Monthly Archives: May 2014

Universal Studios Singapore Madagascar Full Ride HD

A glance of what to expect at the Universal Studios Singapore

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Toy Story Land, Hong Kong Disneyland

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Best Things To Do In Rwanda

The things to do in Rwanda are not many, but very unique.  The country is long passed its war torn days and now is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa.  I was blown away when I first arrived in the country because it didn’t feel like Africa at all, it felt like Germany.  Unlike other Eastern Africa countries there is strict law and order, there isn’t any garbage on the streets, and lawns are manicured to impossible perfection.

The country is extremely small and there is one thing that everyone knows you can do in Rwanda, gorilla trekking.  I would implore you to get to know the people of the nation as they have been through very tumultuous times and have risen above that to create a very unique place in Africa. I will be sharing my Rwanda travel guides soon so stay tuned!

Kigali: Capital of Rwanda

A very unique city in the heart of Rwanda, Kigali is a gorgeous city with great weather.  You can get a taste of history here by visiting the genocide memorials and learn about the turbulent past of the country.  While I lived in Kenya & Ethiopia while I was living overseas in Africa, after visiting Rwanda you could definitely settle down here.  The internet is also reliable as I was able to day trade from the capital.

Gorilla Trekking

Most people think that the only thing to do in Rwanda is to see the Gorillas.  A very unique experience when you can get inches away from Gorillas is something that you can’t put a price on.  The largest group of gorillas are in Uganda but you can also have a great experience in Rwanda. I chose Uganda, check out my travel blog for stories of my trip!

National Parks

A Rwanda tourist attractions list wouldn’t be right without adding the list of national parks in the country.  Rwanda is a host to a great variation of animals aside from gorillas including chimpanzees and a variety of birds as well.  Some of the popular parks are Akagera and Nyungwe.

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Lake Kivu

Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is the border between Rwanda & DR Congo.  A great relaxing region where tourists are safe to visit and swim (ask locals where) and its also extremely picturesque.  Make sure that you try to visit cities like Kibuye and Gisenye near the DR Congo border.

Butare (Huye)

This is the cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965.  Here you will find a great national museum that will show the great history of Rwanda and also it’s entrance into the modern world.  Visit the nearby Nyabisindu (Nayanza) where you can find the impressive royal palace of Rwanda’s fuedal monarchy.

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Top Fifteen Interesting Observations About Brazil and Brazilians (In no particular order…)

Nicole's Travels

1. Ice cold beer. They don’t mess around in Brazil. Literally the beer has frost on or sometimes in the bottle. And typically a big bottle is served in a koozie along with small cups for the whole table to share. Which means the last sip of beer is just as cold as the first. Awesome.

2. Night time showers. Everyone showers at night. Sometimes in the morning too. I have yet to adopt this night time bathing routine for fear of frightening people in the morning with my bed head.

3. Coxinhas. Cream cheese and seasoned shredded chicken surrounded by a mass of fried, breaded dough. Enough said.

4. Ham and cheese on french bread for breakfast. Sometimes served with cream cheese, butter or jam. It’s called a “misto quente.” Amazing.

5. “Oba!” A common expression of pleasure in Brazil. I thought it was only exclaimed in My Big…

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Travelling to Barcelona? Yes, it’s a good IDEA!!!

 

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe, both by tourists who travel for pleasure or for business travelers who travel for conferences, meetings or all kinds of exhibitions.

Barcelona is a great city that has it all. But you might think, what is so special about Barcelona? Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit Barcelona.

1.      WEATHER

Barcelona has a great location and is has mild climate throughout the year. The coldest time during the year is usually from December to February, in which the average temperature is between 10 and 12°C. The hottest month is usually August, with temperature around 29°C, so it’s the perfect climate to go to the beach and enjoy the sun.

2.      BEACH

Barcelona is located on the coast and there are miles of beaches all along the north. The main beach of Barcelona is divided into five or more smaller beaches and each beach offers a great relax.

 

3.      ARCHITECTURE

Barcelona is as the capital of Modernism and you can find many monuments built and designed by famousAntoni Gaudi. The most impressive Gaudi’s works that I recommend are: the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and Park Guell. In addition, in Barcelona you also find spectacular gothic Cathedral or the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.

 

4.      CULTURAL LIFE AND FESTIVALS

Barcelona has become a very cosmopolitan city, so you can constantly find artistic and cultural exhibitions throughout the city. There are many art galleries and museums in Barcelona like MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), the Picasso Museum, the Miró Foundation and the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). In the music scene, Barcelona holds festivals such as Primavera Sound or Sonar.

5.      EVENTS

Barcelona is one of the favorite cities for the organization of conferences and events worldwide. Some of the most famous are the GSM World Mobile Congress and the Grand Prix of Spain F1.

6.      GATRONOMY

The Catalan cuisine is based on the Mediterranean diet with a lot of vegetable, bread, cereals and olive oil. You find everything here, from seafood to fresh fruit, also many food markets and great restaurants with typical Catalan cuisine. The famous dishes are called ´tapas´, small portions of different type of food, which you should not miss!

 

7.      NIGHTLIFE

Barcelona has an impressive nightlife and many say that the city never sleeps. It’s almost impossible to find closed bar or club during the night. The fashionable districts are El Born, the Old Town and Port Olímpico, close to the beach.

8.      FC BARCELONA

Even if you are not fan of football, the stadium of FC Barcelona  team is a worth to visit. For those who likes going to a football games, there are games almost during the whole year.

9.      FASHION

Barcelona is popular for its creative and innovative fashion and you can find here many different marks like the famous Zara or famous designers like Ailanthus, El Delgado Buil, Custo.

10.  ACTIVITIES

Barcelona is an ideal place for walking or riding a bicycle. There are also some parts of the city you can visit only walking. In Barcelona there is also possibility of adventure sports, like surfing, kitesurfing, kayak, sailing, balloon rides and many more.

These are the top 10 reason to visit Barcelona, but for sure you find more reasons to come to Barcelona, a city of unique charm with wide range of leisure activities to enjoy. Don’t hesitate and start planning your trip!

 

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10 Interesting Facts About Bangkok

Gusto Travel

  1. In 2008 Bangkok was ranked the best city in the world according to Travel and Leisure magazine
  2. A real tongue twisters, the traditional name of Bangkok is ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’. It is also listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest name for a place.
  3. Khao San Road is the liveliest and busiest tourist area in Bangkok.
  4. Don Mueang International Airport sports the tallest control tower in the world, measuring 132.2m (434ft)
  5. Don Mueang International Airport is also one of the oldest airports in the world.  It opened in 1914.
  6. Bangkok is referred to as the ‘City of Angles’.
  7. Victory Monument is one of the city’s biggest bus destinations.
  8. Leaving the house without any underwear on is illegal you can be arrested for it.
  9. Bangkok is also called the…

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Top 10 London Places to visit in London

There are so many exciting things to see in London – find out here what are the 10 best places to visit!

The London Pass is a packed with over 60 top attractions and sights which you can visit for free. Check out our suggestions for the top 10 things to do in London with The London Pass.

1. Tower of London remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. Complete with tales of historical drama, infamous Beefeaters, the Crown Jewels and the Royal Armouries, a visit to the Tower is a must for all visitors to London.

2. Tower Bridge Exhibition Built in 1894, this is one of the best known and most iconic bridges in London. Visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition and you’ll not only learn about the history of the Bridge but you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of London from the high-level walkways – a perfect photo opportunity.

3. Westminster Abbey is a stunning gothic church and UNESCO World Heritage site that sits behind the Houses of Parliament. Many famous names are part of the rich history of Westminster Abbey, from royals to scientists, poets and aristocrats; including Charles Darwin and Chaucer. More recently, Kate and Wills were married in the church in 2011. A must-see visit and one of London’s most significant structures – and you can even skip the long, snaking queues right to the front!

4. Windsor Castle. Located just outside of London, it is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been the official residence of the British sovereign for over 900 years and the amazing State Apartments are a favourite with London tourists.

5. Hampton Court Palace was the home of King Henry VIII. Not only is this one of the most breathtaking and legendary of all London palaces, it also boasts stunning gardens, a world famous hedge maze and more than one ghost.

6. Kensington Palace was home to the late Princess Diana and birthplace of Queen Victoria. This stunning palace can be found in the lovely Kensington Gardens surrounding the royal residence.

7. ZSL London Zoo is a great attraction in London for all the family. The zoo features the popular Gorilla Kingdom and Clore Rainforest Lookout which both get you closer than ever to primates of Africa and South America.

8. The London Bridge Experience is an attraction set within the arches of this historical bridge. Featuring real life actors, stunning special effects and animations, this is unique interactive adventure really does takes you back in time.

9. Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, an identical reconstruction of the original building which housed Shakespeare’s theatre in London. This open-air playhouse can be found in the banks of the Thames River and features an exhibition dedicated to both the play writer.

10. Thames River Cruise. The banks of the River Thames are lined up iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf and many more. Weaving through the heart of London the Thames River Cruise really is the best way to see the city.

 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN TURKEY

Here’s our top 10 list of things to do and places to see in Turkey.

1.  Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Probably Turkey’s most famous landmark, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul is so-called because of the blue Iznik tiles adorning its interior. With six beautiful minarets surrounding it, this distinctive building was built in the early 1600s, and although it still functions as a place of worship, it’s also a popular destination for tourists.

Top tip: Grab a ‘simit’ nearby. It’s a bit like a pretzel. The perfect snack.

2. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets. This is where Istanbul’s status as the only city in the world to straddle two continents really becomes apparent, with goods from all over the world to peruse.

Top tip: Learn to haggle! Start your price at around a quarter of the asking price and don’t be afraid to walk away. Don’t be aggressive, but stand your ground if you feel you’re being taken for a ride. And if you can’t get a good price? Try another spot, there are around 4000 shops here to look at.

3. The Trojan Horse, Troy

You won’t find Brad Pitt or Eric Bana lurking around here (or at least, it’s unlikely) but you will find a really fascinating replica of the Trojan Horse, the legendary device used to enter the city of Troy and end the conflict. This is just a replica, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Top tip: Don’t just look at it! You can climb up inside too!

4. Gallipoli

Gallipoli is the site of the annual ANZAC day celebrations, an important day in the calendars of Australians and New Zealanders the world over. This is where thousands of allied forces lost their lives in a doomed mission during the First World War. Pay your respects, and have a look around too – Gallipoli has stunning natural appeal, and even in summer the pristine beaches remain uncrowded.

Top tip: You’re not far from Troy; head over and have a look!

5. Pamukkale

The local name of Pamukkale is ‘Cotton Castles’, and you can see why – calcium-rich water has cascaded over the cliff edge, creating surreal formations that formed as the calcium was deposited. The natural shelves and pools make for an interesting backdrop for photographers, but it’s the warm pools at the top that people come here for. Take a dip amongst the submerged fragments of fluted marble columns. This is where the Roman spa town of Hieropolis, founded in 190BC was located.

Top tip: Visit the partially restored Roman theatre nearby, once capable of holding more than 12 000 spectators!

The landscape of Cappadocia

6. Troglodyte villages, Cappadocia

Cappadocia is another oddly-formed landscape, and here you have a few different choices (which is why it features twice on our top 10). First, head underground and see the subterranean churches, tunnels and troglodyte villages hewn out of the soft porous rock. Some of these subterranean cities are up to eight levels deep!

Top tip: Portions of the very first Star Wars movie were filmed here. Can you guess which ones? Use the force!

7. Hot Air Ballooning, Cappadocia

Once you’ve explored the landscapes themselves, hop in a hot-air balloon and see this odd-looking but undeniably beautiful landscape from above.

Top tip: Take your camera!

8. Whirling Dervishes in Konya

Commemorating the death of the great Sufi poet and teacher Rumi, considered a saint by many Muslims, crowds of devotees and tourists flock to Konya from the 10th to the 17th of December every year. The Sufis believe that union with God can be achieved through the performance of the dance. It’s also a way of honouring their teacher. This isn’t just movement of the body – the dance is also a spiritual experience achieved through a combination of music, listening and the dance itself.

9. Gulet cruise in Fethiye

Fethiye is on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, a beautiful port with breathtaking views of an island-studded bay. With a good selection of charming cafes, restaurants and shops to amble around, it’s the perfect place to relax. Take a Gulet (traditional wooden sailing boat) cruise around the area and soak up the sun!

10. The Draconids Meteor shower

Tipped to be one of the best meteor showers around this year, the Draconids Meteor Shower takes place in October. With the earth passing close to the tail of the comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner, stargazers should see the results as a shower of meteors visible to those in the Northern Hemisphere. On The Go Tours has a unique 10-day Draconids Meteor Shower tour departing on the first of October and arriving in Cappadocia just in time to witness this meteorological event.

Top tips: bring a notebook stargazers –  Dr. Ferhat, Asst. Professor of the Space Studies division from Erciyes University will be giving a talk about the Draconids Meteor Shower after dinner on the 8th day of the tour.

10 Top Tourist Attractions in China

Here are some of the top tourist attractions in China;

Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from the attacks of nomadic tribes from the north. The majority of the existing wall were built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The condition of the Great Wall of China ranges from excellent to ruined. The most popular area of the Great Wall is at Bādálǐng. Also renovated but less touristy are Sīmǎtái and Jīnshānlǐng.

Potala Palace 

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Situated 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. The construction of the present palace began in 1645 during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama and by 1648 the Potrang Karpo, or White Palace, was completed. The Potrang Marpo, or Red Palace, was added between 1690 and 1694. The Potala Palace remained the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India, after the Chinese invasion in 1959.

Forbidden City

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Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace covering 72 hectares. Built from 1406 to 1420, the palace complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 rooms surrounded by a six meter (20 ft) deep moat and a ten meter (33 ft) high wall. Twenty-four emperors reigned over the country for almost 5 centuries from the Forbidden City until the abdication of Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Today the Forbidden City is a museum and one of the most popular tourist attractions in China.

Victoria Harbour

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Victoria Harbour is a major tourist attraction in Hong Kong and one of the deepest container ports in the world. The bay offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island on one side, and the Tsim Sha Tsui shoreline on the other. Victoria Harbour is also one of the busiest harbors in the world with hundreds of ferries, junks and speed boats darting up and down the shore. One of the best ways to see the harbor is a trip on the Star Ferry. 

Terracotta Army

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The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang (221 BC-206 BC), the first Emperor of China. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Xián and one of the most popular in all of China. It is estimated that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. 

Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

A Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the highlight of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. The landscape is decorated with amazing hills, steep cliffs, incredible caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo groves. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River is one of the top tourist attractions in China. 

Mount Huang

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One of China’s major tourist destinations, Mount Huang is a mountain range in eastern China also known as Huangshan (“Yellow Mountain”). The area is well known for its scenery, pine trees, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks and views of the clouds from above. In ancient times almost 60,000 stone steps were carved into the side of the mountain range. Today there are also cable cars that tourists can use to ride directly from the base to one of the summits.

Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha of Leshan is a gigantic Buddha statue carved out of a cliff face in Sichuan, western China. Begun in the year 713 during the Tang Dynasty, the statue was not completed until the year 803, and was the effort of thousands of sculptors and workers. The Leshan Giant Buddha stands about 71 meters (233 feet) high and has three meter (11 feet) long fingers on each of its enormous resting hands.

Mogao Caves

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The Mogao Caves form a system of 492 temples 25 km (15.5 miles) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a crossroads on the Silk Road. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of about a 1,000 years. Construction of the Buddhist cave shrines began in 366 AD as places to store scriptures and art. Along with the Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, the Mogao Caves are one of the three most famous ancient rock-cut temples in China.

Pudong Skyline

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Pudong is a district in Shanghai on the eastern side of the Huangpu River that has emerged as China’s financial and commercial hub. A skyline of gleaming skyscrapers rises out of what was mere farmland only 20 years ago. Skyscrapers includes the symbolic Oriental Pearl Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Jin Mao Building and the Shanghai Tower that should be finished in 2014. 

 

culled from http://www.touropia.com/

SUMMER: SOME USEFUL ADVICE

Summer holiday is around the corner and it is the time to start planning for that long awaited vegetation. Despite the wide variety of choices available for spending your holiday beaches are ideal for summer holidays as they offer refreshing leisure moments, exotic sun baths, warm velvet sands where the kids can play and romantic scenery for the adults.

ESCAPE FROM EVERYTHING

Summer holiday is the best time to forget about work and take the time off to refresh and revitalize your body and soul. Summer vacation can serve as a good opportunity to go out and expose yourself to the world outside, expand your knowledge by learning new things.

Being the busiest season to travel in a year, summer season however compensates for this considering the advantages it offers you.

The airlines know that during this time of the year there are going to be huge demand for tickets. Hence, between May and September they announce great discounts on airfare. Hence, when airline ticket fare drops make a jump for the tickets. Summer also means fewer clothes. You don’t need to carry huge coats, jackets, sweater and boots. Luggage is less and your bag pack looks neat and tidy. One can carry swimsuits, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts for summer and hence one can travel light. It saves you money as lesser luggage means you are not required to pay for extra baggage.

MAKE THE MOST OF IT

During summer months one gets a lot of options for people and friends who also wish to travel along with you. Hence, if you are one of those who love traveling in groups then this is the best time.The various summer tourist vacation spots and resorts offer great packages for accommodation for big groups. Hence one can call upon friends who wish to travel and plan trips together. In many places of the country the summer weather is the best choice for various outdoor occasions like art shows, musical festivals, sports events, and expos etc which are great ways that allows you to pack your bags and move out of your house.

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