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The Crown of Libya: Tripoli



The Crown of Libya: Tripoli

We have heard a little about Libya but most of the people don’t even know that this country even exists. Libya is a country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. It is really a beautiful city but very underrated in tourism area. It has its own style of living and offers numbers of amazing locations, beaches, parks and mountains for every travel freak. Islam is the official religion of this country and it is mainly known for deserts as 90% of the country is engulfed by deserts of Sahara. Libya is also one of the wealthiest country near Mediterranean and home of the most famous volcano Waw al Namus which has a lot of multicolored lakes. As a matter of fact, it was the only country in the world which used a single color flag till 2011. The education is absolutely free here and alcohol consumption is prohibited. Loans are given here at 0 % interest rates and free house are given to newly married couples. It proves that it is only country of its kind. It has some beautiful cities like Beirut, Jounieh, Baalbek, Jita, Bcharre, Byblos, Safra, Saida, Jbail, Tyre, Bdadun, Anjar, Tripoli, Nabatiye, Masnaa and Zuq Musbih. Lets explore more about Tripoli, the largest city and capital of Libya. Tripoli is located in the northwestern part of Libya and is one of the most visited cities in Libya. You will be amazed see the sights here like Red Castle Museum, Gurgi Mosque, Tripoli Zoo, Museum of Libya, Burtasiyat Madrassa Mosque and St. Johns Church. The city has the one of the largest university in Libya, University of Tripoli, which provides free education to all inhabitants. There is a history of more than 2000 years when this city was founded as a trading center by the Phoenicians. Tripoli declared itself independent in 1460 and it became part of Libya in 1949. Today, Tripoli is playing an important part in country’s historical, economical and industrial growth.

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The cold semi arid steppe climate of Tripoli makes the environment very hot throughout the year. The temperature varies from 39 F to 108 F during the year. The hottest month is August and February is the coolest one. Rainfall is not at all common here so you can easily expect more than 340 days of sunshine per year. January brings some rain but the weather remains dry most of the times. Precipitation reaches its highest point during January. The best time to visit Tripoli is between February and May.

How to get here?

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Tripoli is well served by Tripoli International Airport located nearby the city downtown. It is the largest and busiest airport of the country. It is controlled by the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Bureau of Libya. The airport receives both international and domestic flights from all leading airline carriers. The airport also provides shuttle services for passengers to get them to the city center. There is also Misrata International Airport, located 225 km from the city, which is also used as alternate airport to Tripoli airport by many travelers. You can reach the downtown easily by cabs, taxis, rental cars and off course, airport shuttles from both the airports.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

You will find a long range of lodging options in Tripoli, from 5 stars to 1 star, from hostels to motels and from apartments to B&B. If you want to have a luxurious stay then the best option is Corinthia Hotel, located at Souk Al Thulatha Al Gadim in Tripoli. It is a 5 star hotel featuring deluxe rooms & suites, Free breakfast, free internet, free parking, multilingual staff, spa, health club and tennis court. Other luxurious choices include Thobacts Hotel, Plasma Hotel Tripoli, Ribas Hotel, Al Naher Hotel, Al Khayam Hotel, Radission Blue Al Mahary Hotel, Rixos Al Nasr Tripoli and JW Marriott Hotel Tripoli. Some budget hotels include Tripoli Apartments, Al Waddan Hotel, Awal hotel Tripoli, Anaktorikon Hotel, Marriott Hotel and Holiday Express Inn.

Food

Tripoli offers some of the tastiest dishes in the whole country and features almost all international cuisines in more than 50 restaurants, cafe and bars around the city. Some of the best choices include Storico Ristorante Italiano dal 1927 featuring a great blend of Italian, Mediterranean and chowder, Al Athar featuring very good Roman food, Caffe Casa offering some good ice cream, Authentic Lebanese House featuring traditional Lebanese food, Sultan Ahmet Restaurant with its Turkish food, Havanna Juice with its bar, bistro & creperie, Barakoda Restaurant featuring good Sushi food, Fes Restaurant, Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel featuring great Moroccan cuisine and Royal Cafe featuring a great mixture of French, Italian and Continental dishes.

The Attractions

Red Castle Museum

tripoli Red Castle Museum

The Red Castle Museum, also known as Assaraya Alhamra Museum, is an art museum located in old town of Tripoli. It is the national museum of Libya and it is housed in a historic building called the Red Castle. The museum is famous for large collection of artifacts, paintings, books, sculptures and works of famous artists related to Lebanese history. The museum covers an area of more than 10000 square meters and has been recognized as one of the richest museums of the world.

Tripoli Zoo

A hippo chomps down on some fresh greens at Tripoli Zoo

Tripoli Zoo is more of a zoological garden located in south of Tripoli’s center. It is the biggest zoo of the country and features different species of animals like lion, tigers, waddan, reptiles, birds and some very old and famous trees and plants. It is really a fun place to visit.

Marvelous City of Salzburg, Austria



Marvelous City of Salzburg, Austria

Austria may not be very famous for natural beauty but it is very well known for its man made wonders like castles, palaces, cemeteries, museums and more. Austria has almost everything that a tourist desires, from good food to fastidious people, from rich culture to great history, from exotic locations to relaxing beaches, from music to sports and from comfortable accommodation to easy transport system. Famous attractions in Austria include Melk Abbey, Vienna State Opera, Seefeld in Tyrol, Hohensalzburg Castle, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Innsbruck Altstadt, St. Anton am Arlberg, Grosslockner Alpine Road, Hallstatt, Schonbrunn Palace and much more. It has the attractive cities like Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Zell am See, Mayrhofen, Ischgl, Kaprun, Neustift im Stubaital, Sankt Anton am Arlberg and Bad Gastein. In this article, we will experience the majesty of Salzburg city of Austria and know why it is a very popular destination among visitors. Salzburg is the 4th largest city of Austria and capital of federal state of Salzburg. It is located at the northern edge of Alps in Central Austria. It is a city of festivals, events, exhibitions, galleries, celebrations, customs, sports, creative arts and adventures. The old town of the city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The history of Salzburg gives a glimpse of 1815 when it became a part of Habsburg Austria. Before 1815, it was capital of an principality and then the Napoleonic wars began and changed the history of the city. 19th century was the period of economic boom when it became a hub of tourism industry, businesses, schools and hospitals. The state of Salzburg is also famous for some of the tallest waterfalls of Europe with maximum height of 380 metres.

How to get here

Salzburg has a humid continental climate with fairly hot summers. The temperature varies from 53 F to 80 F throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. July is the warmest month and January is the coldest one. You can expect more than 300 sunny days during the year. Precipitation is at it highest point during September and thunderstorms are quite common during this period. The best time to visit Salzburg is during March and April because of the mildness of weather.

How to get here?

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Salzburg is well served by the Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart which receives numerous number of flights from major carriers like Delta, Frontier, British Airways and US Airlines. It is also the 2nd largest airport in Austria and one of the busiest also. There are some alternative airports also near the city like Linz Airport, Munich Airport and Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport that are located withing the range of 180 km from Salzburg. You can easily get to the downtown by taxi, cab, rental car, limo, airport shuttle or bus service. You can also come by car as there are many highways connecting Salzburg to its neighbor cities.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

There is a big range of some of the finest accommodations in country in Salzburg. From luxurious hotels and resorts to budget lodges and hostels, you will find every staying spot in every price range. One of the finest is Hotel Bristol, located right in the heart of the city, featuring exquisitely crafted furniture, champagne with breakfast, great salons and other facilities of pure class. Some other luxurious choices include Hotel Wolf Dietrich, Hotel Sacher, Alstadthotel Kasererbrau, Hotel Stein, Hotel Am Dom, Hotel Goldener Hirsch A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hotel & Villa Auersperg, Altstadthotel Weisse Taube, Hotel Elefant, Achat Plaza Zum Hirschen, Hotel Schloss Monchstein, Haus Arenberg, Hotel Amadeus, Atel Hotel Lasserhof, Nh Salzburg City and Hotel Rosenvilla. In budget hostels and lodges, you will surely like Hotel Schwarzes Rossl, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Motel One Salzburg Mirabell, Motel One Salzburg Sud, Villa Trapp, Hotel Fischachstubn, Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus, Salzburg Eduard Heinrich Haus, Muffin Hostel and Kolpinghaus Salzburg.

Food

Exotic food of all international cuisines is the specialty of Salzburg city. From Ethnic to Continental, Mexican to Indian, Mediterranean to Seafood, almost everything is available here at more than 400 restaurants around the city. Some of the finest choices are Zirkelwirt Maxglan featuring great traditional Austrian food, Enoteca Settemila AC featuring Italian & wine bar, Restaurant Esszimmer featuring ethnic food, Restaurant Esszimmer with exotic drinks, 220 Grad with nice dessert, II Padrino with Italian food, Augustiner Braustueberl featuring Brew pub, Bangkok Restaurant with Thai food, Das Restaurant with Indian food, Gasthaus Zwettler’s Stiftskeller with diner, Eclectic and Gastropub and Bar Mayday Red Bull Hangar featuring contemporary, international and fusion.

The Attractions

Mirabell Palace

Mirabell Palace

The Mirabell Palace is a famous landmark located at Mirabellplatz in Salzburg. It is also listed as a cultural heritage monument and a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a historical building with some gardens. It was built in 1606 and was named as Altenau Palace by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Von Raitenau. The main attractions of the Palace are the Small Parterre, the Mirebell park, Hedge Theatre, Rose Hill and many more. The palace remains open for public daily and you can easily take a guided tour of it and its surroundings.

Salzburg Cathedral

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The Salzburg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Baroque  architecture Cathedral located at Domplatz 1a in Salzburg. It is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. It was built in 1628 and today it is one of the iconic structures of the city. You will be amazed by the eye catching exterior and unique architecture or the cathedral. It is the largest building in town and remains open for the public daily with free admission.

Mount Sanqingshan, China



Mount Sanqingshan, China

Mount Sanqingshan, China

Mount Sanqingshan, China

Mount Sanqing is located at the northeast of Shangrao city in Jiangxi Province, China. Sanqing in Chinese means “Three Pure Ones”, as mount Sanqing is formed by the Taoist Trinity. Sanqing is 1817mts above the sea level and has been famed as Taoist sacred mountain. In 2008, Mount Sanqing was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site. The total area of Sanqing is 756.60 square kilometers and in 2005, it was classified as the National Park of China. Mount Sanqing is a shelter for many animals, containing about 800 different species of Fauna and 1000 species of Flora with fantastically contoured granite pillars and intricate rock pattern combining with regularly changing weather creates exquisite scenery.

Location and Transportation:

Location of Mount Sanqingshan, China

Location of Mount Sanqingshan, China

Mount Sanqingshan is 78km west of Shangrao city, 115km south of Wuyishan City, 144km east of Quzhou city and 263km north of Huangshan city. To get to Sanqingshan, take a train to Shangrao station in Jiangxi Province. Many cities including Shangai, Changsha and Kunming operate direct train service to Shangrao station. From there the tourist can travel by bus to the mountain. Pericab is the most common way to get around the city and cable cars are available to the scenic area.

History:

Ge Hong

Ge Hong

Mount Sanqingshan is made up of three main crests Yujing, Yuxu and Yuhua peaks which appears as the “Three Taoist Gods” Yuqing, Shangqing and Taiqing of Taoism resting in a row and hence describes why it’s named as “Sanqing”. The Yujing peak is the highest peak with an altitude of 1819.9 meters and it has a reputation of “Best Spirit Mountain in the World”. During the Eastern Jin dynasty (AD 317-420) mount Sanqingshan was regarded as the sacred place of Taoist because of Ge Hong, a famous Taoist who built a Taoist temple at foot of Sanqing. He also cultivated vital energy in his body and made pills of immortality about 1,600 years ago. During Song dynasty, Wang Lin invested to build Taoist temple, making Sanqing Mountain a major destination for Taoist. The footprints of famous people like Xu Xiake, a traveller of Ming dynasty and Anshi, politician and reformer of Song dynasty are left in the mountain. In biological terms, it harbours rare plants that evolved through 200 million years, creating a natural paradise for a great diversity of plants and animals.

Places to Visit:
1. Nanqing Garden:
Naqing Garden
The Nanqing garden is situated in the centre of the Sanqingshan. It is about 1577 meters above the sea level with most spectacular natural scenery. There are wonderful sceneries such as vigorous mountains, picturesque peaks and rocks and it also includes several symbolic landscapes of Sanqingshan. The circular travelling route passes through the Liuxua Terrace, the Yuhuang Peak, “Great Python” coming out of the mountain, “Goddess Sinchun” and “Line sky” to Youxiangu valley.

2. West Coast Scenic Spot:
West Coast
It is located in the west of mount Sanqingshan with an average altitude of 1600 meters. It is a scenic spot of the most open terrain and the West Coast is a coastline as Mount Sanqingshan used to be submerged by the sea for three times. In the West Coast along the precipices, the cloud sea, the afterglow, the mountain peaks as well as the valleys can be seen. The travelling route is the highest and longest high-mountain plank road and the route is about four kilometers long.

3. Yujing Peak:
Yujing Peak
Yujingfeng is the highest and the mid-most peak in Mount Sanqingshan measuring 1816.9 meters in altitude. Yujing Peak is a magnificent scenic spot with a sight of Cloud Sea, fog wave and an ideal place to view sunrise and sunset. Yujing has the distinct cold and warm seasons, like cold winters and warm summers. The landscape is mostly covered with closed needle leaved evergreen forest. The Yujing peak is also called as “The endless boundary of the sky, the highest peak” and only standing on top of Yujing peak, the mountains and valleys under can be viewed, which will completely show the magnificent display of Mount Sanqingshan.

3. Sunshine Coast:
Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast scenic spot also called as “East Coast” is located in the east of Mount Sanqingshan with an average altitude of 1600 meters. A newly developed suspended plank road along the cliff with an overall length of 3600 meters is built to the Sunshine Coast. Spectacular scenery of High Mountain and stone forest can be viewed from the Sunshine valley. Apart from walking on top of Sunshine Coast, with its broad horizons, several great wonders such as thrills of the rope bridge, transparent glass viewing platform and deep canyons can be experienced.

4. Sanqinggong Scenic Spot:
Sanqinggong
The Sanqinggong is located in the north side of Mount Sanqingshan with a collection of the cultural scenery and an “Open-Air Museum” of ancient Taoist buildings. Sanqinggong enjoys a history of over 1600 years possessing ancient buildings like Taoist temple, pool, tomb, mansions etc which are built according to the elaborate layout of “Prenatal Eight Diagrams”, layout of ancient Taoist buildings in China.

5. Xihuatai:
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The Xihuatai Scenic spot is located in the northern foot of Mount Sanqingshan. Since Song and Ming dynasty the Xihuatai has an ancient stone pair path to the top of the mountain. The Xihuatai is reputed as “Green Kingdom” and “Cool World” and “Flower Garden”.

Yuanyang County, China



Yuanyang County, China

Yuanyang County,Yunnan,China

THE CHINESE RICE TERRACES

Yuanyang County,Yunnan,China

Yuanyang County,Yunnan,China

Yuanyang County is a home to the world’s biggest and most splendid terraced rice fields in the world which have been cultivated for Hani people.This is located to 326 kilometers to the South of Kunming which is the capital city of Yunnan Province.These are situated on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County.

Location of Yunnan

Location of Yunnan

The Rice Terrace Fields have been cultivated for centuries and it is considered as the distinct self sustaining ecosystem.It is held as an masterpiece for the Hani generations to cultivate it.It is such a typical landscape with unique scenery.

Rice Terraced Fields in Yuanyang County

Rice Terraced Fields in Yuanyang County

The water flowing down for the irrigation of the fields looks very clear and the air is perfect for strolling which looks like a path to heaven where we can enjoy the beauty of the natural scenery. Yuanyang  covers an area of 800 square miles of  its agriculture and also the population of Hani minorities.

Beautiful landscape of the rice terraces

Beautiful landscape of the rice terraces

Hani terraced fields are beautiful with area of 23,005 acres.This terrace is considered as the core area of Hani terrace as the county is slopey with mountains.The terraces on the hill slopes has a slope of 15 to 75 degrees.It raises by 3000 steps forming such a splendid landscape surrounded with forests.

Sunrise in the terrace fields

Sunrise in the terrace fields

The rice field yields just one crop per year which means that they are either green or filled with water which reflects the beautiful sky with amazing sunrises as well as sunsets.

Stunning rice terraces

Stunning rice terraces

The rice terraces has been said that it has a 1300 year history from Hani’s ancestors who made the farming system and they took most of the area of Ailao Mountain’s with its nice climate and temperature and set a large vegetation  of rice for their living which has adequate water to the terraces.The technology of cultivating the rice terraces has eventually developed.The Hani people’s creativity is known as they uniquely represented the rice terrace in a mountain area which turned out to a perfect beauty in China.Due to their creativity,the Ming Dynasty emperor granted the title as ‘Skillful Sculptor’ to the people and hence their fame was passed to generations.

Irrigated rice terraces

Irrigated rice terraces

The rice farmers practiced the farming concepts for centuries to expertise themselves so that they are accepted world wide now.If such hard work and proper irrigation is not maintained,the top soil would have been washed down from the hill sides to the rivers.

The water from mountain springs and rains are  flowed to the rice terraces and at the period of winter to early spring,this whole field is irrigated with spring water from forest and the planting occurs from March to November every year.The flowing of the water holds a different and amazing view attracted by many visitors.

Zigzag manner of the fields

Zigzag manner of the fields

Now,these rice terraces are known as ‘Land Sculpture’.These terraces are in a crisscross way moving upwards with a wide range of slopes with a height of 144 to 2000 meters which is a perfect picturesque.The terraces here reach its maximum of 3000 on one mountain slope which is quite a rare thing in both China and the whole world.

The area has a perfect human living environment which suits the rice terraces to grow healthier as they are under supervision.These rice terraces are suitable to watch at any time of the year but the best time is at the time of a subtropical climate  from November to April when the view is so beautiful.Also, private vehicles are allowed to watch the spectacular sunrise and sunset.

Hani minorities

Hani minorities

Yuanyang is also famous for the popular minorities’  life.The Hani people other than tie rice terraces also created integrated farming system involving cattle, fish,buffaloes,ducks.These people worship the  nature like sun,moon,mountains, rivers,forests,fire.Every house has different fires which are ever burning as they respect fire which is used for various uses.

Thatched Mushroom Houses of Hani people

Thatched Mushroom Houses of Hani people

The Hani people live in traditional thatched mushroom houses.They believe in social and religious beliefs.They are hospitable and guests are normally treated with wine and they entertain them with songs.They participate in social activities only before marriage.They somehow have some modern thoughts combined with tradition beliefs in marriage matter which is quite interesting. They have a colorful market every day according to the Chinese calendar.They wear colorful traditional clothes which are a sight to see.

Traditional clothing of Hani people

Traditional clothing of Hani people

Yuanyang County's rice terraces

Yuanyang County’s rice terraces

The visit to the Yuanyang County means that the tourists can have the most special view of the rice terrace with its great history and also can enjoy the experience of different culture which is quite exciting.The UNESCO considered these rice terraced fields as World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site as it has beautiful culture with amazing landscapes of mountains,forests,seas.It is one of the 17 popular places in China.The special features made this place even more interesting.Even though the tourist number is less,it is gradually increasing and slowly it may lead to people thriving to view this amazing place of natural beauty.

 

Beirut: An enchanted land



Beirut: An enchanted land

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Beirut offers its visitors a marvelous medley of the finest things they can possibly imagine. Located on the coast in Lebanon, it takes pride on the title attributed to it, ‘the Paris of the Middle East’. It exudes with merriment and joy, and demands your attention. Therefore, it goes without saying that soon you will find yourself succumbing to its scenic splendor .So whether you fancy a visit to the enchanted caves or an experience of gourmets delight in the elite cuisines, or if you are in a mood to gawk at the spectacular breathtaking beauty of the intricate architectural hot-spots, or you decide to explore the unspoiled touch of nature in the wilderness, Beirut is the place which you are looking for. Well this was just a simple way of saying that you will never run out of things. So, let’s get started with looking up at some of the best touristic spots in Beirut, which you can add in your  ‘to do list’ when you visit it.
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 ◊ National museum of Beirut: An intellects visual treat

If you are a person, who gets stirred with all the mind boggling facts related to archaeology and history then you are in for a treat over here. It hosts a stunning exhibition of around thirteen hundred artifacts and antiques ranging from prehistoric times to the medieval mamluk period. It tempts you to linger with its displayed collection of artifacts which are put up in the chronological order.

The museum gained grounds after its renovation especially with its collection of Phoenician objects. To mention a few antique artifacts among the impressive array of highlights are the famous ,much photographed   Phoenician  God figurines adorned beautifully with jewelries, a marble sarcophagus of Achilles, coins and jewelry collection of byzantine period , glazed terracotta bowls.

Bierut national museum: The saga of a civilization
Bierut national museum: The saga of a civilization

 

 

◊ Jeita Grotto: For those who admire scenic splendor

Jeita Grotto is a sprawling system of caverns located in the north of Beirut, which will leave you         amazed and perplexed by depicting the true charm of the nature. The dazzling turquoise-green waters of the Jeita Grotto makes you wonder about its grandeur and beauty. It was also nominated for the ‘seven wonders of the world’. It offers you an exciting and mysterious experience with its icicles shaped stalactites and features the world’s largest stalactite hanging down 27 ft from the ceiling of the white chamber of upper Grotto. You can explore the caves on the boat as well as on the foot, either way it’s awe-inspiring.

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◊ Restaurants and Cafes: For a food filled holiday topped with a dollop of       subtle spices

If you are a foodie who craves for tasting the finest dishes, then make sure you hit these festive spots. Beirut boasts about housing some of the world’s top cuisines ranging from the French styled Le Vendome, to Indigo ‘a signature restaurant of Le gray’,  to the London’s Gaucho, to the trendy Iris mounted on a rooftop of an Nahar building  which will lure you. So whether you seek a mouth watering grilled sea food, or a classy cocktail, or traditional Lebanese appetizers, you have the assurance that you will find heart-fulfilling food on the Beirut streets, which are also lined up with the most exclusive clubs in the world.

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Experience the Majesty of Alhambra City, California



Experience the Majesty of Alhambra City, California

There is no need to describe the magic of California state of Unites States. It is well known for its fame as the Golden State, long beaches, Hollywood, amazing culture, famous celebrities, great weather, beautiful women, great taste of wineries and beers, DisneyLand and amusing cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Adelanto, South Lake Tahoe, Visalia, Alhambra and more. Lets dig into the city of Alhambra, located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County in California. Everyone knows that California was very famous for its findings of gold during 19th century and many people were drawn here, lured by gold. In 1784, lots of land grants were made by Spanish government including 300,000 acres granted to Manuel Nieto where Alhambra was built later. The city was named Alhambra after Washington Irving’s book ‘Tales of the Alhambra’ and it was just an unincorporated area during 19th century. At the starting of 20th century, Alhambra was incorporated as a city and after that this city did not look back. Colleges, Universities, museums, hospitals and many other architectures were built in the city and economic growth took a bounce during 1950s. Today, the city has some of the best educational institutions in the country like California Institute of Technology, California State University and Pasadena City College nearby. A lot of festivals are held throughout the year like the Annual San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year.

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Alhambra has a warm climate with hot summers. The temperature varies from 42 degrees to 89 degrees throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. July is the hottest month and coldest month is January. The city does not experience any snowfall but gets 17 inches of rain per year. The humidity goes very high during summer season. The best time to visit Alhambra is during spring season.

How to get here?

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Alhambra does not have its own international airport but there are five airports nearby and you can arrive at any airport as per your comfort. The nearest airport is Bob Hope Airport, located just 23 miles from the city center and then there is Long Beach Airport located just 25 miles from Alhambra. Other airports are Los Angeles International Airport with 30 miles, LA/Ontario International Airport with 33 miles and John Wayne Airport with 41 miles. Los Angeles International Airport is preferred mostly by visitors because of it receives flights from all major airlines and is one of the busiest airport of the country. You can easily get a cab, taxi, rental car or airport shuttle from any of these airports to reach Alhambra downtown easily.

Accommodation and Food

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When you are in Alhambra, you simply don’t need to worry about lodging options as there are more than 100 accommodation options around the city. From Hotels to B&B and Inns to Apartments, you will find everything in affordable range. One of the best options is Ramada Hotel, located at E. Colorado Boulevard featuring great rooms with amazing architecture, pool, tennis court, free internet and private spa. Other good options include Days Inn Alhambra, The Raymond Hotel, Starlight Inn Valley boulevard, Titta Inn, Langham Huntington, Super 8 Los Angeles, Lincoln Plaza Hotel, The Bissell House, Comfort Inn Monetery Park, Hilton Los Angeles San Gabriel, Rodeway Inn & Suites, Floral Inn, Garden Inn San Gabriel, Garden Inn San Gabriel and Holiday Express Inn.

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Whether you like American, Arabian, Belgian, British, Catalan, Caribbean, Chinese, Colombian or French, German, Mexican, Hawaiian, Himalayan, Dominican, this city has almost every cuisine to offer in every price range. The best rated restaurant is In-N-Out featuring great American food and Hamburgers. Other good choice include Lunasia with amazing Chinese food, Fosselman’s with classical desserts, The Hat with nice delicatessen, Dog Hous with Hawaiian food, King Hua Restaurant with exotic Dim Sum, Wahib’s Middle East Restaurant & Bakery with nice middle Eastern food, The Boiling Crab with delicious crabs, Twohey’s Restaurant with great American food and Green Papaya Thai Restaurant with amazing Thai food. If you like to eat late night then Noodle World Alhambra and U2 Cafe are really good options.

The Attractions

Alamitos Bay Beach

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The Alamitos Bay Beach is located in Los Angeles County and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The beach is famous for outdoor activities like boating, swimming, golfing, fishing and picnicking. There is no chance that you are going to be bored here because of some entertaining activities, good food and nearby attractions like Bixby Village Golf Course, Pio Pico State Park, Heartwell Golf Course and Huntington Beach State Park.  There is also the Alamitos Park nearby which covers an area of 23 acres featuring some park benches, picnic tables and play equipment. The park was built in 1981 and since then it has been a great place to hangout for tourists.

Autry National Center

Autry National Center

The Autry National Center is a museum located just 20 miles from the city downtown. The museum exhibits western arts, stories of western Frontiers, some great pieces of Pueblo Pottery and Native North American Beadwork. Some special events include Pan for Gold, The Long Riders, Mother’s Day Brunch at the Autry, Changes & Continuity, Museums of the Arroyo Day. Some musical events are also held here like Native Voices Festival and Western Music Association Monthly Jam. The Center remains open everyday and admission is free for public.

Capri Island



Capri Island

capriCapri is an island situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town is located on the island sharing the same name as Capri. Capri is twinned with Crosby, Merseyside, United Kingdom. Capri is a region which has an experience of history, nature, worldliness, culture and events that daily blend together and gets the spirit of the island alive which is unique all over the world. This island is very luxuriant, extraordinary in its own ways with a mild climate to relax.

capri capriTravelling to Capri Island is a special feature of a Naples coast kind of vacation. This island was famous for its Roman Emperors-who were rich and famous all over the world, artists and writers. The people visiting Capri have to travel by boat till Marina Grande which is the island’s main harbor port. There are frequent ferries and hydrofoils from the city of Naples and from Sorrento on the Amalfi coast where as there are less ferries from Posintano on the Amalfi coast and the island of Ischia. This island is scattered with numerous beaches and the two towns that exist are Capri which is just above Marina Grande and Anacapri which is the highest town in Italy and both are famous for lemon trees, birds and variety of flowers.

CAPRIThe best time to visit Capri is as a day trip if you are nearby the island but would preferably be better if visited in mornings and little late evenings when the hoards of day tourists aren’t there. Springs are the best time to visit this location even though it won’t make much of a difference in terms of temperature and climate situations because the island’s moderate temperature makes it a year round destination.

capri travelFor the travelling purpose on this island, there are several public buses running around but they can be crowded with localites. The funicular railway would take every visitor from hill Marina Grande to the town of Capri. The most panoramic and beautiful spot on this island is Mount Solaro and to travel till there, there’s a chair lift from Anacapri during the day time only as it is not available in the night time. There is availability of Taxi services as well which is reliable. Convertible taxis are one of the best options in here for travelling in warn sunny days. There is availability of boats as well at the harbor for an island tour and travel to Blue Grotto, for the same rented boats are also available. The nearest airports to Capri are Napoli-Capodichino(NAP) and Salerno-Pontecagnano(QSR).

capri_quisisanacapri quisisanaThis island offers variety of hotels to stay. Most of them are found in Capri and Anacapri islands whereas Anacapri is proved to be more peaceful than Capri because at night Capri is the main center of attraction of nightlife. The most glorious, exclusive and famous of hotels in Capri with a spa and baths since 1845 is the Grand Hotel Quisisana. Capri Palace Hotel and spa is another famous luxurious hotel located in Anacapri and is one of the leading hotels in the world. JK palace is one more addition to the list of famous hotels in here.

capri limoncelloThe tourists will always seek to shop something or the other specially of that very region which is been visited by them and thus in this island there is a famous lemon liquor named as Limoncello and items made from lemon are purchased by almost all the tourists. In some shops they even allow the tourists to taste the Limoncello for free. Other itineraries famous in here are the handmade sandals, ceramics articles and perfumes.

camerelleCamerelle is the famous fashion street for shopping in Capri where there will be an exclusive collection of luxurious boutiques and unique fashionable things to buy for you.

capri la piazzettaThe island of Capri is famous for its special yearly and monthly festivals and events celebrated in here. At Capri’s main square area in La Piazzetta, the feast day of San Costanzo is celebrated on every 14th of May. There is a swimming marathon in every July and sailing regatta in May. Classical music concerts are held in Anacapri in summers and an International Folklore Festival held in August. There is a beautiful fireworks show exploded on every New Year’s Eve in La Piazzetta and in December there is occurrence of Capri Film Festival.

BLUE GROTTO

Blue-Grotto-Cave-in-Capri-ItalyGrotto Azzurra is the most beautiful and breathtaking location of caves. It is a sea cave which is ultra blue in color. The blue light in the water is because of the refraction of sunlight into the caves which makes an iridescent, thus the name Blue Grotto. The quality and nature of the color in each case of caves, it is determined by the particular lighting conditions reflecting a particular cave.
capri blue grottoThe blue light in Blue Grotto comes inside through two sources, one is through a small hole in the cave hole which is a waterline used as an entrance way. The second source is the second hole which is just right below the entrance way. A same rowboat is hired from the entrance to enter the cave.

 

 

 

The various other tourist locations in here are:

Faraglioni which is a rock formation.

Villa San Michele which is in Anacapri which is a part of Roman villa incorporated into atrium and garden.

A Prime hill station – Ooty



A Prime hill station – Ooty

Ooty

Everyone loves a pleasant spring season with the birds chirping around, the soft breeze giving you the slight scents of the blooms in your vicinity and a clear sky with the sun shining mildly on the area. Aptly named as ‘Snooty Ooty’ by the British people during their colonial stay, the place is a marvelous picnic spot. Bestowed with kind of an eternal spring season, Ooty is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. Residing amongst the Nilgiri range, the mesmerizing grandeur of the hill station is beyond words. It is for a reason that they call Ooty as the queen of hill stations. And you get a confirmation once you visit this beautiful place. The name actually comes from Udhagamandalam which was shortened and changed by the British to Ooty. With a picturesque scenario laid down in front of your eyes, you cannot help it but greedily soak in the peace that it provides. The lush and vibrant greens of the tea and coffee plantations spread till the horizon are wondrous to your eyes and please your nose with the faint fragrance as well. Apart from the plantations, the place also has many other varieties of vegetation which works its magic in a similar fashion. Although located in the sub-tropical region and one of the hottest states in India, amazingly you can get away from all those heat waves here. In fact, in the winter months you might as well carry your warm clothes to fight the chilly temperatures that can reach below 5 ⁰C. So when planning a trip to Ooty, be sure of the weather and do pack accordingly.

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The round through this hill station is best taken using the famous Mountain Railway. Built by the British Government during their reign, this toy train like ride runs between Mettupalayam and Ooty. Along with the Darjeeling toy train, this railway was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been maintaining the reputation since then. The train takes you on a joy ride through the blue mountains of Nilgiri range via the twists and turns of the valleys and inside numerous tunnels. On your way you get to bask in the astounding portrait of the natural beauty of this hill station. Romantic and breathtakingly serene, it is hard to believe that such a place with green slopes and a few colors that have been sprayed on it due to the different flowers exists in reality.

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The other beautiful things that you can see are the Rose Gardens and the Ooty Lake. The Rose Garden is the largest in the country and is developed on the Elk hill slopes. The park shelters some 20,000 varieties of roses which you will never get to see in the normal plants that you grow. With varied colors, including black and green, these flowers are truly an unbelievable sight. There is another botanical garden named Ooty Botanical garden which hosts a flower show in the month of May. It has attracted lots of attention due to the 20 million years old fossilized tree that is kept in the premises. On the other hand, the Ooty Lake gives you a splendidly tranquil ambience to relax and let go. The magnificent waters and the lush greens to lie down on are a perfect combination for taking away all your stress. The lake has eucalyptus trees in its vicinity and spread a blue haze in the sky around the lake. The Boat house situated at the banks is the service provider where you can rent a boat and enjoy the enchanting view. Even the Deer Park which is placed near the Ooty Lake, has a lot of visitors to observe the different types of deer and other animals as well.

Wax World Ooty    Stone house Ooty

The St. Stephen’s Church was built exclusively for the then residing British people in India and dates back to the 19th Century. The church is situated on a road connecting Ooty and Mysore and sees quite a few visitors who offer prayer here. There are two museums as well, if you like to visit places of historic importance on your trips. The Tribal Museum, situated a few kilometer on the outskirts of this hill station, exhibits the exuberant and age old culture and heritage of the tribal people from Tamil Nadu as well as Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Wax World Ooty is a museum which houses life-size statues made out of wax, of the brave men noted in Indian history and has been developed inside a 145 year old bungalow which remains strong till date. Talking about bungalows, the Stone house is another prized possession of Ooty as it was the first bungalow that the land saw.

Toda Ooty

A very popular place, bustling throughout, yet a provider of inner peace, the hill station has its unique charm. The stay in the Toda Huts, if you are ready to compromise on a few extravagant things on your holiday, is as really a jolly experience. And obviously, hill stations and fruits cannot be separated at any cost. The plums, pears and strawberries are worth tasting. You not only find the freshness but also the astonishingly different sweetness in them.

Plitvice lakes : Croatia



Plitvice lakes : Croatia

Plitvice Lakes

Location

Plitvice lakes is one of the oldest national park in southeast Europe and the largest park in Croatia. Plitvice lakes national park has certainly gained its reputation and the beauty of this park is admired by many locals and tourists. The sight of this park is awe- struck and leaves the visitors with lots of appreciation.

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Foundation

It has been said that this national park laid its foundation in 1949 and it is situated in the mountain karst area of central croatia which currently lies at the border of Bosia and Herzegovina . This Croatian island is connected with the coastal region which passes through the national park area and this connection is very fondly known as ” north-south road connection “.296.85 square is the extension of this protected area and the 90 percent of this protecte area constitues hika-sery country while the remaining 10 percent of this coastal is tha part of Karlave country .

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Description

It contains a series of beautiful lakes , caves and waterfall .These beautiful waterfall are the result of the process that is very typical of the Karst landscape such as the deposition of travertine barriers that create natural dams afterwards.All these geological processes continue even today . In 1979, it got its name added as to the UNESCO World Heritage and got itself registered as the very first natural site worldwide .

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Plitvice Lakes natural park has a record of welcoming 1,20,000 visitors every year. While the entrance is subjected to the charges that is the cost is upto 110 kuna or 18USD per adult in the peak season . Ticket for non-student is 110 kn for one day or 180 kn for two days . A students pays 80 kn for one day visit .There are proper rules and regulations in Plitvice national park that are to be conducted and guided by the guards.

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Beautiful view from the surface

Around 16 lakes can be seen from the surface . These lakes are the result of mixing of several small rivers and they follow the flow of water . These lakes are laid to be separated by the travertine which is very famous of the natural dams, and deposited by the action of mass, algae , bacteria . This particular process is the result of a certain interplay between water , air and plants. These sixteen are separated into an upper and lower surface of the clusters that are formed by the run off from the mountains . These lakes descends from an altitude of 636 to 503 metres.

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The basin of the Plitvice lakes is geomorgraphic formation  of biological origin that is attached with a basin of limestone with approximately twnety lakhs created by the deposition of calcium carbonate . This calciumk carbonate get precipitated in water through the moss agency and all these create very strange shape that is definitely a very special feature of Plitvice Lakes and an amazing treat to watch.

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Division

The lake system is divided into the upper lakes and lower lakes .

Upper lake is said to be lied in a valley which is surrounded by very thick forests and they are also separated by the barries of dolomite . The lower lake which is in the Plitvice lakes is also very delightful and the lower lake and the upper lake together make a very beautiful separation of the Plitvice Lakes.

This park consists of pure stands of beech and its lower altitudes and possess very mixed stands of beech . All communities of limestone have a very smaller number of forest types but they , however , at tha same time covers a large area of Plitvice Lakes .

Plitvice lakes has become one of the major tourist attraction in the late 19th century . This park is blesses with outstanding natural beauty , and the prescribed production of travertine through chemical and biological actions . This park has very soon became one of the famous Yogoslavia and most popular tourist attraction .

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This park is very beautifully forested . It consists of beautiful beech , spruce , and beautiful trees . Plitvice Lakes national park also has features of Alphine and Mediterranean vegetation . However, a ticket is  required for the entry in this beautiful park.

Humans have also inhabited the Plitvice lakes area . The whole of the Europe is known for its precious gift that is Plitvice Lakes National Park.  This area has been known to be settled by Illyrians, Thracians, Celts, Japods, Romans, Avars, Slavs and Turks . This park is also known for its wide variety of plants . IT also consists of tremendous geological features. This park has a beautiful range of micro climates  and varying levels of altitude. It has a wide variety of bird species that make this site absolutely phenomenal.

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How to get to Plitvice Lakes

You need to tell the driver beforehand to stop the bus between Zagreb and Zadar. From Zagreb , one needs to take the bus to Plitvice that can be arranged via Zagreb Tourist Agency .

Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably one of the most beautiful sight in Europe that anyone cannot afford to miss.  The main attraction of Plitvice Lakes National Park is hiking and having a walk in that beautiful area . Heavy crowd is expeacted in the peak area that actually symbolizes the attractivity of Plitvice Lakes Park . This place is a must visit.

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Mombasa, Kenya



Mombasa, Kenya

MombasaMombasa is a coastal town and also the second largest city in Kenya. It is the epitome of charismatic scenery with its soft white sand beaches, swaying palms and the beautiful Indian Ocean. And with a relatively warm weather throughout the year it makes it an ideal place for all the tourists to visit. This place is a pleasing result of the interesting history and tradition combined with modernity. The rich culture of the city still that remains today is as a result of the Arab, African, Portuguese, British cultures over the decades. The beautiful sandy beaches, warm waters, world class beach resorts and the incredible historical sites attract the tourists from all over the world. There are plenty of activities on the beach that one can enjoy. This place is the ultimate escape from the busy and chaotic life in the city and an ideal destination for all the holiday makers.

HOW TO GET THERE?

The airport in Mombasa has been renovated a while back making the frequency of flights in and out of Mombasa more. Most of the European cities are connected by flight too to Mombasa. The Kenya Airways offers the most number of options for travelling to and from Mombasa. The train service is also available between the capital city of Nairobi and Mombasa. The train ride takes around 13 hours. You can also travel by road over here. Matatu which are the fourteen seater mini buses are very popular in the town.

PLACES TO VISIT

Diani Beach

Diani Beach is a major beach resort in Mombasa. It is one of the most famous places here to go to. It is a beautiful long white sand beach with many water sport activities. You can also spot primates here at a nearby Colobus Trust which is dedicated to primate rescue and its conservation. This beach is also known for its coral reefs and the black and white Colobus monkeys. This place is also a famous kite surfing location.

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Mtwapa Creek

You can take a Matatu from the city centre to reach this place. On the North coast of Mombasa is the Mtwapa Creek. This is an Indian Ocean inlet which has small marinas and beautiful tropical vegetations. This is also the starting point for all the deep sea fishing trips. This place is famous for bird watching and there are also many mountain bike tours held around the creek. Mtwapa is also very famous for all the clubs and a very lively night life.

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Shimba Hills National Reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small reserve situated just outside of Mombasa. The reserve consists an area of coastal rainforest, woodland and grasslands. This place is also a very important one for the plant biodiversity. Most of the rare plants that exist in Kenya are to be found here in this reserve including the endangered species of orchids and cycad. It is also an important site for the birds and butterflies. Many elephants are to be found here. There are about 700 of them in the park. The reserve also has about 100 Sable Antelopes which are to be found here in the whole of Kenya.

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Tiwi Beach

This beach is located on the south coast of Mombasa. It is a very quiet beach and not very spoiled by mass tourism. You can get to this place by taking a Matatu from the city centre. You can swim here during the time of low tide in a tidal pool where tropical fishes are trapped in. However you need to be careful and avoid the sea urchins. This is a very quiet place and visited by very few people. There is a small cafe by the beach that serves food and drinks.

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Old Town

Old Town is that area of Mombasa which describes about the period when this place was under a heavy influence of the Arabs culture especially in the form of its architecture and the language. You can see the ancient buildings and the art designs here. Most of these buildings, shops, and boutiques that sell paintings are famous amongst the tourists for the antiques and souvenirs available here. The streets are narrow over here. You can just roam around the old town and get a feel of the place influenced by Arab culture.

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Fort Jesus

This is one place in Mombasa that you shouldn’t miss when in this city. It was built during the 16th century by the Portuguese for protection against the invaders and all the local riots. The forst was later taken over by Arabs when they came to Mombasa. There are many canons and weapons on display in the fort. This fort also serves as a venue for the local events happening in the town and hosts many research programs too.

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There are many more attractions that this place has to offer like the Mombasa Tusks which is a major landmark of the city built in the year 1952 as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth when she came on a Kenyan Safari. The tusks intersect and form a letter M. There’s another place called Mamba Village which is a crocodile farm and one can enjoy camel and horseback rides too. Thus Mombasa is a beautiful city which has so much to offer and is an ideal destination for all the tourists.