LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Known for its intricate artistic heritage, carefully arranged canal system, and narrow houses with its tilted gabled facades, Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. Enjoy reading this article and LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. Amsterdam can also be called The City of Museums with around 75 interesting big and small museums occupying a special place in the city. 
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Located on canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in the central Amsterdam area. The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and a biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

Anne Frank Museum (Source: Wikimedia)

One of the major attraction to visit in Amsterdam. The Ann Frank Museum was opened on 3rd May 1960 that preserves the hiding place of Anne Frank during World War II. When she hid from the Nazi persecution with her family. The museum also has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank and also has an exhibit on all forms of persecution and discrimination.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM: One of the world’s most well known artist Vincent Van Gogh, who needs no introduction, for his work over the years have spoken for itself. 
The Van Gogh Museum features the work of the legendary artist with over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, along with works of other famous artists.
Van Gogh’s work has been organized in a chronological order into the five periods with each representing a different period of his life and work.
DAM SQUARE: A popular square in Amsterdam, jostling with activity throughout the day with visits by locals as well as the foreign tourists. Dam Square is a favorite gathering place with frequent events being organized making it an extremely popular square. 
Home to scores of pigeons and the street artists the Dam Square is a leisure destination for shoppers and foodies with lots of restaurants and food stalls to indulge. Many famous attractions around the square are an Icing on the cake for the visitors.
RIJKS MUSEUM: Dedicated to the Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages, the Rijks museum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam South. Showcasing a gamut of famous art and a huge variety of artifacts which throw a light on more than 800 years old Dutch and global history.
Being one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most iconic museum, the Rijksmuseum has on display some world famous paintings by renowned artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer’s to name a few. With 80 galleries and 8000 objects on display the Rijksmuseum is a treasure house with never enough time to go through all the collections.
The scenic magnificence of the sculpture – filled sprawling gardens designed by Pierre Cuypers in 1901, with intricate topiaries, water features and a vast spectrum of colorful flowerbeds are simply breathtaking.
EFTELING: Let’s take a break from all the museums and head for the Efteling Themed Amusement Park which takes you into a fantasy world. Opened on 31st May 1952, the amusement park is located in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands and takes around one hour to reach from Amsterdam.
The fairy tale forest is a major attraction with kids as well as the grown-ups which takes you back to Cindrella and Hansel and  Gratel stories which we read as kids. With a bounty of attractions to explore from the Efteling Themed Park has its own steam train which circles the parks magic kingdom.
Spoilt for choice there are plenty of thrill rides, haunted houses, dark rides, flying Dutchman roller coaster, an alluring water show, boat ride through the beautiful lake and so much more.
Efteling Theme Park also has  themed hotels on its premises, along with two holiday parks, a golf park and a theater too.

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RENDEZVOUS With ANTALYA, Turkey

RENDEZVOUS With ANTALYA, Turkey

Fondly called the pearl of the Mediterranean, Antalya is a fast expanding city in Turkey. Also known as a resort city, Antalya is a cluster of some stunning beaches and bobbing yachts at anchor. Its Turquoise coast with glistening blue water, ancient ruins, and culture are a major attraction for the tourists. A haven for tourists Antalya, is one of the most beautiful province of Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast in the South of Anatolia.
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                                ANTALYA  (image courtesy go2festival.com)
OLD HARBOR: The atmosphere of the Old Harbor with its picturesque surrounding cliffs is a always a welcome sight. This peaceful and pleasant harbor was once the major economic hub of Antalya which brought trade and prosperity to the region. The Old Harbor is now a leisure destination with exotic Mediterranean excursions on boats. The citadel surrounding the Old Harbor attracts the maximum number of footfall as it provides a breathtaking view of the harbor with lots of other amenities like shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, discos to choose from.
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OLD HARBOR (image courtesy pamarys.kvk.it)
KONYAALTI BEACH: An immensely popular beach among the tourists visiting Antalya, the Konyaalti Beach is located on the western side of the city stretching for 7 kms from the cliffs to the Beydaglan mountains. Preferred by tourists for sunbathing and a rejuvenating dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea the Konyaalti Beach is patrolled by life guards and offers free changing rooms and shower areas. It has a blue flag status signifying that the water is clean and safe for swimming The authorities have chipped in some interesting watersports activities for fun and adventure to make your trip memorable.
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KONYAALTI BEACH (image courtesy propertyturkey.com)
DUDEN WATERFALLS: One of the most captivating natural wonder in Antalya, the Duden Waterfalls is a mesmerizing landscape of cascading waterfalls. Existing in two different locations in Antalya, the Duden Waterfalls share the same underground river.
* THE UPPER DUDEN WATERFALLS – 10 kms from the city of Antalya on the Duden River lies the mesmerizing Upper Duden Waterfalls also called the Alexander Falls. Located in a place where the river has carved a deep gorge, the waterfall with its picturesque surrounding is a sight to marvel. The Upper Duden Waterfalls is a perfect place for picnickers with a penchant for photography.
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UPPER DUDEN WATERFALLS (image courtesy dreamstime.com)
* LOWER DUDEN WATERFALLS – Located in the Old Town in the suburb of Lara, the Lower Duden Waterfalls can be best experienced from a cruise. Falling from around 40 m drop height into the sea, the Lower Duden Waterfalls give a panoramic view of the crashing waters.
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LOWER DUDEN WATERFALLS (image courtesy tripadvisor.com.tr)
ANTALYA MUSEUM: Covering an area of 7,000 m there are around 5,000 works exhibited in the Antalya Museum or the Antalya Archaeological Museum. Portraying the rich archaeological history of Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast, the Antalya Museum is a treasure house with some of the finest collection of artifacts from the alluring history of Antalya. Comprising of 13 exhibition halls and an open art gallery it has won the prestigious “European Council Special Prize” in 1988.
Storing some of the priceless exhibits from the Neolithe, Calcolithic, and Bronze Age, with some earthenware, wine bowls, and figurines it showcases Mythological statues dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century gracing the exhibition halls. One can just go on praising the grandeur of the exhibits at the Antalya Museum but words fall short.
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ANTALYA MUSEUM (image courtesy expedia.ca)
ASPENDOS THEATER: An absolute contrast from the fast growing modern economy of Antalya, Turkey, is the ever-impressive Aspendos Theatre.
Holding a capacity of around 15,000 spectators the majestic amphitheater was mainly used for gladiator and  wild and wild animal shows, which was the main highlight of the social life of the people from Aspendos. The iconic Aspendos Theatre was built by the Romans in the ancient city of Aspendos, located 49 kms west of Antalya.
One of the most well preserved theatre, it was built by local architect Zenon, the massive theatre was presented to the emperor and the Roman gods.
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ASPENDOS THEATRE

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BATH, SMALL YET FABULOUS PLACE TO BE IN

BATH, SMALL YET FABULOUS PLACE TO BE IN

People usually visit this place if they have time to spare but the beautiful city of BATH, UK, has lots to offer. The surprisingly impressive city of BATH, can attract tourists visiting UK, with its English charm and ever-imposing 18th century Georgian architecture. Located in South West England, BATH, is just 90 minutes away from London Paddington station by train.
A UNESCO World Heritage site the city promises a jaw-dropping experience of its rich English culture and history. With its natural thermal water, BATH is a favourite Spa destination for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Being one of the most romantic places in UK, BATH has lots of places of interest to explore.
ROMAN BATHS:  Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Bath is a historic site with a preserved public bath of the ancient world. Attracting millions of visitors round the year it is still functional with a natural hot water spring. The grandeur of the Roman Baths can be established from its entrance which has a high domed ceilings with intricately designed reliefs and gleaming chandeliers.
Romans Bath

Romans Bath Source: Wikimedia

THE ROYAL CRESCENT: Built between 1767 and 1774 the Royal Crescent is one of the most iconic example of Georgian architecture to be found in Bath, UK. Designed by architect John Wood, the Younger, the Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses set atop Victoria Park in a sweeping pattern. A World Heritage site the Royal Crescent evokes the true essence of Bath with its semi ellipse of the palatial fronted terraces.
Royal Crescent

Royal Crescent Source: Wikimedia

BATH ABBEY: One of the most famous tourist attraction in Bath, UK, the Bath Abbey is a parish Anglican church, an important place of worship. The 16th century church is a historic monument with splendid Gothic architecture. The most striking feature of the church is its western facade where you can see angels climbing up and down the stone ladders, and if you are game enough for a little slogging, the 212 steps to the top will give a captivating view of the city.
Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

HOLBURNE MUSEUM: A Grade 1 listed building the Holburne Museum is the first public art gallery of the city. Located in Sydney  Pleasure Gardens, Bath, UK, with the magnificence of the façade and impressive gardens providing an insight into its rich history. The Holburne Museum is home to some fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. The Museum is like a Pandoras Box with a huge collection of works by some of the most prestigious artists of the time. It has some amazing collection from the Golden Age Dutch works, paintings and sculptures, miniature objects, beautifully crafted crystal chandeliers along with some exquisite silver and china to name a few.
Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum

FASHION MUSEUM: It is an iconic museum of world-class collection of fashionable dresses from history. Housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath, UK, it was started by Doris Langley Moore in 1963 , when she gave all her collection to the city of Bath. With almost 100,000 objects in its booty the Fashion Museum has decorated gloves from the Shakespearean era with emphasis on fashionable dresses for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day trends.
Fashion Museum

Fashion Museum

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PULA, Croatia

PULA, Croatia

Boasting of its historic ruins and medieval cities Croatia is among one of Europe’s most sought after destination. Located in the Balkans, Croatia is a treasure box of innumerable natural landscapes like the magnificent Pitvice Lakes, incredible Adriatic coastline and breathtakingly beautiful islands to name a few. Pula or Pola is the largest city in the Istria County, Croatia.
Situated on the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, Pula’s immaculate natural surroundings, pristine sea and Roman ruins gets your adrenaline pump through the veins.
PULA ARENA: First thing that a person would like to visit on reaching Pula, Croatia is the huge Roman Colosseum. The arena which happens to be the only remaining amphitheater with four side towers and well preserved three Roman architectural orders. Pula Arena is the sixth largest Roman amphitheater which is still being used for filming, and concerts. The amphitheater has an underground museum with an exhibition of Istrian olive oil and wine production during the ancient times.
 
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TEMPLE OF AUGUSTUS: Dedicated to Emperor Augustus and goddess Rona the temple is a 2nd century structure built on a podium with a tetra styleporch. The Temple of Augustus in Pula, Croatia is located in the main square of the city called the Forum and extensively used for many different purposes through its long spanning history. It was used as a temple, a church and a granary. The structure houses some beautiful Roman stone and bronze sculptures.

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THE TWIN GATES: Built on the remains of the older Roman gates the Twin Gates has two arches side by side and belongs to the Archaeological Museum now. The main role of the Twin Gates of Pula, Croatia was to serve as an entrance to the ancient theater during gladiator fights and other major events. It is now the popular hangout for locals and tourists alike.

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PULA CASTLE KASTEL: It is an old fortress in the center of Pula, Croatia. Situated atop a hill the fortress was built by the Venetians and used for the purpose of defending the port city and bay. A tough walk above is worth the effort as the top top tower of the Pula Castle provides a breathtaking view of Pula and its surrounding. The castle has an impressive display of the areas rich history with some interesting artifacts.

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LIGHTING GIANTS: Conceived in the year 2000 and realized in 2014 Giant Lighting in Pula, Croatia is the newest addition to Pula’s rich historic monuments. Giant Lighting was designed by Dean Skira on the oldest working Uljanik shipyard. The magnanimous cranes in the Uljanik shipyard are illuminated in 16,000 different schemes which leaves you amazed and craving for more.

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LJUBLJANA (lyu-blya-na) SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA (lyu-blya-na) SLOVENIA

Referred as the ” Crossroad of the Balkans ” Slovenia is a tiny beautiful alpine country located on the south of Europe. Extremely popular for its picturesque landscapes and rich diverse cultures it is a dream destination for the footloose. LJUBLJANA, (pronounced as lyu-blya-na) is the captivating capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana being the largest city in Slovenia is a very charming place which was awarded the coveted Green Capital of Europe title in 2016 by the European Commission.

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LJUBLJANA CASTLE: Standing on the Castle Hill above the downtown Ljubljana the majestic 16th century Ljubljana Castle is one of the finest landmark feature of Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. The beautiful medieval fortress displays one of the most spectacular view of the city. The castle showcases a museum on Slovenian history, a puppet museum and some historical rooms. There are costumed castle guides who take you on a guided tour of the castle impersonating different historical personalities of the land.

DRAGON BRIDGE: A waggish bridge adorned by ornamental and embellished dragon statues in the heart of the city is a jewel in the  crown for Ljubljana and its people. An exemplary creation and the most photographed monument in Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia, the Dragon Bridge is a road bridge which crosses the Ljubljana river between the Kopitar Street and Ressel Street.

Ljubljana Dragon Bridge SloveniaPD.com

TIVOLI CITY PARK: It is the largest and most beautiful park in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The Tivoli Park was designed by French engineer Jean Blanchard in 1813 by joining together of the parks that surrounded the Podturn and Cekin Mansions. The vast expanse of the Tivoli Park delights its visitors with its various sports activities, marvelous statues and designs.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLOVENIA: The National Museum of Slovenia is the oldest scientific and cultural institution in the capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Situated in the Center District of the city near the Tivoli City Park, the museum hosts some of the most amazing collection of archaeological artefacts, old coins and bank notes. Its beautiful interiors are adorned by decorated medallions and heavenly paintings by reputed painters.

LJUBLJANA Museum Source:WIKI

LJUBLJANA CATHEDRAL: Simply known as the Cathedral or St. Nicholas is a church in Ljubljana the capital Slovenia. Being a Gothic church in the early 18th century , it was replaced by a Baroque building. It is easily recognized by its octagonal dome with a cupola. The sculpted entrance door, the mesmerizing interiors and the divine ambiance of the cathedral is spellbinding.

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR – VENICE, ITALY

LOVE IS IN THE AIR – VENICE, ITALY

One of the most Romantic City of Europe, Venice is the capital of Venoto region in northern Italy. Venice is known as “La Dominante”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Canals”, “City of Lights”, “City of Bridges”, “City of Water”. Stretching across 118 small Islands in the Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.
One of the most charming feature of Venice is an iconic 35 minute Gondola ride which keeps you mesmerized as it serenades you in the romantic surrounding.

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St. MARK’S BASILICA: One of the most treasure and visited sights of Venice the St. Marks Basilica is a church with a long history stretching back to the 9th century A.D. The church is extremely popular for its amazing mosaic done in gold. Completed between the 11th and the 13th century the church has designs incorporated from the Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles which makes it stand out from the rest. The magnificence of its exterior and interiors keep you spellbound.

Source: Venetoinside.com

Source: Venetoinside.com

GALLERIE dell’ ACCADEMIA: Attracting tourists from all over the world the Gallerie dell’ Accademia is one of the main attractions in Venice, Italy. It is a museum gallery with a vibrant collection of exquisite Venetian paintings. The gallery features some of the most prestigious work of Art by world famous artists like Bellini,Titian, and Giorgione.

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DOGE’S PALACE: Being one of the most significant landmarks in the city of Venice the palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, who was the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice. The palace built in Venetian Gothic style is a masterpiece that changes colour depending on the time of the day. The impressive interiors are done in Verona marbles are  supported by arches, columns and heavenly sculptures.

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PIAZZO SAN MARCO: Piazzo San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is primarily a public square in Venice, Italy. It is the social, religious and political centre of Venice. The Piazzo San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the most popular square in Venice which attracts tourists from all over. It is surrounded on three sides by the stately arcades of public buildings. The fourth side has the Basilica di San Marco’s riot of domes , arches and St. Mark’s Campanile.
CAMPANILE: Standing tall at 98.6 meter height the Campanile is a brick bell tower. The towering bell tower was used by approaching ships as a beacon to guide them. After its collapse on 14th July 1902, it was rebuilt to its original height 1912.

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A TRYST WITH HISTORY – ATHENS (GREECE)

A TRYST WITH HISTORY – ATHENS (GREECE)

One of the oldest cities of the world and home to great philosophers like Socorates, Aristotle and Plato – ATHENS is the capital city of GREECE. Its classic beauty and rich history never ceases to amaze you. A trip to Athens evokes images in time to give you a first-hand experience into its rich and captivating past.

THE ACROPOLIS: A classic symbol of spirit and civilization the Acropolis is a Citadel built atop a rocky hill above the city of Athens in Greece. It contains remains of many ancient buildings of brilliant architectural and historic importance. Its architectural brilliance gives one a glorifying experience of a lifetime.

Acropolis

Source: GreekBoston.com – Parthenon at night on Acropolis at Athens Greece

TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS: The Temple of Olympian Zeus is an epic monument of Athens standing tall in all its grandeur. The temple is dedicated to Olympian gods and happens to be the greatest and largest  temple in history. It is extremely popular for its larger then life and prodigious coloms.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

MONASTIRAKI: It is one of the major tourist attractions in Athens, Greece. Always buzzing with activity Monastiraki is the popular shopping district of Athens. You can buy just about anything here and collect souvenirs to take back home.

MONASTIRAKI

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HADRIAN’s ARCH: Constructed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 131 AD the Arch of Hadrian is also known as the Hadrian’s Gate in Greek. The monumental gateway was built to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It separates the old and the new cities of Athens.

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PANATHENAIC STADIUM: One of the most significant monument of Athens, Greece. The Panthenaic Stadium is the only stadium in the world built exclusively with marble. Also known as the Kallimarmaro it is extremely popular with the tourists for its rich history and direct connection with the Modern Olympics.

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A Street Flute Player to Surprise You @ Duomo Di Milano Street, Milan

A Street Flute Player to Surprise You @ Duomo Di Milano Street, Milan

Milan is financial hub of Italy but not so famous when it comes for travelers to explore new places. There are so many other places in Italy that Milan hardly is seen in top list for travelers visiting Italy. Though I would rather call it a myth since there are lot lot to see in Milan. We will cover a detailed blog on Milan what to see places, meanwhile enjoy a short clip of a street Flute player playing a soothing music. He surprised us with a sudden pleasure and with his charismatic smile. You may also find him at Duomo Di Milano street playing another soothing rhyme 🙂

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