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10 Insider Tips that Will Make Your Next Vacation to Israel Amazing!

Vacations are so exhilarating but being aware of specific insider tips for any destination you are considering will allow you to have a better trip than you could ever imagine. While there are basic tips that will help you with any destination you want to see, knowing the insider tips that are specific to each destination will allow you to see much more than you thought during your incredible trip.

Jerusalem, Israel old city at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock.
Jerusalem, Israel old city at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock.

10 Insider Tips that Will Make Your Next Vacation to Israel Amazing

1. Choose Where You Spend Your Time Wisely

Most people think that they must spend their weekdays in the city and their weekends out in the countryside. However, you must remember that the locals are still going to be working, so the city will be the busiest during the week and the countryside will start to get packed on the weekends.

If you can possibly reverse your days and spend your weekdays out in the country and your weekends in the city, you will have a lot more fun. Plus, the costs to enter the parks and other places out in the country will be a lot less, so you can save some money in this expensive part of the world. And the cities often have special events on the weekends that you can take advantage of during your visit.

The ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel. Masada National Park in the Dead Sea region of Israel. The fortress of Masada.
The ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel. Masada National Park in the Dead Sea region of Israel. The fortress of Masada.

2. Consider the Jewish Holidays

There are many Jewish holidays throughout the year, and you must plan your trip accordingly if you want to be there for them or avoid them. While it is great to be part of the celebrations with the locals, you must be aware that there will be no public transportation during those days and the costs of hotel rooms will skyrocket.

3. Understand Israel is Expensive

As we mentioned above, Israel is a very expensive country to visit. Therefore, you must be prepared to spend more than you would like for a hotel room and even food when you are dining out. If you are interested in saving some cash, you can always rent a room at a hostel and eat the delicious street food that is available almost everywhere.

4. The Negev Desert is a Must-See Destination

This desert is one of the best unknown destinations in Israel and it needs to be at the top of your must-see list of things to do. It is best to see this part of the country during the winter months, but you can visit it at any time of the year as long as you take plenty of water with you.

Ramon Crater in the Negev desert is the largest erosive crater in the world.
Ramon Crater in the Negev desert is the largest erosive crater in the world.

5. Take Advantage of Israel’s Smaller Size

Israel is much smaller than other countries and you will want to take advantage of that when you are there. Instead of focusing on just one city, you can see almost everything if you plan your days properly.

Dead Sea coastline with white salt beach and mountains at sunny day in Ein Bokek, Israel. White mineral salt shore at Dead sea, Israel.
Dead Sea coastline with white salt beach and mountains at sunny day in Ein Bokek, Israel. White mineral salt shore at Dead sea, Israel.

6. Consult a Map

One of the best ways to see everything within this country is to consult a map before you head out on any of your adventures. When you look at the map, you will be able to see what other attractions and points of interest are nearby and you can easily add some of them to your list of things to do.

7. Only Hire a Car if You Need to

Most people do not realize that they do not need to hire a car when they are in the cities in Israel, because public transportation is readily available. While you don’t really need a car at all, you may want to consider hiring one if you are going out to Negev Desert or another part of the countryside.

Tel Aviv Skyline. Cityscape image of Tel Aviv, Israel during sunset.
Tel Aviv Skyline. Cityscape image of Tel Aviv, Israel during sunset.

8. Visit During the Best Time of the Year

The best time of the year to visit Israel is the month of March, although April is pretty good too. It is not too cold or too hot at this time of the year, so you can spend a good amount of time outside.

9. Plan Your Trip Carefully

If you want to truly see as much as you can when you are in Israel, you must plan your trip carefully. This is easy to do with a little research, because you can find attractions that match your interests. You can discover extra things to do once you arrive, but you should know the basics prior to your arrival. This is among the top vacation in Israel tips.

Roofs of Old City with Holy Sepulcher Church Dome, Jerusalem, Israel.
Roofs of Old City with Holy Sepulcher Church Dome, Jerusalem, Israel.

10. Be Open to New Things

Israel is where you will see so many different political and religious viewpoints and you must be open to learning and listening to new things during your visit. It will be difficult to do this at first, but if you have an open mind it will be easier than you think.

These are the ten insider tips you must be aware of if you want your next trip to Israel to be simply amazing. While you do not need to follow all these wonderful tips, you should at least follow a few to see how much better your Israeli vacation can be!

Let me know if you knew the ten insider vacation in Israel tips or if you were completely surprised with this list.

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Why should Japan be on your travel bucket list?

Japan is a surprising combination of peace and chaos, old and new and has just the right amount of quirkiness to make it an addicting place to visit that will have you coming back for more!

Did we like Japan?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer: We’ll give you a little background about our first visit and we’ll share with you in this article what we want to see next time we travel to Japan. Come along on our trip through Japan and watch our crazy week in Japan.

Japan beautiful landscape Mountain Fuji and Chureito red pagoda with cherry blossom Sakura.
Japan beautiful landscape Mountain Fuji and Chureito red pagoda with cherry blossom Sakura.

Best Times of Year to Visit Japan

If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you’re probably wondering what time of year is best to visit. The wonderful thing is every season is a great time to visit Japan, and you will have a completely unique experience.

In short, there truly is no bad time to visit Japan. Each season boasts different highlights such as the cherry blossoms blooming in the springtime, Mt Fuji opens for climbing in the summer, the leaves changing colors in the fall and of course ski season in the winter.

Before you book a trip to Japan in the spring, know this…

Spring is considered by many as a great time to visit Japan for its comfortable temperatures, cherry blossoms and little chance of rain.

One thing you should be aware of is the so-called Golden Week which falls in the springtime and is made up of 4 national holidays which fall into a 7-day span. This means many Japanese people will also be traveling around the country and accommodation and tours are often booked far in advance.

Golden Week in Japan Dates

  1. 2018: April 28 – May 6
  2. 2019: April 27 – May 12 (Holidays are more spread out)
View of colorful Koinobori at Tokyo Tower. Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children's Day during the Golden Week.
View of colorful Koinobori at Tokyo Tower. Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day during the Golden Week.

Do I need Travel Insurance for Japan?

While it’s not required to enter the country, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance before any trip. It is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing you will be covered in case of an emergency or if anything is stolen.

World Nomads offers arguably the best, most comprehensive coverage out there. We also have used Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance and love their reasonable rates and easy to work with customer service.

This article walks you through everything you need to know about choosing the best travel insurance policy for your specific needs.

Asian woman wearing japanese traditional kimono at Fuji mountain, Kawaguchiko lake in Japan.
Asian woman wearing japanese traditional kimono at Fuji mountain, Kawaguchiko lake in Japan.

Fun Facts about Japan

 

These facts will be good conversation starters with other travelers or even locals! So break that ice and let them in on some fun facts about Japan!

  1. Japan has an average of 1,500 earthquakes each year!
  2. 6,852 islands make up the country of Japan.
  3. There are more than 200 volcanoes in Japan.
  4. Vending machines are super popular in Japan — there are more than 5.5 million of them around the country and they dispense everything from snacks to fresh eggs to toilet paper. (And some weirder stuff that a quick Google search that reveal to you.)
  5. The literacy rate in Japan is nearly 100%. We need them to teach the rest of us their ways!
  6. The first geishas were men. (The word “geisha” means person of the arts.)
Women in traditional japanese kimonos walking at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
Women in traditional japanese kimonos walking at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

Let us know if you knew the reasons to visit Japan or if you were surprised with this list.

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Missing Out on a Trip to Washington DC? Check Out These Virtual Tours Immediately!

Washington DC is a massive city and it is incredibly difficult to see all the attractions and landmarks during just one visit. If you have always wanted to see as many sights as you can, you may want to take a virtual tour of some of the best places in this area.

Check Out These Virtual Tours in Washington DC Immediately

Virtual Tours in Washington DC

1. Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home is not too far outside Washington DC, although it can take forever to get there thanks to the plethora of traffic on the roads. A virtual tour will have you seeing a lot of the first President’s home, as well as the grounds.

President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia
President George Washington Home At Mount Vernon In Virginia

2. US Botanic Gardens

It can take hours to wander around the US Botanic Gardens, but you can see the botanic garden, conservatory, and even parts of Bartholdi Park in no time at all with a virtual tour. You can choose between an audio or video tour, although, I prefer the second. After all, isn’t the whole point of wandering through a garden being able to see it?!

The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.
The National US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, USA.

3. Capitol Hill

You can’t do a true virtual tour of Capitol Hill, but you can easily learn more about each building during this unique virtual tour option. You can explore each building on the hill, even the ones you would not normally be allowed to enter.

United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa
United States Capitol Building At Sunset, Washington Dc, Usa

4. Tidal Basin

A virtual tour of the Tidal Basin will have you seeing the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial in addition to the walking paths and the basin itself. You can also see the Reflecting Pool during this little tour.

The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.
The tidal basin in Washington DC with the Washington Monument in the distance.

5. Library of Congress

Anyone who loves to read will want to visit the Library of Congress in person, but since that is currently not possible, you must make do with a virtual tour. This is an amazing three hundred sixty-degree tour that will show you all the must-see details of this gorgeous building.

The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress
The Library of Congress in Washington, The library officially serves the U.S. Congress

6. National Air and Space Museum

There are a couple different virtual tours through this museum, but a favorite is going to be the Out of This World Exhibit. Go back in time and see what you remember about space and those who explored it with this virtual tour.

Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Visitors enjoy The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

These are some of the best virtual tours of areas throughout Washington DC, but you will find many more. I recommend starting with these and then checking to see if your favorite spot in DC has a virtual tour you could watch to see if anything changed.

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Take a Virtual Tour of These Historical Sites Around the US

You might not be able to travel from state to state right now, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing some of the magnificent historical sites around the US from your home. A few simple keystrokes on your computer will have you seeing parts of buildings and landmarks you may have only dreamed about until now.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites Around the US

1. The White House

The White House is a massive building that is full of history. While you cannot see everything inside the home of the President, you can see enough to keep your curiosity at bay. The rooms you will see on these virtual tours are the ones you would see during any of the public tours of this building.

Virtual Tour Historical Sites - The White House, Washington DC
The White House, Washington DC

2. Gettysburg

The war in Gettysburg was horrendous and the area is still much like it was all those years ago. You can listen to the same instructions you would receive if you were driving the battlefield route, plus you can see different panoramas during this virtual tour. Nothing compares to seeing this destination in person, but this is an excellent back-up plan.

Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Cannons and monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

3. Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell can be found within Independence Hall in Philadelphia and it is one of the many historical attractions in the city. While a virtual tour of this bell will show you everything you need to know about its historical significance, it won’t get you close to a true Philly cheesesteak. Therefore, make sure you add this destination to your travel list soon!

Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia

4. Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is currently open, but that doesn’t mean you can travel there to see it in person. If you want to see this massive carved mountain and really appreciate the intricate details that were included, you must take this virtual tour.

Virtual Tour of Historical Sites like Classic view of Mount Rushmore
Classic view of Mount Rushmore

5. Plymouth Rock

What may have seemed like an insignificant rock a few hundred years ago has turned into a historical site thanks to the pilgrims discovering Plymouth Colony back in 1620. You will see where the rock sits today, which is in the same location it was all those years ago. This was not always the case, because the rock was moved a couple times before, but it has always found its way home.

Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts
Portico around Plymouth rock- Plymouth, Massachusetts

You don’t need to venture out your front door to see these historic sites in the US, thanks to these virtual tours. Watch at least one of them today and see where it takes you, because it may get your brain churning to create a travel bucket list, learn more about the specific area you just watched, or find a way to at least take a break from the show you have been binge-watching from the beginning.

Let us know if you knew the virtual tour of historical sites around the US or if you were completely surprised with this list.

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Tour These European Castles Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room During Covid-19 Quarantine

If you are like most people in the world right now, you are staying home and trying to find a way to get through the days. After all, there are only so many hours you can spend watching Netflix or Disney+! All those chores probably don’t seem appealing either, which is why I would love to recommend touring a few European castles virtually from the comfort of your living room.

European Castles You Must Tour Virtually from the Comfort of Your Living Room

Virtual European Castle Tours

Palace of Versailles

This palace is where Louis XIV lived, and it was the Sun King himself who made it famous. As you take the virtual tour of the palace, you can see the infamous Hall of Mirrors, stunning artwork, amazing artifacts, and even the outdoor gardens. If you have always wanted to see the Palace of Versailles up close, this is the next best thing!

Virtual European Castle Tour of Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.
Versailles palace, Paris suburbs, France.

Royal Palace of Caserta

This is an Italian palace and you may not know that it is one of the biggest royal palaces in the entire world. The King of Naples lived in the Royal Palace of Caserta and you can see many views of the interior and exterior during your virtual tour.

The 'Reggia di Caserta', in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.
The ‘Reggia di Caserta’, in the background, is a former royal palace. The huge garden is 3 kilometers long and has sculptures and canals.

Catherine Palace

Russian history is fascinating and there are not too many people who have not heard of Catherine the Great. A virtual tour of this palace will only take you around the outside, where you can see the stunning white, blue, and gold façade. Catherine the Great only lived in this palace during the summers, but it still holds quite a bit of history from her reign.

The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Catherine Palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), St. Petersburg, Russia.

Edinburgh Castle

There are quite a few castles within the country of Scotland, but the Edinburgh Castle is an excellent place to start with a tour. This castle is located up on Castle Rock, so it looks out over the capital city. Your virtual tour will include views of the infamous grounds, so be prepared to enjoy some incredible views without needing to leave your home.

Virtual European Castle Tours of Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle during summer, Scotland.

Buckingham Palace

Everyone loves the Queen of England and not too many have the opportunity to tour the inside of this palace when they are over in London. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that no visitors are allowed in for tours when the Queen is in residence. Thankfully, you can take a virtual tour of this beautiful palace from the comfort of your home! You can see the State Rooms and they will give you an idea of how the rest of the palace must look.

Buckingham Palace in London.
Buckingham Palace in London.

These are some of the best European castles and palaces to visit virtually from the comfort of your living room. You will want to start by exploring these and then see what else you can find to explore through a little research on your own. Who knows! You may be able to wander around a castle you have wanted to see for years without even walking out your front door!

Let me know when you book your next virtual European Castle tours!

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Getting Travel Hungry? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

Not being able to travel is one of the worst things that can happen to some people. However, being stuck at home, or simply in one part of the world, for long periods of time doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the incredible sights this world has to offer! Instead of only dreaming of when you can travel again, I recommend that you take a virtual tour of some of the best landmarks around the world.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Some Amazing Landmarks around the World

1. Taj Mahal

As you probably know, the Taj Mahal is over in India and this gorgeous sight was constructed during the 17th century for the Emperor’s late wife. While the Taj Mahal is best seen in person, you will still find yourself breathless with all the intricate details you are seeing online.

The Taj Mahal in India.
The Taj Mahal in India.

2. Ellis Island

The only way to see Ellis Island in person is to take a ferry out during a tour of the island and the Statue of Liberty. This island is where immigrants arrived from 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the United States. This virtual tour will allow you to see where these immigrants spent their time shortly after they arrived and all the history that was made since then.

Virtual tour of Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.
Ellis Island & Downtown Manhattan, New York.

3. Palace of Versailles

There are many castles and palaces around the world, but this is one of the best in the country of France. The elegant building is matched with picture perfect grounds and you can see it all during this tour. Pay close attention to the highlights of this tour, which includes the Coronation Chamber, Royal Chapel, and the Hall of Mirrors.

VERSAILLES, FRANCE - The Royal Palace in Versailles.
VERSAILLES, FRANCE – The Royal Palace in Versailles.

4. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has been in place for more than two thousand years now and continues along three thousand miles of land. While you can see it while visiting many different areas of China, this virtual tour will have you seeing it during a hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

5. Acropolis

The Acropolis has been part of Greek history for so many years now and while it has been restored wonderfully, it is still showing its age. If you have never seen this magnificent attraction in person, you must take a virtual tour to see why you must add it to your list when you start to travel once again.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece virtual tour
The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset. Greece is currently open to American tourists.

These are only some of the landmarks around the world that you can take a virtual tour of. A little research will have you finding more, so make sure you share your favorites with me in the comments!

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Love Animals? Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

Seeing the animals playing and running around at a zoo, or swimming around at an aquarium, is a lot of fun. This is why these types of attractions are popular for vacations, as well as ordinary days if you live close enough to one. Are you currently missing out on all your furry, and slimy, friends?
Well, you do not need to go without your favorite animal fix, because many of the zoos and aquariums are offering virtual tours, or at least animal cams, to allow you to watch these animals from your home.

Check Out These Virtual Tours of Zoos and Aquariums to See Animals Up Close

1. Smithsonian Zoo

The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC has five different animal cams for you to watch any time you wish. The animals you can see include lions, pandas, elephants, naked mole-rats, and the newest additions of cheetah cubs.

Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.
Amur tiger at Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC.

2. Zoo Atlanta

The zoo in Atlanta also has a giant panda camera that you can watch while you are stuck at home, so you can always tune in there to see if those pandas are doing anything different than the ones in DC.

Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.
Entrance to Zoo Atlanta. The zoo houses more than 1,500 animals and welcomed roughly 866,000 visitors a year.

3. Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has many different live cameras for you to watch, so you will feel as if you are right inside without leaving your home. In addition to seeing beluga whales, you can see jellyfish, sea otters, piranhas, and alligators.

 The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world's largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.
The Georgia Aquarium facade at night in Atlanta, Georgia. The boat shaped landmark is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water.

4. San Diego Zoo

Out of all the zoos streaming live camera feeds, San Diego Zoo has the most. You could honestly sit in one spot all day long, as you switch between apes, baboons, condors, elephants, giraffes, koalas, owls, pandas, penguins, polar bears, and tigers.

Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.
Tourists and locals just in front the main entrance of San Diego Zoo in California, USA.

5. National Aquarium

It is easy to go floor by floor throughout this amazing aquarium in Baltimore. There’s even easy to follow instructions you can use to make the most out of this virtual tour. If you are interested in one part of the aquarium over the rest, feel free to check out the scene section to choose your favorite.

Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Long exposure of the Waterfront Promenade and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.

6. Monterey Bay Aquarium

There are many different live cams to watch during a virtual tour of this aquarium, so you can watch everything from birds and jellyfish to sea otters and penguins. However, I feel like your favorite camera view will be the ones that share the sharks swimming around.

Monterey bay aquarium building.
Monterey bay aquarium building.

This will get you started on loving your favorite animals again, while you discover new zoos and aquariums to visit in the future! Check these virtual tours and live cams out now and then let me know if you are aware of any others that are keeping you busy watching animals during these longer days!

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Miss Wandering Through Museums? Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home!

There are thousands of museums all around the world and you could spend hours wandering around each one during extraordinary vacations. However, what happens when all these museums shut down and you are stuck at home? Do you automatically need to lose out on all that culture you have grown to love?

Thankfully, the answer to that last question is no, because you can take a virtual tour of some of the best museums in the world!

Check Out These Virtual Museum Tours You Can Do from Home

1. Musée d’Orsay

This museum in Paris is filled with artwork from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Famous works of art by French artists like Gaugin and Monet grace these walls and you can see them firsthand during a virtual tour.

Virtual Museum Tour of Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.
Sunset view of Orsay Museum on left bank of Seine, Paris, France.

2. Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh may have led a tragic life, but his paintings and drawings show both the good in his life and the bad. A virtual tour of this museum will show you the largest collection of his work, including hundreds of personal letters.

Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.
Crowd in front of the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum with sunflowers in the foreground.

3. Anne Frank Museum

So many people have heard about Anne Frank and what she endured during the Holocaust, but a virtual tour of this museum will have you seeing it up close. This is an excellent way to share history with your children or simply compare your thoughts from reading her diary to what everything really looked like when she was in hiding.

The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam's most popular museums opened in 1960.
The Anne Frank House Museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums opened in 1960.

4. British Museum

There are so many museums within London, but the British Museum is one of the best. If you want to explore the history of this city, as well as the entire country and the locals that live there, you must take this virtual tour. The best features of this tour include Egyptian mummies, the Great Court, and the Rosetta Stone.

Virtual Museum Tour of The British Museum in London, England, UK.
The British Museum in London, England, UK.

5. National Gallery of Art

There are two different virtual tours of this Washington DC Museum, so you can see everything from American fashion to paintings by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
View of the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art West Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

These are just some of the museums that offer virtual tours that you can do from the comfort of your own home. I recommend starting with these and then seeing if your favorite museum of all time has their own virtual tour you can watch to relive the memories you have made there in the past!

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower: What’s Inside this Masterpiece?

Constructing the Eiffel Tower was no easy task, because there were a lot of intricate details that needed to work together. While this would be difficult enough to do today, think of how tricky it was back in 1887! It took over two years to build this structure and to think, it was supposed to be demolished not too long after…

Inside Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower at sunrise from Trocadero.
The Eiffel Tower at sunrise from Trocadero.

The Tower

The Tower was constructed to use for the World’s Fair back in 1889. There was no reason why the tower was constructed to look as it does, except to ensure that everyone was impressed with the results. Iron was used for the tower and the beams were crossed to ensure that the wind could pass through this structure.

This was one of the tallest structures in the world. However, there have been many buildings constructed since then that are now taller than this tower.

Vertical view from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris, with perspective of the height of the tower and people in the park very far away below.
Vertical view from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris, with perspective of the height of the tower and people in the park very far away below.

First Floor

There are three red buildings on the first floor, and they contain a theater, a restaurant, shops, and a place to learn more about the Eiffel Tower. The center of this first floor has a glass bottom that you can walk onto.

Second Floor

There are two decks for sightseeing on the second floor. There is also another restaurant that offers amazing views of the city. You can reach this floor via the elevator.

Third Floor

The third floor is much smaller than the other two floors and is mostly used for sightseeing. The bottom portion of this floor allows you to look at the views through the windows, while the upper section allows you to be outside enjoying the incredible views. There is a private apartment on the third floor as well and that apartment was used by Eiffel himself. A television and radio antenna can be found at the very top of this floor.

Stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from Paris, France.
Stunning view of the Eiffel Tower from Paris, France.

The Elevator

You can use the elevator to access all three floors. However, if you do not want to wait for the elevator, or you want to add a few hundred steps to your day, you can always take the stairs to the first and second floors. Thankfully, there is more than one elevator, so you will never need to make the climb if you do not want to. The elevators are located within each of the four pillars. Three of the visitor elevators are double deckers, so they can fit more people.

Crowds gather and form a long queue to visit the Eiffel tower.
Crowds gather and form a long queue to visit the Eiffel tower.

The interior of the tower has four more elevators that will take people from the second to the third floor.

The most interesting part of the elevators can be seen during a tour, so if you want to see how these elevators work, you may want to sign up for a tour during your visit.

Have you ever visited the Eiffel Tower? Do you want to now that you know what is in the inside Eiffel Tower? Let me know your thoughts.

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Experience Amazing Wine with The Real Grape

If you are a wine lover, you are going to want to check out The Real Grape.  They are our favorite company to work with when we need to create a fabulous and luxurious wine tour holiday!  While you may be fine with just a fabulous wine tour, we say that you should always accept the luxury part of it whenever you can!

The Real Grape provides tailor-made itineraries as well as wine tours throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  They love sharing their love of delicious and quality wine with others and they do this by planning vineyard tours, wine cellar tours, wine and champagne tastings, and meetings with those who produce the wine and champagne.

Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

One of the tours that The Real Grape has created is a trip to the Marne Department of Champagne, which also includes the areas of Reims and Epernay.  A good amount of the champagne that is produced in the region comes from this area and they bottle this delicious liquid for powerhouses that include Moet, Pol Roger, and Veuve Clicquot.

Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.
Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.

While in the Marne Department of Champagne guests stay in Reims, where they can see a 13th century cathedral and learn a lot about its rich history.  While in Epernay, everyone can visit the Avenue de Champagne, which happens to be one of the most famous streets in the entire region.  Some of the largest Champagne houses can be found along this street and people will be able to pop into some of them for a few tastings.

Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes - France, Aube.
Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes – France, Aube

Some people are always interested in visiting the outskirts of Marne, and The Real Grape enjoys taking them to L’Aube.  Inside the main city of Troyes, everyone can wander through the spectacular museums and preserved renaissance churches.  Many famous people lived in this region including a young Napoleon, Camille Claudel, and Renoir, plus General De Gaulle’s grave can be found there.

Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

Visiting the major champagne producers is only a part of what everyone should see while in the Marne Department of Champagne though.  The major producers only include approximately two hundred and sixty of the more than two thousand champagne producers in the region.  Therefore, The Real Grape always include stops at many of the family-run producers that are much smaller.

Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.
Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.

Those smaller producers are an excellent way for everyone to learn more about the process in a more personal way instead of with a quick monotonized verbal statement.  The Real Grape prefers to visit producers who focus on sustainability and organic practices, because they provide a completely immersive experience that is full of passion. That experience does not end at the end of the day either.  The Real Grape partners with numerous types of accommodations including bed and breakfasts and chateaus.

We have loved the tours that we have been on with The Real Grape and encourage everyone to experience one for themselves.  In fact, everyone will receive a discount on any of The Real Grape’s tours just by mentioning the quote “JourneyConnected”- they’re offering a generous 10% discount to Journey Connected travellers.  They’re also giving even deeper discounts or any ‘early bird’ who books and pays a tour more than two months in advance. Anyone that cannot commit to a tour right now, and those that can, are welcome to join in on the fun to win a bottle of Biodynamic Champagne.  Simply sign up for The Real Grape Newsletter by June 1st to be automatically entered.


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