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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Owl Guy: City breaks for couples

Romantic holiday New York

Hi, It’s Dan again! This time I am going to talk about holidays. You might have seen a few of Candy’s posts about holidays we have been on, and if so you might have noticed that we tend to go on a particular kind of holiday most of the time. Yup, city breaks! Now I do love to soak up the rays on the beach, but given our busy lives and thus limited time we want to pack as much “doing stuff” into our holidays which means that we inevitably end up going on city breaks.

Seoul Night Lights
Couple in Norway
Oslo Tram Guide tourism
Western Couple in Korea
Parasol or Umbrella Seoul
Shibuya Guide Starbucks

Going to a new city as a couple is great, you get to share all of the new exciting things with someone but there aren’t so many people on the holiday that you all want to do different things. (For group holidays I would totally recommend skiing!) Going to a new city is such a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, there are always so much to explore! Our favourite way of exploring a city is walking, most cities, when you get down to it aren’t really that big, even London or New York! and walking lets you get a real feel for the atmosphere and take in some of the more obvious sights (how better to look at Korean palaces, downtown New York or the Tokyo tower?). If you do have a long way to go public transport is also great, not only is it usually pretty cheap but you get to feel like a local, just for a few moments! Obviously all that walking has to end somewhere, we usually try to fit in a few local museums and galleries, a good bit of shopping and of course, most importantly lots of restaurants! I mean I’m pretty sure it is a saying that “The best way to get to know somewhere is by its food!” Speaking of museums, everywhere has some totally unique ones and it is great fun to explore them. Oslo has the Fram museum (it has a giant boat in it!) which Candy blogged about, Tokyo has a museum for basically anything you can think of and Venice has a fascinating little museum about the local Jewish population!

Venice sunset scene
Budapest twilight

If you have a little bit of extra time it can be really fun to make a little day trip or two out into the countryside (or another city, whatever floats your boat). We did this during our honeymoon in Tokyo, we made 2 day trips, getting the shinkansen (bullet train) out first to the Tokogawa shrine and then to Aokigahara forest where we got caught in a thunderstorm in a the forest on a mountain and thought we would never make it home!
Finally, one of my favourite things about going on city breaks as a couple is that you get to experience all of these awesome things with someone that you love and spend some time together totally away from all the stresses and anxieties of life! So what kind of holidays do you guys like, and do you usually go with family, as a couple, with friends or as a solo adventurer?

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38 comments:

  1. Really nice travel pictures dear! Love travelling and prefer family and friends together haha :)
    Simimaus

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    1. Your travel pictures are incredible too!! Oh my gosh! <3_<3

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  2. Lovely photographs :)

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. <3 Thank you! We took them all ourselves! :)

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  3. Great photos and interesting topic :)

    I prefer short holidays with my husband and dog. I found out that other people don't like the fast pace we are setting and we have to compromise. For us, sunbathing for 4-5 hours would be a nightmare and not a holiday. I'm strange, I make a list with local attractions, their opening hours, entree fee, details about parking etc.
    We like to walk too. I agree that it's the best way to know a city and we do that every time we can.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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    1. I agree with you! I might be able to manage a day of sunbathing/reading a book on the beach, but I just need to be doing things all the time!

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  4. Oh wow Tokyo for a honeymoon sounds perfect, I just need to find me a husband haha. I find there's something that gets captured in cities that you can't find on a beach. Perhaps its because beaches tend to be the same everywhere, but there are no two cities that are the same.

    Cats in Crop Tops

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    1. It was amazing! We went to Seoul in South Korea on the same holiday - they're both such different and amazing cities! You don't need a husband to go on a honeymoon! Go on a... self... moon!??!

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  5. That first photo of you both is beautiful! Definitely photo frame worthy! My boyfriend and I would love to visit Rome and Venice, we can't decide which one we want to visit more... tough choice!
    Have a good weekend :)

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    1. There are lots of steps in both places, but I think I like Venice more. I'd definitely recommend going in winter rather than summer, because you get more of a flavour of what the city is really like.

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  6. krásný fotky!! líbí se mi tvuj blog:)
    www.andreykab.blogspot.cz

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    1. díky! <3

      (I don't speak czech! I hope that's right!)

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  7. Beautiful pictures. Love this! :)

    Your blog is amazing. Write to me if you want to follow each other on bloglovin or GFC. :-)
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    1. I'm so glad you love the photos!! :)

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  8. I love going on city breaks with my bf :) These photos are stunning!

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    1. City breaks are the best! <3 It makes me happy that you like our photos! :)

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  9. oo looks like you both had an amazing time!
    I love your hair colour by the way

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  10. Brill photos! The boyf and I tend to favour middle-of-nowhere holidays - castles, walks, old churches and cold seas. In fact I am at this moment supposed to be packing to go camping in Brittany. But I am plotting our first city break for the winter (currently fancy Copenhagen) and this has definitely inspired me to get saving for it. x

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    1. Mmm, I'd LOVE to visit Copenhagen! And I know what you mean about middle-of-nowhere holidays. I would really like to plan a holiday that somehow encompasses a few days of remote hill-walks and a few days of city-exploration. That would be ideal! Where abouts in Brittany are you going? That's where my Dad lives!

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  11. The pictures are lovely!I love city breaks!

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    1. It makes me so happy that you like the photos! :)

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  12. What lovely pictures! You've travelled to such cool places :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. We've been so fortunate so far to travel a lot! It's my favourite thing to do! :)

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  13. Such a great post! :) ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡

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  14. Those photos look absolutely amazing! I want to travel to loads of places one day too x

    Love,Sara Wallflower

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    1. You will! You'll go everywhere you want to go! <3

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  15. Travelling as a couple is pretty awesome. I know there's a lot going for solo travel but I'd rather go as a couple any day. We are big fans of day trips to explore the local area and haven't had too much time to branch out into weekends away and such. I'm hoping to get some planning in for next year :)

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    1. I bet there's tons to explore in Belgium - I'd love to visit Brussels and Bruges at some point. <3

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  16. Beautiful photos! I hope you guys enjoyed your trip there.

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    1. We enjoyed all of our trips! <3

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  17. Loved this post!

    An absolute couple holidayer (with other couples too), I too love walking around places, you really do see so much more, and often end up in the most random of places as well.

    Although got my first solo trip soon - eek!

    Em | Hmm maybe...

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    1. Yes! Getting lost is half the fun I think!!

      Good luck on your first solo adventure!!! :)

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  18. i love that city...I've been once and left there my soul
    xxx
    mari
    www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

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  19. Its very nice place i like that city so beautiful!.
    nebosh

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