There’s a common saying that the best things in life are FREE. And it is really wonderful to do or see something awesome without spending a cent. Tour our top five destinations and have fun in free activities and still bring home some wonderful memories.
Here are a few:
Visit the Vatican Museums for free on the last Sunday of each month from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Include the Sistine Chapel in your visit and see Michelangelo’s 9-panel depiction of the creation of man and the universe on its ceiling. While you’re at it, explore the stunning interiors of St. Peter’s Basilica before you head out and relax in one of the squares – Piazza della Rotunda and view the Pantheon from afar, see the naiads in Piazza della Republica or the fountains in the Piazza Navona while having a gelato. And before you go back home, toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain and trust Neptune to bring you back to Rome soon.
In Paris, what could be more free (and cheesier) than the Love Wall and the “I Love You’s” in different languages? Rather than join the long queue to go up the Eiffel Tower, bring a mat, a picnic basket and a good book and find a good spot at Le Champ de Mars and see the beauty of the Parisian icon from a different angle. For unique architecture and Gothic artistry, explore the exterior and interior of the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris. Check out the grandiose white marble Basilique du Sacré Coeur or find hundreds of fountains, monuments and statues at the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Head to New York’s Central Park and indulge in people-watching and see statues and watch free events. Art lovers can browse the Chelsea galleries between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea. You might want to check out the commissioned works of art at the Rockefeller Centre Public Art or enter the prestigious halls of the New York Public Library. Visit the General Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial before you take a free ride on board the Staten Island Ferry.
When in London, it would be a waste not to visit the British Museum not just because it is free. It contains so much artefacts collected from around the world, including the controversial Elgin Marbles. Literally lose yourself at the Barbican Centre, with its secret gardens, strange walkways, steps and slopes. If you like modern art, you should not miss Tate Modern. For other art genres, view the Wallace Collection at Hertford House and the Somerset House, as well. For something more eclectic, go to The Scoop and see a free movie, listen to live music, join fitness classes or check out the small galleries.
Top of the line in Hong Kong is the Avenue of Stars, HK’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Time your visit here for early evening and then watch the Symphony of Lights at 8 pm, the nightly light and sound show with English narration. Visit the city’s Museum of Art, Science Museum and the Heritage Museum. After all that walking you can spend some time at any of the city’s urban parks, such as Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, the Botanical Gardens or Hong Kong Park. Get a sense of peace as the 34-metre high Tian Tan Buddha gaze down at you at the Po Lin Monastery.