Travel

Lucerne, From Alley Walks and Captivating Nooks

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Applaud the beauty of Lucerne’s in its marvelous architecture, historic sited and rich culture merged with the beauty of Mother Nature in the form of astounding lake and boasting sight of mountains.

Location

The city covers about 29.04 square kilometer land that houses about 80,000 human population.

Majority of the land is used for agriculture while the other remaining is rendered for infrastructures and nature.

Climate

Travelers will best enjoy the city between the months of June, July and August since these offer a nice average temperature.

Rainy season is between May till September while warm weather can be experienced during July. January is said to be the coolest month while February is the driest month.

Transportation

Since the city is located in the heartland of the country, getting here is easy. Popular way of transportation will be via train through Swiss Federal Railway.

Trains can come from locations like Zurich, Olten and Berne. Boat ride is also a way to access this beautiful place as it sits at the north end of Switzerland’s busiest waterways.

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Attractions

Chapel Bridge

Locally known as Kapellbrucke. This 670 feet long bridge built in 1933 is the oldest covered bridge in whole Europe.

Artworks can be found inside the bridge that depicts the history and events that occurred in Lucerne.

More than a tourist attraction, the said bridge became part of the city’s past as it had been a prison and torture chamber during the early days.

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Church of St. Leodegar

This historic church was founded in 8th century but some parts were eaten by fire during the 1630’s.

Old architecture personified, the church was made of wood and stones that are staple materials being used n infrastructure during the old age.

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Glacier Garden

A park and museum can be found on this tourist attraction. Glacial pothole that’s 9.5m deep from the last ice age can also be found in this place.

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Lake Lucerne

Be enchanted with Switzerland’s 4th largest lake. Tourists can enjoy the scenic view of blue waters and beautiful mountains by taking a cruise which is the most suggested activity to get the breathtaking view of nature residing in the place.

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(5) http://www.gletschergarten.ch/typo3temp/pics/Grosser_Gletschertopf_01_f16b2bace9.jpg
(6) http://www.seduniatravel.com/sites/default/files/tours/tour/lucerne_-_patrick_nouhailler_-_6778350415.jpg

See more:

Lake Lucerne boat trip
http://www.myswissalps.com/boatlakelucerne

Glacier Gardens, Lucerne
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Switzerland/Kanton_Luzern/Lucerne-691229/Things_To_Do-Lucerne-Glacier_Gardens-BR-1.html

Aira Algado

Seek Solace in Wollongong

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Break-free from the tiring giants of the metropolis and take a breath of fresh and pristine air by spending your precious time in a place where the beauty of nature is imminent. Be at your most laid-back self and dive into clear waters, rekindle your knowledge of verdant greens and be mesmerized as trickles of water from the falls serenade the inner depths of your intoxicated soul.

There are quite a thousand of places to ignite your liking into hugging nature again, but there are special points of travel that is unknown to most of us. These places are not remote but the secret that it beholds is an enticing feature that a traveler will definitely enjoy.

Renew your senses and applaud as nature, arts and leisure clump together to form a place called Wollongong. The weirdness of this place’s name in inversely proportional to the beauty that you’re sure to witness inside.

Location

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Wollongong’s specific place on the globe is more than magical. To its’ eastern side is the blue-green hues illuminated by the Tasman Sea and the west end is flanked by a sandstone precipice called the Illawarra Escarpment.

Wollonggong’s city center is situated on the middle end of this island-like city in New South Wales, and the sound of the ocean is audible from almost any corner. A large lagoon is also situated just south of Wollonggong’s city center called Lake Illawarra.

The central business district and city center had been bordered by a number of parks, wildlife reserves, residential areas and nature-installed rock and land formations. Known as the third largest city of New South Wale next to Sydney and Newcastle, Wollongong is geographically located at the southeastern side of the so-called Sydney basin which extends from the city of Newcastle to Nowra.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, the general Wollongong area experiences an oceanic climate, due to its location and proximity to the sea. Lowest temperatures will play at 17-degrees up to 26-degrees during summer. The city of Wollongong is at high since clear, sunny days are at 107 days per year.

The prickly summer heat and nights isn’t much of an issue in Wollongong as the breeze coming from the sea regulates the temperature of the area. Rainfall normally occurs at the first half of the year which can also result to local flooding. If you’re trying to get to Wollongong and doesn’t like to be hassled by too much heat or too much rain, get there at July and August as windy weather is said to dominate.

Transportation

If coming from Sydney and other nearby cities, the best way to get into Wollongong is through the Waterfall-Yallah Southern Freeway. Driving onto this road path will lead you directly to Wollongong’s city center.

If travelling in by rail system, the Illawarra rail line is the best bet that you need to choose. Connecting stations from Kiama, Nowra and south of Sydney going in and out of Wollongong is said to be serviced by this specific rail system.

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Buses which offers route services in and out and within Wollongong is also available for you to hop on. Mainly provided by the Premier Illawarra Lines and Dion’s Bus Service, you can get around the city for a free. However, be smart enough to ride the free shuttles circling around the business district if you’re on a very tight budget.

Coming in via air travel, you must go through the Illawarra Regional Airport which is specifically located at Albion Park Rail. Some famous airlines cater to domestic and international flights including NSW Air, Touchdown Helicopters and Elite Jet.

What to See

Nan Tien Buddhist Temple

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This area of attraction and religious place is said to be the largest Buddhist temple to ever exist in the southern hemisphere. Because of its’ religious orientation, those who would visit Nan Tien must dress accordingly as 10,000 Buddha icons are set to amaze the holy alter-ego once inside the temple.

Belmore Basin

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Be saturated with beach air and enjoy the slapping of the waves on the rock formation through visiting the Belmore Basin which is made in 1868. Learn the how-to’s of fishing through the headquarters situated inside and the Breakwater Lighthouse towering on its’ headland.

North Beach

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As how a famous beach would serve its purpose, Wollongong’s North Beach is utterly famous for locals and tourists who seek solace in swimming and other water activities such as snorkeling and diving.

Science Centre & Planetarium

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Located in Squires Way, this informative edifice put focus on enriching intelligence of those who visits on things that taps any form of science. Planetarium shows are set to play each day at a fee and this wonderful establishment is being run by the genius heads of University of Wollongong.

Wollongong Botanic Gardens

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Take the family and set up your makeshift picnic place on the city’s Botanical Gardens while being surrounded by different types of flora that are under the tropical, woodland and temperate class.

Images:
(1) www.tonyandtawni.com
(2) www.auspostalhistory.com
(3) www.illawarramercury.com.au
(4) www.gritandglamour.com
(5) www.highwaysaustralia.com.au
(6) www.insyd.com.au
(7) www.illawarramercury.com.au
(8) www.highwaysaustralia.com.au

See More:

Wollongong & Surrounds Attractions
http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/wollongong-and-surrounds/attractions

Activities & Attractions – Destination Wollongong
http://visitwollongong.com.au/things-to-do/attractions

Paul Intalan

Enjoy Fremantle’s youthful and stimulating vibe

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When a city is inhabited by a populace of an early age, it is sure to be expected that creativity and open-mindedness are some of the observable dominant traits. We can form a picture of street dancing being a usual act, painters and artists doing their mind-boggling stuff on avenues with a lot of cafeterias where the hippies and the eccentrics come together to form a master plan for world change.

There are hundreds of ways to visit a library or a museum, tons of hours to listen to live bands and parties are being held left and right. If you’re looking for a travel destination where the city and its inhabitants are energetic during the wee hours of the morning, then Fremantle is what will suit you best. Enjoy the refreshing take of Fremantle’s young community and get your vacation a loud and proud feel to it.

Location

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Fremantle is a major city in Western Australia due to its fantastic location as the state’s main port and entry way.

As seen on maps, Fremantle is exactly situated at the mouth of Australia’s Swan River by where different types of trades and commerce are taking place every single day.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Fremantle is under the Mediterranean class same as the whole of Western Australia. One noted weather occurrence observed in the general Fremantle area is called the Fremantle Doctor; a sea breeze often felt that relieves the hassles of the heat brought about by the afternoon and mid-day sun.

Hottest months include January playing at 40-42 degree range while coldest is at June and July months with a recorded range of 3 degrees. Rainy season are also observed during the second quarter of the year with 746 meters of precipitation collected annually.

Transportation

Located 30 kilometers south of the well-celebrated Perth Airport, Fremantle is accessible through daily flights in and out. From this entry point, a traveler would have an option to take a taxi ride, which is available at all times to transport you to Fremantle.

Transperth, an operated bus system, would also be a good pick which serves the just arrived people to be transported to the inner cities in Western Australia.

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The Fremantle Central Area Transit is a bus service which circulates on the cities’ main business district, free of charge. With two sets of departure times namely 10 and 15 minutes each, Fremantle’s CAT run all week long to bring passengers to and fro the city’s business district to other designated drop-off and pick-up locations.

For Intrastate train services bear in mind four train services which caters to almost all known cities in Western Australia including Fremantle — Australind, Prospector, Avonlink and Merredinlink.

Be confident as well with hailing taxis on Fremantle as good service is expected to be delivered to you. Both government-operated, the existing cab services in Fremantle are Swan Taxi Lines and Black and White Taxi Services.

What to See

Bon Scott Statue

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This is one of many reasons why Fremantle is being praised for embracing pop culture and when the AC/DC band member Bon Scott’s statue had been put up in the Fishing Boat Harbor, many people have been crazed about it.

Esplanade Reserve

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Be mesmerized on Esplanade Reserve’s endless surprises in showing you how Fremantle took care of their greens despite the towering concrete and high-rise offices of the young and the new.

Fremantle Prison

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The Fremantle Prison is one of the most known landmarks in the whole of Fremantle because of the history it beholds.

At the current times, the used to be correctional facility is now grounds for tours during day time.

Fremantle Arts Centre

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The people of Fremantle have made sure that their arts and crafts will be sitting in one holistic place and so this arts center have been rebuilt and reconstructed from its origin as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s. Now, this is home to impressive exhibitions and is a place where concerts, courses and art workshops are performed.

Fremantle Markets

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What’s a travel hotspot without a market where all the produce and goods are being sold? The Fremantle Markets, reopened in 1975 is now a huge avenue for tourists to shop for take home souvenirs, the freshest of local produce and interesting products only known to Fremantle.

Images:

(1) www.pier21.com.au
(2) www.hot-map.com
(3) www.ecudaily.com.au
(4) www.flickr.com
(5) www.qsb.co.nz
(6) www.fremantlesociety.org.au
(7) www.theconversation.com
(8) www.ournakedaustralia.com.au

See more:

Fremantle travel guide
http://www.fodors.com/world/australia-and-the-pacific/australia/western-australia/fremantle/

Things to do in Fremantle
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g285726-Activities-Fremantle_Greater_Perth_Western_Australia.html

Paul Intalan

A different kind of exhilaration in six flags San Antonio

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When we plan for a travel, we normally put into consideration the more mature stuff like soul searching, relaxing and discovering new things as part of our main priorities. We often end up choosing a wildlife park, a remote island or a people-crowded beach and spend money and time on it for the sake of being able to travel.

Yes, we definitely would end up happy when we get to pick the more ‘ideal’ path, but have you asked your inner kid on where he/she wanted to go? Have you ever considered a theme park as your main destination? If not, and you’re planning to, peruse this magical place where you can end up feeling like a 10-year old again after you left its gates. Get your feet moving and your stomach churning with Six Flags San Antonio.

Location

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Six Flags San Antonio is a quick 15-minute ride from San Antonio Downtown. It is wedged between Interstate 10 and Loop 1604 by where you need to take Exit 555 La Cantera Parkway. The theme park’s specific address is at 17000 IH-10, San Antonio, Texas 78257.

Six Flags covers an approximate are of 200 acres of fun and excitement and is currently being one of the major entertainment parts of La Cantera, a well-planned development estate in northwest San Antonio.

Climate

Being part of San Antonio, Six Flags’ adapted climate takes on two ways — tropical and desert. Typically, when you visit Six Flags in the months of July and August, the sun would be your best friend as it shines at its zenith and let you enjoy the amusement park at best. The location where Six Flags is situated uncommonly experiences snow.

If you don’t have a strong affinity with heat and sunshine, choose the month of January as this is identified as the coldest all year long. Skim the veins of Six Flags at this month and never sweat your way to happiness and excitement, literally.

Transportation

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If you want to know if there is a mode of transportation inside Six Flags itself, then ask your feet to do you a huge favor in not giving up while staying there. Unlike Disneyland franchises, Six Flags don’t have their Disney buses careening inside the complex. The management deemed it inappropriate and would want to instill physical activity to their guests, thus, the absence of in-house transportation.

However, if you’re coming from Downtown San Antonio and other parts of nearby cities, you can board the VIA Metropolitan Transit bus which will drop you off in front of the theme park. Some hotels dotting Six Flags and nearby accommodations offer their own versions of servicing you in and out of the theme park at specific times and days.

What to See

Thrill Rides

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If you’re one of the many theme park visitors who would want to experience the thrill and excitement of riding the highest rollercoaster and death-defying mechanical engineering, then pick the thrill rides bunch to start and cap your Six Flags visit.

Choose from selected and most patronized rides such as Batman: The Ride (world’s first 4D free-fly rollercoaster), Bahama Blaster (world’s steepest waterslide which ends on a Texas-shaped pool), Boomerang (a quirky kind of rollercoaster which will not lurch your forward, but backward), Frisbee (quite self-explanatory, imagine yourself seated on a giant Frisbee and being thrown at fast and gut-wrenching speeds), Goliath (if they can give a backward rollercoaster ride, experience this inverted this time, at 50MPH).

Family Rides

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Be in touch with the family through Six Flags’ selected family-oriented rides which includes Gully Washer, Fender Bender, Hill County Racer, White Water Rapids, Mine Shaft, Ghostblaster, Whistle Stop, White Water Canyon, and Wave Runner.

Kids Rides

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Parents who want the kids to be enjoying while at par with their safety standards, don’t ever fret as Six Flags had a lot of rides made just for your kids.

Let your kid enjoy every inch of space in Six Flags with wholesome rides such as Buckarooz, Daffy’s School Bus Express, Bamboo Chutes, Kiddee Koaster, Kinderstein, Taz’s Tornado, Texas Treehouse, Up Up and Away and Zoomjets.

Dining and Shopping

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Due to Six Flags’ humongous space, it will be such a bore if there are no restaurants or even a store present on its premises. When the day had been ultra tiring as you covered almost half of the total rides, be not afraid in regaining your energy through a course of selection for restaurants and eating chains.

There are clusters of All-American fare, vegetarian restaurants, places where you can experience Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisines. And if you want to also squeeze in some shopping on the side, options are available for souvenirs, apparel when you get splashed on their water rides, gifts for loved ones, toys and candies for the kids on your way back home and other shops that are Six Flags approved.

Images:

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(2) www.drakecommercial.com
(3) www.businesswire.com
(4) www.youtube.com
(5) forums.wdwmagic.com
(6) www.guidetosfot.com
(7) newsplusnotes.blogspot.com

See more:

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio
http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanAntonioTX/activity/SixFlagsFiestaTexasSanAntonio.cfm

Things to Do
https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/rides-and-attractions

Paul Intalan

The tropical Darwin, Australia

Who doesn’t want to visit Australia? One of the most beautiful places on earth.

One outstanding place in Australia is Darwin, considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations when going to Australia. Now, let’s discover the beauty within a beauty.

Location

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the only tropical city in Australia.

1. Australia Map

Climate

This has three general seasons, dry, wet and the build up also known as Troppo Season.

The dry season starts April to August, the wet season is December to March, and the build up is September to December.

Transportation

Just like other territories the Department of Transport manages the territory’s public transport, they offer services that are designed for the needs of their people and as well as visitors. They have specific bus routes that operate 7 days a week.

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Attractions

In this kind of place there are a lot of fun activities to do. Let me list some of these attractions. You can have a chance to meet and greet some of the nature most fearsome creatures and that is by going to Crocosaurus Cove.

You’ll have a chance to see amazing reptiles and even feed them. Another attraction and thing to do as part of your wild life experience is bird watching. You can visit their historical military museum.

They also offer Cruise that will shuttle you around Darwin Harbour. In this kind of place there are a lot of fun activities to do. Let me list some of these attractions. You can have a chance to meet and greet some of the nature’s most fearsome creatures and that is by going to Crocosaurus Cove.

You’ll have a chance to see amazing reptiles and even feed them. Another attraction and thing to do as part of your wildlife experience is bird watching. You can visit their historical military museum. They also offer Cruise that will shuttle you around Darwin Harbour.

3. Casuarina Beach

3. Casuarina Beach

If you’re looking for a simple family nature walk and have a picnic at the same why not try to go to Charles Darwin National Park.

Casuarina Beach is a good place to swim together with the family and for couples as well, enjoy the sunrise and the clear blue water of this captivating scenery.

Casuarina Beach is considered the most popular beach and the one of the best beaches in the Northern Territory.

Images
1. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/australia.html
2. http://lennonmundoafora.blogspot.com/2011/07/6-meses-de-australia.html
3. http://www.fritidsresor.se/resa/thailand/koh-lanta/lanta-casuarina-beach-resort/bilder-film/pc-000009402/

See more:

Darwin
http://www.australia.com/en/places/darwin.html

Darwin Accommodation & Travel Guide
http://www.darwin-australia.com/

Josie Jane T. Paloma

Hola Havana!

Havana

Want to visit the largest city in the Caribbean? Hola Havana! Hello Havana! This city is the capital city of Cuba, and considered one of the most spectacular urban places on earth.

If you want to relive the past you come to the right spot.

Location

This beautiful capital city of Cuba is located in 90 miles from Key West, Florida.

The captivating beauty of the Cuba Island is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.

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2. Havana Map

Climate

In terms of climate Havana has a tropical wet and dry season. Havana’s weather generally has a standard season, having a tropical climate mostly the weather is sunny and hot year round, that’s the reason this is considered as a tourist destination.

Transportation

Since this place is considered one of the most famous tourist destinations, transportation has never been difficult; there are several things to do so.

Different mode of transportation are available in the city they have buses, taxis may it be legal or illegal taxis, bike taxi, horse drawn carriages and yellow taxis.

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Attractions

Some of the main attractions in Havana, the capital of Cuba are El Capitolio, Colon Cemetery, Museum of the Revolution, Christ of Havana, Iglesia de Jesus de Miramar and Museo del Aire museum.

Havana has one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the Caribbean, and offers a number of beaches that will make your jaw drop inspired by Spanish culture.

Havana is a very safe place to visit. History is being treasured in this place. People love to sing and dance in this city, and if you’re lucky you will have a chance to see an impromptu street salsa.

So for those who wanted to relive the past, the history and the culture, visit Havana and let your heart, mind and body be blown away! Say Hola Havana!

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Images
1. http://www.cubamapa.com/province-map-havana-map.htm
2. http://www.havanatimes.org/?attachment_id=34194
3. http://traveltheworldguide.com/old-havana-attractions/

See more:

Havana travel guide
http://www.fodors.com/world/caribbean/cuba/havana/

Havana
http://www.cntraveller.com/guides/north-america/cuba/havana

Josie Jane T. Paloma

A Beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya

The capital of Kenya is Nairobi City, it is also called “green city in the sun”. This is a perfect place to visit for those who want to discover and reveal developed cities of Africa.

Location

Nairobi is situated in between Kampala and Mombasa, the city capital is adjacent to the eastern edge of the valley it measures 5450 ft (1661 meters) above the sea level.

1. Nairobi Map

1. Nairobi Map

Climate

Unlike most African countries that are so hot, the weather in Nairobi is kind of cool because of its altitude.

And the temperature can go down to 10 degrees Celsius that’s 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the months of June and July but the hottest is between December and March with a 24 degrees Celsius ( 75degrees Fahrenheit) temperature.

Transportation

There are different mode of transportation in Nairobi, you can choose from Matatus a shared minibus taxis, buses, trains and what they call boda bodas it is a motorbike, Tuk-tuks a three wheeled taxi and of course regular taxis.

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Attractions

Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, Ngong Hills, Hell’s Gate National Park, Uhuru Gardensand Nairobi Railway Museum are just some attractions in Nairobi. For wildlife enthusiast, this place has a lot to offer.

They have giraffe center and you will get to see the giraffes. They Nairobi orphanage, an orphanage where you can find wild animals, but they aren’t placed in their natural habitat as they are in closed caged.

This is called orphanage because most of the animals here are orphans. But if you’re planning to see them in their natural habitat might as well visit Nairobi national park.

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For those people wanted to enjoy away from the nature and animals, the City has a lot of popular places that you can visit, especially those who love partying.

There are numbers of nightclubs that surely you will enjoy. Now you know where to go if you want to have some adventure with a mix of wildlife experience and modern style of adventure.

Have a wonderful Nairobi experience!

Images
1. http://www.hot-map.com/us/nairobi
2. http://county10.com/2012/04/12/wrta-puts-new-larger-31-passenger-buses-into-service-new-buses-feature-additional-safety-features/
3. http://blog.africadreamsafaris.com/?p=4010

See more:

Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport-NBO
https://www.kaa.go.ke/airports/nairobi-jomo-kenyatta-intl-airport

Foreign travel advice Kenya
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya

Josie Jane T. Paloma

Bermuda Island, not the triangle

Want some summer adventure to the beautiful island of Bermuda? Are you ready to discover the gift of Mother Nature? Suit up and pack your bags and head to North Atlantic, off the eastern of the United States.

1. Bermuda Island

1. Bermuda Island

Location

This island is not situated in the Carribean, it rests hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas, in North Atlantic. Planes from New York and mostly from eastern US cities reach the Bermuda Island shore in less than two hours.

If you will notice the structure of Bermuda it may seem like it’s just one continuous landmass but in fact it is made up of 181 islands, islets and rocks.

Climate

The unique location of Bermuda in the North Atlantic provides a remarkable nice climate that rarely gives extremes of either hot or cold. May to mid-October is the hottest part of the year, while the winter month’s temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius.

2. Bermuda Island Map

2. Bermuda Island Map

Transportation

Bermuda offers an excellent public transportation system using buses and ferries, a reliable, clean, convenient, well maintained and most of the time air conditioned and inexpensive way to travel to this place.

They have this “Transportation Pass” with an option of one day pass or multi day, this will allow you to visit near to almost anywhere visitor would like to go to.

Attractions

Numerous motorized and non motorized water sports are available in Bermuda. There are also guided island tours like sailing and boating, cultural & heritage tours and nature walks.

The island has numerous great places to visit like caves, museums lighthouses, churches and many more. Hope you can all do these activities in during your stay in this place.

3. Bermuda Island Aerial

3. Bermuda Island Aerial

So many activities to do on this island, do you have something in mind already? But most of the tourist who visits this place kept on wondering if they really made the most out of their time.

So book a flight now or plan your vacation and you know what to do and where to go. Good luck and enjoy!

Images:
(1) http://paradiseintheworld.com/bermuda/
(2) http://rwarrior.com/best-of-bermuda/
(3) https://bearboat.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/bermudas-400th-birthday/

See more:

Bermuda Travel Tips
https://www.gotobermuda.com/get-here/travel-tips/

Bermuda Warnings and Dangers
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Bermuda/Warnings_or_Dangers-Bermuda-TG-C-1.html

Josie Jane T. Paloma

Underestimating Wellington would rather be inappropriate

The fun and enjoyment that one can harness from a place isn’t depending much on the land that it covers, or the waters that it owns. They typically say that size does matter, but this place begs to disagree.

Despite the constraints in land area and its surrounding water territory, this travel destination depended on developing the things that they have instead of the things that they don’t.

The inhabitants of this place thrived hard into keeping their small land the best that it can be and no matter how small their scope of land is, they toiled the soil and converted it into someplace blooming with effervescence and happiness. Meet the land of Wellington, and be enlightened that size really won’t affect what they can offer.

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Suitably, Wellington is ranked 12th in the whole world as one of the most livable cities and happiest to visit according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey last 2014.

Need we say more that Wellington is such an interesting place to visit?

Location

With just a diminutive number of residents, which almost 393,000, Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and second most populous urban area.

Nicknamed as the ‘Harbor Capital’, Wellington can be easily pointed at a New Zealand map as the small city at the city’s upper land partition and is facing a huge body of water.

It is strategically located on the most southwestern end of New Zealand’s North Island and is wedged between Cook Strait and Rimutaka Range.

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Wellington separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The Northern stretch of Wellington is dotted with the grazing beaches of the Kapiti Coast.

With its favorable location, Wellington is considered as the southernmost capital city in the whole planet.

With this recognition, Wellington is also the most remote capital city and hundreds of miles away from another capital.

The general urban area is comprised of four micro-cities, which are Wellington City, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

Climate

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Wellington experiences a temperate, marine climate which is playing in the range of 25 degrees at its hottest and not going below 4 degrees as its coldest temperature. Generally and annually, it Wellington is moderately tempered with an average of 2,050 hours of sunshine per year.

All year round, travelers and locals will witness a windy weather with high rainfall. June and July are considered as the wettest months with 49 inches of rainfall annually. In the Hutt Valley area, frosts are experienced in the months of May and September. It is in July and August that snow falls, though not so common the low altitude areas.

Transportation

Due to its small area coverage, Wellington is said to be best experienced by foot. Its central city is about 2 kilometers in diameter, which would generally take a healthy traveler 20 minutes to go from Wellington’s starting point to its end pole.

But if you wish to travel to Wellington and take everything in an organized fashion, certain transport and travel agencies would be happy to assist you with your queries.

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If you’re trying to get around Wellington on a budget and is taking time into high consideration, take the city’s Metlink. Metlink is the main railway system, which would definitely swift in bringing you in order areas within the city.

Like the usual train lines in your own country, having a train pass would be of importance, yet you don’t need to shell out too much as the fare is cheap and convenient to everyone.

Like a normal, bustling capital city, taxis are readily available for hire. There are also drivers under the Wellington Combined Taxis franchise by where you can hire the taxi in a full hour and ask the driver to bring you any point in the city.

What to See

Te Papa

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This is considered to be the city’s must-see attraction out of all areas of interest. Loosely meant as ‘treasure box’, Te Papa is home to a vast array of exhibitions featuring works of art collected and preserved for the whole of New Zealand.

Some of the things that you can skim inside the gallery, which is operated for free, are the extensive collections of Maori art, natural history and environmental artifacts, a national art collection and a quirky hands-on discovery center for children.

With a six-storey edifice, you would definitely enjoy inhaling local and primitive art that is highly advisable to be experienced while in Wellington.

Wellington Botanic Gardens

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Accessible via a planned cable-car ride, Wellington Botanic Gardens is a hilly clump of land which embodies the very essence of nature despite its 25-hectare size.

Boasting with international plant cultivation and a well-preserved tract of native forest, one would appreciate nature that can be seen in the whole of New Zealand.

You can also enjoy numerous water fountains, playground for kids, duck pond, even a cafeteria and streams flowing inside this piece of nature heaven.

City Gallery

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Infusing modern ways of art preservation, the city gallery has been loved and well respected by its locals due to its strict following in keeping the art inside well-secured.

Housed inside this famous gallery is international creations of well-known painters and artists and is also functioning as an old library inside Civic Square.

Wash down your art overload through the City’s Gallery Nihau Cafe.

Beehive Wellington

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If you’re thinking that this is a place where honey is made by the always-industrious bees, you’re getting it wrong.

The Beehive is a complex of parliamentary offices and is well known for its structure. This is a brainchild of modernist architects under the leadership of Sir Basil Spence and is coined as the city’s architectural symbol.

Carter Observatory

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Perched atop the Wellington Botanical Gardens, Carter Observatory offers visitors a space experience with its full-dome planetarium.

The planetarium gives its visitors regular space shows and modern virtual tours of the Wellington skies. You can also sink your eyes to Polynesian navigation, cosmology, European explorers’ telescopes and artifacts.

Weta Cave

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Take a 20 minute bike ride from the City Center and indulge in the cinematic experience that Weta Cave can offer. Built by the same franchise that brought Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit to the cinemas, this complex is actually a mini museum, which offers crash courses in filmmaking and the related stuff for a fee.

Rimutaka Forest Park

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At about 45 minute drive to Wellington’s highly-urbanized metropolitan area is Rimutaka Forest Park. This wildlife park is home to a campsite and bush huts that you can rent while visiting.

You can take long and short walks with a very healthy forest as your backdrop and see nature as close as you can be while in Wellington.

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See More:

Wellington Visitor Information
http://www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/visitor-information/

Wellington Tourist Information
http://media.newzealand.com/en/story-ideas/new-zealand-regions/wellington/

Paul Intalan

Are you an adventurer? Cape Verde is the place for you!

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Cape Verde is not the place for a dream holiday but if you’re ready for an extreme adventures this is the place for you. This Island is about 500km off the coast of West Africa. It is a very challenging and interesting place.

If you love the sea, outstanding mountain landscapes with a great hiking this is the place to be. In Cape Verde you’ll meet the nicest and most friendly people.

Location

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Cape Verde is in West Africa, and it is divided into two groups, Barlavento in the North and Sotavento in the South. Santo Antão.

Boa Vista, São Nicolau, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Tiago, Fogo, Maio and Brava are some of the Island in Cape Verde, and these are located between the Northern Latitude and Western Latitude in the Middle of Atlantic Ocean, and west of Senegal.

Climate

Instead of four seasons, This Island has only two which are The Tempo das Brisas and Tempo das chuvas.

Tempo das Brisas is the windy season it is from October to mid-July, while Tempo das chuvas is the rainy season that starts from August to September. January to February are the coolest months for Cape Verde that ranges to 16C to 21C.

Transportation

Cape Verde has international airports on the Island of Sal Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente that have direct flights from Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Oporto, Fortaleza, and Boston.

What to See

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Mt. Fogo

It is Cape Verde’s highest peak with 9,382 feet. It the most famous volcano in Cape Verde because it is still an active Volcano and last erupted in the year 1995.

Climbing this volcano can be very dangerous and will take three to four hours, but once you get to the top the breathtaking and magnificent views will win you.

See more:

Discovery period, slave trade and famine
http://www.capeverde.com/history.html

POPULATION
http://www.capeverde.com/population.html

Trisha Mungcal