Singapore Light to Night Festival 2018

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Singapore Light to Night Festival 2018

[Local Feature] - From 19 - 28 January 2018, Singapore Civic District is hosting the Light to Night Festival 2018 with several historical buildings all lighted up dazzling viewers in an engaging spectacle of colours and lights. In addition, the National Gallery Singapore is also exhibiting masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Raden Saleh and more in the Special Exhibition - Century of Light (Colour of Impressionism and Between Worlds). 

If you do not have anything planned this weekend or the next, do head down and visit the National Gallery Singapore as these special exhibits are having FREE ADMISSION on 19-21 and 26-28 January as part of the on-going festival! 

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

Victoria Theatre

Victoria Theatre

Colour of Impressionism - Angelina by Edouard Manet. (Doesn't this look like Mr Bean?)

Colour of Impressionism - Angelina by Edouard Manet. (Doesn't this look like Mr Bean?)

The Red Buoy by Paul Signac (Pointilism)

The Red Buoy by Paul Signac (Pointilism)

Palace of the Popes by Paul Signac (Pointilism)

Palace of the Popes by Paul Signac (Pointilism)

Doorway at the Between Worlds Exhibit

Doorway at the Between Worlds Exhibit

A Beautiful Blue and Gold Arch Doorway at the Between Worlds Exhibit

A Beautiful Blue and Gold Arch Doorway at the Between Worlds Exhibit

Experience the Light to Night Festival and the Wonderful Exhibits. 

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Sights of Budapest

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Sights of Budapest

Budapest, the third city we visited as part of our Austria-Hungary-Turkey trip. We took ta 5 hours train ride from Salzburg to Budapest.

Remember we mentioned in one of our previous posts that we encountered an incident? It is during this train ride we encountered an attempt by a group of people trying to steal our bag when they were planning to exit the train near a station close to Vienna main station (fortunately unsuccessful). At the later part of the ride and after several stations from our personal encounter, we noticed other passengers around us realising their belongings were missing. By then it was too late. 

So the next time on your train ride or in fact anywhere, our advice is to exercise extra care to your personal belongings. While we were luckier this time round, it did make us realised that we have to stay alert. So stay alert and do not let such incident to happen and dampen your travel joy. 

Budapest Keleti Railway Terminal

Budapest Keleti Railway Terminal

For now, let us show you the amazing sights of Budapest when we were there for 3 nights. 

Budapest is the capital of Hungary with a population of close to 1.8 million. The most populous city in Hungary and one of the largest in EU. It is a vibrant and beautiful city with wonderful sights, famed for its thermal baths. The city has 2 sides - Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube river (the same river with Vienna). We stayed on the Pest side, within the richly diverse, foodie-heaven and extremely exciting Jewish quarter. 

View of Danube river from Buda Castle

View of Danube river from Buda Castle

View of Danube river from Margit Bridge

View of Danube river from Margit Bridge

Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church & Buda Castle

View of Pest side of Budapest from Fisherman's Bastion

View of Pest side of Budapest from Fisherman's Bastion

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

View from Buda Castle Wall

View from Buda Castle Wall

Around Buda Castle

Around Buda Castle

Virgin Mary Statue at Buda Castle Hill overlooking the city

Virgin Mary Statue at Buda Castle Hill overlooking the city

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge from Buda Castle

Chain Bridge from Buda Castle

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

In our opinion, Vienna is Singapore, and Budapest is Bangkok to us. So in a short sentence, you will understand what we think. While Vienna is grand and beautiful - in a very tuxedo style, Budapest is amazing yet unpolished in a very good way. There are surprising discoveries in unexpected corners of the city and the people we met along the way are great and friendly. 

On the right: the famous Buddha Hotel. 

On the right: the famous Buddha Hotel. 

Tram No.2 - the best way to view the sights along the Danube river

Tram No.2 - the best way to view the sights along the Danube river

The Parliament House

The Parliament House

The Central Market

The Central Market

The Jewish Quarter

Szimpla Kert - a famous ruin bar within the Jewish Quarter

Szimpla Kert - a famous ruin bar within the Jewish Quarter

Street Art

Street Art

Street Art

Street Art

A Street within Jewish Quarter

A Street within Jewish Quarter

It is a historically rich and diverse city that is changing and still developing. Not forgetting to mention, a city with delicious food and cuisine. Stay tune for more detailed updates of Budapest sights and its delicious food. 

Beautifully Budapest!

HLXWN

 

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Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral)

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Dom zu Salzburg (Salzburg Cathedral)

Dom zu Salzburg is one of the most sacred and important cathedrals in Salzburg. An early baroque architecture cathedral founded in 774, reconstructed in 1628 and restored in 1959 after it was partially damaged during the WW2. Here are some images showing the magnificent details and beauty of the Baroque style interior. 

Dom zu Salzburg front exterior  

Dom zu Salzburg front exterior 

The side elevation of Dom zu Salzburg  

The side elevation of Dom zu Salzburg 

  The nave of the cathedral 

 The nave of the cathedral 

While the exterior seems to be unadorned and simple in style, it’s interior is a complete contrast to that. It has very intricate details, a play of beautiful colors and a dramatic ceiling design that depicts different stories. Below are some images showing the different ceilings along the aisles. 

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The Altar  

The Altar 

The dome ceiling of the altar  

The dome ceiling of the altar 

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The brightly lighted dome ceiling

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BioBurgerMeister at Salzburg

The shopfront  

The shopfront 

We had this for one of our dinners while in Salzburg. BioBurgerMeister is located in one of the commercial streets, Linzergasse. This small burger joint with only a limited number of seats available is surprisingly good. The burger expert at the counter is exceptionally friendly and we are very delighted to have our burgers prepared expertly by him. 

The friendly burger expert preparing our burgers   

The friendly burger expert preparing our burgers  

We had the Bio Blue Cream Cheese burger, Bio Mexican Burger and Bio Fries with Chili Sauce as a side.

Bio Blue Cream Cheese Burger  

Bio Blue Cream Cheese Burger 

Bio Mexican Burger  

Bio Mexican Burger 

 Both burgers are grilled with great passion, and the beef patty juicy and flavorful, grilled to medium. One of the key highlights is the toasted sesame burger bread where it is soft inside and crunch outside. They are delicious together with the different ingredients and the Mexican burger is also spicy enough for our palette. We were also given a complimentary house special spicy and sour green chili to top up the spicy level. 

Another great item is the hand cut fries. A good item to compliment the burgers. 

Hand cut Bio Fries with Chili Sauce  

Hand cut Bio Fries with Chili Sauce 

So head down for a juicy-licious burger when you are in Salzburg. 

BioBurgerMeister ‘Burping-ly’ Good!

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Bavarian Mountains area, Berchtesgaden and Salt Mines

Within the vicinity of Salzburg, another day trip that can be made is to visit the Bavarian Mountains area and Salt Mines. We did that by booking a day trip with Panorama Tours & Travel in Salzburg. That is probably the most convenient way to do so without having to worry about how to get there. 

Our colorful Bus by Panorama Tours  

Our colorful Bus by Panorama Tours 

The tour starts in the early morning at about 8:45am and ends about 6pm. It started off with a visit to Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) - a Third Reich-era building at the peak of the mountain at about 1800m above sea level, followed by lunch at Berchtesgaden, Salt Mines and finally a trip to Königssee (King’s Lake). 

Kehlsteinhaus  

A Third Reich era building at the ridge atop the Kehlstein. It is completed in 1938 and construction took about 13 months. It was given as a gift to Hitler by the Nazi Party. During that time, Hitler visited the chalet frequently. To enter the chalet, we had to go through a tunnel, followed by what seems to be the largest lift we have ever been that can easily fit in 25/30 pax in a single trip that ascends to the top, right inside the chalet. The lift still in its original design, aside from the operator and missing bench in order to accommodate more people. 

The tunnel leading to the giant lift  

The tunnel leading to the giant lift 

A plan of the tunnel level  

A plan of the tunnel level 

At the top of the mountain, expansive view of the mountainous surrounding will mesmerize your senses. Just to note, the Eagle’s Nest opens only from May to October. 

The Eagle’s Nest

The Eagle’s Nest

At the top of the Ridge  

At the top of the Ridge 

View of the surroundings from Eagle’s Nest  

View of the surroundings from Eagle’s Nest 

Framing the view  

Framing the view 

A floor plan of Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest)  

A floor plan of Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest) 

 Berchtesgaden

A quaint little town with colorful wall paintings on the buildings facade.  

At Berchtesgaden   

At Berchtesgaden  

Colorful Wall

Colorful Wall

Salt Mines 

Our next destination was a 500 years old Salt Mines. While (again) no photography and video taking were allowed within the Salt Mines, the journey was incredibly fun. Educational and Entertaining. We were first asked to put on a miner’s jumper suit, followed by taking a little ‘train ride’ inside the cold salt mine. Subsequently information and history of the salt mine were featured in different parts of the salt mine chambers. One of the most fun aspects is when we were asked to slide down almost three stores worth of height with no mechanism or brakes but just by sitting down on the slide. An exhilarating and surprising encounter! 

Another awesome ride was the boat journey within the mine as well. Although we were not able to take much photography, we hope this little description will encourage you to make a visit to the salt mine. 

Königssee  (King’s Lake)

We had an hour at Königsee and decided to trekked around the lake for a bit to enjoy the lake view and forest around the lake.  

Enjoying the view of Königssee  

Enjoying the view of Königssee 

Königssee   

Königssee  

Overall, a fun-filled day trip! 

Whee~~

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