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Are you looking for a honeymoon idea in Europe? There is nothing quite like an idyllic beach for a honeymoon in some of the hottest beaches in Europe. A place to laze, take in the atmosphere and just let time pass you by, and we have put together a list of some of the best honeymoon beaches in Europe in this travel guide.

These top beach destinations in Europe are beautiful and inspiring whether your travel solo in Europe or in honeymoon, ideal for writing your memoirs or just dreamy letters home. The sun has finally started to look up here at home and we are counting the days to the holiday with heat, morning without an alarm clock and salt water in your hair.

Today we highlight destinations with breathtaking beaches that are only worth the trip in itself, on scenic islands like Madeira, Sardinia and Malta. Here you can enjoy the sunshine, comfortable temperatures and fine sandy beaches. Pack a good book, a soft towel and get ready to move to the beach. In the summer, or perhaps even now?

Best Beaches in Europe for Honeymoon

For now, though do not worry about that, read our travel blog and just start picturing yourself on these good beach destinations in Europe.

1. Murcia, Spain

Maybe you do not know, but the coast of Murcia is one of the few places in Europe where it is possible to see cetaceans. The mild climate and the depth of the waters make common dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales or common fin whales inhabit the waters of Murcia. The south of Murcia is, with permission from the Canary Islands and the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the best areas of Spain to see these animals in freedom.

From the port of the town of Mazarrón sailboats and boats depart to make these sightings and also allows you to combine different activities (snorkeling, kayaking or bathing) with sightings in areas of the Marine Reserve of Cabo Tiñoso, Mazarrón, the Regional Park of Cabo Cope or Eagles.

2. Ile de Re, France

Among the honeymoon islands in Europe, the beaches in the Bay of Biscay are known for their elegance. Ile de Re is quite possibly the best one in the area, maybe even on the entire west coast while traveling France. Charming waterfront houses, striking sand dunes, and pine tree greenery set the scene for this idyllic French spot. You will eat well here too - the oysters and freshly caught fish of the day just have to be tried.

3. Cap Ferrat, France

Located a few kilometers from Nice, Cannes, Monaco or Italy, the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula is an oasis in the heart of the French Riviera and has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Located in the heart of the town, Cros Dei Pin is one of the largest beaches on the peninsula. Very easy access, which is next to the yacht club and has a playground and a beach volleyball court.

Pointe Saint-Hospice is undoubtedly the most pristine beach on the peninsula.

4. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira was named the world's best island, also called Atlantic Botanical Garden. Visit Porto Moniz, known for its natural sea swimming pools and the island's lava beaches, such as Seixal.

5. Ischia, Italy

Eclipsed unjustly by its neighbor Capri for years, the Ischia island is one of the tourist treasures best kept by the Italians. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea and only 30 km from Naples, Ischia is an island of volcanic origin that has become in recent years one of the largest thermal centers in the Mediterranean. Ischia is undoubtedly a movie spot in Southeast Italy.

To get to Ischia, you have to take an aliscafo (motor boat) from Naples or from Sorrento. Those who seek well-being and relaxation can discover the incredible thermal offer that Isquia offers, following an itinerary that runs through the best thermal centers of the island.

The Giardini Poseidon Terme, located in the suggestive bay of Citara, is the largest thermal park on the island, with 22 thermal healing pools whose waters emerge at constant temperatures between 16 and 40˚. Another feature of this park is the abundance of water, which allows a continuous renewal of them. The Negombo Hydrothermal Park is located in the splendid bay of San Montano in the town of Lacco Ameno.

Negombo offers 15 thermal pools at different temperatures, hydromassage, a plantar massage pool, a private beach, beauty and health center, and an aesthetic center. In the month of August, the nights in Negombo are animated with musical and cabaret shows in the company of great Italian artists. It is worth to savor a dish of pasta ai Frutti di mare or a variety of fried fish, all washed down with a delicious white Ischitano wine.

6. Cala Tonnarella, Italy

Just like Navagio, this Sicilian beauty is difficult to get to, but once you are there you will be so glad you made the effort. It is tucked away in the Zingaro Nature Reserve, and if peace and quiet are your things, this is hard to beat. Small in size, Cala Tonnarella more than makes up for that in its charm and beauty.

Cala Gonone is a destination that you cannot miss from the eastern coast of the center of Sardinia, a place famous for its archaeological sites, crafts and beaches.

Pure white sand, turquoise waters and green pine forests make Sardinia's beautiful nature. In the medieval town of Alghero is the famous, long beach Maria Pia. The picture shows the beach Stintino, often called the "Italian Maldives", about 50 minutes north of Alghero.

Feel the charm in one of the largest Italian islands in the Mediterranean. The Aeolian Islands deserve an exclusive week-long trip. Pretending to go and return in a day does not make much sense. Halfway between Europe and Africa, and bathed by calm and turquoise waters, Sicily is a world apart.

Despite the attempts and plunges of modern life to erase the customs and traditions that have covered the Italian way of life for centuries, Sicily remains firm to its principles.

Sicily is not an ideal destination for those who want to visit historical remains or great works of art, but for those who want to soak up folklore, fascinating food, an addictive way of life, happy inhabitants and a different way of understanding time. And it is that the clock, in Sicily, slows down, everything goes to half gas, the urgencies disappear and the hurry vanishes.

Enjoy the mix of Norman, Arab and other civilizations that fell in love with the city in the Norman Palace and throughout the historic center in Palermo.

Located on Mount Taurus, Taormina stands on the blue sea and on it Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Enjoy the archaeological ruins of the theater, which were used by both the Greeks and the Romans. Take a walk at sunset through the Isola Bella Nature Reserve and see how the sun hides behind the calm waters. The best time to travel to Sicily is in spring.

7. Golden Bay, Malta

The Golden Bay beach, located on the island of Malta, has incredibly soft sand and the island of Comino is famous for dream beach "the Blue Lagoon" with crystal clear water and white sand.

The Golden Bay is one of the most tourist and most famous beaches in Malta. The name of the beach comes from the golden color of its sand. It has sand, bars, easy access and hotels in the vicinity of the beach. Also, if you are one of those travelers who like to walk you can enjoy a nice walk along the beach and get closer to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, another beautiful beach that is 5 minutes from Golden Bay.

8. Gozo, Malta

Many tourists mistakenly assume that visiting Gozo is not worth it because what they will find will be similar to what they have already seen in their older sister, Malta. They are wrong. Although its villages are built from the same honey-colored earth, Gozo has a completely different environment. Its capital is Victoria which is located approximately in the center of the island and, like the citadel of Gozo, it is essential to visit.

If you are interested in water sports such as diving or snorkeling, the deep blue waters of Gozo will be impressive and ideal for you to enjoy these activities. You will also find good trails, both along its entire coast and in the interior of the island, to walk and live unforgettable adventures.

One of the main tourist attractions of the Gozo island, the Azure Window, has collapsed due to a strong maritime storm. The blue door was already very deteriorated. Game of Thrones fans today have a less-visited location. Remember that this important series used the vicinity of the Azure Window to make the first episode of the Winter is Coming series. The best known island of this town is the Fungus Rock.

Xlendi, the small fishing village is really one of the most beautiful to know if you are going to visit Gozo. It is located next to the bay of the same name, where you can take a bath in its calm and warm waters, while you enjoy the views of this little village. It is an ideal place if you like diving or snorkelling as it has a beautiful coral bottom.

If in each place you visit you chase good beaches where you lie in the sun and enjoy the water, in Gozo you should not miss visiting Blas Bay. You will have, however, to walk a lot since the nearest place to park the car is quite far from the beach. Ramla Bay is one of the best known beaches of Gozo and therefore it is a must if you travel to this island.

Ramla Bay is well known for its red sand and because of that, many call it the orange beach. Ramla Bay, being hidden is very charming. On the other hand, on the beach you will find a beach bar where you can eat and drink and enjoy an unforgettable day at the beach. From Ramla Bay go to the Calypso Cave, which you can get by taking a bus from the village of Xaghra or doing a walk of about half an hour from Ramla Bay.

If you are a fan of Greek mythology it will surely have a special charm for you; When you visit it you can imagine Ulysses who stopped there on his long trip to Ithaca. The coordinates of its location could coincide with those of the Ogiga island that appears in The Odyssey.

9. Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach is probably one of the most famous best beaches in Europe to honeymoon and most photographed beach in Greece. It is certainly one of the country's most picturesque. Surrounded by spectacular limestone cliffs in total seclusion, Navagio beach is only reachable by boat. This adds to the mystique, as do its alternative names of Shipwreck Cove and Smugglers Cove.

It is a must-visit European beach honeymoon destination if you are in Zakynthos or close by. The best views are from above, but the best place to relax is on the beautiful white sand and in the crystal-clear waters. The best time to go to Greece is June to September.

10. Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus

Cyprus is full of beauty and rustic charm, both of which are captured by the stunning Fig Tree Bay. Picture yourself drifting away in the Cypriot sun, cooling off in the serene waters and then heading up to a traditional beachside restaurant for some authentic cuisine. That is what you get with Fig Tree Bay - heavenly!

Larnaca is the third largest city in Cyprus. In addition, this city is one of the most popular spas on the island. It is located on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, 70 km from Fig Tree Bay. Larnaca has its international airport.

Visit any or all of these best beaches in Europe for the best European honeymoon and they will imprint themselves on your memory for a lifetime!
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author

It's better in the mountains, isn't it? Ladakh is referred to as the forgotten kingdom! A life in the mountains and one which is straight out of a beautiful picture! A cult among the wanderlusts or the Mecca for the thrill seekers, Leh in Ladakh is the destination that can tempt anyone to ditch the rest of the world!

For lovers of Ladakh and Zanskar, there is a beautiful circuit that makes you travel out of time, out of the world. It is the trek from Zanskar to Lahaul through the passes. This circuit allows the traveler to discover little known valleys. The diversity of the landscapes and the privileged meetings with the local population will fill, I am sure, those who already know the Zanskar and dream to discover the hidden face and its secret valleys, Ladakh, Zanskar, of course, but also the Paldar and Pangi valleys.

The crossing of Phe (Ating) to Bugian via Umasi La pass is a pedestrian link used by locals during the summer for those of them who wish to reach the Jammu region without having to follow the tedious road route that bypasses the Himalayan range through Kargil and Srinagar. By crossing this pass, they find themselves by the S side of the Great Himalayan Range and can in a few days reach the tracks that will allow them to go down to the cities of the South.

The Chadar trek is one of the most impressive itineraries in the world for several reasons. Its location, the conditions in which the expedition is carried out and the wild environment it transcends is for those who assiduously visit the mountains of the world in search of new challenges, of landscapes and authentic and indescribable sensations.

The average temperature during the day is about 10 degrees below zero, which at night can reach the glamorous 30 degrees below zero. However, with the right Chadar trek preparation and clothing we can enjoy the wonders that this trekking offers us with a river literally stopped with turquoise and deep blue colors, completely frozen waterfalls, vertical rock canyons bathed only by the sun the morning.

Trip to Leh and Ladakh

Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

We arrive at the airport and we are welcomed as heroes in New Delhi by our team present on the spot who came to give us all your travel documents. They stare at us, curious to meet such adventurers and proud to send us to Ladakh. We are taken to the hotel where we spend the night.

Day 2: Delhi - Leh (3,500 m)

We take a Delhi-Leh flight, very early in the morning, which flies across the Himalayas. In less than 24 hours, we are at 3500 m altitude, in the bustling bazaar of Leh to establish a first contact with the Little Tibet. Leh is a city rich in history. Indeed, it was a recognized center of commerce. Caravans from Tibet and Central Asia stopped there before continuing on their way to Kashmir.

In the old quarter, under the Stok Palace, we come across women dressed in black dresses with a fuchsia pink belt. They are Ladakhi women who come to sell their vegetables. This 4-storey building, typically Ladakhi style, is the official residence of the royal family of Ladakh. In the museum there are beautiful paintings, ritual, ceremonial and thankas. In addition, we are surprised by a sword that they have exposed whose blade is knotted.

Matho gompa, or Tibetan monastery, becomes one of the best visits of Ladakh since they only open it for us. When we arrive it is closed but a young monk opens the doors of the monastery and guides us. He shows us a very dark little museum, but what impresses us most is a prayer room with thick orange garments prepared for the winter ceremonies. During the summer the monks do not live in this monastery, and they move to another and leave the prayer room ready for their return in the cold winter.

Stakna Monastery is surely one of the most photogenic of Ladakh, since it is located in a privileged place, on top of a hill and with the Indus River meandering at its feet. The views from the road before entering Stakna are impressive, although the gompa itself is not one of the prettiest in Ladakh.

When we reach the end of the narrow road that leads to the monastery, we meet a young monk who indicates with signs that he will guide us. We travel the rooms alone, in the company of the monk and we are aware of how fortunate we have been on this trip in which we have enjoyed incredible places with hardly any visitors.

We arrive at the Takthok monastery but the old gompa, founded in the mid-sixteenth century is closed and we cannot enter to visit it. We approached the new gompa and there we found all the monks of the monastery. In the Takthok monastery there is a mixture of Buddhism and Bon culture, an ancient shamanic and animist tradition from Tibet. The Gungpa order is present in the monasteries of Lamayuru and Fyang. The Drugpa order maintains the monasteries of Hemis, Hanle, Chemré and Stakna and the saskyapa order is represented in the Matho monastery.

We head to the Thiksey Monastery, a 15th century monastery, that holds Tibetan manuscripts, numerous works of art and murals. We see the panorama on the the Indus valley. We then head to the Chemrey monastery, one of the most photogenic monasteries that we found during our travel in Ladakh. It is impressive for its size and unusual architecture. We then take the road back to Leh.

In the evening we relax with a good tea in the garden of the pleasant guesthouse. We have dinner in front of the Stok Kangri while eating momos.

Day 3: Leh - Dah

Leaving Leh we pass the Mulbekh chorten, impressive in size. Dah is a village 130 km from Leh and northwest of the town of Khalsi, in the Ladakh area. The road to Dah is of an unexpected slowness. The streets in Ladakh are in very poor condition and in permanent repair. The hours will pass and the expectations will be transformed and the path becomes abstract.

Dah is not accessible by car. Dha is lost in time and in the desolate geography of Ladakh. It does not have a single street. To access the village, you have to leave the road that borders the Indus River and walk along a high path over a narrow valley full of flowers.

From time to time, travelers like me, with a backpack on their shoulders, appear in the village and stay a couple of days, in love with their golden valley, their solitude and their infinite peace.

The people of this area are known as Drokpas or Brokpas, literally meaning people who live in the mountains. Its origin is unknown but for its features and its skin color, and perhaps for its clear eyes are believed to be Aryans, descendants of the invading forces of Alexander the Great.

Their religion is called Bon and seems to be similar to Buddhism, and the dialect is Tschina - an archaic language. And for centuries they have protected their race by prohibiting inter caste marriages. Arriving in Dah was quite an experience.

After so many hours of travel (which do not amount to many kilometers), the tiredness and late night was having to surrender to the moon to illuminate my path and sleep in what I thought was a cave where someone offered me a mattress.

Day 4: Dah - Parkachik (3400 m)

In the morning I discovered I really slept in a cave, and among other caves were drawn other doors from which appeared a tiny village of women with flower ornaments and long braids. For acclimatization, we leave for Parkachik and the green Suru Valley. The number of hamlets start reducing until we reach the Nun Kun pass. The view dazzles us. We camp here.

Day 5: Parkachik - Padum (3600 m)

The big day of departure arrives. Everything is ready on our side. We have acclimated, equipped as on the commercials and the great adventure begins in the direction of the West Valley of Indus to Zanskar, Padum! The circuit will allow us to explore a beautiful alpine valley to the foot of Umasi La and to the pass.

The delimitation between the Muslim part and the Buddhist part is constituted by a long plain. Once we enter Buddhist territory, we visit the Rangdum Monastery. Going towards the Padum valley, the Drang Drung glacier is visible from the highest point of the road from the Pensi La pass, which rises to 4400 m height.

We pass by Zangla, Thongde and Karsha monastery. Founded between the 10th and 15th centuries, Karsha is arguably the largest and largest Buddhist monastery in Zanskar, with some thirty buildings on a hillside. About 150 yellow hat monks from the Gelugpa sect live here.

We spend the night in guest house, in the direction of the east of Zanskar.

Day 6: Phe - Ating - Dzongkhul Gompa - Camp near Malung river

From the center of Phe, the large agrarian village located on the Kargil-Padum road and 25 kms from Padum, we walk on the road for 2 km. After the last houses of Phe, we find the pedestrian bridge that allows us to cross the Stod Chu and find ourselves at the foot of the village of Ating. We go up a small path along the meadows to reach the track that passes in the middle of houses.

From Ating a vehicle to reach the gompa effortlessly can be found for a few hundred rupees, this one being located at 3850 m and the distance from the village is about 9 kms. We cross the Doda river on a bridge before entering the Malung valley. On foot, it is not necessary to follow the laces of the track when it rises to the right to bypass a gigantic landslide from above.

We continue on a artificial slope to find the track a little further at a concrete ford. After, we follow it until it ends, we reach the foot of the monastic complex. We see the various prayer rooms and especially that which is at the top of the building in a cave. Unfortunately the murals are very old and especially too blackened by the smoke to be appreciated at their fair value.

The descent starts. There is no need to go down to the grassy areas at the foot of the gompa because a path has been traced at the base of the cliffs, path that we reach once we wandered between the monastic buildings. Beyond, it descends slowly to reach the edge of the stony moraine at 3770 m. The trail is well serviced despite the hostile atmosphere of scree large blocks.

We pass a chorten. Just behind we are forced to go back to bypass an avalanche corridor. We descend into a green hollow where wild rhubarb grows. The zangskarpa are very fond of it. We continue to reach a little further to one of the arms of the river in a big meander. We cross a space before a small climb to a big rock. A slight descent leads to a large grassy area by the river, the last opportunity to find a welcoming space after two hours.

Day 7: Camp near the Malung River - Hinju Pullu

We leave the turf spaces of the doksa to tackle a day with a mineral character a little more assertive. We continue crossing the moraines of the Malung Togpo valley using a few traces and cairns to squeeze between the granite blocks. We now cross a large scree of yellow rocks before descending to a wide grassy clearing in the middle of which grow young willows.

We continue on the moraine down to cross the river on a bridge using a tracery of fallen stones on which we cross in all safety with the torrent rumbling below. We move into the valley side as we begin to see the Malung Glacier at the bottom. At the level of a large dejection cone, we cross a torrent that has a high flow before continuing on a green expanse. We reach the site of Gaura.

From the grassy platform we go through a collar in the middle of blocks before descending just behind to reach an alp where graze yaks. Then we cross a stretch of pebbles before turning on the G to take an alley between two stony moraines towards the valley which opens on the left. We climb to the side of the cliff on crumbling rocks and enjoy in the distance the end of the Malung Glacier which has greyish seracs.

The climb is not very steep but the terrain is rough so we have to look for the route in the middle of the blocks that overlap. We finally reached the moraine lock with a well-shaded alpine lawn opening the view of a new glacial complex at the foot of which we will now go. We start to go to cross a daring stone bridge, again enjoying a rocky chaos and under which roars the muddy torrent.

Then we cross an area of ​​pastures until reaching a source that dies from a lateral moraine. We continue towards the valley floor where the trace helps to find the best passage between the collapsed blocks and the tiny meadows present around the springs that spring from everywhere. Around 4480 m, we move away from the bed of the torrent to pass a collar and just behind reach Hinju village in Pullu located at the confluence of two glacial valleys.

Day 8: Pullu - Omasi La

From the camp on the moraine, we cross the large flat expanse and bypass the moraine to get a little further on the black glacier covered with stones. We go up the glacial tongue to the slight slope until the altitude of 5000 m before we can distinguish the flags that mark the passage of the pass. We go up the rocky banks often covered with snow to reach the Omasila.

Located in the Paldar Valley, Umasi La rises to 5300 m altitude, and overlooks a sea of ​​ice. This valley opens on a magnificent glacier which contrasts with the usual landscape of Ladakh. We see the Zanskar in the north, Kashmir and Pangi in the west and finally Lahaul in the south. Sersank is a magnificent peak of about 20000 feet in the Himalaya Range.

The Sersank Pass is a mountain pass that is left of the Sersank and connects Sural Bhatori in Chamba valley with Dharlang. This difficult passage has fallen into disuse. Currently there is virtually no marked track in the glacial areas. But it is used by climbers. People of Sural Bhatori are Buddhists and have an ancient connection with Zanskar and with Tibet. We go back through the glacier to reach the place where we camp for the night.

Day 9: Hinju Pullu - Ating

We descend by the same path as that of the climb until the crossing of the big stream after Gaura. But instead of going to the stone bridge below, we continue to a large grassed area. We follow the river on a trail that is better serviced and we soon come to face the of Dzongkhul gompa. We follow the path drawn on the side of moraine to reach the top of the pastures of Ating and quietly reach the village.

There are many variations to cross the Sach Pass, but the most beautiful circuit is from Bairagarh to Killar and forward to Udaipur in the Pangi Valley and beyond to Lahaul, a part of the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. A longer circuit that can be tried is from Dalhousie to Manali through Sach Pass.

At 4420 m, the Sach is a treacherous and narrow passage and lies on what is widely considered to be the most dangerous road in India. Another path from the pass leads to Kashmir, to Kishtwar. Stock up on food in Bairagarh, since there is absolutely nothing after that until you reach the charming town of Killar. There are no roads in the country of rocks, and nature rules here. Pray your prayers to the gods and count your rosaries; This is a trip you will never forget.

We must say, a trip to this paradise was an experience of one of its own kind. Seated high in the lap of the Indian Himalayas it's a traveler's delight and can satiate all your cravings for an adrenaline rush. The alluring landscape, cerulean lakes, cobalt skies, hospitable culture and roughly set monasteries make visiting Ladakh a picturesque place and such a dreamy vision to capture.

Ladakh tour packages can also be enjoyed with just your girlfriends through many tour companies which offer an all ladies tours. Such companies are always available to assist and entertain you through your Leh Ladakh tour offering the best of security and services throughout. Sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and dinner are mostly inclusive and many of such tour companies also offer a 'Zero Money on Tour Policy'.

Some highlights of Leh Ladakh tour packages and the itinerary is mentioned here that are offered by most tour operators in Ladakh.

Arrival in Leh

On the first day, after reaching Leh airport, you are greeted by the respective representatives and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Rest in the hotel and revel in the peace of this place. In the evening visit Shanti Stupa and Leh market for meeting locals. Have an overnight stay in Leh.

Leh - Uleytokpo

Cover the Leh to Srinagar Highway for some sightseeing in the daytime. Supposed to be built to mark the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this area, visit the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib, the Hall of Fame and Kali Mata Temple. Admire the confluence of Indus and Zanskar which are simply gorgeous and experience the effects of Magnetic Hill which is set to defy the law of gravity. Visit Alchi Monastery, Likir, and Basgo.

Uleytokpo - Leh

Cover a good stretch of Leh and proceed to Lamayuru (the oldest monastery in Ladakh). Take some good snaps of the moon landscape (land which reassembles the lunar surface) and enjoy the stunning views on the way.

Leh to Pangong Lake

Proceed to Pangong via Changla Pass, the third highest pass in the world and make some lovely memories and as you visit places like Shey and Thiksey. Nothing remains of Shey Palace. You cannot visit because there are only a handful of ruins. This palace was for some time the summer residence of the kings of Ladakh, until it was abandoned. We have read that it is in the process of being restored, as is the royal Leh Palace.

Being 6 to 7 KM broad at the longest point and 135 KM in length, Pangong Lake is a saltwater body. It is bisected by the international border between India and China (two third of the lake is in China's possession). Enjoy outing along the banks of the lake as you visit the lake which is the exact location of the famous 3 idiots movie. Chushul was an airstrip used in the Sino-Indian War. It is close to Rezang La and Pangong Lake at a height of 4360 meters. Stay overnight in one of the camps in Pangong Tso.

Pangong Lake to Leh

Travel back to Leh and give rest to some of your nerves. Enjoy a cup of hot steaming tea en route Leh as you take a short halt at Changla Pass. Return to Leh after visiting the Hemis Monastery. We had already been to the monastery of Hemis on the day of the Tshechu festival, but we decided to return so that we could tour it without crowds.

We are fortunate to find a young monk who tells us many things about Buddhism, his life in the monastery and the history of the monastery of Hemis. It seems incredible that days before there were so many people in the courtyard of the gompa, and today we are walking through the rooms of the monastery alone.

Leh to Nubra Valley

Considered to be the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La is a must visit. Offering a spectacular view, are the never-ending snow-capped mountain ranges around Khardungla Pass (17,580 feet). Khardung La is the gateway to the Nubra Valley and the Siachen Glacier. After spending some time at Khardungla, proceed to Nubra.

Drive back to Leh via Khardungla pass.

Departure from Leh

Get transferred to Leh Airport for boarding the flight to your destination on the last day of your journey. Tour concludes with some wonderful long lasting memories.

Most tour companies offer Leh Ladakh tour packages with the below inclusive and non-inclusive items. Check them carefully before you select your preferred tour operator.

Package Inclusions

Assistance on arrival at Leh

To and fro air ticket in economy class

Traditional welcome in the hotel

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the above-mentioned hotel or similar category

MAP Meal Plan (Breakfast and Dinner) at all locations

Inner line permit for Nubra and Pangong

All airport transfers and sightseeing tours

Budget, super deluxe, premium and luxury transport options for every kind of tourist.

Package Exclusions

Monument and museum entrance fees.

Charges for extra meals, starters and drinks etc. and personal expenses.

Any kind of optional tours.

Insurance, tips, laundry, phone calls, guide fee and camera fee.

Costs of any adventure activity (pony ride, camel safari, rafting etc.)

Medical and travel insurance.

Services of the vehicle on off days and after finishing the sightseeing tour

Charges coming out of - flight cancellations, roadblocks, natural calamities etc.

Ladakh is amongst one of the most exotic destinations in India. If there is paradise, it's here as well. Most common on the list of all tour operators, Ladakh is a great and majestic place to visit but some precautions need to be kept in mind as well. Make sure you are fit and healthy and get a physical check-up done before you embark on any of the Ladakh tour packages to be doubly sure of your health.

Ladakh is at high altitude. The oxygen levels are generally low which are not taken too well by most of the travelers and especially people who are unhealthy in any sense. It's going to be an exhaustive journey to this place. Keep that in mind and prepare yourself accordingly. We wish you an absolutely wonderful, adventurous and rocking journey to this place which is full of magical stories!

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In the train, days ago, a girl was doing the trick. It was of watching herself in her cell phone. I think it's normal, nowadays. Among the many accessories that the phone has incorporated, replaced and made useless to bring along (agenda, address book, flashlight, clock, notebook, recorder, navigator, and of course camera) there is also the mirror in the bag.

The girl adjusted her lipstick in front of the glass mirror of the smartphone. She turned on the selfie camera mode, and it worked perfectly. She saw her on the display like in a mirror. Why do I tell you this banality that you all know?

Sometimes we have the opportunity to meet a great product without first expecting it, and that's what has happened to me with the Mobiistar. Will this smartphone be able to cope with the other existing models? Many manufacturers have realized for some time that the front cameras of our mobile devices are key to attract users.

Mobiistar Selfie Camera Phone

The selfie has become a very important part of the mobile experience. So improving the quality of those cameras is increasingly important for different smartphones. Yes, maybe you've already noticed it. But perhaps, like me, you have never given us so much weight. However, the thing is like this. Our photophones, when it looks at us, lies there because it pretends to be a mirror, but it is not.

We had actually seen more and more eye-catching sensors in those front cameras with resolutions and apertures that offer remarkable quality. Mobiistar have a smartphone that makes use of a dual system of cameras in the front. It stands out for its clear attention to the facet of selfies, the most powerful trend among the smartphones.

This new smartphone shows a viewing angle of 120 degrees. It allows you to obtain a broader capture of your photo or video thanks to its sensor of 120 degrees, which makes more people enter a selfie or a group selfie and more elements when you shoot landscapes. It's like you have a GoPro-type camera, but without that fish-eye effect.

Mobiistar has done very well bringing features that, in many high-end phones, have not yet been able to see. The shots will leave good detail and above all black and white photos without equal in the market. Smartphone users expect better and better photographic experiences, especially in their selfies.

In addition, the front camera can capture selfies with a bokeh effect, creating an unfocused background similar to portraits made with large aperture lenses. Achieving the perfect selfie is now a reality. I started thinking about it some time ago, as I also needed a mirror to fix that annoying patch I had to wear for a month on my nose.

Mobiistar Selfie Camera Phone

Like a selfie-maniac, while I did it, I felt like taking a self-portrait as a souvenir. And, after the click, on the same screen, the patch passed suddenly on the other side of the nose. Because the photocell is mirror only until we press the camera shutter button. Then something happens to me that seems natural, but it is not so much.

The phone captures the image and shows it to me straight. Not inverted like a mirror, but straight as in a picture. If I raise my right hand, the left hand appears on the display, but after the shot, in the photo that remains in the archive, the right returns.

Between what shows in a mirror and what shows in a picture the difference is crucial. Try to read the page of a book in the mirror. It is illegible (except for painting from Leonardo da Vinci). The face we see in the mirror is not at all the face we see in a photograph (that is, the face that others see).

Do you want to try again? On the Internet you will find repeated the experiment of split portraits a thousand times. It is two portraits of the same person, one done by mirroring the right half, and the other just on left half. Almost always you are faced with two rather different people, or two identical twins.

It's not that this counts for nothing, you know. Before photography, the only way to see one's face was, in fact, the mirror. But in the mirror, precisely, we see each other only specularly. (Yes, there were portraits of painters but the degree of infidelity in manual translation made them appear even more unfaithful than the mirror).

But in fact, the daguerreotype worked like a mirror. So, those who saw each other in one of those metal plates did not exactly see their face. Yet with the mirror equipped with memory millions of portraits were made that the interested ones certainly found very similar.

It took a mind awake like that of Mark Twain (still a boy) to unveil the specular infidelity of the daguerreotype with a double somersault. He had himself portrayed holding his real name, Sam, composed with typefaces, which in reality are specular and then in the daguerreotype mirror they return straight.

I mean that, for centuries if not for millennia the awareness of our face was a reversed awareness. There was very little to do, if not a fancy effort, to imagine how in reality others saw us. Only for less than two centuries photography has finally allowed us to see it.

But suddenly something else happened that brought us go back two centuries. That thing, in fact, is the selfie experience. Again, the face that shows us the reverse camera of the photocell held in front of us with the arm stretched like dowsing. That face is not the real one, but is only its mirror version.

So this idea that we produce of the selfie to give to others an image of ourselves that we are in full control of here falters a bit. There is the selfie camera that we program, that is what we see in the display. Then there is the selfie photos that will be seen by others when we put it on the social media. And they are two different faces. I hope you are now convinced of it all.

Where do I want to get here? The selfie is illusory and is the possession of a face that is not really ours. That face that you shoot seeing it in the mirror, the others will see it overturned in a picture. They will remain two different faces.

Facebook and Snapchat does not mirror the image taken with the front camera. I checked and it's true. The photo taken remains specular, as you see it in the display before shooting, even when you share it. And the same happens in Whatsapp and in Instagram if you click inside the app with the back camera. While if you shoot with your front camera and then share, the photo is overturned correctly.

In short, self-made selfie returns to the philosophy of the daguerreotype. But then, what is our social face? What we have when we see in the mirror or what we have when we take a picture?

I have an answer. The apps want to flatter us, showing us to others as we like each other more. And our mirrored face pleases us more for a simple reason that we recognize it. It is the same face that every morning greets us from the bathroom mirror. It is the most familiar. And it is different from what we then see in photos (which in fact often does not paice), then also from what others see. And to others, in selfies, we prefer to show how we see each other, not how they see us.

In spite of nearly two centuries of photographic portraits, our physiognomic self-consciousness is still specular. We are still all the evil before the mirror of desires. The problem is that if we recognize ourselves in our mirror face, others recognize us in our straight face.

So the image that I have of myself and the one that others have of me do not fit to set off in the era of photography. The selfie I send to my friends has a face that my friends do not know. So, what is a selfie for? It is to make ourselves known for what others do not know about us?

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The best thing about a good weekend in Ireland is the road-trips one can go on this beautiful island. Packing all the goodies, having your best friends/family together, an amazing playlist ready for the journey and some great edible eateries packed, there is no better feeling for such an adventure.

A weekend when you can encounter all the mesmerizing views, laze around some beautiful and calm places and add some new experiences in your life, is what we can say wish come true! Just fill-in adequate gas in your car or caravan or any other vehicle you wish and think will suit best for this expedition on an adventurous weekend coming by for a great jaunting with your loved ones.

The best part of this island is that nothing is really far and therefore taking your own car and traveling with all the ease in the world is the best part for the trip. I was curious to discover just how much my visit to the Atlantic coast of Ireland would add to my experience. It was to prove an enlightening trip, yet also unforgettable for the natural beauty and excellent hospitality I found there.

When travelling it's always nice to beat the herd, so that you can visit exotic places with few tourists about. There's nothing worse than having to sidestep boatloads (actually, make that cruise ship loads) of tourists during the European summer swelter in an Italian city, or finding yourself walking in the road in London during rush hour, because there just isn't any room on the pavement in Oxford street.

So, here are some of the BEST LOCATIONS for all those who are looking for a getaway to a short and thrilling road trip during the weekend in Ireland.

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Here we give you Ireland's second to none road trip destinations you must plan for the coming weekend.

1. Waterford

Waterford is the oldest city of Ireland surrounded by beaches. Start your trip via Hook head from Wexford to Waterford, encountering all the scenic beauty on the way. Take some breaks and get yourself clicked at some picturesque locations. Park your car somewhere near to the World’s oldest working lighthouse which is on its roll since the 13th century. Hire a car-ferry to Waterford and drive to one of the many good pubs in the city for a perfect beer and some good and thrilling music to shake your leg.

2. Dublin

Dublin has always played an important role in the history of Ireland. This city founded by the Vikings and whose indomitable spirit has allowed it to overcome wars and adversities to become one of the main cities of the United Kingdom. This city divided in two by the Liffey river.

If you are thinking about traveling to Dublin, in our guide you will find information about the best areas to stay in a castle in Ireland, things to do in Dublin and tips that will be very useful throughout your trip.

Dublin was the birthplace of important writers, musicians and musical groups such as Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, U2. One of the most important Dublin writers of the twentieth century is James Joyce, whose works have permanent references to a Dublin both real and symbolic.

You will find historic buildings such as the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, fantastic antique shops, amazing avant-garde architecture, famous pubs, elegant restaurants, shops, theaters and cinemas. Touring the Georgian quarter, famous for its particular architectural style, you will find the headquarters of the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Your library is the largest literary space in Ireland.

Other sites for leisurely walking are the two most famous streets in Dublin. One is Grafton Street, the most important shopping street, shopping malls, famous jewelers, designer clothing stores and elegant restaurants. The other is O'Connell Street, one of the longest and widest streets in Europe where Saint Patrick is held every year and, in addition, several emblematic buildings and monuments are built.

Traditional Irish pubs still dominate the evenings, with live music and the ever-present Guinness beer. You can not miss, on a visit to Dublin, the tour to the Guinness Beer factory. If you want to experience the true Irish atmosphere, walk aimlessly through Temple Bar, on the south bank of the Liffey River. This neighborhood concentrates the nightlife and cultural life of the city.

Dublin has this vibrant nightlife where you can party all night.

3. Howth

The city ​​of Dublin is small enough so that on a weekend you have time to leave its borders and take a trip. In addition to Malahide Castle, another good idea is to approach the small fishing village of Howth. This fishing village is full of charm, is accessible by public transport and has much to offer (in addition to a premium fish).

Beyond the hills north of Dublin Bay, Howth is a fish lover's dream, a hiker's paradise and a destination as scenic as it is romantic. As soon as you get to Howth, if you have a good day, take a walk to the end of the West Pier. Pass by restaurants and fishing boats, sit down for a while to admire the island of Ireland's Eye and to listen to the songs of a street musician.

The outdoor market is the ideal place to buy local crafts, antiques, gifts and, in passing, fill the belly with olives and cheeses of all kinds, chocolate or some cupcakes to melt. If the hunger tightens, cut the tooth to one of your burgers or get some noodles to take, a few gyozas or a sandwich and have a picnic by the sea. Howth Castle underwent changes and improvements.

If you have time, in the grounds of the castle you will also come across the ruins of the Corr Castle and a dolmen known as Aideens Grave. Howth seals are possibly the friendliest you will find in nature. If only for the interest, they will follow you if you walk along the Western Pier of Howth, hoping that you will get them some fresh fish.

Basically a large hill surrounded by cliffs, the Howth Head with its 171 meters of height is an excellent viewpoint of the Bay of Dublin and the Wicklow county. If you like to walk, do not even think about it. On a small promontory in the highest part of town you will see a Martello Tower, one of those buildings that are repeated throughout the Irish coast. Today some are museums, other lodgings and that of Howth is a Radio Museum.

4. Wicklow

Escape on a weekend from the busy life in the capital city, and see the magical views of the greenery and a peaceful rural hicksville getting closer to the Wicklow Mountains. To enjoy a different day, schedule an excursion to the Wicklow Mountains, where you will find a dreamlike landscape and discover why it is known as the Garden of Ireland.

On the way you will pass through Kilkenny and you will also see the interesting town of Glendalough.

Grab a picnic spot at Powerscourt Waterfall, give yourself a restful, peaceful and calm time while enjoying the views at Sally Gap’s Pass and sip-in a great coffee in a charming and overwhelming village of Laragh. On the way to Portlaoise stop by to take the blessings of the almighty at St. Kevin’s Monastery.

A ride to Boyne Valley will give you some ancient monuments to explore in complemented with glaring green views. This historic town of Drogheda has some great places to visit in Ireland. One of them is St. Peters Church which gets its popularity of containing the real head an Irish Saint of 1600s named Oliver Plunket. Apart from this church, there are many other treats to your eyes like The Battle of Boyne Site, Hill of Tara, Slane Castle and many more.

The Bonus factor of this trip is having some lovely towns alongside this journey giving you the exact break-time you wish for.

5. Kilkenny

Kilkenny is the most beautiful town and you really can't stop admiring it. Kilkenny has its most beautiful castle in the centre of the city which adds to its beauty. Kilkenny is also a touristy place where people come crowding on the weekends.

6. Galway

At last this week I was able to fulfill one of my dreams and see Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Ireland. One of the obligatory visits that you will have to make in your visit to the emerald country are the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. About 6 o'clock in the morning we began to prepare to go to the excursion. We in this case take some sandwiches, fruit and cookies. The meeting point with the guide was at 7:30 in the center of Dublin, specifically at the O'Connell Street.

The day was very rainy and something cold. So our expectations regarding time were very low, but we were with the best of attitudes. The important thing is to have left the routine. After 2 and a half hours of travel, we arrived at our first stop of the tour, Galway. Despite the occasional little nod, the journey was very entertaining with the little stories that our guide was telling us.

Despite having already been to Galway, our feeling of arrival was totally new. We arrived at the city at 10 o'clock in the morning, the perfect time to have a delicious coffee and breakfast. We brought our own sandwiches and we had a coffee at a café. We recharged energies and set off to explore the city. There was an endless amount of Celtic music, drum beats, face-painting, Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey, accompanied by the sun and the green wave.

Although we have been here several times, Galway never stops surprising us and more when you go with the family. The day could not be better, it was sunny and the temperature was nice. Galway is located is the county town of Galway on the west coast of the island. It is known as the bohemian city of Ireland, characterized by art and history.

You breathe art in every corner, and there is live music in each of them. The city is crossed by the Corrib river. We walk through its colorful streets, enjoying the urban art and the musicians that make the city even more beautiful. The stop in Galway was one hour and a half. It gave us time to visit some of its most important points like the Galway city museum, Galway market, Galway Cathedral and Hall of the Red Earl.

7. Doolin

Sail through the Burren National Park, which has won the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and have one of the most charismatic and exquisite landscapes IN THE WORLD. This site is full of fascinating views, interesting places to visit in Ireland with an array of flora and fauna that is perfect to add some awesome, charismatic and beautiful Instagram feeds. Enjoy your lunch at Ennis Town.

We returned to the bus to take the direction of the Cliffs of Moher, the place of most interest in Ireland in recent years. After an hour and a half, we arrived at 13:15 and had two hours to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Cliffs of Moher is located in County Clare, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. They are the oldest natural rock structures in Ireland.

They rise to a height of 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean at the point called Hag's Head and extend for 8 kilometers to reach a height of 214 meters. From the top, you can see the Aran islands, Galway Bay and the Connemara Mountains. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, so you can find small shops in ancient caves and a restaurant.

As we take our food, we take the opportunity to have lunch at the top of the cliffs. We could not be happier, since the last time we were there was too much fog and cold. With a smile from ear to ear and after having disconnected a lot, we head to Sligo. The trip lasted about 3 hours but they flew by with the stories that our guide told us. Even on the way back, he gave us a movie recorded in Ireland.

8. Westport

Have you ever heard of Croagh Patrick? In 441 AD, Saint Patrick climbed this mountain and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. It is one of the most challenging hikes, with loose gravel, steep angles, but worthwhile views of Clew Bay. It is said that Clew Bay has 365 islands, one for each day of the year.

9. Sligo

A visit to Sligo Town and its surrounds in early summer or October will certainly help you beat the herd, with a cracking outdoor holiday also thrown into the bargain. Locals will confirm that October is one of the best times of the year to pay them a visit.

The droves of US tourists during the summer season also means that standards for tourists are very high, and you'll not believe the quality of coffee served in the most budget-friendly bed and breakfasts and castle hotels in Ireland, which to my mind are the best places in which to lodge during your stay there.

Hostels in Dublin and Cork, Galway, Limerick are nice so it doesn't matter which one you choose. Hostels are cheap and a great way to meet people. In the students season in August, September hostels are full and crowded with a lot of students.

The people are just so warm and also very welcoming. Sligo is a very charming and laid back town, built around the rushing Garavogue river that pushes out to the Atlantic. Sligo Town's also got some absolutely great restaurants, with 'Coach Lane' still sticking in the memory, and rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor. The locals are extremely friendly without being intrusive, and there's some pretty good shopping to also be had.

It's also the perfect place to start visiting the sights around Sligo County which are a hiker's paradise and more. Personally I was very curious to travel to Streedagh Strand, which was the scene of the Armada shipwrecks which feature in my novel. The sound of the bracing ocean winds are the only disturbance in an otherwise serene and peaceful location, which is after all the westernmost edge of Europe.

The hulking peaks of the Dartry mountains run alongside the coast, which are an incredible sight to behold and lead up to a picturesque spur called Ben Bulben. These countless mountain ranges also make for some great rock-climbing, with climbing for beginners.

If the story of the Armada survivors grabs your interest, you'll certainly be familiar with the letter written by sea captain Francisco de Cuellar, who managed to somehow make his way back home to Spain following his shipwreck in Ireland.

If you pull on your hiking boots you can visit many of the locations he mentions, starting with the ruins of Staad abbey further south along the coast, which is not to mention the great lakes in the valleys of Glencar and Glenade. It was here that de Cuellar was famously put to work by a ruthless blacksmith, until he was freed by sympathetic Irish natives of the MacClancy tribe.

Following the captain's footsteps will lead you north towards Lough Melvin, which was famously frequented by Charlie Chaplin, who had a house there. If fishing's your thing you can spend hours happily seeking to catch the Gillaroo (derived from the Irish for 'red fellow') trout, which is native only to Lough Melvin.

Yet if you want to keep to the De Cuellar trail, you can head to Rossclogher and walk along the banks of Lough Melvin, where you can observe the sole surviving keep of the MacClancy chieftain, a crannog (castle on an island) which sticks out like a finger of defiance in an otherwise calm and pristine lake, also home to many white swans. The best way to shadow De Cuellar's footsteps would be with excellent guide Eddie O'Gorman (who I had the great fortune of meeting during my visit to Sligo) of Wild West Irish Tours.

The architectural and natural sights are just endless, and making your way back to Sligo you can spot the huge cairn (Irish tomb) of Queen Maeve atop the flat-topped rise of Knocknarea, which stands alongside other beautiful bays of Sligo and Ballysadare where you can ride horses along the ocean. The house of Lord Mountbatten (who tragically also met his end there) can also be seen at the beautiful inlet at Mullaghmore.

Yet it's not all about hiking, and if surfing is your thing, you can pick up a wetsuit and board and join some of the other surfers hitting the waves at Mullaghmore, as well as Strandhill, Easky and Enniscrone. Windsurfers and kitesurfers can also be spotted on the ocean, and you'll sometimes also see them in huge lakes like Lough Allen.

If relaxing on a boat is among your things to do in Ireland, you can grab a ferry to tour Lough Gill, with the captain reciting the renowned poetry of the world famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who spent his childhood in Sligo, even coming to think of it as his spiritual home. Yeats' tomb can also be visited at St Columba's Church, Drumcliff, a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture.

The more inquisitive visitor can also grab a boat while traveling Ireland even further westward from the Atlantic coast towards the island of Inishmurray. Three of the Armada's galleys (one of which bore De Cuellar) berthed in its inlet before they were battered upon Streedagh Strand. Inishmurray was the site of many historical pilgrimages over the centuries, with the remains of an early Monastic settlement still clearly visible.

Although you'll instantly feel at home in Sligo, there's also many other areas close by which are worth a visit. You may fancy a drive to the old garrison towns of Belleek and Ballyshannon, further north of Rossclogher, or even visit Fermanagh, once the seat of power of the Gaelic chieftain Hugh Maguire.

A southward jaunt to Ballymote Castle and Boyle is also worthwhile, but along the way make sure you park the car and make your way up the steep uphill track towards the legendary Caves of Kesh. Although the caves themselves are remarkable in size, the stunning view from them of Lough Allen and surrounds will endure long in the memory.

Driving in Ireland

You might feel like a good driver but the unfortunates can come anytime in your life especially while you are on the roads. While you are driving your vehicle on the road, you should know the rules applied by that country under the road regulations. Whether you are in any part of the world, every country has its own rules for the roads.

In this article, we are going to know about Ireland. The vehicles are driven on the left lane of the road in this country. You can easily understand its rules if you are from the country where the same lane rules apply. But there are tips we are bringing you below which you should consider while driving in Ireland.

Always stay on the Left in Ireland

As we discussed earlier, the vehicle is on the left side of the roads. The steering wheels of the cars are on the right sides. It means that the driver will stay always at the center side of the road rather than the corner sides. You must have to give this some time to properly understand the whole adjustment.

If you are from the countries where the road directions are opposite to Ireland, you can consider taking classes by a good driving school.

Go for Automatic Vehicle in Ireland

There are two types of vehicles available in Ireland, Automatic and Manual. It is good to have your hands and feet on an automatic vehicle control system rather than on a manual transmission. If you are on a narrow and unfamiliar road, an automatic vehicle will help you a lot to get rid of that situation.

Road Signs in Ireland

You should do a deep study about the road signs available on the roads of Ireland. There are very fewer road signs used in Ireland. You will find a few road signs on the long roads. So, you should know the meaning of every rare road sign which comes in your way. By doing this, you can ensure the proper understanding of the diversions, lanes, and specification of the roads.

Get Smaller Rental Cars in Ireland

While doing a car rental for your Ireland visit, you should take care of the size of the car. Small cars are easy to drive even on the narrow roads. Rather than renting big luxury SUVs, you can go for small cars in which your family can be adjusted appropriately. These cars also have comparatively less car insurance prices and also it will reduce your fuel costs.

Do not Drink and Drive in Ireland

Like any other country, Ireland also has strict regulations for a drink and drive cases. You should stay away from the driver seat if you are drunk. If you are caught by the officers in this situation, you might have to pay huge fine amounts or have to go inside the jail for some days. So, it is good to avoid
these types of road rule breakages.

Get a Learner Sign in Ireland

You might not be a learner, but if you are driving in the roads and want to stay at the safer side, you should consider getting a big L sign on your windscreen or the rear glass too. This will help you to maintain space from other vehicles because most of the people feel safe to stay away from cars with the learner signs.

If you try to implement these things while driving in Ireland, they will definitely help you to get a good travel experience in this country.

Insurance in Ireland

If you are on a road trip in Ireland or have brought a car on the rent, you should get car insurance in Ireland to cover the damages to your vehicles. It is good to have a proper backup plan in case you have to face an accident or harm to the vehicle. You should find a good insurance company and opt for the insurance according to your vehicle type, needs and time period of the stay.

Car insurance or caravan insurance or the ones who want to take the pleasure and comforts of traveling around the area in their homes, for those mobile home insurance is a must thing in Ireland. There are many good companies in Ireland who provides some inviting insurance covers for all the wanderlusts in the country. Take our advice to get your car insurance or caravan insurance or mobile home insurance done from a good insurance company to make your trip both entertaining, safe and secure.
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From incredible destinations to authentic experiences, Indiana is a perfect getaway that offers it all during a weekend getaway to USA. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, history buff, food lover, or a sports fan, Indiana has awe-worthy surprises that will match up to all your vibrant tastes and preferences.

Indiana Destinations for a Weekend Getaway

If you are planning a remarkable weekend getaway to Indiana, then here are some best cities of USA to visit that you will cherish!

1. Bloomington

A place that nurtures aspirations and creativity, Bloomington is a breeding ground that boasts being one of the best college towns in America. With a beautiful campus, the Indiana University Bloomington is well known for its innovation, creativity, and academic freedom. Other amazing destinations of the city include Indiana University's Eskenazi Museum of Art and WonderLab Museum.

Offering cuisine from all over the globe, Fourth Street is home to Bloomington's restaurant row and is a favorite among foodies. The city also features a few pizzerias and wonderful wineries, too. One can also enjoy a variety of arts in Bloomington, which encompasses a diverse range of performances, concerts, and movies throughout the year.

Watch an ensemble at the African American Arts Institute or ballet at Indiana University's Opera and Ballet Theater.

2. Westfield

A thriving community with a rich heritage, Westfield is a perfect getaway for sports buffs. The city is well-known for Grand Park Sports Campus, a premier 400-acre facility that hosts many community and sporting events year-round. For outdoor enthusiasts, explore the 18-plus mile Monon Trail that begins in Westfield.

It eventually connects to Carmel and Indianapolis. For foodies, the city also has several amazing eateries that cater to diverse taste buds. South of downtown Westfield, located on Parker Street, "Restaurant Row" features a mix of restaurants for visitors to devour. Since there are so many attractions to explore in Westfield, it would be beneficial to find accommodations nearby.

3. French Lick

A fantastic romantic getaway, French Lick is all about fine dining, rejuvenation, and entertainment. The city is famous for its historic early 1900s French Lick Resort, located in an extravagant facility, complete with mineral springs healing waters.

Other enthralling places in town include the French Lick West Baden Museum, which features a large circus diorama, and the French Lick Scenic Railway that offers beautiful scenic rides. For all the wine lovers out there, the town also has an exclusive wine trail known as Indiana Uplands Wine Trail at French Lick Winery.

4. Valparaiso

Rich in culture and attractively located in a rural setting, the city of Valparaiso is a hot spot for arts, cuisine, and entertainment. Valparaiso is perfect for foodies as the city hosts many food-themed festivals. It is particularly known for its annual popcorn festival. With mouth-watering delicacies, downtown Valparaiso has an array of eateries that any foodie will crave to explore.

Also, the city has a plethora of breweries that provide locally brewed craft beer to locally grown wine for every bibulous person to relish.

5. Madison

Look no further than Madison for the prettiest town in the Midwest! Lined with a historic main street and scattered with charming mansions, Madison is a great day trip from big cities like Louisville in Kentucky or even Cincinnati in Ohio!

6. Michael Jackson’s birth home

Obviously, the most popular attraction in Gary is the tiny 672-square-foot house where Joe and Katherine Jackson and their nine children lived in poverty. No one could have predicted that their seventh child Michael would become the King of Pop and one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world, selling 750 million records and winning 13 Grammy awards. He was 13 when they moved out of the home.

Joe and Katherine purchased this house in January of 1950 as a young married couple, only 21 and 19 respectively when they bought the property. They lived there for the birth of all nine children, including Michael Jackson in 1958. The family lived in this miniscule residence as the Jackson 5 catapulted to stardom, scoring their first number one hit 'I Want You Back' that topped the charts on January 31, 1970, nearly 17 weeks after its release.

The Jacksons still lived there on February 24, 1970, when the song 'ABC' was released, eventually knocking The Beatles off the top of the Billboard charts. They lived in the home on May 2, 1970, when the Jackson 5 started their first national tour. By 1971, after the success of the ABC album, the Jackson family moved to a 10,476-square-foot mansion in the Los Angeles area.

7. Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy

Behind the Jackson family home at 2300 Jackson Street is a school serving grades 7–12. But it was once Roosevelt High School where by all accounts Michael Jackson had his second public performance in 1966 at the age of seven. The Jackson 5 stood on this stage and won the school talent show with a memorable performance. Four of the Jackson children attended high school here. The GPS coordinates mark the spot of the auditorium.

The school also played a role in an early fight for civil rights. In 1927, funds were appropriated to build this school for African-American students with the intent of offering facilities equivalent to white schools, a concept that became known as the Gary System.

8. Former location of Big Top Department Store

The department store is now an outdated strip mall. But this is where the legend of Michael Jackson was born, his debut performance singing at a fashion show with his siblings at the local department store on August 29, 1965. People in the audience were so blown away by the talent of Michael Jackson, performing on his seventh birthday, that they rushed the stage and cheered loudly, almost sensing his greatness and future stardom.

Admittedly, the strip mall is technically in Merrillville, Indiana, but the parking lot is only 18 feet outside the Gary city limits, so we’ll count it as a Gary attraction.

9. Site of the sixth-deadliest train wreck in US history

There is not even a commemorative marker on the site. On June 22, 1918, a train carrying people, animals, and props for the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus failed to park completely off the main track. A US troop train approached at night while the engineer was asleep at the wheel, colliding with the circus train.

The wreck and ensuing fire killed 86 people and also killed circus animals, the fourth deadliest US train wreck at the time. Driving to the end of Hobart Street, the closer track to you is where the circus train was parked. The farther track from you is where the troop train would have been passing at about 35 mph from right to left, traveling from Detroit to Chicago.

Oddly, and quite tragically, the second deadliest US train wreck (Nashville) and third deadliest US train wreck (Brooklyn) both happened later that year, three of the ten worst within the a six month span.

10. Cathedral of the Holy Angels

This Gothic Revival church was built in 1947, the first Catholic congregation established in Gary.

11. The northern terminus of Interstate 65

Transporting motorists from the Gulf Coast of Alabama to just outside of Chicago, well-known I-65 covers 887.3 miles and terminates here, ending at East Dunes Highway in Gary about 3.7 miles from the Jackson family home.

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Goa is among the best places to visit with friends in India. Famous for its beaches, mouth-watering food and Portuguese heritage, Goa is the ideal place in South India for you to hang out with friends. Its countless beaches will pull you more into the heartland of Goa. The places in Goa gives a sneak peek into the old colonial era with its brilliant churches and colonial mansions.

Go, Goa, Gone - it truly stands for all the backpackers who want to head towards an exciting vacation in Goa. Are you wondering, for holiday destination is Goa a best place? The sand and the beaches, the coconut trees and the bike rides, all these make the Goa vacation a memorable one.

The state is split into two districts of North Goa and South Goa. Although, it may seem to people that all the urban cities have the happening places in the south, however, Goa has everything in the North. Even the state capital, Panaji is in the north. Some of the popular beaches in Goa are Palolem beach, Baga beach, Vagator beach and Butterfly beach.

From the secluded beaches of Mandrem to busy beaches of Baga, hippie-market of Anjuna or scenic Palolem, Goa is a favourite destination for all kinds of travellers. Contrary to the common notion that Goa is not safe for women, Goa is the safest destination for solo female travelers. Famous for its soft sandy beaches, palm-fringed shoreline, cosmopolitan culture, enthralling nightlife and scrumptious seafood, Goa is one place where you don't need company to party.

A paradise for solo female travellers, Goa lets them indulge in uninterrupted sessions of shopping, relishing electrifying music and satiating their gastronomic cravings. These are some top places to visit in Goa especially if you are a first timer to enjoy the surf, sun, sand and sea.

Goa is popular all over the world for the exotic beaches and nightlife, women, partying, and beach side resorts. Many tourists visit this place for all the fun filled adventure in this place touching the Arabian Sea. The fishermen culture goes alongside the celebrations and colors of exciting beaches.

Ancient Churches, old mansions, palm trees, festivals, casinos and nightlife mesmerize travelers. It is a favorite holiday destination for all the bachelors. Well, why not, right! Among the best things to do in Goa for bachelors who can ignore the cheap beers and the beach party with Russian girls in places like Siridao?

Best places to visit in Goa

Here are the best places to visit in Goa with friends:

1. Chapora Fort

Remember Dil Chahta Hai? The good old days, where movies meant something and used to leave impressions on our mind. Do you know that the Chapora Fort was built with a vision that the tall walls will not be able to cross by anyone? But Maratha chieftain Sambhaji broke this vision and his army crossed the wall with ease.

Nonetheless, this fort holds the essence of history and you can feel the freshness of its surroundings while gazing at the Chopara river and is one of the places in goa to visit with friends. Morjim Beach located on the north side of the mouth of the Chapora River is famous as a nesting site for the olive ridley turtle.

Apart from the Olive Ridley turtles a variety of birds such as sand plover, Bay-backed shrike, Quill, Turnstone, Cuckoo, Kingfisher, Washerworms, Seagulls, Brown-headed, Black-billed and Slender-billed gull together with Crested Terns, Sea eagle, Osprey can be seen. The dolphin watching trips are offered by the local fishermen of Morjim. Russians have made the beach a permanent holiday destination.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus

It’s true that Goa has the ultimate party-city reputation. However, not many people realize that the steeped-in-history destination is also among the best pilgrimage places in India. Owing to its past Portuguese influence, Goa is home to some really incredible churches that Catholics will love to visit.

Enjoy the brilliant architecture of these churches and the peaceful ambiance they sit in. The most famous one, however, is the Basilica of Bom Jesus which holds the remains of the beloved Catholic Saint Francis Xavier.

Although it is 400 years old, Basilica of Bom Jesus still embraces the authenticity of Christian beliefs. It is Goa's most famous Church and stand still till today. Known for its elegance and simplicity, Bom Jesus stands for good or infant Jesus. Christmas is the best time to visit here with the rows of decorated Christmas tree in Goa.

The mortal of St. Francis Xavier remains here. Once in every ten years you will be enlightened enough to see the Holy remains of his body. If you are in Goa with friends, you must visit Bom Jesus at least once to feel the charm of this beautiful church. Make sure to visit this amazing historical monument which is an approved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Dudhsagar Falls

Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, stands the Dudhsagar falls situated in South Goa on the eastern border of Karnataka. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The waters of the Mandovi River get divided and fall down the high cliff forming milky white foam at the base. Here you can come and enjoy the breeze of the beauty of it. As the name suggests Dudhsagar literally stands by its name dudh, meaning milk.

Although you won't be able to stop there to feel the nature's wonder, but many trains cross this scenic beauty and they usually slow down there to let the passengers enjoy the grace of this fall. This majestic waterfall calms the soul and helps to ease anxiety. Nearby is also the Mollem national park.

The forests of the splendid Western Ghats is a breathtaking view you must see. Other interesting activities around here are swimming at the base pool and trekking through the jungles. It is a true gift from mother nature and one of the best place to visit in Goa with friends.

4. Calangute Beach

If you are in Goa and missed a visit to Calangute, then you have missed everything. Calangute is surrounded by coconut trees and palm trees. It is always crowded by both Indian and foreign tourists. Once you go there you will feel like sitting there for hours and not coming back and is one of the places to go in Goa.

Soak in the sun, chill at the shacks with your favourite drink and munchies, take a stroll in the evening across the shoreline or indulge in water sport activities. Yacht partying and sailing is the most unique and exceptional experiences in Goa. Yatch rides are really spacious and relaxing with a remarkable exclusiveness.

You can have to sunbathe in the calm and cool blue water of Goa and can also experience beautiful views. The best time to visit is in the month of October which becomes a lifetime adventure if you visit this place with your group of friends.

It is a beach where you find beer stalls, souvenir stalls to buy a few gifts for yourself and your friends and some of the best shacks in Goa. It also has clubs to enjoy the nightlife in Goa for bachelors. Now plan your journey to these markets and book your tickets with latest offers and enjoy your journey.

5. Naval Aviation Museum

This museum is for all those aviation enthusiasts who want to have an experience of a lifetime. It was established in October 1998. Did you know that this it is India's only Naval Museum? Yes, you heard it right. This makes this place a must visit when you are in Goa. You will be bombarded with all kinds of aircrafts, bombs and rockets. This is a museum that you must visit once in a lifetime.

6. Fontainhas

If you are in Goa with friends only for enjoyment and some cheap beers, then you are missing on some great things my dear friends. If you are on excursion, then make it an experience to remember. A Goa trip with friends is an experience to share with the next generation. Go to Fontainhas and explore the old Latin quarters. Barring few occasional temples, it resembles an authentic Portuguese village, let alone an European City.

These are the oldest Latin quarters in Goa that you will see in Goa. It is in the heart of Panjim city. These quarters are bright in colors and extremely delightful to your eyes. You will also see beautiful name plates on these houses as well. You can also visit Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. If you enclave the region between Patto (Panjim bus terminal) upto Miramar, It will appear as if you are in Portugal.

And these are not some standalone heritage spots. These buildings are regular houses and full-fledged administrative offices.

7. Anjuna Beach

This is a visitor's favorite place if you are traveling to Goa for fun and frolic. There is no better place for clubbing in the happening nightclubs and to sunbathe at the rocky shores with gleaming waves. This is also a great time to check out the beach side hotels, cuisine and food at the beach shack.

Shopaholics have an amazing time shopping at the markets including the Saturday Night Bazaar, Anjuna Flea Market, in addition to enjoying the thrill of water sport adventure such as parasailing.

8. Fort Aguada

Goa has a number of unknown and popular beaches and there are incredible historical structures including the oldest church in Goa. Centered by the Candolim beach, Sinquerim beach and River Mandovi on different sides, this fort dates back to 450 years ago in the sixteenth century. It was initially a defense fort against foreign invasions and part of it is a Jail in Goa.

There is also a functional towering lighthouse of this fort. It offers excellent views of the surrounding beaches and countryside from top.

9. Colva Beach

The Colva beach is very close to Margao, about 8 kilometers away and 40 kilometers from Panjim, so you can take a rickshaw car or a taxi to get to the beach. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Vasco de Gama. Majority of the businesses and the best restaurants in Goa with some awesome, secluded waterfronts are in the south.

Some awesome food, best wine and the progression of Goa as a cultural and financial influence can be experienced in this district.

10. Curdi

Curdi village, in western India, is visible only during one month of the year. During the remaining eleven months it remains submerged under water.

These are some of our best places to visit in Goa with friends. But, there is more than this to do in Goa. Take our advice to plan a trip and make your Goa expedition a walk to remember. Happy holidays amigos!
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