Fun London Tours

London is an exciting city with countless choices for tours and sightseeing. The Liar Liar Square Mile Tour by Fun London Tours isn’t your standard historical walking tour.  What makes the experience unique is that the guide involves everyone in the tour rather than only recounting historical facts.  The group was split into teams and we were given three facts at each stop and we had to guess as a team which fact was false.  Our guide Matt was engaging and knowledgeable and made the tour really fun.  Getting into teams broke the ice with the other participants and having to think about the answers made the information on the tour actually sink in. I will definitely remember what I learned on this tour!

Having lived in London for a few years and working in the City, I discovered new places and interesting stories on this tour.

If you’re looking for a different and engaging tour experience in London, check out the Liar Liar tour.  It’s a great idea for friends, solo travellers and families of all ages.

Liar Liar Square Mile Tour

Disclaimer: I received a discounted rate from Fun London Tours for the Liar Liar Square Mile Tour however the opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced.

The Trulli of Puglia

Trulli Alberobello Puglia

Southern Italy still remains unknown to many travellers but there are some really unique places to explore unlike anywhere else.  The popularity of the Puglia region is starting to increase as people begin to discover its beautiful beaches, historic cities like Lecce, Ostuni and the slow food movement.

One of the most distinctive villages in Puglia is Aberobello famous for its Trulli houses.  The Trulli are limestone homes with cylindrical roofs whose style of construction goes back to prehistoric times.  It is a little touristy but the houses look like something from a fairy tale!  Stroll around the town and browse the shops, restaurants or even stay overnight in a Trullo Bed and Breakfast. Be sure to make this one of your stops when visiting Puglia and southern Italy.

For information about Tourism in Puglia check out the link here!

Valencia Festival of Corpus Christi

corpus christi valencia spain

Valencia, Spain is a beautiful city with an abundance of art and architecture and one of the best times to visit if you want to experience local culture and tradition is during the religious festival of Corpus Christi.  The vibrant procession has been a tradition since the 1300’s and takes place on the Sunday 60 days after Easter.  The parade is filled with elaborate costumes, floats and traditional dances.  It’s a great way to mix with the locals and really feel the energy of the city.

Take a look at the Visit Valencia website to plan your trip!

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Off the beaten path in London

gods own junkyard walthamstow london

London is full of hidden gems and if you have time to explore outside of the touristy areas of the city check out the neighborhood of Walthamstow. Only 20 minutes on the tube from central London on the Victoria line you’ll find this eclectic neighborhood with everything from Pie and Mash shops, pubs, Turkish restaurants to Polish delis.  The high street hosts the longest daily outdoor market in England. 

After a stroll through the market head over to God’s Own Junkyard, a quirky neon sign shop housing a collection vintage signs and props from movie sets.  It’s a feast for the eyes and there is café with food and drinks so you can hang out and soak in the atmosphere.

Just outside God’s Own Junkyard in a converted factory you can visit Mothers Ruin Gin Palace for a cocktail.

Walthamstow Market runs Tuesday to Saturday and God’s Own Junkyard and Mothers Ruin Gin Palace are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fall in Love with Lyon – Things to see

From secret doorways to gardens and public squares, there are so many places to discover in Lyon.

Les Traboules

Traboules are walkways through buildings linking the streets of the old town. They were once used to transport commercial goods so that they were protected by bad weather. Maps of the Traboules are available but I stumbled upon a few of them on my own. Just keep an eye out for big wooden doors and follow other people going through. Make sure to be quiet as you walk through since people live in the buildings.

Place des Jacobins

Lyon has many public squares and one the most famous is Place des Jacobins. The elaborate fountain in the centre is the main attraction. There is seating in the square and the area is surrounded by shops and at night the square is lit up with tiny lights on the ground. It’s a beautiful spot in the city.

place jacobins

Fourviere Hill

The most spectacular views of the city are at the top of Fourviere Hill which can be reached by taking the funicular from the Vieux Lyon metro station. Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere which is visible throughout the city is located at the top of Fourviere Hill. Take your time here to relax and admire the city below. There is a museum of religious art, restaurant, souvenir shop and the Roman ruins nearby.

fourviere hill

Jardins du Rosaire

Instead of taking the funicular back down from the top of Fourviere Hill you can make your way down the hillside to Vieux Lyon through the Jardins du Rosaire. It’s a peaceful walk through winding paths, trees, terraces and several fruit and flower gardens. There are also religious statues and symbols throughout the park in reference to the Rosary.

rosary garden

Place Bellcour

In the heart of the city centre, Place Bellcour is the largest of Lyon’s main squares. The focal point of the square is a statue of Louis XIV on a horse. The tourist information centre is located here and is a great starting point for your visit to Lyon. Surrounding the square are plenty of shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian street perfect for wandering and taking in the atmosphere of Lyon.

bellcour

There is so much more to see in Lyon so stayed tuned for the next post or check out the complete city guide at Gogobot.com.

Fall in love with Lyon – Shopping

If you love shopping you will be spoiled for choice in Lyon from boutiques and markets to shopping centres, it’s a shopaholic’s paradise.

Passage de L’Argue

The Passage de L’Argue is just off of rue Edouard-Herriot and is a covered shopping arcade that connects to rue de la Republique. It’s an elegant looking building dating back to the 1800’s and houses smaller boutique shops and café’s rather than the standard high street shops. Make sure to duck in a take a look.

Part Dieu District

The Part Dieu district is home to both the city’s major shopping centre and the central train station. Lyon is a shopper’s paradise and has a lot of street level shops but if you’re craving a more commercial indoor experience La Part Dieu is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Be sure to visit the French department store Les Galeries Lafayette. You can easily get there by metro or tram.

Les Puces du Canal

This huge flea market is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance to go. It’s just outside of the city and is reachable by bus number 7. With over 400 stalls there is everything you could possibly imagine at the flea market including art, souvenirs, vintage furniture and antiques. It’s an amazing place for browsing or getting yourself a bargain.

Coming up next in the series are Lyon’s famous landmarks or you can check out the complete city guide at Gogobot.com.