Travel

Underestimating Wellington would rather be inappropriate

The fun and enjoyment that one can harness from a place isn’t depending much on the land that it covers, or the waters that it owns. They typically say that size does matter, but this place begs to disagree.

Despite the constraints in land area and its surrounding water territory, this travel destination depended on developing the things that they have instead of the things that they don’t.

The inhabitants of this place thrived hard into keeping their small land the best that it can be and no matter how small their scope of land is, they toiled the soil and converted it into someplace blooming with effervescence and happiness. Meet the land of Wellington, and be enlightened that size really won’t affect what they can offer.

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Suitably, Wellington is ranked 12th in the whole world as one of the most livable cities and happiest to visit according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey last 2014.

Need we say more that Wellington is such an interesting place to visit?

Location

With just a diminutive number of residents, which almost 393,000, Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and second most populous urban area.

Nicknamed as the ‘Harbor Capital’, Wellington can be easily pointed at a New Zealand map as the small city at the city’s upper land partition and is facing a huge body of water.

It is strategically located on the most southwestern end of New Zealand’s North Island and is wedged between Cook Strait and Rimutaka Range.

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Wellington separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The Northern stretch of Wellington is dotted with the grazing beaches of the Kapiti Coast.

With its favorable location, Wellington is considered as the southernmost capital city in the whole planet.

With this recognition, Wellington is also the most remote capital city and hundreds of miles away from another capital.

The general urban area is comprised of four micro-cities, which are Wellington City, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Wellington experiences a temperate, marine climate which is playing in the range of 25 degrees at its hottest and not going below 4 degrees as its coldest temperature. Generally and annually, it Wellington is moderately tempered with an average of 2,050 hours of sunshine per year.

All year round, travelers and locals will witness a windy weather with high rainfall. June and July are considered as the wettest months with 49 inches of rainfall annually. In the Hutt Valley area, frosts are experienced in the months of May and September. It is in July and August that snow falls, though not so common the low altitude areas.

Transportation

Due to its small area coverage, Wellington is said to be best experienced by foot. Its central city is about 2 kilometers in diameter, which would generally take a healthy traveler 20 minutes to go from Wellington’s starting point to its end pole.

But if you wish to travel to Wellington and take everything in an organized fashion, certain transport and travel agencies would be happy to assist you with your queries.

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If you’re trying to get around Wellington on a budget and is taking time into high consideration, take the city’s Metlink. Metlink is the main railway system, which would definitely swift in bringing you in order areas within the city.

Like the usual train lines in your own country, having a train pass would be of importance, yet you don’t need to shell out too much as the fare is cheap and convenient to everyone.

Like a normal, bustling capital city, taxis are readily available for hire. There are also drivers under the Wellington Combined Taxis franchise by where you can hire the taxi in a full hour and ask the driver to bring you any point in the city.

What to See

Te Papa

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This is considered to be the city’s must-see attraction out of all areas of interest. Loosely meant as ‘treasure box’, Te Papa is home to a vast array of exhibitions featuring works of art collected and preserved for the whole of New Zealand.

Some of the things that you can skim inside the gallery, which is operated for free, are the extensive collections of Maori art, natural history and environmental artifacts, a national art collection and a quirky hands-on discovery center for children.

With a six-storey edifice, you would definitely enjoy inhaling local and primitive art that is highly advisable to be experienced while in Wellington.

Wellington Botanic Gardens

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Accessible via a planned cable-car ride, Wellington Botanic Gardens is a hilly clump of land which embodies the very essence of nature despite its 25-hectare size.

Boasting with international plant cultivation and a well-preserved tract of native forest, one would appreciate nature that can be seen in the whole of New Zealand.

You can also enjoy numerous water fountains, playground for kids, duck pond, even a cafeteria and streams flowing inside this piece of nature heaven.

City Gallery

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Infusing modern ways of art preservation, the city gallery has been loved and well respected by its locals due to its strict following in keeping the art inside well-secured.

Housed inside this famous gallery is international creations of well-known painters and artists and is also functioning as an old library inside Civic Square.

Wash down your art overload through the City’s Gallery Nihau Cafe.

Beehive Wellington

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If you’re thinking that this is a place where honey is made by the always-industrious bees, you’re getting it wrong.

The Beehive is a complex of parliamentary offices and is well known for its structure. This is a brainchild of modernist architects under the leadership of Sir Basil Spence and is coined as the city’s architectural symbol.

Carter Observatory

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Perched atop the Wellington Botanical Gardens, Carter Observatory offers visitors a space experience with its full-dome planetarium.

The planetarium gives its visitors regular space shows and modern virtual tours of the Wellington skies. You can also sink your eyes to Polynesian navigation, cosmology, European explorers’ telescopes and artifacts.

Weta Cave

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Take a 20 minute bike ride from the City Center and indulge in the cinematic experience that Weta Cave can offer. Built by the same franchise that brought Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit to the cinemas, this complex is actually a mini museum, which offers crash courses in filmmaking and the related stuff for a fee.

Rimutaka Forest Park

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At about 45 minute drive to Wellington’s highly-urbanized metropolitan area is Rimutaka Forest Park. This wildlife park is home to a campsite and bush huts that you can rent while visiting.

You can take long and short walks with a very healthy forest as your backdrop and see nature as close as you can be while in Wellington.

Images
(1) www.startupdaily.net
(2) lcgeostar13.wordpress.com
(3) nzrailphotos.co.nz
(4) www.themissingyear.com
(5) tripwow.tripadvisor.com
(6) www.mygola.com
(7) www.attitudelive.com
(8) www.flickr.com
(9) www.wetanz.com
(10) www.doc.govt.nz

See More:

Wellington Visitor Information
http://www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/visitor-information/

Wellington Tourist Information
http://media.newzealand.com/en/story-ideas/new-zealand-regions/wellington/

Paul Intalan

Are you an adventurer? Cape Verde is the place for you!

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Cape Verde is not the place for a dream holiday but if you’re ready for an extreme adventures this is the place for you. This Island is about 500km off the coast of West Africa. It is a very challenging and interesting place.

If you love the sea, outstanding mountain landscapes with a great hiking this is the place to be. In Cape Verde you’ll meet the nicest and most friendly people.

Location

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Cape Verde is in West Africa, and it is divided into two groups, Barlavento in the North and Sotavento in the South. Santo Antão.

Boa Vista, São Nicolau, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Tiago, Fogo, Maio and Brava are some of the Island in Cape Verde, and these are located between the Northern Latitude and Western Latitude in the Middle of Atlantic Ocean, and west of Senegal.

Climate

Instead of four seasons, This Island has only two which are The Tempo das Brisas and Tempo das chuvas.

Tempo das Brisas is the windy season it is from October to mid-July, while Tempo das chuvas is the rainy season that starts from August to September. January to February are the coolest months for Cape Verde that ranges to 16C to 21C.

Transportation

Cape Verde has international airports on the Island of Sal Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente that have direct flights from Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Oporto, Fortaleza, and Boston.

What to See

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Mt. Fogo

It is Cape Verde’s highest peak with 9,382 feet. It the most famous volcano in Cape Verde because it is still an active Volcano and last erupted in the year 1995.

Climbing this volcano can be very dangerous and will take three to four hours, but once you get to the top the breathtaking and magnificent views will win you.

See more:

Discovery period, slave trade and famine
http://www.capeverde.com/history.html

POPULATION
http://www.capeverde.com/population.html

Trisha Mungcal

Dunedin and the Delight Amidst the Hills

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When you want to breakaway from the hustles and bustles of your everyday metropolis life and want to stretch thy muscle to feel the Earth revolve beneath your feet, you daydream of going into a place where the modern feats of human intelligence and the wondrous creation of Mother Nature fuse into a joyous canopy.

You drooled by just imagining famous places and promised yourself that one day, you would plant thy feet on your envisioned euphoric place. And when you dream, you dream big, and if this place isn’t on your bucket list, well then rearrange your copy and include the area of Dunedin in New Zealand.

Vibrancy in culture and structures, the colorful arts scene and the strong history that keeps the city beaming with its foundation—this is what Dunedin behold and show you. Be the frenetic traveler that you are and skim the veins of this majestic city as much as you can. Go and delve in Dunedin and Otago and come-off as a learnt and well-enjoyed traveler that you must be.

Location

Known as the principal city of Otego Region, Dunedin is dubbed as the second largest city in New Zealand’s South region. Slightly smaller to a United States state Rhode Island, Dunedin is a vast stretch of precious land with a total area of 3,341 square kilometers.

Dunedin’s geographical reach includes Middlemarch at its’ western end, Waikouaiti on its’ north, Henley (a small township) on its’ southwest end, the huge Pacific Ocean bordering the eastern and southeastern parts and Taieri River harboring the other southwest link.

Dunedin’s urban, metropolitan area is resting on Otago’s central eastern coast. It can also be seen that the whole totality of Dunedin is majorly surrounded by hundreds of valleys and hills and is hugged by the Pacific Ocean as aforementioned stated.

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Climate

During the starting months of the year, January and February promise a nice, warm temperature mostly suitable for outdoor plans for the beach and other recreational areas. February, being the hottest month, is host to various outdoor festivities that are local to Dunedin residents.

Dunedin is known to have a temperate climate and is experiencing the whole set of four seasons. Unlike tropical countries, which is thousands of miles away from this patch of enjoyable land, Dunedin had 20 to 25 degrees at its hottest and can go as low as 9 to 12 degree range during winter. Autumn had a 13 to 17 degree scope while it is slightly close in spring with 12 to 17 degrees.

Transportation

Dunedin is considered a very accessible city despite the surrounding hills that aren’t really hindering the pour of travelers from all over New Zealand.

If you want to feel more localized and travel the city by their public transportation, look for the GoBus brand, which serves as the main bus system being operated by the Otago Regional Council.

With a whopping 64 buses roaming around and is mobile on 17 weekday routes and 13 weeknight routes, it will be an impossibility that you won’t catch one.

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If you want to be more submerged that taking the bus trips, then go ahead and rub elbows with Dunedin locals by trying their main railway system, Dunedin Railway Station. Taxis and rented cars won’t be absent in a city like Dunedin, so your options to skim every inch of it would definitely be endless.

Located at about 22 kilometers southwest of the city, and as the main passageway in entering Dunedin, the Dunedin International Airport would be your first glimpse of what the city can offer. Bustling with thousands of airport passengers each day, it is said to be one of the busiest entry point and exit point in the whole of New Zealand.

The Dunedin International Airport is there to cater domestic flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Wanaka and so much more. It had international flights all year round in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

What to See

Speight’s Brewery

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In operation since 1876, Speight’s Brewery has been putting its name on the economical dashboard through production of high-quality ales. Dubbed as New Zealand’s largest brewery, this one heck of an establishment has been erected not only in Dunedin but on all of New Zealand wherein guests can have a taste of their fine product and hearty meals to tickle one’s fancy in eating.

St.Paul’s Cathedral

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Established and finished in 1919, St.Paul’s Cathedral has been one landmark that Dunedin is proud of and known for. Located at the top of the so-called Octagon area, this religious place has been catering to solidify Catholic residents as well as travelers seeking for divine intervention while away to their homelands.

The structure of St. Paul’s Cathedral has been cause of awe and admiration because of its well-preserved quality and origin.

Dunedin Railway Station

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Aside from serving its purpose as a platform for public transport, the Dunedin Railway Station is recognized as ‘the outstanding monument of Edwardian architecture in New Zealand’.

Because of its’ marvelous construction in the late 1890s, this station also have been huge backdrops for millions of traveler photos.

Be engulfed on Dunedin Railway Stations’ details on its stained glass, impressive garden on its facade and the intrinsic design brought about by the architectural peg by where it is inspired.

Victory Beach and the Pyramids

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Named after the ship that sank on its very bed, the Victory Beach is a place to play with water as this is an undeveloped area.

Enjoy the cold of the beach and the heat of the sun with minimal interruptions by hordes of business and people seen on highly developed shores.

Dunedin Botanic Garden

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Be mesmerized by this 28-hectare of flora and never miss your herbology lesson again. Swamp your eyes on different colors and hues of growing flowers and meticulously arranged beds of plants.

Keep your awe at hand and witness the birdsong of the Bellbird, a Dunedin native species and some 6800 plant species silently humming to retain relaxation and the peaceful ambience.

Dunedin Street Art Trail
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With art mixing up with its rich culture and a strong historical background, Dunedin is a place to be if you want to witness talent being displayed as if it’s a normal doings.

With 25 walls turned and furnished to be works of art, this trail would take you 75 full minutes to finish, or even more depending on how you would be able to zap out all the possible techniques in beautifying the then bland walls.

Images

(1) www.waltzinghorses.blogspot.com
(2) www.wildearth-travel.com
(3) www.peewikiwand.com
(4)(5) www.flickr.com
(6) www.atravelinfos.com
(7) www.trtc.blogtown.co.nz
(8) www.davidclark.org
(9) www.reddit.com

See More:

Official Website
http://www.dunedinnz.com/visit/home

Dunedin Tourism Guide
http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/dunedin

Paul Intalan

Disneyland- belongs to the world’s top amusement parks

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If you are such a fan of “hidden mickey” and “princesses stories” you will definitely go crazy over this subject about finding where the most visited Disneyland is in the world is and have a heads up of their blueprints and other plans for expansion in the future.

The Disneyland theme park was designed by the legendary Walt Disney who envisioned that one day he will come up with a place wherein children and their parents would bond together and have the luxury of their time to enjoy and share stories.

Location

Florida

United States is the home of one of the very first instituted Disney Land which is situated in in Anaheim, California The owner himself designed, built and managed this first step of the theme park. Yet although this was the origin of all Disneyland the fame meter of the theme park tells us a different story.

According to the Yahoo Travel Magic Kingdom who is settling at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida is the world’s most visited Disney land theme park in the world with over 17,142,000 annual visitors and is still continuously growing over the years. Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, with 18.6 million visitors in 2013, up 6 percent from 2012, according to Aecom.

Climate

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The climate in Florida is branded as humid subtropical. Normally they see May as the start of their rainy season up to the peak of October. Then comes the dry season which commonly sets mid-October and lasts until April.

While they experience only a momentary snow or slush here and there. Therefore because they only have two season changes which is the cool and dry season the best time to go on a vacation in Disneyland would be during the dry season or summer so you can enjoy all the rides and fun filled activities this theme park has to offer.

Transportation

Disney’s Magical Express

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Disney’s Magical Express is the courtesy gift of Walt Disney World to its patrons. So from Orlando International Airport this coaster will take you from point to point anywhere from your selected Walt Disney Resort hotels and the best part of this experience is that there would be no hustle for you as you travel.

Disney will not charge you for any luggage delivery this will all be one swish away like a magic wand after you make advanced reservations for this Magic express.

What to see/ Attraction

Astro Orbiter

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An age consideration for your preschoolers. So seat back and fasten your seat belts as you fly through this rocket ship looking ride Located in Tomorrow land. Kids would be amazed as they pilot their way up as if they’re sky rocketing.

This is considered as a slow ride and a spinning classic so you are rest assured of the safety of the kids. This opens from 9:00 am till 12:00 am.

The Barnstormer

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This is a much faster ride than the Astro Orbiter but still preschoolers and kids can access to it if they are already 35 inches taller.

This is a barn inspired roller coaster that kids would go nuts to ride over and over. It opens from 9:00 am till 12 am.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ®

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Now if your Kids are up to a mining challenge you need to recommend them to ride this coaster the setting is like a geological hot spot this ride is faster than the previously mentioned rides therefore preschoolers are no longer invited to try yet it is open for kids and teens to enjoy. This opens from 9:00 am till 12:00 am.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
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This ride is located in Fantasyland. This is a ride for all ages, it is a slow ride for your little princesses to enjoy the sceneries inspired from the little mermaid movie.

This opens from 9:00 am till 12:00 am.
The Hall of Presidents

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Now if your child is not so much of a rider and you yourself is somewhat interested in history this is the ride for you.

This is accessible from kids to adults and can be located in Liberty Square. Have fun learning. This is also open from 9:00 am – 12:00 am.

Downtown Disney Marketplace

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Now if you are a shopaholic you could also check out the Downtown Disney Marketplace there are many Merchandises offered in this place items from Disney movies and many more.

Down town Market place is the one stop shop for you to buy your souvenirs and gift items.

Disney Resorts and spa

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Now if you are interested to stay a bit longer in Disney’s Magic Kingdom there are places that you can stay in such as Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa it gives you everything that will suit your budget such as the 1 or 2bedroom villa, or the treehouse villa. This can be located at downtown Dsisney Resort Area.

These are but a few of the long list of things people enjoy in Disneyland, that’s why annually more and more people are added in patronizing this growing theme park which is remarkably competent across the globe. The latter of this year or spring next 2016 Disney would be opening to the public a new branch in Shanghai in response to the consumers budding requests.

Images

(1) www.travelboss.co.uk
(2) photographyinlakeland.com
(3) www.disneytouristblog.com
(4) www.disneyparksinfo.com
(5)www.wdwlive.com
(6) dlrprepschool.com
(7)www.wdwtourguide.com
(8)disneyview.blogspot.com
(9)youshouldgotoo.com
(10)www.picturesocial.com

Link of resources

http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/florida/bay_lake
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com

See More:

Disneyland Website
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

Facts About Disneyland Florida
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/disney-world-florida-2108.html

Lara joy Sanidad

Submerge Yourself in Relaxation through Checking Out Manama

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Manama means ‘Sleeping Place’, but with its central atmosphere, its late-night shopping, and its lively bars and nightclubs, it’s hard to see when the city gets a chance to sleep. Manama is a night bird and people flock in on weekends for fine dining and an off-duty drink.

For those who prefer an early start to a late night, the city is sleepy enough by day, and it’s unlikely there’ll be much of a queue for the excellent Bahrain National Museum. That said, Manama’s recent role as Arab City of Culture has led to a much greater emphasis on music, art and heritage events that has been of benefit to all.

Location

The city is located in the north-eastern corner of Bahrain on a small peninsula. As in the rest of Bahrain, the land is generally flat (or gently rolling) and arid.

Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 157,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. After periods of Portuguese and Persian control and invasions from the ruling dynasties of Saudi Arabia and Oman, Bahrain established itself as an independent nation during the 19th century period of British hegemony.

Climate

Bahrain may be an island, but it’s a desert island – meaning summers are scorchingly hot and even the winters are warm. The climate is arid, not tropical. When oil was first discovered in Bahrain, the nation quickly developed heavy machinery and turned agricultural lands into oil-producing ones, resulting in an expansion of the desert. The government is now trying to reverse Bahrain’s economic dependence on oil, but the climate change may be more persistent: summer temperatures regularly hit 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) even in Manama, the capital.

Winters in Manama are slightly cooler but far less humid, with a temperature ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (about 58 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Evenings during both seasons tend to be five degrees cooler, which makes the nighttime a much-needed relief from the relentless heat.

The “rainy season” in Manama is technically December through February, but since the region only receives 10 cm of rain every year, this shouldn’t be taken into consideration when planning a visit. Actually, winter is the most pleasant time to go, simply because it can be unbearably humid in summer. Most of Bahrain’s beaches are closed to the public, so there isn’t much reason to visit specifically during summer.

Transportation

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Taxis are expensive, yet they are the only way to get around without renting a car. Extra charges are added to fares starting from the airport (2 Dinars) and any hotel (1 Dinar). Always use the meter or you will, guaranteed, get ripped off. A ride to the central parts of city will cost around 5-6 Dinars. Taxis are easy to find, and there are taxi stands outside Bab al-Bahrain and many hotels.

Taxis in Bahrain have meters and the flag fall is BD1 for the first 2km. Thereafter the meter ticks over in increments of 200 fills for every subsequent kilometer. Fares officially increase by 25% between 10pm and about 6am. For a better guarantee of meter use, try Radio Taxis. Alternatively, for a far more comfortable experience, try Bahrain Limo, which charges BD1.200 for 2km and 250 fills per each half-kilometer thereafter.

Renting a car is far more efficient economically. Manama is a small city on a small Island; you won’t get lost for very long. Make sure to buy a map / it should cost around 0.50-1.00 Dinars.

Most airline offices are situated around Bab al-Bahrain, in the Chamber of Commerce & Industry building, or inside the Manama Centre, which is where you’ll find Gulf Air, the main national carrier.

Most people get around town by car or taxi, despite there being a rudimentary bus service available. The bus system is largely designed for the use of expatriate construction workers and routes seldom relate to tourist destinations. Locals consider the use of buses rather eccentric but if you are determined to, then call into the Manama bus station for ad hoc information.

What to See

Bahrain National Museum

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Deserving its reputation as the most popular tourist attraction in Bahrain, the Bahrain National Museum is the best place to start for an intriguing, well-labeled introduction to the sights of the country. The museum, housed in a postmodern building with landscaping that brings the waterfront location up to the windows, showcases archaeological finds from ancient Dilmun. Among these finds are beautiful agate and carnelian beads and earthenware burial jars – used for the body as well as its chattels.

Don’t miss the section on contemporary Bahraini culture – the reproduction souq on the 1st floor is particularly worth the stairs, as the barber could double for Sweeney Todd.

The museum also includes a wildlife hall, several gallery spaces used for contemporary exhibitions of art and sculpture, a shop selling Bahraini crafts, and a chic cafe. There’s plenty to keep the family amused for several hours, but it will reward even a quick 10-minute visit and is particularly worthwhile if you want to gauge the progress of up-and-coming new attractions such as the national theatre, part of the museum complex.

Friday Mosque

Built in 1938, this mosque is easily identifiable by its elaborately crafted minaret, the mosque’s most interesting architectural feature. The mosque is reflected in the glass windows of the neighboring Batelco Commercial Centre, providing a suggestive reflection of old and new Manama. The mosque is not open to tourists.

Kids Kingdom

An amusement park called Kids Kingdom has a few rides if nearby construction work isn’t off-putting, and you’ll find plenty of information about what’s on for children in the media; in particular, the ‘Teens & Kids’ section in the magazine Bahrain this Month has heaps of information on fun activities including lessons in hip hop and salsa.

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Bab al-Bahrain

Built by the British in 1945, Bab al-Bahrain, the ‘Gateway to Bahrain’, was originally designed by Sir Charles Belgrave. It was redesigned in 1986 to give it more of an ‘Islamic’ flavor. The small square in front of the bab (gate) was once the terminus of the customs pier – an indication of the extent of land reclamation of the past two decades. The building now houses the Tourist Department (under renovation at the time of writing).

Despite having been moved back from the water’s edge, the gateway is still aptly named, as goods of various descriptions, people of all nationalities, street vendors, shoppers and workers pass under its arches in a constant pageant of activity in this, the heart of Manama.

La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art

Showcasing regional and international contemporary artists, this beautiful space hosts regular exhibitions. The venue, a magnificent elaboration of a 19th-century Bahraini town house, is a fine artistic expression in its own right with many features typical of Gulf Islamic architecture, including covered colonnades, archways and the signature fountain. The complex also includes an amphitheater, a fine-dining restaurant, one of the city’s best spas and a dance studio.

Beit al-Quran

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With its wrapping of carved Kufic script, the distinctive Beit al-Quran is a fine example of modern Bahraini architecture. It houses a large and striking collection of Qurans, manuscripts and woodcarvings and functions as a good introduction to Islam in general and Islamic calligraphy in particular.

Look out for the miniature Qurans, the smallest of which (from 18th-century Persia) measures only 4.7cm by 3.2cm. The exhibits are well labeled in English and can be superficially perused within an hour. The bookshop in the foyer sells crafts. Visitors should dress conservatively. The building is next to the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, but the main entrance and car park are at the back.

Tours are often organized – call ahead to check.

Images:

(1) www.chiangdao.com
(2) www.virtualtourist.com
(3) www.uyanangenclik.com
(4) www.flickr.com
(5) www.pace-kuwait.com

See More:

Sights in Manama, Bahrain
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bahrain/manama/sights

Manama Travel Tips and Travel Advice
http://www.travbuddy.com/Manama-travel-tips-1332610

Paul Intalan

Sights at Montevideo

Take a step back in time and see the beauty of MONTEVIDEO the capital and largest city in Uruguay, a South American country.

The city is a mixture of past colonial era buildings, beaches, and history.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Tourists visiting Montevideo have a rare opportunity to immerse in a wide array of architectural styles ranging from neoclassical buildings to postmodern style. European architecture also influenced some buildings.

Listed here are some of the noteworthy buildings and landmarks that define Montevideo.

CIUDAD VIEJA

The most well visited place in Montevideo is Ciudad Vieja – the oldest neighborhood. Tourists visiting the area are welcomed to churches, museums and theaters. Unfortunately due to the changing times, a lot of nightclubs were opened in the area. A few of the places to see include:

• Plaza Independencia

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Plaza Independencia

The most important plaza in the city is Plaza Independencia. The said plaza divides Ciudad Vieja with the rest of the city. At the center, one can see Artigas Mausoleum.

Surrounding the plaza are important structures and landmarks such as Solis Theatre and Palacio Salvo.

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• Solis Theatre

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Solis Theatre dates back to 1856 making it the oldest theatre in the country. It is currently used for concerts and ballads.

• Palacio Salvo

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Another famous landmark is Palacio Salvo. The building was designed by an Italian architect. Originally a lighthouse was to be placed on top which was replaced by antennas. Construction began in 1925 and was completed in 1928.

It stands at a height of 330 feet with 29 floors. The original purpose of the building was a hotel. Instead it was used as office and residence. In 2012, the antennas were removed.

• Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral

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Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral

The main Roman Catholic Church in the city is Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. It was built in dedication to the Immaculate Conception and Saints Philip and James (patron saints of the city). It dates back to the Spanish colonial time in 1740’s.

• Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi

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Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Another Roman Catholic Church is the Parish Church of St. Francis of Assisi and was dedicated to the same saint. The said church was built in 1840 and was inspired by a Neo-Romanesque style.

• Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Vincent Pallotti

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The said Roman Catholic parish church is also known as Iglesia de Lourdes. The church ws inspired by Neo-Baroque eclectic style in the years 1885 to 1890.

• Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity

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Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (6)

Aside from Roman Catholic churches there are also places for worship such as the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity which is an Anglican church. It is also known as Templo Ingles.

• Palacio Taranco

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Palacio Taranco was built in the 20th century and inspired by French architecture. European furniture and draping were used to decorate the interior. Uruguayan government use the building as a meeting place. In 1972 it was transformed to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montevideo. And in 1975 it was declared a National Historic Landmark.

LEGISLATIVE PALACE or PALACIO LEGISLATIVO

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Legislative Palace (8)

The Legislative Palace is a government building used as the meeting place of Uruguayan parliament. In 1975, the building was declared as a National Historic Monument.

ESTEVEZ PALACE

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Estevez Palace (9)

Another notable landmark and government building is Estevez Palace which utilizes Doric and Colonial styles. It was used in 1890 as the official office of the president. Currently it is used as a museum displaying memorabilia and artifacts from previous Uruguayan presidents and other officers.

WORLD TRADE CENTER MONTEVIDEO or WTC MONTEVIDEO

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An example of postmodern architecture in Montevideo is WTC Montevideo. The building was built in 1998 with renovations in 2002 and 2009. In 1998 WTC 1 was built and consists of 22 floors. WTC Avenue and WTC Auditorium were also built the same year. In 2002, WTC 2 was built on top of WTC Auditorium and was the twin tower of WTC 1. In 2009, WTC 3, WTC Plaza (food establishments were built inside), and Square of Towers (a place for business activities, art exhibits, and dance and music performances) were added to the whole complex. A newer tower was built and named WTC Free zone which has 23 floors and WTC 4 which has 41 floors.

TORRE DE LAS TELECOMUNICACIONES or TORRE ANTEL

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Another postmodern building is Torre de las Telecomunicaciones – the headquarters of ANTEL. With a height of 157 meters with 35 floors, it is the tallest building in the country.

PARKS

• Parque Batlle

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Parque Batlle is one of the three major parks of the city. It occupies a total land area of 60 hectares which is mostly large trees. It is also famous for having Estadio Centenario – the national football stadium, and La Carreta – a national monument.

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Estadio Centenario was built in 1930 as venue to the first soccer world cup which later became the national football stadium. There is also a football museum within the compound.
La Carreta, a bronze monument within Parque Batlle was built in 1934. In 1976 the monument was declared a national monument.

Other notable monuments and buildings include Obelisk of Montevideo, Hospital de Clinicas, Conedor Universitario No. 2 and Instituto de Higiene.

• Parque Rodo

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Parque Rodo

Parque Rodo is a famous park in the city. The most distinguishing feature of the park is the artificial lake located on the north end. Other features of the park include an amusement park, front lawn of the Faculty of Engineering, and a stripe West of the Club de Golf Punta Carretas.

• Parque Prado

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Parque Prado

The last of three major parks is Parque Prado. The park features Rosedal, a rose garden, fountains and monuments.

Read more:

Lonely Planet
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/uruguay/montevideo

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montevideo

Wikitravel
http://wikitravel.org/en/Montevideo

Ecstatic Globetrotter

Images:
1. Jikatu. Montevideo, Uruguay. October 2009. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
2. Martin St-Amant. Panoramic view of Plaza Independencia. December 2007. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
3. Coolcaesar. Solis Theatre. November 2012. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
4. Coolcaesar. Palacio Salco. November 2012. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
5. Hoverfish. Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Vincent Pallotti. August 2010. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
6. Hoverfish. Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. August 2013. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
7. MaxiCiccone. Palacio Taranco. March 2013. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
8. Coolcaesar. Legislative Palace. November 2012. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
9. Hoverfish. Estevez Palace. August 2010. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
10. City Vzla. World Trade Center Montevideo. January 2009. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
11. Shant. Torre de las Comunicaciones. December 2005. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
12. Doryszs. La Carreta. February 2007. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.
13. Santiago Barreiro. Estadio Centenario. April 2011. Commons.wikimedia.org. Photograph. May 16, 2015.

Not Bothered by Heat in Sierra Vista

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The pleasure of the sun bouncing off your skin and the scent of leaves being dried by heat had been one of the many reasons why selected persons loved the outdoors. Vast lands of clear prairies, the swirls of dust afloat because of wind gusts circling, the moisture of the environment which heightens adrenaline rush to trek roads unknown and the mere connection of oneself to the glorious, bright day that nature is offering — all of these are joys of travelling to a spot where the sun never seemed to set.

And when we say outdoors, this includes hiking, forest skimming and all of the other activities that involved sweat and movement. When the persona in you would want to go to places which will offer the aforementioned characteristics, then Sierra Vista in Arizona is something that you might want to prioritize. Now let’s take a plunge into United States of America’s Hummingbird Capital.

Location

Sierra Vista is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census the population of the city was 43,888.The city is part of the Sierra Vista-Douglas Micropolitan Area, with a 2010 population of 131,346. Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army post, is located in the northwest part of the city.

Sierra Vista, which is Spanish for “Mountain Range View”, is located 75 miles (121 km) southeast of Tucson and serves as the main commercial, cultural, and recreational hub of Cochise County.

Sierra Vista is located in southwestern Cochise County and it is bordered on the northwest by the much smaller town of Huachuca City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 152.5 square miles (395.1 km2), of which 152.3 square miles (394.4 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2) is water. It is located 4,623 feet (1,409 m) above sea level. Sierra Vista is flanked on the southwest side by the Huachuca Mountains, with Miller Peak rising to 9,466 feet (2,885 m) and Carr Peak to 9,236 feet (2,815 m), both south of the city limits. The city is accessible via Arizona State Routes 90 and 92. The San Pedro River flows just east of the city limits.

Climate

In the Koppen climate classification system, Sierra Vista falls within the typical cold semi-arid climate (BSk) of mid-altitude Arizona. Fall and spring, like most other parts of Arizona, are very dry. Winters are cool to cold with frosts which can occasionally be hard freezes; frost can be expected to stop in mid- to late April. Spring, like fall, spends about half of itself within the frost season. Summer starts off dry, but progressively gets wetter as the monsoon season approaches. The city has a fairly stable climate with very little humidity. However, the North American Monsoon can bring torrential rains during the months of July and August and will produce almost half the yearly rainfall in just those two months alone.

The highest recorded temperature of the city is at 42 degree-Celsius (1989) and negative 16 degree-Celsius last 2011. During the whole year, August had been recorded as the month with the maximum average rainfall.

Transportation

Commercial air service is available from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix or Tucson International Airport. Most major airlines fly into these two airports.

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The Sierra Vista Municipal Airport services general aviation needs for Sierra Vista and the southeastern section of Arizona, as well as northern Sonora, Mexico.

Amtrak provides service to Benson, 30 miles from Sierra Vista.

Sierra Vista is supported by a public mass transit system called Vista Transit. There are two highways (SR 90 and SR 92) connecting Sierra Vista with neighboring communities. The city is also served by the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport (FHU) which is jointly operated by the U.S. Army as Libby Army Airfield. Currently there are no commercial flights arriving to or departing from FHU.

If travelling by car, major highways that are connected to the city are State Route 90 and State Route 92.

What to See

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

About 95% of Arizona’s riparian habitat has become victim to overgrazing, logging and development, so what little riverfront ecosystem remains is incredibly important to the state’s ecological health. Some 350 bird species (many endangered), more than 80 mammal species and more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded along the 40-mile stretch of the San Pedro River within the conservation area. It’s a vital riparian ecosystem. Unfortunately, it’s also become a corridor for drug smuggling from Mexico, so suspicious activity should be reported.

The visitor center, in the 1930s San Pedro House, is 6 miles east of Sierra Vista on Fry Blvd. From here you can access several hiking trails.
Ramsey Canyon Preserve

A sycamore- and yucca-weaved dome some 5500ft in the sky marks where the Huachuca Mountains meet the Rockies, the Sierra Madres and the Sonoran Desert. This beautiful Nature Conservancy-owned preserve is one of the best hummingbird bagging spots in the USA. Up to 15 species of the little birds flit over the igneous outcrops and a wiry carpeting of trees throughout the year, with especially heavy sightings from April to September.

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At lower altitudes an incredible diversity of wildlife stalks through the river canyon that geographically defines this area. You can spot coatis, cougars and javelinas, but perhaps the most famous resident is the critically endangered Ramsey Canyon leopard frog, found nowhere else in the world.

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

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Tombstone’s history isn’t limited to the shoot-out at the OK Corral, and exhibits at this informative museum spotlight various aspects of the town’s colorful past. On the first floor, check out town founder Ed Shiefflin’s .44 caliber Henry and the local doctor’s old-timey bullet-removal kit. Upstairs, you can read about some of the town’s most interesting former residents. Seven men were hanged in the courthouse courtyard, and today a couple of nooses dangle ominously from the recreated gallows.

Rose Tree Museum

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In April the world’s largest rosebush – planted in 1886 – puts on an intoxicating show in the courtyard of this museum, a beautifully restored Victorian home still owned by the Macia family. The inside is brimming with family and town memorabilia, including a 1960 photograph showing the matriarch with Robert Geronimo, son of the Apache chief.

Bisbee Museum of the Bizarre

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This fantastical museum displays the death mask of John Dillinger, Bigfoot’s footprint, a two-headed squirrel, a mummified cat, a Fiji mermaid and two shrunken heads – the sort of kitschy crap that makes you proud to be an American, dammit. It’s in the back of the Sweet Midnight store.

Images:

(1) www.examiner.com
(2) www.sierravistavisit.com
(3) www.discoverseaz.com
(4) www.flicker.com
(5) www.legendsofamerica.com
(6) www.rvwest.com

See More:

Sierra Vista – Arizona Office of Tourism
http://www.visitarizona.com/places-to-visit/tucson-southern-arizona/sierra-vista

Sierra Vista, Arizona Travel & Vacation Guide
http://www.go-arizona.com/Sierra-Vista/

Paul Intalan

Be Enchanted by Gauteng’s Tapestry of Scenes and Hope

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If you’re in the hot pursuit of urban atmospheres, Gauteng will captivate you. This trifling province is the burning heart of the South African state and the fiscal engine of Africa. Its epicenter is Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.

Its center is undertaking a dumbfounding rebirth and its cultural life has never been so vibrant. Once considered a place to avoid, Johannesburg is now one of the most inspirational and bang up-to-date megalopolises in the world.

For a revolution of scene, head to Pretoria, a short drive north. The country’s administrative capital is distinctly less urbane but is somewhat grander with its stately buildings, attractive museums and jacaranda-lined streets.

Gauteng also has a unique physical history that’s evident at the World Heritage–listed Cradle of Humankind. This massive valley full of caves and fossils is one of the African continent’s most important archaeological sites.

Location

Gauteng’s southern border is the Vaal River, which separates it from the Free State. It also borders on North West to the west, Limpopo to the north, and Mpumalanga to the east. Gauteng is the only landlocked province of South Africa without a foreign border.

Most of Gauteng is on the Highveld, high-altitude grassland (circa 1,500 meters or 4,921 feet above sea level). Between Johannesburg and Pretoria there are low parallel ridges and undulating hills, some part of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Witwatersrand. The north of the province is more subtropical, due to its lower altitude and is mostly dry savanna habitat.

Climate

The Gauteng climate is mostly consistent, with Pretoria typically two degrees warmer than Johannesburg. Gauteng does offer the perfect climate conditions with summer being warm and wind free, and winters although chilly and very cold at night, have clear skies during the day.

The mild climate in Johannesburg is never humid and is never uncomfortably hot either. Summer months average a minimum temperature of 17 degrees and a maximum of approximately 28. Only mid-winter, the months of July and August, have the coldest weather.

Winter days have been known to reach temperatures of 25 degrees but generally the winter months averages a low of 5 degrees and a maximum of 19 degrees. Pretoria experiences the same weather conditions as Johannesburg, but is the known rainfall region.

Both Johannesburg and Pretoria experience summer thunderstorms in the late afternoon. These thunderstorms are accompanied by thunder and lightning, but are very brief. Hail is usually experienced during these thundershowers and snow is almost never found within this area. Summer in this region runs from October to March.

Transportation

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SANRAL, a parastatal, is responsible for the maintenance, development and management of all national road networks in South Africa. SANRAL is responsible for instituting the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which was met with a lot of opposition due to the tolling of Gauteng motorists. PUTCO, the largest commuter bus operator in South Africa, services the Gauteng area extensively.

The bus rapid transit system Rea Vaya also serves to transport people from Johannesburg’s southern neighborhoods into and around the CBD. In an interview, Parks Tau stated that by the year 2040, Johannesburg will be dominated by pedestrians and public transport as opposed to the use of private transport or informal transport, such as minibus taxis.

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The OR Tambo International Airport, Rand Airport, Lanseria International Airport, Wonderboom Airport and Grand Central Airport are located in Gauteng. There is a large informal transport sector in Gauteng, consisting of thousands of minibus taxis, which many of the urban and rural population makes use of. However, it is noted that taxis are often unsafe as their drivers ignore the rules of the road and the vehicles are often not roadworthy.

Gautrain and Metrorail both services the province’s public transport sector where trains are concerned and Gautrain offers a bus service that transports commuters to and from various train stations and predetermined bus stops. Metrorail trains are considered one of the most cost-effective methods of transportation in and around Gauteng.

What to See

Smuts House Museum

JC Smuts’ home for over 40 years has been turned into an interesting museum. Surrounded by a wide verandah and shaded by trees, it has a family atmosphere and gives a vivid insight into Smuts’ life. If you’re travelling to/from Pretoria by car, it’s worth dropping in for a look. The house is signposted from both the N14 freeway (Route 28) and Route 21.

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Scholar, Boer general, politician and international statesman JC Smuts was instrumental in creating the Union of South Africa, and served as prime minister from 1919 to 1924 and from 1939 to 1948.

Voortrekker Monument

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The imposing Voortrekker Monument was constructed between 1938 and 1949 to honor the journey of the Voortrekkers, who trekked north over the coastal mountains of the Cape into the heart of the African veld. The monument is 3km south of the city and is clearly signposted from the N1 freeway. It is surrounded by a 3.40-sq-km nature reserve.

The edifice is ringed by a stone wall carved with 64 wagons in a traditional defensive laager (circle). The building itself is a huge stone cube and each corner bears the face of an Afrikaner hero. A staircase and elevator lead to the roof and a great panoramic view of Pretoria.

Freedom Park

This stunning memorial adopts an integrated approach to South Africa’s war history and is a place of architectural imagination and collective healing. Located across the kopjie (rocky hill) from the austere Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park honors fallen South Africans in all major conflicts. Highlights include the Isivivane Garden of Remembrance; Sikhimbuto, the wall of inscribed names of fallen heroes; hapo, a museum and interpretative center focusing on Southern African history; and Mveledzo, a spiral path that cuts into the natural landscape.

Cullinan Diamond Mine

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Cullinan Diamond Mine is a pretty 100-year-old village full of quaint Herbert Baker architecture. It is best explored on a sluggish, Sunday afternoon stroll. The village is home to Cullinan Diamond Mine, one of the biggest and most productive diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes in the world. It has produced three of the largest diamonds ever found. The largest, the 3106-carat Cullinan, as it was called, was 11cm by 6cm in rough form and was presented to King Edward VII. You can don a tin hat and organize a tour of the mine through Premier Diamond Tours.

Liliesleaf Farm

Possibly the city’s most underrated museum, Liliesleaf Farm was the secret headquarters of the ANC (African National Congress) during the 1960s and reopened as a museum in June 2008. This well-organized complex tells the story of South Africa’s liberation struggle through a series of high-tech, interactive exhibits.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. It uses film, text, audio and live accounts to provide a chilling insight into the architecture and implementation of the apartheid system, as well as inspiring stories of the struggle towards democracy. It’s invaluable in understanding the inequalities and tensions that still exist today. The museum is located 8 kilometers south of the city center, just off the M1 freeway.

Visiting the museum is an overwhelming experience; particularly distressing is a small chamber in which hang 131 nooses, representative of the 131 government opponents who were executed under antiterrorism laws.

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Images:

(1) www.carhire-southafrica.com
(2) www.thenewage.co.za
(3) www.airspot.ru
(4) www.johannesburg.jozibeartours.co.za
(5) www.bookdrum.com
(6) www.eightheartsdiamond.com
(7) www.faceinteract.com

See More:

Gauteng Travel Guide – South Africa
http://www.places.co.za/html/gauteng.html

South Africa, Gauteng travel tips and articles
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/gauteng/travel-tips-and-articles

Paul Intalan

Experiencing Continuous Development in Tulsa

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Dreams of residing in a well-developed city had been one of the many wishes that some of us have. With an advanced take on transportation, economy that is never dwindling, education system that supports intelligence and surroundings that are breathtakingly organized — we all hoped for this kind of society, close to perfection and is downright impossible.

But the human race never stopped in attaining these points as we move along centuries, and some even got close to it. A dwelling of contentment and continuous uproar of overhauls, which is what Tulsa, Oklahoma is known within the Land of Milk and Honey.

But Tulsa is definitely more than what it’s deemed to be, it is a community of responsible governance, cooperation within every household and one of the few cities with hopes of reaching the Utopian level that we all clamored about.

Location

Tulsa is located in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma, 99 miles (159 km) northeast of Oklahoma City; situated between the edge of the Great Plains and the foot of the Ozarks in a generally forested region of rolling hills.

The city touches the eastern extent of the Cross Timbers, an eco-region of forest and prairie transitioning from the drier plains of the west to the wetter forests of the east. Located near the western edge of the U.S. Interior Highlands, northeastern Oklahoma is the most topographically diverse part of the state, containing seven of Oklahoma’s 11 eco-regions and more than half of its state parks. The region encompasses 30 lakes or reservoirs and borders the neighboring states of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Climate

Tulsa, OK, gets 39 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 9 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 90.

On average, there are 227 sunny days per year in Tulsa, OK. The July high is around 93 degrees. The January low is 26. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 27 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Tulsa has a temperate climate of the humid subtropical variety with a yearly average temperature of 60.8 °F (16.0 °C) and an average precipitation of 41.0 inches. As is typical of temperate zones, weather patterns vary by season with occasional extremes in temperature and rainfall.

Transportation

Tulsa is home to an extensive highway system that connects drivers to many cities in the region such as Joplin, MO on the Will Rogers Turnpike and Oklahoma City on the Turner Turnpike. Most commuters use the highway system in Tulsa to get to and from work.

Tulsa Transit, the city’s bus operator, runs 97 buses on 19 different routes across Tulsa and in surrounding suburbs such as Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, and Jenks. Tulsa Transit currently has two stations: one in Midtown Tulsa, and another across from the BOK Center in Downtown.

Most routes go through one or both of these stations, facilitating the commute to work and events in downtown or midtown. Buses stop at specific stops such as TCC, OSU-Tulsa, Cityplex Tower, Cox Communications, Hillcrest Medical Center, and many shopping destinations, hotels, and schools. The bus schedules are periodically changed; votes are taken by Tulsa Transit to help decide what are the best specifics for certain routes.

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The Tulsa International Airport, (which is home to six commercial airlines, four cargo carriers, and one charter airline) serves more than three million travelers annually with almost 63 departures every day, contributing nearly $5.3 billion to the economy.

At the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the most inland ocean-going port in the United States and connects barge traffic from Tulsa to the Mississippi River via the Verdigris and Arkansas rivers. The port is one of the largest in the United States and contributes to one of the busiest waterways in the world via its course to the Gulf of Mexico.

What to See

Henthorne Performing Arts Center

The Henthorne Performing Arts Center, operated by the city of Tulsa, houses both the Heller Theatre and the Clark Theatre. The Heller Theatre was established in 1981 and has a long history of producing quality contemporary and original plays.

Heller Theatre also hosts the Laughing Matter Improv, one of the oldest improv troupes in Oklahoma. Heller also offers cutting-edge performances, side-splitting comedy and thought-provoking drama in Henthorne PAC’s intimate, 75-seat black box setting.

Clark Youth Theatre is targeted toward youth ages 8-18 and stages a variety of dramatic performances for the public throughout the year ranging from musicals to Shakespeare.

The Colony

Since 1958, the space that is now the Colony is Tulsa has had several names. This legendary establishment was once owned by musician and Tulsa native Leon Russell in the 1970s and has hosted famous acts including JJ Cale and Pilgrim.

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Today it is a staple of the Tulsa music scene and is one of the city’s most unique and beloved dive bars.

British themed and resembling an English Pub, the inside of the Colony is welcoming with a nod to old time bars made with brick and wood.

Cox Business Center

The Cox Business Center, formerly known as the Tulsa Convention Center, is a multi-purpose facility designed to host everything from small corporate meetings to large conventions, trade shows, concerts and sporting events.

The center features more than 225,000 square feet that includes a 102,000 square foot exhibit hall, 8,900-seat arena, 23 meeting rooms and an executive conference room. Located in downtown Tulsa, the center is the home of many concerts, performing arts events, meetings, trade shows and sporting events throughout the year.

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University of Tulsa

Official site of Golden Hurricanes athletics. TU is an NCAA Division I member for all sports, and in 2005, became a member of the Conference USA.

Tulsa currently sponsors 18 intercollegiate sports, and has won six national championships, four in women’s golf (1982 and 1988 NCAA and 1980 and 1982 AIAW titles) and two in men’s basketball (1981 and 2001 NIT).

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Osage Casino

The nearest gaming and entertainment venue to downtown Tulsa, the Osage Casino offers guests more than 1,000 state-of-the-art Vegas-style electronic gaming machines, blackjack and poker. Enjoy the Tulsa Buffet daily at 11am, featuring barbecue, Cajun, Southern, Mexican, soul food or surf n turf with shrimp and crab legs.

The on-site pizza and coffee bar, Che Buono, offers a delicious selection of baked goods, personal pizzas and Columbian, Kenyan or special coffee. Also, enjoy happy hour specials every day. Enjoy live music at the NINE18 Bar every Friday and Saturday night.

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Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Located in the heart of historic downtown Tulsa, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center is the design of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the former World Trade Center towers. The facility houses four theatres, a studio and large reception hall.

The Center’s largest theater is Chapman Music Hall, seating 2,365. The second largest is John H Williams Theatre with 430 fixed seats. The Liddy Doenges and Charles E Norman Theatres offer flexible seating.

Arts patrons come to the PAC year round to attend a performance from one of Tulsa’s acclaimed arts groups, to sample national and international talent, to stage or attend various social functions or Art Gallery exhibits and to view the PAC’s extensive permanent collection of more than 70 pieces of art.

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Images:

(1) www.autoglass-tulsa.com
(2) www.bikewalktulsa.org
(3) www.tashadoestulsa.com
(4) www.smgworld.com
(5) www.tucore.utulsa.edu
(6) www.tripadvisor.com
(7) www.tripadvisor.com

See More:

31 Things You Probably Didn′t Know About Tulsa
http://www.movoto.com/tulsa-ok/tulsa-facts/

Oklahoma Trivia & Fun Facts
http://guides.tulsalibrary.org/content.php?pid=209350&sid=2681873

Paul Intalan

Draw Some Inspiration from Lexington

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When we were kids, our parents always taught us how important education is on our lives. As we grow older, we couldn’t agree more. Education is one of the few ways to attain a successful life in the future.

If you’re well-schooled, chances are high for you to land jobs that you want, be a productive citizen because you’re a fountain of knowledge or live life smartly because you have known a lot from your experiences as a student.

While education is not the guaranteed key to climb the ladder of prosperity, it is a known fact that it is advantageous. Countries are on an incessant drive to alleviate growing numbers of people who weren’t able to attend school and this is such a prevalent means of helping people survive.

One of the most noted cities who drives and invests on education is Lexington, Kentucky. While the state which this city is in might remind you of a well-known chicken chain, Lexington is more than an educated population.

Location

Lexington, which includes all Fayette County, consists of 285.5 square miles (739.4 km2), mostly gently rolling plateau, in the center of the inner Bluegrass Region. The area is noted for its fertile soil, excellent pastureland, and horse and stock farms.

Bluegrass thrives on the limestone beneath the soil’s surface, playing a major role in the area’s scenic beauty and in the development of champion horses. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River.

The Lexington-Fayette Metro area is home to five counties: Clark, Jessamine, Bourbon, Woodford, and Scott. This is the second largest metro area in Kentucky. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 285.5 square miles (739 km). 284.5 square miles (737 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (0.35%) is water.

Climate

Lexington is in the northern periphery of the humid subtropical climate zone with hot, humid summers, and cool winters with occasional mild periods. The city and the surrounding Bluegrass Region have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow.

Lexington-Fayette, KY, gets 46 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 17 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 130.

On average, there are 188 sunny days per year in Lexington-Fayette, KY. The July high is around 86 degrees. The January low is 24. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 41 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Transportation

Whether arriving by air or by highway, getting to Lexington is easy, and so is getting around while you are here. Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, a 10-minute drive from downtown, is located near Keeneland Race Course and surrounded by horse farms — creating one of America’s most beautiful air approaches. A number of car rental companies have airport locations.

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In the downtown area, many attractions, restaurants and shops are within walking distance of major hotels. All the buildings surrounding Triangle Park in the heart of downtown are connected by pedways.

An intra-city bus system and taxicabs provide convenient transportation. “Colt”, Lexington’s new downtown trolley system is an easy way to get around, and it is free. There is a Greyhound Bus station on the north side of town. Miller Trailways offers inexpensive shuttle service between Lexington and Louisville. Taking a tour by van is a great way to see horse country.

What to See

Headley-Whitney Museum

This marvelously old place holds the private collection of the late George Headley, a jewelry designer whose gemstone trinkets and handmade dollhouses are on display, along with a truly bizarre garage turned ‘seashell grotto.’
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Kentucky Horse Park

An educational theme park and equestrian sports center sits on 1200 acres just north of Lexington. Horses representing 50 different breeds live in the park and participate in special live shows.

Also included, the international Museum of the Horse has neat dioramas of the horse through history, from the tiny prehistoric ‘eohippus’ to the pony express mail carriers. Seasonal horseback riding costs $22. The adjacent American Saddlebred Museum focuses on America’s first registered horse breed – for hard-core enthusiasts only.

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Mary Todd Lincoln House

Mary Todd Lincoln House at 578 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, was the family home of Mary Todd, the future first lady and wife of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The house was built c. 1803-1806 as an inn and tavern, which was called “The Sign of the Green Tree” before its purchase by the Todd family.

Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and artifacts from the Todd and Lincoln families. The property is located in downtown Lexington and has a free parking lot located directly behind the house. It is within convenient walking distance to local hotels and restaurants. Open seasonally March 15th -Nov 30th.

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University of Kentucky Art Museum

The University of Kentucky Art Museum is an art museum in Lexington, Kentucky. The collection includes European and American artwork ranging from Old Masters to contemporary, as well as a selection of Non-Western objects. Featured artists include Alexander Calder, Agostino Carracci, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Gilliam, Louise Nevelson, and Gilbert Stuart, among others.

The Art Museum is located on the University of Kentucky campus in the Singletary Center for the Arts, Rose Street and Euclid Avenue.

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Ashland

Just 1.5 miles east of downtown, part historic home of one of Kentucky’s favorite sons, part Public Park, this was the Italianate estate of statesman Henry Clay (1777–1852) famed for his contribution to Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet.

A gorgeous property set in the midst of a tony historic neighborhood, you’ll need to pay to enter the home, but you can walk the property for free, peer into the carriage house where his coach is on display and more.

Images:

(1) www.elmoreleonard.com
(2) www.wkyt.com
(3) www.flickriver.com
(4) www.arabianhorseglobal.com
(5) www.uky.edu
(6) www.davidjwagnerllc.com

See More:

Lexington, Kentucky – City Information
http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/kentucky/lexington

Facts About the Battle of Lexington
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/battle-lexington-63878.html

Paul Intalan