting alone on that night so it's great because I will have additional space. Arriving in Venice around 7.30 in the morning, Venezia Tronchetto (Piazzale People).

There were not many people when I get off from the bus, from there I took a train (1.5 Euro) to Venice area, the station was just there from I get off, and I get down at the last stop and from there I walked to  St. Lucia Station to store my bag on the locker because my train also will leave from St. Lucia Station. I didn't stay at Venice and will leave by train today at 7 PM. Since I decided to stay at Florence rather than Venice because I thought Venice is super turisty place so I prefer Florence.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Europe 11/18 - Austria : Explore Vienna in One Day and Eating Indonesian Food!

"Everyday may not be good.
But there is something good in everyday."
It's like a hidden treasure in Vienna, too beautiful! at Michaelerplatz, Vienna
Day 12 - Sunday, 25 June 2017

Today is actually Eid Mubarak (Idul Fitri) and this is my first time being away from home on that National Holiday. I will have a full day to explore Vienna because my bus will leaving at 10 PM to Venice, Italy. I will take overnight bus with Hello Bus on that day.

Starting by taking a tram nearby my friend's apartment, bought 24 hours ticket already for 7.6 Euro. Anyway, most people in Vienna talking in German. I get off at Schottentor station and I start walking from there. First spot is Rathaus, a city hall of Vienna which constructed from 1872 to 1883 in a Neo-Gothic style, located at Rathausplatz in Innere Stadt district. There is a big and nice park in front of it, and when I went there, I think they just had an event in front of the building.

Across the building you can see Burgtheater, originally known as K.K. Theater an der Burg, then until 1918 as the K.K. Hofburgtheater, is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world, another beautiful building. Not far from that you can see Austrian Parliament Building, along the way from Rathaus which is also beautiful.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Europe 10/18 - Czech Republic : Prague, You're Too Beautiful and Hard to be Missed! Wunderbar!

"It's never too late to follow your dreams,
And there's no time like present to start."
- Unknown
lovely Prague! you won't regret visiting this beautiful city :)
Day 11 - Saturday, 24 June 2017

I plan to explore the city center in Prague, Czech Republic by joining Free Walking Tour by Sandemans this morning like I had in Berlin, start from 10 AM at Old Town Square. Since I am alone and have no idea what to visit in Prague on that day so start off with this Free Walking Tour was a great option. From my friend's house I took the route where I could passing the famous Charles Bridge in Prague, so I took a tram from nearest Tram station and alight at Malostranské náměstí Station (24 CZK, 30 minutes Single Metro Ticket) then walked to the Charles Bridge. One of my reason to visit Charles Bridge because it was a filming site for Music Video from DBSK - "O"-Jung Ban Hap, my favorite :) So, this city is already on my list since long time ago and finally I can visit it!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Europe 9/18 - Germany : Explore Dresden in 4 hours and Beautiful Night View at Prague

"It's Never Too Late.
Never Too Late to Start Over,
Never Too Late to Be Happy."
- Jane Fonda
Welcome to Dresden! :)
Day 10 - Friday, 23 June 2017


I booked my bus, Regiojet (6.9 Euro) to Dresden already and the bus leaving at 9 AM from Berlin ZOB am Funkturm, again, I almost late and had another morning exercise which is running. The journey will took about 2.5 hours to Dresden. There is no Free Wifi on the bus to Dresden since they will turn on Wifi from Dresden to Prague, sounds weird for me but nice they offer us a drink like capuccino, coffee or tea. Well, Goodbye Berlin!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Europe 8/18 - Germany : Miss You Already, Berlin! Auf Wiedersehen!

"Don't worry about failures,
worry about the chances you miss
when you don't even try."
- Jack Canfield
one of graffiti at East Side Gallery, the Berlin Wall, Germany
Day 9 - Thursday, 22 June 2017
I feel like I don't want to rush in Berlin, visiting places as much as I can and decided to be more relax during my trip in Europe, in this case, Berlin, I have no designated destination in that morning so I decided to explore around the neighborhood on the other side.

Let's say I will just do some park hopping for today and just walk around the area. Passing the Volkspark and I can say this park is soooo big. Volkspark Friedrichshain is a large urban park on the border of the Berlin neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg. In this park you may find lot of monuments, sculptures and works of art. Lot of people do jogging, biking or just sitting there. It is also recommended to explore around Berlin by bike.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Europe 7/18 - Germany : Guten Tag, Berlin! I Had a Great Time with You!

"First, think.
Second, believe.
Third, dream.
And finally, dare."
- Walt Disney
Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin, must see things in Berlin :)
Day 8 - Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Guten Morgen, Berlin!

It's Germany already and this country already on my list since long time ago. I decided to take Free Walking Tour by Sandemans at Berlin because I have no idea what to visit in Berlin beside the Berlin Wall. I put my trolley backpack on the storage and checked out. Someone from the Free Walking Tour team will pick up those who joins the tour at several hostel. She pick us up around 10 AM and we walked into different hostel before heading to the meeting point at Brandenburg Gate area. We took the bus and I bought Tageskarte for Berlin AB (1 day) ticket, 7 euro.
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