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Hidden Gems: Carson City, Nevada

November 8th, 2010

carson-city-nevada-travel.jpgIf you are looking for an eco-friendly or “green” travel destination then Carson City and other destinations around the I-80 corridors in northern Nevada are places that will not disappoint you. Running from the salt flats of western Utah and eastern Nevada to the California-Nevada border, there are plenty of sites to see and plenty of history to experience.

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Reasons to Visit Greece in Winter

October 22nd, 2010

greece-map.jpgHave you ever visited Greece? Most people who visit Greece find that they love it there. That’s because Greece is a country that has much to offer vacationers. For instance, the people of Greece are generally warm and friendly. What’s more, eating out at restaurants is an enjoyable experience because most Greek food is healthy and delicious. Thousands of vacationers visit Greece every year to learn more about Greek culture, customs, mythology, archeological sites, and history. Yet Greece is more than a country with a long history and an interesting culture. It is a land with its own mysterious, semi-arid beauty. The waters of the Ionian and Aegean seas are an amazing shade of azure, and there are many unspoiled beaches. Most vacationers decide to visit Greece during the warm spring or summer months to enjoy the beaches. Yet the country still has plenty to offer visitors during the winter season.

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Why a Cruise Might Be a Better Vacation Value

September 5th, 2010

cruise-sale-vacation.jpgFor many people, cruise ships offer some of the most affordable vacations around. If your idea of a great vacation is staying home and doing yard work, a cruise may not seem like such a bargain to you. However, if you are like millions of people who want to leave home and do something interesting and relaxing, a cruise may be just what you need.

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Barbados Travel Guide and Places of Interest

August 21st, 2010

barbados-beaches.jpgThe Caribbean holds many great treasures when it comes to island destinations. Barbados is just one of these great places. This single island is its own independent country and is located close to South America, a bit over 250 miles from the coast of Venezuela. It is east of Saint Lucia and north of Trinidad and Tobago. The island itself is only about 165 square miles of low-lying land, but the tropical trade winds, beautiful rainforests, and of course, lovely sandy beaches make it popular for tourist travel. You too can enjoy a vacation in Barbados.

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Places to Visit in Manaus, Brazil

August 13th, 2010

manaus-brazil-attractions.jpgA holiday to Brazil can be one of the most exotic, adventurous, and memorable experiences of one’s life. With Amazonian forests spread over miles, the Amazon River, wildlife and safaris, widespread beaches, carnivals and a warm culture, the country invites you to travel it. While there are a number of places like Rio de Janeiro, Fernando de Noronha Island, Salvador, Olinda, Ouro Preto and Brasilia, which are visited frequently by travelers, the more remote city of Manaus, the second largest in Brazil, is often passed over. It is a city of forests and is perfect for ecotourism. Situated in northern Brazil at the confluence of the rivers Negro and Solimoes which form the Amazon River, Manaus has been variously known as “the city of the margins of Black river”, “the heart of the Amazon”, and “the city of the forest”.

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8 Places to Visit in Adelaide, Australia

August 12th, 2010

adelaide-australia-travel-tourism.jpgAdelaide is a cosmopolitan city in South Australia with about one million people. It is unique because unlike the other big cities on the continent, its original settlers were European entrepreneurs rather than convicts. It is famous for its multicultural cuisine and is regarded as Australia’s dining capital. Regardless of when you visit, Adelaide will most probably be holding some cultural celebration. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Winters are best for traveling around the city and finding things to do. When you are in and around Adelaide, there are eight places to visit that you don’t want to miss.

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Places to Visit in New Delhi

August 1st, 2010

new-delhi-india.jpgWith the Commonwealth Games slated to be held in New Delhi in October 2010, the city is expecting many international enthusiasts to arrive here soon. The Games will be organized between the 3rd and the 14th of October, and those who are planning to come and watch can take this opportunity to see a little bit of Delhi. There are many historical as well as recreational places of interest in Delhi. Here are a few that would feature on a must-see list.

Qutub Minar: A World Heritage site, 72.5 meters high, this brick tower is said to be the tallest in the world. The construction was begun by Qutub-ud-din Aibak but completed two generations later by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. There are 399 steps that lead to the top, and this ‘minar’ or tower has become representative of Delhi in picture postcards.

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World Famous Tourist Attractions

July 31st, 2010

great-wall-china-tourism.jpgIt is a wonderful world, which is why planning a world tour can be quite a challenge. One is never sure where to go and what to leave behind for the next vacation. Here are three wonders of the world that in my view have to be part of your bucket list. If you are someone who can appreciate ancient architecture embedded in natural beauty such that one is not sure where nature ends and where humanity’s work begins, you surely don’t want to miss them!

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Easter Island: The Mysterious Birth and Death of a Culture

July 27th, 2010

easter-island-statues.jpgEaster Island or Rapa Nui is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited areas. It is a Chilean island, located in the South Pacific, 3510 kilometers (2181 miles) west of the country’s mainland. Easter Island stands alone in the sea; the nearest island is some 450 kilometers away and is uninhabited. It is a small mass of land, only 164 square kilometers, which rose up from under water due to a volcanic eruption. You don’t want to miss this island if you are traveling to that part of the world.

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Hampi: A Jewel of South India

July 24th, 2010

hampi-vijayanagar-world-heritage-site.jpgThe capital of the historic Vijayanagara empire, Vijayanagara, or modern-day Hampi, is in a state of ruins now. Yet, the beauty of architectural skill cannot go unnoticed or unacknowledged in this town of rocks and boulders with temples and statues carved out of them. The Vijayanagara empire extended over the whole of south India, and reached its peak between the 14th and the 16th centuries through a unification of smaller states against Islamic invasions from the north. The empire encouraged the arts, which resulted in major contributions in the fields of music, literature, and other fine arts. Hinduism was believed to be a unifying factor during the times, and King Krishnadevaraya was the most important in commissioning several temples and other structures. Hampi is situated between the Tungabhadra River and high hills, so that it was an easily defensible city in the past.

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Places of Interest in Helsinki, Finland

July 16th, 2010

helsinki-finland-travel.jpgIf you have just 24 hours to spend in Helsinki, Finland, here are the most important Helsinki tourist attractions: the Helsinki Cathedral and the neoclassical Senate Square, the historic Suomenlinna sea fortress, the shops around the Esplanade park, and for families the Korkeasaari Zoo and the Linnanmäki amusement park.

The Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral

The Senate Square and the Helsinki Cathedral are probably the most famous sights in the city, and the image of the white Lutheran cathedral by the square is known from many Helsinki postcards. The 19th century cathedral was designed by the German architect Carl Ludvig Engel, and several buildings around the Senate Square also represent Engel’s neoclassical style.

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