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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.

Bath: This Countryside Town Is Sure To Enthrall You

In the countryside of southwest England, there is the beautiful tourist place, Bath which is popular for natural scenic, especially hot springs and Georgian architecture approach of the 18th century. Bath stone; a honey-colored stone is extensively used in the architecture of the town. The museum premises comprise the Great Baths, statues, and a temple. Wondering what to do while in Bath? Let’s get the guide.

  • Roman Baths

Roman bath house and temple, with spring water, Pump Room restaurant, museum and audio tour for kids. Prices are reasonable and there are plenty of facilities and staff is also very friendly. The Roman Baths are a must see for anyone traveling to the UK. The water is green, but still hot. You won’t be disappointed making an effort to come here. Spend up to three hours here to see everything. The bath water you can taste for yourself at the end (purified) it does not taste that special though as the sights!

  • Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is a parish church in Bath; a late medieval church with a Victorian Gothic interior by Sir George Gilbert Scott and tower tours; a very nice place with great atmosphere and service. The performance by street musicians, gives the square outside the romantic vibe. It is free entry but worth making a donation to such a stunning building. I would highly recommend seeing this just before the Roman Baths.

  • Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge is an arch bridge in Bath, England. Historic bridge built in the 17th century with notable architecture & rows of stores lining each side. Beautiful place and an amazing boat trip are you fancy a relaxing hour. It’s a bridge lined with shops and cafes and the views were even better! Great to just have a cup of coffee and chill!

  • Thermae bath spa

Modern glass and stone spa with thermal waters, Roman origins and an open rooftop swimming pool at Bath; I had an amazing afternoon, good facilities, very friendly staff and also the price wasn’t too high; great variety of steam rooms and great view from the rooftop bath. Steam rooms and sauna level are ace. The top open-air pool is fantastic on a clear evening too. Service is good; Best to book though. The queue outside can be up to 2 hours during busy periods. Definitely, use the train offer too to double your time off you can.

Vancouver – An Exotic Holiday Destination

Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is a well-known seaport city in Canada. The place has been ranked as one of the well-living cities in the world. The city is a blend of urban architecture and natural wonders like city side beaches, lakefront forests, and snow-clad mountains. During my weeklong holiday, I enjoyed lots of outing activities. Mentioned below are some of the best places in my list.

  • Stanley Park

Situated along the borders of Vancouver downtown area Stanley Park spans across 1001 acres of land. The waterfront park is flanked by English Bay and Vancouver Harbor. The historic park was incorporated in the year 1886. The place houses, dense forests with centuries-old trees. The view of the Lions Gate Bridge from the Prospect Point is amazing in the night. The place is popular for its Seawall walk, aquarium, hiking trails, exotic foliage, and gardens.

Your visit to Canada cannot be complete without a trip to Granville Island in Vancouver. The place houses renowned theatres, fine art galleries, a broad marina, and a huge public market. The place is perhaps the largest hub of entertainment and draws millions of tourists every year. The food streets, coffee outlets, and waterfront cafes are quite popular among the visitors.

  • VanDusen Botanical Garden

Botanical Gardens have always enticed me beyond expectations and VanDusen Botanical Garden was definitely the most colorful part of my trip. Located at 5251 Oak Street, the garden spans around 55 acres of land and serves as a wonderful habitat for thousands of rare and exotic plants, shrubs, trees, and annuals. There are beautiful ponds flanked by multi-colored foliage and blooming trees. If you visit during the autumn months, you can enjoy the sight of colorful autumn trees. Some of the highlights of the place are the seasonal fragrance garden, a heritage vegetable garden, a black garden, a heather garden, and the Sino Himalayan Garden.

Ushuaia: The Most Unique Place In The World

The southernmost in the world, Ushuaia, is a town in the country where Messi was born and the sexy tango is the dance of Argentina. Ushuaia is a settlement of Tierra Del Fuego Archipelago, which is majorly visited for its closeness to the continent of Antarctica and the accessibility to reach the same through different vessels. This place has a lot of adventure sports to try your hands on while travelling around the Ushuaia region are hiking, skiing, kayaking, scuba diving along with sailing.

The Argentina population gets driven to this place for the sole reason of getting a higher wage as compared to other areas. The different places to visit when around the Ushuaia region are:

  • Parquet Yatana
  • MuerdoMarítino and Museo Del Presidio
  • Iglesias De La Merced
  • Cass Beban
  • Legislature Provincial

When talking about getting some appreciable treat to our tummies, it won’t be any bad idea to get some tasty dishes from Kalma Resto, Kaupé, and Volver and chez manu. If in case you are staying here only for a day and are in a hurry then spending the respective day hiking in the mar5ial glacier or simply a boat tour around the river and cities, towns would be a good idea. The adventurous part of the travel can be topped off with a jump to the old museums to check out the museum and gain some insights about the history.

In researching, I found out that the people who travel this area can stay up for the night at accommodation facilities like the austral, Patagonia Jarke, Led Eclaireurs wherein the best and  quickly executable way to get around is using the public transport which is somewhat cheaper than an individual taxi.

This is a one in a million place definitely, so never visit this place with a tight schedule. Keep a leeway of at least a week specifically for this.

Santiago – A Chilean Capital Known For Its Dynamics & Versatility

things to do in SantiagoSantiago is a home to several events that showcases the Chilean culture at its best. In addition, the city also hosts many international festivals related to color, flavor and sound. The Chilean capital has many tourist attractions and the diversity of the city shines through its contrasting surround areas. If you are planning a visit here, explore the streets of the city to discover best of original art galleries, handcrafted markets and designer stores. There are a series of bars, restaurants and cafes.

  • Buin Zoo

For animal lovers, this zoo is an ideal spot as its one of the popular tourist attractions. It has many attractions that suit all age groups. The Buin Marine Show is the famous shows hosted here and one needs to buy a separate ticket. The ticket includes 2 sea lions and 2 penguins. The show is full of fun and excitement and the children will indeed love it. The zoo is divided into regions and showcases animals belonging to each region. The greatest attraction is the pygmy hippos.  This place was recommended to me by a friend, Fran, who owns in Florida – there are a number of great zoos near her in the Tampa area and this is one she highly recommended visiting…

  • Central Barrios Walking Tour

There is no denying that walking tours are fun. They don’t cost you a penny and this walking tour takes you to Bellavista, Bellas Artes, Lastarria Begin and Centro. It is a great tour as you get to explore the city without on your own and there are churches and museums you can visit on your way. There are best of food options if you wish to stop over for lunch.

This is one of the most attractive buildings which cover the whole city block. The building is done up in the neoclassical pattern and was opened in 1805 for the first time. It has a modern art gallery which is built underneath the lawn. A walk around the building is something one should not, as the view is spectacular from all sides. The incredible architecture during the walk is simply breathtaking. So, turn your head and look around to well explore the city.

If You Are A Horse Lover, Visit Lexington Once

I am a horse lover and so when I heard about Lexington, I made up my mind that soon I am going to visit the city to check its horse farms, museums, etc. And then I came to the city, it is completely astonishing to be here. The city is known for horse farms and racetracks and it is all for the right reasons. During my visit to the place I explored every corner of the city and returned after complete satisfaction.

Some of the places that attracted me most in the city were

It is the horse farm working and it is also an educational theme park. The park has a huge number of horses belongs to different breads. You can see here some rare horse breeds as well. The park host many shows and special events to show horses every year.

  • Keeneland Association Inc.

This is the Keeneland Racecourse and the place has the facility of Thoroughbred horse racing and horses are also sold here. It conducts three sales in a year. In September yearling sale is organized, in November breeding stock sale is organized and in January all ages sale are organized.

  • Horse country

If your desire to explore the world of horse does not end here, then you can head to Horse Country. This is also an awesome place. I loved this place a lot. Here you will get connected to the horses and will have the freedom to spend time with them. The tour to horse country can be pre-booked online. And pre-booking has many other benefits.

The places where I visited during my trip to Lexington and that attracted me a lot are American Saddlebred Museum, Shillito Park, and Triangle Park.

Keene, New Hampshire – A Charming Downtown For Everyone

Keene is indeed a lovely town and one can visit this city anytime of the year. When you take a tour, enjoy some of the quintessential New England town’s restaurants, stores, and other amenities. The best part is you find them all situated right on the Main Street. The charming downtown Main Street also has movie theatres of retro style and many more. The candy store, pizza joints and antique shops are the top attractions for tourists here.

Central Square

Central Square has a fair resemblance of New England’s downtown district and there is everything you want, be it restaurants, clothing stores, coffee shops, handmade craft shops, bike shops and many more. The downtown is an ideal place if you wish to explore the square. There is a beautiful park here and all in all it’s a vibrant spot one should visit.

Colonial Theatre

Colonial theatre is an old refurbished building which offers comfortable seating for people of all age groups. I have personally enjoyed their concerts, comedy shows, plays, movies and much more. It’s a fun place with an elegant decor and if you are in Keene, this theatre will thoroughly entertain you.

Cheshire Rail Trail

If you like adventure, the rail trail is an ideal place as you can enjoy hiking or simply walk while you enjoy the scenic beauty. There are wonderful wildflowers that you cannot stop admiring. Along the way, one can hear the sound of excursion planes from the airport and also capture railroad remnants, concrete pads and an old post box.

Horatio Colony Museum

When I visited this museum for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised as it’s so well maintained and preserved. It is informative and many tourists across the world visit this museum as the tour guides have clear information about every little fact and the same is explained to visitors.

Erie, Pennsylvania – Welcome To The City Of Beaches, Lakes And Trails

Are you planning a trip to Erie and want to know more about the place before landing there? Well, it is good to keep yourself informed about the place you are going to visit, especially when the trip is for a short duration. I have been to place before and I think my experience will help in planning your tour more fun filled.

Erie is a city in Pennsylvania and it is located adjacent to Lake Erie. Thus, the city has plenty of lakes, trails and beaches and all of them have a mesmerizing beauty. A simple walk on the roadside will give you so much pleasure when you are here. However, there are certain places present in Erie that you should never miss visiting. These are Presque Isle State Park, Erie Maritime Museum.

The other places you can visit in Erie are

  • Flagship Niagara League

This place is has every worth visiting and will give you some fresh air breath. This USS Niagara is also known by the name US Brig Niagara. This is snow brig with wooden hull. It is wonderful to have a look of it.

This is the park where you can enjoy plenty of water activities. The park is just the name, in reality it is the complete recreational place. You will plenty of things to do here. We thoroughly enjoyed swimming in fresh water, hiking, bird watching, boating here. If you are travelling alone, then do not worry about companionship, you will find here many likeminded people.

  • Bicentennial Tower

This is another wonderful place in Erie and you should not miss it. This is basically an observation tower. If you have not visited any before, then don’t miss the opportunity. My experience was spectacular. The tower gives Eric Lake panoramic view, which is breathtaking.

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Hartford, Connecticut – The Home Of Mark Twain

Hartford since its origin has not only become the state capital, but also known as the world’s insurance capital. There is a plethora of historical attractions, a dedicated center for arts and entertainment, a beautiful riverfront and peaceful parks along with public gardens. This was the place where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were born as per the imagination of the renowned author Mark Twain.

The Mark Twain House & Museum

A historic site in Hartford which was once the home of Mark Twain and this is where we wrote out most of his important work. The house is indeed beautiful and the commentary expressed by the tour guide indeed captivates the mind of every tourist. The exhibits in the museum are worth glancing and I definitely recommend every tourist to pay a visit to this museum as it’s worth every bit.

Hartford Stage

The famous stage offers productions which are imaginative in nature and every visitor begins to visualize. There is classic drama, music for children, new voices, and much more suitable for everyone. I find the theatre cozy and every seat provides a better view with great sound. When you visit the stage, you won’t be disappointed at all as it offers great quality productions which make your visit worth it.  There is adequate space for parking in case you are planning to get your vehicle and all you need is a prepaid pass for parking before the play begins.

Connecticut Science Centre

I had a lovely experience here as my whole family loved the museum. We didn’t leave any nook and explored every bit we could. The exhibits displayed here are interactive and the kids thoroughly enjoy being here as they learn while playing. This museum is suitable for people of all age groups as it’s a good learning experience for everyone. I visit this place more often because it gives a sense of contentment and happiness when you are here.