Edirne – The City That Stays

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The city holds the most important historical value in all around Turkey, as the best market years of the Ottoman ruling empire was done in this city. They passed all their ruling years from Edirne and have won many diplomatic wars. It is marked to be the greatest heritage holding city in Turkey. The architecture in the city is very medieval; you will find imperial buildings that are dated back to centuries and old palaces and monuments. The city is filled with ancient statues. If you are a fanatic of history and love knowing about where the particular city arose from and how then this is your place to be. Every monument and every palace here has a different and interesting story to tell. According to me, this place has many things to visit and being tight on time, here are some of my selections.

The Health Museum

The museum was built over almost 100 years ago old and trusts me as far as every one of us thinks that museums are a boring place to visit. This one is definitely not. The new museum, earlier in Roman Empire times used to be the only hospital around them under their ruling. The most amounts of patients in this hospital used to be mental patients and as the medicines were not the optimal solution to problems earlier, aromatherapy was the major practice that was applied in the hospital. The then hospitals used the natural elements of life to treat their patients like air and water and fire. It sounds bizarre but it was the truth. You can still be able to spot the patient’s rooms and the inventory of the hospital. They also showcase tools that were used in such treatments.

Selimiye Mosque

This is the highest visited and most religiously accepted mosque around the town. And this is not just some simple mosque where prayers are held, but the kind of architectural beauty you will find here is like an eye candy you can’t keep your eyes away from. This mosque is what people call is the small sibling to the blue mosque in Istanbul and is treated as one too. The mosque can house over 500 people in one religious prayer time and is very close to the devotees. But the beauty arrives at night when the lights are turned on, it looks like a bride. All the string lights and the focused lights make it look really beautiful.

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Perm: An Excursion of the Undiscovered Gem

Most of the people traveling to Russia, only visit St. Petersburg and Moscow. However, there are so many undiscovered places. Perm is one such city that I came across. This place is certainly worth a visit. In case you travel to Perm, here are some of the best things that you can see or do.

Take a Walk along Kama River

The city is located at the edge of Kama River.  To spend a lazy afternoon, take a stroll along the river embankment. As I strolled, I came across the sculpture which has now become a symbolic structure of the city. You will find red letters in the Russian language which means, happiness isn’t behind the mountains. This is place against the river background and the bank that is the present opposite to it.

Catch a Ballet Dance Show

If you are a cultural buff like me and like opera, ballet, or poetry, visit the opera and ballet theatre. The ballet dance of this city is splendid. The pieces that they showcase put them on the same pedestal as Moscow’s Bolshoy or St. Petersburg’s Marrinsky. Even if you are visiting for a short period of time, you should not miss out on this.

Take Part in the Local Festival

Some internationally famous festivals are held in the city every year. One of the most popular ones is the film festival that had been inspired by Robert Flaherty. It attracts stars from all over the world. Another one is the International Diaghilev Festival. This is mainly for the lover of classical art. It is held in the month of June every year.

Check out Permyak Salty Ears

The city and the surrounding areas are known to be rich in minerals. All through the course of history, you will find the mention of salt. One of the primary symbols of the city is the Permyak Salty Ears.

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Paraty: Explore the Charming Town in Brazil

This weekend I planned to visit Paraty. It is a small town situated at the southern tip of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The stunning natural wonders of the town are surely going to take you by surprise. Starting from natural wonders to colonial architect, you are going to find it all. You will find the region rich in various activities. Here are some of the things that you can include in your itineraries when you visit Paraty.

Visit the Historical Center

When you visit the historical center of Paraty, you will notice that it forms a significant part of the heritage and charm of the town. The architect of the building speaks of the Portuguese legacy. The brightly colored window and door frames appear so beautiful. You will find cobbled streets that connect them. Wander around Santa Rita church and also the houses that surround it.

Relax on the Beach

To relax and chill, I visited Barra do Corumbê. This is a small beach that offers an excellent view. It is the ideal spot if you want to spend some time with your family. The water is shallow and calm. Hence, it is the best place if you want to do some standup surf paddle. There are also some restaurants out here which offer delicious seafood.

Go for a Boat Trip

Taking a boat trip to check out the natural wonders is definitely the best thing that I tried out in Paraty. The tours start at 11 in the morning and take 4 hours to cover all the attractions. This way you can come across many scenic coves and beaches. There are snorkeling gears on the beach for checking out marine life. It also includes drinks and food.

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Novosibirsk – Take a Tour of the Historic Town

Novosibirsk is the third most important city in Russia. It is only recently that tourists are discovering this city. The unspoiled natural beauty of the place is mesmerizing. The tour helped me experience the authentic taste of Russia. There are many places to explore. So, if you plan to visit the city anytime soon, here are a few things that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Art Museum

Visiting Novosibirsk and not visiting the Art Museum would have been a huge mistake. This is the extensive most galleries in Siberia. You will find everything from local crafts, sculptures, to exquisite icons. I was surprised to find out that there are more than 10,000 in this museum. Hence, there are a plethora of masterpieces that you can explore.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The historical cathedral had been created in 1898. It is one of the first buildings that have been made of stone. The architecture is characteristics of Neo-Byzantine style. What attracted me to the cathedral was the golden dome. I was told about this by my old friend Andrey who has Ukrainian descent.  He suggested I visit this spot when I arrived.  So glad to make the decision to do so.  It is just the perfect place to get away from the humdrum life of the city. The cathedral has a peaceful interior.

The Lenina Square

The heart of Novosibirsk is Lenina Square. It is brimming with culture and activity. The place is home to several important buildings in the city. You will also find some architectural excellence. Here you will find the State Concert Hall, Philaharmonic Orchestra, and also the Opera and the Ballet Theater. The central point of the square is the statue of Vladimir Lenin.

Novosibirsk Zoo

This is a world-famous zoo. If you are traveling with your kids, this is the best place to be. There are over 10,000 different animals. For me, it proved to be a natural getaway. I was thrilled to see the setting of the idyllic pine forest.  

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Santiago De Queretaro

Santiago de Querétaro is one of the beautiful cities in Mexico. When I visited this city, I was amazed to see how the Spanish colonial architecture is well-preserved. This city has beautiful baroque buildings that include the Santa Rosa de Viterbo church. You should definitely consider visiting the nearby San Fransisco church. The Querétaro Regional Museum here displays some pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican artifacts. There are a number of places that you can visit and enjoy the beauty here, the way I did:

  • Temploy Convento De La Santa Cruz

One of the most interesting places of this city is the Temploy Convento. This is a convent/church and dates back to the 15th century. This convent offers you a cross of tree thorns along with an outdoor splash fountain to enjoy upon.

  • Centro Histórico

This one is the historic center of Mexico City. Being the central neighborhood in the city, this is famous as Centro. What I saw was that this place focused on Zocalo or main plaza.

  • Acueducto De Querétaro

Another one attraction of the city is Acueducto de Querétaro. This beautiful and iconic stone aqueduct was dated back to the 18th century and is over 28m high and around 1300m long. This symbol is also one of the largest in whole Mexico. Also, the aqueduct is considered as the symbol of the City of Querétaro. So, I am sure you will definitely like this place.

  • Plaza De Armas Querétaro

If you are a fun lover, then this is definitely a place to be visited. So, if you want to chill and relax you can definitely visit this one. This is a park with the city’s most famous playground, bicycle path along with a dog park. The park is so big that I personally didn’t feel crowded. Apart from these, you can plan a visit to Museo Casa de la Zacatecana, El Cerrito, and Alameda Hidalgo. As per my experience, these places are also a worth to visit.

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Enjoy The Adventure And Architecture Of San Miguel De Allende

San Miguel de Allende Is the city of the colonial era and the central Highlands of Mexico. This city is popular for its baroque Spanish architecture, cultural festivals and thriving arts.  I am a travel freak and when I got to know about the beauty of San Miguel de Allende I couldn’t stop myself. I love everything about the city like its history, the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. I liked the pink towers of the church rise above the El Jardín. I also visited the church Templo de San Francisco, which was close to the place and was mesmerized to the facade of 18th-century Churrigueresque

There are many other attractions present here in addition to this, and some of the others that impressed me were the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende, Mercado de Artesanías. This is the place where you can buy the indigenous handicraft of San Miguel de Allende. Have a look at the other fascinating things of the place.

  • El Charco Del Ingenio

You are a fan of a botanical garden or a botanist this is the place you would love to visit. but, if you are not the one above mentioned still a nature lover; you would still love this place. El Charco del Ingenio has lots of natural beauty and you will get plenty of peaceful time here. enjoy the sunrise and sunset here Without spending too much amount on travel.

  • Juárez Park

This is basically a tranquil park and I loved this park. It has colorful flowers all around, benches placed under shade trees, sit here to have some relaxing time. Along with that, the park has a playground as well.

  • San Miguel Parque De Aventuras

This is the best spot for adventure lovers as there are many activities present that you can try and love it. You can try zip lining which is fun. You can also try canyoning, ridden motorcycles, rock climbing, etc.

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Markham: What To Do And Where To Go?

Markham is the city where old meets the new. The suburban neighborhood, the rolling hills, and 19th-century homes capture my heart like nothing else. The various recreational facilities that the city has to offer will make your visit worthwhile. There are many things to do and see. If you ever visit Toronto, make sure you travel to Markham, even if it is for a day. Here are some of the things you are doing while you are in the city.

  • Choose your own vegetables and fruits

Visit the Whittamore’s Farm; this is a great place to be with your family. It covers an area of 200 acres. I was thrilled to pick fresh pumpkins, strawberries, peas, pumpkins, and raspberries. To speak truly, it is more than just a farm. You are going to have so much fun by jumping on the trampolines or even sliding through the tubes.

  • Tour the historic neighborhoods

The city is an eclectic combination of old and new. The picturesque neighborhood simply took my breath away. The best area that you can explore is Unionville. There are beautiful homes, amazing boutiques, and great restaurants serving delicious food. Yet another neighborhood that you can wander around is the Main Street. There are historic homes which have now been transformed into restaurants and local shops.

  • Check out a museum

Visit the Markham Museum. This museum enumerates the story about the growth of the city. There are about 30 buildings. A majority of them are historic, depicting the life in the past. It displays the excavated artifacts. If you are lucky, you will be able to witness one among the many temporary exhibitions which are held throughout the year. If you want to have a picnic with your family, there is an incredible garden for doing that. I enrolled my kid in a day program that the museum has.

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