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More Things to do in Nice

niceThe sun, beautiful people, and the French sophistication are elements of Nice – a city set on the French Riviera. Long an area where the rich and famous come to play Nice is also a city that has much to offer to the average person too. Filled with great restaurants, boutiques, and historical monuments Nice is a city where a person can just wander around and savior their time here. A person can start their day wandering the markets of Cours Saleya, spend the afternoon on the beach, then enjoy the night time activities of Place Massena.

Cours Saleya

Cite du Parc | Nice 06300

Its hard to miss Cours Saleya – the city’s outdoor market – with its bright colors and fantastic smells. Cours Saleya is located in the bustling heart of the tourist friendly old town. It’s recommended to come here early as possible as by even 9 am there will be throngs of people wandering around buying foods for the day. Coming into Cours Saleya is a great way to see the commerce of the city in motion, as well as to see how regular citizens of the Nice live.

Place Massena

Avenue de Verdun / Avenue Felix Faure | Nice

The central square of Nice is Place Massena. A wonderful alive square Place Massena has the seafront flanking it to the south and the commercial delights of Avenue Jean Medecin – one of Nice’s main shopping streets – to the north. Nearby is the well maintained and lovely Massena Gardens is also a draw for people to visit. Especially enjoyable for its ambiance at night Place Massena always draws an eclectic ground. A night time feature is varied art exhibits hoisted above the crowds of passersby on tall steel pool as well as the immaculately restored fountain a blaze with lights.

The Beaches

Promenade des Anglais / Quai des Etats-Unis

Naturally the beaches of Nice are worth a look as this is the French Riviera. Known for its iconic blue chairs a vacation to Nice requires some beach lounging. Many of the beaches are designed for the wealthy however as much of the beach space is broken up into private beach clubs that cost a fair bit to enter. Private beaches do have the iconic blue chairs, which keep you off the pebble beaches, but they also do not allow you to bring your own food or drinks in. There are free beaches to, but there are no lounge chairs are rest room facilities in them.

More Things to Do in Yellowstone

Yellowstone is one of America’s great natural escapes. This national park is filled with a variety of different camping areas, waterfalls, canyons, forests and other varied natural attractions. Since the colonial era people have marvelled at the bounty of nature located in this part of the state of Wyoming. Each year the national park is filled with legions of nature lovers who take to the outdoors and savour Yellowstone. If chance should bring you to Yellowstone you will have much to explore. Still more things to see and do in Yellowstone national park include:

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One of the key draws for visitors to Yellowstone is the chance to see the parks varied wildlife. Perhaps no place provides better opportunity for this then Hayden Valley. Located a few miles from Yellowstone Lake this lush valley is a natural grazing ground for elk, coyotes, bison, a vast variety of bird species, and even the occasional grizzly bear. Two of the major trails that hikers enjoy in the valley are the Hayden Valley Trail – which travels to Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from the valley – and the Mary Mountain Trail which leads hikers along the Northern edge of the valley. A few of the valleys calling card sites include a few geothermal pools such as Sulphur Springs, Black Dragon Caldron, and Mud Geyser.

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center 

Once you have enjoyed enough natural pursuits many visitors to Yellowstone take the time to visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. This non profit center details in depth the history and features of the bears and wolves that are, and have been, inside Yellowstone. Beyond just the history of the animals, present conservation practices are also detailed in the center too. Nearby to the center are several habitats that actual house bears and wolves complete with viewing areas so you can safely view them.  Located near to the entrance to Yellowstone national park the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is open in summer from sunrise to sunset daily.

Grand Prismatic Spring

If you’re looking for a bit of artistic inspiration, you’ll find it at the Grand Prismatic Spring. Sitting in the Midway Geyser Basin, this is the largest hot spring in the United States, approximately 250 by 300 feet in size and around 160-feet deep. But it’s Grand Prisimatic’s rainbow waters that really make it fascinating: While the center of the pool’s deep cerulean hue is pretty characteristic, the deep reds, bright yellows and fiery oranges encircling the edges are not. These colors are caused by pigmented bacteria that thrive on the rich minerals produced by the geothermic activity. The color of the bacteria is determined by the temperature of the water — the center of the spring is too hot to support life — which is then reflected when light hits the organisms.

4 Types of Holiday for the Foodies

 

If food is your ultimate passion, your one true love, then chances are you’ll want your holiday to keep food as a major factor, not just a side note. There are some fantastic options for food-focused holidays, so check out these favourite four foodie holiday ideas to get your tastebuds tingling.

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Cooking and Tasting Tours

In just about any destination you choose there’s bound to be at least one (usually many) tour options designed specifically for the gourmand traveller.

There’s tasting tours around marketplaces, sampling the most authentic street foods off the beaten track. There are cooking tours where guests get to pick produce themselves, sometimes even visiting farms, and learn to cook traditional dishes. There are tours that will escort guests around the finest and most exclusive restaurants to taste famous chefs’ specialties.

Whether you hunger for fresh Asian spices, rich French cuisine, hearty European comfort food, aromatic middle-eastern delicacies, salty Scandinavian seafood, or any other classic national dishes, there’s bound to be a perfect food tour to satisfy your tastes.

Luxury Cruise Holiday

Anybody who’s ever been on a cruise holiday will agree that the dining experiences are one of the true highlights of the cruise ship experience. Most luxury liners will have a vast array of cuisines available, from the homely to the most exotic. Top chefs from all corners of the globe help design menus and prepare feasts to get even the most seasoned tastebuds watering.

Get in touch with the team at Cruiseabout to find the ideal cruise holiday for experiences the finest cuisine at sea. You can even choose to travel to your favourite food destinations and arrange food tours or cooking classes as part of your shore visits at each port.

Bush Tucker Trails

To really get back to basics, don’t overlook your own backyard. The Aussie bush is teeming with all sorts of complex and unique flavours that come straight from our own red soils and bush natives.

An authentic bush tucker trail will teach you all about the intricate flavours and intriguing ingredients that can be found in the wild, as well as ancient knowledge about these foods that has been passed on from generation to generation of our country’s indigenous inhabitants.

The flavours, the scents, the textures, the traditions, the culture and the history all combine to create a truly unforgettable holiday experience that will enrich your culinary skills, expand your repertoire of ingredients and imbibe your trip with a deep appreciation for the natural bounties our sunburnt country has on offer.

Real-foodFood Festivals

You might choose to time your holiday to coincide with a food festival in a favourite location, or even “festival-hop” from one location to the next, following the food events that you’d like to experience.

There are many celebrations of food from the farm to the dinner plate and everything in-between. From small country-town food fairs to week-long events spanning whole cities, the world is simply bursting with exciting festivals to tantalise the tastebuds and enhance your wealth of culinary knowledge. A food festival might just be the perfect excuse for your next trip away!

 

If a holiday that holds food in the limelight sounds like the perfect way to spend your time off, then what are you waiting for? Start planning one of these ultimate foodie escapes now, and give in to the world’s best culinary experiences.

Great things to do in Auckland

Auckland is fantastic city with many diversions that both cosmopolitan and naturalistically oriented. Visitors to the city come here to enjoy the cities varied neighbourhoods and world class museums. When the delights of the city grow tiresome the bounty of New Zealand’s nature is usually just a quick car ride away. Whether it is exploring the volcanic mountains of Rangitoto Island or having a coffee over looking the city at beautiful Devonport there is always things to do in Auckland. A couple more of these activities include:

rangitotoislandRangitoto Island

1010 Rangitoto Island | Auckland

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Auckland it’s recommended that you hop a ferry from the Auckland Ferry Terminal over to Rangitoto Island. Rangitoto is a volcanic island across the Hauraki Gulf. Visitors enjoy taking in its scenic beauty by hiking, fishing or taking a bus or train ride around its natural attractions. Hiking to Rangitoto Island’s summit to soak in the amazing views is well recommended by locals and other travellers. Ferry rides to Rangitoto Island islands cost $22 US dollars and leave regularly throughout the day.

Auckland Museum

Domain Drive, Parnell | Auckland

The Auckland Museum tells the story of the Auckland region through various artifacts, exhibits and art works. Separated into three floors, the first floor tells the story of the Pacific Island communities – mainly the Mauri peoples; the natural history of the North Island is on the second floor, and finally the regions military history on the third floor of the museum. A recommendation is to take in the Maori cultural shows that use actors to portray what ancient Mauri life was like. The museum is located in Auckland Domain Park and is open from 10 am to 5 PM with free admission though an $8 US dollar donation is strongly recommended.

Devonport 

Devonport, New Zealand

Devonport is one of Auckland’s most posh and most attractive suburbs. Filled with great restaurants and places to shop, Devonport is a great place to grab a seat and a bite to while enjoying the wonderful views over the city. People come to this area to wander around and look at the fantastic colonial architecture and quaint, peaceful beaches. Tourists wandering this area have said that sometimes it feels like going back in time in terms of the attitude of the locals, the store fronts, and old fashioned yet cozy looking homes that flank these idyllic streets.  A scenic way to get to Devonport is to ride the ferry across the habour. You can catch one of the numerous ferries from the down town Auckland ferry terminal.

Neighborhoods of Berlin

One of the indelible elements of Berlin are all the great and varied neighborhoods that give the city its character and charm. With a metropolitan area that is nine times the size of Paris Berlin has many different areas to see and explore. Though many of the more note worthy neighborhoods are located in West Berlin the East has a few really authentic, less touristy neighborhoods as well to visit. Some of the more iconic neighborhoods of Berlin include:

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Mitte

Mitte is perhaps the most central of the Berlin districts and contains many of Germany’s most iconic landmarks. Covering a huge swath of the city some of the attractions inside the Mitte district include: the Brandenberg Gate, the Tiergarten and the shopping street, Friedrichstrasse, hover near the Unter der Linden, Berlin’s main boulevard. Close as well to the Brandenberg gate is the famous, hyper modern Potsdamer Platz square as well as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Parliament buildings. If you are a lover of art you can also visit the Museum Island in this area too. Basically, if you visit Berlin you will spend a lot of your time in the Mitte district as there is so much to see.

Friedrichshain & Kreuzberg

East of the Mitte are the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg boroughs. These districts also have several World War 2 and Cold War landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror – the latter a museum that details the Nazi atrocities. Kreuzberg has long been the bohemian and artistic quarter of the city and is full of interesting galleries, cafes, and bars. Friedrichshain is home too much of city’s best and most thriving nightclubs, while also having the city’s most vibrant gay district.

Charlottenburg

Southeast of Berlin’s major park Tiergarten is the borough of Charlottenburg. It is here that you can find Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church which was bombed in 1943 then turned into anti war memorial. This area also has the Schloss Charlottenburg which is one of most enduring and oldest palaces in the city. Perhaps more infamously as well is the Nazi era stadium for the Berlin Olympics that can also be found near to here.

Pankow

Pankow is a quickly gentrifying area that is still filled with bohemian cafes and nightclubs. This area is filled with students and locals artists and is one of the best, along with Kreuzberg, people watching locations in Berlin. A walk around this area should include two of its best streets Kastanienallee and Oderberger Strasse which are filled with great boutiques and interesting people.