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.
A cultural, political and financial center of Chile, Santiago is the capital of Chile and one of the largest cities in America. It is surrounded by vineyards and is a beautiful sight to watch. You can enjoy delicious food and views here.
San Cristóbal Hill – unwind from the stressful life
It is a hill in the northern Santiago. It is a beautiful place to walk, enjoy the view and have some relaxation. Almost whole Santiago is visible from the place and makes it vivaciously good. A great place to go and have easy access to coffee, ice cream etc.
Santa Lucía Hill – a perfect family spot
Located at the center of Santiago, it comprises of beautiful landscapes and gardens that are a delight to watch. A perfect place to vacation with family. Visit and be amazed by the architecture of the place which may look small but will provide you an unforgettable experience.
Santiago Metropolitan Park – a true beauty
Experience the largest urban park in Chile which flows along the river. It is a beautiful place with beautiful established trees. The public buildings facing the park are very enthralling. The view of the sunset is amazing and there are a number of refreshment shops for requirements.
Plaza de Armas – be spellbound by the construction
The main public place of Santiago comprises of gorgeous old buildings and espresso bars where you can unwind and people-watch. You can get to know about the history of Chile by having a visit to the museum and to the typical shops in the corner. Enjoy.
Gran Torre Santiago – the tallest among all
A 64 story tall skyscraper is the tallest in Latin America and is situated in Santiago. It includes the largest shopping mall in Latin America, hotels and offices. It provides a view and all the necessary items you need to have. It should not be missed if you are moving to Santiago.
Mercado Central de Santiago – for food lovers
It is a lively market well-known for its seafood varieties and cafes. It is a multipurpose place- a tourist attraction as well as a market.
The capital and the most populous city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is a treat to watch. The tourist destination is famous for its rich cultural life and its preserved European style architecture. It is the most travelled city in South America. Being home to various languages and cultures followed there. Be ready to click the beauty of the place.
Casa Rosada – the president’s office
The office of the president of Argentina and is famously known as pink house. It is the most symbolic buildings in Buenos Aires. It will also provide you information related to the former presidents of Argentina. The seat of the president is known as the seat of the Rivadavia.
Plaza de Mayo – the introductory site
It is one of the most important and popular place and is a landmark in Buenos Aires. You will find historical stuff there. The plaza is a culturally rich location and is famous for being a tourist trap in town. Enjoy the good food here.
Obelisco de Buenos Aires – relive the feeling of patriotism
It is a historic monument located in the Plaza de la República which symbolizes independence and freedom. It is lit up in the evening when it starts to get dark, thus adding to its beauty. It has a great nightlife and you’ll find various restaurants and food stalls available. An old buddy, Brandon, is an aficionado when it comes to night life and great restaurants. He owns www.southernstarroofing.com in Charlotte and loves to travel to South America once per year, checking out a new place. Last time we spoke, he had spoken extremely high of the amazing ethnic foods and fun night life he experienced.
La Recoleta Cemetery – for those who want a gripping experience
This cemetery contains the graves of the prominent people like the presidents of Argentina, Noble prize winners, granddaughter of Napoleon and many more. It is full of mystery, history and charm. It contains exceptional architecture, sculptures and views and is culturally very rich. It is a worth taking experience as you don’t visit cemeteries every day.
Teatro colon – enjoy the beauty
It is situated in Argentina and is one of the ten best opera houses of the world. It is a beautiful building with classic architecture. The place has a café and a guided tour. A tour takes about 50 minutes with a guide. The best way to relax and enjoy.
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India. Chennai is a major center of arts, culture, as well as finance in South India. It is also the sixth largest city in India. It is a very popular tourist destination in India. In 2015, Chennai was adjudged to be the 43rd most visited city in the world. It is also considered to be the safest city in India. Chennai is also popular among the health tourists who come here to seek the medical facilities available in the city. The city was adjudged to be the ninth best cosmopolitan city in the world by web site Lonely Planet.
The city’s major industry is its automobile industry, which is almost one third of the countries of the total production. It is also a major entertainment center with Tamil movie industry being a major contributor to the Indian movie industry.
City with deep historic connections
The city of Chennai has been an important economic and military center for many centuries. It was ruled by Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas over the centuries. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century left its impression on the city. Chennai’s municipal corporation is the world’s second oldest municipal corporation being set up in the sixteenth century.
Beaches in Chennai
The beaches in Chennai are visited by Olive Ridley sea turtles every winter’s to lay eggs. The major tourist destination in Chennai is Marina Beach. It is one of the longest urban beaches in India.
Places to visit
Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a popular temple of Lord Shiva. Guindy National Park is a small national park, which is situated in the city itself. It has an area of 2.70 sq km.
Other tourist destinations
Some of the other major tourist destinations DakshinaChitra, Valluvar Kottam, Arinagar Anna Zoological Park, Queens Land, St. Thomas Mount, and Chembarambakkam Lake.
Thus, Chennai has become one of the most influential cities in India over the past few decades.