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TripAdvisor's "Rome, Italy"
Med Cruise Guide's "121 Things To Do In Rome: The Ultimate Guide"
Elyssa Bernard's "How to See the Pope in Rome"
Our experience 5/2016:
- St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Basilica di San Giovanni, in Laterano
- Chiesa Sacro Cuore di Gesu, in Prati
- Chiesa di San Gioacchino, in Prati
- Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura (St. Paul Basilica Outside the Walls)
- Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
- Musei Capitolini: massive; sculpture.
- Museo Leonardo da Vinci
- National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian
- Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo: castle, armor, views.
- Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
- National Museum of Palazzo Venezia
- Museo Altemps
- Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna
- Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel
- Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea
- Scuderie del Quirinale: exhibition space, contents vary, check for current exhibits.
- Palazzo Barberini
- Galleria Spada: relatively small but very nice.
- Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale
- Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica - Galleria Corsini
- Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi: design and fashion and history; free.
- Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica (AKA Palazzo Barberini ?)
- Museo Condominiale di Tor Marancia: neighborhood with lots of interesting murals
painted on the sides of buildings.
- Piazza Navona
- Music and Theater:
- Go to top of dome of St Peter's.
- Football: SS Lazio. Play in Stadio Olimpico.
- Football: AS Roma. Play in Stadio Olimpico.
- See huge writeup in Wikitravel's "Rome"
Take the direct train “Leonardo Express” from Fiumicino airport station (train every 30 minutes)
to Roma Termini train station.
Civitatis Rome's "Rome Metro"
Daily from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the metro runs until 1:30 am.
- Trains: Trenitalia
- Overall manager of transit: ATAC
- If you're not doing a lot of trips each day, best ticket is
the single-ride ticket (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo, or BIT) for €1.50.
Arriving at the airport, there is a train-ticket kiosk right at baggage claim;
buy tickets there while waiting for your luggage. We used the FR1 train. When validating tickets near the train,
put ticket in with the arrow reversed (pointing toward you) !
Train has no real space for luggage, which is strange.
We stayed in an apartment in Trastevere, about 2 blocks from the train station,
and 2 blocks from stop for Tram 8 into center. The only bad surprise: there is a €3/person/day "tourist overnight"
tax in the major tourist cities of Italy, so we had to pay that.
We found eating in Rome to be pretty expensive. A simple bread-2sodas-1pizza-1spaghetti meal usually was €35 or so.
We found the lasagna and spaghetti and pesto dishes to be disappointing, and the pizza pretty good.
We bought the 7-day Metro/bus/train pass, which was very convenient (just carry it with you, never have to use it except when entering Metro).
Validate it before the first trip you take. €24 apiece, and we took about 20 trips in 6 days, so it was cheaper than
buying single-trip tickets. The pass doesn't cover the train to/from the airport.
We went to St Peter's twice, once to see the basilica, the other time to see the Pope in an "Angelus" (AKA "Regina Coeli" ?).
Both were nice, but there wasn't much to the "Angelus", just the Pope talking.
Capitoline museum had lots of art, good view of the Forum, but left me a bit cold.
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj also stuffed with art, stunning building, wonderful.
Couldn't get tickets for the Borghese Gallery; have to buy them well in advance.
Best sites were the churches: free, and full of art and decoration. Every time you see a church somewhere,
try to go in. And some of them have free concerts.
Clothing: prices at street-vendors seemed to be about the same as prices inside stores.
Many clothing shops close around 8 or 9 ?
If an ATM says "we're going to do a Mastercard transaction", don't do it.
Both ATMs I did use didn't say anything about a fee, and no fees were imposed.
TripAdvisor's "Budapest, Hungary"
ATM in the baggage-claim hall to get cash. Also grab maps from stands.
When we were there 1/2016, global exchange rates were about
289 HUF / USD and
315 HUF / Euro.
No passport check, since we were flying from Spain. Outside baggage check, turn
right to buy ticket for 200E bus and Metro to city (about HUF 600).
Ways of getting into the city:
- Bus 200E from the airport to metro M3 (blue line) Kobanya-Kispest (30+ minutes),
then Metro blue (25+ minutes to Deak ter station in city centre).
Bus stops running at 10:45 PM or so.
Validate your Metro ticket in the little machines outside the escalators,
before getting onto the Metro.
- Airport Minibusz (shuttle bus, goes day and night, all night), which has a
desk in Terminal 2B, just as you step out to the airport hall after arrival.
- Taxi (Zona or Fo ?).
Budapest train to Kosice Slovakia [I know someone in school there]: from Keleti station. From airport, 200E bus to Blue M3 Metro,
transfer at Kalvin ter station, take Green M4 Metro to Keleti palyaudvar station (end of line).
Can buy tickets at machines or counter. Validate in little yellow machines
before taking escalator down to platforms.
Hotel / hostel
Single-trip ticket: HUF 350.
Add a transfer to a bus: another HUF 170 or so.
Single-day unlimited pass: HUF 1650 (so pays off if you're doing about 5 trips or more).
You can not buy passes at the airport, only single-ride tickets.
You will need to go to a Metro station to buy a pass.
We stayed in Marco Polo Top Hotel
Things to see and do
E87 for 4 nights
TripAdvisor's "Marco Polo Top Hotel"
We were there in January, when probably most hotels and hostels are 3/4-empty.
I expect they are very crowded in the summer "high season".
The staff is wonderful, friendly, extremely helpful.
The Wi-Fi is only in Reception and Bar, not in the rooms. Breakfast not included in room rate,
but is generous and reasonably priced.
- Andrassy St and City Park:
- Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park.
Wikipedia's "Vajdahunyad Castle"
Open 10-5 every day of week.
Spectacular building, exhibits not so great.
- Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asian Arts
Andrassy ut 103, at Bajza Utca metro stop.
- Book Cafe (Lotz Terem) on Andrassy Avenue is in a spectacular room.
Enter building, go through modern bookstore, take the escalator up to the top.
Andrassy ut 39 between Nagymezo and Jokai ter; halfway between Opera and Okotogon metro stops.
- Hungarian State Opera House
You can book tickets for shows in advance on the website,
but make sure you pick this location and not the Erkel Theatre, which is a totally different place.
- Pest Center:
- Parliament building: guided tours only.
St. Stephen's Basilica.
Open MTWRF 9-5, Sat 9-1, Sun 1-5. Cheap admission (HUF 200),
and you can go in for free if you really want to.
- Gresham Palace / Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
Very beautiful inside.
Near waterfront, between Chain bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica; Szechenyi Istvan ter 5-6.
- Vaci utca is the main pedestrian street for tourists.
Parallel to river about 2 blocks inland, from Rakoczi Ut up towards Chain bridge.
- Castle Hill:
- Bus 16 from Deak Square to Castle Hill.
- Fisherman's Bastion, wonderful views, free.
Next to Fisherman's Bastion.
Open MTWRF 9-5, Sat 9-1, Sun 1-5.
- Royal Palace.
Hungarian National Gallery is in east/main wing,
Budapest History Museum in in south wing, and the National Library is in west/southwest side.
The National Gallery is great, full of terrific art, takes a couple of hours, don't miss it !
- Citadella: great views.
Statue of lady (Liberty Statue) holding up palm leaf in her hands.
Szent Gellert ter Metro stop on Green line.
Also Cave Church near the base of the hill.
- Boat trip on River Danube.
Quite nice, especially in winter when not crowded.
Some boats don't run in the winter.
- Bela Bartok National Concert Hall at Palace of Arts.
- Hungarian National Museum.
At Kalvin ter Metro stop on Blue and Green lines.
First 1/3 of exhibits not so good, last 2/3 (19th and 20th century) are terrific.
Don't miss !
- Museum of Transport and aviation museum: closed for renovation when we were there.
- Danube Symphony Orchestra at the Danube Palace 1051 Zrinyi Street 5.
- CitySightseeing Hop On - Hop Off bus:
minimum ticket is a 2-day ticket for HUF 6000.
is an English-speaking
medical clinic near the Szell Kalman ter (M2) metro station.
A 800 sqm facility on the 5th floor of the Hattyu Haz building
includes 10 exam rooms, a laboratory, x-ray and mammography.
They take international medical insurance and do direct billing
with major insurers. Expect U.S. style service and care but also
Though less expensive, especially if you are a European citizen
with the European Health Insurance Card, public care can be a
long wait and there is no guarantee that you will find an
English-speaking medical professional.
Plenty of English spoken, written on signs, announced in the Metro trains.
Fairly cool weather except June-August.
Czech Republic is EU member but uses its own currency, Czech koruna (CZK), about 26 CZK per Euro.
- Prague Castle: 350 CZK includes castle,
St. Vitus Cathedral, castle picture gallery,
palaces, museums, royal gardens. Valid for two days, but you can go in each ticketed part only once.
Tram 22 goes up the hill above the castle. I'd say: don't pay for the ticket, just wander around
for free, you can see enough of the cathedral for free.
- Charles Bridge. Nice, pedestrian-only, crowded.
- Charles Square.
- Astronomical Clock
- Storch building.
- Jan Hus monument.
- Estate Theatre.
- Old Town Hall.
- Prague Giant Metronome
- Troja Chateau.
- Vitkov Hill: National Memorial, garden, views.
- Petrin Hill.
building complex including national library.
- Wallenstein Garden.
- Clam-Gallas Palace.
- Vysehrad Castle
with Basilica of St Peter and St Paul. Church not too impressive,
cemetery a bit interesting, nice area to wander through.
- Music and theater:
- To do:
- Boat ride on the river.
Pleasant but not great. I'd say pick the cheapest/shortest and maybe
go in late evening.
- Football etc: sport
- Day-trips out of Prague:
- Main train station is Praha hlavní nádraží (the central station, abbreviated to Praha hl.n.).
Pilsner Urquell brewery, second biggest Jewish synagogue in Europe (closed on Saturday, when
we were there), cathedral (closed for reconstruction in 2019 when we were there),
highest church tower in the Czech Republic,
medieval underground labyrinths, medieval city armoury, oldest brewery museum in the world.
The religious art museum was pleasant.
Train from central station, 1 hours 15 minutes, €5 one-way.
Bus from metro B Zličín, 1 hour.
- Kutna Hora: Gothic Cathedral of St Barbara, more.
Train from Praha-Liben station, 45 minutes, €5 one-way.
- Terezin: concentration camp.
No train service: no station.
Bus from Nadrazi Holesovice metro station (red-C line), less than 1 hour, €5 one-way.
Bus goes every hour.
Maybe worth doing. Huge fortress complex with multiple histories. We
spent about 5 hours there, longer than I wanted to, but it was interesting.
- Nizbor: glass factory.
Train from central station, 1 hour 10 minutes, €4 one-way.
Train from central station, 2 hours 30 minutes, €4 one-way.
Train from central station, 2 hours 10 minutes, €20 one-way.
- Vaclav Havel Airport Prague
ATMs in terminal, before, inside, and outside baggage claim.
Don't let them do currency-conversion for you.
Public transport tickets, which are valid on the buses, metro, and trams can be
bought from kiosks called Public Transport. Validate your ticket on the bus.
We bought bus-metro ticket at the bus booth outside of baggage claim, 32 CZK each.
Took 100 bus (which went 1 stop to terminal and dumped us off, had to cross street to catch
100 bus again), to Zlicin metro station. Bus stops very briefly and drives
very roughly; you have to hustle to get on and off, and hold on while they're driving.
Other buses (119, AE) are more direct, but this one happened to give us only one connection to our destinaton.
Express bus: buy ticket from the driver.
When leaving, we took the AE bus from the main train station to the airport. Some tips:
Go an hour earlier than usual. The AE bus might be full and you'd have to wait for the next
one, and many things (especially Passport Control) at the airport are very slow.
Bus costs CZK 60 each. In the main train station, from the metro platform, you have to go up
about 3 floors inside the station, to a street that is sort of on top of the station,
to get to the AE bus. Follow signs that have both a bus symbol and an airplane symbol on them.
In the airport, the Security check is done just before getting to the gate, so you probably
won't be able to carry a bottle of water onto the plane.
- Public buses don't enter the historic districts; you have to transfer to tram or metro.
- Validate your ticket when you get on the bus.
In the metro, validation boxes are located inside the stations before the stairs.
After having changed the tram/bus, you must not validate it again.
- Buy single-trip (30 or 90 minutes) tickets.
The 24-hour or 3-day tickets are not economical unless you plan
to travel more than 4 times a day for 90 minutes.
- But we were in Prague for 2 weeks, and should have bought the monthly ticket for 670 CZK.
If you take more than 28 short trips, the monthly pass is better. I assume the "month"
starts when you first use the monthly pass, not on first day of the calendar month.
- Prague Metro
- Prague Integrated Transport
- Trains: we took only one, round-trip to Plzen, but this was our experience:
When you buy "a ticket", what you get is a "flexi-ticket" that lets you ride
at any time that day. But it does NOT guarantee you a seat. Most seats (on the Plzen train) are
assigned/reserved, so you may have to stand. It may be possible to pay additional
to the conductor on the train to change from flexi to assigned seat. But probably
better to buy the assigned-seat ticket in the first place. And even if there aren't
many people waiting on the platform, so you think there will be plenty of seats,
the train may already be 4/5 full when it arrives from elsewhere. Or after you get on
and sit, at the next stop someone may board with a reservation for the seat you are in.
- Combined pass to all of the Jewish attractions costs 480 CZK (about €19).
- Carry a lot of coins: most pay-toilets cost 10 CZH, and many metro-ticket machines
take coins but not bills.
TripAdvisor's "Prague, Czech Republic"
- Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
Wikipedia's "Kunsthistorisches Museum"
Wonderful; don't miss it. Skip the top floor (coins). Middle floor is stuffed full of masterpieces by
Rubens, Titian, Raphael, etc. Lower floor lots of nice artifacts collected by the emperor or duke or whoever.
- Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer; aka the Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasures) in the
Can get combined ticket with Museum of Fine Arts.
- The New Palace (Neue Hofburg)
- Hofburg Palace: Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection (Kaiserappartements, Sisi Museum, Silberkammer).
Nice but not great; maybe skip it.
- Albertina: mainly modern art, but also royal apartments.
Very nice; don't miss it.
- MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art)
- Depot of Contemporary Art (Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark): part of MAK.
- Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).
Nice; extensive displays of stuffed animals, minerals, fossils, meteorites.
- Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts (Gemildegalerie)
- The Belvedere: palace/mansion/museum.
- Vienna House of the Arts (Kunst Haus Wien): modern art.
- Vienna Museum: city history museum.
- Museum of Military History.
- Leopold Museum.
- MUMOK aka Museum of Modern Art aka Ludwig Foundation.
- Liechtenstein Museum: baroque art, Rubens.
Guided tours only, by reservation only, on selected Fridays only.
- Technical Museum.
- Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral).
Dark, dank, plain, most of it closed off from the public. But it's free.
- Chapel of the Imperial Palace (Burgkapelle).
- Votivkirche. Very nice, well worth a visit.
- Schloss Schonbrunn: enormous palace; must-see. Tram 10 or 58, bus 10A.
- Rathaus (City Hall).
- Prater Park: has a giant ferris wheel, various other rides and attractions. Expensive.
city-walks "Viennese Prater Opening Hours, Ride Prices & Tips"
- Football: Rapid Vienna (play at Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion) and Austria Magna.
Also see Wikipedia's "Vienna sport".
- WienTourismus (Vienna Tourist Board)
- Vienna Unwrapped's "Vienna Walks - Six Routes With Maps To Guide Your Sightseeing"
- Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper).
Wikipedia's "Vienna State Opera"
Probably will have only the most expensive tickets (€130 and up) available unless you buy well in advance.
We bought cheap seats for a bad opera, just to get into the building. The entranceway parts of the building
are nice, but the auditorium itself is plain and uninteresting. I'd say skip it, go to Volksoper instead.
- Vienna Hofburg Orchestra (Wiener Hofburg Orchester).
- Theater an der Wien.
- Volksoper Wien (Vienna People's Opera)
Wikipedia's "Vienna Volksoper".
Slightly longish Metro ride to get there, but a nice opera house, smaller than the State Opera House.
- Wiener Musikverein,
home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Wiener Konzerthaus,
home of the Vienna Symphony.
- Vienna Mozart Orchestra.
- Music of Vienna - Classical Concerts.
Somehow, the ticket vendors standing in front of the cathedral have better prices than the web sites do,
about €10 cheaper. And sometimes they will upgrade you to a better section.
We went to the Vienna Residence Orchestra in Palais Auersperg,
and it was terrific. About 9 instruments in the orchestra, about 250 people in audience, nice space,
lovely music, nice dancing and singing. Well worth doing.
All seats are good, buy the cheapest tickets.
We went to the Palais Schonborn (not Schonbrun). Technically, the performance
probably was better than the Vienna Residence Orchestra. But it was less fun.
About 6 instruments in the orchestra, about 100 people in audience. Well worth doing.
The building is hard to find, allow extra time.
- Wikipedia's "Vienna balls".
- Vienna airport:
S-Bahn (commuter rail) costs about €4 to city center, but have to connect at edge of city.
IC/Railjet train goes straight to Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Main Station).
City Airport Train (CAT) nonstop to Wien-Mitte Station (Landstrasse).
- Bratislava airport:
Blaguss (bus): from the airport terminal building and arrives at Erdberg(U3) in one hour for €10.
Postbus/Slovak Lines (bus): from the airport terminal building and arrives to Sudtirolerplatz(U1) in under two hours for about €8.
- Inside Vienna:
Integrated transport system (bus, tram, train). Buy ticket in machine, validate in station or aboard bus.
Unlimited transfers. One-week ticket for about €16.
- Boats to Bratislava (but generally do not operate between October and March):
Twin City Liner (75 minutes; €40-70 round-trip)
Bratislava City Guide's "Bratislava to Vienna by boat"
"this is one of the less interesting stretches of the Danube"
- Train to Bratislava:
Bratislava City Guide's "Bratislava to Vienna by train"
- Bus to Bratislava:
TripAdvisor's "Vienna, Austria"
TripAdvisor's "Graz, Austria"
- Bratislava castle
Trolleybus 203 or 207.
- SNP Bridge (Most SNP; Most Slovenskeho narodneho povstania; previously called Novy most; New Bridge).
Observation deck open 1000-2300, admission €6.50.
- Red Stone Castle (Cerveny Kamen Castle)
- Slovak National Gallery (SNG).
Open TWFSS 1000-1800, R 1200-2000, closed Mondays. Admission free.
Under renovation 11/2017 ?
- Bratislava City Gallery (GMB).
Open TWRFSS 1100-1800, closed Mondays. Admission €3.50.
- Milan Dobeš Museum - modern art.
- Slovak National Museum (SNM).
An umbrella organization, not sure if there are any exhibits in the main building.
- Bratislava City Museum (MMB).
Open TWRFSS 1100-1800, closed Mondays. Admission €3.50.
- Nedbalka Gallery - modern art.
- Bratislava City Museum (Mestske Muzeum).
- Natural Science Museum.
- Museum of Transport (Stm Muzeum Dopravy).
- Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.
Open TWRFSS 1000-1800, closed Mondays. Admission €10.
Well outside of town, but a bus does run to it:
Bus 90, but buy tickets for both directions when getting on in center.
Quite nice museum, but not sure it's worth the effort and price.
- Heydukova Street Synagogue and Jewish Community Museum.
- Rusovce Mansion.
- Slovak Radio Building (Slovensky rozhlas).
- Botanical Gardens
of Comenius University.
Botanicka 3; take tram 1, 4, 5, 9 or 12 to stop Botanicka zahrada.
- Eurovea shopping center.
- Sad Janka Krala park (on the right bank of the Danube and next to Aupark shopping centre).
- St. Clare's Church (Kostol klarisiek). Currently used as a concert hall.
- Slovak National Theatre (nova budova Slovenskeho narodneho divadla).
- Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Capella Istropolitana chamber orchestra.
- Several annual music festivals, such as the Bratislava Music Festival and Bratislava Jazz Days and the Wilsonic Festival.
During the summer, various musical events take place as part of the Bratislava Cultural Summer at Bratislava Castle.
- Football: team Slovan Bratislava.
- Devin Castle (hrad Devin).
Bus 28 or 29. Closes around 1600 ?
- Slavin monument and cemetery
- Bratislava Free Tour.
Free walking tour covering the city's sights, culture and history. Every day at 1100 and 1500.
- Arriving from Vienna airport:
Blaguss bus from airport to bus terminal under New Bridge, about €7.
Postbus/Slovak Lines bus (tickets):
to bus station, about €7 plus €1 per suitcase, includes Wi-Fi.
No trains from airport.
Uber: about €40.
- Arriving from Bratislava airport:
61 bus from airport to main train station (Hlavna stanica) or to connect to trams into center.
- Bus tickets are sold by machines, not drivers, in this bus system. Validate after you get on board.
Ticket is valid for 15 (short route), 30 or 60 minutes after validation, and includes transfers.
Passes for 1, 3 or 7 days are available.
Bus, tram, trolley generally operate 0430 to 2330. There are some night buses operating out of the main rail station.
- Trains: two stations, Bratislava hlavna stanica (main station) and Bratislava-Petržalka (south).
From Bratislava hlavna stanica take 93 or X13 bus to center.
From Bratislava-Petržalka take 80 or 91 or 191 or 93 or 94 bus to center.
- Useful site: imhd.sk Public transport
TripAdvisor's "Bratislava, Slovakia"
- Saint George New Church (Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou): across street from east edge of Old Town,
south of Piata Universitate. Quite nice.
- Saint Spyridon the New Church
- Saint Joseph Cathedral
- The Holy Saviour Italian Church
- Biserica Coltea: southeast corner of Piata Universitate.
- Coral Temple: synagogue, a block or two southeast of Saint George New Church (Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou),
might be hard to find in twisty streets.
Need passport to get through Security ?
- Biserica Sf. Nicolae
- Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche
- Lady Balasa Church
- Antim Monastery
- Great Synagogue
- Patriarchal Cathedral:
southwest of Uniri Park fountains.
- Stavropoleos Monastery
- Radu Voda Monastery
- Mihai Voda (Michael The Brave) Church: east of east end of Izvor park.
- Biserica Alba (White Church)
- Biserica Kretzulescu
- Baratia Church
- Probably another 50 churches ...
- Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" AKA "village museum".
Outdoor traditional-architecture museum.
Open summer M 0900-1700, TWRFSS 0900-1900.
Metro station Aviatorilor, then longish walk west to the Arch and then a bit more NW to the entrance.
Pleasant place, but not exciting.
- National Museum of Art of Romania:
49-53 Calea Victoriei, open WRFSS 1000-1800. Northwest of metro station Piata Universitate.
Nice, well worth visiting. Next to Museum of Romanian Art, also nice.
- The Art Collections Museum:
Calea Victoriei 111, open SSMTW 1000-1800. Northwest of metro station Piata Universitate.
- Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History.
Near Piata Victorei, not the huge concrete blocky building,
but kind of across the street from that one. L20 admission. 3 floors. Nice, but better for kids.
- Cotroceni Palace (Palatul Cotroceni):
Boulevard Geniului 1-3, long walk east of metro station Politehnica, across street
from south edge of Gradina Botanica Dimitrie Brandza.
Or take 336 bus from/to Piata Universitate.
Open TWRFSS 0930-1730. Church supposedly is open-entry, but there's elaborate security to get in.
You must surrender a passport or ID document, get a badge, go through metal-detector, get escorted.
Palace/museum is by guided tour of 60 or 100 minutes:
Must reserve in advance, but I was able to get a reservation about 24 hours in advance of the visit.
A little pricey at L55 each, almost nowhere to sit down during the tour, but lots of nice rooms
and furniture and some nice art.
- George Enescu Museum (Muzeul George Enescu)
Sometimes they have small concerts in the museum, too.
- National Military Museum Bucharest
- Muzeul National al Aviatiei Romane: a bit hard to get to, and outdoor planes decaying.
- Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei: history museum. On west side of Old Town.
- Bucharest Municipal Museum:
SW corner of Piati Universitate. Open WRFSS 1000-1800.
- Muzeul George Severeanu
- K. H. Zambaccian Museum
- Muzeul Theodor Aman
- National Museum of Contemporary Art. Somewhere behind Palace of Parliament,
but the area is pretty desolate, and with a long hot walk we still couldn't find the museum. Skip it.
- MARe / Muzeul de Arta Recenta
- Muzeul Micul Paris: small, antiques, etc.
- Ligia and Pompiliu Macovei Art Collection
- Muzeul CFR: railway and model train museum.
- Casa Experimentelor: kid's science museum.
- Museum of Senses Bucharest
- Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman)
- Palace of Parliament (Palatul Poporului).
Open summer 0900-1700, winter 1000-1600.
Palace of Parliament - Bucharest International Conference Centre
Go to metro station Izvor and then walk south through Izvor park, then SW onto Izvor street.
Ticket office is within the "Constantin Brâncuși" Exhibition Hall 2-4, Izvor Street.
Bring your passport or ID card; you will not be admitted without it.
Guided tours only, and there are limits on number of visitors per group.
Building is big but boring: lots of marble and chandeliers and huge rooms, but almost no art,
no interesting furniture. No cafes anywhere in the area, too. Skip it.
- Ceausescu Mansion
- CEC Palace
On west side of Old Town, across from Romanian History Museum.
Now a bank building, I think. Reservation needed to get inside.
- Palatul Regal / Royal Palace
(one wing of this is the National Museum of Art of Romania ?)
- Biblioteca Centrala Universitara
- To do:
- Cismigiu Gardens
- Herastrau Park
- The Botanical Garden (Gradina Botanica Dimitrie Brandza).
East of metro station Politehnica, southest of metro station Grozavesti.
Open summer 0800-2000, winter 0900-1700.
- Macca Villacrosse Passage: full of hookah bars. On west side of Old Town.
- National Arena Stadium Bucharest: football, concerts, etc.
- Sala Palatului: big concert/event place, gets mixed reviews.
- Parcul Tei: park and amusement park.
- AFI Palace Cotroceni:
huge shopping mall with ice-skating rink, lots of stuff for children.
South and southwest of metro station Politehnica.
Open SunMTWR 1000-2200, FSat 1000-2300.
- Park Lake Mall: nice shopping mall.
- Baneasa Shopping City
- Mega Mall
- Lighted fountains: Piata Unirii, across from Piata Unirii mall, a little SW of it.
2130 to 2230 at least, I think, in summer. Not sure.
- Music / theater:
- Airport: Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP; formerly Bucharest Otopeni International Airport)
is outside city to the north.
[There is a second airport, Aurel Vlaicu Airport, which doesn't do scheduled passenger traffic.]
- Getting from airport to Bucharest Nord train station (which is pretty close to city center,
on NW side of city center):
CFR shuttle bus (0530-2100) from terminal to airport train station, then train to Nord station; combined ticket for bus and train.
780 (0500-2300) express bus:
- Getting from airport to city center:
783 (24-hour) or 784 express bus:
- Metro: runs 0500-2300, but there are night buses too ?
There is an underground metro, trams (run on rails), buses, and tram-buses (powered from overhead wires).
There is a paper ticket (L20 for 10 trips), but it only works in the metro.
I think there is a plastic 15-trip card costs 30 Leu (€6) first time you buy it,
25 Leu (€5) to recharge with another 15 trips, and works in everything ?
mapa-metro's "Bucharest Metro"
Romania Insider's "The essentials to get around the Bucharest metro system"
- We have relatives in Fieni (map), so:
Train to Targoviste (better for Fieni) or Ploiesti (trains more frequent and faster).
Train through Targoviste and Fieni finishes at Pietroșița.
Bucharest Nord to Fieni takes 2 h 35 min.
The route from Târgovişte to Bucharest is served daily by 12 trains
leaving from from the station of Tirgoviste and arriving at
the stations of Bucuresti Nord, Bucuresti Baneasa, Bucuresti Obor.
The average journey duration is 2 h 20 min. The first train leaves
at 3:47am. The last one is at 5:32pm.
You can get to Targoviste both by train and by bus; buses are very frequent,
leaving every half hour from Bucharest, but they might be uncomfortable.
It's probably better to use one of the four Accelerat-type trains linking
Bucharest with Targoviste; you can check timetables on
(write "Bucuresti Nord" in the "From" field and "Tirgoviste", not Targoviste,
in the "To" field).
operates a bus from Bucharest to Târgovişte hourly, to Fieni 3x daily (leave approx 1100, 1600, 1830).
Tickets cost 3€ - 4€ and the journey takes 1 h 37 min to Târgovişte, 2 h 5 min to Fieni.
Grup ATYC stations in Bucharest are:
Autogara IDM Basarab Kennedy
(Str. Orhideelor 35 Bucharest Romania 010953) and
Calea Grivitei Banca Romaneasca
(Calea Griviței 148 București Rumanía).
Both stations are near Nord train station; Calea Griviței seems closer to the station.
Buses from Fieni to Bucharest: leave 7, 8, 10, 1, 3 ?
- Tourist Info: 27 Carol I Boulevard, a bit away from center, near Piata CA Rosetti.
- Bucharest Tourist Info: Cale Victoriei 68-70, at corner of Piata Revolutiei.
- Tourist Information Office: at Piata Universitatii, inside the metro station, seems to be open 1000-1800.
- Currency: about 4 Leu per Euro.
TripAdvisor's "Things to Do in Bucharest"
- "A 30 euro ticket gives you entry to the Acropolis (including the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysus),
Kerameikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman Agora, Ancient Agora, and Hadrian's Library,
as well as Aristotle's Lyceum which is a little further away next to the Byzantine and Christian Museum."
Normal ticket to Acropolis/Parthenon/Dionysus alone is €20.
The 30 euro ticket is good for 5 days, but does not allow reentry to a previously visited site.
Can't buy it at all sites; buy it at Acropolis and start there.
- Athens Card.
Doesn't seem like a very good deal, to me.
- The Acropolis. A hill with multiple things on it.
"There are two entrances, the lesser-used one starting near the new Acropolis Museum and allowing you to climb up through the
Theatre of Dionysus, but this is a little bit more physically taxing as the climb can get steep."
Open summer MTWRFS 0800-1900, Sun 0800-1500. Winter 0800-sunset.
- Parthenon: temple.
- Temple of Athena Nike.
- Temple of Hephaestus.
- Propylea: gateway.
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus: theater.
- Theatre of Dionysis.
- New Acropolis Museum
Open summer M 0800-1600, TWRSS 0800-2000, F 0800-2200. Winter MTWR 0900-1700, F 0900-2200, SS 0900-2000.
- Roman Agora/Roman Forum.
- Ancient Agora.
- Syntagma Square. Parliament building and the newly-restored Grande Bretagne Hotel.
Also, catch the changing of the (only four ?) guards in front of the Parliament every hour on the hour.
- Kerameikos: ancient cemetery.
- Temple of Olympian Zeus (ruins).
- Panathinaiko Stadium: housed the first modern day Olympic Games of 1896.
- Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
- Agia Irini Church.
- Church of St. Panteleimon.
- Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church).
- "Many Greek Orthodox churches at Piraeus. The 3 biggest are Saint Nicholas, Saint Spyridon and Holy Trinity."
- To do:
- Lycabettus Hill: great views.
- Philopappos Hill / Mars Hill: great views. Path leading up from Acropolis, along side of Parthenon. Wear
good shoes, and maybe don't go on a windy day. Prison of Socrates.
- "Archeological walk which starts at Vasilisis Amalias Street, passes in front of the
New Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, Herodion Theatre, Thiseio (Apostolou Pavlou Str),
Ermou Street and ends at the popular area of Kerameikos (Gkazi) where numerous bars
and clubs are located. Pleasant walking can also be had in Plaka, especially its upper reaches,
and in much of Kolonaki, and the National Garden can provide a welcome respite from the heat and noise of the city center."
- Beginning of Ifaistou St, next to Monastiraki station, street is lined with second-hand and surplus shops of every description.
- Flea Market is held on Sunday mornings in Plateia Avissinia at the western end of Ifaistou St.
- National Gardens, behind the Parliament building.
- "Ermou Street, an approximately one-kilometre-long pedestrian road connecting Syntagma Square to Monastiraki ...
in the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe ..."
- "Dionysiou Areopagitou Street has been pedestrianised, forming a scenic route.
The route starts from the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, continues under
the southern slopes of the Acropolis near Plaka, and finishes just beyond the Temple of Hephaestus in Thiseio."
- Eat: souvlaki (grilled kebab in pita bread), koulouri (sesame-seed bread ring),
galaktoboureko (custard-filled pastry), tyropitta (cheese pie).
- Drink: frappe (cold coffee).
TripAdvisor's "Athens, Greece"
- Tourist Info offices:
Small one inside Theater Politeama, open 0900-1300.
Big one at Piazza Bellini open 0900-1900 ?
Half a dozen others around the city.
- Museums and buildings:
- Museo archeologico regionale "Antonino Salinas" (admission free)
- Zisa palace
- Cuba palace
- Palazzo dei Normanni
Only two big rooms, but the chapel is absolutely spectacular, other room is full of religious art.
- Palazzo Natoli
- Palazzo Chiaramonte
Guided tours only, and all the interesting parts were closed for restoration when I was there.
- Palazzo Abatellis
- Palazzo Ajutamicristo.
I was there on a free day, but I think I saw everything. Very disappointing, just a ground-floor sculpture exhibition.
- Palazzina Cinese
- Palazzo Asmundo
Visit by appointment only, when I was there.
- Palazzo Riso (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia)
Often closed for private events, all I could see was ground floor for €3, very disappointing, skip it.
- Palazzo Mirto
Quite nice; don't miss it.
- GAM (Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna Empedocle Restivo)
Open 0930-1830, closed Mondays, €7, free first Sunday of month.
I found it nice but not great.
- Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia)
- Some museums are free on first Sunday of the month:
get printed list at Tourist Info.
- Churches etc:
- To do:
- Mount Pellegrino. Take 812 bus (30-35 minutes) to top. Bus runs every 1.5 hours or so; check timetable.
But the end of the bus line is not the top of the hill. It stops at a church surrounded by trinket shops and
a cafe or two, with no good views of anything. The bus you came on will leave again in 20 minutes,
and the next one down will be 2 hours after you arrived. I wasn't in the mood to walk to the top,
so I don't know how good it is up there.
- Monte Gallo.
- Mondello (beach and clubs).
- Sferracavallo (great restaurants).
- Sailboat cruise.
- Football: Unione Sportiva Citta di Palermo SpAhtd.
Stadium is Stadio Renzo Barbera, address Viale del Fante 11.
Take 101 or 106 bus (101 is more frequent)
up Via della Liberta to Piazza Giovanni Paolo II or stadium.
Go early, buses may be jammed.
Buy ticket ahead of time, maybe at official store at Maqueda 399 about 3 blocks toward center from Theater Massimo. You
will have to show ID so your name can be put on the ticket, and show same ID at the stadium. Try to get
a seat under the roof, in the shade; the sun is strong here.
Cheapest ticket about €6.
- Local buses and trams: AMAT
Maybe best to get "Biglietto Giornaliero MultiDay 7 giorni": unlimited travel for 7 days for €16.80.
Can't pay on the bus; have to buy a ticket somewhere else before boarding.
Free "Centro Storico" bus loops through and around the center, 0635-2100, every 14 minutes or so.
- Local trains: Palermo metropolitan railway service
- Shuttle bus to/from airport: getbybus's "Airport Bus Palermo"
Stop at Piazza Castelnuovo is announced as "Politeama".
- Train to airport.
- Long-distance buses: AST
- Trips out of the city:
We Are Palermo's "Places You Should Visit Around Palermo"
- Monreale. Town 8 KM west of Palermo. Cathedral and cloisters.
Takes about 50 minutes to get there on AST bus from Palermo.
AST bus (726, I think) leaves across piazza from central train station, Piazza Giulio Cesare / Via Roma.
Also could take AMAT bus 389 from Piazza Independencia.
Probably takes longer than AST bus.
Get bus schedules and map of Monreale from Tourist Info. Each bus goes about every 60 to 90 minutes.
Traffic was horrible, which is why 8 KM takes 50 minutes or so.
AST bus stopped well away from the cathedral; a bit hard to find the way across town.
Cathedral is closed from about 12:45 to 2:30 each day.
The cathedral was very nice, but there's nothing else in town other than cafes and such.
I guess I'm glad I went, but it was a lot of time for a moderately-good experience.
- Bagheria. Town east of Palermo.
Go there by train (about 15 minutes one-way). From central station, trains leave in cycles, it seems: local train, 10 minutes later an express train,
then 30-40 minutes to next local train, repeat. €2.50 each way. Validate ticket before getting on train.
Get maps before going (Palermo Tourist Info doesn't have any). No maps at the Bagheria station, half the public maps
around town are vandalized, signs outside the station are backwards, and the place is 10x bigger than I expected.
Many villas/churches were closed or half-closed when I was there.
- Villa Palagonia (Villa dei Mostri). €6 and the buildings were closed when
I was there.
- Museo Guttuso (modern art). €6.
To get there from train station: come out of front door of station, turn right, go back across train tracks, turn left, go a couple of blocks.
- Catania. On east coast of island, almost as far as you can get from Palermo.
Coastal train that goes south takes about 4 hours; more direct train (central ?) takes about 3 hours.
I'm told there's no bar-car on the train; take your own food and drink.
- Mount Etna. Just north of Catania.
- Stromboli Volcano, on an island north of Sicily.
- Mailing postcards:
Stamp €1.30 to rest of EU, about €2.20-2.55 to USA.
No mailboxes or mailslots at Post Offices; have to wait in line, or find a box on the street.
Careful: If you buy a "GPS" stamp at a postcard shop, it can only go in a yellow GPS mailbox.
If you buy a normal stamp at a tabacchi or post office, it has to go in a red mailbox.
Not sure if there are green mailboxes, and what goes in them.
I put a "GPS" stamped postcard in a red mailbox, was told it would be thrown away, but it
did arrive in Spain about 5 weeks later.
TripAdvisor's "Palermo, Italy"
The Crazy Tourist's "15 Best Things to Do in Palermo (Italy)"
Mainly about the capital city, Valletta, on the main island (Malta Island):
- Before you arrive: buy tickets for the Hypogeum, if you want to go there.
- Tourist Info offices: Triton Fountain, MUZA, Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf),
Inquisitor's Palace / Main Gate Street / Birgu, Plaza Commercial Centre / Sliema.
- There is a Maltese Liri currency, at about 1 Liri to €2.3.
- Cathedral Museum.
- Grandmaster's Palace and Armoury / Palace of the Grand Masters.
Near Republic Square. €10 admission.
Pleasant, but best part is that €10 ticket includes admission to MUZA.
- National Library. 36 Old Treasury Street, at Republic Square. Need photo ID to get in.
- Casa Rocca Piccola.
74 Republic Street. MTWRFSat 1000-1700.
Lots of nice art and historic stuff and furniture, pretty interesting.
- National Museum of Fine Art. (National Community Art Museum, MUZA ?) Merchants St at Melita St, Auberge d'Italie.
Large and most of it quite nice. Some nice modern art, some not-nice modern art, and plenty of
fine art from 1600-1900 or so.
- Lascaris War Rooms.
- Churches etc:
- St. John's Co-Cathedral. MTWRF 0930-1600, Sat 0930-1230.
Entrance is through the Carappechia Annex on Republic Street between St John's Street and St Lucy Street.
Quite nice; don't miss it !
- Tarxien Temples. In Tarxien, just S of Valletta / SW of Three Cities.
- Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. In Tarxien, just S of Valletta / SW of Three Cities.
in advance. Admission €20.
When we were in Malta, it was closed Tues and Wed, and all other days of our stay had no tickets available.
So buy before you arrive.
- Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu. 74 St Paul St.
- Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / Madonna tal-Karmnu Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Old Mint Street, in Birgu.
- St. Catherine of Italy. Victory Square.
- Our Lady of Victories Church. Victory Square.
- St. Francis' Church Valletta.
- St. Lawrence's Church, in Birgu.
- Saint Publius Church, in Floriana.
- Stella Maris Church Sliema.
- Saint Patrick's Church, in Sliema.
- St Augustine Church & Priory.
- Santu Wistin, in Valletta old city.
- San Girgor il-Kbir St. Gregory the Great, in Sliema.
- Sites etc:
- Upper Barrakka Gardens.
- Fort St. Elmo.
- St. James Cavalier fortress. Theater, cinema, etc.
- St. Barbara Bastion.
- St George's Square: colored water fountain.
- Fort Manoel. Open once a month ?
- Is-Suq Tal-Belt Valletta Food Market. Just about the only grocery store inside the old town.
- Music and theater:
- To do:
- Airport (MLA) is in Luqa, Malta. Best bus to Valletta is X4, followed by X1, then 71, 72, 73.
X4 bus stops just long enough to pick up people; don't miss it.
- Buses: Malta Public Transport
Maybe buy Tallinja 12-single-day-journeys card for €15. Can be shared.
Not valid on the ferries to the towns just across the water from Valletta:
Sliema, and the Three Cities, despite what web sites say.
- Ferry from Three Cities back to Valletta: ticket includes ticket to the huge lift up
to Upper Barraka Gardens.
- Day-trips out of the city:
- Mellieha: on NE side near NW corner of island. Great beaches, Mellieha Parish Church.
- Golden Bay: on W side near NW corner of island, great beach.
- Mdina: in center of island, next to town of Rabat. Fortress city.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul / Monsateru ta' San Pietru (MTWRF 0930-1630, Sat 0930-1530),
Carmelite Priory, Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, Church St. Agatha.
Buses 50 and 51 and maybe more from Valletta. Stop to get off is not called "Mdina", it's
called "Is-Saqqajja". But the bus turns in and then 90% or more of the riders will get off there,
it's pretty obvious.
Cathedral, Cathedral Museum, and Carmelite Priory are quite nice, don't miss them.
- Rabat: Gozo Cathedral ?
- Mosta: in center of island and a little N.
Mosta Dome (Rotunda).
Open MTWRF 0930-1730, Sat 0930-1630, Sun 1200-1630.
- Hagar Qim and Mnajdra: on SW side of island. Stone-age temples.
- Ferry to Gozo ? Church of St. John The Baptist in Xewkija,
Ta' Pinu National Shrine in Gharb, St. George's Basilica in Victoria,
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Victoria,
Xaghra Parish Church in Xaghra.
Wikitravel's "Valletta" (capital)
TripAdvisor's "Things to Do in Malta"
So, Malta at Christmas was nice, we had fun. Highlights were the cathedral, MUZA, an "adoration" event in St Publius church,
and trip to Mdina. But too many churches were closed, and it was a bit cold and windy. Not one of our better vacations.
- An expensive place. Maybe 30% more expensive than Barcelona ?
- Hotel d'Assezat / Fondation Bemberg Musee
Private museum, not included in free-first-Sunday.
Some nice art and antiques, and some nice big-name paintings (Picasso, Degas, etc).
But a bit overpriced at €8 admission, maybe skip it.
- Musee Les Augustins
Very nice, don't miss.
- Les Abattoirs
Modern art ? Open very limited hours.
- Georges Labit Museum
- Musee Saint-Raymond
- Museum de Toulouse
(AKA "MHNT" or "Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de la ville de Toulouse").
Big, nice, often crowded, nice gardens behind. Don't miss.
- Musee du Vieux-Toulouse.
7 rue du May. Open MTWRFS 1400-1800.
- Musee Paul-Dupuy.
13 rue de la Pleau. Metro ligne B station Carmes.
Admission free first Sunday of month.
Pleasant, but really only the clock/watch exhibit impressed me.
- History of Medicine Museum. Always free admission. Open very limited hours.
- Espace Cobalt art gallery.
55 Av Louis Breguet.
- TripAdvisor's "Art Galleries in Toulouse"
- Espace EDF Bazacle, an old
decommissioned hydro power plant now turned into a free museum. Pretty nice.
- Dome de la Grave.
A functioning hospice or something, not a museum or
monument as I expected.
- Galerie du Chateau d'Eau.
Admission €4 and not sure what is inside, decided not to do it.
- Capitole building.
Open free to the public when the mayor/government is not in session.
Several huge rooms with statues and paintings, very nice.
- All public museums are free on first Sunday of the month.
- Churches etc:
- Toulouse Cathedral
(AKA Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Toulouse, AKA Cathedral of Saint Stephen).
Big and pleasant but a strange layout.
Part is closed-off and €5 admission, but we skipped that.
Sunday mass at 11 was interesting.
- Basilique Saint Sernin.
Pleasant, and free except for the crypt/sanctuary area.
- Le Couvent des Jacobins
- Basilique Notre-Dame de la Daurade.
6/2018 extremely dark, being renovated, large parts curtained off or empty.
- Eglise Saint-Aubin.
Closed when we were there, no sign saying when it's open.
- Eglise Notre-Dame du Taur.
Nice, and free.
- Eglise St-Nicolas.
Very nice, and free.
- Eglise St-Pierre des Chartreux.
Very nice, and free.
But sign said mass Sunday at 1000, we went there, not open.
Also nice university cafe up the street from it, back behind student housing.
- Eglise Notre-Dame de la Dalbade.
Pleasant, and free.
- Chateau de la Reynerie.
Metro red/1 to stop Reynerie (direction Basso Cambo).
The park is pleasant, but the chateau is very hard to find (no signs) and plain and closed. Skip it.
Saw a bit of it along the tram line, didn't look very interesting.
Odyssud park is pleasant, but uninteresting. Skip it.
- Music and theater:
- To do:
- Garonne River cruise.
There are cruises on the canal and cruises on the river.
Ones on the river (only July and August ?) may leave from either Plaza de la Dourade (near Notre Dame) or
Port de l'Embouchure (hard to get to, maybe take "Navette Aeroport" bus/metro ?).
- Stade Toulousain rugby union team
- Toulouse Olympique rugby league team
Stadium is "Stade Ernest Argeles" in Blagnac, along the river.
Probably take Metro red/1 to stop Arenes, then tram T1 to stop Place du Relals, then walk east to river.
- Toulouse FC football team
- La Cite de l'espace.
Not easy to get to; have to take a bus.
- Airbus factory.
Take Metro red/1 to stop Arenes, then tram T1 to stop Beauzelle Aeroscopia, then 20-minute walk.
Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission €16-24.
No photography allowed on the tour/factory, but maybe inside the museum ?
Reviews seem to say museum is good, panoramic tour is worthless.
Lots of decidedly mixed reviews on
- Ailes Anciennes Toulouse.
Open-air aircraft museum; aircraft being restored to display in Aeroscopia Museum.
Tram T1 to Beauzelle stop and cross the ring road via the Pinot footbridge.
- Disco etc: La Dynamo ?
- From Barcelona by train: have to change twice, Girona and Narbonne ?
But no, there is a direct train once per day, cost about €55 each way, takes about 3 hours.
- From Barcelona by bus:
Takes about 6 hours. Our Flixbus from Barcelona didn't stop for food until about 5 hours in.
If you're non-EU, you must carry your passport, not just your TIE. Driver will check
before leaving, and police will check at the border.
- Inside the city: bus, tram, metro: Tisseo
All use same ticket; single ticket €1.60, 10-trip €13.40.
- Day-trips out of the city:
Carcassonne Medieval City ramparts (nice, no need to pay), Cathar Castle, Chateau Comtal,
Eglise Saint-Nazaire, Carcassonne Cathedral, St. Vincent's Church,
Museum of Fine Arts (very nice; don't miss; free admission).
90 KM from Toulouse, to SE.
By bus, or train (75 minutes).
But there seem to be few buses and we couldn't get a schedule.
Town is split into two areas, old and new. Train station is on side of new town farthest from the old town,
but the town is not big, quite walkable. No Tourist Info at the station; you have to walk down into the
middle of new town to get to Tourist Info, but signs are good. Tourist info has good maps, helpful people, and
free bathrooms. Enter old town via Porte d' Aude entrance. Free admission, and there's plenty of town and ramparts
to see for free, we didn't bother going into the €9-admission area. Art museum (in new town) is quite nice
and has nice sofas and free bathroom and free admission.
Cathedrale Sainte Cecile (mostly free, and quite nice), Musee Toulouse-Lautrec (expensive at €9 but probably worth it; bathrooms
hard to find, take elevator to -1),
Palais de la Berbie (museum is inside it),
Les Jardins de la Berbie (free and okay).
70 KM from Toulouse, to NE. 60 minutes by train.
Eglise St-Michel, Musee des arts du sucre & du chocolat, Musee Charles Portal - Histoire et Architecture, Le Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain.
70 KM from Toulouse, to NE, but maybe you have to go through Albi first, so 90 KM ? Train to Albi, bus to Cordes-sur-Ciel ?
Le Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Victor Brun (nice, crammed full of stuff, €3.50 admission),
Eglise Saint-Jacques de Montauban (nice),
Montauban Cathedral (nice), Archeodeco Boutique des Musees, Cortade Art MTB.
50 KM from Toulouse, to N. 25 minutes by fast train, 40 minutes by normal train.
From train station, go straight out and up Avenue de Mayenne, merge onto Avenue Aristide Briand,
cross the river into the historic center.
Tourist Info is about as far as you can get from the train station, completely on other side of town.
Grotte de Massabielle (the famous grotto), Basilique de l'Immaculee Conception,
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, Basilique Saint-Pie X.,
Sacre-Coeur Parish Church, Chateau Fort of Lourdes.
120 KM from Toulouse, to WSW. 110 minutes by inter-city train.
Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges.
100 KM from Toulouse, to SW. 100 minutes by train.
- Trains: SNCF.
Don't understand the ticketing. The first time, an attendant helped us use the shiny white "grand line" ticket
machine, and the fare was grand too, €17.50 one-way to Carcassone.
The next time, an attendant helped us use the dingy old blue ticket machine, and the fare was €5 one-way to
Albi, a distance not much less than the distance to Carcassone. The cheap ticket is "Billet Tikemouv", Classe 2,
good on any train during the day. For the expensive ticket, we had to specify exact trains, so if we'd missed
the train, I think we'd get no refund. Neither ticket, the expensive or the cheap, had a seat-assignment.
So, use the blue machines and get the cheap ticket. In either case, validate your ticket before getting on the train.
- Tourist Office
TripAdvisor's "Toulouse, France"
Lisa Alexander's "11 Top Tourist Attractions in Toulouse & Easy Day Trips"
Eurail's "Portugal by Train"
Algarve Bus.Info's "Travel by plane, bus or train between the Algarve and Spain"
Kate's Travel Tips' "How to get from Spain to Morocco & 3 beautiful cities you need to see!"
Talked to someone who had been to Morocco in 2018, and he said it was bad,
vendors grabbing you to keep you from walking away, flies all over the food.
Awesome web site:
Travel with Dick and Jane
Kate's Travel Tips' "Everything you need to know about visiting Istanbul"
Kate's Travel Tips' "How to save money on flights when you travel in Europe"
Wikipedia's "Supranational European Bodies"
[Definitely not in Europe, I know.]
- Churches and buildings:
- Museo de la Nacion, in San Borja.
- Casa Museo Ricardo Palma, in Miraflores.
- Museo Amano, in Miraflores.
- Museo Enrico Poli, in Miraflores.
- El Funicular (art), in Barranco.
- Museo de Arte Colonial Pedro de Osma, in Barranco.
- Museo Galeria Arte Popular de Ayacucho, in Barranco.
- Museo Antonio Raimondi, in La Molina.
- Museo de Plateria Peruana Vittorio Azzariti, in La Molina.
- Museo de la Nacion, in San Borja.
- Museo Aeronautico, in Surco.
- Museo de Historia Natural de la PUCP, in Surco.
- Museo de Oro del Peru y Armas del Mundo, in Surco.
- Centro Cultural de la Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes.
- Casa Museo Jose Carlos Mariategui.
- Casa Museo Miguel Grau.
- Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren.
- Galeria Pancho Fierro.
- Galeria ICPNA San Miguel.
- Museo Andres del Castillo.
- Museo de Arte Italiano.
- Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI).
- Museo de Arte de San Marcos.
- Museo Metropolitano de Lima.
- Museo Militar (Centro de Estudios Historicos Militares).
- Museo de Historia Natural UNMSM, in Jesus Maria.
- National Museum of Archaeology and History
(Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Arqueologia e Historia del Peru), in Pueblo Libre.
- Museo Larco
(Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Hoyle), in Pueblo Libre.
- ARTCO, in San Isidro.
- Enlace Arte Contemporaneo, in San Isidro.
- Parks and plazas:
- Parque de la Exposicion (Parque de Lima).
- Parque de la Reserva (Circuito Magico del Agua).
- Parque Universitario.
- Gran Teatro Nacional in San Borja.
- Teatro Felipe Pardo y Aliaga.
- Teatro Municipal.
- Teatro Segura.
- Cuzco and Machu Picchu:
- Foreigners should not drink the tap water in Peru.
Time's "Lima: 10 Things to Do"
A Chinese Nomad's "Backpacking Guide to Peru"
SmarterTravel's "Tips on Lima Warnings or Dangers - Stay Safe!"
GoBackpacking's "Lima Travel Guide"
Touropia's "10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lima"
Tony Dunnell's "Top 10 Things to Do in Lima, Peru"
Lonely Planet's "Lima"
PeruMira's "46 Museos de Lima Metropolitana - Peru"
I didn't like Lima. The traffic is ferocious. The interesting bits are in separate places,
so you have to travel a lot from one to the other. The weather (October) was grey, dusty, polluted.
The beaches seemed poor (except for one in the NW, maybe called Magdalena) and I'm told the sea is polluted.
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