Travel

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:
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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

Tracing Back History in the Changing Face of Willemstad

 

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This city cut into two by the bay of Santa Ana is continuously reinventing itself tracing its history from the different faces it has seen.

From the remnants of the original Dutch settlers in the 1630s bringing with them red-tiled roofs to the now pastel-colored residential areas against the sleek gray of modern buildings, a lot has changed in this historic city, but rest assured that its old-age charm remains together with the growing cosmopolitan culture.

LOCATION

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The historic area of Willemstad is situated in the island of Curacao belonging to the area of the Southern Caribbean, where Dutch settlers meant to form an administrative settlement and colonial trading post. As the town progressed, so did the changes.

Influenced by Portuguese and Spanish traders, the modern Willemstad is now a mixture of aesthetic designs. But not only that, their recent autonomy made Curacao a separate country splitting it from the Kingdom of the Netherlands that lead to the dissolution of Willemstad as the capital of Antilles.

CLIMATE

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When visiting Willemstad, the best time would be during the off-peak season when hotel and fare rates are at their lowest and you would not be caught in a crowd of people.

This is typically from the months of May to November. While you may catch the rain in the months of October and November, there is little possibility of hurricane landings in Curacao.

TRANSPORTATION

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Being the capital city, the main airport in Curacao is situated at only eight miles northwest of Willemstad called Hato International Airport (CUR). It serves a majority of tourist traffic and transportation in the airport is readily available, albiet pricey.

Exploring the city is better if you rent a car where you can go at your own discretion. You can still opt for shuttles provided by the hotels or go for public buses but be warned that the service is infrequent.

ATTRACTIONS

Willemstad Market

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As early as 6:00 am in Curacao time, docks in Punda in the other half of Willemstad are already buzzing with energy and activity. Vendors from Venezuela come to the island to sell fruits, vegetables, herbs, and fresh fish as the arid weather of the city cannot support heavy vegetation.

These floating markets stay for months in the island forming a little community by the sea where you can buy an array of different products.

Another popular market is the Old Market also known as the Marsche Bieuw. Crammed with restaurants and open kitchens, this is a stop to eat a hearty lunch with someone and sample the Antillean cuisine.

Historic Sites

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The Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is Willemstad’s most important historic and religious site. Dedicated to the Jewish community in the 17th century, this site is the oldest temple in the western hemisphere that is still in-use. Services are held every 6:30 pm on Fridays and 10:00 am on Saturdays.

Another site of historical importance in Willemstad is Fort Amsterdam. Built in the 1630s shortly after the Dutch settlement was established, this fort is crucial to the growing community of foreign settlers. It was the first bastion of defense in the city. However, recent times have transformed it into the Governor’s residence, government offices, Fortchurch, and a museum.

Willemstad Museums

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Willemstad houses four museums in total, but the most popular among them is the Kura Hulanda Museum. The Kura Hulanda Museum, with the first two words meaning “Holland’s Courtyard,” is an anthropological museum built in the former mercantile square – a place where slaves were sold and exported – of a restored 18th century village.

It provides a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the diverse roots of the Willemstad natives and how time has influenced its culture to what it has become now. As expected, the slave trade is highlighted together with the West African Empire, Antillean art, and pre-Columbian gold.

Images

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See More:

Introducing Willemstad
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/aruba-bonaire-and-curacao/curacao/willemstad

Things to Do in Willemstad
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g147278-Activities-Willemstad_Curacao.html

Mary Grace Valdez

Never Feel Cold with Whistler’s Warm Welcome

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Nothing beats the feeling of being showered with the powdery texture of snow. Almost everyone has dreamed of waddling through snow-lined streets and revel in the chill that this season brings. Those who live in countries that have no snowy season at all, it is such a temptation to visit a destination where they can experience it, at least once in their lives.

Channeling the inner child in each of us, the activities that can be found in places that have snow seem enjoyable and mesmerizing. If you haven’t fulfilled this fantasy, then you shouldn’t forget Whistler in Canada as one of your destinations.

Known well for its snowy season, this British Columbian town has garnered millions of tourists through endless activities and the captivating view of roofs and treetops all white as if snatched from a Christmas card. Furthermore, the hospitality of the locals will make your visit grander, and you’ll never regret having visited this place.

Location

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Located in British Columbia, Whistler lies on the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains and is Canada’s southern end. Elevated at 2,200 feet above sea level, Whistler is said to be a good 78 miles off North Vancouver and approximately 22 miles from Pemberton’s southern tip.

Covering a total land area of 92.82 square miles, Whistler is populated by an around 10,000 fortunate residents.

Climate

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The specific location of Whistler on the globe and its elevated positioning are the reasons why it is always cold in this resort town. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, this renowned multiple-time host of the Winter Olympics experiences wet and cool winters with warm summers.

The town has a daily temperature of 6.7-degrees Celsius, with 42.2-degrees Celsius as its highest record and -5.4-degrees Celsius as the lowest. Despite being known as a snow town, Whistler also experiences sunshine of 1,684 hours and 48.34 inches of accumulated precipitation per annum.

December and January are the months with most snowfall while July and August are the hottest months of the year.

Transportation

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There are plenty of options to get to Whistler as the town is connected to everything that traverses British Columbia Highway 99. If you can, try to catch some elite-class train trips from different Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Jasper via the Whistler Railway Station and Rocky Mountaineer respectively. Keep in mind that these are not passenger trains, so make sure to book ahead of time as you won’t have regular and walk-in schedules for the said railway lines.

If you’re already in Whistler, you can move around town via local bus services from Whistler Valley Express and Greyhound Canada. Some of the airports that you can use to move in and out of Whistler are the Vancouver International Airport, Pemberton Regional Airport, Whistler (Municipal) Heliport and the Whistler/Green Lake Water Aerodrome.

What to See

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

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If you’re the type of person who is amazed by any kind of wooden art, then go to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre immediately.

Here, you’d be able to witness some exhibits, totem poles and photo galleries. Another activity that you can do here is to satisfy your cravings for venison and authentic Australian barbecue, which will make the trip more memorable.

Whistler Farmers Market

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Aside from the joys brought about by snow activities, Whistler is also known to flourish in summer with their famous Whistler Farmers Market.

If you want to experience how locals go about their daily lives, pass by this place for souvenirs and food made the Whistler way, along with some pastries and homegrown vegetables.

Whistler Sliding Centre

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Previously used for the 2010 Winter Olympics’ bobsled, skeleton and luge events, the celebrated Whistler Sliding Centre is now open to the public.

Set atop the Blackcomb Village, this complex is bustling with visitors for snow activities and relaxation. Exhibits and video footage from the Olympics are also on display for your own enjoyment and convenience.

Images:
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(6) http://www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org/
(7) https://literallife.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/whistler-sliding-centre.jpg

See More:

Official Site
http://www.whistler.com/

Things to Do in Whistler
http://www.hellobc.com/whistler/things-to-do.aspx

Paul Intalan

More than Bali’s Surplus: Flores as the Booming Tourist Spot of Indonesia

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FLORES. Named by the Portuguese colonists after the word “flowers,” the island is a paradise of lush greenery. However, time and nature’s deathly hand struck a heavy blow upon Flores and it wilted in the shadow of Bali’s teeming tourist hotspots surviving only on the dribs and drabs of holiday-goers wandering off the beaten track. Still, the meager number of visitors received by Flores is steadily increasing.

Those who ventured looking for fresh air were ensnared by that of the Indonesia’s secret gem: Flores. A landscape that cradles traditional villages, spotted with colored lakes, guarded by perfect peaks, hugged with rugged cliffs and filled with empty coasts that see the setting and rising of the sun in salmon-colored waves, such is enough to entice anyone who is lucky enough to experience this.

LOCATION

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Flores, the blooming hotspot of Indonesia, is located below its more popular neighbor, Bali. An island belonging to the province of East Nusatenggara, Flores is a unique destination of its own with its impressive stretch of natural wonders both off-shore and inland.

The remnants of ancient times observed in the local culture and the vicinity’s architecture add more to its allure. The island of Flores has multiple districts: the main part of Manggarai, its eastern and western parts, Nagekeo, Sika, Ende, Ngada, and eastern Flores. This makes up the diverse attractions to discover and explore.

CLIMATE

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Unlike other islands, Flores adapts to the climate of the whole country. Being near the equator, it only has dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from April to November giving the island a longer summer due to its eastern location.

On the other hand, the wet season stretches only from December to March, in which tourists should expect a torrential downpour on most days especially in the island’s western part.

TRANSPORTATION

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To get into Flores, there are two main transportation hubs: Labuan Bajo in the west and Maumere in the east. From Bali, daily flights will bring you back and forth to the town of Labuan Bajo where it is serves as a springboard in going to Komodo National Park.

Maumere has daily flights connecting it to Timor and Lombok, while Bali is catered four times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. There is also an additional flight in Bali connecting to Ende, but only operates during Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Getting around the island is possible through public transportation known as bemos. It has seats facing each other with wide open windows and no air conditioning.

ATTRACTIONS

Komodo National Park

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Komodo National Park is the first to bring the island of Flores into the limelight and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It encompasses the western coast of the island and is home to the celebrated komodo dragons. Apart from this, other species such as the sunbird, egret, quail, megapodes, and other land animals such as flying foxes, wild pigs, and different kinds of snakes reside in this national park.

Apart from those, snorkeling and diving will also give one an opportunity to explore more of the park’s marine life. A myriad of colorful coral reefs as well as giant clams, turtles, dolphins, whales, whale sharks, marline and tuna will greet anyone in the water.

Spider Web Rice Fields

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Heading inland towards the western hills is the town of Ruteng and its smaller neighbor, Cancar, 17 kilometers further west. Traveling through these towns will get you acquainted with the native lifestyle and their thriving, remote culture. However, the main highlight of this trip is seeing the spider web rice fields.

Above the high point of Cara Villa, the stunning view of seemingly polished glass will greet you, while the dramatic hues of the setting sun will bid you a tranquil farewell.

Mount Kelimutu Tri-Colored Lakes

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One should not miss the popular Tri-Colored Crater Lakes of Mount Kelimutu when visiting Flores. It is located in the Ende district near the town of Moni and is part of the Kelimutu National Park. These crater lakes are celebrated phenomena, both for the scientific community and Ende native’s culture.

Due to the minerals coming from the volcano, the three lakes change colors ranging from red, blue, green and brown at different times making each visit a surreal experience.

Flores Culture

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Far removed from the reach of globalization, Flores’ culture continues to run strongly in the veins of its natives and landmarks. Bajawa of the Ngada district is among the places that still has a strong grip on following old rituals despite the influence of Catholicism. One could see the miniature traditional houses called bhaga and carved tree trunk bases called ngadhu in the village center, which represent the natives’ ancestors.

Another town that exhibits rich culture is Bena located slightly south of Bajawa. In late December, the town hosts the week-long Reba festival, wherein locals sing in traditional ikats to bring peace between man and nature.

Images:

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See More:

Flores Travel Guide
http://www.travelfish.org/location/indonesia/east_nusa_tenggara/flores/flores

Flores Island of Indonesia
http://floresexplore.com/

Mary Grace Valdez

Set foot to the magic in Salzburg

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More than the birthplace of one of the greatest composers of all time, known as Mozart, Salzburg has its own magic and remarkable sights to offer. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, satisfy the craving for all things gorgeous by checking out the structures and architecture found in this city.

We know that Europe translates towers and castles from fairy tales into real life and this city is quite successful in porting fiction to fact. Touch the beauty and grandeur and feel of how it is to live in the times of kings and queens.

Location

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The city is found in the banks of the Salzach River. It is 150 km east of Munich and 300 km west of Vienna.

This place is fourth among the largest cities in Austria, which spans an area of 65.678 square kilometers. The city is adorned with the beauty of mountains and steppes surrounding it.

Climate

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The climate in Salzburg is specified as continental. It is ideal to get a glimpse of this beautiful city during the months of July, August and September because these usually have temperatures fit for wandering around.

Travelers might want to cross out the months of May till August because these months get the most rainfall. The coolest month is January while the driest is February.

Transportation

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Salzburg’s airport is called the Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport. The is just a 20-minute car ride from the city center and offers direct flights to and from other European cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Birmingham, London, Paris, Vienna etc.

Attractions

Residenz Castle

Residenz Castle

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This beautiful palace is the hub of Prince Archbishops of the city. The palace was first founded in 1120.

The construction of this baroque-inspired edifice was intended to show and exhibit the power of early royalty who occupied the palace. It is one of Salzburg’s proud structures and one of the most visited as well.

Hellbrunn Palace

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This baroque-adorned villa is the perfect destination in summer. Originally founded in 1613, the place is admired due to the stone surroundings and trick fountains.

The former palace for archbishops is now a place of entertainment for groups of friends and families. Get engaged with the playful water coming out of the fountains and enjoy the mechanism behind this mischievously designed place.

Mozart birthplace & living quarters

Mozart birthplace

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Mozart will always be Salzburg’s favorite son. The mark he left behind from his genius is undeniably remarkable, which is why there is a place distinctly dedicated to him.

Learn more about the great composer by visiting the museum that narrates the life he had during his stay in this city.

Images

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See More :

Official Salzburg Travel Guide
http://www.salzburg.info/en/service/tourist_info

Welcome To An Online Visit To Salzburg, Austria!
http://www.visit-salzburg.net/

Aira Algado

The Lugano Walk: A Stroll through Time Woven in Tangled Cobblestone Paths

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When it comes to suits-and-ties, the city of Lugano comes with an air of importance from the nation’s banking business. Like bees to honey, the lake city attracts high-profiles to take advantage of the secure and private banking system, as well as its other asset in the form of escapes between the maze of streets of the cobblestone-path city.

While Zurich is a more popular sister of Lugano that thrives under its model phrase of “live to work,” there is energy just beneath the surface of this relaxed city. Living up to the opposite of the Zurich ideology, Lugano and its proverb of “working for living” is a place of choice to ease the tightening muscles caught by too much stress.

LOCATION

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A Swiss city surrounded by Italian towns, Lugano is a mix of suave charms and lovely sophistication. It lies in one of the southernmost regions of Ticino in Canton.

It has a close relationship to nature with Lake Lugano’s south bay running into Lugano and the mountains Monte Bre in the northeast and Monte San Salvatore in the south beautifying the city.

It is the largest city in Ticino, Canton and holds a respected reputation in terms of banking. However, it is not the capital of the region. Twenty-two kilometers to Lugano’s north is Bellinzona, which is the capital of the area.

CLIMATE

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The best time to visit Lugano is when the weather is most comfortable. In terms of temperature, the best time would be in the months of July and August.

The temperature during these months’ ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Other months that can also be marked for your visit are April to June and September to October.

The weather is slightly cooler in this period, between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, but still remains comfortable.

The remaining months can become freezing, but also opens up other activities available only in winter. Visiting in this season requires layers of clothing.

TRANSPORTATION

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Another attraction of Lugano is its promising location. Lugano is easily accessible to different modes of transportation such as through the rail system, the A2 Motorway for private transportation and through the domestic Lugano airport.

Moreover, it is within the perimeter of different alpine passes that connects north to south. One such advantage of this is the connection to the city to Milan, a major financial and cultural center that could be reached in under an hour.

ATTRACTIONS

Via Pessina

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History is an enduring attraction and Lugano is a place that delivers. However, this is not entirely why this city stands out. Together with quenching one’s thirst for knowledge about the past, Lugano also delivers relaxation as you navigate through its Mediterranean-style squares and streets.

Starting from the town center, walk to the bottom part of the square where you can find small, colorful shops selling local bread, cheese, salami, and wine. In this part, you can also find Grand Cafe Al Porto.

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Built in 1803 first as a convent, Grand Cafe Al Porto witnessed the unraveling of important historical events that affected their current society.

A meeting place for Giuseppe Mazzini and fellow Italian patriots as well as the setting for the conclusion of World War II, this historic cafe has more than its coffee to boast.

Piazza de la Riforma

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The setting for local festivals, bustling markets that open on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as a venue for open-air cinema, Piazza de la Riforma is a multi-purpose square that caters to the enjoyment of its people. At this square, you’re only steps away from the street that will further lead you to the other leisure spot of Lugano.

The street is called Via Canova that will lead to Museo Cantonale d’Arte, which highlights its 19th to 20th century collections, and further to the Church of San Rocco, which in turn pays homage to the saint that is said to have protected the city from a plague.

Parco Civico

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After the Church of San Rocco is the Piazza Indipendenza, marked by a giant head lying on its side. This square will finally lead to Parco Civico or the City Park.

Its main feature is called the Villa Ciani protecting art within its walls. Furthermore, the landscape filled with exotic and modern trees and the 19th century water gate are other features of the park.

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After a blissful stay in the park, you can trek back to the town center via the waterfront. This promenade overlooks the lake and leads to the largest Casino in Europe called Casino di Campione.

Restaurants with a view of Lake Lugano are available on top of the Casino.

Via Nassa

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On the walk back to the town center, one should not miss visiting Via Nassa. It is a long street serving as the shopping center of Lugano.

You can enjoy shopping for brands like Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton among others. There are also boutiques for jewelry and chocolate shops for souvenirs.

Images

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See More:

Things to Do in Lugano
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g188095-Activities-Lugano_Canton_of_Ticino_Swiss_Alps.html

Introducing Lugano
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/switzerland/ticino/lugano

Mary Grace Valdez

Is New South Wales your new favorite?

New South Wales is one of the favorite states to visit in Australia not only because it is home to multiple amazing places, but also because it is home to many wonderful tourist destinations that are even listed as World Heritage Sites.

New South Wales offers endless magnificence through nature’s wonders like the crystal-blue waters of world class beaches and many of the world’s most renowned cities, not to mention that this is also the place where the ever famous Sydney Opera House is located.

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(1) New South Wales – Sydney Opera House

LOCATION

Located in the southeastern part of Australia, New South Wales is famous for its coastal cities.

Australia is known to have a wide range of natural and man-made tourist destinations that will suit all ages, be it coastal cities or rainforests.

Did you know that Australia has more than eight thousand tourist destinations?

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(2) Map

CLIMATE

Since New South Wales is a big state, the weather here varies between places. For example, in coastal areas, it is temperate and humid in summer. But in general, the temperature is mild without being extremely hot or cold.

In the southern part of the state, summers are generally hot and winters are cold. This is the part of the state that has definite weather. The hottest part of the state is the northwest, and compared to the south, the northwest doesn’t have a definite climate.

Snowy Mountain is the coldest part of the state, during the winter season the snow stays hard for a long period of time.

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(3) Map

TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation varies from trains, buses, ferries, light rail and planes. Transportation in New South Wales is quite sophisticated that they even have what they call ‘Transport for New South Wales’ or TfNSW that manages transport services in the state.

It gives you a trip planner and transport updates through their website www.transportnsw.info, which is a 24 hour service. Transport information is not only available through the website because they also have printed materials and phone services.

This proves that technology is very helpful in having efficient transport service.

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(4) Transportation

ATTRACTIONS

Bondi Beach

Bondi beach is one of the most famous beaches in Australia. It has exquisite beauty that makes everyone love it. It is not only popular in Australia, but also around the world.

Thousands of people visit this place every year not only because of its beauty, but also the tradition that it is known for.

This one-kilometer long beach is also known as one of the busiest beaches in Australia. Being one of the popular beaches on the continent, it also hosts different kinds of annual events.

The famous tradition in Bondi Beach happens every Christmas season, which also happens to be the summer season.

Families and travellers spend time and celebrate together at the beach. This is also the best place to visit on New Year’s Eve with your loved ones while watching fireworks.

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(5) Bondi Beach

Australian Reptile Park

If you are an animal lover, this is the best place for you and your children. The Australian Reptile Park offers a lot of animal interaction that you will definitely love.

This world famous park and wildlife sanctuary are popular because it is the only zoo in Australia that is committed to saving lives with a venom-milking program in place.

This park will also let you enjoy your stay with charming animals and exciting wildlife shows. For your kids who want to become a zoo keeper someday, they have a workshop that will suit this quite well.

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(6) Australian Reptile Park

Blue Mountains

Mother Nature indeed had great taste in picking New South Wales as the location for the beautiful Blue Mountains. Blue Mountains got its name from the dense population of eucalyptus trees.

They produce oil that reflects sunlight in a bluish hue. This spectacular place offers its magical beauty all throughout the year with a perfect climate every season.

Bush hiking and enjoying the view of the place are just some of the activities you can do. You will have endless things to do when you see the beauty of this place. So, come and visit New South Wales!

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(7) Blue Mountains

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See More:

Introducing New South Wales
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/new-south-wales

Things to Do in New South Wales
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255058-Activities-New_South_Wales.html

Mary Grace Valdez

See the story Belgrade has to tell

Belgrade at glance
(1) Belgrade at glance

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

Belgrade Map
(2) Belgrade Map

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

Belgrade on a random day
(3) Belgrade on a random day

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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(4) Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

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

Belgrade Fortress
(5) Belgrade Fortress

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

Nikola Tesla Museum
(6) Nikola Tesla Museum

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

Great War Island
(7)Great War Island

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.

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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

Be captured by Fira

Fira
(1)Fira

There is something magical about the white buildings and fine sands facing the pristine blue waters. The allure of the surroundings blending well with one another is something captivating, making the capital of Santorini a dream destination for those who want to have the vacation of a lifetime.

Footpaths alone are definitely a walk you would want to take, alongside the beautiful views found in the villages and the historical spots that tell about the place’s foundation and creation.

Location

Fira map
(2)Fira map

Formerly known as ‘Thira’, Fira is the capital of Santorini and is found in the west end of Thera. This place is blessed with a location that allows anyone to have a good view of the south facade of Cape Akrotiri and the northern part of Cape Ag.

The main town also gives a scenic view of the beautiful cruise ships roaming and traveling to and from the harbors of Fira.

Climate

A day in Fira
(3)A day in Fira

Fira has the same climate as Santorini. The dry summer and mild winter found in this beautiful island mixes well with the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea that is a haven for those who have a heart for the seas and sands.

Travelers should visit Fira between May and October, because this is when summer occurs. Be sun kissed by the beaming Fira sun and have fun with the 12 hour sunshine that brings light to this gorgeous place. The wet season is every November to April.

Transportation

Transportation in Fira
(4)Transportation in Fira

The hustle in this town always peaks during summer. Fira can be reached via air travel by booking a flight to Athens, then to Santorini.

From there, moving around the city is mostly by bus. Getting to Fira requires riding either a shuttle or a taxi. Since Fira has a harbor of its own, travelers can also arrive in this town via cruise ship.

Attractions

Cafes and restaurants

Restaurant in Fira
(5)Restaurant in Fira

There is nothing more supernatural other than satisfying the sense of sight while sating the craving for tasty food. Fira is able to provide the best of both worlds, since the villages are full of cafes and restaurants.

Get the taste of Aegean cuisine while enjoying the pristine view of the surroundings from the buildings down to the peaceful and scenic seas.

Boat tours

Boat tour in Fira
(6)Boat tour in Fira

Aside from swimming through the waves of the blue waters, boat tours are also popular activities in the town.

This is a great alternative, especially for those who find swimming tiring. Sail away and be more acquainted with the relaxing sound of peace found while cruising in the seas.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
(7) Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

The beautiful church is a standout and one of the most compelling attractions in Fira. This flesh colored church is best, especially for those who want to include religious travel in their journey.

This is located in the heart of the town, inside the main square. Have a short reprieve before going back to the beautiful sights because cruise ships and the ocean are positioned just outside this charming edifice.

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Sources

Fira, Santorini – Greek Travel
http://www.greektravel.com/greekislands/santorini/fira/index.htm

Fira Town, Santorini Island – Virtual Tourist
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Greece/Prefecture_of_the_Cyclades/Santorini_Island-416936/General_Tips-Santorini_Island-Fira_Town-BR-1.html

Aira Algado

Overlooking Horseshoe bend

Horseshoe bend

(1) Horseshoe bend

Arizona is indeed a place of many wonderful spots that can be considered as the world’s pride, much like a place called the ‘Horseshoe Bend’.

You might be asking yourself why it is called Horseshoe Bend, read on and you’d be acquainted with the origin of how it’s named.

Tourist destinations have been named after what they look like. This is just an example of a place named after its characteristic or its appearance.

LOCATION

Horseshoe map
(2) Map

Located in north of the Grand Canyon and near Paige, Arizona, the mighty Horseshoe Bend lies majestically below the sparkling shine of the Arizonan sun. This travel destination is also the most photographed wonder of nature on the Colorado River region.

This breathtaking place is called Horseshoe Bend because of its famous horseshoe shaped, mountain-like rock. Going to this place needs a little effort as you need to make sure you will look for the sign that says “Horseshoe Bend Overlook.”

So keep in mind that when travelling to Arizona and wanting to visit this place you need to look for a specific sign!

CLIMATE

Horseshoe climate
(3) Climate

The weather is essential information to check out before going to any specific tourist destination, as this will not only tell you the best time to visit, this will also dictate how long you will stay.

So, the climate in this place is just like in major places in Arizona. This offers you mostly dry weather and less rainfall throughout the year.

TRANSPORTATION

transportation Horseshoe

(4) Transportation Highway 89

Public transportation has been difficult for some tourists. Travelling to Arizona State has never been an issue for neighbouring states or cities as they can always use buses, train stations, cabs and of course, by plane.

Horseshoe Bend is readily accessible from Page, Arizona through Highway 89, specifically between Mileposts 544 and 545. From there, you must seek an exit lane which will lead you to the path where Horseshoe Bend lies.

ATTRACTIONS

horseshoe bend overlook

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Aside from the unique characteristic of this tourist spot that can be seen in photographs, nothing beats the true beauty of the place seen directly by your naked eye. The wonderful landscape that can be seen all over the place is indeed remarkable. We don’t even know how many years were needed to form this beautiful natural wonder.

Of course, in Horseshoe Bend, being near the Grand Canyon, hiking has always been the favourite activity that tourists are eager to do and try. But for some who just want to see the overlooking beauty of the place, walking is number one on the list. So what are you waiting for, grab your perfect pair of shoes and visit Horseshoe Bend!

Some signs are scattered throughout the entrance of the place which promote the maintenance of Horseshoe Bend’s cleanliness. If ever you set foot on this attraction, better make sure that you obey the rules and regulations set upon the by the government, as this would definitely keep the place as beautiful as it is when you visited.

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Due to the government’s strict ordinances, more people have come to realize the importance of nature preservation, may it be unchartered or developed such as the Horsehoe Bend.

Due to the fact that the attraction is actually set upon a rural setting, it is definitely up to those who visit it to keep the vicinity clean and mess-free.

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The Heavens really do know how to keep the whole populace amazed, and Horseshoe Bend is a prime example.

With how it had been created, you’d surmise that it really is not man-made.

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See More:

Horseshoe Bend Arizona – GrandCanyon.com
http://grandcanyon.com/planning/east-planning/horseshoe-bend-the-intimate-grand-canyon-experience/

Trail to Horseshoe bend, Arizona
http://www.travelsw.com/southwest-trips/southwest-trips-arizona/horseshoe.htm

Josie Jane T. Paloma