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Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Travel Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a charming seaside city in Croatia that features some of the best attractions, beaches, and food in Europe. Travellers who plan to visit Dubrovnik can have the most enjoyable time by partaking in these exciting experiences.

 

When to Visit

The seaside city of Dubrovnik is a common site for European cruise stops so you will want to make sure that you try to avoid those dates, most commonly between June and August although they arguably have the best weather. If you are looking for nice temperatures and fewer crowds, head to Dubrovnik in September or October, but bring your umbrella! You may see some rain!

 

Essential Attractions

Dubrovnik Old Town – This historical section of the city is known for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings that have stood for centuries. Notable places in this part of Dubrovnik include Rector’s Palace and the main street known as the Placa.

 

Fort Lovijenac – Situated just beyond the western wall of the city, this iconic fortress is perched atop a cliff that overlooks the sea. Old weaponry and other significant relics can be seen by taking a tour.

 

Pile Gate – People have the chance to walk across a drawbridge when they visit Pile Gate. This city gate was constructed in 1537 and has a statue of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint, above its arch.

 

Banje Beach – Known for being Dubrovnik’s main city beach, many locals and tourists come here to swim and sunbathe. Beachgoers can also rent deckchairs where they can sit to take in stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.

 

Lesser-Known Gems

Croatian Naive Art Gallery – Anyone who wishes to see some beautiful art pieces can spend time exploring this acclaimed art gallery. The artwork on display was created primarily by local artists.

 

Big Onofrio’s Fountain – This fountain has been standing at its location in front of St. Savior Church since 1438. Sixteen separate mascarons on the fountain shoot out water.

 

Maritime Museum – This museum pays tribute to Dubrovnik’s maritime history. Model ships that sailed the Adriatic Sea along with other important artifacts are on display.

 

Sveti Jakov – People who want to enjoy a more secluded experience by the sea can head to this beach. A bar and restaurant can also be found at sea level.

 

Foods to Try

Zalena Manestra – Also known as “the green stew,” this dish consists of meat, potatoes and cabbage. The dish was first mentioned in writings that date back to 1480.

 

Dirty Macaroni – Penne or macaroni past noodles with red meat sauce are used to create this different spin on the classic macaroni and cheese. The sauce used for this dish is similar to marinara sauce but also includes flavours that are unique to the region.

 

Musule na buzaru – Seafood lovers can try these mussels in buzara-style sauce as their meal in many local restaurants.

 

Rožata – Ideal for dessert, this custard pudding treat is similar to crème brûlée. Rozalin liqueur is often used to bring out the dessert’s flavour, but vanilla or other   extracts can also be used.

 

A visit to Dubrovnik should be on every traveller’s itinerary. The sights and delicious edibles that are found in the city can make anyone’s trip the most fulfilling.

 

Travel Tips: Making the Most of a Long Layover

Travel Tips: Making the Most of a Long Layover

When travelling, especially for long distances, it is quite common that you will get a long layover. Such a time may be so stressful, especially if you are not well prepared and versed with tips on various activities you can engage in as you wait for your next trip. Depending on where you have been laid over, you may have a chance to catch a few thrilling activities. Here are 4 major things you can do to make the most of your long layover.

 

Go Sightseeing

In case your layover lasts for a considerable amount of time, such as up to 6 hours, you can be sure that this is sufficient time for you to leave the airport to tour the city. Taking the opportunity to get a cab and visit some city hotspots such as skyscrapers and other fun parks can help spice up your otherwise-boring layover time. You should, however, plan yourself well to ensure that you have sufficient time to get back to the airport and go through security checks before getting booked for your next flight.

 

Visit the Duty-Free Shops

In case your airport has a duty-free shop, you may take this opportunity and visit it to sample out a few items that may be of interest to you. The good thing with duty-free shops is that they stock virtually everything, ranging from electronics which are cheap enough to beauty accessories. You may even purchase a few items for your loved ones or even for yourself.

 

Go for a Massage

By this time, you probably have gotten tired from the first leg of your journey. Catching a massage in one of the airport lounges or hotels is a suitable activity that can help relieve you of the stress and fatigue. It also prepares you well for the last leg of the long journey to your destination.

 

Have a Decent Meal

You may also opt to use the layover time as an opportunity to visit some nearby eateries, restaurants, and hotels from where you can have a decent meal of your lifetime. Having that well-barbecued pork or beef ribs or even local cuisines that you have been dreaming of will certainly have you full and prepared for the rest of the journey.

Travel Guide: London, England

Travel Guide: London, England

London, England is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. And for good reason! The city is rich in history, the arts, and has plenty to do. Even the well-seasoned traveler will be enchanted by the city’s many sights.

 

When to Visit

The best time to visit London is during the spring season. The temperatures are moderate and the many parks are in full bloom. You also don’t have to worry about the cold of winter and the heat of the summer. However, if you’re looking to save money, consider a different time of year. Because spring is the nicest time of year to visit, many tourists head to London during this time. This means that hotels and flights will be more expensive!

 

You’ll have an easier time finding prices if you visit during the fall or winter months. Keep in mind that during the winter, you’ll have to fight the chilly weather and that London is a popular destination over the holidays.

 

Essential Attractions

The British Museum is one of the city’s must-sees. Here, you’ll find something for everyone, whether it be its beautiful architecture or many artifacts. As a bonus, entry is free. You can’t argue with that, especially in a pricier city such as London! Consider blocking off at least a few hours to do this museum justice!

 

The Tower of London is one of the city’s most famous structures. Here you can explore its many towers, visit the stunning collection of crown jewels, and learn about the tower’s bloody history. Despite the high price of admission and the daunting lines, the Tower of London can’t be missed.

 

Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Attached to Britain’s House of Parliaments, this beautiful clock tower is a source of pride for England since it has survived through a World War. While tours are not available for the inside of the clock, you can get a tour of the attached House and that can be a great way to learn the history of the structure.

 

Buckingham Palace is a no-brainer for the London traveler. This incredible castle is home to the Queen herself and is also the location of the changing of the guards. The summer is the most convenient time to visit the palace, as it is only open during select dates in the winter months.

 

Lesser-Known Gems

Little Venice is aptly named because it is essentially a mini version of the famous Italian city. Located right near Paddington Station, it is home to stunning residences, quiet views, and waterside dining and attractions.

 

Thames Path is a 184-mile-long hiking and walking trail that follows England’s pride and joy river, the Thames. Walking along the path will give you a wide variety of views from rolling landscapes to bustling city life. Perfect for the quiet adventurer.

 

Foods to Try

You cannot go to London without getting a basket of fresh Fish and Chips. This comfort dish is often made with a mild, white flesh fish, and traditional french fries and then is served alongside vinegar and mushy peas. Don’t miss this delicious fried meal!

 

Pies and Mash are another staple British dish that you will want to track down in London. Don’t get confused with sweet fruit pies or Sweeney Todd pies, these are succulent meat pies, baked to perfection and served with creamy mashed potatoes.

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding is a delectable dessert option to finish out your meal. Created in Scotland, this sticky, gooey dessert migrated to London and I am not complaining. A delicious sponge cake filled with dried fruit and covered in toffee – it is to die for!

About Sebastian

Now retired from the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo enjoys focusing on his music and traveling with his family. Check back for more of his travel guides on places that he has visited!

With more than 40 years in the industry, Sebastian Corbo more than established himself as of the best of the best within the construction sector prior to his retirement.

Growing up in a family centered around the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo remembers spending time working with his father as a child to learn the basics of construction. The work was often challenging, but even from a young age Sebastian was committed to aiming high and working to overcome any obstacles in his way. As he grew older, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and begin a career in the field which developed into a lifelong passion. After several years spent completing arduous manual labor, Sebastian obtained his license and started operating the truck for the company.

Ever the over-achiever, Sebastian Corbo never settles for less than the best and knew he needed to pursue a degree to provide clients with the top-notch services the company was known to provide. He enrolled in Seneca College and soon after earned his diploma in Business Administration. After graduating, education remained an essential aspect of his career. Sebastian has since furthered his academic career by learning about CLI Estimating Software at The Construction Link as well as Quantity Surveying at the Institutions of Quality Surveyors. He then learned Construction Cost Control as well as Construction Blueprint Reading from the Toronto Construction Association. Most recently, at IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) Ontario, Sebastian completed a course to become a Cor Health and Safety Internal Auditor.

After finishing his schooling and spending a decade working with his father and uncle in their respective companies, In 1985, Sebastian Corbo founded his own construction firm, International Paving and Construction Company, which later became IPAC Paving Limited in 2000. Under his leadership, IPAC has seen incredible growth and has maintained profitability to this day. While Sebastian Corbo’s business primarily focuses on paving, he’s recently built out a new branch that will incorporate complete site services as well.

Throughout his career, Sebastian Corbo began working at the bottom of the company ladder and skillfully advanced his career to his current position where he can provide a vast number of services to clients. He has achieved such a high level of success that all of his accomplishments are too numerous to name completely. Some of the most notable are the management/completion of projects ranging from $100,000 to $5,000,000, his completion of certifications in fall protection and confined spaces from health and safety organizations, and remaining focused while managing multiple projects and employees in several sub-trades at one time.

Outside of his professional responsibilities, Sebastian spends as much time as possible with his wife and children. They love to travel together and enjoy the adventure of exploring a new place together. Sebastian is also a talented musician who has performed internationally for audiences as large as 20,000 people.