Must-See Islands in the Tropical Paradise of Seychelles

Must-See Islands in the Tropical Paradise of Seychelles

The island country of Seychelles consists of 115 islands that you can choose from. This little archipelago in the Indian Ocean is paradise on Earth filled with stunning beaches, powdery-white sandy shores lines, uninhabited islands, and kilometers of reefs. We warn you, it might be a difficult decision on which islands you'd like to visit as every single one holds its own special charm. But with the Seychelles Travel Guide and Offline Map rest assured that you'll be able to pick your little slice of paradise without a problem.

1.      Praslin Island

What is often dubbed as the "Garden of Eden", this island is only 12 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, but it has a plethora of things to offer. Take a dip in the most beautiful beaches on the entire Seychelles like Anse Lazio. It is considered as the best beach to visit and for good reason. The beach is bordered by large granite boulders making it postcard pretty. Praslin is also home to one of the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallée de Mai. The reserve is full of lush natural palm trees preserved in almost its original state.

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2.      La Digue

Even the tiny, La Digue, packs a punch when it comes offering the beauty of nature. With only 2,000 or so inhabitants it is the epitome of island life. You can expect to be completely relaxed with its slow pace and absolute silence. Signs of modern civilization like asphalt roads and tall buildings are absent and you can even see the occasional ox carts servicing as taxis. To preserve the calmness of the island getting around is exclusively done by foot or by bike.

3.      Mahé

Mahé is the biggest island of Seychelles and is home to 86 percent of the country's total population. You'd be surprised for such a small island it holds an international airport and the city of Victoria--the smallest capital city in the world. The island also offers a variety of entertainment options. You can even go hiking to the top of Seychelles' highest peak, the Morne Seychellois, which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park.

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Things You Must Experience at the Vatican

Things You Must Experience at the Vatican

Right in the heart of Rome, Italy is Vatican City, a city-state that is considered the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. However, it isn't just known for being the Pope home, but it also houses a trove of iconic art and architecture. The Vatican Museums that hold ancient Roman sculptures, Michelangelo's masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Raphael rooms' stunning frescos are just some the most notable art that you will see in the Vatican. Explore the seat of Catholicism with the Vatican Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      The Sistine Chapel

Experience the rush of religious grandeur within the walls of the chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Revel in the grandeur of the official residence of the Pope and be stunned by the famous The Last Judgment ceiling by Michael Angelo himself. Along with the Sistine ceiling, the fame of the chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior. Between 1470's and 1480's a team of Renaissance painters that included created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ.

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2.      The St. Peter's Basilica

Experience the Pope's liturgies at the St. Peter's Basilica. Not only is St. Peter's regarded as one of the holiest Roman Catholic shrines, but it is also the largest church in the world. With that being said, it is famous as a place of pilgrimage where the pope holds liturgical functions throughout the year, drawing crowds of 15,000 to over 80,000 people at a time. The Basilica is also the burial site of the first Pope, Saint Peter, who is also one of Christ's Apostles. His tomb is said to be directly below the high altar of the Basilica.

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3.      The Vatican Museums

Experience artistic history by visiting the Vatican museums, which holds an immense collection of more or less 70,000 pieces and 20,000 of them on display. The museums' collection was built up by the Popes and throughout centuries has included some of the most celebrated masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. It is one of the largest museums in the world and was visited by 6 million people 2013 making it the 6th most visited art museum in the world.

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3 Reasons to Visit Granada, the Spanish City of Sweeping Views

3 Reasons to Visit Granada, the Spanish City of Sweeping Views

In the foothills of Sierra Nevada lies the revered city of Granada. The historical city southern Spain’s Andalusia region is esteemed for its grand medieval architecture dating back to the 13th-century Moorish occupation. As the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe, Granada is home to the famous Alhambra Palace. But beyond the grandiose architecture, you will enjoy a remarkable cuisine distinct from other famous Spanish cities like Barcelona and the neighboring Seville. Find out what makes Granada such an inspiration to celebrated writers and artists by downloading the Granada Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      The Alhambra Palace

If Agra has the Taj Mahal and Siem Reap has the Angkor Wat, Granada has the spectacular Alhambra Palace. Standing tall atop the entire hill of La Sabica it offers intricate designs, detailed mosaics, hand-carved cedar wood, and even serene orchards. Samuel Ha-Nagid, the Jewish grand vizier of one of Granada’s 11th-century Zirid sultans, initially built the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Nasrid emirs turned the area into a fortress-palace complex and housed royal families before the Catholic Monarchs took hold during the Reconquista in 1492.

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2.      St. John of God Basilica

The basilica dedicated to John of God, the Portuguese soldier who devoted his life to helping those who were less fortunate, is a glistening jewel of the Baroque period. And when we say glistening it indeed shines with gold and silver. It boasts a beautiful Baroque façade flanked by towers featuring slate capitals. Inside, you will discover opulent decorations that fill every inch of the Latin cross floor plan. The church chapel houses a solid silver urn that holds the relics of Saint John of God. Its interior is richly adorned with sculptures and images. The fresco paintings depict saints, angels, virtues, and episodes from the life of Saint John of God.

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3.      Junta de los Rios

Granada isn't just about spectacular palaces and grand temples; it also boasts breath taking natural wonders. Nestled in Otivar, Granada is a place of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful river pools and spectacular views. Making Junta de los Rios, which translates to "the joining of the rivers", a great excursion for the more adventurous. Junta de los Rios with there the rivers Rio Verde and Rio Negro converge to form waterfalls and crystal, clear pools where you can take a dip and take a break from the warm Granada weather. Until recently, only a handful of people visited for climbing and canyoneering.

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3 Towns you should visit in Cinque Terre

3 Towns you should visit in Cinque Terre

There are lots to see in Cinque Terre, after all, it is literally mean "five lands" for the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare along the Northern West coast of Italy on the Mediterranean Sea. Besides the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre is one of the most popular stretches of the Italian Riviera. The five towns are full of colorful houses and vineyards that sit on steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats, and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous pesto sauce. Enjoy your visit to Cinque Terre by downloading the Cinque Terre Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Riomaggiore

You've probably seen pictures of it all over social media, the colorful tower houses overlooking a quaint, sheltered beach. Yes, that's Riomaggiore and is the second largest town in Cinque Terre. Some of the places to visit are the Port of Riomaggiore, Church of San Giovanni, the Guardiola, and the Centre for Environmental Education and Naturalistic Observation. It's also known for its locally-produced wine and is the hometown of the Wine Cooperative of the Cinque Terre region. A notable feature is also the Riomaggiore castle, it was once used as a lookout for Saracen incursions, but now offers lodging and is open for events.

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2.      Manrola

Manrola might be one of the smallest towns, but it is rich in culture and is the oldest. This ancient Roman town is huddled atop a headland of dark rock. Asides from its picturesque beauty, it is known to attract visitors from all over Italy and the world for its Nativity scene with 300 life-sized statues made from recycled materials. The church that is dedicated to the Nativity was once used as a lookout tower.

3.      Monterosso

This town has one the of the more interesting architectures in the region. During the 11th century to protect the town from Saracen pirates and rival Pisans, fortifications were increased thus defending the people from attacks. Here' you'll find the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the Aurora Tower. The famous depiction of the Crucifixion by Van Dyck himself is housed in the monastery of Cappuccini, which is connected to the church of San Francesco.

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3 Compelling reasons to Visit Alhambra!

3 Compelling reasons to Visit Alhambra!

Built originally for military purposes, the name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "crimson castle", due to the colors of the towers and wall that surround the entire hill of La Sabica. Interestingly enough, by starlight, the walls and towers look silver, but by sunlight, they transform into gold. The Alhambra was created as an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. Download the Alhambra Guide and Offline Map to help you understand the distinctive features of the monument when you visit.

1.      It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Alhambra is regarded one of the finest palaces from its era and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It welcomes over two million in 2014 alone and was declared the most visited monument in Spain. That's reason enough to visit Alhambra considering Spain's other impressive sights. Although the palace was built in the 13th century, its magnificence and beauty remain remarkably intact. The buildings feature intricate designs, detailed mosaics, and hand-carved cedar wood.

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2.      It is Home to Magnificent Monuments and Incredible Art

Seven halls at Alhambra is dedicated to a variety of exhibitions where you can learn about the Alhambra's interesting history. It is also considered to hold the best collection of Nasrid and Mudejar in the art world, so the Museum of Alhambra shouldn't be missed. As you walk your way through a labyrinth of passageways, you'll come across impressive monuments. One of the notable monuments is the Fountain of the Lions. It's a stunning piece to behold with its 12 marble lions sitting at the center of the courtyard in the equally mesmerizing Palace of the Lions.

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3.      The Stunning View

Having been built as a stronghold by the Arabs, the Alhambra sits on the hilltop and occupies the entire hill of La Sabica overlooking Granada. Expect wondrous views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the rolling hills of the Andalusian countryside. Asides from the views and architecture, visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the Generalife Gardens. It's an oasis of peace and tranquility that dates back 750 years. Although it began as a military fortress, the construction of the palace was eventually commissioned by the Nasrid dynasty and was home to the royal family before the Catholic Monarchs took hold during the Reconquista of 1492.

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What to See at the Palace of Versailles, Home of French Royalty

What to See at the Palace of Versailles, Home of French Royalty

The royal palace of Versailles with its expansive gardens and massively intricate architecture is considered one of, if not the most, famous attractions in the Île-de-France region of France. Built by King Louis XIV, it has been home to three generations of French kings and queens from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1798. As a result, each monarch was able to add new additions to the palace estate making even grander and majestic than it originally was. There is a lot see at here as the entire estate is 2,014 acres and so it's best to plan ahead. Be sure to download the Palace of Versailles Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you to maximize your trip.

1.      Estate of Trianon

Thies intimate estate is famously associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette and thus fondly called the Marie-Antoinette estate. Construction of the estate started under King Louis XIV. It was once called the "Marble Trianon" for the unique pink marbles panels that adorned the palace's facades. Marie-Antoinette is known to seek refuge and spent most of her time away from the prying eyes of the royal court in the marvelous rustic-style cottages of the Trianon. The cottages are surrounded by marvelous gardens with ornate geometric flowerbeds and tens of thousands of flowers.

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2.      Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors is the most prominent feature at the Palace of Versailles. It was originally built as a terrace that stood between the King and Queen's bedchambers. The open-air terrace overlooking the gardens was soon remodeled due to being exposed to bad weather. When the hall was finished it served as a passageway and waiting area to impress his guests. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially brought the First World War to an end, was signed here in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28, 1919.

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3.      Leto’s Fountain

The palace estate has eight majestic fountains that you can visit, but one of the notable ones is the Leto's Fountain. It was inspired by The Metamorphoses by Ovide. It illustrates the story of Leto, the mother of Apollo and Diana, protecting her children from the insults of the peasants of Lycia and pleading with Jupiter to avenge her. Jupiter agrees and turns the inhabitants of Lycia into frogs and lizards. The central marble pyramid depicts Leto and her children.

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Must see points at the Home of Country Music, Nashville

Must see points at the Home of Country Music, Nashville

If you're a country-music then you're going to love Nashville and if you're not? Well, Nashville may be fondly referred to as Music City, but its more than just the music that will leave you in awe. The capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee is home to legendary country music venues like the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum. Nashville also offers a dynamic food and cocktail scene that you shouldn't miss out on. Download the Nashville Travel Guide and Offline Map to guide you through this historical city.

1.      Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is a definite must-see when visiting Nashville. It was established in 1892 and now enjoys a grand status as a tourist attraction and Music City’s most recognizable icon. What once was the Union Gospel Tabernacle transformed into a stage that became the Grand Ole Opry--a famous radio show and platform for country music. You can take a guided backstage tour through what they call the "Soul of Nashville". If you're feeling up to it, you can even record your own CD at the Ryman's recording studio.

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2.      Pub Crawls on Broadway

After a tour at the Ryman Auditorium, step into the shoes of country music legends and make your way through the bars on broadway. Many of these famous singers and songwriters spent a lot of time on Broadway. Pub crawls can be a lot of fun and you don't even have to drink to enjoy it. The pubs itself are reason enough to go through as many as you can. Their beauty shines not just because of their bright lights, but because of the sense of nostalgia they give with all the memorabilia the posses. Experience the city in true Nashville fashion by going through this tradition of exploring and array of old-fashioned honky tonks and even the newer, trendier bars.

3.      Johnny Cash Museum

Having opened in 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum has drawn Cash fans from all over the world with its collection of Johnny Cash Memorabilia. being touted as the heart and soul of country music, Cash remains a popular legend in the music scene. In the museum you'll find various artifacts from Cash's personal letter to friends and family to not only his costumes, but ones that the Carter family used to wear when he used to sing with June, her sisters and their mother.

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3 Reasons to Love Tbilisi, the Georgian City that Loves You!

3 Reasons to Love Tbilisi, the Georgian City that Loves You!

According to the Georgian ancient proverb, Tbilisi is the city that loves you! Since ancient times, it has been noted that “Every guest is Godsend,” for hospitality. Located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches is a confluence of multiple cultures. Explore this underrated yet spectacular city of culture, art, and hospitality with the Tbilisi Travel Guide and Offline Map for a stress-free visit.

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1.      The Architecture

The patchwork architecture in Old Tbilisi is reason enough to visit this pretty capital city. Intricate balconies sigh from tired buildings. Cobbled streets ramble through historic neighborhoods. Centuries of Persian, German, and Russian architectural influence is visible. But it’s not just the historic aspects that fascinates. Tbilisi’s more recent stability has it screaming into a disorienting modernity. Controversial space-age architecture takes up residence alongside the historic buildings. A gamut of architectural possibilities sit in the shadow of the 4th century Narikala Fortress. Tbilisi has a complicated history that has continued into the present. The aesthetic of the city bears testament.

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2.      The Wine Culture

Georgia’s clay vessel winemaking process, Qvevri, made UNESCO’s list for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. They are one of the oldest wine regions in the world, where they cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production for over 8000 years. Sprinkled throughout the boutiques and sidewalk cafés are dozens of wine shops and tasting rooms. Wine is the icebreaker with new Georgian friends. Each time you meet a local, you can bet they'll share with you their favorite variety. Even more often, they might just boast of their tasty homemade wines.

3.      The Hospitality

Hospitality runs deep in every Georgian's blood, as evidenced by Kartlis Deda watching over over Tbilisi from Sololaki Hill. Better known as Mother Georgia, her looming figure exemplifies the spirit of welcome in the country. For Georgians, this statue represents the dual priorities of hospitality and freedom. Erected in the 50s, Mother Georgia carries a bowl of wine in one hand and a sword in the other. The wine is for friends, the sword for enemies.

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Bucket list add on! Vancouver, Where Nature Meets Science

Bucket list add on! Vancouver, Where Nature Meets Science

Are you planning a family trip? Why not consider visiting Vancouver in British Columbia? The bustling west-coast seaport has something to offer for every member of the family. As Canada's densest and most ethnically diverse cities, it come to no surprise that Vancouver has a lot going on. It's a sea port that's surrounded by picturesque mountains and it's thriving art scene is very much palpable with its notable architecture. Whether if dad is a thrill seeker and you're bringing grandma along Vancouver has something for every taste and personality. make sure download the Vancouver Travel Guide and Offline City Map to help you plan your trip!

1.      Science World

A sparkling geodesic dome, towering metal dinosaur and Mondrian-like exterior invite you into a museum with intricate exhibits that will keep you preoccupied for hours. Located just minutes from downtown at Main Street, it ignites your mind with its interactive indoor and outdoor displays, inspirational feature exhibitions and jaw-dropping live science demonstrations. From environment, life sciences, physics, and even sustainability, Science World is a dream come to true for any science buff. They even hosts occasional After Dark adult evenings featuring special guests such as the animators from “Jurassic World”!

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2.      Stanley Park

Stanley Park was named the "Top Park in the World" by TripAdvisor and it come to no surprise. The park itself contains 27 kilometers of trails through rainforests, an almost century-old seawall, sandy beaches, First Nations totem poles, wildlife, the Vancouver aquarium, sports facilities and plenty of dining options. Walk the trails around Beaver Lake. Here you'll feel like you've been transported to another place, being surrounded by a 400-hectare rainforest, you'll never feel like you're right in the heart of downtown. Go for a walk around the lily pad covered lake and you’ll encounter wildlife such as raccoons, frogs, herons, and friendly squirrels.

3.      Granville Island

Touted as a paradise for food lovers, this man-made island is a gem located only 10 minutes from Vancouver Downtown. It's main attraction is its public market. As a hub bustling with activity, it offers fresh produce, fruit, meat, fish and more. Enjoy homemade ice cream and pastries and explore more of island as it's also considered one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theaters, artisan workshops and craft studios.

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Best places to to put your feet on at the Amalfi Coast!

Best places to to put your feet on at the Amalfi Coast!

Italy has become one of Europe's most popular Summer destinations and with beauties like the Amalfi Coast, it's really no surprise as to why. With its steep, picturesque cliffs, and sparkling views that's been considered an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape by UNESCO, it has fast become one of Italy's most popular destinations. And you've probably seen it all over social media these days as there are picture perfect moments at every turn. Download the Amalfi Coast Travel Guide and Offline City Map and start planning your next Summer escapades.

1.      Positano

This famed Italian destination is every photographer and travel blogger's dream. The village is home to tiny, winding roads that run down to the sea and are lined with restaurants, shops, and a cascade of pastel-colored boutiques and hotels. It's the most photogenic town you'll ever see. Positano is a popular destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway as well as families and groups stopping through on day tours. Spend hours wandering the winding roads of the village and explore the beach path that hugs the mountainside and ends up at the watch tour castles. Every turn brings something new and exciting into view. As you meander through Positano, the charm of this otherworldly town is intoxicating.

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2.      Amalfi Cathedral

You might ask yourself why Amalfi, for such a small place, has its fair share of monuments, not least the spectacular cathedral. It was, of course, one of the four powerful Maritime Republics and established many commercial relationships not least with traders from the Orient. The Cathedral complex is formed of the 'Cloister of Paradise', the 'Basilica of the Crucifix', which houses the Museum, the 'Crypt of St. Andrew' and the Cathedral. Concealing the original Romanesque church, the Baroque interior we see today dates from the early 18th century as do a number of paintings celebrating St. Andrew. Look out for a canvas by Andrea D’Asta on the main altar showing St. Andrew on the Cross. Two superb antique granite columns from Paestum support the triumphal arch of the main apse.

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3.      Amalfi Paper Museum

Located in an ancient XIV century medieval paper-mill, along the road to the Ferriere Valley, Amalfi's Paper Museum is, no doubt, one of the most original museums on the Amalfi coast. It was founded in 1969 by Nicola Milano, owner of the paper-mill and member of one of the most famous families working in the paper production. It hosts machineries and instruments used in the ancient paper-mills. The ancient technologies, restored and active, reconstruct the entire production cycle of the paper. Among the century-old tools in the Museum it is possible to admire the ancient wooden mauls, operated by an hydraulic wheel, the press used to remove the water in excess from the paper, the continuous printing machine and the Dutch machine.

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Barcelona’s Architectural Masterpiece -  Sagrada Familia – Must See!

Barcelona’s Architectural Masterpiece - Sagrada Familia – Must See!

Whether your time in Barcelona revolves around a layover, weekend away or a longer break, the one thing you cannot miss during your time in the Catalan capital is a visit to the Sagrada Familia. One of the most magnificent churches in the world, this amazing creation comes from the mind of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The church is still a work in progress even though construction began in 1882 and is expected to finish in 2026--that’s 100 years after Gaudi's death. Tour this magnificent masterpiece with the Sagrada Familia Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      The Size, Detail, and Craftsmanship

Towering over its neighboring buildings, the Sagrada Familia is epic in scale. When complete it will have an impressive 18 spires, according to Gaudi's design, and will be the tallest church in the world. Outside the grand facade's intricate designs cover the walls in their entirety, with different styles being embraced in the telling of Christ's birth, life, and death. Visitors pass under the tree of life, with animals and wildlife to be spotted wherever you look and throughout the church areas are dedicated to everything from saints to sins. Inside the columns of the church are designed to look like trees and branches, and the roof so intricately designed you would want to stare at it for hours.

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2.      The Stained Glass Windows

The stained glass brings the building to life, with rainbows of light showering down onto the walls and columns all around you. They really have to be seen to be believed. They are considered an essential feature of the church. Gaudi gave them the same expressive intricacy as the architecture of the carvings. And if you love it enough, you can even pay to have a pane of glass added with your own name on it.

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3.      The View from the Top

The panoramic view of Barcelona will blow you away. The way the blue ocean from the Barcelona beach from afar contrasted with the orange glow of the church and the cityscape is worth mustering up your courage to defy your fear of heights, if you have one that is. The spectacular view is definitely a must-see for Barcelona first-timers and frequent visitors alike.

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Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

National Park-founder John Muir once said "The mountains are calling and I should go." Taking a note from Mr. Muir, you should too! Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity with almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. A visit to such an overwhelmingly stunning park can be quite daunting especially for first-timers so be sure to download the Yosemite National Park Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Hiking

There is so much hiking to be had in Yosemite. Panorama Trail is an 8.5-mile one-way trip from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley and takes you past hidden gems like Panorama Point and Illilouette Falls, before joining the Mist Trail to incorporate Nevada and Vernal Falls too. If you're feeling lucky and up for a mighty challenge then you can apply to undertake the infamous Half Dome Hike – a 10-12 hour trek to the summit of the park’s focal peak, which only allows around 300 people on the trail each day. Equipped with torches and a sense of adventure, you can also opt for a "Flashlight Hike" offered by nearby hotels. You’ll be led through the woods around the area to learn all about the trees and wildlife that make up the forest and makes for a great opportunity for some stargazing.

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2.      Water Activities

First formed by the actions of mighty glaciers, Yosemite’s astonishing scenery is also the result of many millennia of the weathering actions of wind and water. So it's only natural that rafting, boating, and water activities are quite popular at Yosemite. Today, rivers and lakes are some of the park’s biggest attractions, especially for swimmers and paddlers of canoes and kayaks. For thrilling white-water action, venture outside the park boundaries, especially along the mighty Merced River. Adrenaline junkies will surely enjoy the wild and scenic stretches of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers just outside the park offer thrilling whitewater rides.

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3.      Winter Sports

If you're looking for a unique way to visit Yosemite then head over sometime between December to March and strap on some skis, snowshoes, or hit the slopes for some downhill adventure! Yosemite is home to the oldest downhill skiing area in California and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. You'll find groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiers, chair lifts that take Alpine skiers to the top of the runs in minutes, a challenging terrain park for snowboarders and skiers to test their limits, and a tubing area where the whole family can experience the thrills together.

 

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3 Must-see Site in Jerusalem, the Cultural City of Three Religions

3 Must-see Site in Jerusalem, the Cultural City of Three Religions

Jerusalem, the city of incredible blend of religions and cultures. This Middle Eastern city near the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims for well over 3,500 years. Walk the streets filled with rich religious culture and visit the Old City, which is home to significant religious sites in the Temple Mount compound; including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site), and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome). Don't let such a vibrant city overwhelm you and download the Jerusalem Travel Guide and Offline Map for a stress-free visit.

1.      Western Wall

The Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall or HaKotel in Hebrew) is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City and is probably considered the most known attraction to visit in Jerusalem. It is the remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred for the Jewish people. The wall is believed to be a unique place where you can have a direct line to Heaven. When there, everyone is encouraged to insert a small piece of paper with your prayer in the cracks between the stones of the wall. Be sure to at your respective section as males and females are separated. Along with all other wishes, your prayer will be buried in a special cemetery later.

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2.      Holy Sepulchre

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a major pilgrimage destination for Christians. Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church is believed to contain the slab of rock where the body of Jesus Christ was laid to rest.

3.      Dome of the Rock

This 7th century Islamic shrine is an architectural gem and is the 3rd most important Muslim site (after Mecca and Medina). It is one of the most recognizable structures in Jerusalem for its golden dome, which can be seen from the Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Tower of David, and many of Jerusalem’s city streets. A visit to Temple Mount is a popular activity on many tourist’s itineraries, but getting in is not so easy. Visiting hours are limited, there are restrictions for non-Muslims, and lines can be long so be sure to check out the visiting hours prior to your visit.

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A must on your bucket list - Yellowstone National Park!

A must on your bucket list - Yellowstone National Park!

If you love the great outdoors full of diverse wildlife and subalpine forests then Yellowstone National Park should definitely be on your bucket list. It's revered as the first National Park in the United States and is gushing with geothermal features such as the famous Old Faithful Geyser, colorful hots springs, and mudpots. But there's definitely more to see here as the park also boasts hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, several of which are either endangered or threatened. This makes trekking around Yellowstone extra exciting as you witness the beauty of nature unfold. Don't get lost in this 3,468.4-square mile national park by downloading the Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Old Faithful Geyser

This iconic geyser is definitely something to check off your list of places to see during your lifetime. It's a great representation of the power of nature as it can shoot 14,000 to 32,000 liters of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1 1⁄2 to 5 minutes. Geysers like Old Faithful are only formed under specific conditions, making them relatively rare. Magma under the Earth’s surface superheats pockets of underground water, building pressure that eventually pushes the water upwards.

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2.      Grand Prismatic Spring

The Grand Prismatic Spring is thing of beauty to behold. It was named such for its striking coloration that matches the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. The spring is approximately 370 feet (110 m) in diameter and is 160 feet (50 m) deep making it the biggest spring in the United States and the third biggest in the world! The brilliant colors can be attributed to the bacteria mats that live in and around the springs. Depending on the temperature of the water these bacteria turn different colors. In the summer, the mats turn orange and red and in the winter the mats are usually dark green.

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3.      Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley is your best bet at observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Although not an assurance this is best place you'll be able to spot grizzlies and wolves. Even if you don’t see any of the highly sought after carnivores, Lamar Valley is full of bisons, elk, bison, deer, otters, osprey, bald eagles, and even coyotes. The valley itself is quite a stunning sight, flanked by snow capped mountains over the Lamar River making it a worthwhile visit even without the wildlife.

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3 Reasons to Explore the Grand Canyon, Nature’s Work of Art

3 Reasons to Explore the Grand Canyon, Nature’s Work of Art

Yes, the Grand Canyon is what it is--GRAND. And it's not just its immense that astounds; this steep-sided canyon flanked by beautifully colored layers of red rock and is carved by the Colorado River. It is nature's masterpiece with nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history. Erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Prepare to be mesmerized with the Grand Canyon Travel Guide and Offline Map as your tour partner in this majestic place.

1.      Antelope Canyon

A trip to Arizona with not be complete without a visit to the stunning Antelope Canyon. Created by rushing and powerful water, Antelope Canyon was discovered many centuries ago by Najavo tribes and given the English name ‘Antelope’ due to the many antelope that grazed here during the winter season. Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of the Navajo Sandstone primarily due to flash floods. Rainwater runs into the basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form the magical characteristic "flowing" shapes in the rock.

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2.      Horseshoe Bend

The Horseshoe Bend is absolutely stunning and if you’re into geology, it’s incredible that it even came to be. This place has become highly memorable and many people seek it out when they are in the Grand Canyon area. For years, many visitors were not aware that the Grand Canyon is surrounded by many small canyons, but today the Horseshoe Bend how become one of the most photographed geological attractions in the world.

3.      Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls is part of the Havasupai American Indian Reservation. Havasupai means “people of the blue-green water”, an apt description when you see the lustrous, natural water color. High calcium carbonate concentration in the water creates the vivid blue-green color and forms the natural travertine dams that occur in various places near the falls. Due to flash floods, the appearance of the falls and its plunge pools has changed multiple times. Prior to the flood of 1910, water flowed in a near continuous sheet, and was known as Bridal Veil Falls. Currently, water sprouts from one single shoot.

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Must see! Cologne, Germany’s Oldest City

Must see! Cologne, Germany’s Oldest City

Located across both sides of the Rhine river, the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne is considered Germany's oldest city and is the region's cultural hub. The city itself is brimming with rich architecture and history. It is brimming with galleries and museums that showcase a range of exhibitions and shows from 20th-century pieces to modern art and sculpture and even Roman antiquities. There so much to see in Cologne that it might get overwhelming at times, make sure to download the Cologne Travel Guide and Offline City Map to help you on your cultural trip.

1.      Cologne Cathedral

What is locally called the grand Kolner Dom–Germany's largest cathedral–dominates Cologne's skyline with its famous twin spires. This massive church took over 600 years to build and is hailed as the epitome of European gothic architecture. It is one of Western Europe's most famous medieval sites of Christian art where you can admire its beautifully stained-glass windows and elaborately decorated towers. If you're up for a challenge, you can climb up 509 steps of the South tower and witness a breathtaking view of the city from up above.

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2.      Museum Ludwig

Right next door to the Cologne Cathedral is the Museum Ludwig, which offers a stimulating trip through the art of the last century, the third-largest Picasso collection in the world, as well as one of the most comprehensive Pop Art collections by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein outside the Unites States. The museum it in itself is also a work of art, showcasing a combination of striking sharp angles and curves. If you’re keen on a pre-game bite before getting lost in a sea of art, the Museum Cafe and Restaurant's food is an excellent treat.

3.      Rhine River Cruise

One of the world's most popular river cruising destinations is Europe's longest river, the mighty Rhine River. Take in Cologne's beautiful scenery as you cruise down at least 20 ancient, hillside castles, lush vineyards, and about 15 German Rhine towns with their winding streets and sleepy medieval architecture. Visit the famous Trendelburg Castle or also fondly known as the Rapunzel's Castle along the Rhine Gorge. If you've whipped up an appetite from all the sightseeing, fret not, the river cruises not only offers amazing architecture, old world style and charm, but also delicious wine, beer, and food in a fairy tale atmosphere.

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Top reasons to travel to Bucharest!

Top reasons to travel to Bucharest!

There are a plethora of reasons why Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city, should be your next destination. To make sure you don’t get lost or overwhelmed by the multitude of attractions; get the Bucharest Travel Guide and Offline City Map.

1.      Your Dollar Goes a Long Way

Romania is not in the Eurozone despite joining the European Union in 2007 so you will need Romanian leu (RON) instead of pounds to once you’ve arrived Bucharest, or anywhere else in the country. Today, one US dollar can be exchanged for 4 RON. You can stay in Bucharest for over a week and your food and entertainment expenses will likely not even reach $100 and most of the main attractions can be enjoyed at just a few dollars each.

2.      Drinking is Incredibly Cheap

If you love beer then Bucharest is the best place in Europe to get yourself drunk silly. Even in the most expensive sections in the city a pint of beer will not cost more than $3. Oh, and when you get to doing your drinking spree, make sure you sample tuică, a traditional spirit made from plums.

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3.      Marvel at the World’s Heaviest Building

The Palace of Parliament is the world’s heaviest building and second largest administrative building after the Pentagon. It was completed in the 1980s and was the symbol of Romania’s communist might during the reign of the Ceaușescu regime. It has more than a thousand rooms and some can be accessed through guided tours of the colossal structure.

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4.      Go to Dracula’s Lair

Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, the world’s most famous vampire, was inspired by Romanian Vlad Tepes. Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, may be considered a tyrant by the rest of the world but in Romania he is hailed as a hero. He successfully defended Wallachia from invaders. He impaled hundreds and displayed them near the borders of his territory. Only a few dared to invade his dominion after seeing the sea of impaled men. Snagov, Tepes’ final resting place, is only 25 miles north of Bucharest. The remains of the ruthless ruler are said to be buried underneath a monastery located in a tiny island in the middle of a lake.

 

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Have a Vacation at Bratislava, the Most Underrated City in Europe

Have a Vacation at Bratislava, the Most Underrated City in Europe

If there could only be one hidden gem among the many destinations in Europe, then it has got to be Bratislava. After all, most people, even those who travel a lot, aren’t even aware it exists. Here are a few reasons why you need to visit this heavily underrated city. Bring your Bratislava Travel Guide & Offline City Map with you. It will help a lot in your exploration.

1.      Cheap Accommodation

Accommodation in Bratislava is dirt cheap compared to the larger and more popular European cities. If your budget is really tight you can opt for a shared room in the downtown area and pay only as low as $10 per night. If you don’t want to worry about breakfast, there are numerous hostels that offer 2-person rooms at $30-50 per night with free breakfast for two.

2.      Free Sunday

Your vacation in Bratislava can get even cheaper if you visit during the first Sunday of the month which is known in the city as Free Sunday. During Free Sunday, all museums and galleries in the city including the Bratislava Castle and Michael’s Gate in Old Town offer free admission. This gives you the opportunity to learn something about Bratislava and Slovakia without spending a single cent.

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3.      Small City

Yet another reason why a Bratislava vacation is cheap is the fact that the city is quite small. It’s a city of only half a million residents and you can just walk from one attraction to the next. The only real reason to use public transport is if it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella. Moreover, most of the attractions can be found in Old Town so you can check them all out in one day as long as your legs don’t give out on you due to too much walking.

4.      Local Food, Wine, and Beer

Bratislava is the place to go if you want to taste authentic Slovakian food, wine, and beer at the cheapest possible price. Try out Bryndzove Halusky (sheep cheese dumplings served with bacon), Slovakia’s national dish. Bratislava is always a top contender in the country’s ‘The Wine of the Year’ national competition and the city’s finest wine can be found in Old Town’s Rača district. Most wineries in Old Town also serve beer. Ask for the Corgoň draught beer, one of the most tasteful beers in the region.

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You Shouldn't Miss Ho Chi Minh, South East Asia's Cultural Melting Pot

You Shouldn't Miss Ho Chi Minh, South East Asia's Cultural Melting Pot

The Vietnamese capital is a vibrant marriage of past and future. From timeless temples, colonial alleys, and scrumptious street food to contemporary skyscrapers, boutique hotels, and classy restaurants, Ho Chi Minh has everything an adventurous soul craves for. Enjoy this bustling city with the Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide with Offline Street Map to make your adventures a breeze.

1.      Ben Thanh Market

What is trip to South East Asia without an authentic glimpse into the local culture and chaos? And what better way to experience it first-hand than a visit to one of Ho Chi Minh's dizzying markets. Although not as big as other markets out of town, the Ben Thanh Night Market is perfectly situated in the center of the city and still offers a multitude of souvenir stalls and over 20 street eateries to choose from! The market building is easily surrounded by expectant local and foreign diners alike looking to feast on a wide range of the best dishes Vietnam has to offer.

2.      Cu-chi Tunnels

Find out more about the country's rich history and its people's tenacity and resilience through the elaborate network of underground tunnels that run 200 kilometers (120 miles) beneath the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh alone. What was once used as hideouts, living quarters, and supply routes for the Viet Cong during the American-Vietnamese war is now a popular tourist attraction. Here visitors can experience the underground life of soldiers and civilians back in the 1940's by exploring and even crawling around the safer parts of the labyrinth.

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3.      Saigon SkyDeck

After a day full of adventure, cap it with a spectacular view of the city from 262 meters above ground at Ho Chi Minh's tallest building to date. Designed after a shape of a lotus bud the Bitexco Financial Tower is one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh's rapid economic development. One of the tower's highlights is the city's first observation deck on the 49th floor where visitors will be able to enjoy a full sight of the city, the Saigon river, the Notre Dame Cathedral and so much more.

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Come to Strasbourg, the Charismatic French City with a German Accent

Come to Strasbourg, the Charismatic French City with a German Accent

There are numerous compelling reasons why you should visit Strasbourg other than the fact that it is the official seat of the European Parliament. Here are some of them. And don’t forget to get the Strasbourg Offline Map & Guide City Travel & Metro to aid you on your visit.

1.     The Beauty of Strasbourg

Beauty has almost become synonymous with France. It's like everything French is beautiful whether it is in terms of language, fashion, food, art, or architecture. Such captivating beauty can be found in Strasbourg no matter which direction you look. The city is full of half-timbered houses built as far back as the Medieval Ages. Strasbourg most iconic structure is the Gothic Cathédrale de Notre Dame, which is the tallest medieval building in the continent. The cathedral features a colossal astronomical clock built in 1842 that depicts man's life and death cycle. Climbing to the top of the cathedral rewards you with a spectacular view of the city and the Alsatian countryside. Also, check out the Les Pont Couverts Bridge.

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2.      The Marriage of French and German Cultures

The Rhine River is the only thing separating Strasbourg from Kehl, Germany which made it easy for the two cities to influence each other. Strasbourg was also conquered by Germans twice; first by the German Empire and second by Hitler’s Nazi Regime. Today, Strasbourg is in such good relations with Kehl that a Strasbourg citizen doesn’t even need to show a passport to cross the border to Kehl and vice versa.  You can clearly see German influence in Strasbourg’s cuisine, culture, music, fashion, and accent.

3.      The Alsatian Cuisine

The Alsatian cuisine combines traditional French food with German flavor and it is Strasbourg’s specialty. The city loses only to Paris when it comes to the number of Michelin-starred restaurants and eateries. Have a sip of both authentic French wine and German-style beer in one of the many breweries. Check out the bakeries for some world-renowned French bread sprinkled with some German love. You need to absolutely make sure that you don’t fail to sample the Tarte Flambée, the Alsatian version of thinly-sliced crispy crust pizza cut in rectangular slices.

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