Pekanbaru sebagai ibu kota Provinsi Kepulauan Riau di Indonesia, merupakan kota yang sangat metropolitan. Apabila diartikan secara langsung, nama kota ini memiliki arti pasar baru dan kota ini merupakan kota pelabuhan perdagangan yang terbentuk secara alami karena lokasi kota ini dekat dengan Selat Malaka. Total luas area kota ini adalah 450 km2 dan memiliki jumlah total penduduk sekitar 800.000 orang. Kota ini telah memenangkan beberapa penghargaan karena kota ini merupakan salah satu kota yang terbersih di dunia. Kota ini sebelumnya hanya digunakan sebagai tempat transit bagi penumpang yang akan bepergian keluar dan masuk Singapura. Pekanbaru adalah salah satu kota besar, karena di Indonesia kota ini berfungsi sebagai pintu gerbang ke Singapura dan menjadi pintu gerbang menuju Indonesia dari Singapura. Mungkin kota ini memang bukan tempat wisata turis terbaik tetapi di dalam kota ini terdapat beberapa atraksi terbaik yang pastinya tidak akan mau Anda lewatkan. Salah...
Kebumen adalah salah satu kabupaten terbesar di Indonesia yang memiliki lokasi strategis di Provinsi Jawa Tengah. Asal nama Kebumen adalah berasal dari kata Kebumian yang berarti Tempat Penampungan. Daerah Kebumen lama telah dikenal sebagai kawasan utama patriotik yang dahulu digunakan sebagai pertahanan Belanda. Kota ini tersebar dengan luas tanah 1.281 km dan merupakan kota dataran rendah. Tempat berkumpulnya banyak pantai inilah yang menjadikan Kebumen sebagai tempat wisata yang ramah. Kota ini memiliki sejumlah gua yang telah terbentuk dari dahulu secara alami. Pegunungan yang terdapat di kota ini membentang dari ujung utara ke selatan. Bagian yang unik adalah ujung Kebumen, yang menonjol dengan bentuk gua. Kebumen merupakan salah satu kota terbaik jika Anda merencanakan untuk datang ke sini bersama keluarga Anda. Saya yakin perjalanan Anda ke kota ini akan sangat berkesan bersama dengan keluarga dan teman-teman Anda.
Hingga saat ini, bus masih diyakini sebagai...
The hotels in Malacca offer some of the best pleasant staying experiences for families that travel a lot. The hotels are only spacious but also have some of the best guest rooms and suites. The hotels have been designed in family friendly ways and have several services like swimming pools for the kids, babysitting services and large playgrounds. They are also plenty of recreational activities to choose. I have listed out to you the top 2 hotels that leave no stones unturned when it comes to catering to guests who are traveling along with their children. The hotels are strategically located in places from where reaching kid friendly destinations is a breeze. Since you are traveling along with your entire family, I recommend you to travel by bus as everyone can travel together instead of booking cabs and going through the ordeal of managing 2 different cabs.
It is a well-known fact that Malaysia has some of the best road networks compared to the rest of the world. The roads here...
Surabaya adalah kota terbesar kedua di negara ini dan merupakan rumah salah satu pelabuhan perdagangan paling terkenal. Belakangan ini, Surabaya telah menjadi kawasan rekreasi tingkat dunia. Padahal, bertahun-tahun sebelumnya kota ini hanyalah tempat persinggahan bagi wisatawan untuk menuju ke Pulau Bali, namun tidak demikian saat ini. Kota ini telah menjadi bagian dari sejarah Indonesia pada tahun 1950. Banyak monumen dibangun di kota ini untuk menghormati para pahlawan. Kota ini dianggap sebagai salah satu tempat terbaik untuk liburan pantai, olahraga yang ekstrim dan tempat wisata lain yang tidak kalah menakjubkan. Merupakan salah satu tempat terkaya di Indonesia, dilihat dari atraksi dan tempat pemandangan. Pastikan mengunjungi kebun binatang lokal yang dipenuhi dengan binatang eksotik dan berbagai jenis burung. Di kebun binatang ini, ada binatang yang luar biasa langka yaitu komodo yang merupakan binatang reptil terbesar dengan berat 150 kg dan panjang sampai dengan...
Kota Semarang Terletak di pantai utara dari Laut Jawa. Semarang adalah ibu kota provinsi Jawa Tengah. Kota ini terletak tepat di tengah-tengah pesisir Barat dan Timur dari pulau Jawa. Saat Anda menuju ke puncak Bukit Candi, Anda dapat melihat indahnya pemandangan hijau dan pegunungan di sekitar kota Semarang. Wisata di kota Semarang dapat dijelajahi selama satu hari. Sebagai salah satu dari 5 kota besar di Indonesia, kota ini telah menjadi kota untuk bisnis dan perdagangan. Hal ini terbukti dengan adanya kawasan industri dan perdagangan yang terpusat di dataran rendah. Sedangkan di sisi yang berbukit ada banyak rumah hunian dengan taman dan pemandangan laut yang indah. Dekat dengan pelabuhan, ada bagian kota Semarang yang lebih tua.
Kota Padang adalah ibu kota dari provinsi Sumatera Barat. Kota dengan jumlah pengunjung yang cukup banyak setiap harinya, disebabkan oleh adanya akses ke Teluk Bungus. Bertahun-tahun sebelumnya kota ini merupakan dermaga untuk...
Puchong is one of the major towns and a parliamentary constituency in Malaysia. It is strategically located in the Petaling district of Selangor Malaysia. It is believed that the first settlers in the area were the Orang Asli Community, which is a village that existed in the year 1900. In the later years, immigrants explored the city from Sumatah and Java. As soon as I set my foot down in beautiful city one thing that I noticed was, most of the people here were fishermen, either rubber tappers or miners. In recent years, there have been major advancements in the mining industry bringing in major immigrants from China and Pakistan. The city has quite a few recreational centers like the Rakan Muda sports complex that is where most of the locals as well as tourists indulge in a game of Badminton. My visit to the Rakam Muda Sports Complex marked the end of my journey in Puchong.
The next city on my list was Baling which is an ancient mythological town located in Malaysia. I booked my...
Clarke Quay is one of the best places for one of the most happening night lives in Singapore. From colourful and magnificent bright lights to bars offering some limited edition drinks Clarke Quay has it all. Clarke Quay which is the biggest night life destination, earlier it used to be a business centre. Located right in the middle of the Singapore River Planning area Clarke Quay is the name of a road which a few years ago has been transformed into a pedestrian mall. To make the most of the surrounding waters, Clarke Quay has numerous floating pubs and restaurants. Eating, drinking and dancing while in water is something you must experience.
The G Max River Bunjee is also located in Clarke Quay which opened its doors to the public in 2003.If you are looking forward to grabbing a drink or two make sure to vist Opiume and Fusion Bar. If you feel like showing off your dance moves Clarke Quay has quite a few places where you can dance till you drop.
To make the most...
Langkawi is known for duty free shopping and its delicious food. Restaurants in Langkawi are famous in catering to all kinds of tastes, preferences and budgets. The Restaurants are known for the fantastic services that they provide to their guests. These joints have strategically set up shop at places offering magnificent views of the sunset, views of the Andaman Sea. As Langkawi is a tropical island, it is vastly famous for its local delicacies. The Menu also includes Malay and Chinese cuisine along with some international cuisines. I recommend you to try out the seafood menu, which consists of crabs, lobsters, and king prawns. These restaurants serve dishes at affordable prices without compromising on quality and service.
Malaysia has one of the best bus transportation systems in the world precisely why the locals themselves leave their cars at home and prefer to travel by bus. The bus operators here are not only punctual about their timings but also provide the best services....
Kuala Terengganu is undoubtedly one of the best Malaysian states that I have ever visited.The place is also home to some of the most beautiful islands like Redang, Perhentian and Kapas. These places have always been famous for their beautiful beaches and the plush green landscapes. Kuala Terengganu is one of the most beautiful destinations for tourists as well as the locals who are looking for a relaxing retreat from the hussle and bussle of the city and are planning to spend their holidays or vacations here. During my stay here I indulge myself into some of the best and the most exciting water sports like Snorkelling and Scuba Diving.These activities gave me an extreme adrenaline rush. To my surprise people were also engaging themselves into traditional activities like flying kites to shopping in Batik Shops and engaging in top spinning.
Reaching Kuala Terengganu from Singapore by bus is not only quite easy but I found the journey to be quite comfortable.Kuala Terengganu can be...
A quick weekend break to visit my brother in Geneva and escape the hustle of London for a weekend!
We took a day trip into France on the Saturday to go to a fresh spring swimming pool in the mountains in Combloux. The water was freezing but this was quite refreshing given the 34 degree heat! Perfect for kids too - they were all having a great time in the pool including my little 2 year old niece. The scenery from up here is so surreal that you feel like you are in the middle of a postcard surrounded by beautiful landscapes and mountains, including the famous Mont Blanc.
In the evening we headed back to Geneva and to a lovely Italian restaurant with a little play area for the children.
The next day I got up early (well for a Sunday anyway!) and took the train to Lausanne to see my friend who lives there. A quick stop at the Olympic Museum and a quick tour around his flat later ('do you ever miss England?' I ask as we look out at the incredible views of Lake Geneva. The answer...
Are you a beach lover? If relaxing around the sea shore and basking in the soft golden rays of sun is your idea of a perfect relaxing holidays, then don't wait anymore. Pack your bags and head to some of the picturesque beaches India is famous for.
1. Agonda Beach, Goa
Goa is famous for the long beautiful beaches stretches, pubs, casinos, late night parties, delectable cuisines, proximity to top restaurants and hotels, and overwhelming range of water sports activities. Goa has all that one needs to satisfy beach aficionados. Agonda Beach is one of the most famous of these beaches and highly revered tourist attractions in Goa. It enjoys an isolated sealine stretch situated on Goan outskirts that lets you to unwind and relax. Beachside accommodations are the plus point for travellers.
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Best time to go: November – April
2. Puri Beach, Orissa
This is a major attraction in the state of Goa. It continues to be...
Mussoorie, popularly referred to as the Queen of Hills, this beautiful hill station is situated around 34 km from Dehradun. Deemed as one of the most beautiful hill stations across the country, it promises amazing opportunities to relax and have a fabulous time.
Here are some of the must visit places in Mussoorie:
It is known as the second highest peak of picturesque region of Mussoorie. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the most beautiful spot in Mussoorie from Mall Road. If you take the Ropeway distance, the awesome sight is only 400 metres. The ride is thrilling and memorable. Gun Hill ensures an enchanting view of the Himalayan ranges including Pithwara, Bandarpunch, Gangotri group, Srikantha, etc. It is from here you can get a bird's eye view of Queen of Hills, Mussoorie. According to a pre-independence event, a gun was mounted on top of the hill. This gun was fired announcing the mid-day arrival which helped people living around the hill adjust watches and...
The final part of our tour and the bit I had been looking forward to the most... and it didn't disappoint!
When we arrived at our hotel we took the opportunity for a few hours R&R by the swimming pool before a group meal together and visit to the famous 'Bar Street'. What an incredible place! Bars, restaurants and nightclubs all down the street and a huge street party until late at night. We all danced in the street together and with people from all different nationalities - such a surreal and fun experience!
The next day we headed to the famous UNESCO Angkor site to visit the religious temples and remains of the Khmer Empire. These were absolutely breathtaking, just as I had imagined from pictures I had previously seen. Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, was the highlight of the trip. Words cannot describe the beauty of these religious sites - you will have to visit them for yourself!
On our final day we went to visit the Cambodian War museum before...
Last weekend I visited Amsterdam with one of my good friends. We planned a mini weekend break to see the city and of course have a good time. It was a perfect mix of culture and fun! We rented an apartment to stay in which is really recommended as you can find a lovely place in the centre of town with a lot more space than a hotel (and the same, if not less money!). We found ours on the Air BnB website.
We visited the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank's House on our first day there, renting a bike to cycle around the city. We also made a stop for an amazing Dutch style Pancake. See the pictures - it was delicious! In the evening we went out to the Rembrantplein area to a club. This is one of the two main areas for going out in Amsterdam; the other one being Leidseplein. The nightclubs in Amsterdam are great fun as you would expect from a country which has produced some of the best DJs in the world!
The next day, feeling slightly worse for wear, we had a lazy morning and then headed...
I think you really need a whole day to take in Auschwitz. We travelled from Krakow and took the train which was really easy and it takes around 1.5-2 hours to get there, but the bus is also an option.
Auschwitz Birkenau is the site of the gravest mass murder in the history of humanity. It remains a memorial that can serve everyone as a mirror of the human soul and a prism for looking deep within ourselves. One thing that you just cannot get your head around is the fact that so many have died! I would recommend to take the tour as the guides are very impartial and "matter of fact" about the site.
I found that it stirred something deep within me and I am not ashamed to admit I had a little cry.
If you are looking for things todo whilst visiting Poland then this is a must!
So far we have been to the harbour, Navy Pier and been on a boat tour down the river. There really is a lot to see and do in this city! Last night we went to a college bar and had some beers so were feeling a bit tired today, so we headed to Millennium Park to wander around. It's really lovely and reminds me a bit of Central Park in NYC. We stopped and listened to a concert in the open air theatre and of course went to see the famous Cloud Gate 'bean' where we had to stop for a few photos, and the Crown Fountain. A fun day out to cure the hangover!
This hotel is very peaceful with the most beautiful and idyllic scenery. If you go out the back of the hotel you can walk onto the beach and along the wondrous Indian Ocean. This place is paradise! Perfect for a relaxing break away.
For a relaxing break, we booked a weekend away in the countryside near to the town of Siena. It was a beautiful chateau and beautiful background with the rolling hills and endless green countryside and vineyards. The Friday evening we had a large feast of food with lots of Italian wine, which continued into Saturday which we spent wine tasting the local wines and cheeses. We lazed around and enjoyed the sunshine, each other's company and the peace. On the Sunday we were feeling cultural so we visited the town of Siena and saw the famous Piazza del Campo. It was a very relaxing day as we walked around the cobbled streets admiring the architecture of the buildings and eating authentic Italian ice cream! We were sad to go back home the next day and back to reality!
We decided to go on a roadtrip to Balmoral to show the children where the Queen resides in the summer. We were lucky with the weather which made the drive even more pleasant and we were able to see some of the beautiful Highlands scenery. It was a lovely day out!
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Plješevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 blue-green Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. Waterfalls connect the lakes, and the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails, or exploring the lakes by boat. The park itself has 3 hotels and a campsite, otherwise visitors can find accommodation at any of the number of villages and cities nearby.
We drove to Abu Dhabi from Dubai for a quick 2 night visit. We were lucky enough to be staying at The Yas Viceroy, the hotel which hosts the Formula 1 track and we were not disappointed by our expectations. The hotel was lavish, classy and luxurious, and I felt like a V.I.P having the chance to stay there. We were able to relax for a bit by the sundeck swimming pool and tour the beautiful grounds of the hotel. We also fitted in a trip to the Formula 1 theme park which has many rides and a fun show to watch. It also has the fastest rollercoaster in the world! Finally we had a lovely meal at the Asian restaurant in the hotel before enjoying some cocktails on the rooftop bar. Such a lovely few days!
Such a chilled out time in Lloret de Mar. Good place to go to sunbathe in the day and have some beers in the evening. Fun nightlife and lots of tourists around all up for having a laugh!
This city has everything to offer. First there's the sun, sea and beach for some time to relax. Then there is the main street of Las Ramblas with stalls, street artists, mimes, cafes and bars which will keep you busy for hours. If you're feeling cultural then visit the impressive Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi's most famous works. And finally, there is the city of sport and a vital visit to Camp Nou! Barcelona!!
There is no doubt about it - Venice is one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world; well certainly of all the places I have been to anyway. The city is made up of lots of tiny islands with canals flowing through the city and bridges going over the canals creating a very idyllic setting, highlighted further by the exquisite Gothic architecture. You can certainly understand why so many artists have spent their time recreating this already existant piece of artwork. The most enjoyable way to see the city is on a gondola ride where you can sit back and relax whilst a lovely Italian man steers you around the canals. The cultural hub of the 'piazza San Marco' is also an essential part of anyone's trip with the Basilica di San Marco, Doge's palace (judicial building) and Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower).
We drove through Monument Valley to see the real desert sights. It must have been over 90 degrees out there as we drove along the dirt track. It took us half the day to go around the National Park and the scenery was truly incredible. The pictures speak for themselves really. People should definitely check this place out if they want their breath taken away! It was nice to watch the sun start to go in later on in the day as well.
On our visit to Malta we visited the Old City of Mdina, it was beautiful, tranquil and very compact would recommend visiting Mdina. There are interesting shops and beautiful churches to see while there, We had a coffee and cake at Fontanella which was breathtaking as we were sitting on the balcony we could see down onto the whole city.
If looking for a thrilling night like us, visit the Chamber Of Mysteries during the night its a unique event for those seeking something diffrent. The entertainment was music, illusion, magic and mind reading, after the entertainment was a traditional maltese three course meal which was excellent.
If you enjoy getting up close and personal to nature you should visit the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, you will be enthralled by the beauty and proximity of the butterflies, birds and resident turtle. The Conservancy is an oasis of beauty after the frenzied scene on Duval Street. There are benches to sit and just observe, but most people walk through, enjoy and move on.
Had a great visiting Key West's Garden Club it was a truly beautiful place near Smathers beach. Great history of this old fort now laid out beautifully by Key West Garden club. If you have time take a lunch and spend a couple of hours there.
While in Peru we explored the Machu Picchu Viajes from the nail-biting bus ride up the mountain to standing atop the walkways and gazing at the Incan city and the surrounding peaks, Machu Picchu is worth the time and money it takes to get there.
The ruins were spectacular and easy to explore. The lunch buffet at the entrance to the site offered a delicious variety of meats, fish, vegetables and desserts. Machu Picchu is a must if you are in Cusco. A wonderful city built by the Incas. The tour guides do a good job. You can hire one once in Machu Picchu.
We also visited the Cusco Historic Center it was wonderful and my only regret is insufficient time to explore all of the sites. our guide was great and we saw the main highlights, their were plenty of restaurants to choose from.
During our week in Cuba we visit the Playa Paraiso Beach in Cayo Largo the beach is wonderful with very clear water and white sand, didn't get overly crowded but we had to take a small train to get there, as its a long walk. They had a small bar on the beach and the area is kept very clean. The beach is definatly a must see.
Also the Valle de Vinales was a beautiful area with lots to do, I'm glad we went. The place showcased rural Cuba at its best. We saw limestone caves, formations and tobacco farms while we rode around on horses. The people where very friendly
Kingston is on the border of London situated in the south-west region, we had a nice relaxing time there, on our day trip there we shopped quite abit since the main strech contained many diffrent shops and its own bigger shopping center called the Bentalls Center. It's a vibrant market town being one of Londons liveliest boroughs.
We got a chance to feed the swans by the river thames although frowned on by some people, the swans always stay in the same area for many years and a big icon of Kingston.
There is a market which is open six days a week inside the market Square area of Kingston they sell the standard flowers, fruit, vegetables and clothing. And sometimes the more unusual stalls. The prices are very reasonable, I would recommend you visit during a weekday if you want to avoid the manic crowds of people that influx in on the weekends, crowds usually arrive around 11am.
When visiting Europe it's easy to miss the country of Luxembourg but we were glad we had not, after seeing a few other European countries on our trip we ended up in Luxembourg the country has a great deal of things to do especially for the adventure-hungry traveller. We stayed in the City center itself which was the country's capital which helds all the culture and entertainment.
If looking for a great view of the country itself like us I recommend visiting Le Chemin de la Corniche which is a historic area and a offer greats scentic walks, walking the Chemin will give you views of the lower city with spots to take a perfect picture.
On our first day in Frankfurt we visited Frankfurt's well known catherdrals the 'Dom' in German, the building is very old dating back to the fourteenth century and kept in a very good condition. It was once used to crown the emporors of the holy roman empire, it had stunning stone structures and glasswork the whole place was decorated for royalty. The catherdral is a must see can't turn down something thats free.
The next day we where recommended by the hotel we were staying at to spend the day at the Palmengarten which is Frankfurt's Botanical Garden just like other gardens it had a very wide array of plants, flowers and birds to see. It turned out to be a very nice day and we had a very relaxing time walking around the garden.
During our time in Zurich we got to taste the famous swiss chocolate from many of the shops around the city and it was amazing as expected, the city of Zurich was my favorite location in switzerland being one of the biggest tourist destinations.
After walking along Limmat River we visited the Munster Catherdral the views from the catherdral were amazing with spectacular panorama. After we visited the Kunsthaus museum which is known for its important art collection, I mostly enjoyed the Monet and Rodin Room the thematic presentation as you walk through the gallery are very good, all the arrangements in each of the rooms are very art reflecting.
We then moved on to Bahnhofstrasse which is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, very expensive! still the walk is nice and getting the chance to see whats on for sale is worth the trip and a great end to the day.
Argentina is an amazing place to visit, we saw the Perito Moreno Glacier lucky enough to be there on a clear day which enhanced the views making it an amazing experience the pathways that lead from the lake up to the restaurant are metal pathways so the location is well maintained and easy to navigate. There is lots of space for everyone to take a picture there are benches for resting or stopping for a snack, as walking either to the top or bottom the views are amazing and always changing. It is a un-missable location.
We also hiked Cerro Fitz Roy Mountains, it was a three day trek in El Chalten and Fitz Roy it was a hard climb but was well worth it. The mountain itself is visible from very far away I found it much more interesting than the glaciers and the challenge of reaching the top, the mountain dominates the town and its backdrop the walk was lovely the hardest part was the lakes which was very steep and gets very icy and slippery
Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, it is built up of fourteen islands connected by bridges, It has beautiful buildings, greenery, fresh air and close proximity of water within the city a great trait of the city.
On ours first we visited the Vasa Museum which held one of the oldest preserved seventeenth century ships in the world and a very unique art piece because of the detailed carving on the boat. The ship sank in 1628 and was salvaged and is still in almost perfect condition. After being restored to its original glory the ship was great to admire the workmanship that went into the construction of building ship. Touching the skeletal remains of the crew was quite spooked though.
Bermuda was amazing; it is a location everyone must visit in their lifetime the beaches are amazing the clear blue sea is inviting to all. The Horseshoe bay is one of the more popular beaches being very beautiful it attracts many people its location is on the south coast it’s well known for diving and snorkellers’. One thing to say is get there early as the beaches get very packed during the later hours by far the nicest beach with its pink sand.
On our last day we visited the Crystal Cave we were so glad we did, there are steps down into the cave and is well lit with rails and rubber matting. The caves where stunning with crystal clear water our tour guide was very entertaining and interesting it was amazing to look up and see the hole where the two boys who discovered the cave looked in from, the trip down was expensive but worth the visit.
India is a place everyone must visit in their lifetime it holds the Taj Mahal which is one of the seven wonders of the world, it also holds the crown of buildings. The culture and religions, spiritualism and language is what makes Indian so unique, and one cannot forget to say the agriculture, spices, rice and curry that originates from India.
We specifically visited Mumbai which holds some of the most interesting monuments and attraction one of our favourite being the ISKCON temple is a VERY holy place where people sing and chant to Krishna, the temple was kept very clean. We ate inside the temple in a restaurant that only offered vegetarian food but turned out very nice! Our guide spent quite some time taking us around and providing great commentary, there were lots of flowers, colours and quiet music. All together being a great experience.
On the day we arrived in Athens with my family we wanted to visit all the historic monuments as Athens is the home some of the most interesting and old pieces of history in the world, the first thing we saw was the
Acropolis named the high city because of the location on top its own hill with several ancient buildings which holds great architectural and historic significance to Greece.
Inside we got to see the old temple of Athena it was located in the centre of the complex and had carving of Greek lords and animals dating back centuries. When we arrived at Acropolis restoration had just finished after beginning in 1975 so it was awesome to be one of the first to view the site after restoration.
Sydney is one of Australia's largest cities and there is loads of things to see and do it is renowned for its shopping and dining as for its architecture and unique atmosphere. The city is a very popular tourist destination holding some of Australia’s well known location its aquariums and zoos provide the finishing touches to a well-rounded experience.
While we was out there we got to see the Sydney Opera House which was amazing by the Sydney harbour it had beautiful views of the secluded breaches and bridge, there was massive cruise ships weaving in and out through the docks, the Circular Quay is the launch point for the ferries mainly for tourist to out and sightsee but we didn't feel this was for us.
A trip to Sydney wouldn't be complete if we didn’t visit the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens the location is just off Sydney harbour so easy to see in the same day while visiting the Opera House or maybe just after a tour. The collection of plants comes from around the world but...
Oslo has so much to see unfortunately on our one week vacation we couldn't get to see it all but my favourite locations we visited Where the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, My favourite was the science section which had information about natural sciences and technology and future technology. They showed Robots in the Robot Centre which was very cool to see and interact with as I've never seen one in person, the amount of work that was put in building them was phenomenal.
We saw the famous Oslo Opera House; the views are incredible on the rooftop being one of the main tourist sites in Oslo which is well worth the visit.
It's free so you can't turn it down; from a distance the building itself looks like a ski slope. Most people go there to watch the opera but the views on top of the building are amazing with a great panoramic view of the whole of Oslo and river, when we was there it was the summer so the weather was nice and hot.
If looking for a nice day out...
Portugal was an amazing holiday, the sun-splashed beaches, the castles, the hillsides and the very old cities make it a number one place to visit in the world. Still being one of the quiet secluded destinations Portugal is the type of place where you can escape the crowds of people and just relax, some of the reason why travelling can be so rewarding to just escape...
A must when visiting portugal is to see the Azores archipelago the views are amazing and the travelling to get there makes it even more rewarding for when you arrive, the group of islands are a must see but watchout for the strong winds in the winter, during the summer the temperatures reach 24c which is a good temperature to have a nice swim.
On our first day in Nepal we visited the Golden Temple which is a Buddhist monastery just north of Durbar Sq, our tour guide told us the Temple has been standing since the 1400's. To enter the Temple we had to walk through a very narrow stone doorway the two huge lions by the entrance are amazing.
Look out for the tortoises around the compound these are the guardians on the temple, the main priest is a young boy under the age of twelve, who serves for thirty days then hands down the job to the next younger boy. The architecture and structures in the temple are definatly worth seeing if travelling to Nepal.
On the last day we went on a safari in Chitwan National Park we got to ride on elephants through the whole park seeing the rare one-horned rhinos inside the park and wild elephants, hyenas, leopards and many diffrent species of birds. It was a great experience ridding ontop of an elepant.
Famous for its classic savanna safaris, Kenya is a country of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts. Deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains; the metropolis of Nairobi and colorful tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs. For many people, Kenya is East Africa in microcosm. The wildlife safaris have been the top tourist attractions in Kenya for decades while other activities include trekking Mount Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara and snorkeling in Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast.
Solaivanam hotels private limited is a Sri Lankan venture to promote sustainable tourism in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Ultimate aim is to facilitate medium scale infrastructure facilities to local and foreign tourist who are traveling to North. Kilinochchi can be seen as a central point to Jaffna district and Mullaitivu district.
Solaivanam guest house has 16 air condition rooms with attached bathroom, restaurant and a large hall to have seminars, parties, receptions etc.
The guesthouse itself is the cost leader in the district where you could find a room affordable. However the management does not compromise the facilities or the services.
The hotel is promoting native staffing, native procurement system to contribute to the development of local economy.
When we arrived in Toronto we knew the first thing we wanted to see was the Niagra Falls, we rented out a car and it was about a 90 minute drive from Toronto when we got there it was full of tourists being one of the number one places to see in Toronto it was expected. I was amazed when one of the guides told us that 750,000 gallons of water slide of the cliff every second! Some tourists decided to get a helicopter ride above the Niagra Falls which must of been awesome but is also very enjoyable from the ground, you can get metres away from the fall.
The next day for breakfasts we made sure to try out the local maple syrup on our morning pancakes, it was so tasty. After having breakfast we visited the CN tower which is now the second tallest tower in the world after the Burj in Dubai, you can go straight to the top and the views are stunning. For the adrenaline junkies out there you can walk out and do an EdgeWalk where they put you in safety harrnesses and make you lean out...
I am in Windsor today and on arriving at the train station I walked onto the platform and knew instantly I was in a different kind of place. Even the train station felt regal, the architecture was amazing.
On walking out of the station I could instantly see the castle standing there in all it's glory. No wonder the British feel so patriotic about it's monarch. It's a site that sent a shiver down my spine. Gorgeous. As an American I am very proud of my country but I wish we had history like the British.
I saw a tour bus (I don't normally like such things) but jumped on as it was very cheap and I am glad I did. It took me first to a place called Datchet and old village near Windsor where there is apparently a pub with a ghost in it! Onwards we went to another village called Eton where there is a collage and guess what... most of the monarchy are educated there (including Harry and William)! It was another short ride back into Windsor and I was dropped outside the castle.
On the day we landed in Budapest Hungary we left all out luggage at the hotel and took a taxi to Buda Castle on Castle Hill to get to the castle you can either walk up the hill or task a short ride up the hill on a cart.
We chose the cart for the amazing panoramic views as we were heading up, the journey to the top was very fun, the cart heading to the top is called Funicular originally used by workers for the castle now used as a way to get to the top of the hill while looking over the town.
Once at the top of the hill there is a great view of the parliament across the river, inside the castle itself was the Great Throne Room and the Budapest History Museum which are some of the main attractions inside the castle. But there are so many diffrent places to see once inside the castle it will easily take up your whole day if you decide to visit the castle.
So I have one day and one night in Paris. I know I had to go and visit the usual stuff (well I hadn't seen it before). So off I went to the Eiffel Tower. It's pretty cool but in all honestly I don't feel like I gained anything from the experience. I have seen it so many times in pictures I felt like I had been there before.
Next stop was to go and see the Moulin Rouge, the area is quiet seedy but I really liked the building but never managed to book a show.
A quick tram and I went to see the "Locks Of Love Bridge" Pont de l'Archevêché. I put a lock on there many years ago with my ex wife and decided it may be time to take it off (yes I took the key with me). Thankfully some good samaritan had done it for me (you have no idea how much I am chuckling to myself whilst I write this!).
In the evening I ate in my hotel (Shangri-La Hotel Paris) it's such a good hotel and I paid so much money for it I decided just to chill and relax. Good food, wine and a nice comfy bed.
OK so if you are into chocolate and cake then Vienna is the place for you! I have never eaten such nice cakes and chocolates (and I have been to Belgium - Sorry Belgian People)! Go checkout Café Demel I could easily put on a few kilos if this was in my town!
Architecture in Vienna can only be described as eccentric or old. You have old beautiful building or new buildings that just look crazy!
I would recommend going to the opera whilst in Vienna. Go to the State Opera House, it's a gorgeous Viennese theatre.
Whilst in Vienna you will stumble upon quaint little markets which sell both food and handmade good. I love shopping like this because I can buy unique items for friends and family.
One thing to watch in Vienna is the price - it's a little $$$.
For a small break we decided to visit Poland as it was close to the UK and the travel time was short it was a nice break on our first day we visited the Main Market Square which is situated in the old town in Kraków once used as the medieval town square and one of the largest in europe being one of the main tourist attractions of Poland is was a must visit for us and anyone travelling to Poland.
There where a bunch of historical townhosues and historic buildings surrounding the Market so its a great location to have a look around the market while seeing historic monuments at the same time, easily fitting both on the same day because of how close everything is to eachother.
The last place we visited before finishing our one week holiday was the Wieliczka Salt Mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow the mine is still going since the 13th century. It is a amazing underground city which carving in the walls and ancient sculptures carved from the salt in the walls.