Travel

Penticton Would Make You Beg For another Visit

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Sticking to how it got its name, Penticton is sure to make you stay at this beach resort forever. Now dotted with multiple developments and slowly turning into an interesting travel destination for retirees, Penticton is sure to take your breath away through its simplicity and strong inclination to giving its visitors pleasure they’ll never forget.

Neighboring Kelowna, Penticton should have a rightful spot on your travel list as there are so many things to do in this town. Go about immersing yourself in its clandestine shores, go biking atop the numerous valleys and be in the know as you see many rising businesses looming in its vicinity.

Penticton is a way to remove you from the hassles of your daily city commute and present you with basic ways to travel, replace your processed food with the freshest catch from its waters and invite you to move away from other things that bug your helpless mind.

Location

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Covering a total land area of 42.10-square kilometers, Penticton is situated between the Okanagan Lake and the Shaka Lake, on its northern and southern edges respectively. Penticton is also known to be slightly elevated at 1,263 feet from sea level, giving its uniquely beautiful positioning on the Canadian map.

Penticton is a good five-hour trip from Vancouver and Calgary is even further at eight hours. Currently, Penticton is home to an estimated populace of 35,000 since 2011.

Climate

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If you want to soak up the sun and avoid the gloom of a rainy weather, pick Penticton for your next trip. Classified to have a semi-arid climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Penticton is said to experience hotter summer episodes with less probability of rainfall. It has been said that this town is the fourth most arid place in the whole of Canada.

Once May kicks in, expect sweltering heat which can stretch up to November with 40.6-degrees Celsius as the hottest recorded temperature. In lieu of this, Penticton experiences a whopping amount of sunshine tracked at 1,923 hours.

Despite the fact that it’s quite humid all year round, rainfall is also expected to fall all year round, measuring about 298.5 inches of precipitation on an annual scale. Snow falls starting November and can extend until April which balances the experience of living in Penticton.

Transportation

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One of the main ways to get around Penticton is through the use of their train system catered by the Penticton Transit. Here, regular trips are done on a daily basis, connecting the town to different and neighboring cities via six different routes. Buses are also available 24/7 to bring you to your destination, wherever it might be within Penticton.

Since Penticton is saturated with parks and hotels, most tourists are circled around town by special services and specialized trails operated by Trans Canada Trail and the Kettle Valley Railway. At about 2.2 miles from Penticton’s center is the Penticton Regional Airport which is actually an aviation stop that will transfer you to the Vancouver International Airport.

What to See

Art Gallery of Southern Okanagan

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Set in front of Penticton’s beach fronts, the Art Gallery of Southern Okanagan would make you feel that art and nature collide once you set foot inside. In this specific travel destination, you’d be able to see a wondrous collection of talents gathered from all around town, other provinces and regions, even well-known national artists through an endless and always-updated roster of acrylics, paintings and photos.

Farmers Market

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You can locate Nanaimo’s Farmers Market on Gyro Street near the corner of Main Street and pick from a variety of homegrown goods and produce picked for tourists and locals. Aside from the parade of souvenirs and other goods, this place of business is sure to surprise you with delectable local food and quaint restaurants to satisfy your hunger after a long day of shopping.

SS Sicamous Inland Marine Museum

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The SS Sicamous Inland Marine Museum is a previously functional passenger boat that docked permanently on Nanaimo’s shore transformed into an interesting landmark that the public can visit. Said to transport passengers from Okanagan Lake as far back as 1914, this ship was masterfully restored and refurbished as a tourist spot with all the hinges and other parts intact to be seen.

 

Images:

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See More:

 

Penticton Official Site

http://www.hellobc.com/penticton.aspx

 

Things to Do in Penticton

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g154937-Activities-Penticton_Okanagan_Valley_British_Columbia.html

 

Paul Intalan

The Play of Sights and Sounds in Majestic Takayama

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Japanese prefectures are always an enjoyable place to visit for a vacation. One of the most resounding names to have exemplified this notion is the small town of Takayama, under Japan’s Gifu Prefecture. If you want to be acquainted with Japan’s intrinsic history, going to Takayama will help you get the information you are seeking.

Takayama is still pegged on 17th century Japan which shouts of Meiji-inspired houses, extensive attention to galleries, museums and historical shrines and the tranquil riverside snatched from your Asian-inspired Hollywood flick. Now finding its voice as one of Japan’s secret treasures, Takayama, despite its compact size, thrives by preserving its blessings from nature and ensures warm hospitality typical of the Japanese.

Location

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Belonging to the Gifu Prefecture, Takayama lies on the huge chunk of land named Chubu. The total land area that Takayama covers is 840.41-square kilometers and is populated by nearly 93,000 inhabitants since 2011. Takayama is on Japan’s southeastern side in terms of its position on this long island.

Takayama is on the northernmost tip of the Gifu Prefecture and is considered to be Japan’s largest city in terms of surface area. Communities connecting Takayama to its mother prefecture are Matsumoto, Hiratsuka, Echizen and Kaminoyama.

Climate

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Due to its elevation and positioning near the sea, Takayama experiences a dual climate which is tagged as either humid continental or humid subtropical according to the Koppen Climate Classification. Takayama is lucky to experience four seasons. The hottest months are July and August with temperatures ranging anywhere from 36-37-degrees Celsius. September is the rainiest month which attributes to 9.27 inches of accumulated precipitation despite the fact that it can rain all year round in this city.

The winter season starts in December and will stretch as far as March with total snowfall of 186.2 inches in an annual scale. Takayama is known to be included on Japan’s list of cities with the strongest snowfall accumulation. The sun will shine brightly again when April sets in and will go as far as June. Yearly, Takayama gets a grand total of 1,623.7 sunshine hours, despite the different seasons and weather conditions.

 Transportation

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Getting around Japan is such hassle-free because the country invested well in their sophisticated modes of transport. As a tourist in Takayama, you might want to take note of all-inclusive passes such as the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass and the Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket which are your passports in getting around the city, along with nearby destinations.

Aside from the main train line, it is also recommended for visitors to use their highway bus systems which run six times during day time with roundtrips to Tokyo. The train terminal of Takayama can be easily reached from Nagoya, Toyama and Matsumoto.

What to See

Teddy Bear Eco Village

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While it is clear that the Teddy Bear originated in the United States, people in Takayama have this innate fondness of collecting them, hence the establishment of the Teddy Bear Eco Village. This complex boasts of a whopping 1,000 stuffed bears from all over the world, some of which are said to be 140 years old.

Aside from the extensive collection of these toys, this establishment also offers a high-class cafeteria to release the stress you’ve had from traveling around Takayama.

Merchant Houses

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Preserving their 17th century influence, these Merchant Houses clearly exemplify how serious Takayama locals are in respect to this notion. Located on the northern edge of the land in Sanmachi, these houses were built in the historical Edo-period and are still standing up to this very date.

 

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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Yearly, Takayama is frequented with visitors from all over the world due their Takayama Matsuri. When the festival ends and you still want to see how flamboyant the used floats are, then head straight to the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall which is made specifically for a this purpose. Four out of the 23 multi-tiered floats are housed here for viewing and this is where festival participants gain inspiration for what to put on parade the following year.

Karakuri Museum

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The Karakuri Museum is made to house an extensive collection of over 800 masks, musical instruments and drums that are used in traditional Japanese festivals and events. While you’re inside this museum, be sure to experience the highlight of the place which is the two-hour puppet show guaranteed to amaze you in the best way possible.

 

Images

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See More:

 

Things to Do in Takayama

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g298113-Activities-Takayama_Gifu_Prefecture_Chubu.html

 

Takayama Area – JNTO

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/gifu/takayama.html

 

 

Tour around the port town of Setubal

 

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We know how walking is good for our health and what makes this activity even more appealing is when the alley is adorned with beautiful sights that entertain the eyes. Get a dose of both enjoyable activities in the pedestrian-friendly city of Setubal and experience the atmosphere of old towns that allows you to go back in time.

Location

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Found in the northern part of the Sado River Estuary, the city covers an area of 88 .93 square kilometers. The city is estimated to be around 19 miles south of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Known for its fishing industry, Setubal is one of the prime players when it comes to maritime activities including commercial trade.

While this is the general truth about this city, Setubal has more to offer. Travel to the city and know it a little more intimately by going to famous destinations found within it.

Climate

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                                              (3)A day in Setubal

The climate in Setubal is warm and temperate. The driest month is every July on average while the wettest is November with precipitation that averages to 96 mm. The warmest is every August while coldest is in January. Those who want to roam around the city without any hassle of rainfall should consider these facts before booking their schedules.

Transportation

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The city does not have its own airport. Those who would travel internationally can either book a flight going to Lisbon or Portela then organize a trip going to Setubal. Taxis are the most convenient mode of transportation from Lisbon but trains can also be an option. Remember that the city is surrounded by water, which is why getting here via boat is also another route. 

Attractions

Castelo de São Filipe

Castelo de Sao Filipe

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This fortress from 1590 is one of the most astounding and visited spots not only in Setubal abut in Portugal as a whole. The destination provides a picturesque view of the seas it faces. The star shaped design was the brainchild of Spain’s Phillip II and has served its purpose of protecting the city against invaders who would use the sea as an entry point going to Setubal.

Igreja de Jesus

Igreja De Jesus

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The Manueline design makes this church a stand out. Not only because of its interiors, the church also played an important role in the religious history of the country as it served as a monastery for Poor Clare nuns. Founded in 1490, the church has been renovated since the damage from the earthquake in 1755.

Convento da Arrábida

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This 16th century monastery is made of several chapels and shrines. The beautiful structure is situated on a hillside and projects a perfect view of nature and blue skies. The destination is adorned with beautiful woods and limestone rock.

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See More:

 

9 Top Tourist Attractions in Setúbal & Easy Day Trips

http://www.planetware.com/portugal/setubal-p-set-set.htm

 

Things to Do in Setubal

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g189163-Activities-Setubal_Setubal_District_Alentejo.html

 

Aira Algado

A Sweet Treat from the Feisty Town of Waco

                                                         1.) City of Waco

Texas is one America’s most visited states due to its blatant fusion of cultures that’s just appealing to the eye. With all the festivities observed in this huge place, many people have come to adore the merry life observed within its realms. Texas is all about the scalding heat of the sun, spicy food and the warmth brought about by local hospitality.

If ever you set foot here, better take a sidetrip to Waco, a small and unassuming town which will give you a break from the Texas culture you would be doused with. Waco is dotted with laidback architecture, winding roads of relaxation and peace, surrounded with cheap cafeterias and multiple restaurants. If you find yourself tired of urban living, visit Waco in a heartbeat and you’ll never regret a second of your stay in this very solemn yet enjoyable place.

Location

Map of Waco, Texas

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Right smack in the middle of Texas, Waco is a town you’d pass by if you’re on a long road trip across the state. There are no known landmarks to distinguish the place. However, the aura of Waco will is different to its neighboring towns and cities. Covering a land area of 95.5-square miles, Waco is a brimming town of life.

Waco is also known to be a little bit elevated that the rest at 143.3 miles above sea level. Currently, there are roughly 330,000 people living within Waco’s extensive land area, both in rural and urban sites.

Climate

A day in Waco

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Waco, being a part of Texas, is characterized by mild winters and intensely hot summers. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Waco is under the humid subtropical climate similar to the rest of Texas. At its peak, temperatures can go up to 44-degrees Celsius on an annual scale.

In contrast, it can even go as low as 5-degrees Celsius especially during the Holidays. Rainy days aren’t generally visible in Waco and the town’s annual precipitation days would only amount to 82, which is distinctively low as compared to other Texan cities. Accumulated rainfall in the course of a year is at 34.66 inches, with May considered to be the rainiest month.

Humid nights and arid mornings are experienced during the months of August and September while cool winds blow in Waco from November to February.

Transportation

Waco Transportation

                                           4.) Waco Transportation

If you travel by land, Waco can be easily reached via Interstate 35 which connects the town to equally famous Texan cities like Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Since it is located in Texas’ midland area, the best way to get in and out of Waco is through long road trips and bus rides.

Aside from I-35, some other famous roads to access Waco from the outside are the so-called Waco Drive, Loop 340 and US Highway 84. State Highway 31 is another good route if you’re coming from Tyler, Shreveport and Longview, Louisiana. Traveling by air would be catered by three aviation terminals: TSTC Waco Airport (a former Air Force Base and is normally used by government officials), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (daily in-county, intercity, interstate and international flights catered by American Eagle) and the McGregor Executive Airport (a general-aviation facility).

In getting around, get the services offered by the Waco Transit System, a bus company that would transport you to any part of Waco on scheduled times.

What to See

Dr. Pepper Museum

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                                                 5.) Dr. Pepper Museum

Known to be the home of Waco pharmacist Charles Alderton who invented the Dr. Pepper Soda series, it is quite fitting to have the Dr. Pepper Museum set up in town. The museum is for soda addicts who want to have a cool look back on how Dr. Pepper started production through sets of vintage photos, memorabilia and old paraphernalia which will warp you back in time. Inside, you’d also find an outdated soda machine which you can use for free and sip through your favorite beverage while walking around the museum.

Waco Mammoth Site

6.) Mammoth Site

                                                    6.) Mammoth Site

If you’re the type of person who’s into National Geographic and Animal Planet, then the Waco Mammoth Site would be the perfect place for you. It was in 1978 when two residents of this town excavated what seemed to be a bone structure close to what a Columbian mammoth looks like. This site has long been subjects of academic research and is now open for public viewing.

Cameron Park & Zoo

7.) Cameron Aquarium

                                       7.) Cameron Aquarium

With a whopping area of 52 hectares, the Cameron Park & Zoo is one of Waco’s most visited tourist spots. Here, the complex is home to almost 30 species featuring animals from the African region: elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes and exotic insects. The 20-mile trail of the park is also suitable for those who want to hike and those who avidly ride their bicycles for outdoor fun.

Armstrong Browning Library

8.) Armstrong Browning Library

                                      8.) Armstrong Browning Library

Located in the infamous Baylor Campus is the Armstrong Browning Library which will definitely attract academics and literature lovers due to its amazing content. The library is home to the world’s largest collection of firsthand manuscripts and other personal writings from two of the best Romantic English poets, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Also, revel on the library’s stained glass architecture, which is just a full-blown work of art aside from the books it houses.

 

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See More:

 

Things to Do in Waco

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g56833-Activities-Waco_Texas.html

 

City of Waco Attractions

http://www.waco-texas.com/attractions-map.asp

 

Paul Intalan

Paddle through the grace of Odense

Odense

(1)Odense

Known as a biking capital, Odense’s beauty is beyond its pedestrian-friendly roads. Be acquainted with the historical landmarks and astounding surroundings that inspired the world-renowned fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Become familiar with Denmark a little bit more by traveling to the city situated in its very heart and understand that there are some trips that only need your two feet to have absolute fun.

Location

Odense map

(2)Odense map

Odense is the capital of Funnel Island. This is Denmark’s third largest city that covers an area of about 304.34 square kilometers.

Being the main city of the island which is situated at its northeastern center and at 17 meters above the sea level, expect businesses and a hint of modernization that mix well with the structures influenced by different phases of the early times.

Climate

Odense on a fine day

(3)Odense on a fine day

The city has temperate oceanic climate. Ideally, it is best to travel to the city between the months of July and August to see the gorgeous, beaming sun. These two months are said to have average to hot weather, which is why cold or rainy weather will not be an issue.

January and March are the months when snow can be observed. Those who have a soft spot for skiing can come here to enjoy the temperature and engage in winter activities.

Transportation

Transportation in Odense

(4)Transportation in Odense

Odense Airport does not host flights to and from certain destinations. However, travelers from Italy can go here directly because it caters to some Italian cities such as Parma and Trieste. There are two other airports wherein this city can be reached.

One option would be through Copenhagen Airport which is worth a two hour trip from the city center, and the other would be Billund Airport that requires either a bus or a train ride to get to Odense. Trains are also another mode of transportation as DSB moves around major cities of the country including Odense.

Attractions

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

(5) Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

The museum shows about 15,000 classical artworks both local and international. Art pieces include photographs, films and sketches that would truly satisfy the itch of any art enthusiast.

Founded in 1987, the museum is mainly focused on the photographs taken from World War II until today.

Funen’s Art Museum

Funens Art Museum

(6) Funen’s Art Museum

As one of Denmark’s oldest museums founded in 1885, this owns some of Denmark’s oldest art pieces.

Learn more about the city and the country at large by merely looking at the visuals presented in this distinguished museum.

The Funen Village

Funen Village

(7) The Funen Village

Live as if you belong to the same era as Hans Christian Andersen, Odense’s most favorite son. See the flora, raw culture and get a touch of this writer’s inspiration in stringing words for his masterpieces.

The place exhibits around 25 buildings that are mostly inspired by the 18th and 19th century.

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Sources:

Odense – VisitDenmark.com
http://www.visitdenmark.com/funen/art/odense

The Top 10 Things to Do in Odense
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g189524-Activities-Odense_Funen_and_Islands.html

Aira Algado

Rotterdam after rebuilt, a must-see new town feel

Rotterdam

(1)Rotterdam

As opposed to the celebrated feel-old facade of the majority of towns in Europe, Rotterdam is a refreshing take on modernity and present-day vibes through its structures and sights.

‘Resilience’ is the word that this city speaks as it triumphantly revived after destruction from bombing during World War II.

The efforts of rehabilitation and rebuilding paid off because through its architecture and city layout, Rotterdam successfully proved it can surpass ruination.

Location

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(2)Rotterdam map

Known to have Europe’s largest port and second largest city, Rotterdam is found in South Holland in the Netherlands. The land area covers a total of 208.80 square kilometers and has an estimated population of more than 620,000.

As a matter of fact, it is even on the list of most populous urban areas in the world. The city is divided into two parts, northern and southern.

Climate

A day in Rotterdam

(3)A day in Rotterdam

Classified as having an oceanic climate, it is ideal to travel to the city in July and August because these months have average temperature.

While the warmest month is August, the coolest is January. Tourists might want to stay away in October because this happens to be the wettest month, and might want to lean on April because this is driest month.

Transportation

Transportation in Rotterdam

(4) Transportation in Rotterdam

Rotterdam The Hague Airport serves international direct flights going to Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the UK.

There is public transport available just outside the airport that brings people to the city center. Trains are also another mode of transportation that can pass through Belgium and France.

Eurolines also serve Rotterdam that roam around major cities in Europe.

Attractions

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Grote of Sint Laurenskerk

(5) Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

This is the last medieval building that was left standing after the city was bombed back in World War II. This was built during the 15th century and renovated in 1650.

The gorgeous interior paired with stained glass is a sight to behold. Aside from its design, the church is also known for its Danish organs and the bronze war-and-peace themed door.

Cube Houses

Cube houses

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The city is mostly designed with modern architecture and cube houses are one of its many successful attempts to obtain a modern facade.

These seemingly weird but functional designs are the brainchild of Dutch architect Piet Blom. These block houses adorn the city beautifully and they are perfect for sightseeing, especially when roaming around Rotterdam.

Royal Zoo

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(7)Royal Zoo

If seeing the contemporary city somewhat exhausts the eyes, going to the Royal Zoo can serve as an easy fix.

Considered as the oldest in the Netherlands, the Royal Zoo is known for taking care of young elephants and red pandas. There are also exotic birds and aquariums for different species found mostly in the Americas.

Images:
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(2) http://www.orangesmile.com/destinations/img/rotterdam-map-big.jpg
(3) https://reinierdejong.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/whitehouse1.jpg
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(5) http://www.wandel-abc.nl/overnacht/verzOvernachting/8313rotterdam20.jpg
(6) http://www.inmyinterior.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/26-cubic-houses-rotterdam-netherlands-1.jpg
(7) http://www.netherlands-tourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tigre-at-Diergaard-Blijdorp.jpg

Sources

Get to know Rotterdam
https://en.rotterdam.info/

12 Top Tourist Attractions in Rotterdam & Easy Day Trips
http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/rotterdam-nl-zh-rott.htm

Aira Algado

Simple Living at Its Finest in Coban

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Guatemala is a country that represents colorful festivals and an energetic populace. With everything going on, it is no surprise that Guatemala is known all over the world as a travel destination.

One city that the country is rooting for is a place called Coban; an area wherein being simple is better than showing-off, from the minimalistic approach of building their homes, to the silence that everyone finds peace in, the sheer joy of having eaten a scrumptious dinner instead of a feast to the serenity gained from the surrounding nature.

Coban is the place you want to be when you want to shrug off the pressing issues of your life and just be cleansed by the experience.

Location

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Coban is geographically located in the middle of other Guatemalan cities, making it easily accessible and commercially stable. Known as Alta Verapaz’ capital, Coban lies directly on top of the central Guatemalan region.

The 823-square mile stretch of land is inhabited by nearly 251,000 citizens and is known to be 219 kilometers away from Guatemala City. Surrounding this unassuming town are the Ixcan and El Quiche cities to its north, Uspantan bordering the east, Chisec, San Pedro Carcha and San Juan to the east, while the towns of San Cristobal Verapaz, Santa Cruz and Tactic crowd the southern coast of the city.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Coban, despite the surrounding masses of land, is under the oceanic climate type. The city is typically rainy all year long, with June and September being the wettest months.

On an annual scale, the amount of precipitation that Coban garners is a whopping 89.48 inches which is definitely greater than its neighboring Guatemalan towns.

Temperatures are not so high all year round and ranges between 21-24-degrees Celsius. The lowest land temperature is attributed to the month of January which drops the meter down to 10.5-degrees Celsius.

Transportation

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There’s no available airport in the city of Coban, so all travelers coming from outside the country can be dropped initially at the airports located in Guatemala City and Flores.

From the airport, there are a lot ways for customers to travel into the remote town of Coban, either by shuttles or private transfers. Most of the time, shuttles are booked in advanced as most tourists tend to have the same idea.

For private transfers, these are commonly provided by the hotel that you’re staying in. There are also minibuses traveling around the city, but travelers who have been to Coban suggest rented bicycles or roaming around on foot.

What to See

Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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One of the most important places of worship in the whole of Coban, it is a must for Catholics and travelers to pay Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman a quick visit.

Paying homage to the city’s patron saint, this church is embellished with strokes of history and luxurious architecture that can be seen on its pews, altars and facade.

The church is now a place frequented by visitors due to its magnificence.

Museo El Principe Maya

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Though it is saddening that this museum is privately owned by an affluent family, there are scheduled visits open to the public in the Museo El Principe Maya.

This museum is home to an expansive collection of preserved pre-Columbian relics like jewelry, pottery and other accessories meant to be worn as an adornment.

Well-maintained at its utmost condition, the historical artifacts found inside the museum are priceless due to the associated importance they possess.

Orquigonia

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The city of Coban takes pride in this orchid sanctuary they call the Orquigonia. Located just off Coban’s major highway, the Orquigonia is a cistern of wild orchids grown to perfection which a good way for you to appreciate these difficult-to-grow plants.

The tour normally takes an hour and a half which will expose you to the simplest types of orchids until those that survived from earlier eras.

Images
(1) http://i.ytimg.com/vi/bSDTT01mVsE/maxresdefault.jpg
(2) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/americas/guatemala.jpg
(3) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Coban_lluvia_tienda_y_autobuses.jpg
(4) http://www.maangchi.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/coban.jpg
(5) http://gotravelaz.com/wp-content/uploads/images/Antigua_Guatemala_1143.jpg
(6) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Maya-Maske.jpg
(7) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o6Ust-BnZXA/U6Hmhi0hgbI/AAAAAAAABVI/6_xDMJ72OWA/s1600/P6142944.JPG

See More:

Things to Do in Coban
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g612400-Activities-Coban_Alta_Verapaz_Department.html

Cobán Travel Guide
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Caribbean_and_Central_America/Guatemala/Departamento_de_Alta_Verapaz/Coban-1671101/TravelGuide-Coban.html

Paul Intalan

Never Be Left Out of Place in Nanaimo

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Nanaimo is one of Canada’s most visited destinations due to the town’s location; it is right in the center of an island. While Nanaimo might not have gained huge quantities of tourists compared to its neighbor Victoria, it placed itself as an interesting spot with fascinating boutiques and shops, feel-good scenery, countless dining options and several museums.

After the government’s move in ensuring Nanaimo’s connection with places outside the island, more and more people have come to adore this humble town along with everything encompassed within.

Dubbed to be the Bathtub Racing Capital of the World, Nanaimo is slowly carving its name on several travel blog sites as an exciting town to spend your vacation in with limitless offerings and ceaseless opportunities to flourish and develop.

Truly, Nanaimo will keep you on its track, all intrigued and frenetic to the things that it has to offer.

Location

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Nanaimo, as previously mentioned, is located in the center of an island and is surrounded by several bodies of water. Specifically, Nanaimo is in Vancouver Island with a good distance from Vancouver itself, which is a few kilometers from the equally famous tourist spot Victoria. The town is separated from the rest by the Strait of Georgia and is interlinked with several ferry terminals.

Nanaimo is also deemed to be a passageway to cities on the northern part of the province including Protection Island, Campbell River, Gulf Island, Gabriola Island, Parksville, Comox Valley, Tofino and Valdes Island. Nanaimo covers a total land area of 35.25-square kilometers and is currently inhabited by an estimated 84,000 residents.

Climate

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Like the rest of its neighbor island cities, Nanaimo is under the temperate climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. The temperate climate is equated to have cool and dry summers mixed with mild winters. Due to the many influences that surround Nanaimo, it can also be classified under the cool-summer Mediterranean zone and Oceanic Zone.

On a daily basis, a normal day in Nanaimo can be at 10.1-degrees Celsius with stresses in May, June and July as the hottest months on an annual scale. Rainshowers and thunderstorms are commonly experienced during the Holidays starting in December and can stretch as far as March, with an average precipitation of 6-7 inches. Snowfall can simultaneously fall with rain and so Nanaimo has a total of roughly 69 inches of snow fall every year.

Transportation

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Nanaimo is serviced by three aviation terminals namely Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Harbor Water Airport and the Nanaimo/Long Lake Water Airport. Since it is quite blatant that water travel is the best way to get in and out of Nanaimo due to its general location, tourists would also be able to use ferry terminals catered by the BC Ferry Line with locations in Duke Point, Departure Bay and downtown.

If you’re from Canada and want to pay Nanaimo a visit, keep in mind that the roads linking Nanaimo to the rest of the country are Highways 19, 1 and 19A. You can also opt to avail of the services offered by the Nanaimo Regional Transit for bus trips.

What to See

Wild Play Element Park

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For family day-outs or school field trips, the Wild Play Element Park is the best that Nanaimo has to put on the plate. Kids would definitely have an awesome time in this ecological complex brimming with outdoor activities such as zip-lining, bungee jumping, bicycling and endless walking trails.

Families would also appreciate some spots at the park for picnics, mild sports and towering flora to keep you covered from the scorching afternoon sun, if applicable.

Bastion

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Nanaimo is also known for their deep-rooted fondness for preserving architectural sites like that of Bastion. Built as an alternate building for the Hudson Bay’s Company in 1853, this towering wooden edifice is sure to mesmerize you despite the fact that it is now a defunct piece.

Take a snapshot of the Bastion and you’ll definitely be making history with yourself in the picture.

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

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With an extensive trail of 22 kilometers, the Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is perfect for those who want to spend time outdoors.

Here, you’d be able to do some biking and hiking and then relieve all the effort by merely looking at the scenic beach in the backdrop.

Images:
(1) http://www.international-student-office.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/Nanaimo2.jpg
(2) http://www.mappery.com/maps/Nanaimo-City-Map.jpg
(3) http://midislandcanadians.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/nanaimomarch2.jpg
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(7) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Newcastle_Island.jpg

See More:

The Top 10 Things to Do in Nanaimo
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g154935-Activities-Nanaimo_Vancouver_Island_British_Columbia.html

Nanaimo – Things to do
http://www.tourismnanaimo.com/things-to-do

Paul Intalan

Lose Your Mature Facade in Cedar Point

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When the child inside us wants to come out and enjoy, we satisfy this craving by going to a theme park. The exhilaration, the cheap thrills, the iconic rides and the sheer happiness of the environment always make theme parks a sure hit.

When we travel, we usually look for avenues to sate the craving that we cannot find through swimming or partying, but by just riding a Ferris wheel and inhaling the smell of the city once you’re at the zenith. One legendary theme park that is receiving hundreds of thousands of customers each year is in Sandusky Ohio, which is called Cedar Point.

Location

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Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is owned by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and is located in the Lake Erie Peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio.

Dubbed as America’s Roller Coast, Cedar Point is home to a whopping number of roller coasters and is currently holding a world title of putting up 72 rides in total.

Climate

Since Cedar Point is located in the heart of Sandusky, Ohio, it shares the same climate with the city which is under the humid continental class.

You would be happy to know that you will have enough reasons to go to Cedar Point despite the weather as both winters and summers are average.

July, the hottest month, will have temperatures within the 28-degree range in summer, while January can drop to as low as 0 degrees in winter.

Transportation

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When traveling by air, you have four options in getting to this celebrated theme park, namely: (1) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (55 miles away), (2) Toledo Express Airport (65 miles away), (3) Erie Ottawa International Airport (15 miles away) and (4) Sandusky County Regional Airport (25-minutes from Cedar Point by car).

If you’d opt to go to Cedar Point via land travel, you have the option of booking trips through Greyhound Bus Lines or rub elbows with fellow Cedar Point aficionados through AmTrak.

What to See

Roller Coasters

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Pick from the following choices and shout at the top of your lungs because of excitement — Blue Streak, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Cockscrew, Gatekeeper, Gemini, Iron Dragon, Maverick, Magnum XL-200, Mean Streak, Millenium Force, Pipe Scream, Raptor, Rougarou, Top Thrill Dragster, Wicked Twister, Wilderness Run, and Woodstock Express.

Thrill Rides

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After stretching your vocal chords in the 16 aforementioned roller coasters, lay tone down the energy by gliding on these thrill rides: Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Dodgem, Matterhorn, Maxair, Monster, Ocean Motion, Power Tower, Scrambler, Skyhawk, Slinghot, Super Himalaya, Tiki Twirl, Troika, Wave Swinger, Wind Seeker and Witches’ Wheel.

Water Rides and Kids Zone

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If you would want to be wet and wild, then make sure to experience these rides: Shoot the Rapids, Snake River Falls and Thunder Canyon. Meanwhile, kids and kids-at-heart would be delighted to try the following in Cedar Point: Dune Buggies, Helicopter, Kite Eating Tree, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Mustangs and Motorcycles, Roto Whip, Space Age and Snoopy Bounce.

Family Rides

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Strengthen the bond of your immediate family by patronizing these rides and come back as soon as possible with your extended family members: Flying Ace Balloon Race, Charlie Brown’s Wind Up, Giant Wheel, Kingdom Carousel, Lake Erie Eagles, Peanuts 500, Sky Ride, Snoopy’s Express Railroad and Woodstock’s Whirlybirds.

Images:
(1) https://www.findlay.edu/offices/advancement/alumni/PublishingImages/CEDAR%20POINT.jpg
(2) https://thelostcoaster.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/cedar-points-1978-map.jpg
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(5) https://enjoyillinois.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/the-wave-swinger-by-rolour-garcia.jpg
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(7) http://pointplace.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/7/0/10705513/8463962_orig.jpg

See More:

Cedar Point – Frequently asked questions
https://www.cedarpoint.com/plan-a-visit/frequently-asked-questions

13 Tips to Have the BEST TRIP EVER at Cedar Point
http://bellebrita.com/2014/08/best-trip-ever-at-cedar-point/

Paul Intalan

See the story Belgrade has to tell

Belgrade at glance
(1) Belgrade at glance

There is beauty in the old, especially when found in objects and places. The old tells us about the past from traces and their remains.

See the trance of the good old days as Belgrade allows traveling back in time through the stories it generously tells in an artistic way via its structures and tourist spots.

Pay respect to the road that this beautiful city has traveled and meet up with the present time through the sights of the past’s antiquities.

Location

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Belgrade is Serbia’s capital. It is the country’s biggest city measuring 3959.96 square kilometers. It is found in the Balkan Peninsula, which is situated in the southeastern part of Europe.

Located between the Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade is also considered as the gateway to the Balkans and the door to Central Europe.

Since it serves as a crossroad, its location played a vital role in Europe’s history, specifically in the field of trade.

Climate

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The city is in the subtropical climate zone. It is best to visit between the months of May to September because these have nice average temperatures.

The warmest month is August while January is the coolest on average. June would be the wettest month, so tourists typically want to avoid going to this place at this time to avoid any possibilities of hassle during travel.

Transportation

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Belgrade is quite developed in its transportation. Its airport, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, has flights to 40 destinations worldwide.

Trains going to and from the city are operated by Serbian Railways. Cities where trains pass by include Budapest, Ljubljana, Skopje, Sofia, Vienna and Zagreb.

Belgrade can also be reached through bus and car. Do not forget that the city lies in between two rivers, which is why traveling by sea is also an option.

This can take longer in terms of travel time though, but can work well, especially for those who are after sightseeing.

Attractions

Belgrade Fortress

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Built between the 2nd and 18th century, this structure’s main function was to defend from invaders. It is primarily divided into three parts, namely Upper Town, Lower Town and Kalemegdan Park.

The interior consists of an art pavilion, a zoo, an amusement park, a museum and random relics from Belgrade’s military history.

Nikola Tesla Museum

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Enrich the mind by hopping into Nikola Tesla Museum. The name is derived from the great inventor himself. The place houses records of Tesla’s journals, photos, works, outlines and apparatus.

This is an important hub for both fields of science and history, as it exhibits the footprints of one of the world’s best scientists and inventors.

Great War Island

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(7)Great War Island

Triangular in shape, the island got its name from the role it played during the country’s resistance to siege. This is where most of the planning attacks were made.

It gradually transformed into an amusement park made available to the public, boasting luscious flora and fauna.

Images:

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(2) http://www.mapsofworld.com/serbia/maps/belgrade-map.jpg
(3) http://www.inhotel-belgrade.rs/files/imgcache/kmih-29819aa19956bf2f8c5f7e5dd827f84e-1000×671-crop.jpg
(4) http://aviation-times.aero/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/aerodrom-Belgrade-Beograd-Nikola-Tesla-Airport-Aerodrom-Nikola-Tesla-2.jpg
(5) https://rememberingletters.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/serbia-belgrade-fortress.jpg
(6) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9ALMq8LfLR8/UshtCIQr_nI/AAAAAAAABiQ/tqnIX3d1nyk/s1600/088.JPG
(7) http://haveblogwilltravel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Belgrade-2_mini.jpg

See More:

Belgrade travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/belgrade-travel-tips-where-to-go-and-what-to-see-in-48-hours-10379967.html

BBC – Travel – Mini guide to Belgrade, Serbia
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120309-mini-guide-to-belgrade-serbia

Aira Algado