Salem is more popularly called the Witch City and has turned out to be the destination for Wiccans, witches, and neo-pagans. This always drew my attention and thus, I decided to visit the city. Well, the city has so much to offer than you can imagine. As a matter of fact, tourists are never going to get bored. If you plan to visit the city anytime soon, here are a few things that you need to check out.
Peabody Essex Museum
This museum showcases a collection of maritime art, historical art, American decorative art, and also contemporary art from Japan, China, India, Korea, North America, Pacific Islands, and Africa. Huang family’s ancestral home that is two centuries old interested me the most. Many historic houses are a part of the museum and have been opened to the visitors. The interior work is splendid and has been done by Samuel McIntire.
Maritime National Historic Site
It covers 9 acres of waterfront along with 12 historic buildings from the 18th-19th-century history of maritime. This has helped in bringing forth the economic independence of the United States. I came across the 18th-century selling vessel used for commercial purpose call the Friendship. Here, you will be able to view exhibits, catch orientation films, and get a glimpse into Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life.
House of Seven Gables
It is a collection of colonial homes which comprises the oldest standing wooden mansion of New England from the 17th century. This house has been used a setting for the popular novel by Hawthorne which goes by the same name as the house. I took a guided tour and they took me up the secret staircase while enumerating the history of the previous occupants of the mansion. There are photos, artifacts, and painting that you can check out.
Albeit, it is not as popular as the other cities in Canada, it is a beautiful city to explore. It is popular for its annual events and historical sites. The hospitality of the local people is charming. This is a great place for families, as well as couples who are looking for a weekend destination. The food, art, and outdoor activities are enjoyable. Take a look at the best things you can do in this city.
Visit Anvil Center
This is multi-functional space, which is located at the center of New Westminster. Here, you will be able to watch the performances by local artists group. I have to say that these people are so talented and the shows are amazing. This is a great place for theatre and art enthusiasts. Catch a show with your family to have a good time.
Tour Irving House
This is must-visit attractions for history lovers. Here, you will be able to find out how life had been like in the 1800s. It had been the residence of William Irving, the entrepreneur, and the steamship captain. The mansion has been so well-maintained that it looks still as good as new. If you want, you can avail the guided tour to know more about this historical mansion.
Marvel the view at New Westminster Quay
New Westminster Quay is located towards the right of Fraser River. Go out with your family on a sunny day. Walk along the boardwalk while you enjoy the scenic beauty. I relaxed and soaked in the sunlight by the hammock.
Taste the food at river market
If you are a foodie, the best place to enjoy a good meal is the Quayside Drive’s, River Market. There is an extensive range of cafes and restaurants to be found here. Trust me; the food served here is absolutely delicious.
New Brunswick has many surprises stored for the tourists. There are numerous attractions that can be suitable for all budgets, travel styles, and interests. I enjoyed every outdoor activity offered by this city. If you are planning to visit New Brunswick, there are a few things you can enjoy.
Bay of Fundy and Fundy National Park
Most of the attractions that make this city so enticing are related to the Bay of Fundy. You will see the highest tides in here. This measures up to 19 meters and takes place 2 times every day. As the tides rise and fall, it develops a natural phenomenon which includes the Reversing Falls and a tidal bore of Moncton.
In Fundy National Park, see the forest meets the tide. You are going to get a breathtaking view in here. The best part is that you will get to enjoy this view all throughout the year. There are hiking trails and along them to enjoy the natural beauty. I was simply mesmerized by the beauty of the three waterfalls.
Want to know a stunning fact about this rock? These look different on low and high tides. On high tides, it looks like tree-clad lands and on low tide; it appears like large eroded sea stacks. You will be able to check them out from a series of platforms. During low tide, you can walk down the stairs on the ocean bed. I took the guidance of the park ranger in here.
The Fundy Trail
The beautiful coastal Fundy Trail Park was a great experience. There are picnic spots where you will be able to enjoy the coastal cliffs and marine wildlife. You will find trails where you can go hiking and cycling. If you happen to visit during low tides, you can access the sea caves.
Florianopolis also was known as Floripa is separated into two parts. The main part is associated with cultural life is situated on a small island. The city is the capital of Santa Catarina. What attracted to me the place was that this place has more than 40 beaches and several things to do. This is the best place to visit during your summer vacation. Take a look at the sights and activities that the city has to offer.
Previously, this market consisted of tents which were separated into two parts. One was from the countryside locals and dealers from the locality. I found foodstuffs, hinterland drugs, fresh meals, and spices like vanilla and cinnamon in this market. This is lucrative and attractive for the tourists and the traders alike. However, now, the market sells not just food items but also handicrafts, clothes, and crockeries.
If you want to gather some information on the city, visit the city’s historic center. You will find many historical buildings such as Cathedral Metropolitana and Public Market along with beautiful museums, plazas, and parks. As a matter of fact, you will also come across an extensive range of restaurants.
Spend time at the beach
Being a water sport and beach enthusiast, this place was a must-visit. The best beaches to surf are Praia Brava and Praia Mole. However, if you are new to surfing visit Barra da Lagoa. Joaquina is the place for the international surfing competition. Praia Moçambique, the natural beauty also has some of the popular and rich clubs. You can either visit them all or choose the right one for you.
It is just the right place to party. There are many clubs and bars. In fact, you can use the beach for a barbeque party. The beaches offer bar and lounge during the daytime and transform to clubs during the night.
Oaxaca is a wonderful city in the center of Mexico. It is mostly popular for its colonial buildings, most of which are made from green volcanic stone. It has a central Zocalo Square featuring Palacio de Gobierno which is designed with colorful murals that depict regional history. It has a beautiful church with a rich baroque interior along with the adjoining former convent. I personally liked the indigenous culture prevalent in this city. This city offers you many things, some of them are listed below:
Church of Santo Domingo De Guzmán
This is one of the churches in Oaxaca. Being a religious person, I preferred to visit this place first, on my trip to the city. The church and the former monastery of Santo Domingo is basically a Baroque building complex in Oaxaca. The complex also offers a sanctuary as well as an extensive system of courtyards.
Mercado 20 De Noviembre
If you want to experience the local life and culture here, then this is the perfect place to be. An old friend, Luke He loves boating and loves experiencing the outdoors in Florida and this place reminds him a lot of areas back home outside of Tampa. The Mercado 20 De has been one of Oaxaca’s largest markets. It has small stalls. You can find a variety of colorful handicrafts, jewelry, bags, shoes as well as flowers, spices, etc. So, this market is typically for shoppers and food buffers. I have personally enjoyed authentic Mexican food here.
Templo De Santo Domingo
Another attractive place of this city is Templo de Santo Domingo. It is a beautiful shrine that is dripping with gold and even ornately carved stone and woodwork. The church’s interior is all covered in gold. Its beauty really amazed me. Along with these spots, this city has many other places with a breathtaking and mesmerizing view. Zona Arqueológica De Monte Albán Zócalo Oaxaca is a small but bustling square. The city also has Benito Juárez National Park located in the valley region of Oaxaca.
If you are planning for a picnic this vacations then Recife is the most wonderful and amazing spot that can refresh you. I have explored the length and breadth of the city and I would like to visit it again and again as its beautiful tourist spots have impressed me the most. The city offers a wonderful landscape featured with many rivers, bridges, and peninsulas. Boa Viagem Beach is the most attractive place where you can spend your time. This beach is sheltered by reefs. The tall apartment blocks, modern hotels and restaurants add up in making Recife as the most wonderful tourist destination.
Boa Viagem Beach
This beach extends for about 7 Kms in length from Pina in the north to the Piedade beach and it is the most wonderful tourist destination. The landscape of the beach is featured by tall buildings on one side and coral reefs on another side. When the tides recede, miniature swimming pools are formed and this is what I found the most amusing at this beach. There are a number of hut shaped shops that attract most of the tourists.
Rua Do Bom Jesus Island
This island was founded by the Portuguese and it is the most attractive tourist spot of Recife. The Kahal Zur Synagogue, located here is a good place to visit. The outdoor concerts here amused me the most here. These concerts are held during weekends and they are free for the public. The island boasts about Praca Artur Oscar which is famous for its nightlife and Malakoff Tower which was a former astrological observatory.
Capela Dourada is also known as the Golden Chapel. This is a two-storied arch. The cedar is decorated with pure gold. This makes it look the most beautiful. The statue of the Lord Jesus stands on the golden cross and silver rays shines behind his head, filling the ambiance with Sanctity. I was mesmerized with the spiritual aura of the place. It is a must-visit destination.
Suzhou is the city present in the west of Shanghai. This city is popular for its beautiful bridges, great gardens, and clean water canals. My trip to Suzhou was not the planned one, but when I came here, I found the place interesting and good for vacation. Some of the spots in the city really delighted me, while some gave me some picturesque moments. The people at the place is nice and very friendly, all that you need to have to enjoy the city is knowledge of Chinese and English language.
So, I started my journey to Suzhou a few months back and after reaching the city, my first destination was The Humble Administrator’s Garden. It is a wonderful garden built in the year 1513 nearly. The garden has the zigzag bridges and it is laid over the islands and pools that are connected. It is one its kind and for the first time, I saw anything of this type. After spending a few hours here, I headed to the Lingering Garden. This garden feature has the Crown of Clouds Peak and ornate viewing pavilions both are the main attraction here. Another attraction is the limestone rockery, which is striking.
Then I went to Tiger Hill, which is the home of 7-story, leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda. I liked this place as well and took lots of selfies.
Lake Tai is the freshwater lake and it is the third largest in China, the beauty of this lake is mesmerizing and couldn’t stop myself sitting next to the lake and enjoying its view.
Grand Buddha at Lian Shan is the largest Buddha statue in China as well as in the world. Here, you will get complete peace and not only from outside but from inside as well.
China is loaded by natural beauty and some of its cities are so awesome that there remains a huge influx of visitors all through the year. One such city is Zhengzhou, a metropolitan city located at the bank of Yellow River. It is also the capital of Henan province. The city has modern architect lifestyle and it has historical front as well. This is an old city dating to Neolithic times. Therefore, here you will get the opportunity to see both the new world and history of this place. My tour of the city was awesome and some of the places I liked most. If you are planning a tour to Zhengzhou, the do not miss these famous spots or you will have to come here again.
Shaolin Temple – This is one of the most popular place in the city. The monastery is located on the Song Mountains. The place is known for learning Kung Fu. Dengfeng is the nearest town from Shaolin and the town has many school teaching Kung Fu. It is known as the number one temple under the heaven. When I came to this temple, I felt fantastic about the culture of China and this art form. The mountain is covered with beautiful wild flowers and pine trees. Reach here in the morning and you can hear the birds singing, which is really soothing. There are many things to see in the temple so when you are visiting here, take ample time with you.
Mount Song – when I visited this mountain, the first word that came out of my mouth was amazing. It is such a spectacular. It is one of famous five mountains in China. Try to visit the mountain early morning or evening to capture some astonishing pictures.
The other spots that I recommend to visitors in Zhengzhou are henan museum, emperors Yan and Huang, Erqi memorial tower.