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United Arab Emirates: Top Things to do and visit

The United Arab Emirates is a futuristic nation that attracts many tourists around the world. They are undoubtedly the most advanced Arab nation and one of the richest ones … many of its constructions evoke a West that has surpassed in innovation and futurism.

DUBAI

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Among the desert dunes, it is a city made up of skyscrapers and artificial gardens: the Burj Khalifa skyscraper which is the highest in the world with its 800 meters and the Rotating Tower, a skyscraper that rotates on itself, or the famous” Vela ” famous 7-star hotel and“ The Palm ”, a series of artificial islands in the shape of a palm, visible even from space.

The life of the Bedouins, sea travel, flora, fauna, dances, crafts and local archeology and architectural development. In the heart of so much history and so much progress, a visit to the Gold Souk is a unique experience: the richest Arab market in the world!

But Dubai is also a seaside destination, the residential district “The Walk”, a vast shopping area full of elegant shops in Dubai Media City and a large water park.

ABU DHABI

It offers endless sports and entertainment possibilities, as well as a crystalline and warm sea, and unique attractions in the world, such as the Ferrari World Theme Park, the first theme park dedicated to Ferraris, on the Island of Yas, and also in Yas the new Warner Bros Wolrd, the Louvre Museum in Saadiyat which will be followed by the Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Museum of Abu Dhabi, The Performing Arts Center, a multifunctional space for theatrical performances, dance performances and concerts and the Maritime Museum, still in the planning stage.

The attraction and integral part of the town’s urban planning is in fact the seafront, known as the Corniche, which extends for 8 km and intentionally recalls the Promenade of Nice; follows the coastline dotted with playgrounds for children, cycle paths, pedestrian paths, cafés, restaurants and Corniche Beach, a supervised seaside park that has been awarded the Blue Flag, a prestigious international recognition that certifies beaches and marinas with clean and safe, while around it there are splendid natural islands, each with different characteristics.

AJMAN

Seaside tourist destination, thanks to its white beaches, especially luxury ones. Here you can also visit the Ajman Museum in the marvelous 18th century fortress, Dhow Yard and Mowaihat, one of the most famous archaeological sites in all the Arab Emirates, discovered in 1986.

SHARJAH

Sharjah, considered the cultural capital of the Emirates, boasts the recognition of the Cultural Capital of the Arab world according to UNESCO; among its most important monuments is the Museum of Islamic Art with more than 5000 artistic artifacts and scientific instruments: it is an old restored souk with a dome with zodiacal decorations. It stands on an extremely characteristic natural area with many swampy and at the same time salty areas and gravel plains, and part of the Rub ‘al-Khali, the second largest sandy desert in the world, with dunes up to 300 m in height.

UMM AL-QAYWAYN

Small, sleepy, quaint, with no international resort or megamall, it has a retro vibe in stark contrast to the rest of the Emirates; the most important tourist attractions are the Umm Al Quwain Fort, now a museum, the Old Port, the Umm al Quwain Islands and the archaeological excavations of Al-Dour, an important pre-Islamic settlement, and the Dreamland Aqua Park.…

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Berlin: a Walk Through History

I visited Germany in January of 2019 and met a wild traveller called Aaron (he was taking a break from his business, Pedleys Solar). We enjoyed a four day stay at a bed and breakfast in the East side of Berlin.

As a history buff, this was a dream come true for me!

The remnants of the divide, despite being removed decades ago, are visible for all to see. The feeling of walking on a Western street is completely different to that of an Eastern street; the East has much more space to breathe as well as an abundance of public land to enjoy the sun in.

As my visit was in January, we were lucky enough to have a night or two marked by heavy snow, it put the city in a whole new light; the sharp angles and pristine architecture covered by a blanket of white.

It is obligatory when visiting Germany to look upon the relics of the Second World War, there is no place better for this than Berlin. The Topography of Terror gives you the most in depth walk through Germany’s darkest years you’ll find anywhere. Nearby is the harrowing Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a gigantic concrete maze of towers varying in size from waist high to several stories tall. It is impossible not to get emotional when visiting this area of the city, the historic weight is palpable.

The German DDR museum is a must for anyone interested in Cold War history, you can visit replicas of East German flats and immerse yourself in a completely different way of life. Despite the immense quality of this section of the trip, the true highlight was the East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall that remains standing. It is truly humbling to stand next to one of the most important parts of 20th Century history, the graffiti is an added bonus too! Following from this, Checkpoint Charlie is a fascinating look at the tensions that used to divide the city, it features road markings that show you exactly where the wall would have stood.

Finishing off the historical section of the holiday, the Soviet War Memorial is a gargantuan monument to the lives lost in the liberation of Berlin; parked in front are the first two tanks to enter the city. The monument stares triumphantly at both the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, it’s located perfectly to visit all three in one day. I would recommend paying for a guide to walk you through this section of the city as it is so full of history that it is easy to miss things!

As a lover of a good night out, I instinctively looked around several of the bars that the city has to offer. Looking past the prices that are inevitably going to be high in a city centre, there were dozens of pubs with great atmospheres and friendly staff. My personal favourite was a quaint Irish bar near the BnB which specialised in whiskey. For those looking for something more exciting, there are many clubs in the centre of the city with a fantastic reputation.…

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Italy: The top things to do

Italy is without a doubt loved by many perhaps for its immense history, many breathtaking landscapes, many beautiful cities, for the beautiful islands in the Mediterranean or perhaps for a varied and delicious cuisine.

But what we can visit and see in the beautiful country?

1) ROME

On a trip to Italy, Rome certainly cannot be missed.

The capital is also called the Eternal City, a very long history that has laid the foundations for many other cultures in Europe.

Full of monuments, squares and museums. Here’s what to visit in Rome:

A. The Colosseum

B. The Roman Forum

C. The Pantheon

D. The Trevi Fountain

E. Navona Square

In Rome, you certainly cannot miss the Vatican City … a small city within Rome, where the Pope is seated;

Here are the things not to miss:

A. St. Peter’s Square

B. St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world

C. Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s main work: The Last Judgment

D. Vatican Museums

Rome has many other artifacts and historical places not to be missed …

2) FLORENCE AND VENICE

They are the two Italian cities that attract more tourists. In fact, they are both beautiful cities.

In Florence, we can’t miss visiting:

A. The Cathedral

B. “Uffizi” Gallery and its famous paintings

C. Signoria Square: a true open-air museum

D. Brunelleschi’s Dome:

Venice full of canals and gondola rides, a perfect destination for a romantic holiday. The Carnival of Venice, every year in February, attracts so many tourist every single year

But in Venice you can also visit:

A. Piazza San Marco: it’s city’s heart and the pigeon area!

B. Saint Marco Basilica with Golden Mosaics

C. The Ducal Palace

D. Bridge of sighs: the famous bridge in Venice

E. Murano, famous for the production of glass and Burano typical colored houses.

3) VERONA

The Shakespearean city that made it famous in the world for the love and tragic fate of the Romeo and Juliet Tragedy

In Verona, it will be possible to admire:

A. Juliet’s house: you will have the chanceto visit the famous balcony

B. Piazza Bra, where the Arana is lacated

C.Erbe Square famous for markets, bars and restaurant terraces

D. The “San Zeno Maggiore” Cathedral, the oldest one inVerona

E. Castelvecchio is a 14th century castle converted into a museum.

4) LAKE MAGGIORE AND ITS BORROMEE ISLANDS

Lake Maggiore, together with Como and Garda it’s one of the 3 largest, famous and beautiful lakes.

Lake Maggiore is particularly is well-known for its Islands:

***Island “Madre”, where you can visit its exotic garden with freely roaming peacocks.

***Island “Bella”, with the Borromini Palace, the garden and the shell cave

***Island “Superiore”, a fisherman Island

5) GARGANO NATIONAL PARK

The best known natural park in Italy, with limestone rocks carved by the sea over the centuries … you can also see beautiful bays, stacks and fantastic caves …

Famous area for hiking, ancient trees, beautiful flora and fauna, and “Vieste”, a Town to be visited…

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Best places to visit in Panama

Panama charm as a tourist destination grows more and more powerful each year. With over 1.5 million tourists in 2019, Panama is, by all means, a great place to spend on your vacation. Frankly, whether you’re going to Panama for fun or culture, there is something for everyone. 

From the marvel at the Panama Canal to its diverse range of landscapes, beautiful beaches & islands along the Pacific, coffee plantations, wildlife, and waterfalls, Panama has countless vacation possibilities. 

In this article, I’ll highlight the best places to visit in Panama. 

  1. The Canal

The canal is a 48-mile waterway that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. It was built between 1903 and 1914 with an aim to reduce the costs and time taken to ship goods between the Pacific and the Atlantic. Each year, over 14,000 ships transit through the canal, this takes about 8 to 10 hours. 

For the best views of the ships and the Canal at large, you should visit the Miraflores Lock Museum and the Visitors Centers. The Miraflores museum has a restaurant on top that offers a clear view of the canal. The best experience, you can take a full or partial tour of the vast canal.

  1. The Playa Las Lajas

Playa Las Lajas is a 13km beautiful beach that stretches in the Gulf of Chiriqui, along Panama’s Pacific coast. The water along the beach has excellent temperature and little current, making it perfect for swimming and bodysurfing. 

From the beach, you can see two islands from a distance – the Ensenada and Isla Silva de Afuera. Furthermore, there are numerous luxurious hotels, cabins, and cheap restaurants along the beach, where you can enjoy delicious local food. 

  1. Bocas Town 

Bocas Del Toro is a small town and a top tourist destination in Panama. It’s located about 301km from Panama City, and it is popular with hikers and beginner scuba divers thanks to its awe-impairing shoreline. 

For a more enjoyable experience in Bocas town, I recommend visiting the Starfish Beach, the Plastic Bottle village, the coral reef (it houses thousands of colored fish), Boca del Drago, and Dolphin Bay Preserve.

  1. Isla Bastimentos 

Isla Bastimentos is the perfect Island to visit after Bocas Town. It’s only 10 minutes from Bocas town via boat and only 20km from Panama City. The island is approximately 52 km, and it’s covered with rainforest. The island also has a National Marine Park, which houses sloths, crocodiles, and other reptiles. 

On top of the island, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Panama City. The Island has a handful of luxurious hotels and resorts to relax, including the Red Frog Beach Resort, Palmar Tent Lodge, Al Natural Resort, Casa Cayuco, Bocas Bound Hostel, and much more. 

  1. Santa Catalina 

Our list would be incomplete without Santa Catalina. Best known for surfing and fishing, Santa Catalina has exceptional vocation possibilities. The beaches are lovely, with locals selling numerous fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish sold along the beach. 

For the best surfing experience in Santa Catalina, I recommend you try out La Punta. You can also go kayaking in Santa Catalina Island, horseback riding, hiking in Coiba National Park, and much more. 

Conclusion

Whether you’re passionate about history, fashion, food, surfing, or birding, Panama is an enthralling, safe, and affordable City to spend some time off your daily life.

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