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Must See Attractions in Toronto

Toronto is the capital city of Ontario, Canada. It is one of the most favorite tourists’ destinations as it has a large number of attractions which draw millions of visitors every year. Here you can find historical, cultural as well as commercial and modern attractions filling the heart of visitors with enthusiasm. Some of its must see attractions are as follows:

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is an interesting place to visit for the tourists who like historical places having rich architectural designs. It was built in the early 1990’s by a wealthy businessman of Toronto named Sir Henry Pellatt. When you will visit this place, you will definitely love its atmosphere and splendor. You will enjoy a lot while walking on the winding paths through the stunning and spectacular gardens that surround this mansion. It is one of the most romantic historical mansions at Toronto which is capable of reviving your sense of wonder. There are splendid towers, beautifully decorated suites; secret passageways and 800 foot underground tunnel that links to the lavish stables and strikingly beautiful gardens.

Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands offer you a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. These islands are almost 150 years old having 262 homes, 650 people, gardens and parks. Other attractions in the islands include: picnic areas, swimming beaches, bicycle and boats rentals and much more.  It has been estimated that 1 million people visit these islands every year and many of them like to see Center Island because of its famous Centreville Amusement Park. In this park, you can enjoy more than 30 different rides providing fun to the kids and adults alike.

The CN Tower

Having a height of 1800 feet, it provides an opportunity to the visitors to have a bird’s eye view of Toronto. There is a glass elevator that takes you 1122 feet high to an observation deck. The specialty of this observation deck is that, here a portion of floor is transparent. There is also a revolving restaurant at the top of this tower and provides a chance to enjoy a lot. There are thousands of shops in this tower providing almost everything you can imagine. For the entertainment of kids, there are rides, an arcade and motion stimulators.

Royal Ontario Museum

This is a beautiful building whose exteriors are made of glass. Being the largest museum of Canada, It offers a lot of fun and enjoyment with its 40 galleries of art, natural science, archeology and six million items. This museum has a collection of African art, European history, Canadian history and more interestingly the dinosaurs. This museum has the biggest assortment of fossils in the world.

Kensington Market

This market has become a mixture of restaurants, shops, cafes and traditional clothing shops. If you want to know about the true and rich culture of Toronto, this market is the best place to visit. Here in this market, you can find a large collection of imported goods from Asia, Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. A number of artist studios are also open for the public. In this market, artists work with media including prints, metal work and sculptures.

Chinatown

In North America, Toronto has the second largest Chinatown. Here you will find jewelry, household items, clothing and different other items. Also there are a large number of restaurants which not only provide Chinese food but also Asian and Vietnamese food.

These were some of the most popular attractions in Toronto which can be truly called must see places of Toronto.

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Places of Attraction in Verona

Located in Northern Italy, Verona is a major tourist’s attraction. It is popular because of its artistic heritage, shows and annual fairs. Verona has also been named as UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the historical buildings located in it. Verona is a fascinating city and offers tourists with some of the best attractions in the world including Roman Arena. Some of these remarkable attractions are described below:

Cathedral of Verona

Cathedral of Verona is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. It is one of the worth-seeing attractions of the city and consists of a number of buildings like a library, bishop’s house and cloister. The entrance of the church is quite appealing as it is double arched. Interiors are also fascinating and attract thousands of visitors. Current appearance of the church is actually the restoration which dates back to 15th century. The interiors consist of a nave and two aisles which are divided by tall pillars made with red Verona marble. These pillars also support Gothic arcades. Having same style, first three chapels show the beautiful artwork done by skilled Veronese artists.

Casa di Giulietta

Casa di Giulietta is also known as Juliet’s house which is visited by a large number of tourists because of the fame of Juliet which was a character of love story written by Shakespeare. It is the most loved attraction in spite of the fact that Juliet is purely a fictional character. The main attraction of this building is the balcony on which Juliet is said to have spent many hours. Owned by Dal Cappello Family, this is a 12th century building having Gothic doors and attractive paintings. If you ever get a chance to visit this building, don’t miss to see the bronze statue of Juliet standing in courtyard.

Arena di Verona

Having a capacity of 25000 people, Arena di Verona is the largest Roman amphitheatre in Northern Italy. It is famous world wide because of concerts and opera performances given here. It was constructed early in the first century AD. The round frontage of the building was actually made of pink and white limestone but after the earthquake of 1117, its stone was dug up to use again in other buildings.

Castelvecchio

Castelvecchio which is also known as “Old Castle” was built in 1354-56 and served to protect Verona from invading armies. This castle belonged to Verona’s medieval family named della Scala family. In 1925, this castle converted from a military fortress and now it houses a museum. The museum boasts of the work of Pisanello, Tintoretto and Veronese along with jewelry, weapons and sculptures. The castle is also visited by people to see the signatures of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. He made these signatures when he was in charge of renovating the museum between 1959 and 1973.

Basilica San Zeno Maggiore

It is the one of the most attractive churches of Verona and a fine example of Romanesque structural design. This beautiful church is devoted to the benefactor saint of Verona, Saint Zeno. It is believed that his ashes are conserved within basilica. Basilica is featured with a large rose window which is also known as “Wheel of Fortune”. The attractive frontage of this church dominates the large square in front of building. Interior of this church is also splendid and remarkable having fresco-clad walls. Church’s fine bronze doors are also worth-seeing.

These were some of the most prominent places to see in Verona but the list of Verona’s attractions is not limited to these sites only as there is a lot more to see in this wonderful place.

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Most Beautiful Beaches of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is just like a paradise for beach lovers who want enjoy waves and have fun in sun. These beaches not only provide you beautiful natural scenes but also facilitate you to enjoy different beach sports and water activities including scuba diving, parasailing and surfing. If you also want to enjoy your holidays at some of the most beautiful beaches of world, consider visiting following beaches of Sri Lanka.

Bentota Beach

This famous beach is situated at the junction of Bentota River and sea. Beach lovers and sports freaks from all over the world come here as it is a popular water sports destination where you can enjoy windsurfing, catamaran rides and water-skiing. If you are going there for swimming, then the best time to visit this beach is between months of October and April. Sea is safest for swimming at this time of year. Bentota Beach is also capable of capturing hearts of visitors by its beautiful scenes. On one side of Bentota beach, there are warm blue waters of Indian Ocean while on the other side, there is a slow moving river having sapphires waters. To have a memorable stay here at Bentota Beach, a large number of hotels are also located here making you feel cared.

Negombo Beach

Negombo Beach is a popular tourist attraction and is world famous for its fine dining options and lively night life. Restaurants in Negombo Beach provide you with a unique dining experience with seafood and Swiss dishes. Names of some popular restaurants are:

  • Seafood
  • Alt Saarbrucken
  • Blue Moon
  • Silva’s Beach Restaurant and Bar

Bars and clubs are also located here for enjoying night life to its fullest. Some names include:

  • Rudis Bar
  • Golden Beach Hotel
  • Club Tropicana
  • Don’s Beach

Negombo Beach is also a shoppers’ heaven because it has many stalls. You can find anything in these stalls ranging from hand painted shirts to handiwork items and basket ware.

Unawatuna Beach

This popular beach is ranked among twelve best beaches in world. This is the best place in the world for listening melodious sound of waves and diving deep into blue waters. Facilities of swimming and diving are provided here. Within the reach of the beach, there is a coral reef which serves as a base for snorkeling. Underneath the shades of palm trees, there is Unawatuna Beach Resort which is a standard sized hotel providing all facilities. The most beautiful feature of this beach is golden sands and calm turquoise sea making it even more stunning.

Beruwela Beach

Bereuwela Beach is an ideal location for spending holidays as here you will find long stretch of golden beach having beautiful palm trees and offshore islands. Coral gardens of this beach attract divers and snorkelers who can enjoy other water sports as well including fishing, diving and sailing. Other attractions at beach include a fascinating fishing harbor, the Kechimatal Mosque along with a lighthouse that is located on its offshore island. Some other attractions nearby this beach are turtle hatchery and elephant sanctuary. In this sanctuary, you can also get pleasure from elephant rides. Guesthouses and hotels are also located here for the convenience of travelers. Names of some popular hotels are:

  • Tropical Villa
  • Club Palm Garden Hotel
  • Neptune Beach Hotel

Hikkaduwa Beach

This famous beach is located 98 KM away from Colombo and is known as a paradise of coral reefs. It is the best beach to de-stress yourself if you are stressed due to busy routine of life. On the coast of Hikkaduwa, you can find a coral sanctuary which is a large but shallow body of water enclosed by a reef. Multicolored corals are used to decorate this reef and it provides home to a number of colored and beautiful fishes. Different species of fishes and large turtles are also found on this beach. Hikkaduwa Beach is also a special place for shoppers as shops at this beach sell jewelry, antiques, masks, gems and other items.

Ambalangoda Beach

You can not afford forgetting Ambalangoda Beach while planning a trip to Sri Lanka. Situated 85 KMs from Colombo, this beach is the best place for celebrating and organizing family picnic. Various beach sports can also be played here including cricket and volleyball. I will also suggest you to try your luck in fishing.

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Most Popular Hill Stations in India

People from all parts of world come to India to visit its mesmerizing natural beauty. Especially the hill stations of India are so popular that thousands of people visit India every year to spend their holidays. The hill stations of India prove to be a heaven for the people suffering from frustrating scuttle and pollution of cities. Not only the foreigners but locals of India rush towards the hill stations to get rid of roasting heat in summer season. Here brief description of some of the most popular and highly recommended hill stations is given in order to guide the holiday seekers.

1. Shimla

Shimla is capital of Indian state Himachal Pradesh and located at a height of 2196 meters. It is a well developed hill station having all the facilities of a modern life having a maximum temperature of 25 degree centigrade during summer making it one of the most visited places. Winters are much colder there due to frosty winds that come from upper Himalayas. Shimla is the best place to spend holidays for the people who love adventure. The reason is that here in Shimla you can enjoy trekking, skiing and fishing. A well-established golf course is also located in Naldehra. Other places to see in Shimla include:

Lakkad Bazar: In Lakkad Bazar you will find everything made of wood or engraved out of wood. The items made of wood include key chains, toys, jewelry boxes, walking sticks and planters. You can buy an attractive wooden item to present it as a gift to your loved ones back at homes.

Tara Devi Temple: It is a marvelous temple which makes the visitors spell-bound with its magnificent views.

St. Michael’s: It is a Cathedral and a stained glass master piece. Being one of the best cathedrals in India, it portrays faith, modesty, hope and tolerance.

You can also visit Institute of Advanced Studies and the fantastic Ridge in Shimla.

2. Manali

Another hill station of India is Manali that is well-liked by the people of India and foreign persons as well. Here some of the attractions include:

Hadimba Temple: It is a four-storey temple which is famous for its caved entrance.

Jagatsukh: It is another temple in Manali that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kothi: It is a quiet and beautiful place to visit in Manali providing you with beautiful sceneries. This place also provides you attractive views of snow covered mountains.

Other attractions in Manali include Rahala waterfalls, Solang Valley, Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple and Rohtang Pass.

3. Darjeeling

Darjeeling is known as the queen of hill stations as it provides the visitors a chance to enjoy beautiful scenes, fresh and pleasant air and hospitality of generous people. Attractions in Darjeeling include:

Botanical Gardens: This is a place having striking and elite collection of Himalayan plants, flowers and orchids. This garden is also featured with a green house.

Chowrasta: It is a shopping place in Darjeeling. From this place, you can get pleasure by seeing the views of beautiful mountains covered with snow. There are also some temples here which are worth-seeing.

Natural History Museum: Here the attractions include estuarine crocodiles and special collection of butterflies. Various stones are also exhibited in the museum in their mineral appearance.

Senchal Lake: It is an attractive place near tiger hills. It has become a picnic place for tourists. This lake also supplies drinking water to Darjeeling.

Other attractions are Zoological Gardens, Passenger Ropeway, Observatory Hills, Kurseong, Dhoom Gompa etc.

4. Nainital

This hill station is famous for its beautiful lakes. There are also some historic temples and peaks in Nainitai that add to its beauty. Attractions in Nainital are:

Sattal: It is a group of lakes providing natural beauty and astounding views.

Ranikhet: It is a resort which is famous for its cleanness and attractive pine trees.

Some other must see places include Kausani, Kilbury, Kainchi, Bhimtal and Khurptal.

These were four most famous and popular hill stations of India which are worth-seeing for their natural beauty and splendor.

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Must Visit Places in Rome

If you are planning a trip to enjoy your holidays, this time choose Rome-the capital city of Italy. Rome is favorite city of tourists because of rich artistic treasure which it possesses.  It also mesmerizes tourists with its traditional values and elegance of its panoramic view so a visit to Rome would provide you an immense pleasure and happiness. For your guidance, I am mentioning here names of some of the most visited and must see places in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

It is one of the most loved and visited place of Rome as it is visited by a thousands of people daily. It has been said that when a person throw a coin in its water, his wishes come true therefore many of the tourists throw coins in it due to which the fountain grosses a large amount of money which is then donated to some charity. Pulled by two sea-horses, marble centerpiece of the fountain is a shell that is driven by two tritons from which a statue emerges which represents ocean. Beauty of this fountain is surely worth-seeing and the best time to see this fountain is in the evening because its water is turned off early in the morning for cleaning purposes.

Mouth of Truth

It is a bleak marble mask that is known as Mouth of Truth or Bocca della Verita’. It is situated in the entrance hall of St. Mary’s in Cosmedin church. It is actually an ancient drain cover that was found half-buried in middle ages. It has been said by a legend that if a person puts his hand in the mouth and does not speaks the truth after it, then the mouth is shut. It is the most popular attraction in Rome as admission charges in the church are free.

Spanish Steps

It is the most beautiful and striking masterpiece of baroque period. This splendid stair-case was built in 1723 and got its name from the Spanish embassy building that is located near to it. It was built by Francesco De Sanctis on the request of Pope Innocent XIII. If you ever make a plan to visit this place, try to visit it in spring season as these steps are decorated with beautiful flowers in this season.

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill’s main attraction is Piazza del Campidoglio. It was designed in 1538 by the legend artist Michelangelo. Initially it was featured with Marcus Aurelius’s bronze statue. Now this square have Palazzo dei Senatori along with the two museums named Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. These two museums have a large collection of famous statues and tourists specially visit this place to see these statues.

Rome Zoo, the Bioparco

This is among one of the oldest zoos of Europe which came into existence in 1911. It is a must visit place as your tour to Rome remains incomplete without paying a visit to this fascinating zoo. The biggest attraction of this zoo is the large variety of different animals like camels, lions, bears, giraffes, tigers and zebras. The zoo boasts of having 198 species of different animals including birds, reptiles, mammals etc. In this zoo, different signs are displayed showing the names of creatures in both English and Italian. This zoo provides a complete dose of entertainment through chilled drinking water, shady spots to take some rest, fountains and picnic benches. If you want to enjoy some good food, you will find a café by the zoo entrance as well as a restaurant that remains open during day times and also in evening.

These were some of the most popular attractions of Rome. Plan a tour to this great city and have a wonderful time.

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Sightseeing in Bern

Besides being the most populous city of Switzerland, Bern is also one of the most famous and well-known tourists’ destinations. If you want to visit a place having spell-binding attractions and landmarks, you must visit city of Bern. Some most beautiful and most visited attractions in Bern include:

Zytglogge Clock Tower

This clock tower is the most loved attraction of Bern that is located close to the heart of Old Town district. If you spend a considerable time in visiting Zytglogge Clock Tower, you will enjoy a lot hearing its hourly chimes and watching animated characters including bears, jester, bearded king and cockerel. To know more about this marvelous landmark of Bern, I would recommend you to opt for a guided tour of this splendid clock tower to have a closer look of clockwork technicalities which are responsible for beauty of this eye-catching tower.

Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament)

Houses of Parliament have become a historic landmark of Bern which date back to 1902. They are capable of attracting and providing pleasure to tourists with impressive architecture. Most fascinating feature of Houses of Parliaments is their eye-catching and super-splendid copper domes providing visitors one of the best treats they can ever have. Swiss Houses of Parliament also boast of a stained-glass dome which has been adorned with motifs of the city and a spectacular chandelier having more than 200 bulbs producing a hypnotic effect. Again to see this attraction, guided tours are recommended. Here you can also have a chance to see parliamentary sessions from a distance.

Munster (Cathedral)

Bern’s most visited attraction is this cathedral which is featured with tallest spires in entire Switzerland. These spires have a height of 328 feet. Surely it would be a great experience to see such an attractive landmark of Bern. Tourists become more enthusiastic when they know that they can actually climb this tower by spending nominal amount of money. Top of this tower provides tourists to see some of the most beautiful and gorgeous scenes of this city including that of River Aar. The tower is also featured with a large and unique collection of Gothic sculptures so you should never miss this tower to visit.

Einsteinhaus / House of Einstein

This small apartment is of enormous importance and a special attraction of Bern as it is the building where Nobel-prize winning scientist Einstein developed the theory of relativity in 1905. Visitors who come to Bern never forget to visit the house of this struggling scientist.

Barengraben (Bear Pits) / Dahlholzli Zoo

Barengraben has been a home of brown bears since 1850s and is a part of Dahlholzli Zoo. Other attractions which are close by include Tramdepot and a busy brewpub.

This was a picture of attractions in the wonderful city of Bern. If you have not visited Bern till now then get ready to present yourself with a wonderful treat.

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Popular Attractions to See in Berlin

If you have ever visited Berlin, you must be aware of the fact that it is one of the most favorite places of tourists as there are a lot of attractions to see. But for the people who have never been to Berlin before, I would like to suggest names of some places that are worth-seeing and visit to Berlin remains incomplete without visiting them. These places are:

Television Tower

Being the tallest structure in this city, Fernsehturm television tower is a worth-seeing place as it is featured with an observation platform as well as a restaurant that revolves slowly. This tower is 1207 feet high and you have to use an elevator to take you up over 660 feet to see that restaurant and observation platform. This tower provides a chance to the tourists to view beautiful and attractive scenes of city. It has become so popular that restaurant is always filled with people. If you have a plan to visit this tower, I would recommend you to get your table reserved in this restaurant. Base of the tower is surrounded by neon signs and reflections caused by sunlight make a Christian Cross on tower.

Spandau Citadel

It is an ancient fortress that was built in 16th century and now it has become the oldest building in Berlin. A visit to this building provides a chance to know more about its structural history and for your information I would like to tell that guided tours are available to this building on weekends. This beautiful ancient building is located near to River Havel and it is the most charismatic area this city could ever have.

Potsdamer Platz and the New Center

It was one of the busiest squares in Europe in 1990s. With passage of time people started neglecting it but due to recent renovations it has achieved its previous status back as now it is a vibrant area having shops, cafes, bars restaurants and other entertaining attractions. Due to restoration of this square, it has started becoming heart of this city. Here you can visit modern constructions like Sony Centre and Panorama-Point which is situated at the top of tall Kollhof building providing the best views of city. The lift available here is said to be the fastest in Europe.

Schloss Charlottenburg

This palace was originally built 300 years ago but in early 19th century it was restored and some interesting features were added to it. Inside this palace, you will find a fine collection of romantic paintings whereas outside of this palace is surrounded by striking and sophisticated gardens which are truly eye-catching.

Oranienburger Strasse

Before 1989, it was a quiet and bleak street but now it has become a fashionable and busy place as it is full of cafes, bars and other food and drinks outlets. This place is now considered as a lively and vibrant area of Berlin.

These were some of the major and most popular attractions in Berlin which truly deserve to be seen again and again.

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