Travel

Saskatoon and the promise of an enjoyable and relaxing trip

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Canada has been very much aware of this town’s effect on tourism and it ensured that accommodations, restaurants and other places of interest are established on its every inch. Saskatoon is really as resounding as the treasures it behold—from the huge farms that produce the ingredients used for their well-maintained watering holes to the amalgamation of its verdant parks for daily morning walks, the line of hotels, which are renowned for the quality they possess, and the locals who are used to welcoming visitors from all over the planet.

Saskatoon is truly a melting pot for travel in the whole of Canada, and with its insatiable hunger to develop, it would be no surprise that it will get to a far better standing from where it is now. Emerge satisfied and craving for more when you exit this flamboyant town, and traveling back is truly an option you’d highly consider if you’re lucky enough to have stayed here for a while.

Location

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Currently inhabited by almost 230,000 Saskatonians, Saskatoon is a city under the Saskatchewan Province established in 1883. Geographically, Saskatoon is in the middle section of the whole Canadian territory, which is divided by the famous South Saskatchewan River across its western and eastern tips.

The whole of Saskatoon covers a land area of almost 66 square miles and the inclination of the whole city itself is quite on an unconventional side— the South Saskatchewan River as its lowest peak while the Sutherland Suburb is dubbed to be the highest point. Saskatoon is also said to be found in the Aspen Parkland biome.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Saskatoon can be classified under the humid continental type due to its elevation. Simply put, Saskatoon has clear four seasons yearly.

Ironically, Saskatoon summers are usually the wettest with 13.9 inches of estimated annual precipitation. It is also known that Saskatoon is one of the few cities in the whole of Canada to experience the sunniest days with a whopping 2,270 hours of sunlight per annum.

If you want to visit the place where flurries and snow are evident, get your bags packed during the last weeks of June until the first few weeks of August. Rainfall, thunderstorms, the occasional hails, lightning and even the ever-damaging tornadoes are also evident in this city.

Transportation

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If you live in Canada and decide to pay Saskatoon a visit, the city is well connected to equally huge spots such as Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia via the Yellowhead Highway. Aside from a long drive, Saskatoon can also be reached via sophisticated railway systems under Canada’s two main lines—-Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway, which can easily transport you to other neighboring cities and towns.

The Saskatoon Railway Station can be found at the city’s western end. For air travel, the city is accessible via the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, which caters to domestic and international flights.

Some of the destinations that you’d be able to experience would be non-stop flights to Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Within the city, you’d be able to scan every inch of space via the Saskatoon Transit. Bus services are operated by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company that can easily connect every passenger to other towns and villages.

What to See

Mendel Art Gallery

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What sets the Mendel Art Gallery apart from the rest of the other places of creativity in Saskatoon is its well-celebrated Zen Garden, which is dubbed to be very soothing and tranquil according to visitors.

The gallery would give you visual pleasure, and dynamic exhibits would definitely relieve your tiresome feet from that long walk from the riverside.

Meewasin Valley

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With an etymology that means ‘beautiful’, the Meewasin Valley is one of the few natural spots that Saskatoon is proud about. In this specific tourist attraction, you’d be able to experience how it is to walk the relaxing Meewasin Trail, with mature and towering trees dotting your path.

Wander while a huge number of cyclists and picnic goers saturate the verdant landscape and welcome your inquiries about wildlife by visiting the extension, Mendel Island. Tour guides on schedule are always available for tourists to avail with a reasonable fee.

Western Development Museum

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If you’d want to see how Saskatoon looked and felt in the year 1910, the Western Development Museum would be your best bet.

If you’d pay the museum a worthy visit, you’d be acquainted with true-to-life streets that shout vintage and history.

Be shocked to see towering and realistic buildings and edifices that speak of Saskatoon life and all that transpired in this developing city.

Images:

(1) http://www.saskatoon.com/images/bg-5.jpg
(2) https://www.spsd.sk.ca/registration/locator/PublishingImages/City-wide%20map.jpg
(3) http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/auroras/sun_earth_connect.html
(4) http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Canada/Province_of_Saskatchewan/Saskatoon-904310/Transportation-Saskatoon-TG-C-1.html
(5) http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/the-fifth-world/
(6) http://janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon/meewasin-35-years-nature/
(7) http://stuartkehrig.blogspot.com/2011/01/saskatoon-christmas-part-1-i-spent.html

See More:

Tourism Saskatoon
http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/

Saskatoon Travel Guide
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/saskatoon

Paul Intalan

Cusco, the embrace of the ancient past in the modern world

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This is where the ancient past reminds the modern world of the sequence in time that brought us to the present age.

The hub where Inca civilization flourished, Cusco’s long standing resilience to progression through time is perceptible in the remnants left by the early natives who have established one of the most important fragments in history.

Location

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Cusco is the center of Inca civilization. The city is the capital of the Cusco region and is found near Urumba Valley in the Andes Mountains.

The city covers about 385.1 square kilometers and has an estimate population of 500,000. A point where early civilization developed, Cusco has now grown into a tourist spot due to the remnants and structures left by the previous population.

Its importance in the study of social evolution has been recognized, appointing some of its parts as UNESCO Heritage spots.

Climate

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The city is situated in a high location that resulted to wealthy nature that surrounds it. The average temperature would fall around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Travelers might want to consider the months of September to December when planning a trip to this beautiful city because these months have nice average weather.

The most rainfall is during the first quarter of the year, while summer is between May and September.

Transportation

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The nearest airport is situated at the far edge of Cusco. International travelers might want to book a flight to Lima first, and then book a connecting flight to Cusco from there.

Getting to the city center from the airport is possible via taxi. If coming from cities such as Lima, Puno, Nazca and La Paz, getting a bus ride would be an ideal route to go.

Attractions

Pikillaqta

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The place served as a ceremonial site for the Wari people who inhabited the place until 1100 AD. The pre-Inca city has places, parks and houses in it that tells how ancient life was conducted by the early people who lived here.

The ruins narrate the life that blossomed here through the excavated and stones found in Pikillaqta.

Saksaywaman

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The walled complex has been famous because the stones that make it up were cut carefully to fit together tightly and securely without the help of using mortar.

The fine construction has become both a puzzle and point of admiration for scientists and architects. There were studies and speculations made as to how these stones were bound together that even a sheet of paper can’t pass through them.

This alone serves as reminder that early civilizations did have a distinct way of performing tasks that involve the impressive technology that they knew.

Sacred Valley

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This is the key settlement for the Inca civilization. There is no surprise that this became a home for Incas because of its strategic location and wealthy nature that surround it.

Located in the Andes, the Sacred Valley has become an important place not only for the Incas, but also for researchers and historians of the current era.

Images
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(6) http://cdn2.drprem.com/travel/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Saksaywaman.jpg
(7) http://www.bambaexperience.com/recursos/Services/29/galeria/09Pisac.jpg

Sources

Landmarks Tour of Cusco, Cusco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/landmarks-tour-of-cusco-4349.html

Cusco Peru Destinations
http://www.peru.travel/en-us/where-to-go/cusco.aspx

Aira Algado

Immerse Your Travel Craving Body in Kerch

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Tracing its roots as far back as 2,600 years ago, the ancient city of Kerch in Ukraine is a budding place for travelers to pay attention to.

With all its Greek inclinations and as a witness to the downfall of humanity in World War II, Kerch is truly rising to be a developing city that boasts success in transport, tourism, commerce and industry.

Kerch is also home to dreamy sea fronts and the always-bustling city center, which signifies how lively it can be if ever you decide to visit.

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Kerch would give you the ambiance of low-rise houses and the vintage vibe of locals going about their everyday lives.

With all the cultures imprinted upon this place, you could definitely expect diversity. Ready yourself for a roller coaster ride of tastes, sounds and sights, as Kerch is tugging at you for a worthwhile vacation.

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Location

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Kerch is de jure under Ukranian rule and de facto under the Russian government. To keep things more exciting, Kerch is under the bed of the Crimean land scope with a total area of 42-square miles.

Geographically, Kerch sits on the Kerch Peninsula on the eastern edge of Crimea. The whole of Kerch is surrounded by an extensive body of water on all its sides and is currently populated by nearly 150,000 citizens.

Climate

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Ideally, Kerch’s climate has cold winters and hot summers because it is classified under the humid subtropical class. The hottest months are attributed to June, July and August with 37.4-degrees Celsius as the highest recorded temperature all year round.

February is deemed to be the coldest month with an estimated -2.6-degrees Celsius that can stretch until the month of April. When it comes to rain showers, June is ironically the rainiest month, which accumulates 2.17 inches of precipitation, while the rest of the year drops in and out of the rain.

If you want to go on day trips, then visit Kerch in July as the sunshine hours are recorded at 334 hours for the whole duration of the month.

Transportation

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One of the most conventional ways of traveling in and out of Kerch is through their wide water systems. The ports available in Kerch are the Kerch Maritime Trading Port, Kerch Maritime Fishing Port, Kamysh-Burun Sea Portand and the port crossing named Port Krym.

The celebrated and frequently used Kerch Strait is key for most land transportation, which houses several domestic railroads and a mini-airport. Tramway services are found within the terminals of Kerch, Kerch I, Kerch Factory and Krym.

Some bus lines and networks would definitely be of help to tourists if they want to be transported in and out of Kerch to Krasnador Krai and Crimea.

What to See

Mithridates Hill

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With a daunting 432 steps to get to the Mithridates Hill, the magnificent view at the summit would blow your leg aches away.

Once at the top, you’d be able to witness the beauty of the ancient city of Panticapaeum, along with other archaeological digs within the vicinity.

Melek-Chesmensky Kurgan

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This tomb is encompassed with all the majestic urban legends, and this is one landmark that’s very famous within Kerch and the whole of Ukraine.

Said to be the tomb of a Bosporan Prince, this legendary spot in Kerch would surely be worthy of a photo snap, and the relaxing ambiance brought about by the surroundings will definitely make you approve of Kerch even more.

Tsarsky Kurgan

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Adjacent to the city’s defense museum, the Tsarsky Kurgan is actually a monument that has been preserved from the 4th century BC.

It is somewhat out of place when you look at Kerch’s surroundings in general. This mound of a supposed tomb is actually a travel destination and the symmetry of on this area is truly Grecian in nature.

Images
(1) www.en.wikipedia.org
(2) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Empty_house_in_Zhukovka_-_Kerch,_Ukraine_-_panoramio.jpg
(3) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/knbyZjV2gWY/maxresdefault.jpg
(4) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Mayak_area_-_Kerch,_Ukraine_-_panoramio.jpg
(5) www.kingsacademy.com
(6) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(7) www.guidewithme.com
(8) www.snipview.com
(9) www.alchetron.com
(10) www.ukraine-souterraine.blogspot.com

See More:

Kerch – Travel guide at Wikivoyage
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kerch

Discover Ukraine : Crimea : Kerch – Ukraine Travel Guide
http://discover-ukraine.info/index/crimea/kerch

Paul Intalan

Don’t Be Jaded with Maracaibo’s Ambivalence

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Reaping the benefits of being an oil melting pot and Venezuela’s second largest city, the rather confusing vibe from the city of Maracaibo is more than enough to keep you attracted and intrigued.

Yes, Maracaibo is actually the country’s heart when it comes to oil production and yet; this scorching town is more than just being an economy booster. Set upon the feisty lands of Lago de Maracaibo, the city is also blooming with astonishing and eye-catching structures and edifices that shout history and culture.

The transition made by the Maracaibo locals is just amazing, from being the skilled oil workers to the laid-back populace who strive on cheap thrills and bar visits. The city is generally bland at first sight, but getting to know how Maracaibo survives day by day makes you want to look for more exciting activities to do and places of interest to admire.

The metropolis is a huge expanse of suburban life throbbing with loud music, fast-paced movement and the conventional merry crowd, while on the other side of town lies the serious and silent humming of machines on the production line.

Location

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Specifically, Maracaibo is in Venezuela’s northwestern edge and is officially divided into 18 parts. The city can be found on the strait that interconnects the lake of the same name and the well-known Gulf of Venezuela.

After Caracas, Maracaibo is deemed to be the country’s second largest city with a land area of 538-square miles and is currently being inhabited by almost 2,000,000 citizens. Some of the locals have tagged Maracaibo as the “Beloved Land of the Sun”.

Climate

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Due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Maracaibo is known to be one of the most arid cities of the country, and is classified to experience a semiarid climate as according to Koppen.

All throughout the year, Maracaibo is set to be scorching on temperatures of 35.1-degrees Celsius to the hottest mark of 39.6-degrees Celsius. Despite the heat in the city, rainfall isn’t much of a surprise at all, as it generally precipitates particularly in September until November.

On an annual scale, sunshine hours accumulated by Maracaibo are at 2,611 while precipitation garners a minuscule amount of 22.85 inches.

Transportation

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If you’re traveling by air, Maracaibo has the La Chinita International Airport, which is a good 17-kilometer distance from the city center. Here, you’d have multiple options on which carrier to fly with and you’d be surprised to know that almost all destinations, on an international scale, are catered here.

If you happen to come from Colombia’s Santa Maria town, you’d be able to get a bus ride from there going to Maracaibo easily. This mode of transport is also possible with other towns, to and fro locations such as San Cristobal Caracas and Merida.

Once inside Maracaibo, you will have the option to roam around via taxi, public bus rides, and the cheap yet sophisticated Metro subway, or just by plain walking.

What to See

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia

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Specifically, you’d be able to find the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia within the university’s central grounds at the city’s northwest area.

This museum is somewhat categorized as a modern and futuristic one, with focus on modern installments of art and displays shown through their extravagant exhibition halls.

Vereda del Lago

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Known to be one of the most noticeable and visited public landmarks in the city, the Vereda del Lago is a good five-kilometer distance north of the city.

Here, you’d be able to visit an aquamarine park, get you body moving via the paintball court, or just sit upon a bench and watch the Maracaibo life swirl around right before your very eyes.

Casa de la Capitulacion

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Originally called the Casa Morales, the historical value possessed by the presently called Casa de la Capitulacion is beyond measure.

Erected in the late 18th century, this edifice is now restored to its finest, leaving the imprints of the past still visible on the interior design and other stocked items that tourists can openly visit while they’re in Maracaibo.

Images
(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maracaibo
(2) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Maracaibo_map-es.svg
(3) http://patkrapf.com/lincoln-memorial-university-lmu-maracaibo/
(4) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MD82_de_Aeropostal_en_Barquisimeto.JPG
(5) http://arquitectura.com.ve/Maracaibo/slides/Maczul%20IMG_4780.html
(6) http://www.diariorepublica.com/etiquetas/vereda-del-lago
(7) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Casa_de_la_Capitulación.JPG

See More:

Maracaibo Travel Guide
http://www.diariorepublica.com/etiquetas/vereda-del-lago

Maracaibo Tourist Information and Tourism
http://www.world-guides.com/latin-america/venezuela/zulia/maracaibo/

Paul Intalan

Enjoy the overlooking view in Punta Arenas

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Punta Arenas is situated across the one of the most historic trade routes in the world, the Magellan Strait. Because of this, the trade industry of Punta Arenas boomed.

It is also the gateway of travelers and excursionists to the South Pole.

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It is the prime city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and is part of the Antarctic Region overlooking the famous Magellan Strait. It is 3,036 km away from Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Across the strait lies the island of Tierra del Fuego and Puerto Williams, a Chilean town. It has a total land area of 17,846 kilometers and has 127,474 inhabitants.

Climate

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Punta Arenas’ seasonal temperature is because of its proximity to the ocean. According to the Koppen Climate classification, it has a mild climate with no dry season, but has a warm summer.

The rainy season is from April to May, while the snowy season runs through June to September.

Punta Arenas is the first populated city that has been directly affected by the thinning of ozone layer since 1986, which cause danger to the residents because of harmful ultraviolet rays.

Transportation

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Punta Arenas can be accessed through land, air or sea. The main gateway to Punta Arenas is through air from Auropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez in Santiago, where there is a 4h 35min domestic flight to Presidente Carlos Ibanez International Airport.

Ground transport and rental cars are available upon request at the airport. Cruise ships and ferries are also available, but a lot more expensive because it will make stops to some tourist sites along the way.

What to see

Mirador Cerro La Cruz

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The best spot to introduce Punta Arenas because of its breathtaking view, colorful roofs and seeing the Magallanes Strait from afar.

Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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The Braun-Menendez family mansion with its very elaborate interior, sculpture and paintings contains the Historical Museum of Magellan, which offers the history and development of the area over the years.

The Penguin Colony

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Around 60 kilometers away from Punta Arenas is the area where thousands of Magellanic penguins come to rest.

The best time to visit the area is from November to March and the best month to view baby penguins is in December, when visitors are allowed to see the penguins up close provided that they will remain at the perimeter.

Images:

(1) http://travels.kilroy.net/
(2) https://bacsinguyenxuanquang.files.wordpress.com
(3) https://hasselmann.files.wordpress.com
(4) http://travelbrainstorm.com/
(5) http://static.panoramio.com/
(6) http://www.museodemagallanes.cl/
(7) http://www.grayline.com/

See More:

Punta Arenas
http://www.welcomepatagonia.com/travel/punta-arenas-home.php

Punta Arenas Travel Guide
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/punta-arenas

Donna de Jesus

Come to the invite of Libreville

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Libreville is where industry, energetic city life and trails leading to blue waters meet. It’s like getting the best of everything when travelling to this destination.

Being Gabon’s capital, the city’s façade no doubt includes modernity, but move around and get to know that amid its aim for development lies a firm connection to the past through historical sites and the tranquility found in the shores kissing the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Location

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Distinctly referred to as the largest city in Gabon, Libreville is located in the Gabon estuary to the northwest of the country.

The city is divided into districts, namely Batterie IV, Quartier Louis, Mont-Bouët and Nombakélé, Glass, Oloumi and Lalala. Due to the wide area it covers, Libreville’s population is estimated to house 1/3 of the country’s population.

Climate

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The climate in the city is tropical. The average temperature is 26.2 °C while precipitation averages 2883 millimeters. Often, rain comes pouring between the months of January until May, and September to December.

It is advisable to visit the city between the months of July and August especially for those who want to experience the beach that borders some parts of the city.

Transportation

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Istanbul provides direct flights to Libreville. Just be prepared, because this city joins those in the ranks of the most expensive cities to travel to.

The best way to get to the city center is to arrange for an airport transfer instead of hailing a cab right out of the airport.

The most common mode of transportation would be taxicabs. Those who are on business trips would find it best to rent a car instead of commute.

Attractions

Palais Presidentiel

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This regal palace is now the official residence of Gabon’s President. The colonial-style façade is truly admirable let alone the well kept gardens that are found surrounding this political monument.

It was originally founded in the 1970s and the structure’s majesty continues to live on until today.

Boulevard Triomphal

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Get to the heart of major political establishments by strolling through Boulevard Triomphal.

Aside from government buildings, get the taste of the city life Libreville has to offer through restaurant strips, malls and other business buildings found on scattered areas around the city.

Arboretum de Sibang

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Those who want to get away from the metro and feel the touch of nature can opt to visit this place.

This protected area offers an intimate encounter with nature while providing education since it gives information about trees and plants that are found around the whole country.

Learn a thing or two about why Gabon is admired through its nature and wildlife by paying a visit to this rainforest park.

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See More:

Libreville Attractions
http://www.libreville.com/v/attractions/

Libreville – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/gabon/libreville

Aira Algado

Answer Thy Dream Travel Escapade in Moab

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Surrounded with humongous rock formations memorable to an all-day hiking escapade, Utah is notorious for its awesome natural spots that are just magnetic to travelers who seek adventure. But a trip spent outdoors is downright exhausting, and every once in a while; we can find comfort within sheltered roofs and cozy accommodations.

If you were the type of adventurer who would want to get the best of both worlds, then paying Moab in Utah a visit would definitely enlighten you to a fun-filled experience of a lifetime.

Well known for the wilderness upon its very territory, Moab is also a place where the urban and rural styles collide—hiking trails dotted with pubs for your dose of ice-cold beer, camping sites with nearby restaurants to satisfy your appetites and seeking solace through the expansive, uncharted lands where mobile reception is still reliable. Moab is the perfect getaway for those who are vying to have a hassle-free and ‘connected’ outdoor adventure.

Location

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Geographically, Moab is located in the Colorado Plateau the same way most Utah towns are. With a minuscule land area spanning 3.6 square miles, Moab is still one of Utah’s prime tourist destinations and is currently being inhabited by roughly 5,200 residents.

Moab is technically just south of the infamous Colorado River and is a good 18 miles away from the Colorado/Utah Stateline. Furthermore, Moab, when you look for it on the map, is situated in the state’s almost southernmost tip and is elevated 4,026 feet above sea level.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Moab is under the arid climate type, which is equivalent to very frigid and chilly winters with hot and humid summers. Moab’s rainy days are scattered almost evenly over the course of one year, and the snowy season is rather erratic.

The hottest months are June and July, which peaks at a temperature of a massive 46 degrees Celsius, while the average temperature in an annual scale is at 22.1 degrees Celsius.

The coldest months are from December to February, and temperatures can drop as low as -31 degrees Celsius. Precipitation, as aforementioned, is evenly distributed all year long, all of which accumulates an average rainfall of no more than 1 inch. Snowfall can be observed starting November stretching as far as March and in an annual scale, Moab gets 17.5 inches of snowfall. March is said to be the rainiest month with estimated rainy days of 6-7 days straight.

Transportation

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Since Moab can be seen close to the Colorado River, people who visit the town normally get the convenience of using the bridge, which has been duly restored and upgraded over time. Connected to the bridge is U.S. Route 191, which is a breath of relief for those who use land transportation as their main form of travel to Moab.

Transportation is not too modernized in Moab, and railway stations are quite rare. There’s the California Zephyr Line which gives access to Moab via Thompson Springs, which is not too far from the town’s center.

Other stops include Green River, Colorado and Grand Junction. The nearest airport from Moab is the Salt Lake City International Airport, which is also connected to a closer airport called the Canyonlands Field.

What to See

Hole ‘n the Rock

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Visiting the Hole ‘n the Rock will surely warp you back to the 1950s due to its direct approach in terms of architecture and decorative style.

Located approximately 12 miles away from Moab’s township, the expansive 5000-square foot complex is now home to vintage signboards, a miniscule zoo for domesticated pets, some souvenir shops and impressive metal art, which will flip your visit into a more enjoyable one.

Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge

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Due to Moab’s dreamy and fleeting sceneries, many movies have been set and produced within its very realm.

If you want to have a quick glimpse of almost all the flicks that have been filmed here, take a quick trip to the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, which features old movie posters and film memorabilia preserved for future generations.

Spanish Valley Winery

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Specifically located 6 kilometers away from Moab and at a fork on U.S. Highway 191 lies the Spanish Valley Winery, which would definitely bring out the wine connoisseur in you.

Here, you’d be able to see how the people of Moab produce Spanish wine and taste a wide variety of their prized collections during scheduled visits.

Images
(1) http://kirkhawley.com
(2) http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Moab-Mountain-Unicycling-Festival-Trail-Map
(3) http://utah.com/weather/moab
(4) http://www.wadsbro.com/projects/colorado-river-bridge/
(5) http://skid1850.blogspot.com/2010/06/moab-utah-to-cortez-colorado.html
(6) http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/red-cliffs-lodge-moab?select=zNUgq2AEF2S9kyT72MlxHQ
(7) http://www.davevalvo.com/keyword/Utah;winery

See More:

Moab Information Website
http://www.discovermoab.com

Travel Information
http://www.moab-utah.com

Paul Intalan

Have fun and be active on Hilo

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Satisfy the thirst for nature tripping by visiting the wonders found in the city of Hilo.

The city might be full of activities from its beaches and water recreation spots, but past the fun brought about by the sparkling waters, another kind of adventure awaits those who are daring enough to experience the wonders of the rough trails of nature, solemn falls and awe-inspiring wildlife.

Location

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Hilo has a tropical rain forest climate. The city gets an average precipitation of 128 inches per year and around 175 sunny days per annum.

There is a significant amount of rainfall even during months belonging to summer season. The driest month is June while rain falls mostly during November.

Climate

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The city can be reached directly from from Honolulu. Public transportation is not really an option while roaming around the city.

Most prefer to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged during arrival at the airport.

There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Highway, but trips are not as frequent and that’s why a schedule has to be observed.

Transportation

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The city can be reached by having connecting a flight from Honolulu to Hilo International Airport. Public transportation is not much of an option while roaming around the city.

Most prefers to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged at the arrival at the airport. There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Hiighway but trips are not as frequent that’s why schedule has to be observed.

Attractions

Rainbow Falls

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One of the most visited destinations in Hilo, these falls are famous because of the rainbow visible here every day around 10 AM.

The falls itself, even without the view of the rainbow, is a unique sight to behold. The vegetation surrounding it and the pristine water from the falls is picturesque in itself.

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo

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This 12-acre zoo serves as a home to around 60 species of animals and more than 40 species of plants and trees. This is the only tropical zoo in the US.

Though small in size, this tourist destination was able to establish a name for itself together with its superstar, Namaste, a Bengal tiger from India that belongs to a genus nearing extinction.

Akaka Falls

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Be enticed into hiking that allows you to meet the luscious orchids and bamboo groves while traversing the trails of these falls found inside the similarly named state park.

The short hike takes about 30 minutes and is friendly even to first timers as well as kids. The trip is worth it because it means seeing the gorgeous view of the falls.

Images
(1) http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/math/Faculty/Schumaker/Photos/Gallery03/WailoaSPaerial.jpg
(2) http://www.mappery.com/maps/Hilo-Hawii-Tourist-Map-2.jpg
(3) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/2013.11.01.112836_Haili_Street_Hilo_Hawaii.jpg
(4) http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/aviation-photos/1980-1989/big-island-airports/hilo-international-airport/1988-08%20Hilo001.jpg/image
(5) http://www.kerikeri.co/wp-content/uploads/kerikeri-rainbow-falls.jpg
(6) http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Panaewa-Rainforest-Zoo-and-Gardens-Hilo-Big-Island-Hawaii/Panaewa-Rainforest-Zoo-and-Gardens-Hilo-Big-Island-Hawaii-003.JPG
(7) http://www.davewilsonphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/20120701-2045361.jpg

See More:

Travel Information
http://www.gohawaii.com/en/big-island/

Hilo, Hawaii
http://www.gohawaii.com/en/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/hilo/#customOrder:random^newCustomSearch:false

Aira Algado

Drenched in Sun and Flavor, Ile de Re, France

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Thinking about France, holiday destinations come to mind and topping the list are places like Paris, Nice, and many other cities. Searching for Ile de Re in that list, you will not see it on top, but that doesn’t mean the secret of this wonderful place isn’t slowly getting out.

Drenched in the sun with a flavorful lifestyle, many have come to seek the languid atmosphere of Ile de Re. It should be no wonder: the white-washed walls, town center structures free to walk around, salty view, beaches and many more spectacles.

LOCATION

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Ile de Re is an island in France connected to the mainland, specifically to La Rochelle, through an impressive three-kilometer bridge.

It is located in southern France and known to have some of the Atlantic’s best coastlines together with Ile d’Oleron situated on its south. The island spans only for 30 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers in wideness.

CLIMATE

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Ile de Re is amongst France’s sunniest regions making for an excellent beach vacation. The sun shines the longest in the months of April to August and November. August is its hottest month with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.

Conversely, January is the coldest with an average temperature of six degrees Celsius. The wettest month is October, and you may want to pack extra clothes during these days.

TRANSPORTATION

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For those who are residing outside the country, you can travel to Ile de Re via airplane to international airports in La Rochelle and Poitiers. Flights here include those coming from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal.

From the airport, it will be a short drive to the town center, where you can find the transportation to Ile de Re. However, if you are just around France, you can reach La Rochelle via train. Those who are visiting Paris might as well put Ile De Re as their destination after. It will only take under three hours of travel time to reach La Rochelle.

ATTRACTIONS

Saint Martin de Re

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This fortified town and harbor in the northern part of Ile de Re is a great place to start your holiday vacation in the island. Every day has a multitude of activities to choose from, but the bubble of nostalgia couldn’t be punctured by modern times, as whitewashed walls, fortifications, and citadels surround the town reminding people of the 17th century.

These eight-meter-tall, two-meter-thick fortifications were built by an acclaimed French military group, Vauban, and are among the “Vauban fortified sites” protected by the UNESCO. Restaurants, cafes, and boutiques are gathered here, so anyone like the high-heeled Parisians and privileged ones won’t have to worry about anything.

Ars en Re

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Ars en Re, one of France’s “most beautiful villages,” is better visited when the market is full of activity. It opens during Tuesday and Friday mornings all year round, except for July and August when it opens daily.

This will give you plenty of chances to experience the Retois lifestyle as compared to wintertime when the place is very quiet, but if that is what you prefer, then do pay a visit still.

While getting familiar with the town, scramble across winding streets and hollyhocks to find Saint-Etienne Church, also serving as a landmark for any passing vehicles. During summer, grab the opportunity to climb its spires and see the surrounding forest as well as the oyster beds.

La Flotte en Re

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Apart from Ars en Re, La Flotte en Re is also one of the “most beautiful villages in France.” this town share its similarities with the other Ile de Re towns. It is a port town and has the architectural signature of Ile de Re with whitewashed walls and green shutters and hollyhocks.

It also has historical landmarks such as the Fort de La Pree, a Vauban fortification, and Abbey des Chateliers built in the 12th century by the Cisterian monks. The bonus in La Flotte is its interlocking cycle paths.

Riding a bike there could be the most enjoyable activity in La Flotte, as it will bring you to different relaxing paths finishing off into cafes or restaurants to cap off the day.

Southern Beaches

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Ile de Re has two faces: its nostalgic and bustling towns in the north, and it stunning beaches in the south. With ten kilometers of sandy empty coast to choose from, these white-sandy beaches are pieces of peaceful heaven.

Le-Bois-Plage-en-Ré and Phare des Baleines are two of the most popular beaches in the island. The first is popular for kids, while the latter is much quieter with a lighthouse standing 55 meters high, which is the second oldest lighthouse in the country. Another favorite is Rivedoux Plage, wherein plenty of kite surfers are flocking the place.

Images:

(1.) http://davemeehan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/photo11.jpg
(2.) http://crepnet.free.fr/images/carte.jpg
(3.) http://lesprises.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/camping-plage-ile-de-re-1575×680.jpg
(4.) http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1Y8WJqBOpwQ/maxresdefault.jpg
(5.) http://www.iledereholidayhouses.com/wp-content/gallery/homepage-slideshow/harbour-st-martin-de-re-3.jpg
(6.) http://i.imgur.com/BwnBZ4P.jpg
(7.) http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QfKS38sOT-U/Ucw2LwUlJLI/AAAAAAAAAoE/tWEuseb7fi0/s1600/IMG_8938.JPG
(8.) http://www.villasperone.com/photos-sport-activities/kite-surfing-piana-island-sperone-south-corsica.jpg

See More:

Tourism Information Guide
http://www.holidays-iledere.co.uk/ile-de-re-uk/tourist-information-guide-2012-0

Website
http://www.iledere.com

Mary Grace Valdez

Pay Rovaniemi a Visit and You Might Just Shake Santa Claus’ Hands

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Once in our lives, we believed that the famous Christmas icon, Santa Claus, does exist and is lives in the upper hemisphere of the planet.

Celebrating the Yuletide season would definitely mean that talks of what Santa Claus would be giving children as gifts are all afloat during dinners and early morning conversations.

As you grow older, it becomes apparent that there really is no Santa Claus, but your subconscious wouldn’t take it against you if you secretly want him to enter your home through your smoke-belched chimney.

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Due to the concept of Santa Claus’ existence, many people have scoured every corner of the Earth to find out exactly where he could have been hiding.

Obtaining some information from folklore and stories passed down from one generation to another, parents created this makeshift story that Santa Claus should be residing in the North Pole, all with the snowy environment fit for his reindeers.

And when one speaks of Santa Claus’ official terrestrial location, the small city of Rovaniemi comes into mind, flipping this humble town into a booming travel destination during the Christmas season.

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Location

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Rovaniemi is known to belong to Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, and is both an administrative and commercial center in its own right.

Specifically, it can be found 10 kilometers south of the frigid Arctic Circle, surrounded by hills named as Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara.

The body of water nearest to Rovaniemi is the River Kemijoki, which turns into sheets of ice when snow comes into play.

The total land area of Rovaniemi is at 7,581 square kilometers and is dubbed to be the fifth largest town in the whole of Finland.

An estimated total of 61,000 Finnish and foreigners have been residing in this merry town since June of 2015.

Climate

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As expected, and according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Rovaniemi is under the subarctic climate, derived from its location close to the Arctic Circle.

Many people love the weather here, not only in specific months, but also in an annual perspective throughout the entire year. Subarctic climate means that the people of Rovaniemi experience summers that are short and comfortable, while winters tend to be long, snowy and very frigid.

Hotter temperatures are observed starting May and stretch until August, averaging at 28-degrees Celsius for the whole summer duration.

The lowest temperatures can be felt starting December and would last until April, all running negatives on the Celsius scale.

Transportation

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Getting in and out of Rovaniemi is quite convenient thanks to the VR Group, a sophisticated Finnish railway system that can transport you to different parts of Finland in a jiffy.

If you’re going to Rovaniemi, you might want to start your journey either on the stations of Oulu, Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, then straight to the Rovaniemi Station.

Aside from the reliable railway system, travelers would also have the chance of getting in and out of Rovaniemi by airplane and the entry point would be at the Rovaniemi Airport, a good 6 miles away from the city center. It is strongly suggested to walk for you to roam around Santa Claus’ town more efficiently.

What to See

Lappia-Talo

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Aside from the dazzling landmarks that would remind you of Christmas, there are other points of interest in Rovaniemi that would definitely excite you in one way or another.

Take the Lappia-Talo, for example. This majestic feat of architecture is famous for its design, thanks to the genius Alvar Aalto, and this edifice now stands proudly on city grounds.

Lappia-Talo is actually a concert hall, which attracts more and more tourists due to the grandeur that it displays.

Arktikum

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If you want to fulfill your desire to see more of the North’s tapestries of history and events, then getting yourself, within the long queues of Arktikum would do you best.

Many travelers have fallen in love with this place at first glance starting with the imposing glass tunnel that greets you at the entrance. In here, you’d be enlightened on so many things such as Rovaniemi’s history, culture and lore associated with Sami, interactive displays featuring the flora and fauna that can found within Arctic Europe and nearby continents.

This museum is also home to a restaurant, which cooks the finest Finnish dishes and a research hall for your academic needs, if any.

Pilke Tiedekeskus

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Just adjacent to the mighty building of Arktikum lays another area for you to learn more, called the Pilke Tiedekeskus. In here, all efforts were injected to come-up with captivating exhibitions depicting Finnish forestry and all the magic encompassing this field of knowledge.

This very interactive venue is fit for kids and adults alike, all equipped with high-tech features such as multilingual touch-screens and bear hunting simulations to enhance your trip to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemen Kirkko

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Standing since the 1950s, this place of worship has witnessed how Rovaniemi improved from the wars to what it is today.

Upon entry, you’d be delighted to see a huge fresco showing a Christ-like figure emerging from a scenery that is certainly Lappish in nature.

Images:

(1)http://www.rovaniemicongresses.com/sites/visitrovaniemi.fi/files/styles/flexslider_full/public/rovaniemi_congresses/rovaniemi_congresses/rovaniemi-city-2.jpg?itok=P2Y9NIL4
(2) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fEH5QCY8GlU/maxresdefault.jpg
(3) http://www.sportcafe24.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Lapponia3.jpg
(4) http://www.ounaskoski-camping-rovaniemi.com/pic/jpeg/roi%20anfahrt%20plan.jpg
(5) http://static2.visitfinland.com/travel-trade/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/05/Snow-and-ice-architecture_1600.jpg
(6) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Sm5_Riihimäki.JPG
(7) http://www.suomenteatterit.fi/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Rauman-kt-netti.jpg
(8) https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5021/5596251036_1f21972eee_b.jpg
(9) http://www.yourlapland.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/10602325.jpg
(10) http://www.toinenlinja.fi/photos/large/00/00845_Rovaniemen_kirkko.jpg

See More:

Rovaniemi | The Official Hometown of Santa Claus
http://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland
http://www.santaclausvillage.info/

Paul Intalan