Revisiting The Historic Times in Springfield Illinois

Springfield is the capital city of Illinois. It is a historic city which is popular for being the home of Abraham Lincoln, who lived in the city for 24 years. Besides the historic Lincoln sites, the city has some amazing nature parks, zoos, and gardens. Mentioned below are a few important tourist attractions in Springfield.

 

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: a treasure of Lincoln memorabilia

 

The Museum features a stunning collection of artifacts, documents, and books associated with Lincoln’s life. It also exhibits realistic dioramas that depict the early life and home of Lincoln. The display also includes a collection of items used by Lincoln and family.

 

  • Lincoln Memorial Garden:  splendid natural trails

 

Lincoln Memorial Garden is a beautiful garden located on the Lake Shore Drive. The garden spans around 100 acres. The place is popular for its wood-chipped trails flanked by beautiful foliage and flowering trees. It also houses a magnificent nature center that attracts many tourists throughout the year.

 

  • Henson Robinson Zoo: explore the wilderness

 

The Henson Robinson Zoo is a small zoo that can definitely impress the children. The place houses around 300 wild animals and birds comprising of monkeys, penguins, cougars, turtles, eagles, and peacocks.

 

  • Washington Park: day-long picnicking

 

If you are looking forward to having a relaxing family picnic Washington Park is the best place in Springfield. The place is quite grand and houses a beautiful botanical garden, a rose garden, and a conservatory. There is a large duck pond and a cactus garden that grows some rare plant species.

 

  • Illinois State Military Museum:  a captivating historic journey

 

The Illinois State Military Museum is one of the few museums dedicated to the history of the American military. It has many war artifacts like weapons, arms, and aircrafts used by the US army. It features a stone armory and a gift shop.  This museum was recommended by a friend, Rhett & Fran, they own a law firm, The Fran Haasch Law Group, where they have represented many clients with past military experience.  They said it is a great place to get a tremendous perspective on the history in Illinois.

Reykjavik: Live The Best Of Iceland!

Iceland is spread over an area of 103,000 km2 with Reykjavik as its capital, probably the first place you will land on unless you happen to choose the sea route just like the so hypothesized theory of the Norwegian Vikings claims to have proceeded.

Reykjavik is a small city, but hoists about the 60% of the whole population of Iceland and is the northernmost capital of the world!

Though being small in its size, this place is a mix of nature along with some pretty lit and crazy electric clubs and nightlife.

How to reach Reykjavik?

You could simply gaze at the beautiful northern lights at night or go to the these major landmarks -Hallgrimskirkja church, Perlan and the concert hall Harpa, Austurvollur Square Reykjavik city hall, the parliament house and museums.

In researching, we found hotels and accommodations in a pretty decent number, but almost each of them happened to be expensive. One of the stays that caught our attention was the Galaxy Pod Hostel- Unique concept of capsule sized hotel rooms which have bunk beds and very basic necessities like a power outlet and an alarm. This sort of arrangement is pretty social as well, hence providing chances to make new friends and to build, share experiences.

The main shopping streets around the central location of Reykjavik are Laugavegur, Bankastræti, Austurstræti, Lækjargata, and Skólavörðustígur.

The city pond is just along the city hall where you can find the tourist information center along with the university of Iceland and Nordic house on the south, austurvöllur square on the North where you can find Dómkirkjan- oldest church in Reykjavík, Tjarnarbíó or Þjóðleikhúskjallarinn can be visited to check out theatre as well as music and dance performances. The best way to explore the culture is to go on a city walk which is free and lasts for a duration of 2 hours.

Food in Reykjavik

When talking about food, you can either choose to explore some of the weird delicacies that might be one’s favorite and other’s nightmare. Few of the famous food items available here are Matur Og Drykkur- cod head cooked in chicken stock, boiled sheep’s head or fermented shark that is easily available in Kolaportia-the famous flea market that is open every weekend, but that one thing which we believe everyone would like is the Icelandic hot dog that is available near the reykjavík harbor. Now that you’ve reached the harbor, you can check out Harpa concert and conference hall, which hoist multicultural events and lights up with moving LED artwork.

In case you happen to be the one who seeks attention then don’t forget to check out Esja – basalt and Tuff mountain range at a height of 914 meters.

Zurich: Spend Your Most Amazing Vacation In Zurich

One of the largest of Swiss cities, Zurich sits on Lake Zurich. I explored this place of lake jumping, mountain hiking, cathedral ascending and city mooching in April. Lake Zurich is filled with a gorgeous shade of turquoise, fresh water, clear enough to see through.

I stayed at the gorgeous Marktgasse boutique hotel located at the heart of the old town. It is like a maze of cobbled streets, colored shutter windows, shops and ice-cream stalls. The highlights are marshmallow pillows and duvets. The average meal pricing of eating out is around 17 CHF.

  • Uetliburg Summit

Hop on tram number 13 in the morning, to the end of Albisguetli and walk up to the small hill. It’s an intense walk and takes an hour to hike or 40 minutes. At the top, there are cafes and places to sit and enjoy the view.

  • Flussbad Oberer Letten

One may take an urban dip here, where people jump off the bridge and float down the river on inflatable. It’s safe to jump in, the water is glorious and the decent current weaves you down the river. One may even check the national museum and the beautiful gardens behind it.

  • Grossmunster

It is an iconic twin towered Romanesque cathedral, where 1500s religious reformer Huldrych Zwingli preached. It offers beautiful views and closes by 6 pm.

  • FIFA World Football Museum

It is an interactive experience world for the people of all ages, and is guaranteed to get all football fans’ pulses racing.

Besides, the restaurants around Lake Zurich offer culinary delights and magnificent view of the lake. Not to be missed, Fischer’s Fritz is said to serve the best Fischknusperli-fried fish. The Hirschen is seeing in Meilen or the Restaurant Schutzenhaus in Stafa also treat their guests to first-class fish straight from Lake Zurich.

How to reach Zurich?

Zurich is one of the top most preferred destinations for vacations. To reach this wonderland, one can either take direct flights to Zurich or take up transportation from Geneva. A typical vacation in Zurich requires at least a week.

Cluj: A Historic And Unique City In Transylvania

Cluj Napoca in Transylvania would be a unique city to visit, being a blend of several religions and cultures that have formed this city over the centuries. It is known as the Treasure City of Transylvania and that is not without reason. This city has several landmarks that date back to the medieval era and are well preserved even in these modern times.

 

  • Museum Square

 

This is an area that dates back in history, having been a place where the locals gathered for a drink. This area is well preserved with beautiful terrace areas and narrow streets and exudes a unique charm of the city. There is a Franciscan church of the baroque tradition here as well as Matthias Corvin House, which is a famous Art University in this city.

 

  • Union Square

 

Besides the Museum Square you will also find several distinct landmarks to visit in the Union Square region of the city. This is also known as the Central Square that lies hidden beneath a glass surface. It houses the Napoca’s ruins which used to be a Roman citadel dating back 2000 years. Saint Michael Church is a historic building to visit here as well.

 

  • Potassia Street

 

This city has unique aspects of its history echoed in the different streets and lanes. This particular street by the walls of the old citadel, takes you back to Transylvania in the medieval times. Here you will find the iconic Transylvanian hotel, Makeba pub and bistro, Café Rejoice, a rock pub and other unique places to visit.

 

  • Reformed Church

 

Cluj has several churches and this particular church is known for several unique features. It was built in the 15th century and Transylvania Coat of Arms is the biggest collection in the country.

 

  • Avram Iancu Square

 

This is one of the more recent squares that have monumental buildings like the National Theater and Opera of Cluj along with an Orthodox Cathedral.

What To Do When You Are In Belo Horizonte, Brazil?

Belo Horizonte is a very popular city in Brazil known for its attractive monuments, churches, football stadium, parks, lakes, markets, etc.

  • Praça da Liberdade – the principal square of Brazil

This is also known as the Liberty Square. This principal square was built soon after the Belo Horizonte city was established. The buildings in this place give you an idea of the architectural marvel of the bygone era. The older buildings are now changed into entertainment and cultural centers.

  • Minas Gerais Museum – the mines and metals museum

This mines and metal museum is located in the Prédio Rosa (Pink Building). This is the place that offers a wide collection on metallurgy and mining. The museum will show how important mining is for the city and its economy. The wealth of the soil is showcased in the 18 different rooms.

  • Mineirão Stadium – the best football stadium in Brazil

This football stadium became a rage in Brazil when it hosted 10 2016 Rio Olympics football games. It was built in 1965 and has a capacity of seating 62,000 people. It is a multipurpose sports complex and has a new translucent roof to protect the football fans from the rain. The highlight of this stadium is the Brazilian football museum and any Brazilian football fan must not miss seeing this museum.

  • São Francisco de Assis Church – is a sight to behold

This church is also called the Pampulha Church. It was thrown open in 1943 and got recognition from the church authorities in 1959. It has the Pampulha architecture loaded and it houses the very popular Via Crucis. The Burle Marx gardens and the Portinair panels on the exterior should not be missed.

  • Central Market – a busy shopping paradise in the heart of the city

The Belo Horizonte Central Market is one of the oldest and the best shopping downtown markets you will come across in the world. It was open in 1929 and has over 400 shops featuring a wide range of products ranging from vegetables, dairy products, cafes, restaurants, cookware, etc.

La Ceiba – The Good-Time Town Of Honduras

La Ceiba is the Caribbean port city in northern Honduras. And the city is also the gateway to Útila and Bay Islands of Roatán and Guanaja. Because of being close to water, the island has many dive sites that have rich marine life such as whale and sharks. So, if you love aquatic life, and want to dive, this is the perfect place for you. Talk about the South portion of La Ceiba, then the place has Pico Bonito National Park, which is rich in wildlife. You can visit the part to wild animals like jaguars and toucans in their natural habitat.

Because of so many fun spots here, the La Ceiba is also known as the good-time town of Honduras. The port city is buzzing nightlife and awesome day time. When you plan to visit the city, do add these places in your to do list.

 

  • Cayos Cochinos

 

This is the Marine Biological Reserve off the mountains. During your visit to the place, you can enjoy beaches, diving and snorkeling. If you are doing it for the first time, you can take the help of instructor here. Cayos Cochinos in addition to offering fun at beaches, also offer authentic mouth watering food. Don’t miss typical Garifuna style dish here.

  • Snorkel Trip In Utila

Utila is well known as a SCUBA dive destination, but only people who have visited this place know that Utila also offers fantastic snorkeling from the boat.

You can take a boat trip and spend a day at the idyllic Water Cay. Here oceanic fish patrol the underwater walls, and if you are lucky, you can spot sharks and whales, and even if you are unable to get their glimpse, you will massive behemoths swimming freely.

  • Rafting at Río Cangrejal

You head to the Cangrejal River after experiencing scuba and snorkeling for rafting. When you are here, be prepared to face the adrenaline rush of the White Water Rafting. You will be given a complete safety kit when you in the water. Moreover, the rescue team presents there ensure absolute security of people.

Must See Stops in beautiful Cartagena, Columbia

If you wish to visit a characteristic place in Columbia by the Caribbean coast, it would be Cartagena. This city was formed during the colonial era as a major port around 1533. The city is located in between Sinu and Magdalena rivers. It became a major port for trading in Spain and the overseas empire. Hence it became an important trading center from the sixteenth century. The colonial era saw it as a key port from where Peruvian silver was exported to Spain as well as import of African slaves. This port was fortified to sustain against pirate attacks that were frequent in the Caribbean region. Today it is considered the fifth largest city of Columbia. Economic activities here include tourism, petrochemicals and maritime industries.

There are several evidences of the Spanish colonial era here. The city was originally built as a fortress and a walled city and it is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • If you come here, there are several scenic coastal attractions to witness here. You can start with the Rosario islands that include aquarium, coral reefs and beaches. Snorkeling activities are popular on the beaches here. The Corales Islas del Rosario is an archipelago that is located off the Columbian coast and is a must visit.
  • Castillo San Felipe de Barajas is an iconic fortress here that has many interesting tunnels to explore. The hilltop fortress was built way back in the seventeenth century. With complex tunnel systems, there is much to explore here, which is possible with tours that are conducted here.
  • Las Bovedas is the next place to visit which is a former dungeon that now houses souvenir shops. The cells here in the dungeons of the 18th century showcase the past history of the place; colorful souvenirs can also be obtained here.
  • Palace of the Inquisition is another place that is a museum which houses historical exhibitions. There are several historical items that are educational exhibits here.
  • Plaza Santo Domingo is another place worth visiting here. With Botero sculptures this area has a vibrant square or a plaza that has several vendors, outdoor eateries and so forth.

These are some of the several places to visit and enjoy in Cartagena.

Picturesque Views and Outdoor Activities in the Yosemite National Park

Everyone living in California knows a tour to this state is incomplete without heading to the Yosemite National Park. This park lies deep within the Sierra Nevada Mountains and offers sights unlike you’ve ever seen before. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Yosemite National Park plays host to vivid scenery, waterfalls, rocky terrains and wildlife.

Sights in Yosemite National Park

The Yosemite Valley makes an insignificant percentage of the park in terms of area but it is the most popular tourist resort as well. In the limited area of the Yosemite Valley, forests and meadows are the highlight along with several wonders of the National Park. The Yosemite Falls, the most majestic waterfall of Yosemite is in the list as well.

Yosemite Valley is also home to the Half Dome and El Capitan rendering it as the most visited area of the Yosemite National Park.

The park is known for its outdoor beauty and rocky terrain. Sitting on top of the Yosemite Valley is the High Sierra, a snow-capped peak concentrated with clear lakes, granite stone and wildlife. The High Sierra is accessible by road through the Tioga Road. For more adventurous souls, the peak can be reached by hiking, camping and climbing.

Yosemite National Park also has a number of less visited attractions. The Mariposa Grove and the Hetch Hetchy reservoir are amongst these. The Hetch Hetchy has a number of spectacular waterfalls to see in the spring season.

Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Since the park is marked with a hilly landscape, hiking and rock climbing are the most dominant activities of the area. There are well developed hiking trails all across the park although not all of them are open throughout the year. During the winter season, most trails are closed because of the danger of rain or snow. Cable cars to the Half Dome are an alternative but they too close by late October.

Other popular activities in the Yosemite National Park are skiing in the winter season on the Badger Pass, golfing and horseback riding.

Yosemite National Park is rich with resorts and camping places. Take a trip with your buddies to this park for an ideal, adventure-filled vacation.

Visiting the city, built on the water…Venice, Italy!

Aaaahhh, Venice.

It’s a line we have heard in the movies by Indiana Jones, or of many others over the years.  The city of Venice is rich in history and culture.

Venice is the city of art and literature, it’s a magical scenery, built on a lagoon. It is the capital city of the Veneto region, across 118 small islands that are separated by canals while bridges link them.

It is the world’s only pedestrian city and is easily walkable. The absence of vehicles on the streets, make it an altogether different and pleasant experience. So, put on your most comfortable pair of footwear and brush up your memory skills before travelling, as getting lost in it’s beautiful streets is quite a common occurrence among tourists. You can also opt for the water buses (vaporetti) and water taxis. The vaporetti are much cheaper and “Vaporetto dell’Arte” is most famous among tourists.

Water is the best way to get here. Marco Polo Airport is the closest airport. You can opt for a bus, train, cycle, water taxi or water bus from Marco Polo to Venice. However, travel light as you  have to carry your luggage from the station/ port to your hotel. Book your stay in advance and you may also opt for luggage assistance, at extra costs.

Tourism in Venice is booming and with nearly 20 million tourists each year, it is now one of the leading tourist destinations. Maximum tourist attractions like the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower of St. Mark, Clock Tower (all situated at San Marco Square), Scuola grande di San Rocco, the Jewish Ghetto of Venice and innumerable churches and museums are situated in the districts of Dorsoduro, Castello, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco. Do not miss out on the gandola ride and Romantic Dinner Cruise. A cheaper option to the gandola ride, is the “Traghetto” on the Grand Canal.

Venice is famous for articles like masks, jewelry, costumes, laces, shawls, leather good, antiques, t-shirts etc. The Rialto Market and Rialto Bridge on San Polo are comparatively less expensive markets. Events like the annual boat marathon (Voga Longa), the Regata ‘Storica, Venice International Film Festival, Carnival of Venice etc. are also hosted here

The busiest and most expensive time here is April- June, September and October. November- January is a quieter and colder period. The temperature here varies from 3°C in January to 23°C in July.

So, ditch your heels and excess luggage and make sure you get lost in the narrow streets and magnificent squares of this romantic city and encounter the true, living magic that this city gloriously enchants!

 

 

 

The Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake NY

If you are ever visiting upstate New York in the summer or better yet in the fall, make sure to visit the Adirondack Experience in Blue Mountain Lake.

It used to be called the Adirondack Museum but it’s name has since changed. Blue mountain lake is a beautiful town in the Adirondack mountains about two hours from Albany New York.   This time of year is the best time to visit because of the fall foliage coming into peak season in the next couple of weeks.

It is a museum that was designed to preserve the history of the great Adirondacks. The museum actually sits on the site of a historic summer resort hotel known as the Blue Mountain House.

The museum has been operated since the 1940s and consists of 24 unique buildings on 121 acres and covers almost 60,000 ft.² of exhibition space. It is open from May until October with extended summer hours.

You will find tons of different exhibitions an amazing collections that include fine art, photographs, historical artifacts and information the documents historic structures and galleries of the era in the Adirondacks.  There are special events, school field trips, workshops and demonstrations along with a great library or you can do your research year around.

If you are planning to visit, make sure you plan for an entire day as there are many exhibits to check out that teach about the mining and logging history in the Adirondacks. It showcases the great camps are the Adirondacks as well as European settlers that visited the area.

Exist a new exhibition called life in the Adirondacks which is a 19,000 square-foot interactive experience where every single visitor starts from. It is extremely interactive and high-tech bringing to life the amazing history of the Adirondack mountains and region.

Here is an amazing video to give you a better sense of what the Adirondack Experience is all about.