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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

 

Patara: Remnants of the Lycian Life

 

 

Patara

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In the Turkish coast, eight kilometers south of Xanthos, there are two different kinds of life. One is the modern, laid-back stretch of shoreline perfect for a summer vacation and the other scattered on the Patara Beach are the Lycian Ruins. Experiencing two atmospheres blending together, Patara is Turkey’s treasured secret. It is hard to blame them, though. Peaceful, empty coasts with an ancient aura are tempting to keep to themselves.

LOCATION

 

Patara on the Map

                                             (2) Patara on the Map

Patara is located at the southwestern part of Turkey. Patara includes Turkey’s longest uninterrupted beach at 11 miles long. Within Patara, scattered on the way to the beach and around town are the popular Patara Ruins. Nearby towns include Kalkal, which is 17 kilometers away and the town of Gelemis at only 1.5 kilometers away. These serve as the launch pad in visiting Patara, which is under-protection limiting development to preserve the area.

CLIMATE

Roman gateway

                                               (3) Roman Gateway

The month of August is when the weather allows you to do all kinds of activities in Patara, offshore or inland. May is also a great time to visit Patara with the lush vegetation at its best. However, you will need heavy clothing at night due to changes in the sea temperature. This is also the same for the month of October. November to March is winter time in Patara which can extend to April. The weather is unpredictable during these months, so be flexible and prepared.

TRANSPORTATION

4) Dalaman International Airport

                                 (4) Dalaman International Airport

Dalaman International Airport is located 90 miles away from Patara. It serves flights from different UK airports and from different parts of Turkey. Traveling from the airport to Patara takes around two hours. Once you have landed, you can hire a private transfer to bring you to your accommodations is Patara for about £60. Car rentals at around £80 per week are also available at the airport.

ATTRACTIONS

Patara Beach

 

Patara Beach

                                    (5) Whitesand Beach in Patara

Stretching for 18 kilometers, there is always a place here for everyone even in the peak season to lay their towels. Obscured by large sand dunes, this uninterrupted beach is a favorite spot in Turkey. Enjoy different activities in the water or the shore. Canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba-diving are all possible, or you can also ride a raft in the nearby Dalaman River.

Apart from the stunning seascape and greenery, the birds are also something to see. Horseback riding is also available or you can just relax under the sun, stroll, or eat at the nearby restaurants.

Lycian Way

 

lighthouse lycian way

                                          (6) Lighthouse Lycian Way

Ancient Patara, an important city of the Roman Empire, could be seen from the ruins scattered along the way to the beach and nearby towns. The Lycian Way, a famous hiking trail, will walk you through history. This 300-mile walk encompasses Patara and stretches from Fethiye to Antalya. It is a week-long trip that will bring you to scraggly mountains, pine forests, turquoise Mediterranean waters, and a chance to meet people of a different culture sampling their favorite cuisine along the way.

The ruins of an amphitheater, public baths, Byzantine Basilicas, a lighthouse, a temple-tomb, a granary, plus the experience and scenery will make for an unforgettable holiday trip. However, if this is not for you, you can still explore the ruins in the Patara portion and indulge in the secluded, but easily accessible market.

Birdwatching

Birdwatch

                                                  (7) Birdwatching

Apart from the rustic vibes from the ruins and the laid-back stay at the beach, another notable feature of Patara are the multitudes of birds flocking in different areas. On the route from Dalaman Airport to Patara, birds such as the honey buzzard, jay, and hooded crow can be seen. The Glossy Ibis, Roller, and Lanner Falcon are among the birds you will see in the Patara Beach.

Around the hillside, forests, ruins and sand dunes, one can see different and rare species of birds flying around. The marsh in Patara is perhaps the best place to watch the birds. The Little Grebe, Purple Heron, Kingfisher, Little Bittern and Moorhen are just some of the species that you will see in this place.

Images

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See more:

Things to Do in Patara

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g298657-Activities-Patara_Turkish_Mediterranean_Coast.html

 

Introducing Patara

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/mediterranean-coast/patara

 

Mary Grace Valdez

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.

Images:

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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

Listen to the story that structures in Cienfuegos have to tell

Cienfuegos

(1)Cienfuegos

 There is this certain serenity in Cienfuegos that makes the city a flourishing place of tourism in Cuba. Aside from the country’s beaches located nearby, the city’s own charm and beauty have a way of captivating its visitors. It is no surprise though, because it boasts its own attractions. The buildings and splendid structures have their way of communicating the city’s history through an astounding facade.

 

Location

 

Cienfuegos map

(2)Cienfuegos map

 

Located in the southern coast of Cuba and measuring an area of 333 square kilometers, Cienfuegos plays a key role when it comes to the industry of sea ports in the country. The area houses more than 170,000 people and lists sugar cane, tobacco and coffee as its major industries. Structures are mostly neoclassical, relating to the prosperity of the city since the 1800s.

Climate

A day in Cienfuegos

(3)A day in Cienfuegos

The place has a tropical savanna climate as defined by the Koppen Climate Classification.  Most of the rain pours from May until October. Tourists can experience the dry season of Cienfuegos by booking a vacation between December and February. These months are ideal especially in roaming around the city because the hassle of rainfall can be avoided.

Transportation

Transportation in Cienfuegos

(4)Transportation in Cienfuegos

 

International travelers can book a flight to Jaime Gonzales Airport in order to reach Cienfuegos. Buses are also available. Buses from Havanna and Trinidad pass through the city twice a day. There are also buses from other key cities like Varadero and Santa Clara. Just take note of the schedule because these buses follow certain times when leaving the station.

Attractions

Palacio del Valle

Palacio del Valle

(5) Palacio Del Valle

 

The beautiful architecture is a fusion of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Spanish styles. This splendid edifice was constructed in the year 1913 and has now become a hub for cultural events held in the city. The fine materials that make up this beautiful palace came from the brilliant minds of different architects that were contracted to make Palacio del Valle even more beautiful.

Arco de Triunfo

Arco de Triunfo in Parque Jose Martin, built 1902 for Cuban Independence

(6) Arco de Triunfo

 

The ‘Arch of Triumph’ is a reminder of Cuba’s independence in 1902. The arch serves as a gateway to the monumental Parque Jose Martin where the statue of Jose Martin stands. This is an important place for the locals because this signifies the liberation of their country a century ago.

Teatro Tomas Terry

Teatro Tomas Terry

(7) Teatro Tomas Terry

 This is one of the most beautiful structures Cienfuegos boasts. Inspired by Italian architecture, this edifice was built between the years of 1887 to 1889. The auditorium that can house of up to 950 people has become the venue for plays and concerts conducted in Cienfuegos.

Images:

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See More:

 

Cienfuegos Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

http://www.world-guides.com/latin-america/cuba/cienfuegos/cienfuegos_attractions.html

 

Things to Do in Cienfuegos

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g609122-Activities-Cienfuegos_Cienfuegos_Province_Cuba.html

 

Aira Algado

 

 

 

Sunny Regions and Tasteful Wines – Everything in Nelson is an Enticing Jaunt

Nelson

(1)

Nelson is the region where the sun shines most in New Zealand. With its lifestyle and postcard-perfect landscape, it is a destination on every vacationer’s itinerary.

LOCATION

New Zealand Region Map

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The region of Nelson belongs to the southern Island of New Zealand situated on its tip, particularly on the northwestern spot. The region has three national parks, all of which surround Nelson and can be reached within a 90-minute drive.

To the north, the place faces the Tasman Sea. Due to its location, Nelson has a wide variety of seascapes, landscapes and activities to offer including the world’s clearest lake and a yearly arts festival.

CLIMATE

Ski

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Any time of the year is good for visiting Nelson. The calendar is packed with festivals mostly about arts as most of its people are arts enthusiasts. Lying near the coast, Nelson experiences mild temperatures. During the summer, daylight can last until 9:30 pm as it is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand.

While every season in Nelson is as enjoyable as the next, visiting in wintertime is a delight. Winter in the area is dry with the sun still streaming from the sky, but not as intense as the rest of the year. You can also ski at the Rainbow and Mount Robert Ski Fields – Nelson’s great winter slopes.

TRANSPORTATION

Interislander-Cook-Strait-Ferries

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Nelson can be reach by sea, air, or land.

Traveling by sea, you need to board a ferry that will transport you to Picton of South Island. The ferry departs from Wellington and will take less than three hours of sea travel. Once you’re in Picton, there are several coach services that go to Nelson.

On the other hand, air travel only takes 35 to 75 minutes depending on your departure area. Nelson has its own airport connecting Wellington, Paraparaumu, Christchurch, and Auckland, arranged from nearest to farthest. From Nelson Airport, you can ride a taxi to the town where you’re accommodations are booked.

You can access Nelson by road in which coaches are the main mode of transport. Abel Tasman Coachlines and Nelson Coachlines are the primary coach services in the region. The coaches depart from Picton (two hour drive), Blenheim (one hour and forty-five minute drive), Westport (three hours and fifteen minute drive), and Christchurch (six hour drive). Booking an early reservation is highly recommended.

ATTRACTIONS

The Three National Parks

Abel Tasman National Park

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Nelson is blessed with three national parks, each with distinct beauty. But all three are as fun to visit as the next.

Abel Tasman National Park is near the coastline and offers tourists an escape by the sea, with turquoise-colored water and a sheltered coast. Also, it offers an escape through one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” which is a three-to-five-day trip on the Abel Tasman Coastal Tack. Apart from its famous walk, you can go kayaking or take part in other water activities in Abel Tasman National Park.

Another Great Walk in New Zealand is found in the Kahurangi National Park and is known as the “Heaphy Track,” which takes four to five days. Apart from this adventure, many of Nelson’s flora and fauna thrive in Kahurangi. Also with its landscape of remote yet pristine surroundings, Kahurangi has been a backdrop for different scenes in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Nelson Lakes National Park

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While the two other national parks offer an adventure that requires some muscle stretching, Nelson Lakes National Park is an adventure happening within the self. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges that are snow-capped during winter, Nelson Lakes National Park is a great place for relaxation. Enjoy dipping in the water during the day or opt for a quiet lakeside stroll during the night. Either one will add to the list of your greatest experiences.

From Nelson City, the parks are only a 90-minute drive away, or you can choose to have a scenic flight to witness the beauty of Nelson immediately.

Golden Bay

Golden Bay

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Golden Bay is an attraction of its own separated from Nelson’s highlights. Starting from a scenic drive to many of its natural landmarks, going to Golden Bay would require more days to absorb its stunning beauty. Located there is The Waikoropupu Springs, which is not just Nelson’s but the country’s largest freshwater spring.

There is also Farewell Spit, which is a sanctuary to multitudes of birds. Finally, there is Wharariki Beach, which is another enticing coastal destination where a variety of dunes are formed from the rhythmic crashing of waves amid massive rocks.

A Place of Art

Saturday Market in Nelson

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Nelson is a thriving region in New Zealand with artists comprising more than two-thirds of its population, which is why its calendar is full of art festivals featuring native artists and galleries scattered around Nelson.

Multi-cultural cafes are also popular in Nelson and some are a combo of cafe and gallery to help expose the arts of the locals. There are also art workshops available for tourists and you can also go around visiting different galleries starting with established ones, as well as museums where you can know the pioneers and important figures of Nelson’s history.

Anyone visiting Nelson always partakes in the hub of activities at the Saturday Market, where crafts are displayed for visitors to see. You can also meet the artists at the Saturday Market.

Nelson Wine

nelson vineyard

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Nelson is not only about art and scenery. It is also a home for the country’s rolling fields of vineyards where they gather fresh grapes to make wine, which is as delicious as it is fragrant.

West of Nelson is where wine-making businesses thrive. May tourists travel to these local vineyards to get a taste of their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Images:

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See More:

Things to Do in Nelson
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255678-Activities-Nelson_Nelson_Tasman_Region_South_Island.html

Welcome to Nelson New Zealand
http://www.nelsontoursandtravel.co.nz/

Mary Grace Valdez