Travel

Crave Colors and Noise in Seville

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What sets this town apart from the rest is its ability to retain flamboyance and energy even after centuries have passed. They have been known for their colorful, flowy dresses worn by graceful women dancing the flamenco, the sun bathed roofs of houses set atop historic stones and the vibrant culture and practices being mimicked by other places.

Nobody would ever forget the parades being done during the Lenten Season or the impressive delicacies infused by years and years of influences and one would definitely in a trance when people meet up at their noisy markets clamoring for the best of production and commerce.

Dotted with pretty-faced inhabitants and history-rich walls, Seville in Spain is a place straight out of a well-painted picture and it is no surprise that travelers make their way to this melting spot once in their lives.

Location

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Inhabited by almost 2 million ‘sevillanos’ for both municipal and metropolitan territory, Seville is easily one of the most populous areas in the whole of Spain and the European Union. Specifically, Seville can be found 50 miles off the Atlantic Ocean and spans a 54 square mile size in total land area.

Located on Seville’s west end are the small towns of Triana and Los Remedios, the northern boundary being shared by La Rinconada and Santiponce, Dos Hermanas on its southern tip while Tomares and Camas are found on the western section.

Climate

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Under the Koppen Climate Classification, the whole of Seville is tagged with a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which equates summers that are drier than usual and wet winters. If you want to soak up the sun, it’s rather recommended to visit Seville on the months of June, July and August and experience temperatures getting as high as 45-degrees Celsius.

While it is accepted that Seville has more hot months than the rest of the Andalucian region, you can still experience low brows in temperature during the Yuletide season up until the first two months of the following year. The rainy season can also be observed in December with almost 8 full precipitation days and 99 millimeters of rainwater.

Transportation

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You would be delighted to know that Seville’s transportation systems would easily connect you to nearby and equally famous towns and suburbs with just one ride of a train. If you would be coming in from the cities of Madrid, Cadiz, Cordoba, Huelva, Granada and Malaga, you’d also be able to not just get in but go to the aforementioned places from Seville.

For bus rides, one must bear in mind two names: Estacion de Autobuses Plaza de Armas and Estacion de Autobuses Prado de San Sebastian. Both would transport you in and out of Seville and would be a convenient way for you to skim the city’s landmarks and tourist attractions.

If traveling via airplane, the terminal from where you’d be welcomed with is in Aeropuerto San Pablo, which serves domestic and international flights to and from Seville. Once alighted from your plane, find convenience with hordes of taxis waiting for you to be transported on a Seville area of your choice and this option is on for a full day, seven days a week. Buses from the airport would snatch just 15 minutes of your time if you want to be serviced going to the Seville’s city center.

What to See

Metropol Parasol

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If you’re the type of person easily being pleased by humongous feats of architecture, then Metropol Parasol is one landmark that you shouldn’t miss. Created and the brainchild of infamous architect Jurgen Mayer, this modern-day structure is Seville’s Eiffel Tower.

The complex is great for night city viewing as the height offers stunning views of the general Seville area, restaurants and markets can also be found inside this masterpiece.

Museo de Bellas Artes

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Like how normal museums would go, several relics and artifacts are stored here focusing on 17th-century Siglo de Oro art. Museo de Bellas Artes features a wide array of religious stuff, sculptures and baroque art which would definitely change the way you look at art.

Examples that can be seen inside are art pieces such as Christ Crucified, St. James the Apostle, Last Supper and Cabeza Juan Bautista.

El Pabellon de la Navegación

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Just recently operational last 2012, the El Pabellon de la Navegacion is another ultramodern architectural wonder in Seville which also serves as an activity center.

The whole complex is admired for its hyper-take in advanced architectural design and is subdivided into four parts, which are navigation, shipboard life, mariners and Seville’s historic views.

Furthermore, this area of interest is kid-friendly and museums and exhibits are rather interactive and full of life.

Torre del Oro

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If you’d wish to take your city viewing into a higher level, then don’t ever miss the chance of visiting the 13th-century Torre del Oro which is a watch tower said to be covered in gold.

Treated as Seville’s one outlandish landmark, Torre del Oro is also home to a maritime museum and the celebrated rooftop deck for public use.

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See More:

Sevilla Travel Guide
http://www.tourspain.org/sevilla/

10 Tourist Attraction in Seville
http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-seville/

Paul Intalan

Putrajaya, a fine-kept secret

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Be accustomed with culture and modernity at the same time with Malaysia’s kept secret hiding in Putrajaya.

Get the taste of contemporary living and world class infrastructures and nooks fit for those who are looking for leisure and recreation in a cushy way.

Location

This planned city is located south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s official capital. This is the country’s third federal territory next to Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

The construction began in early 1990’s and was spearheaded by a former Malaysian prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad.

The city has boasted with commercial buildings and recreational architectures.

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Climate

The climate is tropical. Average temperature plays at around 27.1 degree Celsius. June is Putrajaya’s driest month while the warmest is May.

The low temperature is recorded to be during January while the greatest amount of precipitation occurs in November.

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Transportation

Putrajaya can be reached by air via KLIA in Kuala Lumpur. The city is approximately 30-minute car ride from the said airport. Tourists can take a metered or a budget taxi in order to get to Putrajaya. The train is also another option.

This public transportation is the fastest resort that connects Central station in Kuala Lumpur to KLIA. Make sure to ride KLIA Transit to make sure it will pass through Putrajaya.

There are also public buses available that travels from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya and vice versa.

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Attractions

Putrajaya Parks

Putrajaya has sufficient numbers of parks. The boasting manicured and well planned parks are truly sights to behold.

Some of the most famous parks include Putrajaya Botanical Garden, Wetlands Park, Taman Wawasan and Agricultural Heritage Park.

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Putra Mosque

The elegant pink granite mosque can house up to 15, 000 people. The exquisite design is a proud known tourist sight in Putrajaya.

The architecture is a fusion of Malay and Middle Eastern. With no admission charge, even non Muslims can explore the beauty of this mosque from the inside.

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Putrajaya Challenge Park

This is a 30 hectare park that offers diverse activities like wall climbing, skating and mountain bike trailing. This place is great, especially for those who are seeking for an adrenaline rush.

An ideal haven for people who wants thrill, but do not want to be away with the comfort found in the metro.

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Sources:
http://www.malaysia-traveller.com/top-putrajaya-attractions.html
http://putrajaya.attractionsinmalaysia.com/Attraction.php

See More:

Putrajaya – Everything you need to know about Putrajaya
http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/attractions/putrajaya.htm#promo

Malaysia: A Quick Tour of Putrajaya
http://www.rambleandwander.com/2012/05/malaysia-quick-tour-of-putrajaya.html

Aira Algado

Know nature the Sochi way

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Sochi has become known from a wider scope ever since it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Past the hype, Sochi is a place to discover with its vast offering of different sights from impressive architectures to amazing greeneries and proud mountains.

Find the beauty of this place through its flawless façade of nature that’s truly captivating and fascinating.

Location

Most part of Sochi is situated along the Black Sea Coast that’s near the borders of Georgia/ Abkhazia and Russia. A city in Krasnodar Krai, this place approximately covers an area of 3, 502 square kilometers.

This is located in the southernmost part of Russia and is often considered as the unofficial summer capital of the said county.

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Climate

Sochi has a subtropical climate. Warmest months include July and August. Statistically, these are the months that meet higher visits from travelers due to the fact that the weather is ideal for swimming and exploring the said place.

Summer season, approximately lasts for 6 months, from April to November. Cold months on the other hand happen between December to March with an average temperature of 11 degrees Celsius.

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Transportation

By plane, Sochi can be reached via Adler – Sochi International Airport. There are also trains that go to and from Moscow and Sochi.

Going around the city can be aided by buses and taxi as a mode of transportation.

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Attractions

Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster

Tourists from all over the globe come to this popular destination to experience snow and other winter-related activities.

Krasnaya Polyana is also a convenient place for escape because the vicinity hosts hotels, spas and restaurants as well.

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Agura Waterfalls

Also known as Agursky, this is considered as one of the most famous attractions ion Sochi. The scenic view can also be experienced through hiking.

With the height of 30 meters, tourists can enjoy both sightseeing and hiking around stone formations surrounding the falls.

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Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

This is another spot to visit and experience nature first hand. The place is a cradle for different species of trees and astounding stones.

This natural park is perfect for those who want to go for walks while enjoying the picturesque sceneries of nature.

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Images:
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(2) http://www.mappery.com/maps/Sochi-Tourist-Map.jpg
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Sources:
http://www.sochicityguide.com/things-do-and-places-visit-sochi-russia
https://www.stay.com/sochi/attractions/

See More:

Sochi Tourism: Best of Sochi, Russia
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g298536-Sochi_Greater_Sochi_Krasnodar_Krai_Southern_District-Vacations.html

A Beginner’s Guide To Sochi, The So-Called ‘Russian Riviera’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/sochi-russia-travel_n_4550247.html

Aira Algado

Visit the Silicon Valley of India

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Bangalore or Bengaluru is also known as the “Garden City”. It is the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and is where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged, it is like a techie paradise boasting the highest concentration of IT companies in India. Wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant café and bar culture.

Although the city might lack historical sites, but it is also a perfect place for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan. There are plenty of gardens, museums, natural features, palaces and temples. Bangalore is the fifth largest city in India and is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia.

Location

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Bangalore is in southeast of India in the state of Karnataka. It is in the heart of the Mysore Plateau with an average elevation of 900m of 2,953ft.

The majority of the city of Bangalore lies in the Bangalore Urban District of Karnataka and it is also surrounded by the rural areas that are a part of the Bangalore Rural District.

Climate

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Bangalore is not like the other parts of India, which are extremely hot during the summer months. In Bangalore the climate is relatively mild and moderate throughout the year. Summer season is from the months of February to May.

The monsoon season is from the months of June and October, while the winter season is on the months of November to January. December is the coldest month, and the best time to visit Bangalore. Summer temperatures can reach up to 36°C and the winter temperature hovers around 12°C.

Transportation

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The Kempegowda International Airport is the international airport serving the Indian city of Bangalore. It is 4 kilometers to the south of Devanahalli and it is 40 kilometers from the central business district of Bangalore that is 30 kilometers from the Bangalore City Railway Station.

It covers 4,700 acres that can cover both local and tourist coming in and out of the country, and in Bangalore.

What to see

Bangalore Palace

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It was built in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar. The Bangalore Palace is inspired by England’s Windsor Castle.

This beautiful palace has a Tudor style of architecture, with fortified towers, arches, green lawns, and elegant wood carvings in its interiors.

Vidana Soudha

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Vidana Soudha is one of the famous landmarks in Bangalore. This enormous building is a massive example of neo-Dravidian architecture.

It has four domes on its four corners. It is housed by the Legislative Chamber of Karnataka Government, and it also accommodates many government departments. And it’s stunningly beautiful and illuminated at night.

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

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This amazing and enchanting garden is 240 acres. It has a rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants, and a majestic glass house built on the lines of London’s Crystal Palace.

The garden was made in the 17th century by Hyder Ali, and later completed by his son. The garden has a glass-house that was constructed in the year 1889 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales.

Resources:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/bengaluru-bangalore
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g297628-Bengaluru_Bangalore_Karnataka-Vacations.html
http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/30656/5/05_content.pdf

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See More:

Bangalore: From Garden City to Silicon Valley
http://www.travelwithamate.com/guide-to-bangalore-parks-garden-city-silicon-valley/

Travel Tips: The high life in India’s Silicon Valley
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/article3914007.ece

Trisha Mungcal

It is the right one, Busan!

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Busan is a Metropolitan City located in South Korea. It is the second largest city in the country, and the first international city in South Korea. It is also considered as the number one trading port in the country, it’s not just connects countries in Asia, but also in Europe and North America. The city is very famous because of its reputation in hosting international events like the 2002 14th Asian Games and FIFA World Cup and APEC 2005 Korea.

Korea’s largest beach and longest river, and the world’s largest department store are located in Busan. Local and Tourists often come to visit this city to also enjoy hiking and to visit the Buddhist Temples. Busan also offers several museums and historical buildings that show the rich history and culture of South Korea.

Location

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Busan is situated on the Southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula. The location of Busan also shows why the city is very successfully and well developed because it is the city that is nearest of South Korea’s six largest cities to Japan.

The distance of Busan to Tsushima Island, Japan is just about 49.5 km, and to Fukuoka is just about 180 km. Busan also borders low mountains on its northern and western part, and while on the southern and eastern part is the sea.

Climate

Busan has a humid subtropical climate. The extreme high or low temperatures are very rare in this city. During the months May to July are the late springs and early summers that are usually cooler because of the ocean breeze that affects the city.

Late summers and early autumn are during the months of August and September these months are generally hot and humid. The city can also experience typhoons and generally rainy at a time.

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Transportation

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Busan’s International Gimhae Airport is located in Gangseo-gu, Busan. It is considered as the third most important airport in Korea. Gimhae airport is slightly old compared to Incheon airport in Seoul. However, it is still an active and busy airport with many scheduled flights every day. There are separate Domestic and International terminals next to each other.

Busan has daily International flights coming from different major cities in Asia like in Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Weihai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Xi’an, also in the Philippines that has direct flights to Manila, Cebu and Kalibo and also Vietnam in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. In addition to that, there are also flights coming from to Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Saipan, Macau and Hong Kong. And other European countries

What to See

Gwanggali Beach

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This beach is in Gwangan, Busan. It is 1.4 km long, 64m wide, and is famous for its fine sand. The water of this beach is pristine and clear that attracts tourist and also fishermen because you just can prepare raw fish dishes on the spot, right after you have caught the fish. This beach is also very famous for the restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs.

The beach is also near the Busan Yachting Center, where tourists can rent yachts, enjoy water-skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and more other exciting water sports and activities.

 

Busan Lotte Tower and the Museum of World Folk Instruments

The tower is located in front of Busan’s Yongdusan Park. It has 110 floors and a height of 1,675 feet tall. It makes the other buildings in the city very small because of its soaring height.

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Also in the same location is the a two-story museum that showcases and instruments that are made from fruits, human knee bones and rat skin. Visitors of this museum can try playing the instruments.

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Images:

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See More:

Busan, Korea :The Official Korea Tourism Guide Site
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_8_3_1.jsp

Pocket guide to Busan: 11 best eats and sights
http://travel.cnn.com/seoul/visit/11-best-eats-and-sights-busan-934045

Trisha Mungcal

Be kind in Nice, France

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Nice is the capital city of Côte d’Azur. It is also called Nissa La Bella which means Nice the Beautiful. This is the fifth most overcrowded city in France. Nice is the home of wonderful museums, breathtaking and beaches, with the blend of medieval old town buildings and cathedrals that gives ancient provincial French feels. It also has a lovely ambiance of deep blue waters and the fresh breeze coming from the Mediterranean air.

This city is not just perfect for couples, but also for backpackers who love adventures and families who are at their most awaited summer vacation. With the unique mixture of the city and old world richness, and all year-round sunshine, Nice is the perfect destination for the tourist who is looking for a new and foreign place that they have never been to.

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Location

Nice is a city located in the south east coast of France. It is between the Alps, the Provence region of Corsica, 20 miles away from the border of Italy and at the center of the French Riviera. It has an advantageous location at the crossroads of the city that occupies an amazing natural site, having a grown over the centuries around the large bay of the Mediterranean Sea, and to the South with a succession of hills of East to West.

Nice is connected to the national motorway network and also served by the high-speed train that connects to the city of Paris and northern France.

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Climate

Nice has a four season all year round. Summer is the best time to visit Nice these are during the months of June to August with an average temperature that ranges between 24 and 29C. Autumn in Nice is still warm, it is during the months of September and October, the temperature ranges from 21 to 25C, however, when the night comes it gets cooler at this time of the year until the month of November that can get high around 16C, this is also the wettest time and a month for the city.

While winter in Nice is still mild with its temperature that ranges from 10 and 12C during the daytime, and also the temperature can fall below 5C overnight. And spring season is also one of the best times to visit Nice during the months of March and April.

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Transportation

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is one of the busiest air hubs in France it is located 5.9 kilometers away southwest from the city of Nice. It has two major terminals that cater 9.6 million passengers in 2010 and increases to 10.4 million in the year 2011. The number of passengers and tourists visiting the airport is slowly and growing every year.

It has a frequent daily flights going to Paris, and direct flights to most major cities like Moscow, as well as New York and Canada. And also there are a number of destinations in North Africa and the Middle East.

What to See

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French Riviera

The French Riviera is one of the well-known attractions in Nice. It is famous for its St. Tropez, Monaco and Cannes Film Festival. This place is also has been a great inspiration for many renowned artists such as Picasso that showcases his work in local art galleries and museums around the place.

Riviera is very famous and crowded during the months of July and August because locals and tourists visit it for the famous events and festivals like the Film Festival, Jasmine Festival, Toulon Tournament, Tall Ships’ Race and etc.

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Musee Matisse

The Matisse Museum is located on the hill of Cimiez and not that far from the Franciscan monastery. The Museum has been showcasing the collection of the works of the French painter, Henri Matisse and his heirs to the city of Nice since the year 1918 up to now.

The museum gathers the world’s largest collections of his works like paintings, drawings, prints, photos, sculptures, and books illustrated by him that traces his artistic beginnings and his evolution through his last works. There are also 187 objects that belonged to the painter, and prints, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass and documents that showcase the intimate world of the artist’s studio.

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Russian Orthodox Cathedral

This cathedral was opened in the year 1912 and it is located in Nice. It is the house of the worship of the Moscow Patriarchate and it is in the legal property of the country of Russia. It is considered as a one of the national monuments of France, and also the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. It also displays a stage of history when Russian aristocrats visited the city of Nice.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Nice is very famous with locals and tourist because of its impressive structure and unique design of architecture that shows the rich culture and history of Russian Orthodox.

Images:

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(2) www.123rf.com
(3) www.touristmaker.com
(4) www.wikimedia.org
(5) www.zastavki.com
(6) www.toutelaculture.com
(7) www.villahostels.com

See More:

Nice, France – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/nice

Best Nice, France Tips, Things to Do and Travel Guide
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Provence_Alpes_Cote_dAzur/Nice-100528/TravelGuide-Nice.html

Trisha Mungcal

Tavarua Island: The watersport playground

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Fond of water or not, visiting Tavarua Island will make you fall harder for water or simply change your mind with regards to this element.

This heart-shaped island is a gift of nature for anyone who needs to take a break from stress and worries and who’s looking for a thrill in their lives.

LOCATION

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Tavarua is an island resort with an area at around 24 square acres. This heart-shaped paradise is located in the Maamanuca Island chain in Fiji.

Tavarua only few kilometers offshore of the main island of Fiji called Viti Levu where Nadi is located 15 kilometers northeast of Tavarua.

The island is not only surrounded by water to offer great relaxation for holiday-goers. It also faces the South Pacific Ocean, offering great swells for water sport enthusiasts.

CLIMATE

Fiji experiences what we call “marine tropical climate.” The seasons are distinct with cool and dry to warm and wet in constant alternate every year. Cool and dry run its course in the months of April until October, while the warm and wet season from November to March.

However, being a tropical island, rains are bound to pour year round. And although cyclone happens only for every more than five years, it is important to note that it still has the possibility of happening, especially during its season which also run its course from November to March.

The sides of the island can also be classified into two with regards to the climate they are experiencing. East and north is drier while it is the opposite on the west and southern part of the island.

As the island is famous for water sport, it is also essential to know the condition of the wind and swell. If you’re looking for big jumps, go from March to November where the seasonal trade wind blows and there is the south swell window. Wet season on the other hand will offer calmer condition.

TRANSPORTATION

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Nadi has an airport to which tourists land. From there an island bus or van will fetch holiday-goers to transport them to the boat launch where a boat is waiting to sail to Tavarua.

The ride from the airport lasts for 35-45 minutes while the ride towards Tavarua will kill another 20-25 minutes.

Porters are there to assist you and carry your luggage to your bures. Once on the island, you have to sign papers before you are ready to enjoy your stay.

ATTRACTION

Surfing

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Practically a surfer’s paradise – Tavarua offers the beginner-friendly swells to the most dangerous breaks. These masses of energy that comes hurtling on Tavarua shores originated from New Zealand. Angry, wild and pure force, it travels 2000 miles and arrives at the island ready for the surfers to sample their skills.

Guests in Tavarua can access different breaks the place has to offer, but the most iconic of all is the Cloud Break. It stretches for 200 yards with numerous tubes and rises up from six feet to 18, which has been already been ridden up. Surfers from across the globe flock here to face this dangerous wave.

If you’re still unsure of your skill, better sit this one out and wait for the Restaurants. It is a break that still thrilling and less dangerous.

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For the beginners on the other hand, Tavarua offers Kiddie Land. It is not really a break, but it will be a great “practice ground” for anyone who’s eager to improve their skill. It is also a great spot for a bonding experience.

Other breaks include Tavarua Rights, Swimming Pools, Namotu Left, Wilkes Pass, and Desperations, all of which you can access depending on your skill.

Kite Surfing

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Kite Surfing is another water sport many have become addicted to and if you are not introduced yet to this sport, Tavarua is a great spot to get acquainted.

Just like in surfing, the Kiddie Land is a great practice ground, but if you’re already a pro at this sport, it is time to test your skills on more challenging breaks: Restaurants, Cloud Break, and Namotu Left.

While Cloud Break is the legendary spot for surfing, then Namotu Left is its counterpart in Kite Surfing. It rises up to 15 feet in height.

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Sailboarding is also famous in Tavarua. The Namotu Left is another favorite spot for this water sport, especially if the winds are strong in the north. However, that is not always the case all day.

It usually happens in the middle of the day, so sail boarders better have been geared up before noon strikes.

Stand Up Paddle

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Stand up Paddle (SUP) is on the tamed side of watersport it can be considered as a fun activity for anyone. SUP is where you sweep the water literally.

You can try SUP as a way to let off steam and just enjoy the Tavarua view. However, you can get serious with SUP, too, by trying them out on challenging breaks.

Snorkeling and Diving

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Another way to enjoy your stay is through a more common activity. Snorkeling and Diving offers great sights to see underwater.

You will get a chance to see different marine life and the reefs that is abundant in the area. From small to big fishes and corals, the view is as amazing.

Fishing

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Tavarua has great diversity of fishes some of which you can eat. Fishes caught in the island includes mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna and wahoo.

It is not even the best part. Once you caught the fish, you can keep, cook, and eat to your heart’s content.

Inland Activities

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Inland activities include tennis, volleyball, and skating. These have their own facilities, which you can use once you get enough of your daily dose of water sport.

For anyone who wants a serious game, they can bring their own equipment and challenge the Fijian staff.

Relaxing

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The tower also offers a great relaxing spot. You can stroll the shore, take pictures, read books, or just stay at the resort. You will never run out of choices in what you want to do.

Apart from that, together with your relaxing is trying out their scrumptious cuisine. They have a buffet style you can load with healthy foods in generous portions to bring back your strength after a day in the ocean.

Images:
(1.) http://static.messynessychic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/taravua1.jpg
(2.) http://www.naidiribay.com/images/Map1.jpg
(3.) http://www.ssc.com.fj/media/23218/vessel4.jpg?maxwidth=1280
(4.) http://birgarolsen.com/uploads/content/_postImages/Surf_FIJI2011-2371_WEB1600.jpg
(5.) http://www.tavarua.com/sites/default/files/tavarua-resort-photos/cropwiner_tavarua4469.jpg
(6.) http://www.seabreeze.com.au/img/photos/kitesurfing/5091245.jpg
(7.) http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/y7ZQPTZ-OJg/maxresdefault.jpg
(9.) http://www.tavarua.com/sites/default/files/tavarua-resort-photos/cropLono%20Tavarua016.jpg
(10.) http://www.tavarua.com/sites/default/files/tavarua-resort-photos/cropcraig_wahoo.jpg
(11.) http://www.hungrywalrus.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/IMG_2589.jpg
(12.) http://journeypacific.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Thumbnail.jpg?w=585

See More:

Tavarua Island Resort | Travel Resort Guide
http://www.surfline.com/travel/resort-guide/tavarua-island-resort_93852/

Tavarua Island Resort
http://www.surftravel.com.au/products/tavarua-island-resort/

Mary Grace Valdez

Exploring the Intimate Gruissan

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While towering architectures and massive cathedrals always to the requirements of our holiday destination. Yet still, quaint, little places hold a soft spot in our heart.

Once you see the commune of Gruissan, those spots are about to be reawakened.

LOCATION

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Gruissan is located at the southernmost part of France. It is part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the Aude Department.

It is one of the many communal that lies facing the Mediterranean Sea. Towns near Gruissan are Narbonne at the north and Leucate at the south.

CLIMATE

Just like most of the communes located at the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, August is the best month to visit the place. You don’t have to worry about the place being crowded, however.

Despite the peak season, Gruissan still remains less crowded and feels more intimate for your bonding experience.

TRANSPORTATION

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Another good news about Gruissan is you can choose any kind of transportation you are comfortable with. From Paris, the TGV rail service will take you to Narbonne and from there it is a short travel to Gruissan.

If you want to travel by car, there routes to the town is not crowded, so you won’t have to worry about traffic. From Paris, take the A9 road, then exit at Narbonne EST. If you’re from Lyons, take the A7, while A62 or A61 if you’re from Toulouse. Ferries are also available and with a discount through Chateau Vary Travel. Other public transportations such as bus and taxis are also available.

ATTRACTION

Gruissan Ruined Castle

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Sitting atop the hill surrounded by the small houses is the ruined castle in Gruissan. It was built during the 13th century, yet the only recognizable part of a structure that remains is the Barbarossa Tower.

While it is not as majestic as the other ruins in France, it is still a good place to start exploring the small village.

Gruissan Town Center

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The Gruissan Town Center is beautiful during the day, but it is more at night. This is the time when the little town comes to life.

Apart from sampling the cuisine, you can get to know the locals and other tourists as well. At times, big parties are held with local bands performing for the night.

Boat Trip

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One of the must-do in Gruissan is taking the boat trip. Marina operates it in the modern part of town. It turned the community to be an enjoyable spot for tourists.

Taking the boat trip, you will sail from the port of Gruissan until the Narbonne Plage. It is a good time to enjoy the sunshine and get a tan while enjoying the view of the French coastline, a chance to see the limestone massif, and some of the vineyards and lagoons in the south of France.

Windsurfing

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For anyone looking for some kind of adrenaline rush, you don’t want to miss windsurfing at Gruissan.

However, going to the beach could be a little bit stressful, since you still have to drive a 4×4 vehicle, squeeze through posts, and get a yourself muddied if you’re not careful. But what’s that compared to the reward?

Gruissan coast is the perfect place for water sport. The water is wild while the place is serene – a perfect spot for anyone.

Salins de Gruissan

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Last but not the least is the stunning sunset of Salins de Gruissan. After the excitement dies down, there is nothing better to end the day than simply watching the setting of the sun in the fishing port of the small village. Whether with family or friends, the serene sight is the perfect finishing touch for a beautiful adventure.

For your interest, the water in Salins de Gruissan is a bright salmon pink on its own and not a mere reflection of the light. It came from Dunaliella Salina.

It is a salt-tolerant algae whose color changes in intensity directly proportional to the intensity of the sun and wind in the salt solution in the water.

Images:

(1.) http://img06.deviantart.net/aaae/i/2015/147/5/f/gruissan_by_night_1_by_hubert11-d8uyiqx.jpg
(2.) http://www.map-france.com/town-map/11/11170/administrative-france-map-regions-Gruissan.jpg
(3.) https://ardsl.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/dsc02719.jpg
(4.) http://www.southfrance.com/langphotos/gruissan/gruissan-spring.jpg
(5.) https://dishmoptop.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/p7061564.jpg
(6.) http://images.figaronautisme.com/image/figaro-nautisme/publications/figaro/140717_180006_port-de-plaisance-ot-gruissan.jpg
(7.) http://polenautique-gruissan.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/31.jpg
(8.) http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Travel/Pix/pictures/2014/8/7/1407412073459/The-sun-sets-on-the-coast-014.jpg

See More:

Attractions, markets, places near Gruissan – France
http://www.francethisway.com/places/a/gruissan-aude.php

Gruissan – Tourism, Holidays & Weekends
http://www.france-voyage.com/cities-towns/gruissan-713.htm

Mary Grace Valdez

Of Concrete and Steel, Esbjerg is a Must-See

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Trade and commerce plays an important role in nation-building and overall financial value. It is through humongous business and lively economy that a city or town becomes a relevant place that thrives to be independent in almost all aspects to get the lives of locals going.

When a city is developing, it is an expectation that it would lean on something that’s made of strength and steel such as high-rise office buildings, larger-than-life machineries and concrete pavements.

You might be thinking that when a city is flipped to epitomize the notion of being an urban jungle, it has limited ways to pump up tourism and eco-friendly sites for travelers.

While this can be true to some areas, there’s this smartly-managed place in Denmark that coped to the repercussions of being industrialized and yet being able to uphold the purity of its beauty and grace which is named as Esbjerg.

Location

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Specifically, Esbjerg can be found in the southwest tip of its mother country and is known to be a healthy port on the North Sea. Surrounding Esbjerg is Kolding, which 44 miles off the west and southwest is Aarhus, which is 102 miles away.

In Esbjerg’s west is a capital city, Copenhagen at about 185 miles while Allborg is at a distance of 170 miles away. Esbjerg is Denmark’s fifth largest city with an inhabitant count of almost 72,000 as of last count.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate classification, Esbjerg is under the warm and temperate class. There is an observable amount of rainfall in the city annually with an average of 810 millimeters per annum.

Temperatures peak at 25-degrees Celsius in the months of June, July and August. February is deemed the coldest month with its lowest rate of 0.7-degree Celsius.

Transportation

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The sole way for you to get in Esbjerg is the Esbjerg Airport, which is about 10 kilometers of the city center and can connect you to two North Sea terminals, Stavenger of Norway and Scotland’s Aberdeen.

Public transportation wouldn’t be much of a concern if you’d get in Esbjerg as there are multiple ways for you to circle the city. One known way to roam around is through bus rides and the city’s main terminal can be found in Jernbanegade.

You can catch specific rides from Esbjerg to Frederikshavn once a day but pretty much, bus rides are for inside the city purposes most of the time. The city’s train and railway system is also sophisticated as these can transport you to neighboring cities such as Tonder, Kolding and Aarhus.

What to See

Esbjerg Performing Arts Center

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Completed in the glorious year of 1997, the Esbjerg Performing Arts Center is a huge complex that can seat expectants for as high as 1,100 seats.

This had been an avenue for numerous theatrical productions and international exhibitions. Currently, the arts center is home to two auditoriums, which include a wide concert hall.

Fisheries and Maritime Museum

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Be in touch with your biologist alter ego and visit the cities’ Fisheries and Maritime Museum from where you can witness different types of saltwater species and be amazed by their very own sealarium.

Saint Nikolaj

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Straying away from the usual makeup of churches in Esbjerg, Saint Nikolaj is a Roman Catholic Church and is built of aerated concrete.

The modern and advanced design of this church turned it as a tourist spot aside from its usual purpose of worship and religion.

Images
(1) www.energymetropolis.com
(2) www.flickr.com
(3) www.driveeuropenews.com
(4) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(5) www.content.wow.com
(6) www.ovguide.com
(7) www.wikiwand.com

See More:

Esbjerg Tourist Information
http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/denmark/visitesbjerg—esbjerg-tourist-information-gdk669595

12 Tourist Attractions
http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/esbjerg-dk-jut-esb.htm

Paul Intalan

Feed your Insatiable Need for Adventure in Gaziantep

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When we travel, we all look for the satisfaction of eating the cuisine served at the country we’re visiting. Eating one place’s delicacies is so much like taking in the life of the locals through your palate, and the result brings you to an unexplainable high.

Some places even used their sumptuous food delights to strengthen their tourism and make travelers come back for more culinary cravings. Eating had been an indispensable human nature and it is through being pleased by the taste that we’ve come to remember special moments like travel.

More often than not, all places from around the globe definitely boast a dish or two that would spark interest and urge travelers to pay a visit. If you’ve known the Turkish desert baklava, you must visit Gaziantep above all else as this is where the aforementioned sweet treat is created at its finest.

Location

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Gaziantep, also formally known as Antep, is Turkey’s sixth most populous city and is subdivided into two urban zones, which are Sahinbey and Sehitkamil. Gaziantep is specifically located at Turkey’s southeastern edge and approximately 115 miles from another famous city, Adana and 60 miles north of Aleppo in Syria.

Gaziantep is also known as one of the few oldest cities to be continuously resided by people that reached a 1.5 million inhabitant-mark last 2011.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate classification, Gaziantep is under the hot-summer Mediterranean class, which equates to hot and arid summers with cool and occasionally snowy winter season.

Some parts of Gaziantep might also experience a continental climate due to the town’s location, which covers the borders of changing weather conditions.

The months of June until August had been deemed the hottest that range a temperature of 31-36-degree Celsius while rainfall starts to be observable during the December-February cluster and can give precipitation of as high as 89 millimeters in an average.

Transportation

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If traveling by air, Gaziantep can cater to in and out tourists via the Oguzeli Airport. This airport caters to major flights internationally and domestic flights, which can either, connect or transport you to equally famous neighboring cities and countries.

Bus terminals, while a bit out of the city center, are another way for you to roam around Gaziantep. Normally colored flesh and blue, these buses would help you out in visiting points of attraction around the city for a cheap fee. Taxis and rented cars are also allowed in Gaziantep if you’re on a splurge.

What to See

Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology

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Deemed as the town’s main museum, the Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology showcases timeless collections of various ceramic artifacts from the Neolithic age, which includes mosaics, glassware, ceramics, old trade coins, statues and stone or bronze products.

Boyaci Mosque

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Located in the urban zone of Sahinbey, the Boyaci Museum is saturated with stories of worship and faith since its completion in 1357.

The minaret found in this place of religion is treated as Gaziantep’s one of the most relevant symbols.

Ataturk Culture Park

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While Gaziantep is known to be a developing town, they haven’t let go of their natural wonders and roots through the Ataturk Culture Park.

This is dubbed as the largest open park in the town and is located in the city’s epicenter region.

Zincirli Bedesten

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Serving its purpose as a covered bazaar since the Ottoman era, the Zincirli Bedesten is now a huge avenue for local commerce and trade, which involves local produces and souvenirs.

Images
(1) www.gso.org.tr
(2) www.invest.gov.tr
(3) www.turkayfe.org
(4) www.virtualtourist.com
(5) www.dilan.com.tr
(6) www.geolocation.ws
(7) www.adanaadventures.com
(8) www.yerelgezgin.com

See More:

Gaziantep
http://www.allaboutturkey.com/gaziantep.htm

Things to Do – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/central-anatolia/gaziantep-antep/things-to-do

Paul Intalan