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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Shopping in Bay Area Houston

1. Space Center

The Houston Space Center is a wonderful place to bring your science minded friends/family and children alike. Not only does it provide a respite from a typical hot and humid Texas day, but it is full of attractions and events that are often perfect for first time and regular visitors. Located centrally and close to all other attractions, the space center is sure to be a hit, not only among those who love space and space exploration. Stop by the gift shop on your way out to find unique souvenirs as gifts or mementos.

2. Clear Lake Park

This park has almost 60-acres with access to playgrounds, picnic spots, sports fields, fishing and boating piers, and jogging boardwalks. A perfect place to go for a jog or simply to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the day. Near the fishing and boating piers you can find some interesting mom and pop shops catering to the locals and providing tourists with excellent shopping for gifts and special trinkets to remember the moment.

3. Seabrook Trails

Take a break from shopping to for a long bike ride or hike. Seabrook trails is home to many different levels of trails and is perfect year round during any seasons. There is a huge variety of wildlife to see and many lookout spots to sight see and relax. Stop into the main office and shop for unique gifts to memorialize the day.

4. Kemah Boardwalk

Open daily, this boardwalk is full of people enjoying a romantic stroll or taking their children on one of the many amusement rides available. There are the boardwalk beast boat tours, stingray reef, and many other events to take part in. Go shopping at some of the few local shops and enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many water front restaurants available or catch a band for a night of dancing.

5. Restaurants

If you are shopping for gifts, don’t forget to shop at some of the many popular tourist restaurants available. Remember your vacation with glasses, coasters, or other merchandise you can purchase at many of the great water front restaurants in the area. Enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner and get your shopping done- all at once!

Attractions Must be Visit in Beijing

1. Forbidden City
For many out there the Chinese capital is the eastern most ancient city and with any Beijing transfer tours this place could be the ideal one for you to start with. Unveil the mysterious face by beginning the tour from the Palace museum itself. The place is spread for over two hundred fifty acres and has about nine thousand rooms. This palace is indeed a large complex which was built between 1420 and 1406 AD. Although it had been burnt down, renovated, sacked and rebuilt countless times yet you get see architecture dating back to the eighteenth century. The organizers will certainly have guide accompanying you who shall elucidate the stories behind sites and tell about the significant historical parts.

2. Great wall
If you have less time in hands ten you can make the most by hiking any of the Great Wall sections. Along the entire length of the Wall you shall find eight major sections including Simatai, Jinshanling, Gubeikou, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Huanghuacheng, Juyongguan and Badaling.

3. Heaven temple
Most of the organizers arrange for Beijing transfer tours because they aim at supplying customer services that are considerate. Among the five temples that are present namely Xiannongtan, Yue Tan, Ritan (Sun Temple), Ditan (Earth Temple) and the heaven temple. The latter most is recommended strongly. It is one of the imperial temples in the capital that is larger and bigger than the Forbidden City even. It was built for the Emperors for praying to heavens and good harvests after having offered sacrifices. The trees that are century old make the temple unique and the trees are Chinese Cypress, scholar and juniper trees.

4. Tiananmen Square
The symbol of the Chinese Capital is Tiananmen Square and it is atop the list of the must visit destinations. It is one of the most renowned sites for rallies and parades while also being the largest square of one kind. At sunset and sunrise Chinese Flag’s lowering ceremony is worth watching.

5. Summer palace
This is also called the royal garden of China. The place is in fact a park like an imperial retreat that is spread over more than eight square miles. It is a retreat for the travellers and was also once the retreat for the emperors during summers. Much of the place is covered by Kunming hill and Longevity hill. It is completely reserved with concentrated buildings and richest landscapes. With artistic architecture and masterly design this place has also earned the title of “Imperial Museum Garden”.

Great Places to Visit in Australia

Uluru

Uluru is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It has a length of 3,4 km, a maximum width of 2 km, it’s 9 km in circumference, and most of its bulk is actually below the ground. The peak rises majestically to a height of over 350 m above the surrounding plain. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red.

Great Barrier Reef

One of the seven wonders of the natural world and one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Sydney Opera House

Another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognisable images of the modern world – right up there with the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, and is one of the most photographed and has come to represent ‘Australia’. It is a multi-venue performing arts centre and was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who, in 2003, received the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour.

The Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s most famous drives is a 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. Discover scenic attractions, wildlife and nature. See an amazing array of wildlife, the spectacular 12 Apostles, beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests, waterfalls and more.

Fraser Island, Queensland

Starts the Great Barrier Reef a few hours north of Brisbane. It is the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage Site. You can only arrive on the unspoiled island by eco friendly tours or your own 4WD, as there are no sealed roads. There are limited places to stay on the island so make sure you book in advance. Drive and play on its long white beaches, witness some of the clearest fresh water in the world, trek through its ancient rainforests, and get up close and personal with wild dingoes.

Kakadu, Northern Territory

Is one of the few World Heritage Sites listed for its cultural and natural values. Kakadu is a place of exceptional beauty and unique biodiversity. Its Aboriginal owners and the Director of National Parks own it jointly. Kakadu experiences 6 seasons and has an abundance of unique wildlife and plant species.

Apart from the wetlands there are many beautiful gorges and waterfalls in the park and many people come to visit, not just for this, but to also learn more about the Aboriginal people who have inhabited the area for tens of thousands of years. It is best to visit the park on a guided tour or with your own car. Large saltwater crocs can be found everywhere here so do not ignore the no swimming signs.

The Kimberlys

While in Broome, you can hire a 4WD and explore the beautiful Kimberly region. Your best path is the Gibb River Rd, a 660 km dirt track that runs through the heart of the Kimberly region. Driving along the Gibb will take you through spectacular landscapes of red dirt, boab trees, intensely colored ranges, gorges, rock pools and waterfalls that this region is most known for.

The most popular falls and gorges to visit are Windjana Gorge, Galvans Gorge and the most popular Bells Gorge.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of its arch-based design.

The Bridge Climb is the ultimate experience of Sydney. Choose from three guided Climbs that take you to the summit of this world famous Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

Imagine visiting Great Barrier Reef fifty years ago, before tourists came and butchered. Well, you have that opportunity when you visit Ningaloo, one of Australia’s greatest unknown treasures. Exmouth offers you a “range to reef” experience with rugged ranges and gorges on one side and spectacular Ningaloo Reef on the other.

Ningaloo is one of those rare places on earth where you can walk from the white sandy beaches straight onto the coral reefs and begin exploring the underwater world -even just by standing in water that reaches your knees you will be surrounded by hundreds of curious fish swimming around your legs. Ningaloo is a great spot for scuba diving or better yet, swimming with the gentle whale sharks.

Visit a Winery.

Australia makes great wine and an abundance of it. There are several wine regions around the country you can visit and enjoy. A day trip to the wineries is an experience never to forget. You can usually jump on a tour and spend the day moving from vineyard to vineyard, sampling various wine and delicious cheeses. Most notably are the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney; The Barossa Valley in South Australia; and Margaret River in Western Australia.

Coober Pedy

In the middle of the South Australian desert, with temperatures hitting heights of near 50 degrees Celsius, you might be wondering why I would recommend a visit to this outback town. Coober Pedy produces most of the world’s opals; hence the only reason there is a town there and why it brings its 4,000 residents in from over 40 countries.

It is so hot in Coober Pedy that the town’s inhabitants actually live underground. Homes, shops, restaurants and pubs can be found down under in cool sandstone dugouts. Coober Pedy is a fascinating place to visit to learn about its history, drink beer in caves, play golf on a course that has not one blade of grass on it and pick up some precious opals.

Broome, Western Australia.

Broome is situated in the far north coast of Western Australia. It is a haven for backpackers, and pearl farmers. Backpackers run the majority of the shops in this small town and can be found lighting up the bar atmosphere at night. Broome is one of Australia’s most unique towns with its ‘country/outback feel’ right on the ocean.

Cable Beach is consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches, and a day can be spent here playing cricket on the beach, or swimming with crocodiles and jelly fish (do be careful and read the signs) In the evening, catch a sunset cocktail from the Cable Beach resort or even take a casual beach stroll on a camel. You may even decide you want to stay for a while, work on a pearl farm and earn some money to fund your Broome adventure.

Explore Tasmania

Poor Tasmania gets largely overlooked by many of Australia’s backpackers and mainland dwellers. Taking the time to come to Tasmania will provide you with an unforgettable traveling experience. The travelers that do make the trek to Tasmania rave about its unspoiled beauty.

Tasmania is the Australia’s most mountainous state and has some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain National Park is a World Heritage listed site and is a fantastic hiking place to explore its beautiful lakes, rainforests, and waterfalls.

Karijini National Park, WA

Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia and one of the most spectacular sights in the Pilbara. It has breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, and stunning scenery. There is a system of excellent walk trails of varying levels which will lead you deep into the subterranean gorges and through waterfalls where you can dive into sparkling rock pools. There are excellent picnic areas as well as allocated camping sites within the park. One of the great benefits of the Park is that its scenery is so accessible. Once you park, you can literally walk 50 metres and peer into canyons to see waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Why not spend some time in Australia learning about the Aboriginal culture? Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest living civilization on Earth. The Aboriginal people survived for 50,000 years as nomadic dwellers, never suffering from ailments such as the common cold. They lived off the land and know many secrets to the power the Earth holds for health, healing, and spiritual connection.

The most untouched area is Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. You must apply for permits before you arrive, as it is a highly protected area, owned and controlled by the Aboriginal people, and visitations are limited.

Things To Do On Table Mountain, Cape Town

Cable Car to the Top
The best way to experience the mountain for all ages, the cable car is not for anyone with a fear of heights, but for anyone else it will be an exhilarating ride. Buy a ticket online to avoid the queues (but children under 4 go free), and then enjoy the five-minute journey from ground level up to the very top of Table Mountain. From the top you will get an unbeatable view of Cape Town and the stunning ocean over 1,000 metres below, as well as the new Cape Town Stadium built specially for the World Cup. From there just enjoy strolling around and admiring the plants, animals and the views until you’re ready to go back down.

Hike the Mountain
Hiking in Cape Town is accessible to anyone with a love of the outdoors, and is certainly available to novice walkers as well as hard-core hiking enthusiasts. There are lots of routes to choose from, and many guided walks are also available. The scenery is spectacular, and the views as well. You could choose to hike up, hike down, or take the cable car up and down and hike around at the top. If you do go hiking, remember never to go alone and to go with a guided group if possible. It’s also very important to take plenty of drinking water, especially during the summer months.

Enjoy a Meal
There is plenty of good eating on offer in Cape Town, and Table Mountain is no exception. If you are not one for strenuous activities, you can simply enjoy the views at the top whilst having a bite to eat in the Table Mountain Cafe. You will find breakfast, pizza and South African cuisine on offer, as well as tea, coffee and a selection of good wines.

Abseil Down
Any thrill seekers heading to Cape Town won’t be disappointed with the abseiling on offer on Table Mountain, which boasts the largest commercial abseil in the world with a vertical 112-metre descent. This has to be organised through an official guide and you should definitely not attempt it alone. On top of abseiling, there are also cliff jumps on offer for the adrenaline junkies, with drops of up to 18 metres into the ocean.

Rock Climbing
Another one for thrill seekers in Cape Town, Table Mountain boasts some fantastic rock climbing opportunities. Climbing is on offer for all ages on sandstone walls of varying levels of difficulty, and again this should only be carried out with experienced guides through an official company.

Enjoy all that Table Mountain has to Offer
Table Mountain is a fantastic place for those who either simply want to see some spectacular views or want to enjoy something a bit more exciting. Whatever you feel like doing, look into it next time you are in Cape Town.