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Three Reason Why People Can Never Have Enough of Chiang Mai

Three Reason Why People Can Never Have Enough of Chiang Mai

Calm, blissful, and laid-back are three words that would come to mind when arriving in Chiang Mia. The former seat of the Lanna kingdom is a stark contrast to the busy and bustling Bangkok. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful city that is still firmly Thai in its atmosphere and attitude. Don’t forget to download the Chiang Mai Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Lanna Folk Life Museum

Located inside the Thai-colonial-style former Provincial Court, this imaginative museum dates back from 1935. It recreates Lanna village life in a series of life-size dioramas that explain everything from lai krahm pottery stenciling and fon lep—a mystical Lanna dance that features long metal fingernails. You’ll also find the intricate symbolism of different elements of Lanna-style monasteries.

2.     Wat U Mong

This historic forest Wat is famed for its sylvan setting and its ancient chedi. The Wat is located above a brick platform wormholed with passageways built around 1380. As you wander through the arched tunnels, you can catch a glimpse of the original murals and several venerated Buddha images. The forest around the platform is scattered with centuries’ worth of broken Buddha images.

3.     Chiang Mai Warorot

There’s no better way to know a South East Asian city better than exploring its public markets. Chiang Mai’s oldest public market, Warorot is a great place to connect with the city’s Thai soul. It’s easy to get lost and spend an easy half a day wandering its walkways, watching locals, and haggling for goods. Historically, most of the farm produce was delivered by boat thus the market is located by the river of Mae Ping.

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Fall in Love with Vibrant Atlanta, the Capital of the South

Fall in Love with Vibrant Atlanta, the Capital of the South

There’s so much to do in Atlanta and it’s really no surprise why it’s dubbed as the capital of the South. The city is home to 5.7 million people and there’s a plethora of things to do and check out here; from big ticket attractions in the Metro to learning about the iconic African American history and even outdoor activities for the adventurers out there. Explore Atlanta with the Atlanta Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     World of Coca-Cola

Wether or not you’re an avid drinker of the world-famous soda, the World of Coca-Cola is definitely a must-see when visiting Atlanta. The museum showcases the history of the beverage company. There are multiple exhibits for you to get lost in, a pop culture gallery, and even a 4D cinema. For the Coke lovers, you’ll especially love trying out more than 100 different Coca-Cola beverages from all around the world.

2.     Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world and the biggest in the United States. It is home to over 500 species of marine life, which include whale sharks, dolphins, penguins, beluga whales, manta rays, turtles, and so much more. And if you’re brave enough you can even take dip with the whale sharks—don’t worry, they’re not called gentle giants for nothing.

3.     Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is Georgia’s most visited attraction with nearly 4 million visitors each year. With over 3,200 acres of natural beauty, its highlight is definitely Stone Mountain itself—the largest exposed granite in the world. The park is also home to the world’s largest LaserShow. You won’t be disappointed as the park offers so many attractions, entertainment, and recreation.

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Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Discovering Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Next Big Thing

Playa del Carmen's popularity is growing more and more each year. It now ranks as the third-largest city in Quintana Roo and competes with Tulum as one of the Riviera's rendiest cities. The town is ideally located: close to Cancún’s international airport, but far enough south to allow easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Cobá and other worthy destinations. So If you're looking for your next tropical destination download the Playa del Carmen Travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.  Cenote Diving

What’s a cenote you ask? It’s an underground cave filled with fresh water. The Yucatan has tons of them—sinkholes that open up into underground rivers with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. If you have your PADI license, you can go scuba diving in these caves with a guide. Because there’s daylight near the entrance a more technical cave diving license isn’t required. Not a diver? No problem. You can also go snorkeling at most cenotes.

2. Visit Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are located South of Playa del Carmen in the town of Tulum. A must-visit if you’re in the area.

Tulum was once a small but important port city for the Mayans. Along with impressive structures on the edge of a cliff, it has a beach below where you can swim too. Because Tulum is so popular, it can be crowded unless you arrive early in the morning. Coba is another Mayan site near Playa del Carmen which sees less visitors. You can still climb the pyramid there too.

3. Swim With Sea Turtles

Who doesn’t want to swim with sea turtles? I’ve always wanted to, that’s for sure. I got my chance at Akumal beach, 30 minutes South of Playa del Carmen. The shallow blue-green water here is home to Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead sea turtles that you can swim with.

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Orlando, More Than Just Its Theme Parks

Orlando, More Than Just Its Theme Parks

Who say can’t have a great time in Orlando without visiting a theme park? More often than not visitors overlook exploring downtown city Orlando. Aside from the world famous Disney and Universal theme parks, the Orlando area is home to a number of beautiful parks, interesting museums, great local restaurants and shops, a handful of waterfront attractions, entertaining shows, and much more. Download the Orlando Travel Guide and Offline Map now!

1.     Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve

Orlando’s small 440 acre nature preserve allows visitors to take a glimpse into the natural scenery of Florida. Take this opportunity to escape the crowds and intense heat of the afternoon sun for a relaxing and shady walk through this quiet preserve. Peaceful views of Lake Tibet-Butler along with beautiful flat-woods and wetlands provide the perfect setting for a scenic stroll.

2.     Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park in Ocala is famous for its’ glass bottom boat rides, one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions. Here you will have an opportunity to take an exciting narrated ride across the largest artesian springs formation in the world. The transparent bottom of the boat allows you to see all different types of fish and plant life. Be sure to keep an eye out for the occasional gator sighting on the banks.

3.     Silver Moon Drive In

In Lakeland, just an hour drive from Orlando, you will find one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in the area. This drive-in is one of the cleanest and most affordable around. Double features are only 5 bucks a person, and on occasional weekends you may even be able to see 3 features for one low price. Treat yourself to some old-fashioned fun; what a nice classic activity to enjoy year-round!

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Things You Must Not Miss at the American Museum of Natural History

Things You Must Not Miss at the American Museum of Natural History

History buffs look no further, if there’s a one stop site for everything about history then the American Museum of Natural History is it. A wonderland of more than 30 million artifacts including tons of dinosaur skeletons, a cutting edge planetarium—the Rose Center for Earth & Space. And if you plan on visiting between October to May, the museum house a Butterfly Conservatory. Download the American Museum of Natural History visitor guide and learn more about this must visit in the USA.

1.     Lucy

In the Hall of Human Origins you will meet Lucy. She is one of the most complete skeletons of early hominids ever found. The remains were found in 1974 in Ethiopia. She’s known to be over three million years old, but her age and completeness aren’t the only reasons why she’s so important. Her knees show us that she walked upright.

2.     The Great Blue Whale

No list of things you can’t miss at the American Museum of Natural History would be complete without the Great Blue Whale. Located in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, it is 94 feet long and weighs 21,000 pounds. It’s a great reminder of the majesty and beauty of the blue whales, which unfortunately have been hunted to near extinction in the wild.

3.     Dinosaur Skeletons

The dinosaur skeletons at the AMNH are pretty amazing to say the least. There are two different halls in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing: the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. The saurischians are characterized by their grasping hands, in which the thumb is offset from the other fingers: think of T-rex. Ornithischians on the other hand, are known for having enormous stomachs to digest massive amounts of vegetation they ate.

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Expect the Unexpected in Bilbao, Spain

Expect the Unexpected in Bilbao, Spain

Alluring architecture, an unexpected dining culture, and stunning landscapes that surround the city center; Bilbao is one of the marvelous hidden gems of the Basque Country. What once was an industrial city has transformed into a city of art after the unveiling of Frank Gehry’s shimmering titanium-clad Guggenheim museum. Download the Bilbao Travel Guide and Offline Map to get to know this unexpected city of beauty.

1.     Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

It’s hard to imagine a more mesmerizing sight than the shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. It is definitely one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings. Frank Gehry’s work helped lift Bilbao out of its post-industrial depression and catapulted it into the 21st century forefront. It sparked the city’s inspired regeneration, stimulated further development, and placed Bilbao in the international art and tourism spotlight.

2.     Bilbao Old Quarter

Bilbao’s atmospheric old quarter, Casco Viejo, may be compact but it is brimming with charming streets, boisterous bars, plenty of quirky and indie shops that will keep you busy for hours. The original seven streets date back to the 1400’s, so expect a lot of photogenic, colorful houses that line the main streets. The 14th-century gothic Catedral de Santiago has a splendid Renaissance portico and pretty little cloister you should not miss visiting.

3.     Basilica de Begoña

Towering over Casco Viejo from atop a nearby hill is this 16th-century basilica. It’s mainly Gothic in look, although there are still touches of Renaissance such as the arched main entrance, crept in during its century-long construction. The austere vaulted interior gleams by a gold altarpiece which contains a statue of the Virgin Begoña, the patron saint of Biscay.

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From Sleepy to Metropolitan, Booming Portland

From Sleepy to Metropolitan, Booming Portland

What once seemed like a sleepy town, Oregon's largest city is now booming with rich advancements any metropolis would envy. The grubby dive bars have been replaced by coffee roasteries and craft breweries on just about every block. And the food carts--more and better than ever. If it sounds like Portland has become a concrete jungle, fret now. There is an abundance of natural beauty – perfect parks with leafy trees and a view of Mount Hood on the horizon. Download the Portland Travel Guide and Offline Map and go see for yourself!

1.  Pittock Mansion

This grand and beautiful 1914 mansion was built by pioneer-entrepreneur Henry Pittock, who revitalized the Oregonian newspaper; his wife, Georgiana, also a pioneer, started the earliest of Portland's annual Rose Festivals. Guided tours are available, but it's also worth visiting the grounds simply to have a picnic while taking in the spectacular views. If you're up for a wander, the mansion lies along the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, with dozens of miles of connecting trails branching off it.

2. Forest Park

Abutting the more manicured Washington Park to the south is the far wilder 5100-acre Forest Park, a temperate rainforest that harbors plants and animals and hosts an avid hiking fraternity. The Portland Audubon Society maintains a bookstore, a wildlife-rehabilitation center and 4.5 miles of trails within its Forest Park sanctuary. It's worth visiting the grounds just to check out the spectacular views – bring a picnic.

3. Pioneer Courthouse Square

One of Portland's grandest Victorian hotels once stood here, but it fell into disrepair and was torn down in 1951. Later the city decided to build Pioneer Courthouse Sq, and grassroots support resulted in a program that encouraged citizens to buy and personalize the bricks that eventually built the square. Names include Sherlock Holmes, William Shakespeare, and Elvis Presley. Across 6th Ave is the Pioneer Courthouse. Built in 1875, this was the legal center of 19th-century Portland.

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Discovering the Myth and Magic that Cyprus Has to Offer

Discovering the Myth and Magic that Cyprus Has to Offer

While everyone scurries away to Italy, Greece or Spain during the warm European Summer everyone seems to overlook the beauty that Cyprus has to offer. Located in the eastern Mediterranean, it boasts romantic harbors, splendid ancient ruins and ruggedly stunning beaches that are for sure the stuff of myth and magic. Download the Cyprus Travel Guide and Offline Map now and discover this underrated summer destination.

1.  Pafos Archaeological Site

Nea Pafos is, ironically, the name given to the sprawling Pafos Archaeological Site, to the west of Kato Pafos. Nea Pafos was the ancient city of Pafos, founded in the late 4th century BC and originally encircled by massive walls. Despite being ceded to the Romans in 58 BC, it remained the center of all political and administrative life in Cyprus. It is most famed today for its mesmerizing collection of intricate and colorful mosaics based on ancient Greek myths.

2. Old Town

Wrapping around the Old Harbour, the diminutive Old Town is an atmospheric area for a wander. Its winding alleyways hold a jumble of abandoned stone buildings slowly slipping into disrepair, mixed with newer concrete additions. Modest remnants of Kyrenia's long history are speckled throughout the lanes. Two of the major monuments are the Ottoman-era Ağa Cafer Pașa Mosque and the dilapidated remains of 16th-century Chysopolitissa Church. There are also ancient Greco-Roman tombs on the road leading to Archangelos Michael Church.

3. Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is a Mediterranean resort town on the southeast coast of Cyprus, known for its beaches. The town's main landmark is the storied, Venetian-era Ayia Napa Monastery, which stands in the central square of Plateia Seferi, surrounded by bars and clubs. Freshly caught seafood is served at Ayia Napa Harbour’s busy tavernas while adjoining Pantachou Beach offers a stretch of golden sand.

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A Taste of the Pure Life in Costa Rica

A Taste of the Pure Life in Costa Rica

According to recent study, Costa Ricans live longer, healthier lives than people on the rest of the planet. And it all comes down to every locals' mantra, which is "pura vida" or pure life. After a few days in this beautiful, rich country, you'll soon realize the true meaning of pura vida and will start living it too. So just sit back and enjoy life's ride in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Plan your trip by downloading the Costa Rica Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1. The Peaceful Soul of Central America

Costa Rica is also known as the "rich coast" and for good reason. It earned its name for its cutting edge surfing, farm-to-table, and sustainable tourism. As one of the world's most biodiverse countries it also protects one-quarter of its wild lands through law. Developing infrastructure is balanced by green energy like wind and hydro, and while there's no standing army, you almost always feel safe.

2. Outdoor Adventures

Costa Rica offers a plethora of outdoor activities that any adventurous soul can think of. From rain forest hikes and white-water rapid rides to world-class surfing and canopy zip-lining--Costa Rica has it all. National parks allow visitors to glimpse life in both rain forest and cloud forest, simmering volcanoes offer otherworldly vistas, and reliable surf breaks are suited to beginners and experts alike.

3. The Wild Life

With half a million species--from insects to the giant anteaters that devour them--one quarter of its lands is protected by law. So much wildlife abounds in Costa Rica that it almost seems like you've been transported to a different land where only animals exist. Blue morpho butterflies flit amid orchid-festooned trees, while colorful tropical fish, sharks, rays, dolphins and whales thrive offshore – all as if in a conservationist’s dream.

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Exploring Spain One Village at a Time

Exploring Spain One Village at a Time

The best places to visit are the ones that you don't read in guidebooks or see on social media. Lucky for us, Spain is abundant in these beautiful, unexpected little gems. Sprawled all throughout the country are medieval villages that are the stuff of fairy tales. Read on and go ahead and download the Spain Travel Guide and Offline Map to start your journey in the country of surprises.

1.     Pals, Girona

One of our favorite villages are ones that look like they haven't been touched by time. Its narrow stone streets, arched steps, and delicate flowers is certainly a blast from the past. The quaint little town of Pals seems was built in the 14th-15th centuries. Not only is it a beauty to behold, but it is also rich in history. This medieval Catalonian town experienced a peasant revolt that resulted in a civil war against Joan II.

2.      Peñafiel, Valladolid

Europe is mostly famous for its medieval stone towns, but Peñafiel is unique for its wooden buildings. Nestled in the Ribera del Duero is known for its sumptuous cuisine where wine and suckling pigs are the highlights. Make sure to also visit the Peñafiel Castle that overlooks the village and the Plaza del Coso Square its Clock Tower.

3.     Buitrago del Lozoya, Madrid

When in Madrid don't miss Buitrago. It is considered as the best-preserved Arab defense systems in Spain. Stop by the Chruch of Santa María del Castillo a church that’s small in size but otherwise impressive in its interior.  Santa Maria Church definitely adds character to the already charming town. The Buitrago del Lozoya Hospital, which was founded by the Marquis of Santillana in the 15th century is also a must-see.

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Israel, the Land of History and Natural Beauty

Israel, the Land of History and Natural Beauty

Israel is a place like no other. A religious melting pot that stirs up your penchant for breathtaking landscapes of hills and valleys and not to mention, and probably less known to the world, great surfing spots. Enjoy the stillness of the Dead Sea, the multi-colored canyon of Makhtesh Ramon, and the ancient streets of Nazareth and Jerusalem. So what are you waiting for? Book that trip now and download the Israel Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Dead Sea

You fill uplifted in the lowest place on the face of the Earth. And how can it not when it is a thing of beauty rich in ancient history and modern mineral spas that take you to a whole new level of pampering and relaxation. As if its jagged bluffs of the Judean Desert, cleft by dry canyons that turn into raging tan torrents after a cloudburst, rise from the cobalt-blue waters of the Dead Sea, heavy with salt and oily with minerals isn't enough to make feel like you're already in paradise.

2.      Masada National Park

Enjoy one the best sunsets in the world in Masada National Park. The plateau atop Masada, which measures about 550m by 270m, is some 60m above sea level – that is, about 490m above the surface of the Dead Sea. It isn't just famous for its stunning landscapes, but it is also an archaeological stunner. Excavations began in 196 and fast forward to the present you’ll be able to spot at least one of the Romans’ eight military camps and their siege wall from atop the Masada plateau.

3.     Gordon Beach

South from Hilton Beach, this is Tel Aviv's main beach. Well equipped with sun loungers, ice cream shops, an outdoor gym and beach restaurants, it's popular with Tel Avivians, tourists and matkot (paddle ball) players. On Saturdays, you'll likely see group folk dancing on the boardwalk. The Gordon Swimming Pool is at the nearby marina.

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Switzerland, the Land of Adventure and Urban Culture

Switzerland, the Land of Adventure and Urban Culture

Beyond its decadent chocolates, Switzerland is probably the epitome of the great outdoors. Its ravishing landscapes and heart-stopping Alpine views demand for you to grab your outdoor gear and explore. With hiking and biking trails abound, Switzerland is every adventurer's dream come true. Its urban edge comes from its medieval old town and world-class modern art. This land of four-languages will definitely not disappoint. Don't forget to download the Switzerland Travel Guide and Offline Map on your Swiss journey.

1.     Zermatt

Imagine a town beautifully nestled at the foot of iconic, snowy peaks. Reminiscent of Christmas pop-up greeting cards, Zermatt lies at an elevation of around 1,600m and lies below the stunning pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. This famous mountain resort is world-renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. Stroll down its main street, Bahnhofstrasse, and experience a true white holiday while window-shopping with its boutique shops, hotels, and restaurants.

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2.      Aletsch Glacier

Feel The Sound of Music vibes right down to your core as you visit the Aletsch Glacier. At 23km, it is considered the longest glacier in the European Alps and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It numerous viewpoints can be reached through cable cars and lifts climbing from Fiesch, Bettmeralp, and Riederalp. You can also hike above the glacier and with a view that will make you sing, "The hills are alive with the sound of music!" ala Julie Andrews, you know it's well worth it.

3.     Lake Geneva

Switzerland is never short on spellbinding views and Lake Geneva has one of the most stunning views of the Alps. Half of the lake belongs to France while the other half is Vaudoise's pride and glory. It's a perfect getaway all-year-round as hiking activities are said to be glorious in the Summer and once Winter hits you can enjoy skiing with some of the world's elites.

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Travel Back in Time in Vibrant Cuba

Travel Back in Time in Vibrant Cuba

Globetrotters have been visiting Cuba left and right and for good reason. Walking down the vibrant streets of this country makes you feel like you've traveled back in time. Not much of Cuba's colonial cities have changed since pirates stalked the Caribbean. Making this beautiful gem a melting pot of well-preserved architecture, culture, and food. But asides from its world famous or should I say Instagram-famous colorful buildings of Old Havana, Cuba also boast pristine beaches. Download the Cuba Travel Guide and Offline Map and start planning your next adventure!

1.     Old Havana

There's something that just draws you to Old Havana’s eclectic beauty. Despite 50 years of neglect gold dust still shines in its magnetic architecture and vibe. Walk its street and you will feel engulfed with by its 500 years of colorful and rich history. Today, it boasts a surprisingly thriving art scene that is much to be coveted by any major city in the world. Lined by cool cafes and bohemian-themed bars, Old Havana is contradictoringly beautiful in its own unique way.

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2.      San Pedro Fort

People often come to San Pedro Fort for the history, but stay for outstanding views. Built in the 1600's to protect the city of Santiago from pillaging pirates. Although partially destroyed, Castillo de San Pedro, still stands tall and proud. At 60-meters high it's no wonder the views from here are impeccable. Explore the upper terrace where you will be greeted by a jaw-dropping view of Santiago's coastline with the Sierra Maestra in the background.

3.     Varadero

Known to be the largest resort in the Caribbean, Varadero is located on the 20-kilometer long Hicacos Peninsula. There's plenty to do here with over 60 hotels, shops, water activities, and poolside entertainment to choose from. Although, what really catches the attention of any tourist is the untouched 20-kilometer stretch of white sandy beaches that is said to be one of the best in the entire Caribbean You'll definitely have to see it for yourself to believe it!

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Bath, Britain's Cultural Melting Pot of Architecture

Bath, Britain's Cultural Melting Pot of Architecture

From the grandest Georgian architecture to the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses, it comes to no surprise why Bath has been drawing crowds for more than 2,000 years. Founded on top of a natural hot springs, this architecturally sophisticated city came to be during the 18th century. Thanks to father and son architects John Wood the Elder and Younger, who founded slinky landmarks such as the Circus and Royal Crescent. Download the Bath Travel Guide and Offline Map and experience this wondrous city for yourself.

1.     Roman Baths

Considered as the world's most well preserved Roman bath that was constructed above the city's three natural hot springs. Emerging at 46 degrees celcious it is situated alongside the temple dedicated to the healing goddess Sulis-Minerva. But it isn't just the goddess' temple that is within arm's reach from the Roman spa. In fact, 18th to 19th century buildings surround it. Expect throngs of tourist out and about in the baths so try and avoid weekends as much as possible.

2.      Royal Crescent

Asides from the great Roman Baths, Bath is also famed for its outstanding Georgian architecture. And it doesn't get any grander than the semicircular terrace of townhouses of Royal Crescent. And as if it can get no more majestic than it already is, it overlooks the green sweep of Royal Victoria Park. Design by John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 to 1775, the houses are perfectly symmetrical from the outside giving it it's architectural charm.

3.     Prior Park

The estate was established by the entrepreneur Ralph Allen and partly designed the landscape architect Capability Brown. The grand estate today is occupied by a private school, but the several lovely pathways around it are open to the public. This includes the Bath Skyline, a 6-mile circular trail offering wondrous views. It also features cascading lakes and a graceful Palladin bridge, which is notably one of only four such structures in the world.

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Outstanding Reasons Why the Hague is a Must-visit in the Netherlands

Outstanding Reasons Why the Hague is a Must-visit in the Netherlands

There's more to the Hague than its prestigious history of being the seat of power of not just the Netherlands, but the United Nations itself. As the third largest city in the country you can expect embassies, mansions, stately boulevards and among it a lively culture of fine museums, quaint cafes, and even a long stretch of beach. You will often see a throng of locals, expats, and tourists alike mingle in its loud and active kitsch. Download the Hague Travel Guide and Offline Map to learn about this outstanding city.

1.     Binnenhof

What was once used for executions back in the day, the Binnenhof's central courtyard is now surrounded by parliamentary buildings. The awe-inspiring 17th-century North Wing is home to the Upper Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, while the Lower Chamber used to meet in the ballroom that can be found in the 19th-century wing. Today, it adjoins the old and the new with the addition of a modern building on the South side. The highlight of the Binnenhof is its 13th-century Ridderzaal.

2.      Mauritshuis

A treasure trove of Dutch and Flemish art, the Mauritshuis is an exemplary museum that should not be missed while in Hague. What was once an old palace has had an addition of modern wings through the years. Among its masterpieces on display is Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandts including a wistful self-portrait from the year of his death, 1669, and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.

3.     Haagse Toren

Who doesn't love panoramic views of cities below from high up above? Be whisked up to the 42nd floor of this 135-meter building in merely 40 seconds. The city's second-tallest building offers an outstanding view of the city even from just the elevator. Of course, if you're afraid of heights be warned, as the elevators are made of glass. It's well worth it though as once you reach the top you will be greeted with panoramas that extend up to 45 kilometers and as far as Rotterdam.

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Visiting Liverpool: Musically Iconic and Oh So Historical

Visiting Liverpool: Musically Iconic and Oh So Historical

Liverpool, and no we don't mean the famed football club, but the stunning maritime city in northwest England. It is nestled in a confluence where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Asides from being a key trade port in the 18th to the 20th century, it is also known for being the hometown of The Beatles. Enjoy picturesque port views, fresh seafood, and of course, some music history by heading over to this iconic city. Don't forget to download the Liverpool Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Beatles Museum

Liverpool's most popular museum will leave any Beatles fan giddy. Here, you'll be able to enter an impressive full-size replica of the Cavern Club and the Abbey Road studio where the awesome foursome recorded their first singles. There's definitely a whole lot of memorabilia to see, like George Harrison's first ever guitar that's now worth 500,000 quid that will surely inspire fellow musicians and fans alike.

2.      Speke Hall

Speke Hall is the epitome of an Elizabethan half-timbered hall filled with awe-worthy timbered and plastered rooms. Its aesthetics isn't the only feature that draws crowds, but its rich history as well. The house contains several "holes" where priests hid during the anti-Catholic 16th and 17th centuries. The diagonally patterned Tudor house built in the 1400's and what once was surrounded by thousands of acres of land is now only surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens.

3.     Liverpool Cathedral

How can one miss visiting Britain's largest church AND the world's largest Anglican cathedral? And the Liverpool Cathedral is exactly just that and so much more. In fact, the central bell is the world's third largest with the world's highest and heaviest peal while the cathedral's organ and its 9,765 pipes is most likely the world's largest operational model. But this cathedral is not just about breaking records it is also home to a collection of artworks.

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Make Your Way Through Manchester, Locally Hailed as the Greatest City in the World

Make Your Way Through Manchester, Locally Hailed as the Greatest City in the World

You'd probably think Manchester is just another stereotypical metropolitan city, but don't be so quick to brush it off your bucket list. It may be a major city in England, but did you know that it has rich industrial heritage? It's a rich blend of history and culture that is evident in its museums, galleries, and art centers. But what makes Manchester even more interesting is the ability to dine, drink, and dance into the night with its very active nightlife. Download the Manchester Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you guide your way through this fabulous city.

1.     Manchester Art Gallery

Where can we witness the most spectacular show of British art? We're pretty sure that handful of answers will point you to the Manchester Art Gallery. A hefty number of European masters are on display at the city's top gallery. It houses an impressive selection that includes 37 Turner watercolors as well as the country's best showcase of Pre-Raphaelite art. A newer gallery is home to 20th-century British art starring Lucien Freud, Stanley Spencer, and David Hockney to name a few.

2.      MediaCityUK

There is nothing as impressive in the broadcasting world than this 81-hectare site dedicated to hosting BBC and its six departments. It is also home to the set of the world's longest-running soap opera, the ever-popular Coronation Street. Although you can't tour the Corrie set just yet, you'll have plenty to see as you make your way through the rest of BBC's impressive set-up. This is the place to be to see the sets of some of TV's most iconic programs.

3.     People's History Museum

Not many tourists might know about Britain's 200-year fight for democracy and there is no better place to learn about it than in the People's History Museum. In this refurbished Edwardian pumping station, you will be taken deep in the heart of Britain's struggle for basic democratic rights, labor reform, and fair pay. You will come across an array of beautifully made and colorful union banners and even the desk where Thomas Paine wrote Rights of Man in 1791.

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There's No Better Place to be Than in Bordeaux, the French Wine Hub

There's No Better Place to be Than in Bordeaux, the French Wine Hub

Experience Bordeaux and all its vibrancy amidst great wineries and 18th to 19th-century mansions. This dynamic city is known for its Gothic-style cathedral, art museums, and public gardens that line the river quays. The city is so impressive that half of the city is UNESCO-listed making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Explore its world-class architecture and stunning landscapes with the Bordeaux Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     La Cité du Vin

Whether you're a wine aficionado or an occasional wine drinker, there is no better place to learn about the art of making and consuming win than at the groundbreaking La Cité du Vin. The building itself will leave you in awe, as it is a stunning piece of contemporary architecture resembling a wine decanter on the banks of the River Garonne. There are 20 different themed sections covering everything from vine cultivation, grape varieties and wine production to the ancient wine trade, 21st-century wine trends, and celebrated personalities.

2.      Miroir d'Eau

Covering an area of 3,450 square meters, the Miroir d'Eau is the world's largest reflecting pool. This fountain of sorts made with black granite is set on the quayside opposite of the equally impressive Palais de la Bourse. the 'water mirror' provides hours of entertainment on warm sunny days when the reflections in its thin slick of water--drained and refilled every half-hour--is amazing. Every 23 minutes a dense fog-like vapor is ejected for three minutes makes one of the best photo opportunities.

3.     Cathédrale St-André

The imposing Cathédrale St-André stands high over the city of Bordeaux. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site even before the city's classification. The cathedral's oldest section dates from 1096, but most of what you see today was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. What makes the cathedral even more imposing than its size is its gargoyled, 50m-high Gothic belfry, Tour Pey-Berland, erected between 1440 and 1466.

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need On Rotterdam, Europe's Rising Star

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need On Rotterdam, Europe's Rising Star

When we say Rotterdam is Europe's rising star, we are not kidding. The city is filled with the most spectacular initiatives by the locals themselves. Amidst the futuristic architecture lie these exhilarating initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a busy drinking and dining scene. It is also the most diverse and multiethnic and so it comes to no surprise at how forward thinking the city is. Download the Rotterdam Travel Guide and Offline Map and explore Rotterdam now!

1.     Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is considered among Europe's finest museums. It has a permanent collection spanning all eras of Dutch and European art imaginable. Among the many highlights are The Marriage Feast at Cana by Hieronymus Bosch, the Three Maries at the Open Sepulchre by Van Eyck, the minutely detailed Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and Portrait of Titus and Man in a Red Cap by Rembrandt.

2.      Toko 51

As they say while traveling, do what the locals do. And one of the most happening places for the locals of Rotterdam is Toko 51. Not only is this concept store a melting pot for local creatives that showcases modern art, hosts live music events and sell vintage clothes, but it also is also a supermarket of sorts with Mexcian tacos from Sabor Sabor. And even makes rooms for aspiring barbers that offer haircuts.

3.     Kralingse Bos and Plas

The wooded park of Kralingse Bos and Plas lies just outside the city center and is the perfect combination of shaded forests, sparkling waters, and manicured grass. It's the perfect spot where locals go for their laidback excursions. Here, you'll find a variety of activities to enjoy such as cycling, sailing, rowing, and even barbecue with friends and family or work on your suntan on the sandy beach.

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Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Three Best Things to Do in Lake Como, the Understated Italian Wonder

Just below the snow-capped, gigantic Rhaetian Alps and nestled in between lush, green hills lies one of Italy's understated wonders--Lake Como. It is considered as one of Lombardy region's most picturesque lakes Shaped like an inverted Y, its shoreline is dotted with spectacular medieval villages and as you would expect of any Italian water-side town, colorful villas. If that doesn't make you dream of visiting Lake Como then download the Lake Como Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.     Lakeside Village Hopping

The region's capital, Como, in its self, is a spectacular city that's famous for their silk products. Revel in its historic center where their impressive Duomo that dates back the 15th-century stands. To see an impressive view of the lake from above, you can take a cable car up to the quiet village of Brunate. A trip to Lake Como would never be complete without a visit to its most famous town, Bellagio. Its breathtaking view of the lake is considered the best in all the towns.

2.      Stroll Around Beautiful Villas

Lake Como is definitely a contender for having the most beautiful villas in the world. A short walk from the Bellagio town center is the gardens of Villa Melzi, a traditional English-style garden. It stretches along the lakefront and is home to a wide variety of plants and sculptures and even has an orangery and a small museum. Villa Carlotta is also a notable villa for its rhododendrons and azaleas that bloom in spring. The villa itself serves as a setting for art exhibitions and musical events.

3.     Enjoy Relaxing Boat Cruises

Taking a cruise in Lake Como itself is one of the best ways to marvel at the beauty of the lakeside houses owned by one of the most famous people in the world like Richard Branson and George Clooney. Going on a cruise not only gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but it also gives you a grand view of the towns and villages. There's a wide variety of cruises to choose from as well. If you opt much more romantic scenery then a sunset cruise will be perfect for you.

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