Travel

Listen to the story that structures in Cienfuegos have to tell

Cienfuegos

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 There is this certain serenity in Cienfuegos that makes the city a flourishing place of tourism in Cuba. Aside from the country’s beaches located nearby, the city’s own charm and beauty have a way of captivating its visitors. It is no surprise though, because it boasts its own attractions. The buildings and splendid structures have their way of communicating the city’s history through an astounding facade.

 

Location

 

Cienfuegos map

(2)Cienfuegos map

 

Located in the southern coast of Cuba and measuring an area of 333 square kilometers, Cienfuegos plays a key role when it comes to the industry of sea ports in the country. The area houses more than 170,000 people and lists sugar cane, tobacco and coffee as its major industries. Structures are mostly neoclassical, relating to the prosperity of the city since the 1800s.

Climate

A day in Cienfuegos

(3)A day in Cienfuegos

The place has a tropical savanna climate as defined by the Koppen Climate Classification.  Most of the rain pours from May until October. Tourists can experience the dry season of Cienfuegos by booking a vacation between December and February. These months are ideal especially in roaming around the city because the hassle of rainfall can be avoided.

Transportation

Transportation in Cienfuegos

(4)Transportation in Cienfuegos

 

International travelers can book a flight to Jaime Gonzales Airport in order to reach Cienfuegos. Buses are also available. Buses from Havanna and Trinidad pass through the city twice a day. There are also buses from other key cities like Varadero and Santa Clara. Just take note of the schedule because these buses follow certain times when leaving the station.

Attractions

Palacio del Valle

Palacio del Valle

(5) Palacio Del Valle

 

The beautiful architecture is a fusion of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Spanish styles. This splendid edifice was constructed in the year 1913 and has now become a hub for cultural events held in the city. The fine materials that make up this beautiful palace came from the brilliant minds of different architects that were contracted to make Palacio del Valle even more beautiful.

Arco de Triunfo

Arco de Triunfo in Parque Jose Martin, built 1902 for Cuban Independence

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The ‘Arch of Triumph’ is a reminder of Cuba’s independence in 1902. The arch serves as a gateway to the monumental Parque Jose Martin where the statue of Jose Martin stands. This is an important place for the locals because this signifies the liberation of their country a century ago.

Teatro Tomas Terry

Teatro Tomas Terry

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 This is one of the most beautiful structures Cienfuegos boasts. Inspired by Italian architecture, this edifice was built between the years of 1887 to 1889. The auditorium that can house of up to 950 people has become the venue for plays and concerts conducted in Cienfuegos.

Images:

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(4)    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/63801962.jpg

(5)    http://www.anywherenrado.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Palacio-de-Valle.jpg

(6)    http://stainsbyte.com/wp-content/gallery/cienfuegos/DSC08559.jpg

(7)    https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5282/5251843448_7e2e4ab6ce_b.jpg

 

See More:

 

Cienfuegos Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

http://www.world-guides.com/latin-america/cuba/cienfuegos/cienfuegos_attractions.html

 

Things to Do in Cienfuegos

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g609122-Activities-Cienfuegos_Cienfuegos_Province_Cuba.html

 

Aira Algado

 

 

 

Sunny Regions and Tasteful Wines – Everything in Nelson is an Enticing Jaunt

Nelson

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Nelson is the region where the sun shines most in New Zealand. With its lifestyle and postcard-perfect landscape, it is a destination on every vacationer’s itinerary.

LOCATION

New Zealand Region Map

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The region of Nelson belongs to the southern Island of New Zealand situated on its tip, particularly on the northwestern spot. The region has three national parks, all of which surround Nelson and can be reached within a 90-minute drive.

To the north, the place faces the Tasman Sea. Due to its location, Nelson has a wide variety of seascapes, landscapes and activities to offer including the world’s clearest lake and a yearly arts festival.

CLIMATE

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Any time of the year is good for visiting Nelson. The calendar is packed with festivals mostly about arts as most of its people are arts enthusiasts. Lying near the coast, Nelson experiences mild temperatures. During the summer, daylight can last until 9:30 pm as it is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand.

While every season in Nelson is as enjoyable as the next, visiting in wintertime is a delight. Winter in the area is dry with the sun still streaming from the sky, but not as intense as the rest of the year. You can also ski at the Rainbow and Mount Robert Ski Fields – Nelson’s great winter slopes.

TRANSPORTATION

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Nelson can be reach by sea, air, or land.

Traveling by sea, you need to board a ferry that will transport you to Picton of South Island. The ferry departs from Wellington and will take less than three hours of sea travel. Once you’re in Picton, there are several coach services that go to Nelson.

On the other hand, air travel only takes 35 to 75 minutes depending on your departure area. Nelson has its own airport connecting Wellington, Paraparaumu, Christchurch, and Auckland, arranged from nearest to farthest. From Nelson Airport, you can ride a taxi to the town where you’re accommodations are booked.

You can access Nelson by road in which coaches are the main mode of transport. Abel Tasman Coachlines and Nelson Coachlines are the primary coach services in the region. The coaches depart from Picton (two hour drive), Blenheim (one hour and forty-five minute drive), Westport (three hours and fifteen minute drive), and Christchurch (six hour drive). Booking an early reservation is highly recommended.

ATTRACTIONS

The Three National Parks

Abel Tasman National Park

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Nelson is blessed with three national parks, each with distinct beauty. But all three are as fun to visit as the next.

Abel Tasman National Park is near the coastline and offers tourists an escape by the sea, with turquoise-colored water and a sheltered coast. Also, it offers an escape through one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” which is a three-to-five-day trip on the Abel Tasman Coastal Tack. Apart from its famous walk, you can go kayaking or take part in other water activities in Abel Tasman National Park.

Another Great Walk in New Zealand is found in the Kahurangi National Park and is known as the “Heaphy Track,” which takes four to five days. Apart from this adventure, many of Nelson’s flora and fauna thrive in Kahurangi. Also with its landscape of remote yet pristine surroundings, Kahurangi has been a backdrop for different scenes in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Nelson Lakes National Park

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While the two other national parks offer an adventure that requires some muscle stretching, Nelson Lakes National Park is an adventure happening within the self. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges that are snow-capped during winter, Nelson Lakes National Park is a great place for relaxation. Enjoy dipping in the water during the day or opt for a quiet lakeside stroll during the night. Either one will add to the list of your greatest experiences.

From Nelson City, the parks are only a 90-minute drive away, or you can choose to have a scenic flight to witness the beauty of Nelson immediately.

Golden Bay

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Golden Bay is an attraction of its own separated from Nelson’s highlights. Starting from a scenic drive to many of its natural landmarks, going to Golden Bay would require more days to absorb its stunning beauty. Located there is The Waikoropupu Springs, which is not just Nelson’s but the country’s largest freshwater spring.

There is also Farewell Spit, which is a sanctuary to multitudes of birds. Finally, there is Wharariki Beach, which is another enticing coastal destination where a variety of dunes are formed from the rhythmic crashing of waves amid massive rocks.

A Place of Art

Saturday Market in Nelson

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Nelson is a thriving region in New Zealand with artists comprising more than two-thirds of its population, which is why its calendar is full of art festivals featuring native artists and galleries scattered around Nelson.

Multi-cultural cafes are also popular in Nelson and some are a combo of cafe and gallery to help expose the arts of the locals. There are also art workshops available for tourists and you can also go around visiting different galleries starting with established ones, as well as museums where you can know the pioneers and important figures of Nelson’s history.

Anyone visiting Nelson always partakes in the hub of activities at the Saturday Market, where crafts are displayed for visitors to see. You can also meet the artists at the Saturday Market.

Nelson Wine

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Nelson is not only about art and scenery. It is also a home for the country’s rolling fields of vineyards where they gather fresh grapes to make wine, which is as delicious as it is fragrant.

West of Nelson is where wine-making businesses thrive. May tourists travel to these local vineyards to get a taste of their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Images:

(1.) http://images.cityhdwallpapers.com/2013/2/National%20Park%20landscape,Nelson,New%20Zealand-2.jpg
(2.) http://www.nzwine.com/static/site/img/region-map.jpg?k=d7efc14a38
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(4.) http://www.picton.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Interislander-Cook-Strait-Ferries.jpg
(5.) http://www.mobal.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Abel-Tasman-National-Park-South-Island.jpg
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(7.) http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/sites/yachtingnz/files/Nelson.JPG
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(9.)http://www.houseoftravel.co.nz/images/default-source/new-zealand/marlborough_vineyard_with_hills_in_the_back.jpg?sfvrsn=2&size=

See More:

Things to Do in Nelson
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g255678-Activities-Nelson_Nelson_Tasman_Region_South_Island.html

Welcome to Nelson New Zealand
http://www.nelsontoursandtravel.co.nz/

Mary Grace Valdez

Kanagawa will hug you with nature’s best wrapped in an urban setting

Kaganawa (1)

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Japan may have some of the busiest streets in the world especially those that are found in Tokyo, but there is more to its crowded streets. As a matter of fact, the country has places that offer stillness while not giving up on the modernity that made them one of the lead players in the economic world.

Kanagawa will let you see Japan in a different sight as it is blessed with a different form of nature that will surely entice you. More than the ridges from its burial sites and the hot springs where it most famous for, become more cultured by paying a visit to some of the historical sites found here. With so many things to find in Kanagawa, tourists won’t go short of interesting places to find.

Location

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Kanagawa prefecture is located to the south of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. Found in the Kanto region, Kanagawa covers an area of more than 930 square miles. It is popular especially for those who want to take a detour from visiting the country’s capital.

There are some hilly regions here and rivers that improve the beauty of the place. It consists of 19 cities in total considering Yokohama as its capital.

Climate

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Thanks to the mountain ranges found on its west part and the Pacific Ocean located to its east, Kanagawa enjoys a mild climate. The average temperature usually plays around at 16 degrees Celsius.

The place experiences a great amount of rainfall in a year, so do not be surprised if you are welcomed by a drizzle in one of your visits. This is normal due to black currents brought by the said body of water.

Transportation

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The easiest way going here would be through Tokyo especially for international travelers who choose to take a flight.

Kanagawa does not have its own airport and the nearest are situated in the capital. From Tokyo, there is a train that passes through Yokohama which is Kanagawa’s capital.

Attractions

Kawasaki

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This is the hub for culture and the arts. Those who are fascinated with animation will best appreciate this destination by visiting the Fujiko F Fujio Museum that exhibits the works of the artist who’s behind the famous Japanese animation ‘Doraemon’.

You might also get a chance to see international music festivals held here like the Asian Heartbeat Festival and Montreuxx Jazz Festival.

Hakone

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This mountainous town is known for its hot springs. Relax while bathing in the relaxing warm waters and enjoy the scenic view of Mount Fuji.

Do not miss having a boat ride and tour around Lake Ashi, as well as seeing the boiling Sulphur springs in the Owakudani valley while riding the Hakone cable car.

Kamakura

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This is the destination to learn more about the city’s culture. Rich in Buddhist temples and beach destinations, many flock to Kamakura to experience the fusion of religion and fun through its numerous shrines along with its beaches.

Kamakura is rich in history as it holds an identity of producing good samurai warriors in early times. This influence is still very much recognized even up today.

Images
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(7) http://www.discoverytravel.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Hakone-Open-Air-Museum.jpg
(8) http://yokotatravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Water-Slides.jpg
(9) http://www.japanesesearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Kamakura-Japan.jpg
(10) http://travelwritelive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Japan-Kamakura-travel-write-live-Jan10-10.jpg

Sources:

Japan Regional Guide: Kanagawa Prefecture:
http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-travel-guide/kanagawa-prefecture

Kanto Region / Kanagawa Prefecture:
http://www.japan-guide.com/list/e1215.html

Aira Algado

Forever summers in Saranda

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The beautiful fusion of culture with stunning scenery is a major reason why Saranda is one of the most visited cities in Albania.

Past the image of it as a famous beach town, the city has its own story to tell through its history, evident in its sights and edifices.

If flirting with sea waters becomes tiring, try roaming around and be accustomed to the city’s raw culture.

Location

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Found in southern Albania, Saranda is a beach town in Vlore County. Located in the open sea gulf of Ionian Sea, the famous beach town has a population of more than 21,000 inhabitants.

The area covers a total area of 22.76 square miles including beautiful coasts in the Central Mediterranean. There is no denying that this town is one of the major tourist destinations as it is not only adorned by beautiful beaches, but it is also rich in heritage sites worth visiting.

Climate

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This destination has a Mediterranean climate. To enjoy the beach at the utmost, it is advised to travel here in the months of June, July, August and September.

Soak under the sun and get that coveted tan while lingering in the inviting ocean waters since the aforementioned months complete the summer season in San Sebastian.

The coolest month is January while October possesses an average temperature.

Transportation

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Getting to Saranda mostly requires bus rides. Major cities in Albania have bus lines that pass through this city.

SH8 is the road that runs along the Albanian coast while SH4 is the west road from Kakavi that lies within the borders of the South-Eastern Greek-Albanian border.

Those who come from Greece can conveniently use the routes of Corfu, the border of Qafe Bota and the aforementioned Kakavi border.

Attractions

Castle of Lekursi

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This is a remnant of an older civilization in the town. The main reason why this caste was built was to watch over the entire town together with the bodies of water that surround it to protect against invaders who attempted to conquer the city.

Built in the 16th century, the Castle of Lukersi is now a tourist spot that provides a great view of the city.

Butrint

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Butrint, Albania

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This is the melting pot of the most important cultures from the renaissance era. The remnants left by the Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Ottoman epochs are still very much present in this heritage site. Inside, there are structures that signify each era.

There’s a cathedral, artifacts and museums that will bring visitors back to the times when these empires were at their peak.

Ksamil

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If you are looking for some beach action then Ksamil is the place to go. The fine white sand will not hurt your feet as it glides smoothly on the skin.

It is one of the prime locations for those who want to enjoy the ocean at its finest. Aside from different water activities, satisfy that appetite by trying fresh seafood from the restaurants nearby.

40 Saints Monastery

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This monastery serves as a reminder of the 40 saints who were killed in Siberia because of resisting the rejection of the religion they believed in.

Originally built in the 6th century, this important site in town has undergone many renovations as the time passed. It even endured the harsh environment of World War II.

Images:
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(2) http://www.albaniahotelsbooking.com/images/stories/albania_tourist_map.jpg
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(10) http://www.sarandaweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monastery_of_40_Saints_1.jpg

See More:

Things to Do in Saranda:
http://www.visitsaranda.com/html/thingsToDo.html

Introducing Saranda:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/albania/southern-albania/saranda

Aira Algado

Paddle through the grace of Odense

Odense

(1)Odense

Known as a biking capital, Odense’s beauty is beyond its pedestrian-friendly roads. Be acquainted with the historical landmarks and astounding surroundings that inspired the world-renowned fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Become familiar with Denmark a little bit more by traveling to the city situated in its very heart and understand that there are some trips that only need your two feet to have absolute fun.

Location

Odense map

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Odense is the capital of Funnel Island. This is Denmark’s third largest city that covers an area of about 304.34 square kilometers.

Being the main city of the island which is situated at its northeastern center and at 17 meters above the sea level, expect businesses and a hint of modernization that mix well with the structures influenced by different phases of the early times.

Climate

Odense on a fine day

(3)Odense on a fine day

The city has temperate oceanic climate. Ideally, it is best to travel to the city between the months of July and August to see the gorgeous, beaming sun. These two months are said to have average to hot weather, which is why cold or rainy weather will not be an issue.

January and March are the months when snow can be observed. Those who have a soft spot for skiing can come here to enjoy the temperature and engage in winter activities.

Transportation

Transportation in Odense

(4)Transportation in Odense

Odense Airport does not host flights to and from certain destinations. However, travelers from Italy can go here directly because it caters to some Italian cities such as Parma and Trieste. There are two other airports wherein this city can be reached.

One option would be through Copenhagen Airport which is worth a two hour trip from the city center, and the other would be Billund Airport that requires either a bus or a train ride to get to Odense. Trains are also another mode of transportation as DSB moves around major cities of the country including Odense.

Attractions

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

(5) Brandts Museum of Photographic Art

The museum shows about 15,000 classical artworks both local and international. Art pieces include photographs, films and sketches that would truly satisfy the itch of any art enthusiast.

Founded in 1987, the museum is mainly focused on the photographs taken from World War II until today.

Funen’s Art Museum

Funens Art Museum

(6) Funen’s Art Museum

As one of Denmark’s oldest museums founded in 1885, this owns some of Denmark’s oldest art pieces.

Learn more about the city and the country at large by merely looking at the visuals presented in this distinguished museum.

The Funen Village

Funen Village

(7) The Funen Village

Live as if you belong to the same era as Hans Christian Andersen, Odense’s most favorite son. See the flora, raw culture and get a touch of this writer’s inspiration in stringing words for his masterpieces.

The place exhibits around 25 buildings that are mostly inspired by the 18th and 19th century.

Images:
(1) http://www.grandtravelplans.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/odense_sightseeing.jpg
(2) http://www.orangesmile.com/common/img_city_maps/odense-map-0.jpg
(3) http://dicksandy.org/Travel/Scandinavia/Denmark/Photos/500%20Odense.jpg
(4) http://i.ytimg.com/vi/-yYCh8-QjzU/maxresdefault.jpg
(5) http://brandts.dk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Brandts1_foto_Jens-Friis.jpg
(6) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/64734536.jpg
(7) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/7636055.jpg

Sources:

Odense – VisitDenmark.com
http://www.visitdenmark.com/funen/art/odense

The Top 10 Things to Do in Odense
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g189524-Activities-Odense_Funen_and_Islands.html

Aira Algado

Rotterdam after rebuilt, a must-see new town feel

Rotterdam

(1)Rotterdam

As opposed to the celebrated feel-old facade of the majority of towns in Europe, Rotterdam is a refreshing take on modernity and present-day vibes through its structures and sights.

‘Resilience’ is the word that this city speaks as it triumphantly revived after destruction from bombing during World War II.

The efforts of rehabilitation and rebuilding paid off because through its architecture and city layout, Rotterdam successfully proved it can surpass ruination.

Location

Centrum cijfers.indd

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Known to have Europe’s largest port and second largest city, Rotterdam is found in South Holland in the Netherlands. The land area covers a total of 208.80 square kilometers and has an estimated population of more than 620,000.

As a matter of fact, it is even on the list of most populous urban areas in the world. The city is divided into two parts, northern and southern.

Climate

A day in Rotterdam

(3)A day in Rotterdam

Classified as having an oceanic climate, it is ideal to travel to the city in July and August because these months have average temperature.

While the warmest month is August, the coolest is January. Tourists might want to stay away in October because this happens to be the wettest month, and might want to lean on April because this is driest month.

Transportation

Transportation in Rotterdam

(4) Transportation in Rotterdam

Rotterdam The Hague Airport serves international direct flights going to Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the UK.

There is public transport available just outside the airport that brings people to the city center. Trains are also another mode of transportation that can pass through Belgium and France.

Eurolines also serve Rotterdam that roam around major cities in Europe.

Attractions

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Grote of Sint Laurenskerk

(5) Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

This is the last medieval building that was left standing after the city was bombed back in World War II. This was built during the 15th century and renovated in 1650.

The gorgeous interior paired with stained glass is a sight to behold. Aside from its design, the church is also known for its Danish organs and the bronze war-and-peace themed door.

Cube Houses

Cube houses

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The city is mostly designed with modern architecture and cube houses are one of its many successful attempts to obtain a modern facade.

These seemingly weird but functional designs are the brainchild of Dutch architect Piet Blom. These block houses adorn the city beautifully and they are perfect for sightseeing, especially when roaming around Rotterdam.

Royal Zoo

Royal zoo

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If seeing the contemporary city somewhat exhausts the eyes, going to the Royal Zoo can serve as an easy fix.

Considered as the oldest in the Netherlands, the Royal Zoo is known for taking care of young elephants and red pandas. There are also exotic birds and aquariums for different species found mostly in the Americas.

Images:
(1) http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Rotterdam-the-netherlands-663301_1632_1232.jpg
(2) http://www.orangesmile.com/destinations/img/rotterdam-map-big.jpg
(3) https://reinierdejong.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/whitehouse1.jpg
(4) http://www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl/content/uploads/2014/08/signing-Rotterdam-The-Hague-Airport2.jpg
(5) http://www.wandel-abc.nl/overnacht/verzOvernachting/8313rotterdam20.jpg
(6) http://www.inmyinterior.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/26-cubic-houses-rotterdam-netherlands-1.jpg
(7) http://www.netherlands-tourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tigre-at-Diergaard-Blijdorp.jpg

Sources

Get to know Rotterdam
https://en.rotterdam.info/

12 Top Tourist Attractions in Rotterdam & Easy Day Trips
http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/rotterdam-nl-zh-rott.htm

Aira Algado

Come and visit the stillness Thandwe has to offer

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Myanmar, formerly called Burma, is known as a haven for back packers. Aside from the abundant culture and the unrefined streets that make the country unique, Myanmar is a destination for budget travelers. Spending a vacation here offers a new adventure to those who are accustomed to the glitz and bling of progressive cities.

Going to Thandwe, Myanmar’s quiet city will give you the best rural ambiance. Ditch the multiple starred hotels and fancy restaurants because this town is your getaway from all the noise accompanying the modern world. So pack your bags and gather those light clothes because Thandwe is your destination for a hushed vacation.

Location

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Thandwe might be overlooked whenever famous spots in Myanmar are listed, but do not underestimate this place because this town was once believed to be a key player in the Rakhine State.

Hailed as a hub for mercantile transactions due to its proximity to the sea, some believed that it was the capital of the said state located in the westernmost part of Myanmar. The place offers some rough nature loving as it is surrounded by highlands perfect for hiking and rock climbing.

Climate

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Thandwe has a tropical monsoon climate. Generally, temperatures are warm in most parts of the year, which is ideal especially for those who want to escape from the cold weather brought by fall and winter typically experienced by people residing on the western hemisphere.

You may want to avoid going here from June to September due to torrential rainfall.

Transportation

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To get to Thandwe, tourists can travel by air for a shorter journey. Thandwe airport is somewhat far from the city center, but is an ideal route especially for those who plan to go to Myanmar’s prime tourist destination, Ngapali.

Other cities also offer direct flights to Thandwe like Yangon, Bagan Nyaung, Mandalay, Heho and Sittwe. Consider Yangon and Sittwe as your best bets because they do not cancel flights as often compared to the other aforementioned cities.

Attractions

Ngapali Beach

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Palm-filled beaches are the proud destinations of the country. This one is located 7 kilometers outside Thandwe, but the charm of this place is always an alluring invitation for those who want to experience the pristine white sands it is best known for.

Ngapali may be the prime tourist spot, but the place has impressively maintained its roots as a fishing village as shown on its coasts and the locals residing here.

Nandaw Paya

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This is a religious site that was established back in 761 AD. It is believed that this houses the ribs of Buddha. It is impossible to overlook this spot due to the height of its pagoda.

It was built under the reign of King Minbra in honor of Buddhism’s most recognized figure – Buddha.

Thandwe Market

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Thandwe is known to be the hub of trade, which is why going to this market means obtaining finds that represent the culture of the place.

Be amazed with herbal medicines, souvenirs, clothing and textiles. Get the best out of anything you want for a low cost. Truly a place for budget travelers, spending time bargaining here will definitely complete your stay in the city.

Images:
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(2) http://www.travelbyphoto.nl/reisverslag_birma/afbeeldingen/kaart_birma_rondreis1.jpg
(3) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/14208496.jpg
(4) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Air_Bagan,_Ngapali,_Myanmar.jpg
(5) http://www.mytravelmyanmar.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TP.jpg
(6) http://www.myanmartravel.cc/sites/default/files/Ngapali%20Beach%20and%20Blue%20Sky.jpg
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See More:

Introducing Thandwe:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma/thandwe

Myanmar Destinations > Thandwe:
http://www.toursinmyanmar.com/Thandwe/

Aira Algado

Uninterrupted Beaches at Tybee Island

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The beach means fun and unstoppable lingering in the sea. Paying a visit to one of Georgia’s most famous destinations means ceaseless enjoyment in the ocean with different activities to try while staying here.

Do not underestimate the city because it is more than just beaches. Those who are not into crowded coastlines can definitely enjoy other attractions including fishing, visiting museums or plain sight seeing.

Location

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The island is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Found in Chatham County, Georgia, the place covers a total area of 3.2 square kilometers. The city is situated in the easternmost part of the State of Georgia in the United States.

Also called Savannah Beach, the city became popular due to the long beaches that adorn this destination. Aside from being a famous vacation spot, the city is also inviting because of its culture and other natural resources.

Climate

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The weather here is generally warm and temperate. The warmest weather usually occurs in the month of July with an average temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is in January while the driest is in November.

The wettest month is August averaging at 55mm of precipitation. Travelers might want to avoid this month especially for those who want to get the most out of the beach.

Transportation

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Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport is the nearest and most accessible airport to Tybee Island. Getting to the island itself from here would take approximately 45 minutes of travel time.

Passing through Savannah is the easiest way to go to the city via GA-26 / US – 80.

Attractions

Beaches

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There may be a notion that Tybee Island is a huge public beach. However, explore a little more and realize that there are some areas that allow you to get away from the noise and energetic vibe of the crowded coasts.

If you are the type that is into the jovial mood of the crowd, going to South Beach is your best bet as it is the city’s busiest beach spot. However, if you lean on more quiet surroundings, fishing at Savannah River Beach and Back River Beach will be your best fit.

Tybee Island Light Station

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Built back in 1736, this lighthouse has been a guide for sea voyagers for more than 300 years. Hailed as one of America’s oldest, it is surprising that this light station still works.

Those who want to get a good view of the island can take the challenge of conquering the 178 steps of the newly renovated lighthouse.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Initially built with the intention of protecting Savannah from naval attack back in 1830s, the former military hub has been turned into a place for recollection.

The preserved national monument is an edifice from the American Civil War.

Images:
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(9) http://img2.10bestmedia.com/Images/Photos/70027/fort-pulaski-roving-archway-landscape_54_990x660_201405311609.jpg

See More:

Tybee Island Attractions / Visit Tybee Island Savannah Beach:
http://visittybee.com/what-to-see-and-do/attractions/

Things to Do on Tybee Island: 5 Must-See Attractions:
http://www.bbonline.com/articles/georgia/tybee-island/things-to-do-on-tybee-island-5-must-see-attractions.html

Aira Algado

The Affluent tourist town: Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach isn’t world famous for no reason. The diverse attractions this place has to offer attract travelers all year round.

Aside from the beautiful beaches, the culture and arts found here are excellent reasons that made this place one of the best destinations in the world. Come and visit the town and experience the charm first hand by exploring it from within.

Location

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The city was once regarded as one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places by National Geographic. Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County in the state of Oregon, United States and can be found in the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon.

Its popularity is derived mainly from the scenic natural views that surround it. Aside from the beautiful beaches, there are also luscious forests and rivers that complete the whole Cannon Beach vibe.

Climate

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Warm and temperate, Cannon Beach’s climate experiences the most rainfall during winter and little to almost no rain during summer.

Average precipitation per annum is 2035 mm. The highest temperature occurs every August while January is known the coldest. The wettest month is December while the driest is July.

Transportation

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The city can be reached via land by getting into three highways – 101, 26 and 30. Air travelers can also book a flight to Portland International Airport.

From here, it takes an hour and a half to go to the city then transfer Highway 26 or 30 in order to get to Cannon Beach. For those who commute, travelers can take a shuttle found just outside the airport.

Attractions

Beaches

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It is hard to miss the long coastlines decorated by fine sands and inviting waves of the blue water. This popular destination provides both relaxation and adventure as there are several water activities available here.

Families, couples and groupies can certainly identify with the fun of the beach life found in this destination.

Haystack Rock

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This is the flagship attraction of Cannon Beach. Ranked as third biggest monolith in the world, Haystack Rock is a sight to behold, but it is a protected area as it is a habitat for several sea creatures including starfish, crabs and sea birds.

Bird enthusiasts can also find their place here as it also serves as a haven for different species of birds the whole year round.

Ecola State Park

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Those who want to go nature tripping will definitely enjoy coming here. Aside from the beautiful scenery of the coasts, people who visit Ecola State Park can also enjoy hiking and camping.

If constant moving gets tiring, travelers can rest and go for a picnic while viewing the most of the beautiful sights surrounding the area.

Images
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(2) http://jdrhs69.org/map_files/map_images/Oregon_map.jpg
(3) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Cow_elk_near_haystack_rock,_Cannon_Beach,_OR.jpg
(4) http://www.zgf.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/25.pdxair_P20184_00_74159.jpg
(5) http://nice-cool-pics.com/data/media/21/ecola_point__cannon_beach__oregon_coast.jpg
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(7) http://img11.deviantart.net/28bf/i/2009/297/3/4/haystack_rock_cannon_beach_hdr_by_aaronplotkinphoto.jpg
(8) https://i.ytimg.com/vi/QvB7_PK8wtU/maxresdefault.jpg

Sources:

Official Website:
http://www.cannonbeach.org/

Fun Things to Do in Cannon Beach OR:
http://gonw.about.com/od/attractionsor/tp/Fun-Things-To-Do-Cannon-Beach-Oregon.htm

Aira Algado

Simple Living at Its Finest in Coban

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Guatemala is a country that represents colorful festivals and an energetic populace. With everything going on, it is no surprise that Guatemala is known all over the world as a travel destination.

One city that the country is rooting for is a place called Coban; an area wherein being simple is better than showing-off, from the minimalistic approach of building their homes, to the silence that everyone finds peace in, the sheer joy of having eaten a scrumptious dinner instead of a feast to the serenity gained from the surrounding nature.

Coban is the place you want to be when you want to shrug off the pressing issues of your life and just be cleansed by the experience.

Location

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Coban is geographically located in the middle of other Guatemalan cities, making it easily accessible and commercially stable. Known as Alta Verapaz’ capital, Coban lies directly on top of the central Guatemalan region.

The 823-square mile stretch of land is inhabited by nearly 251,000 citizens and is known to be 219 kilometers away from Guatemala City. Surrounding this unassuming town are the Ixcan and El Quiche cities to its north, Uspantan bordering the east, Chisec, San Pedro Carcha and San Juan to the east, while the towns of San Cristobal Verapaz, Santa Cruz and Tactic crowd the southern coast of the city.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Coban, despite the surrounding masses of land, is under the oceanic climate type. The city is typically rainy all year long, with June and September being the wettest months.

On an annual scale, the amount of precipitation that Coban garners is a whopping 89.48 inches which is definitely greater than its neighboring Guatemalan towns.

Temperatures are not so high all year round and ranges between 21-24-degrees Celsius. The lowest land temperature is attributed to the month of January which drops the meter down to 10.5-degrees Celsius.

Transportation

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There’s no available airport in the city of Coban, so all travelers coming from outside the country can be dropped initially at the airports located in Guatemala City and Flores.

From the airport, there are a lot ways for customers to travel into the remote town of Coban, either by shuttles or private transfers. Most of the time, shuttles are booked in advanced as most tourists tend to have the same idea.

For private transfers, these are commonly provided by the hotel that you’re staying in. There are also minibuses traveling around the city, but travelers who have been to Coban suggest rented bicycles or roaming around on foot.

What to See

Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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One of the most important places of worship in the whole of Coban, it is a must for Catholics and travelers to pay Ermita de Santo Domingo de Guzman a quick visit.

Paying homage to the city’s patron saint, this church is embellished with strokes of history and luxurious architecture that can be seen on its pews, altars and facade.

The church is now a place frequented by visitors due to its magnificence.

Museo El Principe Maya

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Though it is saddening that this museum is privately owned by an affluent family, there are scheduled visits open to the public in the Museo El Principe Maya.

This museum is home to an expansive collection of preserved pre-Columbian relics like jewelry, pottery and other accessories meant to be worn as an adornment.

Well-maintained at its utmost condition, the historical artifacts found inside the museum are priceless due to the associated importance they possess.

Orquigonia

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The city of Coban takes pride in this orchid sanctuary they call the Orquigonia. Located just off Coban’s major highway, the Orquigonia is a cistern of wild orchids grown to perfection which a good way for you to appreciate these difficult-to-grow plants.

The tour normally takes an hour and a half which will expose you to the simplest types of orchids until those that survived from earlier eras.

Images
(1) http://i.ytimg.com/vi/bSDTT01mVsE/maxresdefault.jpg
(2) http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/americas/guatemala.jpg
(3) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Coban_lluvia_tienda_y_autobuses.jpg
(4) http://www.maangchi.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/coban.jpg
(5) http://gotravelaz.com/wp-content/uploads/images/Antigua_Guatemala_1143.jpg
(6) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Maya-Maske.jpg
(7) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o6Ust-BnZXA/U6Hmhi0hgbI/AAAAAAAABVI/6_xDMJ72OWA/s1600/P6142944.JPG

See More:

Things to Do in Coban
https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g612400-Activities-Coban_Alta_Verapaz_Department.html

Cobán Travel Guide
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Caribbean_and_Central_America/Guatemala/Departamento_de_Alta_Verapaz/Coban-1671101/TravelGuide-Coban.html

Paul Intalan