A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 2 – The Ground Floor

The ground floor houses the Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Sculptures, as well as the Arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

TIP! Another great way to be able to plan your next visit to the Louvre is by familiarizing yourself with the 3 distinct wings namely the Richeliu, Sully, and Denon.

  • Venus De Milo

Late 2nd Century BC (Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities room 18)

Photo credit: Flickr- Kimberly Vardeman
Photo credit: Flickr- Kimberly Vardeman
  • Winged Human-Headed Bull

721-705 BC (Near Eastern Antiquities room 4)

Photo credit: Flickr- Lammasu
Photo credit: Flickr- Lammasu
  • Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova

around 1788 (Sculptures room 4)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Statue of Ramesses II

1279-1213 BC (Egyptian Antiquities room 12)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo

1513-1515 (Sculptures room 4)

Photo credit: Flickr- Spencer Means
Photo credit: Flickr- Spencer Means

A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 1 – The Lower Ground Floor

No visit in Europe is ever complete without visiting what is considered as the world’s largest museum. Having 11 collections all in all, excluding the history of the Louvre and Medieval Louvre Collection, (Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Decorative arts, Sculptures, Prints and Drawings, Paintings, Coptic arts, The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire, and lastly the Arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas) it is overwhelming to simply go inside the Louvre and start from there. That’s why we have a guided series on helping you plan your next visit to this historic museum starting with the notable pieces in the lower ground floor.

TIP! Make sure to always get the information map that they offer for download on their website and print them out so that moving from one collection to the other won’t be as confusing. Audio guides for smartphones are also available. Be sure to visit their website (http://www.louvre.fr) to have a complete guide of the floor plans as well as the collections available.

  • Mary Magdalene by Gregor Erhart

1510 (Sculptures room C)

Photo credit: Flickr Paul Beattie
Photo credit: Flickr- Paul Beattie
  • The Marly Horses by Guillaume I Coustou

1745 (Sculptures – Courl Marly)

Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Leon
Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Leon
  • Al-Mughira’s Pyxis

968 (Islamic Art room A)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Portrait of a Woman Known as L’Europeenne

2nd Century AD (The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire room I)

Portrait of a Woman Known as L Europeenne Flickr Carole Raddato
Photo credit: Flickr- Carole Raddato
  • Jupiter Heliopolitanus

2nd Century AD (The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire room 3A)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Food Festivals-Rectify the Reputation of British Food

As a friendly wicked person who likes to troll the closest friends, I often tease my English friend Ken and send him awful British food pictures for confirmation. After having a few authentic Chinese family meals, Ken suddenly decided he would cook for us the next weekend. I  predicted immediately it would be the fast food type of meal. Little Ken never fails me. Spaghetti, one can of sauce and several cherry tomatoes were all he brought for the meal. I seized the chance to say “what did I tell you!” Of course, a young man in his 20s without much life experience doesn’t represent British’s actual strength. Friends who have stayed in England for some time said delicious British food does exist. The following food festivals will lead you to the real British delicacies.

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

With the setting of rolling hills and farms, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is a carnival of food and entertainment. You will find garlic can go with any food, candy, cookies, ice-cream, corn and all the food you can think of. Farmers with over 70 garlic planting experience will give you the recipes and teach you how to plant garlic. So you think garlic is only edible? Those garlic-themed game booths will give you more ideas on garlic.

Garlic Festival

Garlic Festival 2

Address: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown

*Photo credits: The Garlic Festival Facebook page

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival is a grand celebration of food, music and entertainment. A food carnival hosted by a chef and a cheese manufacturer will never disappoint you. Besides the classic fish and chips, fresh lobsters are well worth your expectation. The Big Feastival invites many big names as performing artists each year. Kaiser Chiefs and Duke will show up this year. Music loving foodies can’t miss out!

The Big Feastival 2

The Big Feastival

Address: Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ

*Photo credit: The Big Feastival Facebook page

Meatopia UK

Meatopia is finally in England! As one of the world’s big meat lovers, the U.S. people would not miss the chance to throw a meat party for sure. Just as its name implies, meat is the forever theme of Meatopia. To take the best of meat, Meatopia pursues the highest quality as always. From the wood and coal used to roast meat to the center of the festival-meat, Meatopia has very strict requirements on everything. What do meat, beverages, fire and music remind you of? They remind me of hot summers that make you want to do everything to sweat.

Meatopia UK

Meatopia UK 2

Address: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London

*Photo credits: Meatopia UK Facebook Page

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival

Attracting over 30,000 audience every year, Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Scotland. You can wander among the food stands to have a taste of everything and interact with vendors while enjoying the fascinating view of Loch Lomond. Foraging, eating competition, kids cooking class and live shows are held on site.

Address: Loch Lomond Shores, G83 8QL Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Written by: Francis Alvin Doloroso

Travel to the World of Game of Thrones

After a year’s long waiting, the sixth season of Game of Thrones finally arrived. We’re sure fanatics of the show can’t wait to visit the shooting locations and experience the magnificent scenes. To present all the scenes in the novel, the crew has traveled around the world to find the best locations.

If you don’t have time to visit all of them, why not start with your favorite house?

Winterfell – Castle Ward

Located in North Ireland, Castle Ward is a mansion built in the 18th century. The popularity of the show has made it a local landmark. Besides Winterfell, it is also the shooting site of Whispering Wood, campsite of Robb Stark and where Brienne and the Starks confronted each other. You are allowed to put on the costumes and walk onto the shooting site to experience the feeling of being a member of House Stark.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Address: Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT

The Haunted Forest – Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park made its first appearance in season one as the setting of the Haunted Forest. You can walk along the Shimna River, enjoy the view of the giant redwood and pine trees on both sides and have an adventure in the caves. The park owns the oldest tree in Ireland – a spruce originated in 1750. It’s like the heart wood of Tollymore Forest Park, guarding the park and watching its rise and decline. You can find relaxation by walking down the path by the river, camping in the forest or riding a horse through the park.

Photo credit: Flickr Channing Brown
Photo credit: Flickr Channing Brown

Address: Castlewellan, Newcastle, Down, BT

Kingsroad – The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges in Belfast is the setting of Kingsroad. George R.R. Martin’s description of Kingsroad leaves a deep impression to the readers. It’s hard to believe the road to Kind’s Landing is so beautiful in reality. Arya must have lingered here for a long time before she headed back to the north after escaping King’s Landing. The trees on both sides were planted in the 18th century. They are now the favorite natural scenery of photographers in North Ireland.

Photo credit: Flickr subherwal
Photo credit: Flickr subherwal

Address: Bregagh Rd, Ballymoney BT53 8TP, United Kingdom

King’s Landing – The Old City of Dubrovnik

The end of “Kingsroad” in North Ireland is the “King’s Landing” in the Old City of Dubrovnik. Doesn’t it look exactly like the King’s Landing in our imagination? The sweet smell of herbs, the white bed sheets floating among the houses and the busy streets, everything reminds us of King’s Landing. The red keep is also in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is one of the heritage sites of UNESCO making it worth a visit. The themed tour of Game of Thrones only makes it more attractive.

Photo credit: Flickr Mark Gregory
Photo credit: Flickr Mark Gregory

Address: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Adriatic Coast

Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding – The Azure Window of Gozo

There are two geological wonders on the Gozo island – Azure Window and Blue Grotto. The Azure Window is a natural limestone arch formed by sea water corrosion. Its height of 328 feet is perfect for diving lovers. The limestone cave right below is the Blue Grotto. Go through the 262 feet tunnel and you will be welcomed by octopus’ and sea horses. The crew of the show came back for season five after the memorable season one wedding scene.

Photo credit: Flickr Robert Pittman
Photo credit: Flickr Robert Pittman

Without the connection with Game of Thrones, these breath-taking places are still worth a visit. Go to eGetinnz to secure yourself a room now!

Up and Above in Europe: Best Paragliding Sites in Europe

It’s easy to think of a perfect European getaway. You can go backpacking and enjoy the immersive culture of the country side, if not you can visit cultural heritage sites as well as museums but for a more adventurous getaway why not spend your weekend paragliding to enjoy the scenery and vastness that Europe has to offer.

  • Chamonix, France

Paragliding in Chamonix offers a spectacular view of the French alps as well as Mont Blanc. An added perk to this paragliding tour is that the conditions in the area is perfectly suited for beginners who would want to enjoy the view of the alps and valley.

Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
  • Kobala, Slovenia

The Julian Alps is an all year round attraction that offers a breathtaking view of the mountainous regions of Slovenia as well as the valleys around it. The weather and wind conditions are perfect for a smooth glide across the alps that offer a front row seat to view the majestic scenery.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
  • Dune Du Pilat, France

Boasting one of the biggest sand dunes in Europe, the Dune of Pilat is a favorable paragliding site because of the forgiving weather and wind conditions as well as a very nice view of the ocean.

Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
  • Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany’s vast vineyards and wine regions doesn’t only offer complex wine it also serves as a spectacular view during a paragliding session. Make sure to enjoy a glass after your adventure.

Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
  • Oludeniz, Turkey

Take the adventure going to Oludeniz and enjoy the breathtaking view of the crisp blue seas as well the foliage surrounding the beaches of Turkey.

Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt
Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt

TIP! Make sure to contact tour groups and inquire about the rates as well as the schedule for paragliding to make the most out of your trip. Although a bit costly, paragliding is an activity that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Off the Beaten Path: Italian Street Food

Have you ever had one of those night outs when someone suggests Italian food and the instant answer would be pizza or pasta? Well, make sure to check these Italian street foods when you pay a visit to little old Italy. There’s more to Italy than their wonderful pasta and pizza. Immerse yourself in the flavours that Italian cuisine has to offer.

  • Cannoli

A classic Italian dessert, one is sure to taste Italy once they try this sweet yet light pastry dessert from Sicily.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jules Morgan
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jules Morgan
  • Trapizzino

New to the Italian street food scene, this pocket carved from white pizza is filled with ox tail or chicken.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Diego
Photo Credit: Flickr- Diego
  • Arancini (Fried Rice Balls)

This Sicilian treat is everything that is good about street food, fried and filled with cheese and meat.  This savory treat would make you want more and more.

Photo Credit: Flickr-Wim Kristel
Photo Credit: Flickr-Wim Kristel
  • Olive Ascolana (Fried Olives)

Stuffed and deep fried breaded olives sound weird yet distinctly appetizing. This street food delight embodies the taste of Italian street food.

Photo Credit: Commons Wikimedia (Manuela Zangara)
Photo Credit: Commons Wikimedia (Manuela Zangara)
  • Gelato

Of course Gelato is a part of this shortlist. This snowy and creamy treat packs a lot of flavour along with its smooth texture that makes you want to live in Italy for the rest of your life.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Derek Key
Photo Credit: Flickr- Derek Key

TIP! Make sure to get these treats in their region of origin (which is mostly in Sicily!) to get the best of the best in terms of authenticity.

Traditional Irish Food

Ireland is a mystic land that has greatly influenced western culture. From its vast lands to its welcoming people Ireland surely has a lot to offer. Yet aside from the culture and the people Ireland also has a lot of succulent and savory dishes that are native to Ireland. Here’s a few of the tasty treats that you have to try once you visit the Emerald Isle.

  • Irish stew

Nothing makes you feel more at home than a steaming pot of stew. Irish stew makes the experience more homey and rich with the use of succulent mutton as the protein for the dish. Add in a variety of herbs and veggies and you have a deep dish that will make you feel at home in Ireland.

Irish Stew Flickr jeffreyw
Photo Credit: Flickr- jeffreyw
  • Coddle

With the name taken from the act of coddling, Coddle is a homey Irish dish that makes use of left overs plus pork sausages and onions to boot. The ingredients are then slowly stewed in an oven to mix up all the savory flavours that make up the dish.

Irish Coddle Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikmedia Commons
  • Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is an Irish staple which makes use of sodium bicarbonate as the rising agent (hence the name). Soda bread is a good match for the hearty Irish stew or even Coddle.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

Keeping up with the homey theme of Irish cuisine, Corned Beef and Cabbage is an Irish staple that would satisfy one’s cravings.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Flickr Matt Johnson
Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Johnson
  • Black Pudding

A type of blood sausage, Black pudding is a breakfast staple for Irish families. This sausage mix of blood, pork meat and fat mixed with various other ingredients is sure to make a pleasant start for any person.

Black Pudding- Flickr Alpha
Photo Credit: Flickr- Alpha