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My Unique Adventures Around The World

Rotorua – An Adventurous Getaway

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Rotorua is a city in New Zealand located in the North Island. Situated on the shores of the famous Lake Rotorua, the city is popular for its geysers and hot springs. Being a main part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the place has many hot mud pools, fissures, and natural springs that emit steam and hot sprays. Besides thermal activity, the city is also known for its nature parks, Maori villages, traditional art forms, and cultural activities. Listed below are some of the best places I was recommended to my friend who is one of the top Spokane movers in Washington.  He travels a lot and told me I would definitely want to make these places my go-to stops during my stay in the city.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu is an active geothermal site that offers a spectacular view of a colorful volcanic area. The place is a natural wonder and attracts thousands of visitors from different parts of the world. Here you can see the amazing Lady Knox Geyser, several colorful springs, Bubbling Mud, and the Champagne Pool. Located on Waiotapu Loop Road, the thermal wonderland was the most adventurous part of my Rotorua tour and the entry fee was only $32.50.

Tamaki Maori Village

Visiting the Tamaki Maori Village can help you learn about the tribal culture of New Zealand. Located at 1220 Hinemaru Street, the place is a re-created village that stages traditional Maori dance, rituals, storytelling, and an amazing feast. The experience can take you to an entirely different world and is definitely worth the time spent. The village tour is organized during the nights and you would be paying around $130 for an entry ticket.

Redwoods Forest

Redwoods Forest is an exclusive forested area located near the Whakarewarewa thermal zone. The place occupies nearly 15 acres of Californian Redwoods and visitors are allowed for free. Planted during the early 20th century, these massive trees offer a stunning sight. Most of the trees have an average height of 230 feet and they are more than 100 years old. Besides several mountain bike trails, the site is also well known for its suspended walkway of Redwoods Treewalk Canopy.

What to do when You are at Sapa?

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I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Sapa as it is the land that houses prominent and very attractive mountain landscapes, stilt villages, rice terraces, and trekking peaks. It is a place that adventure tourists will fully enjoy.

Things to do in Sapa,

 

  • Fansipan Mountain

 

This is the largest mountain in Vietnam. It is ideal for trekking. This mountain region is also well known for its flora and fauna. I was not in the mood of trekking about 19 kilometers to reach the top of the mountain. I was lucky that a cable car ride took me to the mountain’s summit.

 

  • Terraced Rice Fields

 

This is a sight to behold. These slopes were formed naturally and suit rice cultivation. The soil is very fertile here due to it being steep. The soil was formed from granite rocks and mountain cliffs that got worn out from the extreme weather.

 

  • Fairy Cave

 

This is a hotspot for lovers. It can as lobe enjoyed by families. The clear blue waters and the cool climate of this place offer great relief for the tourists. They are in a zone of their own free from city traffic. The rocks surround the Chay River is a sight to see and you need to row upstream to get to this beautiful spot.

 

  • Sapa Church

 

This French church is a must-visit no matter you like to pray or just want to check out the beautiful architecture. It was built in the 18th century by the French. It is an old church but offers plenty of attractive sights that you cherish for long.

 

  • Hoang Lien National Park

 

This is a park for all those who love nature and its flora and fauna. This park is located 1000 to 3000 meters above sea level. This is home to many plants and animals. It is a good place to visit for all trekking fans.

Lugano: Breath in the Beauty of Nature

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Lugano is a picturesque lakeside city that is popular for scenery. It is called the Monte Carlo of Switzerland. This was my first visit and I fell in love with its natural beauty. It has a laidback lifestyle and attracts a lot of visitors every year. Here is a list of few things that you should do when you are in this city.

Lake Lugano

One of the primary attractions of the city is the lake. The glacial lake is situated on the border of Switzerland and Italy. You will find temperate trees along with the cypress and the citrus trees. There are various water-based activities that you can try out. I went boating on the lake. If you don’t want to do all these, simply sit back and relax.

Parco Civico-Ciani

Just beside the lake is the great park of Civico-Ciani. This park covers an area of 63,000. If you want to spend some quiet time away from the bustling life of the city then you should definitely visit this park. The garden is filled with all kinds of trees starting from lime, maple, plane, and the oak trees. If you are visiting with children, do not worry. There is a play area for them. I also found a Natural History Museum inside it along with the Cantonal Library.

Monte Bre

Monte Bre is the closest mountain that you will find in Lugano. You will be able to reach through funicular lane. The small village of Bre is worth a visit. Here, you can go mountain biking. I went hiking through the trails to explore the natural beauty of the village. The observation point will offer you a view of the whole lake. Apart from the lake, you will also be able to see the Bernese Alps and Monte Rosa.

Erfurt – Scenic Mountain Views and Medieval Charms

If you want to explore the medieval charm and cultural vibes in the heart of Germany, I was told that Erfurt is the town to stop by. It was one of the towns that escaped being bombed during wartime. It was also preserved by the Communists when they ruled East Germany. I enjoyed walking by the cobbled streets here and looking at the historic buildings, so well preserved that it feels as if we are walking back in time.

Stop by the Merchants Bridge

This is a spot in the city that can be described as picture perfect. Locally known as Kramerbrucke, it is one of the inhabited bridges of Europe. There are rows of tall, half-timbered buildings that are colorful, by either side of the bridge. The medieval merchants used to sell dyes here; there are several local stores here which sell crafts and artworks as well as jewelry.

Visit the Domplatz Cathedral Square

This can be your next stop as it was mine. Here I discovered two churches that are of unique architecture – one is the St Mary’s Cathedral of Gothic style while the other is St Severus Church which comprises of three spires. There is a staircase that connects these two churches and becomes an open-air theatre in summer months.

Shop at the Fischmarkt Square

Once you have taken in the sights and historic landmarks of the city, plan to spend your afternoon in this market square. Summer months you can indulge in bratwurst and beer here or Gluhwein in winter months. We also walked to the nearby monastery called St Augustine’s.

Take a Trip to the Hilltop Fortress

This is another pleasurable hike or tour that you can take here. This Petersberg fortress is strategically located on a hilltop and scenic views from here are charming, to say the least.

What You Can Watch In Tegucigalpa?

This is the capital city of Honduras and one of the favorite vacation destinations for people living in nearby areas. If you are planning to see this city without wasting your time and energy, here are some of the important spots of that city that you should visit.

 

  • National Park, La Tigera

 

This is Honduras first national park and in your first visit itself, you will see why it has been named as a national park.  The park is spread in the area of 238.21 square kilometers. In the park, you can see wildlife in its natural habitat, most importantly tigers.  It will give you the experience of an adventure trip.

 

  • Christ at El Picacho

 

This is another fantastic tourist destination in Honduras.  This is a monument standing on El Picacho hill. The statue stands at the height of 4,353 feet from sea level.

 

  • National Identity Museum

 

This museum is devoted to investigate, acquire, disseminate and to conserve all materials that are associated with the history of the people of Honduras. The museum has been constructed in the palace of ministries.  It is one of the most visited museums in Tegucigalpa.

 

  • Our Lady of Suyapa

 

This is the most popular religious image of Honduras. This is the statue of Virgin Mary mother of Jesus Christ. The statue is also known by the name Virgin of Suyapa. This is the statue made from cedar wood.

 

  • St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral

 

This is Catholic religious building. This is also a famous spot in Tegucigalpa and popular because of its history and ancient architect.

 

  • Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park

 

This park is one of the main attraction city kids. It is about 6km away from Tegucigalpa and has a massive size Christ statue that gives a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Come Spend Your Vacation In This Charming Town

If you are in the Santa Cruz canton, then you have to visit Tamarindo. It is really the beautiful and developed beach town. The place has many beaches which are beautiful and serene. It is a rocky and long beach which receives really amazing waves at the shore.  My friend, Andrey told me you can surf at the beach where there are two main breaks- Pico Pequeno and El Estero. Pico is a rocky point and El is a river mouth from Cabinas Tsunami. The rest of the beach is really good for learning to surf. There are other amazing and enjoyable activities at the beach; the activities are body surfing, diving, zip-lining, snorkeling, and horseback riding, fishing and estuary trips. We had a great time here when we went for our vacation.

The beaches are really clean, so, you can enjoy spending the time on the beach without coming through bottles and stuff in the sand.

There are amazing and engaging stuffs that can be done in the city. The activities which I recommend are:

  • Estuary Safari
  • Horseback riding
  • ATV tours
  • White Water rafting class/tubing
  • Massages
  • Kayak Tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Tours
  • Spa and Beauty
  • Sport fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset sailing
  • Surfing lessons
  • Sailing
  • Tennis classes
  • Turtle Nesting tours
  • Zip Line/ Canopy tours

You can buy or rent the surfing stuff from the shops available in the city. There is a branch office located in the regional law. There are four big supermarkets in the City. They are Auto Mercado- It is well maintained, air-conditioned and on the main road towards the city. Super 2001- It is on the main road but at the end of the Tamarindo. Super Mercado Las Palmeras- it is located just after the entry of the city, opposite of Aqua. Super Compro- it is hidden from the regular public and is next to the park. There are three banks in the city. There are farmer’s markets in the city.

Cape Breton: A Trip To Reconnect With Nature

Cape Breton is a lot different than the regular places of Canada. To spend some days far away from the city and reconnect with nature has been a great experience. Believe it or not, you can spend the whole summer checking out things in here and yet be left with things to experience and see. In case you are planning to visit Cape Breton, here is some must-do activities that you need to experience.

  • Stopover at Highlands Provincial Park

Whenever you are on a trip to Cape Breton, do not miss out on this. I loved the Cabot Trail that offers a view of the stunning coastline and beautiful park. Stop and marvel at the natural beauty and the mesmerizing views. Reach the beach and spend some relaxing time.

  • Take a walk along Bog Trail

A part of Highlands Provincial Park is Bog Trail. If you do not want to get wet, keep your feet dry by taking a walk on the boardwalk. This will help you to explore the bog. While I was walking on the trail, I came across pitcher plants, dragonflies, frogs, and giant moose. It is fun walking amongst nature.

  • Have ice-cream at the lighthouse of Neil Harbor

There is a small ice-cream parlor at Neil’s Harbor Lighthouse. It serves some delectable ice-creams. A patio wraps around the lighthouse. This overlooks the coastline. You are simply going to love the ice-cream while you enjoy the view.

  • Enjoy the lobsters at Baddeck

Do not forget to have the lobster at Baddeck Lobster Suppers. They also serve other dishes like mussels, chowder, snob-crab, and dessert. The best part about this place is that the seafood is all fresh and mouthwatering. There are some single dishes to have if you aren’t feeling extremely hungry.

Fussen: Exploring All The Fabulous Attractions

This summer, I decided to visit the charming city of Fussen. Most tourists tend to ignore because of it being close to Munich. However, it is going to be great fun if you plan a road-trip from Munich. There are various things to do and see in here. When you visit Fussen, here are few things that you can do.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Even though it is not technically in this city, this castle is one of the attractions which draw people to Fussen.  I drove to Schwangau, which only took about 6-10 minutes.  While there we found it amazing and with much rich history and detailed architecture.  This is the most popular castle in Germany. I have to say this is the perfect destination for spending the night.

Altstadt Von Füssen

Füssen’s town center is pretty small. As a matter of fact, you will be able to walk through the streets and check out what it has to offer. There are several shops. I got some souvenirs for my loved ones from here. The food served by restaurants here are delicious.

Lechfall

Take a walk from the town center of Fussen to reach a place where you find Lech plunging into the Lech Gorge. There is a bridge here, you can onto it. This will allow you to stand over the falls. I was truly mesmerized by the view that it offered. The scenery is so great. The background of the limestone mountain range is a sight to behold.

Treetop walkway

About half mile from Austrian border is Lechfall. You might miss it if you do not take a good look at the map. Towards the right of the border, you are going to come across a treetop walkway. This is at a height of 68 feet. Either start from Germany to reach the Austrian side or the opposite. This walk was a field with scenic beauty and I clicked several photos.

Freiburg: Enjoy The Sunniest Spot Of Germany

Freiburg is a city that you will find at the edge of Black Forest. Believe it or not, it is the most livable city in Germany. It is most sustainable cities to be found on the planet. I found so many things to do and see in this city. You are never going to run out of options. Some of the best things you can do when you are in Freiburg are as follows.

Freiburg Minster

This used to be the Romanesque church of the thirteenth century and it is going to take more three hundred years to be complete. Irrespective of the destruction caused in 1944 to places around Münsterplatz, the minister suffered only minor damages. The artistry of this place simply amazed me. The archivolts and tympanum on a portal have over 400 stone carved figures towards the end of the 1200s.

Münsterplatz

There is a pedestrian square of cobblestone around the minster. It is filled with historic monuments. I visited on a Tuesday afternoon and found that there is a market that trades. However, the market trades every day except on a Sunday. This square had been flattened out in 1944 by the bombs. In the market, you will find regional produce, exotic spices, and handicraft. I took some souvenirs for my relatives and loved ones back at home. This is a great place to shop.

Historical Merchants’ Hall

Just beside Münsterplatz, you will find a Renaissance structure that has been made into a market storehouse. The building had been constructed in the 1530s. I marveled at the beauty of the structure. There are three statues which show the 3 Holy Roman Emperors.

Freiburg Bächle

Your trip will be incomplete if you do not visit the little waterways in Old Town. It is called the Bächle and is fed by Dreisam River. You can take a walk around this place and have the delectable food served by the cafes there.

This West Midlands City Is Like No Other

Birmingham is the largest city in the country after London and its geographical location provides a great starting point for exploring the Melvern Hills, a picturesque spot in the country. The canal which you will spot in the city all around is a product of the Industrial Revolution, which shot the city to productivity and fame. The city is very famous for the foods and the cultural festivals that it hosts and more specifically the celebrations of St. Patricks. Apart from this, the city is also very well known for its jewelry collections. If you are visiting Birmingham then you can also visit Coventry which is the motor capital of the country; this is located just 20 miles off Birmingham. Explore the wide squares of the city along with lively streets and do not forget to do great shopping. From my trip to Birmingham, I will take you around a few places which are a must visit:

  • The Historic City Center is the most famous hub in the city if you want to catch the best of Victorian Architecture. It also hosts the Symphony hall, which is the home to some of the best musical performances and concerts in the country.

  • Birmingham Art Gallery is famous for the art of course, but there is one section which makes this better – known for. It is the huge collection of wooden toys which are more than 6000 in number and some of them date back to centuries. This collection is specifically known as the Pinto collection. Visiting this museum will give you a glimpse of how the city life was and the way of working people before and during the industrial revolution.

This city is a must visit on your trip to England and we suggest you book your stay for a week here.