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Monthly Archives: February 2017

City to Visit in Spain

Valencia

Considered to be the birthplace of paella, Valencia is the capital of the Old Kingdom of Valencia. The best places to visit are the City of Arts and Science, Barri del Carme, the Seu, the Llotja, Mercant Cathedral, and the old Turia river bed. It also recently hosted the 2007 America’s Cup.

Barcelona

Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. It has many modern structures, colorful and lively night life and famous beaches and resorts. You should also try visiting the musical fountains in Placa d’ Espanya, Casa Batlla and Torre Agbar office tower, it offers a magnificent view at night.

Bilbao

The city capital of Vizacaya in Basque Country. It is famous for various museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museo de Bellas Artes, Basque Museum, La Ria Maritime Museum, Museo Taurino, Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro (Museum of Sacred Art) and the Museo de Reproducciones Art sticas (Museum of Artistic Reproductions)

Cordoba

Located in the region of Andalucia with a population of 350,000. the city of Cordoba is famous for its La Mezquita, the 3rd biggest Mosque in the world with a cathedral built inside of it. other places to visit include the Calleja de las Flores, La Sinagoga, Medina Azahara, Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and Plaza del Cristo de los Faroles.

Seville

The capital of Andalucia, the financial and cultural district of southern Spain. Never miss to drop by at the Sevilla Card, this special card provides free admission to a good number of museums, monuments, unlimited use of public transportations and other freebies. The Cathedral of Seville, Real Alcazar, the Jewish Quarter, Torre de Oro, Parque Maria Luisa, Plaza de Espana, Universidad de Sevilla, The Museum of Fine Arts at Plaza del Museo and Casa de Pilatos

Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

The Maldives

Perfect For : A Desert Island Escape

A common dream for a luxury honeymoon is to find some deserted desert island getaway, where you and your other half can while away your days on empty white sand beaches. Of course, desert islands tend to be low on luxury essentials, such as restaurants, spas…and hotels! The next best thing is to go on a tailor made honeymoon to the Maldives. Consisting of over a thousand islets and atolls, this island nation combines tiny, unspoilt islands with some truly stunning resorts and hotels – the perfect balance of luxury facilities and deserted beaches.

Cuba

Perfect For : Romantic Cities and Stunning Beaches

There are plenty of honeymoon holiday destinations that offer romantic cities, and many others that have outstanding beaches, but there are few that combine the two elements as well as Cuba. Unforgettable Havana is a splendid mixture of colonial architecture, vibrant culture, and a stuck-in-the-1950’s aesthetic, while coastal resorts such as Guardalavaca and Varadero are amongst the best beach holiday destinations in the Caribbean. The best option is to take a tailor made honeymoon that combines a stay in Havana or Trinidad with a relaxing break on the coast.

South Africa

Perfect For : Untamed Wildlife

If you are a wildlife lover, there’s no better honeymoon holiday destination than South Africa, with Kruger National Park the star attraction. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves in the world, but it can also be a luxurious experience – visitors have the option of staying in five star lodges within the game reserve, offering luxury comfort in stunning African wilderness. A tailor made honeymoon to South Africa could combine a city break in Cape Town with a luxury safari in Kruger National Park.

Italy

Perfect For : High Culture

Italy is one of the classic luxury honeymoon destinations, and with very good reason – its combination of cultural cities, beautiful scenery and luxury experiences is unmatched. The architectural wonder that is Venice is perhaps the most romantic city in the world, though vibrant Rome is another strong contender. Both cities offer cultural delights of fine art and ancient architecture, if you are looking for a honeymoon holiday that combines high culture and romance, it is hard to better Italy.

Dubai

Perfect For : Ultra Luxury

If your idea of romance is the finest restaurants and the most opulent hotels, than Dubai will be the perfect destination for your luxury honeymoon. Famed as a millionaires’ playground, this remarkable emirate offers countless luxury experiences, from a stay at the Burj al Arab (the world’s first seven star hotel), to haggling for precious metals and jewellery at the Gold Souk, relaxing on the famous Jumeriah beach to dune bashing and Berber barbeques in the desert. Whatever you want to do on a luxury honeymoon to Dubai, the chances are that someone can arrange it for you, no matter how specific your request may be!

Know Places To Visit In USA

San Francisco

It is a major city in the state of California, which is situated on the western coast. Known for its scenic beauty, Victorian architecture, cable cars and many famous landmarks, San Francisco has been voted as the #1 city to visit in USA numerous times. In fact it is one of the most visited cities in the world. The Golden Gate bridge which connects San Francisco to Marin country is a world famous tourist attraction. The rust colored towers that stand very tall and the graceful suspension cables make it the most photographed bridge in the world. It is very often used as a symbol representing San Francisco.
Alcatraz Island, which houses the famous Alcatraz prison, is another major tourist spot. Back in the 1930s the Alcatraz prison used to be the maximum security prison which held some of the most notable criminals of that time. Later in the 1970s it was turned into a national recreation area. There are a number of bay cruises In San Francisco that offer a one day tour of the Alcatraz Island.

Fisherman’s Wharf, which is located on San Francisco’s waterfront, is one of the main attractions. Tourists throng to Fisherman’s wharf to witness many attractions like the sea lions, The Great San Francisco adventure, Turbo Ride and sightseeing boat rides and to visit the souvenir shops, bay side restaurants etc.

The Castro, Coit Tower, China town, Lombard Street, Marina and Union Square are some of the other attractions worth seeing.

New York City

Often referred to as “the city that never sleeps”, New York City is situated in the eastern coast and is the largest city in USA. Besides being known as the most important financial center of the country, it is known for its ethnic heritage, diverse culture and vibrancy. It has over 300 museums, many Broadway and musical theatres, and art galleries. It is a very cosmopolitan city with residents of various nationalities. Manhattan is the heart of New York City. It contains most of the financial, entertainment and cultural attractions of the city.

New York City has quite a buzzing nightlife with its countless bars, pubs and clubs. Some of the popular landmarks in NYC include Times Square, which looks stunning and vibrant when it is lit up at midnight; the world-famous Statue of Liberty, United Nations headquarters and the Empire State building.

Chicago

This city has the most impressive skyline across the beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers as the very first skyscraper was built in this very city. It is very well known for its urban high-rise architecture. Also known as “the city of neighborhoods”, Chicago has 75 official neighborhoods.

Chicago, which houses some of the most famous Jazz and Blue clubs, has a very lively music scene. Most of the main landmarks and tourist attractions are in downtown Chicago, which is called The Loop. Sears tower, which used to be the world’s tallest building, is located here. You can get a 360 degree view of the city from the Sears tower skydeck. The view is simply stunning. Apart from the spectacular view the Sears tower also offers museum exhibits. Another major tourist attraction is the 148 feet Ferris wheel in Navy Pier. Navy Pier also has some important museums and theatre complexes. Other significant landmarks in Chicago include Grant Park, Magnificent Mile and Shedd Aquarium.

Las Vegas

Casino is the first thing that comes to the mind when you think of Las Vegas. It is the entertainment and casino capital of the world. Everything about this city is over the top. The atmosphere and setting of this city is vibrant, full of colorful lights, loud yet inviting. The hotels here are adorned with bright lights and have unique names. The Bellagio fountains is the biggest attraction in Las Vegas. It is a brilliant display of water fountains amazingly choreographed to dance to the music being played and is a breathtaking sight. The Eifel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, which is a replica of one of Europe’s most famous structures; Shark reef at the Mandalay bay hotel, Manhattan express rollercoaster at New York New York hotel are some of the other attractions.

Hawaii

Tropical paradise and dream destination are words that are commonly used to describe Hawaii. If you are an adventure enthusiast and like scuba diving, surfing, sailing and other water sports, Hawaii is just the place for you. If you are more of a beach person, the amazing beaches of Hawaii will not fail to impress. The crystal clean turquoise blue water and the white sand beaches make this island inviting and a truly amazing experience. Hawaii has six main islands – Oahu, Kauai, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai. Each of these islands is different and unique in its own way adding to the beauty of Hawaii.

The precious island of Hawaii offers everything from natural beauty, tropical blue lagoons, gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterfalls and rainforests to snorkeling, surfing, entertainment shows and a wonderful shopping experience.

Miami

Located in the sunny state of Florida, Miami is often called the most modern city in USA. Miami is mostly famous for its sunny weather, golden beaches, and hip and rocking nightlife. This city is always full of life and is very popular amongst people of all ages. It has a number of great tourist destinations. South beach is a popular hot spot of Miami. The clear blue waters and unique landscape offer an enjoyable experience. Seaquarium, located close to the Miami Beach, is a one of its kind outdoor aquarium unique to Miami and is a must visit. Miami Metrozoo, a famous zoo; Everglades National Park, Miami skylift, Miami Science Museum and The Children’s museum are other famous attractions in Miami.

Another city Key West, which is close to Miami, is a beautiful island definitely worth visiting. Deep blue oceans, gorgeous beaches, swaying palms and water sports make it an exciting holiday spot.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a massive waterfall located on the Niagara River on the border of USA and Canada. This natural wonder can be seen both from USA and Canada, since there are two cities surrounding the Niagara Falls – Buffalo, New York on the US side and Ontario on the Canadian side. The waterfalls are simply gorgeous and the view is astounding.

A boat ride called ‘Maid of the mist’ offers an awesome experience of the falls. A boat leaves every 15 minutes from the base throughout the day. The ‘Cave of the Winds’ is another exciting experience in which an elevator takes you to the rocks at the base of the fall where you can experience the tremendous power of the spray and water.

Los Angeles

The ‘City of Angels’ or L.A is the largest city in California. This quintessential metropolis is a city of dreams, glamour, Hollywood, fashion, entertainment, art and cultural diversity. L.A is often called the creative capital of the world.
Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most visited places in L.A. This consist of some world famous spots like the ‘ The Walk of Fame’ for Hollywood stars, Highland plaza, which has a nice shopping plaza; The Wax Museum and Ripley’s believe it or not.

There are many famous museums and art galleries, known for its architecture and masterpieces. Other interesting spots in and around L.A include the Universal studios in Hollywood, Santa Monica(very close to L.A), Long Beach Island, Venice Beach and Orange Country.

Last but definitely not the least, Disneyland rightfully called the happiest place on earth is an absolute fun experience. This world famous amusement park built by Walt Disney is a place that is enjoyed by one and all – people of all ages. The kingdom style parks, the adventurous rides, toontown, parades and the beautiful fireworks make Disneyland a truly memorable, thrilling and out and out fun experience.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is an enormous gorge carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is a truly awe-inspiring view. Nature walks, hikes, whitewater river rafting are popular activities around here. The Grand Canyon village, Desert view, and Hermits rest are significant landmarks.

New Orleans

The city of New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana. Often called the most unique city in USA, New Orleans is hugely famous for its architectural styles, performing arts, celebrations and festivals and most recently for the hurricane Katrina. New Orleans has many renowned tourist attractions like the French Quarter, Bourbon Street which has a lively nightlife, Mississippi River, Jackson Square, French Market, Preservation Hall and Magazine Street, which has some great shopping.

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans is a hugely popular carnival celebration in the world. This involves plenty of parades, balls and king sized parties. This generally starts in the first week of January and is a good time to visit New Orleans.

A melting pot of various cultures, United States of America has all this and much more to offer and is waiting to be explored. This land of dreams is bound to be every traveler’s delight!

 

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Fransisco

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most famous of destinations for visitors of San Francisco, California and with good reason. There is so much to see and do in Fisherman’s Wharf that you could quite easily plan an entire trip to Frisco and only leave the Wharf as you are leaving the city.

The Wharf offers more than 2,500 hotel rooms, several restaurants, and an almost endless amount of shopping, history, culture, and attractions. Anyone would be hard pressed not to find something fun to do in Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you are interested in the sea faring culture and history of the Fisherman’s Wharf, take the Port Walk, which is a walking tour that you can take at your own pace while learning about the history of Fisherman’s Wharf through the various signs located along the tour. You can also tour the USS Pampanito, which was a WWII submarine, or the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, which is the last unaltered Liberty ship that is operational. Both of these can be found on Pier 45.

If you find yourself a little hungry, perhaps it’s time to check out the many restaurants that the Wharf has to offer or simply to stroll on over to Ghirardelli Square, okay, I confess, I could spend my entire vacation here. With its rich history of chocolate and chocolate making, no pun intended, this square is now home to some lovely little shops and for chocolates, clothing, souvenirs, and jewelry. Really, who could ask for more in a shopping center? Chocolate, jewelry, and clothes, the only thing missing is shoes.

Back to reality and the fact that many of us travel with family. Fisherman’s wharf has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment. Check out Pier 39. Ever want to take a Magic Carpet Ride or star in your own musical video? What if I told you that you could actually do both? In addition to the Magic Carpet Ride there is the San Francisco Carousel, which children of all ages will love, Frequent Flyers (perfect if you have any aspiring acrobats among you), and Riptide Arcade (I recommend giving dad an allowance before going in here unless you want to spend most of your vacation rooted to the spot-or giving a time limit and leaving the guys while the girls go shopping). In fact, there are so many things to do at Pier 39 you could almost make a vacation here alone. Don’t leave though without checking out the sea lions.

I can’t really mention Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and families without brining to attention the fact that the Aquarium of the Bay is a great place for family entertainment. The aquarium is a great way for you and your family to spend the day. Not only is this a fun excursion that your children will probably remember long after you’ve gone back to the real world of your day-to-day lives, but it is also an educational experience that is cleverly disguised as fun. Your children will learn about all kinds of marine life, while having a great time and never know what really hit them. This is one of those times when it is great to be a parent and you can pat yourself on the back for providing an educational experience that they are enjoying. Even better, they never have to know.

Last but not least, there really isn’t enough that I can say about the fantastic shopping and dining experiences that are available all along Fisherman’s Wharf. There are so many shopping areas at Fisherman’s Wharf that it is hard to keep them all separate in your mind but this is a girls dream vacation while still offering enough activities to satisfy the men in your life. If the history, the culture, and the fun aren’t enough to convince you, then perhaps the food should speak for itself. All you have to do is show up with your appetite; your nose will lead the way for everything else.