Canal City

Italy is one of the most wonderful countries in Europe. Blessed with amazing geography in the south and right on the Mediterranean Sea, as well as with an enviable climate all-year-round, it is no mystery why millions of tourists choose to go there as their holiday destination. And specifically in Italy, one of the most visited cities in the world is Venice. Known for its fantastic and one-of-a-kind foundation, this ever-sinking city of archipelagos, canals and bridges is the pride and joy of north-eastern Italy. 

Its cultural significance is unparalleled. One of the focal cities of the Renaissance movement, Venice’s history is long and complex. For more than a thousand years, Venice was its own Kingdom, until it was annexed by the Austrian Empire, and later by the Italian Kingdom. However, Venice stood out as one of the first financial centres in the world, being also a world power in trades and wars, which made it a powerful and rich city all throughout its history, not to mention its artistic influence in both the fine arts and music. 

The 9th Century Palazzo Ducale on the side of Piazzetta San Marcos is one of Europe’s most stunning palaces, and one of Venice’s most beautiful sights. It has got a wonderful façade, a mixture of gothic, renaissance and byzantine styles, but it is the inside that must not be missed: the construction made out of Verona’s ivory includes such beautiful spots as the Scala dei Giganti, the Scala d’Oro, the Doge’s Apartments, and the Bridge of Sights, among many others. 

Of the hundreds of bridges crossings all over Venice, the Rialto Bridge crossing the Grand Canal is an unforgettable visit, especially at sunset. Getting down from the bridge, tourists can find the Rialto Market, where they can purchase a typical Venetian Mask, or some other souvenirs to remember their visit. This zone is also surrounded by wonderful and inexpensive restaurants where to try some of the most acclaimed cuisines in the world, like pasta and pizza.

One of the most wonderful ways of touring Venice – and something you cannot do in most other places in the world – is hopping onto a boat, or a more typical gondola, and travelling across the Grand Canal, the main road of Venice, absorbing the amazing buildings all over the city.

Of course, the aforementioned Piazzetta San Marcos deserves an obligatory visit. Nicknamed by Napoleon himself as the Most Beautiful Hall in Europe, it is surrounded by other stunning buildings such as the Ducale Palace, the Basilica San Marcos, the Clock Tower, and the Campanile. This is another excellent place where tourists can sit down and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, and grab a quick bite before enjoying the rest of their tour.

“The City of Canals”, also named “La Dominante”, “The Floating City” or the “City of Masks”, the birthplace of Vivaldi himself, is a place any self-respecting globetrotter must visit. No tourist should resist visiting the most beautiful city in the world.…

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Instanbul

Istanbul is one of those places that are unique in the whole world. Formerly known as Constantinople, the once capital city of the Holy Roman, the Byzantine, and the Ottoman Empires has got a very rich and wonderful history behind it. With an unparalleled cultural significance for both the Eastern and Western World, the city that unites the continents of Europe and Asia is a must-see holiday destination for any globetrotter worthy of their title.

Istanbul’s complex and rich history is present all over the city. One of the most unforgettable sights in all of Turkey, Hagia Sophia, is a great example of this. The amazing mosque, which 500 years ago was a Christian cathedral, exemplifies some of the changes that the region has gone through in its more than two millennia of history. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, as reads its full name, receives millions of visitors from all around the world. The same as the Blue Mosque (right across Hagia Sophia) which is considered the most beautiful temple in the city. Its jaw-dropping interior of marvellous mosaics was built from around 20.000 ceramic tiles from Iznik. Right between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara, visitors will find the Topkapi Palace, or the Seraglio, a museum comprised of many buildings, rooms and gardens to get lost in. Other obligatory sights include the Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn, and the Galata Tower, a XIV century building worthy of a climb.  

Some of the most unique experiences to have in Istanbul are, without a doubt, visiting the bazaars and bargaining with the toughest salesmen in the world. Even if shopping is not a holiday priority for tourists, visiting two of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul is an experience not to be missed. The Great Bazaar is a proper town, with its 64 streets and avenues to find items of all kinds, and the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar is the place where travellers will get the chance to acquire wonderful spices and taste authentic local treats such as sweets and nuts. 

Going to Turkish baths and having Turkish tea, experiencing the call to prayer, tasting some kebab, going on a cruise across the Bosporus (the separation of the two continents): these are all one of a kind experiences that visitors will be able to have in Istanbul. Definitely a place like no other in the world, the former Constantinople is still today one of the best holiday destinations on the planet.…

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London – Best Capital in the World

One of the largest and most important capitals in the first world, London is a city full of wonders. The capital city of England and the UK, it is also their largest city in Britain. Also probably the most historically significant city in Europe – home of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the last and most powerful monarchs alive today, – London is a must-see destination for any respectable globetrotter. This city receives the most amount of tourist than any other place in the world, and for good reason. Not only is it the most important financial centre worldwide, but it is also one of the most significant cultural capitals on the planet. Hundreds of world-renowned sights attract millions of travellers from all over the world to visit the city on the banks of river Thames.

Among the many cultural landmarks that London has to offer, there are the most popular destinations for Anglophobes, such as Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the royal Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. The Tower of London, in particular, is a great destination, since it’s a thousand-year-old castle where you can take a peek at the British Crown Jewels. Also Buckingham Palace, which is the residence of the Royal Family, where tourists can witness the daily change of the Royal Guard, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Queen in her Royal Carriage.

Besides the previously mentioned must-see royal sights, there are many other iconic places to visit around London. For example, the London Eye offers a great panoramic view of the whole city. Visitors can have a birds-eye view of all the sights mentioned above, along with some of the more modern buildings such as the tallest building in all of Europe, The Shard, or the oval-shaped futurist sky-scraper 30 St Mary Axe. Other unavoidable places in London, for their touristic appeal, include Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Street, and the London City, the medieval heart of London.

However, if visitors are tired of sight-seeing they might be looking to relax and have fun. Hyde Park, arguably the best park in London, is the biggest and most beloved spot by Londoners. Crossed by two lakes, Serpentine and Long Water, it is a wonderful place to exercise or simply hang out. On the other hand, entertainment can be found on the many theatres on the West End, at the crowded yearly festival in Notting Hill, or at any of the number of pubs and restaurants where to enjoy either famous London Tea or a delicious draft beer with fish and chips, a staple of British cuisine. …

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Fun Activities To Do When You’re On A Vacation

Traveling is an exciting experience. When you plan and actually go to your vacation destination, you get some sense of relief. I had a great conversation with the owner of Edka Laundry who services many high end hotels and has an inside track on the travel industry and the best way to make the most of your holiday booking

The moment you reach your travel destination, how do you spend your time? What are the fun activities that you can do to enjoy your travel? 

To be honest, if you’re not careful, you might go on your vacation only to spend the entire time sleeping. But this should never be the case. There are a lot of fun activities that you can catch up with when you go to your destination. 

Check out tips from my good friend….

  1. First, Stay Away From Your Phone or Any Tech 

Let your travel and vacation be a good time to connect with nature. Your devices have occupied you in your entire time. So your vacation should be different. It should be a perfect time to detox from the tech and reconnect with yourself. 

If you have traveled alone, spend time to connect with yourself. It’s even better if you have traveled with other people. If you have traveled with your significant others, spend time bonding with them. Give them your undivided attention. 

  1. Take A Road Trip 

If you’ve traveled to a foreign country, take a road trip. Ask the local tour guides to tell you about good places to take a road trip. In most cases, they will recommend the road trips with the best sceneries to enjoy your stay in a foreign country. 

Take a road trip to unwind. Spend your time connecting with the nature of the place you have visited. 

  1. Learn the Local Culture 

When you travel to a new destination, you’ll enjoy the time you’ll spend with the locals. Walk to the villages if there are any. Spend time connecting with them. Learn their culture and how they do things. 

Ask about cultural activities and join them. Find the cultural activities that are exciting and learn about them. In the end, you will appreciate diversity. It will give you a relaxing therapy that you couldn’t find by doing anything else. 

  1. Try Local Foods 

When you travel to a different destination, try their local foods. As a way to understand their culture, try their food. You might end up discovering some exciting recipes that you would want to try when you go back home. 

However, when you’re trying new food, keep an open mind. Some local foods won’t taste or look good. But it won’t hurt to try them out. 

Parting Shot 

Don’t let your vacation be a boring time you spend lying on your vacation bed. Make it eventful with exciting and fun activities. Get things that will add the fun to your stay throughout the vacation. If you have no idea, begin with these things listed in this article.

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