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Izmir is the third largest city around Turkey. This city is named as the most youthful city around Turkey, simply because of all the population that resides in Turkey, the number of youths or millennials is the highest in the Izmir and the number of universities is also high in the city. Being titled as the heritage city of Turkey, it displays many multicultural traditions and histories to its people and its visitors. This might be the purest city, naturally that I have been to. The people here host very warmly and are very helpful in touring you around. They themselves will tell you the best highlights about the city if you are confused about any. These are some of the places you must visit.

Kemeralti Market

Something as simple as a local market stretches over a five kilometers long stretch. The market has been going on since it has been established in the seventeenth century. In earlier times it was only used for selling and purchasing of ports or harbor stuff, but now it hosts over fifty different categories to browse from. The goods from the market can also be purchased online, all the sellers from the market hosts their online domains to sell their goods online. Apart from all the stuff you buy, being I visitor if you want to order yourself stuff and get it delivered, they will deliver it to your hotel. And locals get it delivered to their homes. This is one of the best markets I have been to, they have these classic street foods to offers and they serve samples first. What could be better?

Agora

If you want to get all those extra liked Instagram pictures for yourself, then this is the location to be chosen. This iconic place has been here since the 4th century BC. It keeps getting restored every once in a while to keep it preserved as their historical monument. You are given tours here, that are free of cost and the guides will keep telling you stories about how this was built and what it was ideally used for.

When I traveled through the Bavarian region of Germany I came across several beautiful towns and Fussen is one of them. This town is located by the Romantic Road which has mountains surrounding it as well as lakes and the famous castles of King Ludwig, Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein. One of the things that attracted me most about Germany’s mountainside towns are the castles up on the mountains that gave them a fairy tale like look and feel. This town definitely serves as one of them.

If you are traveling with your family, plan to stay here for a day or two, to see the sights, enjoy the food and local brews as well as discover the local German culture here.

Take a Stroll

The old town has cobbled streets all around and these are waiting to be discovered. Once you walk by these streets or turn a corner, you will be greeted by fascinating views of the surrounding mountains or the lakes. The streets turn into busy shopping destination during the summer months and there are cafes by the walkways that have chairs and tables laid out on the streets.

Medieval Landmarks

There are several historic landmarks to stop by here. In general, the town boasts of history and architecture that dates back 700 years. All around you will find a town wall, baroque churches, and Gothic houses as well as a Benedictine abbey. At the backdrop are the Bavarian Alps. I visited the Hohes Schloss or High Castle outside the old town which was summer home of the Augsburg Lord Bishops. The architecture of the castle is distinct which includes a clock tower and orange roof as well as Trompe L’oiels which is 500 years old.

Take a Cruise

This is another delightful activity to do when you are at Fussen. We took a boat tour on Lake Forggensee which helps you enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding.

Funchal is the capital of Madeira. This tropical island is great for visiting family or friends. The city is filled with colorful flora which is evident in the gardens and the parks which enliven the urban fabric in the city. There are so many things that you can do out here. If you are visiting for the first time, there are a few things that you can check out.

Funchal Cathedral

Stepping into the cathedral, it felt like I have stepped into the Portuguese discovery age. The cathedral had been constructed in the sixteenth century and has fantastic architecture. Look up and you are going to see that the roof is filled with glazed tiles. I found the choir stalls of the cathedral are just exceptional as it depicts saints, prophets, and apostles.

Monte Cable Car

One great attraction is riding in a cable car to the top of the mountain. The mountain is 600 meters high. The gondola lift started functioning in 2000 as it replaced the defunct railway that ran 4 kilometers up the slope. It shut down in 1943. Reaching the top had been worthwhile. The view of the city is just exceptional. The white house and the ocean bedecking the mountain is just the perfect background to click photographs.

Rua Santa Maria

Funchal has a cobbled-stoned street filled with colorfully painted houses that have painted doors, too. Rua Santa Maria had been constructed in the 15th century. At present, it is the best destination to shop and have delectable food. I collected some of the souvenirs from the market. In the year 2010, the street had been flooded. With the regeneration of the city, the project of Art of Open Door had been introduced. Hence, the route has brightly colored doors that are hand painted. These look amazing.

Florence is an Italian city with amazing architecture. It is the capital of the Tuscany region. Being a history buff, I had been planning to visit this city for a long time. So, I finally made it to this city this winter. The places of significance and the architectural buildings simply took my heart away. Let’s take a quick look at the things that you can do when you are in Florence.

Florence Cathedral

This is one of the most celebrated cathedrals to be found. Even though it was constructed in 1436, the front façade wasn’t done until the 19th century. The white marble covered front façade is just marvelous. The green and pink polychrome design along with the style of the interior got to be surprised. It speaks of grandeur.

Giotto’s Campanile

You might have the misconception that Giotto’s Campanile is linked to Duomo. Nonetheless, this is a separate structure. It is a great example of Gothic architecture. Having a stunning design, it doesn’t fail to impress the visitors. It is divided into 5 levels and the exterior tower has a polychrome feature. You will find the lovely pink and green colors on Duomo looks brilliant. I climbed up to the tower to catch a fantastic view. Be careful, there are 414 steps.

Palazzo Vecchio

This is a significant administrative building. It was established in 1299 and the architecture has been designed by the ones who worked on Duomo. At the front façade, you will find a long series of arms. This actually represents important people and families. The interior has a sublime design.

Ponte Vecchio

This is a famous bridge in the city, mentioned to me by a friend who offers house cleaning services in Denver as part of her business.  Tracy travels all around the world and mentioned I should definitely make a stop here, so glad I did.  I found a number of shops on the side of the bridge. Also, the view that it offers is just breathtaking. Other than walking on this bridge, you can walk along Corridoio Vasariano, too.

If you want to get a glimpse of authentic Costa Rica, then this is the city that you must visit without fail. Once we finished with the tour of San Jose, although we were very happy with the stuff offered there, we were still looking for something different and a little quieter. Then we came across this charming town that is also one of the best places to know more about the world-famous Costa Rica coffee. You can also watch the daily life of the Costa – Ricans from everything they do in the tow, and from the restaurants they eat from and each and every profession that they put up. This has drawn quite a lot of tourists over the years mainly due to the favorable weather conditions and the charms that one cannot find in many cities across the world.

Let us look at the different things you can do here:

  • We undertook the El Toledo Coffee Tour because that is the first thing we wanted to know about once we landed here. In the tour, we went to a farm that is owned by a small family which goes by the same name of the tour, and we were thrilled to know that the growth of the coffee in their estate was completely organic! You will learn about every process that they do from the sowing of the coffee seeds until the beverage lands in the cup. They are one of the very few growers of the coffee plant in the country that follow a completely organic process.
  • The Farmers Market was our second destination of the day. We wanted to know more about the local produce and this is the best way to learn about the shopping habits of the town’s people in general and the country’s population also.

Corinto is basically a traditional and historic town located in the Chinandega province of Nicaragua, on the northwest Pacific shoreline. It is a usual port stop for cruise ships where the travelers tend to take a quick tour or a walk within the town. Corinto is spread over an area of 234.14 square kilometers. It can receive cruises and that too from all over the world where visitors are encountered with local guides at arrival. I feel that anybody who is interested in experiencing some local Nicaraguan culture and ways of life should take a stroll through this town, markets, stalls and the food places where one should definitely try out the seafood.

Nicaragua is a delightful country with its tourism industry expanding year by year carrying tourist attractions which includes historical churches, rainforests, lakes, volcanoes, and Corinto acts as a gateway to some of the magnificent cities of the country. Some of the tourist spots/activities near to Corinto are:

  • Leon
  • Managua
  • Parroquia Santa Ana
  • Telica Volcano
  • Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
  • Flor de Cana Tour
  • The  Volcano Summit of Nicaragua San Cristobal

Even though Corinto is typically meant for a brief excursion for the members of cruises, the town provides its own fair share of experiences. I would say that Corinto is not meant for people expecting a flamboyant tourist involvement, but for those seeking something unusual than the typical city sights and or folks who would like to explore growing towns, this traditional place can turn out to be interesting for them. And for others, there are usual tourist activities like horse riding, surfing, beaches and islands really close to the town.

I would recommend someone preparing to explore Corinto that they try to go through the lives and culture of the natives, the local places to thoroughly grasp the feeling of the coastal town.

Snowboarding is not the only fun activity that you can take part in. There are various things to do and see. There are loads of things that will keep you busy before snow falls. Here are some of the things you can do before snowfall.

  • Enjoy the downhill thrill

Try out the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster of Blue Mountain. This electrifying ride downhill with several twists and turns on the way will surely enthrall you like nothing. Albeit, have control on the speed, you should not go too fast.

  • Take a leap of faith

Are you looking for more adventure? Visit Bagjump to experience this. You take a jump from a great height. I have to say that I had a thrilling experience here. The activity is mighty fun.

  • Take the rope course of the woods

Want to indulge in a competition? The Timber Challenge is the just the right kind of thing for you. The rope course to be found in the woods will offer you with ladders to the cargo and suspension bridges. What excited the adventurous side of me that the zip lines are 50 meters off the ground!

  • Unwind and relax

My visit to Blue Mountain would have been incomplete if I didn’t visit the Scandinavian spa. You will be surprised to know that it is situated in the middle of the forest. Here, you will be able to experience Nordic and thermal waterfalls, sauna, hot bath, and also cold plunges. You are surely going to have the best time unwinding the days of drudgery.

  • Go mountain biking at the park

To satisfy my thirst for adventure, I also went mountain biking. In case you are not a thrill buff, you can enjoy a leisurely ride at the Mountain Bike Park while you enjoy the scenic beauty. Training for tackling ladder bridges and jumps are also available.

No, don’t confuse this with the national park. Banff is also the name of a town in Canada. The national park makes it the most known places in Canada. It attracts a lot of tourists every year. There are many things that you can do and see. If you are planning to visit Banff, here are a few things you can see.

  • Banff National Park

Of course, you cannot miss out on this when you are in Banff. Banff National Park is sure to be explored. The first national park of Canada is quite high. Covering an area of 4000 sq. miles, there are a lot of things that you can explore. What came as a surprise to me was that the fact that you can enjoy every outdoor activity that you can think of. Starting from bird watching to skiing, you will find it all. I was thrilled by the wildlife found in the park.

  • Lake Minnewanka

The glacial lake of Minnewanka is fed by Cascade River. The name has been given by the people of First Nations Stoney and means Lake of Spirits. They gave the name since they believed that there are spirits in the lake. However, this lake is not at all spooky. I went for day time hiking and found that it has a spot for picnicking. If you want to be in the water, avail the cruise tour that is available.

  • The Banff Gondola

Take the gondola and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Sulphur Mountain. I was simply enthralled by the beauty. Even if you are scared of heights, the view will distract you to such an extent that you are going to worry about being scared of height. When you reach the Boardwalk of Sulphur Mountain, you can take a walk to reach the Sanson’s Peak.

I found the city of Veracruz to be a place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The port city has to offer long and incredible culture and history. There are ample diversions for the visitors. I strolled around Malecon and visited the UNESCO World Heritage sites. In case you are interested in the real Mexico, its history, its everydayness, its folklore, and local life, this is the place to be. Here is a list of things that I think you can do and see in Veracruz.

  • Stroll the Malecon

Malecon is a relaxing place to take a walk. However, there is more to this place than just aimless strolling. You can watch street performers or buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. Here, I found a crafts market which sells traditional handicrafts like Guayabera or a hammock.

  • Listen to some music in Zocalo

Veracruz’s people are known as the Jarochos. They are pretty friendly and lively. The culture of the city is festive and laid-back. The primary square of the city is known as Zocalo, the social center. You can have your breakfast here in one of the outdoor restaurants and cafes. You can also visit during the evening to listen to some marimba music and dance to Danzon, the combination of ballroom dancing and Cuban rhythm.

  • Visit Veracruz Aquarium

Apart from offering educational shows and displays, Veracruz Aquarium is the largest one in Latin America. It is also the marine research center. Here, you will find an extensive range of sea-life from the Gulf region and other parts of the globe. Check out nurse sharks, sea turtles, manatees, barracudas, and giant manta rays. The best part about this place is that you can swim with the dolphins if you want. I fed the shark and had a lifetime experience.

Hey Guys….Been meaning to pull the trigger on this for a while. Been super busy planning the next leg of my trips & excited to share what we have been up to & where we are going.

Will be sharing our experiences in different places around the world so be prepared to get some good ideas & tips if you too are a fellow traveler.

Traveling is a blast & you need to get out here too!