Travel

Never Be Left Out of Place in Nanaimo

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Nanaimo is one of Canada’s most visited destinations due to the town’s location; it is right in the center of an island. While Nanaimo might not have gained huge quantities of tourists compared to its neighbor Victoria, it placed itself as an interesting spot with fascinating boutiques and shops, feel-good scenery, countless dining options and several museums.

After the government’s move in ensuring Nanaimo’s connection with places outside the island, more and more people have come to adore this humble town along with everything encompassed within.

Dubbed to be the Bathtub Racing Capital of the World, Nanaimo is slowly carving its name on several travel blog sites as an exciting town to spend your vacation in with limitless offerings and ceaseless opportunities to flourish and develop.

Truly, Nanaimo will keep you on its track, all intrigued and frenetic to the things that it has to offer.

Location

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Nanaimo, as previously mentioned, is located in the center of an island and is surrounded by several bodies of water. Specifically, Nanaimo is in Vancouver Island with a good distance from Vancouver itself, which is a few kilometers from the equally famous tourist spot Victoria. The town is separated from the rest by the Strait of Georgia and is interlinked with several ferry terminals.

Nanaimo is also deemed to be a passageway to cities on the northern part of the province including Protection Island, Campbell River, Gulf Island, Gabriola Island, Parksville, Comox Valley, Tofino and Valdes Island. Nanaimo covers a total land area of 35.25-square kilometers and is currently inhabited by an estimated 84,000 residents.

Climate

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Like the rest of its neighbor island cities, Nanaimo is under the temperate climate according to the Koppen Climate Classification. The temperate climate is equated to have cool and dry summers mixed with mild winters. Due to the many influences that surround Nanaimo, it can also be classified under the cool-summer Mediterranean zone and Oceanic Zone.

On a daily basis, a normal day in Nanaimo can be at 10.1-degrees Celsius with stresses in May, June and July as the hottest months on an annual scale. Rainshowers and thunderstorms are commonly experienced during the Holidays starting in December and can stretch as far as March, with an average precipitation of 6-7 inches. Snowfall can simultaneously fall with rain and so Nanaimo has a total of roughly 69 inches of snow fall every year.

Transportation

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Nanaimo is serviced by three aviation terminals namely Nanaimo Airport, Nanaimo Harbor Water Airport and the Nanaimo/Long Lake Water Airport. Since it is quite blatant that water travel is the best way to get in and out of Nanaimo due to its general location, tourists would also be able to use ferry terminals catered by the BC Ferry Line with locations in Duke Point, Departure Bay and downtown.

If you’re from Canada and want to pay Nanaimo a visit, keep in mind that the roads linking Nanaimo to the rest of the country are Highways 19, 1 and 19A. You can also opt to avail of the services offered by the Nanaimo Regional Transit for bus trips.

What to See

Wild Play Element Park

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For family day-outs or school field trips, the Wild Play Element Park is the best that Nanaimo has to put on the plate. Kids would definitely have an awesome time in this ecological complex brimming with outdoor activities such as zip-lining, bungee jumping, bicycling and endless walking trails.

Families would also appreciate some spots at the park for picnics, mild sports and towering flora to keep you covered from the scorching afternoon sun, if applicable.

Bastion

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Nanaimo is also known for their deep-rooted fondness for preserving architectural sites like that of Bastion. Built as an alternate building for the Hudson Bay’s Company in 1853, this towering wooden edifice is sure to mesmerize you despite the fact that it is now a defunct piece.

Take a snapshot of the Bastion and you’ll definitely be making history with yourself in the picture.

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

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With an extensive trail of 22 kilometers, the Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is perfect for those who want to spend time outdoors.

Here, you’d be able to do some biking and hiking and then relieve all the effort by merely looking at the scenic beach in the backdrop.

Images:
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(2) http://www.mappery.com/maps/Nanaimo-City-Map.jpg
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See More:

The Top 10 Things to Do in Nanaimo
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g154935-Activities-Nanaimo_Vancouver_Island_British_Columbia.html

Nanaimo – Things to do
http://www.tourismnanaimo.com/things-to-do

Paul Intalan

Lose Your Mature Facade in Cedar Point

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When the child inside us wants to come out and enjoy, we satisfy this craving by going to a theme park. The exhilaration, the cheap thrills, the iconic rides and the sheer happiness of the environment always make theme parks a sure hit.

When we travel, we usually look for avenues to sate the craving that we cannot find through swimming or partying, but by just riding a Ferris wheel and inhaling the smell of the city once you’re at the zenith. One legendary theme park that is receiving hundreds of thousands of customers each year is in Sandusky Ohio, which is called Cedar Point.

Location

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Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is owned by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and is located in the Lake Erie Peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio.

Dubbed as America’s Roller Coast, Cedar Point is home to a whopping number of roller coasters and is currently holding a world title of putting up 72 rides in total.

Climate

Since Cedar Point is located in the heart of Sandusky, Ohio, it shares the same climate with the city which is under the humid continental class.

You would be happy to know that you will have enough reasons to go to Cedar Point despite the weather as both winters and summers are average.

July, the hottest month, will have temperatures within the 28-degree range in summer, while January can drop to as low as 0 degrees in winter.

Transportation

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When traveling by air, you have four options in getting to this celebrated theme park, namely: (1) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (55 miles away), (2) Toledo Express Airport (65 miles away), (3) Erie Ottawa International Airport (15 miles away) and (4) Sandusky County Regional Airport (25-minutes from Cedar Point by car).

If you’d opt to go to Cedar Point via land travel, you have the option of booking trips through Greyhound Bus Lines or rub elbows with fellow Cedar Point aficionados through AmTrak.

What to See

Roller Coasters

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Pick from the following choices and shout at the top of your lungs because of excitement — Blue Streak, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Cockscrew, Gatekeeper, Gemini, Iron Dragon, Maverick, Magnum XL-200, Mean Streak, Millenium Force, Pipe Scream, Raptor, Rougarou, Top Thrill Dragster, Wicked Twister, Wilderness Run, and Woodstock Express.

Thrill Rides

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After stretching your vocal chords in the 16 aforementioned roller coasters, lay tone down the energy by gliding on these thrill rides: Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Dodgem, Matterhorn, Maxair, Monster, Ocean Motion, Power Tower, Scrambler, Skyhawk, Slinghot, Super Himalaya, Tiki Twirl, Troika, Wave Swinger, Wind Seeker and Witches’ Wheel.

Water Rides and Kids Zone

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If you would want to be wet and wild, then make sure to experience these rides: Shoot the Rapids, Snake River Falls and Thunder Canyon. Meanwhile, kids and kids-at-heart would be delighted to try the following in Cedar Point: Dune Buggies, Helicopter, Kite Eating Tree, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Mustangs and Motorcycles, Roto Whip, Space Age and Snoopy Bounce.

Family Rides

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Strengthen the bond of your immediate family by patronizing these rides and come back as soon as possible with your extended family members: Flying Ace Balloon Race, Charlie Brown’s Wind Up, Giant Wheel, Kingdom Carousel, Lake Erie Eagles, Peanuts 500, Sky Ride, Snoopy’s Express Railroad and Woodstock’s Whirlybirds.

Images:
(1) https://www.findlay.edu/offices/advancement/alumni/PublishingImages/CEDAR%20POINT.jpg
(2) https://thelostcoaster.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/cedar-points-1978-map.jpg
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See More:

Cedar Point – Frequently asked questions
https://www.cedarpoint.com/plan-a-visit/frequently-asked-questions

13 Tips to Have the BEST TRIP EVER at Cedar Point
http://bellebrita.com/2014/08/best-trip-ever-at-cedar-point/

Paul Intalan

See the story Belgrade has to tell

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There is beauty in the old, especially when found in objects and places. The old tells us about the past from traces and their remains.

See the trance of the good old days as Belgrade allows traveling back in time through the stories it generously tells in an artistic way via its structures and tourist spots.

Pay respect to the road that this beautiful city has traveled and meet up with the present time through the sights of the past’s antiquities.

Location

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Belgrade is Serbia’s capital. It is the country’s biggest city measuring 3959.96 square kilometers. It is found in the Balkan Peninsula, which is situated in the southeastern part of Europe.

Located between the Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade is also considered as the gateway to the Balkans and the door to Central Europe.

Since it serves as a crossroad, its location played a vital role in Europe’s history, specifically in the field of trade.

Climate

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The city is in the subtropical climate zone. It is best to visit between the months of May to September because these have nice average temperatures.

The warmest month is August while January is the coolest on average. June would be the wettest month, so tourists typically want to avoid going to this place at this time to avoid any possibilities of hassle during travel.

Transportation

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Belgrade is quite developed in its transportation. Its airport, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, has flights to 40 destinations worldwide.

Trains going to and from the city are operated by Serbian Railways. Cities where trains pass by include Budapest, Ljubljana, Skopje, Sofia, Vienna and Zagreb.

Belgrade can also be reached through bus and car. Do not forget that the city lies in between two rivers, which is why traveling by sea is also an option.

This can take longer in terms of travel time though, but can work well, especially for those who are after sightseeing.

Attractions

Belgrade Fortress

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Built between the 2nd and 18th century, this structure’s main function was to defend from invaders. It is primarily divided into three parts, namely Upper Town, Lower Town and Kalemegdan Park.

The interior consists of an art pavilion, a zoo, an amusement park, a museum and random relics from Belgrade’s military history.

Nikola Tesla Museum

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Enrich the mind by hopping into Nikola Tesla Museum. The name is derived from the great inventor himself. The place houses records of Tesla’s journals, photos, works, outlines and apparatus.

This is an important hub for both fields of science and history, as it exhibits the footprints of one of the world’s best scientists and inventors.

Great War Island

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Triangular in shape, the island got its name from the role it played during the country’s resistance to siege. This is where most of the planning attacks were made.

It gradually transformed into an amusement park made available to the public, boasting luscious flora and fauna.

Images:

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(2) http://www.mapsofworld.com/serbia/maps/belgrade-map.jpg
(3) http://www.inhotel-belgrade.rs/files/imgcache/kmih-29819aa19956bf2f8c5f7e5dd827f84e-1000×671-crop.jpg
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See More:

Belgrade travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/belgrade-travel-tips-where-to-go-and-what-to-see-in-48-hours-10379967.html

BBC – Travel – Mini guide to Belgrade, Serbia
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120309-mini-guide-to-belgrade-serbia

Aira Algado

Saskatoon and the promise of an enjoyable and relaxing trip

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Canada has been very much aware of this town’s effect on tourism and it ensured that accommodations, restaurants and other places of interest are established on its every inch. Saskatoon is really as resounding as the treasures it behold—from the huge farms that produce the ingredients used for their well-maintained watering holes to the amalgamation of its verdant parks for daily morning walks, the line of hotels, which are renowned for the quality they possess, and the locals who are used to welcoming visitors from all over the planet.

Saskatoon is truly a melting pot for travel in the whole of Canada, and with its insatiable hunger to develop, it would be no surprise that it will get to a far better standing from where it is now. Emerge satisfied and craving for more when you exit this flamboyant town, and traveling back is truly an option you’d highly consider if you’re lucky enough to have stayed here for a while.

Location

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Currently inhabited by almost 230,000 Saskatonians, Saskatoon is a city under the Saskatchewan Province established in 1883. Geographically, Saskatoon is in the middle section of the whole Canadian territory, which is divided by the famous South Saskatchewan River across its western and eastern tips.

The whole of Saskatoon covers a land area of almost 66 square miles and the inclination of the whole city itself is quite on an unconventional side— the South Saskatchewan River as its lowest peak while the Sutherland Suburb is dubbed to be the highest point. Saskatoon is also said to be found in the Aspen Parkland biome.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Saskatoon can be classified under the humid continental type due to its elevation. Simply put, Saskatoon has clear four seasons yearly.

Ironically, Saskatoon summers are usually the wettest with 13.9 inches of estimated annual precipitation. It is also known that Saskatoon is one of the few cities in the whole of Canada to experience the sunniest days with a whopping 2,270 hours of sunlight per annum.

If you want to visit the place where flurries and snow are evident, get your bags packed during the last weeks of June until the first few weeks of August. Rainfall, thunderstorms, the occasional hails, lightning and even the ever-damaging tornadoes are also evident in this city.

Transportation

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If you live in Canada and decide to pay Saskatoon a visit, the city is well connected to equally huge spots such as Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia via the Yellowhead Highway. Aside from a long drive, Saskatoon can also be reached via sophisticated railway systems under Canada’s two main lines—-Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway, which can easily transport you to other neighboring cities and towns.

The Saskatoon Railway Station can be found at the city’s western end. For air travel, the city is accessible via the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, which caters to domestic and international flights.

Some of the destinations that you’d be able to experience would be non-stop flights to Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Within the city, you’d be able to scan every inch of space via the Saskatoon Transit. Bus services are operated by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company that can easily connect every passenger to other towns and villages.

What to See

Mendel Art Gallery

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What sets the Mendel Art Gallery apart from the rest of the other places of creativity in Saskatoon is its well-celebrated Zen Garden, which is dubbed to be very soothing and tranquil according to visitors.

The gallery would give you visual pleasure, and dynamic exhibits would definitely relieve your tiresome feet from that long walk from the riverside.

Meewasin Valley

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With an etymology that means ‘beautiful’, the Meewasin Valley is one of the few natural spots that Saskatoon is proud about. In this specific tourist attraction, you’d be able to experience how it is to walk the relaxing Meewasin Trail, with mature and towering trees dotting your path.

Wander while a huge number of cyclists and picnic goers saturate the verdant landscape and welcome your inquiries about wildlife by visiting the extension, Mendel Island. Tour guides on schedule are always available for tourists to avail with a reasonable fee.

Western Development Museum

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If you’d want to see how Saskatoon looked and felt in the year 1910, the Western Development Museum would be your best bet.

If you’d pay the museum a worthy visit, you’d be acquainted with true-to-life streets that shout vintage and history.

Be shocked to see towering and realistic buildings and edifices that speak of Saskatoon life and all that transpired in this developing city.

Images:

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(2) https://www.spsd.sk.ca/registration/locator/PublishingImages/City-wide%20map.jpg
(3) http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/auroras/sun_earth_connect.html
(4) http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Canada/Province_of_Saskatchewan/Saskatoon-904310/Transportation-Saskatoon-TG-C-1.html
(5) http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/the-fifth-world/
(6) http://janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon/meewasin-35-years-nature/
(7) http://stuartkehrig.blogspot.com/2011/01/saskatoon-christmas-part-1-i-spent.html

See More:

Tourism Saskatoon
http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/

Saskatoon Travel Guide
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/saskatoon

Paul Intalan

Cusco, the embrace of the ancient past in the modern world

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This is where the ancient past reminds the modern world of the sequence in time that brought us to the present age.

The hub where Inca civilization flourished, Cusco’s long standing resilience to progression through time is perceptible in the remnants left by the early natives who have established one of the most important fragments in history.

Location

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Cusco is the center of Inca civilization. The city is the capital of the Cusco region and is found near Urumba Valley in the Andes Mountains.

The city covers about 385.1 square kilometers and has an estimate population of 500,000. A point where early civilization developed, Cusco has now grown into a tourist spot due to the remnants and structures left by the previous population.

Its importance in the study of social evolution has been recognized, appointing some of its parts as UNESCO Heritage spots.

Climate

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The city is situated in a high location that resulted to wealthy nature that surrounds it. The average temperature would fall around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Travelers might want to consider the months of September to December when planning a trip to this beautiful city because these months have nice average weather.

The most rainfall is during the first quarter of the year, while summer is between May and September.

Transportation

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The nearest airport is situated at the far edge of Cusco. International travelers might want to book a flight to Lima first, and then book a connecting flight to Cusco from there.

Getting to the city center from the airport is possible via taxi. If coming from cities such as Lima, Puno, Nazca and La Paz, getting a bus ride would be an ideal route to go.

Attractions

Pikillaqta

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The place served as a ceremonial site for the Wari people who inhabited the place until 1100 AD. The pre-Inca city has places, parks and houses in it that tells how ancient life was conducted by the early people who lived here.

The ruins narrate the life that blossomed here through the excavated and stones found in Pikillaqta.

Saksaywaman

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The walled complex has been famous because the stones that make it up were cut carefully to fit together tightly and securely without the help of using mortar.

The fine construction has become both a puzzle and point of admiration for scientists and architects. There were studies and speculations made as to how these stones were bound together that even a sheet of paper can’t pass through them.

This alone serves as reminder that early civilizations did have a distinct way of performing tasks that involve the impressive technology that they knew.

Sacred Valley

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This is the key settlement for the Inca civilization. There is no surprise that this became a home for Incas because of its strategic location and wealthy nature that surround it.

Located in the Andes, the Sacred Valley has become an important place not only for the Incas, but also for researchers and historians of the current era.

Images
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(7) http://www.bambaexperience.com/recursos/Services/29/galeria/09Pisac.jpg

Sources

Landmarks Tour of Cusco, Cusco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/landmarks-tour-of-cusco-4349.html

Cusco Peru Destinations
http://www.peru.travel/en-us/where-to-go/cusco.aspx

Aira Algado

Immerse Your Travel Craving Body in Kerch

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Tracing its roots as far back as 2,600 years ago, the ancient city of Kerch in Ukraine is a budding place for travelers to pay attention to.

With all its Greek inclinations and as a witness to the downfall of humanity in World War II, Kerch is truly rising to be a developing city that boasts success in transport, tourism, commerce and industry.

Kerch is also home to dreamy sea fronts and the always-bustling city center, which signifies how lively it can be if ever you decide to visit.

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Kerch would give you the ambiance of low-rise houses and the vintage vibe of locals going about their everyday lives.

With all the cultures imprinted upon this place, you could definitely expect diversity. Ready yourself for a roller coaster ride of tastes, sounds and sights, as Kerch is tugging at you for a worthwhile vacation.

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Location

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Kerch is de jure under Ukranian rule and de facto under the Russian government. To keep things more exciting, Kerch is under the bed of the Crimean land scope with a total area of 42-square miles.

Geographically, Kerch sits on the Kerch Peninsula on the eastern edge of Crimea. The whole of Kerch is surrounded by an extensive body of water on all its sides and is currently populated by nearly 150,000 citizens.

Climate

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Ideally, Kerch’s climate has cold winters and hot summers because it is classified under the humid subtropical class. The hottest months are attributed to June, July and August with 37.4-degrees Celsius as the highest recorded temperature all year round.

February is deemed to be the coldest month with an estimated -2.6-degrees Celsius that can stretch until the month of April. When it comes to rain showers, June is ironically the rainiest month, which accumulates 2.17 inches of precipitation, while the rest of the year drops in and out of the rain.

If you want to go on day trips, then visit Kerch in July as the sunshine hours are recorded at 334 hours for the whole duration of the month.

Transportation

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One of the most conventional ways of traveling in and out of Kerch is through their wide water systems. The ports available in Kerch are the Kerch Maritime Trading Port, Kerch Maritime Fishing Port, Kamysh-Burun Sea Portand and the port crossing named Port Krym.

The celebrated and frequently used Kerch Strait is key for most land transportation, which houses several domestic railroads and a mini-airport. Tramway services are found within the terminals of Kerch, Kerch I, Kerch Factory and Krym.

Some bus lines and networks would definitely be of help to tourists if they want to be transported in and out of Kerch to Krasnador Krai and Crimea.

What to See

Mithridates Hill

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With a daunting 432 steps to get to the Mithridates Hill, the magnificent view at the summit would blow your leg aches away.

Once at the top, you’d be able to witness the beauty of the ancient city of Panticapaeum, along with other archaeological digs within the vicinity.

Melek-Chesmensky Kurgan

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This tomb is encompassed with all the majestic urban legends, and this is one landmark that’s very famous within Kerch and the whole of Ukraine.

Said to be the tomb of a Bosporan Prince, this legendary spot in Kerch would surely be worthy of a photo snap, and the relaxing ambiance brought about by the surroundings will definitely make you approve of Kerch even more.

Tsarsky Kurgan

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Adjacent to the city’s defense museum, the Tsarsky Kurgan is actually a monument that has been preserved from the 4th century BC.

It is somewhat out of place when you look at Kerch’s surroundings in general. This mound of a supposed tomb is actually a travel destination and the symmetry of on this area is truly Grecian in nature.

Images
(1) www.en.wikipedia.org
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(3) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/knbyZjV2gWY/maxresdefault.jpg
(4) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Mayak_area_-_Kerch,_Ukraine_-_panoramio.jpg
(5) www.kingsacademy.com
(6) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(7) www.guidewithme.com
(8) www.snipview.com
(9) www.alchetron.com
(10) www.ukraine-souterraine.blogspot.com

See More:

Kerch – Travel guide at Wikivoyage
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kerch

Discover Ukraine : Crimea : Kerch – Ukraine Travel Guide
http://discover-ukraine.info/index/crimea/kerch

Paul Intalan

Don’t Be Jaded with Maracaibo’s Ambivalence

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Reaping the benefits of being an oil melting pot and Venezuela’s second largest city, the rather confusing vibe from the city of Maracaibo is more than enough to keep you attracted and intrigued.

Yes, Maracaibo is actually the country’s heart when it comes to oil production and yet; this scorching town is more than just being an economy booster. Set upon the feisty lands of Lago de Maracaibo, the city is also blooming with astonishing and eye-catching structures and edifices that shout history and culture.

The transition made by the Maracaibo locals is just amazing, from being the skilled oil workers to the laid-back populace who strive on cheap thrills and bar visits. The city is generally bland at first sight, but getting to know how Maracaibo survives day by day makes you want to look for more exciting activities to do and places of interest to admire.

The metropolis is a huge expanse of suburban life throbbing with loud music, fast-paced movement and the conventional merry crowd, while on the other side of town lies the serious and silent humming of machines on the production line.

Location

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Specifically, Maracaibo is in Venezuela’s northwestern edge and is officially divided into 18 parts. The city can be found on the strait that interconnects the lake of the same name and the well-known Gulf of Venezuela.

After Caracas, Maracaibo is deemed to be the country’s second largest city with a land area of 538-square miles and is currently being inhabited by almost 2,000,000 citizens. Some of the locals have tagged Maracaibo as the “Beloved Land of the Sun”.

Climate

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Due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Maracaibo is known to be one of the most arid cities of the country, and is classified to experience a semiarid climate as according to Koppen.

All throughout the year, Maracaibo is set to be scorching on temperatures of 35.1-degrees Celsius to the hottest mark of 39.6-degrees Celsius. Despite the heat in the city, rainfall isn’t much of a surprise at all, as it generally precipitates particularly in September until November.

On an annual scale, sunshine hours accumulated by Maracaibo are at 2,611 while precipitation garners a minuscule amount of 22.85 inches.

Transportation

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If you’re traveling by air, Maracaibo has the La Chinita International Airport, which is a good 17-kilometer distance from the city center. Here, you’d have multiple options on which carrier to fly with and you’d be surprised to know that almost all destinations, on an international scale, are catered here.

If you happen to come from Colombia’s Santa Maria town, you’d be able to get a bus ride from there going to Maracaibo easily. This mode of transport is also possible with other towns, to and fro locations such as San Cristobal Caracas and Merida.

Once inside Maracaibo, you will have the option to roam around via taxi, public bus rides, and the cheap yet sophisticated Metro subway, or just by plain walking.

What to See

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia

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Specifically, you’d be able to find the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia within the university’s central grounds at the city’s northwest area.

This museum is somewhat categorized as a modern and futuristic one, with focus on modern installments of art and displays shown through their extravagant exhibition halls.

Vereda del Lago

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Known to be one of the most noticeable and visited public landmarks in the city, the Vereda del Lago is a good five-kilometer distance north of the city.

Here, you’d be able to visit an aquamarine park, get you body moving via the paintball court, or just sit upon a bench and watch the Maracaibo life swirl around right before your very eyes.

Casa de la Capitulacion

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Originally called the Casa Morales, the historical value possessed by the presently called Casa de la Capitulacion is beyond measure.

Erected in the late 18th century, this edifice is now restored to its finest, leaving the imprints of the past still visible on the interior design and other stocked items that tourists can openly visit while they’re in Maracaibo.

Images
(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maracaibo
(2) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Maracaibo_map-es.svg
(3) http://patkrapf.com/lincoln-memorial-university-lmu-maracaibo/
(4) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MD82_de_Aeropostal_en_Barquisimeto.JPG
(5) http://arquitectura.com.ve/Maracaibo/slides/Maczul%20IMG_4780.html
(6) http://www.diariorepublica.com/etiquetas/vereda-del-lago
(7) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Casa_de_la_Capitulación.JPG

See More:

Maracaibo Travel Guide
http://www.diariorepublica.com/etiquetas/vereda-del-lago

Maracaibo Tourist Information and Tourism
http://www.world-guides.com/latin-america/venezuela/zulia/maracaibo/

Paul Intalan

Enjoy the overlooking view in Punta Arenas

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Punta Arenas is situated across the one of the most historic trade routes in the world, the Magellan Strait. Because of this, the trade industry of Punta Arenas boomed.

It is also the gateway of travelers and excursionists to the South Pole.

Location

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It is the prime city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and is part of the Antarctic Region overlooking the famous Magellan Strait. It is 3,036 km away from Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Across the strait lies the island of Tierra del Fuego and Puerto Williams, a Chilean town. It has a total land area of 17,846 kilometers and has 127,474 inhabitants.

Climate

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Punta Arenas’ seasonal temperature is because of its proximity to the ocean. According to the Koppen Climate classification, it has a mild climate with no dry season, but has a warm summer.

The rainy season is from April to May, while the snowy season runs through June to September.

Punta Arenas is the first populated city that has been directly affected by the thinning of ozone layer since 1986, which cause danger to the residents because of harmful ultraviolet rays.

Transportation

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Punta Arenas can be accessed through land, air or sea. The main gateway to Punta Arenas is through air from Auropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez in Santiago, where there is a 4h 35min domestic flight to Presidente Carlos Ibanez International Airport.

Ground transport and rental cars are available upon request at the airport. Cruise ships and ferries are also available, but a lot more expensive because it will make stops to some tourist sites along the way.

What to see

Mirador Cerro La Cruz

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The best spot to introduce Punta Arenas because of its breathtaking view, colorful roofs and seeing the Magallanes Strait from afar.

Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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The Braun-Menendez family mansion with its very elaborate interior, sculpture and paintings contains the Historical Museum of Magellan, which offers the history and development of the area over the years.

The Penguin Colony

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Around 60 kilometers away from Punta Arenas is the area where thousands of Magellanic penguins come to rest.

The best time to visit the area is from November to March and the best month to view baby penguins is in December, when visitors are allowed to see the penguins up close provided that they will remain at the perimeter.

Images:

(1) http://travels.kilroy.net/
(2) https://bacsinguyenxuanquang.files.wordpress.com
(3) https://hasselmann.files.wordpress.com
(4) http://travelbrainstorm.com/
(5) http://static.panoramio.com/
(6) http://www.museodemagallanes.cl/
(7) http://www.grayline.com/

See More:

Punta Arenas
http://www.welcomepatagonia.com/travel/punta-arenas-home.php

Punta Arenas Travel Guide
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/punta-arenas

Donna de Jesus

Royally played: Vaduz

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Walk through the bricks and alleys the fantasy way by getting into the spectacular city of Vaduz.

Realize that dreams do come true and the tales from our childhood bedtime stories can become reality, as structures and greeneries depicting royal life are generously exhibited at all areas of this charmed city.

Find the beauty within medieval structures and the beautiful scenery shown in a unique Vaduz way.

Location

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Vaduz is the city capital of Liechtenstein and it is where the house of the country’s prince is located. This is also the center of the country, as the national parliament is also found in the said city.

The area covers approximately 17 square kilometers and has a car free center that allows, if not requires locals and travelers to explore the beauty of the place through walking.

Climate

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The city possesses an oceanic climate. This means that the city has mild summers and cool winters. The rainy season covers the months of June, July and August.

Travelers should avoid visiting during the aforementioned months and consider February instead, since it is the driest month. July on the other hand is the warmest month while the city experiences its coolest temperatures every January.

Transportation

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The most common route to get into this city is via Zurich. Tourists from different countries can book a flight through its neighboring cities like Munich or Venice.

The major mode of transportation is through its railways. The nearest train station in the city would be the Schaan-Vaduz station wherein buses from countries like Austria pass through.

Attractions

Vaduz Castle

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This is the official residence of the Liechtenstein prince. Beautifully located on a hillside, the location is definitely fit for a royal as it oversees the whole area.

Originally built as a fortress during the 1280’s, the castle has undergone several renovations since then until it became a possession of the royal family back in 1732.

Vaduz Cathedral

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The neo-gothic structure serves as the center of Roman Catholicism in the city. Also called the Cathedral of St. Florin, the typical parish church elevated its status to a cathedral in the year 1997.

The structure itself is magnificent, showing the medieval influence that resides in most structures found in the city.

Kunstmuseum

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The museum shows varieties of contemporary art. Veering away from the normal ancient feel found in most of the city’s structures, this museum is a modern hub amid old buildings.

The museum was designed as a seemingly black cube that is totally eye catching, considering the way of how other structures are typically built in the city.

Images:
(1) http://soperlage.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/vaduz-1.jpg
(2) http://www.victor.com.ua/Liechtenstein/Vaduz/Vaduz_map.jpg
(3) http://worldtravels.ro/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC_0497.jpg
(4) https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8674/16344261539_e83e7d803e_b.jpg
(5) http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/735/cache/vaduz-castle-liechtenstein_73507_990x742.jpg
(6) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/88342799.jpg
(7) https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8579/15795950309_b6e92a2c86_b.jpg

See More:

A Day Trip to Vaduz, Liechtenstein
http://onestep4ward.com/day-trip-vaduz-liechtenstein/

Vaduz Travel Tips and Travel Advice
http://www.travbuddy.com/Vaduz-travel-tips-1308662

Aira Algado

Come to the invite of Libreville

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Libreville is where industry, energetic city life and trails leading to blue waters meet. It’s like getting the best of everything when travelling to this destination.

Being Gabon’s capital, the city’s façade no doubt includes modernity, but move around and get to know that amid its aim for development lies a firm connection to the past through historical sites and the tranquility found in the shores kissing the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Location

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Distinctly referred to as the largest city in Gabon, Libreville is located in the Gabon estuary to the northwest of the country.

The city is divided into districts, namely Batterie IV, Quartier Louis, Mont-Bouët and Nombakélé, Glass, Oloumi and Lalala. Due to the wide area it covers, Libreville’s population is estimated to house 1/3 of the country’s population.

Climate

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The climate in the city is tropical. The average temperature is 26.2 °C while precipitation averages 2883 millimeters. Often, rain comes pouring between the months of January until May, and September to December.

It is advisable to visit the city between the months of July and August especially for those who want to experience the beach that borders some parts of the city.

Transportation

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Istanbul provides direct flights to Libreville. Just be prepared, because this city joins those in the ranks of the most expensive cities to travel to.

The best way to get to the city center is to arrange for an airport transfer instead of hailing a cab right out of the airport.

The most common mode of transportation would be taxicabs. Those who are on business trips would find it best to rent a car instead of commute.

Attractions

Palais Presidentiel

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This regal palace is now the official residence of Gabon’s President. The colonial-style façade is truly admirable let alone the well kept gardens that are found surrounding this political monument.

It was originally founded in the 1970s and the structure’s majesty continues to live on until today.

Boulevard Triomphal

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Get to the heart of major political establishments by strolling through Boulevard Triomphal.

Aside from government buildings, get the taste of the city life Libreville has to offer through restaurant strips, malls and other business buildings found on scattered areas around the city.

Arboretum de Sibang

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Those who want to get away from the metro and feel the touch of nature can opt to visit this place.

This protected area offers an intimate encounter with nature while providing education since it gives information about trees and plants that are found around the whole country.

Learn a thing or two about why Gabon is admired through its nature and wildlife by paying a visit to this rainforest park.

Images
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(2) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/librevil.jpg
(3) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/679940.jpg
(4) http://www.jasonaroundtheworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/IMG_2360-1024×768.jpg
(5) http://notrevieaugabon.o.n.f.unblog.fr/files/2009/02/dsc02373.jpg
(6) https://gabongovernment.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/ob_68754d_gabonportmole04.jpg
(7) http://www.ecolerubanvert.com/upload/24da6babd1f7cdd22ed70b2075c91ae9.jpg

See More:

Libreville Attractions
http://www.libreville.com/v/attractions/

Libreville – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/gabon/libreville

Aira Algado