The next day, hubby and I went to Tagaytay City for a weekend getaway. I had made our reservations through e-mail a week prior to our trip at T-HOUSE. Originally, our first choice was Boutique Bed and Breakfast but it was already fully booked at that time.

Tagaytay is an hour and 45 minutes by car from Metro Manila via South Luzon Tollway or through the Coastal Road. There are buses ply to Tagaytay from Manila everyday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm., the BLTB and other bus companies have their terminals in Edsa, Pasay City, and at Baclaran, below LRT in Manila.

Tagaytay City is known as “The Garden City in the Sky”, famous as the grand viewing deck for the smallest volcano in the world, Taal Volcano. It is a volcano within a volcano within another lake. The place is characterized by relatively low temperature, low humidity and abundant rainfall. The whole place is endowed with an average temperature of 22.7 °C. Tagaytay is misty and is relatively cooler during the months of December, January and February. It is a vacation spot with cool and invigorating air, with accommodation ranging from simply-back-to-nature trekker to pampered lifestyle on urbanities.

Tagaytay City is located at the highest point of Cavite Province, Island of Luzon. It is linked by a national highway going to the province of Batangas and Metropolitan Manila. The place is covered with hills and mountains which are generally forest and open grasslands, while the north eastern areas are level to nearly-level areas alternating with gently sloping surfaces.

agaytay offers more than 200 rooms ranging from economy to superior and deluxe accommodation. Most hotels have air-conditioned rooms, hot and cold water, restaurants, and offer a good view of Taal Lake and Volcano. Convention and business facilities are available at the prestigious Development Academy of the Philippines as well as the numerous resorts and hotels. Most hotels accommodate walk-in customers. However, reservations are highly recommended especially during summer and weekends when tourist traffic is at its peak. Most major hotels have booking and reservation offices in Manila.

Most hotels have restaurants. A wide selection of food is available, from Filipino to International cuisine, plus abundant array of local fruits. "Tawilis", a small type of fish only found in the Taal Lake and "Maliputo" a prized delicacy, are served in most restaurants and are worth tasting. The "tawilis", is eaten either roasted or over hot coals or deep fried to a crisp. There are other specialty restaurants in the city that serve local and international cuisines. Most restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For "pasalubong" or take-home food, you may try Colette's store.

There are many plants, flowers and fruits sold fresh
on the side streets at very affordable prices, that's why many visitors never leave the city without bringing home some.

Jeepneys are the major means of transportation in the city. Tricycles (motorcycles with side cars) ply to the shorter routes. There are also car rental services in the area. In commuting to the outlying towns, you can take the buses which pass by Tagaytay City en route to these towns.

Most foreign currencies can be changed in many of the banks in the city. Major credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants.

Toodles, until next time,
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