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Exploring Liverpool’s Hidden Gems

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Liverpool is my home city, and it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet if I do say so myself! Liverpool has a HUGE amount to offer, so I’m here to list off a few amazing places that you can head to, that are just a little bit off the beaten path! I’ve got you covered for cafes, bars and record stores! I know this city like the back of my hand, and I’m excited to share some of my favourite, hidden gems.

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you want to tick all of these places off, I recommend you spend a few days in Liverpool as there’s just so much to see and do. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hotels.com can help you to find some hotels in Liverpool.

Let’s jump in!

THOUGHTFULLY CAFE

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Thoughtfully isn’t just the one cafe located on Cleveland Square, just outside of Liverpool one. Thoughtfully is a family owned collective that boasts an Agency and a coffee Kiosk too! They tie together perfect minimalist design, great food and even better coffee. The cafe is light and airy, with huge windows, comfy seats and an abundance of greenery.

You can pick up a tote created by their design agency too if you fancy!

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Exploring Nazca Desert’s Ancient History

The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.

And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.

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Nazca, Peru. You Have To Fly Above the Nazca Lines

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Welcome to Nazca!

We’ve left Lima behind (for now, read the first post on Lima here) and headed south to one of the driest and most interesting regions of Peru. Don’t know why I’ve led with driest, but it is pretty damn dry.

The area is famous for, you guessed it, the Nazca Lines. Though the area boasts a ton of valleys, the Ica Desert (which will be covered in the next post) and is home to around 40,000 people.

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Lima, Peru – What To Do In 48 Hours

It’s certainly taken me long enough. Between June and July of last year, I spent some time travelling around Peru. And now, almost a year after the fact, I’m finally getting round into publishing this travel diary of sorts.

Rather than posts on what to do in different parts of the country and how to posts, this series is going to be more of an honest reflection of my trip. Simply as I enjoy writing these accounts of my trips a bit more.

Anyway, on we go to Lima, Peru.

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Three of the Best Views in Lisbon

Lisbon is known for being one of the hilliest cities around, in fact it’s known as the City of Seven Hills due to the seven largest inclinations in the city. It’s no surprise that a city like this has a billion amazing view points from which you can gaze over the entire city, or just certain little chunks of it. Keep reading for three viewpoints dotted across the city, which each provide their own unique take on Lisbon.

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Castello São Jorge

Named for the hill atop it sits, Castello São Jorge has become one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist destinations. You can experience history, see a little bit of wildlife and experience some of the greatest views you’ll find in the city. Plus you won’t be able to get higher than this whilst in the city, São Jorge hill is the highest in Lisbon.

This fortress was built by the Visigoths in the fifth century, it was later enlarged and modified in the eleventh century by the Moors. Later it was transformed into a Royal Palace, heavily damaged by an earthquake and only restored in the late 1930’s

It gets crowded, so plan your visit carefully and allow enough time to fully explore the castle. Watch out for pigeons, my mate got pooed on whilst we were eating lunch at the castle.

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Located in Belem, this extremely large sword represents the Portugese Age of Discovery, the 1400-1500s. This monument has been around since 1960, but it was only in 1985 that the public were able to experience the cultural centre and climb to the observation deck.

It’s only a few Euros to enter, and can be visited on the way to or from Belém Tower.

This is such a bizarrely unique place to visit, so I can’t recommend it enough. We only had enough time for the viewing platform, not the main museum, but the platform itself is kinda wild. It’s so thin, the railings aren’t THAT high, it’s super cool.

 

 

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Alameda Santo António dos Capuchos

This street was very close to our Airbnb, and we found some of the best views in the cities weren’t those from tourist attractions, but from Lisbon’s famous tight streets and alleys. I spent a few hours walking aimlessly around the city, up and down this narrow streets, taking in views of beautiful, pastel buildings, washing blowing in the breeze and a real view of life in Lisbon.

Read more on Lisbon:

Lisbon’s Top Street Art

LX Factory: Lisbon’s Alternative Tourist Scene