Dubai is a dream destination for many travelers, the end of August may not be an ideal timing to travel to Dubai due to the hot temperature, but the benefit is hotel rooms are much more affordable. During daytime, the heat was almost unbearable, it was relatively impossible to walk on the streets, thankfully to the convenient and affordable Uber or Taxi in Dubai, it was pleasant to move around under the 45°C sunlight. After sunset, the temperature dropped to under 40°C, with the breeze and the amazing sunset, it was the best time to take a walk or swim at the beach. Sunset beach which is a public beach, a good option for those who don't stay in a hotel that offers a private beach and where you can have a decent view of the famous Burj Al Arab.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a traditional Middle Eastern style bazaar, with its spacious landscapes and gardens of Arabian architecture, every corner is a picture perfect view including the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Another must-see in Dubai, with no doubt, is the tallest building in the world - Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain show, even the show goes on every 30 minutes every night, it is always crowded around the fountain when the show goes on, and people still get amazed and inspired watching this magical show.
Next to Burj Khalifa is The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall, it has the most luxury things that beyond your imagination, not only it has all the luxury designer brands, international prestigious restaurants, there are also a 3-floor-height aquarium, an Olympic-size ice skating rink, a virtual reality park, a 5-star movie theater and even a real Jurassic period dinosaur!
Dubai is full of extraordinary and luxury experiences, do you know you could easily make a free 24-96-hour stopover in Dubai with Emirates Airline? Here's how I did it for my journey from London to Taipei:
A free stopover only applies to a round-way ticket that passing through Dubai. When booking on Emirates.com, click on the Advanced Search option
Insert Dubai to be one of your destinations and remember the arrival date to departure date should be between 24 to 96 hours.
Then when you choose the tickets, you will see "no extra charges" on the part of stopping over in Dubai.
New York City, one of the most populous cities in the world, exerts a significant impact upon culture, finance, commerce, entertainment, technology, art, and fashion. It was a great pleasure to journey here in summertime, endless interesting places to visit, lots of entertaining events, festivals, activities and more.
We took the chance to engage the most anticipating and inspiring annual exhibition in the fashion world, the Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the theme of this year is called Heavenly Bodies - a dialogue between fashion and medieval art to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.
Throughout the galleries, you will find papal vestments shipped from the Vatican, religious artworks and couture pieces from the early twentieth century to contemporary haute-couture and ready-to-wear designs, including original pieces from Gianni Versace and Cristobal Balenciaga featuring Catholic iconography, also the most influential designers and fashion houses in the world: Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen.
Magical night views in Manhattan
New York is so fascinating, one of the reasons is its ethnic and cultural diversity and vibrant mix of world influences, with immigrants making up the majority of the residents in some neighborhoods, all five boroughs illustrate this melting pot through music, activities, shops and restaurants, and the most appealing part for us was being able to sample exotic cuisine and products!
Another exciting event that we attended was Macy's 4th of July fireworks. We decided to watch the show from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City where we could have a panoramic view of the captivating Manhattan skyline. The venue was totally packed hours before the show started, but the overwhelming fireworks display was absolutely worth it!
Despite all the fun and pleasure, the main reason to travel to NYC is to visit AIMEEKU stockist in SoHo - Dreams On Air, such an adorned boutique store with vivacious representatives and acclaimed designer brands which is located on the absolute prime block with Chanel and Balmain luxury fashion shops.
Our last day in NYC happened to be Manhattanhenge which is a circumstance that occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun or the rising sun aligns perfectly with New York City’s street grid, creating a glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons. It's a pity that it was a cloudy evening, so we didn't capture a radiant sunlight, but still a beautiful memorable moment!
The summertime is long gone but I am still reminiscing my romantic trip in Italy this summer. Although it was my first trip to Italy, it was one of the most perfect trips I've ever had, so I would like to share with you how I planned the trip and how it worked out.
We travelled to 4 cities in 9 days, Milan was the first stop, and it was a love at first sight! We arrived 7am at Malpensa Airport, the train from the airport to the city central is about an hour ride and is conveniently connected to the city metro. After checking in the hotel, leaving our luggage, we started our tourist trip in this modern, chic and fascinating city.
The must-visit Milan Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world. You definitely have to go up to the rooftop terraces when you visit this phenomenal cathedral to enjoy an panoramic view of the city and to witness the extreme detail in those characteristic spires which are absolutely stunning and incredible! No wonder the construction of this cathedral took centuries to complete.
Next to the cathedral is the famous shopping center Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II where you can shop the most luxury brands and enjoy the authentic Italian cappuccino under this19th-century iron-and-glass building.
The next day, we met up with our AIMEEKU models, Marta and Alison at this trendy quarter - 10 Corso Como where you can indulge yourself with fashion, music, design, cuisine and culture. How exciting to meet up with friends when traveling!
We were supposed to go to Venice right after Milan, but due to the peek season it was difficult to book hotels there, so we went to Florence instead, to where we took the evening train, and it turned out the train was less packed and price was cheaper as well.
I highly recommend the app GOEURO which you can book the train tickets from your smartphones and just present the booking reference number when voyaging.
Waking up in Florence to a beautiful sunny day, we commenced to explore this Renaissance city. Almost all the tourist attractions are walking distance around the train station, so we didn't have a specific plan, just relaxed and walked around the city which is filled with magnificent architectures, sculptures, art and also fine Italian cuisine.
The second day in Florence, we planned to visit the renowned Uffizi Gallery Museum, there was a long queue at the entrance, so we decided to pay an extra reservation fee of €4.00 to skip the line. Be careful not to follow someone who sells immediate tickets at the door, they cost much more than the museum reservation tickets.
Piazzale Michelangelo is a perfect location to adore the sunset and overlook the city, where the atmosphere is assuredly romantic. Watching the sunset while listening to live Italian music, truly an enchanting moment!
We took an early high-speed train to Venice, thanks to the convinient railways in Italy, it only takes about 2 hours to different tourist cities. We were totally astonished to the view when we arrived in Venice. It is a city of water, the only transportation is boat, if you have a lot of luggage like us, I suggest you to stay in a hotel near the train station.
Walking in Venice is like walking in a dream, it's no doubt one of the most romantic places on earth. Every corner is a picture-perfect scene, and my AIMEEKU dresses fit perfectly into this marvelous landscape!
In order to not to miss those small pretty corners in Venice, walking is a better way to adventure than taking the boat. The first day, we planned to go north route and around the island to the Canal Grande, along the way, there were vendors selling from fresh fruit, food, jewelry to carnival mask, you won't get bored walking in Venice at anytime.
The second day, we headed south and all the way to St. Mark's Square. It actually wouldn't take long to walk around the island, but because of all the captivating scenery along the way, it took us the whole day to reach our final destination.
When we finally got to St. Mark's Square, it suddenly occurred a thunderstorm, surprisingly, it turned to a divine ambiance that we were in awe of the great Creator! My flowy dress also danced to embrace this unforgettable moment!
After a long day of walking, we took the water bus back to the hotel, the night view from the boat was overwhelming, we passed by Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and the Giant Hands, an art installation, called “Support” created by artist Lorenzo Quinn.
Our final stop - Rome, where we arrived in the evening, then we went straight to Vatican city, it's beautifully peaceful to enjoy the sunset time there, the harmonious environment calmed us down from the hectic travel schedule. Afterwards we walked to Castel Sant'Angelo, the dazzling lights and music performance ended our day wonderfully.
Rome is a big, busy city, and the metro system is not quite convenient to travel around different attractions, it's better to GoogleMap the route and transportation before you go somewhere. 3-days tourist ticket is a valuable way for unlimited travel on metro and buses. You definitely can't miss Trevi Fountain when you visit Rome, this impressive Baroque architecture is one of the most famous landmarks of Rome
There are numerous historical sites in Rome, if you want to take a good look at each and every one, you might need at least a whole week to visit, we only had 3 days in Rome, so we just briefly went to some spots to take photos.
We went there at the end of August when was quite a perfect time to visit, for the temperature was not too hot and less visitors. Italy is such a fabulous country to visit, each city has different vibes and recreations, the same thing is its friendly people and delicious cuisine, it surely is a worth-multiple-visit country!
Frankfurt is the largest and the most important financial centre of the European continent. It is one of the few cities in Europe that has many high-rise buildings in the city centre, forming the Frankfurt skyline.
Before World War II, Frankfurt was globally known for its unique old town with medieval timber-framed buildings. The Römer area, the largest timber-framed old town in Europe, is popular with visitors and for events such as Christmas markets
With its Skyscrapers and well-preserved aged buildings, the new-meets-old, modern-meets-classic scenes are ofttimes seen in the street views of Frankfurt, this enchanting contrary assuredly enlivens many inspirations for art and design!
street views of Frankfurt
How can you not love the bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague - a city that often appears on the list of must-see places in a lifetime. With the historic Bohemia region and unique medieval architecture, Prague is inscribed in the World Heritage List.
unique decorations inside a Bohemian cuisine restaurant
In addition to the romantic atmosphere, the beauty of Prague is also involved in the most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Romanesque, Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. The historical center of Prague, the Old Town district is a must visit area.
fascinating medieval buildings and street views in Prague
romantic night view
Strolling across Charles Bridge is the favorite activity for tourists in Prague. Accompanying with the exotic scenery, Baroque statues on both sides, the monumental Gothic towers at both of its ends, and the fairytalelike silhouette of Prague Castle in the background, the bridge itself is an open-air gallery, with no doubt that it is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
day and night view from Charles Bridge
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, since the 9th century, it has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia and now the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.