New Zealand's geothermal paradise and Maori headquaters - Rotorua - attracts visitors from all over the world. Geysers, mud pools, hot springs, geothermal pools - you'll find it all here side by side. As a result lots of services built their business around these nature's phenomena. Many offer treatments and an opportunity to soak in the mineral waters. How to decide upon which one to visit?
We were invited by Polynesian Spa to try out their services and we gave in - after walking the 19 km long Tongariro Alpine Crossing my muscles were screaming for warmth and treatment. Long story short - we enjoyed our spa evening.
Here are 5 reasons why we think you might enjoy the Polynesian Spa as well.
As you know by now this blog is 95% about travel and travel means a lot of time is spent in the air or at the airport. Some of our very first trips were Asia bound and South East Asia remains one of our favorite destinations since.
Too bad that from our home airport Düsseldorf - a medium size European airport - there is a very limited choice of direct flights to Asian destinations. As a result we frequently take stopover flights via larger airports like Frankfurt/Munich/Dubai.
When Turkish Airlines offered me to travel with them to Indonesia and try their business class services and their connecting hub in Istanbul I said "yes" right away. I will tell you more about the trip (it was way too good no keep it for myself), but before I start let me tell you that thanks to Turkish Airlines what could have been a long and exhausting flight of 17 hours passed as fast and was filled with so much convenience and comfort as I have ever wished for.
But let me start from the beginning:
One sunny day in Spring we had a half day to spend before heading to the airport and saying "Good bye" to Provence. Since we were based in Aix-en-Provence and have done quite a lot of sightseeing in the area all the destinations we haven't seen yet were meant to be explored on a day tour, not half day.
I don't have to tell you that Amsterdam belongs to one of those cosmopolitan cities where "off the beaten track" doesn't really work any longer. But even though Amsterdam is international and you hear more English than Dutch at every corner there is still a lot of local flair going on - you just need to know where to find it.
Cologne is my dear friend. When I moved to Germany in 2007 I have spent a lot of time there. Living and studying in Bonn - Cologne neighbour - Cologne was the next biggest city to visit. I have brought all my visitors there and climbed the famous Cologne Cathedrale what felt like a hundred times.
Apart from my warm feelings Cologne is also a perfect weekend trip destination with enough points of interest to get you through but not too many that leave you undecided on where to start. Everyone would find something special here - let it be crazy Carnival party, marvelous Cologne Cathedrale or vibrant student life - Germany's largest university is in Cologne.
So let me tell you about my favorites in case you decided to spend a weekend in this cozy city along the Rhine river.
As every modern city filled with international vibes Cologne has gone far developing it’s way in coffee scene. The city has some good coffee roasteries and cafés serving delicious cuppa. I picked my 10 favorites coffeehouses that to my opinion serve the best coffee. Some are old some are new, but all are great. For the detailed guide on what to see and do in Cologne check out the 48 hours in Cologne - things to see and try in Germany liveliest carnival city post.