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Best Places to Enjoy a Sunny Christmas
07 Nov 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

How do we get different seasons in different places? The answer is that Earth’s orbit is a bit lop-sided. As the Earth spins around the Sun, the part closest to the Sun is hot and the farthest, cold! In the Southern Hemisphere, summer takes place during the end of the year until the beginning of the next. Here are where to go for that summer Christmas.

Melbourne

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Paying homage to the name of its state, Melbourne is recognised for its mix of modern architecture which intersects with an extensive range of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings. You can find historic building almost anywhere you go, making them elegant backgrounds for your photos. Although not in Europe, but Melbourne certainly feels very Victorian. Visit Collins Street, Princess Theatre, Carlton Gardens, and Flinders Street Station to name a few.

Cape Town

by Marcel for SweetEscape in

by Marcel for SweetEscape in

A coastal city in South Africa, Cape Town receives 3,100 hours of sunshine per year. You can definitely enjoy a hot Christmas because summer lasts from early December to March. Places to visit and take photos (with SweetEscape of course!) include Cape Town CBD, Strand, Table Mountain, Port of Cape Town, and Cape Town City Hall. The most famous beach is Clifton that has 4 beaches with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean where you can get your tan on.

Auckland

by David for SweetEscape in Auckland

by David for SweetEscape in Auckland

If you are looking for another cityscape, Auckland is a nice choice. It is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. You can visit the iconic Sky Tower, Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes, Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park and is based around an extinct volcano, and Mission Bay Beach with its seaside promenade.

Chiang Mai

by Patpong for SweetEscape in Chiang Mai

by Patpong for SweetEscape in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a picturesque city in mountainous northern Thailand that still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. Which is why it is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang. This is a place to relax and recharge your batteries with fabulous food and leisurely wandering.

Bali

by Aldo for SweetEscape in Bali
by Aldo for SweetEscape in Bali

by Aldo for SweetEscape in Bali

For some beach fun, Bali is always the best place to go. But Bali is more than that. You can see its forested volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies. The island is home to religious sites such as Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple, and Bat Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars. You can also try yoga and meditation retreats to clean your mind, body, and soul.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

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by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

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SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!