Travel

The Stark Scintillating Bodo

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A place not only open to the see, but to its visitors as well, Bodo is a well-loved tourist spot that always holds a tender spot for anyone visiting it.

Warm locals, rugged peaks, scintillating landscape and starkly beautiful place from day to night, you wouldn’t want to miss the gateway to the country’s true north.

LOCATION

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Dubbed as the gateway to Norway’s true north, Bodo is the capital of the county of Nordland, where the undeniably Kystriksveien Coastal Route ends.

A city opens to the sea, it is only 63 kilometers away west of Fauske of the Arctic Highway.

Bodo is considered to be the second largest city in the northern part of Norway boasting 46, 000 inhabitants and a thriving economy.

CLIMATE

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Ever heard of the midnight sun? The northern part of Norway is famous for those. In Bodo, the sun shines non-stop for the whole month during the time of summer. It usually happens from June 4 until July 8.

This natural phenomenon offers longer time for activities and for visitors, a reason not to sleep at night and bathe in the mystic light (but not really mystical when explained by science).

However, our energy does not last forever unfortunately. Hotels in Bodo have thicker and darker curtains, so sleeping for visitors should not be a problem.

For anyone sleeping in a simple fisherman’s cabin on the other hand, pack up with sleep masks.

For a general climate of Bodo, it has a milder climate compared to the other coasts of similar latitude in the world. Summer and winter also has only little differences.

TRANSPORTATION

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For tourists visiting from outside the country, the best option is to book a flight to Oslo. From Oslo, it is a 90-minute flight to Bodo’s airport located only two kilometers away from the city center.

You can also aboard the Hurtigruten ship, which will give you the opportunity to enjoy the famous Norwegian coastline.

ATTRACTIONS

Adventures by the Sea and Beyond

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Bodo offers a lot of activities. The most popular and has plenty of activities are the coastal adventures in which you will not only see the beautiful seascape but also the small islands offshore.

One of the famous coastal destinations is Saltstraumen. Located 33 kilometers away from Bodo, you will see the world’s strongest maelstrom. Yet, while these whirlpools are undoubtedly one of the finest shows of nature, you will also find in Saltstraumen other simple pleasures such as fishing. These places are teeming with them. The most common are cod, halibut, saithe and wolf fish.

Beyond the mainland are small islands with small fishing villages in which you can see by boats. In there, you will see the white-tailed eagles also known as the sea eagles.

Activities Under the Midnight Sun

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For all of their simplicity, usual activities are made remarkable under the midnight sun.

The dramatic landscape of countrysides, the bustle of the city, and the glowing golden orange tinge of the sky brings the visitors into the edge of their emotions that even golfing, kayaking and the likes are more enjoyable and pumping activities.

City Wonders

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Destroyed during the World War II, Bodo has only few to boast architecturally. One of the historical sites that survived is the Bodin Church dates far back in the 1200. Another one is the museums in Bodo, which are the Norwegian Aviation Museum and Nordland Museum famous for aviation chronicles and recreational areas, respectively.

Where truly lies the charm of Bodo is in its arts and cultural activities. You can enjoy a seaside beer gathering with friends overlooking the sculptures on the breakwater. You can also attend a violin concert, or – if that isn’t your taste – a rock concert in the city center.

Northern Lights

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It wouldn’t be a trip to the north without seeing the northern lights. Perhaps the simplest and most enjoyed part of touring Bodo would be gazing at this hazy dance of shimmering emerald lights.

Together with your family or friends, it is a great highlight for the trip.

The northern lights can only be seen from the months of September to April next year.

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See more:

Bodø, Norway
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/northern-norway/bodo

Bodø Cruise Port
http://www.cruise-norway.no/Ports/Bodo/Attractions.aspx

Mary Grace Valdez

Get the medieval feel in Eze

Eze hilltop town(1) Eze, a hilltop town

Travel back and be taken away as Eze gives you the royal feel with its structures and sights that are truly beautiful.

Get the medieval vibe and walk along the city and discover how anything and everything speaks nothing but the spectacle of the antiquated and one of the most celebrated era in all history.

Location

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Eze is an ideal travel destination for tourists because it’s blessed with both mountains and seas. Eze is located in French Riviera found in the southwestern part of France.

It’s a mountainous town located in between Nice and Monaco. Locals are called Ezasques. The place covers an area of some 9.47 square kilometers in size.

Climate

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Eze has a tropical climate. The vegetation in this town is a palpable evidence that the place experiences warm weather majority of the year.

Fruits like banana, lemons and oranges grow abundantly, which serves as a proof that the place is blessed with sunny weather most of the time.

March happens to be the warmest while in August occurs the coldest. Driest month is being experienced during December while September is being considered to be the wettest.

Transportation

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Nearest airport would be Nice Cote d’Azur International airport. It is 18 km away from the town and can be reached through car drive in approximately 30 minutes. The most accessible mode of transportation, though, would be via bus.

Bus operators are available in Nice, Eze and Monaco. There are scheduled timetables that tourists need to observe when choosing this option as a mode of transportation. Taxi can also be another option, however it’s not advisable due to the fact that the fare costs high.

Attractions

Jardin Exotic d’Eze

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Also called exotic garden, this located garden allows visitors to see face to face some of the most exotic plants ever existed.

Collections of cactus and succulents from different parts of the world can be found here. The garden is located in Place du General de Gaulle and was founded during World War II.

Streets and architecture

Eze Street(6) An example if Eze street

If there’s one thing that’s truly amazing about Eze, it would be its alley walks and pedestrian only streets. The sight is very raw with the stoned pathways and amazing view of hills and seas merge into one.

It would be best for tourists to wear their most comfortable shoes to enjoy wandering and discovering the town’s interesting places, points of interests and of course, cuisine.

Artisanal Shops

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The city knows their popularity with tourists. On a good season, the streets can be crowded due to travelers who roam around to admire and learn more about this unique community, that’s why the place won’t run out of souvenir and artisanal shops.

Learn more about their culture by seeing the types of artworks and key pieces being sold in shops and streets.

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Source:
http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/alpmarit/eze/eze.htm
See More:

Eze Village Travel Guide
http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/eze-village

Eze Trips, France
https://www.expedia.com.ph/Eze.d5784.Trip

Aira Algado

Exploring the best of Narvik

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Narvik, a place that should be inhabitable, turns to be quite the opposite.

This city in the arctic, surrounded by mountains on both sides and by fjords on its north and south is teeming with life and continue to do so by inviting tourists’ left and right.

LOCATION

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This city in the north of Norway is a land that should not be able to support a population turns out to be have gained a rough estimate of 20,000 populations. Its distance to the Gulf Stream made it possible, keeping the town from freezing.

Narvik is a town part of the county of Nordland. It was bounded by Bodo in the south and Harstad in the north. On its west, Narvik faces the sea and the Lofoten Island, while on the east the town is separated from Finland by a boundary line.

CLIMATE

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Despite its distance to the north, Narvik’s port does not freeze over during winter due to the Gulf Stream. Its summer temperature can also climb at around 20 degrees Celsius. However, there are the dark seasons in Narvik where the sun disappears.

This happens in the middle of wintertime from November to January. Opposite the dark season is when the sun shines for months in which it is called the “polar days”. All visitors of Narvik are advised to bring different types of clothing for different seasons, as the weather is unpredictable.

TRANSPORTATION

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The town of Narvik has a domestic airport close to its town center. It connects Narvik to major cities of Norway, which is mostly Oslo, where there are international flights.

Another recommended way of transport for visitors outside the country would be through Hurtigruten, a Norwegian Coastal Voyage that cruises on Norway’s coastal areas and transport passengers.

If you’re from Sweden, there is a train called Statens Järnvägar in Boden to transport you to Narvik. It takes around five hours of travel time. Another train is from Oslo to Fauske, where you still have to ride a bus before reaching Narvik.

ATTRACTIONS

Museums

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Narvik has three museums: Ballangen Museum, War Museum, and Nord Museum – Narvik. Each museum has their own focus. Nord Museum – Narvik houses the history of Narvik, where each exhibition presented tells the story of the development of this city in the arctic.

War Museum and Ballangen Museum on the other and focuses into specific parts of Narvik history. Ballangen tells a portion of Narvik history from 1600 to the middle of 1900, when the mining operation in Narvik is a booming industry.

The war museum focuses on the World War II. In here you will see the old war machines well preserved since the war. It also provides an extensive knowledge of the causes that leads to the unfurling of events during the WWII.

Narvikfjellet

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Narvikfjellet is a popular destination for many outdoor activities especially skiing. For years, families, friends, and lovers bond together in Narvikfjellet to ski. However, as they say, it isn’t all about skiing.

You can also enjoy the scenery 656 meters above sea level. The famous way of enjoying the view is through the cable car in which you can see either the midnight sun bathing the landscape of Narvik or the arctic light exploding over the winter-cloaked region. It all depends on what month you visit the area.

A famous restaurant called Mountain Restaurant is a spot to relax and also enjoy the view of the fjords.

Polar Park

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The polar park is a unique experience in Narvik. In here, you will see the predators such as bears, wolves, lynx, and wolverines up close.

In Wolf Park, you will have the opportunity to touch and have the famous “wolf kiss” without the fear of being devoured.

Apart from meeting the predators, there are also other facilities in the park you can enjoy with your family, such as flying over rivers through the zillions and recharging your energy in restaurants.

Ofotbanen Railway

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Visiting Narvik, you wouldn’t want to miss the Ofotbanen Railway. Often referred as the one of the best scenic routes, Ofotbanen railway connecting Narvik, Norway and Kiruna, Sweden does not only offer the best sights you could ask when traveling to the fjords and peaks of Norway. It also introduces you to the history and culture of the country.

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(8.) http://www.visitnarvik.com/sites/v/visitnarvik.com/files/62db876cd9734957e8ae6255ed5c83d1.jpg

See More:

Narvik, Norway
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway/northern-norway/narvik

Getting to Narvik and around
http://www.visitnorway.com/en/where-to-go/north/narvik/getting-to-narvik-and-around/

Mary Grace Valdez

Bow down to the majestic place of Sapporo

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We’ve been all fascinated by snow. No matter what age bracket we’re in, whenever we see the season of snow on television and social media, we all have this liking to be at that exact place to have fun and portray nonchalance despite the cold.

Japan is one of the lucky countries to experience this season even though it’s an Asian country and the state boasts of a town called Sapporo. Best known to hold an annual festival that is dotted by humongous frozen sculptures, Sapporo and the Sapporo Snow Festival is a part of everyone’s vacation dream.

But aside from this special event, the town is known to be a starting point if you also want to stretch your Japan stay and explore the wilderness. Some of the many things that you’d definitely adore about Sapporo are their wide array of gastronomic treats, the infamous Sapporo bear and the self-indulging nightlife and shopping opportunities that can be found within its limits.

Location

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Known to be a Japanese city basically being surrounded by everything—land forms, bodies of water, nearby rural and urban areas. Sapporo is specifically located at Ishikari Plain’s southwestern tip and the well-known Toyohira River.

Sapporo’s southern and western areas are being dotted by a number of mountain ranges from Maruyama, Mount Moiwa and Mount Teine with a few stints from the rivers of Sosei and Ishikari.

Some of the neighboring cities that border Sapporo include Otaru, Date, Tobetsu, Kyogoku, Eniwa, Ebetsu, Kitahiroshima and Chitose. Sapporo is dubbed as Japan’s fifth largest city, which scopes a total land area of 433 square kilometers and is currently being inhabited by a total of 1.9 million people.

Climate

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As according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Sapporo is tagged under a humid continental climate, which equates to summers being generally warm and hot while winters are frigid and saturated with too much snow.

Temperatures begin to pick up its pace in the month of May and at its zenith in August at a record-high of 36-degree Celsius. December paves way for colder temperatures and snow would be best felt during the months of January, February and March with a mean average of 27 snow days per month.

Rainfall can still be observed in Sapporo with September garnering the highest amount of rainfall collected at 5.40 inches while the number of days with clear skies can be experienced during May at 198 hours per month.

Transportation

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Transportation isn’t much of a concern in Japan as they are well-known to have propagated sophisticated ways of commuting regardless of what method one would use.

In Sapporo, the main railway system is being served at the JR Hokkaido Station, which can transport customers with three lines including Hakodate, Chitosa and Sassho. Rapid transit can also be relied on when in Sapporo as the city offers swift methods via Sapporo Municipal Subway, Sapporo Streetcar, Teineyama Ropeway and Mount Moiwa Ropeway.

True to its dubbing as one of the most accessible cities in Japan, Sapporo is being supported by two airports—Okamada Airport for domestic and local flights to Hokkaido and the New Chitose Airport which caters to a more diverse international flight options.

Bus lines are also a major thing in Sapporo locals and it is evident through the mishmash of bus lines circling the town such as JR Bus and Chuo Bus Services.

What to See

Sapporo Beer Garden & Museum

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The city is pretty much the very place where the Sapporo Gold beer had been made and so it is just fitting to have a museum dedicated to alcohol production, hence, the Sapporo Beer Garden and Museum.

This place of interest is originally the Sapporo Beer Brewery and this had been flipped into becoming the town’s main focal point if travelers would want to know better.

There had been guided tours on how the famed beer is being made all complete with tastings while a restaurant adjacent to the main museum would defy your cravings for an artisanal meal under a variety of cuisines.

Sapporo Clock Tower

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What sets this landmark apart from all the others is the synchronicity that has provided since its erection in 1878. The Sapporo Tower Clock, as what the name says, is a signature landmark in Sapporo and is formerly one of the tallest edifices made within the city.

Feel the historical importance of this monument and take in the impressive structure which had been the main reason on as to why it is still standing and serving Sapporo locals up to this very day.

Hokkaido University

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Not just serving as a hall for academic excellence, the Hokkaido University is known all over the world to house the most intrinsically designed school buildings and well-manicured lawns that are just beauty to the site.

After a couple of centennials, this spot has left visitors breathless since 1876 and one must nod in agreement that it’s all worth the visit due to the museums being opened to public and several campus areas are just adorable to stay at.

Sapporo TV Tower

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If Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Sapporo brags about the Sapporo TV Tower as the exact counterpart. Located on the eastern side of Odori Koen, this towering edifice has an observation deck at 90 meters high and is one of the main reasons why travelers pay this landmark a visit. Be enthralled as you see the sun set and rise while at the Sapporo TV Tower, free of charge.

Images:
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(8) www.panoramio.com

See More:

Welcome to Sapporo
http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/?lang=en

Top 10 Things to Do in Sapporo
http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g298560-Activities-Sapporo_Hokkaido.html

Paul Intalan

The upward and multi-colored rise to fame of Taichung

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Even after several years of colonization from nearby Asian countries, the city of Taichung remained glorious and slowly becoming a tiger market over the past few years.

Opposite to Taipei as the Taiwan’s hub for heavy industries and commercial spaces, this humble town caters to and nurtures on an occupation that involves light industry.

The locals and the jobs that they are doing within are all printed on toys, shoes, electrical goods and other produces with the marks “Made in Taiwan”.

Now also being famous due to its conducive travel, weather, Taichung is one of the many reasons why Taiwan is included on many bucket lists.

Normally just a side trip before heading to the country’s inland states, getting a Taichung experience while in the country would definitely give you something to remember on things that include lively commerce, prolific locals and the heavenly balanced climate that can be felt.

Location

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Specifically, the special city of Taichung can be found in the center-western Taiwan part, in the famous Taichung basin. Strategically located in the middle of other megacities, Taichung’s trade and commerce have been strengthened and is one of its assets.

The cities bordering Taichung are Hualien, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou and Yilan County. Lying on Taichung’s eastern tip is the glorious Central Mountain Range and on its west is Taiwan Strait.

Climate

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As according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Taichung, like half of Taiwan, is under the warm, humid subtropical climate and might have hints of tropical monsoon type.

You’d find it interesting that all day within a year are maintained warm while winter nights are significantly cooler. The months of July until September are deemed as the hottest months with an all-time high of 33-degrees Celsius while frigidity are being observed during January to March with a mean temperature of 14-degrees Celsius.

Rainfall also happens in Taichung with an annum average of 116 days of rainy days and June with the highest amount of precipitation at 13.50 inches. July, on the other hand, experiences the most number of sunshine hours at 210.

Transportation

If travelling via a different city, there are two main railways that you can use which are the Mountain Line and the Coast Line. The main terminal that you’d be alighting to would be the Taichung Station of Jianguo Road.

This specific mode of transportation is set to bring you to nearby municipalities and towns in a sophisticated, timed and well-coordinated manner.

Once out of the rail lines, you would have the chance in getting on and off buses, which surrounds the terminal. Most of the trains are servicing local and interstate travels, which are just convenient for time-savvy travelers.

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When getting in by air, you’d be able to experience how the city invested in development with the Taichung International Airport, which is the newest air terminal in Taiwan.

As of current writing, the airport is thriving to expand their travel connections, which can go as far as international flights to Mainland China and South Korea.

You’d also be surprised to know that all imported and exported goods from Taichung are being delivered to their port, which is called the Taichung Sea Port.

Unfortunately, this only serves cargo vessels and is not open as a public mode of transport.

What to See

Dakeng

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If you want to spend an hour or so in Taichung, make sure that you’d pay Dakeng a visit as it boasts of challenging hiking trails and relaxing hot springs.

You can easily access Dakeng by going east of the main city and be mesmerized by the towering hills and mountain ranges that occupy the vicinity.

Paochueh Temple

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Not just a religious place, the Paochueh Temple upholds historical and cultural relevance to the whole of Taichung due to its contribution in preserving relics and important artifacts of the olden times.

Be face to face with Taiwan’s largest Milefo Buddha and imbibe the entire religious ambience that this destination has to offer.

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

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What’s a city without a museum that holds its most important historical imprints through paintings, collections and tangible stuff? If you want to be captivated by Taichung’s art and craftsmanship, then get yourself moving into the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts wherein it houses a child-friendly center and foreign arts are also displayed.

Rainbow Village

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Art plays an important role in a city’s heritage and Taichung’s most evident art relic can be found not inside a museum but in a place called the Rainbow Village.

Be thrilled to see colors and hues through drawings made by a local and a man so-called as Mr. Wong.

Images
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(4) www.en.wikipedia.org
(5) www.pinterest.com
(6) www.tripomatic.com
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(8) www.thousandwonders.net

See more:

Taichung, Taiwan
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/western-taiwan/taichung

Taichung Tourism
http://travel.taichung.gov.tw/en-us/Experience/Culture

Paul Intalan

The Best of Bergen: A fusion of local scenes and panoramic views

 

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Bergen, no doubt, will always capture the heart of its visitors. Surrounded by fjords and hills, nothing is lacking when it comes to panoramic sight in Bergen.

However, these beautiful gifts of nature are not the only things that should be celebrated in the city. A dynamic local scene, even a day around the streets and markets will keep you entertained.

LOCATION

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Bergen is a thriving and second largest city of Norway situated at the far west where the city has easy access to the sea. Therefore, it is not unusual to see busy and packed harbor.

But it’s not only that. Bergen with its wooden colored houses are surrounded with hills and fjords, among those is Sognefjord – a Norwegian fjord famed for its depth and length.

CLIMATE

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Bergen can be visited any time of the year yet the best time could be during the summer season when the scale starts to climb upward.

This time happens in July and August where the months are considered to be the warmest; however, the average temperature during those times is still as low as 14 degrees Celsius.

Being surrounded by mountains and sitting near the northern sea, the climate of Bergen with some exceptions, is to be expected.

On the other hand, you can still visit Bergen in other seasons, especially winter where you can engage in winter sports and on top of that, a more dramatic scenery.

TRANSPORTATION

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Bergen is accessible through different modes of transportation. You can opt for the common, which is traveling by air. Flesland, Bergen’s international airport is located only at 19 kilometers away from the city.

From the airport to the city center, you can ride a bus or a taxi. Most chooses to ride the bus due to expensive taxi fare.

Another mode of transportation is through chains of railways connecting Bergen to the different parts of Norway. The most recommended mode of transportation is by boarding the ferry.

Bergen being a chief harbor of the region, numerous vessels dock at the port at regular intervals. However, ferry services decrease when it is not summer, the peak season.

Getting around Bergen, you can rent a car or use the public transport system, yet exploring on foot could be possibly your best choice. The idyllic wooden, different colored houses are better seen up close.

ATTRACTION

A stroll around the city

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Every day in Bergen, it is easy to get lost in the hub of activities. Listening to the clattering of utensils and clamoring voices, the city center is a widespread mass of energy from the morning until the night.

There are restaurants and cafes around the city, so you can sample their food, or you can go directly to the fish market where every day is a haul of fresh seafood.

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Having picked your way through the crowd and sated yourself with their gastronomic food, it would be a seen to go back into your hotels. Wait for a few minutes after eating and you can stroll and admire the cityscape.

Despite of being a continuously developing and progressing city of Norway, the city is yet to lose its medieval charm. From wharf to castle, Bergen has a lot of story to tell about its culture and history.

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Bergen is not Bergen without its museum. Det Hanseatiske Museum and Bergen museum are among the famous ones in the city in which both depict the life of Bergen in the yesteryears.

Visitors will benefit most in a guided tour through a more detailed explaining of Bergen through the years.

Apart from the museums are the remains of fortresses, castles, and churches dating as far back as the middle ages.

The best part of going through these historical sites is their well-preserved nature in which it makes the exploration feel real.

Bergen Aquarium

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A trip to Bergen without visiting its famed aquarium would not be a complete experience. Composed of seals, penguins, and other marine life, Bergen Aquarium is said to be the finest in Europe.

The aquarium is composed of three pools and 51 tanks (9 large and 42 small). Apart from the vast marine life, there are also multimedia exhibition and restaurants that would fit any family outing especially to those with kids.

Bergen Panorama

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Going few kilometers out of town, there is always a relief in seeing a natural wonder. Bergen, bordered by water and surrounded by hills and mountain, has lots of those.

Among the famous ones are the mountains of Ulriken and Floien where you can stretch your muscles and burn the calories from the city through walking and hiking tours.

Going on a guided tour, you are directed into different trails and once reaching the summit, there are cable cars available in which you can have the perfect view of the Bergen landscape.

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See more:

Bergen – Official Travel Guide to Norway
http://www.visitnorway.com/en/where-to-go/fjord-norway/bergen/

Bergen Cruise Port
http://www.cruise-norway.no/ports/bergen/Attractions.aspx

Mary Grace Valdez

Undeniable beauty lurking in the depths of Mombasa

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When its thrill and adventure that you’re after, ensure that you will have the rough city of Mombasa on your list as it will definitely satisfy your insatiable cravings. Dotted with a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the daily lives of inhabitants going about their errands, the smell of burning greens on a nearby forest and the sound of strong winds from the opposite horizon.

Mombasa is a box full of surprises, and it is through this city that Kenya’s cultural, historical and societal tapestries can be observed at its finest. With all the landmarks and areas of attraction scattered all over the town, you’d never find it difficult to enjoy the grazing sun and the heat of the day as you scampered all over town.

Truthfully, Mombasa has lived up to its descriptions on poems and write-ups regarding the beauty that can be found within its unmistakable chaos which makes it more interesting and more worthy to visit.

Location

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Mombasa is facing a body of water and is identified as a coastal town. It is specifically perched in the middle of Mombasa Island, which then extends some of its hemisphere in Kenya’s mainland.

The creeks of Port Reitz and Tudor borders Mombasa on the southern edge and northern tip respectively. Dubbed to be Kenya’s second largest city, the area is currently being resided by a whopping 1.3 million in populace and scopes a vast land area of 114-square miles.

Climate

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With its primary location within the African continent, Mombasa is under the tropical wet and dry climate as according to expert climate classifications.

Rainfall is not much of an observer in this town with May being the rainiest month in a record of 14 precipitation days. Rainfall starts in April and ends in the last weeks of June with an all-time high of 9.45 inches of precipitation recorded.

In an annual measure, the temperature of Mombasa is playing at 30-31-degrees Celsius while the lowest mean is graded at 22.4-degrees.

Transportation

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Though not a full-blown developed city, Mombasa still has the capacity to serve inland and domestic flights to European and Middle Eastern neighbors via the Moi International Airport.

Railway systems are also available in Mombasa via the Kenyan Railways, which then connects the former to Nairobi. As a coastal city, Mombasa’s port is highly used for commercial and trade and is dubbed to be Kenya’s largest and widest waterfront.

Cruise ships pass by Mombasa’s port, but there hadn’t been any updates on as to when passenger lines can use the water ducts for public transport.

What to See

Lord Shiva Temple

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Hinduism is one of the most common religions in Mombasa, hence, the erection of Lord Shiva Temple as their main place of worship and devotion.

There have been a couple of reasons on as to why this landmark has been frequented by tourists—the laid back ambience and vibes, the well-manicured and sculptured gardens and the wide open place to pray and believe if you have a Hindu religion.

Spice Market

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Based on how it was named, the Spice Market is your best stop if you wanted to take advantage of locally-grown and processed variety of spices used for cooking.

The normal bargaining, purchasing, yelling and bustle of a Sunday market is sure to be observed within the confines of the complex, and it’s just an exhilarating feeling to have become part of a day in their market life.

Old Law Courts

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Formerly a place where justice is served, the Old Law Courts is now encapsulating some of Kenyan relics and artworks as a miniature museum.

Dating back and erected in 1902, this place is witness to numerous Mombasa events and is now a place where locals display their works and crafts. Some tribal stuff can also be seen in this informal gallery.

Fort Jesus

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Tagged as Mombasa’s most seen site, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has been known as a fortress bordered by thick and strong walls.

The whole compound features a museum displaying Swahili and Arabian art forms, some room’s features legacies and history via the very structures, jewelries and artifacts, and an audience hall.

Images
(1) www.allworldtowns.com
(2) www.afritramp.eu
(3) www.reddit.com
(4) www.en.wikipedia.org
(5) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(6) www.blogs.gonomad.com
(7) www.acommins.wordpress.com
(8) www.benser.com.cn

See more:

Mombasa
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mombasa

Mombasa, Kenya
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/kenya/the-coast/mombasa

Paul Intalan

Retaining cultural roots and enriching magic in Levoca

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When a city is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is quite expected that the place is bursting of the rich history and tapestries of local color and defunct societal ways.

Retaining its ancient structures and boasting their architectural pegs, the little town of Levoca is sure to be remembered as one of Slovakia’s best.

Levoca is like a place straightly drawn from a history book, focusing its picturesque view on 13th century. The rustic smell and the slabs of stones decaying beautifully by the sidewalk are worth your precious time.

The several colonies that have set foot on this majestic town have left their marks through influences in building houses and edifices and it’s just a timely treat to the eyes.

Location

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Covering a total land area of almost 25-square kilometers, the city of Levoca is specifically situated at the Hornad Basin’s northern part.

Levoca is geographically situated by several cities such as Presov on its eastern edge an at about 31 miles away, Poprad can be found on its west and is a good 16 miles distance, Bratislava is on the southwestern border and is 230 miles away and Kosice is 56 miles southeast of the main city center.

Climate

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Levoca, like the rest of the country, is classified to be under the humid continental climate which means that four distinct seasons are to be experienced.

It can easily be categorized as summers in Levoca are extremely warm while winters can be as frigid as snow. Highest recorded temperatures are playing on the months of May until August with a mean temperature of 31-degree Celsius.

Temperatures begin to drop when September kicks in, which can be as low as -6-degree Celsius. January is the coldest month, of all as it rates an annual low of -29-degree Celsius.

Rainfall is best displayed on May and June with 2.90 and 3.30 inches of precipitation recorded in an estimate.

Transportation

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The city is well-connected to the sophisticated web of train travel and can be reached when you came from Poprad and Presov.

If you want to have a longish travel time and be greeted with the towering flora and fauna of the city, then get to city buses circling the vicinity and can be your ticket into getting to other neighboring cities such as Spikky Novy Ves and Kosice.

Due to the fact that this historical city is miniscule in size, it is never out of the equation to skim even the hideous depths via walking and bicycling.

What to See

Church of St Jacob

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Easily one of Levoca’s most noted landmarks, the Church of St. Jacob is a religious edifice built in the 15th century, which boasts of awe-inspiring arches, well-preserved artifacts and furnishings and the altar to be found inside which is 18 meters high and is said to be Slovakia’s tallest.

The Gothic altar, built specifically in 1517, is a grand exposition of Master Pavol’s talent in sculpting and the arts.

Nam Majstra Pavla

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Scan the stalls and lots of different orientation when you visit Levoca’s most famous square, the Nam Majstra Pavla. On this side of town, you’d be immersed into various architectural wonders and museums which exhibits nothing but the best that’s ever existed in Levoca.

Some of the choices you’d be delighted to see is the Master Pavol Museum, the Historic Town Hall and the Spis Renaissance roofline.

Church of Marianska Hora

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Located 2 kilometers north of the city center, visit the Church of Marianska Hora during July and take part in one of the largest Catholic congregations in the whole of Slovakia.

Be mesmerized by how the locals, from generations to generations, have taken care of this historic site, which shouts of elegance, intrinsic architectural finishes, and the utter magic of this house of faith.

Spis Museum

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Getting all the major arts and crafts that have spawned in Levoca and nearby cities, experience a cultural-high as you enter the string of exhibits being showcased at the Spis Museum.

Open during Tuesday-Friday; be enchanted with the plethora of artwork displays and the mish mash of old stuff for a cheap fee.

Images:
(1) www.pamiatky.custodea.com
(2) www.fantasticmaps.com
(3) www.velvetwinter.blogspot.com
(4) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(5) www.slovakia.travel.org
(6) www.levoca.gruzphoto.eu
(7) www.slovakia.travel.org
(8) www.commons.wikimedia.org

See More:

Levoca
http://slovakia.travel/en/levoca

Levoca Travel Guide
http://www.smartertravel.com/travel-guides/levoca-travel-guide.html?id=2737938

Paul Intalan

Let’s go to Goa, India

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Goa is in the western part of India. It is a former Portuguese colony. It has a perfect and unique blend of Indian and Portuguese rich history and culture in one, including its architecture that fascinates over visitors each year, including the foreign tourists.

Goa has been attracting a fixed number of visitors and tourists that visit their different and famous tourist attractions like the beaches, Catholic pilgrims and Hindu shrines are the perfect time for the whole family’s dream vacation.

Location

Goa is located in the western region of India. It is constrained by the state of Maharashtra to the northern part and by Karnataka to the east and southern part, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast part.

It is also known as India’s smallest state by area and also the fourth smallest by population.

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Climate

Goa has the tropical monsoon climate. Goa is in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate throughout the year.

The month of May is the hottest, while the monsoon rains arrive by the early month of June.

Most of the country’s annual rainfall is experienced through the monsoons that will last in the late month of September.

Goa also has a short winter season between the mid months of December and February with the moderate amounts of humidity.

And the best time of the year to visit Goa is during the month of mid-November to February because it is when the weather is very comfortable and pleasant perfect for a walk outside and tour the country.

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Transportation

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Goa’s major and only airport is The Dabolim airport in Vasco Da Gama. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most the international flights arrive via Mumbai.

The major air carriers of Goa are Air India that has international flights to Kuwait and UAE twice a week. There is also Air Arabia that has discounted flights going to Sharjah.

And Qatar Airways that have direct flights going to Doha, along with connecting flights to Western Europe, Africa and United States of America.

There are many domestic airlines that have daily flights to and from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Delhim Ahmedabad and Kozhikode.

There are also exclusive chartered flights to the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

What to See

Basilica of Bom Jesus

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The Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese regime.

“Bom Jesus” means “Holy Jesus” is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the countries of Portuguese colonization.

The Jesuit church is India’s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

Chapora Beach

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This Chapora River is located alongside at the beach stretch in North Goa that is around 10 kilometers from Mapusa, a City in Northern Goa. It is close to Chapora Fort, an old Portuguese fort.

Chapora is also close to a trawler-fishing jetty. Chapora is home to many cheapest travel, accommodation houses found in entire Northern Goa.

There is a famous Ganesh fruit juice center in Chapora selling organic juices and gathering people from around.

The Casino Goa

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It is a live casino located offshore in Panaji in Goa. The casino is located on a yacht, and anchored in the River Mandovi.

The casino vessel is worth 110 million Rupees and it is owned by the Advani Pleasure Cruise Co. Ltd. as a joint venture between the company and casinos of the country Austria.

It has around eleven tables of American Roulette, Blackjack and a few electronic slot machines.

Images:

(1) www.urbnarc.com
(2) www.upload.wikimedia.org
(3) www.zastavki.com
(4) www.kingfridayseattle.files.wordpress.com
(5) www.taglick.com
(6) www.nature.piktureplanet.com
(7) www.excitingindia.in

See more:

Goa Guide | India Travel
http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/india/goa/

Goa, India
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/goa

Trisha Mungcal

Oak Park’s Grandeur can be easily connected with Hemingway

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If you don’t know Ernest Hemingway, you might have been sleeping during your literature class and missed how great a writer he is. He had been one of the most prolific on his craft, and soon afterwards, Hemingway is quoted everywhere. In every legend like Hemingway comes a hometown where his talent had been nurtured and developed.

A place where the first thoughts had been formed, the first dreams realized and the first steps in living the life the way he chooses had been taken. It might have been included in Ernest Hemingway’s biographies, but Oak Town, California is more than just a passage to Hemingway’s existence.

With how well this small town adapted to United States’ incessant attempts to change and alterations, Oak Town remained to its humble roots, enjoyable city inhabitants and piled up on reasons as to why they must be a priority when visiting California.

Location

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Bordered by humongous wildlife parks and recreational patches of land, Oak Park are a city more accessible to all people residing in the state where it belongs.

To its north lies the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area and the infamous Rancho Simi Open Space at its southern end. W

ith a total land area of 5.29 square kilometers, Oak Park is also dotted with tens of creeks including the Medea Creek and Lindero Creek, which are two of the largest in the whole town.

Climate

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Like the rest of Californian city, Oak Park had its hottest month in August which can have a maximum temperature of 96-degrees Fahrenheit and December as its coldest on a quick drop to 38-degrees Fahrenheit.

It is also observed the Oak Park had wetter months during winter and is tagged with a 21-inch mark on their annual precipitation. January is dubbed as the rainiest and wettest month of the whole year.

Transportation

Following and riding the train system is pretty much the easiest way to get in Oak Park via the CTA Blue Line, Green Line or Metra Train. The Green Line is said to be the best form of transportation when you want to circle the town for its scenic destinations.

When getting in via air, Oak Park is conveniently situated within reach of either the Chicago O’Hare International Airport or the Chicago Midway Airport.

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Once inside Oak Park, you will be thrilled to see the number of bikers dotting pedestrians and streets as it is actually advisable with the whole town to use bicycles as a convenient way to commute.

If on a huge budget and would want to get into the farthest corners of Oak Park, bear in mind two taxi companies which operates in the town—Red Cab and Blue Cab.

What to See

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

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Aside from Hemingway, another legend lived in Oak Park, Frank Lloyd Wright. For a fee, you can have a guided tour inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and studio, which features details of his work on display.

Moore House

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Another place worth seeing in Oak Park is also a masterpiece by Wright which is called the Moore House.

You won’t miss it while in Oak Park as you can see how the architect channeled his talent through this edifice which takes in the English manor house inspiration.

Ernest Hemingway Museum

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Despite the hush-hushes about Hemingway’s feedback of his hometown, locals still managed to pay homage to the late writer by putting up a museum.

The said the museum is Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace and you can always be in the spirit with this well-celebrated writer for a fee.

Unity Temple

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Feast your eyes into more architecture and feel Wright’s talent being channeled through this building slash work of art.

Images:
(1) www.theculturetrip.com
(2) www.gentilly.tv
(3) www.flickr.com
(4) www.tripwow.tripadvisor.com
(5) www.larryspeck.com
(6) www.vincemichael.wordpress.com
(7) www.modernil.com
(8) www.panoramio.com

See more:

Oak Park, California
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Park,_California

Parks: Live Oak Park – City of Berkeley, CA
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=12676

Paul Intalan