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  • 77: Finland 2019 Day 6 - Torassieppi Day 1

    77: Finland 2019 Day 6 - Torassieppi Day 1

    10/01/2019 Duration: 06min

    Day 6 in Finland, and it’s off to Torassieppi.Torassieppi is located by the lake Torassieppijärvi next to the magnificent Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.Torassieppi consists of cabin village, reindeer farm & museum, huskyfarm, Winter Village and Aurora Glamping. The original reindeer farm dates back to 1847.We are specialized for nature friendly activities in the beautiful fell landscapes of Muonio. Our activities are focused in wellbeing and specially to experience the wilderness both in physical and mental level. Links:https://www.harriniva.fi/en/destinations/torassieppi Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Facebook:  @travelfirstpodcasttwitter:   @biteszHQtravelInstagram:  www.instagram.com/biteszhqtravelGoog

  • 76: Finland 2019 Day 5 - Another day in Rovaniemi

    76: Finland 2019 Day 5 - Another day in Rovaniemi

    09/01/2019 Duration: 10min

    Day 5 in Finland, and another day Rovaniemi Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the "official" hometown of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.Highlights:Santa Claus Village is an amusement park in Rovaniemi in the Lapland region of Finland. It was opened in 1985. WikipediaSnowman WorldSnowman World Glass Resort offers brand new luxury accommodation in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. ... Situated right next door to Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle the modern glass structures have been decorated with stylish Scandinavian design.Surrounded by the beautiful rapids of the Raudanjoki river, a lush shoreline forest and pristine nature, the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge is the perfect pla

  • 75: Finland 2019 Day 4 - Rovaniemi Day 2

    75: Finland 2019 Day 4 - Rovaniemi Day 2

    09/01/2019 Duration: 12min

    Day 4 in Finland, and a second day Rovaniemi Highlights:Touring with Aurora Emotion - the first electric snowmobile safaris in the world.A visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel - Feel the Arctic cold on your face, be active to keep warm, savour a drink from a glass made of ice and witness the mesmerising dance of the Northern Lights. The Arctic City Hotel - Arctic City Hotel is set right in the very centre of the town of Rovaniemi next to the main shopping areas, only a few kilometers away from the Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Village.An Evening of Ice Floating in Rovaniemi - courtesy of Safatica.Links:https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/ https://auroraemotion.com/ https://arcticsnowhotel.fi/ http://www.cityhotel.fi/en https://www.safartica.com/christmas-in-rovaniemi-2018 Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more,

  • 74: Finland 2019 Day 3 - Rovaniemi

    74: Finland 2019 Day 3 - Rovaniemi

    07/01/2019 Duration: 09min

    Day 3 in Finland, and Alex moves on to Rovaniemi Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the "official" hometown of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.Highlights:The Arktikum is a museum and science centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. Arktikum is an attraction, popular culture destination as well as a memorable venue for meetings and conferences. There is also Arktikum Café and library to serve the customers. WikipediaThe Rovaniemi City Library! The library was founded in 1860. At present, it is housed in a beautiful building completed in 1965 and planned by the architect Alvar Aalto.A visit to the modern art museum KorundiA trip with beyondarctic.com to photograph and experience the Northern Lights...or Aurora

  • 73: Finland 2019 Day 2 - Kemi Icebreaker

    73: Finland 2019 Day 2 - Kemi Icebreaker

    05/01/2019 Duration: 08min

    Day 2 in Finland, and another day exploring the delights of Kemi.Highlights of Day 2:Snowmobiling with Lapland Safaris…A trip on the Sampo Icebreaker. Sampo is a former icebreaker from the Finnish government, and since years ago, it has been taking its guests to a cruise in the frozen Gulf of Botnia.The Kemi SnowCastle is built every year with a new design using the water of the Baltic Sea, and it can be found close to the town centre. There you will find the largest SnowRestaurant of the World with a capacity for over 200 guests, a SnowChapel, where couples around the world come to get married, and of course, a ShowHotel.For more, visit: https://www.laplandsafaris.com/en/destinations/kemi Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Faceboo

  • 72: Finland 2019 Day 1 - Kemi

    72: Finland 2019 Day 1 - Kemi

    04/01/2019 Duration: 06min

    Day 1 in Finland (yes, Alex has relocated) and it’s straight off to Kemi...Santa’s Port.Kemi is a town on Bothnian Bay in Lapland, Finland. It’s known for the massive Sampo icebreaker, a giant ship built to ply the Arctic waters. At Kemi’s harbor is the SnowCastle, a seasonal carved-ice complex. Kemi Lutheran Church is a Gothic Revival structure with an ornate, red-brick exterior. To the north, Bothnian Bay National Park has old fishing huts, rare plants and abundant birds, including Arctic terns.For more, visit: http://www.experience365.fi/ Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Facebook:  @travelfirstpodcasttwitter:   @biteszHQtravelInstagram:  www.instagram.com/biteszhqtravelGoogle+:      https://plus.g

  • 71: St. Petersburg 2019 Day 4 - Catherine Palace

    71: St. Petersburg 2019 Day 4 - Catherine Palace

    04/01/2019 Duration: 06min

    Day 4 (and the final one) in St Petersburg...and it’s an Uber ride to visit the opulent Catherine Palace, Pushkin.The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. WikipediaSubscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Facebook:  @travelfirstpodcasttwitter:   @biteszHQtravelInstagram:  www.instagram.com/biteszhqtravelGoogle+:      https://plus.google.com/u/2/collection/wi0YaB If you're enjoying Travel First, please share and tell your friends. Thank you... #travel #Russia #Europe #holiday #podcast #travelfirst #stpetersburgLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • 70: St Petersburg 2019 Day 3 - 20 km On Foot

    70: St Petersburg 2019 Day 3 - 20 km On Foot

    02/01/2019 Duration: 05min

    Day 3 in St Petersburg...and on foot again covering 20 plus Kms in the day.Highlights of the day include:The Moika Palace or Yusupov Palace was once the primary residence in St. Petersburg, Russia of the House of Yusupov. The building was the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder in the early morning of December 17, 1916.Wikipedia                                   Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. WikipediaThe Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. WikipediaThe Admiralty building is the former headquarters of the Admiralty Board and the Imperial Russian Navy in St. Petersburg, Russ

  • 69: St Petersburg 2019 Day 2 - The Choral Synagogue

    69: St Petersburg 2019 Day 2 - The Choral Synagogue

    01/01/2019 Duration: 05min

    Day 2 in St Petersburg...and it's New Years Day 2019 so all public buildings are closed.Alex takes to foot to see what he can find.Highlights of the day include:The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is the third largest synagogue in Europe. It was built between 1880 and 1888, and consecrated in December 1893. The Synagogue is located at 2 Lermontovskii Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Chief Rabbi of St. Petersburg is Menachem Mendel Pewzner. Wikipedia                                      New Holland Island is a historic triangular artificial island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, dating from the 18th century. WikipediaSubscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter

  • 68: St Petersburg 2019 Day 1 - The Mariinsky Theatre

    68: St Petersburg 2019 Day 1 - The Mariinsky Theatre

    31/12/2018 Duration: 04min

    Alex moves on to St Petersburg...Day 1St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.Highlights of the day include:The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Opened in 1860, it became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th-century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. Wikipedia                                            The State Russian Museum, formerly the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III, l

  • 67:Moscow 2018 Day 9 - The Ostankino Tower and Hello St Petersburg

    67:Moscow 2018 Day 9 - The Ostankino Tower and Hello St Petersburg

    30/12/2018 Duration: 06min

    Day 9 of Alex’s Moscow adventure...one last bit of sightseeing...then off to St PetersburgHighlights of the day include:Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia, owned by the Moscow branch of unitary enterprise Russian TV and Radio Broadcasting Network. Standing 540.metres, Ostankino was designed by Nikolai Nikitin. It is currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe and 11th tallest in the world. WikipediaThe Bullet Train ride to St PetersburgThe State Hermitage Museum (Russian: Госуда́рственный Эрмита́ж, tr. Gosudárstvennyj Ermitáž, IPA: [ɡəsʊˈdarstvʲɪnɨj ɪrmʲɪˈtaʂ]) is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine's Day. It has been open to the public since 1852. Wikipedia&n

  • 66: Moscow 2018 Day 8 - From the Space Race to the Bizarre

    66: Moscow 2018 Day 8 - From the Space Race to the Bizarre

    29/12/2018 Duration: 07min

    Day 8 of Alex’s Moscow adventure...his last full day in this wonderful city...Highlights of the day include:The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum in Moscow, Russia, dedicated to space exploration. It is located within the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in the north-east of the city. WikipediaVystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow, Russia. Between 1991 and 2014 it was also called the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. It is a state joint-stock company. WikipediaIvanovsky Convent is a large stauropegic Russian Orthodox convent in central Moscow, inside the Boulevard Ring, to the west of Kitai-gorod, in the district formerly known as Kulishki. It is the main shrine of St. John the Baptist in the Russian capital. Wikipedia                                                   Subscribe, rate an

  • 65: Moscow 2018 Day 7 - Lenins Mausoleum

    65: Moscow 2018 Day 7 - Lenin's Mausoleum

    28/12/2018 Duration: 05min

    Day 7 of Alex’s Moscow adventure...Highlights of the day include...Lenin's Mausoleum, also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the centre of Moscow, is a mausoleum that currently serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime. WikipediaThe Moscow Choral Synagogue is one of the main synagogues in Russia and in the former Soviet Union. It is located in central Basmanny District at 10 Bolshoy Spasogolinischevsky Lane, close to Kitai-Gorod Metro station. Chief Rabbi Adolf Shayevich is its spiritual head. WikipediaNovodevichy Convent, also known as Bogoroditse-Smolensky Monastery, is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. Its name, sometimes translated as the New Maidens' Monastery, was devised to differ from an ancient maidens' convent within the Moscow Kremlin. Wikipedia                         

  • 64: Moscow 2018 Day 6 - More History and Eliseevskiy

    64: Moscow 2018 Day 6 - More History and Eliseevskiy

    27/12/2018 Duration: 08min

    Day 6 of his Moscow adventure..and Alex gets  more history...and a spectacular grocery storeThe State Historical Museum of Russia is a museum of Russian history wedged between Red Square and Manege Square in Moscow. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. WikipediaThe Metro Underground Stations tour...details here: For more visit: https://moscowfreetour.com/ The Eliseyevskiy grocery store: http://www.moscow.info/shopping/food/eliseevskiy/                                                     Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor mor

  • 63: Moscow 2018 Day 5 - Bunker 42

    63: Moscow 2018 Day 5 - Bunker 42

    26/12/2018 Duration: 06min

    Day 5 of his Moscow adventure..and Alex gets a taste of cold war nostalgiaThe highlight of the day...a visit to Bunker 42The Tangansky Protected Command Point, also known as An-02, FS-293, FS-572, and GO-42, as well as RFQ "Tagan", and now Exhibition Complex Bunker 42, is a once-secret military complex, bunker, and Spare Long-Range Aviation Command Post in Moscow, Russia, near the underground Moscow Metro station Taganskaya. WikipediaFor more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                                                       Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Facebook:  @travelfirstpod

  • 62: Moscow 2018 Day 4 - On Foot

    62: Moscow 2018 Day 4 - On Foot

    25/12/2018 Duration: 07min

    Day 4 of his Moscow adventure...and Alex is off on foot to see the sights.Highlights of the day included:The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few hundred metres southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres, it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. WikipediaThe Peter the Great Statue is a 98-metre-high monument to Peter the Great, located at the western confluence of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal in central Moscow, Russia. It was designed by the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which Peter the Great established. WikipediaFor more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                                                       Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, incl

  • 61: Moscow 2018 Day 3 - The Armoury Chamber

    61: Moscow 2018 Day 3 - The Armoury Chamber

    24/12/2018 Duration: 09min

    Alex is back to the Kremlin Precinct for Day 3 of his Moscow adventure..The Kremlin Armoury, is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851 and located in the Moscow Kremlin, now a part of Moscow Kremlin Museums. The Kremlin Armoury originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. WikipediaFor more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                                                       Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram:Facebook:  @travelfirstpodcasttwitter:   @biteszHQtravelInstagram:  www.instagram.com/biteszhqtravelGoogle+:      https://plus.google.com/u/2/c

  • 60: Moscow 2018 Day 2 - The Kremlin and Red Square

    60: Moscow 2018 Day 2 - The Kremlin and Red Square

    23/12/2018 Duration: 07min

    Alex ventures out for Day 2 in  Moscow...Day 2 in Moscow - The Kremlin and Red SquareThe Moscow Kremlin, or simply the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. WikipediaRed Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. It separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and now the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. WikipediaFor more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                                                       Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.com

  • 59: Moscow 2018 - Day 1

    59: Moscow 2018 - Day 1

    22/12/2018 Duration: 06min

    Alex is on the road again...this time his trip starts in Moscow..Day 1 in Moscow, Capital of Russia Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia's symbolic center. It's home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes. - Google For more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                                                       Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), audioBoom, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more.Email: travelfirst@bitesz.comFor more, follow Travel

  • 58: St. Petersburg, Russia Day 3

    58: St. Petersburg, Russia Day 3

    21/01/2018 Duration: 06min

    Day 3 in St Petersburg, Russia and even more historic (and beautiful) buildings...  St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works. - Google For more visit: www.discoveryrussia.com.au                         www.petersburgcard.com Subscribe, rate and review Travel First at any good podcatcher app, including ApplePodcasts (formerly iTunes) (featured in New & Noteworthy), audioBoom, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Podbean, CastBox.fm and more. Email: travelfirst@bitesz.com For more, follow Travel First on Facebook, twitter, Google+ and Instagram: Facebook: @travelfirstpodcast twitter: @bite

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