Travel

Elevador de Santa Justa, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

The queue is long. It is always long. It can last up to an hour and there’s no skip the line pass.

Entry to the elevator and the viewpoint is €5.15. You can use a transport card to use the lift and if you do, you must only pay €1.5 to go to the viewpoint. It’s open from 9am-11pm, but there’s always a queue. We went around dusk (summertime, 8.30pm) and waited about 45min.

The view is sublime. Panoramic scenes of Lisbon looking out to the sea, or out past the foothills. There shouldn’t be many people up there to ruin your picture perfect moment as only a lift-full of people can be up there at any given time.

Afterwards, the main question is how to get back to geound level if you choose not to take the lift down. It’ll be an adventure in the back alleys of the city.

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Fado, Alfama, PORTUGAL

We set out from our hostel at 10pm to see Fado performed in Alfama. In a dimly lit Tasca, we were offered sangria or green wine to sip while we experienced this traditional art form.

Fado can be heard online or through CD but no. It must be experienced. Fado is a direct line to the passions of the heart and soul, and has been sung for centuries. It is the most emotional performance of any music I have ever been to. The two guitarists, one Portuguese guitar and the other a regular six string, accompanied the singer who closed their eyes and lamented from deep within. Before the performance, the bar owner dims the lights and demands silence. There must be no chatter, not even a whisper between songs.

The performance can last into the early hours of the morning. Go. It’s an essential Portuguese immersion that will leave you emotionally raw.

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Cabo da Roca, Cascais, PORTUGAL

Cabo da Roca is stunning. A beautiful wide expanse of ocean marking the westernmost point of continental Europe. Well worth seeing if you’re passing through between Sintra and Cascais.

It’s very windy, so leave your hat in the car. There’s a tourism office there and an historic lighthouse to explore as well.

The view itself is sublime and noteworthy enough to warrant the trip.

Please note that €0.5 coin is needed for use of the toilet.

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Torres De Belém, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

The Belém Tower is a landmark of Lisbon. We used the City Sightseeing Hop On/Off bus to access the Tower and we were not disappointed.

Built in the early 16th Century, the Tower stands steadfast. It looks out for the ocean as a testament to early naval defense, and has a museum attached dedicated to Portugal’s defense forces over the years.

The line was obscene, so we didn’t go inside. We could have bought skip the line passes, to go inside the tower, but we were happy to walk around and marvel at the Tower from where we were. The structure is stunning and it’s location on the Tagus is really something. Worth going to see as part of your Lisbon experience.

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Marina Bay, SINGAPORE

You cannot visit Singapore without stopping by Marina Bay. Facts are facts. It’s right in the middle of it all; Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands resort, casino and shopping precinct, the famed Merlion and business district. It’s a cultural hub, as the performance Centre sits on the banks of the bay, and there’s a floating sports stadium for the soccer fans.

At night, there’s a light show from Marina Bay Sands. At night, Clarke Quay (at the mouth of the Bay) goes off. There is so much to see and do here. Take a boat cruise, go for a stroll. Marina Bay has it all.

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Former French Concession, Shanghai, CHINA

The Former French Consession in Shanghai is the perfect place to get lost in. Quaint lane ways, boutique shops, hidden museums and minimalist cafés; there’s something to satisfy everyone.

It’s easy to access via subway and is worth an afternoon’s worth of exploration, at least. The main drawcard for many people is the architecture. Serving French flavours with a Shanghainese twist, the residences are graceful and sophisticated. There are even placards out the front of the historical ones, helping orientate you along the way.

You’ll never know what you’ll find down these streets. I’ve heard of a few speakeasies, but I didn’t find them on my excursion there. I didn’t look hard enough. I need to go back.

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Nomad Safaris, Queenstown, New Zealand

What a day trip! I had such fun on a half day from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

I’ll say it once so listen up: you don’t have to be a Lord of the Rings buff to take a trip with Nomad Safaris. But it really helps.

The tour guides have so much specific knowledge about the area. They have film stills and cast anecdotes and movie secrets that’ll put you into information overload.

We had Badger as our guide and he took us to the forest to go LARPing (live action role playing). Who can resist donning a cloak and wielding a sword when it’s put in front of you? Morning tea was included and I had the best time.

If you’re not a cinema extraordinaire, the tour is still worth it for the landscape alone. Nomad Safaris take you off the beaten track to the most unbelievable vistas and your holiday snaps will be all the better for it.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.

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