Posted by James on Jan 17, 2014 in Beach, South America, Travel
Brazil is one of the South America countries that got most appealing attractions that you have to visit. Brasil is very popular for football as a national sports, the country also boasts for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sport. Football has been so famous in Brazil that has produced big names in the football history. The Jiu Jitsu also is very popular and has been held in the country since ancient times. This sport teaches people how to defend themselves. And if you are really into one of those two Brasil is a best place to for training and improvement. Don’t forget to take your bjj gi with you on a Brasil holiday.
However, not only these two attractions do attracts tourists but also there are also some spots that you don’t have to miss as you plan your visit to Brazil. In this article, we’re going to look at five hot spots that you have to spend your holiday.
Fernando de Noronha
It’s located approximately 354 kilometers northeastern coast of Brazil. When you visit Fernando de Noronha, you’ll see the landscapes, wildlife and the beautiful beaches. You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. It’s easier to learn Portugal as the island is inhabited by Portuguese speaking people. Enjoy basking on the sun as you enjoy the cool breeze.
Ouro Preto is one of the historic towns preserved in Brazil. While in this town you will see the Portuguese colonial architecture, the modern building and the sculptured work which makes this city a popular tourist spot. Your holiday won’t be completed without seeing the old churches preserved in this town.
A trip to Iguazu falls is the one that will leave you with memories of Brazil. With 275 falls along this river, the U-shaped Devil’s Throat waterfall is worthy your visit. This fall stretches a height of 82 meters and 269 ft. you can also see the plains of Argentina since the waterfall is located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
This second largest river in the world is ideal to those tourists who are nature lovers. Explore rain forests that this river is located in. Also you can explore the upper part of the river and enjoy buzzing, boating and spotting animals. The river also holds more than 2,500 species of fish. The lushly greenery environment allows you to take photos that will help you to have that adventurous feeling when you look at it. Don’t miss out touring this river.
These beaches are located in the state of Bahia. The reefs that surround these beaches are something that you won’t miss to explore. The natural pools formed are ideal for children to swim in them. Enjoy playing in the sandy beaches, swimming, sailing and other water activities while on the beach. The breeze from the sea gives you that holiday feeling. Salvador Beaches have made Brazil to stand out as one with best beaches to spend your holiday.
These spots are some of the Brazil tourism that you have to spend your holiday touring them. We believe you will enjoy you holiday in Brazil.
Football In Brasil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_in_Brazil
photo credit: @Doug88888
Posted by James on Jan 17, 2014 in Culture, Europe, Travel
Exploration is an experience that everybody desires. However, a historical exploration is one that you have to especially when on holiday. Greece is just one of the countries that you have to visit and see the history and culture preserved in these museums. The city of Athens holds several museums that you’ve to visit while on holiday.
In this article we’re going to look at different museums in this rich cultural and historic city that you have to visit and see the ancient features preserved in them. Let’s look at each museum and what it holds that you’ll have to see when exploring these museums.
This museum is located in the city of Athens. As you walk in this five-story building, you’ll see the ancient beautiful sculptures, adorned Acropolis, standing objects, statues that are displayed in this museum. Don’t miss out to walk on the lower level of this museum where you’ll see excavations of an ancient Athenian neighborhood. This is an experience that you’ll not find it anywhere.
National Archaeological Museum
Bronze statues, Mycenaean gold, marble relief of gods and goddesses and red and black figured vases that are preserved in this museum will capture your sight. The ancient hunting frescoes are also preserved in this national museum and are something that you don’t have to miss out.
Museum of PopularGreek Musical Instruments
Located in the city of Athens, you’ll be welcome with the Greek music that is played with an elderly Greek gentleman. Enjoy this soothing music as you see the traditional music recording instruments preserved in this music. The photos of musicians playing the instruments in the museum will leave you feeling relaxed.
Archaeological Museum of Iraklion
This museum preserves the ancient culture. The museum preserves exquisite gold jewelry, stone figurines, elegant bronze and frescoes. Not only these will make you to visit the museum but the Neolithic, Archaic Greek attracts tourist in this museum. Visit this museum and see the culture preserved in it. This museum is located in the city of Crete.
Archaeological Museum of Chania
This museum has a collection of ancient works. Different artworks of different ages/centuries are preserved in this museum. The museum of Chania attracts visitors for it’s regarded as a provincial museum
As you enjoy your summer holiday in Greece, visit these museums and see the cultures preserved in them. I believe this article has highlighted what you have to see in each and every museum that you will walk in. Go, see and enjoy as well.
photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis
Posted by James on Jan 17, 2014 in Culture, Europe, Travel
Are you looking for an inspiration summer holiday? Don’t be stressed, France is the answer. Enjoy visiting fantastic places some of which have not heard of. Known to many as the city of love, France has more to offer in terms of adventure and tourism adding excitement to your romantic holiday or your honeymoon.
In this article, we’re going to look at those places that you have to spend your summer holiday and that have made France to be among the world class tourists destination.
Palace of Versaillies
The Palace of Versaillies in France shows the opulence and grandeur of the French Monarchy to tourists. The architecture of this palace attracts tourist from all over the world and also the art, antiques, beautiful furniture and the fascinating garden is something that you don’t have to miss.
Your holiday will not be completed without visiting Saint-Michel to see the Abbey and Church. This village also has the remains of the medieval ramparts and also holds Saint-Michel museum of history which attracts tourist from all over the world. The historic battlements preserved in the museum are something you don’t have to miss. This is a nice spot to spend your romantic evening walk.
Spend your summer holiday exploring these world war one fields in France. These fields have attracted tourists for ages now as they come here to see the cemeteries, memorials and see the museum that preserves the story of this war. These fields are preserved to date and they remain significant to the people of France. Take your time and see this sad historic event.
Musee du Louvre
Visit Musee du Louvre and enjoy seeing the artifacts, sculptures and the famous art. What is entailed is here, is not a day thing but is something that you have to prepare to spend a day. This Louvre has a museum that displays about 35,000 art works from all over the world. You’ll see the Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Islamic art, Roman antiquities, paintings, drawings and prints in this museum. This is a rare experience that you will find it only while touring France.
Pont du Gard
Wind up you holiday by visiting this iconic bridge. You will be thrilled as you’ll see the Roman marvel up close while on this bridge. The museum besides the bridge that displays the engineering work used to build the bridge will leave you contented.
We believe this article has highlighted spots that you were not aware and that you have to visit if you’ve planned to spend your summer holiday in France.
photo credit: Bernard Blanc
Posted by James on Sep 7, 2015 in Uncategorized
While it’s true there are plenty of places to find good fish for eating, the same can’t be said for catching those fish while they are still alive. If you like getting down and deep in the water with the local life, or watching it from a dry vantage point on the other side of an aquarium, there are a few truly great destinations for fish lovers around the world. What it really comes down to is whether you want to spot those fish in their natural environment, or in one made and maintained by man. Thankfully we have a couple good examples for people from both groups.
First, keep in mind we’re talking about fish watching, not catching. If you want fishing tips you’ll need to look elsewhere. As for a great place to see lots of live fish, starting indoors seems best. The Monterey Bay Aquarium situated on California’s western seaboard is perhaps one of the most popular indoor aquariums in all of the United States. It features hundreds of different varieties of fish, including some rather large predatory ones, making it a great place to visit if you have little ones who are interested in that sort of thing. The location makes it convenient for hopping to other California hot spots as well.
If we’re talking in terms of size, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium of China contains something like 1 million gallons of water at the most recent count. It features nine different zones to cover nine different geographical regions throughout the Earth, with plenty of native species from each all gathered together in one prime location. They must have some Powerful Canister Filters to process all that water and keep it clean for the various fauna and flora living in it. But that will be the furthest thing from your mind when you’re strolling through the 156 meter underwater tunnel – the longest in the world.
As for seeing fish out in the wild, that’s not such a simple matter. There are some very famous spots, made so by the great variety of life to be found swimming, sunning and slinging around in them. If you’ve never heard of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef then you’ve got a place you absolutely need to visit. It’s the largest coral reef system in the world today, spanning over 2,300 kilometers from one end to the other, going along the length. There isn’t just life in the water either – with something like 900 islands in the vicinity, there will be no shortage of sights to see.
There are plenty of other places you could go for a dive and see things most people on the surface never have and never will. Really, there are too many to list them all here. But for those out there who really just love watching fish, with all their colors, shapes and sizes, there’s always one great solution. That is, collecting a bunch of fish and keeping them in a tank for yourself. Be sure to check this out if you’re planning to populate a massive aquarium.
Posted by James on Aug 26, 2015 in Europe
Many of us know Malta for its pristine beaches, natural wonders and exciting water sports but it is also an exquisite destination for cultural travel. Who would have known that the island actually hosts a grand fest for jazz music? If you happen to catch this even, you’d likely hear musicians play trumpets and other brass instruments in a totally unique way.
A top European destination for vacationers, the “Land of Honey” has a long history that dates back to almost 7,000 years. The country is located along the ancient maritime routes of the Mediterranean – a very strategic position that makes it very attractive to ancient powers. And because of this, a succession of powers and culture intersperse throughout Malta’s history – from Phoenicians to Romans to Greeks to Moors to Spanish to French to British.
But despite its ambiguous history, Malta has never lost its uniqueness and identity. The incursion of various cultural influences has even made the island more culturally vibrant – a charm that can only be found in this tiny Mediterranean island.
Small as it may be, Malta is home to a number of impressive heritage and cultural sites. Situated on the island of Malta and Gozo, the megalithic temples are a testament to the island’s ancient predecessors. The temples were constructed 1,000 years before Egypt’s ancient pyramids.
Valleta, the capital of Malta, is also recognized as a world heritage site. The city has an inextricable link to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem – a charitable and military order established after the Great Siege of 1565. They fortified this relatively small land and have filled it with stunning monuments, making it one of the densest historic sites in the world. The order named the city in honor of Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette.
Another prehistoric monument, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum dates back to 3600 to 2400 B.C. The rock-cut underground levels were thought to be used for burial purposes, as well as a sanctuary. Visit the wonderful art galleries and museums that feature the dynamic history of the island. These museums can give you a peek at the long history of Malta.
Vacationers will definitely enjoy the experience of immersing into the distinctive Maltese culture. Get closer to its locals – listen to their ancient folklore, be amazed with their unique customs and be carried away by their penchant for music. Maltese people are very warm and hospitable hosts. They make every tourist feel welcome and special.
For a deeper appreciation of Maltese culture, you can pay a visit to Manoel Theater in Valleta – one of Europe’s oldest working theater. The theater presents various dramas, concerts and piano performances. Throughout the summer months, a series of art and music festivals are also staged. One of the most notable and crowd-drawer is the International Jazz Festival held during July. Fall in love with the world-class jazz music. Who knows, you might even find yourself playing the trumpet. I actually wanted to learn more about how to play trumpets and my search brought me to this site – a helpful site with reviews of different trumpet brands.
No photo can capture the real beauty of Malta, much less words. Behind its wonderful beaches, exciting water activities and panoramic landscapes, Malta is home to a rich culture, colorful history and amazing people. All these make Malta definitely a place to behold!
Posted by James on Aug 17, 2015 in USA
If you are a foodie, the best way to enjoy a trip and have a good time is to plan it around bakeries, restaurants, and markets. And it is not a hardship to travel in this way, even if you’re not a food connoisseur. Actually, for many travelers the historic appeal, art galleries, and other spots are just things to pass time until they spot a great restaurant to eat in. You’ll be surprised to know that the simplest foods are sometimes the most cherished like warm and freshly baked bread.
The following towns have not only the most delicious foods but also have great scenery, hotels, and spots for visitors to explore. Although eating is one main reason we travel to these places, it doesn’t hurt to see the local culture and tourist attractions on the side. Here are some top cities that are more popular for their food than the tourist attractions they have.
New Orleans in Louisiana is famous for its Creole food, which almost everyone knows about. But what many aren’t aware of is its Vietnamese cuisine. Delicious oysters and lip smacking French bread are famous here. The farmers market at Crescent City, Algiers Point, and Garden District are must visit places, when you want to give a break to your food journey.
This Oregon city is well known for its stellar wineries, chefs of great repute, funky menus, and awesome meal prices. The bubblegum donuts are famous here, while you can get anything and everything from sandwiches to almond butter and goat cheese in the food cart pods that line up in the city. For a tasty and delicious chicken sandwich, the best way to prepare is to use a proper meat grinder. When you are sated enough to have a look around, the hikeable trails, and burbling creeks in Forest Park are adequate distractions that help you to burn off the calories too.
Seattle in Washington reminds one of the aromatic coffees, but this is not the only thing that attracts foodies to this city. The donuts, beer, and top quality pastries offered at the cafes are simply delicious beyond words.
This city in South Carolina has many things going for it from the Nasty Biscuit present at Hominy Grill to Butcher&Bee’s pastrami sandwich. The place is the ideal foodie tourist spot. You can find Southern inspired, home blend that cannot be found in any other place. The recipes are made from scratch fresh right from the grinding of meat. The advanced and highly efficient meat grinders such as the WARING PRO models give a nice, smooth grind enabling easy and fast cooking. When you have had enough of the culinary delights Charleston has some quaint little shops and intriguing historic waterfronts to revel in.
Boston in Massachusetts is the place to frequent in cool weather, as it is famous for its breweries. As for the food, you get locally grown veggies, cheeses, freshly made ciders and much more. Leaf peeping, ice-skating and ghost tour are some ways to pass the time here otherwise.
Posted by James on Aug 10, 2015 in Europe, Travel
Claimed to be the oldest European country, Bulgaria is filled with a rich history and culture. The country has several exciting relics that can be enjoyed fully only when you visit the country. Bulgaria sports a diverse landscape that includes foothills, plains, rivers, valleys, plateaus, mountains, and basins.
Most part of the country is made of hilly terrain, while 30 percent is mountainous. In central Bulgaria, you find the Balkan Mountain range. The Iskar River flows on the western part from south to north forming a spectacular gorge of over 70 km long. To the south of the Balkans, you find the Srednogorie mountainous region and the Sofia valley, which houses the capital of the country- Sofia. The northern part of the mountain range has the Danube valley, which lies between the Danube River and the Balkan range. North to this region is the Danube lowland area that occupies the Danube river terraces.
Activities to do
Tourists have plenty of attractions to see in this historic country. Apart from the historic places to visit, the country is also famous for its various activities that tourists can enjoy. The country boasts of the best bow hunting experience in Europe. With the proper bow hunting gear, you can have a splendid time in the mountains apart from hiking and trekking.
The capital city, Sofia has a big pool for water sports and it has tennis courts and bike tracts for interested visitors. The capital also has theme parks that is complete with riddles, clues and puzzles filled quest games that bring on a great adrenaline rush.
Since the country if filled with natural splendor, it attracts birds all through the year. Bird watching therefore is a great way to spend your time here.
The various arts and crafts shops feature exquisitely made carpets, woodcarving, and several other exhibits, which are great for take home souvenirs.
You can find many fantastic wineries here including the Mitko Manolev winery, Chateau Euxinograde winery etc., The Bessa valley winery is famous for its Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Visitors are taken on a tasting tour and a tour of the facilities in the winery including the arched pergola and huge rotunda. The cellar walls made of limestone feature ancient sea creature fossils.
Bulgaria is one of the 14 European countries to allow bow hunting. You can have the best hunting experience with recurve bows such as the Martin Mamba available at http://www.archerybootcamp.com/martin-mamba-review/. You get several game species including wild boar, roebuck, red stag, fallow buck, wolf, fox, jackal, and chamois.
You can also go on the guided tours arranged by the tourism department and private tour services. The communist tour is the most popular, as you get to glimpse the eastern part of Iron curtain. The Iron curtain, which existed for 45 years, is presented in a three hour walking tour where you are explained about the events that caused the erection of the wall and the consequences.
You also get the usual sightseeing tours here. Horse riding is another great attraction. You can view the attractions on horseback, which is a truly magical experience.
Posted by James on Aug 8, 2015 in Africa
Kenya is a country that is situated in the Eastern part of Africa and is famous for being a great destination for tourists who happen to be looking for a tropical destination to visit during their free time. The country is a delightful place to visit with a number of attractions that one is able to visit should they feel the need to get acquainted with the various natural destinations that one can spend time in.
Apart from these natural attractions however, one is also able to spend their time in more modern locations that offer all the latest in technology. A wide assumption that is taken by individuals who have never been to Africa is the notion that it is a backwards region with very little to offer in terms of modern amenities. Some people have even assumed that simple utilities such as water and electricity are not available in this continent which cannot be further from the truth.
The weather in Kenya is quite enjoyable and mostly consists of sunny days and warm nights. This is especially true during the summer and it can be enjoyable experience for individuals who may be more used to colder environments on a year round basis. The temperature levels though warm are not overbearing however and it can be described as not too hot and not too cold either. The coldest time of the year in Kenya happens to be during the long rains which can actually be described as more wet in nature than cold. This is a great destination for those who usually use these machines and are concerned with having beautiful skin, as one is able to get a natural tan that gives off a wonderful hue.
Some of the great places one can visit while they are in Kenya include:
The Coastal Region
This is one of the more popular regions that one can visit while they are in Kenya and its beaches have been included in lists of some of the most beautiful sand strips in the world. A number of coastal regions that one is able to visit include areas such as Mombasa, Diani and Malindi that are all located on the coastal stretch of the country. One does not need a proper microdermabrasion machine when visiting these areas as the temperature allows for the clearing of the pores leading to beautiful skin.
The Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara happens to have one of the eight wonders of the world in the wildebeest migration that takes place between Kenya and its neighboring country (Tanzania). One can match the timing of their visit to coincide with this great wonder should they want to witness this great fete with their own two eyes.
This happens to be the capital of the country and one should not miss an opportunity to visit this great city should they get the chance. The city is filled with a wide range of attractions such as hotels, restaurants and malls and also happens to have a very vibrant nightlife for the more adventurous visitors.
Posted by James on Aug 7, 2015 in Hobby
After observing people and their vacation habits for many years now we’ve come to better understand the desires of people who are traveling. You can usually get at least an idea of these by looking at their itinerary – where they’re traveling, the time of year, the geography of the area. For instance, people who go for a vacation and head for places near water are more than likely going to be looking for something to do in that water. Coastal areas and locations along rivers, lakes and ponds offer opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities. The link is there.
Just like people travel to cultural hotspots around the globe to see museums and surround themselves with the history of the world, those who head for water are usually looking to surround themselves with it too. This is why we would like to extend a few pieces of advice to anyone looking to enjoy some fun in the water while the weather is still warm this year. Some of these will be basic safety tips you have probably heard before, but it’s never a bad idea to review such information, especially when you’re getting ready to go into that environment anyhow.
For starters, make sure you never go swimming immediately after eating. You should wait at least 45 minutes after eating before you get into the water. Swimming so soon after eating could cause painful cramps or worse. Also, if you’re planning on using some sort of boat or other vehicle, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for you, any guests and any gear you want to bring along for the ride. You could learn more about kayaks at http://www.kayakouch.com/ but there are resources for rafts and other watercraft as well. Don’t forget a little extra room for a first aid kit as well.
Because people on the water often end up in the water, life preservers are also a necessary item to bring along for any aquatic excursions. These will help poor swimmers to stay afloat without panicking and make it easier to spot other passengers in the event a boat or other watercraft rolls, flips or crashes. The odds are good that carrying such flotation devices for each of your passengers is actually the law wherever you live, so be sure to check up on that before you make any boating plans. Permits and licenses for fishing and other activities should be current as well if applicable.
In the end, only you know the particulars of your vacation. You could just as well be heading for sunny beaches to get a tan and have no interest at all about getting in the water. But there are certain health and safety concerns to keep in mind wherever you’re traveling and whatever the reason might be. By planning ahead for and taking care of these concerns during your vacation, you increase the overall amount of time you can be enjoying yourself by cutting down on unnecessary worrying. And if there’s one thing no vacation needs, it’s an excess of worries.
Posted by James on Jul 30, 2015 in Travel
Travelling is a favorite pastime for many individuals and global tourism has become a business industry on its own as different regions have continued to up their efforts over the years with regard to attracting more visitors to their particular spot in the world. One essential element in one’s travelling itinerary is the initial collection of information on the particular place that they plan to visit. That’s what we’re here for! It is important for one to know a little about the country they are travelling to especially if they plan to be responsible for the level of enjoyment they are able to partake in. Exploring is always a good way of discovering new things but this does not always relate to every situation. People visiting new countries for example may find that knowing a little bit about the place they are going to helps in planning the activities they aim to take part in upon their arrival.
These are just some of the most important elements that a traveler should look out for when planning a great vacation:
- Travel Expenses
The cost of travelling to a destination should always be the first thing that is considered by people planning on taking a vacation. The cost is what initially determines the viability of the destination as it would not be wise to attempt travelling to a place that they may not afford to reach. There are a number of factors that affect the cost of travelling to a particular destination. Some of these factors include details such as the means of transportation that one plans on using. Air travel in most cases is the most expensive option available to an individual while depending on the destination chosen one is able to make use of other means such as road and water transport. It should be noted that apart from the costly expenses of air travel, it also the fastest means of travel in most cases. Individuals who may wish to save on money can either choose an alternative means of transport or develop a combination of all the various options that is better suited to their budget.
- Available Activities
The activities an individual plans to take part in should also determine the destination that one settles on and not the other way around. This is in order to buff up the preparation process as well as to enable the individual to properly put their finances in order for the upcoming trip.
As an example, imagine you’d want to partake in an epic water adventure. After some research, you might reach a conclusion that kayaking is one of the neat activities you should probably get to know, now. Getting to know the art of kayaking (here’s a good place to start: Kayakouch.com), for example, then the destination should be one where you’ll be able to get full use of the product in question (nice kayak) and thus a little bit of research is needed in such occasions. Looking up the activities that available in the particular destination will also help an individual in determining the particular region they would visit upon arrival.
The weather is another element that should initially be taken into consideration when one is planning on taking a trip to a particular destination. The kind of weather available at a certain region at the time of travel will determine various elements such as the type of clothes that one should pack for the trip.
Posted by James on Jul 25, 2015 in Places to Visit, World
When spring arrives, you can see the world around you bloom again in full splendor. Flowers blooming in spring indicate the impending arrival of warm weather. Spring is the best time in the year to visit beautiful gardens. Here are some exquisite gardens you would certainly enjoy visiting.
Laz Pozas, Mexico
This garden situated in the subtropical rainforest region in Mexico is the creation of Edward James a surrealist art patron, eccentric and poet. Created to emulate Garden of Eden this place has waterfalls, concrete structures and numerous exotic and beautiful tropical plants scattered over a huge area of about 80 acres.
Jardin Canario, Canary Islands
Canary Islands are a tiny group situated in the northwest African coast. The Jardin Botanico Canrio Viera y Clavijo has several fascinating plants of which the notable section is the Garden of Succulents and Cacti, which has over 10,000 plants.
Katsura Imperial Villa, Japan
The gardens surrounding this villa are spectacular. These symbolize the traditional Japanese gardening skills. Built during the early 1600s by Katsura royal family, the garden has breathtaking landscaping done with several bridges, a pond, some cherry trees and many more. Seeing the exquisite gardens a visitor is sure to become enthralled and take to gardening. With the advanced technology available now like the led grow lights available at http://growlightsbase.com it is possible to grow a garden easily without worrying about the weather changes.
Butchart Gardens, Canada
The area occupied by the Butchart Gardens was initially a limestone quarry owned by Robert Pim Butchart in Victoria, British Colombia. When the limestone was exhausted, the sunken pit attracted Butchart’s wife, Jennie who turned it into a sunken garden. The success of the garden made her add on other gardens that exist now such as Japanese garden, Italian garden, and rose garden. These gardens are now regarded as the best gardens worldwide.
The tulip gardens in Netherlands are world famous, and have been featured in many films and television shows. This garden is the largest in the world and although the flowers are in endless rows, you will never get tired of them.
The Versailles gardens were originally built to appease King Louis XIV who was well known for his decadent and luxurious lifestyle. Each and every detail of the garden has been meticulously done without overlooking even a single part making it a dream come true for landscape enthusiasts.
This garden is present right at the bottom of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. The place is known for its spectacular scenery in addition to the superb collection of flowers and plants. This garden stands apart from the rest, as it not only looks appealing, but is also focused on preserving some of the plant varieties that are indigenous to this area. This makes the place extremely special and a must visit place. The region is also home to some of the extinct and endangered plants in the locality. The garden aims at propagating these rare species and introducing them again to their original habitat.
Posted by James on Jul 24, 2015 in Europe
Most often people prefer sunny and tropical spots for their vacation. Countries like Finland, which fall in the arctic region, do not feature much in the popular destinations that people select. This may be one of the reasons for the relatively serene and untouched beauty of Finland.
From Turku and Helsinki, which highlight artistic talent spectacularly to the boreal forest depth and the sparsely inhabited archipelago on the outer side, the country has much to reveal to the discerning tourist. The country offers something for everyone with its historical and cultural attractions and the scenic countryside serve an excellent backdrop for both summer and winter activities. Here are some best spots, which will make your trip to Finland worthwhile.
The capital city of Finland is where you can see the best art and entertainment that the country has to offer. The city has some of the finest museums, restaurants, art galleries and of course shopping. You can easily spend an entire week touring the city and reveling in its cultural splendor. The places of interest here include
- Finlandia Hall
- Senate Square
- Underground Rock Church
- Hameenlinna Castle
- Provoo historic town
For those who love history and art, the museums here offer a stunning collection. The Finnish National Museum and Open Air Folk Museum are some important places to visit. Turku, the erstwhile capital of the country is another important place, which has splendid architecture and cultural attractions. The countryside surrounding Helsinki has numerous lakes and forests to explore. The Finnish saunas are part of the country’s culture and you can see several modern heated swimming pools here that offer luxury and comfort.
This autonomous archipelago is present between Finland and Sweden and is a Swedish-speaking area predominantly. The island’s economy is dependent on trade and shipping. The Maritime Wuarter, Maritime Museum, and Museum Ship Pommern are great places that highlight the history of the island wonderfully. The island unspoiled by nature with its stunning landscape is famous for its Midsummer Eve celebrations. Visitors can enjoy the great food, visit art galleries, and studios. Some of the sauna’s here use solar power for heating. You can also find swimming pools with solar heating which the locals attest to as being of best quality, check out this site for more info.
This town is situated on a narrow and long lake named Vanajavesi. The southernpart is bordered by Hattelmala hills. The Aulanko Park and red bridge castle are important tourist landmarks here. The chief industry here is timber processing.
This is a quaint little city situated in the northern border of Jyvasjarvi Lake, which is connected to Lake Paijanne via Aijalansalmi strait. This is an industrial town known for its wood and metal works. The trade fairs held here annually are very famous.
As one of the key attractions in Finland, Northern Lights offer a spectacular treat to visitors. The blazing lights decorating the sky are wonderful to behold. Lapland is the best place to view their beauty especially in the months of March and September. Several hotels in the Northern countryside cater to people who have come specifically to view the Northern Lights.
Posted by James on Jul 20, 2015 in Travel
Are you tired of going through the same old routine? Bored with seeing the same people and the same places, day in and day out? If this sounds like you, then you probably need a little vacation. Even traveling outside of your comfort zone can help to shake things up and make life a little more interesting again, so it needn’t be some unbelievably expensive trip that breaks the bank either. Brightening up your life by traveling is easy enough, and affordable too if you’re willing to use cheaper transportation, or use less expensive accommodations. Everybody ought to know how to budget after all.
Finding and exploring new horizons is an inherently human thing. It’s in our bones. Our ancestors have done it for thousands and thousands of years, and we’re still doing it today, at least those intrepid ones amongst us. After all this time, all the world’s civilizations and the entire world’s people throughout our time on this planet, would you believe there are still places that haven’t been explored? Discovered, yes, for the most part, except for the occasional flyspeck of an island. But there are many corners which still haven’t been perused, even today.
That said, you may not want to travel down the beaten path. Rather than visiting somewhere lots of people regularly go, you might be the kind of person who wants to go solo, somewhere nobody goes. It probably won’t brighten things up the way some artificial lights might, but being the first person to set foot in a place is an increasingly rare experience, something people will pay great deals of money, or travel far distances, or brave major dangers to try and accomplish. People like this are a modern day Lewis or Clarke, venturing where nobody has gone before to tell the rest of us about it (hopefully).
The world is full of inhospitable places, and if you’re looking to be the first man or woman somewhere, these make a great place to start your search. Will you cut a swath through a jungnle filled with tropical vegetation and animals? Will you reach heights nobody else has ever reached, topping mountains whose summits have never before been reached? Perhaps your destination isn’t even on the land but rather under the sea, at depths where people only dare to go, even today? It’s really kind of romantic when you think about it.
If you’re unsure of where to go, well that’s exactly what we’re here to help with. Take a little time to browse the rest of our website and find traveling and trip ideas, and plenty of them at that. We specialize in helping people find interesting places to go, and if you’ve already read this far, we probably have something good to offer you. Traveling with good friends is almost always better than going it alone though, especially if you’re heading for unknown parts of the world. Do keep that in mind if you’re thinking of disappearing for a while.
Posted by James on Jul 16, 2015 in Africa, Holiday
Choosing destinations when taking a vacation can be a daunting task for individuals who may have had the pleasure of travelling the world to a broad extent or may be searching for something more adventurous.
Although Europe and the Americas have many experiences to offer, none are similar to the one’s in other countries around the world with one of these in particular being Kenya. Kenya is a wonderful place to travel to for those looking to get away from the snow and cold weather in their countries as it is located on the equator and thus boasts an attractive climate for those more used to colder conditions.
It is a country located in the Eastern part of Africa and has one of the most thriving economies in the continent in recent years. It is for this and many other reasons that the country has become a popular destination for many tourists around the globe.
What to do while in Kenya
There are a number of activities that one is able to do while they are in this beautiful country and the options vary for those who may have different wants and needs. These different opportunities are found in various parts of the nation and thus it would be advisable for one to buy a pair of comfortable nursing shoes if they plan on traversing through all the various tourism attractions that are available in this East African region. Some of the activities that are readily available for those who may choose to come to include:
- Wildlife Tourism
Kenya happens to have a proud collection of wildlife animals that can be considered to be one of the best in the continent. The country is home to the famous African Big 5 which consists of the Lion, the Buffalo, the Rhino, the Elephant and the Leopard. These animals were referred to as the big 5 initially by hunters who came into the region.
The name was derived from these animals being the hardest to hunt down while on foot. Kenya is also part-home to the Mara crossing which happens to be one of the wonders of the world. One is able to catch this phenomenon in action depending on the time of year that one visits the country.
- Coastal Tourism
Kenya also happens to have some beautiful beaches in its coastal regions and these can serve as ideal destinations for those who are more intent on relaxing and enjoying themselves during their trip. The white sandy beaches offer the ideal locations for setting up for the day and working on a person’s sun tan or perhaps finishing a favorite book.
It should be noted that the coastal regions are hotter and more humid than other parts of the country but the weather is not unbearable and can actually serve to individuals advantage at times such as during the night when there is no need to dress up in layers of clothes in order to attain warmth.
No matter what particular kind of tourism an individual may choose, leisure or adventure, one is guaranteed to have a good time when visiting this exotic region.
Posted by James on Jul 9, 2015 in Europe
Holidays aren’t much fun, if you don’t have any trip planned. Visiting new places aren’t only fun but help you get a new perspective on different aspects of your life including personal and professional. While visiting the popular tourist destinations is the usual thing that people go for, recently the adventurous holiday trips are more in vogue among vacationers. If you are keen on adventure trips in Europe here are some fresh ideas that are sure to chase away the boredom, clear the cobwebs, and keep you alive and vibrant.
Canoeing in Portugal
Portugal coast offers plenty of adventure sports for the brave traveler. The volcanic archipelago- Azores and Furnas in Sao Miguel are places that have diverse activities to enjoy. From deep sea diving and climbing the mountains to canoeing in volcanic crater and swimming, the country has much to offer.
Cycling in Czech Republic
Vienna and Prague are popular destinations for their art galleries and of course the cheap beer. However, these are not why you need to visit the place. The beauty of the land here is something precious and untouched that you will be beholden at first sight.
The stunning valleys with Bohemian villages and endless hills make the place a paradise on earth not just for cycling but also for a drive through. The hiking routes are pristine and spectacular. You can also sign up, for some hunting expeditions here. Having the right tools for your adventure trip is important as it can enhance your adventure and make you enjoy it more. When I go on hunting trips, I make it a point to take along my special tactical knives, which I buy at http://edgehunting.com.
Winter in Sweden
Swedish wilderness is home to Siberian jays, woodpeckers, golden eagles, and bullfinches. Even if the winter is harsh here, if you are up to it, the trip is worthwhile. The remote forest regions can be explored in snowmobile. You get plenty of birds to photograph and watch here.
Walking in Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, all volcanic, situated between Iceland and Scotland in the Norwegian Sea. You can walk in the Amabadalur valley and in Saksun village, which has a breathtaking route that passes by the tidal lagoon. Klaksvik, the largest town located between fjords and mountains, is also a must visit place here.
Mountain climbing in France
The highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc provides the right place for an exciting mountain climbing expedition. The mountain can be accessed via three routes. Of the three, the Gouter Route is a tough one requiring high level of fitness. I initially attended the practice climbs and some training before I started on the trip. It was worth it!
Another interesting place for mountain climbing is the Via Ferrata in Dolomites, Italy. The ‘iron roads’ of the First World War pass through an interesting array of mountain tunnels, swaying bridges, rusty ladders and around the limestone ranges, which is an exhilarating experience any adventurous tourist should try at least once in his or her lifetime. The Dolomites features over 200 routes making it easy to choose one suitable for you.
Posted by James on May 25, 2015 in Beach
If you’re worn out and tired from your day-to-day activities, maybe it’s time for a vacation! When dreaming up the perfect vacation, most people imagine a beautiful beach with white sand, clear waters, and palm trees stretching as far as the eye can see. If this is your idea of a great vacation, we have good news – these beaches actually exist. They are the best location to have a perfect vacation, so if this is the right fit for you, take a look at these fantastic beaches we have picked out:
- El Nido – The area of Palawan is still not very famous, although it is not clear why. It is paradise on Earth. The sand beaches, the crystal clear waters, the romantic palms swaying on the wind…This area boasts over fifty sand beaches, each more beautiful than the other. And if none of this leaves you breathless, just wait for the day to end and let the sunset sweep you away.
- Puglia – The small place of Puglia is definitely the location of some of the best beaches in Italy. The pristine sandy shores immerse you perfectly into the Italian life – food, drinks and relaxation. The sand is amazingly white, the water incredibly clear, and the sun just perfect. There are many charming and affordable hotels in the small town of Porto Cesareo located nearby.
- Matira Beach – This is the most popular beach in Tahiti. Located on Bora Bora, it is more than a mile long, and resides on a beautiful blue lagoon. The white sand will tickle your toes as you take in the sun or chill in the shade of the palm trees-
- Calabria – Another one of Italy’s gems, the beach in Calabria is not very famous, but it definitely should be. It is beautiful and not too cluttered. An extra bonus is the charming old town sprawling with narrow alleys and lovely shops selling handmade items. You can also eat in one of the famous trattorias.
- Doctor’s Cave Beach – This beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was named after a doctor who donated the beach (which was his property) to form a swim club. The water is pristine, and the sand supple. The only other thing you can ask for is nice weather and a drink in your hand – and here they have both!
- Blinky Beach – This Australian gem is a great beach for surfing, as well as swimming and snorkelling. It is located in Queensland, which is famous for its beaches. The azure waters will enchant you and keep you coming back for more. Tourism is popular here, so you’ll be able to relax in a beach chair while drinking an awesome cocktail, as well as dine in a beachside restaurant or rent some surfing equipment. This beach offers it all – both the active and relaxed vacation!
- Anse Lazio – This sandy-rocky beach on the north of Praslin Island is famous for being the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. And for a good reason! The beach is very broad with reddish soft sand and amazingly blue waters. The only thing that breaks the stillness of the beach are the palms swaying on the wind in front of gigantic granite boulders which perfectly frame the amazing view.
- Agia Varvara – this cute beach is located on the island of Corfu, in Greece. The beach is crawling with various nationalities and people from all walks of life. Families will feel especially welcome here since this is not your typical party beach, but a place of relaxation and enjoyment. So come on down and swim, surf, or just lay in the sand enjoying the sun!
- Waipio Valley Beach – This beach is extremely difficult to get to, but amazingly worth the effort. It’s located on Big Island in Hawaii, and the path to it leads you down a narrow and steep road. It’s more than an hour’s hike, but the mile-long beach makes it worth it. The black volcanic sand is dazzling, and it is encompassed by black-green cliffs and thick rainforest. There are also a couple of waterfalls which come out of the cliffs, and make for the perfect view.
- El Castillo – This amazing beach in Mexico is really something special. Apart from the usual stuff that makes a beach great – clear water, lovely sand and lots of sun, here you can also enjoy taking a dip right under towering cliffs atop which sit the famous El Castillo ruins, which can be seen from the shore. This beach is perfect for people who love history and culture, but would still like to take some time and enjoy their vacation while relaxing.
- Fraser Island – Australia is well known as the location for numerous incredible beaches, but none is as famous and lovely as this one. Fraser Island is a World Heritage Site, and it is the largest sand island in the world. Its coloured beach is really something special. It can definitely compete with Whitehaven Beach and even the popular Great Barrier Reef.
- Lopes Mendes – Two miles of pristine and untouched natural beach? Of course! Just visit the Lopes Mendes Beach in Brazil. The water is really unbelievably clear, and many people come here again and again, never tiring of the perfection that it offers. The almond trees are abundant, and they are perfect for a quick nap between swims. It is well worth the three hour drive it takes to get there. Just make sure you bring your own food and snacks, since there are no shops or restaurants at the beach itself.
There you go! Our pick for the top 12 beaches which are definitely worth visiting. Each and every one is beautiful and enchanting, and it’s up to you to pick your favourite. When you do, all that’s left is to save up some money, and start planning your perfect vacation. So pack your bags and get going – make your perfect vacation come true!