I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been in Malta. Honestly at first, I didn’t had that much of interest visiting it. Ignorance is so bold, I know. My mom was so thrilled when she saw my roster by then -“Malta is delightful! You are going to love it!”-She was so convinced that I was going to change my mind once I land at Malta. This was some 2 roster behind though, I had it twice and then…I remember I had some other layovers which I didn’t like, and I managed to swap it for Malta instead. Next thing I knew, I was hooked with this Island! I was waiting for some time to gather all the things and photos, and write it all in one post. The island is very small, I find it so relaxing! Although Maltese’s like to hang out a lot, they’re very happy people, the city is always shinning of bright lights, restaurants full of people, the streets are always crowded in a way that you won’t feel insecure of wandering around solo. In addition, wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. A very friend of my dearest boyfriend send me an inbox with pictures of an article from National Geographic Traveler. It stated how amazing can be visiting the island and it also mentioned the top places to visit along with the top nice restaurants and hotels. So, even that I had this layover several times on my rosters, I was looking forward to do something different on each layover, or at least enjoy a different restaurant.
My first time visiting Malta I went with a nice Italian girl to Valletta. I always arrived with my eyes at the back of my head and almost crawling… But once I glimpse the beautiful blue Mediterranean beaches, the weather, the honey-coloured stones and its fascinating architecture that brings history back to life, yes. I’m all awake again. Valletta is like half an hour or a litle bit ore from where I was staying, which was at St.Julians. It is abundantly rich in sites to see and explore, intriguing historical buildings around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafés. Here is some lost shots of Valletta “A city built by gentlemen for gentlemen“: Continue reading “Malta Island”→
Every time I think about Budapest I feel disappointed from the decision that I made on my layover. I never take walking tours, but when I do, I choose the worst one to mess up all my plans. We arrived at 2pm at the hotel, late enough for the bus tours which all the crew that I met in the past have recommended me to booked it. Unfortunately, It was too late for these tours. Since it was my second week working 3 to 4 flights back to back with only one day off, I was so tired and also with jetlag to walk around to all the places that I wanted to visit alone. I mostly take a map and go solo. If I like the plan of the crew I’ll join, if not, then alone it is. In this case one of the crew invited me to go with her for a walking tour from a gentleman that offers tours for Emirates crew, so I thought..okay I guess (let me try it since I’m exhausted to navigate alone). I changed and meet up at the lobby. We were staying in the city, so we just walked more into it with a little bit of history and its beautiful architecture. I like tours that they say less history words and explanations, Why? Because I’m not in vacations. I’m there for only a day and a half or two, so I need to experienced the food, the light, sunset, the people, the views, everything. I love to take photos, and standing 5 to 7 mins in the same area talking and talking… It makes me anxious. This is why I prefer going solo with a map, except this time though! Which I don’t know what I was thinking of! I missed the Buda Castle which it was crossing the bridge near my hotel, the church, the liberty statue, the palace, a thermal bath etc. There’s a lot of things to do in Budapest and I know one day is not enough but I was hoping to at least visit the Buda Castle. The walking tour just gets you inside the city and its history, also by the Opera and Chain Bridge. I enjoyed yes, but crossing the bridge were all the sightseeing. I arrived late and tired of walking so I wasn’t able to continue alone. Although, I still recommend Budapest. It is a beautiful city, amazing architecture, food is delicious, many places to go and things to do, and best of all…is not expensive! This is what I did:
Switzerland, another one checked from my bucket list. I was pretty lucky to have this flight at the last moment in my roster and for my luck, the crew was awesome as well. We arrived at 8:00pm at the hotel and we arranged to meet up at the lounge to organize what we were going to do in the morning. While we were chatting and sharing ideas, we ordered a Swiss Burger along with a local beer. I was so excited, I mean, I’ve always wanted to eat a Swiss burger, that I even asked the waitress impatiently “Is it really the burger from the Swiss cow? Local cow? The big cows?” She laugh and said “Yes, not imported. All meat is from our local Swiss cows.” The burger was juicy, thick and big. Totally what I was expecting. After eating our juicy delicious burger, we finally agreed to rent a car and drive to the Swiss Alps which was an hour and half of trip. We met at 8am next day, ate some quick breakfast and left, we were like 7 of us. This was a great and one of a life time crew opportunity, I’m not exaggerating. Most crew don’t even do anything and they see renting a car like a big deal. Fortunately, we all wanted to see the alps and have a wonderful road trip experience in beautiful Switzerland.
We passed the city which had some classic old architecture, the view of the farms, nature, green everywhere, the amazing mountains…the road trip was beautiful indeed. I totally recommend it, you will enjoy the amazing views and good sightseeing spots to take photos. After an hour or so, we arrived at Rigis Swiss Alps. A breathtaking panoramic view across the Alps along with one of the oldest mountain railways, enjoyed the surroundings of 3 different water bodies. It has well signposted hiking trails, perfect for walks and mountain hikes. The flora view is amazing, mountains, lakes etc. It will really delight you. This is also located at the central of Switzerland. The whole area offers hotels, restaurants, souvenirs shops, hiking in summer and skiing in the winter! We didn’t hike, we took the rack railway, recommended as well. You’ll enjoy the view.
Planning to visit Paris in 3 days? I know you’re thinking “Who the hell travels to Paris for only 3 days?” well, in some cases people have a long trip to Europe, they visit Paris for a stop and then they move on to another destination. The truth is, most of the cases you don’t need 1 week to explore the city and attractions. I actually stayed in Paris for 4 days and managed to see the city it in 3 days! Let me share how I did it: