Hanoi,Vietnam, an Asian travel experience

Nov 27, 12 Hanoi,Vietnam, an Asian travel experience

The world of travel is full of opportunities and new locations. If you want to make your journey worth remembering, then Vietnam is where you should head out. This can be viewed as a real adventure, as you are most likely to get acquainted to a new world. Situated in the Southeast Asia, Vietnam expresses the typical Asian atmosphere. You will get to know a country that has been marked by war all throughout its history and has managed to overcome disasters each time. A people of survivors, Vietnam will certainly impress through a simple lifestyle, full of meaning. Here a few traveling tips of the most important places in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. You will see why this is one of the most interesting places to visit in Asia.

Ba Dinh District, the Old quarter

Hanoi is not only the capital city of this Asian country, but it is also the most important traveling destination for tourists. This great city expresses the message send out by Vietnam, a blend of architectural styles, from the Chinese pointed houses to the French buildings. Traditional outfits worn by women come in contact with the modern two wheel scooters, the basic transport method  in Hanoi. As for the Old Quarter, this is considered as the busiest spot in the entire metropolis. Here is where you will find French classic architecture, the well known crowded Asian streets, packed with cars which are making their way around side walkers. The streets,which make this quarter bear the same name as 1000 years ago. From impressive buildings like the Hanoi Opera House or the National Museum of History to the Bach Ma temple or the busy Hanoi market, tourists can fully appreciate the beauty of this spot and they may even find some Asian garden gifts to bring to their loved ones from home.

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A dream holiday in Barcelona

Nov 14, 12 A dream holiday in Barcelona

When thinking about Barcelona, the first thing that comes into mind the architectural style of the famous Antonio Gaudi. His work is considered to be unique in the world, due to its nonconformist nature: an architectural style characterized by the inspiration from natural forms and the use of colorful stones in various round constructions. The use of colour is another aspect used by Gaudi, the artist decorating many of the buildings in Barcelona with stones coloured in mosaic style. Barcelona is a lively, bright and charming town, like taken from “Hansel and Gretel”, due to its numerous buildings that seem to be made of gingerbread. The combination of original drawings and vibrant colours offers a true visual delight for the millions of tourists who visit Barcelona every year and charmed by its gothic air, always come back to discover yet more wonders. A visit to Barcelona is heaven on earth for many people. Actually, if you’re looking for cool gifts for mom, you’ll soon find out that seeing this city is a much better present than a chocolate gift set could ever be.

By far the most avant garde Spanish town, Barcelona surprises through its tumultuous, bustling and cosmopolitan lifestyle. More international than national, this metropolis gathers a wide diversity of nationalities, cultures and races, a true “auberge espagnole”. An ever-evolving town, the Spanish capital has numerous bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs which give it an exuberant feel. Even Woody Allen, the famous director, was fascinated by this aspect, choosing Barcelona as a location for its acclaimed movie, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.

But one cannot talk about Barcelona without referring to its rich and flourishing cultural beauty. The Catalan culture is much more sophisticated than in the other Spanish regions, the inhabitants being very proud of their heritage and national identity. No matter where you go in Barcelona, you will be surrounded by a captivating and mysterious gothic atmosphere given not only by the architectural style, but by the spirit of the streets themselves. Barcelona is a town that breathes history, culture and class, so even a simple stroll will leave you with pleasant memories.
Probably the most prominent tourist attraction in Barcelona – and also the symbol of the town – is the Sagrada Familia basilica, Gaudi’s biggest work, still unfinished, but of an incontestable beauty. Its spikes and intricate facades are inspired by the eternity of nature and even without knowing too much about Gaudi’s style, the building will be awe-inspiring. The Balto and Pedrera houses are two more of the Spanish architectural beauties, being a wonderful sight especially at night. Then, there is the Guell Park – a magnificent natural space with buildings and sculptured designed by Antonio Gaudi. Here you can also find the home of the famous architect, which today is open to the public as a museum.

A visit to Barcelona is one of the coolest gifts for mothers, because this city has hundreds of fascinating cultural sites. For culture lovers, two additional attractions are the Dali and Picasso museums, where you can learn more about the life and work of the two Spanish painters which gave a breath of life to art as we know it. And if you are looking for fun, Barcelona also has a few surprises for you: the streets are filled with boutiques and shops where you can buy traditional souvenirs and delicious food. Besides, the nightlife is very active and there are pubs and clubs for all tastes.

Dynamic, cosmopolitan, surprising. These are three of the adjectives that describe one of the most important Mediterranean towns, a place which should be in every traveller’s agenda.

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A Mediterranean experience, a trip to Malta

Nov 12, 12 A Mediterranean experience, a trip to Malta

Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of the Italian island, Sicily, the Republic of Malta has been drawing tourists for quite some time. Widely known for its culture, history and romantic atmosphere, this island country can be regarded as a great traveling location. Here are three of the most important places to visit when arriving in Malta.

Mdina and Rabat

Also called the Silent city, Mdina is a city which impresses all visitors through its amazing history. A fortified town, with a medieval architecture, Mdina has not changed much in the pasted 1000 years. A walk trough the stone buildings allows tourists to enter another world. Because many people decided to move to Vittoriosa, this city was left with a population of 300 people. Rabat, on the other hand, is the next neighborhood, not so attractive, but bearing a charm of its own, especially if you decide to pay a visit to the catacombs of the St. Paul Cathedral. A travel guide to Mdina will recommend you to visit the dungeon and the Domus Romana as well and if you have enough time you should definitely follow this tip, because you will certainly enjoy the experience.

The attractive Sliema

If you are looking for a night out in the beautiful country of Malta, then you should definitely consider Sliema, as a greatly touristic area. Full of hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops, Sliema offers all tourists an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea, having two waterfronts. However, this area holds no beaches, only cliffs and rocks, which creates a breathtaking sight, but a bit unpractical for water enthusiasts. Still, you can find a small beach in St. Julian’ s. If you are looking to get to know what Malta understands in matters of nightlife, then you should start walking from Sliema to Paceville. The distance is short, so this stroll shouldn’t tire you down. The three areas are close to one another, therefore all tourists coming to Malta will be fully satisfied. It is very easy to come here, as all you have to do is to take the ferry from Valletta to Sliema. The entire trip will last only a few minutes, so you don’t have to worry about getting sea sick.

The capital of Malta, Valletta

Valletta holds something rare in today’ world, a charm which cannot be easily found anywhere else. Being an UNESCO site, this small city guards a valuable historical heritage. Valletta will amaze you through the way in which modern society can mix with medieval architecture. With a population of only 7000 people, Valletta has a large number of palaces like the Auberge d’Aragon, Auberge de Castille or the Grandmaster’s Palace, which is now the House of representatives, all being worth visiting. The Renaissance style and the Venetian details, all come together and create an amazing location. Gardens, the National Opera, museums, Valletta is full of touristic attractions, which can be easily noticed by travelers.

All in all, Malta is where any tourist can meet history and feel as if he has entered a familiar, yet one of a kind world. Perfectly combining modern artifacts with cultural buildings of a rare beauty is what this island country offers you.

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Vienna – a must see for every tourist

Oct 30, 12 Vienna – a must see for every tourist

Vienna has been one of the most popular tourist attractions for many years and its reputation of a fascinating and cultural city is well deserved. The Austrian capital has anything a culture lover could be interested in: museums, castles, historic buildings and many more. The city breathes history and every street is a cultural testimony of the former Habsburg Empire. You can indulge yourself in long and pleasant visits through imposing castles, learn all about Austrian history by going in one of the many museums or just stroll through the well-maintained parks. In fact, no matter what you choose to do in Vienna, you will most likely have a great time and also learn something new.

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The ancient story of Cappadocia

Oct 16, 12 The ancient story of Cappadocia

Traveling should be all about getting to know new and fresh locations each time, so why settle for the same destination over and over again? If you are on the lookout for new places to visit, here is a fascinating idea for all adventurers out there.

What is Cappadocia?

Situated in the heart of Turkey, Cappadocia is an ancient location, that brings history and breathtaking natural wonders together. A cultural destination, Cappadocia represents the home of the Assyrian civilization, but also the secret hiding place of the first Christian population, persecuted by the Roman Empire. The underground city was the perfect location to make one disappear into thin air. The structures appeared naturally over time, soon becoming one of the most visited sites in the small area. Furthermore, around 3000 churches made up of rock can be found here, but of course that not all can be viewed by tourists. Entering the small homes, you will be surprised to find an actual room partition, with a proper sleeping space and a kitchen. Another good reason for visiting Cappadocia is the thrilling experience of a hot air balloon flight. This is how you can view the entire region and enjoy one of the best views in the world. The flight itself lasts for about an hour and a half, but there is a tradition, according to which you have to toast a glass of champagne on landing. The region is known for its wine and expensive handmade carpets, so this trip can prove to be quite the shopping session.

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Knocking on Hell’s Door

Oct 08, 12 Knocking on Hell’s Door

If you love exploring the weirdest places on Earth, you have to know the existence of this amazing forsaken place. Wondering around to discover natural yet amazing places takes courage, patience and mostly, company. The Door to Hell, also known as Derwenze, is a village situated right in the middle of Asia, in the heart of Kara-Kum desert, where abound 350 people formed a village called Turkmenistan. These people come from the Teke tribe which used to settle there and make a living. You’re actually about to go no where to visit the Hell on Earth, as you may also call it, but it’s definitely going to worth the effort.

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