Portland – The Cultural Center of Maine

Portland – The Cultural Center of Maine

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If you are looking for a destination in Maine that has multiple attractions, then Portland is your best option. Situated across the famous Casco Bay, Portland is one of the busiest cities known for its historic buildings, 19th-century architecture, and cruises. We decided to come visit based on a recommendation from my buddy Shawn who owns Douglas Dentistry in Florida.  He has traveled to many places and always boasts about Portland.  Our weeklong holiday at Portland was quite an experience as there was so much to see and experience. Mentioned below are the major destinations in the city that are of prime importance.

Victoria Mansion

Built-in 1860, this historic mansion is a unique example of Italianate architecture. Over the years, the structure that was once in a dilapidated condition had undergone renovations. However, the original style of architecture is well preserved to maintain its antique value. Inside the mansion, it is a colorful world that would instantly transform us into a bygone era. There are carvings on the walls and ceilings with classic paintings and ornate designs that can keep you engrossed for hours.

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in Maine. Located at 7 Congress Square, the place is a part of “The Art District in Portland”. The museum was established in 1882 and as of today, it has over 22,000 artworks on display. This includes paintings by famous artists like Winslow Homer. The collection includes impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern American artworks. The place remains open from 10 am to 6 pm and charges an admission fee of $20 per person.

The Portland Observatory

Located at 138 Congress Street, the Portland Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in the entire US. This was one of the main reasons that I chose to visit this site. Built-in 1807, the tower is 86 feet tall and offers an amazing view of the city. At a distance, we can also see the Casco Bay and Mt. Washington.

 

Reno – An Exotic Desert Valley Resort

Reno – An Exotic Desert Valley Resort

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On the north-western region of Nevada lays the city of Reno. From Las Vegas, we had to drive for nearly 7 hours to reach this colorful city. The place is situated at the foot of the mountain range- the Sierra Nevada which forms a desert river valley. The city has a cold desert climate with summers being fairly hot. The place has lots of entertainment venues with casinos and nightclubs. We spent our weekend in the city and the experience was unexpectedly pleasant. Noted below are the highlights of our short stay in Reno:

National Automobile Museum

Visiting the National Automobile Museum was a great experience. The place has 4 different galleries that exhibit more than 200 cars. The galleries are divided based on the time to which the cars belong. The first gallery has a display of the oldest cars that belong to the 1890s and 1900s. The second and third galleries exhibit cars that were manufactured until the 1950s. And the 4th one displays cars made from the 1950s to the present time. You can find all the top brands like Rolls Royce at this museum. The place charges an entry fee of $12 per person.

Animal Ark

Visiting Animal Ark was an adventurous experience. The place is located at Deerlodge Road and is nearly 25 miles from the National Automobile Museum. The zoo is not crowded and has an impressive display of wildlife. It is a great place for family outings, especially if there are kids in the group. Here, you can see wild animals like tigers, leopards, bears, turtles, raptors, and cheetahs. The place charges an entry fee of $11 per person. However, for kids, it is just $7.50.

Reno Riverwalk District

A walk down the Truckee River was the most relaxing part of our weekend. The beautiful bridge that connects the shores of the river offers great views of the scenic surroundings. The river has large pebbles lining its shores and the flow was swift with lots of ducks swimming around. There are lots of beautiful trees and foliage in this place. Many tourists were sitting on the rocky banks of the river near the bridge.

San Francisco: Explore the Hub of Excitement

San Francisco: Explore the Hub of Excitement

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The financial, cultural, and commercial center of Northern-California, I found an assortment of activities that you can enjoy out here. The thing that I loved the most was the food. The city has got some of the best chefs in the world.  Let’s take a look at the best things that you can do out here.

Golden Gate Bridge

Just between Marin County and San Francisco Bay, you will find the mighty Golden Gate Bridge. It is a modern wonder of the world. This was opened in 1937. This stretches for 1.7 miles and is known to be the most photographed bridge. Before this was constructed, there was a ferry connecting the two places. The beauty of this place is simply going to enthrall you, click photos to tack back home as memories.

Fisherman’s Wharf

This is most popular waterfront community of San Francisco. What I loved about this place was great food. There are standing stalls those delicious crabs. Other than this, you will also come across gourmet restaurants which sell your fresh fish from the catch of the day. I took a walking tour from here. If you want, you can also go for a boat ride.

Alcatraz Island

This is a 1.5 miles shore. The tiny was used as a military fortification. It was a federal prison, as well as a military prison. Several infamous prisoners have been imprisoned here. If you love history like me, you should surely pay a visit. Go explore the depth of this prison to learn about the past.

Golden Gate Park

This is another amazing attraction of San Francisco. It stretches over 1017 acres and has several places that you can explore. There are gardens where you can relax and picnic ground to have a picnic with your family. Many events take place in this park throughout the year. I spend some relaxing time here away from the bustling city.

The Must-Visit Sights of Daejeon, South Korea

The Must-Visit Sights of Daejeon, South Korea

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Daejeon is the transportation hub of South Korea. It is connected to all the major towns and cities in South Korea and can be reached within 90 minutes. This bustling city is known for its science and technology and also for its arts and culture.  

Daejeon Attractions

 

  • Daejeon Expo Science Park

 

As the name implies, this is a place where you get full information about science and technology. It houses the largest I-Max theater in the world. There is a wide range of pavilions and theaters here that are identified by their various themes. As I am interested in the latest technology, I found my visit to this park worthwhile.

 

  • Daejeon History Museum

 

This is the museum to visit for all those who like to know about Daejeon in depth. This museum has all the historic artifacts, the old age property, ancient documents, etc. The relic display hall is where artifacts are kept. The permanent hall is where the city’s cultural assets are kept. 

 

  • Sikjang Mountain

 

This is the highest mountain in Daejeon and is located about 623 miles above sea level. It is a favorite spot for lovers and romantic tourists and they prefer to visit it at night. The base of the mountains hosts a few ancient temples. There is also the Secheon Park here that is converted into an ecological prevention zone to protect the ecology preserves from getting destroyed. 

 

  • Dunsan-Dong

 

I am a night bird and love to enjoy the nightlife. If you are in Daejeon, then do not miss to visit this bustling place. It is a popular spot for friends to hang out at nights and it has many clubs and lounges. This is a partying paradise for all nightlife lovers.

 

  • Ppuri Park

 

This is also called the root park. I was impressed with the theme of the park that housed over 130 stone sculptures that had the details of the family names. It also hosts a museum, observatory, springs, an ecological forest, and woods bathing space.

Essaouira – The Ranger City

Essaouira – The Ranger City

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The city is one of the finest and composed cities I have ever been to. Centuries ago the city was ruled by the French rulers and that is why the architecture of the city represents the same. The city over time has housed many musicians and hippies all around, who used to perform and moved along. With so many explorers overtime in the city, it became a popular destination for the ones who just would like to wander around the streets and just spend their time exploring. There are several water bodies that are hosted by the city and along with them are famous for providing some exceptional water sports.

The Ramparts

These walls are the most historically important icon for the city. The walls were built back in the earlier centuries during wars for defending the warriors. They are as high as 160 meters and are almost 5 meters wide. They still are present but in a little bit of the withered condition. These ramparts give the city a very admirable statement for the tourists to appreciate and the city to be proud of. When you go for the tours you can spot the cannons still spread across the edge roof of the ramparts, giving a very iconic look.

Annual Music Festival

If you are visiting in the summers then one of the best things you will get to experience in between March and June are the music festivals that are held here every year for almost a period of two months. The festival is very vibrantly charming and is always themed with new discoveries. You will find all kinds of music performances like jazz or rock or hip hop, the environment and atmosphere becomes so lively it’s almost impossible to not get lost in the rhythm.

Samara – Experience the Best of this Beautiful City

Samara – Experience the Best of this Beautiful City

The large city of Samara is situated along Volga River. I found so many things to explore here. Starting from historical monuments to the picturesque landscapes, you will find it all. It is a hive of activity. If you want to know what to do when you are Samara; check out the list given below.

Visit the Embankment

Along the Volga River, the embankment is an amazing place to visit. I found this to be one of the beautiful places in this city. Visit on a sunny day to create an unforgettable memory. Just lie on the sandy beach and spend a relaxing time. I also took a boat ride on the river.

Check Out the Zhiguli Mountain View

Zhiguli Gate is a great place when it comes to scenic beauty. You will find the Volga River running between two mountains. It is just a treat for the eyes. In case you are traveling with your partner, this is the perfect place to have a romantic date. Since it is a bit far away from the city, it took the bus. This dropped me exactly to the location. It might be crowded but you will not be disappointed.

Visit Stalin’s Bunker

It is a specific construction that had been developed in a short span of time. Stalin’s Bunker had been created during the Second World War. It took me back in time. The place is an interesting visit but might be a little difficult to get into. However, the effort will be worth it. Take a guided tour to learn more about this attraction.

Kuibyshev Square

This is the largest square in the city. I took a bike ride here. Wondering how? Well, this space is huge. You will find the Ballet House and the Opera to be close by. So, you can visit these two places, too,  

Salvador: Where to Go and What to Do?

Salvador: Where to Go and What to Do?

Salvador attracts tourists throughout the year from all across the world. I discovered a plethora of activities to do out here. You are never going to run out of options. Starting from scenic beaches to historical structures, you will find it all. All these attractions will make your vacation more exciting. Let’s take a look at the things that you can do when you plan to visit Salvador.

Farol Da Barra

One of the most popular beaches in Brazil is Farol da Barra. The view of the ocean from the beach is just spectacular. I spend time lying and walking around the beach. If you love natural beauty like me then this the place to bring loved. You are going to have an experience of a lifetime in here. Also, you will find many beach cafes and restaurants close to the ocean where you will get some delicious food.

Sao Francisco Church

You should not miss out on this when you are in Salvador. I found the architecture of the building to be exclusive. The interior design is equally splendid. Believe it or not, it is the richest church that you will come across in Latin America. It showcases the history which dates back to the days of labor plantations. You will learn about the cruelty of the plantation owners.

Ponta De Humaita

Ponta de Humaita is located at the edge of de Itapagipe. It draws a lot of tourists all year round. Here, you get to witness nature at its best. I visited early morning during sunrise. It is the most beautiful sight that I ever experienced in my life. Carry your camera to capture some spectacular pictures. I planned to sit around until lunchtime to breathe in more of nature.

Rostov-on-Don – Experience the Fun Things to Do

Rostov-on-Don – Experience the Fun Things to Do

Rostov-on-Don is situated along the banks of the river Don. I found this city to be great for a leisurely holiday. There are some beautiful places that you can wander around, especially during the summer time. There are so many things that you can do that you are never going to get bored. Take a look at the fun things that you can do when you visit Rostov-on-Don.

Stroll Around Pushkin Street

The primary promenade of the downtown area is the Pushkin Street. It has been named after Alexander Pushkin. The street is filled with café, restaurant, and bars. This is a great place to relax on a weekend.  I also visited the State Public Library on a recommendation from a friend.  He loves the Library of Congress in DC & suggested this library to visit.  So glad to do so as it is rich in history and much to learn for sure. It is one of the biggest libraries to be found outside Moscow.

Travel to the Embankment

Want to explore the view of the river? How it is strolling the embankment. Since I visited in summer, I was able to catch street performances. There are activities that you can take part in. if you want, you can also go for a boat ride. The best thing about this place is the disco boat where you can dance throughout the night.

Taste Local Food at the Central Market

This is the regional market. You will fresh vegetables, meat, ice-cream, sweet, and some delicacies from Georgia and Korea. Even though you might not find touristy souvenirs, this place is worth a visit.

Visit Local Gardens and Parks

I found several beautiful parks around the city filled with natural beauty. A walk along the Pushkin Street will take you to some green spaces. Other places are to be found near Bolshaya Sadovaya Street. You can relax or take a walk in this park. If you are visiting with family, you can spend some quality time with them at here.