Travel

Be in the Center of Everything in Aberdeen

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Travel hopping is such a rising fad these days that it is no surprise that people have hordes of encounters and stories to keep in just one trip. When travelers wanted to reach as many places as they can on a specific country, they normally choose to stay first in a place which is readily accessible to other points of interest.

The specific location of this starting point must be at the middle of a huge patch of land because it’s always starting in the center and travel outwards. People are also leaning on the fact that once a city or town is in the middle of a map, it is quite expected that it is the core area to be for amalgamations in culture, way of living, food, transportation and all that encompass societal norms.

If you happen to visit Scotland one day, start your journey to Aberdeen and never regret that you had put this as a priority.

Location

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Aberdeen, also known as The Granite City, is Scotland’s third most populous city with almost 229,000 inhabitants as of last count. Aberdeen’s location is said to set this apart from other travel destinations in the United Kingdom.

Some of the most noted places surrounding Aberdeen are Inverurie, Keith, Elgin and Ellon Fraserburgh in its immediate north, Norway’s Peterhead and Stavanger on its northeastern tip, Westhill and Grantown-on-Spey on its western side while Denmark’s Aalborg lies to its east.

Banchory and Forfar are located on its southwest, Portlethen and Stonehaven underneath it southward and the Netherland’s Groningen and Amsterdam on its southeastern edge.

Climate

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Aberdeen is dubbed as one of the coldest cities in the whole of the United Kingdom due to its oceanic climate. It is in Aberdeen wherein days are shorter during winter lasting for just about 6 hours and 40 minutes.

Summer, on the other hand, brings about longer days for up to 18 hours of sunlight. Due to its huge scope of land base, Aberdeen’s weather systems is served and collected by two stations, which are Aberdeen/Dyce and Craibstone.

Generally, the months of June to August are the hottest at an average of 29-degree Celsius and frigid weathers would kick-off in October until January.

Transportation

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Travel in, out and around Aberdeen works the same way as how a country is developing. If you’d skim the city via bus travel, the most known bus station is just beside the Jury’s Inn, which offers travel to several points of interest such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, London and Perth.

Getting on a train would also be a good option and you’d be able to experience train travel near the humongous Union Square Shopping Center as your focal point. Same destinations are being served on the terminal and getting around the city and neighboring towns wouldn’t be a hassle at all.

East of the bus and train station lies a port for ferry rides. If you’d want to go to Orkney and Shetland, you can succumb the services of the Northlink Ferries to transport you there via a car ferry ride.

Six miles northwest of the city center lies the Aberdeen Airport which caters to flights going to numerous Scotland places and United Kingdom destinations. International flights are also available in Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, France and Germany.

What to See

Aberdeen Beach

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Swim through Scottish waters and travel the 2-mile stretch of golden coastline in Aberdeen beach.

Boasting and always saturated with tourists, this whimsical area in Aberdeen is just 800 meters east of the city center.

Union Street

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As how the whole Aberdeen is made of, immerse yourself in Union Street’s editorial feel of high edifices made up of hewn granite stones.

This is Aberdeen’s high-profile area due to the fact that many tourists who love to shop, dine and splurge frequent the general vicinity.

Satrosphere

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If you’re traveling with a kid or just want to unleash the kid in you, get your feet moving to the Satrosphere that would suit you and your insatiable curiosity via their hands-on science center pieces and machineries.

Fish Market

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Located in Albert Basin, this humble and always buzzing market is known for its delicate fish produce and other edible things from the sea.

Visit the place as early as you can as they only operate until 8 in the morning.

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(6) www.paradiseintheworld.com
(7) www.snipview.com
(8) www.dessartsweets.com

See More:

Aberdeen Information Centre
http://www.visitscotland.com/info/services/aberdeen-information-centre-p332241

Tourism Information
http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_visitor_attractions/tourists_visitors/tur_TouristInfo.asp

Paul Intalan

The Diverse Life Observed in Galle

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One thing that sets a destination apart from others is the mix of colors and cultures while thriving as one singular entity. When a place managed to be comfortable with other nationalities, or triumphed the divisions of religion, then peace and order would surely be palpable.

Due to the complexities strewn by these diversities, the picture created was that of a beautiful masterpiece, with flaws floating as strength. And when you’re a traveler, we all have this tendency to be pleased by jumbling hues and different languages effervescent in the air, it’s so much like to retain your identity without minding if you fit in or not. All of you who are in that same place at that exact moment are different, and it is through your singularity that you find solace.

If you want to be submerged onto this kind of place, then head quick to Galle in Sri Lanka, and be thrilled to know that there is a lot of differences happening in this little town, and yet, they work together towards progress and happiness.

Location

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Known to have 15 wards, Galle is specifically located Sri Lanka’s southwestern edge and is a good 119 kilometers away from an equally huge city of Colombo. Galle is dubbed to be the country’s fourth largest city and is home to the Gin River, which passes through several areas or wards in Galle such as Thelikada, Wakwella and Nagoda. Currently, Galle has almost 91,000 inhabitants as of last count and is known to be crammed by different nationalities from all over the world.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate classification, Galle is under the tropical rainforest class which meant a hot and humid weather all year round, with minimal to no variations at all. Due to the fact that Galle is facing a body of water, the only means of rainfall is coming from the monsoons of the Indian Ocean and is set to shower at the months of May through September.

The temperature in general at Galle is at 29-31-degrees Celsius and can be as low as 22-degrees Celsius during nighttime. Sunshine is expected to be at its peak with an estimate of 6-hour duration each day and a 200-millimeter precipitation rate during the summer season. Winters are of no difference from summers and can even be more humid with lesser chance of rain showers.

Transportation

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Roaming around the city wouldn’t much of a stress as the main transportation system of Galle is through bus rides. Just opposite the town’s cricket complex, buses are available for you to use which would give you trips to nearby cities such as Colombo, Hikkaduwa and Matara that can range from 30 minutes to three hours of road travel.

Trainways and car drives are also abundant in the whole of Galle, paving way to a more convenient and easy travel in and out of the city.

What to See

Flag Rock

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Located in the southernmost part of Galle, unleash your inner daredevil and climb the Flag Rock to experience the glorious Sri Lankan sunset, see other travelers lose their sanity over the beauty of the beach and have a bit of a taste through local vendors dotting the vicinity.

Galle International Cricket Stadium

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Built as far as 100 years back, see how Galle channels their sports-minded egos through the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Be astounded by how well this sports center has been preserved all this time and witness international games being played here if you’re extremely lucky.

Marine Archeological Museum

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Galle is a city pegged on waters and all that it encompasses.

The Marine Archaeological Museum is one of the few places from where you’d be able to witness how marine life had been to Galle inhabitants who have a display of shipwrecks, marine garments and all other artifacts.

Lighthouse Beach

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If you seek the thrill of swimming, then head straight to the Lighthouse Beach just on the east side of the Fort.

Be enamored with Galle’s very own white sand and cerulean sea and never forget that you dipped in the cool waters of the city.

Images
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(5) www.mmusg.com
(6) www.snipview.com
(7) www.weliwattahouse.com
(8) www.relishvacations.com

See More:

Galle, Sri Lanka – Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/the-south/galle

Things to Do
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Sri_Lanka/Southern_Province/Galle-1427286/Things_To_Do-Galle-TG-C-1.html

Paul Intalan

Prevalence of Balance in Uppsala

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Balancing what left of the old version and the things has served as new is such an arduous and magnificent task to shoulder. Most would think that this works the same way as a trap, but nonetheless, the beauty and skill needed to carry-out this doing is only owned by a selected few.

We all have witnessed some places who never planned to move on from its deep-seated roots and have gone pretty much all right while some dashed through development as if there’s no other way but do it. The sheer success of places who managed to preserve how the way they were and the way they are now is something that is admirable and enjoyable at the same time.

And travelers are now very specific on places who can do weigh old and new ways properly and live with both. If you’re into this kind of frenzy, then the city of Uppsala is a place that you shouldn’t take for granted.

Location

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Considered to be Scotland’s fourth largest city, Uppsala is currently being inhabited by almost 145,000 locals and is continuously growing as time goes by.

Specifically, Uppsala is the seat of the Uppsala Municipality and is 44 miles north of Scotland’s capital, Stockholm.

Climate

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If ever you’d be in Uppsala, expect a climate that leans on warm summers and cold winters. The city is located in the so-called 59th parallel north and is expected to have a humid continental climate as according to the Koppen Climate Classification.

Temperatures are on a high bar during the months of June, July and August with 23-degrees Celsius as the hottest mark. Once November kicks in, temperatures generally drop to as low as -1-degree Celsius with February being the most frigid with -6-degrees. Ironically, July and August also have the highest levels of precipitation despite its warm temperature that can go as high as 74 millimeters of rain annually.

Transportation

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If you entered Scotland via its capital city Stockholm, allot at least 40 minutes of travel to get into Uppsala’s city center. Nearest airport that you can use to get in and out of this town is via the Arlanda Airport, which is an estimated 18-minute travel to and fro.

The city is also within reach by walking and you’d find yourself wandering about on the city’s inner pulse in shopping, historical destinations, upbeat ambiences of universities and culture complexes. Biking is also a mode of transportation that’s famous in Uppsala for health and adventure reasons.

What to See

Uppsala Slott

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Built in the Golden Year of 1550, visit this historic castle crafted by Gustav Vasa and enjoy displays of international contemporary art and Swedish displays of genius in craftsmanship.

Carolina Rediviva

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If you’re in the mood to release the bookish side of you, get your feet moving in the Carolina Rediviva that holds a huge collection of manuscripts, maps and book collections dating back as old as the Ethiopian times.

Botanical Gardens

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Uppsala’s Botanical Gardens are a huge platform for the locals to be proud as almost 10,000 of species of flowers and the infamous Linnaeum Orangery, which is 200-years old as of this writing.

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Into a deeper know about Uppsala’s Gothic nature and be astounded with some of the artifacts to be seen such as Gustav’s funerary sword. Tours are available at scheduled times and dates.

Images
(1) www.corporate.vattenfall.com
(2) www.uppsala.guru
(3) www.csduppsala.uu.se
(4) www.awesomestories.com
(5) www.flickr.com
(6) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(7) www.botanicalartandartists.com
(8) www.commons.wikimedia.org

See More:

Destination Guide
http://www.destinationuppsala.se/en/

Uppsala Tourist Information
http://www.world-guides.com/europe/sweden/uppsala-county/uppsala/

Paul Intalan

Channeling the Fairytale Feel in Mechelen

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The influence of fairy tales and happily-ever-after has been indelible to almost every person’s memory since childhood. We all have watched a series of cartoons and have been read countless books of kings and queens when we were young, and it is no wonder why some of us have this silent liking to at least travel a place where these stories could have happened.

While we all have realized that it’s all the figment of a writer’s imagination, some never have forgotten and traveled to places where the sheer physical look is bursting of castles and affluence.

Indeed, there have been a lot of destinations that can satisfy one’s insatiable craving to be a queen for one day through medieval edifices and intrinsic details pertaining to kingdoms and such.

If you want to traverse a path that seemed to have been a scene from your childhood fairytale storybook, then plan a short trip to Mechelen, Belgium and be enchanted despite your age.

Location

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Mechelen is situated in the urban and industrial areas of Brussels and Antwerp, which is a good 25 kilometers away from each respective city. This small municipality is comprised of the Mechelen proper and some smaller areas called hamlets like the adjacent Nekkerspoel, Battel, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek and Muizen.

The river of Dijle majestically flows within the city, hence giving Mechelen the name “City of the River Dilje.”

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate classification, Mechelen, due to its location between two humongous cities and the presence of the Dilje River, is under the moderate sea climate, which means that summers are pleasant to the touch and winters are generally mild.

Heavy rainfall can also be expected in the months of November and December being the wettest annually with 17 and 20 days of rain respectively. The hottest months are July and August with an estimated temperature of 24-26-degrees Celsius.

Transportation

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Heavily, the most known types of transportation present in Mechelen are through bus, bicycle and train systems. For bus rides, there are scheduled trips to nearby cities such as Antwerp and Belgium, to the airport and other rural areas such as Aarschot and Lier.

Mechelen’s bus system is one of the most convenient ways of traveling public, as most of the locals prefer to travel by bus rides. If you’d want to make it healthier, then get your pockets ready and rent bicycles to roam the city for the entire day.

Get the rentals from terminals such as V-Zit and De Nekker and reach spots such as the Mechelen-Nekkerspoel beach stations just by pedaling. When coming-in from Antwerp or Brussels, get a ride to the train stations found on these megacities and be transported straight to Mechelen’s train stop.

What to See

St. Rumbold’s Cathedral

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The Rumbold’s Cathedral is one of the most noted religious edifices in the whole of Mechelen due to the fact that this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Be mesmerized by how Mechelen inhabitants have preserved the cathedral’s baroque structure and take witness to numerous paintings found inside.

Technopolis

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Known to be the brainchild of the Flanders Technology International, Technopolis is a science museum with permanent interactive or hands-on displays on everything that shouts science and technology.

If you have a kid during travel, this place is a must-see to expound your knowledge while having fun.

Mechelen Toy Museum

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Situated specifically at Nekkerspoel, the Mechelen Toy Museum is one of the most famous destinations of the town due to its wide-ranged collection of toys, old and new.

The museum is comprised of different categories that will definitely spark your interest such as construction toys, stuffed toys, soldiers and trains, transport in miniature, puppets, optical and sound-making toys, creative and educational toys.

Planckendael Zoo

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Aside from its usual purpose of taking care of animals, the Planckendael Zoo, which is founded in 1956, also is home to a separate play area for children.

Inside the zoo, be amazed by its rare collection of animals apart from the usual ones such as rhinos, antelopes and visons.

Images:
(1) www.brodyaga.com
(2) www.flickr.com
(3) www.flickr.com
(4) www.fiveprime.org
(5) www.grieftour.wordpress.com
(6) www.tripomatic.com
(7) www.en.wikipedia.org
(8) www.youtube.com

See More:

Mechelen
http://belgium.beertourism.com/cities/mechelen

The Best Travel Guide to Mechelen
http://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguides/Europe/Belgium/Mechelen

Paul Intalan

Sense the tranquility in Kirkwall

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Kirkwall may have been one of Scotland’s wealthiest cities, but the uniqueness of its stone alleys and signature Scottish architecture separate its quietness from other developed places in the world.

The importance of history is palpable as seen in museum, churches and castles surrounding the city. Kirkwall is a breath of fresh air for those who look for a laid back vacation in a different kind of way.

Location

Kirkwall is the capital city of the Orkney archipelago of the northern Scotland. Earl Rognvald Brusason built the place in 1035.

The place has a port and an airport which made it accessible not only for tourism but for trade and commerce as well.

Climate

Generally, the climate is warm and temperate. Expect a great deal of rainfall even on months that are considered the driest.

Greatest precipitation happens during November while May happens to experience the lowest. July is the hottest month while February experiences the lowest temperature in a year.

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Transportation

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Flights to Kirkwall are available from the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Shetland. Getting by seas is also another way of getting into this city.

Since Kirkwall is known for its port, tourists who want to experience travelling by water can take this route as an alternative option.

Trains to and from Caithness and Aberdeen are also available to tourists in order to reach this destination.

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Attractions

Saint Magnus Cathedral

Considered as ‘Light in the North’, this cathedral is Kirkwall’s most astounding architecture. This edifice made of red sandstone was made in the memory of Earl Magnus Erlendson by his nephew.

The foundation of this church started in 1137 and its upper area bring spectacular views of the surrounding scenic surroundings.

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Highland Park Distillery

This was made in 1978. The award-winning distillery is running for more than 30 years now and is being noted as one of the best Scotch whisky distillery internationally.

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The Earl’s Place

This French Renaissance architecture serves as a memorial on the ruling of Stewart Earls. The grandeur it once owned had turned into ruins that started in 1705.

The structure became roofless and the weather contributed to the tarnish this place had acquired.

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See More:

Things to Do in Kirkwall
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/highlands-and-northern-islands/kirkwall/things-to-do

Kirkwall, Scotland
http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/kirkwall-p238491

Aira Algado

Free your affluent alter-ego in Ruse

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We travel because we have the money and the capability to do so. While there are variations in the places that a traveler visit, there will come a certain point when he will put his hard-earned cash to feel the luxury at its very finest.

He will checkout the most affluent towns to spend his money into, with all the glory of being able to carry the expenses of an A-list place. He will skim the city for nooks only known to those who lives in the upper echelons of the society, try some old-aged wine which will cost a grand and lay his head to feather pillows that are sewn to utter perfection.

And when he isn’t satisfied just yet, he will visit plenty of museums and he will not mind the extravagant fees, maybe buy a painting to bring home and get the charges going like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re at this stage as a traveler, don’t ever forget to visit Bulgaria’s elegance found in Ruse.

Location

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Dubbed as the fifth largest city in Bulgaria, Ruse is specifically situated at the country’s northeastern edge. Ruse is known to be an important city for commerce and trade as this is located on the Danube River’s right bank, Romania’s Giurgiu city is on the opposite pole.

The city of Bucharest is a good 47 miles south of Ruse while the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast is at 124 miles away. The country’s capital Sofia can be found 186 miles exactly from Ruse’s city center.

Climate

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The regal city of Ruse experiences very hot and humid summers with cold winters, and due to its positioning near the infamous Danube River, winters are said to be very windy. People of Ruse have very frigid winter seasons as temperatures can drop from 0-degree Celsius to a frostbite level of -20-degrees.

On the contrary, summers can be at its maximum that ranges from 25-degrees to a scorching 40-degrees. Hottest months include June until August while December to February is deemed to coldest. According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Ruse is under the continental climate type.

Transportation

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One of the best means of transportation and getting around the city is to skim it by foot. Many travelers opt to walk the length of Ruse so as to experience everything it can offer.

Getting to and from Ruse can also be traveled by the Central Railway Station, which links Ruse to its neighboring cities such as Bucharest, Sofia and Varna.

What to See

Monument of Liberty

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You’d commonly see this historic structure on Ruse’s coat of arms as this is one of the most notable symbols of the city.

The Monument of Liberty is built in the early 20th century by Italian sculptor Arnold Zocchi.

Orlova Chuka

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Go back to your archaeology class and dig some history upon visiting this site called the Orlova Chuka which is specifically located 5 miles near Dve Mogili.

Be surprised to witness unearthed remains of prehistoric people, be swarmed with thousands of harmless bats and enter historic caves that served as home to the people of the Old Times.

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

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Included in 1979 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo is, by the name itself, a series of monasteries, churches and religious rooms built from solid rock.

The well-maintained medieval frescoes and the astoundingly beautiful rock formations have been a cause of awe to tourists who visited this religious site.

Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

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Aside from being a national monument, the Pantheon of National Revival Heroes acts as an ossuary for 39 Bulgarians which are famous in their own fields.

Images
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(4) www.youtube.com
(5) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(6) www.bg-property-group.com
(7) www.4gress.com
(8) www.alexandra-travel.com

See More:

Ruse travel guide – Tips for Ruse, Bulgaria
http://www.tripwolf.com/en/guide/show/290548/Bulgaria/Ruse

Rousse Travel Guide- plan your trip – Rousse
http://travel.michelin.com/web/destination/Bulgaria-Rousse

Paul Intalan

Get the easy breezy vacay in Pecs

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One of the things that a traveler is considered whenever he’s set out to stretch thy limbs is the city or town’s climate. It is quite understandable that being aware of the place’s weather condition should be a priority, as this would dictate what you’d be able to do during your stay.

Some prefer it bright and sunny for beach trips, some wanted it white and snowy just because snowmen are adorable and others wanted the mild, breezy and somewhere in the middle types as this is conducive for a day out without sweating or wearing fur.

Getting the best climate is a blessing not only to travelers but also to the inhabitants as vegetation will never be scarce, no leaves would go dry and everything would go into fruition.

Pecs in the humble country of Hungary should be on your bucket list of dream destinations as this small town promises nothing but a chill and hassle-free stay due to its mild climate and its accompanying advantages.

Location

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Specifically situated in Central Europe, Pecs is the fifth largest city in Hungary.

The city is located Croatia’s border, on Hungary’s southern edge and is surrounded by the county of Mecsek on the north. Pecs’ southern edge is mostly plain land.

Climate

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Get your feet and bodies to Pecs in the months of July and August, which are boasting of average temperatures on a traveler’s comfortable level. But if you’re the type of traveler who wanted it cooler yet still pleasant to the touch, visit the town on the months of April, May, June then jumping onto September and October.

The remaining months are deemed to be the coldest months, so bring the thickest of coats for protection.

The hottest temperature in Pecs in an annual estimate is at 26-degrees Celsius while the lowest rate can get as low as -4-degrees Celsius. The months of May and June are deemed the rainiest months and are averaging 2.5 and 3.3 inches of precipitation.

Transportation

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For railway travel, you’d be delighted to know that Pecs is connected to Hungary’s main city Budapest via Pusztaszabolcs. Some other cities being interconnected to Pecs are the also famous towns of Mohacs, Vienna and Osijek.

If you’d want to try a more specified form of public transportation, look for the Ikarus and Mercedes buses (normally on yellow and blue stripes) and get your way around the city’s numerous attractions.

Getting in Pecs by air travel won’t be so much of a hassle as the recently opened Pecs-Pogany International Airport services domestic and international flights since 2006.

A small charter planes and private jets are also welcomed to land at this airport and you can also use this airport terminal to get into Burgas and Korfu which re both nearby.

What to See

Szechenyi Ter

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If you want to experience Pecs’ complete vibe, and then get to Szechenyi Ter during summers as this is where everyone goes to relax and unwind.

Surrounded by sprawling baroque buildings, this is considered to be the city’s main square where locals are commonly seen walking, chatting and even doing some picnics.

Zsolnay Cultural Quarter

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The brainchild of the 2010 Capital of Culture, the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter is a vast mass of land, which covers 4.5 hectares for recreation and outdoor activities.

Currently, this complex is subdivided into four fields (craftsman, family and children’s, creative and university) and is saturated with areas of interest such as picnic sites, stroll the paths and cafes.

Jug Mausoleum

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Be mesmerized via visiting the Jug Mausoleum which is specifically a 4th-century Roman Tomb and is located on the southern tip of the Ecclesiastical Archives.

Sunday Flea Market

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Submerged yourself into the ultimate local experience and a brawl against other shoppers during the Sunday Flea market, which is a huge attraction for commerce and trade.

Located on the inner town of Megyeri Ut, the Sunday Flea Market is the best avenue for you to haggle local products and produce and take part of this weekly event amongst Pecs locals.

Images
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(2) www.pinterest.com
(3) www.thelongwayhomediaries.com
(4) www.euroga.org
(5) www.patster66.wordpress.com
(6) www.trover.com
(7) www.flickr.com
(8) www.pecscityguide.com

See More:

Pécs, Hungary – Things to do in Pécs
http://visitbudapest.travel/activities/hungary-countryside/pecs-villany/

Tourist attractions Pécs
http://travel.michelin.com/web/destination/Hungary-Budapest_and_Hungary-Pecs/tourist-attractions

Paul Intalan

Romania’s gateway to sea heaven, Constanta

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More often than not, when one travels, taking a hike to the beach is one of the highly prioritized things to be considered. The free play that one can do on the shores, the sands silently crunching under one’s step, the romanticized splashing sound of the water to land, the whole atmosphere and the smell of salt burning under the scorching heat of the sun, the food and the freshest produce used for it and the general laid back aura of a day at a grand resort — all of these, we all craved for once in a while.

Being in touch with the swaying bodies of water have been a noticeable human nature and there are moments when we just wanted to be in a glorious beach house and stay there for as long as it permits us. Ensure that you’d have Constanta in Romania on that travel list and be merry with how this small town can answer your beach needs.

Location

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Known to be the fifth most populous city in the whole of Romania, Constanta is very well one of the most visited too. Specifically, Constanta is just simply bordered by the world famous Black Sea.

This being said, Constanta is harboring on its arms a beach length of 8 miles, which is just suitable for family swimming trips, or massive tourist visits annually.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate classification, Constanta is under the moderate subtropical climate, which makes it experience four seasons all throughout the year. Summers can be observed during late May until September which is typically how a summer season should be, warm, dry and brightly sunny.

On an average, temperatures are being lowered down at 23-degree Celsius due to the fact that there is coolness brought about by the nearby sea. Autumn, on the other hand would go next and can last up until November.

At the start of this season, all heat would be emanated all throughout Constanta and the first frost would be felt before December started. Winter would not equate snow in Constanta, just cool and windy. Temperatures can drop to 1-degree Celsius. The spring season happens in late March until May and can be even cooler than the winter phase.

Transportation

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The most known method of transportation in Constanta is through water travel. This being said, and because of its geographical location beside the Black Sea, the Port of Constanta is present to serve small and private-owned boats and ships used for cargo, commerce and travel. The Danube-Black Sea Canal is also a passageway that connects both the Danube River and Black Sea to Constanta proper.

If traveling by air, you’d land and alight at the Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport, known to cater to international, connecting and local flights. The public transportation is being operated by the Regia Autonoma de Transport in Comun Constanta (RATC), which offers bus rides and a double-decker bus for travelers. Buses in Constanta are modernized through its sophisticated WIFI systems that can be used by any type of passenger. Minibuses and taxis are also readily available to be used by commuters.

What to See

Dolphinarium

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True to its promise in giving travelers the complete sea experience, Dolphinarium is a stage set in an amphitheatre where sea animals perform live to entertain visitors for a fee.

Genoese Lighthouse

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This 8-meters high Genoese Lighthouse provides tourists a sweeping view of the lengthy shores of Constanta, which is a famous landmark to visit.

Give yourself a rest for a day of swimming and relax as you take all the beauty of the Black Sea.

Victory Monument

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Surrounded by equally interesting points of interest such as the Roman City Wall and the Butcher’s Tower, the Victory Monument is a must-visit landmark in Constanta due to the history it upholds and the visibility it emanates once you’re in the city center.

Art Museum

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Focusing on 19th century realism, landscapes and paintings, this Art Museum showcase sample works of Nicolae Grigorescu and other impressionists.

Modern takes on art is also on display in this airy and relaxing place of talent and creativity.

Images
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(3) www.thousandwonders.net
(4) www.panoramio.com
(5) www.getintravel.com
(6) www.hailaeforie.ro
(7) www.flickr.com
(8) www.tripomatic.com

See More:

Constanta Tourism: Best of Constanta, Romania
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Tourism-g295396-Constanta_Constanta_County_Southeast_Romania-Vacations.html

Constanta Tourism, Romania, Constanta Travel Guide
https://www.holidayme.com/Constanta-tourism-CT1435636

Paul Intalan

Plovdiv: From the rustic past to the thrills of the now

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Plovdiv is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Its age became an advantage in acquiring different tastes of culture that either resided or came across during its long standing prime.

The city managed to transcend through time and keep up with the ever changing and fast pacing progression of the ever changing while.

Location

Located within the boundaries of Bulgaria, Plovdiv is the second largest city next to the country’s official capital Sofia. The land covers 101.98 square kilometers with roughly 400,000 populations.

Called as Trimontium during the early age and is believed to be founded in 4000 BC, Plovdiv was first a territory during the Roman Empire. It was just acquired again by Bulgaria during the reign of Khan Malamir.

Climate

The city has a humid subtropical climate. Seasons were being sectioned into four: summer, winter, autumn and spring. Summer starts mid-May and lasts mid of September.

Winter season shows the presence of snow. This occurs during the month of November till around January.

Autumn happens between the months of September till November while spring starts in the month of March.

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Transportation

Via plane, the city can be reached through Krumivo airport, which is recently named as Plovdiv International Airport. The said airport hosts flights to and from London, Milan, Frankfurt and Russia.

Plovdiv can also be reached via train. International and national trains are made available in order to get to this city. Hourly trains to and from Sofia and Istanbul are the routes tourists can take as a travel option. The city also has three major bus stations named Jug, Sever and Rhodopi.

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Attractions

Roman Stadium

This boasting stadium is one of the humongous structures founded in the time of ancient Rome. It was built in 2nd century AD and hosted important events all throughout the history.

The area covers approximately 240 meters long and 50 meters wide that can gather up to 30, 000 audience.

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Ruins of Eumolpias

This was a settlement by different cultures dating back from 500 BC. This is a capsule of the past that reminds the ancient civilizations, including the Macedonians, Byzantines, Bulgarians and Turks.

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Dzumaja Mosque

This is a religious site that is also gaining attention due to its intricate architectures and details that are captivating to the eyes of every traveler that will pay a visit.

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Images
(1) http://cdn-tours.architectureweekend.com/panoramic-night-overview-of-plovdiv/plovdiv_night_roman_architecture_base.jpg
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(6) http://montenegro-for.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/plovdiv4.jpg
(7) https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5091/5407831582_0ab5d7eefc_b.jpg

See More:

Plovdiv Things to Do
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Bulgaria/Plovdivska_Oblast/Plovdiv-380291/Things_To_Do-Plovdiv-TG-C-1.html

Plovdiv
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/cities/06-plovdiv

Aira Algado

Betake the quiet charisma of Taza

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Morocco has never been short of showcasing the beauty through its craftsmanship and art. The country’s interesting and colorful façade is a result of diversity and variety acquired from different facets encountered by its culture that evolved through time.

While Morocco is an artwork of its own, slipping into one of its undiscovered city Taza will allow those who are in journey understand and appreciate the place in a different extent.

Location

Taza is located in north central of Morocco. It is composed of two towns divided by a mountain pass called ‘Taza Gap.’ This city is slightly noticed by travelers compared to the country’s flagship tourist destinations like Fez and Marrakech.

This can be a blessing in disguise though, because the location would enable its visitors to feel the rawness of culture and lifestyle residing in it.

Climate

Simply put, the climate is being categorized as tropical. The city experiences seasonal climate and treats September is the hottest month while January is being cited as the coldest.

Its location, in the presence of Atlas Mountain, plays a big role as to why the climate in the city is as such.

Transportation

Taza won’t give travelers a difficult time. Its location is strategically accessible to major parts of Morocco. Travelling by train is the most common way of getting to this city. Gare de Taza train station is located in north Ville Nouvelle. This city destination can also be reached by bus.

There are ample bus companies that run to and from Taza. Convenience wise, another option would be taking grands taxis. These are taxis that can be commissioned to go outside Taza and get to nearby cities like Fes and Oujda.

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Attractions

Medina Walls

This is one of Taza’s main tourist attractions. This was a remembrance from Almohad’s rule in the 12th century.

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Gouffre du Friouato

This is a cave found 25 kilometers from Taza. What makes this cave unique is its measurements – 20 meters wide and 150 meters long which makes it the deepest in North African region.

The cave has two famous chambers namely Salle de Lixus and Salle De Draperis.

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Djebel Tazekka

This oak forest is perfect for those who love to do trekking. A scenic view itself, this woodland also allows travelers to view Middle Atlas and Rif from its peak.

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Market Mosque

Located within the Medina Walls, Market Mosque is a trading spot that allows tourists shop from bazaars and see kissaria.

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Images:
(1) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/46566301.jpg
(2) http://p0.storage.canalblog.com/00/15/520512/34817346.jpg
(3) http://cdn1.vtourist.com/19/4402015-Taza_Taza.jpg
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(6) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/98550730.jpg
(7) http://eurasia.travel/files/taza_pir_mosque_1024x726_rxw.jpg

See More:

Taza Tourism: Sights And Attractions
http://www.morocco-holidays-guide.co.uk/taza-morocco/taza-attractions/

Taza Things to Do
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Morocco/Province_de_Taza/Taza-2105455/Things_To_Do-Taza-TG-C-1.html

Aira Algado