Travel

Moving Forward to a Utopia in Karaganda

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Similar to the country’s capital city Astana, this land hundreds of kilometers away does not shy away from leaving its history behind for the better. Karaganda, which was previously a coal and labor camp, is now realizing its full potential as a popular travel destination with its upgrades from the last couple of years.

Currently, the city is now buzzing with locals as they make their livelihood as bountiful as ever. The parks are also lined with necessities to look more progressive. Gone were the days when the streets were just made for war and battle. Now, Karaganda is leaning onto modernization.

The connection with the outside world is evident through the construction of bus lines and railways, and tourism is now welcome on this side of Kazakhstan.

Location

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Karaganda is within the heart of Kazakhstan and is known to be 220 kilometers away from Astana. It covers a land area of 192.2 square miles and is elevated at 1,791 feet above sea level.

Due to migration to the nearby country of Germany, Karaganda is now populated by just 460,000 citizens.

Climate

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Akin to the whole of Kazakhstan, Karaganda is under the humid continental climate which thrives on the coldest winters and warm, pleasant summers. The average temperature when it is considered hot is at 26.8-degrees Celsius in July and it rises or falls until the month of September.

Oddly, rainy days go hand in hand with summer as July is deemed to be the wettest month getting 1.85 inches of rainfall accumulation.

The merry winter season starts in December and the lovely weather can stretch as far as April, which is a total of 103 snowy days per year. The sunniest month is June, amounting to 303 hours of summer sunshine and leading to a total of 2,528 of sunlight hours for the whole year.

Transportation

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If traveling by air, the best way to enter through the Sary-Arka Airport , which is about 20 kilometers southeast of the city center.

This airport primarily serves tourists who have Astana as their final destination and travelers who want to get to Karaganda would have to have make arrangements for bus rides to get there.

Once inside Karaganda, it’s just a matter of walking and cycling to get around the city.

What to See

Karaganda Ecological Museum

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For a deeper understanding of how Karaganda maintained its environment despite the impending doom of the coal industry, make sure to put Karaganda Ecological Museum as a part of your itinerary.

Aside from the information wedged on every bit of detail, the whole complex is interactive for tourists to have a better feel of what makes up Karaganda’s ecological resources. The tours available are in the English language and due to the museum’s fame, it is quite suggested that you book in advance.

Karaganda Oblast Museum

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If the Soviet era interests you most, then head to the Karaganda Oblast Museum to delve into this information.

The museum was recently upgraded for you to have a clear glimpse of their local history through artifacts, exhibits and a specialized section intended to explain the ‘KarLag’ phenomenon.

Central Park

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Immerse yourself in nature and busy daylight scenery when you get to sit at Karaganda’s very own Central Park.

Stretching to an impressive 2 kilometers, relieve all of your stress by taking in the surroundings and finding the time to reach the large lake at its center.

Images:
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See More:

Introducing Karaganda
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/kazakhstan/northern-kazakhstan/karaganda

Things to Do in Karaganda
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g608513-Activities-Karaganda_Karagandy_Province.html

Paul Intalan

Put Rabat on Your Travel List and Never Regret It

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If you’re blessed enough to reside in a developing city where comfort and purpose meet, then you’d definitely adore the ambience that is found in Rabat, Morocco. Gone were the days when this humble area was tagged as one of the dullest places in the country.

Now, you’d love the laid-back ambience, the streets lined with palm trees, the handful of artisan restaurants and museums and the smell of the working class going about their daily lives.

Hailing from a fusion of many cultures and influences, Rabat is dotted with sprawling architectures and towering buildings while keeping the whole vicinity reasonably calm for you to relax and have an awesome time. Rabat is truly a chance that you should never miss as it will definitely course you through a journey of familiar sensations and conventional treats.

Location

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Geographically, the huge city of Rabat is located at the mouth of Bou Regreg, a river connected to the vast Atlantic Ocean. Specifically, Rabat is seen on Morocco’s northern tip and covers a total land area of 45.17 square miles.

Rabat is at 135 meters above sea level and is currently populated by almost 580,000 citizens, ranking 7th terms of Morocco’s population. Rabat is also known to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site subdivided into three factions: Medina, Oudayas/Hassan and the neighborhood perched in front of the Atlantic Ocean

Climate

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Due to its proximity to a huge body of water, Rabat has a Mediterranean climate with a fusion of Oceanic according to Koppen. Rabat experiences cooler winter days and refreshing summer episodes. Since Rabat is technically a harbor city, rainfall can be experienced the whole year round, with the strongest months starting in November and stretches up to April.

On an annual scale, Rabat gets a total of 21.85 inches of rainfall and roughly 76 rainy days. Annual temperature is around 21.7-21.9-degrees Celsius which can drop to as low as 0.5-degrees Celsius in July. The average sunshine for Rabat is recorded at 2,918 hours in a year.

Transportation

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If traveling by air, the only option for travelers is the Rabat-Sale Airport. This aviation terminal is said to serve both domestic and international flights 24/7. Once inside Rabat, you can travel using their railway stations operated by their government.

Expect sophistication and well-mannered trips from the Rabat-Ville Train Station which will then connect you to nearby cities and towns like Casablanca, Marrakech, El Jadida, Tanger, Fes, Taza, Oujda and Meknes.

Just recently opened, the Rabat-Sale Tramway has an impressive dual line running on a stretch of 12 miles. Here, you’ll have specific station stops that are beneficial for those who want to skim the inner veins of Rabat.

What to See

Moroccan Museum of Money

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If you’re in for a refreshing journey in visiting museums, then head to the Moroccan Museum of Money and be amazed by how curators spent time to ensure that you would be delighted.

Here, you’ll follow Moroccan history with their well-preserved coinage and vintage notes which dating as far back as the Roman period. There are also Oriental paintings, Moroccan abstract and other forms of art linked to Rabat’s splendid culture.

Chellah

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Visit Chellah if you yearn for a scenic view. The ruins of this place are reminiscent of Phoenician culture and other influences found in this area.

Chellah is now covered with various floras while the bricks of the past still stand in its yellow and crumbling state. Take a long walk on this stretch of ancient land and release some tension after a stroll around the city.

Kasbah les Oudaias

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Situated in the city’s oldest area, the Kasbah les Oudaias is predominantly residential and whitewashed, all with a touch of Muslim vibe because they primarily reside here.

Now, it is a favorite destination for travelers who seek tranquil landscapes and relaxing views. This is the best way to cap your afternoon.

Images:
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See More:

Things to Do in Rabat
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g293736-Activities-Rabat_Rabat_Sale_Zemmour_Zaer_Region.html

Introducing Rabat
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/morocco/rabat

Paul Intalan

Keeping You at a Heavenly High in Lagos

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One of the most unbelievable places on Earth is Lagos in the country of Nigeria. Every inch of space in this city is well-packed with bustling locals and vehicles, noise is rampant especially at their lively market and the town is bursting through its edges as if the land where it stands will never be enough. Truthfully, Lagos is one place where chaos is observed at best, but think of it as a trip filled with adventure and uninterrupted fun, then it can be flipped into a vacation worth remembering.

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Feel free to rub shoulders with the smiling inhabitants and taste their way of life, traverse through the saturated streets with hopes of doing something new, visit their well-appointed libraries and museums and go ride the tide of energy channeled by every breathing human being. Lagos is not for the faint-hearted as movement and constant activity happens here, and if you want to shake things up a bit, then jumping right smack into the city center is an option that would suit you best.

Location

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Dubbed to be the seventh most populous city in the world, Lagos has a total city area of almost 386-square miles and is inhabited by almost 16 million Lagosians. The town of Lagos is specifically divided into the Island and the Mainland. On its western bank lies the Lagos Lagoon and is known to be one of the main entry points to the town.

The central business district is said to be found in Lagos Island where high-rise buildings dominate the place. On the other hand, the mainland is where most residential areas are situated, along with universities and travel destinations.

Climate

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Despite the fact that Lagos is mainly an African city, the climate of this bustling community lies under the tropical wet and dry climate, or ‘tropical monsoon’. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Lagos experiences two sets of rainfall within the year, which is specifically in April until July and/or October through November. Rainfall is best observed in the month of June, which can even go as high as 13 inches of precipitation.

On the contrary, February, is the hottest month with an all-time high temperature of 33.1-degree Celsius. Due to the fact that Lagos is a part of Nigeria, sunshine is also at its finest with the town experiencing an average of 1845.4 hours of daylight for the whole year.

Transportation

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If traveling by air, you shouldn’t worry as getting in and out of Lagos is the same as landing in any super city through organized aviation. Most tourists would have to pass through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which is one of the biggest airports in Africa and your first stop when traveling to any part of Nigeria.

In an annual scale, the airport caters to both international and domestic flight, serving almost 5.5 million passengers. Upgrades and plans of adding a new terminal are already in the works, so your aviation experience would be even better when going to Lagos.

When you’re already inside Lagos and want to travel from the town’s island and mainland areas, the best bet for you is to use the Lagos State Ferry Services Corporation. The said transportation outfit caters to regular trips to and from the two main Lagos territories and this mode of transport is one of the best ways to get around.

Currently, Lagos and its well-meaning government are on the move to create a sophisticated railway system and highways for more convenient tourist and local travel.

What to See: Nike Art Gallery

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No, this isn’t an edifice that houses your freshest and most vintage version of running shoes, but a gallery put up by Nigeria’s prided Nike Davies-Okundaye. Currently, the Nike Art Gallery is an avenue for locals and tourists to know and feel how Nigerian art transformed over the years via the multitude of paintings, installments and artifacts preserved in this spot.

Jankara Market

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If you want to experience how it feels like to be a Lagosian even for a day, then don’t miss a trip to the Jankara Market. Dubbed as Lagos’ biggest marketplace, Jankara is known to sell everything that you can think of while in Lagos. If you’re obsessed with traditional and locally-grown herbs, medicines, potions, powders, clothes, beads and jewelry, then be prepared to lose some of your hard-earned cash.

Lekki Conservation Centre

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Lagos is said to have never let go of its natural blessings, unlike the rest of Africa, and the Lekki Conservation Center is a living testament to this. Currently operated through the relentless efforts of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lekki is now a cistern of wetlands, wildlife and fauna that Lagos is known for.

Tafawa Balewa Square

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Feast your eyes on the plethora of architecture and sculptures frozen in the famous Tafawa Balewa Square. The said place of interest is named after an infamous Nigerian official and has been transformed into something that the Lagos community would definitely be proud of. Some of the few monuments that you’d be able to see here include the Remembrance Arcade and the towering Independence House.

Images:

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See More:

Lagos, Nigeria – National Geographic magazine
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/lagos/draper-text

Lagos Tourism: Best of Lagos, Nigeria – TripAdvisor
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g304026-Lagos_Lagos_State-Vacations.html

 

Paul Intalan

Penticton Would Make You Beg For another Visit

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

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

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

Location

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

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

Climate

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

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

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

Transportation

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

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

What to See

Art Gallery of Southern Okanagan

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

Farmers Market

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

SS Sicamous Inland Marine Museum

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

 

Images:

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See More:

 

Penticton Official Site

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

 

Things to Do in Penticton

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

 

Paul Intalan

The Play of Sights and Sounds in Majestic Takayama

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

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

Location

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

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

Climate

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

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

 Transportation

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

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

What to See

Teddy Bear Eco Village

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

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

Merchant Houses

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

 

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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

Karakuri Museum

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

 

Images

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See More:

 

Things to Do in Takayama

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

 

Takayama Area – JNTO

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

 

 

Tour around the port town of Setubal

 

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                                                          (1)Setubal

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

Location

Setubal map

                                                      (2)Setubal map

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

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

Climate

A day in Setubal

                                              (3)A day in Setubal

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

Transportation

Transportation in Setubal

                                      (4)Transportation in Setubal

  

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

Attractions

Castelo de São Filipe

Castelo de Sao Filipe

                                          (5) Castelo de São Filipe

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

Igreja de Jesus

Igreja De Jesus

                                                  (6) Igreja de Jesus

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

Convento da Arrábida

(7) Convento da Arrábida

                                         (7) Convento da Arrábida

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

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See More:

 

9 Top Tourist Attractions in Setúbal & Easy Day Trips

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

 

Things to Do in Setubal

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

 

Aira Algado

A Sweet Treat from the Feisty Town of Waco

                                                         1.) City of Waco

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

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

Location

Map of Waco, Texas

                                                     2.) Map of Waco, Texas

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

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

Climate

A day in Waco

                                                     3.) A day in Waco

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

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

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

Transportation

Waco Transportation

                                           4.) Waco Transportation

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

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

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

What to See

Dr. Pepper Museum

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                                                 5.) Dr. Pepper Museum

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

Waco Mammoth Site

6.) Mammoth Site

                                                    6.) Mammoth Site

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

Cameron Park & Zoo

7.) Cameron Aquarium

                                       7.) Cameron Aquarium

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

Armstrong Browning Library

8.) Armstrong Browning Library

                                      8.) Armstrong Browning Library

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

 

Images:

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See More:

 

Things to Do in Waco

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

 

City of Waco Attractions

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

 

Paul Intalan

Paddle through the grace of Odense

Odense

(1)Odense

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

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

Location

Odense map

(2)Odense map

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

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

Climate

Odense on a fine day

(3)Odense on a fine day

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

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

Transportation

Transportation in Odense

(4)Transportation in Odense

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

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

Attractions

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

(5) Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

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

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

Funen’s Art Museum

Funens Art Museum

(6) Funen’s Art Museum

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

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

The Funen Village

Funen Village

(7) The Funen Village

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

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

Images:
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Sources:

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

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

Aira Algado

Rotterdam after rebuilt, a must-see new town feel

Rotterdam

(1)Rotterdam

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

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

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

Location

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(2)Rotterdam map

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

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

Climate

A day in Rotterdam

(3)A day in Rotterdam

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

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

Transportation

Transportation in Rotterdam

(4) Transportation in Rotterdam

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

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

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

Attractions

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Grote of Sint Laurenskerk

(5) Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

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

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

Cube Houses

Cube houses

(6)Cube houses

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

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

Royal Zoo

Royal zoo

(7)Royal Zoo

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

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

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Sources

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

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

Aira Algado

Simple Living at Its Finest in Coban

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

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

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

Location

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

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

Climate

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

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

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

Transportation

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

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

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

What to See

Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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

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

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

Museo El Principe Maya

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

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

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

Orquigonia

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

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

Images
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See More:

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

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

Paul Intalan