Travel

Start a new life in Boston

The lively city of Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United State. Boston has over 12 million tourists and visitors yearly from the country and all over the world.

The city is known for their world-class educational institutions, cultural centers and sport franchise centers. This city also showcases and holds the rich culture of American history, and tourism is the main source of New England’s industries, and considered as the region’s social and commercial place and center.

The city of Boston is the ultimate place for your dream vacation with it perfects mixture of trendy and historic of New England’s appeal, for sure it will make you love the city and come back for more.

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Location

Boston is located in the Massachusetts’s Peninsula. It is a few hours away to the southern part of Maine and the northern part in Rhode Island. It is also positioned in the mouths of the two rivers, Charles and Mystic.

These rivers flow into the Boston’s inner harbor and then go straight to the Boston Harbor which is located and part of the Massachusetts Bay and that leads to the North of Atlantic Ocean.

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Climate

Boston has four distinct seasons to offer its visitors. It has a hot summer during the months of May through late September this is the perfect months to visit the city because most of the attractions are open; the temperature ranges from mid to upper 20C.

Summer starts during the months of late June and early August this is the best of time of the year to visit beaches around the city. While fall season is from the mid of October and winter time is during the month of January that has a low temperature that ranges from -5C to 7C.

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Transportation

Boston has its own airport called the Boston Logan International Airport. This is the main gateway to Boston and New England. It is in the eastern part of Boston and 3 miles away from downtown. It is very easy to connect to and from the road, sea or rail and it is also a host to different car rental companies.

The Boston Logan International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States of America. It has lots of flights coming in and out including the domestic and international flights to destinations around the world. This airport has four terminals and six hubs making it as the major transport point for New England.

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What to See

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail is one of the famous attractions in Boston it is a 2.5 route that leads the visitors to 16 historically significant sites and monuments that has a unique and authentic treasure. Explore the museums, churches, burying grounds.

This place is highly educational for everyone. If you want to get to know and discover the rich history of the American Revolution, this is the best place for you because every step in this trail tells a beautiful story.

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Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall or also known as the Cradle of Liberty, the merchant named Peter Faneuil built it in the year 1740. It was originally built as a market hail and it was presented to the public on the condition it should be.

On the ground floor of this hall you will find different kinds of market stalls, and on the upper floor you will find the council chamber which was considered as the meeting room of revolutionaries during the 18th and 19th centuries.

While on the fourth floor the visitors will discover the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Museum that displays weapons, uniforms and paintings of some significant American battles.

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North Market, South Market and Quincy Market

The attached to the Faneuil Hall are the marketplace includes three long halls, which are the North Market, South Market, and Quincy Market.

This was built during the early 19th century, and now it is occupied by a vibrant variety of boutiques, good for souvenir shopping like jewelry, clothing, and gifts, restaurants, cheap food stalls and other exhibition places.

These markers are best to visit during summer because there would be street performers and buskers putting on shows in the street around the market.

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See More:

Boston Information
http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/

Boston Discovery Guide
http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/

Trisha Mungcal

Be time warped in the historical city of Pula

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Investing in its preservation of Roman architecture and the wondrous beaches dotting the whole town, Pula is slowly being recognized as one of the many reasons to visit Croatia.

Not being marred by continuous industrialization, the town folk retained the glorious beauty of the city itself and laid contented with the resources they have been harnessed from their land.

If you want to feast thy eyes to towering structures of history and be time warped as far as the Olden Times, then don’t think twice in paying Pula a quick visit and never regret any bit of it.

You won’t just be bored by the yellowing stones of architecture since you can still treat yourself with the cool of the humongous beach sets on its outskirts.

Pula is your secret haven in Croatia’s climbing feats to modernization and is thrilled to seek the mysteries behind this glorious town.

Location

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Nestled within the arms and boulders of the Alps Mountain Range, Pula is your perfect destination if you want to be surrounded with nature’s ultimate wonders.

Spanning a humongous land and water area of 12,760 hectares, you’ll definitely find enjoyment with the town’s vast and rich space.

Pula is bordered by the islands of Kozada and Jerolim on its northern tip while Verudela, Musil and Lungomare can be found on its western edges.

Due to Pula’s south is the commercialized portion and the island part of Veruda while the cities and mountain ranges of Busoler, Valdebek, Monteserpo and Valmade are crowding the eastern side.

Climate

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With Pula’s highly wished location in the middle of the Alps, it experiences a humid subtropical climate under the Koppen Climate Classification. Technically, the weather to greet you once settle in Pula would be very nice—summers just right to the touch in the morning then temperatures drop significantly for you comfort at night.

In an estimated annual figure, temperatures are said to play within the range of 24-degrees Celsius and 6-degrees Celsius. Pula’s ambient air is typically humid. Rainfall usually can be expected in the months of December and January with an average of 3.90 inches of precipitation.

If you want to take more time skinny-dipping on Pula’s beachfronts, get your backs packed for the months of July and August when the sun is at its zenith.

Transportation

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One way in getting to Pula is through a connecting flight to Zagreb via the Pula Airport, which is a good 6-kilometer distance from the city center. In summers, which are at peak season, you’d be lucky enough to catch flights onto either European cities via charter flights through Germanwings and RyanAir.

If you’re looking for a more convenient way of getting around Pula, the best option that you’d put into consideration is by taking local bus rides at the Pula Bus Terminal located just around the city’s amphitheater.

There had been many bus lines that can cater to your travel needs and can even transport you to cities as far as Venice and Trieste. From the month of June until September, you’d be able to also catch fun passenger ferries to take you on different beach locations and nearby cities or towns.

What to See

Lighting Giants

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With the mighty creativity that Dean Skira has channeled, an 1856 Uljanik shipyard has been converted into a glowing tourist attraction, which is now known as the Lighting Giants.

The lighting master has put decorative lights to the then decaying wreck and is currently available for public display every night starting at 9PM.

Roman Amphitheatre

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Easily one of Pula’s most famous landmarks, the Roman Amphitheater is just how you’d imagine it from history books and travel sites.

Built with pure limestone and have stood still, despite weathering, this site is now home to shows and music festivals.

You might also stay in for the weekly Spectacula Antiqua, which is a commemorative show showcasing gladiator fights, all complete with the proper costume and Roman drama.

Triumphal Arch of Sergius

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Marking the boundary of Old Pula, the Triumphal Arch of Sergius has been erected since 27 BC and is still mightily standing now being treated as a historical site and artifact.

Historical & Maritime Museum of Istria

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If you want to be acquainted with how Pula townsmen nurtured and flourished by the blessings of maritime and the sea, then pay a visit at the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria.

Decked with hundreds of artifacts well-preserved for future generations’ reference, be astounded as aside from the fact that this behold things from the distant past, it is also standing in a historical 17th-century Venetian hilltop.

Images
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(5) www.livedesignonline.com
(6) www.getintravel.com
(7) www.panoramio.com
(8) www.virtualtourist.com

See More:

The Best Travel Guide to Pula
http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Croatia/Pula

10 Things to Do in Pula, Croatia
http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/things-to-do-in-pula-croatia-travel-guide/

Paul Intalan

Be enamored with Pazin as how Jules Verne did

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Known worldwide for the chasm and the castle bundle, this greenish patch of land in Croatia is your dream destination if you wanted to exhale the strong aroma of nature every single second.

The laid back aura and the carefree vibe that’s being displayed by its locals is one heck of an advantage to those who crave for tranquility within their getaway.

When you’re one of the many who excels in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and climbing, you’d also find this place a beauty due to the endless possibilities that one can do outside.

The linked trails of streams through forests, the swaying leaves of towering trees and the silent hum of animals lurking in the distance, all capped with the hospitality emanating from every cheap hostel and household, Pazin is truly a magical place to be in.

Location

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Known to be an Istria’s administrative seat, Pazin is located and connected to almost any known place within the country. Specifically located in the middle of the Istrian peninsula, Pazin is scarcely inhabited by locals with just a population of almost 11,000 for both urban and rural settlements.

Some of the cities that surround Pazin include Umag and Rovinj, both conveniently can be accessed. Currently, there are little divisions that comprise Pazin, which includes Beram, Bertosi, Butoniga, Heki, Lovrin, Lindar, Vela Traba and Zarecje.

Climate

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Due to its strategic location being in the center of everything, Pazin experiences what the rest of Croatia does when it comes to its weather. As according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Pazin is under the marine west coast climate which equates to two seasons and high probability of rainfall every day.

The months of June and July are deemed the hottest and temperatures are set as high as 37-39-degree Celsius. The heat gradually drops down and the cold months of November until February can be felt and can go as frigid as -2-degree Celsius.

All throughout the year, rainfall is experienced with July with the lowest precipitation count of 2.55 inches while December recorded at 4.87 inches of rain showers. April is said to be the rainiest month though, with almost 13 days of rainy days recorded per annum.

Transportation

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Generally, you won’t be able to catch a flight to get in and get out of Pazin as there is no available terminal near it. As of current writing, there are no plans of getting an airport in place of the city just yet.

The very intrinsic bus system is the best way for you to travel from the nearest airport to Pazin which can take up to 6 hours depending on the place of origin. The bus lines hovering around the city would also give you access to be transported onto neighboring cities such as Pula and Zagreb.

A taxi cab, which is rather uncommon, is also available for you to scan the city’s travel spots, but it will be best for you to go places on foot. Bicycles for rent can also be an alternative and is available within the city.

What to See

Pazin Chasm

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Undeniably one of Pazin’s most treasured travel destinations, The Chasm is a natural architecture made to please the adventurer ego in you. Dropping down to a 100 meter dive, the Chasm will then end onto the bottom where the Pazincica River sloshes.

The very spot has been a peg for some of Jules Verne’s work and the entrances can be found by Hotel Lovac or a cave maze guided by an expert. The natural canyon can best be enjoyed for city viewing or just for sheer outdoor activity.

Castle

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Just adjacent from the equally famous Chasm, Pazin’s Castle is also a notable landmark which has been built AD 983. This glorious castle is made from an amalgamation of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is now home to two small museums.

Get your cameras ready and take a photo by this looming Pazin original and feel the ethnicity being reverberated within its walls.

Lighthouse

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Located on the westernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula, the Lighthouse, built and incepted in 1818 is by far one of the best and the tallest lighthouses around the world.

You’d be delighted to know that this piece of history has been off for rent in a weekly span just for the enjoyment of the lucky few who can afford the fees.

The Lighthouse is your best bet to go to when you wanted to see a panoramic view and the sweeping greens of Pazin or if this is your idea of a romantic day cap, and then book ahead as early as you can.

Ethnographic Museum

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Located inside the infamous Pazin Castle, the Ethnographic Museum would definitely give you the best chills as this is home to several artifacts that scopes a total of 4200.

The collection present and well-preserved inside the museum is comprised of tools, pottery and garments used by the local and olden Istrian locals.

The way the stuff has been maintained would definitely leave you gaping in awe.

Images
(1) www.istriatravelguide.com
(2) www.micropal.geoscienceworld.org
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(4) www.cyclingcroatiabiking.com
(5) www.panoramio.com
(6) www.500px.com
(7) www.travellistwriter.blogspot.com
(8) www.central-istria.com

See More:

Pazin, Croatia
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/croatia/pazin

Pazin Travel Guide
http://discoveringcroatia.hr/pazin/

Paul Intalan

A closer look to Golden Bay: Drifting to one of New Zealand’s perfect holiday spot

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The sun is yet to peak at the horizon, but there’s already a murmur of activity as the lazy morning comes knocking in the form of delish breakfast and popping of joints.

And as the sun travels on its constant rhythm across the sky, so does the holiday-goers going from one destination to the next.

From enjoying the water through swimming and water sports to an adventure walk and horse ride and to everything else in between, there is always something for everyone.

Perhaps Golden Bay is not anymore New Zealand’s kept secret and not as remote as we would like it to be. Yet Golden Bay’s magic and charm are yet to fade and there’s a high possibility it wouldn’t be.

LOCATION

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Golden Bay is located at the tip of South Island particularly on its northwestern part. Golden Bay is above Nelson and bounded by two of the region’s national park: Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park. On the northern region of Golden Bay is Farewell Spit a long, thin coast separating the place from the sea.

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Golden Bay is no doubt a popular place for international visitors as well as for the locals. During summer, its peak season, hundred thousands of tourists descend upon the area as well as during the school holidays, so the crowd is really massive.

For a more blissful visit to Golden Bay traveling at an off-season would be best. You can have the area to yourself and some of the few. February, the end of summer season is a good time to go as well as during autumn (March – May) and start of spring (September – November). Autumn is slightly cooler from summer and spring has an erratic behavior, yet it is still worth a chance.

Being located at the tip of South Island, Golden Bay is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, so visitors of the off-season would still be able to enjoy long daylights.

TRANSPORTATION

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Visitors going to Golden Bay often comes from Nelson where their accommodations are located meaning Golden Bay is only a part of their itinerary. From Nelson, you have to make the slow and the long climb over Takaka Hill or more popularly known as the “Marble Mountain.” the drive will take four to five hours.

It is also the same if you take Queen Charlotte Sounds if you came from Picton in which tourists are dropped off there through ferries. If you’re from Christchurch, you have to take the Lewis Pass, Murchison, Nelson and Highway 60, where it will also lead you through the scenic drive of Takaka Hill. The drive will take around seven hours.

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Adventure along the road

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While it was already established that the slow climb to Takaka Hill is already a delight in itself due to the scenic view of the mountain, another gemstone of this journey Te Waikoropupu Springs.

Four kilometers northwest of SH60 lie the largest freshwater spring in the country. Also known as “Pupu Spring,” it vents a rough estimate of 14,000 liters per second disturbing the sand and making them seem like dancing together with the flora thriving in the place.

The Maori tribes, which are the naives of the place, considers the springs a sacred place.

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Another delight for the journey to Golden Bay is the Ngarua Cave. The caves are gorged out massive spaces of karst from Takaka Hill and features Moa bones as well as other subterranean marvels. However, access is limited to guided tours.

Mussel Inn

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Before you reach Farewell Spit, the journey would not be complete without stopping at Mussel Inn. It is a popular pub between Takaka and Collingwood where you will experience New Zealand at its finest and most genuine sight.

The pub is a cosy, creaking-timber place where there is lively music, brown beer brewed with manuka, and a delicious homemade food.

Farewell Spit

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Farewell Spit is a whole new adventure. It is along sandy beach wrapping around Golden Bay and separating it from the sea. It is a long walk to the lighthouse where you will see multitudes of birds, as the place is a famed bird sanctuary.

Apart from bird watching, you can also ride on a shaggy Icelandic horse and observe the scenery of almost desolate ocean and dramatic landscape Farewell Spit.

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Some horse trekking activities are en route to Wharariki beach and vice versa in which it takes around three hours of horseback riding.

The place in which it takes place is called Cape Farewell. There are also some trips that take overnight, depending on the prior agreements.

Wharariki Beach

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Wharariki Beach is popular for its seal colony. They are located in the eastern part of the area, particularly in Cape Farewell where there are also rock pools.

Due to the continuous crashing of waves to rocks and sand, massive dunes are formed on the coast of Wharariki.

The best time to visit the beach would be on a low tide where you can go as far as the massive rock formations and have a blissful walk along its coastline.

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See More:

Things to see and do in Golden Bay | Nelson, New Zealand
http://www.newzealand.com/ie/article/things-to-see-and-do-in-golden-bay/

Golden Bay Activities – AA New Zealand Travel Guide
http://www.aatravel.co.nz/new-zealand/Golden-Bay_Activities.html

Mary Grace Valdez

Be blown away by the beauty of Ruse

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Structures found in a place are an unspoken way of telling history and narrating the culture that’s dressing it. Wrap yourself in the beauty of praise worthy establishments and scenic views found in the ‘Small Vienna’ of Bulgaria, city of Ruse.

Allow the charm of the place embrace you and the allure of the night captivates you in its own unique way. Fall in love with the place that effortlessly channels the promise of tranquility in a pristine and romantic way.

Location

Ruse is a northeastern city in Bulgaria. This is the fifth biggest city in the country and plays an important role when it comes to trade and commerce.

This is because of the fact that Ruse is situated on the highest bank of Danube River that why there is no surprising that Bulgaria’s valuable port is located in here.

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Climate

Ruse falls under the category of places that possess continental climate. Being close to the river, winters in this place can be windy and relatively cold. Summers on the other hand can be very hot.

The average temperature during this season would play at around 25 degree Celsius. Driest month would be March while most precipitation occurs every June.

July is considered as the wettest month and January being the coldest.

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Transportation

The city can be reached via air from the nearest airport located in Bucharest. Other routes would be taking either Sofia or Varna airport.

Travelers do not need to worry because the city is well developed when it comes to the field of transportation.

There are railroads connecting to key cities like of Budapest, Kyiv, Moscow, Athens and Istanbul. Taking a bus or through a cruise are other ways of getting here.

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Attractions

Building of the tax administration

This beautiful structure serves as the center of the symbol of the city. It was founded in 1902. The beautifully made facade made it one of the major tourist attractions in whole Ruse.

The seven-roof statue makes this edifice, even more unique. This art shows symbols of music, agriculture, defense, arts, science and free spirit flight.

The top most part dons the emblem of commerce in the form of Mercury.

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Museum of the city style of life

Also called Kaliopa House, this museum is located in a building where the Prussian consulate used to live. The museum shows the role of the city as a gateway of urban living in Bulgaria.

There are pieces of furniture and memoirs from Vienna that exhibits Vienna culture and its contribution to the Bulgarian way of living.

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Park Rusenski Lom

This is a natural formation. The park consists of towering rocks and caves with lushes and greeneries around. The place serves as a house for a lot of species, both plants and animals.

Flora Rusenski Lom Park alone has 902 species on it while the fauna are the habitat for around 10 kinds of amphibians.

Some parts are UNESCO protected that’s why tourists should be extra observant when it comes to visiting the place.

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See More:

Tourism Information
http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/88/ruse

Travel Guide to Ruse, Bulgaria
http://www.informationbulgaria.com/ruse.html

Aira Algado

Skimming Katherine’s Spacious Land Area

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When a travel destination has a huge land area, then it is expected to be bustling with a civilization pegged on high-top industries, complex communication between inhabitants and streams of people crowding every inch of space.

But some places display the opposite—vast lands of resided land, concentrated human settlements, minimal skyscrapers and unassuming population, which relies on contentment.

It might sound a bit sad for those who seek noise and activity, but this can just be the most perfect spot for those who crave for solace, organization and temporary confinement.

The deafening sound as early as 6 at night and the peaceful sunlight opening the day without blaring horns and human noise—some travelers wish for these.

And if you wanted to have a journey that’s been pegged at peace and appreciation of the little things, and then head straight to Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory and you just might have met your match.

Location

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Specifically, Katherine can be found on the banks of the Katherine River from where its name came from. It is a good 320 kilometers from another famous Northern Territory city, Darwin, Kakadu on its northeastern end and the Barkley and Kimberly regions dotting its outskirts.

True to its description, Katherine is just being lived by almost 6,000 inhabitants and the closest town to RAAF Base Tindal which a good 17 kilometers distance.

Climate

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Due to the fact that Katherine is just adjacent to a huge body of water and is backed by a series of land through towns and cities, it has a climate under the tropical savannah class. Ideally, Katherine’s annual climate can be very specific to either wet or dry season.

On a yearly scale, Katherine is said to experience intense rain showers and heavy downpours, which can go as high 980 millimeters of precipitation. Even on its driest state, Katherine can have temperature drops to as low as 7-degree Celsius despite the high probability of heat on nearby towns.

If you’d wish to visit Katherine, its ideal to go on the months of June to August as humidity is expected to be low during this time.

Transportation

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Stopping at the infamous Katherine Transit Center, travelers can alight and catch a bus ride via Greyhound Australia, which has daily and regular travels to and fro Darwin, Alice Springs, Queensland, or Western Australia.

If you’d want to have a more specific mapping and traveling, other option would be the Bodhi Bus that scans the intrinsic areas of communities and settlements in and out of Katherine.

There’s also a chance for you to do a stopover in Katherine when you’re staying at Adelaide or Darwin and that is through the Ghan Train being managed and operated by the Great Southern Rail.

If traveling by air, the Katherine Airport, which is a good 15 kilometers away from the city center, is your best bet. Just keep in mind that commercial flights are not being catered here and you’d need to arrange for special charter flights to get in and out of the town.

What to See

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre

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Known to be one of Katherine’s most important landmarks, the Godinymayin Yijard River Arts and Culture Center is where the old and the new culture meet to give each other entertainment.

True to its main aim in bridging the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people, this complex is an avenue where you can hear, feel and see how Katherine inhabitants take care of their heritage through singing, galleries and performances.

There is also a gallery, which showcases a magnificent collection of Territory art pieces, and this is just 1 kilometer away off Katherine’s city center and a public pool.

Katherine Museum

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Originally an airport, this place has been converted to a new purpose of being a museum which houses aircrafts and trucks on the likes of the original Gypsy Moth biplane.

Aside from the humongous stuff that can be seen inside, there is also an area of historical photos and artifacts from the memorable 1998 flood that happened to Katherine.

Jurassic Cycad Gardens

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As what the name suggests, the Jurassic Cycad Gardens is now an avenue for you to behold an overwhelming line of ancient cycad species, which is being numbered at 200 kinds.

After you have skimmed the whole complex of rare plants, which also includes baobabs, ferns and cacti, get yourself relaxed and just take all the greens on a cafe found inside the area.

School of the Air

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If you wanted to be aware of how a rural Katherine feed its youth with education, then head to the School of Air and see the children of the town being properly acquainted with the things of the ‘virtual’ world.

Take up a few days to get a reservation as the list is always long for visitors.

Images
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(2) www.heartbreakhotel.com.au
(3) www.avalook.com
(4) www.virtualtourist.com
(5) www.gyracc.org.au
(6) www.wikipedia.org
(7) www.cycadinternational.com.au
(8) upsidedownede.wordpress.com

See More:

Tourist Information
http://www.australia.com/en/places/nt/katherine.html

Visitors Guide
http://www.travelnt.com/en/katherine-and-surrounds/things-to-do

Paul Intalan

Offers of Amazing Ambivalence in Klagenfurt

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Being one of Austria’s most visited cities, the pressure is always on in Klagenfurt. Bordering the modernized life of an urban area and the tranquil aura brought about by nature, Klagenfurt is truly a gem that the country is bragging about.

The city’s very ambivalence magnets travelers from all around the globe, especially to those who wanted to have the best of both worlds when traveling—fun and relaxation. Truly, Klagenfurt offers nothing but the best when it comes to the sceneries of luscious and healthy greens and the reverberating noise of machineries and advanced technology.

Get in touch with your alter ego who loves the sun and careen through the town’s rich mountainsides and boondocks. Also, never miss out on late night parties with the locals and gulp down on homemade beverages and dance the night away. A paradise that never sleeps, as how others call it, Klagenfurt should be included on your travel bucket list, by hook or by crook.

Location

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Due to Klagenfurt’s humongous land scope, the whole town is divided into sixteen mini-districts that are scattered all over the place. Specifically, Klagenfurt is situated on Austria’s southern edge and is found midway across the country.

With vast land coverage of 47 square miles, it is no wondering why there are tons of activities that you can do while staying in Klagenfurt. The Karawanken Mountain Range mightily borders the city on its southern tip, separating it from countries such as Italy and Slovenia.

Climate

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Due to Klagenfurt’s location and nearness to both high-altitude land formations and bodies of water, it is under the normal Continental climate as according to expert weather distinctions. During winters and autumn, an observable fleet of fog covers the city, which makes the temperature cooler than normal.

The climate that the locals feel is normally being warmed up by the ‘foehn’ wind blasting from the Karawanken Mountain Range. If you’d be visiting the city during the months of June to August, expect a humid and hot weather, which can go as high as 35.8-degrees Celsius in temperature.

On the opposite side, December and January are dubbed as the coldest months, which can give you chills with a -2.7 or -4.8-degree, Celsius. Snowfall is abundant during February, with an estimated 20 centimeters of snow covering the land. Rainfall can also be experienced best during July with a whopping 118 millimeters of precipitation being shed off by continuous rain showers.

Transportation

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There’s no international airport situated in Klagenfurt and the only existing one is named as the Klagenfurt Airport. This terminal connects flights to some bigger European cities such as London and Cologne.

You’d also have an option to travel by water as the city offers a departure point for mini-cruises. The said port is found on one of Klagenfurt’s district, which is in Strandbad. Bus rides are also there for your convenience which will let you roam the easily more skillfully and connect you to other equidistant cities such as Graz and Villach.

The modernized train system would also transport you to and from Vienna, Salzburg, Bruck, other parts of Austria, Italy and bordering Slovenia and Germany. If it’s privacy that you’re after, then get yourself a reservation to Avis and Megadrive, both car rental facilities present in Klagenfurt.

What to See

Minimundus

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Known to be famous to avid travelers and kids, Minimundus is situated in Worthersee and at what the name suggests, expect little things to be found here which would definitely give you a huge enjoyment.

Get your cameras clicking while you feast on landmarks all over the world in 1:25 replicas. Be in the know into snapping ‘real’ photos of Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Statue of Liberty all on their miniature forms.

Dragon Fountain

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Situated in the city’s well-celebrated square Neuer Platz, the Dragon Fountain is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks in Klagenfurt due to its magnificent structure and finish.

Get your mouths gaping as you look into this historical monument which date back its peg onto some mythical creature who have resided in the very city long time ago.

Botanischer Garten

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Putting nature as one major priority can be validated by visiting the Botanischer Garten, which is home to a wide variety of plant life and flower species.

Despite its small size, the whole garden is concentrated with alpine plants, waterfalls and ponds dotted with endless colors of flowers and verdant leaves.

Happ’s Reptilienzoo

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Get in touch with the wildlife that Klagenfurt can put on the plate by getting your feet entering the Happ’s Reptilienzoo.

This complex is managed well to make all the creatures inside, ranging from crocodiles, iguanas and other reptiles, alive and healthy.

Images
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(7) www.panoramio.com
(8) www.commons.wikimedia.org

See More:

10 Top Tourist Attractions in Klagenfurt
http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/klagenfurt-a-k-klag.htm

Tourist Information
https://www.visitklagenfurt.at/en/good-to-know/the-tourism-region/klagenfurt/

Paul Intalan

Say Hi to Shanghai!

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Shanghai is also called as “Hu” it is the largest city in China. This eastern part of China is considered as the most influential center in the economic, financial, cultural, international trade, science and technology aspect that is why it is considered as the international metropolis from all over the world.

The new skyscrapers and old buildings have good combinations that draw the skyline of the city. Tourists can experience the perfect mixture of the past, present and future all at once, it has a blend of western and oriental culture. These are just some of the factors that make a tourist’s stay truly memorable and amusing.

In the year 1930s Shanghai was one of the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East China. And now, in the past years, it has again become as one of the most attractive and popular city from all over the world. And again the world and tourist had its eyes on this beautiful city when it hosted the 2010 World Expo that has a recording of the greatest number of visitors ever in the event’s history.

Location

The lovely city of Shanghai is located China, in the eastern part of the Yangtze River Delta. It also borders the Yangtze River in the northern part, while in the western part is the Provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang and to the south is the Hangzhou Bay.

Shanghai has a perfect and a beneficial geographical location that is why it is also known to have a large and prosperous port city in the whole country.

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Climate

Like in the other parts of China, Shanghai also has four seasons, a hot, rainy summer that comes in the months of July to August with a temperature of above 35C, a cool and breezy autumn and a gloomy, cold winter, which is the coldest time for the months of late January to early February, and a lovely warm spring from the months of March to May, this is the best time and most recommended season for all the tourists to visit Shanghai.

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Transportation

Shanghai has two major airports, The Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which is the primary international airport serving the city, and also a major aviation hub for Asia that handles 60% of flights, and while the other 40% is in the Hongqiao International Airport that mainly serves domestic flights.

The main carrier of this city is the China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, and Air China. It has flights connecting to two hundred cities whether it is a domestic, regional or the international ones.

There are direct flights connecting to international airports such as in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, London, Moscow, Rome, Singapore, Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok and it also has a regional connections in Hong Kong and Macau. And domestic flights in the city of Xian, Xiamen, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, Chongqing, and others.

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What to See

Yuyuan Garden

Yu Garden is located in the heart of Shanghai’s Old City. It is believed that I was built as a private garden during the Ming Dynasty for the Pan Family. The stunning and unique layout, beautiful scenery and the artistic style of the garden’s architecture have made the garden to be one of the highlights and tourist attractions of Shanghai.

The garden also showcases cultural relics that include the century-old furniture, calligraphic and painting works, clay sculptures and brick carvings and inscriptions and couplets. And also one of the highlights of the garden is the famous Exquisite Jade Rock.

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Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl tower is in Pudong Park of Lujiazui. The tower is 1,536 feet high that made it as second tallest tower in China and the sixth tallest in the whole world as a TV and radio tower. It is surrounded by the Yangpu and Nanpu Bridge that recreates a picture of a “twin dragons playing with pearls.” It also has a unique and beautiful architectural design that attracts thousands of tourists, and makes it as one of the most attractive and famous towers in the whole world.

The tower also has a perfect combination of modern and ancient concepts. Spherical pearls with the touch of 21st century technology. The TV and radio tower caters more than nine television channels and ten FM radio channels in Shanghai areas.

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Xin Tian Di

It is car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district in the center of Shanghai City. It became one of the city’s famous attractions because it holds historical and cultural heritages of the city. The construction in this street is very unique.

It still showcases the antique walls, tiles and exterior of a typical old house in Shanghai. And on the other part of the street displays a modern architecture style. It has bars, cafes, boutiques, restaurants and etc.

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Images:

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(3) www.td.gov.hk
(4) www.planespotters.net
(5) www.e-perpustakaan.com
(6) www.imblacknitravel.com
(7) www.chinatouradvisors.com

See More:

Shanghai Travel Guide, Shanghai China, Travel to Shanghai
http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/

Shanghai Travel Guide
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/shanghai

Trisha Mungcal

Mighty and humble: Stuttgart, Germany

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Stuttgart is the love and pride of Germany. Boasting a number of museums, historical sights, and the birthplace of the many founding fathers of scientific theories and inventions, the city of Stuttgart has only progressed with time.

Yet, in the periphery of its many fast moving cars, posh restaurants, and businessman in smart suits and pants, are small hints of rural air living in the friendly locals and on the fringes of the urbanized city lying in wait for anyone who’s craving for discoveries.

LOCATION

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Stuttgart is located in one of the federal states of Germany in the south called Baden-Württemberg. Placed specifically in the southwest bordered by France in the west and Switzerland by the south, the state is easily influenced by its neighboring countries.

Stuttgart, the capital city of Baden-Württemberg, also shares the aspects the state is known for. Urbanized and modern, steep hills, rolling grape orchards and green spaces can be witness still from the city.

CLIMATE

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The peak season in which tourists flocks the city is during the warm season of May to September, but dribs and drabs of visitors extend until October. Tourists take advantage of the longer length of day where they explore the busy city as much as the serene hills which also contributes to the not-too-hot temperature of the place. Winters, however, are not a good time to travel due to the freezing temperature and intense snowfall.

Other times, like spring and autumn on the other hand, are also good choices where you will see the vibrant and muted colors of nature adding up to the charm of the Stuttgart.

TRANSPORTATION

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A major metropolitan center by international standards, going to the city is fairly easy. Stuttgart has its own airport located just 13 kilometers south of the city with buses, rental cars, and taxis available in the four terminals of the airport, which happens to be only in walking distance away from each other.

Getting around the city, Stuttgart has an excellent network of roads and railways with trams, buses, and railways available to transport you in different parts of the city.

ATTRACTION

Porsche Museum

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The Porsche Museum is undoubtedly a piece of architectural delight. Smooth, sleek, and a structure of hard lines, the building that seems to hover above the ground boasts their oldest to latest models of cars with a special collection of race cars.

The collections lined up in a well-lighted room of mostly white, which make the car, stand out against a simple backdrop.

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The museum has opened in 2006 and has attracted tourists since then. It is one of the must-sees of the city, even to the visitors with the remotest interest on transport.

There are 1500 exhibits in the museum showcasing the oldest car to the latest one with a special collection of aeroplanes, buses, and motorboats.

The museum is open every day except Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm with free entrance.

Staatsgalerie

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This art museum is famous in Germany and to the many tourists that visits the city. Staatsgalerie prided itself over its numerous collections of original works from art masters including Picasso.

Other renowned art pieces in the museum include works of Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Rembrandt, who are known as art masters of the medieval.

There are also contemporary and post-modernism included in the collection of the massive museum as well as arts telling the history of the Germans.

Altes Schloss

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Altes Schloss dates back in 1932 where Württemberg is the ruling family for most of its history. Altes Schloss is also known as the Old Castle houses Landesmuseum where a magnanimous collection of antiques, artifacts, and jewelries are put on display, including some that was traced as far back as the Neolithic period.

Schlossplatz

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Schlossplatz is an impressive structure of massive proportion and remarkably different to Altes Schloss.

Schlossplatz meaning “palace square” in the English language is the host of the number of festivities taking year round in the city.

Birkenkopf

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Remnants of World War II have built Birkenkopf. Debris of war and all of its waste has been swept away from the metropolitan area and into the fringe of the city.

A cross was built upon its elevated ground – a vague reminder and a slightest hint of memories of what has brought through.

Tourists now walk atop this hill to get an uninterrupted view of the city and for the fresh air brought by the countryside.

Karlsplatz Market

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Karlsplatz Market is a sprawling center of activity where culture and development meets in an intersection. There are trinkets that are new to the eyes and old in history.

Other items include antiques or just plain old. The noisy market seems like the event in itself with the daily conversation and music playing in the background.

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See More:

The Best Travel Guide to Stuttgart
http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Germany/Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany: a cultural city guide
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/8586230/Stuttgart-Germany-a-cultural-city-guide.html

Mary Grace Valdez

Exploring the mystery of Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza once cradled an ancient city of advanced civilization, the Maya. Thriving in commerce and science, the Mayan civilization has its life in progressive path when Europe was still experiencing the bleak Dark Ages.

However, at around the 1400s, its inhabitants left for unknown reasons, leaving the city in the hands of time and the power of nature. What was once a booming city lay abandoned, yet its beauty and mystery still calls out for people to see.

LOCATION

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The ruins of Mayan civilization in Chichen Itza or “at the mouth of the well of Itza”are the most well preserved ruin we can see today.

This archaeological site, which has been recently added to the New Seven Wonders of the World as declared by UNESCO is located at the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Yucatan is located on the southeastern part of the country. Chichen Itza is located north of the peninsula near Cancun and in between Merida and Valladolid.

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The best time to travel to travel to Chichen Itza is during the spring and autumnal equinox where a shape of a serpent is formed along the stairs of the pyramid.

However, these times are tightly packed due to the number of tourists wanting to see the shape as well. Visiting other times is a fair game with Chichen Itza experiencing a consistent tropical climate.

TRANSPORTATION

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A tourist who comes to see Chichen Itza comes from a tour in Cancun, a major city in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is more than a two-hour ride from Chichen Itza and buses from the airport terminals and downtown area are available.

There is also an airport in Merida, which lasts for under two hours from the airport to Chichen Itza. If you’re from Valladolid, it takes around 45 minutes.

Getting back is a bit confusing. First buy a ticket at the main gift shop near the welcome center. You have to wait for the bus in the parking lot marked by grassy space. Buses come and go at 1-hour intervals.

ATTRACTION

El Castillo

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Internationally known as the Temple of Kulkulan, the pyramid-like structure with a flat top is the most identifiable ruin in Itchen Itza and the major tourist point. The temple has 91 steps from four sides, making up a total of 3264 steps corresponding to the days there is in a year.

The tower makes up for the last day. During the autumn and spring equinox, the sun lights the balustrade at 3 pm where the shadow meets the large serpent head. The 75-feet tall pyramid is said to be built for the astronomical needs of the Mayan Civilization.

Great Ball Court

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At 554 feet long and 231 feet wide, the Great Ball Court is a massive free space with raised platforms at both ends dedicated to Mayan sports. The sport is both a game and a ritual for the Mayan Civilization where participants of the game will score points after they shoot the 5.4-kilogram rubber ball on stone hoops at the walls of the court.

Legend says the losing party puts the winner to death. This strange practice is rooted in their belief that death through this way is the greatest honor and would earn them a fast-lane ticket to heaven – basically no traffic, just smooth driving to put into modern context.

Tzompantli

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Tzompantli is an original structure of Toltec and is of Aztec origin. In English, Tzompantli is known as The Wall of Skulls, because of heads of sacrificial Mayans are said to be placed in here.

Apart from the rack of skulls are other carvings of the civilization’s rituals such as, eating a man’s heart and human sacrifice – both are no less gruesome than the other.

Cenote Sagrado

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Cenote Sagrado is a vital part of the Mayan Civilization. With no streams or rivers for water sources, the sinkholes are their last viable options. It is believed the Mayans treat the sinkholes as sacred with pilgrimage a part of their daily lives.

Not only precious jewelries and cloths are found at the bottom of the sinkhole. Skeletons of men and women are also found, which entails human sacrifice for their rain goddess.

Platform of Venus and Platform of Eagles and Jaguars

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There are two platforms elaborately carved at two different places in Chichen Itza. The first is one is the Platform of Venus near the High Priest grave and was found with a skeleton of a decapitated man.

The other is the Platform of Eagles and Jaguars with shapes of jaguars and eagles eating man’s heart. It represents the warriors of the Mayan civilization who hunts for human sacrifice.

Though located in different parts, the platforms serves one purpose – a place for ceremonies and rituals, which usually involves lives both that of human and animals.

Images:

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See More:

Chichen Itza – Is it worth the hype?
http://www.travellingforfun.com/visitmexico-yucatan-chichen-itza-hype

Different World’s Travel Guide to Chichen Itza
https://www.differentworld.com/mexico/areas/yucatan-and-campeche/chichen-itza/guide.htm

Mary Grace Valdez