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Turkey: Capture the summer sunshine

With one part in the east and another in the west, turkey is an embodiment of a cultural mix influenced by centuries of both ancient and modern civilizations. Known to many as a land of myth, a cradle of various civilizations and a canvas of nature’s most aesthetic bounties, turkey owes its favourable position as a bridging nation between two most important continents, Europe and Asia while sharing boundaries with Africa to.

There is no doubt whether you will enjoy yourself. The question is how much fun you can take. There is something for every visitor. The warm sociable people, the exotic world-class cuisine, architectural splendour of the mosque make turkey, the ultimate tourist destination.

Most of Turkey’s best beaches have been snatched up by big hotels or full-service entertainment beach clubs — leaving less-than-stellar public alternatives. Thankfully, those big operations keep their beaches clean (the public ones with no services are very often littered) and the prices for their lounges pretty low, and they usually are associated with some of the best patches of sand or pebbles anyway.

This Mediterranean country, still largely adhere to native customs and tradition in many areas of life. From birth, marriage to holiday celebration, the people celebrate their heritage with great enthusiasm, reflecting the richness and magnificence of their way of life.

When it comes to food and drinks, the traditional Turkish cuisine usually includes Meze, a tray or table of hors d’oeuvres, stuffed grape leaves, salads, shrimp and a wide variety of other items. Despite have a high majority of Muslim, Turkish people enjoy locally made beer, wine and spirits. There traditional drink is called raki- an aniseed-flavored clear grape brandy, similar to French pastis.

Turkey has a beach friendly temperature. Mo matter the part of the country you are visiting, the climate is always conducive for whatever relaxation you want. For the winter period, you won’t be needing a scarf and a hat because the average temperature are between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best times to visit turkey. The climate will give you the perfect environment for sightseeing in Istanbul, the Aegean or Mediterranean coast.

Turkey is a great destination for summer vacations, preferred by many holiday lovers. Although five out of seven of Turkey`s climatic regions are quite hot and rainless in summers, it is cool in the inlands. Turkish summers lasts from mid-June to mid-September.

A summer vacation in Turkey is an opportunity to watch events and festivals that take place during this time of the year. You can watch the Marmaris Yacht Show in May; the Marmaris Festival in June; Aspendos Opera Festival in June; Butterfly Valley, from July to September; Antalya Film Festival in September.  The well known resorts have kid`s clubs to keep children entertained and happy. So, do not miss this wonderful opportunity of a summer vacation in Turkey.

Here is a fun fact. With the exception of the state capital, Istanbul, turkey doesn’t really have a winter tourism season. It is also advisable to plan ahead when travelling during the Four-or-Five day Kurban Bayrami as banks close and ATMs maybe out of cash.

 

 

Attractions

 

Go shopping in the Grand Bazaar

The grand bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is must-see in Istanbul. Whether you like shopping or not, the grand bazaar is an ancient market that houses a deal of picturesque surroundings. The bazaar has been trading since 1461. You can buy all kinds of stuff here from jewellery and clothing to pottery and rugs

grand bazaar istanbul

Visit the Istanbul archaeology museums

With centuries of cultural evolution from different parts from parts of the world of the globe store in this wonderland, the archaeological museum is surely going to thrill you. The structure in itself is an exception complex, consisting on separate museums, the archaeology museum, the museum of the ancient orient and the tiles kiosk. One of the most remarkable attractions is the sarcophagus of Alexander the great found in the archaeology museum.

archeology museum istanbul

 

Ephesus

Turkey is awash with ancient cities, making it tough to select just one for this list. However, the most popular of these attractions is Ephesus near modern Selcuk. It contains some of the best preserved Greek and Roman ruins in the world and remains a well-trodden part of the tourist trail from nearby resorts such as Kusadasi and Izmir. Some of the most impressive attractions at Ephesus include the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the ancient theatre. Many visitors will explore this city in combination tours with Miletus, Didyma and Priene.

ephesus turkey

Visit an Underground city. Among the most intriguing and fascinating tourist attractions of Turkey are the underground cities of Cappadocia. Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu and stare in amazement at the unique architectural beauty of this magical city. Approximately 85meters deep, the city contains chain of stables, cellars and churches. Take pictures with your partner and capture moments that you will cherish for the rest of your lives.

underground-city-turkey

Enjoy the panoramic views from Galata tower

built in 1348, the Galata Tower is of the best place to a have a phenomenal view of the capital city. There is also a restaurant in the upper floor. You can also gain a 360 degree view of the city.

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Topkapi palace: home of the sultans

From more than 4 centuries, the topkani palace has been the home to the ottoman sultans. Today, it is one of istanbuls most popular attractions. The palace was named Topkapi, meaning canon gate. You can wonder around the country yards and look at the splendour/elegance of the sultan’s residence. The palace is stuffed with so much history and culture making it a very popular destination to appreciate both the history and traditional of ancient turkey.

topkapi_palace turkey

USA- Catch all the fun you need – Think Summer

Believe it or not, the United States is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. During the festive season, it boasts of an amazing amount of tourist destinations ranging from the natural wonders of Arizona and Alaska, the skyscraper of New York and Chicago, the sunny beaches of California and Hawaii to the awesome casino lights in Las Vegas. With so many tourist attractions it’s tempting to list entire cities or even states. Should anyone be planning any family vacations, excursions or road trips in the near future or even planning ahead for the Christmas holidays, the US has all it takes to give you the best vacation ever.

Distances in the US are so great that it’s essential to plan in advance how you’ll get from place to place. The authorities provide quite a convenience rail service, and there are usually good bus links between the major cities. Even in rural areas, by advance planning, you can usually reach the main points of interest without too much trouble by using local buses and charter services.

If you really want to shake things up this Christmas holiday season, there is no better destination in Southern California than Big Gear Lake. Up until the New Years, thus welcoming mountain turns into a magical kingdom of fun and excitement. Also check out Long Beach California, a smaller city with unprecedented array of Cuisine. Have a whole of fun with the family at the Walt Disney Theme Park Florida. Christmas season is a special time of the year in Disney world. As early as November, each of the Parks in Walt Disney World has wonderful Christmas decoration in preparation of the series of events taking place during the holiday season. From the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT to the Disney Hollywood studio, the fun never stops. Make sure you have enough space in your camera or you will end up deleting pictures as you take new ones.

Attractions


Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, has welcomed new arrivals to the shores of America for over a hundred years.

liberty

Madame Tussauds Museum

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington DC is an interactive attraction that brings historical figures and events to life through wax figures that visitors can touch, see and hear.

Shahrukh Khan Wax at Madame Tussauds

Shahrukh Khan Wax at Madame Tussauds

Times Square

Known colloquially as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Great White Way,” Times Square NYC is one of the most popular commercial intersections in the world.

Times Square in New York City

Times Square in New York City

Disneyland

Opened in 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim, California has delighted visitors for decades with its eight themed “lands” of rides, shows and attractions.

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, is one of the oldest and most recognizable suspension bridges in the world. It spans 5,989 feet and connects Manhattan to Brooklyn across the East River.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

SeaWorld San Diego

Situated in sunny San Diego, SeaWorld is characterized by its theme of marine mammals, daring rides and live shows.

Seaworld San Diego

Seaworld San Diego

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in California and the US. Spanning over the San Francisco Bay for more than a mile, this famous landmark is one of the world’s most photographed bridges.

California Golden Gate Bridge

California Golden Gate Bridge

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is the top ranked challenger to Disney, as the largest of the Universal Studios Theme Parks. The resort consists of two theme parks: The original Universal Studios Florida and the second theme park, Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Also don’t miss

  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Walt Disney World
  • Sea world Orlando
  • Discovery cove
  • American Museum of natural history
  • Museum of Modern Art

Discover Istanbul – The City Guide from ISTANBULFIND

The Lake Retba: A cup of milkshake prepared by nature

Ever heard of The Lake Retba?

It is an hour away from the capital city of Senegal and unlike anything you have ever seen before. This unusual lake depending on the day, changes colour from a light purple to deep scarlet pink. This remarkable water body called lake Retba or Lac Rose(French is the official language of Senegal) lies north of Cape Vert peninsula of Senegal north east of Dakar. It is well known for having been the end point of the famous Dakar rally which has since been relocated to South America.

Lake Retba

Lake Retba

A cup of milkshake prepared by nature

Its distinct pink coloration is caused by the salt-loving organism Dunaliella salina. The organism produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight, thus giving the lake its unique pink colour. Its colour is especially visible during the dry season which lasts from November to June and less during the rainy season which lasts from July-October.

Because of its high salt content, not many living organisms are able to survive in the lake. This is why it serves mainly as a tourist attraction and salt production. For a huge part of the year, salt harvesting is the major activity of the lake. Salt farmers spend 10-12 hours a day in the water collecting salt from the lake bed with their skin coated with butter to protect them from the harsh salinity of the water.   When visiting the lake, you will be amazed by the array of the mountains of salt packed up next to the lake’s shore, the pink Colour of the lake’s water and the gold sand dunes on the other side of the Lac Rose.

Miss Rwanda 2015

On the 21st of February 2015,  at the Kigali Serena hotel, be part  the celebration as fifteen of Rwanda’s most beautiful girls compete for the coveted title: Miss Rwanda 2015. Contact World N Traveland for special package deal from Nigeria.

Mount Roraima, a magic of nature

Mount Roraima (Monte Roraima) is the world’s highest flat-topped mountain with its height of 2810 meters. It is located in Gran Sabana, at the border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guiana. Its unusual shape and its glorious height have become an attraction for many of hiking-tourists which are coming here to experience unique feel of hiking the Mount Roraima. These kinds of mountains are called Tepuis and they are different from other because they are totally flat on their tops. If you look Mount Roraima from a distance, for a moment you might think that you are watching a huge building made by humans, because of its almost perfectly flattened top.

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima

Treks to Mount Roraima usually last for about two days to reach the top of the mountain and two days to get back. Usually, hikers spend at least two days on the top of the mountain to explore and enjoy its unique environment. This area is also rich with plenty of exotic flora and fauna. You may find some endemic kinds of plants and also you could get a chance to see the jewel-like hummingbirds and the black frog. The highest point of Mount Roraima is the Mawerick Rock.

There is also a number of other tepuis-mountains which can be find in Gran Sabana but Mount Roraima is the highest and the most popular location. There is a whole chain of such mountains called Pakaraima chain. Indigenous people who can be find in the nearby of the Mont Roraima, like the Pemon Indians of Gran Sabana, see this mountain as very significant place and there are various legends related to it.

When to go
You can climb Mount Roraima any time of the year, but most people prefer the dry season between December and April. However, the weather is changeable at any time, and rain and mist are a constant. With rain, the rivers swell and crossing may be difficult.

What to Take
Be prepared for hot, steamy days and cold nights on the top of the tepui. You’ll want reliable rain gear, tent, and sleeping bag, if not provided by your tour company. A foam mat adds comfort. Additionally, you’ll need good walking shoes or boots, sneakers, a bathing suit, sun protection/sun blocker, hat, knife, water bottle, and a flashlight. A camera and plenty of film is a must, as is a cooking stove and food. If you’re on your own, take more food than you’ll need in case you want to spend an extra day on the tepui. Take plastic bags to carry your garbage out. Take a big supply of good insect repellant. The sabana is home to a biting gnat, jején commonly referred to as la plaga, the plague.

La Sagrada Familia

With over two million visitors per year, La Sagrada Familia undoubtedly offers the best of tourist experience in Barcelona, Spain.
Its is not just a building yet not just an attraction, its a whole lot more.

Three unique attractions in Tokyo, Japan

Video is adapted from Lonely Planet Channel

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