Travel

Experience the spell binding Siena

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Dressed in a medieval aura that outlines its roots, Siena is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities that signifies the remarkable period of time when the field of art was unraveled.

Needless to say, the country hosts some of the most beautiful destinations in the world and that being said, expect that Siena has its own share of contributions when it comes to striking constructions and sites that are worth visiting.

Location

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The city is part of a province of the same name found in the region of Tuscany, Italy. The province itself covers an area of 1, 474 square meters.

Thanks to the hills that surround this part of the country, Siena hosts beautiful sights such as ridges of land and luscious forests that are relaxing to the eyes. Due to the vastness of fertile land, agriculture is one of the key players in the province’s economy.

Climate

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The climate in Siena is classified as humid subtropical. If you want to get the best out of the beautiful sights found here, it is advisable to pay a visit between the months of May and October, since they possess average weather which perfect for strolling around.

Note that the warmest temperature is usually observed in July and August, so wear light clothes. Most rainfall happens in November while the coldest month is December.

Transportation

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Those who will travel by air should first book a flight to either Florence or Pisa. From any of these destinations, riding a bus or taking a train can get you to Siena. Those who come from the north can ride a train from Florence as there are constant trips going to the city.

To get to the historical spots though, it is advisable to take a bus. The travel time is more than an hour but the last stop is right at the Piazza Antonio Gramsci, which is just a short walk away from some of the interesting sights of the city.

Attractions

Torre del Mangia

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As one of the distinct landmarks in Siena, this tower was built to proclaim the same extent of power the church holds as the state. As a matter of fact, it is the third highest edifice in Italy that is meant for secular purposes.

The foundation was first laid in 1325 but the actual construction began years after. The peak of the tower promises a stunning view of the city and its surroundings.

Public Palace of Siena

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Inspired by both medieval and gothic architecture, this palace was built with the intention of being the city’s center of governance in 1297.

This also serves as point of power as governors of the city spent their lives here. Aside from the rich history witnessed by its walls and floors, the palace preserved its majestic beauty and is still admired till today.

Piazza del Campo

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This serves as the heart of the city as some of Siena’s most important events transpired here. The big square is one of the most beautiful structures in the world.

Built in 1200, the place was able to preserve its raw and traditional facade making it stand out from other remarkable places.

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See More:

A Guide to Siena’s Top Attractions:
http://www.tuscanychic.com/traveling-in-tuscany/siena-top-attractions

Lonely Planet / Sights in Siena Italy:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/tuscany/siena/sights

Aira Algado

Bursting at the Seams, Enjoy Boulder’s outdoors

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The rush from outdoor activities always captivates millions of travelers, wherever they come from. Reveling in the heat of the sun and feeling your sweat dripping while doing something exciting is the best feeling in the world. Many people have a strong affinity to the outdoors, and as time moves on, we love it even more through innovative activities.

If you can’t get enough of the outside world, then put Boulder in Colorado into your travel list. The dusty, crunchy Earth is what makes Boulder a top tourist destination and the people within this grand city will make you stay here for even longer. Behold the warmth of hospitality, take in all the freshness and succumb to Mother Earth’s greatness in Boulder.

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Location

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Boulder is specifically located in the Boulder Valley area, where two huge land forms meet: the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Mostly, Boulder is made up of towering rock formations and strong land area that measures exactly 27.7 square miles.

This Colorado city is known as the home of the Flatirons and Boulder Creek flows within the city’s boundaries.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Boulder is under the semi-arid climate which means that it is prone to more dry spells and receives more sunlight hours annually. Despite the fact that Boulder experiences hotter temperatures, the snowy and rainy seasons can still be felt in specific months.

The highest temperatures are observed during the months of June to September while snow hits the ground starting November until April.

Transportation

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Your entrance and exit when traveling via plane is the Boulder International Airport, which is located just three miles from the city center.

If you want to roam around the city, it will be best for you to use the extensive mass transit system going into Boulder called the ‘Regional Transportation District’. This mass transit system connects Boulder to other Colorado towns such as Denver and Longmont via specified routes.

Also, Boulder thrives on the advent of cycling as a form of transportation as the government has observed that more and more people, locals and travelers alike, love to traverse the city’s parts with the help of their bicycles.

What to See

Chautauqua Park

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Adjacent to the majestic slabs of limestone known as the Flatirons, the Chautauqua Park is one of the most reasonable places in Boulder to camp out and spend the day outside. Here, many locals have established the concept of picnics as a common outdoor activity.

You get to see many students playing outdoor sports, or even spot professional climbers and trail runners dotting the wide expanse of verdant terrain.

Flagstaff Trail Mountainhead

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With an elevation of 7,238 feet, the Flagstaff Trail Mountainhead is a short drive from Downtown Boulder. Here, you’ll get a panoramic view of everything below this destination such Boulder, Denver and the Continental Divide.

Also, you can test your physical limits and challenge yourself with the Flagstaff Trail Mountainhead’s path through either simple mountain hiking or extreme cycling.

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Within the Museum of Contemporary Art lies the history of Boulder, the rich tapestry of events that made this city how it is now. Here, you can feast your eyes on a wide array of mixed exhibition materials such as neon installations and life-sized cards, funky costumes and a long stretch of wardrobe.

Admission is free and all exhibitions are replaced quarterly to ensure the diversity of talents being showcased.

See More:

City of Boulder, Colorado : Home
https://bouldercolorado.gov

Boulder Vacations, Activities & Things To Do | Colorado.com
http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/boulder

Images:

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Paul Intalan

Shop smart in Tokyo’s best retail destinations

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Tokyo is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. That being said, some of the most cost-effective retail destinations can also be found here.

This amplifies the vibrant and dynamic capital of Japan in an interesting way. So, ready those legs for some walking and get the best shopping experience only at Tokyo.

Location

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Tokyo may be commonly known as a city, but it is actually referred to as metropolitan prefecture. This chunk of land is situated at the northwest part of the Tokyo Bay and covers a land area of 844. 36 square meters.

The city has been an imperial city since 1868 and is part of the Kanto region. Nearby countries include Russia, South and North Korea and China.

Climate

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The climate in Tokyo is classified by the Köppen climate classification as humid subtropical. The temperature in the city is quite cold compared to other countries located near the equator.

The average temperature is around 26.4 °C, while the January is the coolest month with a temperature of around 5.2 °C. Snowfall happens annually while rainfall averages around 60.2 inches per year.

Transportation

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Tokyo is one of the most accessible cities in the world. Being a key player when it comes to economics, people from all over the world can get here from almost any major airport, including Narita and Haneda. Those who come from a different country can schedule a flight going to Narita, since this hosts international flights.

The city’s primary mode of transportation would either be through trains or bus. As a matter of fact, this city has some of the most advanced technology when it comes to railways.

Attractions

Ginza

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Ginza is similar to Fifth Avenue in New York. This is where high-end brands are found. If you have a specific craving for anything first rate, then Ginza is the place to be.

Experience lavish spending and exclusive labels scattered around this place, as well as expensive cafes and restaurants that can soothe your grumbling stomach when shopping becomes physically draining.

Shibuya

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Tokyo’s streets have a distinct style that makes its people a stand out from other capital cities in the world. Shibuya is where trendy pieces fit for youngsters can be found.

The youth-focused fashion that is popular here is the reason why stylish teens are usually seen on this side of Tokyo. Unlike Ginza, items here are cheaper, which is why it is no surprise that youngsters would resort to Shibuya for shopping.

Akihabara

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Should you be tech savvy, then Akihabara will satisfy your need for anything new when it comes to technology. Not only will you find a myriad of electronics, but they are also at reasonable cost.

Those who are inclined to anime and JPOP will also enjoy paying a visit to Akihabara as there are specialty shops that sell interesting collectibles.

Images:
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See More:

Top 10 places to shop in Tokyo:
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/travel-tips-and-articles/69988

Tokyo’s Best Shopping:
http://us.jnto.go.jp/indulgence/tokyo_best_shopping.php

Aira Algado

Oozing with aquatic appeal: Corolla

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Famous for its stunning beaches, give in to the temptation of 100-mile-long coasts that people who have visited this destination failed to resist. Aside from the rich ocean views, get the best of shopping and gastronomy through the shops that are scattered around the area.

Not only is the place is popular for its seas, but also Curritick Lighthouse which is also a popular site on this side of North Carolina.

Location

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Found in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this beach destination is a popular tourist spot. A vacation haven as it is, the community is situated at Poplar Branch Township in Curritick County.

Aside from the astounding Atlantic Ocean along with its fine sands, the place is also known for the banker horses that are specifically found here.

Climate

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On an average, July experiences the warmest temperature that varies around 89 degrees. January has the coolest month.

Corolla receives approximately 50 inches of rain per year while snowfall measures 3 inches per annum. The moderate climate and mild temperature of the place complements well with the topical feel of this famous destination.

Transportation

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To reach Outer Banks County, booking a flight to Norfolk International Airport is your bet. This airport is an hour and a half away from a city called Kitty Hawk.

Those who will use private cars from the North can take I-64 in Virginia to exit 291B. Leading to RT 158 will bring you right to the foot of the beaches that this destination is known for.

Attractions

Beaches

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The fine sand and the vastness of the ocean are definitely at their most generous here in Corolla.

Swim and sail away together with other vacationers and get the most of water activities by engaging in different water sports offered by businesses located by the beach. Do not forget to bring your sunblock because Corolla is a spot for a total sun fest.

Currituck Heritage Park

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This 39 acre site is one of the most famous attractions to visit in Corolla. Aside from the picturesque park, do not miss going to the lighthouse and see the beauty of the surroundings from an elevated position.

This is where history, education and sightseeing come together, which is why it not a surprise why tourists flock here most of the time.

Whalehead Club

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This 1920 art nouveau is a structure that exhibits the remnants of the prominent Knights family. See the historic and timeless pieces from a grandmother’s clock, a vintage piano and other antique decors that adorn the house.

Become more cultured by appreciating the facts behind each wonderful treasure found in this museum.

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See More:

Corolla NC Attractions / Corolla Outer Banks:
http://corollaguide.com/attractions

Corolla Attractions & Activities:
http://sunnydaycorolla.com/activities

Aira Algado

Skagen is a No-Fuss Beach Town

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If the idea of crowded beaches is a hassle, then the atmosphere on Skagen may work for you. Expect tranquility and remoteness as this secret paradise in Denmark holds beautiful scenery and astounding beaches that will help you relax without any pressure of socializing unlike other beach destinations surrounded by pubs and clubs.

As neat as it can be, have a peaceful vacation while getting the best of silence found in Skagen.

Location

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Found in the northernmost part of Denmark, Skagen is to the northeast of Aalborg. Due to its location, it is common to see fishing ports and harbors located on its coasts.

This destination is blessed with oceanic waters, which is why lingering at the beach is very conenient.

Climate

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Skagen has an oceanic climate, which means that it has moderate temperature and more days of sunshine compared to the rest of Denmark.

The most ideal time to go here would be during the months of July and August as they are known to have fine weather. The coolest month is January while March is the driest.

Transportation

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The most ideal mode of transportation going to the city is the bus. The best starting point would be Blokhus that passes through Hjørring and Hirtshals before reaching the last stop, which is Skagen.

Trains are also an option especially for those who come from Frederikshavn, a city in North Jutland.

Attractions

Grenen Beach

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Perhaps the most famous attraction in Skagen, see two oceans collide and experience the ‘two seas phenomena’ first hand. This is where North Sea and Baltic Sea meet.

See the picturesque scenery from the waves meeting each other creating a scenic view that cannot be translated in photos. It is best to see this in the summer as cloudy and rough weather can affect witnessing this beauty of nature.

The Grey Lighthouse

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This historic structure was restored after being abandoned in 2013. With the aim of it being fully operational, there was a collaboration of concerned groups and sectors.

Designed back in 1858, this point of interest has a unique facade even though it is made of bricks. Current renovations made the surrounding buildings in yellow.

Tomb of Drachmann

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This place was built to honor the Danish poet Holger Drachmann. What makes it unique is that this can be found near the Grenen Beach.

The dramatist’s contribution to the field of literature was never forgotten as this also serves as a reminder of his greatness when he was alive.

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See More:

Guide to Skagen – Everything a Tourist Wants:
http://www.danhostel.dk/en/news/guide-skagen-everything-tourist-want

Welcome to Skagen:
http://www.toppenafdanmark.com/ln-int/north-jutland/welcome-skagen

Aira Algado

Unveil the concealed beauty of Kigali

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Kigali is more than its history. The present facade of the city proves that the unhappy past is over and that the present time proves that things have improved.

It may not be part of the most popular destinations, but visit this place and learn a thing or two about humanity while mixing it with the pleasure of raw culture.

Location

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Kigali is located at the heart of Rwanda. As the biggest city and the capital of the country, it also follows that this city is heavily populated. Kigali is the center of industry, trade and other major functions in Rwanda.

The office of the country’s president is also found here. The city measures 730 square kilometers and houses more than a million people.

Climate

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Climate in Kigali is classified by Kopper-Geiger as tropical wet and dry/ savannah climate. The dry months are between June and July while the warmest month is August.

The rainy season is between February to April and November to December. Tourists who want to enjoy the raw culture of the city by strolling should avoid the month of April because it is the wettest.

Transportation

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Kigali has its own small airport that caters to flights from different parts of Africa, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Belgium. The city can also be reached by bus.

There are rides available from Kigali to Kampala in Uganda and back. Those who travel with a strict budget would want to resort to this option because this is cheapest way to reach the city.

Attractions

Camp Kigali Memorial

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This is to remember the Belgian UN Blue Berets that were killed in the same spot where Camp Kigali is situated.

These soldiers were killed while attempting to protect the home of then Prime Minister Agatha Uwilinginama. Until today, this same spot serves a symbol of bravery against the tragedy that once occurred in the city.

Nyanza Genocide Memorial

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This is another symbol of how the people of Rwanda fought for their rights and won.

More than an edifice of liberty against suffering and injustice, this memorial spot serves as an educational corner about the truths concerning genocides.

Safaris

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Any African country will not be complete without the presence of safaris and Kigali has its fair share of them.

Enjoy nature and be intimate with the wild by booking a safari trip while staying in this city. See the animals that we usually see only in the movies and learn of their beauty first-hand.

Images:
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Sources:

Rwanda reborn: Kigali’s culture, heart and soul
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/11/rwanda-kigali-reborn-culture-heart-soul

Things to Do in Kigali
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g293829-Activities-Kigali_Kigali_Province.html

Aira Algado

Timisoara, its culture and old age architecture

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There is something inviting about the beautiful structures found all over Timisoara. These edifices are like charms that lure visitors through deluxe beauty that is mainly rooted in the golden age of the past.

Be reminded of the luxurious Byzantine and Renaissance eras as the buildings found in this city tell stories about the history and influences that gathered in this interesting tourist destination.

Location

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The city is part of the Timis region in Romania. Timisoara has been one of the focal points of the historical Banat and has played major part especially during its golden age.

The metro is one of the major industrial hubs in the country and is found at coordinates 45.75 latitude and 21.23 longitude with an elevation of 96 meters above sea level.

Climate

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The city has a climate that is categorized as Marine West Coast Climate. It is suggested to come here during the months of May until September because these have average temperatures. Statistically, August is considered to be the warmest month, whereas January is listed to be the coolest. Meanwhile, July is the wettest and February is the driest.

Transportation

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The nearest airport to the city is called Traian Vuia International Airport, which is 10 kilometers away. From here, taking a bus or arranging airport transfers can be made in order to reach the city proper.

Aside from travelling via air, the city can also be reached by international tourists via trains that pass through international cities like Budapest, Vienna and Munich.

Attractions

Baroque Palace

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Built in 1754, this structure is one of the major emblems of the city. Influenced by Baroque design, the grand edifice served as the home of leaders during the old age.

The modifications made to maintain the palace somewhat diminished the baroque element and are apparent especially on its interiors.

Museums

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If there’s one thing Timisoara can boast about, it is the recollection and conservation of its past. As a matter of fact, the city hosts a number of museums that are worth visiting.

There’s the Memorial Museum dedicated to the 1989 Revolution during the downfall of the communist system. On the other hand, Banat Museum hosts cultural evolution and memoirs of the past.

Timisoara Zoological Gardens

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The 6.74 hectare zoo serves as a home for more than 30 species. The zoo was opened to the public in 1986 and has experienced several modifications especially on its organizational structure.

See animals from different countries and enrich your knowledge when it comes to the wild.

Images:
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See More:

Timisoara, Romania – Official Site
http://romaniatourism.com/timisoara.html

Timisoara – Europ’s Best Destinations
http://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/destinations/timisoara/

Aira Algado

Spend your vacation at Dorset’s dreamy setting

Dorset's Coastline

                                              1. Dorset’s Coastline

Dorset is a popular holiday getaway for those who want to get enjoyment from old-age structures and blue waters. What makes this place astounding is the variety of diverse recreational destinations that cater to almost anything people need on a typical vacation.

The county is adorned by beautiful scenery from the tamed grasslands to inviting beaches. These are only some of the many reasons why people want to visit whenever a chance for a vacation comes up.

Location

Dorset's Map

                                                      2. Dorset’s Map

Found in the Southwest region of England, Dorset is a county that covers a land area of more than 2,600 square kilometers. The diverse landscape found here is the reason why there are lots of beautiful sights found in Dorset.

The grasslands scattered on some its parts make it an ideal place for rearing sheep. What’s unique about this destination is that not only it is great to have a relaxed experience but it is also a thriving location especially for business and trade.

Climate

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                                         3. A Sunny Day in Dorset

One of the best things in Dorset is its weather. The mild climate is responsible for the county’s fresh crops, which are used to make superb gastronomic creations. Dorset has warm summers and mild winters.

Thanks to its location, it does not experience extreme weather making it appealing for those who want to have a serene vacation. The ideal months to visit are from March until May as they comprise the summer season in the county.

Transportation

4.  Bournemouth International Airport

                              4. Bournemouth International Airport

Going to Dorset via plane is possible through Bournemouth International Airport. This is the nearest airport and caters to several flights especially in major cities of Europe.

Trains are also quite common as those who come from other cities can get a ticket going to London and hail a connecting trip to Dorset. Ferries are also available in cities like Jersey, Poole and Weymouth.

Attractions

Corfe Castle

 

 

 

 

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                                                     5. Corfe Castle

 

6. Corfe Castle

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This castle created in the 11th century exudes a medieval ambiance and is one of the main attractions in Dorset. This served not only a place to denote royalty, but also as protection against aggressors. This can be found in the gap of Purbeck Hills and now regarded as a reminder of the old era’s prime and majesty.

Brownsea Island

7. Brownsea Island

                                                 7. Brownsea Island

 

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                                              8. Wildlife in Brownsea

Found in Poole Harbour, this is where you can experience of getting close to the wildlife and Mother Nature. This is also where Brownsea Castle is situated. The impressive stone structure is an edifice that faces the astounding view of the ocean. One of recognizable landmarks in the county, be acquainted with culture and architecture by visiting this beautiful building of the past.

 

Cerne Giant

9. Cerne Giant

                                                     9. Cerne Giant

It is believed that a giant once came in the year 1751. This is considered as one of the biggest hill figures in Britain. Still a mystery of today, there are different stories and folklore about the appearance of this phenomena with the inclusion of a Danish giant’s telltale that his figure was drawn by the people residing in the hill while he was sleeping.

Images:

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See More:

What is on in Dorset – things to see and do:

https://www.dorsetforyou.com/things-to-do

 

Sights in Dorset / Lonely Planet:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/southwest-england/dorset/sights

 

Aira Algado

The Merging of the Outdated and the Future Observed in Linz

Linz, Austria

                                                   1. Linz, Austria

The country of Austria is widely known due to its rich cultural heritage and incessant preservation of what it once was. While it is definitely important to always go back to our roots, the people of Austria also know the importance of moving forward to meet the demands of this modern world. The country has gone to great heights and went beyond the old-fashioned just to keep up with the advent of technology now seen worldwide.

Furthermore, they have moved a notch higher, making their neighbors look into their impressive and bold potential. Austria started their metamorphosis with a city called Linz, and the future of the country is encapsulated within its walls, all abloom and full of flavor.

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                                             2. Fireworks at Linz’ Sky

 

Location

Linz is a city placed in the center of Europe; the Paris-Budapest junction is found on its western and eastern tips while the Malmo-Trieste convention is on its northern and southern poles. The city of Linz considers the legendary Danube as one of its main transport systems since it runs through the whole course of its geographical scope.

3. Linz' Map

                                              3. Linz’ Map

Linz covers a total land area of 37.09 sqaure meters and is elevated at 873 feet above sea level. Currently, Linz is populated by 193,814 locals and is divided into 9 districts namely Ebelsberg, Innenstadt, Kleinmunchen, Lustenau, Postlingberg, St. Magdalena, St. Peter, Urfahr and Waldegg.

Climate

If you’d ever travel to Linz and want to experience the city with the sun at its zenith, be here during the months of June to August. In these months, temperatures are said to be at an average of 34-degrees Celsius. As you move along the year, the temperatures drop, especially in the Holiday season which can stretch until April. Snowfall is experienced in winter with Linz garnering a total of 21.3 inches of snow annually.

4. A day in Linz

                                                 4. A day in Linz

The rainiest month in Linz is June, with 12 days of precipitation, contributing to the city’s total rainfall measurement of 32.78 inches per year. The lowest temperatures can drop to -2.8-degrees Celsius in January.

Transportation

Being in the center of Austria and Europe, the city has been an integral part of the transport systems for Upper Austria and southern Bohemia. In the municipality of Horsching lies the Linz Airport, with a distance of 8.7 miles from the city center. This is the only known passageway if traveling by air. This aviation terminal caters to international and intercontinental flights, same as domestic routes to neighboring towns such as Vienna, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

                                        5. Transportation in Linz

Linz also has a central railway station, which connects it to the whole country. The city includes the West Railway which interlocks with other areas such as Western Austria and even Germany and Switzerland. The River Danube is a known transport hub for cargo, tourist cruise ships and industrial barges.

What to See

Hauptplatz

6. Hauntplatz

                                                    6. Hauntplatz

If you want to be in the middle of everything within Linz, then a trip to the joyful Hauptplatz will introduce you to local color and the citizen’s daily activities. Grab a cup of Austrian coffee while witnessing the crowds go about their routines and feel the life pulsing within Linz’s veins. Be mesmerized by the baroque and pastel-colored houses inspired by the Renaissance period and watch street performers entertain people.

Lentos

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                                      7. The Artist Venue – Lentos

 

The love for modern architecture and fascinating artworks are all encapsulated within the famed Lentos, overlooking the Danube and glowing magnificently by night. This gallery is an illustrious feat of architecture of rectangular glass and steel, home to creations by worldwide artists such as Warhol, Klimt, Kokoschka and Covirth.

The Lentos is also a venue for budding artists to showcase their work through large-scale exhibitions and visitors can avail of scheduled tours for a better understanding of the place.

Schlossmuseum

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                              8. Know Linz’ History at Schlossmuseum

Preserved at the Schlossmuseum are some of Linz’s most prized possessions from centuries ago. Here, visitors would have the fortunate chance of knowing Linz’s history from the Romans to the Harsburgs all retained in weapons, instruments and archaeological preserves.

Postlingberg

9. The Majestic Postlingberg Tower

                                  9. The Majestic Postlingberg Tower

Even though it is a good 30-minute drive from the Hauptplatz, Postlingberg is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Linz. Standing mighty at 537 meters, this tower and observation deck will give you a panoramic view of Linz from above.

 

Images:

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See More:

 

Linz, Austria – the city Hitler called his “home town”

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Linz/

 

Linz, Austria: on the crossroads of culture

http://www.austria.info/us/where-to-go/cities/linz/linz

 

Paul Intalan

The splash of fun put together the Unawatuna way

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Sri Lanka is your exotic bet for unique way of taking a break. Its rich cuisines that will not be complete without a dash of anything spicy may be remarkable, but aside from these, the country is even worth exploring through its beaches, beautiful shores and deep sea sites that exhibit the beautiful corals underwater.

Unawatuna is the country’s pride when it comes to oceanic adventure. People who want to get that perfect tan and swim through the inviting saltwater flock here especially during summer to get the most out of the season’s popular recreational activities. The place may not get as much attention as other popular beach destinations, but this spot is definitely worth experiencing.

Location

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Unawatuna is a coastal town in the Galle district. The town is blessed with rich nature. Aside from the beaches that this place is known for, there are also marshlands and mangroves that will certainly bring you a more intimate experience with Mother Nature.

There are also abundant sites for different species of birds, fish, turtles and coral reefs that serve as unspoken testaments of how beautiful Unawatuna is.

Climate

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Unawatuna has a tropical climate. Tourists should ready themselves for scorching weather that complements the beaches surrounding the town.

Rain falls in October, November and December so those who want to bathe in the sun to obtain that golden tan might want to avoid these months. The driest month is February while the warmest is April.

Transportation

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The nearest airport is Bandaranayaka International Airport which is situated 150 km away from the town. Outside the airport, travelers can hail private cars to get to the town. This approximately takes three hours of travel time.

Those with booked accommodations can also arrange this through their hotels for a hassle free itinerary. The budget-conscious can also choose public transportation that is found just outside the airport.

Attractions

Whale Watching

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Watching whales is one of the most popular activities for tourists in town. Most whales and dolphins are seen at Mirissa Bay, just a few minutes away from Unawatuna by boat.

See the adorable sea creatures playing around in the stunning blue waters especially from the months of December to March.

Beaches

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Beach bums might want to pay a visit to Jungle Beach. This stunning location gives you an ideal place for snorkeling. Hiding inside the jungle, feel as if you are in Survivor as the coasts are adorned with luscious greenery that serves as a back drop for the beautiful sea.

Worry not about getting hungry as there are cafes and food stores located nearby to satisfy the call of grumbling tummies.

Buddhist Temples

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The Japanese Peace Pagoda is near Jungle Beach, which stands beautifully facing the ocean. This architecture can also be seen from the beach itself. Comprised of four pagodas, this site was actually built to remind everyone to promote peace no matter what race and place of origin one comes from.

Standing from its balcony will provide a good view of the ocean as well as the greenery surrounding it.

Images:
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See More:

Introducing Unawatuna:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/the-south/unawatuna

Things to do in Unawatuna:
http://www.afar.com/travel-guides/sri-lanka/unawatuna/guide

Aira Algado