Sherbrooke: One Can Never Get Enough Of Its Elegance

    We opted for a unique way to explore this beautiful city full of culture, history, heritage, and wildlife. We booked with Sherbrooke greeters in which we get to have a walking tour of Sherbrooke with a local. You can opt for your field of interest in various categories such as agro-tourism, microbreweries, arts, music and nightlife, ornithology, murals etc.

    Places to visit

    • We booked accommodation at the Quality hotel and suites, which costs us around INR 7000 per day. They served delicious hot breakfasts.
    • We started our visit with Beckett woods; an urban forest of old times marveling at the rich flora and fauna, long stretched paths and family history. Our kids loved to watch birds and aquatic plants at Real D. Carbonneau Marsh. The walk on its wooden walkways was very relaxing.
    • We did hike at Mount Bellevue; it was amazing to get a sight of the whole city from such heights.
    • Next day started with visiting the Beauvoir Sanctuary, which had a nice open-air chapel. As it was August and our friends Tommy & Sarah who run Ultimate Roofing back in the states had a short trip, we had to decide what we were going to see over the next couple of days.  We decided to go fishing at Domaine Howard. It comprised of not only a pond, but also gardens, buildings and mosaiculture a lot of people were mediating around. We took a stroll at Jacques Cartier Park.
    • The “cento” is a hub of the history of the city with its walking paths around. In downtown, we visited Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum. The ticket price for an adult was $14 and for our infant, it cost just $10.
    • We did the wine tasting at La Halte Des Pèlerins. The sitting area and boutique were lovely. Don’t forget to book your slot beforehand with them.

    • We spent around 2 hours in Uplands Culture and Heritage Center. If you happen to visit Sherbrooke in December, we can get delighted of Christmas tea in this museum.
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    Things to See and do in Salvador

    Image result for salvador brazilOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Brazil is Salvador. There are a lot of attractions and entertainment that Salvador has in store for the tourists. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to this beautiful city that is loaded with plenty of beaches, historical buildings, churches, etc.

    Attractions in Salvador

     

    • Sao Francisco Church and Convent

     

    The church is an architectural marvel and it really caught the attention of my eyes and my camera. It is an important landmark in this city and a very popular church. I got to know more about the history of the church from the locals as it has its history etched with Latin America’s slave labor plantation days. 

     

    • MAM Museu De Arte Moderna

     

    This is another important place to visit if you want to get a glimpse of modern art. I am interested in art and hence liked all the exhibits there. It had two buildings, one that showcases temporary work and the other for varied modern arts. 

     

    • Pelourinho

     

    This is known as the main postcard of Salvador and is a very popular tourist attraction. It is a very lively place where you get to enjoy attractive looking pastel-colored buildings, a wide range of bars and restaurants to enjoy local food, and plenty of shopping places. It was founded in 1594 by the Portuguese and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

     

    • Mercado Modelo

     

    If you are looking to take back some memories of Salvador with you, then you should shop at this market place. It is a place where you get to buy shirts, artworks, magnets, scarfs, etc., made by the locals. Everything is on offer at a discounted price. 

     

    • Farol Da Barra Beach

     

    It is a very famous beach that offers a great and picturesque view of the ocean. You can get to watch the beautiful sunrise and the wonderful sunset here. With plenty of restaurants and shops on the shore, it is a great place to spend evenings with families.

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    Aurora: Have Fun at the City of Lights

    Image result for Aurora cityBelieve it or not, Aurora is the second largest city of Illinois. There are ample things to be a part of. Once you visit the city, you will not have to worry about getting bored. The beautiful surrounding simply took my heart away. From parks to galleries, you will find it all. Take a look at my list of things that you should do or see when you are in the city.

    Abbey Farms

    To get the real taste of Illinois visit Abbey Farms. It focuses on traditional family fun. I didn’t find any modern touches in here. As a matter of fact, the farm aims to grow seasonal produce for delighting guest. If you visit during fall, you will be able to pick pumpkin all by yourself. I got some fresh farm produce from their store. Do not forget to try out the cider doughnuts baked by them.

    Philips Park Zoo

    Are you a bird lover like me? Do not skip out on Philips Park Zoo. There are 41 different species and about 100 different kinds of animals. I was surprised by the fact that it doesn’t require any entrance fee. There are themed sections such as a reptile house or the aviary. I caught a glimpse of Peregrine Falcon’s, Barred Owls, North American River Otters, and cougars.

    Splash Country Water Park

    Are you looking to cool down your body? Head to Splash Country Water Park. There are some fun activities that you can explore. It has sections dedicated to specific activities. I also found a zero depth pool. In case you are traveling with your kids, take them to the toddler pool. Apart from this, there are also dry activities such as the sand pit. I surely had a great time here.

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    Bayreuth: Expect The Unexpected

    Bayreuth was completely an accidental find for me. I had no plans to visit this city on my trip to Germany. It happened in a spur of a moment and I have to say that we never regretted this decision. In case you are planning to visit this city, there are a few things that you should not miss out on.

    Drink your heart out

    Beer is one of the most available drinks in this city. As a matter of fact, it is a part of their culture. Among all the breweries present here, make sure that you pay a visit to one or two.

    If you want you can pay a visit to the beer museum. However, it is too cool to be called a museum. I had a great time here. I enjoyed the food at Liebesbier, the restaurant that you will find inside the museum.

    Stroll around Bayreuther Catacombs

    Take a walk around the Bayreuther Catacombs. However, like the one in Paris, it doesn’t have dead bodies or skeletons. The underground tour will give you refuge from the burning heat of the sun. A walk gave me an insight into the historic underground world of the city.

    Enjoy the museums

    I was surprised to find out that this city several museums to be explored. If you are interested in music and art, there is something out there for you. This will give you a cultural knowledge about the city. As a matter of fact, there are some museums which are unique to Bayreuth. Some of them are the Small Poster Museum and the German Typewriter Museum.

    Visit the church

    It has one of the stunning views that you get to enjoy it in the City Church. It is located centrally and here you can just admire the rooftops of the city. I went for a guided tour to find out more about the place.

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    Grand Bend: Experience A Beachy Vacation

    Nestled at the Lake Huron Southwestern Ontario, the best beaches in Canada are to be found here. The water safety of these beaches is really commendable. The sandy beaches attract many travelers all throughout the year. I also loved the nightlife that these beaches have to offer. Grand Bend has so much more to offer than just the beaches. Take a look at some of the things you should check out when you are in Grand Bend.

    • Pinery Provincial Park

    This stretch of sandy beach is close to Grand Bend. Take a drive to this park to enjoy the view.  I found the water blue and clean. However, the beach might be a little rocky. Enjoy the various facilities offered by the park. I went hiking on the trail. Canoeing through the water can be a great experience, too. Nonetheless, do not fail to taste the ice-cream sold it. If you love camping, there are arrangements available at the park. I stayed still sunset to catch a glimpse of the orange water. It was a heavenly sight to behold.

    • Grand Bend Beach

    This is surely the best place to visit. The soft sand and the warm water beach are frequented by travelers, as well as locales. There are bars, cafes, and shops on the main street. In case you are traveling with children, there are playgrounds for them to enjoy. There are different activities to take part in. I went parasailing over the sea other than taking a dip in the sea.

    • The Pinery Flea Market

    Looking for things to do in the afternoon, I planned to visit the Pinery, Flea Market. Here, you will find fresh vegetables, baked goods, crafts, and antiques. Shop your heart’s content at these shops. You will also find hats, t-shirts, and clothing. In case you want to relax, the beer garden with live music is the place to be.

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    Milan: The Paradise For Fashion In The World

    Milan is famous for being one of the hubs for fashion in the world. Situated in Italy, it is known in the world for being the fashion capital. I took a train to Milano Centrale from Venice. After having breakfast, hot croissants and coffee, I embarked to explore Milan. I visited the cathedral which is famous in Milan. It is one of the best examples of architecture. It has been dedicated to one of the famous saints in Milan. It took about 6 centuries for its construction, and the cathedral is also one of the largest in the world.  On the top of this cathedral is present a monument of Madonna. It has a vast interior too.

    I visited Saint Grazie. It is also known as the Church for the Holy Mary. It has a wonderful mural of Leonardo da Vinci. Then I went to Biblioteca Ambrosiana where they housed manuscripts that have been taken from different parts of the world and Benedictine monasteries. During the night, I went to the Teatro Alla Scala – the house for the opera that hosts wonderful shows.

    The next day I went shopping for one of the most famous brands in Milan. Since this is famous for purchasing of clothes and other apparel brands, make sure that you have a strong budget because the collections that you are going to get here will be unmatched with any other city of the world.

    Thus, I had the perfect European city break. It was a pretty trip and it is recommended that you visit this place for at least a week. Make sure that the time you spend here is spent on shopping and going through the history and emergence of the various fashion houses which have been ruling the business across the world today.

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    Nantes: The Duke City Must Be Your Next Destination

    Nantes is located on River Loire. It is called the city of Duke in France. Here are five must-visit spots in Nantes.

    • Cathedral De Saint-Pierre Et Saint-Paul

    It is a huge cathedral with a seating capacity of 1000. It is in a very picturesque location. The cathedral is built in white stone and has vertical columns, adding beauty to the stonework. The tomb tells a story of a girl named Anne, who became duchess at age of 10 and then was married to the other nobility. There are many good cafes around it. The guide costs us just 50 cents.

    • Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

    It is the most famous landmark of Nantes. It is a castle situated on the riverbank of the Loire. It was once used for the center of Brittany’s historical province. A lot of exhibitions are housed in the castle on and off throughout the year. It has no fee for admission. We had a brunch picnic around the castle.

    • Jardin De Plantes

    It is a lush green botanical garden. It has around 10,00 living species and approximately 5000 flowers. The north end of the park has greenhouses stretched across 800 square meters. Our daughter loved the sleeping model, paper flower in ponds, cat-shaped bush and fun beaches scattered around. There is also a goat petting area. I enjoyed the poisonous plants, garden with the scale of 1 to 5. The flower beds were very lovely. It is free to walk in.

    • Le Machines De L’lle

    It is a cultural and tourist project of Nantes It is a museum or you can call it a theme park done very artistically. The demonstrations of rideable animals are not only for kids, but also for people from all kinds of age.

    • Natural History Museum Of Nantes

    It is a neoclassical building constructed with collections of minerals, animal bones, and taxidermy. The building has been constructed with elegance.

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    Montpellier: The Style Capital Of The Country Just Got More Stylish

    Montpellier is a city famous for panache and style. The city depicts the rich heritage and architecture of France. Here are five must-visit spots of Montpellier.

    • Place De La Comedie

    It is an eastern link which connects Old Montpellier to the newly formed districts. It has a multitude of restaurants, bars, and shops. In the heart of the Place De La Comedie, there is a three graces fountain, which dates back to its origin in 1790. It is an important landmark as it shows the Charities, emblem of Montpelier. A tip, visit it during the night to experience the beauty of its blue light.

    • Pavillon Populaire

    It is an art building on the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle. This art nouveau building was built in the 19th century. There are always some or the other exhibition going on in its premises.

    • Montpellier Zoological Park

    The zoo was created in 1964. It has around 750 animals belonging to 140 different species of animals, including Syrian brown bears, white rhinos and cheetahs. There are enclosures related to six distinctive biozones of the world. We took our kids to the zoo’s educational farm with sheep and goats for feeding.

    • L’Ecusson (Old Montpellier)

    There is the maze of streets for strolling with residences which date back from the 1600s and 1700s. The houses have wooden doors and courtyards inside. There are many shops and restaurants around the premises of L’Ecusson adding to the social ambiance.

    • Porte Du Peyrou

    This triumphal arch was designed by Francois Dorbay and constructed fully by 1693. There are 103 steps to the summit from where a full view of Montpellier with its surroundings. The architecture of it is interesting. We walked to it from Place De Comedy. There are many coffee shops around the arch.

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    Rotorua: Capture The Inner Depths Of New Zealand At Rotorua

    Rotorua is abundant in the New Zealand Culture and incredible geothermal activity, surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests. It is an adventure capital of the North Island. I spent two days at Rotorua where I got in-depth learning about the history and background of the country.

    Places to visit

    I went to Te-Puia, one of the most unusual arts and crafts centers where around 90-minute ride, I learned a lot about Maori culture. We witnessed practical training in weaving. The other attraction there was Air Tours one can view the plenty of geysers through the aerial views. The view was spectacular. One may even discover the hidden land of the mountain of Tarawera.

    I attended Cultural performance of Maori, quite entertaining and uplifting Hangi meal where they how food is prepared amongst them. The cultural show, Kapa Haka was very educational and cheerful dances with the importance of customs.  I also visited the Conservation Center for Kiwis, the biggest in New Zealand and was incepted in 1995.

    I even took travel to Rotorua Luge. It is unique, and we were enjoying the scenery around. On the tour of the farms located at the Agrodome, I got to see more than 15 different breeds of sheep on the stage and witnessed a live shearing demo along.

    Rotorua is a city located in the North Island in New Zealand and is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of this already beautiful country. IT is recommended to stay for at least a week here and relax in the lap of nature. One can witness the entirety of New Zealand culture and trust me; they are extremely friendly and fun to be with. Also, the expenses here are minimal as compared to the other tourist infested parts of the country.

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    Come See Why Naha Is Getting Popular

    There are two reasons which make this place extremely intriguing to me even before I researched about what exactly it was holding for us. We sure know those anecdotes of a word that mean something super hilarious in another language. Same was the case with Naha that could translate into a word close to the meaning of bathing, and yes, I fell off my chair laughing while pulling one of the guys’ legs. The other thing which I was curious about that how being super addicted to traveling, I wasn’t aware of Naha.

    Well, I found my answers, mainly because people are rarely exposed to this part of Japan during their trips here and are mostly limited to the famous and well-known places like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. 

    So here I bring you this blog to enlighten you about Naha! Yes, let’s go.

    Well, when starting from the very start, Naha is the capital of the Okinawa prefecture. If you ever happen to research about Japan, you would always find the ever existing word known as the prefecture, which means a region which consists of the towns and cities. Naha is spread over an area of 39.32kmand very surprisingly has a population of 700,000.

    Places to visit

    This place has a lot to explore more on the terms of adventure sports, and it’s few landmarks rather than food. The areas which can be considered to be visited are the Shuri castle, Sonohyan Utaki, Naminoue Shrine, Tamaudun Mausoleum along with the History, Pottery museums and Shikinaen Garden. The Makishi Market and the Kokusai Dori can be visited for fun frolic buys.

     

    As mentioned earlier, it can be an excellent spot to enjoy activities like Kiteboarding, Scuba Diving, and Saltwater fishing. Now when talking about fish, I’m hungry! Come on well that’s a human instinct. The places where you can enjoy good food like fresh Afro rice, Goya Champuru are Afro Nest and Warahondo along with Rehab International, Paddy Macs for the drinks.

    Accommodation

    The accommodation facilities are very famous due to amazingly low prices, but you might fall for dirty, unkempt places at low rates, so the areas that can be considered for the stay are Grace Naha, Sora House, Marine West, and Monkeys Inn.

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