Violence erupted in Istanbul this weekend on the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests. The past few weeks have seen at least 2 deaths and many injuries.
Last month on May 1st I was tear gassed by police as they clashed with protesters in the immigrant community of Tarlabasi where I was staying. Protesters were attempting to get to Taksim Square, site of the notorious 1977 May Day Massacre where some 36 people died when unknown gunmen opened fire on the crowd of 500,000 from rooftops over the square.
Ever since, gatherings in Taksim have usually been prohibited on this day. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan banned protesters from entering the square to celebrate the holiday again this year, closing down parts of the city and sending an army of 40,000 police and 50 water cannons in to keep order and squash any resistance.
But labor unions and leftist political groups showed up anyway, armed with slingshots, gas-masks, fireworks, and molotov cocktails ready to start a fight.
A warm welcome to you all! We have come to the last part, i.e, part three of the post that covered 60 places (out of 100) that must be visited by you before death comes calling till now. Look below to see the remaining 40 places to visit before you die and get enamored!
1. Alhambra, Grenada
Counted hot among this list of places to visit before you die, Alhambra is a fortified complex that houses a number of beautiful palaces.
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Moody Gardens is an educational tourist destination, with provision of a golf course and hotel in the Galveston, Texas which we believed had opened back in 1986. This is a non-profit organization gives you an opportunity of using nature to educate and excite visitors about conservation and wildlife.
Moody Gardens has three main prominent features namely, the Aquarium Pyramid, which is one of the most important and largest region that holds many species of fishes and other marine animals which we believe you had never ever had got the opportunity of seeing them live before anywhere else. The another attraction is the Rainforest Pyramid, which contains tropical plants, animals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and a variety of other rainforest animals including free-roaming monkeys and two-toed sloths, the last but not the least attraction is the Discovery Pyramid, which focuses on science-oriented exhibition and activities.
Besides these attractions, there is another attraction which we believe you might have got the opportunity of seeing here that attraction is Palm Beach. Moody Gardens is nothing but a landscaped white sand beach with freshwater lagoons, tower slides, a slow river, and splash pad play area for the children. Although it is also well equipped with a RideFilm Theater with motion-based pod seating, which is the MG 3D Theater features the largest screen in the state of Texas, paddlewheel cruise boat, golf course, which is also a hotel and a convention center.
The complex normally attracts many local tourists from the nearby city of Houston and from its neighborhoods. The owners selected a landscape design from Geoffrey. It is termed as the Gardens of the Mind: the Genius of Geoffrey Jellicoe by Michael Spens.
We like to make our reader know that each November and December the place hosts the celebration of Lights. A mile long trail features one million lights themed to holiday music with live entertainment and an outdoor ice rink. Additional attractions including displaying holiday films in different theater are nothing but an amazing experience. A celebration buffet is featured in the Garden Restaurant and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat offers evening cruises.
Sometime back in 2007, the Moody Foundation had signed an agreement with the City of Galveston for complete rebuilding the city’s municipal golf course. The course was reopened in June 2008 under the moniker Golf Course. The newly constructed course was designed by Peter Jacobsen of Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design was made keeping the historical features of the course while improving certain holes and course flow.
Today’s topic is more important and amazing especially for those who kept on moving and visiting all around the world for business and for pleasure. Here we will try to summarize about the London Hotels. Most of the world’s major hotel brands have a presence in London, like Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Radisson, and Intercontinental hotel are at the top end of the market, through Millennium Copthorne, to Holiday Inn in the cheaper bracket.
Mandarin and Intercontinental hotel has hotels which are deluxe five-star class which outfits in exclusive parts of town. London Hotel chains include Hilton and Radisson Edwardian which have a variable of different types of accommodations, like, purpose-built towers, converted townhouses, big business, Bijoux boutique, West End hotspots, airport hotels. London Hotels are situated all over the city so that can accommodate many tourists. Many are also home to some of the capital top restaurants, such as, Galvin Windows situated at the Hilton Park Lane, Alain Ducasse situated at the Dorchester; Hlne Darroze situated at the Connaught; Bar Boulud located at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park also with an amazing Heston Blumenthal restaurant.
It is worth to mention that Staying in London has a reputation for being expensive, but you will also find there are places to stay to suit all budgets and cheap lodging by the mean a box room with reasonable levels of hygiene. You can get the opportunity of picking up your favorite affordable places to stay in London and can find there are a surprising number of stylish yet cheap London hotels available in which you can stay.
You may have the opportunity to travel further out-of-town to get a good deal but for somewhere as cool as the Church Street Hotel in Camber well, South East London, it’s worth trying for. It is an exceptional and cheap place to stay with Spanish-American interiors, splashes of color and gracious breakfast served in the Havana lounge, it is considered to be one of the top ten best budget hotels in London. You don’t have to try beyond the Tube map to find a good featured place but try to get reasonably good accommodation. Apartments tend to be a good and cheaper alternatives to hotel rooms.
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Rainforest covered mountains stretched out into the distance. My small single-engine plane began its descent towards a sliver of runway in the middle of all the green.
I was on my way to Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica. A remote area of wilderness only accessible by boat or aircraft. Despite its out-of-the-way location, it’s the country’s 3rd most visited park.
We landed, I grabbed my bag, and strolled over to a water-taxi waiting along the canal nearby. Waterways and canals weave their way throughout Tortuguero — making boats the main method of transportation here.
Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands provide the perfect setting for incredible photography opportunities, with soft winter light and majestic mountain landscapes rising from the sea.
The Lofoten Islands are located above the arctic circle in Northwest Norway. Made up of deep fjords, craggy peaks, sandy beaches, and cute red fishing cabins, the islands are a wonderful location for landscape photography.
Especially in February, with the pleasing effects of low winter light.
I rented a car and spent 10 days driving around the Lofoten Islands with my camera, hunting the Northern lights, tracking down hidden beaches, and hiking through deep snow to capture inspiring images of this amazing section of Norwegian wilderness.
With very little daylight and seemingly endless sunrises sunsets, winter in Lofoten is the perfect time to visit for photography. Frequent aurora sightings and white snow-capped peaks are just icing on the cake.
Below you’ll find travel photography from my adventures in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, along with a short video I produced along the way.
I hope my Lofoten Island photography inspires you to visit for yourself!
Costa Rica is a vibrant country full of incredible natural beauty where you can discover waterfalls, jungles, volcanoes, and wildlife. A nature photography paradise.
After a month exploring Costa Rica, she has seduced me with her charms. I secretly want to keep her all to myself… but that would be selfish!
So I’ve reluctantly decided to share her with you.
The photography opportunities in Costa Rica are fantastic, and once you see these photos you’ll know exactly why I fell in love with this fascinating Central American country.
From pristine cloud forests, remote beaches, exotic wildlife and giant volcanoes — Cost Rica is extremely diverse, with a little bit of everything for the adventurous traveler or photographer.
Sit back to enjoy this virtual photography tour of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
I’m totally addicted to Snapchat. The other day I walked to some of Madrid’s famous sites shared the experience live from my phone. Here’s the result.
Are you on Snapchat? I was a little late to the party, thinking it was something for teenagers. But I was finally convinced after watching this video. It’s a powerful social media platform with a super-engaged fanbase. Plus it’s just a lot of fun!
It took a while to get the hang of, but now that I’ve been using it for a few months, it’s become one of my favorite social sharing tools.
Earlier this week I took to the streets with my iPhone to give followers a live look at the city of Madrid and a few of it’s popular tourist attractions.
Auckland is the New Zealand’s largest city and is famous for the many things you can do there, from sightseeing to dining to many more. Auckland has a population of around 1.5 million people and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world with lots of things to enjoy like beautiful beaches, long and adventurous hiking trails and enchanting holiday islands. There are plenty of things to do in Auckland to make you occupied and you will never get bored at least for a single minute if you know the right things to do, when you are there. Out of the many, here are the top 15 things you can do on your next trip to Auckland.
1. Step in to Spookers
If you are up for some horror based adventure on your holiday you can visit the number one haunted park in the northern hemisphere of the earth which is the Spookers park.This is the best scream park you can find in the Auckland city and includes a haunted house filled with scary ghosts and monsters, a very confusing and amazing maze, Disturbia and the forest filled with horror which is called the Freaky forest. Also there is the Cornevil which will give you a terrifying ghost and horror experience filled with heart pounding horror enough for a lifetime in darkness.
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South Africa is a diverse country, which makes it to become one of the most visited countries all over the world. Each year, millions of tourists would visit the country to experience its stunning sights and witness some cultural attractions. But aside from the beautiful sceneries and the fascinating cultural attractions, there are actually several other interesting sites to see in South Africa. Below is a list of the top 18 tourist attractions in this country.
1. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is one of the most visited destinations in the country. The place is well renowned as a shopping destination, where you can also find some of the best restaurants and nightspots. The waterfront is set against the backdrop of mountain views, making it one of the most picturesque spots in South Africa.
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2. Kruger National Park
When we think of Africa, one of the things that will come to mind is an African Safari. So if you want to experience this kind of adventure in South Africa, then head over to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The park is considered as one of the biggest game reserves all over Africa, spanning an area of almost 20,000 square kilometers. Here, you get to experience a real life experience with several wild animals, such as the king of the jungle, an African elephant, leopards, and so much more.
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3. Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
If you are heading to Johannesburg during your South African vacation, then head over to the Gold Reef City. This especially applies to those who are visiting the country with the entire family and some small kids. Gold Reef is an amusement park and is themed from gold. In fact, there is a museum there that is dedicated to the gold mining that is taking place on the grounds of the park.
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4. Table Mountain, Cape Town
The Table Mountain in Cape Town is also one of the most picturesque sites in South Africa so this is one of the places that you should visit when taking a vacation to the country. This is a flat topped mountain that has become a prominent landmark in Cape Town and overlooks the entire city. It’s so famous that you can find it even on the flag of Cape Town and other government insignia.
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5. Western Cape Wine Routes
If you are a wine lover, then one of the sites that you should visit in South Africa is the Western Cape Wine Routes. Located in the province of Western Cape, the area is home to so many vineyards and this is where you can sample some of the best wines in the world. From red wines to the Sauvignon blancs, the vineyard is definitely the best spot for all wine lovers.
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6. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is situated just right at the foot of the Table Mountain. This botanical garden is just one of the nine gardens all over South Africa. Yet, Kirstenbosch is the most famous because of its majestic views. The garden also features a large conservatory that exhibits several different plant species.
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7. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
Another botanical garden that should be on your list of places to see in South Africa is the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden is said to be the youngest of all the National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. It has stunning views, and in fact, it was hailed as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. It also features a restaurant, nursery and a gift shop.
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8. Durban Beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal
If you want to frolic in the South African waters, then head over to the Durban Beachfront in KwaZulu-Natal. This place is one of those sites where you will find several tourists lounging on the beachfront cottages. The beachfront is situated right in between the Dairy Beach and the Bay of Plenty. There are also plenty of tourist accommodations nearby.
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9. Cango Caves Oudtshoorn
The Cango Caves Oudtshoorn is located in the foothills of the Swartberg range. It is just near the Western Cape Province. It is one of the most beautiful tourist caves in the world and attracts millions of visitors yearly. And although this extensive system of tunnels is more than four kilometers long, only a quarter of it is open for tourists who can only visit the site through an organized tour guide.
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10. KwaZulu-Natal Game Parks
If you want to experience the exciting wildlife in Africa, then the KwaZulu-Natal Game Parks is one of the places to do this. The game park features is situated right in the forest, through the tropical savannahs of the Zululand where you get to experience a close encounter to the “Big Five”, the rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and of course, the king of the jungle.
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11. Shakaland Zulu Villages
The Shakaland Zulu Villages was originally built for the movie Shaka Zulu, a film that documented the life of one of Africa’s most influential leaders. If you want a cultural experience during your travel in South Africa, then book a tour to the Shakaland Zulu cultural village, where you get to witness and perhaps, stay on one of the beehive huts.
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12. Cape Point, Cape Town
The Cape Point in Cape Town is one of the most spectacular sights in South Africa that you should not miss when holidaying in the country. Aside from the spectacular view, you will be able to have a glimpse on the most beautiful lighthouse in the South African coast that guides ships safely on the perilous waters which actually took away several vessels in the past.
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13. The Garden Route
The Garden Route is also one of those sites in South Africa that features stunning scenery. It is a stretch of water in the South Eastern coast of the country and extends towards Mossel Bay, right in the Western Cape. It is called the “Garden Route” because of the ecologically diverse vegetation in this area where you will find several lagoons and lakes along the coast.
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14. Ostrich Farms in Oudtshoorn
The Ostrich Farms in Oudtshoorn is not just a farm for it also features Ostrich shows which are truly entertaining. It is located right in the Cango Valley outside Oudtshoorn. This is certainly a unique attraction since you can rarely find an Ostrich show farm in other countries. If you are heading to the Cango Caves, you can drop by at this farm since it is located nearby.
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15. Robben Island in Cape Town
The Robben Island in Cape Town is an island that is situated in the Table Bay, which is about 7 kilometers away from the coast of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town. The island has become famous because of the fact that the popular South African President, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned here. The famous president spent ten years being a political prisoner on this island.
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16. Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga
The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga is another popular spot in Africa that one should not miss to visit. It has the most picturesque views of lush subtropical foliage and is hailed as one of the largest canyons all over the world. The canyon as well as the Drakensberg escarpment nearby are among the most visited spots in South Africa and are therefore supported by a good public infrastructure so visiting here won’t be a problem.
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17. Private Game Parks and Reserves in Mpumalanga
Another way to experience the exciting wildlife in South Africa is to stay at one of the private game parks and game reserves situated in Mpumalanga. There are plenty of accommodations available for you to book. You can choose from a luxurious villa that overlooks the picturesque lush forests in Mpumalanga or perhaps a hotel right in the middle of the jungle where you get to have a close encounter with wildlife species.
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18. Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind is one of the World Heritage Sites named by UNESCO. It is located about 50 kilometers away from Johannesburg, right in the Gauteng province. The site features a complex of limestone caves where a 2 million year old fossil has been discovered. The site is called as such since it is said to have produced a large number of human fossils, dating back from several million years ago.
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So as you can see, there are absolutely so many tourist attractions in South Africa. Whether you want to take part in a wildlife adventure in the jungle, or perhaps, experience the South African culture or witness the most beautiful sceneries on Earth, visiting the country for once in your life is a definite must.