La belle vie — 4 French Riviera travel tips

La belle vie — 4 French Riviera travel tips

The fragrant pines, golden sands and mellow Mediterranean waters of the French Riviera have proved magnetic for writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and artists like Pablo Picasso for generations.

Known by locals as the Cote d’Azur, this sublime strip stretches from uber-cool St. Tropez in the west to Menton near the Italian border in the east, and continues to trap film stars, culture vultures and traveling thrill seekers.

Although the Riviera is unmistakably French, its modern reputation as a hub for hedonism was founded by figures like the Fitzgeralds and their Jazz Age set in the 1920s — so in some ways, it’s an American invention.

If you’re planning a visit to this idyllic spot to sample la belle vie (the good life) here are four French Riviera travel tips.

  1. Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins

Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins are two separate towns that form one administrative area around the iconic Cap d’Antibes peninsula.

Visiting to the walled city of Antibes takes you through charming cobbled streets to cool cafes and chic boutiques and bars, then along the ramparts where high-end apartment balconies overlook the crystalline sea below.

Meanwhile, Juan-Les-Pins is a pretty party town that boasts Fitzgerald’s former home, the Hotel Belle Rives, as well as lively clubs, superb beaches and an annual international jazz festival.

  1. Cannes

Thanks largely to the cultural cachet of its international film festival, Cannes is where the film set gathers to swap notes with yacht-borne billionaires and exiled oligarchs.

But ordinary mortals can still afford to sip a cocktail at the Martinez or Carlton hotels and spot movie stars and super cars swooshing past on main drag La Croisette.

When you’re tired of the glitz, stroll up to Le Suquet — this is the town’s beautiful old district and it’s more laid back and less overtly ostentatious.

  1. Monaco

Strictly speaking, the tax haven of Monaco is an independent principality rather than a part of France, but it’s become an honorary part of the Riviera nonetheless.

If you want to see how the other half live, it’s well worth taking a day trip to Monaco to chill at the famous Casino de Monte Carlo, soak in the cool curves of the grand prix circuit and drool over the classic car collection of Prince Rainier III.

Monaco is a must-see location, so it’s worth stretching your budget for overpriced sandwiches and soft drinks for one day only.

  1. Getting there

Nice Cote d’Azur airport serves the entire region and if you’re sojourning from stateside, one stop flights are available from cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami and more.

Various carriers fly the route, so it’s best to browse a site like Kayak.com to compare prices and bag a bargain.

And whether you’re leaving from Seattle or Newark Liberty airport, leave your car stowed safely for the duration by finding airport parking at Looking4.com.

Follow our four tips for a French fancy vacation with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Do you have any French Riviera travel tips? Share them in the comments section.

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Gold Coast Australia

Gold Coast Australia

Famed for its long stretch of beautiful sprawling sandy beaches, surfing, well arranged inland canal system and waterways, the tourist attractions of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia are exemplary for the tourists to explore in its beautiful surroundings.

SEA WORLD: A Theme Park located in the Gold Coast, Australia, which happens to be the largest marine park in Australia. The interesting shows at the Sea World highlighting the most endeared dolphin performances, sea lions and water-ski ballet which draws the maximum applause.

Dolphin Show

The Sea World in Gold Coast also has some interesting sea themed rides. You will also come across some of the favorite animals and sea species like penguins, polar bears, small sharks and tropical fish. Visitors can also hop on to a monorail for a great overview of the park.

WARNER BROS MOVIE WORLD: The only movie related park in Australia, the Warner Bros Movie World is a picturesque park which was opened on 3rd June 1991 on sprawling 415 acres of land.

With beautiful landscapes, various movie themed rides and friendly employees to help you. the Warner Bros Movie World takes you to a whole new level of fun and excitement. A perfect place to meet your favorite movie stars and super-heroes up front.

Warner Bros Movie World is an excellent place to enjoy exciting thrill rides, fun filled roller coaster rides and live stunt shows.

GOLD COAST SEAWAY: Built in the mid 1980’s, the Gold Coast Seaway is an engineered ocean channel and the main navigation entrance from the Pacific Ocean. Gold Coast Seaway is extremely popular for being one of the best fishing, diving and some of the most exciting water sports activities like water cycling, snorkeling, bush walking, 4 WD safari with an outstanding sea plane adventure. People also head for the spot for its captivating scenic beauty.

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK: Located 230 meters (750 ft) off the ground at the top of the Q1 apartment on the 77 and 78 levels, the SkyPoint Observation Deck gives a 360 degree view of the stunning Gold Coast and the surrounding areas. Opened on 26th October 2005, the Q1 building is one of the world’s tallest residential towers.

View from Q1 Tower

The SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb which lasts 90 minutes from start to the end. SkyPoint has one of the fastest elevators in Australia which takes 42.7 seconds from ground to the 77 level

One of the most significant feature of the landmark structure is you get a splendid view of the Gold Coast region regardless of the weather.

SURFERS PARADISE BEACH: One of Australia’s most iconic beach, the Surfers Paradise Beach with its 3 kilometer stretch of golden sand with high rise apartments buildings at the back. Lying in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Surfers Paradise Beach is a perfect destination for a splashing beach holiday with loads of fun and entertainment.

Surfers Paradise Beach

The picturesque beach is the busiest beach in Gold Coast and welcomes joggers, swimmers, surfers and strollers to splurge in its fun filled activities and captivating surroundings.

A very clean and safe beach it is patrolled by Lifeguards throughout the year at any given time. The soul rejuvenating beach looks stunning at night when it is illuminated with beautiful lights to enjoy a evening stroll.

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SOARING HIGH IN ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

SOARING HIGH IN ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

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Blowing hot , but definitely not cold is the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival. A yearly extravaganza of hot air balloons taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival is the largest fiesta of hot air balloons with over 500 plus balloons taking part in the event.
Started first time in the year 1972 to celebrate the 50th birthday of KOB Radio, it was later taken up as an annual event of hot air ballooning .
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Promoting great camaraderie between the participants, the 9 day fiesta brings to the fore people from all over the
world on the same platform for whom sky is the limit.
Held each year in the month of October the skyline of Albuquerque becomes a canopy of colorful soaring balloons.
A favourite with the artists and the shutterbugs , the dawn and the dusk are the best time to explore their passion.
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The Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival showcases not only the traditional balloons but also some
uniquely shaped balloons including the twin bees , cow , wagon coach , and piggy bank to name a few .
Taking place at the Balloon Fiesta Park , located at North Alameda Boulevard , the Fiesta Park can accommodate
54 football fields .
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Pilots compete in Balloon Fiesta Hold ’em, Key Grab, Balloon Fiesta Golf, Multiple Judge-Declared Goal, Fly-in Task, Minimum
Double Drop and a Prize Grab. All competitions are based on flying accuracy rather than speed. With so many interesting events lined up the favourite with the crowd is the Mass Ascension event , when 500+ balloons are launched from the Balloon Fiesta Park and thousands of upturned faces are transfixed as if looking forward to discovering the world above.
As there are no stands or gallery at the Fiesta Park , only a limited number of benches , and picnic tables are available
so try reaching a little early to grab a seat  and see the balloons up close and speak to its pilots as well .
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  *Tickets to the Balloon Fiesta can be purchased by calling ( 855 ) 725 – 1824 , at Balloon Fiesta Gift Shop at 4401
    Alameda Blvd, or online at www.balloonfiesta.com
  *Parking is available at the venue.
  *Smoking is a strict NO inside the Balloon Fiesta Park.
  *Food is allowed inside but glass and alcohol is restricted.
  *The Parking and the Grounds both are Handicap Accessible.
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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PERU

If you are travelling to Peru, don’t miss on the opportunity to visit the spectacular Rainbow Mountain all dressed in in its vibrant colors.
With so many vibrant colors under your feet it feels like being on cloud nine and walking on magic dust.

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You tell someone about this fascinating experience and they will surely write it off as a fairy tale story straight from Alice In Wonderland. A three hour drive from Cusco, Peru will take you to the magical natural wonder. Nestled in the remote region of the Andes Mountain stands the ever impressive Rainbow Mountain in all its glory. A dream destination for the hikers, it is worth the effort that goes into the steep climb either on foot or on a horseback.

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At an altitude of 4,300 meters, The Rainbow Mountain trek will take you through dirt paths with looming peaks of natural green and eye – catching red rocks. A scintillating trail upwards to the Rainbow Mountain, Peru is a picturesque journey through the local villages with
pristine mountain streams and impressive snow capped mountains with grazing Llamas and Alpacas for company, with a mountain Cara Cara (orange) to add some flavor to the amazing journey.

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Take a short break once you reach the saddle next to the Rainbow Mountain and then move to the final summit at an altitude of 5,000 meters for a breathtaking view of the mountain.
How To Reach: There are innumerable tour operators who charge around 100 Soles ($ 30) from Cusco for a three hour drive.
An approximately three hour trek begins after entering the ticketing area.
– Taking a guide on your journey to the Rainbow Mountain is highly recommended.
– If you find the hike tough you can rent a horse for a round trip.
When To Visit: The dry season between  March to November is considered to be a good time to make a visit to the Rainbow Mountain but the ideal time would be between June to August when the temperature is comfortable with open blue sky.
What You Should Wear For The Trek: Regardless of the time of the year you will find the Rainbow Mountain freezing and might face breathing problems, so suggest to go prepared with:
– Boots or hiking shoes
– Hiking pants
– Sweatshirt
– Waterproof Jacket
– Thick socks
– Scarf
– Gloves

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Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer: The Most Visited Haunted Place in India

Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer: The Most Visited Haunted Place in India

Whether it be the unnatural silence in the air, or the legends of paranormal activity that make rounds here, Kuldhara definitely has an eerie aura to it. Set a little more than 15 kilometers away from the city of Jaisalmer, this one village remains abandoned for more than 200 years. People visiting Jaisalmer often make it a point to add it in their itinerary and if you one of them, don’t forget to include it while you plan your trip too.

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Kuldhara is known not only for its abandoned, ruined state, but the story of 1,500 people miraculously disappearing overnight. This strange event makes little sense, and the mystery continues to intrigue tourists even today.

A prosperous village in the 13th century, Kuldhara was self-sufficient, modest and cultured, which can be seen even today. The architecture of the houses still boasts of intelligent methods of storage and rain water harvesting. Many legends surround the abandonment of the village. While the latest may be that it was due to an earthquake, the perfectly preserved houses tend to question this theory. For the ruins, however, it seems more plausible.

But what has made this site so famous is its story. Home to the Paliwal Brahmins, the village dwelled happily in its limited boundaries, till the fateful day when the Diwan of the village, Salim Singh, eyed the village chief’s daughter to be his wife. Infamous for his unfair taxing, the village protested against him, with no avail. The chief then asked the guards to come the next morning, and the entire village disappeared overnight.

Another legend says that the neighboring 46 communities stuck with the Paliwal Brahmins and accompanied them that night. The question that arises is that with so many people travelling through the barren golden land of Jaisalmer, how could they be so discreet? Where did they go? Where did they settle? Did they make it? No one knows. The only thing that people here will tell you is that this land is cursed. Cursed by the Brahmins that never can there be settlement here again.

A tour through the village is quite an experience. Apart from the whistling of the desert breeze, and the low chatter of fellow tourists, you will hardly hear a sound. The entrance to the site has houses on both sides. Mostly ruined, the broken sand bricks work as an introduction for what is in store for you next.

The center of the village has houses in better conditions. You can check out the pillars of the houses that are actually hollow and were used to store grains, and the open pipes that were set along the perimeter of the roof, leading to the water reservoir under the house.

Amongst these modern designs, is a small temple that stands alone. Unlike any other temple in the country, this one remains empty. The small holes in the walls mark the places where the temple lamps were kept, and the circular design points to where the deity once rested. Adding to the eeriness of the village, this temple is beautiful, yet a little odd. Take your time exploring the village, and make sure you go to at least one terrace, to view the entire place!

Rajasthan is one of the best tourist destinations of the country, and Jaisalmer is like its hidden surprise. Use the best trip planner to plan your trip to Rajasthan, and don’t miss out on the haunted village of Kuldhara!

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Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

One & only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in Aravalli Mountains that offers a gamut of surpassing scenic views, religious sites, and spots for people who’re looking for a romantic escape. Tourists head towards the destination for a pleasant weather to enjoy boating on Nakki Lake and to get rid of the scorching days at their locations or neighboring cities. Do go!

 

 

Some of you, dear readers, might be thinking that mostly I share my pleasurable experiences but if you look forward to a break over a period of time & planning to cover top hill stations in India, Mount Abu would comparatively be a mediocre choice. Winters are the best time to visit Mount Abu and highly advised if you really want to feel an arresting chill. Take a sweater along, and remember that nights might be quite cold.

Here, a list of must-go places from plethora of tourist spots in Mount Abu you shouldn’t miss –

  1. Dilwara Jain Temples –

Decorated with extraordinary carvings and hilly surroundings, this temple complex was built before 13th century which consists five Jain temples; Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple, Shri AdiNath Temple, Shri ParshavNath Temple, Shri Rishabdao Temple and Shri NemiNath Temple.

Opening Time: 12:00 PM
Closing Time: 06:00 PM
Open All Days with Free Entry

  1. Nakki Lake –

Associated with an interesting history, Nakki Lake is a major tourist attraction in Mount Abu or I can say the lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The center of attraction tops the list where some of the most photographed scenes include mesmerizing mountains and rocky formations that symbolize this quite cool place.

  1. Guru Shikhar –

A Hindu pilgrimage site located at the highest peak of Aravalli Range, Guru Shikhar is a tourist attraction in Mount Abu that leads them to the top of the mountain. A visit takes at least 2 hours and remember the timings; 9:00 AM to 5:00 in the evening. I recommend reaching early morning and witness the breathtaking sunrise.

  1. Achalgarh Village –

 A hamlet in Mount Abu has a beauty that’s enough to attract tourists. It is popular for a medieval monument – Achalgarh Fort and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple that is famous for having a Nandi which is said to be made of five metals, gold, silver, copper, zinc and brass.

  1. Adhar Devi Temple –

 A temple of Goddess Durga or Arbuda is another religious site situated in a cave and just 365 steep stairs away which offers a bird’s eye view of the town. The temple receives a gamut of tourists during the holy season of Navratri has been celebrated once a year and pilgrims from all over to witness this beautiful sight.

  1. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary –

 The oldest part of the hill station is also a home to a fantastic Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary not exclusively for nature lovers while for those who’re looking to make their experience in the forest a different one. The best thing about this untamed sanctuary remains its location – cut off from a level of bustle in Mount Abu.

Mount Abu is undoubtedly the best one in Rajasthan and on the list of best tourist attractions in India. Bordered by Gujarat, the town is easily reachable from any major city and Abu Road is the nearest railway station which is just 30km away. Tourists gave Mount Abu 4 out of 5 on Tripadvisor. A single click on LIKE button encourages us to serve you better while sharing the blog can motive a thousand of people for hitting the road because we all know that travel brings power and love back to your life.

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9 best places to visit in Vietnam

9 best places to visit in Vietnam

Vietnam is one beautiful country that is squeezed in between the Laos and Cambodia borders and the South China Sea. This place is a home to a number of beautiful landscapes which are more than striking. Thus, Vietnam travel is a must for all the travel junkies who love to visit the most exotic places, trek there and relish on the local eateries.

Planning to visit Vietnam real soon? Here are the 9 best places that you must tour into.

  • Dalat: Dalat is all about cool weather, pine trees, misty valleys, colorful flowers and a number of other beautiful places. This place was once used by the French colonials and Vietnamese emperors as their summer retreat. Today, it has turned into one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. You must visit to spot the beautiful French colonial architecture.
  • My Son: My Son is located near the DuyPhu village of the country and the same is considered to be the most important archaeological site. Thus, if you have a penchant of the ancient sites and beautiful architecture, this place is a must visit. This place has a number of temples built that are solely devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva.
  • Mekong Delta: Mekong Delta is known for a number of things such as fruit orchards, colorful floating markets, rice paddies, bird sanctuaries, sugarcane groves as well as quaint villages. Thus, this place gives you everything at a single place. Spot the wonders of the beauty or get indulged in an amazing shopping experience – the choice is all yours.
  • NhaTrang: Make your Vietnam travel worth cherishing but visiting this one of the most beautiful places of the country. This place is a home to exotic beaches, picturesque mountains as well as lush islands. The entire place is adorned with beautifully rested palm trees, resorts and good-looking promenade. You can also visit to amusement and water parks here.

  • Sapa: Located in the northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a beautiful quiet town which serves as a paradise for all the trekkers who are seeking for some bone-chilling adventures in their monotonous life. This place has beautiful mountains to trek on. Besides, you can also tour into the rice paddies and various traditional villages around. Bump into some of the most beautiful waterfalls as you explore more of this region.
  • Hue: This place once served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Today, it has become a famous architectural spot. You can spot a number of beautiful buildings, know about the rich culture of the city and can relish upon some of the most delectable cuisines here. The most popular monument of the city Citadel, is a must visit.
  • Hoi An: Hoi An is located off the coast of the South China Sea in the Couth Central Vietnam and the same is considered to be one of the oldest cities of the country as it dates back 2,000 years ago. This city is mostly known for its beautiful historic architecture, textile as well as traditional culture. There are a hundred of tail shops here where you can spot some of the most intriguing clothes, bags, shoes and souvenirs.

  • Hanoi: Hanoi, the capital city of a reunified Vietnam is considered to be a must-visit place if you are touring to the country. This place has a number of beautiful spots to explore. The Old Quarter located at the heart of the city is an open-air museum of French colonial and historic Asian architecture is a must visit. The city is a blend to a cosmopolitan culture and scenic beauty. There are beautiful boulevards, quaint cafes and various other places to have a gala time.
  • Ha Long Bay: This place surely resembles a scene from a fantasy story as the unreal aqua-green waters, the rocky mountains and the greenery all around is no lesser than a dream. This bay features over 2,000 jungle-covered islands that are pitted with grottoes, intriguing caves, lakes and various sinkholes. You will certainly fall in love with this place.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and tour these beautiful cities and spots of Vietnam right away.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Rajkot is the 4th largest city and the heart of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat. Mostly, vegetarians and foodie people live in the city, situated on the banks of the Aji River. If you are getting in touch with the city, you must consider these five things to experience in Rajkot.

Don’t miss the Gujarati Thali

If you are getting varieties of taste on your plate with butter milk and sweet daal or kadhi, you are in Gujarat and you must not miss these delicious things. Rajkot is a district comes under Kathiawar Region of Gujarat and one of the major spots for food and several types of dishes especially Kathiawari food.

The Grand Thakar (TGT) is a very famous multi-cuisine restaurant in Rajkot and well-known for its Gujarati Thali exclusively available at the time of lunch. Everyone should enjoy the unbeatable taste there with a price of Rs.270 lump sum.

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Enjoy Rides in Krishna Water Park

Not the only but one of the best picnic spots in Rajkot is Krishna Water Park which is located on NH 8-B, Kuvadva. It offers water playground for children, pendulum slide, wave pool, cyclone, octopus rides, multi lane water rides, and rain discotheque.

Do not forget to bring your Bermuda/Slack and T-shirt/Top as well as the towel otherwise you have to pay around Rs.200 to 240 with deposits. They charge Rs.120 (plus Rs.120 security deposit) for providing a locker. The entry fee is Rs.950 for adults and Rs.750 for children including food.

Take a Glimpse of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple

Rajkotians (citizens of Rajkot) are lucky because they have a magnificent temple called Swaminarayan Temple where they can find peace of mind. The temple is located on kalavad road in Rajkot and the most artistic & architectural temple you will ever see. A canteen named ‘Premvati Food Court’ provides a variety of dishes at reasonable prices in the temple premises.

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Spend a Day in Pradhyuman Zoological Park

Here, you can spend your holiday well with your family because many rare species of animals and birds, and 35 thousand trees will be the center of attention so recharge your video camera’s battery if you don’t want to miss any activity there.

Visit Timings
9:00AM – 7:00PM
Closed on Fridays

Just take an autorickshaw or use Ola cab to get there from anywhere in the city. Entry fee is Rs.10 for adult and Rs.5 for children.

Have A Cup of Coffee in Café L.P.L

Love Peace Latte (LPL) Café is not so popular in the city but if you visit this food spot, neither you can avoid taking a cup of coffee nor you will skip a photography session there because the ambiance of the café is fiercely attractive. It is located on kalavad road near Sanjha Chulha in Rajkot. You can show some love through the link 

 

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Piyush Tripathi

Piyush Tripathi

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I wanna make memories all over the world & would like to be richer in my life so I satisfy my strong desire to travel irresistibly & get some mind-boggling experiences because travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer. 

I am a health professional, traveler and content writer / blogger. I have completed my MBA from Rajasthan and currently working as a Regional Supply Chain Manager in Gujarat Medical Services Corporation.

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