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Before the pandemic happened, I traveled with my friend across Italy for two-whole weeks. One of the most unforgettable places we’ve been to is in Assisi. Assisi wasn’t in our itinerary originally. We were currently in Rome then I found out that one of my very good friend was in Umbria, Italy together with her daughter. So we decided to meet-up, and Assisi served as our meeting place.

 So we left Rome the following day, we had a rent-car so basically we drove from the Italian capital to Assisi. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect in Assisi, except that I know that is the birth-place of St. Francis and of course, that It is a town located on top of a hill. So when we were arriving and started to see a glimpse of Assisi from afar, I was totally surprised as to how vast it is.-I was expecting a smaller town, and when we arrived, the beauty of this town just took our breath away, like literally. 

So in this article, I will be sharing some things I compiled as to why you should visit or include Assisi in your Italy-Travel Itinerary. As well as some photos to illustrate the beauty of this gem. 

Here are few facts about Assisi:

It is a majestic town situated on top of a hill in the region of Umbria and it is famously known as the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint. 

For centuries, religious pilgrims have come here to visit two main Basilicas, the Basilica of San Francisco and the Basilica of Santa Chiara, two beautiful vast churches where each saint is buried. 

Assisi was founded on the 12th Century. Yeah, it’s one of the oldest town ever. Most places in Umbria has tons of history, and history is a journey to discovery and Assisi is a good place to start. 

Top Reasons to Visit Assisi

If you’re visiting Rome and has a day or two to spare, you can pretty much go to Assisi for a day-trip. It Is only an hour and a half drive from the Italian Capital. There are some speed-train options as well. Both will offer a scenic view, so either or.

If you want to go to a place where you want to feel a special spiritual connection, then Assisi is the best place. This town does exude a certain holy mysticism, and I have felt that when I visited the place. 

The Umbrian landscape as seen from the town is ultra-breath-taking. As a photographer, I was so happy with the landscape photos I took here. 

Umbria Landscape as seen from Assisi.

There are tons of really-good restaurants around, as well as cafes and pubs to dine in for a break, in case you’ll feel hungry and thirsty from exploring. 

Assisi is one of the most-photogenic places I’ve ever been to. Its old cobbled-streets and brick infrastructures built centuries ago will surely take you back in time. So make sure to take tons of photographs! 

Things to do in Assisi

Get lost in this beautiful town! This is the best way for you to actually discover it’s real beauty. Though I  advise that you begin your wanderings at the top of the town so you can enjoy the city going down the hill. You know what they say, it’s easier to go down than to go up. 

Visit The basilica of St. Francis.  One of the major highlights of Assisi, so make sure to pass through here during your exploration. From here, it also offers an amazing view of the Umbrian Landscape. 

Dine-in in one of the restaurants in Assisi. This is a must, for you to experience the goodness of Italian Cuisines at its finest. You can check some of the best restaurants here

Stay for the night! It is recommended to stay a night or two in this beautiful town for you to see its beauty during night time or see the sunrise on the following day. There are lots of accommodations to stay in Assisi. You can check some of the best places to stay in Assisi here

Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. -St Francis of Assisi

Have you ever been to Assisi? How was your experience?! Tell us through the comment section below. 

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Few months back, I visited beautiful Helsinki upon my intention to tick it off my bucket-list. Helsinki in Finland has always been a dream destination for me since it’s one of those European Cities which I often heard about while growing up in the Philippines.

In this article, I will be sharing some of the best things to do and sites to see in Helsinki. But first, I will be sharing a few facts about the city: The city is situated on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. It has over three-hundred islands interconnected with many bridges therefore, water transport is widespread. The city has over thousand of places for people to park their boats as well as several marinas where yacht owners park their boats during winter season.

Did I also mention that Helsinki currently holds the record for having the lowest average temperature amongst all capital cities in the world? Yeah, and it has around 50-60 days per year where you cannot see the sun shining in the sky. With that being said, Helsinki is basically rainy most of the time and according to google, there are only around one hundred twenty rainy days in the Finnish capital each year.

Well, below are my own compilation of the best things to do and sites to see in beautiful Helsinki!

Helsinki Cathedral

Located in the center of the Senate Square, this Finnish Cathedral boasts a Neoclassic style architecture. It is one of the most photographed churches in Europe and it is also considered to be the symbol of Helsinki. You know what they say, you haven’t been to Helsinki at all when you didn’t have any photograph with the Helsinki Cathedral in the background.

Uspenski Cathedral

Often referred to as the ‘Red Church’. It is is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland as well as being the main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Definitely a site to behold when visiting Helsinki.

Helsinki Design District

Located in the city-center, Helsinki’s design district is the city’s high-street. You can find different fashion brands both international and local within the areas of this district. Definitely a must-go place for fashion enthusiasts.

Helsinki Zoo

My favorite place in Helsinki. The Helsinki Zoo is one of the most unique zoos I’ve ever been to, as the zoo is actually an island itself. It houses quite a range of species and it has an indoor establishments as well for tropical animals. A great place for those who love animals. There are two main ways to reach this place, either through a ferry-ride or through bus-ride. Just note that the ferry-ride option is not available all year-round, only during the warmer months when the water is not frozen. However, bus-ride option is available all year-round.

Teatro Nazionale Finlandese( Finnish National Theatre)

If you love theatre plays, then this definitely is the place for you to visit. Located just a few meters from the Main Railway Station, the Finnish National Theatre is worth visiting. It is one of Helsinki’s icons as it is the oldest performing theatre in the city.

Allas Sea Pool

If you simply want to relax with a great view, then this is the place for you. Allas Sea Pool is located just a few-minutes walk from Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenski Cathedral, so when you’re exploring those places, make sure to also include Allas Sea Pool.

Sibelius Monument

Located just 15 minutes from the city center, this monument is a must visit, especially if you are a music enthusiast. This monument was built by Finnish artist Eila Hiltunen in honor of Jean Sibelius, a Finnish Composer.

Have you been to Helsinki? How was your experience?! Tell us through the comment section below!

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London is one of my favorite of all the cities I have been to. Simply because of its captivating vibe and picturesque streets. When we think of London, we think of the London Eye, The Big Ben, The Tower Bridge, etc. But let’s skip those for now. In this blogpost, I will be sharing 10 unique photos that will make you wanna visit the English Capital.

Covent Garden is one of the most beautiful districts in London. I spent half-day exploring this gem when I was in London. Definitely a place I would like to explore again when I will visit London soon.

After a day of exploring, a pint of beer is the best idea! So why not head to Cafe Brood. I found this gem while exploring Borough Market on my second day in London.

If you’re looking for the best backdrop for your instagram photos, head over to the Southbank Skate Space, here you can find stunning graffitis and other street arts. Or if you simply wanna skate, then this is the best place for you.

I visited St. James Park on my second day in London. The views are breathtaking even though most trees didn’t have any leaves mainly because it was winter during that time. What mostly caught my attention though are the squirrels. They’re very cute and they seem to be really tamed, maybe because they got used with people giving them food.

If you’re visiting Greenwich in London, make sure to include the The Old Royal Naval College in your list. The Old Royal Naval College is an architectural center piece in Maritime Greenwich, a World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Definitely a must-visit for architecture lovers.

The Old Royal Naval College

If you wanna travel back in time or simply want to admire a great piece of architecture, then Churchill War Rooms is the best place for you to go. The Churchill War Rooms is a museum in London the museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that housed a British government command centre throughout the Second World War, and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum exploring the life of British statesman Winston Churchill.

reference: Wikipedia

Churchill War Rooms

I visited Columbia Road Flower Market on my third day in London. It was a Sunday and it is the only day where the market is open, so take note of that. Columbia Road Flower Market is located in Bethnal Green in London. But aside from flowers, you can also witness amazing street performers showing their respective crafts here.

‘People Watching’ is definitely one of the most therapeutic activities out there. Have you ever tried picking up on idiosyncrasies like language, expressions, clothing and activities to try to guess at another person’s story? Well, I always do and it’s pretty relaxing haha. Anyway, I took this photo between St. Pauls Church and the Millennium Bridge. I though it would be nice to add at here.

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