Wuxi – Enjoy Wonderful Waterscapes Here

Did you know that this city is 3000 years old, located by the northern shores of Tai Lake in the southern border of Jiangsu province? Today it is one of the top ten tourist destinations you can visit in China. That is one of the reasons I planned to make it one of my stops when visiting Chinese cities. It is also because I love ancient caves and beautiful gardens which are here.

When I came here I was greeted by a moist and warm climate, the lush, green lands. It is also known as Land of Fish and Rice. The nearby waterways are the Grand Canal and Yangtze River. I can tell you that this port city dates back to the 19th century and has been known for its cloth and rice market, much of which can be found even today.

When you are here you will find the region to host modern bustling commercial areas as well as several local sports venues.

Explore the Tai Lake

This should be your first stop when you come by Wuxi city as it was mine. The water scenes by the lake are fascinating. Lake Taihu is known for the freshwater pearls that are found in the waters. Stop by the numerous stalls here to buy pearls and jewelry items as I did.

Stop by Turtle Head Isle

The waterscapes here were fascinating and I had a wonderful day here when I came by. The countryside scenes here are breathtaking, especially with landscaped gardens all around.

Resorts and More at Huishan Mountain

This mountain range, known to lie south of Yangtze River, first of its kind, is a scenic place to visit; you will find several resorts to stop by here and recreational activities to indulge in. I stayed a night here and had a wonderful time with my friends.

Other attractions that we stopped by to see were the Li Garden, Plum Garden, and Lingshan Grand Buddha. Book yourself a tour of the city, for a day or more and enjoy exploring these places, especially in spring or autumn season.

Xuzhou – Discover Unique Chinese traditions

There is something unique about it when I came here, with locals offering a friendly environment to travelers and being a walkable city in general. This is the fourth largest city of Jiangsu province of the country. There are distinct neighborhoods to explore here such as Peixian County which is famous for Wushu, a form of martial arts and Qijia village that is famous for Chinese chess.

I found it easy to get here as it is well connected to other cities of the country such as Shanghai, Lianyungang, and Shandong. The city is known to be a middle point between Shandong, Henan and Jiangsu provinces. The history of the place dates back thousands of years and it was a political and cultural center of Han dynasty whose several historic landmarks can be found here.

Stop by Handai San Jue

This is a place of attraction that showcases the history of the Han Dynasty and so I made it my first stop. The first emperor Gaozu was born here and there are countless historic landmarks left behind. You will find here Han tombs, sculptures of kings and warriors in stone and terracotta. There are several cultural and ancient relics that are housed around the scenic mountain ranges here.

Walk and Explore Pinyin, Meizhuang and Qijia Villages

These are villages around the city that I loved to explore. I stopped by Pinyin to check out the Chinese form of martial arts called Wushu; Mei Zhuang village had several places of culture and folk custom and I got to discover the Chinese form of chess in Qijia village.

Plan a Visit to Pan’anhu National Wetland Park

This wetland area is a scenic waterscape close to this city which you can reach by a hired car or with a city tour service. I spent much of my time here exploring unique species of flora and fauna.

The Scenic Mucheng Park

As all tourists do, I took a boat ride here and tried different recreational activities that are popular by this scenic local lake.

The above places are some of the numerous landmarks to explore and enjoy when you are at Xuzhou.

Yangzhou – Spend a Day Sightseeing and Enjoy Chinese Cuisine

When I came here I discovered that this place is not only a unique picturesque city located in the western part of the country but also a city that is well connected to other cities of the region like Suzhou and Nanjing.

When I was out for a tour of this region, I realized that this is a favorite destination of many who love Chinese cuisine.

If you are planning to visit this city, stop by in spring or autumn seasons when the weather is pleasant; winters are not too cold either whereas the summers are humid and hot.

Prime Attraction Here – Slender West Lake

One of the several attractions here is this scenic lake. You will find it in the northwest part of the region; it is like a green, wide ribbon with winding dikes, rippling waters, dancing willows, arch bridges, and colorful flowers. The lake expanse is considerable and there are about 24 attractions around it to explore so take your time here.

Stop by the Ge Garden

This is one of the scenic gardens that I loved spending a day walking around in, especially since the weather was pleasant. It is located in the downtown area of Yanfu Lu which showcases unique rock layouts through the four seasons. This region contained several private gardens of famous personalities which an experienced guide can show you around.

Enjoy Landscapes of the Garden

You will realize that this city is dotted with several gardens that showcase unique landscaping and stand testimony to architecture during the late Qing dynasty.  In particular, there was a top private garden of the emperors of this dynasty and was used from 1644 to 1911. Located by the south of Yangtze River, it is a place worth visiting.

A Religious Site to Explore – Daming Temple

I did not visit many religious sites but included this temple in my tour. Daming temple is by the northern suburbs here and is 1500 years old. It is a treasure of national Buddhism with beautiful gardens around it.

Explore Local Cuisine

This is not to be missed. I would particularly recommend restaurants in Guangling district where I stopped by and enjoyed dishes like the local fried rice, beef dumplings, crabmeat balls, and other dishes.

Yaroslavl – Take a Trip to the Countryside

Yaroslavl is a small town in Russia’s Golden Ring. My love for history and art attracted me to this city. I went for a weekend trip. There are some fun things to do here. In fact, tourists are never going to feel bored. When you visit Yaroslavl, here are few sites and attractions that you should not miss out on.

The Volga Embankment

To spend some peaceful time, take a walk along Volga’s embankment. I loved the view that it had to offer. You can catch a view of the city, as well as the water. There are many cafes where you can refresh yourself. The best part is the end of this walk. The merging of Kotorosl and Volga River is a breathtaking view. And as I turned back, I saw the beautiful Assumption Cathedral.

Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

In case you have visited for a short period of time, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery should definitely be on your list. The monastery had been created in the 13th century. This is the oldest architectural building you will find in the city. I could see the domes sparkle in the bright sunlight. There are 12 bells that ring every hour. Climb to the bell tower to get a bird’s eye view of this beautiful city.

Yaroslavl Art Museum

The museum has different branches. I visited the main one that is at the heart of the town. It used to be the residents of Yaroslavl governors. The collection of art from the 18th-20th century truly impressed me. The benefit of visiting in the summer months was that I got an entry to the Governor’s Garden, too.

Izgib Sports Park

Spend a few hours in this sports park. However, this is best visited during the winter months as you will be able to snowboard, ski, and toboggan. Adventure seekers are simply going to love this place.

Bluefields, Nicaragua

Bluefields is a cosmopolitan destination. It is the municipality where 6 ethnic groups come together, especially because of the mix of African, mestizo and indigenous tribes. Majority of its population live in urban areas, from where tourists can travel to other sites, such as Monkey Point, Rama Cay, Corn Islands, The Bluff and many more. We can easily find people who speak Spanish and English in Bluefields.

Sites to See

There are several attractive sites in Bluefields. We can reach most of the important points on foot as the city is relatively small. I explore the following sites in the city-

 

  • Parque Reyes

 

There are large statues of six young men holding products and supporting a flame into the front and center. Huge trees are planted in pairs in the center, a wall of bright murals along with the north and a nice bandstand is fixed in the center. This is a vibrant community park with children playing, adults occupying benches and a group of students having a meeting.

 

  • El Bluff Beach

 

From Bluefields, I can easily get to El Bluff beach. But one must go in a big group as the boat will not leave if it is not full.

 

  • Bluefields Cultural Museum

 

For this small community, this is an important museum. I find old maps there hanging on the wall, wooden model for the Main Plaza’s statue to the six indigenous people, several saddle millstones. So historic and huge, this place really deserves a visit.

Weather of Bluefields

Temperature feels hot all year with a very low chance of rain. Bluefields has some extreme humid months and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (72.4%) and the most humid month is July (83.9%). Wind is usually calm. The best time to visit Bluefields is January followed by February and March. We enjoyed a lot here in our week – long vacation.

Kawartha Lakes: Make The Most Of A Weekend Getaway

While browsing through places for a weekend getaway, I came across Kawartha Lake. The city of Ontario has so much to offer to tourists. The scenic beauty and the local cuisine are sure to melt your heart. However, it is not just about the lake there are some other things to do. I had so much fun taking part in the various outdoor adventures. Here’s my pick of the best things to in Kawartha.

  • Go bird watching

Return of the migratory birds is the sure sign that spring is knocking on the door of Kawartha Lake. There are more 259 species of birds to be found here. I go to see some birds while I was cycling and walking. I could spot pelicans, swans, eagles, turkeys, in hummingbirds. If you are an avid birdwatcher, you can take a look at the events organized by the Peterborough Field Naturalists.

  • Enjoy cycling

Go cycling among the beauties of nature. Dodge the wild turkeys and butterflies while you cycle along the trail. Take a break from the crowd came as a respite. It has built on a former railway bed. This trail is a part of the 300 km cycling routes which is dedicated to the area of Kawartha Lakes.

  • Visit a museum

The Olde Gaol Museum is a prime attraction here. You will find this inside the former Victoria County Jail. I got to learn about a lot of things regarding the early life of the region. However, the exhibits inside the prison will give you goosebumps. I learned about children who served jail time when they were only 10 years old.

  • Have butter tarts

If you are a foodie like me, do not miss out on the tour of Northumberland Butter Tart. There are over 50 shops. And each of the shops serves delicious tarts. So, go on a tart eating spree.

Clermont-Ferrand: This City Is Not Like The Other

With the horizons hued Gothic but polar opposite vibes that are as bright and pleasant as the breezy summer day; the very distinguishable walls from the eighteenth century, along with various Dull volcanic stone gave the city, its particular shade, layered into its eighteenth-century townhouses, many sprinkle fountains which are not complete without mentioning the heart of the city of the twin-turreted church. The Clermont-Ferrand happens to be the biggest city in Aubergine which turns it into one of the main points for the business exchange as well as the eateries that have now started to work with the modern swing. This powerhouse with the modern hack besides it looping and turning cobblestoned routes is home to the car- Michelin.

This place is a very good point to hit on to trios and excursions to the volcanoes like the natural regional few volcanos D’Auvergne and the towns like the Riom.

Few of the places that you would like to check out when around this place are

  • Cathédrale Notre Dame
  • Musée d Art Roger Quillot
  • L’Aventure Michelin
  • Place De  Jude
  • Basilique Notre Dame Du port
  • Musée we La résistance
  • Muséed’Histoire Naturelle Henri Lecoq

For the foods and the drinks, you can try out the places such as the Le Sisisiavenue, History De La Butte, La Table Au Plafond, Bougnat Burger etc.

This place is best known for its hiking feature and hence makes sure you don’t forget to hit on an amazing hiking week, which can range from a short two-thirds day trip to even a fifteen-day trip.

Also, the main transportation system here consists of the buses, hiring cycles, taxis and the sixteen-kilometer long fleur de lava tram, which operates during the time periods of 5 am to 1 am and has trams coming up in every five to six minutes.

Coroico– Relax At The Lap Of Nature

Coroico is the city located in western Bolivia. With mountains offering incredible views, pretty waterfalls, coca plantations, Coroico offers a secluded and peaceful place for complete relaxation. It also offers many nature-related adventure activities. The places to visit include

  • Ruta De La Muerte – excellent adventure trail

This adventure biking trail is extremely narrow and offers lovely landscapes and incredible views. This is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world, hence known as the death road. Bikers can have an exciting journey between breath taking mountains. This road connects La Paz to Coroico city. Buses are available for transport through this road from these cities.

  • San Juan Waterfalls – the best place to enjoy nature

There are three cascades in San Juan.  This offers nice trekking experience in the jungle. You can appreciate the greenery and the fauna during the hike.  You can swim in the man-made structure at the base of the second waterfall. Good place for camping and enjoying nature.

  • Takesi Trail – most impressive Hispanic road

Takesi trail in Bolivia is a 40 km road linking Altiplano plateau and Yungus. This was the transport and communication link of the Incas.  The road is an example of the great pre-Columbian Hispanic paved construction. The trail features water channels and wall to protect the trail from flooding. Hiking the trail taking 2-3 days is the best option to relax. The best time to visit is from May to October.

  • Cerro Uchumachis – amazing view from mountains

This is a mountain summit that offers an amazing view as it rises above the Coroico town. You can visit the chapel of El Calvario on the hiking path. It will take around 2 hours to get to the summit and to return. These hikes are preferred by most of the travelers for the beauty of nature.

  • Tocana – visit the Cocoa Fields and the Bolivian culture

Tocana is a village inhabited by Afro-Bolivians and is located 14 miles from Coroico. A visit to the village offers the view of coca fields and traditional Bolivian culture.

What Does Gulfport, Mississippi Offer For Its Tourists?

The Gulfport is the second largest city in the state of Mississippi. It belongs to Harrison County and has over 75,000 populations. This city is one half of the Gulfport-Biloxi section. The Hurricane Katrina caused a lot of damage in Gulfport and it was reconstructed. The natural areas of the Gulfport have re-established themselves and now the city is a tourist attraction for everyone visiting the Mississippi area. You can expect extremely temperate climate all year-round in this city.

This is the city where you can enjoy fresh seafood, live music, and deep-sea fishing. There is something to discover for everyone in the family on their visit to Gulfport. No matter you are looking for outdoor adventure, bird watching, or love music, the Gulfport city has everything to offer you.

The important places of interest in Gulfport are:

  • The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

If you love marine life, then you got to visit this place which is exclusively for conservation, research and to gain knowledge about marine life along the Gulf Coast. This is the best place to have family fun and to get to know the wide range of marine fishes and creatures. The highlight of this place is the encounter with the dolphins which the kids and parents will enjoy.

Address: 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS.

Hours of operation: 9am to 2pm.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

This is a children’s museum and was the first of its kind in Mississippi. This is a cool and happening place for the kids and parents can also enjoy their visit here. It is spread over 15,000 square feet with many outdoor spaces as well. With themes like art, science, cookery, history, etc., it can keep the kids engaged for a long time.

Address: 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport, MS.

Visiting hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

  • Gulf Islands Water Park

Another attractive recreational water park that everyone in the family will enjoy is the Gulf Islands Water Park. There are many thrilling rides and water activities to keep your entire family busy for a few hours. With lockers, pavilions, eating joints and many entertainment activities, this park should be a never miss on the trip to Gulfport.

Address: 13100 16th St., Gulfport, MS.

Granada – The Place Has Everything To Please You

Granada is a Nicaraguan city located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. The city is the home to many Spanish colonial landmarks that has the imprint of survival after repeated pirate invasions. The main attraction of the city is its main plaza i.e. the Central Park. The park is dominated by the colorful, vibrant, neoclassical facade of the Cathedral of Granada, which belongs to 1583. The other attractions of the city include

 

  • Iglesia La Merced

 

When you have come to Granada, you can start your tour by visiting one of the most beautiful churches in the city, Iglesia La Merced. This is a landmark and was built in the year 1534. The bell tower here gives a spectacular view during sunset, and this is a picturesque moment. The church has been damaged many times by pirates and forces of William Walker and has been restored. The church has the important image of the Virgen De Fátima Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo.

  • Reserva Natural Laguna De Apoyo

The 200m-deep, belong to 200-centuries-old, Crater Lake is said to be the deepest and clearest lake in the country. This is the best place to visit for travelers who love peace and want to spend some time with nature. This is a natural reserve technically, but, the wild area has numbers of hotels near the shore of the lake.

  • Mi Museo

If you love history, this is the museum you should visit. The museum displays a private assortment of ceramics dated from 2000 BC to the present time. There is a huge collection, which is admired and surprising.

  • Museo De Chocolate

If you are travelling you’re your kids, Granada’s new chocolate museum is the place you should visit. This is entertaining and exciting, both. Here, you and your kids will get the opportunity not only to watch the chocolate preparation process, but also try hand making Nicaraguan chocolate bar. The museum also has chocolate spa, which you can enjoy giving a small amount of fee.

You can get more information about Granada from the travel planners.