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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

April 9, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy with it’s cobblestone lanes and elegant buildings with beautiful views over the famous lake. The village is characterised by century-old buildings & interesting stone lanes & steps.

 Cobblestone steps

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Climbing all the Bellagio stairs is an excellent way to work up an appetite. 🙂

View from the top of the steps.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Every time you turn around there is another great photo opportunity.

Narrow lanes

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy I used to wonder why so many European towns & villages had such narrow streets & lanes. Then a friend of mine Riny Doyle, from Breil Sur Roya in the south of France, explained it was simple to control the temperature. Narrow lanesw meant a much cooler enviroment, & lets face it in those ancient times there were no air conditioned shopping malls where you could het relief from the heat. 🙂

Delightful little cafes & restaurants

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Around every corner there is a little cafe or restaurant.

If you prefer a water view

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Here is a perfecy spot to soak up the view of Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy. Perhaps if you hange around long enough you may see George Clooney wander in with his beautiful bride. 🙂

Sadly I don’t have the time.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

I don’t have the time to wait for George as I’m about to catch the car ferry to the other side of the lake.

Bit of a rust bucket

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy At least I don’t have far to travel.  

Lets explore a little more before I leave.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy More stairs and more shops.

And another little hidden restaurant.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy A surprise around every corner.

 Hotel Metropole

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Right in the heart of town, just book through THIS LINK for a great discount on the room rate.

Or Hotel Splendide

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The crowd builds up

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Lunch is over, now for some seious shopping.

As Andrea Bocelli would say……

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy Time to say goodbye. (lets not forget Sarah Brightman)

Ferry across Lake Como

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy The views from the ferry are absolutely stunning. 

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Saorge beautiful French village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

Saorge

 photo Saorge5.jpg Saorge beautiful French village was classed as one of the “40 most beautiful villages of France”. The main village streets traverse narrowly between the buildings at very different levels, with smaller streets and steps leading up and down between them. The view from anywhere in the village is spectacular, looking outward to snow-capped mountains in the middle distance (into May and June) and the deep gorge and rushing white-water river below.

Road to Saorge

 photo Saorge 4.jpg The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24–28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Saorge beautiful French village

 photo Saorge 1.jpg Saorge is 11 km north of Breil Sur Roya where we were based. There are so many interesting French & Italian villages in this particular area, you can spend weeks exploring these fabulous part of Europe.


Bath house or wash house?

 photo Saorge3.jpg Whichever one it is or was I can guarantee it is old, very old. 🙂

Saorge homes

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The tall solid stone houses date from the 15th-17th centuries and line the narrow steep cobbled street that climb up through the village.

Narrow streets & Alleys

 photo Saorge202.jpg Exploring the village is straightforward as the village mostly follows one long street that climbs the hill through Saorge, with lots of smaller alleys climbing the hill to either side.

My travel buddies

 photo Saorge 8.jpg Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell from the Gold Coast in Australia spent a couple of weeks with me exploring the French & Italian villages, French Riviera & the Cinque Terre. My best travel tip for this area is to base yourself in the central village of Breil Sur Roya, from here you can easily reach all the wonderful surrounding villages similar to Saorge.

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Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

March 21, 2015 by David Herd

Budapest beautiful city

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridgesBudapest beautiful river Danube bridges on show in eastern Europe, in fact rarely has the first 24 hours in any city had such an impact on me. The lights, the beautiful buildings and bridges on the Danube are breathtaking. Buda Castle dominates the skyline near my hotel, certainly it’s more spectacular at night. The castle is the historical complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265.

Little Princess

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

The original 50 cm statuette of the Little Princess (Kiskirálylány) statue sitting on the railings of the Danube promenade in Budapest.

Hungarian Parliament building

 photo Hungarian Parliament Budapest 2.jpg Budapest was united from three cities in 1873 and seven years later the Diet resolved to establish a new, representative Parliament Building, expressing the sovereignty of the nation.

A short video of the Parliament

Matthias Church and Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Szeacutechenyi Chain Bridge

Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District.

Amabella cruise ship

Amabella cruise shipOn their website they say “The AmaBella offers the ultimate in custom-designed luxury. This 161-passenger vessel features a combination of amenities and design details never before seen on the great waterways of Europe. Featuring an impressive range of stateroom categories, dining options and public lounges, AmaBella will transport you on the river cruise of a lifetime.”

This should be called the rainbow boat

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

Cruising along the river was one of the highlights for me.

 

100 year old restaurant Budapest

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridgesThat is the actual name of the restaurant, I had dinner there on my first night in Budapest. It’s only 80 meters from my hotel, I was very tired after a long day travelling from Zagreb so perhaps I was not in the right mood.

100 year Old restaurant

Budapest beautiful city

 I found the music was good but too loud and the Hungarian Goulash was ok, but I didn’t like the pasta that came with it.

Margaret Bridge

  Budapest beautiful river Danube bridgesIt is the second northernmost and second oldest public bridge in Budapest.  

Szeacutechenyi Chain Bridge Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

One of Budapest’s famous bridges.

The Kiosk is my favourite bar

  Budapest beautiful river Danube bridgesJust around the corner from my hotel this terrific bar shows old movies on the wall.  

Some like it hot

David Herd fivestarvagabondOne of the best comedy movies ever made was playing the other night, I had forgotten just how good it was.

Bar staff at the kiosk

Budapest beautiful river Danube bridges

The guys behind the bar were very friendly.

Pretty face at the Kiosk

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That beautiful smile was certainly worth a photo.

The Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar BudapestThis is the Budapest Buddha bar, I was in the Paris Buddha bar exactly 10 years ago in February 2005, have a look at my Paris post.

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Museum of Fine Arts

  Museum of Fine ArtsI took this photo from the “hop on hop off” bus. These tours are a great way to get a feel of the city.  

Heroes’ Square

Heroes SquareHeroes’ Square or Hősök tere is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

New York Cafe

New York CafeWhile riding on the “hop on hop off” bus I heard about the New York Cafe, I immediately got off and had lunch in this fabulous establishment.

New York Cafe lunch

  Budapest beautiful cityDelicious food and not overly expensive give the venue.  

Piano man at the New York Cafe

  New York Cafe Budapest  Budapest’s answer to Billy Joel.

Oinos Restaurant

Oinos restaurant BudapestA terrific restaurant which was recommended by Attila from the KIOSK. TripAdvisor rate Oinos 15 out of 1942 restaurants in Budapest. Their sweet Pea soup was as good as I have ever tasted anywhere. I also enjoyed the Lasagna but I wish I had ordered the ribs instead. A nice touch was a champagne welcome drink plus a liquor to finish.

Buda Castle

  Budda CastleI really like this statue at the castle.  

Buda Castle

Buda Castle Budapest

Certainly one of the major attractions in Budapest.

Buda Castle

Budapest beautiful city

The Buda castle is certainly a highlight in the city.

Hot rods at Buda Castle

Budapest beautiful city

Wonderful vintage cars waiting for customers.

Budapest beautiful city

Budapest beautiful city Budapest beautiful city, Parliament house viewed from Buda castle.

Another short video of the Parliament  

On guard at Buda Castle

  Budapest beautiful city  This guy reminded me of similar guards on duty when I was in Prague in the 90s.

Matthias Church

  Matthias Church

Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District.  
 

Inner City Parish Church.

  Budapest beautiful cityThe oldest church in Pest still stands by this spot : the Inner City Parish Church. Originally built in Romanesque style, it was later rebuilt in Gothic style. It stands in part on the foundations of the Roman castrum.

German occupation Memorial

Budapest beautiful cityThe memorial to the victims of the German occupation in Budapest. Liberty Square statue erected composition, which is intended to restore the memory of the people who are directly linked to the death of Hungarians in 1944 the German occupation.

Shoes on the Danube Bank

 photo Shoes on Danube Bank 1.jpgThis is to honor the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. This memorial represents their shoes they left behind. 

St. Stephen’s Basilica

It is named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c 975–1038), whose right hand is housed in the reliquary. It was the sixth largest church building in Hungary before 1920. Today, it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle BudapestThe castle at night is one of the greatest sights I have seen anywhere in the world.

I hope you enjoyed my post on this wonderful city.

Budapest beautiful city Here are three bits of advice for you when Budapest, for a reasonably priced hotel in the very best location book the Promenade City hotel through this Agoda link. Secondly, spend around $25 on the “hop on hop off” bus which will give you two days on the bus and also a very good river tour. Finally stay away from this bar in Vaci St,  it is a shocking rip off joint, 2 girls struck up a conversation with me on the way in, we sat together and I had one beer, they were drinking like crazy. The bill came to 99,000 or $350 USD, I refused to pay it then they wanted 1/3. The waitress was in on the scam siding with the two blonds, she knew very well I only ordered and drank one beer. Just to get out of there I decided to pay 10,000, or $35 USD and left. Avoid this place at all costs. It’s such a shame they let this happen in this great city. I hope this warning may save some people the cost and embarrassment.  Of course I should have realized as soon as these two young women started to chat me up there was  scam involved. Which only reminds me when travelling in strange cities you must always be on your guard. 🙂       Budapest Scam      Scam Budapest

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Beautiful Brazilian beach babes

January 12, 2014 by David Herd

Copacabana

Beautiful Copacabana beachBeautiful Brazilian beach babes are a major reason us guys absolutely love this country. If you appreciate beautiful women there is no place on earth like Copacabana or Ipanema in Rio De Janeiro.

Beautiful girls on Copacabana

Beautiful beach babesI could publish a whole post on these two beautiful girls, the most magnificent skin colour I have ever seen.

Her name is Carla

Brazilian beach babesI first met beautiful Carla at Copacabana in November 2003 then again in 2005, a beautiful lady with a sparkling personality.

Happy faces at Copacabana

Brazilian beach babesIn Rio De Janeiro 20% of the people live in the favelas where there is no luxury and no room to play. So naturally they come to the beach and worship the sun.

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Covered in coconut oil.

Covered in coconut oil CopacabanaMost of the Beautiful Brazilian beach babes  are Covered in coconut oil to accelerate their suntan. You will get no complaints from me.  😆

Busy day at Copacabana

Brazilian beach babesSome days it is hard to find a free spot on the sand and the beach is 4 km long.

  • On December 31, 1994, the New Year’s Eve celebrations featured a Rod Stewart concert with an attendance of 3.5 million, making it the largest concert crowd ever.  More recently, the beach has been a site for huge free concerts unrelated to the year-end festivities. On March 21, 2005, Lenny Kravitz performed there in front of 300,000 people, on a Monday night. On February 18, 2006, a Saturday, The Rolling Stones surpassed that mark by far, attracting over 1.5 million people to the beach.

Beautiful Mel from Nitoroi.

Brazilian beach babes

Mel is another beautiful girl I met on Copacabana, almost 6 feet tall with green eyes.

Another shot of Mel.

Brazilian beach babes


 

Orange may now be my favourite colour.

Brazilian beach babes

Such beautiful colour skin.

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Hey! Are you taking our photo?

Are you taking our photo?I was caught in the act of taking their photo, my reward was this wonderful smile.  😳

My good friend Simone

Brazilian beach babes We originally met on the internet, then in person in 2003. In 2005 we traveled together to Praia Da Pipa & Recife in north east Brazil. Simone now works in a bank in Sao Paulo and we stay in touch through Facebook.

Simone in Ponte Negra in 2005.

Brazilian beach babes The last time I saw Simone was in Rio in October 2009.

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Look closely & you may see some fish.

Praia da Pipa BrazilFish, what fish? I don’t see any fish.  😆

Ipanema beach in Rio.

Ipanema beach in Rio

Ipanema is absolutely breathtaking.

Brazilian beach babes & Silicone city

Brazilian beach babes A little silicone never hurt anybody.

Rio Orthon a perfect location.

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

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Beautiful bodies everywhere

Brazilian beach babesI wish I could shoot the other side.

Does my bum look big in this?

Brazilian beach babes

 Are you kidding, it’s perfect.

 

 Strolling along Avenue Atlantica.

Avenue Atlantica Copacabana

This is certainly one of the world’s great streets.

Pretty face on Copacabana

Brazilian beach babes

Great smile on Copacabana.

Can I help you with that oil?

Brazilian beach babes

Preparing for a day in the sun.

No way Jose, & put that camera away.

Brazilian beach babes The Beautiful Brazilian beach babes really do like to have there photo taken. 🙂

Do you know any good diets?

Brazilian beach babesIs coconut milk good for losing weight? I am a couple of kilos overweight.

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Blue bikini goes well with brown skin.

Brazilian beach babes

There is always something to see on Copacabana.

Look closely you may see a tattoo.

Brazilian beach babesTattoo, what tattoo? I don’t see a tattoo.

Brazilian beach babes, Ah! Say no more.

Drop the shorts please

Those orange bikinis are very popular indeed.

Lookout! here they come

Here they come

More beautiful Brazilian beach babes.

1999 in Copacabana

Brazilian beach babe

This is the lovely beach babe in the posts header.

Copacabana at 2pm on New Years Eve.

Brazilian beach babesThe crowd is building up for NYE, tonight there will be 2 million people on the beach all wearing white.

A selfie at Balneario Camboriu

selfie at Balneario Camboriu

Belneario Camboriu is between Florianopolis and Curitiba.

A lonely nudist near Balneario Camboriu

Brazilian beach babes

Back to nature.  

Tall & tanned & young & lovely at Florianopolis

Brazilian beach babes

Now that’s a girl worth following. 🙂

Does my bum look big in this?

Brazilian beach babesMost women have asked this question at some stage in their life.  😳

I would like to inspect the end of that tattoo.

Barra da Lagoa tattoo

This lovely lady worked on the beach at Barra da Lagoa in Florianopolis

Next generation beach babes.

Next generation beach babesAs I pointed my camera without being asked  they all struck this pose. For me it captured the essence of Rio Di Janeiro. 

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Beckington Trowbridge Here is a slide show with all the beautiful Brazilian beach babes.    

Rio Orthon a perfect location.

Copacabana beautiful beach babes

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