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01/09/2019

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI EXPO 2020

Let's see what is the best area to stay in Dubai for EXPO 2020.

Counting on the detailed information of a friend who lives in Dubai with her husband and children, I transcribed everything to facilitate your choice.
Dubai is quite large and divided into several neighborhoods.

Where is the location of Expo 2020 in Dubai?
  • If you want to quickly reach the Dubai expo, which will start on October 20, 2020, it is better to look for accommodation in the neighborhood called Dubai Investment Park.
Let's see them...

best place to stay in dubai

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI FOR EXPO 2020?


Expo 2020 where in Dubai?


  • The expo area will rise on an area called: Dubai Investment Park. It is located in the southwest of Dubai. 

It is an industrial and residential area where there are large skyscrapers, towers, renowned recreational attractions such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Miracle Garden, Global Village and Dubai Parks.
 

Expo 2020 Dubai dates

  • Expo Dubai will take place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. The exhibition area will be located near the Al Maktoum airport.
👉 Search for accommodation on the map below. Enter the dates of your stay to get a quote. I advise you to book in advance: prices will tend to increase. Be foresight.

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What's the closest airport to Expo Dubai?


There are 2 airports in Dubai but if you want to stay near the airport closest to the Expo, head to the Al Maktoum international airport located in the "Dubai world central" district in the area called Aviation City of Dubai. As you can see in the map above, it is about 20km from the Dubai 2020 expo.

dove alloggiare a dubai per expo
Expo Dubai in costruzione

How to get to Expo Dubai?

The Dubai expo, will be held in an exhibition area of 45,000 square meters (so put your comfortable shoes on) and will be easily accessible from any hotel thanks to the "Metro Expo" (line under construction) or by taking an "Expo Riders" bus dedicated to the event. Do not worry that wherever you are staying in Dubai, they are very organized here and everything will be done to make access to the expo very easy.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai

  • Al Barsha - budget accommodation
  • Jumeirah Beach / Marina area - beach holidays
  • Burj Al Arab of Dubai and / or Jumeirah Beach Hotel or luxury hotel
  • Trade center Dubai for shopping


- quick summary -

  • The best place to stay to visit the expo in Dubai is the - Dubai Investment Park.
  • The area where I recommend staying in Dubai for beach holiday is Jumeirah beach in front of Dubai Marina which is one of the most beautiful areas in Dubai. 
  • The best location to stay in Dubai for cheap hotels is Al Barsha.
  • If you want to go shopping in Dubai, stay in the Downtown Dubai area. Here is also the largest shopping center in the world: the Dubai Mall.

Where to stay in Dubai on a budget


Dubai cheap accommodation

If you want to stay in Dubai on a budget, you have to head to the neighborhood called Al Barsha. Book an Accommodation in this District if you want to stay close to Mall of the Emirates and the Sharaf DG subway, convenient for seeing all of Dubai by public transport.

👉 The cheapest hotels in Dubai are located in this area which is also convenient for business travel.
👉 My tip: Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road.


Dubai's best area for shopping


The best area of Dubai for shopping is located in the district called "Trade center Dubai": here is also the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall. One of the best locations to stay in the heart of Dubai: along the Sheikh Zayed Road, here is the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center - DICEC. The Trade Center - Downtown Dubai area, is a great choice if you are interested in designer stores, entertainment and restaurants

👉 Trade center Accommodation tip

The best time to visit Dubai 


Dubai is not an economic destination. It is divided into several neighborhoods and temperatures often rise above 40 degrees.

  • The best time to visit Dubai is in winter season from November to March. It is in Asia, in the Arabian peninsula overlooks the persian Gulf.

Best time to visit Dubai
Which is the best location to stay in Dubai?
Well, I hope I helped you choose the best area to stay in Dubai for Expo. I am sure you will be fascinated by this city of many facets and opportunities.

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Last updated December 2019
by Moira Tips

28/06/2019

Où séjourner dans le nord de la Sardaigne?

Principaux pays touristiques où loger dans le Cotè D'émeraude: 

Leggilo in italiano 👉 Costa Smeralda dove alloggiare
Read it in english 👉 Where to stay in Costa Smeralda
Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne?
Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne?

  • Cannigione
  • Porto Cervo
  • Baja Sardinia
  • Arzachena
  • Golfo Aranci
  • Poltu Quatu
  • Olbia
  • Palau

Je suppose que vous êtes intéressé par cette partie de la Sardaigne qui, vous le savez déjà, n'est PAS la moins chère de l'île. Cependant, outre le logement à Porto Cervo pour 2000 € par nuit, il existe encore des solutions plus abordables.

👉 Liste des hébergements les moins chers sur la Costa Smeralda.

Si votre budget pour des vacances en Sardaigne est faible, laissez la Costa Smeralda derrière vous et concentrez-vous sur la zone sud.

👉  Liste des hébergements les moins chers dans le sud de la Sardaigne.

La côte d'Émeraude est l'une des régions les plus populaires de la Sardaigne, généralement fréquentée par des personnalités de marque et des milliardaires.

Cette région regorge de plages de sable blanc, d’un magnifique littoral surplombant la mer vert émeraude d’où son nom et d’un grand afflux de touristes. Tout cela n'en fait pas l'un des quartiers les moins chers de la Sardaigne.

Mais si vous voulez rester dans cette région, nous pouvons voir parmi les différents endroits qui offrent les prix les plus bas.

Lire l'article complet 👇

Dans quelle ville loger en Sardaigne


Updated Giugno 2019
Moira Tips

which is better San Antonio or Playa d'en Bossa

27/06/2019

Which is the best area to stay in Ibiza?

Holiday to Ibiza 2019. If you are looking for the best area to stay in Ibiza, you can choose between these countries:

  • Playa d'En Bossa
  • Ibiza città (Eivissa)
  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • Cala Tarida
  • Santa Eularia des Riu
  • Es Canar
  • Cala Sant Vincent
  • Cala Portinax

best places to stay in Ibiza
Best area Ibiza

Read it the full article:


Area Trend: Wi Ki Woo Hotel Ibiza 👉 Booking a room in this area or
👉 Cheapest accommodation in San Antonio

Updated Giugno 2019
Moira Tips

28/03/2019

BEST PLACE TO STAY IN FORMENTERA

Best places to stay in Formentera:

  • Es Pujols
  • Platja Migjorn
  • La Mola
  • La Savina
  • San Ferrán de ses Roques
  • Es Caló de Sant Agustí
  • Cala Saona

Best area to stay in Formentera
best place to stay in Formentera

WHERE TO STAY IN FORMENTERA


The area in which I recommend staying in Formentera is Es Pujols which is the liveliest area, with beautiful beaches, bars and restaurants by the sea. And it is the area favored by the Vips (sockplayers, soubrette ...).

HOLIDAYS in FORMENTERA do it yourself

- 3 steps to organize the trip -

☑️ Formentera does NOT have an airport that can be reached by ferry. The easiest way is to fly with Ryanair to Ibiza.
☑️ From the port of Ibiza you can reach Formentera by hydrofoil or ferry.
☑️ Book a hotel or apartment on Booking. If you do not see the map with the prices of the various structures, refresh the page and / or enter the relevant date. 👇 Prices are per accommodation and not per person.



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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN FORMENTERA


  • Es Pujols


Formentera is a wild island completely different from the neighboring Ibiza. If you want to stay "out of the world" for a few days laying down in one of the beautiful beaches that surround the island, Formentera is the place for you.

BUT if you want to stay in a touristic place in Formentera in which there are shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs... look for an accommodation in Es Pujols.

In this village the evenings are lively, it is the most frequented place on the island, there are many tourists.
I recommend Es Pujols to those who do NOT want to be too secluded.
Favorite area for VIPs (footballers and celebrities): you can find them in June, hardly in August, when there is the peak of the flow of tourists.

The Balearic Islands are not an economic destination in the summer months especially in Es Pujols you risk not to find anything, if you don't book early.

Es Pujols is close to the 2 most popular beaches of the island that extend into this isthmus (they are really suggestive):

  • Platja de Llevant, 
  • Playa de Illetas

Platja de Llevant, Playa de illetas
Best beaches in Formentera

If you want to stay near this area/beach, I suggest:

👉 Hotel Rosamar Playa de Llevant




  • Platja Migjorn (Playa Mitjorn)


I stayed in this part of the island on my first trip to Formentera, so many years ago in June.

This photo of Migjorn is offered by TripAdvisor

This part of the island is more windy and has consequently the rough sea than the other shore. There wasn't much to do in June. The area is quieter than Es Pujols.
From this beach you can see a beautiful sunset: one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Photos do not make the idea.

This photo of Playa de Migjorn is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In Migjorn there is a wide beach, as you can see in the picture. Since the area is "fresher" it is recommended to stay here in the hottest periods: late July - mid-August.

👉 This guest house is just 300 m from the Migjorn beach.


  • La Savina

Small village where ferries dock. In this place there is the tourist office so I advise you to go there to get the map of the island and some brochures.

This photo of La Savina is offered by TripAdvisor


Ideal place for those who want to stay in a quieter and economic area compared to Es Pujols but easily reach, by bus, car or scooter.

If you want to stay near La Savina it is best to look for accommodation that faces the Estany des Peix lagoon.
The suggested residence has a beautiful location overlooking the lagoon from which you can watch the sunset.

👉 Lago Dorado Residence


  • San Ferrán de ses Roques


This village does not overlook the sea but is a place in the hinterland of Formentera and I recommend it to those who want to take a touring vacation. Considering that the island is narrow, when I say "inland", It means that Playa de ses Illetes and La Savina are about 5 kilometers away.

This area is a good starting point to visit the whole island and the prices are lower than accommodation in the tourist areas. For some it may be a good compromise.
Evenings can be spent in the downtown: there are several restaurants with a nice atmosphere.

Apartment a San Ferrán de ses Roques

  • Es Caló de Sant Agustí


Here we are on the northern side of the island. The area is wilder, the accommodation are holiday apartments rather then hotel. The beach is "wild" as you can see in the picture.

The sea of ​​Formentera is something spectacular: a succession of isthmuses and coves where it is really impossible not to dip.

Apartment a Es Caló de Sant Agustí

This photo of Playa Ses Platgetes is offered by TripAdvisor


  • Cala Saona

Cala Saona is a beautiful conca beach. An isolated cove which is accessed from a road shaded by the surrounding vegetation.

Cala Saona
Cala Saona, Formentera

If your ideal holiday is a secluded place in the midst of nature where you can see romantic sunsets, I suggest you this hotel located a few meters from this beautiful beach of Formentera.

👉 Hotel Cala Saona



What to do in Formentera?


- Sunbathe on the beach,
- Diving,
- Visiting the wild island to discover coves, villages...
- Espalmador boat ride: private island near Formentera (crystal clear water).

This photo of Es Espalmador is offered by TripAdvisor

- Pilar del Mola: lighthouse with panoramic view
- Cap de Barbaria (lighthouse)

what to see formentera

- Calo Des Mort: Tropical sandy beach. Beach bordered by rocky cliffs, with clear water, fine sand and panoramic view.
- Camí de Sa pujada: trekking! Following this ancient Roman road, you will see a breathtaking panorama.

Calo des Mort

Getting around the island


The ferry that departs from Ibiza will head to La Savina. As all the tourists disembark here, you will find numerous rental agencies for scooters, bicycles... And also the bus that takes you to the main tourist resorts.

Curiosity:

Formentera owes its name to the Romans who named it Fromentaria which means the island of wheat.
The island is flat, without mountains with salt marshes, vegetation and inlets.


Well, that's all! If the article is useful to you, or you want to suggest to your friends a destination for summer holidays, you can share this article clicking the symbol of social you see below.

We will update, to the next travel guide. 😉

updated march 2019
Moira R.

26/01/2019

BEAUTIFUL PLACES near MILAN

The most beautiful places to visit near Milan: Lombardia lakes, villas, castles... Italy day trip.
Milan points of interest. Places to visit around Milan. Towns near Milan worth visiting.

Whether you stay in Milan for a pleasure trip or on business, you might consider prolonging your stay so as to see some interesting places less than 100 km from the chief-town of Lombardy. 

After visiting the Castle of the Sforzas, the cathedral, the Victor Emmanuel II gallery, the monumental cemetery and the church of Saint Ambrogio and after having the inevitable aperitif (happy hour) in the "Navigli" area, you can organize pleasant outings to 6 places that are easily reachable by car or by bus/train.

places to visit around milan
Navigli Milano ideal for nightlife
Stay close to Navigli?



To Know: If You love Leonardo da Vinci, don't forget to go and see The Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of Saint Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
Booking is obligatory for an attraction that is in such demand.

In this post:

  1. Visit Crespi D'Adda ,
  2. Visit Bergamo,
  3. Visit Como Lake villas ,
  4. Visit Castles near Milan
  5. Visit Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore,
  6. Visit Iseo Lake e Montisola.

13/01/2019

DRIVING IN ITALY: things to know!

Driving in Italy: rules, requirements, license, road signs... Important things to know before take a motorway in Italy: driving in Italy for tourists.

This article is written by Laura: an Italian girl who works in a motorway service area (on the A4 Milan - Venice).

italian motorway
DRIVING IN ITALY

One of the questions that often tourists ask her when they stop in the rest area is:
How to pay for the motorway in Italy?
Other questions are:
  • How does Italian motorway work? (Italy tolls roads cost.)
  • Which is the Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls?
And other useful tips.

Below you can read her suggestions...

Driving in italy which side?

Always Right as in America and all over Europe except in England and its colonies where you drive to the left.

Italy autostrada speed limit

On the highways: 130 kilometers per hour, down to 110 in case of bad weather.
On the main extra-urban roads: 110 kilometers per hour, down to 90 in case of bad weather
On secondary and local roads: 90 kilometers per hour
In the city the limit is 50 kilometers per hour; 70 in some sections expressly indicated.

Driving in Italy license and requirements


EU Member States license


You can drive with your driver's license.


Patent of non-EU countries


Foreigners with an extra EU license may travel in Italy for up to 1 year, BUT need and official translation to show with the license.
Translation can be made:

  1. By a professional translator and asserted with an oath made in front of a judicial or notary chancellor.
  2. Consulate with the signature of Consular Officers legalized in the Prefecture.

How does Italian motorway work?

Driving in Italy road signs

Foreign people can have difficulties to understand how to use Italian highway.
The mechanism is quite simple but payment can be complicated, or rather, can be tricky to figure out which tollbooth to choose.
Italian highway
When you enter in every Italian highway you'll find some tollbooths.
Follow the other cars that lined up in a lane.
Choose one that you want except the tollbooth indicated "Telepass".
When you are in front of a lowered bar, look to your left, find a red button... push it and take the ticket.

IMPORTANT: Keep the ticket until the exit! If you loose it you must pay the full amount from the origin to end of the highway. Quite expensive.
Now enjoy your trip... but remember... speed limit is 130 km/h.



take the motorway ticket


Head to your destination by driving smoothly.
When you decide to quit, you just take the first exit on the right.
Every highways exit has at least one tool where you can pay. You pay directly on the highway before leaving it.


Driving in Italy rules

Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls?



The only way guaranteed to be trouble-free is to pay cash. This is my tip.

For full information I tell you that:
There are different tollbooths that provide different payment methods (credit card, cash,Viacard, Telepass...).
Choose the payment system that you prefer and take the right tollbooth.
Every of them has a different sighboard, visible in the distance, indicating the payment system.
Let's see...

italian road signs
Italy road signs



BEST CHOISES n.1 or 2:


1 — CASH + OPERATOR (white sighboard) when you see a picture representing a hand and some coins it means that in this line you can pay by cash and there is an operator inside the tool.
I recommend this alternative for those without experience. Give the ticket, taken at the beginning of the highway route, to the clerk. The amount (the total of what you have to pay) will be displayed next the clerk window. Give the money to the operator and when the bar is raised, you are free ;)

TIP: Have some coins ready too. They appreciate not getting a €20 for a €0.80 toll.

2 — AUTOMATIC PAYMENT by Cash a picture with coins only (white sighboard): here you can pay by cash but the payment is automatic. There is not an operator.
Insert the ticket in the slot and your amount will be displayed. Than insert the money in the slot (one dedicated only for banknotes and one for coins only).
IMPORTANT: If you choose to pay by cash remember to bring with you enough coins and small banknotes (max 20 euros).

3 — TELEPASS (yellow sighboard): do not take it! It is a subscription using from Italian people that take the motorways almost every day in order to speed up the payment mechanism. Only those who have paid for this subscription and received a detector, to be placed on the windshield, can use this lane.

4 — CARTE (blue sighboard): here you can pay by credit cards. It accepts the principal cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners).

FIRST step: Insert the ticket in the machine where it is indicated and your amount will be displayed.
SECOND step: insert the credit cards where it is indicated.

Simplifying: put the ticket, put the credit card, take the card, go. It doesn't ask for a PIN number.

In CREDIT CARD line you can also pay by Viacard.
What is a Viacard? It is a pre-payed card of 25 or 50 euros that you can buy in the rest areas along the motorway. You can use it in the same way of credit cards. The amount will be deducted.
PAY ATTENTION: do not go into a closed lane! The open tollbooths have a green traffic light while those closed have a red traffic light.

What to do in case of payment problem?


In case of problems, visibile in the toll, there is a red button for to call an operator.
If nobody reply to you... don't worry, some minutes later the tollbooth opens automatically and the machine will issue a ticket indicated the information about your car and the amount that you must pay.
IMPORTANT: You have 15 days for pay the amount. You can also pay the motorway ticket on-line, in the post offices, by bank transfer or in a "Punto Blu".

What a Punto Blu is? It is an office of assistance for problems concerning the motorways. You can find them along the highway, in the cities or sometimes in the rest area.
Find "Blue Point" near you on the map, and click it to see the detail information. Here the map: Italy blue points motorway.

REST AREAS IN HIGHWAY


About every 25-30 km along the principal highways and a little bit more along the others there is a rest area with toilettes, a bar, a market and sometimes also a restaurant.
The averange prices are quite expensive, but you can find almost everything you are looking for.

How much does the italian highway cost?


You can get detailed driving directions, fairly realistic times, and estimated costs (fuel and tolls) for travel throughout Europe from: www.viamichelin.com


Another website with useful information for traveling on Italian motorways is this:


Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls


  1. The easiest way for most first timers is to just pay with euros
  2. Best and most easiest is to use a manned booth - so look for the toll sign above the booth showing the outstretched hand holding money. 
  3. Be very very careful not to go in a Telepass lane.
I hope these tips could be useful for you. When you will take a break in a rest area, look for a blond girl called Laura...


She works there (on A4 motorway), in the store at the cashier's desk, and probably she will be explaining to a foreign traveler how to pay the motorway ticket 😉

December 2018
Moira
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