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Top Places to Visit in South Goa

Goa is one of my favourite states on the west coast of India. After spending much time in the bigger cities in the country where there are massive crowds, vehicles, traffic jams and honking, Goa is a respite from all that congestion and noise. Back in 2014, Goa was a place where I had sought solitude and relaxation at awesome beaches on lovely coastlines amid towering palm trees. Spread over 3,700 square kilometres, Goa is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa. I had stayed for four days in South Goa, after which I moved on to the north. Accommodation is aplenty ranging from luxury resorts, homestays, beach shacks and Treebo hotels in Goa. Comparing the two districts, I preferred the south for it’s more laid-back than the north and has picturesque landscapes of pristine beaches, fishing villages and historical Indo-Portuguese heritage homes inland. *Also Read: Happy that Heaven is Here If you wish to explore South Goa, here are some of the places to visit: Colva and Benaulim Beaches Although South Goa is known for its quietness, Colva Beach is an exception. Just like its counterpart Calangute in the north, tourists flock to Colva for its full

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Explore the Arts in Minneapolis

When you think of Minneapolis, an image of a freezing cold city in the remote reaches of the Midwest might spring to mind. That might have been the case a long time ago, but today, Minneapolis is an exciting destination that lures visitors to its vibrant art scene. With several art and design schools, world-class museums, contemporary art spaces, galleries bursting with innovative creativity, and public art installations, Minneapolis has something for everyone. It’s no wonder that visitors are flocking to Minneapolis to experience the city’s myriad cultural offerings. Here are some of the top art spaces and galleries you can’t miss in Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Art The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) is a world-class museum. Its collection ranges from ancient sculptures to classical and modern paintings to contemporary photography. The MIA is full of unique artwork and fascinating galleries with popping colors and images. With such an extensive collection, some of you might be inspired to study the art pieces in one of the galleries and do sketches in your notebook. Admission to the permanent collection is free, but you’ll have to pay to see special exhibitions. Walker Art Center Established in 1927, the Walker Art Center is the first large

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First Impressions of Rome: History and Art

My first trip to Europe was in 2008 and the destination was Italy. Rome was the first port of entry and the Eternal City made such an impression on me that, no matter how beautiful the other European cities that I had discovered in subsequent trips, Rome would always be my favourite. Why was Rome my all-time favourite European city? Ancient history: I was surrounded by ancient history everywhere in Rome and I marvelled at their inventions and formidable achievements, for the Roman civilisation was one of the world’s greatest and left a significant impact on today’s architecture, engineering, and politics. Beautiful art: There are beautiful examples of art and culture everywhere in Rome. I looked up at paintings and sculptures, so in awe of my surroundings that I had tripped on pews in churches and kerbstones on the streets. My sister had to caution me to watch where I was going! We wished we had more time to experience Rome at a leisurely pace but my sister and I were there for only two days on a guided tour, thus our itinerary was quite rushed. The Eternal City is packed with many things to see, here are the few places that we had visited:

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Short Getaway Places Near Kuala Lumpur

Anyone wants to know the destinations to visit in Malaysia, the information given is usually the capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL), the islands of Penang and Langkawi, the historical city Melaka and the jungles of Borneo in East Malaysia. With the exception of Melaka which is only a two-hour drive from KL, the other places require driving around four to five hours or a flight time of two hours or so. Depending how much time one has in Malaysia, the aforementioned places might not be doable especially if one has only two or three days at hand. However, we, as locals of KL, are aware that there are indeed a couple of places nearby that we often go during weekends or long weekends. Plus with cheap booking hotel online, we can sometimes decide on a trip on a spur of the moment. Here are a few destinations within reach of Kuala Lumpur for your consideration: Janda Baik Janda Baik is a small Malay village in the state of Pahang with a population of approximately 1,000 people. Located an hour’s drive from KL, Janda Baik (translation: Good Widow) is a tranquil place surrounded by pristine rainforest at an altitude of 600m

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How to Make The Most Out of Travelling in Asia

There is simply no doubt that Asia is the most highly-frequented destination for travellers from all over. With so much on offer in terms of culture, history and excitement – with natural beauty and religious significance on top of that – this is a part of the world everyone deserves to see. If you’re planning on heading to Asia on your travels, be sure to keep the following things in mind to make the most out of your experience. Plan your route in advance One of the best ways to ensure you make the most out of your Asian adventure happens before you even go. Be sure you have a planned route that accounts for everything you want to see and do on your travels – whether it’s a warm frolic upon the shores of Southeast Asia or an oriental getaway in Eastern Asia, there’ll undoubtedly be something for you. The wonders of Asia are plentiful yet diverse, and so it’s important you do your research beforehand to discover just which potential destinations will offer you what you want from your travels. Have a loose plan that allows for some changes, so long as you have a general idea of

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Guide for First-Timers to Whistler, British Columbia

The ultimate vacation resort of Whistler in British Columbia is situated hardly two hours away by road from the coastal city of Vancouver, Canada. With convenient bus connections from the airport, getting to Whistler has never been so easy. I have put together a helpful guide to unlock the perfect vacation for those of us intending to visit this dream destination for the first time. Getting to Whistler As mentioned, this mountain paradise, Whistler is only just a short two-hour drive from Vancouver with the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway making a perfect entry point to this iconic holiday destination. In case you do not feel like driving, regular bus services are available from the airport and the Vancouver city centre. There is a leisurely train ride to be had, which luckily, passes through some of the best mountain scenery and cute Whistler vacation homes, making you fall in love with the resort town instantly. But for tourists who do not have much time, they can opt for a 20-minute small plane ride from Vancouver and you can get to the resort in a jiffy. Accommodation Whistler has such a wide range of accommodation that choosing the right one can become quite

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Ruins and Sarees of Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh

A guest post contribution by Svetlana Baghawan of Maverickbird. In this post, Svetlana shares about her impromptu shopping trail in a historical town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, India – a shopping trip that led her to discover the local (and spooky) legends associated with the town. ***** Have you ever been to a place which is full of ghosts…tragedy, intense drama, desolation, rich heritage, scattered beauty, and yet most overlooked and unkempt? The historical town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh in India had all that and it evoked a variety of feelings which ranged from awe, disappointment to downright spooky. Located on the borders of medieval Indian states of Malwa and Bundelkhand, Chanderi thrived from the trade routes of Central India and was close to the arterial route to the ancient ports of Gujarat as well as to Malwa, Mewar, Central India and the Deccan. The strategic importance of its location, also made the town evolve into an important military outpost and its history goes back to the Mahabharata period. *Also Read: Bhopal and Begums Shishupal was the ruler of Chanderi during that time and many local legends are associated with him. Such was the importance of the heritage town, that throughout

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Here’s What You Should Know About Arctic Cruises

At the mention of the Arctic Circle, one can’t help but imagine icebergs, seals, walruses and polar bears. Most of us learn about the Arctic from books and television from which we understand that it is the coldest and most remote place on earth. No matter how utterly bleak the Arctic is – did you know that there are expedition cruises to the Arctic for travellers? Yes, that’s right. Modern travellers can realise their dreams by going on an expedition cruise to the Arctic which for many of us consider it as a trip of a lifetime. I have always wondered – what is it like to be on an Arctic cruise? Well, let’s find out, shall we? Arctic cruise is different from the “normal cruise” Cruise to the Arctic is unlike the “normal cruise” in which the latter has 3,000 passengers who are provided activities and entertainment onboard and sightseeing trips upon disembarking at ports. Cruise to the Arctic, however, is an expedition cruise run by smaller ships containing at the most 100 passengers, and educational lectures are conducted by naturalist guides onboard to enhance knowledge on the local environment from walruses to glacial geology. The expedition team also

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Visit Monterey When Travelling to San Francisco

Recently, I watched a travel program on TV that featured Monterey, California, a coastal town situated south of San Francisco. Watching that program brought back a lot of memories of my trip to San Francisco many years ago. I remember that trip being a fantastic two-week vacation covering San Francisco, camping in Yosemite National Park, and a quick getaway to Monterey. Most people make day trips to Monterey, but when I was there, my instincts told me that this laid-back and casual town was also perfect for those wanting to spend a night or two to explore its attractions at a relaxing pace. If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco, make sure you add Monterey to your itinerary. Here are the top things to do and see in Monterey. 1. Monterey Bay Aquarium The world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is the city’s main attraction and focuses on ocean conservation. This amazing aquarium is massive, with more than 35,000 sea creatures and hundreds of exhibits featuring sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, and schools of fish. Although the entrance fees are steep, I guarantee that you’ll love it and that you’ll leave the aquarium awestruck by the wonders of sea life. For ticket information, opening

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Cycling in Hoi An

Introducing Mike McLeish of Pinch Flat who had spent some time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working on a community bicycle project which subsequently inspired him to be a ‘bicycle blogger’ 🙂 Mike wrote this guest post about cycling to an island called Cam Kim, near Hoi An in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy the post! ***** I’m currently traveling solo around the beautiful country of Vietnam, specifically the quaint little town of Hoi An. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam anytime soon I highly recommend this place, it’s straight from a fairy tale. I’ve been here for over two months now so have had the opportunity to go on a few bike rides. Here’s my latest mini bike ride around an island called Cam Kim. The Bicycle Most of the bicycles in the area are the same. They’re small, kinda rusty, and only have one gear… But to make up for that, they all come with a front basket and a bell. So it’s not all bad! My bike rides around the area never last longer than 10 miles. So if you’re serious about cycling, I highly recommend bringing your own as the rentals just aren’t up to it. That

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