Dora Christofi

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Dora Christofi

About Dora Christofi

I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in marketing, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.

Experiment Aveiro: Group Activities

Aveiro, the Portuguese Venice, a city in Portugal, with more than 250 years of ancient history. Visit this unique city and its Ria, get to know secrets and traditions which have been transformed into true tourist experiences. A wide, safe and clean city, with a differentiated tourist offer, with all the comfort and hospitality indispensable and make your trip a unique and unforgettable experience. Visit Aveiro and be amazed by its many charms.Below we are introducing you top activities to experiment in Aveiro in order to learn the history and experience the culture of this beautiful city. Salt Pans Experience Adaptation of a traditional salt field, for the teaching of salt crystallization and of all elements associated with the process. The visit is accompanied by tourism technician adapting the various contents to different audiences.Price for Groups: 3,00€ p/person Duration: Takes around 45’minutes Funceramics “Pottery Experience” Let's try the Wheel of Potter! Feeling in the wet hands the piece of shapeless clay that with the master’s help is taking shape. Taking advantage of the compass swayed by the foot, we will make the Wheel turn at the desired pace. It is necessary to dry and to bake so that in the end, it finally becomes Ceramic.Price for Groups: 3,00€ p/person Duration: Takes around 60’minutes Moliceiro Ride The experience of getting to know the city aboard the Moliceiro - typical boat of the Ria de Aveiro. Tour within the urban canals and performed with all security and comfort. Visit the 4 channels of the city accompanied by a tour guide.Price for Groups: 6,00€ p/person Duration: Takes around 45’minutes Workshop Ovos Moles Learn How to Make Ovos Moles with a professional. Visit a place of manufacture of Ovos Moles, a typical sweet of Aveiro, and learn how they are made and all the historical surroundings of these sweets conventual without missing the final taste and tasting sweet.Price for Groups: 3,00€ p/person Duration: Takes around 45’minutes Touristic Train Come to visit the city of Aveiro, in the most [...]

2018-04-22T13:34:22+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

Spring Europe Travel Destinations

There's nothing like a last minute decision to spend a few days at a lovely destination before hot summer arrives. If you don't have schoolchildren, May is the best period to take your Europe Spring Holidays. Sea and skies are blue, flowers are blooming and everything is quieter and pricing wise, it's a better value. So here we are, proposing you 5 of our Top Spring Europe Travel destinations. 1. Bucharest, Romania 2. Seville, Spain 3. Krakow, Poland 4.Ghent, Belgium 5. Aveiro, Portugal

2018-04-21T07:48:33+00:00 April 21st, 2018|

10+1 Tips on how to book the cheapest flight

I usually spend hours and hours before deciding and booking a flight. I search on various search engines, I watch the prices go up as the days pass by in order to book the cheapest flight, but usually, I end up booking a higher price (compared to the price I first found). Below I'm listing some tips you need to have in mind if you want to get the cheapest flight. 1. If you find a cheap fare just book it, don't think about it. If you think of it over and over again the fare will most likely go up when you decide to finally book it. The best time to book your flight is today, now. 2. Try to search and compare prices Skyscanner as far as I know if one of the most popular flight search engines. Momondo is another one. Try to search for the same flight on travel search engines but also make sure to check the airline's website too, it might be cheaper. 3. Book 6 weeks in advance Prices drop below the average fare 6 weeks before you travel. 4. Book last-minute flights When an airline hasn't filled a flight, they will cut down their prices. So if you are flexible you should try this. 5. Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday According to FareCompare Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least expensive days to take a flight while Friday and Sunday are the most expensive. 6.Combine two flights You might find it much cheaper to combine two low cost airline tickets compared to one direct. Make sure to check all the available options. 7. Become a frequent flier Sign up for the frequent flier schemes so you can gather miles and spend them later by getting cheaper/free tickets. 8. Fly early in the morning Early morning flights are the cheapest. 9. Fly off-peak Avoid flying during half term/school holidays, high summer season, bank holiday breaks. 10. Fly to the secondary airport Most destinations have two airports. The primary one is more expensive compared to the secondary one (low cost airlines fly there). 11. Join airline mailing lists By signing [...]

2018-04-21T09:15:50+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

Things To Do in Bucharest: For First Time Visitors

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is an attractive city for visitors looking to experience something different and authentic. In case you’re planning to visit Bucharest for the first time, here are my Things To Do in Bucharest based on my latest trip there. Bucharest weather, during my visit, was cold since I visited in February so you'll notice that my photos are not so bright and colorful. Explore the Old Town Bucharest Old Town should be the first part of your Bucharest trip. It's advised to have a walk around during the afternoon until night. It's both amazing during daylight and nighttime. The capital preserves some of the oldest monuments whilst the lively streets are packed with many restaurants and bar. Some of the major attractions include the 19th-century Manuc Inn, the oldest church in the city and the oldest residence of medieval princes, the 18th-century Stavropoleos Monastery and old merchant streets. Visit the City’s Historic Churches Romania is Eastern Orthodox, but the real beauty of Bucharest's architecture is not found in the big cathedrals you'll see around. Many date from the 17th and 18th centuries and fuse elements of Byzantine, Greek, Ottoman, and Renaissance styles. The churches share common elements that include impossibly high steeples built over tiny floor plans, elaborate frescoes, and signature details such as raised pillars and stone balustrades. The Stavropoleos Church in the Old City is an excellent example, with its rich wall paintings and finely carved doors. Other churches to look for include St. Apostles’ Church, Antim Church, and the hard-to-find-but-worth-the-effort Doamnei Church. Take a photo at the Colourful Umbrella Street Another colorful side street, which I've found on Instagram, is Parasolowe Knajpy, where Pizza Colosseum is located. It’s hidden in a passageway just off one of the main roads of Bucharest and attracts loads of people on a daily basis who seek to photography the colorful umbrella rooftop. Palace of the Parliament The Palace of the Parliament is one of the main tourist attractions in Bucharest. It is the world's 2nd largest administrative building (after the Pentagon), an architectural colossus that also claims the title of the heaviest building in the world. With more [...]

2018-03-20T13:03:49+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

Athens and Thessaloniki – Flights from €44!

The offer is valid for direct flights from/to Larnaka to Athens and Thessaloniki. The flights of Olympic Air are operated by Aegean. Available seats: 30,000 Bookings until 05.03.2018 Flights between 16.04.2018 - 16.09.2018 Athens From Larnaka: from 49€ To Larnaka: from 59€ Thessaloniki From Larnaka: from 44€ To Larnaka: from 35€ BOOK NOW Terms & Conditions Offer is valid for direct flights to/from Larnaka to Athens and Thessaloniki - for one way and return flights. The offer is valid for bookings through olympicair.com and aegeanair.com until 05.03.2018and for travel from 16.04.2018 until 16.09.2018 for flights operated by Olympic Air network. The lowest available fare for flights from Larnaka to Athens is 49€ and 59€* for flights from Athens to Larnaka. The lowest available fare for flights from Larnaka to Thessaloniki is 44€ and 35€* for flights from Thessaloniki to Larnaka. In case of ticket cancellation refund policy is applied depending on fare class. Ticket changes are permitted – relevant charges depend on fare class. Payment card fees do not apply for transactions with any debit or credit card. A hand luggage up to 8kg is allowed on GoLight fares.

2018-02-27T17:45:00+00:00 February 27th, 2018|

Dubai Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai's most iconic destination. Get ready to enjoy exclusive access to the redefined, highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa. BOOK YOUR TICKET The Burj Khalifa holds an impressive set of records, including: Tallest structure ever built at 829.8 meters (2,722 feet to the top of the spire) Building with 163 floors, one of the most the most floors Longest elevator travel distance at 504 meters (1,654 ft) Highest observation deck on the 148th floor at 555 meters (1,821 ft) Highest outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor at 452 meters (1,483 ft) Highest restaurant on the 122nd floor at 442 meters (1,450 ft) Highest nightclub on the 144th floor Anytime during the day is nice to visit, however, its true that the best time to visit the Burj Khalifa is just before the sunset. If you arrive early enough you can take pictures from the top during the daylight hours, throughout sunset and blue hour, and then during nighttime. Tickets for prime hours (during sunset) increase to 200 AED  (45 EUROS). I would recommend you to purchase your ticket in advance. Your ticket defines only your entrance time. You can stay up at the top as long as you want. If you prefer to go during night time, the ticket is 300 AED (66 EUROS). We purchased the morning ticket which is cheaper, 125 AED (28 EUROS) and also its the best time to up there avoiding the crowds. You get to admire the views with not many people and may take photos easier. Photos I captured

2018-02-24T10:27:02+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

European Shopping Destinations

This post is expected to raise interest to shopping lovers. Below you’ll find my favourite five European shopping destinations.  The following cities offer you the ability to make purchases ranging from cheap buys up to expensive designers – the choices are endless. London Oxford Street 1. London, UK London is one of the best places for shopping, specially during its big sales during the Christmas period. The best places are the famous Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.  Other areas which are enjoyable for shopping include Russells Square (Brunswick) or Enfield Town (Palace Gardens). There are also many shopping malls e.g. Westfield and Hammersmith Broadway. Here you’ll find all the high-street shops with the best prices. Brent Cross shopping centre is another place you can go shopping in North West London. For more luxury purchases visit Knightsbridge and step into Harrods. Don't forget  Selfridge & Co in Oxford Street. For a more characteristic shopping taste visit Camden Markets in Camden Town. Sales Period: The big sales start on Boxing Day (26/12) and end around mid January.  Summer sales start around min June and end around mid July. If you’re in London beginning the sales period make sure to go shopping early in the morning. 2. Athens, Greece  McArthurGlen Athens Outlet I love shopping here. You can find anything from leather goods around Monastiraki area and its surrounding small markets - called Monastiraki Flea Area. You will find chic stores in Kolonaki and Tsakalof Street or by visiting Attica.  For more down to the earth shopping try Ermou Street and the Mall of Athens. If you wish to purchase branded clothing visit the McArthurGlen Athens outlet or the Factory Outlet.  I prefer McArthurGlen since it's big with many brands and it's surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Sales Period: Summer sales start mid-July and run throughout the end of August whilst winter sales begin mid-January and run throughout the end of February.   3. Brussels, Belgium Avenue Louise in Brussels In Brussels you can find all sorts of shops in Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. In the lower part you’ll find exclusive designer shops (Avenue Louise) and in Rue Neuve you’ll find [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:20+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|

Magical Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden and one of a kind in the region and in the world for displaying unique and extravagant outdoor recreational flower landscape designs. I had no idea about this place. I found it on Instagram accidentally. I saw an amazing photo with Umbrellas and viewed its location. I was so happy this was in Dubai since I had plans to visit Dubai after a while. So, I guess, if I didn't view that specific post on Instagram I would not have visited this beautiful place since all the people I know who have visited Dubai have never been to this place or have never heard of it. We went early in the morning and it was not very busy, also it wasn't that hot too (end of November). It felt very relaxing when walking through the garden, gazing at the amazing displays. I will not get into too many details about what you'll see here but I'm just going to show you the photos I captured. According to Wikipedia, the flowers are maintained by re-use of waste water through drip irrigation method with an average amount of 757,082 litres (166,535 imperial gallons; 200,000 US gallons) of water per day. The Dubai Miracle Garden operates from October to April and remains closed from June to September due to high temperatures with an average of 40 °C (104 °F), which is not conducive for flower viewing. Useful Information Timing: 9AM – 9PM, Sunday to Thursday and 9AM – 11PM during Weekends (Friday and Saturday) Entry Rate: Regular Rates: Adult (40AED), Child below 12 yrs old (30AED) and Below 2 yrs free entry Amenities include Food Kiosks, Souvenir Shops, Prayer Room, Eating and Sitting Areas, Club Car Hire, Wheelchair, Trampoline, First Aid Room Planted area: 72,000 sqm Pathways: 4km Number of flowers: about 45 million Useful info to have in mind: The use of professional cameras and drones are not allowed inside the garden. Flower picking or touching is strictly forbidden.

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00 December 29th, 2017|

Best in Travel 2018 by Lonely Planet

The annual bestseller, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018, ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year's worth of inspiration to take travellers out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable - firmly setting the travel agenda for 2018. As self-confessed travel geeks, from Lonely Planet collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. And every year, we ask ourselves: Where are the best places in the world to visit right now? It's a very hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more discussion than any other. Best in Travel 2018 is our definitive answer. Inside, you'll discover : Top ten countries, regions and cities Best value destinations Best culture trips for families Best new openings and experiences Best new places to stay Top destination races, from walks and marathons to cycles and swims Top vegetarian and vegan destinations Top small-ship expedition cruises Best places for cross-generational family trips Best private islands that everyone can use

2018-02-23T09:14:21+00:00 December 27th, 2017|