If you are traveling to Europe, be sure to invest time visiting Scotland and its rich history. Scotland holds its place in the world for being an exotic location that attracts visitors from different regions. The amazing castles of this region are famous all over and the country has a unique charm that offers the best travel experience. You can enjoy the beaches and scenic mountains of the region and spend a secluded vacation with friends and family members.
The amazing castle dates back to the thirteenth century and continues to attract visitors even to this day. It is also one of the most historic national monuments of Scotland and offers the stunning view of the city. You can get to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse along with the Princes Street from this region. The bronze statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, who defeated the English, can be seen at the entrance of the castle.
The largest lake of the region is famous for salmon and whitefish and attracts many anglers from surrounding regions. You can also get to involve in water sports activities and hike the scenic mountains in the neighboring places. Tourists indulge in boat trips and trek the Ben Lomond Mountain that stands at a height of nearly 3000 feet.
Isle of Skye
This is the largest inner isles of Scotland and also known as Cloud Island. It is very popular due to the scenic view of green valleys and caves in the surrounding places. You can also get to enjoy the stunning beauty of waterfalls and sandy beaches in this beautiful island that spans over 50 miles in length. Wildlife enthusiasts come to this place to get the amazing view of seals and other species of birds.
The beautiful Stone Age village of the region is situated on the island of Orkney. The surprising thing about the place is that it was covered in sand dune for many centuries and got exposed only in 1850 due to a huge storm. You can still see the stone walls in good condition and the site is older than the pyramids.
It is situated in the highlands of the region and happens to be the highest summit in Scotland. It gives a stunning view of the mountains and you can enjoy hiking and other adventure activities in this place.s
Pattaya is one of the most popular tourist cities in Thailand that brings in a major share of tourists to the country. It is a hardcore beach destination noted for its wildly entertaining nightlife. Strangely, the city that is known for its discos and cabaret bars also has a treasure of historic monuments such as the Big Buddha Temple. Here is a brief description of some of the most valuable sites in Pattaya,
The Sanctuary of Truth
Visiting the Sanctuary of Truth was the best part of our Pattaya tour. The admission fee was 500 baht per adult. If you are an art lover you should never miss this site. The structure, a combination of palace and temple, is one of the finest examples of ancient Thai and Indian temple architecture. The meticulously carved wooden tower is 105 meters tall and is surrounded by sea on all three sides. The majestic Thai structure is located on a small piece of land jutting into the sea, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Your holiday in the beach city of Pattaya cannot be complete without visiting Koh Larn – the best beach in the city. The exotic beach with clear waves washing into the white sand offers a perfect atmosphere for a relaxing family holiday. The seawater at this beach appears greenish-blue in color owing to its rich marine flora. Boat rides to coral islands and parasailing are some of the top tourist activities you can engage in.
Big Buddha Temple
Visiting the Big Buddha Temple in Bang Lamung District was a rejuvenating and humbling experience. Entry is free but we paid around 200 baht to reach the spot. The sight of the huge golden statue of Buddha at this hilltop temple invokes a larger-than-life feeling. Located on the Pratumnak Hill, the Buddhist temple is popular for this 18-meter tall colossal statue. The steps that lead to the statue are guarded by fierce-looking, seven-headed golden dragons. From the top, we also enjoyed the panoramic views of the city and the sea.
Valdosta is a historic city located in Southern Georgia. It is a major tourist destination in Lowndes County which is known for its natural attractions like hiking trails and wildlife. The place has many shopping streets, parks, and landmarks that can keep you engaged for days. The city also has an active nightlife with many popular nightclubs and bars. Listed below are the major attractions that made our Valdosta holiday truly exciting:
Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area
Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area comprises a beautiful swamp surrounded by wildlife. We heard about this Wildlife refuge from our tour guide and decided to halt by. The place was huge and there is an education center that guides the visitors on the topic of wetland ecology that mainly covers facts about the plant and animal life in the region. The animals generally spotted out here are alligators, snakes, wild lizards, etc. There is a boardwalk that took us through the enchanting wetlands covered with water lilies. We also visited an observatory tower that offered incredible views of the entire place.
Visiting this 19th-century mansion was like stepping back in time. The royal neoclassical structure was constructed in 1898. Later on, it was extensively restored and converted into a tourist attraction. The highlight of the spot is its 2-story portico and the grand-looking interiors. The mansion is surrounded by a beautiful French garden that has a small chapel and a reflection pool. The tour was quite interesting, thanks to our tour guide who helped us with the history and significance of the structure.
Wild Adventures Theme Park
Visiting Wild Adventures was one of the main reasons to halt in Valdosta. The zoological theme park that includes a water park, a wildlife exhibit, and some thrilling rides is a perfect family holiday destination. The admission fee was $49 per person. Compared to the price, the place offers all the fun and adventure you can ask for. There is also a barbeque service that offers great food and refreshments.
Incheon is the third largest city in South Korea. It is a coastal city that is known for its great culture and tourist attractions. There are a lot of attractions that Incheon has to offer for its foreign tourists. I suggest that travelers must not give Incheon a skip when they make plans to visit South Korea.
Major Attractions of Incheon
This is a temple seen on the Samrangseong Fortress. It is a very old temple complex built over 1000 years ago and is surrounded by widespread fauna. The attractive ancient structures and buildings seen here include Yangheonsu Victory Monument, Beomjong Bell, and the main temple building Daeungbojeon.
This is a recently constructed concrete bridge that now has become a landmark of Incheon. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride on this bridge during the night as it was well lit. It opened for public use in 2009 and connects Songodo to the famous Incheon International Airport.
This is an island where you can spend an entire day with your family members. It is half an hour’s drive from the subway station in Incheon. There are a lot of rides on offer for the kids in the huge amusement park here. There is also a big park filled with attractive gardens, ponds, and buildings that offers great recreation.
Incheon Grand Park
This is a 727-acre urban park in the city. It is surrounded by the Gwanmosan and Sangassan Mountains. I tried out hiking here. The park offers plenty of activities for the entire family as it houses a zoo for children, attractive small lakes, a botanical garden, and bike rides.
Incheon China Town
If you are interested in shopping and want to buy things very cheap, then visiting this China town is a must. It is in the heart of the city and has narrow roads and lanes. Do not forget to visit the Open Port Museum and Jjajangmyeon when you are in this town.
One of the destinations I visited by the Pacific Coast in Mexico is Puerto Vallarta. It is a popular destination here since it is by the Banderas Bay. The city is known to have romantic charms as well as historic significance. If you are traveling with families it can be a holiday destination choice as well.
Beach Activities to do
I realized that this place has beautiful beaches and several outdoor activities that I can do. I enjoyed walking by the beachfront in Malecon. This being a mile long stretch, it also has an open-air museum that is a must see. You will come by the Plaza Principal here and find sandcastle art and other sculptures to enjoy.
Another place to stop by here is Playa Los Muertos. This is a romantic area that is also wonderful for swimming. There are several secluded beaches to be found by Banderas Bay and you can explore them by boat. Las Caletas is a beach which is a getaway spot for tourists as well. Playa Quimixto is a beach whereby there are fishing villages with a jungle backdrop; enjoy a day here of white sand and warm water. Majahuitas is akin to a tropical paradise that has clear waters and palm tree lined beaches.
You can enjoy water-based activities here such as whale watching, diving, snorkeling, touring or sailing to remote islands and beaches.
Social Activities to do
Historic Center Art Walk is a program organized every Wednesday evening between the months of October and May. Here there are contemporary art collections showcased as well as complimentary cocktails given out.
The dining scene is great here as well. I stopped by the River Café where the brunch meals are well advertised. There are cafes and restaurants with Mediterranean cuisine that is a must try as well.
Berkeley is popular for its prestigious university. The Bohemian spirit makes the city a fun place to visit. It is the hub of gourmet dining and entertainment. This means that you will be able to enjoy a great meal here. In case you are a nature lover, you shouldn’t be disappointed; there is something for you, too. Here are some of the things you can do when you are in the city.
This garden harbors over 13,000 plants from almost every continent. It had been established in 1890 emphasizing on the Mediterranean plants. The botanical garden covers an area of 34 acres and has been divided into several sections. I took a car but you can also avail the campus shuttle. If you want to have a picnic with your family, this is the perfect place to be. You will find picnic tables in the garden.
This is the city area covering over 100 acres of parkland. César Chávez Park here covers most of the space. I was simply amazed by the panoramic view that it has to offer. Also, I came across 3 stunning bridges. The park has several nature-trails, dog park, picnic area, and other recreation activities. Another great attraction of the marina is an Aquatic Park. The Shorebird Park Nature Center is home to birds, aquariums, and also an educational exhibit where you will be able to explore the ecosystem and local wildlife.
It is situated in between San Pablo Ridge and Berkeley Hills. The park is a natural space which has several recreational attractions. I hiked along the 40-mile long hiking trail. You can also go horseback riding or cycling. If you are a fan of golf, you are trying out the 18-hole golf course. There is a musical merry-go-round for kids to have fun. There is also a snack bar close to it selling great carnival foods.
The Chitre is one of the oldest settlements of Panama and therefore, it is a major attraction for tourists. Travelers from all over the world come to Chitre to know about history if this place as well as to see its beauty. Because of the same reason, even I came to this city. I have always been curious to more about this city. Here is the city in my view. The city has some of the most interesting beaches according to me. The city is the cultural and historic capital of the region. The records of Colonial-era show that a village was at the place somewhere in 1558.
You walk around the nooks and crannies of Chitre and you will see the historical imprints. I have a huge collection of photographs of those. I clicked pictures of whatever I find interesting at the place. Some of the places that I liked most in Chitré are ceramic shops in La Arena, Playa El Agallito birdlife, Parita, Cenegón del Mangle wildlife refuge. Chitre hosts some internationally acclaimed wild parties every year. You can check dates and be the part of the same. Unfortunately, during my visit there was no such party, will try next time.
Sarigua National Park
This is the national park, which is amazing and you can start your trip to Chitre visiting this. It will take your entire day, so be prepared. Try adventure here, see birds and various animals enjoying in their natural shelter. It was an excellent experience for me.
If you love casino or want to try your hand once, be here. You would love people and gaming options present at the fantastic casino. I liked this place a lot.
San Juan Bautista Cathedral
The Cathedral has huge historical importance, be here to see the old days architect and various methods of beautification.
Longueuil is a small suburbia town in Montreal. The commercial, industrial, and residential city didn’t fail to impress me. Its historical heritage dates back to the year 1657. Albeit, neglected by tourists and travelers, I must that this city houses several attractions. Whenever you are Montreal, visit Longueuil for it is worth exploring. Here are some of the best things that you can do when you are in this city.
Go hiking or skiing
Irrespective of when you decide to visit, make sure that you check out Parc Michel-Chartrand. The popular park has 3 lakes, one playground, and a marsh. There is also a beautiful garden. However, what interested me the most was the skiing trail. You will also find an ice rink and sledding slope. In case you are visiting when the weather is nice, take a walk on the hiking trails.
Stopover at wildlife reserve
At the north-east of Longueuil, you will find Boise du Tremblay. It is protected by the Natural Resource and Wildlife of Quebec Ministry. The biodiversity of this area is simply going to amaze you. It covers an area of 267 hectares. There are some interesting wildlife and an extensive range of plant species.
Enjoy live music
Longueuil is famous for its International Percussion Festival. However, I only take place in July and is held for just 6 days. It has been an amazing experience listening to 500 musicians. It attracts a large number of people every year. Musicians from all over the country take part in it.
Visit an island
A part of the archipelago of Îles de Boucherville is the Charron Island. At present this is a green space but once had been the property of Rene Gaultier, the French Governor. Spent here some quite within the greenery and the incredible beach. You can access the beach either by road or by ferry.
Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony. Located near the border of the Czech Republic, the city lies in the Elbe river valley. Since the medieval times, the city was known for being the residence of the Kings of Saxony. Here you can find lots of heritage sites and monuments that describe the significance of its glorious past. Our weekend trip to Dresden was quite fascinating and here I would like to share my views on some of the best places in the city.
The Dresden Frauenkirche is an 18th century Lutheran church which is famous for its sacred architecture. The historic church was almost fully destroyed during the Second World War. The ruined building was extensively rebuilt and restored by 2005 and presently it has become the most-visited heritage attraction of the city. The cathedral has a large dome that has a height of around 96 meters. The interiors are designed with beautiful marble paintings.
The historic Green Vault in Dresden is a specialty museum that is known for its collection of precious gems and diamonds. The place has a treasure chamber that preserves precious objects and gemstones discovered from different parts of the world. Most of the exhibits are a result of excavations carried out at historic sites. The museum has over 3000 antique jewelry items made of precious and semi-precious materials like gold, silver, ivory, and amber.
The Zwinger is yet another historic site in Dresden that attracts thousands of visitors every month. The museum complex of Zwinger was originally a palace which was constructed in the 18th century. Eventually, several changes and additions were made to the original structure. The place currently houses the Dresden Porcelain Collection, the Old Masters Picture Gallery, and a museum of scientific instruments and clocks. Our guided tour of the place was quite exciting and we got to learn many interesting facts about the royal history of the city.
The national capital of the state of Bolivia, La Paz is officially known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz hosts some important cities of the country and is famous for its colonial architecture, brilliant nightlife and its inimitable markets. A few years ago, it was recognized as one of the new seven wonder cities.
The Witches Market’ – heal your body
The most popular vacationer appeal in La Paz, the witches market sells merchandise like potions, medicinal plants, dried frogs etc. It is a great market with loads of different products at very reasonable prices. The place can help you make a little more aware about the Aymara culture.
Valle de la Luna – a mysterious wonder
The beautiful valley is situated about 10 kilometers from the La Paz department in Bolivia. It offers a great view as mineral content in the mountain may often vary which usually creates an illusion in the eyes of the vacationer. The rock formations are very unique and striking. Best place for adventure seekers.
Illimani – a mountain that is worth seeing
The highest mountain in the western Bolivia is very near to the city of La Paz. Various local songs are played here, especially Illimani. It is said to be The majesty of one of the highest peaks of the Andes mountain range. Visit and be blown away by the aesthetic scenery.
San Francisco Church – an extraordinary place
The Catholic Church is located in the center of the city. A true beauty from inside and outside. A free tour around the monastery is available. It was built between 1743- 1758 under the indigenous baroque style. There is a beautiful museum inside and a garden full of medicinal plants.
San Pedro Prison – a place never seen before
A prison, famous for being a society within itself. About 1500 people reside here, a lot more guests staying in the prison hotel. It also consists of market stalls where various items can be purchased, and various games like billiards, chess, video games etc. can be played. The necessities are taken care of.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular cities of Brazil and people love it as a tourist destination for years. Popularly known as Rio, it is the second largest city in Brazil. The city remains hot for most of the season, and usually rains between December and March. It was one of the host cities of 2014 FIFA World cup.
Ecological reserves and parks – a must to simmer down stress
The lively city is full of parks like Tijuca National Park, Pedra Branca State Park (which is also the highest point of Rio de Janeiro), the Botanical Garden (which conserves some endangered plant species of Brazil), the Rio’s zoo, the flamingo park and many more.
Corcovado Mountain – a whole new experience
The Mountain, located in central Rio is famous for the statue of Jesus situated on its peak. The famous Sugarloaf mountain is also visible from here. It is a symbol of the Brazilian culture.
Sugarloaf Mountain – beautiful scenario
The famous hill point became a part of World Heritage site declared by UNESCO in 2012. The passengers can enjoy the wonderful experience of rock climbing here. The Urca hill is linked to the mountain with the little tram of the sugar loaf which was the first Brazilian cable car.
Beaches – the best promenade
The marvelous city serves some of the brilliant beaches like Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca Beach, Prainha Beach and Praia Vermelha beach. The Copacabana beach is known for its 4 km Balneario beach. The atmosphere is very vibrant and pleasant.
Christ the Redeemer – a statue worth looking for
The Jesus Christ statue, located in Brazil is a 98 ft high statue and is programmed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It was constructed between 1922 and 1931.
Santa Teresa – a charming district
the hilltop district provides a village-like soothing vibe. You can find here a lot of romantic restaurants, quirky cocktail bars, and beautiful old mansions. There’s also an art gallery where various masterpieces can be found.