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Trip List by abibarbar

Follow my flipflops

14 Jun 2006  Travels past and future
3.5 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

My top places to go from a day out to a month sojourn in the sun

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Bath, Prague, Marrakech, Sydney
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • 1. Day out - Bath
    Bath, Somerset

    Perfect for a day out. Visit the Roman baths and Jane Austen house in the morning, tuck in to a pub lunch at one of the many traditional English pubs and spend the afternoon browsing the craft shops or relaxing in the park.

  • 2. Weekend away - Prague
    Prague, Bohemia

    This beautiful city is a must for a long weekend break. Fly in Friday and get a feel for the place by heading to the Town Square and having a browse round the craft shops. Grab a cheap but delicious Czech beer in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by. Saturday is well spent exploring the magnificent castle, before heading to Charles Bridge. There are plenty of nice places to eat around here as well if you cut through the sidestreets. Then for your last day have a wander through the various sidestreets and see what gems you can find! It's a fairly compact city so you soon end up back in a familiar place. Make sure you eat out on the Square as they have some fantastic restaurants at very reasonable prices.

  • 3. Week off - Marrakech
    Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

    Marrakech is fresh in my mind as I returned from a lovely week there just yesterday :) Where to start...I spent half my stay in the New part of the city, and the second half in the Old part, which worked out very well. Start by getting your bearings in the New city, see the Jardins Majorelle, Theatre Royal and Palais de Congres. Choose from the plethora of good restaurants around the area, all with reasonable prices and friendly service. Recommended are Charleys Caban and Villa Rosa, both of which have a selection of Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine. Next stay in one of the many colourful Riads in the heart of the Medina. It's amazing how tranquil these Riads (traditional Moroccan guesthouses) are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Medina. Go to Jemna El Fna, the main place and visit the neighbouring souks where you can bargain your way to some souvenirs. Opposite is La Koutoubia, a beautiful tower mosque. Take a horse-drawn carriage round the city so you can take in the beauty and diversity. A week is the perfect amount of time to spend in Marrakech to give yourself enough time to see everything and fit in some relaxtion by the pool in those hot midday hours.

  • 4. Month sojourn - Sydney
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Forget San Francisco, my heart belongs in Sydney. I spent two leisurely months there and still there where things left to do. Start with the obvious and see the splendiferous harbour, with the quirky opera house and the old coathanger bridge as it's known. There are loads of posh and not so posh restaurants around here so you can soak up the atmosphere over dinner and some lovely Aussie wine. Darling Harbour is also worth a visit, and is home to the aquarium, Maritime museum, Imax cinema and some trendy bars. Shop on George Street, buy souvenirs in the Rocks, check out the upmarket houses in Kirribilli a short ferry ride away. The markets are fabulous, go to Glebe and Bondi and do not miss Paddington, which has the most gorgeous handmade things, plus you can reward yourself with a pint in the Irish pub across the road. Go to the iconic Bondi beach and watch the surfers (or have a go!).See The Gap at Watsons Bay where the harbour meets the ocean. A day at Taronga Zoo is an absolute must, meet the koalas and kangaroos along with many other animals, and see the mountain goats against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge. Swim with sharks at the Manley aquarium or hit the beach and follow with a meal in one of the restaurants. Sample the diverse cuisine from roo steak to Thai and Greek. Take a day or overnight trip to the beautiful Blue Mountains. Hop on a bus to Palm Beach. Check out the Olympic site. Relax and become intimate with the city and discover all the bits that I've missed off!