guide for first timers to whistler peak 2 peak gondola image via flickr by atsushi kase

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

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visit and stay outside hoi an bridge over song do river

Visit and Stay Outside Hoi An

The very mention of Hoi An and immediately images of yellow heritage buildings and colourful lanterns pop up in one’s mind. This is the scene that most tourists associate with Hoi An – a town in Central Vietnam where tourists come in droves to walk around the quiet streets of the Old Town, admire the Chinese-influenced heritage buildings, cruise on the Thu Bon River, and to take lots of IG-worthy photos of various styles and poses. The Old Town of Hoi An is indeed captivating and pretty but has anyone wondered, is that all there is to see in Hoi

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kolkata victoria memorial

48 Hours in Kolkata: Day One

Kolkata was my first port of call in West Bengal, a start to an eleven-day trip covering Kolkata, Darjeeling and Gangtok. I arrived from Kuala Lumpur close to midnight and woke up the next morning to catch the tail end of the Durga Puja festival. In between the festivities, my host Amrita and I planned our activities for the next two days, after which I would head off to Darjeeling. Kolkata is a densely populated city of 14 million, thus there are numerous places to visit and things to do. I’m a heritage buff, so the first thing I always look

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Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu

As if we weren’t tired enough from shopping at Gaya Street Sunday Fair in the morning in a tropical heat, we continued to walk around Kota Kinabalu (KK) city to while our time before heading off to the Filipino Market which only opened at 5pm. Because the weather was scorching hot, we cooled off in air-conditioned places. We walked around in Suria Sabah and Centre Point shopping malls as my friend wanted to buy mobile phone accessories. By the time it was nearly 5pm and the weather became a little cooler with the sea breeze blowing in from the waterfront, we walked towards

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Going Gothic in Paris

Continuing on my journey to get acquainted with art in Paris, my travel companions and I explored Gothic architecture in the city. And Paris has no shortage of Gothic-inspired structures. According to Wikipedia, Gothic architecture is a style of architecture that flourished during the high and late medieval period. It evolved from Romanesque architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture. Many great cathedrals, abbeys and churches in Europe were built in Gothic architecture and their characteristics are typically pointed arches, buttresses, rose windows, towers, spires and resplendent facades. Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval gothic Church and a masterpiece commissioned by the devout Louis IX (the only French

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