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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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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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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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Love to chill in cold places? Go to Québec, North America’s Winter Wonderland

Love to chill in cold places? Go to Québec, North America’s Winter Wonderland

If you love the cold, the city of Québec will be a paradise for you. Here are some convincing reasons why you should come to Québec City. Download the Quebec Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map so you’ll have an easy time exploring the city.

1.      The Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel is the only one of its kind in North America and it is Québec City’s most famous attraction. This modern structural wonder, located on the lower slopes of the Laurentian Mountains, is made up of 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. It has 44 rooms. Curtains are used as doors and the beds are made of blocks of ice fitted in a wooden frame. Guests are provided with sleeping bags designed specifically for the ice beds. The bathrooms are in a separate outhouse building. The average temperature inside the hotel is -4˚F so don’t check in unless you are confident you can handle the cold. When you make your reservation, you can also request for a custom suite to be carved for you if you so desire.

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2.      Village Vacances Valcartier

The Village Vacances Valcartier is the largest winter playground in North America. It is the perfect place to set the child in you free. The attraction has more than 35 snow slides along with ice skating, ice rafting, ice tubing, and ice carting facilities. Its slope-slide sugar shack sells the most delicious maple candy-pop in the city. Once you’ve had enough of the cold, you can warm up in the park’s restaurant and reenergize your body with some hot soup and dishes. Thrill seekers can test themselves in the Himalaya, a tube ride that features a 90-degree jump during which the tube can reach a speed of 50 miles per hour.

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3.      The Nordic Spa

The Nordic Spa operates based on a millennium-old Viking tradition of tempering the body by subjecting it to extreme shifts in temperature. The first stage involves bathing in an outdoor hot tub. Then the second stage of sweating it up in a sauna follows. And finally, the final step of immersing yourself in frigid waters. To help normalize your body, a 60-minute long Swedish massage caps off the experience.

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Be Enticed with Bali, Indonesia’s Island Paradise

Be Enticed with Bali, Indonesia’s Island Paradise

The lush paradise of Bali is the most famous destination in Indonesia and here are the reasons why. And friendly reminder, download the Bali Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map beforehand so you can have an easier time exploring the island.

The Weather

Bali is heaven for people who love the sun. The island is located just eight degrees south of the equator which grants it the perfect tropical weather. The island enjoys an average of 12 to 13 hours of sunlight each day which makes it the ideal place for surfing, sunbathing, beach sports, and all other outdoor activities.

The Beaches

Bali is home to a variety of spellbindingly gorgeous beaches, and each one has its own distinct charm. The south side of the island is known for its sandy beaches, especially those in the Bukit peninsula that are hidden between limestone cliffs. The north side, on the other hand, is known for its remote beaches with calm waters that are perfect for soaking with the whole family.

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The Temples

There are numerous complexes of mystical temples spread throughout the island of Bali, from the highest peaks to the lowest seashores. These temples are ancient and serve as a window to Bali’s rich and intriguing past. Even more impressive is that these temples are still fully functional today and many of them are still being used for various events and festivities.

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Value for Money

Bali is one of the cheapest world-class destinations you can visit. Indonesia has continuously been plagued by inflation. It only takes one glance at the exchange rate to get a grasp of much devaluation the Indonesian rupiah (IDR), the Indonesian national currency, has suffered. Today, your 1 dollar can be exchanged for about 12,000 IRD. Yes, for a little over $83 you can be a millionaire in Indonesia. This pretty much means you can afford anything during your visit, from luxury lodging, to the best food, to the biggest shopping spree of your life. You can even go to the local street markets to utilize your haggling skills and get great stuff at insanely low prices.

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5 reasons to visit Helsinki, the Compact Capital and Largest City of Finland. Find out!

5 reasons to visit Helsinki, the Compact Capital and Largest City of Finland. Find out!

Helsinki makes for a great destination any day of the year. Here are but some of the reasons why you really need to check this fantastic city out. Download the Helsinki Travel Guide and Offline City Map before you get there.

1.      Design Overload

Finland is well known the world over for its modern design heritage and you can see this showcased everywhere in Helsinki. Marimekko, Iittala, Artek, Arabia, and other world-renowned brands have become so ingrained in daily life in the city that you can’t avoid them even if you tried.

2.      Urban Nature

Helsinki is a highly modern city and yet it has managed to stick close to nature. Numerous green squares are still perfectly maintained and if they aren’t enough for you, the shoreline, parks, and forests are just a few minutes away. You can easily go back and forth between modern civilization and nature anytime you want.

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3.      Sea All Around

Helsinki is part of an archipelago of around 300 islands. The city itself has a shoreline that stretches for more than a hundred kilometers. You can see water in every direction. Almost every kind of maritime attraction in existence can be found in or near the city which is why tourism is at its peak during summer. If there is a water sport or activity you want to try, odds are extremely high that you can do so in Helsinki.

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4.      Innovative Food Culture

The city of Helsinki is surrounded by ocean which grants it easy access to a wide variety of fresh seafood while several nearby forests make for quick sources of fruits and herbs. There are also several nearby farms that supply fresh meat. All these fresh ingredients are the main reason why the city has several Michelin-starred restaurants. Helsinki is definitely the best place to savor authentic Finnish cuisine.

5.      Urban Saunas

Helsinki is home to both traditional saunas and state of the art modern saunas, and a significant portion of them are available to the public for free. Saunas are an important part of Finnish culture. Make sure you indulge on them.

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Top 3 Things to Experience in Warsaw, the Sprawling Polish Capital

Top 3 Things to Experience in Warsaw, the Sprawling Polish Capital

Warsaw may not be in most top 10 European Capitals lists but it is still a destination worthy of your time. Here are just some of the reasons to check it out. To make sure you will be able to take the most efficient routes when checking out its attractions, download the Warsaw Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map.

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1.      The Painful History

Warsaw has quite the tragic past. In 1944, toward the end of the Second World War, Warsaw resistance forces rose up against the Germans and what is known today as the Warsaw Uprising. The uprising failed miserably and the Nazis made an example of the city by razing it to the ground. More than 80% of the city center was obliterated and the city became almost uninhabitable. Of the 2 million people living in the city, some were killed in the uprising, some died of starvation, and most left to seek shelter elsewhere. Roughly about a month after the decisive battle, only about a thousand people were still living in the city.

Today, you can learn all about this horrible event at the Warsaw Uprising Museum. And make sure you visit the Warsaw Uprising Monument built to honor the city’s defiance of the Nazis. Also, check out the Little Insurgent Monument that is dedicated to the young kids who fought in the uprising.

2.      Old but New

Reconstruction of Warsaw begun shortly after the end of World War II resulting in quite a unique look. The colorful post-WW2 buildings contrast the surviving pre-WW2 structures. The city’s Old Town has been completely rebuilt as a modern downtown area. The new-old Warsaw Castle and the very modern Złote Tarasy shopping center completely contrast each other.

If this fascinates you, go see the “The Royal Castle – from Destruction to Reconstruction” exhibit inside the Warsaw Castle.

3.      The Green Spaces

It is simply amazing how even after all the destruction and reconstruction Warsaw was still able to maintain an impressive number of green spaces. Warsaw has a plethora of parks and gardens, some of them even have live performances from time to time. Make sure you visit the Łazienki Park, Saski Park, and the Jewish Cemetery.

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Mallorca, the Largest Island in the Balearic Islands Archipelago

Mallorca, the Largest Island in the Balearic Islands Archipelago

More than five years ago, Mallorca was barely known outside of Spain. Then for some reason, people from all over the world started wanting to visit it. Today, Mallorca is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Europe and below are some of the reasons why. If you are also planning to check out this marvelous island, make sure to have your Mallorca Travel Guide and Offline City Map.

The Romance

Many tourists consider Mallorca as the most romantic island in Europe. It makes for the perfect location for a honeymoon or even just a simple romantic getaway. Exquisite white wine, elegant cocktail dresses, majestic view of the ocean, it has everything a couple may need for an unforgettable vacation. Most of Mallorca has become busy after the tourism boom but you can still find some peace and quiet by visiting one of the many small, romantic Spanish villages within the island.

The Cuisine

Mallorca has some of the freshest food in Spain due to the fact that nearly all ingredients come from within the island itself. Tapas are still the most popular and Mallorca has all kinds of them. Seafood also is an important ingredient in most Spanish dishes and all restaurants and eateries in Mallorca only use freshly caught ones.

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The Coastline

The Mallorca coastline is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Europe. Many tourists like to rent a car and just drive around the coastline for an entire day. That is how captivating the island’s coastline is. You’ll find yourself driving with a splendid view of the mountains on one side and a spellbinding view of the ocean and the horizon on the other side.

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The Nightlife

Mallorca has a unique and amazing nightlife. Countless small bars and huge outdoor clubs are scattered around the island. Many of the more established ones even have swimming pools and famous artists as regular performers. Indulge yourself in Spanish music for a night of singing and dancing.

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Moscow, the 869-year-old capital of Russia

Moscow, the 869-year-old capital of Russia

Moscow is both Russia’s capital and its most populous city with a population of more than 13.2 million. It is also one of Europe’s great cultural destinations. There are a plethora of reasons why you should visit this marvelous city and here are some of them. Download the Moscow Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro app to help you explore this amazing destination.

The Red Square

Moscow’s Red Square is one of the most jaw-dropping manmade wonders in the world. It is also referred to as the Epicenter of Russia and is home to many of the most significant historical events in the country and even the world. Tread on its uneven cobblestone streets and gaze upon the centuries old buildings. Simply wandering around the square will give you a distinct idea of what Russian architecture looked like in the past. The Red Square is also where the most popular festivals in Russia are held.

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The Art

Moscow is a paradise for art lovers. It is home to numerous renowned museums and popular art galleries. Among the most famous is the Tretyakov Gallery which holds the world’s biggest collection of Russian fine art. Even most of Moscow’s retired industrial areas have been transformed into spectacular art spaces. Make sure you check out the ARTPLAY Centre of Design and the Flacon Design Factory.

The Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro, completed in 1935, is one of the oldest and largest underground railway systems in the world. It is not only a remarkable achievement in the field of engineering but also an architectural marvel. All its stations are grand, showcasing dramatic sculptures and intricate mosaics. The Moscow Metro has transcended from being just a transportation system and has become a tourist attraction on its own.

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The Food

Moscow won’t let you down when it comes to food. The variety is unbelievable and you can find a 24-hour restaurant or food stall in every corner. The most notable things about authentic Russian cuisine are the exotic soups and the vigorous dishes. Make sure you taste meat dumplings, pancakes, and most especially, caviar.

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4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

Prague is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Poland has its own version of Prague – Krakow. Check it out and you might even find Krakow more pleasant than Prague. Download the Krakow Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map for your convenience.

Krakow’s Old Town

Just like Prague, its Old Town is also Krakow’s main attraction. In fact, the Old Towns of these two cities are quite similar when it comes to their picturesque buildings and streets except for one glaring difference. Krakow’s Old Town has a lot less tourists. Wandering around Old Town is like you’re inside a European fairytale. Walk down perfect cobblestone lanes and marvel at several majestic churches and gaze upon the magnificence of the castle perched on the hill beside the city. There is even a huge bell tower that chimes Krakow’s town song St. Mary’s Trumpet Call.

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Not Many Tourists

Prague is constantly swarming with hordes of tourists, Krakow, not so much. Krakow remains to be a hidden gem of a destination. Not many tourists know about it. You’ll be able to take your time in enjoying each attraction, take pictures, shop, etc. You also won’t encounter hassles like having to fall in line, dealing with noise pollution, and racing for souvenirs. There will be nothing that will prevent you from going at your own pace.

Vibrant Local Culture

Another benefit of Krakow being unpopular is that you will be able to explore the city surrounded by locals instead of other visitors. You will be able to observe their way of life easier and much more clearly. The locals are quite friendly. You can approach them as you shop at the Christmas market and they’ll usually be eager to tell you stories if you show them you want to listen.

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Poland is Cheaper

Poland is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Food and lodging in Krakow is around 30% cheaper compared to that in Prague. You can translate this significant saving into a longer vacation or more souvenirs.

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Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Marrakech, the fourth largest city of Kingdom of Morocco, is a hidden gem that is definitely worth a visit. The former imperial city is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. Here are a few reasons why you should go to Morocco. For more helpful details, check out the Marrakech Travel Guide & Offline City Street Maps. Gateway to the Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert is a wonder of nature, an endless sea of sand that seems to stretch infinitely. It covers approximately 3.5 million square miles or 9.2 million square kilometers making it around the same size as the continental United States. It touches eight countries and is home to unique land formations and plant and animal life.

Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert
Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert

Haggle for Rares at the Souqs

The Souqs is a massive marketplace where you can get pretty much anything and for a huge bargain your negotiation skills are good enough. You can haggle on both common items such as food, clothing, and traditional Moroccan lamps as well as rare treasures such as artwork and antique jewelry. Start haggling for a third of the seller’s price and you are likely to get the item you want at half the price. You can even play a game with your friends on who is the best haggler.

Awesome Marrakech Souk
Awesome Marrakech Souk

Relax in the Majorelle Gardens

The Jardin Majorelle oasis offers a serene break from the hectic city. The gardens are named after Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who fell in love with the city of Marrakech so much he brought everything he can with him upon his return in 1919 and settled there for good. He purchased the plot of land where the gardens now stand for use as his personal studio and sanctuary. The gardens suffered deterioration after Majorelle’s death in 1962 but were purchased and restored in 1966 by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The Majorelle Gardens became open to the public in 2008, shortly after Saint Laurent’s death.

Experience Authentic Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan cuisine is nothing to scoff at. It has its own unique look and flavor. The most sought after Moroccan food item is authentic mint tea. It is prepared using unique Moroccan ways using ingredients found in the locality for a distinct aroma and taste.

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