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Canton Schwyz, Ibergeregg pass

Winter wonderland?! Where else but in Switzerland ūüá®ūüá≠

We came just after Christmas to be with my son’s grandparents & relatives. Spent the New Year with them. Yes, beautiful sunny weather up in the mountains!

The one in between mountains is not snow but clouds or thick fogs. 2nd of January and people trying to get all the last day of holiday as some will go back to work the next day or so.

It’s dry winter here so it’s not as cold as you think compared to New Zealand humid winter weather if you happen to be in Nz from July – August winter. Of course, the temperature is much lower here in Zurich compared to Auckland. It can get -1 or 0 zero degrees or much less. The air is crisp but fresh. Inside the house is a lot warmer & can wear one layer of normal clothes compared to Nz houses you have to double up the layer of clothes as it’s not properly insulated (unless you turn up the heating that you get a shock when receiving the power bill) unfortunately compared to Switzerland houses (underfloor heating) which is mostly run by gas or oil for heating so it’s more energy efficient.

We’re in the Canton of Schwyz with the link connecting to famous Einsiedeln where we went last year with friends (see older post) and went to Ibergeregg pass mountain overlooking the famous Rigi mountain. Beautiful sceneries and long winding road. Lot’s of cabin style restaurants overlooking the mountains. It’s worth the trip more or less 1 hour from Zurich.

Passing towns are interesting and you may stop and see what they offer. Lot’s of tourists and locals either biking around or walking as they have to park from far away distance as parking nearby is impossible in peak hours or important days so be prepared. Get comfy warm reliable shoes for walking from roadside to snow. Don’t worry even seniors do it.

I’m writing this via my iPhone. More places and pictures to come. So FOLLOW ME while we travel around ZURICH and nearby towns, villages and other Cantons in Switzerland. Tschuss!!

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Destination: Venice/Venezia, Italy

Venice or Venezia, ITALY.

(Like Paris)¬† I never thought I will visit this place.¬† I only see them in the movies and gushing what a beautiful place it is!¬† Only in my wildest dream I can see it, or so I thought… until a change of luck or fate in my life that I’m able to do all this traveling.¬† Thanks to GOD for all the blessings and/or blessing in disguises.

I’ve got the chance of having a day trip to Venice from Milan with my cousins (thanks to them) and my boy in tow.¬† I actually choose Turin/ Torino before because I like less crowd and less expenses as it will be less expensive than Venice and Florence I believe, but they told me it’s a must to see Venice and so we all go!¬† Here comes the whole day of walking and taking hundreds of photos of the sceneries and selfies and lot’s of CROWDS to do some photo bombing when taking your own photos.¬† I found some opportunities still to put into this blog for you all to enjoy.¬† But I must admit… Venice is not what I used to see in romantic movies old or new.¬† It’s a very hot sunny day and full of crowds. The water is filled with people on a boat ride (gondola) and unfortunately, the sea and it’s canals are not that clean anymore. I find their buildings and their architectures amazing though.¬† Beware of the expenses and try to save for your trip here so you can really enjoy touring and dining!

By Train from Milan¬† to S.Lucia¬† … this is the STOP and yes you see the crowds full of them everywhere so just get used to it especially in Summer.¬†

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Make sure you don’t get lost in so many alleys!!¬† And see below photo to where is the public toilet (3rd photo chapel turn left, CR with pay).¬† Please enlarge the photos and to see the captions.¬† I like the similarities of their architecture in Milan and Turin… only differs with history.

I have so many photos but I can only put just a few here sorry!  I will leave you with a sweet glazed chocolates in different shapes and forms! Thanks for checking!

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Venice Chocs, vinneve 

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Where to congregate when in/near Manila?

While we are still here… we might as well enjoy and bank on the memories with the family and friends that we left here when I migrated in New Zealand and now as ex-pats in Abu Dhabi and at the moment staying in the Philippines. I say I am lucky to experience different “World”¬† for a longer period.

Come with me and enjoy the sites here around Manila and I hope you will appreciate it the way we do.  Please click the photos to enlarge.

THE FAMOUS VGC @ BGC РThis is where most ex-pats and tourists stay for a longer period.  VGC stands for Venice Grand Canal @ BGC means Bonifacio Global City and someone told me that this is the 2nd place in the world who is allowed to copy the famous Venice Canal in Italy which we also visited last year August and hope to post about Italy after completing some backlogs.  Update: Click the link Venice to go there.

AYALA MUSEUM in Makati –¬†I always passed this place every time we go shop or explore Makati by foot, and this time we really plan to come here and spent half of the day here.¬† Actually, we didn’t finish checking about history unfortunately and it’s near 7pm when we departed this place and we go hunt for some food to eat.

SOFITEL HOTEL & RESORTS, MANILA¬†– We spent our wedding anniversary and Christmas here.¬† It’s a relaxing place and looked luxuriously homey when you sit with those many comfort sofas around the bar and the piano.¬† It’s also a resort so the whole family can enjoy.¬† Just check the photos!

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NUVALI PARK @ Nuvali Sta.Rosa, Laguna¬†– It’s only 1 hour and a half away from Makati or Manila and depends on the traffic and highways or shortcut you’re in you can make it within an hour if you are lucky by car otherwise going here by public transport it’s best to get to Alabang and just 30-45mins you are already there using a white van at the side terminal before you reach the South Station.¬†Just ask around no worries! It only cost P50 pesos per person.¬† Very affordable.

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There are some more places to go to around Manila for sure and some I already covered in my previous posts aside from added photos that I shared here.¬† If you are looking for some nightlife… yes Manila has it all but sorry I don’t cover it.¬† If you are looking for some shopping destinations, Manila has hundreds of big malls everywhere you go and lot’s of restaurants that are affordable too and some pop-ups food stalls.

Thanks for reading and hope you could check my older post in other parts of the World.

Safe travels!

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The Hotel: Marriott in Amman, JORDAN

“There is no hospitality like understanding..” ¬†by Vanna Bonta

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Just like any Marriott hotels in another place whether it is old or new it has an air of elegance.  It is sitting on top of the hill.  Amman is full of hills to my surprise as the last time I was in a hilly City was in my hometown in NZ.20151031_084045

When you enter the hotel their staff do the usual greetings and leading you to their own X-ray machine just like in the airport.  I do not mind as it is for added safety of the guest.  Although I can say that the City of Amman is a safe place to tour around as well as the people are very approachable and they try their best to help and they speak English (some of them).

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Now the room… as we travel with family on business so we always choose an Executive room with an access to the Lounge. ¬†Some of you will know that having an access to the “Club” or Lounge can save you money as the breakfast, snacks, cocktails were included and it is all day long up to a certain time at night that the foods are available to you. ¬†Unfortunately this time my son is not allowed in the Lounge (except one time for breakfast when we arrived that they gave us an exception as we are the only one in the room). ¬†It is not showing on their website and the reception didn’t tell us either. We have stayed in Marriott in other Countries and there was no problem admitting my son in the Lounge except for cocktails of course which are understandable. ¬†So please be aware now though for breakfast we can eat at their restaurants downstairs in buffet style which was better than the Lounge for the ambiance and food choices! For snacking – there is always a way to do this… either my husband or I took out some foods on a plate so we can all enjoy including my son. ¬†Good thing nobody was in the elevator when we raid the lounge haha! … there you go!

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The room has a very narrow entrance but to our surprise when we finally get in it was spacious indeed that can fit a family of four. ¬†Just ask for a¬†roll away bed which we did. ¬†Furniture’s was a bit dated or traditional but acceptable and well-maintained. ¬†The bathroom is small, but it will do.

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Lounge Рdisappointed as there are not a lot of food choices though I like their coffee very much!

View from the room overlooking the newest building (heard it was Rotana) as you can see it is different from the rest and towering the older and usual type of building blocks in the vicinity. There is a pool outside, also an indoor pool, but we don’t have the time to try it.

20151030_094634I can recommend this hotel as there are some restaurants inside both American bar and Italian restaurants just across each other and another one I forgot the name, sorry. Their staffs make’s the difference too as the usual Marriott standard of good service. I hope this review can help you when you go and visit Jordan. ¬†We were fortunate when we arrived as it was a beautiful weather not too hot and not too cold. ¬†In the morning, it was 20-degree celsius and in the afternoon it can get to 27 degrees when we went to Dead Sea. ¬†This week Amman was in an unfortunate situation there is flooding everywhere (perhaps been affected with the terrible hurricane in Yemen, a rare one! this is only my view) and we feel sorry to see it on the news! ¬†I hope they will be back to normal soon. ¬†Lots of tourists when we were there a week ago. ¬†Will post some touristy spots in another time.

Thanks for your time reading this.