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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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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 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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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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3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

Sydney is Australia’s most populous city. Locals love it and tourists adore it. If you ever plan on visiting the Land Down Under, Sidney is a city you should not miss. Here are a few reasons why. And remember to download the Sydney Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro to make your vacation easier and more pleasant.

1. The Beaches

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Sydney is a city of beaches. With several beaches to choose from, finding one suited to your tastes will be quite easy. The Palm Beach is a popular choice as the mesmerizing scenery during the one-hour long trip to get there from the city center is truly unforgettable. The Clovelly Beach is ideal for families who just want to have a quiet and wholesome picnic by the beach. Shark Beach is known for having its own shark net and a majestic view of theSydney Harbor Bridge.

2. Authentic Sydney side Cuisine

There are several eateries in the city that can provide you with a taste of genuine Australian cuisine. Harry’s Cafe De Wheels is the most popular and most iconic among them all. It is a simple hot dog and pie stand. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a quick meal while enjoying a great view of the Woolloomooloo Harbor. The Doyles is well-known for its take on Australian Fish and Chips that uses squeezed lemon and mayonnaise in place vinegar. And the Kawa Café is the top choice for Australian coffee.

3. So Much Free Stuff to Do

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You can have fun in Sidney without spending a dime. In the center of the city, you can find the Botanic Gardens. This place is full of all kinds of harmless wildlife such as lorikeets, cockatoos, and water dragons. From the Botanic Garden, you can take a straight path to Paddington. In this route which is a few miles long, you can see flying foxes and other sorts of fruit bats flying around. If you are looking for panoramic views of the city, you can go to the Opera House or the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Brandenburg gate at sunset
Brandenburg gate at sunset

Berlin is one of the most coveted tourist spots in Europe. Below are some of the many amazing reasons why you should definitely go and visit Berlin. Refer to the Berlin Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for a more comprehensive understanding of this wonderful city.

Profound History

No other European city is as historically significant as Berlin. In fact, a major part of recent history in the continent began at Berlin, making it the dream destination for history both history geeks and the average Joe who are simply curious. It is the best place to obtain an understanding of World War II and how it impacted Europe. Berlin also has Communist roots. The city has several museums you can spend a few hours on.

Liberal Mindset

Berlin is regarded by many as the most liberal European capital. It is a place where you can just be yourself and no one will judge you or act awkward towards you because of it. It has numerous alternative neighborhoods and vibrant places where you can just chill and relax.

Impressive Monuments

The Berlin Wall alone is worth your visit to Berlin. It is a mammoth structure that once separated East Berlin from West Berlin. Then there is also the Holocaust Memorial where you can gaze at remnants from the most terrible genocide in history. In contrast, there is the East Side Gallery, a particular 1316m section of the Berlin Wall that serves as an international memorial for freedom. There are other remarkable monuments scattered all over the city.

Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin
Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin

Delicious Food

Berlin offers a wide selection of cuisine. First of all, it is a haven for vegans. It has the most number of vegan restaurants in the continent. You won’t even have to look for one to see one. Berlin also has the highest population of Turkish people in Europe so there is an abundance of Turkish restaurants and supermarkets. Other cuisines you can quite easily find in Berlin include Oriental, Italian, and Mexican.

Fun Shopping

Berlin has its fair share of colossal shopping malls such as the Berlin Mall, the KaDeWe and the Gallery Lafayette. The city also has a plethora of booth shops and small stores as well as flea markets full of vintage items. There are also secondhand bookstores and sellers of second hand designer clothes.

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3 Great Reasons to Visit Milan, the Italian City of Many Hidden Secrets

3 Great Reasons to Visit Milan, the Italian City of Many Hidden Secrets

Milan is often overlooked because tourists often prefer the more popular Italian destinations such as Florence, Venice and Rome. The fact that not that many tourists visit Milan has enabled the most of its traditions and culture to remain untarnished by tourism. It also has a plethora of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Below are a few reasons to go and visit Milan. Refer to the Milan Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for more information.

1. The Trendy Navigli District

Milan is also a city of canals like Venice or Amsterdam. Compared to the latter that try to remain unchanged so as to not risk losing their immense appeal to tourists, Milan’s most popular canal district, Navigli, is rapidly evolving. It is regarded by many as the trendiest Italian city because of how it becomes more and more hip with each passing day. Navigli is quite accessible. You can get to this part of the city by tram, metro, bike, or on foot. Numerous establishments such as vintage shops, artisan shops, boutiques, coffee joints, gelato spots, and local restaurants can be found along the canals. Local street art is everywhere and there are numerous hidden courtyards to discover.

Visit Milan Navigli District
Visit Milan Navigli District

2. Delicious Food

The various eateries in Milan offer a perfect combination of traditional and modern cuisine. The modern gourmet market Eataly Milano Smeraldo is the city’s most popular source of authentic Italian cheeses with the soft burrata cheese and the cured speck cheese being its specialties.

For pizza, you can go for the Da Rita e Antonio for traditional Italian pizzas or the DRY for more creative and original pizzas. If you are very particular with the ambiance, then the Segheria is the perfect pizza house for you.

3. The Bike Culture

Milan is also called a city of bikes. A majority of its population prefers bicycles as the primary mode of transport. The city streets have also been modified to be more accommodating to bikes. The mild climate and flat terrain makes biking in Milan a pleasant experience regardless of the time of year.

Move around Milan by Bike
Move around Milan by Bike

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Reasons to Visit Budapest, the Explorer’s Paradise!

Reasons to Visit Budapest, the Explorer’s Paradise!

Visiting Budapest? Check out Budapest Travel Guide and Offline City Map. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is also referred to as a paradise for explorers as one could find something interesting at every turn. The city is jam-packed with cool cafes, hipster hotels, and countless structures with grand and exciting architecture. Below are just a few of the many reasons!

1. It's affordable

Budapest is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in Europe. Your 3-day budget for other cities can last for more than a week on this one. Hotels, cafes, and pubs are everywhere and the tight competition makes the prices of their products and services quite consumer friendly.

2. Marvelous design

Numerous structural marvels are spread all around Budapest. Most popular ones are:

  • Kiosk, Március – a former gymnasium converted into a bar and grill. It offers authentic Hungarian cuisine with an amazing view of the Danube. The interior is filled with remarkable items such as exposed brickwork, side tables made from oil drums, banquette seating made from alive leather lined with copper plates, light bulb clusters, and a real-looking faux tree planted at the heart of the bar. The mouthwatering smell of grilling is also a welcome bonus.
  • Mazel Tov – an old courtyard transformed into a modern ruin pub. It has a glass roof light and a garden at the back and serves affordable Middle Eastern dishes.
  • Menza – this eatery will take you back to the 70’s with its oversized plastic and copper pendant lighting, lurid ceilings, and loud, abstract floral walls. It serves simple and extremely affordable food.

3. Coveted filming location

Budapest is one of the most popular filming locations in Europe thanks to its distinctive Mitteleuropean atmosphere. It is a place where the chances of running into a world famous actor or an active film set is quite high.

4. The café culture

The rich café culture can already be enough justification to visit Budapest. It is the most populated city in Hungary and cafes are the primary means of satisfying the populace’s need for food and drinks.

Budapest Cafe City. Don't miss one
Budapest Cafe City. Don't miss one

5. The thermal baths

The mineral-rich thermal baths offer quite a unique experience and the Szechenyi Thermal Baths is the most popular. Chill your afternoon away and wander at:

  • painted mint green changing rooms
  • black and white tilted floors
  • 15 indoor pools
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • 10 saunas and steam chambers
Budapest Thermal Baths. Relax and enjoy!
Budapest Thermal Baths. Relax and enjoy!

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Best Reasons to Visit Vienna, the World’s Number One City to Live in

Best Reasons to Visit Vienna, the World’s Number One City to Live in

Vienna has topped Mercer’s Quality of Living Rankings seven times and is expected to top the list again this 2017. If this hasn’t gotten your attention, the city also has a plethora of attractions that will definitely make you want to visit Viena. Before you read on more below have this app handy when touring Vienna, Vienna Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro.

Jazz

Vienna is known the world over as a city of classical music with a remarkably stellar jazz scene. You will hear music playing in every square, park, and café. You can just spend the entire day strolling and listening to the music but if you want to indulge your ears with the best jazz music in the world, go visit one of the jazz clubs such as:

  • Porgy & Bess, one of the best jazz clubs in Europe.
  • Jazzland, the oldest jazz club in Austria.

Schönbrunn Palace

The fact that the Schönbrunn Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site already makes it a must-visit when in Vienna. The marvelous structure was designed by architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach as an imperial hunting lodge for his son and crown prince Joseph. It was eventually transformed into an imperial summer residence. If you opt for the imperial tour package, you will be able to go inside the palace’s grand state rooms and royal apartments.

Impressive Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
Impressive Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Art at the Belvedere Palaces

There is also ample reason for art enthusiast to go and visit Vienna. The two Belvedere Palaces that were the masterpieces of Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The structures were built to serve as royal summer residence. Housed in the Belvedere Palaces is the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings consisting of 24 artworks. Paintings for Egon Schiele are also on display. Taking photos is not allowed which makes viewing these invaluable pieces of art really special.

Awesome rainbow in Belvedere palace
Awesome rainbow in Belvedere palace

On a separate section of the Palaces you can find the biggest collection of Austrian art with some pieces dating as far back as the Middle Ages. Famous artists responsible for these priceless works of genius include:

  • Claude Monet
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Max Beckmann
  • Ai Wei Wei

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Travel Basics in London

Travel Basics in London

Awesome modern London skyline
Awesome modern London skyline

If you're coming to London for the first time London Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro Support has some important things for you to remember and save yourself a little bit of embarrassment and make your trip to London easier.

The Brits drive on the left side of the road. Now, if you're not driving this may not seem like a big deal but actually when you're crossing the street that's when it's the scariest. Luckily the smarties in London put markings on the ground at every single crossing telling you literally if you should look left or look right, so make sure that when you're going to cross the street- you look down to see which way you should look.

Next is, if you decide to go to a pub and order yourself a beer or a cider, which I definitely recommend you do, you'll need to order by the pint. It's about 20 oz of drink. Remember that a lot of English beers and ciders are stronger than in America so just be careful when you're drinking. When you get the bill, double check to see if there was a service charge added on because usually this is around 12.5% if there is a service charge added.

England uses the pound, as its currency makes up one pound and if you ever hear someone saying quid, this is just a slang word for pound. The smallest note you can get is 5 pounds- there's no one pound note here.

You should try Oyster card. There are two different kinds of Oyster cards you can get, one is called a Visitor's Oyster Card that you can only get this if you order it ahead of time and get it delivered to your house or you can get a regular Oyster card which you can pick up at tons of shops around London. To use either of these Oyster cards, you need to top them up which means you add credit to the card as you start to use the underground and the bus system. Your credit will decrease and you'll have to top it up more and more if you're going to be traveling a lot.

Enjoy the beautiful dusk of London
Enjoy the beautiful dusk of London

Having an Oyster card is really good because the rates are a lot cheaper than if you paid cash and they have a daily cap which means, once you've reached a certain amount of money that you've spent, that's it and the rest of your travel is free for the day.

Classic English double decker buses are really fun to ride around on, if you can grab a seat on the top and especially in the front of the bus, it's really cool! To get on a bus all you have to do is tap your Oyster card at the front of the bus and that's it, you don't have to tap out.

If you need to change your cash into pounds then you'll probably get the best rate at the post office. Be careful taking black taxis because they can be really expensive and they get really expensive without you noticing. If you can't take public transport, use Uber all the time. They're all over the place!

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Cheese hoarder? Amsterdam has it all!

Cheese hoarder? Amsterdam has it all!

A good start in your first Amsterdam adventure is to visit Borrel and Dutch, a wine or drinks store. Well a popular dutch invention is gin, and at the Wynand Fockink, a taste room located in a back alley at Dam Square you can taste many popular gins. If you want to see the best attractions and get around this glorious European city! Our Amsterdam Travel Guide and Offline City Map Support can surely help you.

Awesome Amsterdam canals and architecture
Awesome Amsterdam canals and architecture

Here’s more of it:

Walking through the red light district, you’ll find Cafe Remember, it’s one cool place to stay but you usually don't find many locals at the red light district because they consider this place very touristy and try to stay far away from it.

Recently the Museum of Prostitution opened its doors. It is the first Museum in the world that is focused on prostitution. There is also the famous Vrolik Museum, it's a museum in the academic medical center of Amsterdam and has the largest collection of human deformities in one place.

Next stop is the Canal House Museum, a totally breathtaking place which is an old house by a banker, a dutch bank. Most of these houses were built for wealthy bankers and merchants, the soil was so swampy that they had to build them on stilts and that caused them to wobble and sink into the river. The Hermitage Museum is primarily visited by a mature audience, you will find here the Dutch Golden Age where in the 17th century, Amsterdam was the center of all the international trade. That is why the Dutch invented the modern stock market. Many rich Dutchman had their paintings created by now famous painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and France Hals.

You can also step-into the museum of the most famous Dutch painter Van Gogh. It has 1.5 million visitors per year and the best time to go is on Friday evening when you can enjoy live DJ’s, an art show and some drinks!

Another hidden gem in Amsterdam is the Blue 360 restaurant, the place is hard to find but offers the best view of the city. It opens late so you can even experience a romantic sunset.

In a nearby place, is the authentic cheese store. This place is called   the Cheese Company, where you can try a sample of all the delicious Dutch cheeses. Their total cheese production is 30 million pounds per week which is the combined milk of 20,000 cows.

Say Cheese Amsterdam way!!!
Say Cheese Amsterdam way!!!

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You will surely love Philadelphia!

You will surely love Philadelphia!

The Pennsylvanian city is home to over one and a half million people and is the nation's fifth largest city. Philadelphia is considered to be the birthplace of the United States. It was here that the nation's Declaration of Independence from Britain was first read publicly back in 1776.

The tolling of a two-thousand-pound bell marked the occasion. The bell has since become a symbol of freedom and can be admired in the Liberty Bell Center.

Philadelphia's Famous Liberty Bell
Philadelphia's Famous Liberty Bell

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Well here are some good-to-know things before going around Philly!

Philadelphia is also the birthplace of the Constitution, which was debated eleven years later across the road in the State House, which is now the Independence Hall. America's Founding Fathers walked these Old City streets, and the many heritage buildings in this area are preserved as part of the Independence National Historical Park.

Take an audio tour to hear gripping stories that bring the world-famous jail back to life.

To hear more voices from the city's past, head to the African American Museum. Its audiovisual projections and artifact collection are aimed at preserving the heritage of African Americans.

Within Washington Square lies The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. The city's colonial past is still apparent, but nowadays Philadelphia is a modern city, with plenty of art, shopping and culture. Do as locals do and explore the city by bike or public transport, or hop on and off a sightseeing bus.

Fairmount Park is the city's public backyard. It's great for a walk and it showcases many architectural treasures. Admire outdoor art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, or check out the Smith Memorial Arch, dedicated to the military heroes of the Civil War. Strike Rocky's pose on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Set upon a hill, the neoclassical building is one of the largest museums in the country.

Amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art!
Amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art!

It has over 200 themed galleries displaying nearly 230,000 paintings, sculptures and objects.

The Please Touch Museum means play time for the kids. Even toddlers will love this hands-on museum, where they are never hushed.

Who doesn't want to get lost in Wonderland for a while?

The interactive displays in the museum are fun and educational. Children can also learn a great deal in the Academy of Natural Sciences on Logan Square. Admire the displays of the various species that roam the far North and take the opportunity to pet live animals.

To sample the local food, head straight to the old Reading Terminal Market. Find out why the locals love their Cheese steaks so much, or handpick deli treats from the colorful stalls. For more culinary discoveries visit Philadelphia's Italian Market on Ninth Street.

Philadelphia's climate is very pleasant in springtime and fall. Those colorful seasons bring out the best of the city, but it's fair to say that Philadelphia is stunning all year around.

Come to Philly any time you like!

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A Glimpse of Dubai

A Glimpse of Dubai

Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates is known for different luxuries, and top landmarks that will surely surprise you. The main language there is Arabic but most people can understand and speak English. Going from one place to another is not expensive and really easy to travel- safe and sound. As it is one of the leading cities, this country has highly developed infrastructure that places it as one of the wonders of the modern world. Well, the audacity of the city’s ruler is that magnificent!

Enjoy your visit to Dubai
Enjoy your visit to Dubai

Here are a few more things to know before your visit:

Weather

Weather wise, the best time to tour around the beautiful places of the City is from November-March. Sun-seekers coming from everywhere visit Dubai to take advantage of the weather as it daily highs from 70s to the low 80s. The rest of the months are very hot but you will find air-conditioned complexes to keep off the heat. Amazingly, Dubai must be the only place in the world where you can ski in the snow even If it’s over 100F outside!

Skyscrapers

The city is the quintessential home of skyscrapers, the merchants has established the greatest science behind the tallest and most lavish buildings. One of the well-known Burj Khalifa, as a mega-tall skyscraper that has received numerous engineering awards from around the globe. The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), who also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the One World Trade Center in New York City.

All in one place, Dubai the most multifaceted city in the world
All in one place, Dubai the most multifaceted city in the world

Dubai Museum

Located in the Al Fahidi Fort , this one is the oldest existing building in the city, and is really a must visit!  A tour of the Dubai Museum is a ride through the emirate’s relics all the way from the third millennium B.C. You’ll find incredible displays like small wooden boats, archeological ruins, exhibits that depict the pre-oil era, paintings, mosque, date farms, souks and desert life, and stone inscriptions.

Dubai Fountains

The Dubai Fountain delights thousands audience each day. The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs that performs range of different world music. This plays over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment. This will ultimately delight your senses by experiencing a dance of water accompanied by lights and music!

Wine

Well, drinking is allowed in the right places. And take note, it’s punishable to drink in public places but keep in mind the best places for wine in the city where it’s always classy style with friendly staffs. Travelers detained for any form of alcohol concerns are typically jailed for some days while waiting a court hearing.

Needless to say, Dubai wraps up a bunch of wonders that are pretty easy and secure to tour around. If you want a well prepared travel, check out eTips or Dubai Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for a memorable trip in one of the wonders of the modern world!

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