Get The Blend Of Far – East In Manila

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things to do in ManilaManila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is a highly populated city which reflects both modern and Spanish colonial architecture.

When to visit?

I visited the city in the month of September. However, if you want to experience the wonderful Cinema festival Cinemalaya, then you should go in the month of August. The Rizal Park however, will certainly hold some spectacular events whenever you visit. It is a beautiful park and one Brandon at Southern Star Roofing had visited a few years ago, having mentioned the cultural experience as something to definitely not miss.  It is a park perfect for strolling and the occasional gathering of hundreds of people for events.

Places to visit

  • I visited the Fort Santiago which is a citadel and a hero’s memorial. It’s one of the most beautiful forts with an ancient, mysterious aura to it that makes you want to explore it.
  • I have always loved the world under the ocean; the Manila Ocean Park brought for me a wonderful underwater world with live shows and an introduction to the marine life.
  • The San Agustin Church is a historic church with cultural exhibits. The place is a calm and serene one with an ever pleasant environment around it.
  • All these differences, cultural, historical dispositions of the city led me straight into the National Museum of Philippines. It is a haven for people who want to learn more or even just look at the artistic, scientific and historic exhibition of the Philippines.
  • Last but not the least; I visited the Intramuros, the heart of Old Manila, which is a Spanish walled city from the colonial times. It is a place you can understand only when you see it. A stone entrance, horse carts, wells, forts, modern shops, it had everything I could imagine.

Verdict

Pack your bags and explore the city of Manila. Live in a modern skyscraper or find a small cottage or villa for your stay. Enjoy the best of both worlds in Manila.

Osaka Is Calling You

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make sure to check these places out in OsakaCherry blossoms, Sushi, Chopsticks, Anime, Origami, Tokyo tower and how can I forget to list on the cartoons and manga series like Crayon Shinchan and Doraemon that are popular among all ages and are loved all around the world, to be honest, these are all the terms that come to my mind when I think about Japan and have majorly been a result of the visuals we have been used to watching.

Usually when backpacking to Japan, travelers and tourists tend to miss out Osaka and its unique aura as it is usually undermined and sublimes in the shadows of the capital Tokyo.

Osaka is situated near the Kansai region that is roughly around the port area and the shores of the Honshu Island, Japan.

Kyoto, Wakayama and Nara bound this place from North, South and East respectively, wherein the West lays the seaside.

Best season to visit

This place happens to be a destination that can be traveled all around the year, in all the seasons, but it would be recommended to come here around the fall season that is usually around the months of October and November wherein you can catch some more glimpses of how the years goes on around the second largest metropolitan of Japan. The MUST on the list that we all relate to Japan are cherry blossoms which can be paid a visit around the spring season that is around March and May when the temperature and climate is perfect for the bloom and travel.

Food in Osaka

The few of the food items that seem to represent the food options available in Osaka are Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Fugu, Yakiniku and Kushikatsu wherein the average budget for food every day as a traveler can be managed decently in ¥5000 if cheap places and chains are considered.

The few places that should be visited when around Osaka are- Osaka castle, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Shinsekai, Hozenji, Shitennoji, Umeda sky building and the Universal studio Osaka!

Always make sure that you stay around the Midosuji subway line as it is the transport route that can get you anywhere and few of the best accommodation hubs are Kita, Minami, and Honmachi, Shin-Osaka, Tennoji and the Osaka Castle area.

Istanbul: A Trip To Most Attractive City Of Europe

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Istanbul is the most eye-catching city of Europe. There is very often a chance that people miss the chance to visit Istanbul whenever they get in their lifetime. Here are some most known places to visit in Istanbul:

Hagia Sophia: The church of holy wisdom

It started as a Byzantine church and then it turned into a mosque in the Ottoman era. Today it is a known museum.  It is the architectural wonder of the world and most visited museums in the entire world.

Topkapi Palace: A place with historical value

In the year 1453 Mehmed captivated Istanbul. After conquering the city, he constructed this palace in 1460 and the entire palace got completed by 1478. The palace consisted of 700,000m². It stands on the Acropolis, which lies between Mearmara SA, Golden Horn etc.

Blue Mosque: Better known as Sultanahmet Camii

The Sultanahmet Camii has gained fame as Blue Mosque all because of the blue tiles laying into it. The mosque took seven years in construction. After construction, the dead body of Ahmed I was buried in the same mosque only. This is the most spectacular place where hospice, madarsa, and lastly mausoleum find altogether. 

Grand Bazaar: When shopping means everything

Istanbul comprises of a big bazaar which is known as The Grand Bazaar. By stepping into the market, you will realize that it is filled with several unique items from the whole world. There are four thousand stores in the market along with cafes, various service stores, and restaurants.

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Basilica Cistern: A water reservoir of its own kind

The water reservoir located in the southeastern part of Hagia Sofia. It is established by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus I. It is a known subterranean cistern which was used in Istanbul back in 545 A.D. The whole site is known as basilica because once basilica stood here.

Peten Department – A Must Visit Place In Central America

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Petén is the northernmost department of Guatemala. It is nearly the size of Ohio, Petén covers country a third of the area, but has only 3 percent of the population. So, there is vast open land present here, which shelters rainforests, incredible Mayan ruins and savannas and much more fascinating things.

If you are planning to visit the Peten department with family this summer, jot down the name of places you should visit here.

  • Ixpanpajul Natural Park

Because the Peten has vast open land, thus it has much nature’s beauty. You can start your trip from. Here you can explore the subtropical rainforest without getting too wild. The park has well-maintained ways amid several lusts, which leads into the jungle. This is a perfect place for a family outing.

You get here many opportunities of adventure and the most popular trek in the park is the self-guided hike. It takes you too many spectacular viewpoints. You can experience here forest canopy, night safaris, horseback rides, ATV rentals, birding treks, and even a Tarzán Zip Line Canopy Tour; take it if you think you are brave enough.

 

  • Tikal Ruins

 

Tikal Ruins was once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, now it’s the most famous archeological site in Guatemala, also the most-visited sites of Mayan ruins all over Latin America. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site and it consists of plazas, temples and pyramids. The site was first settled around 700 BC, and it offers mesmerizing views and powerful aura.

 

  • Maya Biosphere

 

This is a vast tropical basin and its covers the whole Petén, the northern third of Guatemala, is a kind of jungle carpet and mostly wild. Maya Biosphere Reserve has been created by UNESCO in the year 1990. And the place has become an adventurous ecotourism destination for adventure lovers. The reserve has Tikal National Park, Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, El Zotz and Naachtún-Dos Lagunas Biotopes (Uaxatún) and Mirador Basin National Monument. It is also comprised Mayan ruins, rivers, mountains, hiking trails, Cenotes, and 14 lakes.

 

  • Lake Petén Itza

 

This is the second largest lake of Guatemala. The lush rainforests adjoining to this lake are the home to nearly 27 archaeological sites.

Enjoy The Coastal Experience At Marblehead

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If you wish to get a flavor of coastal New England, stop by Marblehead. This city is a quaint coastal town that gives you the experience of life as found in New England. The coastal town is known for mostly waterside activities such as commercial fishing and whaling. The region is known for yachting as well. The town is a shipyard of much importance and is said to have been the birthplace of the American Navy. The Marine Corps Aviation also originated here. Being a center for recreational boating activities, it is a popular sailing destination as well as for kayaking activity. Many people come here to take part in leisure fishing as well as sport fishing activities.

Also known as Marble Harbor or Marvell Head, the town began as a fishing village and many old rural communities can be found in the inland areas of the harbor. The shoreline is characterized by the smell of drying fish which are exported to Salem or to other countries. The European settlers who came here have influenced life here as well as the early architecture in the region, which are evident in many historic mansions to be seen here.

Jeremiah Lee Mansion is one of the earliest architectural buildings that remain standing even today, which survives from an era when large ships with European settlers came into this region.

Salem Maritime National Historic site is a site that you would love to explore here. As Marblehead is adjacent to Salem, many of the places of tourist attraction lie in Salem. This particular site is a 9 acre park that has historic buildings, a tall ship and wharves for visitors to explore.

Peabody Essex Museum is another place you would like to visit here. It is a modern museum that houses Asian and American artwork.

Singing Beach is a beach here that is known for the unique sand; it also houses a bathhouse for the summer time along with a snack bar.

The Salem Witch Trials memorial is a memorial and burial point where most of the condemned and publicly executed witches and their bodies are buried.

Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles, you MUST visit!!!

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You can’t be a die-hard The Beatles fan if you haven’t added Liverpool to your tour list. Liverpool sits in Merseyside, England and is home to not only the pop sensation The Beatles, but is also popular for its football and rich history. Apart from being the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool has also given a platform for other musicians like Gerry and the Pacemakers, Echo and the Bunnymen, as well as Frankie goes to Hollywood.

While music was more popular in the 20th century in Liverpool, now the city is more known for its success in football.

Tourist Attractions in Liverpool

A number of historical landmarks and tourist attractions make Liverpool and excellent place to visit for tourists. The city has earned six World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. These sites consist of public and military close to the waterfronts. They make popular tourist attractions as well and also play a major role in the city’s technology, development and politics.

Liverpool is divided into different neighborhoods; the City Centre being the midpoint of them. The City Centre is full of busy markets, shopping malls, museums, galleries, eateries and bars that make it the most crowded and the most famous place in the city for tourist. Chinatown in Liverpool is another big marketplace at affordable prices and is one the oldest Chinatown in the entire Europe.

From a historical point of view, Liverpool has a few museums that are widely popular and always busy across the year. The Beatles Story museum is a famous location for those who love the band. The Merseyside Maritime Museum focuses on marine technology and marine exhibits of Liverpool.

Apart from the museums and buildings, you can also hang out and relax at the parks of Liverpool. Some of the popular ones include the Otterspool Park, the Sefton Park and the Calderstones Parks in Allerton.

Festivals in Liverpool

Throughout the year, different festivals are held in the city of Liverpool and are open to the public. Schedule your tour to Liverpool according to the festival you want to be a part of to make the most out of your trip!

 

Sights To See & Experience In London England

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London will probably be your first stop when you are on your way to touring different cities of Europe. It stands distinct as the capital of England and United Kingdom. Having been founded by the Romans, it has been the capital of a civilization that dominated the world at one point in time. Today London has several suburbs such as Kent, Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Middlesex that make up Greater London. Known as one of the leading global cities, it is a center for entertainment, commerce, education, art, finance, fashion, professional services and so forth. It is an important financial center of the world and is known as a cultural capital. The largest city airport system is here as well as chains of international retailers and universities.

Places to see here are several as it contains four World Heritage sites that include Kew Gardens, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Greenwich.

Landmark places to see are numerous. You could start with the Buckingham Palace. This is the residence of the Queen and there are staterooms that are open for tours. One can also watch the changing of the guards that is a regular ceremony.

The Tower Bridge is a Victorian turreted bridge which is iconic not only for its historical heritage but also because of the panoramic views that people get from the walkways.  This is the spot a friend of mine decided to propose to his wife Amanda.  Jesse, who owns a company in New York.   He says that London is more romantic than most people think, since most think that Paris is the only place worth visiting if you are a hopeless romantic…

The London Eye is a relatively new attraction of this place which is an observation wheel by the river Thames. This wheel allows people to get a bird’s eye view of the landmarks of the city.

Big Ben is a national timepiece that is iconic. It is a Gothic clock tower that is 16 storeys high and close to the Houses of Parliament.

Tower of London is a medieval castle that houses the Crown jewels as well as has dungeons and historic horror stories about it.

The above places are simply some of the numerous landmarks to visit when you are in London besides experiencing the modern world of eateries, nightlife and retail world that the city houses.

Must See Attractions Of the Amazon Rain Forest

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The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most beautiful and sought-after tourist destinations in the world. It has lots to offer a curious traveler. The jungle tour will let you experience the wildlife. You will never forget the cruise along the river. And if you are a beach lover, beautiful beaches are waiting for you in the Amazon Rainforest. Let’s take a look at the must-see attractions of the Amazon Rain forest.

 

  • Jungle Tour

 

The very first thing you need to do is to book a jungle tour. But you have to make sure that you are booking from a certified operator. You have to make sure that there is a guide with you, so that you will miss nothing whether it is macaws, parrots, squirrel monkeys or tamarins.

 

  • Jungle cruises

 

You will be introduced a wide range of cruise options. You will come across both luxury and budget boats. You will cruise through the Amazon River and Rio Negro. And you will be taken to the deep forest. In the quieter parts of the river, you will come across catfish, piranha, giant otters as well as river dolphins.

 

  • Opera in the Amazon

 

If you wish to take a look at the glorious past, then you should visit the Manaus Opera House. They were planning to demolish it one time. But they have restored its gold-domed look. It represents the wealthy past.

 

  • Rubber plantation museum

 

This museum has been restored from a rubber plantation which existed a long time ago. It will give you an insight into the past involving slaves. The kind of life endured by the rubber tappers is displayed here. You will also come across the store managed by the plantation owner (replica of it).

 

  • Meeting of the waters

 

When you visit the Amazons, you must visit the meeting of two great rivers – The Rio Negro and The Amazon River. You might be able to spot fresh water dolphins here if you are lucky enough. You will spot whirlpools, spirals, curlicues here at the meeting spot. While the water of the Rio Negro reminds of your black coffee, the water of the Amazon River will remind you of cream.