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Category Archives: Travel

Great Place in Cordoba, Spain

Mezquita is undoubtedly an awe-inspiring place of worship. Located in Cordoba city of Spain, Mezquita was built as a mosque in the year 758 over the site that was originally a Visigothic Church. Later, Mezquita was christened as a catholic cathedral. Art lovers find Mezquita to be an auspicious blend of religions and cultures. Visitors in thousands travel Cordoba, only to visit Mezquita. Mezquita is a magnificent exemplar of Moorish architecture and it really gives a good reason for Cordoba visit.

It’s easy to get to Cordoba through Andalucia. Cordoba is also easily reachable through Madrid and Seville by train. Through train the journey takes around 3 to 4 hours. The fastest way to reach Cordoba from Seville or Madrid is through a high-speed train called Ave. This train has only three stops at Madrid, Seville and Cordoba. Cordoba is also easily reachable by bus with many connections from Ronda, Seville and Granada.

After you reach Cordoba you’ll have to reach the mosque. The visitor entrance to Mezquita is through Puerta del Perdon which was built in the fourteenth century. This entrance connects you to Patio de las Naranjas which is a beautiful patio full of orange trees. You’ll also find the ticket office here. The ticket cost to Mezquita is around $10.

Looking at Mezquita’s arches you’ll find that the best way in which you can understand the true beauty of this mosque is by simply strolling around and having a look at countless pillars and archers in different directions. A marvelous effect of light and space creates hypnosis. This effect will help you forget your troubles and cares. As you get into the cathedral, you’ll find beautiful mudejar architecture, and art belonging to 16th century. Most of this work has been destroyed the church authorities that were under Carlos 1.

The original mosque of Cordoba once used to be the second largest mosque in the world. It is extremely renowned for the sequence of high arches it has. These arches stand over 1000 tall columns that are made of marble, onyx, jasper and granite. No matter in which part the mosque you stand, the arches retreat forming a distant gloom. Other features of Mezquita cathedral include elaborate flowing plant designs, gilded prayer niches and geometric patterns that have been used to decorate domed ceilings.

You can also visit old Cordoba and have a tour of the winding streets, strolling through white-washed homes, shops, beautiful plaza that have bars, restaurants and relax yourself.

Great Adventure Destinations

Maui
Home of some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the planet, trips to Maui for adventure seekers often revolve around some of the gorgeous terrain that make up the mountainous regions of the island. Hiking through some of the primeval jungles of Maui can be awe-inspiring and can be the highlight of any trip to Hawaii. Outside of that, adventure-seekers will also be interested in the surfing that a Hawaii vacation has to offer that brings in people from all over the world.

Channel Islands
Located just off the coast of California, a trip to Santa Barbara or Los Angeles trip is not complete until you get to visit Channel Islands. This chain of five islands is perfect for anyone looking for a paddling adventure and can be highlighted by sea caves, which dot the shore. Take an expert with you if you can and be sure to bring plenty of water and let someone know where you are when you’re paddling around these magnificent islands.

Niagara Falls
This might a little outdated, but Niagara tours used to include a barrel and a whole lot of water. Now however, Niagara Falls tours are more likely to include a trip to this beautiful locale where you can see these raging waters up close and take in stories of adventures of the past.

The Galapagos Islands
The nice thing about a trip to The Galapagos Islands is that not only is this a great place to enjoy an adventurous vacation, but it can also be romantic. Try snorkeling off the coast and enjoy the wildlife and aquatic life that resides just under the crisp ocean layer on a honeymoon or just go with some friends and enjoy the trip.

The Grand Canyon
Not that this needs much explanation, but trips to the Grand Canyon often include a helicopter ride over this giant chasm that’s 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep. After your helicopter ride, check out various places that’ll allow other adventure, such as hiking or mule rides down into the canyon.

Alaska
Likely our coldest mention, Alaska vacations often include cruises. However, our more adventurous travelers might be willing to hop in a small vessel to do a little exploring of their own. While this might not be much of an adventure, it sure brings you up close to parts of the world you probably haven’t seen before and hopping in a small boat on an Alaska tour might be one of the more adventurous things you’ll end up doing.

New Zealand’s Great Heights

Sky Tower

At 328m high, the Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Its height might have nothing on Aoraki or Mount Cook, which at 3,754m is already over ten times that height, but it’s certainly a lot easier to reach the summit and be rewarded with the view from the top. The Sky Tower contains a revolving restaurant so, after a long day of New Zealand walking, you can grab a table and look out over the towering skyscrapers below. The main observation area even has thick glass flooring which enables you to see all the way down to the pavement below – this is obviously not recommended if you suffer from vertigo. Traditionally, New Zealand has always been popular with tourists craving adventure sports and the country’s tallest structure holds no exceptions. Adventure junkies may want to attempt the famous SkyJump, a bungee jump from the observation deck, where participants can expect to meet speeds of up to 53mph.

Titahi Bay Transmitter

New Zealand’s second tallest structure is a radio transmitter that stands at 212m tall, against the backdrop of Titahi Bay. The bay situated on the North Island in the area of Porirua was used as the setting for the famous New Zealand film “Eagle vs Shark”. If you’re after an area steeped in history, Titahi Bay is absolutely perfect for New Zealand walking and still relatively unknown to tourists. The area was used to house military personnel during WW2 and the recreation hall used by US forces is now a local theatre.

Titahi Bay also features the fossilised remains of an ancient forest, dating from the last interglacial period from over 150,000 to 70,000 years ago. The trees make up an intertidal reef, which makes the bay popular with boarders as it can be surfed on all tides.

New Plymouth Power Station

Located on the shores of Port Taranaki, New Zealand’s third tallest structure is not exactly scenic and the deep water port where it is situated is not really known for walking, however it is certainly worth taking a look. At 198m high, the building claims to have been built using one million bricks and the tall chimney contains five separate flumes.

Vero Centre

Auckland’s second largest structure is the fourth largest building in New Zealand. Walking from the Sky Tower you’ll come across a road called Shortland Street, and at the end of this road a tall, halo-fringed office block. This building, known as the Vero Centre, contains a selection of office buildings and a gymnasium and health centre at the top -which makes it perhaps the most scenic place in the country to enjoy a hot-stone massage after your New Zealand walking trip.

Majorca Secret Village

Majorca has a real mix of attitude from people who might be considering a holiday on the well known Spanish island that has proved so popular with tourists in the past.

On the one hand there is the image of Magaluf to consider. It’s a town that attracts some but is a definite turn off for others.

And for tourists who prefer peace and quiet to a walk on the wild side, Magaluf is set to become even more of a party magnet as ‘Mallorca Rocks’ has opened – sister hotel to the successful ‘Ibiza Rocks’ just across the water.

Fantastic for the young, and young at heart who can discover Majorca as well as Ibiza. For those who like their clubbing and nightlife Mallorca Rocks will be the centre of a Majorca holiday for many of them.

And the Majorca hotels could benefit as stag weekends and hen parties view Majorca as an alternative to Ibiza, bringing in good revenue year round from young Europeans with disposable incomes.

Flights are inexpensive to the island, and with airlines operating from many regional airports from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, for students and other young people the cheap flights could see visitor numbers in this age group rise considerably this summer.

Majorca Holidays

But for couples and families who don’t want 24 hour partying, and are looking for a good relaxing sunshine holiday, is Majorca a good destination for them this year?

The answer is a definite yes, there’s another side to the island that’s ideal, and if they choose the right location it would be hard to imagine they’re on the same island as party loving Magaluf – but they would still get the good deal for their Majorca flights.

When looking at a map, on the north-west side of the island is Soller. And it is here that holidaymakers can escape to another world, and it’s quiet enough to enjoy while having a good amount of activities going on, to be enjoyed year round.

A tram connects the port to the town, and Deia – another village ideal for family holidays – is closeby, and there is a train that runs through the wonderful Majorca countryside to the capital Palma – a great day out enjoyed by many staying in Soller either in one of the hotels or Majorca villa holidays.

The port is a wonderful place to while away a few hours, with yachts calling in from all over Europe. The harbour area has a good amount of restaurants and cafes serving a variety of food including local dishes all day, and there are also apartments to rent with sea views here for holidaymakers.

Top Food Travel Destinations

Some of the most enjoyable moments of any vacation can be feasting on the local cuisine and indulging yourself on your vacation. Even food you can get in your own neighborhood can taste a lot different and most of the time better when you’re eating it in its place of origin. In fact, one of the things that some of our friends always mention when talking about taking a trip is taking a trip to Philadelphia to taste a real cheese steak with the Cheez Whiz on it and all. Aside from that, here are some of the top places to go to enjoy some of the finest foods the world has to offer:

– France – A trip to France will result in you being in a place where culinary arts and famous chefs go hand-in-hand. With more than 2,000 years of culinary influence backing it up, France’s dining is a great reason to make this trip.

– Italy – Most people love pasta, pizza and the like and an Italy trip will get your taste buds clamoring for its authentic pasta, prosciutto, Parmigiano, rigatoni, risotto and other fantastic foods.

– Japan – Whether you enjoy Kobe or Matsusaka beef, steaks, sukiyaki, sashimi, sushi or any of the other delicious things this land has to offer, Japan trips are great ways to enjoy the culinary treats of the Far East.

– China – Tours of China will have you tasting a wide variety of foods. Because China is so huge and each area features different types of foods due to its region, China trips are sure to give you a large sample of cuisines that you’re going to enjoy.

– Peru – Perhaps a surprise choice, Peruvian food features a mixture of Spanish and native Italian food. One of the highlights of a Peru trip is its Novandina, which is based on Incan ingredients and is one of our favorite dishes.

– New York City – Perhaps a little more familiar to most readers, a trip to New York City is like no other and your stomach will likely agree. With a gathering of so many cultures, New York provides a wide array of food choices, making it a great place to visit to try many different foods in one trip.

– San Francisco – The City by the Bay is fantastic if you love seafood. Fisherman’s Wharf alone is worth the trip to San Francisco for the variety of foods that you’ll get to enjoy. Enjoy a shrimp salad sandwich or clam chowder in a bread bowl and take a look out at the ocean while you’re eating to enjoy a fresh breeze while indulging.

Everywhere you visit is sure to have a great menu for you to enjoy, so don’t just take our word for it. Enjoy life by getting to see the world and enjoy some of the best foods out there.

About Kyoto and Tokyo

Kyoto and Tokyo are composed of the same letters, the similarity in these two cities pretty much ends there. The relation between these two cities can be explained as two twins separated at birth, who have grown into two dramatically different people with completely different identities.

When you plan your Japan tour, make sure you visit both the cities. If you travel to only one of them, and don’t visit the other, you will miss out on a chance to explore the other half of this interesting country’s culture. As they are separated by only a couple of hour’s journey by a bullet train, it is easily possible to combine a Tokyo tour and a Kyoto tour in your Japan travel package.

Here’s a striking difference to expect before your travel to both the cities.

Kyoto is a city that has preserved the rich history and ancient culture of Japan. It houses the famous historical towns of Nara and Himeji. It boasts a plethora of beautiful temples, shrines, artistic pagodas, historic architecture, and beautiful gardens. Kyoto is most definitely a major city of Japan in its own right. If Kyoto is all about history, Tokyo is all about future. Tokyo is one city which will offer you with an opportunity to embrace the future. Indulge in high-tech electronics, progressive fashion, funky gadgets, and the most unimaginably bizarre and creative gizmos! The day time views of this urban giant city are as striking as the night time views of the attractive lights on the tall buildings that bedeck the city. You will find a few elements in the city that will take you back to the history of Japan and will connect you with its tradition through the popular Kabuki show and a visit to the Edo Museum, where you can experience what Tokyo life was all about before the infinite skyscrapers that sprang up in the city.

While Kyoto and Tokyo are contrasting in many ways, there are some similarities too. They both house some great places to eat, advanced subway systems that save your travel time, and offer a fantastic shopping experience. When you visit these charming cities, you realize that Japan is a nation of contrasts, a home to awe-inspiring wooden shrines, and endless skyscrapers!

Cape Town’s Best Places to Picnic

Table Mountain

The obvious place for an outdoor picnic on your visit to Cape Town is high above the city on Table Mountain where, no matter how good, the food will always be overshadowed by the spectacular views. Depending on your level of fitness and the amount of time you have in Cape Town, you may choose to take the hard way to the top of Table Mountain on foot. Whilst not a particularly hard walk, you will need to pack some water as well as wine in your back pack! If you’re not quite feeling up to a hike up the side of the mountain, you can take the easy way up by cable car. Whichever method you take to arrive at the top of Cape Town’s majestic Table Mountain, the journey will be well worth the rewards as you nibble on your lunch with perhaps one of the best restaurant views in the South Africa.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

If you’d like some sea-breeze with your baguettes then take a leisurely drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Renowned as Cape Town’s most scenic drive there are many places perfect for a do-it-yourself lunch stop; but for a picnic with a difference, sunset is a magical time to throw down a blanket and settle in for the show. The drive is long enough to ensure that you can find your very own piece of paradise unspoiled by crowds, and watching the sun sink into the horizon over Hout Bay is an unforgettable experience.

Smitswinkelbaai Beach

For a private beach picnic in Cape Town with a loved one, you can’t be more romantic than to pack a basket and head to Smitswinkelbaai Beach. Located adjacent to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, the beach can only be accessed by foot. It is very secluded, but the effort required to reach it is well worth it. Once you see the stunning white sands and views overlooking False Bay you may never want to leave.

Constantia Wine Route

Closer to Cape Town than other popular wine routes in the region, the Constantia Valley is a great idea for a half-day excursion followed by a picnic lunch. Only about 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the Constantina Valley is home to one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa. Spend a few hours tasting some of the regions delicious varieties of wine and follow it with a picnic (and some more wine) under the shade of ancient oak trees on verdant lawns.

Famous Travel Attractions in Kenya

The 580,367km2, Kenya is one of the ideal tourism spots in Africa. During the peak seasons, there are nearly 1.8 million tourists who come from all over the world to explore this marvelous destination. These holidaymakers are the country’s biggest earner of foreign currency. Though, Kenya has numerous tourists’ attractions to offer, but there are a few hot destinations which are worth visiting and unique from all others.

Hosting to one of the the seventh wonder of the world, the 1530km2 Maasai Mara National reserve from July and also November showcases the world known wildebeest’s migration spectacle. As this place is quite noisy, where you will get amazed to see the Mara River infested with large number of crocodiles, visitors from across the world pitch their camps nearby the crossing limit in hope for days get a view of these crocodiles.

The Maasai Mara has got all the “Big Five” creatures that is, the elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and also the rhino. They are best viewed at the Mara River and Esoit Oloololo escarpment. Tour firms also provide hot air balloon expeditions for holidaymakers to observe the natural areas of the grassy large plains, from birds eye view.

Lake Bogoria in Rift Valley is renowned for its hot springs and geysers that spew out magnificent fountains of waters at 37 degrees temperature. The saline spring waters are supposed to be restorative for the skin. The lake doesn’t have high tourism traffic making it a perfect getaway picnic area. Hippos and also gazelles comprise part of the wild there in addition to 135 bird species that comprise thousands of migratory lesser flamingos that feed on the algae of the 10m deep lake.

Besides the Indian Ocean waters, Mombasa is regarded for its sandy beach locations, aqua green waters and also good sunlight. You can visit this place any time of the year as here the weather is warm for almost the whole year. For discoverers, Mombasa has Lamu, the medieval town, the Gedi ruins and also Fort Jesus. These attractions depict Mombasa’s abundant traditional record.

Along with distinctive and attractive fishes, the undersea Indian Ocean reef feels like a paradise. Dhow outings are offered to travelers and tourists needing to experience the feel of medieval maritime ocean journeys.

The Nairobi National Park, which has an area of 117 km and 2 m is just 7 km from the City Centre, and this park is popular for bordering the city. Out of the “Big Five” wildlife, its just the elephant that is not found in this Savannah environment. If you are looking for a long relaxing break, then this is the best spot. It includes the David Sheldrick trust sanctuary which cares for little orphaned rhinos and also elephants. The park has over 80 mammal species and 400 diverse bird species. The park is perfect for family excursions, bush cuisines, picnics, team building routines and also marriage ceremonies.

To explore Kenya’s historic past, you should surely visit the Nairobi National Museum which displays the antique handicrafts and art work. It has the botanical gardens where distinctive plant species are grown. This may include those with healing properties and also decorative plants and also herbs that are cultivated. The Nairobi Snake Park is the most amazing destinations as all the tourists come here to have a thrilling experience of various poisonous snakes cobras, African Rock Python, Mambas and many more . Coral fishes American alligators and also crocodiles are reared in the museum’s aquariums.

Must Visit Sites during Honeymoon in Kerala

Sea Beaches

This southern state owns numerous secluded beaches which are quite popular among globetrotter. Most visited beaches are Kovalam, Cherai, Varkala, Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal. Newly wedded couples feel very warm at these beaches and love to spend their intimate moments.

Backwaters

Backwater comprises an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals. These are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes. The bachwaters of Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kuttanad and Punnamada see heavy tourist traffic.

The backwaters have a unique ecosystem. Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds, and animals and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, which provide a green hue to the surrounding landscape.

Hill stations

Hill stations of Munnar, Nelliampathi, Ponmudi, Devikulam, Kovalambith, Peermade and Wayanad are mostly visited. The climate of these hill stations is always pleasant and they serve as base for trekking and hiking.

National Parks and Sanctuary

Wayanad Sanctuary, Chinnar, Periyar Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park are the famous national park of Kerala. Almost a fourth of India’s 10,000 plant species are found in the state. These national parks are home of many rare, unique and endangered species of animals. In Periyar, there is a temple namely, Sabarimala, which is visited by about 4 million pilgrims annually. A boat cruise on Periyar Lake of Thekkady located in Periyar Wildlife Reserve is quite famous.

Temples and Churches of Kerala

Sabarimala Temple, Chettikulangara Temple, Vadakumnathan Temple, Guruvayoor Temple are some popular temple in the stae. Malayattor Church and Parumala Church are two churches in Keral. These places are also visited by the religious couples.

Heritage of Kerala

Heritage sites, such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace and the Mattancherry Palace, Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is also called as the “Taj Juma Masjid”, are also visited.

Commercial hub

Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are popular centers for shopping.

Beach to Visit in La Manga, Spain

Calablanque beach

This place is considered to be of great ecological value. This sandy beach with cliff and a hillock and tough looking nature is a wonderful place to spend time with the family. Just a matter of caution, there are no hotels here. Sometimes the place is quite dusty and it is quite sticky also. Except for this shortcoming, the place is quite interesting for tourists. If you are visiting this place, just after you reach Los Belones, look for the sign board for Calablanque. As soon as you reach Calablanque, there is an information centre which will be of assistance to you. Apart from this, Calablanque beach is one of the most wonderful places.

As a matter of fact, some of the most beautiful beaches are in Calablanque. To repeat, there are no hotels or bars on the Calablanque beach. Normally, Mediterranean Sea has a strong current, so be careful while on the beach. Be careful with jellyfishes. If you find some jellyfishes on the shore, normally you will find more of them in the water. There are enough places for water sports, shower bath, etc. Covered car parking is also available.

Playa Negrete beach

This is another beach which is very close to Calablanque beach. This beach with soft sand also has beautiful caves and rocks. Road leading to this beach is not fully laid out. This beach is most ideally suited for those who want privacy.

Mar Menor beach

Mar Menor beach is also close to the other two beaches mentioned above. Mar Menor beach is considered to be the safest beach to swim because the depth of beach on an average is four meters and in gradual succession it increases to twelve meters. The sludge from the nearby salt plant as also the water of Mar Menor beach is believed to have many therapeutic effects. This beach is very well connected by road and there are many restaurants and bars on this beach. Families prefer this beach most.