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Get lively in the streets of Qawra

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All vacationers aim for one thing – to relax and unwind. While getting away from the metro and its corresponding noise can be appealing to some, finding the same buzz in a different light can also be an option.

Revive that youthful feeling as you set foot in Qawra, one of Malta’s hidden gems. Get an equal share of fun brought about by the beach, nightlife and historic spots found in this lively village.

Location

Qawra cannot be mentioned without having its name joined by two equally travel-worthy destinations: Bugibba and Salina. Unlike the spirited and bustling vibe of Bugibba though, Qawra may work best for those who want a more quiet place but still need to enjoy a piece of the nightlife and city vibe.

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This is an area in the northern region of Malta, found in St. Paul’s Bay. This was originally a fishing village but was transformed into a swimming destination upgraded with shopping spots and restaurants after its potential was realized back in the 1960’s.

Climate

On the average, tourists can make the best out of their trip to Qawra during the months of April to July since these are considered to be the driest.

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The rainy season occurs between November and December, while January has the coolest temperature.

Transportation

Buses are the main mode of transportation to reach Qawra. Buses either come to and from nearby cities Bugibba and Valletta.

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Just outside Malta airport is a bus station that can provide transportation to take you to the city. Travelers may also arrange car transfers from the airport to Qawra especially if hotel reservations are already made.

Attractions

Victoria Lines

Originally built as a barrier against invaders from outsiders, this defensive wall was also called North West Wall, and sometime Great Wall of Malta. The edifice runs from Madliena through Mosta down to Rabat.

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More than just a wall, the structure is a combination of various fortifications, searchlights, infantry lines and stop walls. Three forts can be found here, namely Fort Madalena, Fort Mosta and Fort Bingemma.

Night life

Qawra isn’t deprived of fun places. The night life will best suit the nocturnal and party owls. The place will never go short of pubs and clubs that are great for those who still have their spirits up even until late into the night.

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The place is a haven for partying, especially during summer time. The peak season brings travelers together to dance and mingle and have nothing but a great time.

Beach

Feel that fine Maltese sand as it kisses the rock formation standing proud at the shores of Qawra. Be relaxed and get that much-desired tan by bathing in the sun.

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The tranquility in sparkling blue waters speaks nothing but pure enjoyment. You can indulge in different water activities to get an adrenaline rush as well.

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Sources:

Qawra Guide Malta:
http://www.heartofmalta.com/en/malta/qawra/guide.aspx

Qawra Holidays:
https://www.onthebeach.co.uk/destinations/malta/qawra

Aira Algado

Get to know Gaborone

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Gaborone may not be as appealing as other destinations in the world. Despite lacking nature and sophistication from the modern world, the city can still work especially for those who are looking for a trip that is on the lighter side of the road. Gaborone has a promise though, being a budding city in Africa.

Those who want to experience the kind of trip that’s past the rural vibe and avoids the metro noise can opt to go to this place instead. The city is in the middle of a transition between two phases of development. This alone may be appealing especially for those who want to get a different taste of travelling more than what is conventionally available.

Location

Gaborone is the biggest city and the capital of Botswana. This is the primary hub when it comes to the economy and industry of the country.

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The land area spans 169 square kilometers and is home to more than 200,000 people. The city is commercialized given that malls and business strips can be found here.

Climate

Garabone has a hot, semi-arid climate. Summer happens every January until April and September until December.

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The warmest month is November, whereas cool weather mostly happens in July. Tourists might want to avoid December as it is charted to be the wettest month.

Transportation

Air Botswana hosts flights to and from different destinations such as Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and other domestic flights.

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The city can also be reached via bus. The road between South Africa and Gaborone is straight and direct, which is why this route can also be an option especially for those who will come from South Africa.

Attractions

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

This serves as a haven for animals, specifically mammals. Its goal is not limited to giving these animals a home, but more so, to provide education and target tourism as well.

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Reptile Park and other animal sanctuaries can be found in Mokolodi.

Malls and restaurants

Gaborone is Botswana’s capital and it is not surprising that it will become the center of commerce and trade in the country.

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The city has its fair share of malls and shops. Needless to say, restaurants should also be experienced. Walk into the alleys of the city’s buildings and be more acquainted with the life of the city found in Gaborone.

Three Chiefs Statues

This historical set of statues is made of bronze depicting three tribal chiefs who left an important mark for Botswana to get their independence from the British South Africa Company and Southern Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe.

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This monument was erected in 2005 and labeled as one of the most visited destinations in Gaborone.

Images:

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(2) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/gaborone.jpg
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(6) http://www.6under60.com
(7) http://www.brproperties.co.bw
(8) http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw

Sources:

Sights in Gaborone:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/botswana/gaborone/sights

Gaborone Attractions:
http://www.knowbotswana.com/gaborone-attractions.html

Aira Algado

Discover the pearl found in Lviv

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Lviv may not be one of the prime places to visit, but it is sure to be something that should be watched out for. There is a promise found in their developing tourism industry aside from the sights it can offer to visitors.

Be embraced by the captivating charm of this city through its structures and raw borough lifestyle which can only be found in Lviv.

Location

Lviv is a city found in western Ukraine, on the edge of Roztochia Upland. The city measures 182 square kilometers and is home to more than 70,000 people.

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The city has become and active emblem when it comes to Ukraine’s culture especially before and after world war. The influence of the past is still seen and felt via its structures and remnants found in the city’s core: its streets.

Climate

According to the Koppen climate classification, the weather in Lviv is humid continental. The best time to hop into this city is during the months of June, July and August as these have nice average temperature.

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Be mindful that most rainfall happens in July, which is why tourists can either bring their rain coats, umbrellas or avoid this month altogether if the pouring rain doesn’t belong on their good side. The warmest month is August while cold in Lviv can be experienced in January.

Transportation

Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport is 6km away from the center of Lviv. The airport hosts European flights including destinations to Vienna, Warsaw, Munich, Istanbul etc.

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Trains are also available for tourists who will come from Poland through the city of Krakow. Buses and cars are also other modes of transportation that travelers can use when going in and out of the city.

Attractions

Ploshcha Rynok

Also known as the Market Square, this famous corner in the city houses 44 buildings including a uniform facade and a town clock.

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It’s like going back to the good old medieval age as you walk through the cobblestones and admire the structures of this one of a kind tourist attraction.

High Castle Hill

High Castle Hill is considered as Lviv’s emblem. The overlooking castle is just a 25 minute walk from the market Square and has been one of the most visited attractions in the city.

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As a sign of beauty and might, the castle has also served to protect locals from siege during earlier days.

Dominican Cathedral

The Gothic designed cathedral is a replacement for the wooden church that was founded in 1408. The beauty and size of the cathedral was well accepted that it was even considered as the central monastery in Eastern Europe during the 1600s.

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The baroque monastery turned Gothic Greek Orthodox church is one of the most interesting spots to visit in Lviv due to its beautiful architecture.

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Sources:

Sights in Lviv / Lonely Planet:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ukraine/western-ukraine/lviv/sights

Top 30 Things to do in Lviv:
http://www.activeukraine.com/30-top-things-to-do-in-lviv/

Aira Algado

Come Take an Urbanized Trip to Tegucigalpa

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One thing that makes Tegucigalpa a prime destination in Honduras is that many travelers skip it on their way to other places, making it less crowded with all of its glory upon your immediate reach. In its entirety, Tegucigalpa can be your sweet escape if you want to feel younger than your original age due to the urban vibe it exudes.

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With some museums dotting the area, some fine dining restaurants serving the most scrumptious local dishes and the hyped population comprising it, we should all reconsider our trips and pay this wondrous city a worthy visit.

Location

Tegucigalpa is specifically located on a valley which is surrounded by towering rows of mountains. You can easily pinpoint Tegucigalpa on the map if you know the highland region of Francisco Morazan as it’s on the southern central area.

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One of the many landmarks that will lead you to Tegucigalpa is the Choluteca River, which separates it from another Honduras gem, the city of Comayaguela.

Climate

Due to the fact that Tegucigalpa is elevated quite higher than the rest of Honduras, the raised location gives the city a more pleasant climate than the rest of the country.

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Tegucigalpa has a more acceptable form of tropical wet and dry climate which is rather self-explanatory.

Transportation

The main government sect which handles the city’s connection to other places is the Honduras Department of Public Works, Transportation and Housing. Tegucigalpa’s positioning with regards to other cities and provinces makes it a melting pot or a worthy stopover if you’re traveling internationally or just circling Honduras.

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The roads of Tegucigalpa are not all paved, so there are many parts of it that can’t be traversed by automobiles. As for the method of transportation, almost 71% is covered by buses and taxis, making it the most common public transportation system.

What to See

Monumento A La Paz

Known as one of the most famous landmarks in Tegucigalpa, the illustrious Monumento A La Paz is a place taken out of a post card due to its beauty and splendid role in the city’s history.

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Erected in 1996, this park is meant to commemorate the eternal peace and connection between the nations of Central America and is maintained by the locals of Tegucigalpa.

Museo Del Hombre

If you want your trip to be fused with colors and playful designs, then pay the Museo Del Hombre a visit. Here, the city collated all of the Honduran art that they could gather and locked it in an architectural venue of intrinsic quality for the people to admire.

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Some of the things that will certainly delight you include contemporary Honduran-inspired art, Spanish religious motifs and other trinkets of indigenous cultures.

Basilica de Suyapa

Home to Tegucigalpa and Honduras’ patron saint, the Basilica de Suyapa pays great deal of respect to La Virgen de Suyapa.

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Not just your ordinary place of worship, admire the very construction of this place from its high-stained glass windows to the impressive finishing touches incorporated into every corner of the structure.

See More:

Big City Living in Tegucigalpa • Expert Vagabond
http://expertvagabond.com/big-city-living-in-tegucigalpa/

Tegucigalpa – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/honduras/tegucigalpa/introduction

Images
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Paul Intalan

Get attracted to the well-groomed Windhoek

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The city might have recently received its independence, but this does not mean that being a stand-alone area is new to them. As a matter of fact, the cleanliness and orderliness is so impressive that walking on the streets of this well-groomed city is enjoyable and very pleasant, particularly due to its pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

Not only does it boast an admirable city center, but different parts would also bring you to awe as safari and natural reserves also lie around the corners of this city.

Location

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital. Due to this fact, it is expected that political functions and structures are found here. It is even the main hub for education and cultural centers.

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Due to the weight of purpose found in the metro, it is no surprising that business districts are also established here. The area covers 1, 982 square meters and holds more than 320,000 in population.

Climate

The city has a semi-arid climate. The weather is generally hot. Summers occur in January, February, October, November and December.

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On the other hand, dry periods are from May to September. Cool temperatures are usually observed in July.

Transportation

The nearest airport from the city is around 40 km away, which is why international travelers might want to allot time in order to reach Windhoek. Usually, the city can be reached by trains, cars and buses.

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Bus travel time can take up to 24 hours from Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is suggested to book earlier to make sure of getting a reserved seat.

Attractions

Christuskirche

This monument serves as a reminder for the ground-breaking end of the war between Germans and the Khoikhoi, Herero, and Ovambo back in 1907.

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Because of this, the church was even named as ‘Çhurch of Peace’. The materials used were exclusively shipped from Italy and Germany.

Alte Feste

This first served as a headquarters for the colonial military force, but is now a museum exhibiting the remains of the fortress that was once built at the place.

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It was founded in 1890 and designed by German Captain Curt von Francois. After the building was renovated back in 1963, it became the home of Namibia’s national Museum.

Heroes’ Acre

This war memorial has commemorative sites that include entrance gates, an obelisk and an unknown soldier. The gates have two kneeling women with flowers symbolizing the Namibian culture of welcoming their guests.

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The Obelisk, on the other hand, is a copper mural that symbolizes the bravery and courage of the people who joined the quest for the country’s liberation.

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Sources:

City of Windhoek – Tourism Portal – Top Attractions:
http://www.windhoekcc.org.na/tour_attractions.php

Windhoek Things To Do:
http://www.mydestinationnamibia.com/things-to-do/windhoek

Aira Algado

Definitive of Progress and Innovation – Experience Harare

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When we think of Zimbabwe, we are often left with the impression of tall shrubs, abundant wildlife and the smell of the very Earth permeating our senses in every single turn.

Well, one developing city is out and about to change all of our impressions of Zimbabwe and will introduce us to a place where concrete meets nature, manpower meets local culture and the incessant thriving to be better than the rest.

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Travelers, get to know Harare more and be amazed at how it is succeeding from its very motto, ‘Forward with Service to the People.’

Location

Known as the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare is also the most populous with an estimated 1,600,000 residents. On the map, Harare is located on the north-eastern edge of Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland and is elevated at 4,865 feet above sea level.

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Harare is one of the many cities which is part of the Highveld Plateau and is commonly referred to as one of the country’s parklands.

Climate

Due to its high altitude, Harare is quite different from other tropical cities and has a subtropical highland climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. In shorter terms, the average temperature felt in Harare per annum plays around 17.95-degrees Celsius with prevailing airflow coming from the south-eastern part of the globe.

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There are three seasons observed in Harare, namely the warm season (November to April), the dry season (May to August) and the hot season (September and October). January is known to be the wettest month with an estimated precipitation of 7.52 inches and 17 raining days, while October experiences the hottest temperature at 35-degrees Celsius on average.

Transportation

If traveling by air, you’ll be served by the city’s main airport called the Harare International Airport. If you’re coming in from nearby provinces such as Bulawayo or Mutare, be delighted to know that there’s the National Railways of Zimbabwe to bring you to and from Harare.

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As for skimming the city’s minute destinations, there are public and privately owned transportation systems which you can choose from. Buses are operated by ZUPCO, while there are still commuter trains if you want to rub elbows with the locals. Other methods of transportation also include licensed station wagons, minibuses and commuter omnibuses.

What to See

National Heroes’ Acre

Commemorating the fallen heroes of past wars is highly observed in Harare, hence the National Heroes’ Acre. Lying seven kilometers from the city center, the grand obelisk is the city’s reminder that once there were people who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the common man.

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This is one of Harare’s main landmarks, so revel at the bronze flanked statues of soldiers which is just pure art and can even give the illusion of people suspended in metal.

Tobacco Floor

Although not as energetic as the New York Business District, Harare’s Tobacco Floor is one of the many places where commerce and local color collide.

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Since Zimbabwe is a known manufacturer of fine tobacco, the Tobacco floor is usually crowded during the months of February to August since many brokers and sellers flock the streets.

Epworth Balancing Rocks

If you want to see nature working its wonders, then it’s a must for you to visit the Epworth Balancing Rocks.

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Though Zimbabwe is very rich in these sorts of things, the one located 13 kilometers southeast of the city center is the easiest to find and will be convenient for travelers to visit.

See More:

Harare – Lonely Planet
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/zimbabwe/harare

City of Harare – South Africa Accommodation
http://www.places.co.za/html/harare.html

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Paul Intalan

Albuquerque Will Definitely Leave You Spellbound and Amazed

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If have an inclination to spend your time outdoors and want to be in touch with Mother Nature, then a trip to Albuquerque in New Mexico would be the best bet on your bucket list.

With the looming desert that screams adventure just waiting to be uncovered and the vast lands filled with history and local highlights, your stay in this charming city will be one for the books.

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Explore the sandy and paved walkways, drink to your heart’s content at inviting watering holes and have a taste of Albuquerque through its cuisine. A short trip to this majestic area is quite rewarding.

Location

On the map, you can easily pinpoint Albuquerque as it is right in the middle of the New Mexico state. It is located in the Chihuahan Desert eco-region, at the upper, northern edges. The city is also known as one of the most elevated cities in the United States, currently measured at 1,490 meters above sea level.

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Albuquerque is adjacent to some notable places such as the Colorado Plateau, the Southwest Range and the Arizona-New Mexico mountains.

Climate

For those who want to go hiking almost every day of the year, then be delighted to know that Albuquerque will give you more sunshine than you think you need. Brilliant sunny days dominate the whole year due to its positioning in an eco-region space.

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Albuquerque has a semi-arid climate which equates to sunny and dry phases, averaging a total of 3,415 sunshine hours per annum. Despite Albuquerque’s reputation for being sunny all year, the city still has four seasons with brief and milder winters.

Transportation

If you’re an American or just another adventurous traveler who wants to reach Albuquerque by land, then take note of the following highways which will lead you to its center: the Pan-American Freeway, Coronado Freeway, Paseo Del Norte, Coors Boulevard, Central Avenue, Alameda Boulevard and the Tramway Boulevard.

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For the city’s commuter railway system, the city is catered by the BNSF Railway which carries both long passenger trips and freight routes. As for aviation terminals, Albuquerque is catered by either the Double Eagle II Airport or the Albuquerque International Sunport.

What to See

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Out of the dozens of art museums and galleries around Albuquerque, many have noted that a short side trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center can suit your need to be pleased visually and mentally. Here, you’ll be exposed to the most exquisite types of displays ranging from collective history to individual artistic traditions and the galleries often change for a wider scope of its rich history.

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Crafting demonstrations and cultural dances are also held inside. Do try to take advantage of the famous Pueblo Harvest Café and the center’s retail gallery as well.

Petroglyph National Monument

One of the most exciting activities that Albuquerque can offer is said to be found at the Petroglyph National Monument.

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Just off Interstate 40, everyone can immediately spot the expanse of this attraction and choose between three hiking trails namely the Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon and the Piedras Marcadas.

Corrales

Since its establishment in the 1700s, Corrales has retained its beauty and its impressive stature up to this very day. Now, visitors can marvel at the fine produce of crops that will then be turned into delectable wine, the untouched pavement which will transport you back in time and the long-standing houses with its intricate markings still intact.

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For a day, Corrales will be your escape from the tiring activities of being outdoors and the serenity of the old structures will make you admire Albuquerque’s history.

See More:

City of Albuquerque
https://www.cabq.gov

The Official Website for Albuquerque New Mexico Tourism
http://www.visitalbuquerque.org

Images:

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Paul Intalan

Boats and Unmistakable Serenity in Corpus Christi

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Traveling to the feisty state of Texas in the United States of America is such a worthwhile experience on its own. But if you wish to know Texas on a deeper level then head straight to Corpus Christi and satisfy this desire completely.

With its location in the city by the placid lake, Corpus Christi is now becoming known through the vibrant and exuberant feedback from visitors, making them want to come back as soon as they leave.

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Spaniard colonizers named the city after a Roman Catholic holy day and with everything that Corpus Christi experienced in the past, everyone can expect nothing but growth and development for the years to come.

Location

Relative to its positioning in Texas, you can find Corpus Christi as the closest to a huge body of water. The city spans a total of 460.2 square miles for both its water and land divisions.

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Some of the lakes that supply water to the whole of Corpus Christi include Lake Corpus Christi and Lake Texana.

Climate

As expected from a Texan city, Corpus Christi experiences long, hot summers and very short, mild winters. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, the city has a humid subtropical climate, which has the characteristics of being cold from November to February and warm for the remaining months starting March.

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Temperatures can go as high as 43-degrees Celsius and drop to 9.2-degrees Celsius when the holiday season kicks in. As for precipitation, the city accumulates a total of 31.73 inches annually with 76.6 days of rain in a year.

Transportation

Since US roads and highways are structured quite well compared to other countries, it is easier for a traveler to locate Corpus Christi bordering Interstate 37. Bus transportation is solely provided by the Corpus Christi Transportation Authority that caters to a total of 38 routes in maneuvering you to explore the whole town.

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Oddly, the city does not cater to ferry, cargo and passenger vessels despite the fact that it is located near a body of water. When traveling by air, the Corpus Christi International Airport will be your entry and exit point.

What to See

Heritage Park

Once known as a place for old, rustic homes, Heritage Park has evolved into being one of the most visited spots in the whole of Corpus Christi. Now, you can lay your eyes on a dozen houses which scale from the most esoteric to the grandest, dating as far back as 1851.

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Aside from that, you can feel the historical value of the place itself as it is easy to see remnants of some old houses moved out of the streets to pave way for it to become a park.

North Beach

What better way to attest to Corpus Christi’s obvious affinity to water than by visiting the beaches it offers? Have a serene walk along the wide shorelines found in the famous North Beach, or take a thrilling dip in its crystal clear waters.

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Have a great summer escapade by getting in touch with the locals and never miss out on the fun brought about by spending some time under the sun.

Texas State Aquarium

Due to their reputation as a community of sea-loving people, locals of Corpus Christi have erected the Texas State Aquarium to house marine life that can be found within their marine territories.

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Here, you’ll be introduced to a circular course of exhibits which replicate what you can see beneath the surface of the water. Some of the marine life sheltered by the aquarium includes sharks, groupers, turtles, otters and even alligators.

See More:

City of Corpus Christi
http://www.cctexas.com

10 Top Tourist Attractions in Corpus Christi & Easy Day Trips
http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/corpus-christi-us-tx-cor.htm

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Nis, with its pavements of past meets present

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Crossroads are usually a destination of confusion but not in Nis. This old city served as a gate between the West and the East and has seen the progress of time from the lavish medieval period until the present time.

Witness the footprints left by the previous era and admire the beauty and grandeur through the structures and ruins found in this beautiful city.

Location

The city of Nis is found in Serbia. This is the country’s third largest city located in southern part of the country. The city plays an important role not only in history, but in the field of commerce as well. Key industries include electronics, tobacco and textiles.

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The total land area spans 597 square kilometers and has been a cradle of ancient civilization ever since ancient times. Nis is the birthplace of one of the history’s most important figures, Constantine the Great.

Climate

Tourists can ideally travel between the months of May and September as these have average temperature.

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The warmest month is July while the coolest is January. June is considered as the wettest month and August is the driest.

Transportation

Nis can be reached by international travelers via the Constantine the Great Airport. International flights are not rampant, which is why tourists may choose to get to other famous European cities like Forli and Podgorica, which in turn have constant flights going to Nis.

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The city can also be reached via international trains found in Greece, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Attractions

Skull Tower

This served as a warning against any uprisings that the Serbians planned against the Ottoman Empire. Serbian rebels were punished by Serbian guards by killing them and peeling off their skin. As inhumane as it was, the skulls of these rebels were used to build a tower at the entrance of the city.

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There are approximately 900 skulls used to build the said edifice. Today, this serves as a remembrance to the bravery exhibited by early Serbians.

Mediana

Now an archeological site, Mediana shows the remnants of ancient times.

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This tourist spot is worthy of a visit because it shows nostalgia for the past in the form of churches, relics, granaries, villas and artworks.

Cegar

This is where the Battle of Cegar Hill took place. The monument serves as a reminder of the city’s freedom from the oppression of Turks back in 1927.

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The edifice has become a memoir of the courage that Serbian soldiers possessed, led by Steven Sindjelic to finally obtain liberation against the Turks.

Images:
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Sources:

Travel Guide to Nis, Serbia: What to See and Do:
http://davidsbeenhere.com/2015/01/14/travel-guide-nis-serbia-see/

Nis To Meet You:
http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2013/07/things-to-see-nis-serbia/

Aira Algado

Kosice, a taste of past and present

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While Bratislava is celebrated as Slovakia’s powerhouse when it comes to industry and trade, its sister city Kosice proves that competition makes the world even more exciting as it is slowly gaining ground with the potential of snatching Bratislava’s glory days due to its growing economy as seen in the mercantile establishments located within.

While it is slowly transforming to be one of Slovakia’s main cities, Kosice remains as a beautiful place that reminds the modern world about the splendor and extravagance of the medieval ages. Get to know this city more by travelling here and see its magnificence first hand.

Location

Kosice shares its fame with France’s city of Marseille since it was deemed as a European Capital of Culture back in 2013. The once quiet city is located on the eastern part of the Slovak Ore Mountains along Hornad River.

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It is surrounded by the nearby borders of Ukraine, Poland and Hungary. The city spans a total area of 93.7333 square miles with an approximate population of over 300,000 inhabitants.

Climate

Kosice has a climate classified by Koppen-Geiger as Dfb. Generally characterized by severe winters, no dry season and warm summers, the city is also situated near the cool temperate moist forest biome.

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Months between May and September have nice, average temperature. The warmest month is July while the coolest is January.

Transportation

Those who will come from Prague and Vienna can land at the International Kosice Airport. Others who will visit internationally can arrange a flight to Bratislava and from there and arrange transfers.

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Since the city is in Europe, it enjoys the luxury and accessibility from other major cities specifically via the Eurolines, which passes through 21 cities.

Attractions

The Forgach Palace

This two-story palace built during the 19th century is now a State Science Library. What makes this palace special is the fact that it holds some of the most important remnants of Rákóczi’s War.

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Mostly designed in Baroques style, this palace was owned and built by the Forgach family.

The Eastern-Slovakia Museum

This is one of the oldest libraries in all of Slovakia. Founded in 1872, be mesmerized by the beautiful architecture that makes up this center for learning that also turned out to be another interesting tourist destination.

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The neo-renaissance design is made even more captivating as it was paired with Perseus and Vulcan sculptures situated in the facade of the museum.

St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral

This gothic inspired cathedral was initially founded in 1230. Hailed as Slovakia’s biggest temple, this cathedral spans up to 5,600 square feet of space in total.

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Due to its age and other events that led to the cathedral’s destruction, it went through numerous renovations to preserve and improve its beauty and protect the history that it represents.

See More:

Visit Kocise:
http://www.visitkosice.eu/en/about-kosice

Kosice – A Tourist Guide:
http://www.kosice.info/

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Aira Algado