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Nicaragua And Its 10 Best Tourism Attractions

It’s the land of flora and fauna, the land of nature, the land of lakes and volcanoes – yes this is Nicaragua. It is located south of Honduras and North of Costa Rica.
 
The main attractions in Nicaragua are scenic routes, beaches, and the architecture of cities. It’s fast becoming an alternative to popular tourist destinations like Costa Rica and Panama while still being accessible and cheap.
 
Granada
 
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This is one of the most well-preserved Nicaragua architecture and the first big Spanish settlement. The churches and buildings are in Spanish colonial style. Tourists can take a kayaking trip to nearby islets or visit nearby Masya markets.
 
San Juan Del Sur
 
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This is the most popular beach destination in Nicaragua. From experts to novices, all can ride the surf here, relax on the beach with heavenly drinks and play volleyball under the warm, glowing sun.
 
Ometepe Island
 
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Located on Lago de Nicaragua, this extraordinary island is formed from the combination of two volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion. If you’re in the mood to go hiking on the volcanoes, better start up early in the morning. Hiking, kayaking, and cycling are some other things you can do on the island.
 
New Leon
 
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Up until 1857, this was Nicaragua’s capital. The graffiti and murals scattered around the city are the testaments to the political war between Somozas and Sandinistas. The Museum of the Revolution, an interesting one at that, also documents the history of the Sandinista movement.
 
Cerro Negro
 
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An active volcano, this is the site for many people for volcano boarding. Yes, you heard it right! Organized tours of people hike up the mountain and then fly down the mountain, atop a piece of wood. This is a pretty popular activity here.
 
Corn Islands
 
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A gorgeous vacation retreat, they are located off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and offer a host of activities to people such as scuba diving, fishing, relaxing, and snorkeling. Enjoy!
 
Miraflores
 
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This national park has a beautiful cloud forest, small farms, rivers and waterfalls. You can take multi-day treks to the park. They also have programs to teach you how to farm.
 
And the best part: all the proceeds from the park go to supporting the farmers and the community.
 
Volcanoes
 
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Volcano hiking is a popular and adventurous activity. The two volcanoes on the Ometepe are very frequented sites for hiking. Leon, with its plethora of volcanoes, is also a good place for volcano hiking.
 
Pearl Keys
 
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This beautiful island chain, located in Caribbean Sea, used to have 18 pearls, but now has just 12 due to the rising tides. Sandy beaches, reefs, and shady palm trees make this place one of the most coveted tourist destinations.
 
Mercado Artesanías
 
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This is a black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish fortress. With its turrets, towers, and huge gates, the Mercado Artesanías stands grandiosely. It’s now the most famous market and a major tourist attraction. With its wide and breezy pathways, you can shop around comfortably and browse many stalls offering items such as leather goods, paintings, ceramics, clothing, furniture, and cotton hammocks.

 

 

Top 10 Tourist Destinations In Australia!

Heading for some fun in the Land Down Under? Here are 10 must-see travel spots to make the most of your Australian adventure!
 
Melbourne Cricket Ground
 
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The Melbourne Cricket Ground (aka the MCG) is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, seating 100,024 people. In a country that’s extremely passionate about their sport, this is the beating heart of it. In the summer, it’s a great place for a relaxing afternoon of cricket or, in winter, an exciting evening of Aussie Rules. Check it out at the end of September for the nail-biting final.
 
Shark Bay
 

Shark Bay is way across the country, at the westernmost point of Australia. It’s known for its stunningly beautiful scenery and aquatic life, like the manatee and the sea grass.
 
But what Shark Bay is really known for are its stromatolites, living fossils that are up to 5,000 years old. They provide an insight into what life was like 1.9 billion years ago, and were a critical factor in the area being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Fraser Island
 
Fraser Island is another example of incredible natural beauty. It’s an island off the Australian east coast that had for the most part avoided modern development. Fraser Island is now a destination for camping, canoeing, fishing, four-wheel driving, or just lounging around the numerous freshwater lakes. From sand dunes to eucalyptus wonderlands, it’s no wonder Fraser Island is a tourist hot spot.
 
Bondi Beach
 
Bondi Beach is a few miles from the Sydney core and an opportunity to see Australia at its best. Favored by backpackers, Bondi is a great place to relax in the sun, be a part of big crowds (while keeping an eye out for celebrities) and just generally kick back, Australia style. Just remember to bring extra sunscreen.
 
Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road
 
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The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most dramatic road trips. Stretching 151 miles along the southeast coast of Australia, this winding piece of tarmac hugs the ocean, giving you spectacular views all the way.
 
The twelve Apostles are towering limestone formations in the ocean, huge hunks of coastline that are being slowly eroded by the waves. Only eight of the twelve remain, so make sure you see them while you can.
 
Port Arthur
 
If you’re more of a history buff than a nature fanatic, head across the Bass Strait to Tasmania’s Port Arthur. An old penal colony from the mid-1800s, it was a prison for crooks who reoffended once they landed in Australia. It’s a beautifully preserved collection of old buildings and open-air style museum exhibits and is definitely worth the trek southward.
 
Surfers Paradise
 
Surfers Paradise is, as the name suggests, a surfing hot spot. It’s all about beach relaxation during the day and partying at night. With a host of high-end shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, Surfers has a little something for everyone after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect combination of soaking up rays and urban highlife.
 
Uluru
 
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Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock or the ‘red center of Australia,’ is a natural and cultural wonder. A rock formation 200 miles from the nearest town that rises abruptly 1,100 feet out of the ground, it’s the sacred site for the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people. They now guide tourists, helping point out scared writings and local flora and fauna. It’s also a famed photography destination, as the rock is known to change color depending on the time of day.
 
Sydney Harbor
 
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Sydney Harbor, a distinctive site for anyone who’s seen Finding Nemo, is home to the architectural marvel the Sydney Opera House. Arguably the most recognizable symbols for Australia, this architectural marvel is a great place to catch a show.
 
The harbor is also home to the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You can walk to top for an incredible view. The Sydney Harbor is one of the world most picturesque harbors.
 
Great Barrier Reef
 
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The spot that everyone HAS to visit is always going to be the Great Barrier Reef. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, visible from space, and the world’s largest living organism, this is truly something everyone should see. You’ll see more amazing sea-life on the Reef then almost anywhere else in the world. Colorful fish, coral, rays, and sharks, the Great Barrier Reef has it all in abundance.
 
Australia’s a wonderful country with an incredible amount to offer visitors. These are the top 10 to get you started, but in a nation so big, there’s always more to see. So get out there and start planning your trip down under!

 

 

Your Guide To Explore The Tulips Near Amsterdam

Tulips, these large bulbous plants available in virtually all colors imaginable, are a sight to behold. In fact, they are such a sight that tourists around the world flock in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the blooming tulips in the famous fields of Amsterdam.
 
Come March, the sandy patches of fields just outside Amsterdam transform into fields sporting lime green sprouts. By the peak of the season, the fields present a truly magical sight with row after row of red, orange, pink, yellow, and purple tulips basking in their own radiance. Such happiness!
 
Whether you choose to go to the Blooming fields at Keukenhof Gardens or take a stroll through the fields nearby of bulb-farmers, the majestic awesomeness of tulips is just the same. Here we give you a quick guide on how to make the most of your nature trip in the spring season.
 

Where Art Thou, The Tulip Fields?
 
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Although tulips are grown in many areas in the Netherlands, the most well-known area is between the towns of Haarlem in the province of Noord-Holland and Sassenheim, in the province of Zuid-Holland.
 
This area includes the village of Lisse, hosting the famed Keukenhof Gardens. A trip to this area takes around an hour depending on what route you choose.
 

A Guide To The Keukenhof Gardens
 
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Located in Lisse, South Holland, this park has seven million blooms on the ground, but its awesomeness doesn’t end here. It hosts countless other floral displays in its indoor pavilions. It’s open only for a brief two-month period, from March 18 to May 16 and attracts tourists from all around the world.
 

What Is the Best Way To Go About The Tulip And Bulb Area?
 
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If you want to be on your own, you could always take a bus to the Keukenhof from Amsterdam Airport Schipol. Once there, rent a bike and ride to your heart’s content through the farmer’s fields. The bike comes along with a map, all for a mere €10.
 
If you’re ‘the more the merrier’ kind, you could opt for a guided tour which has a coach ride and accommodates entrance fees. Go for a longer tour as you’ll get ample time for exploring the tulip fields.
 
You could also rent a car from Schipol airport.
 

When Is the Best Time To See The Tulips?
 
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Well, it depends. Sometimes you will come across late-bloomers, coming around as late as the end of April. Sometimes, a warm year means early May visitors get to see gangling tulips, just about to lose their petals. Warm temperatures can spur an early growth for tulips.
 

The best would be to land around mid-April.
 
If you miss peak tulip time though, don’t lose hope. Tulips are welcomed by narcissi and hyacinth, flowers with fragrances so strong you can literally smell them as you breeze by the road. In case you are late, your trip can still be great by seeing the beautiful lilies and dahlias as well as the indoor exhibits at Keukenhof. Nature never disappoints!
 
As for the best of the day? Go to the Keukenhof as soon as it opens or just in the closing hours. These timings are relatively less crowded and lighting is better so you can capture the flowers in their vivid colors.
 
It’s advised to have an ample amount of time to take in the sights. You would want to spend at least two hours in the Keukenhof Gardens and two hours in the bike ride through the fields.
 

Choosing Keukenhof Between Farmers’ Fields
 
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Why choose between the two? We say go for both! Better explore all the beauty and take in amazing beautiful memories all in a day’s trip!

 

 

South Korea: What This Serene Journey Offers You

South Korea is a country of different elements, from the 24-hour city rush to the beautiful mountainous scenery. The modern culture creates a perfectly balanced fusion between modern fashion and tradition. The combinations of the calm countryside and the lively city side is best understood when both of these are experienced.
 
These places in South Korea define what it is – a place of wondrous lifestyle.
 
Seoul
 
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While visiting the capital city of South Korea, you enter straight into a spectacular mix of k-pop music, tall skyscrapers, markets, sophisticated structural designs, temple-lined streets and beautiful palaces. Seoul is a blueprint for high standard living having modern building structures, high-rise apartments, and historical heritage.
 
Gyeongbokgung Palace
 
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Built in the heart of Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung palace is one of the most beautiful places to visit in this city. The historic significance of this palace is very high as this was the very first royal palace built by the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Still to this day, the Gyeongbokgung remains to be the largest and grandest of the five grand palaces.
 

Changdeokgung Palace
 
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The sophistication and elegance in the size and design of this magnificent structure is what makes the Changdeokgung one of the grandest palaces to visit in South Korea. The main palace building surrounded by open corridors and beautiful courtyards is visible once you enter its imposing gates. The palace was the second royal palace built after the construction and development of the Gyongbokgung Palace.
 
Bukchoon, Seoul
 
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The history of this village is summarized into the very stroll you take through the streets of Bukchon. It’s not really hard to imagine how Korea would have looked like in its significant past. The village comprises of hanoks, the traditional Korean wooden homes in the village. The beautifully designed courtyards, decorative outer walls and roofs are a treat for your eyes.
 
Myeongdong Market
 
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Enter Seoul’s shopping heaven which also serves as the center of commerce. This place is where you can find anything and everything ranging from street fashion to cosmetics. The market consists of not only street stalls, but various merchandising and retail outlets. Keep your eyes open – look around, not only can you find things on the ground floor, but also on the floors above!
 
Namdaemun Market
 
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This place is so big and vast that you may spend all of your time here as there is always a little more left to explore. A place where you can find material ranging from appliances and jewelry to inexpensive clothing, the Namdaemun market is an absolutely fantastic place for you to go shopping. There’s not a thing that exists that you won’t find here.
 
Namsan Tower
 
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Enjoy the beautiful views of Seoul’s skyline aboard the Namsan tower built atop Mount Namsan. The iconic Namsan tower is easily reachable, may it be through a seven minute cable car ride or a walk up through the Namsan’s stone staircase.
 
Food
 
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Korea’s food is as good as its culture: rich and elegant. Once you take a stroll in the streets of Seoul, feast your eyes upon the food that this city has to offer. With the night market filled with the beautiful aroma of different foods such as the spicy Tteokbokki, it’s hard to resist the Korean food scene.
 
Sing Your Heart Out At A Noraebang
 
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Karaoke singing is a phenomenon that has taken Asian countries by storm. The Noraebang offers young Koreans a piece of the microphone to sing their heart out all the while allowing them to blow off some steam. You will find many of these all around the street corners of Seoul.
 
Temple Stay
 
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There is no better way to learn about Korea’s culture and traditions than to stay in a traditional Korean temple. Temple stay was adopted as an opportunity for interested foreigners to know about the Buddhist culture.
 
Busan
 
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The authenticity of Korea is defined by this city’s local dialect and character. The busy port city is well known for its fresh seafood and glamorous nightlife. Half-surrounded by the coastline and having a large student population, Busan emanates small charms that keep on attracting people towards it.
 
Jeju Island
 
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Created by nature itself, the Jeju Island was formed around two million years ago as a result of a series of volcanic eruptions. The perfect getaway for the Korean population, the Island is as beautiful and spectacular as the Hawaii Islands. Spoil yourself with vacations on a beach with serene views of the volcanic landscapes and pristine waterfalls.
 
The Demilitarized Zone
 
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Separating North and South Korea is the demilitarized zone. The zone runs across the Korean peninsula and is four kilometers wide. The Korean demilitarized zone is the highest fortified zone that exists on the planet which partly earns it its moniker as the world’s scariest place. However, that does not seem to deter tourists as it is still a popular tourist attraction.

 

 

Barcelona For Free: 10 Attractions Without Paying!

Barcelona has always been a tourist attraction due to its culture, sports, fashion, and much more. It is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris.
 
So we ask you this, if you know there are tourist attractions that you can visit for free, would you love it? Yes, of course! Barcelona can be your next holiday destination and you can definitely enjoy these 10 attractions without paying.
 
You can visit both the old and the new Barcelona. Its influence in commerce, fashion, science, education, entertainment, media, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate which means that you can enjoy mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
 

World Heritage Sites

 
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These include many interesting sites like:

  • Park Güell
  • Façade of the Nativity and crypt of the Sagrada Familia
  • Casa Batlló
  • Palau de la Música Catalana

 

Museums

 
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Different areas and eras are covered in Barcelona’s museums. Here are the most popular ones:

  • National Museum of Art of Catalonia
  • Fundació Vila Casas
  • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Barcelona Maritime Museum
  • The Archeology Museum of Catalonia
  •  Picasso Museum

 
These museums showcase the culture and art of Catalan art and design, artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, modern art honoring Joan Miró, display of objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies of water, and much more.
 

Parks

 
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When going with your family, some relaxation time for you and your children is a must. Why not enjoy this time in the lush green parks of Barcelona? Enjoy the beautiful weather close to nature as it has 68 municipal parks. You can choose which one to visit with various options available:

  • 12 historic parks
  • 5 thematic (botanical) parks,
  • 45 urban parks
  • 6 forest parks

 

Beaches

 
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Barcelona contains seven beaches. What more do you want when you’re this close to visiting the number one city beaches in the world according to National Geographic and Discovery Channel?
 

Sport In Barcelona

 

Barcelona has a very strong background when it comes to sports. It has hosted numerous events and have their own teams in various sports followed by a huge number of fan followings. Out of many sports clubs, 2 of them are:
 

  • FC Barcelona
  • RCD Espanyol

 
Stadiums and sports arenas are also a great attraction for sports lovers and Barcelona fans. They can enjoy the stadiums and arenas including FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou which is the largest and has the capacity of 100,000.
 
So, the last question is, what are you waiting for? Be the first one to spend some quality time with your friends and family in Barcelona!

 

 

Washington DC: 10 Beautiful Things That Are Free!

Washington DC is the capital of the biggest superpower in the world, the USA. A true embodiment of the stature and glory that this country stands for, this city is truly a treat for residents and tourists alike. If you plan to visit the USA, missing out on this city will leave your travels incomplete. What’s more is that there are some amazing things you can do here for free.
 
To start off, the National Mall is the ideal location. Not actually a mall in that sense, it’s a park with expansive lawns which can be used extensively for outdoor picnicking, festivals, rallies and protests. Indeed, the grandeur and historic architecture of the National Mall make it a celebration and preservation of the country’s culture and history.
 

1. The US Capitol Building
 
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The Capitol Dome is only open for guided tours due to increased security concerns in Washington DC. Visitors can tour the building from Mondays to Saturdays. You can get your free tickets and also secure admission to viewing the Congress live at the Senate and House galleries.
 

2. The Washington Monument
 
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This monument was erected to honor USA’s first President, George Washington. It’s the tallest construction in the capital city and looms to a staggering 555 feet above the National Mall.
 

3. The National Gallery of Art
 
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This famous museum was created in 1937 via a handsome donation from art collector Andrew W. Mellon. One of global renown and class, it contains one of the biggest collections of masterpieces in the world – paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts, you name it!
 

4. The Smithsonian Museums
 
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Ten of the Smithsonian Museums are situated in the heart of the city, and hold a variety of exhibits ranging from art to space travel. There is a plethora of activities to partake in, so make sure to prioritize and see the sights accordingly.
 

5. The US Botanic Garden
 
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This state-of-the-art indoor garden is a splendid retreat that houses about 4000 varieties of plants. It’s under the administration of the Architect of the Capitol and conducts exhibits and programs all year round in Washington DC.
 

6. National monuments and memorials
 
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These comprise of a number of landmarks to honor historical figures and war veterans. It’s advisable to see them all while walking since they are well-dispersed throughout the area; a sightseeing tour would be your best bet.
 

7. The White House
 
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This is one of the oldest public buildings of Washington DC and is also a museum of American history. Built between 1792 and 1800, it is famous as the home and office of the US President. It has 132 rooms and 6 floors and has a fine display of art, furniture, and china.
 

8. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum
 
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This was erected in memory of those who died in WWII during the Nazi rule in Germany. The permanent exhibition is a narrative history of the Holocaust while other displays are similarly moving and educational.
 

9. The Supreme Court
 
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This is the highest judicial authority in the USA. Originally built in the Capitol building, the current site was constructed in 1935 and incorporated Corinthian architecture to blend in with the adjacent congressional buildings.
 

10. The National Archives
 
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This provides public access to all the original documents drafted for setting up America as a democracy in 1774. Some of the prominent ones include the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
 

In all, Washington DC is the place to be. If you’re planning to travel to the USA, Washington DC can be your one-stop shop for the historical experience of a lifetime. So get out your travel itinerary and make sure to add these items to your list, especially if you’re on a budget.