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Explore Nature at its Finest at the Natural History Museum in London

Explore Nature at its Finest at the Natural History Museum in London

As one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road, its exhibits focus on a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. The museum comprises of 80 million items within five major collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. It is also a center of research specializing in taxonomy, identification, and conservation. Discover mother nature’s beauty with the Natural History Museum Travel Guide and Offline Map.

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1.     Origins

The first floor exhibits showcase the origins of species and explores natural selection and Darwin’s theories. ‘Our Place in Evolution’ exhibits the remains of “Lucy”, the Australopithecus discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and believed to be between 1.5 and five million years old. While the Mineral Gallery contains some 130,000 specimens representing some 75 percent of the world’s known minerals.

2.     Mammals

There is also a section that is dedicated to mammals which includes a 91-foot-long life-sized cast of a blue whale as well as casts of extinct mammals. The lower floor showcases land mammals, including elephants, hippos, giraffes, and their early relatives. And the lastly, the upper level is dedicated for mammals living in water.

3.     Earth

The gallery focuses on an extensive collection of material on the geology and minerals of the world. There are lectures and film shows on particular subjects. In the main hall, stands a six-feet diameter rotating globe that serves as the museum’s purpose to the the story of the Earth. The gallery also includes a simulation of an earthquake and a collection of gems.

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The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music in Salzburg

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music in Salzburg

Some come here for the legendary Mozart. Some come for a more recent musical legacy, The Sound of Music. Either way, one thing is for sure, people stay for its spellbinding beauty. This city in north-central Austria is not only known for its musical legacies, but also for being the epitome of Baroque architecture, which is very much evident in the streets of old town. Nestles bedside the fast-flowing Salzach River, this wondrous city gives you spectacular views of beautiful spires and domes, a formidable clifftop fortress from a distance, and the endearing mountains from afar. So what are you waiting for? The music is calling! Download the Salzburg Travel Guide and Offline Map now.

1.      Festung Hohensalzburg

The city’s most visible icon is this mighty, 900-year old-old cliff-top fortress. The fortress is considered one of the biggest and best preserved in all of Europe. Built in 1077 as a humble bailey at present is now a formidable fortress thanks to Leonard von Keutschach, prince-archbishop of Salzburg from the late 1400’s to the late 1500’s. One of the highlights of anyone’s visit is the Golden Hall where lavish banquets used to take place under a gold-studded ceiling imitating a starry night.

2.      Schloss Mirabell

Built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich to impress his mistress, this splendid palace with a lavish interior, replete with stucco, marble, and frescoes. Its famed Marble Hall provides a sublime backdrop for evening concerts. Its gardens are a thing to behold as well. Here you’ll find the Pegasus statue, the steps and the gnomes of the Dwarf Garden where the von Trapp children practiced their “Do-Re-Mi”.

3.      Erzabtei St Peter

A Frankish missionary named Rupert founded this abbey and monastery in around 700, making it the oldest in the German-speaking world. Though the vaulted Romanesque portal remains, today’s church is very much baroque with rococo stucco, statues, and striking altar paintings. Its cemetery is also home to the catacombs—cave-like chapels and crypts hewn out of the Monchsberg cliff face. The graves itself are also intricate works of art made from stone and filigree wrought-iron crosses.

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Exploring Greece, the World's Most Ancient City

Exploring Greece, the World's Most Ancient City

Probably the most go-to country during the European Summer, Greece has countless of adventure-filled destinations for both the young and young at heart. Step into the ring where Olympians first competed. Climb steps hewn out of stone to Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rocks. Experience Greek culture at its best with passionate music, inspired cuisine, and thrill-seeking activities. Don't forget to download the Greece Travel Guide and Offline Map as you plan your trip.

1. Athens

Modern-day Athens is a mix of history and edginess. I lively urban bustles rings around the ancient landmarks, but don't be deceived, the city is pulsating with so much culture and tradition. The historical Acropolis towers over the city and is daily reminded of the Greek's heritage and its many transformations. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Athens and visit its many open-air restaurants and bars whenever you feel like taking a break from all the sightseeing.

2. Ancient Delphi

Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, Ancient Delphi, is the most spiritual place out of all the archeological sites in Greece. Let the views of the Gulf of Corinth that extend into a valley of olive trees whisk you away to another time. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was regarded as the center of the world by Ancient Greeks and according to mythology, Zeus released two eagles at opposite ends of the world and they met were Ancient Delphi stood.

3. Acropolis

Considered as the most important ancient site in the Western World. And how can it not be when it is crowned by the renowned Parthenon. The Acropolis stands proud over Athens and is visible from almost everywhere within the city. Its monuments and sanctuaries of white Pentelic marble shine in the midday sun and gradually transform into a honey hue as sunset arrives.

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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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Get Lost in Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Get Lost in Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

When we say get lost, we literally mean you way just experience that as you weave your way through the world's largest permanent collection of art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art of fondly called simply as the MET has over two million individual collections of paintings, artifacts, and textiles from around the globe. Now, if that's not enough to entice art lovers and visitors to visit this museum we don't know what will. Download the Metropolitan Museum of Art Travel Guide and Offline Map and be even more enticed to visit!

1.     The First and Seconds Floors

The first floor of the MET is a vast Egyptian collection that is unmatched anywhere else. You might as well have taken a trip to Egypt when you walk through the Temple of Dendur. Built at around 10 BC and now relocated from Egypt in 1978 it is one of the must-sees in the museum. The second floor is dedicated to European paintings from the 13th to 20th century, while 15 rooms showcase a massive collection of Islamic arts and artifacts.

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2.      The American Wing

As if the name itself isn't a dead giveaway to what this wing offers--the American Wing houses decorative and fine art from across US history. Other galleries in this wing are devoted to classical antiques such as sculptures dramatically illuminated by natural daylight. It also houses Asian art, modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures. And truly, you just have to visit to believe how extensive their collections are.

3.     Art Installations

If visiting April through October, head up to the excellent roof garden, which features rotating sculpture installations by contemporary and 20th-century artists--through the grand city and park views are the real draw. Enjoy a sundowner cocktail from its on-site bar. And if you're coming with kids, fret not, they will also be entertained. There's a specially designed brochure and map for kids, and events listed on the website.

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Visit Japan, Where the Modern Meets the Old

Visit Japan, Where the Modern Meets the Old

Japan may be in the technological forefront, but amidst all the sky rises and modern technology is one of the countries who has kept their culture and traditions intact. Timeless would be the perfect way to describe this beautiful country full of breathtaking countryside views. Take a trip outside Tokyo and you'll soon discover exactly what we mean. From traditional bathhouses and geisha dances to sleeping in old farmhouses and learning to prepare matcha (powdered green tea) there is much to Japan than meets the eye. Download the Japan Travel Guide and Offline Map and start your cultural trip!

1.     Tokyo

Strolling down Tokyo's bustling streets you'd think you were transported into a sci-fi film set. It's neon lights, sky rises, and edgy designer boutiques are the makers of its futuristic vibe. Visit the world's tallest tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree's twisting spire draws inspiration from ancient building techniques making it an exemplary example of how Japan seamlessly mixes the old and the new together. Tokyo may be the forefront of advancement, but its traditions still stay strong, whether it be witnessing sumo tournaments or relaxing under cherry blossom trees.

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2.      Kyoto

Kyoto is Japans hub for traditional architecture and culture. With 2,000 something temples and shrines and stunning Zen gardens, it is your gateway to whole new level spiritual relaxation. As the cultural capital of the country it comes to no surprise that many traditional arts and crafts still live long in Kyoto. From sublime gardens to traditional teahouse and even geishas about, this place really takes you back in time to old Japan.

3.     Cherry-Blossom Viewing

In early April, people from all over the world visit Japan solely for cherry-blossom viewing. One of the most popular parks for locals and tourists alike is Maruyama-kōen. There's plenty of strolling to be done around its gardens and ponds and if you're ever in need of a drink or meal it has restaurants and even souvenir shops abound. For two weeks in early April expect hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) parties under the trees.

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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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