Archive for May, 2011

Famous Travel Destinations in Vancouver

This beautiful city has been named after British Captain George Vancouver. Vancouver is not a well-known tourist’s attraction but people who visit this city find it an unforgettable city. Although it is not featured with contemporary attractions, it has some landmarks that are enough for drawing tourists’ attractions towards it. Some of the most popular travel destinations in Vancouver are:

Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium is the best place to see if you have interest to see marine life. This aquarium has more than 20000 animals including dolphins, whales and snakes. This aquarium also provides you with an opportunity to visit Canada’s largest Marine Science Center. Here you can also enjoy a program named “Animal Encounters” which provides you a chance to get personal with marine animals. Another attraction of this aquarium includes BC’s only 4D Theater where you can watch a film with a feel of ocean and its life. There is also a popular café in aquarium called “Upstream Café” which provides hot and cold meals along with a kids menu.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is the largest park in Canada having a breathtaking and awe-inspiring beauty. It covers an area of 1000 acres and has some of the best attractions to see including Hanging Gardens, Lagoon, Totem Poles and Prospect Point. You can also play different kinds of sports here in Stanley Park as it has swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses. Other activities which you can enjoy here are cycling and walking. You will also find two beaches in this park.

Grouse Mountain

This mountain is located 15 minutes away from the Downtown Vancouver where you can do a lot of things. If you want to see the natural beauty of Vancouver, you should definitely visit this place. The best attraction here is the chairlifts that provide a breathtaking ride up to the mountain peak. Grouse Mountain provides different activities for summer and winter season.

In summer you can enjoy:

  • Lumberjack Show: It is an outdoor show featuring two logging camps.
  • Wildlife Refuge: You will find bears, wolves and other wild animals.
  • Eco-Walks: This path will take you along the shores of Blue Grouse Lake.

And in winter, you can enjoy the following:

  • Ice Skating: A chance to skate on the large ice skating pond of Grouse
  • Sleigh Rides: Exciting ride on a snow cat through a snow-white mountain top forest

Granville Island

Granville Island is one of the worth-seeing attractions of Vancouver. To tell you the truth, it is not an island but a peninsula of land that is located underneath Granville Street Bridge. Attractions of this place include:

  • Kids Only Market: Having a collection of kids’ toys and clothes. A great place for families!
  • Granville Island Public Market: You will find seafood, chocolates, baked foods, flowers and plants in this market.
  • Cycling: A walking tour of this island providing a chance to do cycling

These were some of the most popular travel destinations of Vancouver. Visit Vancouver this summer and have great fun with your family.

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Most Popular Historical Attractions in Lahore

Yes!!!! Today we will explore attractions of Lahore; the cultural center and heart of Pakistan. Lahore is among one of those cities which are blessed with both historical and modern attractions but Lahore is more famous for its historical landmarks as compared to modern travel destinations so today, we will also explore historical attractions and landmarks which are located in this city.

Shahi Qila (Royal Fort)

Royal Fort or Shahi Qila is one of the magnificent buildings and landmarks Mughal emperors ever made. Covering an area of 20 hectares, Shahi Qila is located in north western corner of this city. This fort is a masterpiece of architecture and Mughal grandeur. This fort is divided into two main sections named administrative section and private section. Former is well-connected to main entrance and is decorated with large and beautiful gardens. Here in this part, you will also see Diwan-e-Aam which was made for royal audiences. The private residential section of fort is further divided into courts. The attractions that you will find in this section of fort include Shish Mahal and spacious rooms and gardens. Shish Mahal is the most liked attraction of this fort and is capable of making a person thrilled with its beautiful mirror work. Other attractions of this fort are Alamgiri gate and Moti Masjid.

Minar-e-Pakistan

The most famous and monumental attraction of Lahore is the great Minar-e-Pakistan. It is a must visit place for all the tourists who visit Pakistan. Minar-e-Pakistan is 60 meter high concrete minaret that is located in the famous Iqbal Garden. Actually this minaret was made in commemoration of Pakistan Resolution that was passed in the same park on March 23, 1940. The structure of this minaret reflects a mixture of both Mughal and modern architecture attracting visitors from all over Pakistan. There is a large area around this minaret that is commonly used for political and public meetings as well as the park itself provides sufficient place to kite flyers.

Shalimar Garden

Another famous historical attraction of Lahore is Shalimar Garden that was built in 16th century. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was used as a royal pleasure garden. Shalimar Garden is an astonishing and amazing example of Mughal Garden consisting of three terraces named:

  • Farah Baksh
  • Faiz Baksh
  • Hayat Baksh

The upper terrace is just splendid as it has 105 fountains while middle and lower terraces have 152 and 153 fountains respectively.

Jahangir’s Mausoleum

It is another tourist’s attraction in Lahore covering an area of 55 acres. This tomb was built by son of Jahangir named Shah Jahan ten years after his father’s death. It has been laid-out in pattern of classical Charbagh that consists of bisecting perpendicular paths. This mausoleum is made of red sandstone with floral marble. This building has 30 meters high four minarets which add to its grandeur and magnificence.

Badshahi Masjid

Built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, this mosque is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. It is a favorite attraction among tourists because of its worth-seeing architecture and design. Its designs are inspired by Persian, Islamic and Indian influences. Interior of the mosque is decorated with white marble floor while exterior is decorated with stone carvings.

Some of the most popular historical attractions in Lahore have been described in this post but this list is almost unlimited. So if you ever have a chance to visit Pakistan, come to Lahore and see theses attractions.

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Most Visited Attractions in Chicago

Chicago is one of the largest cities in USA and is a popular tourist’s attraction all over the world. Do you want to know about its top rated attractions? You will definitely like to know more and more about this city if you have not visited yet. You have a plan to visit Chicago this year!!! That’s really nice. To make your planning easier, I have made a list of some of the most popular and visited attractions of Chicago.

Hancock Observatory

This observatory is located in John Hancock Center on north side of this city. Hancock Observatory was completed in 1970 and has 100 stories. The observatory is located on 94th floor and offers a number of attractions. Some of its major attractions include:

  • History Wall having more than 100 historical photos on 80 feet display
  • Skywalk
  • Sky Tours
  • Soundscopes
  • Breathtaking Views of Stars at Night

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is the most beautiful and attractive zoo in the whole country and is featured with historical architecture and a wide range of wildlife. It is a huge zoo covering an area of 35 acres. This zoo was established in 1868 and since then it has been attracting a large number of tourists toward itself. Animals which you can find here include reptiles, monkeys, polar bears, gorillas and big cats like tigers and lions. Some other attractions in this zoo are:

  • Antelope and Zebra Area
  • Kovler Lion House
  • Nature Boardwalk
  • Kovler Sea Lion Pool
  • Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo
  • Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond
  • Regenstein Center for African Apes
  • Cafe Brauer
  • Regenstein Small Mammal/Reptile House

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is undoubtedly one of the most loved attractions of Chicago. This attraction was built in 1930 and now it has been renovated recently and is featured with interesting displays including universe, solar system and old astronomical instruments. The Adler is the only museum in the world having two planetarium theaters named Sky Theater and StarRider Theater.

North Avenue Beach

The North Avenue Beach is located near Lincoln Park. This beach is a worth-seeing site of Chicago and provides attractive opportunities to the tourists to enjoy their trip. Here you can swim or take a sunbath. Other attractions of this beach include snack bars and other modern facilities.

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile is a part of Michigan Avenue and has become a popular place for shopping. It has been featured with a large number of shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and gift shops. That’s why it is one of the favorite attractions of tourists. Several shopping malls have also opened in this area including the popular Place Mall and Water Tower Place having large departmental stores.

 Harold Washington Library

Being one of the largest libraries in the world, this library was built in 1987 and it has more than 12 million books, documents and manuscripts. Some of the documents and manuscripts are very rare and unique. Moreover, this library also includes a beautiful rooftop garden which attracts a number of people towards this library.

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Exploring Yokohama’s Attractions

People have a general perception that Tokyo is far more attractive and beautiful as compared to Yokohama but it is not true at all. If you have visited Yokohama, you will be aware of the fact that a visit to Yokohama is capable of capturing your heart with its superb attractions. There are a number of places in this city that provide a chance to explore this city. If you also want to explore Yokohama’s attractions then read this post as I am going to describe some of its most beautiful and popular attractions.

Sea Paradise

Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama is featured with all fishy attractions as well as penguins and polar bears. If you want to have a closer view of stringrays and beautiful fish, you can do so by passing through an underwater tunnel. Here you can also enjoy marine performances like that of dolphins and seals. The seaside amusement park, with this aquarium, is also a worth-watching place and has attractions like roller coasters and much more.

Harbor View Hill Park

This park is located at atop of hill and is featured with a raised platform from where you can see a stunning view of harbor and Yokohama Bay. If you will visit this park during daytime, you will find an opportunity to watch ships passing in and out of the harbor. Another opportunity which you can avail here is to spend and enjoy your time by walking through rose garden which is park’s most popular attraction. I really like this place because after sunset, this park turns into a beautiful romantic place. If you have recently got married, you should definitely visit this park. You will enjoy one of the best nighttime views of blue-lit Bay Bridge with your loved one.

Yokohama Cosmo World

Yokohama Cosmo World is another amusement park which has canal running through middle. Here you will not only find a lot of attractions but also you will enjoy some of the contemporary and exciting rides. Major attractions in this amusement park include a simulation theater and a roller coaster. You will really enjoy your visit to Yokohama Cosmo World. No…… Cosmo World’s attractions are not limited to a roller coaster only as you will also find a Ferris wheel here which boasts of being the largest in the world so visit this amusement park and have a wonderful time.

Nogeyama Zoo

This zoo is the most loved attraction of Yokohama because it is free. Yes….absolutely free. This free zoo was opened in April 1951 covering an area of 24 acres. It is a public park having about 1400 animals which also include some exotic animals. Animals which are kept here include giraffes, zebras, red pandas, camels, lion, tigers, owls, love birds, reptiles, ducks, penguins etc. In short, you will find almost all kinds and species of animals here in this zoo. Another zoo named Makigahara Children’s Zoo is located within Nogeyama Zoo that was opened in 1979. It contains small animals like pigs, mice, chickens, snakes and pigeons.

Sky Walk

Some other exciting and thrilling activities in Yokohama can be found on a pedestrian walkway named Sky Walk. Along the Sky Walk, you will find telescopes to view some of the popular and major attractions of this city including Minato Mirai, Yamashita Park, port of Yokohama, old Marine Tower etc. If you ever have a chance to go to Yokohama, must visit this attraction as it will make your trip memorable.

This was brief description of some of the major attractions of Yokohama. I hope that each word of this post will increase your urge to visit this wonderful city.

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Stunning Attractions of Adelaide

Adelaide is the fifth largest city of Australia having a large number of stunning attractions and places to see. If you have ever visited Adelaide, you must definitely know that this city is full of attractions ranging from exhibitions, beauty spots and guided tours. But for the people who have never been to Adelaide, I will describe some of the most popular attractions of Adelaide.

Rodney Fox Shark Experience

 Rodney Fox Shark Experience is located in Adelaide’s coastal resort of Glenelg. This attraction houses an exhibition about shark attacks and Australian sharks. Here you will find films, pictures and information about sharks and believe me it will not only be enjoyable but also informative. Some other attractions in Rodney Fox Shark Experience include:

  • Shark-watching pleasure trip
  • Shark diving trips
  • Gift shops having a number of items

Are you surprised by the name of this place? Actually Rodney Fox is a celebrity in city of Adelaide who managed to survive a shark attack a number of years ago.

Adelaide Cruises

The most relaxing and exciting way to visit Adelaide is through Adelaide’s cruises as they provide an opportunity to travel around this city and its surrounding areas. During these trips, tourists are entertained with commentary and refreshments.

SkyCity Adelaide Casino

Located in Adelaide city center, the SkyCity Adelaide Casino boasts of being one of the largest casinos in South Australia. It is an exciting place to visit as state-of-the-art gambling facilities are provided here including blackjack areas, fruit machines and roulette tables. Apart from these facilities, there are also some world-class restaurants providing excellent dining facilities.  

Adelaide Zoo

Being operated on non-profit basis, Adelaide Zoo is the only metropolitan zoo in Australia. Most popular attraction in this zoo is children’s zoo where you can find more than 120 animals. Some of the animals kept in children’s zoo include fallow deer, domestic ferret, koala, rabbits, rat, lowline cow, sheep, miniature goat and of course, kangaroos.

Semaphore

Coastal location of Semaphore has become a popular tourist attraction because this seaside resort not only offers to see beautiful golden sandy beaches but also there is a theme park in this area where you and your kids can enjoy wonderful and thrilling rides, fishing, water slides etc. Here you will also find other attractions including bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, walking trails and last but not the least; beautiful and magnificent views of city.

Parks and Gardens

Adelaide also houses a number of natural parks and gardens where you can enjoy walking under trees in Veale Garden and watching beautiful flowers displayed there. You can also visit Adelaide Botanic Garden with your family or if you are interested in watching wildlife, you must visit Belair National Park.

I will suggest visiting above mentioned places and attractions if you ever have a chance of visiting Adelaide.

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Madrid: An Elegant Place to Visit

Madrid is the largest and capital city of Spain. Madrid is among one of those travel destinations that are truly blessed with some of beautiful places to visit as it contains a number of prestigious landmarks and attractions that will urge you to visit this beautiful city.

Parque Warner Madrid

Parque Warner Madrid was formerly known as Warner Bros Movie World. It is actually an amusement park that is spread over an area of 371 acres. This park has been divided into five themed sectors including some of the most exciting attractions like:

  • 3D Cinema
  • The Looney Tunes Express
  • Teacup ride
  • The Rio Bravo water ride
  • Wooden Roller Coaster

Some gift shops and restaurants also occupy this park. This park is especially popular among children as they can see their favorite cartoon characters wandering here and there in the park.

Faunia

Opened in May 2001, this nature park is spread over an area of 140000 square meters. The purpose of establishing this nature park is to show how animals and plants have become accustomed to world’s changing environment. Faunia is not just a park or zoo but a collection of themed conservatories as well. This park also boasts of having 4000 animals and 72000 trees and bushes. This park is educating more and more people with every passing day and is very helpful for kids in understanding the importance of protecting animals from abrupt changes in environment. Other things to see in the park include:

  • Hospital for animals
  • Lake
  • Dining spots
  • Lecture theatre
  • Nursery

Estacion de Atocha

This is a stylish but old railway station which was built in 1851 and was named as “Station of Noon”. A large part of this station was caught by fire and destroyed so it was rebuilt in iron. Now it has a marvelous structure and its building is said to be a masterpiece of work of art.  This is no longer a railway station but it has been transformed into a huge tropical garden which covers an area of 2000 square meters. This tropical garden contains 7000 plants and more than 400 species.

Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas

This bullring was opened in 1934 and it has been made using ceramic tiles and brickwork. A square faces the bullring having a statue of Jose Cubero who was a bullfighter. This statue has been made in memorial of Jose Cubero.

Retiro Park

Retiro Park is an oasis and a popular tourist attraction. This park contains boating lake and many magnificent fountains. That’s why a lot of people rush towards this park especially on Sundays. On Sundays, you can also see Punch and Judy shows, stalls selling candy floss and tarot card readers. There are also café bars in this park where you can enjoy listening to the talented musicians. In short, a visit to this park is quite relaxing and enjoyable.

Some of the top most attractions have been described above so if you ever have a chance to go to Madrid, don’t forget to visit these places.

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What to See in Brisbane???

Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and it is one of the most popular travel destinations. The reason is quite simple. Brisbane is gifted with a number of impressive tourists’ attractions which fill the heart of visitors with pleasure and joy. If you have planned a visit to Brisbane but don’t know what to see and where to go then you should read this post because I have described some of the most exciting places of Brisbane.

Conrad Treasury Casino

This casino is located in the center of Brisbane city and boasts of being one of the most popular and visited attractions of Brisbane. It would be a great pleasure to visit this casino as it is featured with live entertainment, wine bars, and restaurants along with beautiful views of riverfront. Conrad Treasury Casino is full of several fruit machines, blackjack tables and gaming options. In short, you will really enjoy your visit to Conrad Treasury Casino.

Koala Bushlands

Koala Bushlands are located in south of Brisbane and are made up from vast areas of Eucalypt forest but you will also find some small pockets of rainforest. Koala Bushlands covers an area of approximately 800 hectares.  If you are interested in seeing koalas, then Koala Bushlands is the best place for you as you can see koalas resting on trees. You can also see some other animals here like bandicoots, wallabies, eastern water dragon along with some species of frogs and birds. This place also provides you with some facilities like large shelters, electrical barbeques and toilets.

Brisbane Planetarium

Brisbane Planetarium is located in Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and provides magnificent views of sky at night. Attractions at Brisbane Planetarium include historic tools, star-gazing events and astronomical displays. This planetarium is also characterized with informative programs for kids and adults alike. Planetarium facilities include Mini Theater, Observatory, Display Zone, Sky Dome and Planetarium shop. A visit to Brisbane planetarium is a wonderful treat for the tourists indeed.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is a cultural hub that offers a wide range of visual arts, festivals, performing arts and free community events. Currently Powerhouse is a multi-purpose center and houses 536 seats Powerhouse Theater, Turbine Hall, outdoor plaza, 200-seats Visy Theater, restaurant, green spaces and rooftop terrace.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point Cliffs is one of the major and popular recreation spots which also provides the facilities of rock-climbing so if you are interested in rock-climbing, you must visit this place. At the base of cliff, there is a narrow strip of parkland that contains electric barbeques, sculptures, table, chairs, wash rooms as well as beautiful views of Captain Cook Bridge and Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

Sunset Cinema

Sunset cinema is a popular evening attraction consisting of films that are projected outside in surroundings of City Botanical Gardens. It attracts a large number of people towards it as it is distinctive way to watch your favorite movies.

These were some of the most important attractions in Brisbane. I hope that after reading this post, you will get answer of the question “what to see in Brisbane”?

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