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TOP FOUR THINGS WHICH YOU MUST TRY OUT WHILE YOU ARE IN SICILY

Italy - Ross French - November 10, 2017

Located just off the southernmost coast of Italy, Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island full of history, culture and beautiful architecture. Famous among the travellers for its historic temples and monuments, Sicily is just the perfect place to spend your vacation on an Italian island. Along with all its cultural and historic attractions, Sicily is also blessed with natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. With its beautiful coastline and incredible landscape, Sicily is one such Italian destination which takes your breath away. Verdura resort in Sicily is one of the places where you can stay during your vacation in Sicily to indulge in the utmost luxury that this island has in store for you. There are a lot of attractions for you to see and things to do while you are on this island, and here are the top four things which you must try out while you spend your vacation.

Visit Palermo

Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily, which is an incredible historical and cultural destination all in itself. This place is situated at the crossroads of several important Mediterranean trade routes and has a lot of connections with the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantine Greeks, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. This long history has made this place into a multi-cultural historic place, which makes a trip to this place a must-do thing while you are in Sicily.

Take a trip to Mount Etna

Located in the Sicilian province of Catania, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. You can easily rent a car or book a group tour to see this majestic natural attraction. After you reach the site, you will be able to go for a hike to some of the craters. However, if you truly want to go higher, then you have to take a cable car ride from the Rifugio Sapienza building. After getting off from the cable car, you can hike to an even higher safe viewing point. You can also take a tour in one of the tour trucks available at the drop off point.

Spend a relaxing day at San Vito lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island of Sicily. The beautiful warm-coloured sand is lined by the looming limestone cliffs, which act as a breathtaking backdrop to the Sicilian shoreline. You can come here with your family or loved ones to have a beautiful, relaxing day by the sea. Grab some things to eat at the small eateries located by the beach. The famous annual Sicilian food festival, Cous Cous Fest is also held at this location.

Take a trip to the Valley of the Temples

This is another one of the must-see-sites located on the Sicily Island. The Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is not actually a valley. It is a ridge which is covered with seven temples which date back to 5th century BC. The different temples are dedicated to different deities, and this historic site comes to its true glory at night, when the moonlight bathe the temples into a site of breathtaking beauty.

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SPEND A QUIET, RELAXING VACATION IN ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

England - Ross French - November 10, 2017

Located on the coast of North Yorkshire, the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay is a perfect place if you want to spend your vacation away from the hustle and bustle of touristy locations. The village is situated in a cleft between two cliffs, giving the place a striking look. The cliffs tower over a cluster of former fishing cottages, which go on till the edge of the sea. The beautiful location creates a beautiful place which is a perfect getaway for anyone in search of breathtaking scenery and unusual architecture. The raw and elemental coastline of Yorkshire will surely take your breath away, as you spend your leisurely days at this pristine location. Here are some of the things that you can do during your stay in Robin Hood’s Bay besides enjoying the raw nature and untouched beauty, to turn your holiday into a memorable experience.

Enjoy a leisurely day at Robin Hood’s Bay Beach

The Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is not your everyday beach decorated with deckchairs and beach umbrellas. Instead, the beach here is much more untouched, pristine and unadulterated. Accessible during the low tide, the beach here is full of seashells and beach rock pools. You can enjoy a relaxing day walking on the beach, collecting some seashells, have ice cream from the beacon farm and chase crabs. It is truly a different kind of beach experience, and you will surely fall in love with this beach.

Explore the archaeological remains of Alum Works

This industrial archaeological remains located on the Yorkshire Coast was the spot used for producing liquor from 1650-1860, which was then used in dyeing and tanning leather. You can take part in various hands-on activities and exhibitions at the site to explore the local geology and the wildlife. You can also visit the nearby Coastal Centre in Ravenscar village, where you can find out more about the 11 miles of beautiful coastline, which is taken care of and protected by the National Trust.

Visit Farsyde Riding Centre

The Farsyde Riding Centre is the perfect place for anyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery of the countryside while riding on a horse. Riders of any skill set can come here and enjoy this spectacular experience. If you are a capable rider, you can enjoy a ride along the beach, moors and the scenic former railway to Scarborough. Novice riders can enjoy a ride on more modest paths along this former railpath which climbs gradually towards Ravenscar while enjoying some breathtaking views of the bay.

Go whale watching

Whale watching is one of the biggest kept secrets of the coast of Yorkshire. The North Sea, just off Whitby, holds a rich variety of beautiful marine life just under its surface. And during the late summer and autumn months, huge groups of herring migrate to these waters. This huge shoals of herring, in turn, attracts a lot of sharks, birds, seals, white-beaked and bottle-nosed dolphins, Minke, humpback, sei and fin whales. You will get the opportunity of spotting all of these beautiful creatures and much more if you go on a whale watching tour while you are in Robin Hood’s Bay.

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THREE MUST VISIT ATTRACTIONS IN JERSEY

Europe - Ross French - October 16, 2017

The largest island of the Channel Islands, Jersey is a perfect getaway for travellers who are looking for a perfect vacation among beautiful nature and landscapes. The Cliffside walking trails, the varied landscapes, the hidden coves and the breathtaking beaches make it a paradise for people looking for some serene beauty. From beaches full of golden sands to medieval castles, from magnificent clifftop views to secluded coves, there are a lot of good reasons for you to consider Jersey for your next holiday . And if you are planning your next trip to this beautiful island, here are the top three attractions which you must visit during your perfect getaway to Jersey.

Elizabeth Castle

Built in the 17th century, this beautiful castle has been an integral part of Jersey’s history. This castle served Jersey relentlessly since it was built, and seen a lot of military action. You can access this extremely important landmark of Jersey during low tide by a causeway, or you can take a ferry or boat ride during other times. You will get to enjoy some of the most remarkable views of the sea from the castle. There are a lot of exhibition rooms for you to explore. You can go for a guided tour of the castle, and enjoy the historical re-enactments which are performed regularly at the castle.

Jersey War Tunnels

Jersey has a lot of war history attached to it. The island was captured by the Germans in the year of 1940 until it finally got liberated in 1945. During the German occupation, several tunnels were constructed as a defensive measure which are now known as Jersey War Tunnels. These historic tunnels were built by slave workers and they stretch to over one kilometre in length. The tunnels now have been converted into historic exhibition space, where you can learn all about the history of Jersey and the Second World War. You will get to see several historic war equipment and learn about the dangers faced by the locals.

St Brelade’s Bay

No trip to Jersey will be complete without visiting one of its beautiful beaches, and St Brelade’s Bay is one of the best beaches in Jersey to spend some relaxing time. Located on the south coast of Jersey, this marvellous beach is full of beautiful sand, cafes and kiosks. The water is calm and refreshing, and it is a perfect place to go for a swim or just relax at the beach.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

England, United Kingdom - Ross French - September 16, 2017

Activities in London

Situated in the Thames Valley of South-East England, the bustling city of London is home to over 8 million people. Apart from being the capital of UK, London had been an important educational, business and cultural center for hundreds of years. The history of London dates back to Bronze Age, however, the city started thriving after the Romans withdrew in the 5th century. With its age old history, heavy dosage of literature, medieval architectures and a strong sense of culture, taking a trip to London is an absolute must when you are traveling to the UK. Apart from indulging in the various tourist attractions in London or sightseeing in London, people also flock over to this city during the winter holidays to take part in the extravagant Christmas or New Year celebrations in London. Here’s a list of the top 10 among the hundreds of must-do activities in London.

1. London Tower Bridge

Visiting the iconic London Bridge, the picture of which has been etched in our minds since our childhood, is an intricate part of sightseeing in London. The bridge is also an important reminder of London’s expansion during the era of Industrial Revolution.

2. Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament is an extravagant and well-known structure by itself. However, the world famous clock named Big Ben is truly another one of the most iconic tourist attractions in London known across the globe. Taking a tour just to see this gigantic clock towering over the city is one of the must do activities in London.

3. Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is perhaps the most famous palace in the whole world. Most of your sightseeing in London will consist of these type of iconic buildings and monuments which you have known by your heart. The official residence of Queen Elizabeth, the Buckingham Palace is another one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, offering tours of its staterooms and gardens.

4. Kensington Palace

Located near the Buckingham Palace, the Kensington Palace is another one of the tourist attractions in London, and it is open to public year-round. This stylish royal palace was the home of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and a visit to the refurbished Palace is one of the must do activities in London.

5. Royal Parks of London

Once reserved as private hunting grounds for the Royal Family, these beautiful lands full of greenery and lakes are open for everyone to enjoy. Many of the eight Royal Parks are located in the Central London close to the Royal Palaces and monuments. Spending a relaxing day in one of them is one of the must do activities in London.

6. The London Eye

Riding the London Eye is another one of the must do activities in London. This 500 feet tall Ferris wheel is the most popular paid-for tourist attractions in London. The views of the whole city that you can get from the top is truly an incredible vista.

7. The London Dungeon

If you had enough of the beautiful, royal side of London, then visit the London Dungeon to learn about the 2000 years of London’s gruesome history. Torture was quite popular during the old ages, especially in Old England. A trip to “the world’s most chillingly famous horror attraction” is surely one of the must do activities in London.

8. Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre is an integral part of London’s history and culture and is closely associated with William Shakespeare. A trip to this tourist attraction in London is a must for every Shakespeare lover.

9. St Paul’s Cathedral

Visiting the St Paul’s Cathedral to see its world famous dome must be a part of your sightseeing in London. You will get to see some of the most beautiful stone carvings and mosaics. Climb the Whispering Gallery or the Stone Gallery or the Golden Gallery to enjoy some breathtaking views of the city of London.

10. Trafalgar Square

Visiting the Trafalgar Square is one of the must do activities in London if you want to get a feel of what this great city really about. Considered as the center of London, it is a great place to people watch, see some famous monuments and just hang out for some time.

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TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN NICE

France - Ross French - September 15, 2017

If you decide to spend your holidays in Nice, then you can be sure that you are in good company. This beautiful French city has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th century. The pleasant climate, beautiful location and soft light of this city helped Nice tourism to steadily grow from a very early period of time. At that time, many of the English aristocrats used to love to spend their holidays in Nice with their families. And the popularity of Nice seems to have withstood the test of time. In fact, Nice is the second most visited city in France after the romantic city of Paris. There are a lot of Nice attractions for you to check out if you decide to spend your holidays in Nice. Here are the top five things which you must try out during your trip to this beautiful city. Continue Reading

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